Trudeaus Regina visit doesnt include Indigenous protest at legislature

first_imgREGINA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government continues to “engage deeply with leaders and communities” when he was asked whether he would visit an Indigenous protest on the Saskatchewan legislature grounds.Trudeau made a brief visit to Regina on Sunday, where he chatted with families of steelworkers during a Canada Day event.The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp was set up in February to protest racial injustice and the disproportionate number of First Nations children apprehended by child-welfare workers.Trudeau noted that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who is the MP for Regina-Wascana, has visited the camp but that he himself was not planning to visit on Sunday.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has backed calls for police to remove teepees that protesters have set up on the legislature grounds, which forced changes to Canada Day plans.Trudeau says he understands there are a significant number of provincial issues the protesters are concerned about, but that reconciliation requires all levels of government to step up and work together.“We look forward to working with all levels of government and with Indigenous Peoples on this,” Trudeau said.The camp was dismantled last month when the government ordered it taken down and police arrested Indigenous protesters, but it was set up again June 21 with more teepees.The Provincial Capital Commission said on Wednesday that it had to make alterations to its Canada Day festivities because the space where the camp is situated normally has a concert stage and beer gardens.Regina police have said there’s no need for them to step in at this point, because a meeting is scheduled for Monday between the protesters and five government ministers in the town of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.Moe said last week that it’s the government’s expectation that the teepees will be removed either before or after the meeting.last_img read more

Video: Theresa May Resigns as UK Prime Minister

Rabat – Theresa May has bowed to pressure from the Conservative party and announced that she will resign as their leader, effective from June 7. The resignation comes after the Prime Minister’s latest Brexit plan was strongly condemned by her MPs on Tuesday. The new plan included concessions aimed at attracting cross-party support.The ten-point plan angered Tory backbenchers and members of her own cabinet, while still failing to please the Labour MPs it was meant to convert to her cause. The move is part of a three-year struggle to reach a Brexit deal that all parties could accept. May delivered the news in an emotional speech in front of the official residence in Downing Street.During the speech, May spoke of her party’s many achievements during her time as leader, including tackling the deficit, reducing unemployment, and boosting funding for mental health.However, she admitted: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”She reiterated that she had “done everything” she could to convince MPs to support the withdrawal deal she had negotiated with the European Union, but it was now in the “best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort”.May added that her successor would have to build consensus in Parliament in order to deliver Brexit. “Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise,” she said.She concluded her speech with a shaking voice, saying “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold. The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.”“I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”Labor Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that May had been “right to resign” as the Conservative party is “disintegrating.”Theresa May is right to resign. She’s now accepted what the country’s known for months: she can’t govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party.Whoever becomes the new Tory leader must let the people decide our country’s future, through an immediate General Election.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 24, 2019Several members of the Conservative party tweeted in support of May’s speech, including Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has already announced his decision to run for leadership. In his tweet, he called May a “true public servant” and that delivering Brexit is a hugely difficult task for anyone. I want to pay tribute to the PM today. Delivering Brexit was always going to be a huge task, but one she met every day with courage & resolve. NHS will have an extra £20bn thanks to her support, and she leaves the country safer and more secure. A true public servant.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) May 24, 2019The Conservative party hopes to find a new leader by the end of July, and Boris Johnson, Esther McVey, and Rory Stewart have all announced their intentions to run for the position along with Hunt. Until then, May will still serve as Prime Minister and will host US President Donald Trump during his upcoming visit.Read also: Morocco to Lose Favorable Trade With UK if No-Deal Brexit Happens read more

‘The Profit’ loses city vote against his huge US flag

STATESVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina city has voted against the flying of really big flags, holding its ground against a reality TV star’s huge Stars and Stripes.News outlets report the Statesville City Council voted down changes to the flag ordinance Monday night. That means flags in Statesville must be no larger than 25 feet by 40 feet (7.6 metres by 12 metres). That’s roughly half the size of the American flag that Marcus Lemonis has unfurled outside his Gander RV company.Statesville has asked a court to order Gander RV to comply or pay a $50 per day fine.Lemonis runs Camping World and stars on “The Profit” on CNBC. He says the flag is staying. He’s said he’ll go to jail for contempt of court to protect his constitutional rights.The Associated Press read more

