691 Canadians who wanted out of hurricanestruck Caribbean are home minister

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says all Canadians who wanted help have had the chance to get out of the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.She told reporters ahead of a federal cabinet meeting today in St. John’s, N.L., that 691 Canadians have now returned from widespread devastation in Turks and Caicos and St. Maarten. Bibeau said officials are now on the ground there assessing how Canada might help with humanitarian aid and rebuilding.Stranded travellers and opposition critics had lambasted an evacuation effort that many said was slower and less organized than American operations.Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters he understands the frustration over delays and communication problems but it was a complex situation.Garneau said the government mobilized right away but there were issues getting commercial flights cleared for take-off in those countries.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are in St. John’s for two days of meetings expected to include North American Free Trade Agreement talks and reaction to hurricanes Irma and Jose.last_img read more

Unrest in Myanmar could block food aid for 500000 people UN food

28 September 2007The restrictions Myanmar has placed on the movement of food due to the current unrest are an obstacle to feeding half a million people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “We appeal to the authorities for access to all parts of the country,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said. “We have to protect the most vulnerable people in the country,” most of whom are young children and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis patients in desperate need of assistance.Buddhist monks have been leading civil protests in the South-East Asian nation for 11 consecutive days. While the unrest has been concentrated mostly in the main cities of Yangon and Mandalay, the demonstrators’ stand-off with the Government and its response are having consequences in other areas where WFP distributes food assistance.All movements of food out of the Mandalay Division have been halted by local authorities, and this will impede WFP operations in northern Shan and the Central Dry Zone, both of which depend on food deliveries from Mandalay.Disturbances in the port town of Sittwe have also thwarted food movement to the agency’s operational areas in north Rakhine State.Over a three-year period, WFP, which partners on the ground in Myanmar with nearly two dozen UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aims to feed 1.6 million people at a cost of over $50 million. Its operations rely on the Government to facilitate the movement of both food supplies and personnel.However, the agency currently faces funding shortages – to date, it has only received $12.5 million or just under one quarter of its needs – and thus must scale back its planned assistance to primary school students and vulnerable families.In its operational areas, WFP’s food assistance is crucial to sustain lives and livelihoods, and without the agency’s support, it is expected that vulnerable families will face acute food shortages while food prices could potentially soar, especially in the post-monsoon season. read more

UN tells Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability

“There are issues between the international community and Sri Lanka and agreements to ensure accountability. And we hope those are followed,” he said. The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability.Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, responding to a question posed on Sri Lanka, recalled that there are agreements between Sri Lanka and the international community and Sri Lanka should stick to those agreements. He commented after being asked by a reporter at a media briefing in New York to respond to reports that President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to agree to have international judges in the domestic accountability process. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN tribunal sentences former Bosnian police chief to 10 years in prison

In a statement issued today in The Hague, the Tribunal said today’s sentencing judgement was based upon the Trial Chamber’s acceptance of Stevan Todorovic’s guilty plea and the consequent conviction of the accused for persecution as a crime against humanity. The judgement sets forth details of the criminal conduct underlying the accused’s conviction for the crime of persecutions, including his participation in the beating and murder of Anto Brandic, the beatings of several other individuals, and the sexual assault of six men at the police station in Bosanski Samac. The accused has also admitted to participating in the unlawful detention, the cruel and inhumane treatment, and the deportation and forcible transfer of Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians in the municipality of Bosanski Samac, the Tribunal said.As a component of the overall gravity of the offence, the Chamber has taken into account as aggravating factors the accused’s position of superior authority as Chief of Police in Bosanski Samac, and the cruel manner in which he perpetrated several of the criminal acts underlying his conviction. In light of the above, the Trial Chamber concludes that Mr. Todorovic’s crime was “particularly grave.”Mr. Todorovic had initially been charged in a joint indictment with five others for crimes allegedly committed in the municipality of Bosanski Samac between April 1992 and December 1993. In his capacity as Chief of Police, the accused was charged with 10 counts of crimes against humanity, including persecution, deportation, murder and inhumane acts, nine counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and eight counts of violations of the laws or customs of war.In November 2000, two years after Mr. Todorovic’s initial appearance, a joint motion was filed, notifying the Trial Chamber of an agreement between the accused and the Prosecution, pursuant to which the former police chief would plead guilty to Count 1 of the Second Amended Indictment, and the Prosecution would withdraw all other counts against him. On 13 December 2000, Mr. Todorovic entered a guilty plea on that Count, and the proceedings against him were separated from those against the other accused.Mr. Todorovic will remain in the custody of the Tribunal pending the finalization of arrangements for his transfer to the country where his sentence will be served. read more

