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Fallen geese mourned as community fixtures at Halifax memorial

first_imgHALIFAX – Dozens of mourners marched in the rain to pay their respects to two foul-tempered fixtures of a Halifax community — a pair of geese who were run down at a crosswalk.They braved a downpour Saturday evening in Dartmouth to memorialize the fallen geese of Sullivan’s Pond, in the heart of the Halifax suburb.“It feels like a small tear in our spirit, and a little bit of loss,” organizer Katy Jean eulogized. “Our geese are not just the geese. They’re part of the community.”A musician crooned “Blackbird” by The Beatles in honour of the white birds before the memorial procession made its way to the intersection where the feathered pedestrians met their end.Memorial attendees fastened flowers to poles on either side of a crosswalk where the geese were killed.The duo was part of a gaggle of nine geese known to lazily waddle across the street, often during rush hour, oblivious to waiting cars as they finish sunbathing and make their way back to the pond.Three of the geese were hit by a motorist last week, with one surviving, police said. No charges have been laid against the driver.Some Dartmouth residents said the deaths raise concerns about road safety in the area.Christine Ward-Paige said she often sees cars driving recklessly as she and her two kids use the same crosswalk on their way to school.“The geese for me are just a talking point … for a bigger issue,” Ward-Paige said. “Hopefully we can learn from this and try to protect our families.”Other parents fondly recalled taking their children to see the geese, warning them to hide their fingers from the testy birds.“They’re territorial,” said John Hines, who has known the birds for 35 years. “(When) my son was a very young boy, they used to snap at his toes.”Jean, who is known for her Twitter poems, said the birds are attuned to Dartmouth’s rhythms — warning of winter with their southern migration, and signalling summer upon their return.She said as the birds make their routine crossings to and from the water, they have seen walkers become runners, parents go from pushing strollers to wrangling toddlers and night owls stumbling home after one beer too many.The birds have been featured in the backdrop of countless prom pictures, Jean said, and “immortalized” by local artists, including a fowl recreation of The Beatles stroll across Abbey Road.Saturday’s “light-hearted memorial” was met with some degree of online backlash, Jean said, but she never meant to attract attention, she just wanted to mourn the geese that perished and celebrate the seven that remain.“We all individually appreciate the geese, but I truly hope they appreciate us as well,” she said. “Let’s watch them a little bit longer, wonder what it would be like to pat them for a little bit, and smile at their laid-back waddle.”last_img read more

Balbir Singh Jakhar AAP’s 7th LS poll candidate, to fight from West Delhi seat

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP Sunday declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’s “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards an alliance here. Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat. Names of candidates for the other six seats was announced by the party on March 2. Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic Delhi minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party has waited long enough for an alliance with the Congress but seeing the “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude of the grand old party, the AAP has decided to declare the name of its seventh candidate. He announced the name of Jakhar at a press conference here. “The AAP has declared all its seven candidates. We waited for long that all parties would join hands to beat the government but the way the Congress is behaving, irresponsibly, and has been indecisive for the past three months, the AAP has decided to take its movement (for full statehood for Delhi) forward,” Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder On Thursday, he had said the AAP will fight the Lok Sabha polls on the issue of full statehood and it is “late now” for talks on an alliance in Delhi. “The country is disappointed with the Congress and our internal survey shows seven per cent vote share of the Congress. People feel that the Congress is not serious about Delhi, so the AAP has launched a mega campaign. “The Congress is confused and every one is giving different statements,” Rai said. Sources said the AAP was in talks with the Congress over seat sharing but both the parties wanted to contest from the same seats due to which a they could not reach a consensus. Moreover, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has not been in favour of an alliance with AAP but many leaders and workers in the Delhi Congress were in favour of an alliance. Announcing the name of Jakhar, Rai said he has been associated with the AAP since the Jan Lokpal Movement. He was the president of co-ordination committee All Delhi District Court Bar Association. The other six AAP candidates are Atishi from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.last_img read more

