Artist of stolen 18K bulletriddled Bieber painting says thief called him to

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Later that night, the artist and the thief talked on the phone.“He sounded terrible,” Mitic told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann. “He sounded like he really wanted a way out.”READ MORE Facebook Advertisementcenter_img This painting, appraised at $18,000, was stolen during a TIFF event. (Viktor Mitic) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto artist Viktor Mitic says he was contacted by the thief who stole his bullet-riddled portrait of Justin Bieber from a Toronto gallery, supposedly on a drunken dare.The painting, appraised at $18,000, disappeared from its debut appearance at the Campbell House Museum during a Toronto International Film Festival event the week before last.Mitic thought it was lost forever, until he got a surprising email on Tuesday morning from a man who claimed he’d swiped the painting on a dare after having “a bit too much to drink” during a series of festival parties.last_img read more

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Brakes tapped on ride sharing in BC despite election promises to allow

first_imgVICTORIA – An election promise to bring ride sharing to British Columbia by the end of the year has taken a detour as the NDP government says safety of passengers and operators comes first.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said Tuesday the government is studying safety and regulatory issues and she can’t say when ride-sharing operations like Uber and Lyft will come to the province.She said the government isn’t stalling.“It’s doing what we said we were going to do in the (election) platform and when we took over as government. We’re going to make sure passenger safety comes first,” said Trevena.The New Democrats and Liberals pledged to bring in ride sharing this year during last spring’s election.The NDP promised to “work with taxi drivers, taxi companies and ride-sharing companies to create a truly fair approach to ride sharing in B.C. that doesn’t unfairly benefit — or punish — one group over the other.”But Trevena now wouldn’t put a timeline on the promise.“We want to make sure whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it safely, we’re doing it judiciously,” she said. “We’re talking about people’s safety here.”Green Leader Andrew Weaver said B.C. can’t wait much longer, which is why he will introduce for a third time a private member’s bill to pave the way for ride sharing.He said the bill can spark debate this fall about the service, but neither the Liberals nor the NDP appear receptive.Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the Opposition has not been talking with the Greens about ride sharing and will have to fully examine the proposed bill before offering any kind of support.Trevena said the legislature is the proper venue to debate ride sharing, but the timing may be off despite Weaver’s efforts.Weaver said taking the slow approach on ride sharing signals B.C. is not willing to explore new technologies.“We will never be viewed as innovators if we are not willing to embrace innovation,” he said.Weaver said the NDP may fear a backlash from the taxi industry, but ride sharing represents the future.“What we need to do together is bring the legislation that enables change to occur in a manner that’s fair,” he said. “We don’t need to wait years to do so.”B.C. Taxi Association president Mohan Kang said the minority NDP government has committed to consult on ride sharing with stakeholders, including the taxi industry.“It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the public safety issue is addressed,” he said. “The B.C. Taxi Association has said since Day 1, since 2012, we don’t have any problem with technology networking companies coming to B.C., provided they come through the front door and meet the requirements of law.”The association represents about 140 taxi companies across B.C.Uber Canada spokeswoman Susie Heath said in a statement the company is monitoring ride sharing developments in B.C.“During the recent provincial election, all three parties, including the NDP, pledged to bring ride sharing to British Columbia by the end of 2017,” she said. “We encourage all parties to follow through on their election commitments to work together and make ride sharing a reality in 2017.”last_img read more

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Judge tosses $128M damages in ‘Bones’ profit dispute

LOS ANGELES — A judge has overturned a $128 million punitive damages award to the stars and producers of the long-running Fox TV show “Bones” in a dispute over profits.Judge Richard Rico’s order Thursday is a victory for 21st Century Fox. The studio calls it a vindication.The ruling leaves in place a $50 million award for compensatory damages, interest and attorney fees.David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, the stars of “Bones” from 2005 through 2017, sued Fox in 2015, saying it denied them profits by licensing the show to Fox’s TV division and to Hulu for below-market rates. They were joined by executive producer Barry Josephson and author Kathy Reichs, who wrote the novels “Bones” is based on.Their attorneys say they will appeal Rico’s decision.The Associated Press read more

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With UNICEFs help Madagascar rebuilds shattered schools in wake of cyclones

