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5 tn economy eminently doable Niti Aayog VC

first_imgKolkata: Vice-chairman of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar Tuesday said the target of achieving an economy of $five trillion within 2024-25 was ’eminently’ doable and the private sector would have to take the lead. Speaking at the AGM of Indian Chamber of Commerce here, Kumar said the government alone would not be able to meet the target of achieving the $five trillion economy. “It cannot be done by the government alone. The private investors would have to take the lead,” Kumar said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Niti Aayog vice-chairperson said, there are several initiatives mentioned in the budget which point out to the willingness of the government to work along with the private sector. These included hike in the disinvestment target, governmental support to NBFCs and long-term plan to deepen the corporate bond markets. India was not an autocratic country, Kumar said and added that whatever needed to be done had to be within the democratic framework. Kumar said structural reforms in the agriculture sector would also have to carried out. “This is key to the achievement of $five trillion economy. There is a need to modernise the farm sector”, he said.last_img read more

Alberta investigating after medical examiner uses truck trailer for body storage

first_imgDean Bennett, The Canadian Press EDMONTON — The Alberta government is investigating after video surfaced showing a medical examiner’s office using a truck trailer to store dead bodies and one corpse being roughly hauled and handled.The Justice Department says in a statement that it wants answers and expects all workers involved to follow policies ensuring deceased people are treated with dignity.The investigation follows a CBC story and a video showing a purported funeral home employee dragging and tugging on a body bag to get it off the truck beside a busy commuter road near the medical examiner’s office in Edmonton.The CBC also reported that internal medical examiner office emails say the refrigerated trailer was brought in last week to handle a sudden spike in bodies.The emails also included inter-office concerns on storing bodies that way.Opposition NDP critic David Shepherd agrees the government needs to get some answers, but it first needs to apologize to the families of the deceased.“These are people’s loved ones, their family. And when they are giving them over into government care, that is with the trust that they’re going to be handled with dignity and with respect,” Shepherd said Wednesday.“What I saw on that video was frankly, I think, a betrayal of that trust.”The trailer, with a ramp attached and a security guard standing nearby, was still parked beside the office Wednesday morning.A Justice Department statement said the medical examiner is reissuing its guidelines to funeral homes to make clear that body removal must be done with dignity.“The claims of how one of the deceased in our care was handled are very concerning, and we are currently investigating,” said the statement.“Dignity is expected to be shown at all times to the deceased, and the (chief medical examiner) guidelines appear to not have been followed today.”last_img read more