Cyprus Security Council members welcome agreement by leaders to start direct talks

Council members welcomed “this and other positive developments and hope that progress will be achieved at the negotiating table resulting in a comprehensive settlement,” the President of the 15-member body, Ambassador Moctar Ouane of Mali, said in a press statement. He noted that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had informed the Council that the talks would begin on 16 January 2002.Ambassador Ouane said Council members gave their full support to the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices, conducted pursuant to Council resolution 1250, and encouraged Mr. Annan and his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, to continue to help the parties as appropriate.Earlier this afternoon, the Council was briefed by Mr. de Soto. read more

Oromin Explorations tell shareholders to hold off on Terangas takeover offer

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2013 2:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oromin Explorations tell shareholders to hold off on Teranga’s takeover offer VANCOUVER – Gold miner Oromin Explorations Ltd. (TSX:OLE) is advising its shareholders to hold off on any decisions about a recent takeover offer from Teranga Gold Corp.Last month, Teranga (TSX:TGZ) made an unsolicited proposal to Oromin shareholders, offering 0.582 of a Teranga share for each Oromin share held.At the time, the Toronto-based miner said the value of the offer was a 50 per cent premium on a 20-day volume-weighted average trading price of Oromin shares as of May 31.In a directors’ circular, Oromin said the board of directors is reviewing the offer, and has not made any official recommendation.An independent committee has been set up to examine the offer and “develop and review alternatives that would maximize value for Oromin and its shareholders,” the company said.Further instructions will be given before Teranga’s offer expires, it added.Oromin said one of the reasons why it has not issued a recommendation is that there is uncertainty with Teranga’s board of directors. Three people from Mineral Deposits Ltd. were recently nominated to Teranga’s board but it announced on Thursday that MDL has revoked those nominations.“While this would appear to clarify the likely composition of the Teranga board of directors, the other reasons for not making a recommendation at this time continue to give rise to uncertainty and, as a result, there is no change in the current position of the board,” said the company.Teranga owns 18,699,500 Oromin shares, representing 13.6 per cent of outstanding shares. It says it also has an agreement in place with Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) to buy its 16,088,636 shares, which will give Teranga 25.3 per cent of outstanding shares. read more

London murders 2019 Four murder probes launched in 24 hours as teenager

They tried for more than half an hour to save his life, but Mr Martinez died at the scene at 5.10pmScotland Yard do not believe the incident is gang-related.Man dies three days after being stabbed in SohoA man died  three fays after he was found with serious stab injuries in Soho over the weekend.On Sunday, 3 March just after 6am hours police were called to Romily Street, W1.Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found the 37-year-old man suffering stab injuries. He was taken to hospital with critical injuries and he was pronounced dead at 7.42pm hours on Wednesday, 6 March.His next of kin are aware and a post mortem examination is due to be held in due course. A murder investigation was then launched by the Met Police and is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin.A 34-year-old man was charged on Monday, 4 March with two counts of attempted murder, in relation to this incident along with another stabbing on the same day, of a teenager which occurred in University Street, WC1.The charge for attempted murder willl be subject to a review by the CPS.A 41-year-old woman who was arrested remains released under investigation.Film producer’s body found in shallow grave in Kew gardenA murder investigation has been launched after the body of a film producer who has worked with the likes of Joan Collins and Sheridan Smith was discovered in a shallow grave two days after she was reported missing.  Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday.But late on Wednesday night, officers located a body in a shallow grave in a garden in Darell Road, Kew. Laureline Garcia-Bertaux The home of Laueline Garcia-Bertaux Spanish national stabbed to death in LeytonDavid Martinez was stabbed to death in east London by someone police believe was known to him. It is thought he was attacked at a home near North Birkbeck Road. He managed to stumble out into the street, where he collapsed.  David Martinez Laureline Garcia-Bertaux The scene in West Kensington French national Ms Garcia-Bertaux, from Richmond, was last seen on Saturday night at a supermarket in the area, but she was messaging friends on Sunday night when it is understood she was planning on going on a date with a “charismatic vet”.Producer Hester Ruoff, who worked with Ms Garcia-Bertaux on a number of projects including Gerry with Joan Collins, was among those to have talked to her close friend hours before she was reported missing. She told The Telegraph: “I am just absolutely devastated. “It’s very, very rare in our industry that you find someone you trust in a way that I trusted her. She was just the most trustworthy woman with so much charisma, so much spirit. “Laureline was incredibly loyal – she had my back 100%. She would give up her contacts for the benefit of the film, which is just so very, very rare in the industry. “She became so much more than my line producer, she became a very close friend. She was just so spirited and very loyal and when you find someone like that you do everything you can not to let them go. Scotland Yard launched four murder investigations in the space of 24 hours as a teenager became the 25th person to be murdered on the streets of London this year. In a barbaric week in the capital where the authorities were squeezed further to curb the knife crime epidemic, it emerged three of the four most recent victims had been stabbed. The first murder probe was launched Wednesday afternoon when Spanish national David Martinez, 26, was stabbed to death in Leyton. Hours later, a man who was stabbed on Sunday, March 3, in Soho, succumbed to his injuries and a second murder investigation was launched. The third murder file was passed to CID on Thursday afternoon when the body of film producer Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave in a garden in Kew. And the fourth murder investigation in 24 hours was launched when Ayub Hassan, 17,  was stabbed to death in broad daylight in West Kensington. The scene in West KensingtonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Scotland Yard, who launched a murder investigation Thursday afternoon, have made no arrests.Teenager stabbed in broad daylight in West KensingtonPolice investigating a fatal stabbing in Fulham are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward. Police were called at 2.14pm on Thursday to Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, to reports of a person stabbed.Officers, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene. A male, aged in his late teens, was found with stab injuries to the chest.He was taken to a central London hospital where he sadly died a short time later. Next of kin have been informed.Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed. On Friday morning, Scotland Yard announced they had arrested three males – aged 18, 17 and 15, on suspicion of murder. Later on Friday, the victim was named as 17-year-old Ayub Hassan.  David Martinez Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The home of Laueline Garcia-BertauxCredit:David Rose London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended and reported finding a man suffering from knife injuries. “My heart goes out to her mum who has had such a hard year losing her partner and a close friend.”  read more