Ban welcomes agreement to resolve South Sudan crisis demands end to hostilities

The agreement was signed yesterday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, by South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, and former Vice President Riek Machar, whose supporters have waged a five-month battle that has displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians and led to gross human rights violations by both sides.Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, demanded that the parties immediately translate these commitments into action on the ground, in particular the cessation of all hostilities.He commended the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and in particular its chair, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia, for its ongoing efforts to mediate a peaceful and sustainable end to the conflict.In total, 923,000 South Sudanese are displaced within their own country, while more than 293,000 people have become refugees in neighbouring countries since the crisis began in mid-December 2013, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Tens of thousands of the displaced civilians are seeking shelter at UN peacekeeping bases (UNMISS) throughout the country.Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that one-third of the population of South Sudan is now experiencing emergency levels of food insecurity, and that some areas of the country to appear to be at high risk of famine in the coming months.The latest food security analysis carried out in South Sudan indicates that, as a result of conflict, displacement, destroyed markets and disrupted livelihoods, food security has deteriorated at an alarming rate since the outbreak of conflict in December 2013.Populations, particularly in the three most conflict-affected states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei, need urgent humanitarian assistance to save lives and livelihoods, FAO stressed. read more

The Man – History Heiner Brandt to leave…

← Previous Story Vojvodina wins the Serbian cup! Next Story → Przybecki one more year in Hannover! After 14 years coaching of the German national team, the “Man-History” as the DHB-President Strombach called him, Heiner Brandt, decided to leave the German coaching post. The man who won European and World Gold Medal (2004-2007), and also Olympic silver (2004), had incredible underachievements with the national team after the World Cup 2007, which the “Panzers” won at home. They had 11th places at the Euro 2010 and World Cup 2011, and the incredibly bad results for the Euro 2012 in Serbia in which Germany must beat Austria away in order to qualify. The Olympic games in London are a dream, rather than reachable reality…As possible successor the German media mention Staffan Olsson, Velimir Petkovic, and even the amazing Icelandic coach Dagur Sigurdsson. read more

Want to Hailo a taxi Youll need to change your app soon

first_img Image: mytaxi By Sean Murray Image: mytaxi Mar 18th 2017, 8:15 AM 19,352 Views Short URL 23 Comments Share Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3290960 Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 8:15 AM Want to Hailo a taxi? You’ll need to change your app soon Hailo has become mytaxi, as it becomes part of a 100,000-strong European fleet of taxis. THE TAXI APP Hailo has become part of a larger brand, and its new owners mytaxi want users to migrate over to its new app.Mytaxi is a Europe-wide taxi hailing app, operating in over 50 cities across the continent.The company says that Hailo drivers have been migrating onto mytaxi for several weeks, and customers will have a few more months of using the Hailo app until all of the taxis under the service make the switch.Hailo’s head of operations, and now mytaxi’s general manager, Tim Arnold said: “We have been working hard over recent months to smooth the migration of Hailo’s pre-existing driver and passenger base over to the new mytaxi app.”From the beginning of this month, customers could make the switch when prompted to do when they open their Hailo app. This prompt may not appear, however, if you don’t have the most recent version of the app.If you switch to mytaxi this way, all of your details registered with Hailo will be automatically filled and it will log you in to the new app.Arnold explained that the company was looking to expand its presence in Ireland. He said: “mytaxi will now be pushing to expand our 10,000-driver fleet and is already the most economical and efficient source of work for drivers.We’re looking forward to our customers enjoying some new app features in Ireland too, like sharing their location when on a mytaxi journey and saving their favourite drivers.The mytaxi app is free to download on Google Play and the App Store.Read: Hailo about to become Mytaxi in Ireland after takeover by owner of MercedesRead: 9 life-altering questions we have about Hailo’s big name change Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

