Brock in talks with University of West Indies to create Institute for

After years of partnering with one another on various initiatives, Brock University and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are now considering the creation of the Institute for Canada-Caribbean Studies.The schools came together on Brock’s main campus Friday, April 5 to renew two existing memorandums of understanding and to sign a new MOU that will see them begin talks related to the proposed institute.“The signing ceremony at Brock University is a testament to the relationship we’ve built together over many years, and commitment to the future of Canadian-Caribbean studies,” said Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor from UWI. Beckles highlighted the new agreement and recognized Brock University President Gervan Fearon in his opening remarks at the UWI Gala in Toronto on Saturday, April 6.Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University, (front left) and Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor from the University of the West Indies (front right), signed three agreements between the institutions alongside (back from left) James Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International; Her Excellency Laurie Peters, Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and Cayman Islands; and Richard Bernal, UWI’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs.Establishing the Institute for Canada-Caribbean studies would provide a focal point for multi-disciplinary research and teaching to deepen and improve the multi-faceted relationships between Canada and the Caribbean and examine issues affecting the Caribbean diaspora communities in Canada.At Brock, James Mandigo, Vice-Provost, Enrolment Management and International, will serve as the institutional lead to help facilitate the development of the Institute. His counterpart at UWI, Richard Bernal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs, will lead a similar process at UWI.“Establishing an Institute for Canada-Caribbean Studies would be a true reflection of Brock’s global commitment to fostering a culture of intercultural understanding,” Fearon said. “We will also be welcoming scholars from across Canada to be active participants and members of the Institute to collaborate and lead projects related to Canada-Caribbean issues. Our vision is to harness the expertise of the academic community across Canada and the Caribbean to help address important topics that are relevant to those who live, study and work in these regions of the world.”Established in 1948, UWI has campuses in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, and an open campus, which provides post-secondary opportunities to students in 16 other Caribbean nations. It is the largest higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI was recently ranked in the Top 5 per cent of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in 2019.Canada has played a key role in the development of UWI, including funding support to build residences on the Jamaican and Trinidad and Tobago campuses, and a $20-million grant to support the creation of UWI’s open campus.Brock’s rich history with UWI includes presenting an honorary degree to Sir Hilary Beckles, professor and pro-vice chancellor and principal of the University of the West Indies in 2014.Brock is also the first university in Canada to be led by a Caribbean descendant. Fearon underscored the commitment of Brock to building strong ties with the Caribbean during his first international trip as President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University to the Caribbean in May 2018, visiting Antigua, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada.During last week’s meeting with Brock officials, Beckles and other dignitaries from UWI were joined by Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and Cayman Islands, Her Excellency Laurie Peters.In addition to the MOU related to the development of the Institute for Canada-Caribbean Studies, the signing ceremony renewed two MOUs already in place between Brock and UWI.Together, they promote international and intercultural understanding, academic linkages and enrich the cultural understanding of both universities.More specifically, the agreements continue to provide mobility opportunities for faculty, staff and students between institutions.Faculty from across Canada and the Caribbean will be able to collaborate on joint research activities and participate in seminars, meetings and professional development opportunities. General staff, such as administrative and technical support, along with students from both institutions will also be able to gain valuable international experience through an exchange or short-term program.More information on Brock University’s international partner institutions can be found on the Brock International website. read more

Event collects over 2400 pounds of pills

first_imgVancouver — A one-day drug take-back event collected more than 2,400 pounds of pills.More than 1,000 people in Clark and Skamania counties dropped off unused and unwanted medications with local law enforcement and volunteers on Saturday.The event ran for four hours at three locations in Clark County and one Skamania County drop-off site. The Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park Medical Office was the busiest location with 425 people bringing in 1,226 pounds of pills.All pills will be incinerated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.Unwanted medications can also be dropped off at several collection sites across Clark and Skamania counties. For more information, visit www.takebackyourmeds.org.last_img read more