Former Edmonton hospital still haunts families searching for lost loved ones

first_img(Undated photo of child in body cast at Charles Camsell hospital in Alberta. Photo: NFB)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsEDMONTON — It is known as one of the most haunted buildings in Alberta. The former Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton holds long forgotten secrets still waiting to come to light.Freelance writer and Edmonton’s third historian laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has done extensive research about the history of the hospital.Her blog is called the Ghosts of Camsell and focuses on unearthing the stories of the now abandoned building.Metcalfe-Chenail first became interested in the history of Camsell while researching for her book Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North when she learned of the tuberculosis x-ray tours of Indigenous communities.Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail standing in front of the former Charles Camsell hospital Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“Some have said they’ve seen figures in the windows or have broken in and had weird things happen to them…,” she said. “There’s a lot of people I’ve talked to that think their ancestors spirits haven’t found peace and they’re still wandering. For a lot of people it was not a happy place.”First established as a Jesuit College in the early 1900’s, it was then used as a military base for U.S. army soldiers building the Alaska highway in world war two and it eventually served as a hospital for service men with tuberculosis (TB) and other respiratory problems.In 1946 the federal government turned it into an “Indian sanatorium” mainly for those suffering with TB.TB was rampant and especially devastating to the Indigenous population in those days.The government organized x-ray tours that sent planes to remote communities to screen for the disease. Across northern Canada and the prairies any found with symptoms were shipped to the Charles Camsell hospital for treatment between 1946 and 1966. This included men, women, children, babies.Many of them never made it back home again.Louisa Baril, 72 of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut saw her father Joseph Eluik for the last time when she was 17.Her mother had died when she was nine and her father raised her out on the land living in igloos, using dog teams and hunting for survival.It was a good and happy life, she said.Eluik lost the toes on both his feet during a sickness when he was a child and got by walking on his heels.Joseph Eluik in an undated photoOne day the medical planes came to town and doctors offered to help Eluik, who was by then in his late 40s, to get prosthetics for his feet.He had never been on a plane or flown away from home before, but he thought it sounded like a good deal.Eluik stayed on until the birth of his grandchild then left, having no idea where he would be taken.“He told me he was going to leave,” said Baril. “When he was going to the airport he said he wanted to come back to see me, but the other people before him never came back so he didn’t know…he never came back.”Baril found out from another man from Cambridge who was rooming with her father in the hospital that he had somehow got sick and passed away at Camsell.“His roommate told me the night he (her father) was dying he was calling for me. When he stopped breathing he stopped calling me to him,” said Baril.Louisa Baril (left) with her granddaughter Cathy Aitaok never learned the fate of Joseph EluikBaril and her family were never told what happened to her father or where or if he was buried.Eluik’s granddaughter Cathy Aitaok has been searching for over a decade to locate her grandfather’s grave, hoping that her mother can one day find peace in finding out what happened to him.Aitaok recently contacted Metcalfe-Chenail to see if she could find her grandfather.In her research, Metcalfe-Chenail discovered that some of the former patients of the hospital were buried about 20 km away at the former Indian residential school in St. Albert, Alta.Between 1946 and 1996, the cemetery was cared for by children attending the residential school.Then the school closed in 1968 and Poundmakers treatment lodge located adjacent to the property took over the upkeep.Eventually the cemetery was transferred to the City of Edmonton and was soon overrun by weeds and overgrown grass. Later a brush fire broke out that destroyed the grave markers.Approximately 20 years ago, the city funded the building of a cairn with the engraved names of 98 patients of Camsell buried there.Eluik’s name wasn’t listed.Metcalfe-Chenail said that’s only where the Protestants and Anglicans were buried.The Catholics, she said, are buried elsewhere and she is researching their location.“The records are so tricky to track down. When people did pass away sometimes they didn’t try to contact family members, often they just couldn’t get a hold of them,” said Metcalfe-Chenail. “But they made such efforts to go to communities and get them out to bring them down here but they didn’t make the same efforts to ring them home again for burials.”Some were lucky.Ann Hardy, 58, of Edmonton was sent to the hospital when she was 10 and stayed there four months.She was flown from Fort Smith, NWT after it was discovered she was developing TB. She said at first she was excited about the idea of going away, riding on a plane for the first time and that it felt like an adventure.But her parents were very worried. Both of them had grown up in residential school and were very protective of their children and leery of the outside world.Her mother came with her and stayed a few days in a nearby hotel and didn’t share Hardy’s enthusiasm.“She was very tortured by the whole thing, very emotional, very upset,” said Hardy. “I really didn’t understand it at the time.”Once arriving at the hospital Hardy realized how serious the situation was.Soon, her mother had to go back home but made arrangements with hospital staff to let her daughter call home collect whenever she requested. It was an emotional goodbye, but Hardy said she soon got a roommate and was able to make friends.Things weren’t entirely bad, she said. There was a playground area on the children’s ward where they were sometimes allowed to exercise and she holds fond memories of a day trip they took to the zoo.Ann Hardy (Left) with friend on playground at Charles Camsell hospitalThese types of experiences were helpful in curbing some of the loneliness she felt.“Depending on the nurse that was working it depended on how well our treatment was. We certainly didn’t get the outright abuse they got in the residential schools, but bearing in mind that we were so far away from home and away from our parents we certainly weren’t treated with the compassion I would want children treated with.”She witnessed a young boy at the hospital immobilized by a body cast which was a typical treatment procedure for TB and it terrified her.“They opened his lungs and scraped out the TB. All I knew is he had to be in the body cast for a year. To me that was torture. It was very difficult for him and he was very weak when he came out of the cast.”Then one evening staff informed her they would perform the same lung surgery on her the next day.“I got hysterically upset and called my parents. They didn’t know anything about it. They asked for the procedure to be halted.”Her father flew to Edmonton and had a confrontation with the doctors, something that took Hardy by surprise because she said her father was fairly docile after his experiences in residential schools.“The doctor told him ‘You’re ruining your daughter’s life and I won’t be responsible for this.’ My father said, ‘No, I don’t want you to do this to her,” said Hardy.She was discharged early and sent home with “horse pills” medicine and the TB never again manifested throughout her lifetime.Though thought of what if still lingers to this day,“I just can’t imagine. It runs cold fear through me.”Medical experiments.It is rumoured that horrific medical procedures were carried out at Camsell that included shock treatments, nutritional experiments and sterilization further adding fuel to the notion of the building’s haunting.Metcalfe-Chenail said the stories of what happened at Indian hospitals and the treatment of Aboriginal people there have been lost, however she believes acknowledging their existence is an important part of truth and reconciliation.“It goes back to what Justice Murray Sinclair was saying. We’ve got to have a full picture and reconciliation doesn’t happen until you see the origins of some of those policies and some of the experiences for some of those people. And then you can show more compassion when creating new policies and we can work for better relationships and partnerships so that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen again.”The original Camsell Indian hospital was torn down and rebuilt in the late 1960s as a provincial hospital where it operated until the late 1990s.It has been abandoned ever since.A developer recently bought the property which sits in the residential neighbourhood of Inglewood in Edmonton. The company is working on removing asbestos from the building with goals of eventually turning it into a 230 unit residential condominium project.However, Metcalfe-Chenail would like to one day see a healing center and public art installed on the site to honour those who suffered there.In the meantime Baril will keep searching for her father in the hopes of one day bringing him back home.“He died in the wintertime. He was a good hunter… In the Spring I used to go look for him on the land and think he was gonna come home from hunting. When I’m really missing him I search for him in the distance,” said Baril.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Tax changes could hurt family farm operations

