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Trudeau pleads for more decorum as debate in House of Commons reaches

first_imgOTTAWA – As grisly details of the rape and death of eight-year-old Tori Stafford were being recounted by a Conservative MP during question period Wednesday, some MPs reacted with gasps of revulsion.But it wasn’t the specifics of the crime that upset members of Parliament. Rather it was the fact these details were being shared in the House of Commons that made politicians and others watching the debate recoil.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted by pleading with the Opposition Conservatives for more decorum.“I would ask them, please do not continue to increase the level of graphic detail read into the official record here,” he said.“This is not the way this house should be engaging.”It was the latest episode in what has been a week of heightened levels of rhetoric and vitriol that has even devolved into swearing and name-calling among MPs, both in the House of Commons and online.On Tuesday, New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash was asked to apologize shortly after using the F-word during question period. Saganash used the word as he accused Trudeau of not caring about Indigenous rights when it comes to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.All week, Conservatives have engaged in heated debate over concerns that Veterans Affairs Canada was funding PTSD treatment for Christopher Garnier, who was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in 2015. The Conservatives have repeatedly cited details of the case, calling the payments “disgraceful.”These debates have spilled into social media, with several MPs regularly engaging in particularly caustic exchanges. In one such Twitter debate this week over the Garnier payment issue, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel called Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan a “ridiculous coward” and a “disgrace.”Concerns have been raised about the level of decorum in the House of Commons time and again, but there seems to be no consensus on how to improve things.Results from a recent survey of MPs, conducted in May and June by the Samara Centre for Democracy, found lawmakers from across the political spectrum were dissatisfied with the tone of debate. But no agreement could be found on possible reforms.MPs indicated they often don’t know what mechanical fixes are available, but as soon as one side or another offers an option, it becomes “infected with partisan politics,” said research director Mike Morden.“In part, I think it happens in the life cycle of a Parliament that you get to a point where frustration is starting to peak, and I think it’s often the case in the latter stages of a Parliament,” he said.But he says he has heard several close observers of federal politics who have remarked the events of the last week do not often “get this bad.”For his part, Trudeau has tried to stay above the fray.On Thursday, the prime minister took a measured and low-key tone to his voice when answering questions about the Stafford case. He also apologized to the speaker for his back bench getting too loud.He has not been blameless. Trudeau apologized last week for saying the word “damn” during question period as part of his response to a question.But a senior government official says Trudeau feels it is important to approach tragic cases like the Stafford murder and Garnier case with sensitivity.“I think there’s a line between partisan rhetoric and getting into details that don’t necessarily need to be read into hansard,” the official said on condition of anonymity.“The prime minister and even minister (House Leader Bardish) Chagger have said they are focused on raising the level of debate so that it’s fact-based, that’s it’s actually engaging debate on a variety of issues, and I don’t’ think that’s what we saw today or what we’ve seen in recent months.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitterlast_img read more

Prince Charles And Joanna Lumley Honor Arts Philanthropists

first_imgThe Prince of Wales has honoured philanthropists for their dedication to supporting the arts.His Royal Highness presented medals at St James’s Palace in London to individuals who have backed the UK’s culture scene.Actress Joanna Lumley was master of ceremonies at the event in the Palace’s state apartments.Among those who received the 2014 Prince of Wales Arts Philanthropy Medal were Terry and Liz Bramall, from Harrogate, who are regarded as two of the country’s most generous philanthropists.Mr and Mrs Bramall placed more than £96 million into the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation in 2008 after Mr Bramall became a building tycoon.The Foundation has made grants of around £2 million a year to organisations in Yorkshire, supporting Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.A former bus company boss turned philanthropist who donated millions to causes in the North East including the Sage Gateshead, Live Theatre and Tyneside Cinema was posthumously awarded the medal.Trevor Shears, who died from cancer in May this year, was part of the management buy-out that formed Newcastle transport firm Go Ahead in 1987. The company’s public flotation in the mid-1990s brought him immense wealth – but he gave more than half of it away.His wife Lyn was also honoured for the couple’s support of the arts.Mrs Shears said: “It’s vitally important to introduce more young people to the arts because they are the audiences of tomorrow. Some have a huge talent but don’t know how to use it.“One girl we met was a wonderful singer working in Tesco and following some tuition and confidence building with (music charity) Samling she is now at the Royal Academy of Music.“It’s hugely rewarding to make even a small difference. My husband and I always felt that we got so much more from the giving than the recipients did.“We never did it seeking recognition but it’s a huge honour to receive the medal from The Prince of Wales. It’s sad that Trevor can’t be here but I know he would have been immensely proud.”Other recipients were Sir Harry and Lady Carol Djanogly, who have helped the V&A, Tate and the Chickenshed theatre company; Lady Susie Sainsbury of Turville, deputy chair of the Royal Shakespeare Company; and John J Studzinski whose Genesis Foundation strives to nurture young talent.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

Respect First Nation sovereignty to avoid courts and gain predictability says NDP

first_imgNation to NationJagmeet Singh has been leader of the federal NDP party for just over a year and during that time he has seen how First Nations use courts to stop the federal government from trampling over their rights, such as the expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline.Several First Nations believed they weren’t properly consulted on the proposed expansion from Edmonton, Alta. to Burnaby, B.C. and went to court to force the Trudeau government to start over again.Singh sat down with Nation to Nation to discuss a wide-range of subjects related to Indigenous people and believes there’s a way to achieve a level of predictability.“We can’t have a Canada that calls itself progressive without ensuring that the nations in Canada, the nations that make up the fabric of the first people of land are not treated as nations and don’t’ have the treaty rights, the land rights, the recognition and dignity that they rightfully deserve,” he said.“The fundamental principle would be that every piece of legislation should be informed by the free, prior and informed consent principle.”He said Canada needs to treat First Nations like it would any other country in the world it wants to do business with.“That’s how we need to look at any agreement that we make with First Nations. They are sovereign nations and should ensure, in a legislative manner, a protection of their sovereign rights,” said Singh.When Canada doesn’t respect the rights of Indigenous people it just ends up in court he said.“This would ensure that there is predictability. So if a business wants to invest in a project Canada could ensure this project will go ahead because there is a predictability because the steps will be taken to respect the sovereignty of a First Nation and ensure that the decision will be made in such a manner that it will not be challenged in court,” he said.Singh had some knowledge of Indigenous people before being named leader of the NDP in October 2017 but learned something he may not have known before.“The thing that I was able to appreciate the most, as a leader, is Indigenous communities have the solutions,” he said. “There’s just a lack of listening to those solutions and implementing those solutions. I think more than ever we need to listen to the folks who are on the ground.”Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette also joined Nation to Nation to discuss his fight to help Winnipeg battle its crystal meth crisis.Falcon-Ouellette said the meth crisis has always been there but it was a low rumble when he was first elected to represent the riding of Winnipeg Centre in 2015.It’s now full-blown he said.So much so people come into his constituency office.“People have come in, they have assaulted staff, they sit down and literally, when they are on the drug, they’ll start propositioning you to try to sell you stolen goods,” he said. “The issue for me is, when I would call to try and get someone off the streets … there was no services available.”Falcon-Ouellette discusses the issue at length and how he is trying to help in the video posted at the top of this page.This is the final episode of Nation to Nation in 2018 but be sure to catch a repeat of special show from Kamloops, B.C. airing again on Dec. 27.The political panel discusses on Jan. 3 what’s to come in the final months on Parliament Hill before next year’s election in October. As always, Nation to Nation airs on APTN every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

