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Always wanted to sing in my films Sayani Gupta

first_imgMumbai: Actress Sayani Gupta will be making her singing debut with Anubhav Sinha’s “Article 15”, and says she always wanted to sing for her films. She will lend her voice to the song, “Kahab toh”. “I have always wanted to sing in my films. It was like a dream waiting to get fulfilled,” the actress said in a statement. “I have grown up singing Bengali folk songs. And when I read about the song that my character sings in the film, I jumped! I told Anubhav Sinha and Anurag, the music director, that I sing and I sang for them in a corridor outside their office. It was almost like an impromptu singing audition. “They immediately were convinced that I should sing for myself! I could not thank Anubhav sir and Anurag enough for letting me do this. It’s the most exciting part for me,” she added. Gupta will be seen in a de-glam avatar in “Article 15”, which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Manoj Pahwa, Isha Talwar, Kumud Mishra and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. The film aims to remind people about Article 15 of the Constitution, which prohibits any discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and how its value has been forgotten. Based on “shocking true events”, the film releases on June 28.last_img read more

UK secures delay to Brexit Day with strict EU caveats

first_imgLondon: The UK has secured a short delay to the March 29 Brexit deadline after the European Union (EU) leaders reluctantly agreed to offer embattled Prime Minister Theresa May time until May 22 to get the divorce deal through another House of Commons vote next week. If the agreement, already defeated twice over the controversial Irish backstop clause, fails to clear the UK Parliament for a third time, the EU has set April 12 as the deadline for Britain to make up its mind on the next move. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USWhile the EU’s latest offer reduces the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit by the March 29 deadline, the UK could still leave without a deal if Prime Minister May fails to get the backing for her deal from MPs by April 12. The UK government will still have a choice of a deal, no-deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50, said Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, soon after EU leaders agreed to May’s plea for a short extension to the Brexit deadline at an ongoing council meeting in Brussels. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”April 12 is a key date in terms of the UK wondering whether to hold European Parliament elections. If it has not decided to do so by then the option of a long extension will immediately become impossible, said Tusk, on behalf of all EU member-countries. If May’s deal fails to clear the Parliament hurdle yet again next week, the UK would be expected to table its no-deal plans for crashing out of the 28-member economic bloc by April 12 or accept a longer extension to the Article 50 mechanism and contest the European Parliament elections scheduled for May 23. “I hope that we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision. And I will make every effort to ensure that we are able to leave with a deal and move our country forward,” May said, adding that Britain’s MPs now had a clear choice . She, however, did not repeat her vehement opposition to the prospect of a longer extension to Article 50, which is likely to come with many strings attached from Brussels. In return for even more time for Brexit, should Britain go down that route, the EU will demand that the UK holds a general election or a second referendum. A longer extension on offer is believed to run until December 31 this year or beyond. The BBC quoting Downing Street sources said that an agreement with the EU to extend the Brexit deadline would be a piece of international law and would take precedence even if Parliament rejected it.last_img read more

Elderly woman found dead

first_imgKOLKATA: The decomposed body of an elderly woman was found from a flat at Chanchal Sarani in Survey Park on Sunday afternoon. It is suspected that the woman had died at least 3 to 4 days ago.According to sources, on Sunday morning, Partha Sarathi Guha experienced a foul smell emanating from his flat. Later, he realised that the smell was coming from the residence of his neighbour Monika Chakraborty’s (60) flat. Immediately, he informed the Survey Park police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice repeatedly knocked on Chakraborty’s door but since no one responded they broke open the door and saw the woman had died while she was sitting on the floor. When they touched her, she fell down. Outwardly there was no decay in her body but her internal organs had decomposed which created the foul smell. A source informed that her husband Saradindu Chakraborty has expired in August 2012. Since then she lived in the flat alone. Her son Sukarna lives in Jadavpur. It is said he used to visit her frequently but in the past couple of months he visited her fewer times. Police came to know that Chakraborty was suffering from various ailments. Probe is on to detect if there is any foul play in the incident. Sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to know the cause and time of death.last_img read more

Ban mourns death of former leader of Republic of Korea

In Seoul, the capital, Mr. Ban visited the temporary mourning altar set up for Mr. Kim and voiced his sorrow and sense of personal loss. “Kim Dae-jung was a great son of the Korean nation and a compassionate champion of human rights and democracy,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson, voicing “great sorrow and a sense of personal loss.” “He inspired millions with his unswerving commitment to the reunification of Korea through his ‘sunshine policy’ of engagement between the North and South,” he added, paying tribute to Mr. Kim’s “noble life of dedication to the goals of peace, democracy and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.” While in Seoul, the Secretary-General discussed how to resolve the nuclear crisis in neighbouring Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and other global challenges, including climate change, with the current leader, President Lee Myung-bak. He also visited the Korea National Red Cross Headquarters and met with First Vice Minister Kwon Jong-rak, the Global Compact Korea Association and the board of the International Vaccine Institute. During his 10-day private visit to the ROK, Mr. Ban gave several speeches calling for urgent action on climate change and lauding the benefits of ushering in a ‘green’ economy. Tomorrow he is expected to attend events commemorating the sixth anniversary of the Baghdad bombing and the first observance of the World Humanitarian Day at United Nations Headquarters in New York. 18 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has wrapped up a visit to his native Republic of Korea (ROK) by paying tribute to former president Kim Dae-jung, who passed away earlier today. read more

Libya UN panel encouraged by commitment to tackle rights abuses

20 December 2011A three-member panel tasked by the United Nations with probing human rights violations committed during the Libyan conflict said today it is encouraged by the Government’s commitment and initial steps taken to address the abuses that occurred. The Commission of Inquiry on Libya was set up by the UN Human Rights Council in February to probe serious violations committed by all parties in the North African nation, where pro-Government forces and rebels had engaged in fighting for months after a pro-democracy movement emerged at the start of the year.“We were pleased to receive assurances of the Government’s continued commitment to human rights, and we are encouraged by the initial steps the Government is taking to address the human rights violations that occurred during the recent conflict,” said Judge Philippe Kirsch, a former president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who serves as the commission’s chairperson.The team has just concluded the first part of its investigations, having visited the capital, Tripoli, from 30 November to 16 December.During the visit, the panel met with the Chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC) and other senior officials in the Government, as well as with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and interviewed detainees at Matiga detention facility.The panel and investigators also visited a site where alleged extrajudicial killings were committed by forces loyal to former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi in Tripoli and received testimony about other serious violations.The commission will return to Libya next month to continue its investigations in Ajdabiya, Benghazi, Bani Walid, Brega, Misratah, Nalut, Sirte, Yefren and Zintan.The panel, which also comprises Egyptian jurist and war crimes expert Cherif M. Bassiouni and Jordanian-Palestinian lawyer Asma Khader, is scheduled to present its final report to the Geneva-based Council in March 2012.In a report presented in June, the commission said that both Government forces and the opposition have committed war crimes during the weeks of fighting following the uprising. read more

Weather washes out search on Millard farm

A search of Dellen Millard’s farm in Ayr has been delayed until tomorrow, because of today’s rain. Toronto homicide investigators began searching the farm yesterday that’s owned by one of the men accused in Tim Bosma’s death. Bosma’s burned remains were found on that property earlier this month. Hamilton Police finished their search there as part of the murder investigation, but Toronto Police say they’re now looking for evidence, as they investigate the apparent suicide of Dellen Millard’s father, Wayne, and the disappearance of Laura Babcock, 23, of Toronto. A search and rescue unit from the OPP is using special equipment to look for things buried underground.

