Upset Alert: No. 7 Michigan Is Struggling With Army

October 26, 2019

first_img ANOTHER fumble for Michigan!That makes 3 in the first half for the Wolverines 😬— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 7, 2019Michigan tied the score at 7 on a touchdown run by Zach Charbonnet, the first of his career. However, Army struck back, converting a 4th-and-2 deep in Michigan territory en route to a score.Wolverines fans seem to be nervous right now. They’ve already called for a quarterback change and Jim Harbaugh is unhappy.You can catch Michigan-Army on FOX. If there’s an upset in Ann Arbor today, it will rock the college football landscape. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Army has a history of giving Power 5 opponents all they can handle. They certainly are making life difficult for the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines right now.Army leads Michigan 14-7 after a short touchdown run. The first 30 minutes have largely been disastrous for the Maize and Blue.The Black Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson fumbled on his team’s first possession. Patterson has lost two fumbles today, and the Wolverines have lost three as a team.Here’s a look at the third fumble, courtesy of running back Ben VanSumeren.last_img read more

Activists should be allowed to speak on behalf of animals in court

October 17, 2019

first_imgMichelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press TORONTO — A retired Toronto lawyer has gone to court in a bid to secure the right for advocates to speak up on behalf of animals in legal settings.The case began earlier this year when Sandra Schnurr filed a notice of application against five retail giants selling glue traps, or devices commonly used to catch rodents.Schnurr argued that the traps subject mice and rats to agonizing, prolonged deaths and filed an application seeking to ban Canadian Tire, Walmart, Home Depot, Home Hardware and Lowe’s from selling them.The retailers, in turn, filed a motion to dismiss Schnurr’s complaint on the grounds that she did not have standing to bring such a matter before the courts.But Schnurr argued that the rules surrounding who has the right to speak on various legal issues have been relaxing and animal rights advocates should be permitted a voice in Canada’s courtrooms.The issue of standing was argued before Ontario Superior Court Justice Lorne Sossin last week and should be decided in the coming months.Schnurr said questions around standing need to be resolved before her original notice about glue traps can proceed. If standing is granted, she said the case will have struck a blow for animal rights regardless of the outcome of the original complaint.“If we succeed at this stage, even if we ultimately lose on the glue trap issue, the fact that we will have succeeded in getting public interest standing to speak for animals would be huge,” Schnurr said in a telephone interview.  Lawyers representing the retailers did not respond to a request for comment, though their objections to Schnurr’s case are outlined in a factum brought before the court.In addition to arguing Schnurr’s motion represents an “abuse of process” that should be dismissed out of hand, the retailers’ factum suggests Schnurr and the advocacy group she founded do not have enough at stake to merit a say on the issue.The factum said Schnurr, founder of a group known as Canadians for Animal Protection, has not suffered any direct wrong from the sale of glue traps and should therefore not be granted standing.The retailers also state that members of the public did not have the right to try to enforce criminal law, arguing such matters are the exclusive purview of an attorney general and citing past case law to support their position.But Schnurr argued more recent cases suggest that position may be relaxing and courts are willing to take a broader view of public interest standing.Schnurr particularly referenced a September 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decision that granted standing to a group of advocates representing sex workers in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.The federal government had argued the group and a previous sex worker named in the case had no standing to challenge the country’s prostitution laws, since they were not facing charges under those laws themselves. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected that argument and granted them legal standing.Schnurr said the court should take a similar approach in Ontario by granting standing to those wishing to speak up on behalf of those who cannot represent themselves.“Obviously the court is unable to obtain the point of view of those most directly affected in the instant case, for the self-evident reason that rats and mice…cannot come to court and speak for themselves,” she said. “The applicants, who are dedicated to advocating for these voiceless creatures, are the next best choice.”Schnurr said those seeking public interest standing must meet three criteria by demonstrating they’re raising a genuine issue of justice, have a real stake or interest in the subject, and using court resources properly by raising an issue that can be reasonably and effectively addressed in that setting. Schnurr’s factum said animal rights advocates meet all three criteria.Sossin has reserved his decision in the case, though no date has yet been set.last_img read more

National suicide strategy needed say survivors

October 14, 2019

first_imgAPTN National NewsSupporters and artists came together on Parliament Hill to mark world suicide prevention day.The day’s events celebrated Inuit life and culture, but also raise awareness of suicides in Northern communities.APTN National News reporter Candace Maracle has this story.last_img

EU Courts ruling Germany to Support Morocco in the Appeal

October 12, 2019

Rabat – Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière said here on Monday that his country will support Morocco’s position in the appeal process against the European Court’s ruling related to the Morocco-EU agriculture agreement.“Germany will support Morocco’s position in the appeal process against first instance ruling on the agriculture agreement,” the German official pointed out following talks with his Moroccan counterpart Mohamed Hassad.For his part, Hassad said that Germany “expressed its full support for Morocco in defending its interests in the European Union.” Last December, the European Court of Justice’s Eighth Chamber made a ruling annulling an enhancement of the agricultural agreement signed in 2012 between Morocco and the European Union. read more