UN mission holds maritime drill off Lebanese coast

Three German units serving with the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) took part in yesterday’s drill with three naval units from the Lebanese Navy.According to UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano, “the Lebanese Navy’s participation in this exercise is of paramount importance in light of the future hand-over of the full responsibility of their territorial water.”UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force was deployed off the Lebanese coast in 2006 to curtail arms smuggling following that year’s Israel-Hizbollah war, and has since hailed over 24,000 ships and referred nearly 300 suspicious vessels to Lebanese authorities for further inspection. Currently, the Force comprises naval units from Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy and Turkey. 14 July 2009United Nations peacekeepers have carried out maritime exercises off the coast of Lebanon in a bid to boost cooperation and coordination with the country’s navy. read more

Flying Fish director hits out

The venue’s board apologised to what it called the “heroic armed forces” and the general public. The French embassy regretted the “unfortunate incident”. The film was banned on Friday after being shown at a festival promoted by the French embassy in Colombo. A government spokesman said the film was “illegal” and used images of the army uniform without permission. In a statement issued from South Korea, where he is based, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara denied discrediting the military and said he sought to depict reality “in a humane and artistic way”.He denied any links with the LTTE or non-governmental organisations, and dismissed state television broadcasts which had alleged such ties. Police are now holding what they call a “fact-finding investigation” into the film and some of its production staff have been questioned.The distribution and screening of the film had been stopped in Sri Lanka, government security spokesman Lakshman Hulugalle, confirmed on Monday.Sri Lanka’s official censoring body had allowed the private screening of Flying Fish. But an official from the government-owned venue walked out of the showing and denounced the film, saying it portrayed soldiers as over-sexed and also degraded women. The director of a banned Sri Lankan film has rejected government claims it seeks to insult the armed forces.Sanjeewa Pushpakumara said the film, Flying Fish, sought to depict reality and was based on his own experiences growing up in Sri Lanka’s war zone, the BBC reported. Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement released a statement saying the ban demonstrated the government’s desire to “even militarise arts and culture”.And activists have also signed a petition deploring state media criticism of a Sri Lankan writer, Gamini Viyangoda, who was accused of being a “conspirator” in screening the film. read more

This Buffalo Bills Team Is Worse Than Most Bills Teams This Century

2010- SeasonDVOAPYTHagorean WINSESTimated WINSActual WINS The 21st century has not been good to BuffaloThe Bills’ past 18 seasons by Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, Pythagorean wins and estimated wins 2012- 2001- 2017- 2007- 2003- 20161.08.57.47 Source: Football Outsiders 20000.67.07.38 2013- 2002- 2005- 2008- 201410.59.69.09 After the “Music City Miracle” knocked the 1999 Buffalo Bills out of the postseason, Bills fans suffered through the longest playoff drought in American professional sports. But with only a few hours left in 2017, the streak came to a glorious end. After beating Miami on Sunday, Buffalo desperately needed Cincinnati to eliminate Baltimore, and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton complied — finding Tyler Boyd for a game-winning touchdown on 4th-and-12 in the final minute. The play sent the Bills locker room into hysterics, while fans back home braved bitterly cold weather past midnight on New Year’s Eve to greet the team plane at the airport.New head coach Sean McDermott has led the franchise out of the regular-season desert, but there’s an irony to his triumph: This Bills squad is actually worse than many of those that failed to make the playoffs since that 1999 season. There are Bills fans old enough to buy beer who can’t remember what a Bills playoff team looks like — but even they ought to be able to tell that this squad is something less than one of the 12 best teams in the NFL.“You are what your record says you are,” Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells famously asserted. But ESPN’s Brian Burke estimates that randomness accounts for about 42 percent of NFL outcomes, and the NFL’s playoff structure builds in even more inequity. The 2008 New England Patriots won 11 games but missed the playoffs, while the 2014 Carolina Panthers got in with a 7-8-1 record.This year’s Bills team finished 9-7, but based on Football Outsiders’ estimated wins and Pythagorean wins metrics,1Per Football Outsiders, Pythagorean wins are based on pure point differential, while estimated wins use a “Forest Index” to emphasize consistency and performance in high-leverage situations. it only earned 6.8 and 6.3 wins, respectively. Put another way, an NFL team that gets outscored by 57 points on the year (as the Bills did) mathematically ought to win about six or seven games.But it’s not just about wins. Pick a metric of team strength, and the Bills are typically at or below the median: 21st in scoring differential, 15th in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, 23rd in Simple Rating System,2Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System is derived from scoring differential and strength of schedule. 21st in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.3Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric breaks down every NFL play and determines its value when compared to a league baseline based on situation (i.e., down and distance, field position, score).These Bills don’t stack up well against the 17 iterations that came before them, either: The best Bills team since 1999 was the 9-7 2004 squad. At 31.3 percent better than average, it was the NFL’s No. 3 team by overall DVOA. Buffalo’s defense, led by Pro Bowlers Takeo Spikes and Nate Clements, ranked No. 1. The team’s 12.4 estimated wins and 11.1 Pythagorean wins show they were actually much stronger than what their record said.The 2004 Bills lost their first four games, three by a combined margin of just 8 points and the other a 31-17 loss to the (eventual Super Bowl champion) New England Patriots. They then went 9-2 over their next 11 games, including a six-game win streak during which they outscored their opponents 228-89. Needing one last win to secure a playoff berth, they tripped up against a Pittsburgh Steelers team resting some of its starters. Football Outsiders deemed the 2004 Bills the best team to miss the playoffs since 1986 — as far back as its data goes.Despite racking up the same number of real-world wins, 2017’s Bills are a whopping 41.1 percentage points worse in DVOA. They also produced 5.6 fewer estimated wins and 4.8 fewer Pythagorean wins. Remember that 42 percent randomness? That this year’s Bills got to the same 9-7 record as the 2004 team suggests these two squads approached the upper and lower bounds of “lucky” and “unlucky” NFL results.The 2017 Bills aren’t the best Bills team since 1999, or anywhere close — they’re actually no better than seventh-worst in any of these metrics. Outside of running the ball with LeSean McCoy, these Bills don’t do anything well: They’re 29th in offensive yardage and 26th in yardage on defense. They keep their heads above water with a per-drive turnover rate that’s a little higher on defense (13.1 percent, 10th-best) than offense (8.9 percent, eighth-worst).2012 is the most recent year the Bills weren’t better across the board than they are now — and that group went 6-10.None of this can take away the joy Bills fans everywhere felt when the Ravens’ Week 17 collapse handed their team a wild-card berth, of course. But there’s a reason the Bills organization sent the Cincinnati Bengals thank-yous: This trip to the postseason was much more about being lucky than good.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2006- 2009- 20152.78.58.88 2011- 200431.3%11.112.49 read more