UN should stay long enough to consolidate Haitis progress mission chief says

“It is absolutely urgent that the international community give budget support to Mr. Préval for the first six months of his Government. If he doesn’t get that support he will face a very difficult situation because he has to pay police, he has to pay teachers, he has to pay health workers and the present situation doesn’t permit him to do so,” Mr. Valdés stressed at a news conference at UN Headquarters. The World Bank had approved a loan for Haiti which would only be released after October, he said, but he added that both the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank had shown flexibility.A team sent to Haiti two weeks ago and led by economist Jeffrey Sachs recommended that aid be sent in three phases: the first six months of the new Government, the first two years, and then Mr. Préval’s entire presidency, the UN envoy said.A meeting in Brasilia next Tuesday would reunite donor representatives with the Core Group on Haiti – the European Union, Canada, the United States and the Latin Americans – and would also confirm the commitment of the troop-contributing countries, he said. At that meeting, it would be important for Haitians to clarify how they had spent some $800 million, which donor countries said they had disbursed out of the $1.2 billion pledged, especially with respect to the execution of such projects as strengthening the infrastructure, Mr. Valdés said.A subsequent meeting in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, had been called by the World Bank and would reunite donor countries with key financial institutions. The envoy expressed the hope that new aid pledges would favour a programme that included combating corruption, controlling seaports and ending all illicit traffic, particularly of weapons. On the security situation, he said the UN, which on some half dozen past occasions has left Haiti before improvements took hold, should now reinforce its presence, maintain current troop levels and strengthen the extremely fragile security.While there might be some changes in the nature and composition of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the time had not yet come to leave, said Mr. Valdés, who is also MINUSTAH chief until the end of the month.He noted that Mr. Préval has requested that the MINUSTAH stay on until a professional police force had been trained and the structure of the judiciary had improved – and, indeed, for the duration of his presidency.He expressed the hope that the new Special Representative, Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, who would take over in June would find the Mission well organized in terms of its work in the security sector and in social development, especially in the poorest areas. read more

Central Michigan rallies past Youngstown St 10094 in 3OT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Shawn Roundtree scored 10 of his 23 points in the third overtime and Central Michigan beat Youngstown State, 100-94 Tuesday night for its seventh win in nine starts.Roundtree hit the second of two free throws with :11 left in the second overtime to tie the game at 82-82 and force the third extra period.Devin Morgan’s jumper with 1:19 left pulled the Penguins even and forced overtime, but he missed a 3-point attempt and Central Michigan’s Larry Austin Jr. missed a layup in the final minute as the teams scored just two points each in the final four minutes of regulation.The Chippewas scored nine more points in three five-minute overtime periods than they did the entire second half.Austin led Central Michigan with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin McKay and David DiLeo grabbed 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively.Morgan finished with 25 points off the Youngstown State bench and Garrett Covington added 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Naz Bohannon, who came into the game averaging 8.8 boards per game, had 20.The Associated Press read more

TSMC to spend 10 billion building 450mm wafer factory

first_imgPay a visit to any state-of-the-art processor manufacturing factory and you’ll probably find a 300mm wafer fabrication process in use. This is how processors like Intel’s latest range of Ivy Bridge chips are fabricated. The bigger the wafer the cheaper it is to produce an individual processor, and 300mm is currently the largest wafer size used by the leading chip manufacturers.With demand for processors growing and costs rising, using larger wafers is highly desirable, but a very expensive transition to make. TSMC just announced it has received approval from the Taiwan government to build a 450mm wafer factory, with the total cost of the project expected to be between $8-10 billion.That’s a huge amount of money to invest, but then the end result is worth it. TSMC will be in a position to produce more processors at a reduced cost. In turn, that means it can handle a larger amount of processor orders and maintain a higher profit margin to regain that initial investment.The move to 450mm wafers is going to happen across the industry. Intel is investing billions upgrading its Arizona facilities for 450mm wafer production and building a new factory in Oregon. Samsung also wants to shift to 450mm wafers in the near future.The move to larger wafers isn’t without its risks, though. Building new facilities to handle production is the easy part. The industry as a whole has to overcome some major technical hurdles before 450mm becomes a viable replacement for the tried and tested 300mm process. TSMC’s chairman Morris Chang has stated the next five years will be filled with technical challenges, suggesting 450mm wafers may not be viable until at least 2017.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

