OTTAWA – Young political staffers on Parliament Hill, who are often ambitious and desperate for a foothold in their chosen profession, can be much more vulnerable to the scourge of sexual misconduct than their older, more experienced colleagues and elected counterparts, says Green party Leader Elizabeth May.Indeed, May — who took part in a recent Canadian Press survey of female MPs about their experiences with sexual harassment — is drawing comparisons between the career ladder in political Ottawa and the familiar Hollywood cliche of a “casting couch” mentality.Thirty-eight of Canada’s 89 female MPs took part in the survey, with more than half of respondents — 58 per cent — reporting that they had personally been the target of one or more forms of sexual misconduct while in office, including inappropriate or unwanted remarks, gestures or text messages of a sexual nature.Political staffers often lack job security, making them far less likely to speak up about their experiences — especially when the problem lies with someone who is in a position of authority, said May, who likened their environment at times to the “star culture” of Tinseltown.“There are political equivalents of the casting couch, and if you want to get ahead in certain political parties, you do not want to offend people who are seen to be movers and shakers,” she said.“It is not a normal workplace in that sense. I don’t think the culture is going to change overnight, but I do think it is important to have mechanisms for complaints that allow for confidentiality.”Shifting the culture and fixing the power imbalance on the Hill is going to demand that male MPs speak up when they are made aware of unacceptable behaviour, she added.“If you hear something in your caucus meetings you think is just bad form, tell your male colleagues,” said May, who expressed optimism of change now that the “floodgate” has opened in politics, sport and the entertainment industry.“Politics and power run together, which means power and politics and sex run together, and men in positions of power are going to abuse that,” she said. “To change that culture and to really have men in politics that understand that they’re feminists … that is a big step culturally for politics.”Three MPs who responded to the voluntary survey said they had been victims of sexual assault, while four said they experienced sexual harassment, defined in the survey as insistent and repeated sexual advances. Nearly half of respondents — 47 per cent — were subjected to inappropriate comments on social media.Meanwhile, 63 per cent said they don’t believe the level of harassment in federal politics is any different than any other workplace.May was full of praise for National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, who told The Canadian Press that she encouraged two young female staffers to file a complaint after noticing their discomfort with someone in a position of authority. The House of Commons has not confirmed receiving the complaint.Lebouthillier, who would not provide further details, told the staffers to add her own name to the complaint; they later told her they would not have done it without her encouragement.“Good for her,” May said.— With files from Joanna Smith and Mylene Crete— Follow @kkirkup, @smithjoanna and @MyleneCrete
UN human rights chief urges States to implement new treaty to protectUN human rights chief urges States to implement new treaty to protect
“I strongly believe that this new instrument comes at a time when there are broad shifts in attitudes within societies towards the rights of persons with disabilities,” Ms. Arbour told a panel discussion of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “The Convention provides a catalyst to hasten this urgently needed change” which could potentially impact 650 million people living with disabilities, she said.A new Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will also be established to report periodically on progress made, and the Convention also includes an Optional Protocol which allows for individual communications and inquiry procedures.The High Commissioner added that she hopes to elevate the profile of the issue of the rights of people with disabilities, and her office will take the lead in establishing partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and States.Sheikha Hessa al-Thani, the Special Rapporteur on Disability, said that the “complementary relationship” between the two areas – social development and human rights – to which the issue of people with disabilities belongs “had now found expression in the brilliant document,” the Convention.Ambassador Don Mackay of New Zealand, who is also chair of the ad hoc committee on the Convention, said the treaty radically alters the conception of disabilities, transforming the issue from being solely a social welfare matter to being a human rights one given existing social barriers and prejudices.The 47-member Council, created last year to replace the Commission on Human Rights which had been criticized for ignoring abuses in many countries, also heard presentations from two UN Special Rapporteurs, who are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity.In his report, Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, said that profiling in the context of rooting out terrorists based on race is incompatible with human rights, while profiling based on ethnicity, national origin and/or religion, which he said are inadequate indicators, could potentially have negative consequences.In response, Ahmet Uzumcu, the representative from Turkey, said that terrorism is the biggest threat the world faces and is also a crime against humanity, but cautioned that in combating it, human rights should not be sacrificed.The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, also delivered his report to the Council. In it, he said that under the Convention against Torture, States must fulfil their obligations to end impunity for those who commit acts of torture by exercising universal jurisdiction, citing the recent example of the prosecution of the former Chadian President Hissène Habré.Mousa Burayzat, representing Jordan, denied that torture was as widespread and as routine as Mr. Nowak indicated in his report, but said that the Government would seriously review the Rapporteur’s recommendations and approach them positively.The fourth session of the Council will conclude on Friday, and its next session is slated to be held from 11 to 18 June. 26 March 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today called on Member States to protect and respect the rights of the disabled, who comprise 10 per cent of the world’s population, by implementing the landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after it is opened for signature on Friday.