first_imgThe Alberta Wheat Commission has made its views on the federal government’s proposed tax changes clear during a visit to Ottawa and now they are urging producers to have their say.The AWC is telling producers to take time from their busy harvest schedules and write their MPs about their concerns.Chair Kevin Auch said these changes will have an impact on passive savings.“Sometimes you want to build up a cash reserve on your farm, in order to be able to expand, or buy a machine, or a piece of land or whatever and if that income is taxed at a high level then it just effects our ability to grow,” Auch said.He added, the proposed changes will also hurt a family’s ability to pass the farm down to the next generation.last_img read more

Cab driver doused in gasoline

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 A 27-year-old Hamilton man faces a number of charges including assault and committing a hate crime after another Hamilton cab driver was assaulted early this morning.It happened just after 3 a.m. when a taxi driver was filling up at a Pioneer gas station near Upper Ottawa and Fennell Street. Police say the drunk suspect asked the 50-year-old driver for a ride. The cab driver said he was off duty, but would call him another cab. Police say the suspect then yanked the nozzle from the cab driver and doused him in gasoline.The driver was unharmed. read more

Addition of curvy tall and petite Barbie body types earns kudos among

TORONTO – As a black woman raising her eldest daughter through the mid-’80s and ’90s, Samantha Kemp-Jackson found little variety among dolls when it came to different shapes, skin tones and abilities — especially with Barbies.“It was, for the most part, the stereotypical Barbie with the blond hair and the disproportionate body proportions,” recalls the mother of four. “It always made me a bit uncomfortable because as a woman and as a parent I thought: ‘What is this teaching my daughter?’“If she doesn’t conform to what this Barbie looks like, is that going to result in her having issues about herself and her body and not being beautiful? Because Barbie was touted as the ideal representation of beauty in a doll.”With Mattel’s announcement Thursday that its iconic plastic plaything will now include tall, curvy and petite body types, Kemp-Jackson joins other Canadians applauding the move by the toy manufacturer to better reflect diversity among females.The new additions to the Barbie Fashionista doll range include seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles.The shift comes after years of criticism of Barbie for reinforcing unrealistic body proportions and beauty ideals for girls.“I’m actually quite happy to hear that things are changing now,” said Kemp-Jackson, a parenting writer who blogs at Multiple Mayhem Mamma. “As a woman of colour who grew up in the 1970s, it was even worse. I was a kid in the ’70s and there was no doll that looked like me.“The subconscious message that you’re getting is that you’re not beautiful, you’re not worthy of representation…. That’s not to detract from the beauty of all types of people: blond, redhead, black, Asian. But all of those different representations should be shown in society.”Michael Bach, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, said he’s excited at the prospect of giving a doll to his 2 1/2-year-old biracial niece who can “see herself in it.” The fact that it’s Barbie makes it all the more noteworthy given the doll’s longevity and status, he added.“Barbie is an icon. She’s been around for 55 years,” he said. “This has incredible impact because it is Barbie.“There’s been lots of lines of toys over the years — certainly in the past 20 years — that have attempted to reflect the face of a more broad group of diversity, specifically race, if we’re being honest. And that’s great — but it’s Barbie.“The reality is that this isn’t just about the young African-American girl that is going to go into Toys ‘R’ Us and scream her head off because she can get a black Barbie now. It’s about every child of every race who … wants to have a Barbie that looks differently.”Akram Sharkawy, brand communications marketing manager at Mattel, said the new dolls will be available at stores in Canada at the end of February. The dolls can be viewed and ordered online at— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 3:18 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Addition of curvy, tall and petite Barbie body types earns kudos among Canadians This photo provided by Mattel shows a group of new Barbie dolls introduced in January 2016. Mattel, the maker of the famous plastic doll, said it will start selling Barbie’s in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. She’ll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. (Mattel via AP) read more