Woman who sued NHS for £25m claiming operation left her in agony

A woman who tried to claim £2.5m from the NHS after claiming that having vaginal mesh fitted had left her in constant pain has been sent to prison after pictures showed her enjoying her daughter’s Ibiza hen partyLesley Maria Elder, 50, from Poole, Dorset, was caught after photos on social media showed her taking part in the celebrations in night clubs on the party island.Elder claimed she was left disabled by constant pain following a vaginal mesh operation and could no longer work or do routine tasks without help.She sued the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, where she underwent the surgery in 2010, for £2.5 million.But a judge found she had “grossly, dishonestly and repeatedly” exaggerated her symptoms.Undercover surveillance also showed Elder was able to go shopping and to walk her dog regularly, without the aid of a walking stick.Elder was jailed for five months at the High Court in London for contempt of court over her false claims.She was sentenced in her absence.Judge Karen Walden-Smith said: “This was a deliberate and persistent making of false statements for the purpose of falsely recovering significant monies from a publicly-funded body.” The court was told Elder suffered a genuine injury as a result of the surgery, which it later transpired was not necessary because she had been misdiagnosed.The NHS trust admitted liability but disputed the amount she claimed, and a judge at a county court in 2017 ruled she was entitled to just £120,000 instead. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

GOLUZA TO OVERTAKE RK PPD Zagreb and Silvio Ivandija separate ways

← Previous Story SG Flensburg outplay Meshkov Brest after dramatic finish Next Story → SHOCK IN SKOPJE: RK Metalurg beat RK Vardar in Macedonian derby! RK PPD Zagreb announced the end of cooperation with coach Silvio Ivandija by mutual agreement. That came only two days after Croatian champions ended season at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase after two defeats against Telekom Veszprem.EX Croatian NT head-coach Slavko Goluza will lead RK PPD Zagreb until end of the season. He will overtake Slovakian best team HC Tatran Presov next summer.Who will be the new coach of RK PPD Zagreb at the beginning of next summer? Lino Červar will be probably option for that.Balkan-Handball.com wrote about Sead Hasanefendic, who had to overtake Croatian champions even before Veszprem’s clashes. RK PPD ZagrebSilvio Ivandija read more