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to rebuild schools in Madagascar, which was battered by a series of cyclones and storms over a four-month period, leaving almost 150,000 children in the Indian Ocean country unable to attend classes. On 15 March, Cyclone Indlala, with winds reaching 220 kilometres per hour, struck the island nation, leaving massive destruction and causing deaths. Before the country had time to recover, it was hit by Cyclone Jaya a few weeks later on 3 April. Florine, age 8, climbed onto the roof of her partially destroyed home in Ambanja, in north-eastern Madagascar, to survey the damage. Expressing her shock at the scale of the devastation, she said, “I saw houses submerged in water, including trees.” She was also saddened to see that her school had been destroyed, with only trees and the sodden floor left in its place, causing her to wonder whether she would ever be able to attend school again. Madagascar’s Ministry of Education estimates that 136 schools have been completely destroyed while 591 others have been partially destroyed since late last December when the first tropical storm of the season crashed into the country. Rebuilding schools will be a slow and difficult process, but communities have made great strides to bring education to the children, with churches and community halls being used as classrooms, local carpenters crafting school benches and tables and masons transporting construction materials on their backs, often taking days to reach their destinations. UNICEF’s Madagascar Representative Bruno Maes said that at least 54,000 children in the affected areas could return to school after this month’s midterm break. The agency is “distributing tarpaulins, tents, schools supplies and School-in-a-Box kits in the north in Diana, Sofia and Maroantsetra, which are some of the hardest hit areas,” he said. The kits are portable and contain materials to conduct a full range of classes. UNICEF is providing 90 aluminum, anti-termite classroom frames and is assisting the Government in setting them up. The agency has also trained nearly 700 teachers in Maroantsetra to help mobilize the scattered pupil population. The teachers will be aided in their efforts by parents, communities and heads of education activity zones. 25 April 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to rebuild schools in Madagascar, which was battered by a series of cyclones and storms over a four-month period, leaving almost 150,000 children in the Indian Ocean country unable to attend classes. read more

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Basil makes statement at FCID on Divineguma

Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa made a statement at the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today on the Divineguma fund.He was asked to appear before the FCID to make a statement on alleged financial irregularities involving the fund. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN atomic chief calls for multilateral facility to supply enriched uranium fuel

“Given the dual nature of nuclear science – its potential to bring great benefit or great destruction to humanity – it should not surprise us that, as times change, our frameworks for dealing with nuclear technology and nuclear material must adapt accordingly,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said on the second day of the body’s 50th general conference in Vienna.“Five years ago, in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, we realized the vulnerability of nuclear and radiological materials as a tool for terrorists, and we re-engineered our nuclear security programme,” he told a Special Event on Assurances of Supply and Non-Proliferation to discuss a new framework. “Today we are faced with two additional challenges. The increase in global energy demand is driving a potential expansion in the use of nuclear energy. And concern is mounting regarding the proliferation risks created by the ongoing spread of sensitive nuclear technology, such as that used in uranium enrichment and nuclear fuel reprocessing.”Under the proposed multilateral framework, all countries that fulfil their non-proliferation obligations would get the fuel and technology they need without being subject to extraneous political considerations that have applied in the past.The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a charitable organization dedicated to reducing the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, said it would contribute $50 million to the IAEA to help create a low-enriched uranium stockpile for nations that choose not to build indigenous nuclear fuel cycle capabilities.The grant, announced by NTI Co-Chairman former United States Senator Sam Nunn, is contingent on two conditions being met in the next two years: that the IAEA takes the necessary actions to approve establishment of this reserve and that one or more member states contribute $100 million or an equivalent value of low enriched uranium.“This generous NTI pledge will jump start the nuclear fuel bank initiative,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “It will provide urgent impetus to our efforts to establish mechanisms for non-discriminatory, non-political assurances of supply of fuel for nuclear power plants.” The question of the supply of enriched uranium has gained added significance in the light of Iran’s nuclear programme which it insists is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy but which but which the United States and others say is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. In his address to the General Conference yesterday, Mr. ElBaradei called on Iran to re-establish “full and sustained suspensions of all its enrichment related and reprocessing activities.”He said he remained “hopeful that, through the ongoing dialogue between Iran and its European and other partners, the conditions will be created to engage in a long overdue negotiation that aims to achieve a comprehensive settlement that, on the one hand, would address the international community’s concerns about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, while on the other hand addressing Iran’s economic, political and security concerns.”Despite years of inspections after the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he said the IAEA has been unable to make progress in resolving outstanding issues on the nature of the country’s centrifuge enrichment programme.“The Agency cannot make any further progress in its efforts to provide assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran,” he added. “This continues to be a matter of serious concern.” read more

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Fox News Host Tells LeBron James to Shut Up