South Africa must do more to tackle pandemic of sexual violence –

“There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists that sexual violence is absolutely unacceptable and that they will have to face the consequences of their terrible acts. The entrenched culture of sexual violence which prevails in South Africa must end,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The victim, Anene Booysen, was raped and mutilated, allegedly by several men, on 2 February and left for dead on a building site in Bredasdorp, 80 miles east of Cape Town, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). The following morning she was found, still alive, by a security guard, but died later the same day. Ms. Pillay welcomed the “strong reaction” by the country’s leaders to the attack. “But it should not have taken this particularly atrocious case, involving rape, torture and murder, to underline the urgent need for a more thorough response across the whole spectrum of South African society to tackle the root causes of this pandemic of sexual violence,” she added. South Africa has the highest rates of rape reported to the police anywhere in the world, OHCHR pointed out. In 2012, the number of rapes documented by the police rose to over 64,000 – or 175 per day. These figures are believed to considerably underestimate the true number of rapes, as many cases go unreported. A survey released in June by the Medical Research Council of South Africa found that 28 percent of men surveyed had raped a woman or girl, and one in 20 said they had raped a woman or girl in the past year. The High Commissioner stressed that while the legal framework and some initiatives are in place to address sexual violence, much more needs to be done, including on the issue of the extremely low arrest and conviction rates for perpetrators of rape.“Violence against women is not only a human rights violation, it is also a brutal manifestation of wider discrimination against women, which is to be understood against the background of subordination of women within the patriarchal system that still exists in South Africa,” Ms. Pillay added. “The issue of sexual violence against women is not of concern to women alone. Men must also be part of the solution and have to play an active role in stopping gender-based violence and combating discrimination,” she stated. read more

Volcans des clichés déruptions à couper le soufre

first_imgVolcans : des clichés d’éruptions à “couper le soufre”Martin Rietze est l’un de ces photographes de l’extrême qui aime s’aventurer au plus près des volcans. Il capture des images d’éruptions d’une beauté artistique proche de la pyrotechnie. Voilà 45 ans que ce passionné d’origine allemande parcourt la Terre afin de capturer des images des spectacles naturels qu’offre notre planète. Ni la chaleur de la lave en ébullition, ni les gaz toxiques s’en dégageant ne lui font peur. À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriquePour lui, il suffit de “savoir quand il est prudent de s’approcher, et quand c’est une question de vie ou de mort de rester loin : parfois, il faut s’éloigner de plusieurs kilomètres”. La prudence est notamment de mise face aux stratovolcans, qui peuvent envoyer des bombes à plusieurs kilomètres à la ronde, alors que les volcans dits effusifs, qui produisent des écoulements de lave, peuvent être approchés de seulement quelques mètres, à condition d’avoir l’équipement de sécurité indispensable bien sûr.En plus de sa prudence, M. Rietze a dû acquérir une patience hors du commun : attendre des heures durant pour pouvoir enfin profiter de la plus belle éruption. De même, le ciel doit être assez dégagé pour prendre des photos dignes de ce nom et enfin, il y a les calculs. Il lui faut en effet plusieurs jours pour déterminer l’heure (approximative) de l’éruption idéale… et les calculs ne disent pas toujours vrai.Découvrir les images : 12 février 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scientists Spot Universes FastestGrowing Black Hole

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers at the Australian National University have discovered a monster.Power-hungry, self-aggrandizing, and intense, the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe is devouring mass equivalent to our sun every two days.Essentially the Donald Trump of quasars, this supermassive black hole dates back more than 12 billion years, to the early dark ages of the universe. What started as the size of about 20 billion suns has grown one percent every million years, into the cosmic behemoth we know now.“This black hole is growing so rapidly that it’s shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy, due to all of the gases it sucks in daily that cause lots of friction and heat,” Christian Wolf, of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement.“If we had this monster sitting at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon,” he continued. “It would appear as an incredibly bright pinpoint star that would almost wash out all of the stars in the sky.”But it wouldn’t much matter, since the oodles of x-rays emanating from this great void would probably make life on Earth impossible.Using the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory, researchers were able to detect ultraviolet light radiating billions of light years through space.“These large and rapidly growing black holes are exceedingly rare, and we have been searching for them with SkyMapper for several months now,” Wolf said, crediting the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite for its legwork.The capsule, he said, helped to confirm that the far-away object was a candidate to be a very large quasar.“We don’t know how this one grew so large, so quickly in the early days of the universe,” Wolf admitted. “The hunt is on to find even faster-growing black holes.”These shiny supernovas can be used as beacons to identify and study the formation of elements in early galaxies of the universe; scientists can see shadows of objects in front of a supermassive black hole.The research will be published in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lucas Torreira sets the standard at Arsenal Keown

first_imgFormer Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown has lauded Arsenal midfielder Torreira following his impressive display in North London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.In his post on Daily Mail as quoted in BT Sport, Keown wrote:“It was the best all-round midfield display I have seen in an Arsenal shirt since Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva used to run the show,”“Torreira and Vieira could not be more different in terms of size and stature but their drive and determination is exactly the same.”Keown reveals Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake at Arsenal Andrew Smyth – August 23, 2019 Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake at the club was trying too hard to emulate Barcelona.“From the first whistle the Uruguayan controlled the midfield. He was utterly fearless, demanding the ball at all times, always eager to snap into tackles and snuff out danger.”“His tireless running gave Arsenal an extra body all over the pitch. You got the sense that if he could, he would happily do everyone else’s job!”He added: “Going forwards, Torreira also excelled. He reads the game exceptionally and when he gets on the ball, he uses it intelligently to feed the quality at the top of the team. His emphatic goal proves he is a mean finisher, too.”last_img read more