California Democrats turn up pressure on gig economy

October 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The battle between California lawmakers and major employers such as Uber and Lyft is heating up.Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon used an expletive as he likened the “gig economy” to feudalism. His remarks came at a Wednesday rally on the Capitol featuring a couple hundred workers for ridesharing companies and union members.Earlier a Senate committee advanced legislation to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors. It’s aimed at making sure ridesharing and food delivery companies improve wages and benefits for workers.Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego is the bill’s author.Uber and Lyft oppose the bill but say they are willing to give workers a base wage and create a drivers’ organization.The bill carves out exemptions for various industries.The Associated Press read more

German investor confidence sags over trade conflict Brexit

October 7, 2019

FRANKFURT — An indicator of investors’ view of the German economy fell to its lowest since December 2011 amid concerns about the U.S.-China trade conflict, the chance of a disorderly Brexit and a possible competition among countries to devalue their currencies.The ZEW institute’s indicator of economic sentiment fell to minus 44.1 points in August, down by 19.6 points from July and well below the ZEW’s long-term average of plus 21.6 points.ZEW President Achim Wambach said Tuesday the results “show a significant worsening of the outlook for the Germany economy.” He cited the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Other factors included fears that countries would race to devalue their currencies and a possible disorderly exit by Britain from the European Union without a deal to ease trade.The Associated Press read more

Meet the police officers accused of putting the sex into Sussex

September 25, 2019

first_imgSgt Porter is understood to have left her husband Nick and the family home earlier this year.Last night a source said Sgt Porter had been having an affair for more than 18 months.He said: “They met at work in April 2015 and began a relationship that August. They did meet clandestinely in police cars which they would drive to lay-bys and in police stations and they did have sexual activity.”The news of the official inquiry comes just a week after another Sussex police inspector Tony Lumb, who was based in Brighton, was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office over allegations he had had sex with women he met while on duty. Insp Lumb has been suspended while the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigates.   But the Police Federation, which is representing Ch Insp Leet and Sgt Porter, said there was no evidence the pair had had sex and that they were victims of false rumours. The federation pointed out that the existence of the inquiry had been leaked to the local newspaper.Insp Matt Webb, the chairman of the Sussex Police Federation, said: “I am told by the investigators that at this time there has been no evidence found that supports the original allegation and the investigation is looking a great deal less serious than it did. There may be some low-level misconduct that is identified, and that will be dealt with in the usual way.” A third officer, Pc Mark Scruby, 37, below left, was sacked last month after he sent an image of a porn star to his female boss suggesting that she looked like her. PC Scruby ‘repeatedly’ shared the sexually explicit image with colleagues in the canteen at Crawley police station before sending it to Det Sgt Isobel Lee, below right, telling her there was a resemblance.A fourth Sussex officer, Pc Daniel Moss, 41, who was based in the seaside resort of Hastings, was dismissed two days before Christmas for working as a male prostitute while at the same time claiming to be off work on sick leave. Pc Moss was alleged to have been charging £210 an hour on an internet site for sex. The services of his partner Tracey Perryman, 38, were thrown in with the price.In a statement, Sussex Police said of the allegations against Ch Insp Leet and Sgt Porter, who works in traffic police: “Sussex Police professional standards department is in the early stages of a gross misconduct investigation following an allegation of on-duty sexual activity between two serving officers. Neither of the officers have been suspended.” Maybe it’s the seaside air. Police in Sussex, home to Brighton and its famed ‘dirty weekends’, is beset by a series of sexual scandals that would make the vice squad blush.A married chief inspector is the latest Sussex officer to be investigated over claims that he had sex while on duty with a colleague.Ch Insp Rob Leet and Sgt Sarah Porter are facing a gross misconduct inquiry by Sussex Police’s professional standards department after unsubstantiated rumours began circulating of an affair.It is understood that one of the claims being investigated is that Ch Insp Leet and Sgt Porter ‘manufactured’ a reason to meet each other at a police station, enabling them to be there at the same time. But there is no evidence that sex took place Ch Insp Leet, a father of four, said on Tuesday that the claims were ‘unfounded’ and that his wife of 22 years was standing by him.  Insp  Webb added: “The fact that this information has been given to the local press at such an early stage when there is no indication of guilt has had significant impact on the officers and their families. This impact is disproportionate to the matter being investigated.” Pc Mark Scruby attending a misconduct hearing at Sussex PoliceCredit: David McHugh/Brighton Pictures  Ch Insp Leet, 43, told The Telegraph: “I stand by what the Police Federation are saying. I won’t be making a separate statement, but there is nothing in this at all. The allegation is unfounded.”Ch Insp Leet was until recently the borough commander in charge of policing in Lewes and Wealden districts of Sussex. But he had moved jobs in recent weeks after the division was merged with nearby Eastbourne. There is no suggestion his change of role is linked to the current inquiry.The alleged shenanigans in Sussex may or may not be raising eyebrows, but the good news for citizens protected by the South Coast force is it does not appear to be having any effect on their safety.The sap may (or may not) be rising among Sussex police officers, but total crime levels have dropped steadily in the six months from July 2016 to December 2016, from 13,298 to 11,164. Tracey Perryman and Daniel Moss PC Mark Scruby attending a misconduct hearing at Sussex Police Chief Insp Rob Leet PC Daniel Moss was dismissed for working as a £210-an-hour male escort. The services of his partner Tracey Perryman were included in the price Ch Insp Rob LeetCredit:Brighton Argus/Solent News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