A Fox News host thinks LeBron James should nix the political talk.Laura Ingraham dissed the Cleaveland Cavaliers forward’s recent remarks about President Donald Trump, calling them “R-rated,” “barely intelligible,” and “ungrammatical.”“The number one job in America, the point person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people,” James said on the Cari Champion-hosted web series, “Rolling with the Champion.” “And really don’t give a f— about the people.”Ingraham didn’t only lash out on James. She unleashed on Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, who also appeared in the episode. Durant, James and Champion all remarked on Trump — from the country not being “ran by a great coach” to the president’s “laughable” racist remarks.“It’s also scary because I shouldn’t be numb to your racist comments,” Champion said. “I shouldn’t be numb to your behavior.”“I’m numb to this commentary,” Ingraham quipped on the Thursday, Feb. 15 edition of her show. “Must they run their mouth like that? Unfortunately, a lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously.“Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids: this is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA,” she continued. “And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. Oh, LeBron and Kevin, you’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So, keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.” read more

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Beside The Points For Monday Sept 25 2017

Things That Caught My EyeTrump vs. the NFLPresident Trump spent the weekend arguing that players shouldn’t take a knee during the national anthem to protest police violence against African-Americans. Trump also urged NFL team owners to do something to stop them. Trump may be reading the results of polls showing that most Americans disapprove of the players’ protests, and believes he can take political advantage of a cultural divide. And he may be right — for now. [FiveThirtyEight]NFL shocker: Bengals score touchdownSunday the Cincinnati Bengals scored three touchdowns, which is huge news for them: In the first two games of the season they scored no touchdowns, leading to their offensive coordinator getting promptly sacked. Prior to 2017, only 23 other offenses in NFL history failed to obtain a touchdown in their first two games. [FiveThirtyEight]Carmelo to Oklahoma CityCarmelo Anthony has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Knicks in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round draft pick. Oklahoma City is spending a small fortune on the acquisition indicating they think they seriously have a shot this year. [FiveThirtyEight]Not ready for prime time playersWith Washington beating Oakland and New York suffering a humiliating defeat in Philly, the Giants are down to a 4 percent chance of winning the NFC East. Isn’t ii delightful we got already got two primetime games out of New York? I root for these guys and am sick of seeing them televised nationally. The Eagles are up to a 41 percent chance of winning the inevitably contentious division, Cowboys have a 32 percent shot, and Washington’s got a 23 percent odds. Enjoy primetime, jerks! [FiveThirtyEight]Canucks vs. Kings vs. FogThe Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings played a preseason game in Shanghai, the first such NHL event held in China. Kings won 5-2, but the game was lightly attended and Shanghai humidity plus ice-based sporting events meant lots of fog in practice. Hey, they managed to jam NHL franchises in Tampa and Arizona of all places, this league will make this sport work in any climate. [The Globe and Mail]Mess with the frog you get the hornsIt’s college football upset time: Texas Christian University (ranked 12th) beat Oklahoma State (ranked 6th) 44-31 on Saturday. [ESPN]Big Number32 percentThe Jets can’t even tank right: their win Sunday means that San Francisco is now the favorite to get the number one pick in next year’s draft, roughly a one in three chance. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack[This transcript of a private conversation between NFC East rivals lightly edited to remove extensive use of profanity]neil:How on earth did the Giants find a way to not score on that drive???neil:Not even trolling…. that was crazywalt:I hate this teamwalt:Also, lol, this was the first thing I read after landing in Los Angelesneil:Eagles both had no business winning and had no business losingneil:Today was just a weird day. Jags crush the Ravens at 9AM in London, go figure that one outThen Browns almost win in a huge comeback on the road, Pats almost lose at home to TexansEagles win on the 4th longest game winning/tying FG everWeirdest of all, Bengals actually score a TDPredictions MLB See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetNeutral zone infraction, #45, offense See more NFL predictions All newsletters NFL read more

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How to remove touchscreen lag on Microsoft Surface RT with a simple