Army engineers complete repairs to 51 affected homes in Kosgama

Similarly, evaluation work and estimate of damaged properties, being still carried out by various agencies and troops are to be hopefully completed as dusk falls on Saturday (11), according to the Disaster Management Centre, Divisional Secretariat and the troops, committed to this specific assignment in the area.The army said that 30 field toilets have already been put up at the places where displaced people remained temporarily housed although the numbers in those places are now fast dwindling. By this morning (11), a total of only 232 members of 78 families remain still sheltered at Bollatawa Temple, Muruthagama Community Hall, Kaluaggala Temple and Boralugoda  Temple where cooked meals are served by the Army thrice a day with close coordination of the Divisional Secretariat. Similarly, dry rations are continuously distributed among civilians who have already returned to their dwelling places, in addition to the supply of financial aids by state agencies. As of this morning, 549 drinking water wells have been fully cleared of toxic elements by Navy personnel and Water Board experts, and declared suitable for drinking by authorities. However, water is still being distributed through bowsers among affected occupants in some specific areas. A total of 55 plastic water tanks, supplied by the Water Board which have been placed in most needed locations, are regularly filled by Army water bowsers and Water Board vehicles.In place of completely gutted houses, a total of 240 camp tents have been already set up for the affected until construction of their houses anew in the same locations or elsewhere are carried out as convenient to them.Meanwhile, special mobile medical units, operational in affected areas continue to monitor health conditions of the victims, housed in relief centres and elsewhere. Army and state medical personnel are manning those units. (Colombo Gazette) By last morning, more than 40-43 families arrived back at their houses to re-start their shattered lives after troops completed repairs to their homesteads and formally intimated to them through Grama Seva officials. The army said that the entire re-thatching of roofs, replacement of damaged tiles, asbestos or tin sheets, repairing or replacement of rafters or sloping beams, wooden roof structures, ceilings, doors, toilets and all other minor repairs, etc were effectively carried out in those 51 houses by Army engineer troops in the past 5 days after infantrymen cleared the entire compounds. Army troops, engaged in day and night cleaning, repairs and restoration commitments in Kosgama areas for explosion-affected civilians, in what could be considered a significant phase in the restoration of normalcy in public life, completed repairs to 51 houses by this morning and enabled the occupants to return home, the army media unit said. read more

Ebola concerns in St Catharines hospital

Doctors are taking no chances, after a patient at St Catharines General Hospital who recently traveled to the heart of the ebola outbreak began to show symptoms.The patient came to the ER with flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle weakness. The red flag went up when the hospital found out the patient had recently returned from west Africa where there is an outbreak of the deadly virus. The hospital isn’t saying if the patient is a man or woman and aren’t releasing the person’s age. But they say they have isolated the patient and out of an abundance of caution have put the patient in a negative pressure unit here at the hospital. The negative pressure unit has its own air filtration system so none of the air from the room is recirculated back through the hospital. The ebola outbreak has killed more than 1500 people in west Africa. The three countries hardest hit are Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The fatality rate is very high: usually 90 per cent. But in this outbreak there’s a 55 per cent mortality rate. Symptoms are high fever, bleeding and severe muscle weakness. And it was one symptom that this patient had that concerned hospital officials, although they won’t say which one. Dr Tom Stewart, chief of staff: “The patient is doing well. I expect that to be the case and I think it’s a low chance that this patient has ebola but we are doing everything possible to make sure they don’t.”People here don’t seem concerned about the threat. Everyone we talked to said they are confident the hospital is doing everything it can.The patient has been tested for ebola. Those tests have been sent to the National Laboratory in Winnipeg; it will take 24 to 48 hours before the results come in. read more

Iraq elections should be held on time UN envoy tells national council

“Even though the number of UN staff in Iraq is small, the UN has been able to fulfil its mandate in relation to the elections,” Ashraf Jehangir Qazi said.The technical support and strategic advice of a dedicated UN team of experts have been crucial in enabling the country’s Independent Electoral Commission to perform its task of organizing the elections, he said, adding that UN experts working with the Commission have also been meeting with various political entities to explain the electoral process.Mr. Qazi told members of the Council that the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) also includes contributing to the political process. He pointed to a number of meetings he has held with government officials and representatives of political entities to encourage participation in the process, mainly the elections.”Despite the difficult conditions, the UN is in Iraq because it is committed to serving the Iraqi people,” he said.In talks with Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Mr. Qazi discussed the political process in Iraq, the country’s security situation, human rights and efforts to achieve reconciliation, according to a UN spokesman.Over the last few days, Mr. Qazi has held discussions with various government officials and representatives of Iraqi political parties and civil society to explore how the UN can advance the political process and encouraging dialogue among various Iraqi groups, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. read more