DR Congo UN peacekeepers to use all necessary means to protect civiliansDR Congo UN peacekeepers to use all necessary means to protect civilians
23 December 2009Faced with widespread reports of massacres and other serious human rights abuses by Government soldiers and rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council today again called on United Nations peacekeepers to “use all necessary means” to protect civilians from threats from any party. In a unanimous resolution adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter authorizing the use of force, the 15-member body stressed that ensuring effective protection of civilians is the first priority of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC), which has been aiding the national army (known as FARDC) with logistics and firepower to keep rebels from reclaiming areas previously under their control. Extending the 10-year-old mission’s mandate at a strength of some 22,000 military and police personnel until 31 May, with the intention of renewing it then for a further 12 months, the Council called on MONUC to work “in close cooperation with the Government” to continue its coordination of operations with FARDC brigades in the strife-torn east “premised on the protection of civilians as a priority.”Such operations are aimed at disarming foreign and Congolese rebel groups to ensure their participation in previously signed agreements for their demobilization and reintegration into the national army or civilian society, holding cleared territory to ensure civilian protection, helping the Government restore its authority, and enhancing efforts to end smuggling of the country’s vast natural resources, such as gold and tin, that fund the illegal armed groups. MONUC has been aiding the so-called Kimia II offensive launched in eastern DRC by Congolese and Rwandan troops against the mainly Rwandan Hutu rebel group know as FDLR with helicopter lifts, medical evacuation, fuel and rations, as well as firepower support to FARDC, but the operation has been seriously tarnished by allegations of widespread human rights violations.Noting the “dilemma” of MONUC’s mandate to protect civilians while at the same time working with FARDC, which includes elements responsible for killings, widespread rape and the recruitment of child soldiers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in DRC Alan Doss last week asked the Council for “clear guidance in this respect.”At the same time UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Philip Alston, citing two FARDC commanders, Innocent Zimurinda and Bosco Ntaganda, said it was “a contradiction of basic UN principles for UN peacekeepers to cooperate with a military operation led by individuals who stand accused of war crimes and grave human rights abuses.”Today’s resolution stressed that MONUC support for FARDC-led operations against rebels “is strictly conditioned on FARDC’s compliance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” and that the mission must withdraw support from any suspect units. It “demands that the Government… immediately take appropriate measures to protect civilians, including women and children, from violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses, including all forms of sexual violence,” and calls for full implementation of its proclaimed “zero-tolerance policy” on FARDC abuses, including sexual and gender-based violence.The Council called on MONUC to help the Government with security sector reform based on setting up “a core, well-vetted, multi-ethnic force.”It demanded that the FDLR, the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) blamed for massacres and other abuses in eastern DRC, and other armed groups “immediately cease all forms of violence and human rights abuse against the civilian population,” stop recruiting child soldiers, and lay down their arms pending reintegration under a MONUC-backed process. “MONUC shall deter any attempt at the use of force to threaten the Goma and Nairobi processes [signed by some rebels for their reintegration] from any armed group… and undertake all necessary operations to prevent attacks on civilians and disrupt the military capability of armed groups that continue to use violence in that area,” it added.Since its inception MONUC has seen a return to relative stability in much of the vast country, culminating in the first democratic elections in more than 40 years, but fierce fighting has persisted in the east, particularly in North and South Kivu, where Hutu militants blamed for the Rwandan genocide of 1994 have fled, compounding hostilities in a region already beset by ethnic tensions.