first_imgNavigate to the proper keyOnce you’re in the editor, navigate over to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then to SOFTWARE, then on to Microsoft. Once there, scroll down a bunch until you arrive at TouchPrediction. If you don’t have tiny, stylus-like fingers, you might want to plug in a keyboard attachment if you have one handy, as the trackpad helps select the folders.Change the Latency and Sample TimeNow, select “Latency” and change the value data from “8” to “2.” Then, select Sample Time, and change the value data from “8” to “2” as well.That’s all you need to do!ConclusionAfter making the relatively simple changes, I went back and performed some of the usual tasks — watching Netflix, browsing the web, and trying ever so hard to write with the on-screen keyboard in Word. Though the modification probably did something on a technical level, I didn’t recognize a noticeable difference in the touchscreen’s performance speed. The formerly-known-as-Metro UI  scrolled as responsively and reacted as quickly as it previously did, and the Netflix menus were hindered with a little lag when scrolling through items, but that seems to be because it has to load all of the art, not because the touchscreen is laggy.The on-screen keyboard couldn’t quite keep up with my apparently blistering words-per-minute rate, but in the same way that it previously couldn’t before the registry modification. Selecting icons, clicking links, and scrolling through webpages seem to be about as responsive as before the registry mod as well.So, while the modification probably does affect the touchscreen on some kind of level, this user — who is admittedly extremely sensitive to lag — didn’t notice a difference. The mod is said to decrease battery life a bit since the unit is polling the touchscreen at a higher rate, and since you may not notice a difference, sacrificing battery life doesn’t seem worth it. The mod is pretty easy to enact, but if you don’t think you’d notice a difference, it’s probably best not to mess with the registry on your tablet. Back in March of last year, Microsoft Research demoed a unit that reduced touchscreen lag to just 1ms, significantly lower than the standard 100ms of lag touchscreens usually experience. Just seven months later, Microsoft threw its hat into the tablet ring with the Surface RT. Somewhat ironically, user reports came to light that Microsoft’s tablet suffered from a bit of touchscreen lag. A simple modification to the Surface’s registry has been discovered that is said to improve responsiveness. This article walked through the installation progress as well as our results after testing it out.I’ve been playing around with a 64GB Surface RT for a few weeks now and haven’t actually noticed any significant touchscreen lag (at least apart from when the entire unit is hanging). As such, I assumed that performing this registry hack would either do absolutely nothing or speed up the touchscreen in a way I wouldn’t notice. Regardless, some people seem to be having an issue so I wanted to see if things could, somehow, get better.The modification is relatively simple. Here are the steps to get it done…Open the registry editorSwipe in from the right of the screen, hit search, type “regedit” and select the app.last_img read more

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Diabète le suivi des patients par téléphone serait un succès

first_imgDiabète : le suivi des patients par téléphone serait un succèsLe programme de suivi téléphonique auprès des personnes atteintes de diabète aurait de bons résultats. Les patients concernés vivraient alors mieux la maladie et se feraient suivre plus régulièrement.Il y a trois ans, l’Assurance Maladie innovait en proposant aux diabétiques un programme d’accompagnement par téléphone. L’objectif était alors de mieux accompagner les patients dans leur vie quotidienne avec la maladie, rythmée par la prise de médicaments, les mesures de glycémie et un régime alimentaire spécifique. Le suivi téléphonique est là pour soutenir le patient, l’écouter, l’aider et le conseiller et est dispensé par des infirmiers conseillers en santé qui téléphonent régulièrement aux diabétiques ayant accepté de suivre le programme, explique Le Figaro.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Plusieurs mois après le lancement du dispositif baptisé “Sophia”, ce dernier aurait des effets très positifs sur les patients. Ainsi, l’Assurance Maladie explique : “Lors de ces entretiens téléphoniques, les conseillers en santé abordent les sujets qui sont au cœur des préoccupations des patients et utiles pour leur santé : alimentation, activité physique, suivi des examens, complications, facteurs de risque à éviter, tabac, effets indésirables des médicaments… Ils les aident à se fixer des objectifs adaptés à leur situation et leur donnent des conseils pour les atteindre”. Le programme, disponible dans 19 départements, est gratuit et concerne 100.000 patients aujourd’hui. Il propose également des livrets thématiques afin de mieux aider les malades à appréhender le diabète et ses complications. Une évaluation réalisée par un prestataire indépendant a montré que les adhérents au programme réalisaient plus fréquemment les examens recommandés dans le cadre de la maladie comme les dosages sanguins par rapport aux non-adhérents du programme. Par ailleurs, l’état de santé des adhérents a évolué plus favorablement que celui d’un groupe de diabétiques n’ayant pas intégré le programme. En France, 2,9 millions de personnes souffrent du diabète.Le 15 mars 2011 à 17:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Loutil de débridage ChevronWP7 atteint la limite de téléchargements autorisés