Budweiser becomes America Drink up Or not

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – There’s no trademark on America.Budweiser, now owned by Belgium’s AB Inbev, will rename its beer “America” this summer and alter its labels with images and phrases affiliated with the republic.The red, white and blue campaign is being launched into a very competitive market already foamy with craft beers, and upon a drinking public bracing itself for a presidential election likely to be unlike any before it.The campaign, called “America is in Your Hands,” will run from May 23 through November and will include on cans and bottles passages ranging from Pledge of Allegiance to lyrics from “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”“Budweiser has always strived to embody America in a bottle, and we’re honoured to salute this great nation where our beer has been passionately brewed for the past 140 years.” said Ricardo Marques, vice-president at Budweiser.The “America” label will appear on 12-ounce cans and bottles. The new cans and bottles will include images like a magnified view of the Statue of Liberty’s torch and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.It’s not Budweiser’s first venture into “America,” the brand. A year after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Clydesdales where shown in commercial crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and pausing near the World Trade Center.It’s a well-worn path in advertising, particularly as the July 4th or Presidents Day approaches, when Honest Abe hawks used cars or George Washington routes the British in a shiny Dodge Charger with a big, old American flag sticking out of the passenger window. Budweiser becomes “America.” Drink up. Or not. by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2016 1:48 pm MDT read more

Airports clamp down on drunken passengers as arrests of unruly travellers fall

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. Airports have clamped down on drunken passengers who cause disruption before flying, as new figures reveal arrests of unruly travellers are falling.Police arrested 117 people on planes in 2017/2018 but this fell by 25 per cent to 87 people in 2018/19. Among the biggest reductions were at Gatwick and Glasgow, where arrests made almost halved in that period.Drunk travellers who sexually abused staff, urinated in public and were too intoxicated to fasten their seatbelts were among those prevented from continuing their journeys.At Bristol Airport, one passenger was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft and sexually assaulting female crew. Another was found urinating in a walkway en route to a plane.Passengers convicted of being drunk on an aircraft face a maximum fine of £5,000 or up to two years’ imprisonment.Freedom of information requests were sent to 16 police forces which cover Britain’s 20 busiest airports. The ages of those detained ranged from 20 to 58.It comes after the Home Office opened a consultation on whether alcohol licensing laws at airports should be amended to tackle disruptive behaviour. The decision is yet to be announced.Sales of alcohol beyond the security gates at international airports in England and Wales are not currently regulated by licensing laws, which means rules intended to stop drunk individuals being served do not apply.Tim Alderslade, chief executive of trade body Airlines UK, said: “There is no credible reason we’ve heard – other than commercial gain – why airport bars and duty free are not licensed in the same way as any pub or restaurant on the high street.”Likewise, why are duty-free shops still able to sell miniature bottles of alcohol, including at the airport gate? We know miniatures are sold for one reason only – to encourage immediate consumption, including on the plane.”Gatwick Airport teamed up with Sussex Police earlier this year to tackle drunken behaviour. Police began conducting dedicated patrols and called on staff – including taxi drivers and bar staff – to report any disruptive behaviour. read more