Lucky Mag Grows Online Community With Eye on Sponsorship Ops

first_imgThrough a user-generated platform, Lucky magazine’s online community now has over 44,000 posts and more than 4,700 contributors that not only helps it to draw readers in, but advertisers as well. “When we think about the Lucky Community, we think of it as a 360-degree program,” says Maura Randall, the brand’s digital managing director. “These women also appear in our print magazine, which is our core piece and their content appears across It’s a very integrated approach.”Lucky launched its online community in September using the platform, which has allowed the brand to not only generate hundreds, if not thousands of contributor posts everyday, but also support some of its key advertising partners. When a contributor signs up for the Lucky Community, the platform builds a profile of them, which incorporates several touch points. The platform actually learns about what people are writing and what their sphere of influence is, and from there it begins to build a profile of them as a contributor and all the content they’re creating—either originally through the community or on their own blogs. When a user first registers they attach their Facebook, Twitter and blog and begins parsing all the content they’re creating and pulling it into their system and analyzing it. “We organize the content areas, and certainly the contributors do it as well, into several different topic areas—topics that are meaningful to our community and to our readers,” says Randall. One way the community is segmented is through brands. If a user posts about clothing retailer Forever 21, for example, either on the community or their own blog, the system pulls it into the brand tab—giving Forever 21 a prepopulated page of content featuring their products. uses data to feed content with posts that are relevant to the community on any number of topics. When Lucky is in talks with Forever 21, they can mention that they’ve had 6,000 posts submitted about the brand. “When you can contextually place an advertiser’s message, the performance just skyrockets when compared to a run of site program,” says Randall. “These are really appealing because they provide a specific message that we know will resonate with the audience.”Contributors can win badges and get the chance to enter contests and be engaged directly with the magazine. Lucky can then fold that into programs they potentially sell as well. “When we launched the Lucky Style Collective, contributors were hand picked and we published what we really believed in editorially,” says John Jannuzzi, Lucky’s contributing digital editor. “We worked with them on content sharing, promoting them in the magazine and website and they are also a member of an ad network through us. We saw such success and enthusiasm on their end with the Style Collective that the community and technology that has lets us amplify it to a whole new level. With the community, if you have something you’d like to share about your outfit, a makeup tip or shopping tip, it’s a place where anyone can come to do that.”See Also: John Jannuzzi, a FOLIO: 15 Under 30 Lucky works together with to determine which brands would be best and aligned with their editorial message and mission of the site and community. From there creates pin board type pages—if Lucky has a prospect or client that wanted to get involved, the platform could incorporate new brands. Additionally, posts from contributors link directly back to brand websites where users can directly purchase goods. “Certain brands and advertisers have an affinity to the topics that these women are passionate for and this platform provides them a way to add their own advertorial content but also rich media and other advertising elements to the topic and sort of sponsor that conversation,” says Randall. “For our users, the brands that Lucky features and the content, opinions and products from contributors provides meaningful content to the user.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

New Maryland Gun Law Used In 5 Cases Involving Schools

first_imgBy BRIAN WITTE , Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new Maryland law that allows courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people at risk to themselves or others resulted in more than 300 protective orders, five of which were related to schools, the sheriff of the state’s most populous county told lawmakers Tuesday.Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin told a panel of state lawmakers that 302 orders were sought under the state’s “red flag” law in the first three months since the law took effect Oct. 1. He said five of them related to schools, and four of those five “were significant threats.”Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith, a Prince George’s County Democrat, briefs Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Annapolis, Maryland, about initial implementation of a law that allows courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people found to be a risk to themselves or others. Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin, seated second to the right of Valentino-Smith, said of more than 300 protective orders in the first three months since the law took effect, five of them were school-related threats and four of those were “significant threats.” (AP Photo/Brian Witte)“Because of the confidentiality that’s built into this piece of legislation, I can’t get into details of any of those, however, I will tell you that they were significant and firearms were seized in each one of those cases, and it was good that these orders were not only sought, but issued and served in each one of those cases,” Popkin told the Maryland House Judiciary Committee.Maryland was one of eight states that passed “red flag” legislation last year in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 in February. Five states already had similar laws. The 13 states with “red flag” laws are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.Popkin said a majority of the orders in Maryland involved people who had “some nexus to some sort of mental health breakdown.”“The majority of these cases we have seen somewhat of a crisis situation, some sort of acute mental illness,” Popkin said.Maryland also has had more requests so far for orders than other states with similar laws, Popkin said. He attributed the higher number to the ease in which someone can request an order “because we are one of the only states that allows for this to be issued 24 hours a day,” and someone can go to a court commissioner to get an interim order.Popkin also said Maryland is unusual compared to other states with similar laws, because a majority of petitions have been sought by family members, rather than law enforcement. He said only 44 percent of the petitions were sought be law enforcement in Maryland.“The majority of them … have actually been a family member or household member that has specific knowledge and is concerned about the health and welfare of their family,” he said.Parts of Maryland where mass shootings have happened had higher numbers of petitions sought than other parts of the state. Anne Arundel County, where five people were killed in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in June, had 47 petitions initiated — the highest in the state. Harford Counties also was near the top, with 33 petitions sought. In September, a woman gunned down three co-workers at a Maryland warehouse in the county before she turned the gun on herself.“People are aware. That may be the reason,” Popkin said, adding that in California jurisdictions that experienced shootings with multiple victims also have higher numbers of petitions.Popkin also said he believes due process safeguards included in Maryland’s law are working. He noted that of the 302 petitions sought, less than half reached a final stage in which someone could not have a gun for at least a year.last_img read more