Femalefronted films take over Hollywood but are film critics keeping up with

first_img Image: Shutterstock/JStone Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cast of Ocean’s 8 Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesFemale RebootsThe Critic’s Choice study found that female-driven films are lacking a female critics’ perspective.Of the 36 female-driven stories in the sample of 100 movies, not one featured proportional representation of women across all reviewsFour female-driven films featured 50% or more female reviewers.”We need to remember that this is not a particular tradition, in the past some female film critics that have been really influential.”So it’s not like it’s always been like this so there’s absolutely no reason why this should not change,” Barton said.Hoping to flip the critical perception of all female-driven films is Ocean’s 8, a reboot of the Ocean’s franchise.Speaking to press in the build-up to the release of the film, the cast has been critical of the reviews that the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters got in 2016.Sandra Bullock told Variety that she is still mad about the sexist response to Ghostbusters two years on.“That was unfair on a level that I can’t even not be mad about talking about,“And it doesn’t just take five people to make a movie. It takes about 300, so, you know what? Let’s back off the meanness,” Bullock said.Also, this week Oscar winner Brie Larson called for more diversity in movie reviews at a speech in Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles.“I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time,” Larson said. “It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of colour, biracial women, to teen women of colour.”A look at the breakdown of IMDb votes shows a disparity in the gender of reviewers. The ratings for Ghostbusters (2016) broken down by demographic. Source: IMDbThe academics behind the Critics Choice study have called for review groups to set target inclusion goals and then work to meet them over two, four, or six years referred to as the 30/30/20/20 plan. Source: CRITIC’S CHOICE? GENDER AND RACE/ETHNICITY OF FILM CRITICS ACROSS 100 TOP FILMS OF 2017 USC ANNENBERG INCLUSION INITIATIVEThe future of criticsMany blockbusters that are released can do well at the box office but be a flop with critics.Barton says that blockbusters and superhero franchises tend to be ”critic-proof” but smaller independent films need critical attention because they don’t have big budgets behind them.”Because people are making the decision to go and see those films, they will listen to critics and make a decision based off opinion.”There’s not an automatic choice to go and see those more challenging art films and that’s why you need critics.”Ocean’s 8 will be released in Irish cinemas on 18 June and it won’t just be the gender of its stars that’s up for discussion – now all eyes will be on who reviews the film too. By Adam Daly Female-fronted films take over Hollywood – but are film critics keeping up with change? Across the top 100 movies of 2017 male critics authored 77.8% of reviews. Rihanna attending the Ocean’s 8 premiere. Rihanna attending the Ocean’s 8 premiere. Image: Shutterstock/JStonecenter_img And then that feed backs into the films themselves. If nobody is critiquing them, then why do they have to change.Barton says there is a greater problem among film critics and that is the aggregated movie review sites like Rotten Tomatoes.The study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism recommended that sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and other aggregators address disparities in their critic representation by ensuring parity in the critics that they include.”There is a diminishing of critical culture and that is in part due to the aggregated sites.”There are links to reviews but most people take one look and see 40% of critics liked this film, ‘I’m not going to go see it’.” Share4 Tweet Email2 53 Comments WHILE HOLLYWOOD HAS started to shift towards having more diverse cast and crews, the same diversity isn’t borne out when it comes to film criticism.A study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, part of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has concluded that white male critics were writing top film reviews at a rate of nearly 27 times their racially underrepresented female counterparts in 2017.The study, Critic’s Choice, examined critics across the top 100 movies of 2017 who generated 19,559 reviews.Of those reviews, male critics authored 77.8% and females authored 22.2%, with white critics writing 82% of them.The situation is even worse when broken down by ethnicity: the report suggests that 82% of reviewers are white, with 18% from under-represented racial/ethnic backgrounds.The majority of all critics were white males (53.2%) followed by white females (23%), underrepresented males (14.8%), and then underrepresented females (8.9%).The study focused on the most popular movies of 2017 in order to examine films that were seen by a large proportion of the population and which generated the most money for studios and distributors.The authors added: ”It is possible, however, that critical reviews of less popular movies may feature a more balanced corps of critics.”No surpriseLike Hollywood, The Irish Film Board is making a conscious effort to make the Irish film industry more diverse.Last year it announced a series of new funding opportunities for budding female filmmakers.But despite the initiatives to achieve gender parity behind the camera, Dr Ruth Barton, a lecturer in film studies at Trinity College Dublin, says that the figures in the Critics Choice study don’t surprise her at all.Barton is the author of several books on Irish cinema and has irregularly attended press screenings over the years but has always noticed the uneven gender breakdown in critics there.”Probably, there might be one or two women, and all the rest would be guys, they all knew each other as well, it was a bit off-putting.She also voiced concerns about critics ”producing a consensus” on the films they’d seen.Barton said that the audiences at review screenings don’t ”reflect the composition of the cinema when you go in the evening”.Having no correlation between the critics and the audience is a problem according to Barton as ”taste is gendered”.”To generalise, I think that men are more gender-blind than women, so are less likely to be looking for issues of gender representation in films than women are.”If they are very few women reviewing films then you’re going to get very little in the way of a nuanced examination of gendered roles. 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Grippe aviaire le virus H7N9 fait une 10e victime mais reste difficile

first_imgGrippe aviaire : le virus H7N9 fait une 10e victime mais reste difficile à détecter Selon le directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé animale (OIE), le virus H7N9 de la grippe aviaire est “très difficile” à détecter sur les volailles ce qui rend sa prise en charge particulièrement compliquée en Chine, où il a déjà fait dix morts.Le virus H7N9 de la grippe aviaire a fait jeudi un dixième mort à Shanghai. Aujourd’hui, 38 Chinois ont contracté cette maladie et certains ont été guéris mais le virus à tendance à se propager. Comme l’a expliqué le directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé animale (OIE), le Dr Bernard Vallat, “selon l’information disponible aujourd’hui, nous sommes confrontés à une situation assez exceptionnelle, car nous avons affaire à un virus influenza très faiblement pathogène pour les oiseaux et qui a la capacité de provoquer une maladie grave chez les personnes infectées”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Citée par l’AFP, l’OIE, qui a son siège à Paris, précise que “les volailles testées comme positives à la présence du virus influenza A (H7N9), et suspectées d’être à l’origine des cas humains recensés, ne montrent pas de symptômes visibles” ce qui “rend la détection de ce virus très difficile chez les volailles”. Or, les habitants étant souvent en contact régulier avec des volailles, il est difficile pour l’heure de contrôler l’épidémie.En se basant sur les informations communiquées par les autorités vétérinaires chinoises, l’OIE indique qu’”à la date d’aujourd’hui, huit foyers d’influenza aviaire faiblement pathogène A ont été notifiés chez des pigeons et des poulets présents sur des marchés, tous situés à Shanghai et dans des provinces voisines”. Sur place, les autorités ont interdit l’élevage des volailles à domicile afin d’endiguer l’épidémie et l’OIE pourrait proposer un vaccin adapté pour protéger les animaux sensibles. L’organisme précise toutefois que “la disponibilité d’un vaccin efficace pour protéger les volailles du virus A(H7N9) en quantités appropriées pourrait prendre quelque temps”. L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a quant à elle assuré qu’il n’existait aucune transmission possible du virus H7N9 d’homme à homme, écartant ainsi le risque d’une pandémie.Le 12 avril 2013 à 11:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Apple to open campus in San Diego adding 1000 jobs

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:57 AM December 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is one of several cities around the nation that will get a new Apple campus in the next three years, the company announced Thursday.Apple will spend roughly $1 billion on its largest planned expansion in Austin, Texas, which will be the second Apple campus in that city. Apple will also build new campuses in Seattle and Culver City, along with San Diego, and increase the size of its offices in cities around the country like New York, Boston and Portland.“Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the announcement.Apple officials were tight-lipped about the details of the San Diego campus, but rumors have swirled of a possible location in University City. The tech giant is one of several big names to add offices in San Diego in recent years. Google opened a 60,000-square-foot office in 2016, while Amazon opened a tech hub in University City in September of this year.Apple plans to add 1,000 jobs in San Diego, as well as Seattle and Culver City, by the end of 2021.“Joining an influx of other large tech firms like Amazon, Google and Teradata, Apple is setting up a significant operation in San Diego to take advantage of the region’s STEM talent,” said Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. “We look forward to building a stronger working relationship with Apple to help them grow and succeed in this already thriving tech hub.” Apple ❤️ Austin! Proud to announce our newest campus there, along with plans for new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, CA as Apple expands operations and creates thousands of jobs across the US.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2018center_img Apple to open campus in San Diego adding 1,000 jobs Thank you to @tim_cook for agreeing to expand operations in the U.S. and thereby creating thousands of jobs!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018 Posted: December 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego Police Foundations Annual Women in Blue Luncheon