Paraguay gets bronze and a ticket for Germany 2017

Paraguay defeated Uruguay 22-24 and took the last spot available for Germany 2017. With this win they also conquered the third place in the Pan American Championship in Buenos Aires, which was their first medal ever in a continental tournament.There was too much at stake yesterday in the stadium of SAG Villa Ballester in Buenos Aires. Besides the third place in the Pan American Championship, a ticket for Germany 2017 was the bigger prize and after five matches, it all came down to Paraguay and Uruguay, who had lost their respective semifinals matches against Argentina and Brazil.The first half saw both teams with great fighting spirit and the match was tied after the first 15 minutes, but from then on, it looked like the anxiety had taken over the Uruguayan team. Their attacks were too precipitate and lasted too little against a very mobile defence. The team conducted by Neri Rubén Vera took the lead and finished the first half winning 13-15.The second period was the breaking point of the match, the Paraguayans, lead by their centre back Marizza Faria, were able to extend the gap up to five goals. But the team coached by Silvana Renóm did not give up and chased after Paraguay until the last moments of the match; in fact with nearly a minute left of the match the they were only one goal away, but the opponents were able to score one last time to determine the final difference.Paraguay will be back in a World Championship after 4 years, as their last participation was in Serbia 2013. Team captain and best center back of the tournament, Faria, expressed her happiness after the match: “This is an incredible feeling. I feel very blessed. I’m still here in the national team, I’m kind of like everyone’s mom here and I’m very proud of my team, of these girls who have a lot of guts, and I’m very happy”.The 33 year old who plays for Spain’s Mavi Nuevas Tecnologías did not hide a bit of sadness for the defeat in the semifinals, but confessed her satisfaction upon the qualification for Germany 2017: “It was tough to recover from yesterday’s semifinal because we thought we could damage them (Argentina) a little bit more, but we had another chance today and we took it. The president of our federation said that if we would qualify we’d receive a lot of help, as you know handball in Paraguay is not professional, so now we have to enjoy this moment, but I think from from now on things will be looking up for us”. Faria added that “we knew we had to go match by match, and today on the last day we still had this goal (qualifying for the World Championship) in our minds and we conquered with a lot of sacrifice and it’s very nice to be in a team with such young girls who are triumphing, I think handball in Paraguay has a lot of future and lots of doors will open for us form now on”.Besides from Marízza Faria, who was part of the all-star team of the tournament, Sabrina Fiore Canata finished as top scorer of the tournament with 34 goals. The top scorer, who also expressed her joy: “This is an unbelievable feeling, it’s a huge happiness and a great reward for all of us for the work were doing. This qualification is a sum of lots of things. of a mix of young and experienced players who were able to play together as one team and who were able to reach the goal”. Paraguay will enjoy their third World Championship, the previous being France 2007 and Serbia 2013. They are in pot 6 for the draw along with Cameroon, Tunisia and Poland, who received the wild card of the tournament. ← Previous Story Pots are ready for Women’s WCh 2017 draw! Next Story → New handball brand of Zenit powered by Gazprom? Buenos Aires 2017Germany 2017Marizza FariaPan American ChampionshipparaguaySabrina Fioreuruguay read more

My Ireland celebrates the underdog who pulled like a dog

first_img‘My Ireland celebrates the underdog who pulled like a dog’ Poet Stephen James Smith has written a poem for the upcoming St Patrick’s Day Festival which is being widely praised online 13 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The stunning My Ireland, Stephen James Smith https://t.co/Eu2hr8SbXx via @YouTube Celebrating the launch of @stpatricksfest 2017— Fiona Murphy (@FionaMSoprano) February 15, 2017 15,502 Views My Ireland celebrates the underdog who pulled like a dog. We’re not here to take part we’re here to take over. Source: Mags Browne/Twitter Source: Fiona Murphy/Twitter IRELAND IS DESCRIBED as having a sense of community that “isn’t ready to die” in a new video released by the St Patrick’s Festival in preparation for the upcoming celebrations.Stephen James Smith was commissioned to write the poem My Ireland for the festival, which he also narrated in the video.According to the St Patrick’s Festival 2017 the theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Ireland You Are’ and Smith’s poem and video captures the ‘essence of Ireland You Are through, music and video’.Speaking about what inspired him to write the poem, Smith said: “I found trying to write a country a daunting task, I could feel the weight of history on my shoulders so I was aiming to be as broad as possible.“In focusing on My Ireland, it instantly became flawed as it’s only a perspective and I don’t have the right to speak for all, but it became more personal and that’s all I or anyone can do. It’s only a start, a prompt for others to say what their Ireland is. Maybe it’s more of a plea than a poem, for us to not resort to some reductive notion of Irishness but instead for us to not forget our common humanity. It’s a calling to listen while at the same time to be heard… so add your voice.”The video itself was produced by Myles O’Reilly with music produced by Conor O’Brien, of the Villagers, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, from the Frames, and an original song from Eithne Ní Chatháin called Guí.The poem reflects on what makes Ireland unique – without ignoring some of the more unsavoury aspects of the country’s history. Feb 16th 2017, 1:55 PM By Ronan Smyth Image: St Patrick’s Festival Share Tweet Email1 Absolutely amazing @sjsWORDS “My Ireland should learn from its rivers and burst its banks…” #MyIreland https://t.co/AD0XxwhA1r— Graham Connors (@GrahamConnors) February 16, 2017 Short URL Source: Graham Connors/Twitter Irish friends and family: take 10 minutes, sit down with a cuppa and watch this… Trust me… #MyIreland https://t.co/PU7Wzh92pJ— Mags Browne🔬🌍⚒️ (@MagsBrow) February 16, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3242590 My Ireland, you are the Guilford Four, Rossport Five, Birmingham Six, travelling people and forgotten demographics.Smith describes the poem as ‘a plea’, a calling to move on and to remind ourselves of the humanity of the people of Ireland. Source: St Patrick’s Festival/YouTubeThe poem and the accompanying video has been met with praise. Smith is a poet based in Dublin and is best known for co-founding the Glor Sessions Music & Poetry and Lingo Festival, as well as for his work on the Dublin 2020 bid for the Capital of Culture.READ: This is the country with the worst broadband access in IrelandREAD: One concrete benefit of Brexit: The Passport Office is hiring extra staff My Ireland sees goodness in the kindness of its people everyday which bonds us just enough to get by Image: St Patrick’s Festival Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 1:55 PMlast_img read more