Almost a third of people who died on the roads in 2014

first_imgAlmost a third of people who died on the roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system The median level of blood alcohol concentration was four times the legal limit. Share Tweet Email 42 Comments Mar 16th 2017, 1:46 PM Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3291587 7,883 Views By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS of a new report has found that 31% of people who died on Irish roads in 2014 had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.The report from the Health Research Board examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, and gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) said these figures provide the most up-to-date information on the alcohol levels in people who died on the roads.Of the 193 fatalities recorded by the RSA in 2014, closed coronial files were available for 136, or 71%, of them.Findings of the report include:33% of drivers and motorcycle riders who died in fatal crashes in 2014 tested positive for alcohol in their system.28% of pedestrians killed had a positive toxicology for alcohol.96% of the drivers and motorcycle riders who had this positive toxicology were male.The median age of these drivers was 38-years-old.The median blood alcohol concentration was 192mg, or almost four times the legal limit of 50mg.Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said that this was a persistent problem as significant numbers of road deaths associated with alcohol were under the age of 35.She said: “Younger people are now engaging in risky behaviour, and that’s leading to poor decisions… There’s a small cohort who continue to take that chance.”The RSA chief also said that the number of deaths linked to drivers who’d been drinking in the report was actually conservative, as it did not take into account people who had no alcohol in their system who were involved in a collision when someone who had been drinking alcohol had been involved.Reacting to the figures, Minister Ross said in a statement: “While the findings of this report are very disappointing, I welcome their publication as they highlight that fact that we continue to have an unhealthy relationship in this country with alcohol and it’s spilling onto our roads.I would take this opportunity to again appeal for cross party support, for the new bill which I will introduce shortly, for the introduction of an automatic disqualification for all drivers found to have been drinking with a BAC of between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in their blood.Speaking to RTÉ, Murdock said she was in support of Shane Ross’s plan for zero tolerance for drivers found to have alcohol in their system.Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn said that the message of never to drink and drive needed to be reinforced ahead of St Patrick’s weekend.He said: “We want everyone to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival without the fear of meeting a driver that’s impaired.So this weekend, we ask you to also do your bit to support the local community and stop these drivers from putting lives at risk. If they don’t listen, phone the Gardai and report it, you might save a life.Read: Almost one in 10 Irish women wear their seatbelt underarm to avoid ruining fake tanRead: ‘Very bad year for road safety’ sees more deaths and more fatal crashes Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 1:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gotham Wouldnt Like Captain Barnes When Hes Angry

first_img This week’s Gotham changes things up and gives us a story all about Captain Barnes. Enjoy him while you can, folks. As we begin this week’s episode, Barnes is returning to his car with some groceries when he sees a van that doesn’t look right to him. He follows it to a warehouse where he finds a man standing over a barrel of acid and a human torso in a bathtub. The man tells him he’s just a cleaner, hired by someone named The Toad. Barnes is angered by the fact that they guy would probably be back out on the streets in a couple of years. The man begs Barnes to arrest him, saying The Toad is the one who ordered the job. That’s not good enough for Barnes anymore. He murders the cleaner.The next day, Gordon returns for his first day. Before he can get settled in, Bullock tells him they have a case at a warehouse. When they get there, they find the cleaner we saw Barnes with at the beginning of the episode. He’s been dismembered. Bullock says they should call Barnes.Barnes is in the interrogation room with Hatter trying to get to the bottom of what’s happening to him. The Hatter says the virus makes the darkest parts of a person come out. Barnes asks if there’s a cure and Hatter says the only thing he can do is give in and let his sister take over. He guesses that Barnes has dirtied his hands and is trying to make things right. Barnes insists he can make it right.Bullock and Gordon present their findings to Barnes, who insists on taking point on the investigation. Gordon protests and Barnes yells at him. He sends Gordon and Bullock to follow the evidence and tracks down The Toad himself. He finds The Toad at a bar and threatens him with a broken bottle. The Toad says he’s just a middleman hired by Simon to get rid of the body. Simon, he says, is a plastic surgeon who has a side business giving criminals new faces. Barnes orders The Toad to take him to Simon.The captain seems to have embraced the crazy. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Barnes arrives just in time to stop Simon from cutting off a woman’s face to give to one of his clients. Barnes is about to arrest Simon when he sees a face in a jar. The rage begins to boil inside him, and he asks Simon how many people he’s killed. When Simon smugly asks for an attorney, Barnes almost loses control. He kicks Simon to the ground and points his gun at him. Fortunately, cooler heads prevail, and Barnes brings the surgeon unharmed to GCPD. He tells Gordon that Simon is responsible for the murder of their John Doe in the bathtub, but not the cleaner.Captain Barnes goes to Lee and Mario’s engagement party to congratulate her. Lee convinces him to stay for one drink. The presence of Carmine Falcone angers him, and he calls the station to say he’s about to bring in the man responsible for killing the cleaner. He learns Simon has walked free. Apparently, he’s well connected. Worse yet, he shows up at the engagement party.Gordon and Bullock arrive at the party to arrest Simon, having found evidence that directly ties him to the murder. Mario asks to talk to Gordon in private, while Bullock walks into the party to arrest Simon. He’s a little too late as Barnes has followed Simon into the bathroom. Barnes roughs Simon up a bit before throwing him clear through a brick wall and onto a parked car a few stories below.Gordon rejoining the GCPD means even more awkward moments with Lee (Morena Baccarin). (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Bullock and Gordon assume Simon has escaped and Barnes says things are going to be different now. They’re going to rid the city of crime. Barnes looks around the party and sees everyone’s face transform into a decayed, demonic visage. Gordon exits the party and finds people crowded around the still-living body of Simon. He asks Simon who did this to him and Simon says, “Barnes.”Meanwhile, Nygma is having breakfast with Isabella, who is attending a librarians’ conference out of town. She puts on her backup pair of glasses, which remind Nygma a little too much of Ms. Kringle. He begins shaking and excuses himself to the bathroom, where he has a vision of Kringle in the mirror. Kringle tells Nygma he’s a killer and it’s only a matter of time before he kills Isabella too.Nygma brings his problem to Penguin, asking for advice. Penguin suggests that Nygma ends the relationship in order to protect her. Nygma agrees that that is the best course of action, but can’t bring himself to do it. He asks Penguin to break up with Isabella for him. Penguin happily obliges and does it in possibly the meanest way possible. Isabella says she doesn’t deserve him but refuses to let him go. She figures out that Penguin loves Nygma, but doesn’t care. She says she will write to Nygma and convince him to come back to her. Penguin storms out.Isabella (Chelsea Spack) is just as crazy as Nygma (Cory Michael Smith). (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Later, Nygma arrives at Isabella’s apartment, having received her letter. He finds that he’s made herself to look exactly like Kristen Kringle. She says it’s to prove that he won’t hurt her. She puts his hand around her neck. He begins to choke her, and they kiss in what turns out to be a deeply unsettling love scene. Nygma returns to tell Penguin the good news, who pretends to be happy for him but secretly plans to have her killed. While Isabella is driving to her conference, she tries to stop for a train only to find her breaks have been cut. The camera cuts away, and we hear a crash.It was nice to have an episode focusing on Barnes. He’s a great character and one of the best additions to the show from last season. It’s a shame he’s probably not going to be around much longer, given the way his story is going. Watching him slowly turn into a villain over the past few episodes has been interesting, and it was exciting to see the culmination of it this week. The Penguin-Nygma relationship also took a few interesting turns. You have to imagine that Nygma will figure out that Penguin had his girlfriend killed. Now we have to wonder who wins a Riddler vs. Penguin fight. Stay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News last_img read more