Tuchel pleased with PSGs midfield duo Verratti Paredes

first_imgThomas Tuchel is pleased with how Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes performed together for the first time in the Paris Saint-Germain midfield.The duo were both handed starts on Saturday night as PSG extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points by beating Nimes 3-0.But the sight of new signing Paredes, who turned down interest from Chelsea in favour of a €45m transfer to PSG from Russian side Zenit in January, performing so well alongside the returning Verratti gave Tuchel plenty to feel positive about.“Both of them played well,” said Tuchel, according to SportsMax.“They played together for the first time.“We can see Leo Paredes is very clever, he likes to make some decisive passes between lines.“Marco is Marco. He can always find a space which is not possible to be found. He finds the key, always. It’s his quality.“They both were doing great. It’s good for Leo as he needs to play more minutes.”Christopher Nkunku gave the French champions a first-half lead before Kylian Mbappe slotted home a brace bring his tally up to 22 goals in just 20 Ligue 1 appearances this season.Now PSG’s focus will be on Tuesday away to Dijon FCO in a Coupe de France quarter-final clash.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We had a lot of chances to score throughout the game,” added Tuchel.“We could have won by more. Kylian could have scored five goals! Perhaps we lacked a little concentration, but I think we played really well and defended high up the pitch.“The second half was exceptional. It was a great win. The team got stronger and stronger as the game wore on. Now we want to beat Dijon in the Coupe de France.“We haven’t forgotten our elimination in the Coupe de la Ligue against Guingamp. We need to stay calm, stay professional and be ready for Tuesday. It’s a very important match for us.”The Parisians have now made it 10 wins out of 11 matches in all competitions.🔝2⃣2⃣ wins in #Ligue1 this season! 💪🔴🔵 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/POZ0fSVE2F— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 23, 2019last_img read more

Senate Ag Committee to Consider Farm Bill

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry is expected to mark up the farm bill next week.According to AgWeb, Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow announced the Committee will hold the meeting on June 13, 2018. The proposed bill could be released sometime this week.Last week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) signed onto a letter to Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, commending their ag leadership and urging swift movement on the farm bill. Read the full letter here.ASA continues to reiterate the importance of passing a farm bill this year, and urges board members and state affiliates to stress this during meetings and calls with your Members of Congress, and through the Soy Action Center, as the legislative process moves forward in June.Read more about the farm bill:ACTION ALERT: Farm Bill Outlook and How to Contact CongressASA Disappointed in House Failure to Pass Farm BillSoy Growers Oppose ‘Poison Pill’ Amendments to House Farm BillACTION ALERT: Join ASA in Supporting Crop Insurance in House Farm BillASA Following Progress of House Farm BillLearn more about ASA’s positions here.last_img read more

JioPhone tops Indias feature phone market Samsung close second in Q1 2019

first_imgJioPhoneRIL Press KitWith 30 per cent market share, Reliance JioPhone has become the leading feature phone brand in India in the first quarter of 2019, Counterpoint Research said on Friday.While the smartphone market offers a big opportunity, one can’t ignore the 400 million feature phones users in the Indian market which too is likely to stay for the next five years in India, said Counterpoint’s “India Smartphone Market Share Q1 2019” report.Samsung stood second in the feature phone category with a share of 15 per cent while domestic handset maker LAVA grabbed the third spot with a market share of 13 per cent.Unlike the smartphone market, which contracted for the first time in 2018, the feature phone market has continued to grow over the last three years, the report said.Earlier in March, a Counterpoint Research report had estimated that a little more than 400 million feature phones would be sold globally this year. Feature phone shipments are also expected to cross one billion units by 2021.Brokerage firm CLSA’s telecom sector outlook for February had noted that Jio will lead the subscriber market share this year. Currently, Jio now has a customer base of 30.6 crore.last_img read more

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Trailer Teases A Good Star Wars Game

first_imgStay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… EA’s past few years as the sole publisher of Star Wars video games have been… not great. Multiple games have been cancelled. The games that have been released have been riddled with potentially illegal amounts of microtransactions. And Jade Raymond, the star producer brought in to lead the whole #brand, recently left to work on Google’s ambitious Stadia streaming project instead.But Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, releases later this year so you better believe EA has a new Star Wars game in the works to catch that free money at the same time. And if this past February taught us anything the EA team to pin your hopes on isn’t BioWare, currently caught in the Hell of post-launch Anthem, but Respawn Entertainment, currently basking in the glory of Apex Legends.Here’s the the first trailer (albeit cinematic, not gameplay) for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars game coming this November (and starring Gotham’s own Cameron Monaghan, following in Mark Hamill’s legacy of Jokers-turned Jedi and vice versa). Plus they put Debra Wilson in another video game!AdChoices广告center_img Become a Jedi. Tune-in for first look at #StarWarsJediFallenOrder this Saturday, at 1:30pm CDT from #StarWarsCelebration. Watch live at https://t.co/iI4qodqiOf, stay up to-date with the latest from Celebration at https://t.co/mVXi17qoJk. @EAStarWars pic.twitter.com/3B3bR3XDmn— Star Wars (@starwars) April 9, 2019Right now, we’re pretty sure we know that Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game following a Padawan trying to survive in the galaxy after Order 66 wipes out nearly every single other Jedi before the events of A New Hope. Given the fun and fluid movement of previous Respawn games like Titanfall and Apex Legends, we expect them to do justice by a character who wields The Force and a sick laser sword. We’re also hoping for some classic Star Wars Jedi Knight vibes in the gameplay. And what better place to make Kyle Katarn canon again.But aside from that this game, much like Episode IX, is one huge mystery. Fortunately, Lucasfilm should shed much more light on both projects at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration festival this coming weekend. In fact, you can watch a livestream reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order this Saturday April 13 starting at 1:30 CDT. Get hyped!Watch live video from EAStarWars on www.twitch.tvAnd if that’s not enough new Star Wars video game news, check out this new trailer for the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality series Vader Immortal.For more on Star Wars check out this R2-D2 observatory and Topher Grace’s emotional trailer for the whole Star Wars saga.last_img read more