Literacy has empowering effect on women UN officials sayLiteracy has empowering effect on women UN officials say
8 September 2010Top United Nations officials called today for more funding and advocacy to improve literacy rates among the world’s women, who comprise two out of every three adults who cannot read or write. In a message marking International Literacy Day, which is observed today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the transformative effect on both a family and the wider community when a woman is literate.“Literate women are more likely to send their children, especially their girls, to school,” he said. “By acquiring literacy, women become more economically self-reliant and more actively engaged in their country’s social, political and cultural life. All evidence shows that investment in literacy for women yields high development dividends.”Mr. Ban urged governments, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups to do more to make literacy accessible to women everywhere, particularly those living in vulnerable or isolated communities.“Every literate woman marks a victory over poverty,” he noted, calling for “increasing funding and sustained advocacy for quality literacy programmes that empower women and ensure that girls and boys at primary and secondary level do not become a new generation of young illiterates.”While global illiteracy rates are falling, it is estimated that about one in every six adults still cannot read or write.Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in her message that investing in women’s literacy carries very high returns. “It improves livelihoods, leads to better child and maternal health, and favours girls’ access to education,” she stated. “In short, newly literate women have a positive ripple effect on all development indicators.”Ms. Bokova will give the keynote address at an international conference at UN Headquarters in New York today that will be opened by former United States First Lady Laura Bush, who is Honorary Ambassador for the UN Literacy Decade (UNLD).Today UNESCO is launching a new Knowledge and Innovations Network for Literacy. Created with support from Verizon Foundation and Microsoft, the network is a virtual workplace where literacy researchers and practitioners can link up, share knowledge and debate literacy topics on line. The agency is also handing out its annual International Literacy Prizes, awarding laurels to grass-roots projects in Cape Verde, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Malawi and Nepal that are focused on women’s empowerment through literacy.Among the winners is the Non-Formal Education Centre in Nepal, which plays a vital role in a country where some 6.4 million men and women still cannot read and write, with women making up close to three quarters of this figure.“In Nepal, many women live in deep poverty due to a lack of access to basic reading and writing skills,” noted UNESCO Representative Axel Plathe. The agency is helping the Government and other partners to promote literacy, including by strengthening capacities to provide literacy programmes. Meanwhile, UNESCO and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) are working together to assist the Afghan Government reach its goal of reducing illiteracy by 50 per cent by 2015. In a joint statement, the two agencies noted that improving Afghanistan’s literacy is vital for the country, which has a 26 per cent literacy rate among people over the age of 15, and only 12 per cent among girls and women over 15.UNESCO’s Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan Programme aims at providing quality literacy education to 600,000 beneficiaries, 60 per cent of them women, in 18 of the country’s 34 provinces by 2013, while UN-HABITAT is implementing the Learning for Community Empowerment Programme, which combines literacy, community banking and productive skills training for more than 250,000 people, 60 per cent of them women, in 20 provinces.
Police lift body refrigerator from beach near Port BurwellPolice lift body refrigerator from beach near Port Burwell
An OPP helicopter lifts a refrigerator from the beach below a Lake Erie bluff east of Port Burwell on… Google Plus A heavy police presence is seen along a rural road east of Port Burwell in Elgin County Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Police said residents can expect an increased police presence for the next few days as its… Email A heavy police presence is seen along a rural road east of Port Burwell in Elgin County Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Police said residents can expect an increased police presence for the next few days as its… Police vehicles block Lakeshore Line east of Port Burwell Tuesday, May 7, 2019, after a body and a… LinkedIn 1/4 Pinterest Share Port Burwell incident GALLERY: Port Burwell incident Police vehicles block Lakeshore Line east of Port Burwell Tuesday, May 7, 2019, after a body and a… PORT BURWELL – A heavy police presence near this Lake Erie village took a dramatic turn Tuesday when a police helicopter lifted both a body and a refrigerator off a beach at the base of a bluff.Police were tight-lipped, but the late-day developments near Port Burwell followed social media posts about a body found in a freezer there, just weeks from the start of the cottage season.OPP spokesperson Derek Rogers wouldn’t provide other details, but confirmed the removal of human remains late Tuesday afternoon from an Erie beach off Lakeshore Line in Elgin County, east of Stafford Road, as authorities continue investigating.The helicopter was seen shortly beforehand, separately lifting a body and then what one man identified as a fridge off a bluff east of Port Burwell.The investigation was triggered by a citizen’s report a day earlier, Rogers said.Langton resident Willy Martens, who frequents the area, told The Free Press he noticed the fridge during the weekend but not the weekend before.The bluff area, he said, is a popular spot for parties. While meeting with friends last Saturday at the top of the cliff, he noticed the fridge about halfway down to the water.