Meyer Christian Bryants redshirt petition looks to be denied wont play in

Senior safety Christian Bryant is helped off the field after breaking his ankle in a game against Wisconsin. OSU won, 31-24, Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Senior safety Christian Bryant readied himself on the field, scarlet Buckeye fans erupting in cheers around him Sept. 28, 2013. Instead of taking down intended target, Wisconsin running back James White, Bryant took a hit from teammate sophomore Joshua Perry resulting in a broken ankle.A broken ankle that meant an end to his season and potentially his college career.Despite his inability to play, Bryant’s name was never out of discussions within the team. However, attempts to receive a an extra year of play from a medical redshirt as well as rehabbing his broken ankle seem to be thwarted. Coach Urban Meyer announced Thursday at a press conference Bryant would neither play in the Orange Bowl Friday nor have his petition approved by the NCAA for a medical redshirt.“I believe the appeal was denied. I’m not sure if there’s another one, to come back for another year. He won’t be able to play in this game,” Meyer said. “There was a little bit of outside hope to get him ready, but the injury that he had was pretty severe. I’m not sure if there’s another appeal process left.”Bryant might not be on the field, but the responsibility he garnered as a leader will be. After his injury, another stepped up on the defense: junior linebacker Ryan Shazier.The game following his friend’s injury, Shazier donned a No. 2 jersey rather than his traditional No. 10. Changing numbers wasn’t taken light heartedly – Shazier even has “10” tattooed on his arm. From then on, he was playing for someone else as well.“When Bryant went down, Ryan Shazier assumed a lot of that responsibility, including taking his number, and has done a really magical job at that. He was not a leader a year ago,” Meyer said.Losing Bryant meant the Buckeyes were losing more than just a pivotal defensive player.“Christian Bryant was our best player on both sides of the ball, and we lost him and his leadership skill,” Meyer said.While Bryant’s injury ended his own career. it might have had an impact jump-starting Shazier’s. The latter ended the 2012 season with 115 tackles, Bryant second to him with 71. This year, the linebacker has racked up 134 tackles, according to Ohio State.“He’s been a very good player this year, but he’s done a nice job leading, leading by example, practicing hard, and even being more vocal. That assumes some of the Christian Bryant responsibility,” Meyer said.Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) is set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Life Stadium. read more

GP put £1 in exgirlfriends bank account as part of revenge campaign

first_imgA doctor faces being banned from treating patients after putting £1 in his ex-girlfriend’s bank account in a revenge campaign after he lost job for attacking her, a tribunal heard.Dr William Fleming, 30, had been suspended from practising medicine after he got drunk and repeatedly struck his victim when he discovered they were splitting up.But although a disciplinary panel lifted the suspension after just 18 months, Fleming harboured “feelings of loss, anger and resentment” and within two weeks of being allowed back to work, menaced the same woman again over the internet, the hearing was told.He ignored a three-year restraining order banning him from contacting the woman and began following her on the social media site Pinterest, it was said.The unnamed woman – known as Ms A – tried to block him, but police were called when Fleming who had kept his ex-girlfriend’s online bank details, deposited £1 into her account.It emerged in the preceding months when he was battling to get his job back that Fleming posted 18 messages to the woman’s sister on Facebook warning he would “make it his mission to seek revenge”.He added: “Your sibling owes me at least £300… lucky I’m a nice guy and won’t press charges. I want a communication from your sister, at least an apology.”In a statement, Ms A said: “The attack I experienced was very unpleasant. I just want nothing to do with him. I spent a lot of time upset after the assault. I suffered nightmares and don’t want to bring this all back – it’s bad enough him contacting me.” The victim who lived near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, suffered head injuries plus bruising to her arms and legs and suffered scrape injuries to her hands. She later said she shocked at being attacked “so violently and viciously.”In October 2013, Fleming – who blamed a “loss of control whilst under the influence of alcohol” – was given an 18-week suspended prison term and ordered to pay his ex girlfriend £1,000 compensation by Scarborough magistrates after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.The following July the doctor was suspended from practise for 12 months after he said he had attended anger management classes and a course on domestic violence.Hoping he would be back at work after a year, Fleming compiled a portfolio of reports for the British Medical Journal, attended medical events and was offered a post as a Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine.But in July 2015, when he tried to get his job back, a second disciplinary panel extended his suspension by a further six months when it emerged he had previously been given a police fixed penalty notice for vandalising a road sign in a fit of rage during a night out with friends in 2010. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The suspension was eventually lifted on January 27 last year after the doctor wrote “reflective essays” acknowledging the consequences of his actions.Fleming, of York, appeared before Bexley magistrates in south London in June 2016 and pleaded guilty to three charges of harassment. He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 24 months and a new restraining order was taken out against him.He is now battling to avoid being struck off. The MPTS hearing continues. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told the harassment arose out of a vicious attack upon Ms A in 2013 in which Fleming grabbed a wooden handled hammer and began attacking the victim after their romance broke down.During the beating, Fleming hit the woman on various parts of her body in her lounge before trying to break down her bathroom door as she cowered inside.last_img read more