VIDEO Mitchell Trubisky completed his first 10 passes and tore up his

first_img Advertisement The Bears trading into the second spot in the NFL Draft to grab Mitchell Trubisky was easily the most criticized move of last year’s draft. Bears fans were among the most pissed off at the pick, but no they may be starting to change their tune after Trubisky’s preseason debut against the Broncos last night.While many were expecting the rookie quarterback to fall on his face, he completed his first ten throws, and finished 18 of 25 for 166 yards on the night, including this second quarter TD toss to Victor Cruz.VIDEO: #Bears rookie QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY throws his first NFL touchdown in week 1 #NFLPreseason vs the #Broncos. pic.twitter.com/EUlOfWo001— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) August 11, 2017 Down 24-17 with time running down in the fourth, Trubisky even led the offense down the field, but was unable to connect on a last second heave to the endzone,It’s just the preseason, but Mike Glennon was as a disaster in his time, so Trubisky it seems a lock that Trubisky will be starting for the Bears sooner than later.last_img read more

Windows Digital Rights Update Tool removes WMA DRM protection

first_imgWindows Digital Rights Update Tool removes WMA DRM protection by Martin Brinkmann on April 24, 2017 in Software – 12 commentsDigital Rights Update Tool is a new application for Windows 10 by Microsoft that allows you to remove DRM protection from WMA audio files.Windows users who use Windows Media Player to rip audio CDs to WMA audio files on devices running Windows may notice one day that DRM protection was added to the audio files.The same may be true for WMA songs or albums acquired on the Internet, as they make use of DRM as well usually.Note that you may select mp3 as the output format in the options instead of WMA.DRM is added automatically to the audio files when they are downloaded after the purchase, or during the audio CD ripping process. While that means that the audio files can be played on the system they have been downloaded to or ripped on, problems may occur when the audio files are moved to another machine.The DRM of the audio files may have been linked to a particular machine, or a particular version of Windows Media Player. This led to all kinds of issues, for instance after Windows Media Player updates, Windows upgrades, or the transfer of the audio files to another Windows PC.This meant for some users that they could not play the ripped or purchased audio files anymore because of DRM issues.Digital Rights Update ToolMicrosoft has released an application for Windows 10 that takes care of DRM related issues. The Digital Rights Update Tool was designed to remove the copy protection from WMA files. Microsoft notes that it works only for WMA audio files, and even restricts this to ripped audio files, and not those that have been purchased online.The Digital Rights Update Tool removes the copy protection you added when ripping CDs to the .wma format from within Windows Media Player. Other forms of copy protection cannot be removed.Get started by clicking theFolder button above to select your music, then click the Play button to start. Choose whether or not to make backups under Settings.I never purchased WMA audio files online, and cannot test whether the Digital Rights Update Tool works with purchased WMA files as well.The tool has a basic interface. Simply click on the folder icon of the tool to open a file browser and add WMA audio files to the application.Once done, click on the play button to start the process. You may create backups of the original files, but need to enable the option in the preferences before you start the process.Closing WordsMicrosoft released the Digital Rights Update Tool exclusively for Windows 10 devices. While it is not available for devices running older versions of Windows, you may run Windows 10 in a virtual machine to use the application on those devices as well.The tool, at least, seems to work well for audio files that you ripped using Windows Media Player. (via Born)Now You: Is audio ripping still a thing?Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 4 votes Software Name Digital Rights Update ToolOperating System Windows 10Software Category MultimediaLanding Page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/digital-rights-update-tool/9nblggh52q93 Advertisementlast_img read more