“It was the first big thing I’ve seen there,” he said. “It looked like it tumbled down and was laying there. We were there the weekend before and it wasn’t there.”Bruce Bolin, who’s lived on Lakeshore Line on and off for 14 years, said dumping garbage off the bluff has been a common practice for years and drug use has been an issue. Tumblr An OPP helicopter lifts a refrigerator from the beach below a Lake Erie bluff east of Port Burwell on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Earlier, the helicopter lifted a body from the beach off Lakeshore Line east of… Reddit Kerrie Kipp, who lives just down the road from the bluff where police were investigating, said the developments there are “unsettling.”“I am home mostly during the day and pay attention to my surroundings. (I’m) hoping the investigators are able to complete their investigation and close the case.”Residents can expect an increased police presence over the next few days, as police continue their investigation, Rogers said. Police ask anyone with information to contact Elgin OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Mayor Ed Ketchabaw said it’s disturbing that human remains were found in Port Burwell, part of the municipality of Bayham, but that he’s hesitant to say more until the facts are known.“I can respect that people are going to be a little upset about this and they should be. And let’s hope that . . . the police can resolve this as quick as they can,” he firstname.lastname@example.org@postmedia.com
In the Sudan Annan hears – and echoes – calls for peaceIn the Sudan Annan hears – and echoes – calls for peace
After driving from the capital, Khartoum, for 40 minutes over dusty and bumpy roads, Mr. Annan reached a camp housing some 100,000 people displaced by war and natural disaster, where a group of residents unfurled a banner that read “Stop War, We Need Development. No for War, Yes for Peace.”The displaced people also chanted, “Salam. Wahda. Sawa Sawa,” – or “No North without the South. No South without the North. We are all equals.”The Secretary-General said that he had come to the Sudan in the name of peace. “When it comes to peace,” he told the group, “no one needs to convince you who have suffered from the war the need for peace and what peace will bring.” He then returned their chant of “Salam, Wahda, Sawa Sawa,” drawing enthusiastic applause and cheers.Walking around the camp in the scorching heat, the Secretary-General visited a clinic where four mothers were having their infants vaccinated, talked to girls who were attending school, and stopped at a local church. “I think the leaders owe it to you and you owe it to yourselves and if we all work together and put the enmities of the past behind us we should be able to bring peace to this land,” he said. “I can assure you as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I’m going to do my best to work with your Government and your brothers of the South to bring peace to Sudan.”Mr. Annan then met with Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail on the peace efforts underway and on humanitarian access, first in a meeting of delegations and then in a one-on-one session between the two.As he walked to a lunch hosted by the Foreign Minister, the Secretary-General stopped to chat with a group of schoolgirls clad in blue tunic uniforms who were waving at him. One of the girls, in response to the Secretary-General’s remarks about their future leadership roles as women, quipped, to his delight, “We are going to be better than men.”Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the Foreign Minister, the Secretary-General said he had been closely following the discussions going on near Nairobi, and added, “Like all concerned, I am hopeful that the parties will come to an agreement before they conclude their meeting on the 20th of July, and then build on it.” Those talks on the Sudan are being held under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).Among his other scheduled appointments today were meetings with Brig. Gen. Ian Wilhelmsen, head of the Joint Monitoring Committee of the Nuba Mountain Cease-fire Monitoring Commission, and former Prime Minister Sadiq Al Mahdi. He was also set to meet with President Omar al-Bashir at the Presidential Palace.
Creating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity – UNCreating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity – UN
“Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work,” said the World Health Organization (WHO), placing mental health in the workplace as the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. On the other hand, WHO added that “a negative working environment, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.” On Twitter, Secretary-General António Guterres said we can and must eliminate the stigma that prevents people from speaking freely and seeking treatment for mental illness.” “Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both” points out WHO. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy one trillion dollars each year in lost productivity. The UN health agency cited as risks to mental health inadequate health and safety policies; poor communication and management practices; limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work; low levels of support for employees; inflexible working hours; and unclear tasks or organizational objectives. To create a healthy workspace, WHO suggests, among other things, the importance of understanding the opportunities and needs of individual employees; interventions and good practices that protect and promote mental health in the workplace; and becoming aware of how the workplace environment can adapt to promote better mental health for employees and support sources where people can find help. “Mental health interventions should be delivered as part of an integrated health and well-being strategy that covers prevention, early identification, support and rehabilitation,” stresses WHO. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health.