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Foundation will celebrate female leadership in law enforcement at its ninth annual Women in Blue luncheon on March 7th.Since 2010, the Women in Blue initiative has honored women in public safety who demonstrate outstanding leadership, courage, strength and resilience in a profession historically dominated by men, according to San Diego Police Foundation.The luncheon also raises funds for the San Diego Police Foundation.This year’s honorees include Detective Susan Righthouse, a 29-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and Margaret Mendez, the Human Resources Manager for the San Diego Police Department, serving as the commanding officer for the Human Resources Division.The Women in Blue luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at 1 Park Blvd. in San Diego. Individual tickets are priced at $125.To purchase tickets or become a sponsor click here. Posted: March 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Police Foundation’s Annual Women in Blue Luncheon Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 4, 2019last_img read more

How a deer can cause a plane crash

first_imgThroughout this year’s hunting season, Sitka’s airport has been contending with an unusual issue: dead deer. Carcasses have been washing up on the runway since November, attracting birds. And this has posed a big problem to business as usual.Heather Bauscher is a wildlife specialist for the USDA. Her job is the clear the runway of airborne creatures. But lately, her bigger problem is deer. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Download Audi0You know those contraptions where a hammer hits a ball which drops into a bucket which cracks an egg or something? Well, this story is set inside Sitka’s very own Rube Goldberg machine.Heather Bauscher works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as a wildlife specialist. Her job is to clear of the runway of wildlife that could interfere with air traffic. Mostly it’s creatures of the sky: eagles, seagulls, and ducks.But lately, Bauscher’s biggest nemesis is deer. “There’s a lot of steps between somebody pitching some animal remains overboard or leaving them on the beach and planes crashing,” Bauscher said, “but it can happen.” Carcasses have been washing up on the runway ever since the subsistence hunting season opened on November 1st.Traffic Control: Wildlife 2, we’ll show you on.Sitka’s runway is encompassed by the Pacific Ocean. The tides bring in debris and some of that debris attracts birds, creating a natural buffet (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)In her truck, Bauscher sped down the runway, which is fully exposed. It’s like a tarmac popsicle sticking out into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Because of it’s design, carcasses tend to wash up on or near the runway every week. It’s like Las Vegas when the buffet is called, except for birds.“Some of these coves really act as a catch all. You’ll see all sorts of debris. I mean, look at the way the waves are crashing and the water is pushing things in,” Bauscher noted as she slowed her truck near a wind sock. She caught a glimpse of something in the rocks and scrambles down them.KCAW: Someone’s sneaker is floating in there.Bauscher: Yep, all kinds of debris.It’s debris soup really. But with her keen eyes, Bauscher spied a white tuft of hair.Bauscher: See a little bit right there?KCAW: Oh my god, yes!A deer head.Since November, Bauscher has been seeing one to three deer wash up on the runway every week. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)She picked up a branch that had washed up nearby and proceeded to poke the deer head, eventually spearing it with the end. She scaled the rock wall triumphantly, her blue gloved hand holding the deer head high.KCAW: Oh it smells. It smells like death.Bauscher: Yep.KCAW: It smells like death.Bauscher: Yep.Bauscher chucked it into her back of her truck. One section is smeared with blood and animal parts, so she has to wash it pretty often , and drives off the runway.Bauscher loads a deer carcass, picked clean by birds, into the back of her truck. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Now think about it: all this collection work for one deer head that could theoretically attract a bird that could theoretically collide with a plane. Is it worth all the fuss?Bauscher said that on a runway as exposed and wild as Sitka’s, it’s essential. This year alone, she’s counted 80 species of birds in the vicinity of Sitka’s runway. “If a bird strikes a plane, chances are it could severely damage the turbine to the point of completely destroying that engine.”In 2010, an eagle flew straight into the engine of a Boeing 737 that was roaring down Sitka’s runway. No one was hurt – commercial planes have two engines –  but at other airports across the country, wildlife strikes have downed planes and killed passengers before.In 2009, pilots had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River after birds knocked out both engines. Public pressure from that event motivated the Federal Aviation Administration to release data that year, which reported 60,000 bird strikes since 2000. Basically, it can happen to any plane with any bird. All it takes is some bad timing. And Bascher said the USDA doesn’t want to take the risk.Bauscher: Because we’re not going to have a ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ in Sitka.KCAW: Why not?Bauscher: Well, I mean…look at it! There’s too many rocks. And how many times are you on a plane where you know the other people on that plane? Always. There’s always people you know on that plane and the way the flight runs from Seattle to Anchorage, if there was something horrible that happened because of a bird strike, there would be no way this whole community wasn’t impacted much less all of Southeast Alaska. And I think it would be a real shame for that to be because of some deer carcasses or fish carcasses or something that could have been preventable.Phil Mooney – the area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game – urged those hunting to be more conscious of this very real connection between the sea and sky. And that means, not dumping your carcases on the side of the road.Phil Mooney, area biologist with ADF&G, urges Sitkans to dispose of their deer waste though municipal garbage collection or by donating it to the Raptor Center. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)“Don’t put it on the roadside. Don’t throw it in the water particularly. If you can put it in your garbage can that’s great,” Mooney said.And if pick-up isn’t for awhile, or the carcass is getting stinky, Mooney recommends taking it to the Jarvis Street Transfer Station or the Alaska Raptor Center. Fortress of the Bear says it’s not accepting carcasses at this time, but will begin again in the spring.Mooney sympathizes with those Sitkans who want to return the wildlife carcasses back to nature, but stresses that that kind of thinking is too risky in a city of 9000 with over half a dozen daily flights. “People think, ‘Okay, this one deer carcass isn’t going to hurt anything, or these two deer carcasses.’ But take that times how many hunters we’ve got out here and a good deer year and it gets to be a problem,” Mooney said.Back on the runway, Bauscher has just enough time to scatter a group of ducks. She uses pyrotechnics, shot out of a gun. (Sound of silver comet exploding in the air) This one is blue with sparkles. It’s called a silver comet.Bauscher clearly loves her job. She notified traffic control that the runway was clear. We watched from outside the gate as the noon plane took off into the sky, her eyes traveling upward. She then said her superpower of choice would be to talk to animals and tell them not to hang out on the runway, as beautiful as it may be.last_img read more