first_imgL’outil de débridage ChevronWP7 atteint la limite de téléchargements autorisésL’outil de débridage de Windows Phone 7, autorisé par Microsoft, est actuellement bloqué car le nombre limité d’application disponible a été atteint.L’outil de débridage de Windows Phone 7 s’est vendu à 10.000 exemplaires. Et comme l’application payante a atteint le nombre limite de téléchargement autorisés par Microsoft, elle ne devrait plus être disponible. D’abord supprimée pour son caractère illégal, l’application avait été ensuite tolérée par Microsoft. Mais elle est devenue, au passage, payante.À lire aussiPhotoMath : l’étonnante application qui peut résoudre vos équationsL’application permet de personnaliser son smartphone, mais surtout d’installer des logiciels sans avoir recours au Marketplace. En novembre 2011, Microsoft avait autorisé 10.000 téléchargements de l’application, vendue 9 dollars/pièce. Une opération qui pourrait être prolongée; l’équipe de ChevronWP7, dirigée par Chris Walsh, discutant actuellement sur le sujet. Selon WMPowerUser, l’outil mis au point par ChevronWP7 favoriserait les achats de smartphones équipé de Windows Phone 7. Et le fait que l’application soit payante permettrait de financer le développement de celle-ci. La distribution de l’outil ChevronWP7 devrait donc, selon toute vraissemblance, continuer, mais elle adoptera peut être de nouvelles formes, comme des limitations d’usages dans le temps ou par applications…Le 4 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

first_imgWASHINGTON — The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.U.S. officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was being held on the USS New York, a Navy amphibious transport dock ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the Libyan’s whereabouts publicly by name.Abu Khattala, who was captured Sunday on the outskirts of Benghazi by U.S. special forces, was headed to the United States to face what President Barack Obama called “the full weight of the American justice system.”The Benghazi attacks, and the Obama administration’s conduct in the aftermath, have long been a source of festering political discord. And some Republicans on Capitol Hill were quick to voice skepticism about the administration’s plans to try Abu Khattala like a civilian.They urged the administration to get as much intelligence out of him as possible before anyone reads him his rights to remain silent, supplies him with a lawyer and prepares him for trial in a U.S. courtroom. In fact, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said interrogation of the Libyan already was underway and “we hope to find out some positive things.”last_img read more

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Giant dogsized parrot was more cannibal than copycat

first_imgResearchers say Heracles stood up to a meter (3.3 feet) tall. That means if it were around now, it could look even the largest dogs on the planet, such as the Great Dane, in the eye. It also would be unlikely to settle for the seeds and other simple feed that most pet parrots put up with today. “Heracles, as the largest parrot ever, no doubt with a massive parrot beak that could crack wide open anything it fancied, may well have dined on more than conventional parrot foods, perhaps even other parrots,” said Professor Mike Archer, from the University of New South Wales.Prehistoric times never fail to become more horrifying the more we learn. Add to the list of terrors giant cannibal parrots feeding on the forest floor while perhaps mimicking the monstrous roars of even more terrifying creatures. Now I think maybe I’ll just stay inside forever.  Comment 1 Enlarge ImageAn illustration of Heracles next to a small yellow wren for comparison. Dr Brian Choo, Flinders University Introducing Heracles inexpectatus, a giant parrot that is the largest the world has ever known. Scientists say this prehistoric polly definitely wanted much more than just a cracker.Australian paleontologists recently discovered the squawkzilla in 19 million-year-old fossils from New Zealand, where rich deposits of dead things have been turning up grand old birds for decades now.”Not only moa dominated avifaunas, but giant geese and adzebills shared the forest floor, while a giant eagle ruled the skies,” Flinders University Associate Professor Trevor Worthy, who has been helping to excavate the deposits for years, said in a release. “But until now, no-one has ever found an extinct giant parrot — anywhere.”The research team involved published a paper outlining the discovery in the journal Biology Letters. Sci-Tech Things that should stay deadcenter_img Tiny T. rex is the terrible tyrant’s pet-size prehistoric predecessor Ancient ‘Galagadon’ shark sported teeth shaped like Galaga spaceship Tailed spider found in amber will crawl into your nightmares Share your voice Tags Paleontologylast_img read more