Womens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Rutgers 30 for the second time thisWomens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps Rutgers 30 for the second time this
Starters from the Ohio State and Purdue women’s volleyball teams greeteach other prior to their match at St. John Arena on Friday, Oct. 27 in Columbus, Ohio.Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterOhio State senior outside hitters Ashley Wenz and Luisa Schirmer led their team with 13 and 10 kills, respectively, en route to the Buckeyes’ 3-0 victory at Rutgers Wednesday night.The Buckeyes are now 14-12 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights drop to 5-22 and 0-15 in conference play.The first set was the closest for the two teams. The Scarlet Knights picked up the lead within the first couple points before tying six times with the Buckeyes. Ohio State quickly regained its momentum with a kill by Wenz and a block by sophomore middle blocker Madison Smeathers and freshman setter Becca Mauer. Although Rutgers trailed closely, the Buckeyes won the set 25-21.Once again the Scarlet Knights took the lead in the second set, but it wasn’t long before the Buckeyes turned it around with two consecutive aces from Schirmer. Ohio State buried 10 kills and registered two blocks in a 25-12 victory.Ohio State dispelled any chance of a comeback with a 7-0 run to open the would-be final set. Although the Scarlet Knights put away eight kills and a block, it was not enough to catch up to the Buckeyes and freshman outside hitter Ayanna Swan, who recorded four kills in Ohio State’s 25-17 third-set win to seal the match.Ohio State’s victory against Rutgers marked the 400th win of head coach Geoff Carlston’s 18-year career. He has been at the helm of the Buckeyes for 10 seasons.The Buckeyes continue their season at 9 p.m. Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa, against Iowa.
FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Mexico stun lethargic Germany in major GroupFIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Mexico stun lethargic Germany in major Group
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup: Defending champion Germany eliminatedJune 27, 2018In “Sports”World Cup: Sweden dominates Mexico 3-0; both advanceJune 27, 2018In “Sports”World Cup: Brazil, Switzerland advance from Group EJune 27, 2018In “Sports” Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal during the group F match between Germany and MexicoDefending champions Germany made a disastrous start to their bid to win back-to-back World Cups with a shock defeat by Mexico.Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides in an enthralling encounter in Moscow, but the surprising result was not the only concern for Germany coach Joachim Low.His disjointed side looked extraordinarily vulnerable on the break even before Javier Hernandez punished them with the pass that set up Lozano to cut inside fire home.Toni Kroos almost replied instantly with a free-kick but Guillermo Ochoa tipped it on to the bar and that was the closest Germany came to an equaliser.Despite facing some sustained late pressure, Mexico held on to inflict a first World Cup defeat on Die Mannschaft since they lost to Spain in the 2010 semi-final.This was also the first time a German side had lost their opening game of this tournament since 1982, when West Germany were upset by Algeria.It could turn out to be a damaging defeat too. Although Germany will still be expected to beat Sweden and South Korea and progress, the runner-up in Group F will face a last-16 tie against the Group E winner, expected to be Brazil. (BBC)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJoint Services officer among 4 in custody following vehicular drugs bustJuly 14, 2018In “Crime”6 nabbed with over 16kg ganjaApril 15, 2019In “Crime”5 busted with ganja in Region 7January 4, 2018In “Crime” Ganja found in the vehicle of the TSU RankA member of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) was earlier this morning intercepted with 21kg of compressed cannabis at the Cove and John, Public Road, East Coast Demerara.Based on reports received, the young man was the only occupant of the motor car which was stopped and searched by ranks of the TSU. They were reportedly acting on information received.This Online Publication understands that at least ten well wrapped parcels were found in several section of the car including the back seat and in the trunk. The rank was arrested and is being grilled.He is expected to make his court appearance shortly.