It takes a village to raise a child says Duchess of Cambridge

September 25, 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge plays with children at a coconut shyCredit:PA The Duchess at the Back to Nature festival, WisleyCredit:Getty In a speech to visitors, she said: “As a parent, I have learnt just how important it is to foster our children’s development, in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they are born.”We build the blocks, the foundations, for future success and happiness later in their lives. These relationships, however, stretch far beyond the crucial one that a parent or carer has with its child.  The Duchess was join by Mary Berry at the event  The Duchess was join by Mary Berry at the event Credit:James Whatling Kate and a schoolboy visitor play in the new gardenCredit:Getty The Duchess Of Cambridge quizzes children during a visit to the ‘Back To Nature’ Festival at RHS Garden WisleyCredit:PA  “There is a well-known proverb – that it takes a village to raise a child – everyone here represents an integral part of that very village.”By coming together, having fun, learning and experiencing new things, we can all impart life-long benefits on our children.”Her words are likely to have a particular resonance for modern grandparents, some of whom undertake regular childcare while mothers and fathers both go out to work while others live hundreds of miles away.  Speaking of her “amazing experience” designing the garden as part of her long-running project on early years development, the Duchess added: “The experiences we gain during our earliest years influence who we become as people. They influence how we interact in school, in work and in society and, ultimately how we bring up our own children. Kate meets a future gardenerCredit:Getty Kate meets a future gardener “Whether it is planting, exploring, digging, creating, or playing; quality time spent outside provides children with the perfect environment to form those positive relationships with the people in their lives and the world around them.” The Duchess Of Cambridge during a visit to the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley, in Woking, Surrey The Duchess of Cambridge has highlighted the “crucial role” grandparents, teachers and neighbours can play in bringing up children, saying “it takes a village” to raise happy, healthy youngsters.  The Duchess, who today unveiled the permanent Back to Nature garden she has designed for RHS Wisley, urged parents to embrace their “broader communities” for help.Speaking of the benefits of outdoor play and learning, she urged parents and carers to foster wider relationships that can help “impart life-long benefits on our children”.Visiting RHS Wisley, she welcomed children in to the latest version of the garden she designed, speaking of her hopes that thousands will enjoy playing on its trampolines, swings and treehouses in its new permanent home. Accompanied by Mary Berry, who is an ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society, she joined a family day which included a tractor ride, coconut shy, maypole dancing, circus acts and facepainting amid the gardening fun.  “Like in the animal kingdom, whether a pod, a pack, or a pride, the interactions we have with the broader community – be it with our grandparent, teachers or neighbours – play a crucial role in the growth and learning of our young. Meeting three-year-old Dylan Corbin, who had been enjoying the fairground activities and was dressed as an animal, the Duchess crouched down to ask him: “Are you a tiger?” “No,” he told her. “It’s face paint.” The Duchess is known to have a particularly close relationship with her own parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, who regularly spend time with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The three children were photographed visiting the Duchess’s first garden at Chelsea Flower Show where they played on the swing, got their hands dirty, and paddled.  The permanent Back to Nature garden includes a hollow log from Chelsea, the wildflower meadow and rolling hill showcased at Hampton Court and new connected tree houses and slides.Asking children which part was their favourite during the visit, the Duchess was unanimously told: “The trampolines!”  The Duchess Of Cambridge quizzes children during a visit to the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley The Back to Nature play garden was co-created with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, with input from the RHS.Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said: “There is no doubt that this project, through her passion and vision, has highlighted that access to natural environments and green spaces isn’t just a nice to have, it’s vital to have.” The Duchess of Cambridge speaks at RHS WisleyCredit:James Whatling The Duchess at the Back to Nature festival, Wisley Kate and a schoolboy visitor play in the new garden The Duchess of Cambridge speaks at RHS Wisley read more

Irish Heart Foundation dismayed after appeal against fast food restaurant near school

September 21, 2019

first_img Sep 6th 2019, 10:27 PM By Cónal Thomas An Bord Pleanála Image: Google Maps THE IRISH HEART Foundation has expressed its “dismay” after its appeal against planning permission granted for a fast food restaurant located 300 metres from a primary school was rejected by An Bord Pleanála.In a statement today, Chris Macey, Head of Advocacy with the Irish Heart Foundation, which had appealed the decision said: “Seventy five per cent of Irish schools have at least one and 30% have at least five fast food outlets within a kilometre of their gates.“It’s clear that many junk food restaurant chains deliberately cluster around schools to boost business.”In March, Fingal County Council granted permission to an application to construct a two-storey restaurant with a drive through at Skerries Point shopping centre on Barnageeragh Road. The application was submitted last summer by the company Marbleside Ltd, and was met with fierce local opposition. Concerned Skerries residents banded together to form the “Drive Thru Committee” in June of last year to object against the proposed development. In its appeal decision letter, An Bord Pleanála said that “careful consideration was given to the appropriateness and location” of the fast food outlet to local schools.Two HSE public health doctors had also objected to the proposal due to what they claimed would likely be the adverse impact of the fast food restaurant on the diet of the local population.The board said it did not accept its own Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission, adding that it considered “the nature of the closest school (a primary school), where the pupils are typically not permitted to leave during lunch break.”Macey of the Irish Heart Foundation, however, said his group does not “accept that the proliferation of these restaurants close to locations where children live, learn and play is helping to drive our child obesity crisis and has to be urgently stopped.”‘No-fry zones’Macey has called on the government to introduce no-fry zone legislation that would prevent planning permission for all new hot food takeaways within one kilometre of primary and secondary schools.Macey said the legislation is “a measure that is evidence-based, supported by the public, cost-free and, in association with other important measures, will help reduce overweight and obesity among our children.”“So if policymakers won’t even do this, you’d have to ask what do they have the stomach for in protecting children’s health in the midst of Ireland’s obesity crisis.”Locals had expressed concerns about the proximity of the planned restaurant to the local Educate Together National School, as well as the fact that it is adjacent to the Kelly’s Bay Montessori School, and the impact that this could have on children’s health.Fundraisers were held last year in order to raise money to hire a professional engineer and planner to help people lodge evidence-based objections to the application. In total, local residents lodged 156 objections to the planning application at a cost of €20 per submission. The campaign had wide support from local TDs, senators and councillors.Fingal came back to Marbleside requesting further information, and ultimately granted permission for the development in March. With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald Friday 6 Sep 2019, 10:27 PM 30 Comments Irish Heart Foundation ‘dismayed’ after appeal against fast food restaurant near school rejected Two HSE public health doctors had also objected to the proposal. center_img 18,290 Views An Bord Pleanála Image: Google Maps Share8 Tweet Email2 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dalidakis makes no apology for 10k per month travel bill