Des données personnelles non protégées sur Facebook

first_imgDes données personnelles non protégées sur Facebook ?États-Unis – Une enquête menée par le Wall Street Journal prouve que les données personnelles sur Facebook, même protégées, peuvent se révéler accessibles. D’autres entreprises profiteraient du système pour “piller” les informations des utilisateurs et de leurs amis.Les applications sont nombreuses sur Facebook. D’un clic, l’utilisateur autorise l’entreprise éditrice du réseau social à accéder à ses données personnelles. Mais une enquête du Wall Street Journal montre que les firmes partenaires n’hésitent pas à se servir aussi parmi les comptes des amis, même si la protection est paramétrée au maximum. Le système démasqué montre que ce n’est pas Facebook qui publie les informations mais bien certaines applications comme des jeux ou des quizz. Les données sont en fait des adresses IP qui peuvent se transformer facilement en nom, adresse et âge. Muet face à cet état de fait, Facebook devra tout de même répondre de ses actes aux Etats-Unis, suite à une sollicitation émanant de deux membres de la Chambre des représentants.Le 20 octobre 2010 à 12:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Star Wars GrenadeShaped Coke Bottles Banned From Flights

first_imgI am following up. You say it’s not allowed but I had zero issue taking mine with me. So….Which is it? Allowed in Checked Luggage? Allowed in Carry-on as long as empty of liquid? Or neither? Policy should be uniform and enforced the same manner in every airport.— Jonathan Bandy (@JonathanBandy) August 28, 2019“Which is it? Allowed in checked luggage? Allowed in carry-on as long as [it’s] empty of liquid? Or neither?” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Policy should be uniform and enforced [in] the same manner in every airport.”For now, while the TSA continues reviewing the issue, officers maintain discretion to prohibit “any items through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.”Like the “keepsake” missile launcher a passenger from Texas tried to carry through Baltimore/Washington International Airport last month.The item, which was not live and posed no immediate danger, was confiscated and handed over to the Maryland State Fire Marshal for safe disposal. The man, meanwhile, was discharged in time to catch his flight.More on Geek.com:Best Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at DisneylandA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Star Teases Major On-Screen Reunion Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form A smuggler’s only as good as his hiding places. And you’ll need to find some good ones if you want to get these Disney souvenirs home.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has all but banned thermal detonator-shaped Coca-Cola bottles from Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme parks on flights.The keepsake containers, which resemble grenade-like weapons used in the Star Wars franchise, look too similar to real explosives, according to the TSA.A perfect addition to any fan’s collection, Batuu collectible Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and Sprite bottles will not be allowed in carry-on or checked luggage. Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 13, 2019“The issue concerning Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-themed soda bottles has recently been brought to our attention by the general public, as these items could reasonably be seen by some as replica hand grenades,” TSA said in a statement released Wednesday.“We appreciate the concerns being raised,” it continued, “because replica explosives are not permitted in either carry-on or checked bags.”Droids, meanwhile, are allowed.Despite their familiar logos, emblazoned with the fictional Aurebesh language, the adorable wee bottles might cause confusion for airport security screeners.“It could create concern that it’s the real thing,” TSA spokesman Jim Gregory told The Orange County Register.I’d err on the safe side, and leave the bottles at the Black Spire Outpost. Or, you can use the Force—like Jonathan Bandy, who claims he had “zero issue” taking the look-alike bombs on his flight. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Twin wildfires threaten 10000 Northern California homes