You Can Order an NES Classic From ThinkGeek Update Not AnymoreYou Can Order an NES Classic From ThinkGeek Update Not Anymore
There are two $149.99 bundles, the first of which includes the NES Classic, a 550-piece Super Mario Bros. jigsaw puzzle, a Mario question block lamp, and a hardcover copy of the Playing With Power book, a callback to the days of Nintendo Power and strategy guides. the other bundle has a Tetris lamp and Playing With Power along with the NES Classic. Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series The $159.99 bundle is The Legend of Zelda-themed, with a Zelda travel mug, a Breath of the Wild backpack, and a Sheikah Slate sketchbook. The $139.99 bundle includes the NES Classic, a Mario Piranha Plant hand puppet, a 550-piece The Legend of Zelda jigsaw puzzle, and three canvas art pieces (Super Mario Bros., Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda box art). [UPDATE: Well, they’re sold out. Took just over an hour. That was absurdly fast.]The NES Classic seems almost like a dream these days. It disappeared from shelves immediately, then disappeared again, then disappeared again, then Nintendo discontinued it. It doesn’t look like you can buy a new NES Classic anywhere without paying a huge markup. Well, until now. And also well, with a bundle-based markup. But ThinkGeek has you covered if you want to get your hands on your own NES Classic!Starting at 3:00 p.m. ET today, ThinkGeek will offer the NES Classic in Nintendo-themed bundles, with price tags ranging from $139.99 to $219.99. That’s pretty hefty considering the NES Classic itself had a suggested retail price of $60, but those days are long gone. At least now you can get the system and some other Nintendo gear to go with it of approximate value for what you pay, instead of spending two or three times the price of the system for only the system. The most expensive bundle is $219.99 and for dedicated Mega Man fans. It includes the NES Classic, plus a wearable Mega Man helmet, a wearable Protoman buster, and a Mega Buster mug.It sucks you can’t get the system for just $60 anymore, but that ceased to be the case more or less on day one. At least this way you get some cool stuff with it, and it isn’t just pure scalper’s markup.We’ll see how bad the SNES Classic launch goes. It’ll probably be just as much of a mess as the NES Classic, which sucks because the SNES is a better system and every single game included is fantastic. I lucked out and scored a Wal-Mart preorder thanks to insomnia and poor impulse control, and even with it I only put my odds at about 50/50 on whether I’ll actually get the system in October. And, sadly, there aren’t any tips for getting your own SNES Classic yet besides obsessively watching news sites and jumping on preorders as soon as you hear about them.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The $169.99 bundle is the first of two Mega Man sets. It includes the NES Classic, a scale Mega Man helmet replica, and an enameled pin set. Stay on target
ISS Astronauts Had the Ultimate Pizza Party Before a SpacewalkISS Astronauts Had the Ultimate Pizza Party Before a Spacewalk
Ordering a pizza on Uber Eats is very convenient, but unfortunately, that might be a bit difficult to do in space. However, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) recently had the ultimate make-your-own pizza party and their customized pies looked delicious.On April 5, Christina Koch, David Saint-Jacques, Nick Hague, and Anne McClain whipped up some DIY pizzas and shared pictures of their pie creations on social media. These weren’t your typical pizza pies though: they were cooked sideways in compact ovens at the space station and they were able to float in the air.A long week of hard work and spacewalk prep calls for a pizza party. Making pizza in space is similar to making pizza on Earth, the only difference is our ovens look a little different and our pizza can float! Anyone on Earth having pizza tonight? pic.twitter.com/s8459Lcnlq— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) April 5, 2019“A long week of hard work and spacewalk prep calls for a pizza party,” Hague, a NASA astronaut, wrote on Twitter. “Making pizza in space is similar to making pizza on Earth, the only difference is our ovens look a little different and our pizza can float!”Two astronauts wrapped up a spacewalk today at 2 p.m. EDT. The spacewalkers worked for six hours and 29 minutes upgrading the station’s power systems. https://t.co/rhv1N7BPEE pic.twitter.com/Mm6fK0kXmN— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 8, 2019Last week, the team was focused on preparing for a major spacewalk, which took place on Monday, April 8, Space.com reported. The spacewalk was conducted by Saint-Jacques, a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut who was the first Canadian to spacewalk in 12 years, and McClain, a NASA astronaut. Both astronauts replaced a solar array battery that was installed during the first excursion and upgraded Canadarm2, the space station’s robotic arm, CBS News noted.The April 8 spacewalk is the last of three spacewalks NASA scheduled for spring 2019. The space station crew will now work on unpacking the Progress 72 cargo capsule that recently arrived at the ISS. Two more cargo ships sent by Northrop Grumman and SpaceX are expected to reach the space station at the end of the month.More on Geek.com:Unexpected ‘Plasma Rain’ on Sun Connects Two Solar MysteriesParker Solar Probe Completes Second Close Approach to SunSelf-Driving Spacecraft Could Save Earth From Asteroid Impacts Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor
President Weah captains his team in international friendlyPresident Weah captains his team in international friendly
Liberia president George Weah made headlines in the world of football as he led his side in an international friendly at the age of 51.George Opong Weah, the only African footballer to win Fifa’s World Player of the Year award, played for 79 minutes of a 2-1 home defeat by Nigeria in Monrovia.Liberia organised the friendly to retire their number 14 shirt, worn by Weah in his playing days.George Weah threatened the Super Eagles players this afternoon that he will play today and show them skills. Looks like he meant it pic.twitter.com/3u6VCRSqsR— china acheru (@Ikwerreman) September 11, 2018News: Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA George Patchias – August 16, 2019 The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by…The former Marseille and Chelsea forward, who took over office as president in January, received a standing ovation as he was substituted.The Super Eagles brought in a strong contingent, including Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi and fellow midfielder Peter Etebo, of Stoke City. Ndidi’s club-mate Kelechi Iheanacho featured as a second-half substitute.Simeon Nwankwo doubled the lead for the West African giants’ thanks to an assist from Etebo after Henry Onyekuru – on loan at Galatasaray from Everton – had scored the opener.The home side pulled one back from the spot courtesy of Kpah Sherman.