When art meets Heritage

What happens when art meets heritage? The Ananya Dance Festival will bring you the answer. One of the most awaited classical dance festivals, it features specially designed group choreographs that light up the majestic Old Fort every year.The five-day classical dance extravaganza is in its 11th year. It is organised by the Department of Art, Culture, Languages of the Government of Delhi and Seher in association with Archaeological Survey of India [ASI], which celebrates its 150 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Ananya is an attempt to popularise the Indian classical arts among the youth. In this age of reality television, our heritage and culture needs to be repackaged innovatively and preserved amongst the future generations. The festival is one such attempt to showcase Indian classical dances in their purest form so that the traditional arts would reach out to more and more people of all ages and strata of society,’ said Sanjeev Bhargava, Creative Director, Ananya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival will start with an opening Bharatnatyam performance titled ‘Shiva Shakti’ based on Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi [Shakti].‘Shiva Shakti is a dance centered on energy. It depicts the synergised power mingled with Panch Pota [five elements]. The 50 minute choreographed ballet will be put up by a troupe of 11 artistes,’ explained choreographer Saroja Vaidyanathan.Nearly hundred school children will also get a chance to interact with artistes at the festival. The workshop also aims to extend Ananya’s endeavour of introducing people to the possibilities of making a connection with traditional arts and architecture in their own lives and the potential of continuing to experiment with these in the contemporary era. ‘This time we have also introduced an outreach programme whose objective is two fold. One to foster a vision of taking Indian culture to the students. And the second is to present the creative industry – music, dance, theatre, art and related professions to be encouraged amongst the younger generation as viable alternative career options,’ added Bhargava.DETAILAt: Purana Qila [Old Fort]When: 6 October – 10 October Timings: 7 pm onwards  Entry: Free read more

Cancun Red Cross robbed after man claims fake stomach pains

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A Red Cross medical facility was robbed of its cash over the weekend in Cancun when someone arrived with a fake stomach ache.Police responded to the 911 call at 4:20 a.m. when an on-duty nurse reported the robbery. She said five men went to the Mexican Red Cross on Yaxchilán Avenue in the early morning hours of Saturday with one complaining of a stomach ache.When the nurse opened the door to the reception area, she was threatened with a gun. All five men then entered the building and forced her to reveal the safe.Police report that the robbers made off with the 30,000 peso from the safe along with another 2,700 from the cash drawer.“They did not hit or hurt anyone, it was just the scare,” said one of the paramedics.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US students survive 9 days in New Zealand bush

first_imgKlintworth’s father Dane, of Neenah, Wisconsin, said the two students are adept at solving problems and made the right decision to wait to cross the raging river and to ration their food.He said he and his wife didn’t learn their daughter and her boyfriend were missing until Saturday morning. He said it was the worst day of their lives until they got word that night that the two were safe.The couple’s ordeal began June 1 when friend Katie Jenkins, another UW student, dropped them off at a national park on the South Island’s West Coast so they could hike in and camp for a few days.“They were just going to the hot springs, to chill out and study for finals,” Jenkins said, adding that she continued on with her own travels and didn’t realize the couple was missing until eight days had passed, which is when she raised the alarm.The couple didn’t take much food _ some carrots, rice, peanut butter and trail mix, according to Police Sgt. Sean Judd, who coordinated rescue attempts. He said that after three days, a steady rain started.“Then on Wednesday the snowstorm hit and it got progressively worse,” Judd said.Brown said that soaking in the hot pools “helped keep us warm and slow energy loss.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How men can have a healthy 2019 The two students, on a foreign study program in New Zealand with University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, had planned to hike and camp for a few days at some hot springs on the country’s South Island. But heavy rains and a snowstorm during the Southern Hemisphere winter prevented the couple from being able to cross a river and return.“Unfortunately it rained and rained, day after day, and snowed,” Alec Brown wrote in an email to The Associated Press Monday.He said the nights were tough to take because the rain and sleet pounded down on the tarpaulin covering their sleeping hammock and the river roared _ reminding them all the time of their predicament.When they realized they were going to be stuck they started rationing: “a biscuit and jelly one day,” Brown wrote “and even less another.”Brown’s mother Lisa, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, said she panicked when she first found out her son was missing.“It’s too much for a mom,” she told the AP. “Especially when they’re that far away. I just felt so helpless.”She had faith that Alec, an environmental science major, knew the outdoors well enough to survive, she said, adding that Erica, who is studying graphic design, is a strong woman. The incident comes one month after three Boston University students studying abroad were killed in New Zealand when their minivan rolled. The students were driving to a hike at the time of the crash. A fourth student who was critically injured in the crash has since regained consciousness.___Follow Nick Perry on Twitter at More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   It wasn’t until Sunday, Brown said, that the river finally seemed safe enough to cross again. He and Klintworth prepared for their hike out by cooking up a “good meal” of rice, marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate, he said.“We then left and crossed the icy waters only up to our waist,” he said. “We were climbing the mountains under the dense tree cover when we first heard the helicopter we assumed was looking for us. The copter never saw us and we walked out just fine and met up with the search and rescue by the road.”It was when they attended a debriefing, he added, that “we found out what a big deal all this was.”Judd said the pair made some good choices, particularly by not trying to cross the flooded river, but could have entered the wilderness better prepared.Brown said he relied on his past experience hiking and camping and felt confident in the couple’s ability to survive.“I believe when you go into the bush you take your life into your own hands and need to be prepared to handle whatever conditions occur,” he said. “We could have been more prepared, but in the end we were prepared enough to walk ourselves out.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Top Stories Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Two U.S. students trapped in the New Zealand wilderness by a snowstorm trekked back out to safety after surviving their nine-day ordeal by rationing their meager supplies of trail mix and warming themselves in hot springs.Alec Brown and Erica Klintworth, both 21, returned to the city of Christchurch on Monday after meeting up with members of a search team _ famished but otherwise in good shape, police said.last_img read more

Indian Railways providing cold storage facility

first_imgUnder a pilot project called ‘Kisan Vision Project’, Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited (CRWC) were asked to provide infrastructure to encourage development of facilities for setting up cold storages and temperature-controlled perishable cargo centres as well as developing agro-retail outlets through public private partnership (PPP) mode at six locations on Indian Railways. Details of these projects are as under:-1. Nasik (Maharashtra): The centre located in Nasik District of Maharashtra is functional since February 23, 2013.2. New Azadpur (Delhi): Perishable Cargo Centre at New Azadpur, Adarsh Nagar, New Delhi is functional since March 24, 2015.3. New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal): The Perishable Cargo Centre at Bagdogra airport was taken over by CONCOR on February 22, 2011 from Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA). Under the provisions of Agreement executed between SJDA & CONCOR, SJDA was required to obtain requisite license from State Government authorities. Since SJDA has not been able to obtain the same, CONCOR is making efforts to return the facility to SJDA. (ii) Singur (West Bengal): The Perishable Cargo Centre was made functional on December 18, 2011. However, due to very low utilisation, the service provider has abandoned the contract.4. Dankuni (West Bengal): Central Railside Warehouse Company Ltd (CRWC) has been entrusted with the responsibility of developing Perishable Cargo Centre at Dankuni. However, release of requisite land at the proposed site is not viable due to presence of coal blocks, commercial plots, high tension wire and infringing road movement.5. Perishable Cargo Centre at Ghazipur Ghat (Uttar Pradesh): The facility is expected to be functional by December 2016, with a built-up area of 1350 sq m in Phase-I. CONCOR’s fully owned subsidiary, i.e. Fresh and Healthy Enterprises Limited (FHEL) is operating a controlled-atmosphere store at Rai (Sonepat) in Haryana having the capacity of 11,700 metric tonnes.CRWC has carried out preliminary surveys for construction of temperature-controlled storages at 10 other locations, viz Vatva, Vishakhapatnam, Badagara (also known as Vatakara), Udhna, Cheriyanad, Bhivandi Road, Azara, Navlur, Kalamboli and Yashwantpura.These surveys do not indicate feasibility, due to inadequate availability of land/traffic, at all the locations except at Bhiwandi Road. CRWC has surveyed other potential locations and, West Hill, Calicut is among the proposed alternate locations for Railside warehouse complex in Kerala. CRWC has been allowed a timeframe of two years from receipt of requisite approvals for construction and operationalisation of the warehouse complex.last_img read more