Datamine acquired by CAE a world leader in modelling simulation and training

first_imgCAE has acquired the Datamine Group, a leading supplier of mining optimisation software tools and services, to further CAE’s entry into the mining sector. This acquisition is part of CAE’s long-term strategy to leverage its modelling, simulation and training capabilities in new markets that have the same imperative to reduce risks and enhance operational efficiency as the civil aviation and defence sectors, where CAE is a world leader.This acquisition follows CAE’s announcement last June to invest, with the participation of the Quebec government, up to C$274 million in research and development, over seven years, in three new growth areas: healthcare, mining and energy. CAE is already providing professional services to the mining industry as well as expertise in human factors, modelling and simulation, and process optimisation.With 29 years of experience in the mining industry, Datamine has an extensive product and consulting portfolio ranging from exploration data management and geological (orebody) modelling to mine planning and mine operations management. CAE says Datamine “is the recognised leader in multi-parametric orebody modelling in open pit optimisation where its solutions map not only mineral grade and geological structure but also geotechnical and geometallurgical parameters in order to determine the optimal strategic mine plan.”Datamine has customers in over 70 countries across the globe including all of the major mining houses. The company has its research and development centre in the United Kingdom and a workforce of 110 employees in nine sales and support offices in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Peru, India, South Africa, the UK and the US.“We welcome Datamine’s employees to the CAE team. By combining Datamine’s expertise and credibility in mining with CAE’s 60-year experience in modelling, simulation and training, we will develop the industry’s most compelling technology and services to increase safety and efficiency of mine operations. We will introduce simulation-based mine planning, scheduling and training in an industry where safety is paramount and costs of training are very high,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. “As with our healthcare and energy initiatives, these are early days but we are convinced that we can develop a meaningful position in these areas over the long term.”“I am pleased that Datamine is now a part of a world leader in modelling, simulation and training solutions,” said Nick Beaton, Chief Executive Officer of Datamine. “We immediately recognised CAE’s strengths for large dataset management, scenario simulation and operator training. Mine planners need simulation to validate production schedules, and then, just like in aviation, the operators need to be trained extensively to follow the plan while using the equipment safely and efficiently. CAE’s capabilities will expose equipment operators to a virtual mine environment in order to gain both competence and confidence while reducing the cost of training on real equipment.”CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.6 billion, CAE employs more than 7,000 people at more than 90 sites and training locations in more than 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 29 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than 75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to various market segments and, through CAE’s professional services division, we assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs. read more

Biker gangs to stand guard outside mosques during first Friday prayer service

first_img BIKER GANGS IN New Zealand have vowed to stand guard outside mosques at the first Friday prayer service since the terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch last week.Chapters of gangs such as the Mongrel Mob, King Cobra and the Black Power have said they will protect Muslims at various locations tomorrow.Waikato Muslim Association president Dr Asad Mohsin said the group had been contacted by local Mongrel Mob president Sonny Fatu offering his organisation’s protection at Hamilton’s Jamia Masjid Mosque during Friday prayers, the NZ Herald reports.Mohsin said members of the Mongrel Mob were visiting the mosque during the week and said they wanted to come on Friday to “show their support and solidarity”.He added that the offer was appreciated during a time of such grief.“We will support and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters for however long they need us,” Fatu told New Zealand website Stuff.“The question was posed whether we could be a part of the safety net for them to allow them to pray in peace without fear. Of course we would do that, there was no question about that and we will be dressed appropriately,” Fatu said.Gangs across New Zealand and Australia have stood guard outside mosques in recent days and plan to do so again tomorrow. Ban on assault rifles Fifty people were killed and dozens more injured in the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch last Friday. Victims’ funerals have now begun. Related Reads A police officer standing guard outside Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch while a burial of one of the victims took place today. 20.03.19 Syrian father and son buried in first funeral after New Zealand shooting Mar 21st 2019, 9:24 AM 17.03.19 Australian PM says senator who punched teen after blaming terror attack on immigration should face ‘full force of law’ Biker gangs to stand guard outside mosques during first Friday prayer service since terror attack Gangs have said they will protect Muslims at various locations across New Zealand tomorrow. Share70 Tweet Email A police officer standing guard outside Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch while a burial of one of the victims took place today. Image: Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association Images Australian-born Brenton Tarrant (28) filmed himself carrying out the horrific attack. The self-professed white supremacist made a white power symbol when in court.A “manifesto” he released before the mass shooting is filled with racist vitriol, detailing two years of planning for the massacre.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today said assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons has been banned in the country with immediate effect.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. center_img 20.03.19 Jacinda Ardern calls for global fight against racism and right-wing extremism 56,765 Views Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 9:24 AM By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association Images Short URL No Comments last_img read more

Les 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce matin

first_imgLes 8 actus science que vous devez connaître ce matinComme chaque jour, l’actualité scientifique est riche ce matin. Voici les actualités qu’il faut connaître en ce 30 janvier 2018 :- Volkswagen suscite l’indignationaprès avoir exposé des singes et des humains aux gaz d’échappement de ses voitures lors de tests. En tout, 10 singes auraient été soumis à la pollution de la “New Beetle” lors de tests menés il y a quatre ans.  – Le Brésil est en état d’alerte face à une recrudescence de fièvre jaune. La maladie aurait déjà fait 52 morts depuis le début de l’année. Une campagne de vaccination de 21,8 millions de personnes a été lancée. – Les astronomes nous informent que deux exoplanètes autour du système Trappist-1 pourraient accueillir la vie sous certaines conditions. Un voyage de 39 années-lumière attend les plus téméraires. – Des chercheurs brésiliens sont parvenus à guérir un cancer du poumon avec une thérapie génique qui rallonge les télomères, ces structures présentes à l’extrémité des chromosomes et qui diminuent avec le vieillissement. – Le vapotage accroîtrait les risques de cancer et de maladies cardiaques d’après une nouvelle étude menée sur des souris et des cellules humaines en laboratoireÀ lire aussiDonald Trump, AVC et “l’Age de glace”, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 27 août- Une intelligence artificielle aurait enfin décrypté le célèbre manuscrit Voynich, un livre écrit dans une langue inconnue et orné d’images qui confondent les spécialistes depuis plusieurs siècles.  – Un gigantesque dinosaure déterré en Egypterévèle un chaînon manquant entre l’Afrique et l’Europe. Aussi grand qu’un bus, ce sauropode serait le premier de son espèce jamais découvert.- Une nouvelle technique permet de détecter le cancer avec une goutte de sang. Une méthode qui pourrait se révéler bien plus efficace et économique sur le long terme, permettant de détecter de façon précoce avec 70% de taux de succès huit des cancers les plus fréquents.Le 30 janvier 2018 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Everton is a work in Progress – Coleman