11 Villainesses You Dont Want to Meet in a Dark Alley

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. When someone asks, “Hey, whats your favorite thing about superhero comics? What do you always look forward to?” I say, “The villain. I always look forward to seeing who the villain will be and what they’ll do.” The villain can be the most prominent and secondary thing you can have, especially in a superhero comic. If you have a weak villain, you can potentially have a weak arc. Your hero might be doing the most, but who would Batman be without the Joker? Or Superman without Lex Luther?Today, we’re going to talk about some lady villains. Ladies who are the baddies that creep into our hearts whether we want them to our not. Some you may know and some you may get a little more about. These lady villains have made my love for villains skyrocket, and hopefully, they’ve made yours as well.LIVEWIREvia DC ComicsI’m very much convinced that Livewire is the most brilliant and appealing supervillain that we’re consistently missing out on. Livewire aka Leslie Willis first stepped on the scene in Action Comics #835. She was first on the scene as a shock jock DJ in Metropolis. She talked mess about Superman during her time on the air which leads to her career blowing up… literally and figuratively. Leslie was fired from the station for two reasons: her attitude towards Superman and they were shifting her show in an entirely new direction. She later manifests her powers when lightning strikes her during a thunderstorm.Livewire is later retconned ever so slightly in the Batgirl of Burnside run. Here she becomes a vlogger who pulls pranks and does makeup tutorials. As she’s pulling one of her pranks, this, of course, goes horribly wrong because… karma. Livewire is one of those villains that we should be giving a lot more attention to. She’s witty, unique and has some dynamite power that can do a ton of damage.ANANKEvia Image ComicsYou’ll never hate another old lady like you do Ananke, I promise you that. You know those reality shows where that ONE girl just stirs up stuff for the hell of it? That’s Ananke. In The Wicked + The Divine, Ananke’s duty is to guide all of the gods from the beginning of the Recurrence. She’s been around since the start, and it seemed that there was no stopping her. That is until she decided to become Miss Messyboots and take things into her own hands by killing gods, manipulating people and framing others for murder. Class act.Ananke is a lady villain who is entirely brilliant besides the fact that she is just so awful. She reminds me of the old ladies from Arsenic and Old Lace, but with a snap of a finger she just blows your head off. She’s devious, calculating and with years of experience, she had time to hold this power into a mass of destruction and sweet, sweet manipulation.DUELA DENTvia DC ComicsDuela Dent is both a mystery to readers and maybe even to herself. First appearing in Batman Family #6 (1976), Duela was a bit different than the one we all know today. In this issue, she’s the Joker’s Daughter. She also claimed to be the daughter of some of the lead Batman villains such as Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, and Catwoman. It’s not sure why she claimed these many identities, but we’re already along for the ride. She joined the Teen Titans first as Harlequin and then Card Queen. She’s later revealed to be the daughter of Harvey Dent. Yes, Two-Face and Gilda Dent was her mother.Fast-forward to now, and she’s happily secured a spot in our hearts as a villain. However, she’s still very underused, but super popular and creates some insane damage points when used. Her story was happily retconned in the new 52s, which has her as a woman entirely off her rocker living in a sewer with Joker’s skinned off face as her new armor. This is a villain on the list that we need more of. She’s been used wonderfully in DC Bombshell’s as a host to the Nazi’s and torturing the hell out of Zatanna. Give readers more of that story so she can square up and ruin the hell out of someone. I’d throw money at it instantly.NEBULAvia MarvelAll to Nebula’s defense, if I had a dad and/or grandfather like Thanos, I’d be a supervillainess hellbent on fighting the galaxy too. There isn’t a whole lot about Nebula’s beginnings before she became the space pirate. We do know that her conquering came in her first 1985 appearance in Avengers #257. In this issue, she set out to conquer Sanctuary II, a space system built by Thanos himself. She also stole the Infinity Gauntlet, so she is a bold one.However, things kind of turn for Nebula. Thanos, set on gaining back his Gauntlet and control, almost kills her. As he leaves Nebula on the very slim timeline, Geater brings Nebula to space criminal doctor of the galaxies. A bolt here, some new limbs there, Nebula becomes a space cyborg by way of Doctor Mandibus and