Buy This Comic Gravetrancers 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “On a journey to track down the grave of their estranged father, Maribel and Anthony find their way to the Malort Cemetery, a strange, seemingly abandoned field of mostly unmarked tombs. There they encounter an eccentric clan of grave-robbers who’ve devised a highly-addictive drug made from human remains–and the fresher the corpse, the stronger the dose. What started out as an attempt to reconnect with the past becomes a descent into a psychedelic, neon-colored nightmare, will Maribel and Anthony find their way through the hallucinogens or will they become the next hit?”GRAVETRANCERS #1 (W): M. L. Miller (A): James Michael Whynot (C): Dee Cunniffe (L): Jim CampbellI think I’ve written for Geek long enough for you guys to know that I’m really into some bonkers comics. The crazier things get inside a story with art, colors, and letters to boot always have me on board as a fan. Graverancers #1, written by M. L. Miller, with art by James Michael Whynot, Dee Cunniffe on colors and lettering by Jim Campbell, checks every box on that criteria list. Black Mask publishers a comic from these creators who give us enough to keep us engaged, but hooked to know what happens next.AdChoices广告via Black MaskM.L. Miller writes a narrative that will creep you out to the core. He never holds back on how low it can (and potentially could) get for one second. He weaves together a story that’s not only mysterious and questionable, but ghastly and realistic. You can tell that he won’t be holding back in order to protect you. Miller based Gravetrancers off of a real-life case where a cemetery was making a profit off reselling plots when they dumped the bodies in a hole in the back of the lot. Miller takes the inspiration and moves it into a narrative that’s sometimes uneasy and tense. I know I’m using a lot of negative words to describe it, but these are not negative words. It’s honestly quite the opposite.Gravetrancers #1 will make you feel uncomfortable. However, that shouldn’t sway you from the comic. Miller lays out some harsh truths, especially for his two main puzzling characters, Maribel and Anthony. They’re trying to either piece together or let go of the past. Either way, they’re trying to find some truth, some closure, but with the events unfolding, you’re not sure if they’re gonna get it. The uncertainty of the fates of these characters leaves you guessing.Miller balances out these harsh truth with a compelling story that leaves you on edge, diving into issues of family, crime, secrets and most importantly, drugs. He secures you within the hallucinogenic grip of the story, but you’re not sure if any of these people (or you) will make it out alive.via Black MaskJames Michael Whynot does a remarkable job in bringing this eerie and menacing narrative to life with his pencils and inks. With Whynot’s art, you almost feel like you’re tripping out with characters in the story. You’re not sure what you’re seeing. You’re not sure of what’s happening. But you look deeper into the panels to make sure you’re not missing anything. While his art overall is top-notch, the last couple of pages of the comic show you what Whynot can do. The details into one of our main characters trips and the hellish existence they find themselves in truly stand on its own just with his art.Dee Cunniffe are so metal. Within this comic, that metal stands out. He combines a hardcore and brutal type tone to this comic. It bleeds with vivid and trippy colors or neon blues, pinks, greens, yellow and more. Cunniffe also invokes that feeling of being uneasy with his colors. He excels highlighting those all too anxious moments with a mixture of dark and light neons. Jim Campbell knows how to place to allow you to follow the story. He never fails to move your eyes from panel to panels flawlessly. Campbell brings everything together to create this unsettling, but stirringly impressive comic.via Black MaskGravetracers #1 fills you with an unreliable story, sinister imagery and an overall sense of “what did I just read,” but it will leave you coming back for more. Gravetracers #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.12/13/17 Releases – In addition to Gravetrancers #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Giants #1 by Carlos and Miguel Valderrama (W, A, L) Dark HorseThere’s Nothing There Vol. 1 (M+) by Patrick Kindlon (W), Maria Llovet (A), Jim Campbell (L) Black MaskJudas #1 by Jeff Loveness (W), Jakub Rebelka (I), Colin Bell (L) BOOM! StudiosBrave Chef Brianna SC by Sam Sykes (W), Selina Espiritu (I), Sarah Stern (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosRumble #1 by John Arcudi (W), David Rubin (A), Dave Stewart (L)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Washougal schools take on boundary review