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman believes the club is heading in the right direction after they bounced back from losing 6-2 to Spurs and win 5-1 at Burnley.Everton’s 5-1 win at Burnley was their first victory in six matches, putting last weekend’s humiliating 6-2 home defeat to Spurs behind them.Coleman was encouraged by their performance at Turf Moor as they steamrolled a hapless Burnley side.“We wanted to bounce back after that very disappointing defeat to Tottenham,” Coleman told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We knew it was going to be tough because they [Burnley] cause a lot of problems for teams with their style of play.“Our three centre-halves dealt with it brilliantly throughout the game. Then we had that little bit of talent in the forward positions to cause them trouble so we’re very happy with the win.“The confidence was there. The manager keeps telling us to believe in ourselves, to keep playing with a smile on our faces. At times we did that.“I thought there were periods in the game where we were very good, periods where we weren’t so good but it’s a work in progress and we want to keep getting better throughout the season.”last_img read more

Waters Receding at Offutt but Flood Raises Climate Change Concerns

first_imgRecovery from devastating flooding at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is now under way as waters are slowly receding following days of the Missouri River surging.During the worst of the flooding, portions of the base were overwhelmed, despite round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others, though the headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command was not damaged, according to an Associated Press article.“In the end, obviously, the waters were just too much. It took everything we put up,” Col. David Norton, who is in charge of facilities at the base, told the AP.Air Force officials said the Strategic Command headquarters remained safe because it is on a hill.“[Strategic Command] was sited in an area that was going to be dry in even the most catastrophic floods, and it’s dry now,” Jon Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, told On Base and other media outlets Friday. “The building is F5 tornado-proof. The building is built with the size of the conditions of the area.”The flooding has renewed concerns of installation resiliency in dealing with extreme weather events.A recent DOD report detailed that climate change poses a threat to more than two-thirds of mission-critical military installations in the U.S. The report considered the long-term effects of flooding, drought, wildfires and other natural events at 79 installations in the Army, Air Force and Navy, as On Base reported. The White House has played down the report, even as some Democrats said it wasn’t detailed enough.Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Rachelle Blake ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Trump vows to fight Democrats if they launch probes

first_imgUS president Donald Trump points at CNN`s Jim Acosta and accuses him of `fake news` while taking questions during a news conference following Tuesday`s midterm congressional elections at the White House in Washington, US, on 7 November 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump forced out his attorney general on Wednesday and threatened to fight back if Democrats use their new majority in the US House of Representatives to launch investigations into his administration and finances.Trump came out swinging a day after his Republicans lost control of the House, and followed through on repeated threats to remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Sessions, a 71-year-old former US senator from Alabama, was an early and loyal supporter of Trump but drew his fury when he recused himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 White House campaign.His departure was the first in what could be a string of high-profile exits as Trump reshapes his team to gird for his own 2020 re-election effort. The Republican president named Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general and said he would nominate someone for the job soon.Trump’s move prompted sharp criticism from Democrats, who said he was seeking to undermine the Russia probe.Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader who could be the next speaker, said in a statement posted to Twitter that Sessions’ ouster was a “blatant attempt” to undermine the Russia probe. She urged Whitaker, who now oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller and has argued Mueller’s investigation has gone too far, to recuse himself from any involvement.During a combative news conference in which he tangled with reporters, Trump trumpeted his role in Republican gains in Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections, and warned of a “warlike posture” in Washington if Democrats investigated him.Democrats will now head House committees that can probe the president’s tax returns, which he has refused to turn over since he was a candidate, possible business conflicts of interest and any links between his 2016 campaign and Russia, a matter being investigated by Mueller.Trump said he could fire Mueller if he wanted but was hesitant to take that step. “I could fire everybody right now, but I don’t want to stop it, because politically I don’t like stopping it,” he said.Moscow denies meddling. Trump, calling the Mueller probe a witch hunt, has repeatedly said there was no collusion.Trump was buoyed on Wednesday by victories that added to the Republican majority in the US Senate, telling reporters at the White House that the gains outweighed the Democrats’ takeover of the House. The expanded Senate majority could make it easier for Trump to confirm a new attorney general, who will need a majority of votes in the 100-seat chamber.Trump added that he was willing to work with Democrats on key priorities but felt any House investigations of his administration would hurt prospects for bipartisanship.”They can play that game, but we can play it better,” Trump said. “All you’re going to do is end up in back and forth and back and forth, and two years is going to go up and we won’t have done a thing.”The divided power in Congress combined with Trump’s expansive view of executive power could herald even deeper political polarisation and legislative gridlock in Washington.There may be some room, however, for Trump and Democrats to work together on issues with bipartisan support such as a package to improve infrastructure, protections against prescription drug price increases and the push to rebalance trade with China.”It really could be a beautiful bipartisan situation,” Trump said.He said Pelosi had expressed to him in a phone call a desire to work together. With Democrats mulling whether to stick with Pelosi, who was speaker when the party last controlled the House, or go in a new direction, Trump wrote in a tweet earlier on Wednesday that she deserved to be chosen for the position.Pelosi, at a Capitol Hill news conference before news of Sessions’ departure, said Democrats would be willing to work with Trump where possible. But she added: “We will have a responsibility to honour our oversight responsibilities and that’s the path we will go down. We again (will) try to unify our country,” she said.The Democrats fell short of a tidal wave of voter support that would have won them control of both chambers of Congress. But in the 435-member House, the party was headed for a gain of about 30 seats, beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in eight years.A Senate majority would have allowed Democrats to apply even firmer brakes on Trump’s policy agenda and given them the ability to block any future Supreme Court nominees.House Democrats could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico and pass a second major tax-cut package. Legislators could also demand more transparency from Trump as he negotiates new trade deals with Japan and the European Union.”Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans; it’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi told supporters at a victory party on Tuesday night.Trump also mocked Republican candidates who had refused to back his policies and ultimately lost their races, such as US Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia.”They did very poorly. I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad but I feel just fine about it,” he said.Gridlock?US stocks jumped on Wednesday as investors, who often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty, bought back into a market that had its worst month in seven years in October.The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 2.13 per cent on Wednesday, while the broad-based S&P 500 index rose 2.12 per cent. The dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of currencies, was slightly weaker.A Democratic-controlled House could hamper Trump’s attempts to further his pro-business agenda, fuelling uncertainty about his administration. His corporate tax cuts and the deregulation that have played a large hand in the US stock market’s rally since the 2016 election, however, are likely to remain untouched.Democrats will use their new majority to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward Trump’s foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.Foreign policy has been an area that Trump has approached in a very personal way, sometimes antagonizing allies such as Canada, while making what critics see as unduly warm overtures to traditional US rivals or foes.Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Democrats could work with Republicans to produce a long-awaited bill to upgrade the nation’s roads, bridges and airports.”Of course, we want to work in a bipartisan fashion. I think we can get an infrastructure bill,” he said.Trump had hardened his rhetoric in recent weeks on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters. He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Central American migrants headed through Mexico to the US border and condemnations of liberal American “mobs” he says oppose him.Democratic ProbesEvery seat in the House was up for grabs on Tuesday and opinion polls had pointed to the Democratic gains. The party with the presidency often loses House seats in midterm elections.The Republicans had an advantage in Senate races because elections were held for only 35 seats in the 100-member chamber and many of them were in states that often lean Republican.Republicans built on their slim Senate majority by several seats and ousted at least three incumbent Democrats: Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.In Florida, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson was trailing his Republican rival, Governor Rick Scott, by a slim margin, with the possibility of a recount looming. Republican Martha McSally was leading Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the US Senate race in Arizona with some votes still to be counted.last_img