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have a majority in the Lok Sabha the Congress leader said what is required for this landmark bill to become a reality is the prime minister’s support "I am sure it will not be withheld" he said In a tweet Rahul said "Our PM says he’s a crusader for women’s empowerment Time for him to rise above party politics walk-his-talk & have the Women’s Reservation Bill passed by Parliament The Congress offers him its unconditional support (sic)" The Congress president also claimed that his party has collected over 32 million signatures of Indian men and women in support of the bill and said that he was submitting the same to him while seeking the prime minister’s support With inputs from PTI IDEAS Kluger is Editor at Large for TIME Human history is often defined by its very worst pitch meetings Take the one in 1812 when one of Napoleon’s generals told the Great Emperor “I’ve got an idea Let’s invade Russiain the winter” Or the one in 1985 when the anonymous product developer at Coca-Cola said “How ’bout we take a product everyone loves quit making it and replace it with a different formulation no one is asking for What could go wrong” So too it must have gone in the executive suites of Toys R Us when someone made the compelling case for stocking a brand-new line of action figures based on the wildly successful Breaking Bad series After all nothing quite says holiday shopping like a bendable fully costumed figurine of Walter Whitethe murderous chemistry teacher turned crystal meth manufacturerand Jesse Pinkman his former student and current bag man And you want accessories We’ve got accessoriesincluding a duffle bag stuffed with imaginary cash and a plastic bag of yes faux crystal meth for White Pinkman comes with a gas mask because the folks at Toys R Us are not the kind to forget about corporate responsibility If your kids are going to grow up to run a meth lab it’s never too early to teach them basic safety It might not surprise you to learn that Toys R Us has faced a teensy bit of blowback from this curious marketing decision Florida mom Susan Schrivjer has posted a petition on Changeorg that has just exceeded 2000 signatures demanding that the company pull the products She also appeared on The Today Show to make her case more publicly “Anything to do with drugs is not doing the right thing” she said “I just think they need to look at their vision and values as they call them” The part that’s more surprisingbut sadly only a littleis that even after being called on its appalling lack of judgment Toys R Us has not responded with the quickest loudest most abject oops in corporate history Instead it is standing its ground Why Because the dolls are sold only in the “adult section” of the store of coursethe ones intended for shoppers 15 and up OK let’s start with the fact that Toys R Us has an adult section at allsomething I never knew and I suspect many other parents didn’t either So what will they stock there next A line of Toys R Us hard cider Toys R 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products they shouldn’t see Toys R Us you’ve thought this one out to the last detail What the company’s consumer researchers probably know and if they don’t they ought to is that the brain’s frontal lobeswhere higher order executive functions livearen’t even fully myelinated until we reach our late 20s which is why young people can be so spectacularly reckless why soldiers and political firebrands tend to be young and why judges heads of state and clerical leaders tend to be old The adult fan of Breaking Bad might actually enjoy the new toys as collectors items–something to be bought or given as a gift with a little twinkle of irony a this-is-so-wrong-it’s-right sort of thing But that kind of nuance isn’t remotely within a child’s visible spectrum Really Toys R Us there is absolutely no surviving this one Back up the truck pack up the toys and send them to a landfill And if you’re even thinking about following this one up with a Boardwalk Empire board game complete with a Nucky 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player is an owner that believes in you and trusts you with his franchise adding that negotiations over the crisis there should be part of a larger deal regarding Iran an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria dominated by the Kurdish YPG Sk were not injured in the accident Both were wearing seatbeltsGovernor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration has awarded contracts for the construction of six major roads across the state at the sum of N24 billion covering the Eha-Amufu-Nkalagu federal road at Isi-Uzo Local Government Area which has been in a deplorable condition Other roads include the extension of the Agbani-Afor Amurri road; the extension of Ituku road; the construction of Ogonogoeji Ndi Agu Akpugo road (Atavu Bailey Bridge –Afor Onovo); the construction of 42 meter span Bailey bridge and road works across river Nyama to Amechi-Linking Umuogo and Umuagba Amechi Uno/ Obinagu community all in Nkanu West LGA It would be recalled the Gov Ugwuanyi had recently inspected most of the road projects where he promised the immediate intervention of his administration and reiterated his commitment to the development of the rural areas to give the dwellers a sense of belonging and make life more meaningful for them Addressing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Engr Greg Nnaji explained that the council approved the splitting of the 88 km Eha-Amufu- Nkalagu road into lots 1 and 2 and awarding of the contracts to separate reputable contractors that will commence works simultaneously from the Nkalagu axis that borders Enugu and Ebonyi States and the Eha-Amufu College of Education section Engr Nnaji disclosed that the 88km road which will cost over N13billion was divided into two lots “to ensure that the construction is fast tracked within the weather window available this year” On the Ogonogoeji Ndi Agu Akpugo road the works commissioner expressed doubt if the people of the area particularly their children who were born over 20 years ago had seen an asphalted road adding that the state government’s intervention was significant and timely On the river crossing at Amechi Uno Engr Nnaji noted that because of few problems encountered on the project in the past the government has engaged the services of the 44 Engineer Brigade of the Nigerian Army whose responsibility and engineering skill are needed to salvage the situation and deliver quality job within the next three months to serve the people of the area effectively He also announced that the council’s decision to rehabilitate and renovate the seven District hospitals in the state located in Agbani Udi Igbo Eze North Isi-Uzo Nsukka and Awgu was upheld adding that approval was given for the immediate upgrade and renovation of Polly Clinic/Asata District Hospital Enugu and Udi District Hospital Udi Local Government Area “We are no longer talking about roads We are looking into other public buildings and things that would impact positively on the lives of the people of our state” the works commissioner said In his briefing the Commissioner for Education Prof Uche Eze said that the council in a bid to enhance the standard of learning and ensure that the basic education programme is continuously promoted in the state approved that the sum of N1billion be released to the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB) to enable the board draw down another N1billion from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Abuja The education commissioner explained that the essence of the approval was also for the state government to continue to construct new classroom blocks renovate dilapidated ones and provide the essential instructional resources that will enhance effective learning system saying: “This is a demonstration of the Governor Ugwuanyi-led administration to ensure that education is placed at a level that is competitive worldwide” Prof Eze also stated that the council approved the release of N50 million as grant to the Enugu State Polytechnic Iwollo Ezeagu to procure workshop and laboratory equipment and other instructional materials that would enable the institution obtain full accreditation for all her programmes sequel to the interim accreditation from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) He further stated that N10 million was approved for the institution as additional monthly subvention to enable it recruit more 121 academic and non-academic staff and pay them monthly salary Also approved according to the commissioner for education was the sum of N22 65000000 to enable the academic and physical planning sub committees for the relocation of the Enugu