September 21, 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis has come under fire following the release of expenditure reports by the Victorian Government this month, revealing he spent $167,332.44 on six overseas trips since October 2015.The minister’s office has been quick to defended Mr Dalidakis however, a spokesperson for the minister stating that the travel to the UK, US, Indonesia, China, Korea, South Korea, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, was vital in attracting greater investment in Victoria.“In the past 12 months we’ve had a string of the world’s leading global tech companies, including GoPro, Zendesk, Slack and Square, all invest in Victoria to expand their operations in Australia and across the Asia Pacific – this is good for Victorian jobs and Victoria’s economy,” she said.“We make no apologies for aggressively pursuing investment for this state and taking brand Victoria to the world.”State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy wasn’t sold, claiming the minister’s spending is beyond what would be deemed as normal, and that travel expenses should be cut down.“Philip Dalidakis wants to look at whether he wants to be a travel agent or a minister,” Mr Guy told reporters.“Ten thousand dollars a month, for every month he’s been a minister, is somewhat excessive.”last_img read more

Heres to 101 Years of Bucky Barnes

September 20, 2019

first_img101 years ago James Buchanan ‘Bucky’ Barnes appeared in our lives, and we were shook. Well, a select group of my friends and I were. The love and reverence I have for one Bucky Barnes is pretty well-known and well documented at that. I’ve even been dubbed a ‘Bucky Babe’ by our own Insha Fitzpatrick.Comic Bucky is a little different from MCU Bucky. He’s more of a kid sidekick to Cap than a ride or die bestie, at least that’s how he starts out. For one, this version of James is born in Shelbyville, Indian not Brooklyn. He makes is debut alongside Steve in Captain America Comics #1 (1941) via the creative talents of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. From here Buck makes the long and arduous journey into The Winter Soldier in the early 2000s. The way Ed Brubaker writes this character still blows my mind. If you haven’t read his run on Captain America: Winter Soldier please promise me you’ll grab a copy and report back. And Steve Epting’s art compliments every turn Brubaker plots. And not only is TWS the strongest film in the MCU but it’s probably one of Marvel Comics strongest entries in their entire catalog. Barnes goes on to fill Rogers’ very big boots in Captain America #34. He does it quite well.Bucky’s had partnerships and trists with many of our comic favorites…well and not so favorites (suck it Hydra). But we know deep in there is the heart of a loyal, brave, and confident soldier. Happy Birthday Buck. This girl is with you til’ the end of the line, ‘White Wolf’ and all.If you’re looking for some great current Bucky reads I highly Matt Rosenberg’s run on Tales of Suspense. He is absolutely nailing our boy’s demeanor and dialogue. I never want this book to end.So as your resident expert in Buck-tent here at Geek I pulled some favorite pieces from my curated collection. This includes a few commissions I’ve gotten from some of my fave artists. I could fill a mansion with Winter Soldier art and I might have to soon as Con season just started. But don’t stop sending me stuff. I’ll never complain!Here’s hoping the next 101 years is more peaceful for James.View as: One Page Slides1. Nan Lawson2. Xanseviera3. Nice Day Bucky4. Arne AKA Ratscape5. Abby Shaffer6. Joe Mulvey7. SandraG.N.8. Dean Draws9. Aaron Lambert10. Michi11. Elithien12. Kris Anka13. Nathan Greno14. Nicoise Salad15. Kevin Wada16. Becc Johnson17. Sleii18. Sara P. Selvik19. Arielle Jovellanos20. Celine Chapuslast_img read more