The Certified Oracle Database Administrator Bundle Is Available At A 94 Discount

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you are planning on getting a career started in programming, then you are probably signing up for a very hard life. But remember, it’s not worth it if it isn’t going to be difficult at first. You will love it, when you get the hang of it. So where to begin? Wccftech brings a great deal to you, that will not only help you jumpstart your career but is also available at a 94% discount. The Certified Oracle Database Administrator Bundle is at amazing discount but only for a limited time period. So if you want it, you better hurry up and get it.The Certified Oracle Database Administrator Bundle featuresCertified Oracle Database Administrator Bundle contains 7 courses and each course has a lot to offer in itself. Here are some of the highlights that you would want to know.Introduction to Programming and Coding for Everyone with JavaScript – This Beginner Course Will Give You Essential General Programming FoundationsOracle 11g/12c: Introduction to SQL – Start Writing Oracle SQL Statements to Work More Efficiently with DataOracle 11g/12c: Advanced SQL – Do More with Data By Becoming an Advanced SQL UserOracle PL/SQL Programming Part 1 – Introduce Yourself to Oracle’s Proprietary Database LanguageOracle PL/SQL Programming Part 2 – Proceed to the Intermediate Level of PL/SQL ProgrammingOracle 12c: Database Administration I Part 1- Get a Crash Course In Database Solutions with OracleOracle 12c: Database Administration I Part 2 – Further Your Oracle 12c Database Administration KnowledgeThe courses have been designed by GogoTraining and the company’s main aim is to unlock every customer’s full potential. The company deals with technology masters, who know exactly what they are doing so they are able to create better curriculum for the users. These instructors can create curriculum and career paths for you that weren’t visible to you before. The course will hence help you grab opportunities that you didn’t know existed before.Certified Oracle Database Administrator Bundle Original Price: $3365Certified Oracle Database Administrator Bundle Wccftech Discount Price: $199last_img read more

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first_img November 7, 2011 — Sectra’s Web-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is optimized for wide area radiology, enabling efficient workload sharing across multiple sites. The patented technology, Sectra RapidConnect, allows for efficient transfer even of large stacks over strained networks. The system features a vendor-neutral sharing solution based on XDS-I for immediate access to all clinical data from any connected discipline, independent of location.The PACS system includes a single workstation reporting solution with embedded voice recognition, regardless of radiology information system (RIS) or hospital information system (HIS), to further streamline radiologist’s workflows.Sectra will showcase its PACS system with RapidConnect technology at RSNA 2011For more information: www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | November 07, 2011 Sectra PACS Offers Embedded Speech Recognition News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read morelast_img read more

In Poland Romney gets endorsed by Lech Walesa

first_img Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Walesa’s backing was meant to influence Catholics and union members in the U.S. But Solidarity’s current leadership distanced itself from the event and criticized Romney as hostile to unions and labor rights.Romney is set to meet Tuesday with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and deliver a speech before returning home.The trip also took Romney to London and Jerusalem.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressGDANSK, Poland (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is spending the night in Poland, the final stop on a three-nation tour designed to boost his foreign policy resume with voters back home.In Gdansk, Romney was endorsed by former Polish President Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN’-sah), who led the Solidarity anti-government movement in the 1980s.Walesa suggested the U.S. needs Romney’s leadership to restore its standing in the world. He told Romney: “Be successful.” Comments   Share   center_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Australia in Europes Song Contest In a word yes

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 VIENNA (AP) — For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by — Australia.The land Down Under is making its debut in Europe’s favorite songfest, invited as a wild card due to its strong fan base. Its entry, Guy Sebastian, is one of the bookmakers’ favorites.Sebastian is touted as being among the top five contestants along with entries from Sweden, Italy, Russia and Estonia. But all 27 nations contesting the top spot Saturday after surviving the elimination rounds have at least a theoretical chance of walking away the winner. In this May 20, 2015 photo Australias’s Guy Sebastian performs the song ‘Tonight Again’ during a dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria’s capital Vienna. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Still, Australia’s participation is this year’s buzz at the extravaganza, which catapulted into world consciousness last year with the win of bearded Austrian diva Conchita Wurst. A co-host in this year’s competition, she has opted for a small role, so the spotlight stays on this year’s singers.The Aussies are already stoked, or as Sebastian put it, “bitten by the Eurovision bug.” Australian delegation head Paul Clarke attributed the huge interest among his countrymen in part to the country’s “incredibly strong European presence.”Delayed TV broadcasts of Eurovision contests have been shown for 30 years in Australia and Eurovision parties are common there. This year it will be shown live in Australia’s early morning hours, along with audiences elsewhere. Organizers expect a television audience of about 200 million to tune in globally to the spectacle taking place in Vienna’s sprawling Stadthalle, which has been outfitted with the latest stage and light technology.Huge public viewing screens have also been set up in key locations throughout the city for those brave enough to ignore Saturday’s predicted cold and windy showers.center_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Despite such sentiments, millions saw Wurst’s win last year as a triumph for tolerance. But it was not the first time Eurovision has pushed the boundaries of gender identity.The 1998 winner was Israel’s Dana International, who had male-to-female gender reassignment surgery before competing. Israel can participate due to its membership in the European Broadcasting Union, the event’s organizer.If Australia wins, the event will not go Down Under. The Aussies would be invited to compete next year but in a European country.Even without a change of continents, contest horizons can be further widened this year with a triumph by Polish contestant Monika Kuszynska, who is partially paralyzed and performs from a wheelchair. But hopes of a breakthrough by the Finnish punk band PKN — consisting of one autistic member and three others with Downs Syndrome — were eliminated in a qualifying round.That means Eurovision will rely this year on its usual mix of eclectic, sometimes vapid and often overwrought techno beats, love songs, ballads and pop tunes.The Finnish band was taking it all in stride.“We didn’t make the finals,” drummer Toni Valitalo told Finnish television. “But we won the whole contest.” Sponsored Stories The winner will be decided by votes weighed equally between those from a jury and those called in by viewers. To eliminate the population advantages of larger nations, viewers cannot cast ballots for their own country.The annual competition is supposed to be removed from politics, and fittingly, this year’s theme is “Building Bridges.” Even so, the Ukraine crisis is making its presence felt.Kiev is not sending a candidate this year. With many in the West viewing Moscow as the aggressor in the Ukraine conflict, Russian contestant Polina Gagarina is raising some eyebrows with her pacifist-themed song, “A Million Voices.”And in Russia, where propagating homosexuality is against the law and many view Wurst as a threat to traditional family values, the Orthodox Church already is warning of the consequences should Gagarina win, since the winner’s nation usually hosts the next year’s contest.Tass and other Russian news agencies quoted Patriarch Kirill as saying her victory would bring the contest to Russia “with all those bearded female singers.” Acts such as Wurst’s promote values “repulsive to our soul and our culture,” he declared. ___Associated Press Writer Rod McGuirk contributed from Canberra, AustraliaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