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Juneau Library to Launch Alaska Native Stories Project

first_imgFreda Westman, right, at a school board meeting in November 2014. (Photo By Lisa Phu, KTOO-Juneau))Download AudioThe Juneau Public Library system embarks on an oral history project this spring collecting Alaska Native stories on educational experiences. The capital city’s library is one of ten picked from more than 300 national applicants to bring StoryCorps to the community.Freda Westman is a product of Juneau’s public school system, a 1974 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School. Westman is Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood.One of her strongest childhood memories is from when she was in middle school.“I asked a teacher at the end of the year why my grade was a C and could we go and look at the grade book, and we did and averaged it out and my grade was really a B, and so it was changed. That took a lot of courage for me to do that,” Westman says.Freda Westman, right, at a school board meeting in November 2014. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)At the time, she learned that teachers, who she greatly respected, could make mistakes and those mistakes could be fixed. She learned the value of standing up for herself.Now, Westman looks back on that situation and realizes those types of errors were likely made on a regular basis.“Expectations for Alaska Native students were low, so maybe that was the motivation,” she says.Westman’s mother stopped going to school in the 8th grade to care for sick family members.“She was not allowed to speak Tlingit in school and was not only not allowed to do that but was punished for doing that. She told us that that is why she didn’t want to teach us Tlingit. She didn’t want us to experience that,” Westman says.These are just a couple of memories that exist in Juneau’s Alaska Native community, stories that the public library hopes to capture through StoryCorps interviews.The Juneau Public Library will hold a community orientation on the StoryCorps project on March 31, 5:30 p.m. at the downtown library. Anyone interested in volunteering or helping with the project should attend.StoryCorps is a national oral history project based in Brooklyn, New York. You’ve likely heard snippets of StoryCorps interviews on National Public Radio.Juneau librarian Andrea Hirsh says the interviews aren’t formal. It’s a conversation between two people.“A lot of people pick a family member, a grandparent, a child, a sibling, a neighbor and they tell their story,” Hirsh says.The theme of Alaska Native educational experiences sprang from an issue that took place last year concerning the Juneau School District’s elementary language arts curriculum.Community members raised concerns about school texts depicting Alaska Native and Native American tragedies, including the boarding school experience in Alaska. From the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, the federal government split families and forced Native children into boarding schools to assimilate. The texts were called distorted, inaccurate and insensitive.The district eventually decided to remove the controversial texts and replace them with locally developed materials. The superintendent invited Alaska Native community members into the classroom to tell their stories.Juneau Public Libraries librarian Andrea Hirsh and program coordinator Beth Weigel. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Library program coordinator Beth Weigel hopes the StoryCorps project can help fulfill this need and others.“Oral history is a big part of the Alaska Native tradition so if we have it available then those are available to teachers if they want to use those as part of the resource materials in their classroom,” Weigel says. “And they’ll stories by Alaska Natives, their stories that they tell in their own words.”Before applying for the project grant, Weigel and Hirsh sought advice and support from members of the Alaska Native community in Juneau, like Sorrel Goodwin.Goodwin is a librarian at the Alaska State Library. He says the project is an opportunity to get Alaska Native perspectives on the American educational system. In the mid-1990s, Goodwin interviewed Alaska Natives on that topic for a teaching course at the University of Alaska Southeast.“Most of their perspectives were largely negative, dealing with such issues as racism and assimilation, and the degradation of Alaska Native cultures, languages, histories, going right on into flat out physical, mental and sexual abuse in many of the boarding school contexts,” Goodwin says.He hopes the library’s project will include interviews of the younger generation, Alaska Natives who are currently going through the educational system.“A lot of our parents’ and grandparents’ negative experiences in the American education system have been carried forward. It created a sort of intergenerational post-traumatic stress in the ways that many of our people are either able to engage or not engage with the dominant society’s system of educating people,” Goodwin says.Sorrel says the more stories that are told, the more understanding will take place. He thinks the StoryCorps project can help the community work through issues that still remain.One of the library’s goals is to capture a range of voices.“We would love to talk to people who are still in school and this could be grade school, middle school, high school, college, technical school. It could be young adults, it could be older adults. We want to hear everyone’s story,” Hirsh says.With permission of the participants, all of the StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and locally at the Juneau Public Library and Sealaska Heritage Institute.last_img read more

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State report finds potent cannabinoids in Spice