Ewoks Are Coming to Star Wars Battlefront II

September 20, 2019

first_img Despite all the drama surrounding it last year, people are still playing Star Wars: Battlefront II. This is due in large part to DICE reworking the game to make it more user-friendly. Now, Battlefront II will become decidedly cuter with the introduction of the adorable Ewoks. Yes, Ewoks.The teddy bear-like race is being introduced via a new mode called Ewok Hunt. Players can play as an Ewok defending their village or as an imperial trying to take over the place. Here is how EA describes the new mode (via Polygon):“The ambush begins as Ewoks attack unsuspecting stormtroopers, using spears, Wisties, and other skills to take down their opponents. Each stormtrooper defeated spawns as another Ewok, multiplying until the Empire’s forces have been completely eliminated, and the Ewok celebration can begin. However, the stormtroopers’ superior training and firepower are more than a match for the Ewoks. Armed with a cadre of weapons as well as flashlights to pierce the darkness, players must hold back the Ewok’s ambush if they have a hope of surviving until an extraction team can arrive.”Since when do stormtroopers defeated by Ewoks become Ewoks? That’s pretty disturbing if you really think about it. Adorably disturbing, but disturbing regardless. Also, the part about the stormtroopers’ “superior training and firepower” is amusing. These heavily armed and shielded soldiers got their butts handed to them by little teddy bears using sticks and stones in Return of the Jedi. If the Battlefront II Ewoks are anywhere near as badass as they are in RotJ, the imperials doesn’t stand a chance.In addition to Ewok Hunt mode, Battlefront II is getting new Endor-themed cosmetic items. This means you can make Han and Leia look like they did in the last half of Return of the Jedi. Players can buy these two skins either with in-game credits or crystals. Crystals can be purchased with real-world money… because the game can’t completely scrap microtransactions.Expect Ewok Hunt mode in Star Wars: Battlefront II on April 18.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target EA Is Taking Another Crack at Single-Player Star Wars, Battlefront II6 Awesome Star Wars Video Games in Humble Bundle’s Huge May the 4th Sale last_img read more

From the Newsroom Shootings create a dilemma

September 19, 2019

first_img When an armed student entered Parkrose High School in Portland earlier this month, Keanon Lowe was the hero of the day. The former college football star, who works at the school, subdued the gunman. No one was injured.His story got the wide play it deserved. Lowe was interviewed on national television, and he received a standing ovation at Monday night’s NBA Western Conference Finals game.But what struck me was the widespread sharing of the student’s name and photograph. I saw it all over Portland TV and in The Oregonian. The Columbian used the student’s name and image on an inside page of Sunday’s print edition. I even posted a story with his name, which I got from a police press release, after I saw our competitors had done so.Looking back, I wonder if that was a mistake. A 2016 scholarly paper presented to the American Psychological Association by two faculty members at Western New Mexico University concluded that “media contagion” plays a role in encouraging mass shootings.“Mass shootings are on the rise, and so is media coverage of them,” said one of the researchers, Jennifer B. Johnston, in a news release about the study. “At this point, can we determine which came first? Is the relationship merely unidirectional: More shootings lead to more coverage? Or is it possible that more coverage leads to more shootings?” Craig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or craig.brown@columbian.comlast_img read more

September 17, 2019

More volunteers and more financial support needed for a more successful conch

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMore volunteers and more financial support needed for a more successful conch fest. Public Relations Officer, Algernon Dean, told media the event has made major strides and is consistently growing, but the event costs organizers some $15-$20, 000 to get off the ground. This year the Conch fest had more activities and competitions to keep its patrons entertained. It was the first time, for the Premier’s Conch knocking competition which the Premier Hon. Rufus Ewing, reportedly sponsored at $1000 of his personal money. As Culture and Tourism minister, Ewing told us that will event will expand the challenge for next year. Fresh off a win at the Island street food fair, Mr. Grouper 1st proving to be an eatery power house, getting 1st place for best Conch Chowder… while Bay Bistro won best Conch Salad and the Conch Specialty dishes. Hemingway’s restaurant was the people’s choice winner this year. Related Items:last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Letter to the editor