World changed forever 200 years ago at Battle of Waterloo

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 0 Comments   Share   Prince Charles led a host of dignitaries Wednesday to kick off four days of commemorations Wednesday of the battle that changed the course of history 200 years ago Thursday. Napoleon’s defeat in the half-day battle against an overwhelming international coalition ended France’s supremacy in the world and opened the British century with the biggest of bangs.Little wonder the French are still gnashing their teeth two centuries later. “It is not easy for them — psychologically speaking,” said military historian Professor Luc De Vos.Earlier this year, the Belgians wanted to mint a commemorative Battle of Waterloo euro coin which many of the belligerents in the fight now share. Paris blocked the idea.Belgium promptly turned them into commemorative coins that do not need approval from other eurozone nations before minting.But France’s bruised ego over Waterloo has healed somewhat. Descendants of Napoleon and the French ambassador will show up during the four days of Waterloo commemorations just south of Brussels.On the battlegrounds themselves, kept intact down to the lush wheat that stands near full ripeness this time of year, everything has been prepared for official ceremonies and re-enactments. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home In this June 16, 2007, file photo, actors dressed as soldiers re-enact the Battle of Waterloo in Braine-l’Alleud, near Waterloo, Belgium. The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, was Napoleon Bonaparte’s last battle, as his defeat put a final end to his rule as Emperor of France. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)n The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies So off went Napoleon, eventually to die in exile in Saint Helena, a speck of an island in the south Atlantic.Instead of France, Britain came to rule the waves of the 19th century, reaping a rich harvest in colonies around the globe and firing the furnaces of the industrial revolution in Europe.___Follow Raf Casert on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rcasert___This story has been corrected to show that not all belligerents are now part of the euro currencyCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — To the victor go the spoils: So Waterloo became synonymous with Napoleon’s demise, even if the worst of the battle never happened there.Ignoring the bloodied grounds of nearby towns, the victorious Duke of Wellington picked the name of the battle as the place where he slept after it was all over. And nothing has been the same since for the once-sleepy village — or for the world. Top Stories At the heart of the battle was the pivotal French assault on Hougoumont Farm, on whose wooden gate, in the Duke of Wellington’s words, the outcome of the entire world hinged.“Wellington was clear about the critical importance of this moment” said British general Sir Richard Shirreff. “The success of the battle of Waterloo depended on closing the gates of Hougoumont.”It remained closed at the critical point and once the smoke of battle lifted, France’s Grande Armee was in retreat and 26 years of Napoleonic warfare to unite Europe under French rule had ended.On the small battlefield, over 10,000 soldiers lay dead — and as many horses.On Wednesday, Prince Charles unveiled a memorial at the lovingly restored Hougoumont farm and surveyed the battlefield with the descendants of the troop leaders — the Duke of Wellington and Prince Charles Bonaparte of France.Through Saturday, some 5,000 re-enactors will roll the drums, fire the guns and cannons and walk through the gunpowder smoke, only to come to the same result: Napoleon lost.Napoleon “was 46, but in bad health. Wellington was fit. His staff was not functioning well. There was hesitation. At the end of the battle, he only had 70,000 men and his opponents had nearly double,” said De Vos.last_img read more