State College of Education Technical Enugu to Ihe Awgu Local Government Areas complete their assignments His passenger was taken to Lakewood Health in Baudette is being questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abeokuta was charged Friday in Cass County District court with four feloniesm after the girlfriend got out of the car Police allege Pederson then led officers on a high-speed chase to County Road 81 before driving off the road and back across I-29 about a quarter-mile in front of the spot where a trooper had placed spike strips to blow out his tiresPederson is accused of then running into the field prompting a long search that involved two helicopters and an airplane He was taken into custody shortly after 7 pm after he was seen moving by an officer guarding the perimeter of the cornfieldA North Dakota Highway Patrol report filed with the criminal charges states that when authorities found Pederson he was curled up on the ground with a gun to his head but eventually let go of it The weapon turned out to be a black pellet gun that looked like a real gun the report stated Pederson told authorities he earlier had shot himself in the stomach three times with the pellet gun but none of the shots penetrated skinThough initially expected to make his first appearance in court from the jail by closed-circuit television Friday morning Pederson instead appeared via video from the jail in the afternoon his wrists and torso strapped to a chairCapt Rick Majerus said restraints were used because Pederson was threatening to hurt himself The 21-year-old told Judge Lisa Fair McEvers on Friday he wants to seek treatment"My suicidal depression has been going downhill since I’ve been here" Pederson said In arguing for the bail amount Assistant Cass County State’s Attorney Cherie Clark said Pederson’s criminal activity "seems to be escalating" citing among other recent cases a 2011 felony theft charge in Cass County a variety of drug convictions and a pending misdemeanor for eluding stemming from a Sept 7 incidentClark said Pederson has walked away from mental-health treatment programs in the past and is a serious flight risk She also referred to the expense of the 11-hour search in making the state’s case for bailMajerus said if Pederson is convicted authorities will seek reimbursement for the cost of the search which involved 58 people including the pilots and an ambulance crew on standby However he added " We think it ‘ s going to be very difficult to recoup costs " which are being still talliedAuthorities didn’t know the suspect’s weapon was a pellet gun Majerus said and for the suspect’s safety and the safety of officers they chose not to enter the cornfield and instead used the tools and technology at their disposal to conduct the search"I’d do it again in a heartbeat" he saidPederson’s driver’s license shows a Fargo address but when he was booked into jail he listed his address as 3356 70th Ave N in Moorhead Majerus saidA phone message left for the attorney appointed to represent Pederson wasn’t returned Friday afternoonAfter the Sept 7 incident for which Pederson stands accused of eluding police he allegedly posted Facebook messages bragging he had fooled police to think he’d not heard the sirens as they tried to stop him according to documents 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sent to the Watford City Police Department but he wasn’t sure what came of itNorth Dakota law prohibits public employees from participating in campaign activities while on duty or in uniformJohansen’s letter also claims that Schwartzenberger and another candidate who he does not name stood within 100 feet of the entrance to the Watford City Civic Center on June 12 the day of the primary election According to North Dakota law “An individual may not ask solicit or in any manner try to induce or persuade any voter within a polling place or within one hundred feet [3048 meters] from the entrance to the room containing a polling place while it is open for voting to vote or refrain from voting for any candidate or the candidates or ticket of any political party or organization or any measure submitted to the people” Johansen’s other allegations are related to things he claimed Schwartzenberger has done in relation to his campaignJohansen wrote that Schwartzenberger sent a sexually explicit text message about him He included a screenshot purporting to show a message from Schwartzenberger that uses expletives and sexual language to describe Johansen“I believe this is a violation of federal and state labor law and a clear sexual harassment violation by a superior to a subordinate employee” Johansen wroteJohansen claimed that a door hanger paid for by Schwartzenberger’s campaign listed false information about his positionsIn that case and the case of what Johansen called altered performance evaluations Johansen said Schwartzenberger is using false information in political advertisementsJohansen wrote that Schwartzenberger released his performance evaluation to the public but that the version Schwartzenberger released was altered “Releasing personnel files that have been altered without my knowledge is morally and ethically wrong” Johansen wroteIn a copy of the evaluation included with the letter Johansen highlighted what he claimed were changes Johansen said after he was given the review he typed up comments The document provided with his letter shows what appear to be responses to those comments“I hadn’t ever seen that before it was published on social media and (Schwartzenberger’s) website” Johansen saidSchwartzenberger who was elected sheriff in 2014 has had a rocky tenure In November 2015 he was charged with mishandling public money then in November 2016 the McKenzie County Commission filed a petition to have him removed from officeJohansen was appointed interim sheriff while the removal case against Schwartzenberger was pendingGov Doug Burgum returned Schwartzenberger to office in August 2017 and the criminal charges against him were dropped in JanuaryIn his statement Schwartzenberger questioned the statements by Johansen and by Buck“I did not see any sworn affidavits from any witnesses in regards to these allegations either in the letter sent by Mr Johansen or from the statement from Mr Buck because they don’t want to be caught in a lie in a sworn statement” he saidHe also questioned the motives of those who accused him of wrongdoing“I question if they are really trying to support Johansen or if their intent is to prevent me from doing my job as Sheriff because they know I will enforce the law no matter who they are” Schwartzenberger said “I am not a puppet I am a true servant of the people”Johansen said he hadn’t heard anything about the status of his complaint“I’m guessing it will be at least be looked into” he saidHer comments in response to a question from CBS correspondent Omar Villafranca came amid a teacher walkout that has closed schools across Oklahoma for hundreds of thousands of students Teachers began rallying at the Capitol on Monday and have returned each day since Wednesday the building was so packed that state troopers shut entrances"Teachers want more" Fallin told Villafranca Tuesday "But it’s kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car"The governor also told Villafranca that she was skeptical that the teacher walkout was a homegrown movement saying she suspected outside groups including Antifa – short for anti-fascist – were involved"Yeah I would say 100 percent no" said Alberto Morejon a middle school teacher from Stillwater Oklahoma standing in the shadow of the Capitol on Wednesday morning He created a Facebook group that drew tens of thousands of members and became an organizing vehicle for the walkout "I don’t even know who they are What is Antifa"The Oklahoma Legislature was in session Wednesday but it did not appear that lawmakers were considering measures regarding school fundingSharee Davis a 36-year-old high school math teacher in an Oklahoma City suburb stood outside the Capitol on Wednesday holding a sign that said "Auction the necklace" – a reference to reports that Fallin was wearing a high-priced necklace during a bill signing last week"I feel like she disrespects us every day" Davis said"I’m going to make a little stab since she has been disrespectful for so long"Adjusted for inflation Oklahoma schools have lost about 30 percent of their funding over the past decade Teachers are among the worst paid in the nation and about 20 percent of the state’s districts have moved to four-day school weeks because they can no longer afford to keep the lights on for five Schools have been unable to purchase textbooks or make repairs – many students have to share tattered textbooks that are missing pagesIn 