first_imgBecause of growing enrollment and two new schools opening, the Washougal School District is setting up a committee to review its district boundaries.Construction started this summer on a replacement for Jemtegaard Middle School and the new Columbia River Gorge Elementary School. Both are expected to open next fall.The district will consider revising current boundaries for the start of the 2017-18 school year.The committee will be made up of two parents and the principal of each school in the district, and will meet weekly from mid-January through mid-March. The district also will host open houses Feb. 8 and March 1 so the public can provide input for the boundary review process.The committee will make its final recommendation at the district’s March 28 school board meeting.For an application to serve on the committee, visit www.washougal.k12.wa.us/boundary-review-process or pick one up at the district office, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 28, and committee members will be identified by Nov. 10. The application asks for people to submit some personal information, as well as personal statement, no longer than 100 words, detailing their relevant experience and what they can bring to the committee.For more questions about the process, contact the district at boundary.review@washougalsd.org or 360-954-3000.last_img read more

Firefighters rescue hurt worker from bottom of hole at Ridgefieldarea work site

first_imgFirefighters pulled an injured worker out of a 20-foot hole Monday afternoon at a construction site near Ridgefield.A crew member working on a sewer project related to the construction of a subdivision south of Ridgefield was down in a deep hole when a cement cylinder fell on him, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said.“It shifted somehow, it struck him, so he has moderate injuries, and through the grace of God, the guy didn’t get injured worse,” Dawdy said.Firefighters were called around 2:49 p.m., and when they arrived, one climbed into the trench to check on the worker.The man suffered injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening, said Dawdy, who added that the hole was properly reinforced against collapse.The site is near Northwest Hillhurst Road and Northwest 229th Street, at the planned Kennedy Farms subdivision, Dawdy said.The firefighters at the work site called for more help, and the regional technical rescue team responded, Dawdy said.By about 4 p.m., the firefighters pulled the man from the hole and transported him to a hospital.last_img read more

Luis Alberto happy with important Lazio win

first_imgLuis Alberto praised Lazio’s important victory over Bologna, as they capitalised on AC Milan’s slip up away to FrisononeGoals from Luiz Felipe and Senad Lulic secured three points for Inzaghi’s men who closed the gap to within two points of Inter, who play Napoli tonight.However, the former Liverpool and Malaga player was buzzing after his team wrapped up what he described as a vital win in the race for a top-four spot.Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“The important thing for the team was to get the win,” Luis Alberto told Football Italia via DAZN.“We’ve got three points on the board with two games in quick succession, we hope to keep going like this on Saturday and consolidate fourth place.“We knew Milan had drawn, so that was just one more motivation to win. The important thing is to keep going like this and finish the year well on Saturday.”last_img read more