China Airlines has announced it will grow its Taip

first_imgChina Airlines has announced it will grow its Taipei-Brisbane and Brisbane-Auckland services to a daily schedule from December 2017. The airline currently flies four times weekly between Brisbane and Taiwan, including across to Auckland.“The relationship between Queensland and Taiwan continues to strengthen with more and more people travelling between the two states for business and pleasure and we are pleased to be able to provide a direct daily connection from November,” said Ray Chang, China Airlines General Manager Brisbane Branch.“The new schedule is perfect for travellers looking to fly conveniently up to Asia, over to Europe or across to North America.“China Airlines also connects with 12 points in Japan, delivering travellers from Queensland right to the doorstep of the ski-fields in full service comfort with baggage and meals all included.“Our evening departure from Brisbane to Taipei means travellers can relax overnight and make easy onwards connections the next morning.” Julieanne Alroe Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director warmly welcomed the announcement saying the additional services would meet growing demand on the route.“The Taiwanese visitor market to Brisbane has grown consistently in the last few years with passenger numbers jumping by more than 10,000 new traveller every year since 2013 to just under 100,000 (inbound and outbound) in 2016.“China Air’s new seven days a week schedule with an evening departure from Taipei is also attractive to Australian business travellers looking for options to conduct their work in Asia and return home on a convenient overnight flight.IMAGE: Lance Broad airlinesairportsAucklandBrisbaneChina AirlinesTaipeiTaiwanlast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – With the game still five days away and no injury report needed to be released, head coach Bruce Arians shined very little light on who will play quarterback this week when the Arizona Cardinals visit Houston.The Cardinals practiced Tuesday and according to Arians, starter Drew Stanton was “one of the guys that practiced.” He offered no further details other than to acknowledge that Stanton’s right knee “affected him on two or three throws” last Thursday against Seattle. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 4 Comments   Share   Top Stories A lack of takeawaysAmong the 32 NFL teams, the Cardinals rank near the bottom in takeaways.“I don’t really know (why). I guess other teams are taking care of the football,” Mathieu said. “A few balls haven’t been bouncing our way. A few tipped passes are going over our heads. We just got to stay within the moment, and like I said, those turnovers will come in bunches for us.”On the season, the Cardinals defense has forced nine turnovers, eight of them interceptions. Their one fumble recovery—at San Francisco—is the fewest in the league.“We know turnovers come in bunches, so hopefully this week is the week that we have a five or six turnover game. We just got to be ready for the opportunity,” Mathieu said.Pro Bowl votingFans may now vote to send their favorite Cardinals players to the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando.Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/ProBowlVote through Dec. 14.Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Dec. 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 p.m. ET. Stanton hurt the knee on a late hit by defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson on the second-to-last play of the first quarter. Stanton finished the game, but then reports surfaced over the weekend he may miss some time, opening the door for Blaine Gabbert to get the start Sunday.The Cardinals also signed quarterback Matt Barkley.Arians, though, wasn’t about to tip his hand.“Yeah, and he got a bunch last week, but he’ll get more this week,” he said, referring to Gabbert’s first-team reps. “We’ll try to get Matt something along the lines.”None of the three quarterbacks were in the locker room during media availability. And the first official injury report won’t be released until Wednesday.Cardinals insider and co-host of the The Blitz on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station Mike Jurecki reported Gabbert is expected to start this week.“He’s our quarterback. We believe in him. I thought he did a great job in training camp,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “Obviously anytime you play a quarterback that can use their legs, it always adds an extra dimension to the offense. Hopefully he’s ready to go, and we’ll be encouraging him and try and give him the confidence that he needs to just go out there and play football.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Budda Baker is readyNever before in his football career had safety Budda Baker had to wait to get on the field. Yet, that was the case this season, his first in the NFL.Sure, Baker played a handful of snaps here and there but most of his work has come on special teams, where he’s excelled. Now, with the injury to Tyvon Branch, Baker is expected to assume a much larger role on the defense.“I’ll definitely be ready,” he said. “Going to have a great week of preparation and hopefully a great game.”Baker played most of the game against the Seahawks—Branch got hurt in the first quarter—and tied for the team-lead in tackles with seven, while adding a pass defensed in 44 snaps.In nine games this season, Baker has played a total of 84 defensive snaps.“(He’s) more than ready,” Arians said. “Rookies around Thanksgiving and the middle and first of November, they shouldn’t be rookies anymore.”For Baker, having veterans like Branch and Antoine Bethea to lean on has helped his transition from college to the pros.“On the field, I know the plays and I know what I’m doing,” Baker said. “It’s just having a veteran, like Antoine Bethea, he wants to make sure I’m right. When I call the call, he just wants to make sure that I’m 100-percent right in what I’m doing. I’m very comfortable. I know the plays. The veterans just try to reiterate it to me when I’m on the field.”last_img read more