becomes the woman she is today. Again, I’d be hellbent on destroying some galaxies too.Now, the tricky part of Nebula’s history is her claims to Thanos. Why would she want them? We’ll never know. Nebula claimed herself to be Thanos’ granddaughter, but he never recognizes this in the comics, laughing at her everytime. Later on, in her retconned history in Gamora and the MCU, she’s the adopted daughter of Thanos’s along with Gamora. Nebula became one of my favorite villainesses because she just keeps coming. There’s no backing down from Nebula. She just keeps swinging and you can’t say that’s not admirable. Karen Gillian, who plays Nebula in the MCU, does a fantastic job of catching people up to her history without showing much but does show the pain she has to continually be in. From her body, but also from not being recognized by Thanos as a daughter and Gamora as a sister.LADY DEATHSTRIKEvia MarvelBorn to a former kamikaze pilot who later developed a way that human bones could bond to Adamantium, Yuriko Oyama had a bit of a sad life growing up. Yuiko was introduced to readers in Daredevil #197 but later revived as Lady Deathstrike in Alpha Flight #33, where she’s meant to retrieve the power that Wolverine has in his system back to her. See, Mr. Oyama’s work was stolen from him, and it didn’t recover quietly easily. Yuriko decided to go on the hunt for her father’s lost research, seeking out Wolverine and thinking that he could be connected to it.Lady Deathstrike is a compelling character because how close she is to Wolverine and how lethal she is. She carries nail manipulation that allows her nails grow up to 12 inches long and can penetrate superhard surfaces. She also has speed, agility, reflexes, cyberpathy and more. A bit of her story was later retconned when Ana Cortes took over the mantle of Lady Deathstrike in X-Men Vol. 2: Muertas. There have only been a handful of characters that can match Wolverine’s strength and you don’t want to cross Lady Deathstrike in a dark alley anywhere.COUNTESSvia MarvelA-Force was the best comic team up for a very long time. I know this villain technically shouldn’t count. She hasn’t been in a lot of issues yet to show what she can really do. However, I love to iron out the potentials and amazing abilities of these characters. Introduced to readers in A-Force Vol. 2 #5, Countess’ abilities disrupted the team in the harshest of ways. She was a shapeshifter, able to construct her body into anything even a dragon. Her big three were mind control, reality warping, and telekinesis. Countess used her abilities to get inside of Nico’s head and systematically dismantle A-Force from the inside using Nico’s powerful abilities at her disposal.I’ve talked about Arkea (X-Men Vol. 4) in a previous post, but if I had to compare a villain, I’d compare her potential to expand to Countess. Yeah, the ending of Countess’ run was a lot lame, being saved by the power of love and all, but with her epically cool abilities, there should be a broader scope that she can go into within an arc of someones run.ALICE (ELIZABETH KANE)via DC ComicsAlice storyline was so intriguing within Batwoman: Elegy. I wish it could have stayed that way because it could have been something fantastic going forward (even though it did get interesting, but that first bit!). Alice is none other than Elizabeth Kane, aka Katherine Kane’s (Batwoman), twin sister. Elizabeth and Katherine were brought up together but involved in a terrorist attack when their father is stationed in Brussels. With their mother gone and Elizabeth presumed dead, she was adopted into the Religion of Crime and fashioned herself after Alice from Alice in Wonderland. The sisters reunite after Batwoman spends time trying to figure out what this syndicate wants from her, but finds her sister alive and in that sweet crime life.The coolest thing about Alice was how criminally insane she was. After the incident in Brussels and going into the Religion of Crime, she was left broken. Those broken pieces lead to her talking in Alice in Wonderland quotes and almost a slightly lesser version of The Joker. She’s not afraid to kill anyone and anything. She’s cool, calm and collected while pointing a gun at your face or a knife to your throat. You hardly know what she’s saying, but that’s almost the fun of it. She has adventures later on as Red Alice, but it was fun seeing Alice like this and seeing the villainous she could have been, especially with Batwoman as your sister.SINvia MarvelUpon researching for this article, I had never heard of Sin before. I also didn’t know Red Skull had a kid, but could already guess he would be a terrible father. Sin aka Sinthia Schmidt made her first introduction in Captain America #290. She was born to Red Skull and a random woman who was to give him a child. After giving birth to the baby, Red Skull was immediately upset that this