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 20, 2017 – Providenciales – When most people think of the phrase “The Art of the Deal” – their minds quickly turn to the book authored by now United States President Donald Trump, with Tony Schwartz.   The book is said to be a commonsense guide to personal finance and was a ‘best seller’ in the US.   However, the deal I would like to know the art of is: why after two years and millions of dollars spent in legal fees across the board – would the 12 storey appeal be withdrawn from the Privy Council by the Tuscany and Venetian Strata Corporations.   The council, as you may know, is the highest court in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   Many inquiring minds would like to know; myself including.Nevertheless, before we get to that question, afford me the opportunity to set the stage.   Many didn’t quite understand why said Strata Corporations were challenging the building of a 12 storey project, that being – the Ritz Carlton, which is a little over a mile away.   To give you some perspective, here are some hotels/resorts between the Ritz Carlton project site and the aforementioned resorts: Ocean Club, Club Mediterranean, Royal West Indies, Caribbean Paradise Inn, The Grace Bay Club, The Oasis at Grace Bay Hotel and Lofts, Villa Del Mar, Ocean Club West, The Pinnacle on Grace Bay, Ports of Call Resort and Seven Stars Resort.   That’s eleven (11) different properties in closer proximity to the Ritz Carlton site than the group that sued.   It could not be said that The Ritz Carlton would undermine their property value.   Nor would it change the makeup of the Grace Bay Beach strip, as it was too far away.   Moreover, the often discussed ‘shadow’ would not disturb their guests’ sun bathing, as the distance was too great to cause an impact.   So again, why the original lawsuit?Let’s dig a little deeper. It is reasonable to think that most business people or investors purely operate from a paradigm of self-interest and profit above all else.  Principally, this being the heart of capitalism and we ascribe to a capitalistic doctrine here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   In addition to the Ritz Carlton’s 12 storey project, I am reliably informed that there are/were at least two (2) other 12 storey projects in the pipeline. However, those project were awaiting the outcome of this court case.   One of the projects was to be erected on a vacant site adjacent to one of the resorts named in the lawsuit.   Consequently, this case was never about the Ritz specifically.   This case was about   ‘building height’ threshold. If The Ritz Carlton got the go-ahead, so to would the property next door.   This, of course, would have been unfortunate in the complainants view.Many have speculated that the appeal was withdrawn for political reasons.   However, the PDM is on record in their support of the low density high end resort model.   A model which they take credit for pioneering. So again, if a change in government for lack of inward investment was the desired outcome for the developers, why withdraw the appeal, if you don’t want 12 storeys in your neighborhood?   I’d surely like to know the specifics of the deal that was struck by all parties involved.   In a recent TCI Sun newspaper, attorney Conrad Griffiths alludes to a few factors.   TCIG, a party in the case, would have a stake in the outcome of the deal.   With hope, one that was beneficial for the country.   Conversely, the public has a right to know the price of such withdrawal.A birdie whispered in my ear that a part of the settlement terms is that the Ritz Carlton Project would be ‘allowed’ to move forward at 12 storeys and the two other projects would be ‘allowed’ to move forward at 10 storeys and 8 storeys respectively.   Of course the 8 storey project will be adjacent to the 7 storey Venetian thus keeping the developer happy as there will only be a one (1) storey difference in height between the buildings and keeping the aesthetics of the area the same.   So self interest and capitalism wins again.I could be misinformed but given that our Premier recently lauded her support for Freedom of Information in the same TCI Sun newspaper, we trust that she would see fit for the public to be fully informed about the specifics of this deal.   Oh, and stating “it’s confidential” – is not a good enough excuse.   As we all know, with any secret, the truth will come out in the end.   Just a cautionary tale, historically, US Presidents always state that they don’t negotiate with terrorists, and surely – the TCI worker has been terrorized over these late two years by this unfortunate saga in the way of repressed job and career opportunities with a chance for self empowerment in a beloved Turks and Caicos Islands.Stay Blessed,Jamell Robinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

State pot business applications surpass 3000

September 16, 2019

first_imgPot applications climb in Clark County as deadline nearsNumber seeking to open stores in county nearly doubles over past weekSEATTLE — More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 867 proposed retail outlets spanning from Point Roberts to Pullman.Washington’s Liquor Control Board released updated figures Tuesday, saying it had received 3,746 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington’s recreational pot law passed by voters last year. The application window closed last week, but board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said there is still a backlog of submissions that haven’t been processed yet. Carpenter said it’s premature to dissect the numbers because it’s not clear how many of the applications are viable. He said it appears some applicants hadn’t done the work to identify a business location.“It’s really hard to tell how many of these are legitimate,” Carpenter said. Investigators have already started reviewing applicants, and the state hopes to begin issuing licenses at the end of February. Applicants must undergo background checks, be residents of Washington state, and have their business areas inspected by the state.Along with 1,670 producer applications and 1,209 processor applications, the state has released details on 867 proposed retail outlets. The state is planning to cap the number of pot shops at 334 statewide, so some areas are expected to face a lottery for retail licenses.After the first licenses are issued, the state expects it will take some time for marijuana to move through the system from production to sale.last_img read more

September 2, 2019

Census Bureau Texas Incomes Rising Poverty Falling

first_img Share Justyna FurmanczykThe median household income rose in Texas between 2015 and 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.The U.S. Census Bureau released figures this week showing that incomes are rising in Texas, and there has been an overall decline in poverty in the state. The Census Bureau found that Texas ranks 38th in poverty in the U.S., with 15.6 percent living below the poverty line.The national rate is 12.7 percent.Houston’s poverty rate rose slightly in 2016, to 14.8 percent.The Census Bureau also reported that the Houston metropolitan area has the lowest rate of health insurance coverage — 82.8 percent — of the country’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the country, 16.6 percent.A number of metropolitan areas in Texas have a higher percentage of people living in poverty (defined at a threshold of $12,228 per year for individuals and $24,339 for a family of four) than the overall Texas rate.The median household income in Texas last year was $56,565, slightly higher than in 2015. White and Asian households earned far more than African-American and Hispanic households.The national median income in 2016 was $59,039.The Austin-based nonprofit Center for Public Policy Priorities noted that “the Texas child poverty rate is the lowest it has been since the recession at 22.5 percent (the same rate as it was in 2008).” But, the organization said, “Far too many Texas children still live in poverty; 1.62 million of Texas’ 7.2 million children live below the official federal poverty line.”Find more Census Bureau figures about Houston here.last_img read more