Nissans Recycled Leaf Battery Solar Kits On Sale For 10k

first_imgStay on target After eight years and more than 300,000 sold, the Nissan Leaf remains one of the most popular electric cars around. Now it’s helping to spark an energy revolution in the U.K.Like Tesla, Nissan’s electric ambitions extend beyond vehicles. Nissan wants to bring eco-friendly power to homes, too. They’re doing it by pairing solar panels with reconditioned batteries from Leaf EVs.The entry-level Nissan solution is now selling for £7,635 in the U.K. In U.S. dollars, that’s roughly $10,000. That’s for a six-panel system capable of producing 4kW, and the price includes a 6kWh xStorage battery, installation costs, and taxes. Nissan’s solar kit is substantially cheaper than a comparable one from Tesla, but most traditional panel set-ups are.Nissan’s xStorage battery mounted on a garage wallHomeowners can customize their systems any way they choose. Want more power-producing potential? Add another half-dozen panels. Need more energy storage? Tack on an extra battery.And while Nissan rightfully touts the recycled Leaf battery packs offered with their solar systems you do have another option. If you’d prefer to have fresh, new batteries installed along with your solar array Nissan will be happy to oblige.Maybe you like the thought of the reconditioned batteries and just want some peace of mind to go with them. Nissan is also offering extended warranties up to 10 years to put you at ease.Nissan estimates that its basic system can save the average homeowner about 66% on their energy bills. For someone spending around £600 a year on electricity, that’s a savings of £400. If the panels really do last 40 years (as Nissan claims they can in the press release), then buyers can expect around two decades of power production after their ongoing savings have canceled out the up-front cost.Britons who move quickly might be able to pay it down more quickly. It all depends on how much power they can pump back into the grid before they stop getting paid for their excess production. Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Substance Abuse Reduces Brain Volume in Women but Not Men

first_imgNews | Radiology Imaging | July 16, 2015 Substance Abuse Reduces Brain Volume in Women but Not Men Structural brain MRI reveals decreased gray matter volume, leading to more impulsive behavior News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems July 16, 2015 – Stimulant drug abuse has long-term effects on brain volume in women, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Brain structures involved in reward, learning and executive control showed vast changes even after a prolonged period of abstinence from drug use.”We found that after an average of 13.5 months of abstinence, women who were previously dependent on stimulants had significantly less gray matter volume in several brain areas compared to healthy women,” said the study’s senior author, Jody Tanabe, M.D., professor of radiology, vice chair of research, and neuroradiology section chief at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. “These brain areas are important for decision-making, emotion, reward processing and habit formation.”For the study, Tanabe and colleagues sought to determine how the brains of people previously dependent on stimulants differed from the brains of healthy people. “We specifically wanted to determine how these brain effects differed by gender,” Tanabe said.The researchers analyzed structural brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams in 127 men and women, including 59 people (28 women and 31 men) who were previously dependent on cocaine, amphetamines, and/or methamphetamine for an average of 15.7 years, and 68 healthy people (28 women and 40 men) who were similar in age and gender. The MRI results showed that after an average of 13.5 months of abstinence, women who were previously dependent on stimulants had significantly less gray matter volume in frontal, limbic and temporal regions of the brain.”While the women previously dependent on stimulants demonstrated widespread brain differences when compared to their healthy control counterparts, the men demonstrated no significant brain differences,” Tanabe said.The researchers also looked at how these brain volume differences were related to behaviors. They found that lower regional gray matter volumes correlated with behavioral tendencies to seek reward and novelty.”Lower gray matter volumes in women who had been stimulant dependent were associated with more impulsivity, greater behavioral approach to reward and also more severe drug use,” Tanabe said. “In contrast, all men and healthy women did not show such correlations.”According to Tanabe, the results may provide a clue to the biological processes underlying the clinical course of stimulant abuse in men and women.”Compared to men, women tend to begin cocaine or amphetamine use at an earlier age, show accelerated escalation of drug use, report more difficulty quitting and, upon seeking treatment, report using larger quantities of these drugs,” she said. “We hope that our findings will lead to further investigation into gender differences in substance dependence and, thus, more effective treatments.”The study first author was Michael Regner, M.D., a radiology resident and Ph.D. graduate student. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