baby was a girl. He wanted a boy to inherit his many terrible wonders and proceeded to be mad at the mother, who had died giving birth to Sin. (No one can get breaks in this life or the next.) After this, Red Skull gave the child to Mother Night. She became her nanny, teaching her in advanced “way of the bad guy” and then Sin’s story just takes another colossal left turn.Red Skull, still really upset that he had a daughter instead of a son, aged his daughter so that she could “be of use to him.” She became Mother Superior in the Sisters of Sin and then later Sister Sin. She’s gotten into dangerous situations with Captain America, attempting to assassinate him with Crossbones by her side. She’s gifted with intelligence, hand-to-hand and she’s pretty brutal and very much a savage. I’d love to see her in the MCU sometime after reading some of her comics cause… WOW.AMANDA WALLERvia DC ComicsI refuse for anyone to tell me that Amanda Waller isn’t a villain. Every comic I’ve read with Amanda Waller and even watching Suicide Squad, I’m always left with a feeling of dread for her next move. What is she going to next? Whose life is she determined to destroy? If Ananke is Miss Messyboots 450, then Amanda Waller is Miss Messyboots 1986. Amanda Waller’s life wasn’t great growing up. The path she’s taken in her career can pave the way from her past.Appearing in Legend #1 (1986), Amanda grew up in a Cabrini-Green, an area in Chicago that was littered with crime. She married young and had a family, but tragedy soon hit when their daughter was assaulted and murdered. Amanda’s husband decided to take matters into his own hands but tragically was killed. Amanda’s life took a turn, but she never put her head down. She went to school and geared towards politics. When she was in office, everyone regarded her as utterly ruthless and not afraid to tell people like it is. She was determined, manipulative and a complete mastermind, but kept her eyes on all the prices. Later, she resurrected the Suicide Squad under her command, keeping them in line ever since.MADAME MASQUEvia MarvelGuiletta Neff or Madame Masque made her comic debut in Tales of Suspense #97 or #98. Born to Count Luchino Neferia, a super powerful kingpin in the crime syndicate Maggia, and his wife, who died giving birth to the baby. Not wanting her, partially because she was a girl (yes, another one….), she was sent off to live with Bryon Frost, a well-heeled Wall Street fancy man. He adopted her, Neferia hoped she’d have a better upbringing with him and Frost re-named her Whitney Frost.She later would learn about her parentage after Neferia came back to ask her to work for the Maggia. Learning the ways from her father, she went on a mission, but the results cost Guiletta/Whitney her face, leaving her with a disfigured face. She later dawns a new name after her disfigurement, Madame Masque, while also displaying a mask made by Mordecai Midas.One of the highlights of Madame Masque’s arcs in comics was her relationship with Tony Stark. The two carries an on/off again connection. She feels a great deal of affection for him even though both of them should have probably stayed far away from each other. The ties they bound sent him absolutely spiraling at a point. Although she has outstanding abilities in hand-to-hand, tactical, marksmanship, her mind has always been her downfall when it comes to who she is as a character. Honestly, it’s one of the coolest things that make her a villain as well. Is she going to be kind or nasty? Kind or cruel? The adventure is the journey!TALIA AL GHULvia DC ComicsI could have picked any lady from the Batverse. Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Lady Shiva, Ma Gunn, you name it. However, Talia Al Ghul is a villain in the Batman universe that, personally, continues to fascinate and frustrate me. Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul, was introduced to comics in Detective Comics #411. As the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul, you learn some particular skillsets while deep in League of Assassin territory, including weapons, hand-to-hand, etc. She took over his empire when he died, but still very much “meh” about the dealings of her father. Talia very much works within her own operations, including the choice to fall in love with Batman and carried his child, Damien Wayne.Talia continues to be as frustrating as she is because of her ability to completely and utterly play someone to do her bidding for her, but also her ability to not let go of Batman. These are both good and bad qualities in whatever book you decide to pick up. For some of Talia’s faults, you have to admire her as a villain. She, again, has those wicked skillsets, the leader of a couple of organizations including the Leviathan Organization and she’s quite badass. It pains me to say that, but she very much is.last_img read more