September 1, 2019

Tig Notaro Is a CelebClueless TalkShow Host in Funny Or Dies New

first_imgThe conceit is partly designed to support the show’s brand sponsor, Amazon Alexa, which is woven into each episode: Alexa will be a co-host on “Under A Rock with Tig Notaro” to assist Notaro as she struggles to ID her “mystery guests.”“Under a Rock with Tig Notaro” is produced by Funny Or Die and Something Fierce, the production company of Notaro and her wife, Stephanie Allynne. The series, shot in front of a studio audience, is directed by Amy Landecker. The project was created in partnership with Endeavor Global Marketing as part of its work with Amazon Alexa. Notaro is managed by Integral Entertainment and repped by ICM and law firm Zifferan Brittenham.Notaro has herself guested on numerous talk shows, including “The Ellen Show, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Conan,” and her stand-up special “Happy to Be Here” is streaming on Netflix. She currently appears in CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery” as Commander Jett Reno and also starred opposite Octavia Spencer in Paramount Pictures comedy “Instant Family.” Notaro continues to tour internationally, and in her time off resides in L.A. with Stephanie, their twin sons, and their cat, Fluff.Funny Or Die claims to have a digital audience of more than 40 million. Shows from the company’s long-form production division include Netflix’s upcoming “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” starring Zach Galifianakis; “Brockmire” for IFC; “Billy on the Street” hosted by Billy Eichner; “American Vandal” for Netflix; Sarah Silverman’s “I Love You, America” for Hulu; and “No Activity” for CBS All Access.Watch the first episode of the show with James Van Der Beek (or at this link): ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “I don’t watch many TV shows or films, so I’m really bad at recognizing famous people,” Notaro explains in the intro to the show. Related Tig Notoro is hosting a new talk show in which she interviews famous people like James Van Der Beek – but she apparently has no idea who they are.The stand-up comic, writer, radio contributor and actor hosts “Under a Rock With Tig Notaro,” a six-episode series from Funny Or Die that’s part talk show and part game show as Notaro attempts to figure out why her celebrity guests are well-known.The first episode, featuring actor James Van Der Beek (“Pose,” “Dawson’s Creek”), premiered Tuesday, June 4. (Watch the episode below.) Funny Or Die isn’t divulging the names of the following five guests, hoping to feed the surprise factor of whom Notaro will encounter next. The episodes will be released weekly on Tuesdays on the Funny Or Die website, YouTube channel and other digital platforms. Rainn Wilson and SoulPancake Shine Light on Mental Health With Funny Or Die Documentary, Other Programming (EXCLUSIVE) Popular on Variety TV News Roundup: EPIX Releases Teaser for DC Origin Story ‘Pennyworth’ (Watch)last_img read more

August 31, 2019

Kolkatans throng malls markets for Puja shopping as rainy spell comes to

first_imgKolkata: With just 35 days to go until the start of Bengal’s biggest festival, city residents thronged various malls and market places in large numbers on Sunday.In the last few weeks the spirit of shopping had been dampened due to rains in the city. Kolkata and its adjoining areas had received moderate to heavy spells of rain due to cyclonic circulation and also because of formation of low pressure trough over Bay of Bengal.As the weather remained sunny from Sunday morning, people decided to go for puja shopping. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe shops in different malls saw a surge in footfall on Sunday. Esplanade and its adjoining areas and Gariahat recorded huge footfall. There was a large crowd in New Market area as well on Sunday afternoon. The food stalls in the area also had a good business.These places in the city will become favourite destinations for people in the next few weeks as Durga Puja comes closer. The shops, especially those selling garments and shoes, saw the highest footfall on Sunday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDurga Puja will begin from 15 October this year. People wear new clothes and love to have good food during the Puja days in addition to pandal hopping. The city police have already taken measures to manage the extra rush of shoppers as Durga puja comes nearer.A garment shop owner on Camac Street said that they are ready with new stocks as the Durga puja is just a month away.”We have been eagerly waiting to go for puja shopping for the past few weeks. As it was a clear sunny day, we decided to go out for shopping on Sunday,” said Supratik Dutta, an MBA student and a resident of Jadavpur, who visited Gariahat for shopping on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