US businesses love Costa Rican workers theres just not enough of them

first_imgCosta Rica’s best kept secret is its talent pool, according to several international business leaders speaking at a foreign investment conference Thursday.Business leaders met to discuss the investment climate in Costa Rica during the Americas Society/Council of the Americas 2015 Cities Conference in San José. Costa Rica’s human talent and advanced manufacturing won accolades while analysts argued that the country needs to invest in infrastructure and right its finances.“Costa Rica’s workforce is a wonderful secret that most don’t know about,” said Vincent Guglielmetti, general manager of Intel Costa Rica.Representatives from several U.S.-based precision manufacturers, including Intel, MicroVention and General Microcircuits, said that the offering of technical and professional workers in Costa Rica was a major attraction when they decided to bring their businesses here. Proficiency in English, professional skills and work effort were listed among the advantages Costa Rican workers brought.Costa Rican labor was a big pull for U.S. businesses, but there might not be enough of it. Several panelists said they are doubtful there are enough professionals to scale up operations in Costa Rica.“There’s a need to invest in universities,” said Guglielmetti, referring to the small number of students with the necessary skills.During a recent trip to Germany, President Luis Guillermo Solís, who also addressed Thursday’s conference, spoke with Chancellor Angela Merkel about Germany’s system of “dual education,” which links universities, technical colleges and the private sector to train workers in the skills businesses need.If Costa Rica’s workforce is its biggest advantage, infrastructure is its biggest disadvantage. High transportation costs and lost productivity are two examples of how inadequate roads, public transportation and ports hurt business here.Roberto Echandi of the World Bank said Costa Rica has fallen behind its rivals because of its lack of infrastructure investment.“We’ve been waiting 20 years to address this, we need to act now,” Echandi said.Alongside the country’s infrastructure woes, other structural issues are holding back foreign investment and economic growth. Economist Luis Mesalles addresses the 2015 Latin American Cities Conference in San José on June 25 , 2015. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesEcoanálisis analyst Luis Mesalles said that Costa Rica is well positioned in the global economy but should be growing more.The country’s GDP grew 3.5 percent in 2013 according to the World Bank. Costa Rica’s growth beat the Latin American average but fell behind its neighbors Nicaragua (4.6 percent) and Panama (8.4 percent).Costa Rica has benefitted from falling global prices of petroleum and raw materials and an ascendent U.S. economy, Mesalles said. But a strong colón, rising U.S. interest rates and red tape have been drags on the country’s competitiveness. Unemployment is over 10 percent.Atop these challenges the country’s budget deficit has made some investors weary about Costa Rica’s medium-term outlook.Foreign investors have been “losing patience” with Costa Rica, said César Arias, Latin America director for Fitch Ratings. Costa Rica’s investment outlook from Fitch Ratings is a stable BB+, but the ratings agency is pessimistic on the country’s ability to address the budget deficit, he said.On Wednesday, Moody’s Rating maintained its Ba1 rating for Costa Rica. The agency downgraded Costa Rica’s credit rating in September 2014.The outlook may be negative but Costa Rica has proven in the past that it can tackle fiscal reform, Arias said. Without solid public finances, needed investment in infrastructure and higher education would remain out of reach. Facebook Comments Related posts:US medical devices manufacturer to open plant in Costa Rica Energy prices and politics weigh down business confidence, Costa Rica private-sector survey notes Some members of Costa Rica’s business sector alarmed over ‘historic’ jump in unemployment UN: Foreign investment in Latin America falls 16 percent in 2014last_img read more

DriveAway Holidays nominated in the World Travel Awards

first_imgSource = DriveAway Holidays DriveAway Holidays has announced that they are a finalist at the 2011 World Travel Awards in the category of Australasia’s Leading Business Car Hire for the third year running. The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.DriveAway Holidays are also announcing their nomination in the Best Wholesaler Category and the Best Sales Executive category at the 2011 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards. This is the second year in a row that Nathan Baber, DriveAway’s National Industry Sales Manager has been nominated and he is hoping this year to take out the title. Travel agents can cast their votes online at Hamill, Driveaway’s CEO says that “to be nominated for these awards year after year is a real honour. We are continually setting the bar higher when it comes to improving service levels so it is great that these efforts are recognised. We want to take this opportunity to thank our clients, agents and suppliers including Peugeot Sodexa for their nominations and continued support.For voting and more information on the World Travel Awards go to www.worldtravelawards.comlast_img read more

October 27 2006 Arcosanti staff and workshop part

first_imgOctober 27, 2006 Arcosanti staff and workshop participants visited the studio and sculpture garden of world famous sculptor John Waddell in Cornville, AZ. Mr. Waddell gave an extensive tour of the grounds and explained his technique and inspiration, talked about his life and experiences. Arcosanti staff and workshop participants visited the studio and sculpture garden of world famous sculptor John Waddell in Cornville, AZ. Mr. Waddell gave an extensive tour of the grounds and explained his technique and inspiration, talked about his life and experiences. The purpose of the visit was to transport one of the sculptures to Arcosanti for display in the Colly Soleri Memorial Garden infront of the Vaults. [Photos: rc & text: rc, tt] It took finesse and coordination to move this extremely heavy piece into a truck at the studio, then from the truck through the Vaults, down a ramp, into its present location in the Colly Garden. The Sculpture is called THREE FRIENDS, or TRILOGY, a Bronze group on a single base • 87″ x 52″ x 26″ (221cm x 132cm x 66cm) • It is for sale at $350,000. [Photos: rc & text: rc, tt] Cosanti Foundation Board of Directors member Michel Sarda organized a picnic with a formal dedication ceremony, that included a traditional Navajo blessing of the sculpture and participants. John Waddell (b.1921) was raised in the Midwest and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and had his first solo show in Peoria, Illinois at age 21. He was in the military and the G.I. Bill financed the remainder of his formal education, which was two M.F.A.’s in Fine Arts and Art Education. He and his wife, Ruth, a close partner in his professional as well as his personal life, moved to Arizona in 1957. Here he headed the art education department at Arizona State University (then Arizona State College) for several years. During this time Waddell made sculpture his primary art form. The 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in which four young girls died, became a pivotal event in his development as an artist. The monument he created in response to that tragedy, That Which Might Have Been, Birmingham, 1963, resides in the garden he designed for it at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Lincoln Drive in Phoenix. His sculptures are exhibited in many places in Phoenix, including Civic Plaza and the Phoenix Art Museum. The Waddells have lived in the Verde Valley since 1970 and make frequent visits to Grand Canyon, where they sketch and paint. [Photos: rc & text: rc, tt]last_img read more