Notchs 70 million Beverly Hills mansion now exists in Minecraft form

first_imgIt was inevitable, wasn’t it? The house that Minecraft paid for has also been built in Minecraft thanks to the efforts of builder Dan Bovey.It was big news last week that Markus Persson, Minecraft creator and former owner of Mojang, spent $70 million purchasing the most expensive mansion in Beverly Hills. He even managed to outbid Beyonce and Jay-Z in the process. The killer feature? A candy bar one of the previous owners had installed.Such an expensive and well-equipped mansion has its own video, which the realtors used to help sell the place to prospective millionaires. There’s also a website and lots of images of the location. While that all may have helped Notch decide to buy, it also formed an essential reference for Bovey when building the Minecraft version, and he seems to have added every little detail possible in the blocky world as the video below shows:The 100% complete version of the mansion will be available to downloaded soon from the boveybrawlers page on Planet Minecraft. Bovey says it was a very similar build to the one he did of Franklin’s Pad from GTA V, which accounts for how he managed to create it so quickly.Now all we need is for Notch to move into the mansion, realize the Minecraft versions exists, and post a shot of himself in the mansion playing Minecraft inside his mansion.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield to the Jets is the same as Johnny Manziel to

first_imgAlso:– The 7 QB’s that will dominate the NFL for the next decadeGuests:Kenyon Martin – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio discussing the impact of Kevin Love’s return, and why he thinks Ty Lue/LeBron drama is overblown.Christian Kirk – Texas A&M receiver is in-studio talking pre-NFL Draft process; his combine interview experience; Gisele’s influence, and if he got a vibe that a team might draft him.Will Blackmon – NFL veteran is in-studio talking about working with Sam Darnold and Josh Allen; his draft QB sleeper; and if Kirk Cousins can win a Super Bowl.Gotham Chopra – Director of Tom vs. Time in-studio discussing how he developed a relationship with Brady; filming the documentary; and if Brady hears the media criticism. Baker Mayfield to the Jets is the same as Johnny Manziel to the BrownsAccording to recent reports, Buffalo and Arizona are interested in trading up with the Giants into the second spot in order to take either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. That would leave the Jets choosing from the leftovers of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and ‘boom or bust’ prospect Josh Allen.If this all plays out, Colin thinks New York drafting Baker Mayfield would be a recipe for disaster, and more similar the situation to Johnny Manziel with the Browns than most people are willing to admit.The sky is not falling for the Cavs in the EastThe Cavs look like they’re heading into the playoffs as a 3-seed, and many are claiming they’re vulnerable in the East, after a chaotic season and no Kyrie Irving.But Kevin Love is returning for the stretch run, and Colin thinks those claiming the Cavs are vulnerable in the East will be proven wrong again. Yes, this Cavs team has no shot to beat Golden State in the Finals, but with the team at full strength for the first time since the deadline deals and LeBron playing at a high level they’e still the favorites in the East.last_img read more