ASAZeneca Initiate Environmental Leadership Group

first_imgASA and Zeneca Ag Products Company announced they are jointly initiating a new program called the ASA/Zeneca Environmental Leadership Group which will prepare a select group of Association leaders to represent ASA in matters pertaining to water quality, food safety, conservation compliance, property rights and endangered species. Legislative activities and policy initiatives focusing on environmental interests are a major and ongoing activity of the ASA, which maintains full time representation in Washington, D.C. “Producers and Association leadership alike recognize that national producer interests are best served with the direct input and involvement of knowledgeable producers,” stated ASA Corporate Relations Director, Joel Harris.Participants have been selected from among members of the ASA Public Affairs Committee, State Executives and state soybean association staff for this unique, first-ever program. Three representatives from the United Soybean Board will also participate in the educational backgrounding. Training will take place April 7-10, in Washington, D.C. The program also provides funding to help support travel and policy efforts on environmental issues. “Zeneca’s support of this new program is greatly appreciated,” Harris added.This very comprehensive, hands-on training and educational experience will equip ASA producer-leaders to represent ASA on environmental issues at the national, state and local level throughout the year, as appropriate opportunities arise. ASA and Zeneca are committed to this partnering program for both the 1997 and 1998. “This is important to maximize mutual value, and to achieve the consistency and continuity that are essential for producer participation in industry working groups and the legislative process,” Harris said.last_img read more

Farm Bill Unlikely Before Lame Duck Session

first_imgWith the end of Fiscal Year 2018 approaching this weekend, time will run out on the farm bill. Major programs, including crop insurance and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, will continue because they are permanently authorized and funded.The 2014 Act also provides funding through the marketing year for 2018 program crops, but the dairy program will expire at the end of December. While the Conservation Reserve Program is permanently funded, its authority will lapse in October, meaning that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor existing contracts but not be able to enter into new ones. Then there are 39 so-called “orphan” programs that will lose both authorization and funding on Oct. 1, including certain conservation programs, most bioenergy (biofuels), rural development and agricultural research programs.The Foreign Market Development (FMD) program will lose authorization and funding on Oct. 1, while the Market Access Program (MAP) will remain authorized and funded through December.  ASA has worked with other trade associations that participate in FMD and MAP to maintain authorization and increase funding for these export promotion programs in the new farm bill.Negotiations between the House and Senate on the 2018 farm bill have bogged down on several issues, including the SNAP work requirements in the House bill.  A compromise under which waivers of these requirements by states would be restricted has been floated, but no agreement is in sight.Another provision in the House bill would make base acres that weren’t planted to a program crop in 2009 to 2017 ineligible for Title 1 payments under Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Savings from this change would be used to allow producers who experienced severe drought in 2009 to 2012 to update their yields under the PLC program. The base change provision is controversial because farmers who have been allowed to underplant their base and receive payments since the 1996 Farm Bill would have their base and payments taken away.It is highly unlikely that Congress will return to Washington in October to finish the farm bill. The annual appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2019 has made more progress than in recent years, with a package of three of the 12 bills signed into law by President Donald Trump earlier this month.Other packages are still stymied, including one that includes agricultural appropriations. However, a catch-all Continuing Resolution is included in a bill that also covers appropriations for the Department of Defense, which is considered “must pass” legislation. Assuming the CR passes and is signed by the President, funding for the government will continue until it expires on Dec. 7.Legislators will return after the Nov. 6 mid-term elections to elect new leaders for the 116th Congress, but won’t get around to finishing the spending bills and trying to finalize the farm bill until after Thanksgiving.ASA and its state affiliates are calling on Congress to complete the next farm bill this year rather than consider an extension when they come back to Washington. A short-term extension would avoid the “dairy cliff” at the end of December, but would mean starting the farm bill process over again with a new Congress and potentially new members and leaders of the Agriculture Committees.Faced with continuing low prices and a volatile trade environment, no one in production agriculture wants to see added uncertainty in the support provided through the farm bill.  As a result, and if the farm bill isn’t finished in the lame duck session, there has been discussion of possibly extending the 2014 Farm Bill for three years – beyond the term of the next Congress and hopefully to a more stable farm economy.last_img read more