first_imgLAKEPORT, Calif. — Firefighters reported progress Tuesday in their battle against the wildfires that have ravaged some of Northern California’s most scenic areas, including twin blazes that were tearing through vineyards and brush-covered hills and threatening some 10,000 homes.The two fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties had burned 10 homes along 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) of rural land. Fire crews were able to slow the spread of one of the blazes into populated areas and instead the flames pushed into the Mendocino National Forest.“Just because you see a big column (of smoke) standing up every day does not mean we’re not having some success in the fire line,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief John Messina told a community meeting in Lake County.He urged people to stay vigilant because fires can easily jump over containment lines.Evacuation orders were in effect for the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport, along with some smaller communities and a section of the national forest. In all, some 19,000 people have been warned to flee, fire officials said.Lakeport, north of San Francisco, is the county seat and a popular destination for bass anglers and boaters on the shores of Clear Lake. But by Monday night it was a ghost town, the main streets deserted.last_img read more

US Soybean Farmers Take Part in International Oilseed Producers Dialogue

first_imgASA President Danny Murphy (second from left) co-chaired the IOPD meeting. (ASA photo by Steve Censky)ASA President Danny Murphy, First Vice President Ray Gaesser and CEO Steve Censky participated in the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue (IOPD) meeting in Paraguay last week, joining representatives from the United Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council and the oilseed industries in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and Malaysia.The U.S. growers in attendance told the group what was happening in their part of the world, from farm bill legislation to export markets to crop condition. Common issues discussed among each country’s representatives were their opposition to efforts to implement export taxes in parts of South America and the development of new biotechnology traits and the promotion of biotechnology’s acceptance around the world.The purpose of the IOPD meeting are to coordinate efforts to promote the oilseed industry throughout the world. Together, these nations will work to advance the acceptance of biotechnology in China through an upcoming outreach meeting. The group also talked thoroughly about making sure that farmers in the U.S. and South America understand the need to incentivize trait providers, seed companies, universities and researchers to provide new technologies and advance innovation to help farmers feed the world.last_img read more

Two injured in Friday night wreck remain hospitalized

first_imgTwo Vancouver women remained in PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Sunday night with injuries sustained in a Friday traffic accident.Sheila Owsley, 46, of Vancouver was listed in critical condition.Dolores M. Glafka, 69, of Vancouver was listed in satisfactory condition.The four-car collision happened at 10:25 p.m. on Interstate 205 north of Padden Parkway.According to the Washington State Patrol, Interstate 205 southbound traffic came to a stop north of Padden Parkway and a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven in the left lane by Michael D. West, 49, of Vancouver struck a 2001 Daewoo Leganza driven by Glafka, causing Glafka’s car to spin and hit a left-side guardrail.West’s SUV then struck a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven in the right lane by Diana I. Tihohod, 18, of Vancouver, and Tihohod’s car then hit a 2007 Mazda CX7 driven by Mitica Dumitru, 53, of New Westminster, B.C.Owsley was a passenger in West’s vehicle.The WSP bulletin did not say why traffic had come to a stop on the freeway. It said the cause of the crash was speeding, and that West would face vehicular assault charges in connection with the crash.The investigation and cleanup closed the southbound freeway lanes until early Saturday morning, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, and clogged traffic leaving the Clark County Fairgrounds.last_img read more