Best Cannabis Software for SeedtoSale Tracking

first_img Free Green Entrepreneur App Cannabis software is a necessity for weed businesses navigating the complex regulations surrounding legalization. Software also increasingly contains tools for businesses to keep track of their employees, the laws and generally keep their business in the black. These may consist of tax compliance tools, payroll and job boards.There are myriad options when it comes to cannabis software today. The best programs have multiple capabilities for regulators and businesses alike. Those on this list are already in wide use across the industry and are both easy to use and comprehensive.Related: California Has a Serious Compliance ProblemWürkWürk offers high levels of customized for small, medium, and large businesses that want to follow complex regulations all while hiring key employees and keeping payroll and expenses under control. This cannabis software emphasizes the following capabilities all within their mobile-friendly UX:Regulatory complianceMaximizing profits and minimizing costsHiring and keeping employeesPayroll and schedulingAlong with normal business considerations being more complex for cannabis businesses, they still have to deal with payroll, human resources, and employee operations like every other company. All of these capabilities are available through Würk’s platform, along with in-depth software for regulatory compliance and maximizing 280E deductions.MJ FreewayThis cannabis software provides everything from seed to sale tracking to market forecasts for the industry. Specifically, their program can be tailored for different types of weed businesses, including vertically integrated businesses, dispensaries, delivery services, cannabis oil extractors and cultivators.MJ Freeway provides data that goes beyond seed-to-sale tracking. For instance, they can calculate customer retention rates, help businesses submit licenses and create long-term financial plans.Related: Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis IndustryBioTrackTHCTracking products is a major part of running a legal weed business. Additionally, that data gives you great insight into how to grow a business based on which are the hottest cannabis products, for example.BioTrachTHC has the capabilities to create comprehensive data reports and provides marketing support based on that data. Specifically, this cannabis software caters to cultivators, dispensaries requiring point-of-sale systems, manufacturers and processors.BioTrachTHC can be customized for any region because it contains the requirements for every unique license within every state. It can also be integrated with Metrc.MetrcTracking products seed-to-sale is tough for businesses and government agencies. According to their own estimates, Metrc has more than 20,000 users in Colorado. Since 2013, this cannabis software system has tracked at least five million plants.Metrc’s capabilities include tracking chain of custody and credentials of parties involved; analyzing trends of businesses within the system; registry of businesses, buyers, physicians, strains and other product information; tracking plants, packages and harvest.Metrc was implemented in 2013 in Colorado when regulators were first confronted with the challenge of regulating cannabis. Today, creating a record of licensed businesses and giving governments a full overview of everything from individual harvests to licenses is a key part of bringing cannabis products to the shelves.Related: NBA Champion John Salley Talks About the ‘Seed to Sale’ Process for Cannabis BusinessTrellisThis cannabis software helps businesses follow regulations while providing actionable business analytics by enabling cultivators to track their harvests through every step, including charting crop yields.Trellis software is designed for all types of cannabis businesses and has the following features:A dashboard that displays cultivation, manufacturing and other updates in real timeProtected chain of custody recordsInventory tracking, including crop yieldsInsight into trim yields and moisture levelsCost per gram analysisPlant tracking through every stageTrellis provides high levels of customization for various types of cannabis businesses and can create reports on each.More cannabis software solutions are available all the time.Supply chain management is one of the hottest cannabis jobs right now thanks to the challenges of following complex regulations. But luckily for weed entrepreneurs, there are more cannabis software options than ever.Today, the best options on the market provide more than supply chain management. They can analyze market trends, help business owners cut expenses and simplify payroll and HR.No matter how challenging cannabis regulations can be, entrepreneurs are finding ways to stay within the law with innovative software. Download Our Free Android App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 22, 2019last_img read more

Justin Trudeau called a politically correct plonker by Piers Morgan for saying

first_imgThe Prime Minister, who has used his position to promote gender neutrality and equality, was speaking at an event at MacEwan University.RELATED: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for cover of gay magazineHe was asked by a woman to look into issues surrounding volunteering regulations in Canada.She said her charitable religious organisation had struggled with the regulations.But she used the word “mankind”, saying: “Maternal love is the love that’s going to change the future of mankind.”Mr Trudeau responded to say: “We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind.”RELATED: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s son wore a pink dress for HalloweenThe woman responded in good humour, saying: “There we go, exactly,” and Mr Trudeau added: “We can all learn from each other.”(Getty)While the audience at the event applauded the Prime Minister for his interjection, some took to social media to mock him, and accuse him of “mansplaining feminism”. Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who has been outspoken on a number of gender and sexuality issues, tweeted: “FFS”.RELATED: Piers Morgan attacks ‘homophobic’ BBC for cartoon of him with his face in Donald Trump’s bumMorgan, who has been criticised for his views on LGBT issues, also penned a column for the MailOnline, tweeting a link to the article: “No, no, NO, Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau – you will NOT kill off mankind. Shame on you for surrendering to the radical feminist mob. “In the column, Morgan said Mr Trudeau had “pronounced [mankind] dead”, calling the Prime Minister a “politically correct plonker”.(ITV)He also called Mr Trudeau the “Chief PC Plonker … spineless virtue-signalling excuse for a feminist”, going on to criticise Trudeau’s use of the word “peoplekind”, and attacking his reluctance to use the word “mankind”, explaining the word’s origin.One follower of Morgan tweeted in support of his message, saying: “For once I agree with @piersmorgan. Canada’s PM has less backbone than a wet lettuce.”The GMB presenter also tweeted in agreement with a follower who wrote: “Piers is a legend. Love him or hate him you know he’s always right!”Another man tweeted criticising the Canadian PM, saying: “Is Trudeau mansplaining feminism?”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Queer Eye’s Antoni and Justin Trudeau will have a Pride brunch together14 of the best photos from Toronto Pride 2017Government supports Travel Gay Canada’s work to attract more LGBTQ2 touristsPINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was applauded at a Q&A this week after stopping a woman to ask her to use the term “peoplekind” instead of “mankind”.But he has been attacked by outspoken anti-LGBT presenter Piers Morgan who called him a “politically correct plonker” for using the word. last_img read more