Video Vice Chair Dean Coleman Shares How WISHH Leverages State Checkoff Funds

first_imgIowa soybean grower Dean Coleman serves as vice chairman of ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) that is expanding trade for U.S. soybeans in emerging market countries like Pakistan.In a new video, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Vice Chairman Dean Coleman shares how WISHH leverages state soybean checkoff funds to expand trade for U.S. soybeans. Click here to view!Coleman, an Iowa soybean grower and American Soybean Association (ASA) director, describes how WISHH secured funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other non-checkoff sources to grow markets in countries where there is little use of U.S. soy.Coleman says WISHH’s work in Pakistan as an example. WISHH’s USDA-funded Feeding Pakistan project launched demand for soy-based feeds in the Asian country. Pakistan’s demand for U.S. soy has grown, so WISHH is transitioning the country to U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) for further development.last_img read more

Man steals package from Pembroke Pines apartment

first_imgSurveillance cameras captured a man stealing a package from the front door of an apartment in Pembroke Pines.The man could be seen walking up to a front door stoop, picking up the box and taking off.The package contained a computer.The theft took place Feb. 28, at the Arium Complex, located near Southwest 118th Avenue and 13th Street.If you have any information on this package theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Carlos Vives Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Offer Scholarship

first_img Email Twitter The Latin GRAMMY winner has partnered with the Latin Recording Academy’s flagship charitable organization to send a deserving student to music school Renée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2017 – 9:41 am Latin superstar Carlos Vives has partnered with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation to supply a $200,000 four-year scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music.The Carlos Vives Scholarship will be awarded to a talented music student with financial need interested in Latin music. The applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, which is comprised of diverse music professionals with extensive industry experience.”It is an honor for us, that with the help of Carlos Vives we can support the new generation of musicians through a scholarship that will allow them to receive an education of the highest quality at Berklee College of Music,” said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Carlos Vives not only represents excellence and musical achievement, but he will also transform the life of the scholarship beneficiary.”Interested students can apply via the Cultural Foundation’s website by April 10, 2018. Applicants will be expected to submit two audition videos, provide two letters of recommendation and answer two essay questions. Responses can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese.”The ability to support a new generation of Latin musicians brings me great joy,” said Vives. “Being able to do this alongside the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation makes this even more special.”New Exhibit Spotlighting Life, Career Of Carlos Vives Headed To GRAMMY MuseumRead more Facebook Carlos Vives, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Offer Scholarship News Carlos Vives Offers Scholarship For Latin Student carlos-vives-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation-offer-scholarshiplast_img read more