August 19, 2019

Swept away in Lake Arenal

first_img* The wind turbines on Lake Arenal’s west side seemed to be spinning faster than they should when Tico Times Weekend Editor Ashley Harrell and I left our hotel. Ashley had never windsurfed before and we had scheduled a lesson with Lake Arenal’s only windsurfing outfit, Tico Wind.Pulling up to Tico Wind’s lakeside headquarters, it seemed we had stumbled upon the area’s most popular picnicking spot. Families on blankets scattered the lakefront and children in wetsuits ran around the lawn.Windsurfing reached its peak in popularity the 80s and 90s. Many of those who started the sport at that time now have children and grandchildren of their own. Though long-time windsurfers still frequent Lake Arenal’s shore, its popularity amongst the young has waned.These days, some adrenaline junkies seeking thrills on the water are more likely to turn to windsurfing’s more intense younger cousin, kite surfing, which along with stand-up paddleboarding makes up most of Tico Wind’s business.We found our instructor Tom Rentschler near the snack booth lathering on sunscreen. By his own count, Rentschler has given 680 people windsurfing lessons. From a 10-year-old boy to a 72-year-old woman, Rentschler said that by the end of just one lesson, every person was able to stand up and sail on the lake.We started on the simulator, a windsurfing board screwed to a swivel on the lawn. With a sail attached, the simulator’s board moves as it would in the water, allowing us to practice without waves to battle.With Rentschler’s demonstrations and directions, Ashley quickly learned how to hoist the sail, steer and tack (turn around). I was nervous when my turn came, having talked up my windsurfing prowess considerably for someone who hadn’t windsurfed in six years. But my muscle memory kicked in. After a half hour on the simulator, Rentschler decided we were seaworthy.We started out on a wide beginner board with a small sail. As promised, Ashley was able to sail right away. We took turns sailing out, turning around and sailing back. The whole time Rentschler had a firm grip on a tether tied to the board.With each hoist of the mast, every turn and every tack I grew more confident that I could windsurf as I had before. But with its tiny sail, the board plodded slowly through the lake’s shallows. I looked out at the sailors deeper in the lake and I started to grow restless. After a few more successful loops on the tether, I was starting to think the lesson was beneath me. I had gotten cocky.After a short break, I had convinced Rentschler that I was ready to go out on my own. As Tico Wind Owner Peter Hopley assembled my new gear, he looked worried.“It’s a pretty windy day out there,” he said. “You don’t want to have to get rescued.”On the lake’s shore, a Jet Ski sat ready for action. If a guest were to get stranded, Tico Wind would perform a rescue. Getting stuck out there would not be dangerous, but after my overconfident display, it would be embarrassing.While Tico Wind instructors carried my gear down to the lake, Rentschler gave me the lay of the land. I needed to sail toward the middle of the lake, away from the volcano. He drew an imaginary line up the shore. Beyond that line, it was too difficult to get back.*I climbed into the water towing my new rental gear. Without a problem, I pulled up the sail, grabbed a hold of the boom and took off toward the middle of the lake. The sail filled with wind and I began to pick up speed. I leaned back over the water gaining confidence and setting off to the middle of the lake, confident I would never see the back of the Jet Ski.When windsurfers talk about the Lake Arenal’s rough conditions, they often fail to mention just how beautiful lake is. Being in the middle out in the water is a treat, let alone flying over it on a sailboard. The feeling brought me back to my times on Torch Lake, to swimming in the water with my sister and cousins.I let go of the sail, turned to face the volcano and jumped into the water. I dove down deep then returned to the surface to float and take in my surroundings. I paid a price for those few minutes of relaxation.Lake Arenal’s waves were higher than any I had dealt with in Michigan. Once my sail was down, I was too unsteady to get back up. Fall after fall I moved closer to Rentschler’s invisible line.When another windsurfer came help, his pink and white sail fluttering near my board, I started to worry.“Do you need help?” he said.At that point I knew I wouldn’t make it to shore myself. But maybe this man could get me to shore discretely, allowing me to avoid a humiliating Jet Ski rescue? He told me to grab a foot grip on the back of his board. I held my own equipment with my other hand, and he towed me a short distance.I tried my best to hang on, but the strain was too much. I lost my hold on the man’s board several times, but he stayed with me. Each time he looped back around and slowed down, allowing me to grab his board again. But by now, everyone on the shore was aware of my struggle.Rentschler had been watching me from shore. He knew I was done. He sent the Jet Ski.My two-minute ride felt more like an hour. I clung to my rescuers life vest as Ashley snapped photos from the shore. I returned to the Tico Wind base embarrassed and exhausted, but still elated from my adventure on the lake.Maybe next time with a little more practice – and a lot more humility – I can take on Lake Arenal.Going there: Tico Wind is located on Lake Arenal’s west side off of highway 142, 20 minutes north of the town of Tilarán. The season extends from Thanksgiving weekend to April. Windsurfing rentals start at $50 for a half day to $770 for two weeks. A one-hour individual lesson is $50.  Stand-up paddleboard rentals range from $5-$40. Kite surfing rentals start at $58 for a half-day and run up to $385 for a week. Tico Wind offers three-hour kite surfing lessons for $200 and a complete nine-hour beginner course for $530. Call 2692-2002 or 8383-2694, or email or visit Related posts:Arenal: No lava, no cry The iron men of stand-up paddleboarding Taxis drivers block capital roads to demand crackdown on ‘piratas’ Palmares festival, Allende play, and other happenings around Costa Rica By the tenth fall I started to think I was in trouble. I hoisted myself from Lake Arenal’s cold water and climbed back onto my windsurfing board, barely managing to stand. My arms failed me as I tried to raise the sail. I tugged hard, lost my balance and toppled back into the choppy waves.Before leaving shore, I had been given one warning: If I strayed too far downwind, I would be unable to sail back. Over my shoulder, the volcano loomed. With every fall, the waves pushed me closer to it and closer to the point where I could not sail back.*Lauded as one of the best windsurfing spots in the world, Lake Arenal has long attracted windsurfers from all over the globe. From November to April, the trade winds funnel through Costa Rica’s northern highlands. During that time, Lake Arenal has the most consistent and strong winds in the northern hemisphere.I heard about Arenal’s legendary windsurfing before I ever imagined I would live in Costa Rica. As a teenager, I spent part of every summer on a windsurfing board in northern Michigan’s Torch Lake, where my grandparents lived.Though not nearly as consistent as Lake Arenal, Torch Lake occasionally sees some powerful winds, and once my sister, two cousins and I learned to harness it, we were hooked.Out in the middle of the lake, a strong gust could take your board out of the water, throttling you across the lake at speeds up to 25 miles an hour. Sometimes we raced, but more often we would meet in the middle, lay our sails across each other’s boards and dive into the lake’s deep water.It was my Torch Lake windsurfing instructor who told me about Lake Arenal. She said it was some of the best windsurfing she had ever experienced. I always remembered that, and though it had been years since I stepped onto a sailboard, last year I finally got the chance to take on Lake Arenal. Facebook Commentslast_img read more