Galaxy S10s camera may get dedicated lowlight mode

first_img $59 at eBay 7 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3 sample photos $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal 0 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice See at Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $210 at Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best Buy See It $520 at HP $999 Read the AirPods review $299 at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Galaxy S10 vs. Pixel 3 camera test $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) That may change soon, however, with a software update expected later this month or early May, according to tech blog site Sam Mobile. Simply listed as “Night” on the camera’s interface, the feature will be included with other mainstay photo options users can already toggle between before snapping a photo (some other additional modes are “panorama” and “food”). As image quality continues to be one of the key deciding factors in the phone-buying process, handset makers do their best to outfit their premium handsets with top-of-the-line camera tech. galaxy-s10e-pixel-3Enlarge ImageA low-light image taken on the Galaxy S10E (left) and Pixel 3 (right) Lynn La/CNET Building out a separate low-light mode in the Galaxy S10 enables Samsung to remain competitive in this area, especially when compared to Google’s Pixel 3 and its impressive Night Sight mode (you can see a comparison between the midtier Galaxy S10E and the Pixel 3 to the right).The Night update is already available to some users in Switzerland in an April 2019 security patch update, as reported by Sam Mobile. Samsung did not yet confirm if and when the update will roll out to other markets and did not immediately reply to a request for comment. In the meantime, let us know in the comments below if you received the update and whether or not it improves your low-light images. See it Apple iPhone XS See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo The Cheapskate Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint 16 Photos Boost Mobile Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags See at Turo 8:14 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $155 at Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Phones Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments The Galaxy S10. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The Galaxy S10 has a superb camera, and for the most part, it takes excellent photos. But unlike some of its rivals, like the Pixel 3 and the LG G8, it does not have a dedicated camera mode for low-light environments that users can manually select. Instead, Samsung’s phone would just optimize its settings whenever it auto-detected a really dark scene, without giving any controls to the user. Amazonlast_img read more

Zomato founder says employee protest has nothing to do with

first_imgKOLKATA: In West Bengal, Howrah, the delivery workers of Zomato have staged a protest. The founder of the company had said, it has “nothing to do with food or religion or belief.” Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal, in an email urging staff to “ignore the noise and not get distracted,” wrote: “This ‘protest’, confined to a handful of delivery partners, is limited to the Howrah area of Kolkata and not across West Bengal, as some wildly exaggerated reports make it out to be. The issue was primarily related to a recent rate card correction in that area, something which we routinely do.” Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us A group of Zomato delivery workers in Howrah, which is located just outside Kolkata, have been on strike for a week and have said they will not be delivering food containing beef or pork. “The company is not listening to our demands and forcing us to deliver beef and pork against our will. Hindus have a problem delivering beef while Muslims do not want to deliver pork. We are forced to deliver such things,” Mausin Akhtar, an employee, told a source. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The protest was reportedly triggered by the buzz that a beef biryani outlet was being added to Zomato’s list of restaurants in Howrah. Zomato is fresh out of another recent controversy over a customer refusing to accept his food order from a Muslim rider. The company earned praise for its response: “Food has no religion, food is religion”.last_img read more

Swabbed and Found An Adopted Mans DNA Journey to Discover His Family

first_imgFrankBillingsley.comHouston meteorologist Frank Billingsley always knew he was adopted, but never knew who his birth parents were – until recently.In 2013, he decided to begin the search for his origins, starting with a DNA swab.He details his quest in his new book Swabbed and Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover His Family Tree.We talk to the Channel 2 weatherman about what he found. Sharelast_img