Can the Iditarod standardize kennel care

first_imgA Siberian Huskie resting at a well-maintained kennel in Willow. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.The Iditarod Trail Committee’s Board of Directors wants to set up a kennel management program, a move aiming to set up new guidelines and counteract negative press directed at mushing’s most high-profile event.Listen nowMushers who qualify for and race in the Iditarod are already expected to maintain standards of care for their animals and kennels. But many of those guidelines are fuzzy, outdated and due for review. Now, ITC’s board is establishing an advisory committee made up of prominent mushers like Jeff King, Aliy Zirkle and DeeDee Jonrowe to begin drafting more specific standards for kennel management.“There needed to be a better way to communicate what was really happening in our Iditarod kennels,” Chas St. George, ITC’s operations director, said.According to St. George, board members have been considering setting up kennel management standards for some time. One of the motivating factors is a change over the last decade in how mushers run their dog lots, including more year-round training and tourism programming outside of winter race season. ITC’s board also wants to counter a recent wave of negative press leveled at the Iditarod and mushing community from animal rights activists.“This actually all began after the film ‘Sled Dogs’ first came out, and we recognized right away that this film was literally attacking kennels,” St. George said of the 2016 film, which alleges widespread abuse in commercial kennels catering to mushing tourism and draws a link teams competing in the Iditarod.The hope is that the advisory group will have plans ready for implementing the kennel management program by June of 2018, as mushers are beginning to register for the 2019 race.But as for the particulars of the eventual proposals, they don’t yet exist.With dozens of mushers entering the Iditarod in recent years from around the globe, states in the Lower 48 and kennels in many far flung parts of Alaska, policing dog lots for bad behavior is a practical impossibility for the Iditarod Trail Committee’s small permanent staff. According to St. George, ITC’s board of directors isn’t imagining a regulatory body with agents monitoring compliance. Instead, the advisory group will come up with a set of best-practices and guidelines for mushers, veterinarians, handlers, and community members to observe.At present, St. George said it is still too early to know if race officials will be forced to modify the race’s planned route because of snow conditions.The Board of Directors voted in May to break precedent and have the race follow its southern route in both 2018 and 2019. Typically, the event alternates between a northern path going through middle Yukon communities like Galena, and a southern route through the historic Iditarod checkpoint and several communities in the Yukon-Koyukuk census area.Poor snow conditions in sections of the Alaska Range in 2015 and 2017 led to alternate routes that skipped those communities. Race officials hope that back-to-back Iditarods through the southern route will help restore relationships and checkpoint protocols with residents.last_img read more

TDP neglected Bhavani island development Avanti Srinivas

first_imgVijayawada: Stating that there is a good scope for the development of Bhavani island in Krishna river, Tourism Minister Avanti Srinivas on Sunday said the island would be developed as an important tourist destination in the capital region in a year. Avanti Srinivas visited the Bhavani island along with the tourism department officials and inspected the gaming zone, plants, cottages, restaurants and other recreational facilities in the island. He spoke to the tourism department officials and discussed about the prospects for the development of island. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Speaking to media, the minister said there was a plenty of scope for the development of Bhavani island. Coming down heavily on the previous government for neglecting the development of island, he said now, the tourism department would take over the responsibility for its development. Reiterating that many small countries like Maldives, Singapore and Thailand were mainly depending on the tourism industry for generating revenue, he pointed out that there was a wide scope for the development of tourism in the State. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us As part of improving greenery in the island, he said more plants would be planted and security would be increased in island to ensure protection to visitors. He said sub-inspector level official would be posted in the island to supervise the security arrangements. “Visitors mainly expect good security in the tourist places and the tourism department would take all required measures in this regard,” he added. He further said water sports would be developed and proposals would be made for construction of a convention centre to host conferences in the island. He said corporate companies may host meetings in the convention centre in the Bhavani island. Advertise With Us He said the government sanctioned Rs 33 crore to the Bhavani Island Development Corporation in the last financial year but it had spent only Rs 7 crore for its development. He said the remaining Rs 26 crore would be spent for the development of island. He said Vizag has been developed as tourist centre based on beach tourism and Tirupati was developed because of spiritual tourism. He said Andhra Pradesh have many resources to develop river-based tourism, sea tourism, mountain tourism like in Araku valley. “The State government would explore all options to conduct one mega event every month to promote tourism in the State,” he said. He further said initially the state would try to attract the domestic tourists and later plans would be made to attract international tourists. He said facilities like ‘Visa on arrival’ should be implemented for the convenience of foreign tourists. He also felt the need for development of five air ports and five sea ports in the State. Endowment Minister Velampalli Srinivas said the island was formed naturally and felt that it would be developed as an important tourist centre in the State. Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu and Pedana MLA Jogi Ramesh also spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 second runnerup Ridhima reveals why she lost trophy