2016 Oklahoma ranked 49th in teacher pay The average compensation package of an Oklahoma teacher was $45276 a year according to the National Education Association a figure that includes a high-priced health plan and other benefits That’s far less than educators in neighboring states making it difficult – for many districts impossible – to find and keep qualified teachers Last week faced with the threat of teachers going on strike state lawmakers approved increasing salaries for educators by an average of $6100 a year and for support staff by $1250 annually The measure also included an additional $50 million for classrooms Fallin signed the bill for teacher raises last week and the bills for support staff raises and classroom funds Tuesday But teachers – who had demanded a $10000 raise and $200 million in general education funding – said it was not enoughAfter the bill signing Thursday Fallin said at a news conference: "I hope they can come up here and say ‘thank you’ on Monday and go back to the classrooms" The remark infuriated educatorsMany teachers said they are satisfied with the salary increase They came to the Capitol because they said the additional general education funding is inadequate It will not be enough to replace all of the outdated textbooks in the state or for schools to move back to five-day school weeks"We’re not interested in a better car" said Jami Beshear a middle school special education teacher in Oklahoma City "We’re interested in our students having a better future"Author information:Moriah Balingit is an education reporter for The Washington Post where she has worked since 2014Gaebe was previously a deputy chief of staff and senior policy advisor to then-Gov.On a video released by Project Veritas, made comments that the network was considering bringing back old-school shows.m. about making sure that we have an immigration policy that is fair it treats people with respect and with decency and that will be one of my most urgent tasks" Javid told Sky News on Monday A spokesman for May said Javid who had been minister for housing communities and local government "has proved his drive his ambition and determination to get to grips with difficult subjects and these are abilities which will all be required at the Home Office" May will hope Javid’s appointment deflects public anger over a problem the opposition Labour Party says is at least partly her fault because she spent six years as home secretary Out campaigning on Monday May defended the use of targets to tackle illegal immigration and declined to answer directly when asked whether she should take the blame for what opposition lawmakers call a toxic culture at the Home Office BREXIT BALANCE While aimed at ending the scandal Javid’s appointment may also signal a shift on Brexit Rudd was one of the most outspokenly pro-EU members of May’s cabinet and could now join other Conservative lawmakers voting in favour of keeping the closest possible ties with the bloc Javid’s position is less clear An admirer of late prime minister Margaret Thatcher he strongly supports free markets Several pro-Brexit campaigners have said he is now firmly on their side and will oppose attempts to retain the closest possible ties with the EU Javid will now take Rudd’s place on May’s Brexit committee a cabinet sub-grouping balanced between those who supported staying in the EU and those who wanted to leave That committee will meet this week to try to come up with a future customs arrangement with the EU that avoids a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland In the Irish border town of Dundalk the bloc’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said this would require rapid progress and that a real risk remained of Britain leaving the bloc without an overall deal on future relations There are more challenges ahead On Monday the upper house of parliament defeated May’s government for the seventh time in two weeks by backing changes to legislation that will end Britain’s EU membership in March next year The House of Lords voted in favour of giving parliament powers to force the government back to the negotiating table and even to halt Britain’s departure if lawmakers do not think a final Brexit deal is good enough The proposals do have to be agreed by both chambers before they can become law but could severely test May’s slim working majority in the lower house next month TOUGH JOB Javid’s primary job at the interior ministry or Home Office will not be an easy one either The department is one of the toughest to lead responsible for immigration the police and security at a volatile time of public spending cuts Islamist attacks and Brexit talks May was the longest-serving home secretary in decades before becoming prime minister and some opposition figures have accused her of drawing up overly harsh immigration policies Jeremy Corbyn leader of the main opposition Labour Party again called on her to answer questions about her time at the Home Office when "she was presiding over in her terms the creation of a ‘hostile environment’" Rudd lasted less than two years becoming the fourth minister May has lost to scandals in the last six months After days of apologies she wrote in her resignation letter that she should have been aware of the deportation targets but added that Britons "want people who have a right to live here to be treated fairly and humanely which has sometimes not been the case" – a criticism of her own ministry and perhaps of May May will hope Javid known for a passion for detail when business minister can ease the pressure on the ministry But some doubted whether he would soften the approach to immigration "Sajid Javid is one of the most right-wing anti-immigration politicians in the Conservative Party" said Dr Kehinde Andrews an associate professor at Birmingham City University who specialises in race issues "The fact that his skin is brown does not change anything in that at all" (Additional reporting by Michael Holden writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Kevin Liffey) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed A committee has been set up by the Federal Government to work ways to end income inequality in public service and have uniform salary structure for government workers According to the government a uniform salary structure will ensure industrial accord in public service and also put an end to the persistent demand for salaryincrease The Presidential Committee on Harmonisation of salaries in the Public Service which was inaugurated on Thursday by the Secretary to the Government of theFederation Senator Anyim Pius Anyim is to also ensure a progressive reduction in recurrent expenditure The committee led by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Alhaji Bello sali also has as members chairman National Salaries Income andWages Commission The Permanent Secretary Economic Affairs Office (SGF) will act as Secretary Others are Permanent Secretaries of Labour and Productivity and Justice Director-General Budget Office Clark of the National Assembly Director (Personnel Management) National Assembly Director (Legal Services) NationalAssembly Chief Registrar Supreme Court of Nigeria and Secretary National Judicial Council The committee has been directed to look at the proliferation of different salary structures in the Nigerian public service and advise government on how toevolve a harmonised salary structure on the basis of reasonable relativities in the grading of remunerations It is also expected that at the end of the committee’s assignment there will be a progressive reduction in recurrent expenditure in favour of more resourcesallocated for the annual capital budgets with a view to sustaining the economy on the path of growth and development "Kevin Cramer likes to talk about how open and available he is but when his constituents want to peacefully make their voices heard the cops are called" North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said in a Monday statement "Actions speak louder than words It’s clear Kevin Cramer is too scared of a bunch of women wearing pink to even talk to them"Oversen’s statement refers to a Friday incident in which a group of protesters appeared at Cramer’s Fargo office It includes a video of the event in which a protest leader approaches police in front of the office with a petition "in support of Planned Parenthood" with signatures from "over 800 North Dakotans"Police tell her that no one is in the office and that a the property owner has asked that no protesters—or their vehicles—be allowed on the siteCramer R-ND, put her on a blacklist and then downgraded her missionary visa to a temporary visitor’s visa. read more

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