Soldotna Council To Consider Approval Of Airport Master Plan Phase III

first_imgThe proposed Master Plan was chosen to be implemented in three phases spaced from 2017 to 2035, totaling $46,975,000. The Phase 3 draft states: “The estimated net project costs to the City for the three-phase program are $10,882,813 million after recognition of the receipt of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants.” The purchase of the 40 acres of private property along with 9 acres of Salamatof Native Association property would also allow for the realignment of Funny River Road to the east of the airport. Realignments to Funny River Road would also require closure of sections of Kenai River Avenue and Norma Avenue. The Soldotna City Council is scheduled to consider approval of the Airport Master Plan’s Phase 3 on Wednesday, January 24, during their regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Soldotna City Hall. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp300:00RPd The Phase 3 draft is up for council consideration, and has a number of big changes planned for the airport. Among the top changes, the acquisition of 49 acres by the City to further develop the airport is recommended, which would pave the way for the current 5,000-foot runway to be extended by 1,000 feet.center_img Public Works Director and Airport Manager Kyle Kornelis said the Phase 3 draft was updated just before the Airport Commission voted to finalize it on December 21, 2017. Figure 9.1 in the Phase 3 draft which color codes the anticipated schedule. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will mull over approval of their airport’s Master Plan Update Phase III this week, a draft which includes the ultimate extension of the runway, land acquisition for expansion, and possibly a public terminal. The Phase 3 draft also suggests that a public terminal building of up to 4,000 square feet might be beneficial for the city. This space could accommodate passenger and cargo facilities not based locally, along with administration offices, pilots’ lounge, food and drink services, and tourist connection services to hotels/motels and rental cars. The draft says, “The existing air taxi operators have expressed a strong interest in continuing their currentmethod of operation from their own facilities,” but the city will monitor the need for a public terminal.last_img read more

Conferees Omit Provision Establishing Navy Jet Noise Reduction Program

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Conferees hashing out the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill opted to leave out language calling for the Navy to study ways to reduce the impact of jet noise on host communities and, instead, urged DOD to fully resource existing efforts to address aircraft noise. “The conferees are aware of ongoing jet noise reduction programs by the Department of Defense and believe that reducing noise levels from aviation and other aircraft in communities near military installations should continue to be a priority for the DOD,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the bill’s conference report.The provision in the House version, section 220F, would have authorized the Office of Naval Research to carry out a jet noise reduction program to:identify material and non-material solutions;develop and apply solutions to the Navy fleet;communicate its findings to the civil aviation community; andsupport the development of noise models, prediction tools, noise control strategies and diagnostic tools.But rather than adding a new statute, the conferees said in the explanatory statement they support the Navy’s current noise reduction program: “The conferees understand the Navy will continue this program to guide the design of future noise-control systems for naval aviation systems to reduce the impact on communities adjacent to military facilities and the environment, like those in Washington, California and Florida.” They also noted that the legislation authorizes an additional $2 million for jet noise reduction efforts.Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathisonlast_img read more

Marine Science Symposium – Monday

first_imgA brief introduction to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium by liveblogger Steve Heimel, who will be bringing Alaska Public Media live coverage through Thursday, Jan. 28. 3:00 p.m. —  The symposium is ahead of schedule because of the storm on the East Coast. The first keynote speaker couldn’t make it in from Washington. The chief staffer of Obama administration’s Arctic Steering Committee, Mark Brzezinski, is now scheduled to speak on Wednesday.Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay; Alaska; near Kodiak. Credit: NOAA; June 13, 2015.Because the symposium brings so many scientists to Anchorage, it provides the opportunity to cluster other meetings. And this morning, investigators from a number of fields compared notes on the recent unexplained mortalities of seabirds and fin whales.  They arrived at no conclusion.  It’s still a mystery.  But they do want to know more about “The Blob,” the persistent area of warm sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Alaska that may finally be dissipating.In the first keynote this afternoon, oceanographer Emanuele Di Lorenzo of Georgial Institute of Technology said that at present The Blob has diminished, but he hypothesized that climate warming makes it more likely that it will come back.  He showed how it was born in 2013, and in 2014-15 a “blob” that might be linked to it expanded to the south, all the way to the equator off the coast of South America, and may have contributed to the intensification of the El Nino, which continues to influence our weather this winter.Di Lorenzo’s work shows a relationship between the sea surface temperature and atmospheric pressure patterns. He said the “blob” to the south seemed to be coupled with the one in the Gulf of Alaska, while there appears to be an oceanic-atmospheric teleconnection that sends ocean currents northwards and could in turn again strengthen The Blob.last_img read more