first_imgRidhima PanditinstagramKhatron Ke Khiladi 9 recently ended with Punit Pathak emerging as the winner of the season. He defeated Aditya Narayan (first runner-up) and Ridhima Pandit (second runner-up). While Punit was certainly a deserving contestant to win the trophy, Aditya and Ridhima missed the golden opportunity to take home the coveted trophy by a small margin.In an interview with SpotboyE, Ridhima opened up on how it feels to reach the finale yet not bag the trophy. The actress started off by saying that she is proud and lucky to have reached the finale. However, being claustrophobic, she admitted having aborted a couple of stunts. She further praised the boys – Punit and Aditya, as they have always completed their tasks. “I have certain weaknesses like, for one, I’m claustrophobic. I couldn’t completely rid myself of that fear and due to it, I even aborted a couple of stunts,” she said.Speaking about the finale task, Ridhima said that she could have won it but lost out on time when she couldn’t open the carabiner. “I know for a fact that maybe I could have won it in the last stunt because it didn’t need physical strength as such. I had to jump from the car to the truck and open the lock. I was very calm. When I tried opening the carabiner, it didn’t open that’s where I lost out on time and I was almost in tears,” she added.However, Ridhima believes that Punit and Aditya were definitely better than her. “No excuses, I think they were definitely better than me. In fact, so many times I got Punit and Aditya in partner tasks, and they have been of great help. Definitely, they are stronger than me. The finale stunt was very nice. I could have won it actually,” she concluded.last_img read more

Senate To Hear From Comey Democrats Raise New Session Questions

first_img Share Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the dismissal. The Senate intelligence committee announced Comey’s appearance, and a Comey associate said he had been cleared to testify by Robert Mueller, another former FBI director now overseeing that investigation as special counsel. Also on Thursday, Democrats raised more questions about contacts during the campaign between the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and Trump’s attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Session, a close Trump adviser, withdrew from the Russia investigation in March after admitting to two previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak last summer and fall. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., released a letter urging the FBI to investigate whether Sessions had falsely testified under oath when he said at his January confirmation hearing that he hadn’t had any contacts with Russia. “If it is determined that the attorney general still has not been truthful with Congress and the American people about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, he needs to resign,” the senators wrote. In addition to the two meetings Sessions has acknowledged, the senators pointed to the possibility of a separate encounter at an April 2016 Trump campaign event that Sessions and Kislyak attended. The Justice Department has acknowledged that Sessions was at the Mayflower Hotel event in Washington, but said there were no private or side conversations that day, Comey’s testimony probably will focus on the private meetings Comey had with President Donald Trump and subsequently chronicled in internal memos and recounted to associates who have divulged their contents to The Associated Press and other media outlets. Comey’s associates have said Comey told them that Trump asked him at a January dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president and, at an Oval Office meeting weeks later, asked Comey to consider ending an FBI investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The White House has denied those characterizations. The scope of Comey’s testimony was not exactly clear, though Mueller was permitting him to speak publicly, an associate told the AP. Mueller’s investigation could include a look at the circumstances of Comey’s firing, especially since Trump has said publicly that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he made the move. It is possible that the Trump White House could try to raise executive privilege claims in arguing that any conversations with the president could not be discussed publicly. A similar back-and-forth occurred before the testimony last month of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, though the White House said it did not try to block her appearance.last_img read more

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Minnesota Bank Collapses Brings 2013 Tally to 2

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