first_imgA new report from the state health department confirms alarming facts about synthetic drugs that have overwhelmed emergency responders in Anchorage.Download AudioResearchers with the state’s epidemiology division looked at hundreds of medical records from emergency rooms in two Anchorage hospitals during a six-week period this summer [July 15 – Sept 30]. More than 150 visits were flagged as cases that were likely Spice-related. Twenty percent of the patients were admitted multiple times for Spice-related medical emergencies.Spice is commercially sold in different packaging, typically as a loose packet of herbs treated with chemicals. (Photo by U.S. Marine Corps)Louisa Castrodale is an epidemiologist with the state, and says this is the first systematized review of how Spice is impacting emergency rooms in Anchorage.“It’s really tricky because there isn’t just one code or one stand-out diagnosis that you could look for, so just in the process of trying to more systematically look at this we’ve kind of created for ourselves more of a baseline.”Eleven different chemical compounds turned up in toxicology screenings when samples were sent to a lab in California. The report notes that the range of compounds is one reason for the array of adverse reactions in users, which run the gamut from unconsciousness to states of severe agitation.“Some of the products that were sampled really had some of the newer, more potent synthetic cannabinoids present in them, and not only present singularly but blended together. So when we’re thinking about Spice and the adverse health effects we’re really worried about the unpredictability in these chemicals.”The findings also show that of 10 deaths examined, four involved synthetic cannabinoids as either a main or contributing factor.last_img read more

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Louisville Baseball Summer Update – July 31

first_imgFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version Below are some of the highlights from July 24-30 games. Northwoods LeagueAndrew Benefield – Madison Mallards (Player Page).273 (6-for-22), 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BBBenefield picked up a hit in five of six games over the last seven days, including a pair of extra-base hits. The five walks on the week give Benefield 40 for the summer and have his on-base percentage sitting at .433. Perfect Game LeagueChris Seng – Albany Dutchmen (Player Page).250 (5-for-20), 4 R, 3 RBI, 10 SBOne week after setting the Albany single-season stolen base record, Seng eclipsed the PGCBL single-season mark. Seng is up to 40 stolen bases on the season after 10 in the last seven days, including swiping five bases in a win over Amsterdam on July 28. New England LeagueCameron Masterman – Danbury Westerners (Player Page).391 (9-for-23), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 5 BBMasterman continued his hot run through the month of July with a pair of standout performances. Masterman went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs in a win over Sanford on July 25 and added a 3-for-4 night versus Martha’s Vineyard on July 30. Cape Cod LeagueKerry Wright – Bourne Braves (Player Page)5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 KWright made a pair of appearances in relief for Bourne, tossing three scoreless innings against Chatham on July 26 before giving up two runs in 2.2 innings against Wareham on July 30. Wright has four scoreless appearances this summer, three of which have been multiple innings. Jared Poland – Bourne Braves (Player Page)3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 KLike Wright, Poland took the mound twice out of the bullpen. The right-hander struck out five across three scoreless innings to give him five scoreless relief outings during the summer season. Poland has struck out 16 in just 9.2 innings. Story Links Lucas Dunn – Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Player Page).294 (5-for-17), 4 BB, RBIAfter his time with the USA Collegiate National Team, Dunn returned to the Cape and has tallied five hits and reached base nine times in seven games. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team has 19 student-athletes on summer ball assignments across five summer leagues and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Ben Bianco – Oneonta Outlaws (Player Page).478 (11-for-23), 2 2B, HR, 9 RBI, 4 BBBianco has been blistering hot over the last week, picking up 11 hits over the six-game stretch. For his efforts, Bianco was named the PGCBL Player of the Week and is now hitting .273 on the summer with 12 extra-base hits.last_img read more

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Taliban happy Pakistan reopened NATO supply line