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season.Smith Rowe has impressed at the club this season, scoring three goals from his six first-team appearances, in the UEFA Europa League and Carabao Cup.The 18-year-old has also featured in Premier League matchday squads but is yet to make his league debut.The Gunners confirmed Smith Rowe has made the move in order to gain more playing time on the pitch under his belt.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Emile is a promising young player. This move will get him valuable competitive action which is important as he continues his development,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said, according to Sky Sports.Smith Rowe joins Reiss Nelson, who’s currently on loan at TSG Hoffenheim, as the second Arsenal player on loan in the Bundesliga.Leipzig currently in fourth place in the German League with 34 points from 19 games.
9 arrested in Miami amid homeowners insurance fraud crackdown9 arrested in Miami amid homeowners insurance fraud crackdown
Officials said the investigation remains open, and more arrests are expected.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Truly appreciate the collaboration between CFO @JimmyPatronis @MiamiDadePD & #StatewideProsecutor in Operation Rubicon which has netted 35 fraudsters in a 2.5 million dollar scam involving major carriers @Citizens_agents @TeamUPCIC @towerhillins pic.twitter.com/UGjos6RX0p— Kathy Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle) April 30, 2019The arrests follow a year-long investigation that uncovered $600,000 in homeowners’ insurance fraud.Patronis said this crackdown impacts every resident.“These individuals have led an elaborate insurance fraud scheme, over $600,000 in fraud,” he said. “Ultimately, just like the state attorney said, it impacts every single citizen in the State of Florida.” MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested nine people for their alleged involvement in homeowner’s insurance fraud, state and local officials said.State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez confirmed the arrests at a news conference held Tuesday.
Legislators Authorize 500000 For Anchorage LIO FurnitureLegislators Authorize 500000 For Anchorage LIO Furniture
The state will spend up to $500,000 to furnish the new Anchorage legislative information office.Download AudioThe Legislative Council, which handles office policy for state lawmakers, awarded the contract to Think Office, LLC, at a Wednesday meeting. The furniture will come from the modern design company Knoll, and the look of the new building will be up-market Ikea. To give an idea of what they were looking for, the Legislative Council bidding notice listed rolling chairs that retail for $1,500 and $300 coat racks made of colorful metal rods.The Think Office bid conforms to a decorating plan created by Pfeffer Development, which is renovating the Anchorage LIO and was awarded a $100,000 contract specifically for furniture consulting. The objective was to standardize design using modular components in an effort to reduce the need for new furniture when freshman legislators come into office and as political organization changes.When the Legislative Council first took up the question of furniture procurement in early June, the initial price tag was $866,000. That triggered sticker shock, and a furniture subcommittee led by Chugiak Republican Bill Stoltze was created to reexamine the cost. The subcommittee concluded that the Anchorage LIO should be outfitted with surplus furniture from state agencies, with a cap of $100,000 for new furniture.But that recommendation was rejected. Legislative aide Juli Lucky explained to the council that number was unrealistic.“I will admit that the office furniture was a lot more expensive than I had anticipated,” said Lucky. “But I do feel that we did come up with a good compromise position once we did look at the comparable offices that we have outfitted in other places. We did winnow down that cost as much as we felt we could.”About half of the $500,000 award will be spent furnishing legislators’ staff offices, at a cost of $8,000 per lawmaker.Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican who chairs the Legislative Council, said that the expense of furnishing the Anchorage LIO compared favorably to other projects.“A couple of years ago when the Eagle River LIO was refurnished, those offices ran $20,000 a copy,” said Hawker. “So, I think we’re getting quite a value.”The other half of the money will go to furnishing the building’s public areas, like hearing rooms.