Rep LaFontaine honored by manufacturers association

first_img Categories: Featured news,News,Photos 30Sep Rep. LaFontaine honored by manufacturers association Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, was honored as a recipient of the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) Legislator of the Year Award.Manufacturers joined state and local leaders on Sept. 29 to honor Rep. LaFontaine in Lansing during the annual MMA Legislative Reception.The Legislator of the Year Award recognizes legislators for their leadership and dedication to Michigan’s manufacturing sector and their role advocating on behalf of Michigan’s largest job-creating industry.“It is an enormous honor to be recognized by the MMA,” LaFontaine said. “Manufacturing has been a major key to Michigan’s success, and we must continue to focus on success and job creation in that field here.”Rep. LaFontaine was recognized for her advocacy for manufacturing job creation and retention in Michigan by breaking down regulatory barriers that have historically handcuffed Michigan companies from competing fairly with global competitors.“Representative LaFontaine regularly questions legislation before her to ensure local businesses remain competitive and Michigan’s role as a global manufacturing leader is maintained,” said Chuck Hadden, MMA president and CEO. “Her leadership has remained consistent and extends to all of the industry’s top issues.”Other state legislators recognized by the MMA at the event were Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City and Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton.center_img Tags: LaFontaine, Manufacturers, MMA last_img read more

Michigan House approves urgent funding for Macomb County sinkhole

first_img The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a funding bill urgently needed to address health and safety issues related to the Macomb County sinkhole emergency.The bill approved with bipartisan support includes $3 million from the state to help protect people, property and the environment from potential sewage overflows as crews continue to address the sinkhole that developed in late December. A state of emergency continues in the area.“Time is of the essence when it comes to the sinkhole emergency,” said Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond, who sponsored the funding bill approved by the House. “We have to act now to protect public safety and health. If we have another heavy rain, we can’t afford to have raw sewage backing up into our residents’ homes and polluting the Clinton River, Lake St. Clair and beyond. Our Great Lakes are too important to not just Macomb County, but the entire Great Lakes region, so we can’t afford any delays in this project.”Republicans and Democrats joined forces to support the bill with a sense of urgency. The House Appropriations Committee approved the measure earlier in the day.“Hard-working families have enough to worry about without adding sinkholes and infrastructure problems to the list,” said Rep. Patrick Green, D-Warren. “I’m grateful that the state Legislature is moving quickly to repair the sinkhole in Macomb County and to take steps to make sure this won’t happen again.”“I am pleased to see Macomb County receive additional funding to deal with the sinkhole disaster,” said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores. “This tells homeowners and businesses that we are focused on doing all we can to help with these massive infrastructure repairs.”The money approved by the House would go toward building a long-term bypass around the sewer collapse that started the sinkhole. The project is needed to prevent sewage from backing up into homes and waterways.“We need to make sure we do what we can to protect people in our communities, as well as the environment and our precious natural resources,” said Rep. Diana Farrington, R-Utica. “This funding is an essential part of that effort.”Legislators praised the bipartisan support and quick action.“I am glad to be a part of this effort to continue helping our Macomb County communities affected by this sinkhole disaster,” said state Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights. “Acting now to send additional help will prevent the situation from worsening.”The Macomb County sinkhole started along 15 Mile Road in Fraser, but its effects have spread across the region.“The impact is broad and devastating,” said Rep. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township. “This disaster affects more than 500,000 people, nearly a dozen communities and Selfridge Air National Guard Base. These residents need and deserve our help, and the Legislature must deliver that help.”Rep. Bill Sowerby, D-Clinton Township, echoed those sentiments.“Many residents and businesses of my district are severely impacted, along with several families having lost their homes, due to this infrastructure collapse,” Sowerby said. “I am pleased to join my Macomb County colleagues and vote for this additional money to help with the infrastructure repairs.”Many local communities remain urged to limit water usage to avoid strain on the system.“Due to the urgency of this situation, we need to move swiftly to approve this legislation to clear the financial obstacles Macomb is facing,” said Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township.Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, agreed.“You can’t see sewer pipes. You can’t see water pipes. But they need to be kept in good repair, just like the roads and bridges we see every day do,” Lucido said. “I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in support of this help for Macomb County.”Said Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville: “I’ve heard from many constituents who are concerned about the state of our infrastructure since the sinkhole opened up, and I’m glad that I’ll be able to tell them that the state is taking action to address the problem. Moving forward, I will work to see our state invest in maintaining and updating our infrastructure to prevent another sinkhole opening up here or anywhere else in Michigan.”The bill approved today by the House now goes to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Yaroch News 22Mar Michigan House approves urgent funding for Macomb County sinkholelast_img read more