first_img Check your body, save your life More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The insurgents have earned millions of dollars from Afghan security firms that illegally paid them not to attack trucks making the perilous journey from Pakistan to coalition bases throughout Afghanistan _ a practice the U.S. has tried to crack down on but admits likely still occurs.Militants often target the convoys in Pakistan as well, but there have been far fewer reports of trucking companies paying off the insurgents, possibly because the route there is less vulnerable to attack.Pakistan’s decision to close its border to NATO supplies in November in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops significantly reduced the flow of cash to militants operating in southern and eastern Afghanistan, where the convoys travel up from Pakistan, said Taliban commanders.Pakistan reopened the supply route in early July after the U.S. apologized for the deaths of the soldiers. The two countries signed a formal agreement regulating the shipment of troop supplies to and from Afghanistan on Tuesday.“Stopping these supplies caused us real trouble,” a Taliban commander who leads about 60 insurgents in eastern Ghazni province told The Associated Press in an interview. “Earnings dropped down pretty badly. Therefore the rebellion was not as strong as we had planned.” Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Associated PressKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – As the United States trumpeted its success in persuading Pakistan to end its seven-month blockade of supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, another group privately cheered its good fortune: the Taliban.One of the Afghan war’s great ironies is that both NATO and the Taliban rely on the convoys to fuel their operations _ a recipe for seemingly endless conflict. The U.S. pushed Pakistan hard to reopen the NATO supply line through the country because it had been forced to use a longer route that runs into northern Afghanistan through Central Asia and costs an additional $100 million per month.The Taliban commanders interviewed by the AP said the northern route was less lucrative for them because fewer trucks passed through southern and eastern Afghanistan, and contractors seemed to have less money to direct toward the insurgents. It’s unclear if that is a result of the new trucking contract implemented by the military.But the commanders said they were determined to get their cut as the flow of trucks resumes from Pakistan _ a process that has been slowed by bureaucratic delays, disputes over compensation and concerns about security.“We charge these trucks as they pass through every area, and they are forced to pay,” said the commander operating in Ghazni. “If they don’t, the supplies never arrive, or they face the consequence of heavy attacks.”Prior to the November attack, the U.S. and other NATO countries shipped about 30 percent of their nonlethal supplies from Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi through two main crossings on the Afghan border. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family A congressional report in 2010 called “Warlord, Inc.” said trucking contractors pay tens of millions of dollars annually to local warlords across Afghanistan in exchange for guarding their supply convoys, some of which are suspected of paying off the Taliban.The military instituted a new, roughly $1 billion trucking contract last September with a different set of companies that it claims has reduced the flow of money to insurgents by providing greater visibility of which subcontractors those firms hire, said Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, head of a U.S. anti-corruption task force in Afghanistan.But it’s very difficult to cut off the illegal transfers completely, he said.“I think it would be naive on my part to suggest that no money is going to the enemy,” said Longo. “I think there is still money flowing to criminals, and I think that the nexus between criminals and the insurgency is there.”Rep. John Tierney, the Democrat from Massachusetts who led the Warlord, Inc. report, said the new contract has resulted in some increased contractor oversight and accountability, but “the Department of Defense must take more aggressive steps to keep our military personnel safe and to protect taxpayer dollars from going to our enemies in Afghanistan.” The route through Pakistan will become even more critical as the U.S. seeks to withdraw most of its combat troops by the end of 2014, a process that will require tens of thousands of containers carrying equipment and supplies.“We have had to wait these past seven months for the supply lines to reopen and our income to start again,” said the Taliban commander in Ghazni. “Now work is back to normal.”____Abbot reported from Islamabad and can be reached at Associated Press writer Richard Lardner contributed to this report from Washington. A second Taliban commander who controls several dozen fighters in southern Kandahar province said the money from security companies was a key source of financing for the insurgency, which uses it to pay fighters and buy weapons, ammunition and other supplies.“We are able to make money in bundles,” the commander told the AP by telephone. “Therefore, the NATO supply is very important for us.”Both commanders spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being targeted by NATO or Afghan forces, and neither would specify exactly how much money they make off the convoys.The U.S. military estimated last year that $360 million in U.S. tax dollars ended up in the hands of the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both. More than half the losses flowed through a $2.1 billion contract to truck huge amounts of food, water and fuel to American troops across Afghanistan.The military said only a small percentage of the $360 million was funneled to the Taliban and other insurgent groups. But even a small percentage would mean millions of dollars, and the militants, who rely on crude weaponry, require relatively little money to operate.The military investigated one power broker who owned a private security company and was known to supply weapons to the Taliban. The power broker, who was not named, received payments from a trucking contractor doing business with the U.S. Over more than two years, the power broker funneled $8.5 million to the owners of an unlicensed money exchange service used by insurgents. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Philippine volcano spews ash no violent eruption expected

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The institute reminded local government units and the public that entering the 4-kilometer (2.5 mile) radius permanent danger zone is strictly prohibited. Pilots were advised to avoid flying close to the summit due to possible sudden ash explosions.Bulusan, one of 23 active volcanoes in the Philippines, is about 390 kilometers (240 miles) southeast of Manila.Solidum said he is not recommending further residential evacuations because most of the ash would fall on the upper slopes of the volcano. Settlements beyond the 4-kilometer radius may receive trace amounts of ash and residents should cover their mouths with handkerchiefs or masks, he added.Bulusan has not had a violent eruption since 1918. A 2011 explosion shot up an ash plume and prompted about 1,200 villagers to flee to shelters.The country is in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where volcanic activity and earthquakes are common. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest eruptions in the 20th century.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano spewed plumes of ash Tuesday, but volcanologists say the steam-driven explosions do not indicate an imminent violent eruption.Mount Bulusan ejected ash up to a kilometer (0.6 mile) high for about 10 minutes and a smaller explosion hours later lasted a minute, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum said. There were no indications that the activity involved magma rising from below, he said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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