Forget the Coop debacle lets talk about the rain

first_imgThe weather this winter has certainly been an excusable cause for comment, but why are we so obsessed with it?By Lizzy IoannidouThis newspaper offers its readers the full gamut of political scandals, collapse of banks and the tortuous attempts to implement a national health scheme, but there’s nothing like a two-paragraph story on the weather to shake up reactions.Why does the weather fascinate us so much?A quick scroll down the Cyprus Mail’s Facebook page reveals that Cyprus problem articles and those on the demise of the Co-op bank, for example, receive a respectful number of likes and some bleak, cynical comments.But barring the story announcing that Nicholas Cage would be coming to shoot a movie on our Hollywood-star-deprived island – which garnered 935 reactions and 522 shares on Facebook – it’s the weather stories that never fail to perform, even when it’s just the same news all over again.On April 7, a headline focusing on persisting dust in the atmosphere – hardly news for the island – gathered 83 reactions and 63 shares. On April 5, a small article on rainy days ahead – hardly earth-shattering news this entire winter – accumulated 83 reactions and 63 shares.We’d be lying if we said that the weather this winter is undeserving of discussion. We’re traversing an extraordinarily rainy and long winter season, the likes of which the island has seen only once since the beginning of the 20th century, and forecasts show that it isn’t going away any time soon.Plus, if the local legend about the inevitability of dark rainy days during the week of Easter comes through – apparently the planet mourns with us on the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion – then expect almost identical weather stories to follow until the end of the month.But reader interactions to news dealing with the consequences of the extraordinary weather, such as flooded roads and homes or damaged crops, pale in comparison to news simply announcing that scattered showers might affect a particular day, indicating that our fascination is located in the phenomenon of weather itself.According to Yiannos Ioannou, a weather enthusiast equipped with a meteorological observation station for the past ten years and a blog platform for sharing his findings, our weather craze might be heightened this year, but it is nothing new.“Due to the prominence and impact that the weather had in the lives of grandfathers and great-grandfathers, when there were no back-up plans for bad weather years – when it didn’t rain there was simply no water – perhaps our interest in the weather may even be rooted in our DNA,” he suggests.Today’s enthusiasm might be an inherited residue of that age-old anxiety, but at the centre of it is curiosity, according to Ioannou.“When I was a child, I was curious as to why there was sun one moment and clouds the next, but some clouds wouldn’t bring rain and some would, and I then learnt that only with a specific wind direction would it rain,” Ioannou said.Curiosity was also the main stimulus for Feelix Eer, also a weather enthusiast. “From a young age I remember running to the rooftops of buildings in my neighbourhood to watch the incoming storms…Have you ever been in the middle of an electric storm? Have you ever felt the ground shake under your feet by the shockwave created? Feels like an earthquake. I guess extreme weather has always fascinated me since I was a child.”Growing up, learning about all kinds of clouds and weather patterns, discovering observation tools for what is going on or what might happen, “things started making more sense,” Feelix said.While a vast majority of us are receptive to the triviality of small talk, indirectly ascribing to Oscar Wilde’s belief that conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative, we still do it religiously.After all, who would we be as Cypriots if we didn’t complain whenever it rained during years of drought because we had just washed our cars, asking the heavens “to just make their minds up”?It’s been the second rainiest winter since the beginning of the 20th centuryPart of our current enthusiasm with the weather may also be because normally our weather is predictable.“The mainly dry weather of our island makes any event even more exciting,” said Feelix.Variability, and the claim that a single day’s weather may contain all four seasons may be what made the Brits renowned for their weather-craze, but the Cypriot love-affair with weather seems to be rooted in its loyalty to sameness, which makes every odd fluctuation word-class news.Another explanation for our close ties with the weather is that it is one of the few relatively indisputable experiences we share, and one of the items on an extremely small list that we agree to be beyond our grasp, even though we have imposed ourselves in this arena too through global warming, bringing adverse effects to the weather.Feelix, also a farmer for the past five years, and therefore highly dependent on the mood of the weather, said that what in fact draws him the most to the weather is “the life rain gives”.“Whatever goes on on the other side of the planet will be affecting you here, [reminding us] how fragile and how interconnected we all are.”Meaningless as weather conversation may appear, as with most things, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Feelix described the wonders of the unique climate of the Troodos mountains, where it could rain all day even though – or due to – the extreme heat of lower altitudes. Or who’s ever seen a phenomenon called ‘lake-effect snow’ or a ‘sun dog’ or an ‘omega block’, and recognised it? Feelix has.But beyond the weather being a source of external wonders, it also central to internal and personal processes, such as our mood, our identity and how we live our lives.“It can affect your day, or night. Some want to know if they can go out tomorrow. Others just want to sit at home and watch the rain with a hot coffee mug in their hands,” Feelix said.Weather affects how we plan and go about our days, and the mental state in which we do so. Beyond more extreme symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sunlight has been found to improve memory function and to affect optimism and energy levels for the better; cloudy and rainy weather enhances our ability to focus.“There’s a general happiness during good weather years, and a general depression during bad years, regardless of our own personal circumstances or jobs,” said Ioannou.Some even went as far as to explain the European debt crisis of 2009 in terms of the climate, whereby the countries that were hit the hardest – Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus – were hot countries, and therefore were composed of a lazy population, which led to an unmanageable debt crisis. Go figure.In some ways, despite the attempt to pick apart our fascination with the weather, beneath it all is the positive acknowledgement that above all else, and as much as we try to separate ourselves from it, we are still highly connected to and dependent on nature.So, if it’s weather updates you want, it’s weather updates you’ll get.Temperatures are expected to rise to above average for the time of the year during the weekend, with light dust expected to emerge on Saturday clearing away by Sunday.Be sure to enjoy the good weather today as come Monday forecasts show a return of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, with temperatures dropping to below average.You May LikeAuto Overload30 Perfectly Timed Moments Captured When It All Went WrongAuto OverloadUndoFinance NancyRemember Him? 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