Colins NFL Week 16 Blazin 5

first_imgFalcons at Saints (-5.5) – Colin doesn’t like swallowing points, but he’ll take the Saints laying 5.5, at home against Atlanta. The Falcons are 1-4 ATS over their last 5 on the road, and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 in New Orleans. Drew Brees has been hot in his last 8 games, completing 74.0% of his passes with 10 Pass TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a Passer Rating of 107.3. He should pick apart an Atlanta D that has given up 7 Pass TD’s, forced only 1 INT, and allowed an opposing QB Passer Rating of 119.0 in their last 3.Matt Ryan is only completing 55.2% of his passes with 2 Pass TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a Passer Rating of 70.4 in his last 3 games. He’ll struggle against a Saints defense that’s only allowing opposing QB’s to complete 51.5%, with 2 Pass TD’s, 5 INT’s and a Passer Rating of 48.8 since star rookie corner Marshon Lattimore returned to the lineup. Take the Saints, lay the 5.5. 32-24. Jags (-4) at 49ers – Colin loves Jimmy G, but he’ll take the Jags as 4-point road favorites in San Francisco. Jacksonville is 4-1 ATS over their last 5, 7-2 ATS over their last 9 on the road, and their defense ranks 1st in the NFL in PPG and Sacks, and 2nd in Takeaways. Garoppolo should be under pressure all day.Blake Bortles is playing the best football of his career, and Jacksonville is 8-0 on the year when he doesn’t throw a pick, outscoring opponents by 22.3 PPG, and only allowing 8.6 PPG in those games. The Niners D only has 7 INT’s on the year, so he should stay mistake free. Sacksonville wins and covers the 4. 28-17. Colin is coming off a bizarre 1-2-2 week, including two pushes, but is still 40-27-3 on the year, and looking to sprint through the finish of the regular season. He loves this week’s games and can’t wait to unwrap some holiday winners.Here are Colin’s Week 16 NFL plays:Bills (+12) at Patriots – Colin can’t pass up the Bills getting 12 in Foxboro, where they’re 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 against the Patriots. Buffalo is 6th in the NFL in rushing (129.1 YPG), which should allow them to shorten the game, and Tyrod Taylor can make some things happen against a New England defense that’s giving up 25.5 PPG and a Pass Rating of 111.4 in their last 2.Also, Tom Brady is in the middle of his worst stretch of the season, throwing for just 2 TD’s, with 4 INT’s, and Passer Rating of 75.0. Pats win, but Buffalo covers the 12. 28-20. Rams (-6.5) at Titans – Colin doesn’t buy the Titans, so he’s rolling with the high-scoring Rams laying 6.5, on the road in Tennessee. L.A. is 7-2 ATS over their last 9, 5-1 ATS over their last 6 on the road, and over their last 3 games, the defense has held opposing QB’s to a 79.4 Passer Rating, and only 54% Completions.They’ll face Marcus Mariota, who has posted career worsts in YDS/Pass, Interceptions, and Passer Rating. It’s a big number on the road, but the Rams score enough to cover the 6.5. 31-23, L.A.center_img Advertisement 5. Seahawks (+5) at Cowboys – Colin is taking the struggling Seahawks getting 5.5 in a bounce back game after getting humiliated by the Rams. It may be Zeke’s return game, but this is all about Russell Wilson coming off a loss.Sunday was only the Seahawks 3rd Loss by 10+ points since drafting Wilson. Following the previous 2, Seattle won both games by an average of 23.5 PPG. Dallas wins. Seattle keeps it close and covers. 24-23.? Blazin’ 5 is 40-27-3 through Week 15 ?@ColinCowherd makes his Week 16 picks? and they’re ? pic.twitter.com/PDQDq6QHJu— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 22, 2017last_img read more

UN drug agency head slams antiJewish Iran remarks

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories VIENNA (AP) – The head of the U.N.’s drug fighting agency and the U.S. State Department have criticized anti-Jewish remarks made by an Iranian vice president last week.A United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime statement says agency chief Yury Fedotov expressed “his dismay and serious concern” while meeting with a senior unidentified Iranian diplomat in Vienna “about the anti-Semitic comments of Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi.” Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men Rahimi was cited by Iranian media and on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s website as saying at the June 26 anti-drugs meeting in Tehran that “the spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud … whose objective is the destruction of the world.” The Talmud is the Jewish book of laws.Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the map in 2005.In Washington on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland issued a statement condemning what she called “Rahimi’s vile anti-Semitic and racist comments.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Virgin founder Branson plays hard ball

first_img“Good governments would never have allowed this to happen and now, you have less than a handful of big carriers around the world and prices will go up as a result,” Mr Branson said. Mr Branson believes that a greater number of airline alliances will ensure that consumers are worse off as a result. Richard Branson, founder and chief executive officer of Virgin Group, has slammed Australian authorities for the increasing amount of airline alliances. Mr Branson’s comment is particularly timely because the Abbott Government is thinking of removing foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas by changing the Qantas Sales Act.   Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

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