Cairns backpackers celebrate top Oceania ranking 2nd year running

first_imgSource = Travellers Oasis Travellers Oasis backpacker hostel has reason to celebrate with news today it has again secured a coveted place in HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2012 Top Property for Oceania.  This award follows the same accolade last year.From its Scott Street location behind Cairns Central, Travellers Oasis offers budget accommodation in a variety of configurations to a maximum of 50 guests.Now in its third year, HostelBookers’ Awards for Excellence awards recognise the world’s top hostels according to guest reviews and ranking.  The prestigious Top Three Properties award for each continent is based on the highest overall customer rating in 2011.With an overall score of 94.3 per cent gauged from 221 guest reviews, Travellers Oasis’ tops the list of three that includes Sydney Harbour YHA 92.9 per cent  and Blue Parrot Backpackers in Sydney 91.8 per cent.Manager John Whelan is delighted to receive this endorsement which he says is welcome news for Cairns tourism industry and testament to the hard work of their dedicated team.As well as Travellers Oasis, Gabriel and Kathy Thallon also own and operate Tropic Days backpackers in Bunting Street, Westcourt; that was also celebrating this week when their manager, Helen Du-Cros won the Cairns Region Tourism Association inc Hospitality Awards for Excellence in Customer Service.“While cleanliness and customer service is key to success, we are firm believers in making our experience ‘good fun’.  Backpackers just want to see as much as they can and have fun.   Our Monday night barbecue at Tropic Days is the perfect example.  What we do is give our guests – who not only come from our hostels, but hostels all over Cairns – a taste of our great Aussie tradition in a light hearted, social setting. Be it tucking into a kangaroo steak or crocodile sausage or competing in a didjeridoo play-off – they all love getting into the spirit,” said Gabriel.HostelBookers is the only independent hostel booking site that has no booking fees.  It aims to be the number one website in the world for backpackers, student and budget travel.  It currently features accommodation in over 3,500 destinations that are all rated and reviewed by guests.  For further information www.hostelbookers.comlast_img read more

Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2018 tees up at Phuket

first_imgThailand Golf Travel Mart 2018 opening ceremony in PhuketThailand Golf Travel Mart 2018 tees up at PhuketThailand is poised to strengthen its reputation as the world’s golfing destination during the upcoming Thailand Golf Travel Mart (TGTM) 2018 at Duangjitt Resort and Spa in Patong, Phuket during 23-26 July, 2018.Once again, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting golf tour operators and buyers from key international markets and presenting them with an outstanding opportunity to meet with suppliers and golf course owners from around the Kingdom.At the golf trade event this time, the issue of sustainability and environment impact has also been addressed and put into action. All delegates have been encouraged to use a tumbler in order to decrease the use of plastic, glass and bottles.Thai golf tourism has emerged as a promising segment in Thailand, bringing in a huge revenue to the country. In 2016, a total of around 400,000 serious players came to tee off in Thailand generating income of around 138.5 million USD (4.88 billion Baht). The average spending per person for golf is around 346 USD (12,215 Baht), which is ranked as the second highest of all travelling activities in Thailand.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)last_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz – Through the first two weeks the

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – Through the first two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have not allowed a sack and rushed for better than 100 yards in each game, the latter of which hasn’t happened to begin a season in nearly a decade.The offensive line has performed admirably despite missing starters Mike Iupati and Bobby Massie.Iupati is still out and is listed among the seven game-day inactives.Massie, though, will make his 2015 debut against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Not only will Massie play, but he will start and replace Earl Watford at right tackle.“We’re going to go with Bobby Massie and see how it goes,” head coach Bruce Arians said, during his weekly TV show.  “Earl did a heck of a job.  We had a few too many hits on the quarterback.  I’ll say this: Bobby is on a short leash.”Massie missed the first two games serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, stemming from his arrest the week of the Super Bowl.He started every game last year.Iupati, signed to a five-year, $40 million free-agent contract in the offseason, has yet to practice fully in the two weeks since he’s been back from knee surgery.Also inactive are quarterback Matt Barkley, wide receiver J.J. Nelson, running back Andre Ellington, linebacker Shaq Riddick, tackle D.J. Humphries and nose tackle Xavier Williams.Nelson had already been ruled out.  A shoulder injury he sustained last week at Chicago is expected to keep him off the field for two-to-four weeks.Ellington was listed doubtful as he works his way back from a knee injury suffered Week 1.“He’s making really good progress,” Arians said.For the 49ers, those not dressing include wide receiver Bruce Ellington, running back Reggie Bush, cornerback Shareece Wright, guard Brandon Thomas, offensive lineman Ian Silberman, nose tackle Mike Purcell and tight end Vance McDonald.last_img read more

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