Richmond City Council and state Rep Yaroch honor Dr McClellan for his

first_img25Oct Richmond City Council and state Rep. Yaroch honor Dr. McClellan for his 50 years of service on the Planning Commission Categories: News,Yaroch News Richmond Mayor Tim Rix presents the Richmond City Council resolution to Dr. Patrick McClellan.center_img Dr. Patrick McClellan, chair of the Richmond City Planning Commission was recently honored by the Richmond City Council and state Representative Jeff Yaroch.Yaroch presented a special tribute to planning commissioner, Dr. Patrick McClellan for his 50 years of service to the residents of Richmond.“Dr. Patrick McClellan has helped the city of Richmond for over 50 years on the planning commission,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “This special tribute recognizes his loyalty and devotion to public service.”The City Council recently passed Resolution 2018 to recognize McClellan for his 50 years of service to the City of Richmond’s Planning Commission.  McClellan was appointed to the City of Richmond Planning Commission in March of 1968 and has served as the Chair of the Planning Commission since September of 1975.According to the resolution, Dr. McClellan, through his leadership on the Planning Commission, has played an important role in land use decisions in Richmond for the last half century which have had a great impact on the orderly growth and development of the community.  The City Council stated that Dr. McClellan not only played a vital role in the City of Richmond’s quality of life, but set an example for all citizens to follow through his service on the Commission.In addition to Resolution 2018-6, the City Council also named Dr. McClellan the City of Richmond Volunteer of the Year for 2018.  The award is given in memory of longtime community volunteer Doug Pentzien.  The Pentzien family provided funding to create the award, which will be given annually by the Richmond City Council.Dr. McClellan has a long history of volunteering in the City of Richmond.  He is currently active in the Richmond Area Historical & Genealogical Society and he and his wife Sandra volunteer with the Backpack Blessings program that provides food to families in need.  In addition to the many ways in which Dr. McClellan volunteers in the city, the City Council felt it was appropriate to name him as the first recipient of the award based on the number of years that Dr. McClellan and Doug Pentzien served together on the Planning Commission.###State Rep. Jeff Yaroch (right) presented a special tribute to Dr. Patrick McClellan for his 50 years of service on the planning commission.last_img read more

Texas Strikes Counterproductive Law on Unexcused School Absences

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 20, 2015; New York TimesFor most of us, a few unexplained truant days in grade school likely resulted in a chat with the principal and, at worst, a call home. But in Texas, school truancy is classified as a class-C misdemeanor, which has disproportionately affected black and Hispanic students. Now, Texas Governor Greg Abbot has signed a new measure to decriminalize unexcused absences effective September 1st.In 2013 alone, Texas filed 115,000 truancy cases for those students who had three unexcused absences in four weeks. Schools with students who had missed 10 days in six months were required to file a misdemeanor for failure to attend school. The law carried a hefty potential fine of $500, a fine some families had not been able to pay, leading their children through the court system.Of course, the issue of truancy is not new, but students’ missing several days at a time is troubling. Teachers and school officials have tried for years to figure out how to stamp out chronic absenteeism productively. Criminal prosecution for missing school is different, and it has prompted the Justice Department to investigate whether it does more harm than good.A study of the state’s truancy policy by social and economic justice advocacy group (and opponent of the law) Texas Appleseed found serious counterproductive effects, especially on black, Hispanic, and disabled students. Four out of five students sent to court for truancy were economically disadvantaged and eligible for free or reduced lunches. Over the course of three years, judges ordered about 6,400 students to drop out of school and take the GED test, only to fail. One in five of those students required special education.As indicated in an article from NPR earlier this year, an illness, familial circumstances, or a learning disability could cause a student to miss school but would not warrant a court-ordered appearance. Instability at home or personal issues like pregnancy or drug use suggest that the student would benefit from support rather than incarceration.“In the vast majority of cases, the school, working with the student and family, could address the truancy problem if it made meaningful attempts to do so,” said Mary Schmid Mergler, director of Texas Appleseed’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, in the study. “Instead, schools often pass the responsibility to courts that are not designed, equipped or trained to provide meaningful assistance to students and their families.”Texas Appleseed has filed a complaint with the Justice Department against the Dallas County truancy courts, which at 36,000 prosecuted more truant cases in 2012 than any other Texas County. Accord to Texas Appleseed’s study, despite the record number of truancy court cases, the state’s absenteeism has not improved.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more