“They can be used for all of the summer sort of meetings like we’re doing right here, and they can be used to accommodate special legislative sessions with a chamber for the House and the Senate, as well as a chamber that would accommodate 60 legislators as needed,” said Hawker.While cost was a sticking point for some, Sen. Dennis Egan, a Juneau Democrat who caucuses with the Republican majority, took issue with the argument that the LIO needed to be fully furnished so that special sessions could be held in Anchorage.“I really am upset that you’re talking about special sessions being held in the Anchorage LIO,” said Egan. “Special sessions should be held in the Capitol.”Hawker stressed that he did not mean to trigger a debate over the location of the Capitol.“This is not a disguised Capitol move,” said Hawker.Egan ultimately voted for the contract.The contract was awarded on a 10-2 vote, with Stoltze and Anchorage Democrat Max Gruenberg opposing the contract.The Anchorage LIO project has previously faced criticism for its cost. The lease to the office is expected to run $80 million over the next 20 years, and Hawker’s Democratic challenger Sam Combs described the furniture contract as an example of project “mismanagement.”
A new report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game suggests that heavier human traffic along the Kenai River could be detrimental to salmon habitat.The report has been in a draft stage with ADF&G for more than a decade, but was only just released last month. It says that no single factor is posing a big risk to fish habitat, but the cumulative effects of human behavior can prove significant.Robert Begich is ADF&G’s area biologist for the sportfish division. He says the habitat study is still useful, but a lot has changed since work on the report first got underway.“There’s been a lot of education about the sensitivity of the environment and what we do out there on the river,” Begich said. “Then we have the Borough and the cities and different non-governmental organiations participating in this and that’s why you see all the light-penetrating platforms…to prevent damage to the shoreline.”Whether habitat protection and restoration efforts have been enough to affect fish populations in a measurable way is unknown, the report says.Plenty of time has been spent on specific sites, but there’s a lack of overall information about the watershed. Begich says he’s not sure how or if this particular report will play when the Board of Fisheries takes up Cook Inlet issues next year, but fewer restrictions probably won’t happen.“It’s always been taken into consideration and I think you’re likely to the areas that restricted remain restricted and perhaps more added, as some of the land becomes public land…through purchases of private land that folks want to sell to DNR or the state of Alaska,” Begich said. “It’s likely to become more conservative.”Researchers figured a total waterfront length of 130 miles, including both banks of the Kenai, of which, about 25% had been preserved or improved.
CU to shift Rajabazar Ballygunge campuses to New TownCU to shift Rajabazar Ballygunge campuses to New Town
Kolkata: Calcutta University (CU) will shift its Rajabazar and Ballygunge campuses to its integrated science and technology campus in New Town. The university is now preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the integrated campus coming up on a land of more than 5.50-acre, granted by the state government.”Both the campuses are very old and are in need of urgent repair. However, it is difficult to take up proper repair work until the campuses are vacated. Hence, we are taking all steps to fast track the setting up of our New Town campus,” Vice-Chancellor of CU, Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe university has plans to shift its Nano-Science campus in Salt Lake to the New Town campus. “We have plans to set up an international standard guest house on the Salt Lake campus for lodging international guests. “Currently, we have to make arrangements for guests in hotels resulting in a lot of expense,” a senior official of the varsity said. According to the official, the New Town campus will be a green one and there will be separate floors for each department with all modern facilities of laboratories, library, etc. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe integrated campus will involve a cost of Rs 100 crore and the state government has already allocated the amount to the university. It may be mentioned that University College of Science and Technology was founded on March 27, 1914, by the great visionary, Asutosh Mukherjee, the then Vice-Chancellor of CU, using the generous donation from Taraknath Palit and Rashbehari Ghosh, who had donated nearly Rs 37.5 lakh together. The first batch of teachers included Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Sisir Kumar Mitra and the legendary 1915 MSc batch comprising Satyendranath Bose, Meghnad Saha, Jnan Chandra Ghosh and Jnanendra Nath Mukherjee among eminent personalities.
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