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Chetwynd RCMP assures community after FB posts suggest abduction attemptsChetwynd RCMP assures community after FB posts suggest abduction attempts

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd RCMP are reassuring residents after posts on social media suggested there were three abduction attempts in the community over the last week.Cpl. Andrew McElwain of the Chetwynd RCMP cautions, I appreciate that social media has a place in adding to community safety, in that information can be shared quickly and efficiently, however, I cannot stress enough the importance of garnering information from credible reliable sources prior to sharing it. Rumours and misinformation can be more damaging to investigations than helpful and may cause more fear than is warranted especially when isolated incidents are linked, where no evidence to support such links exists.At this time the RCMP don’t believe the three incidents listed below are connected. On October 11, 2018, a woman met a man, who was unknown to her, in a local coffee shop. She chose to get into the man’s vehicle, who was allegedly intoxicated. Given his level of intoxication, the woman asked to let out. The man dropped the woman off as per her request. The man allegedly offered the woman money and a pack of cigarettes as she was unable to locate her phone. The man has been identified.On October 11, 2018, two youths were walking home when a man in a vehicle of unknown make and model allegedly approached them and offered $100 to the female youth to get into the vehicle. The girl declined and the two youths continued walking away. No other contact was made. Chetwynd RCMP are still looking for this man, but have identified a possible suspect.On October 15, 2018 a male youth was at IGA when an aboriginal man allegedly approached him and asked if the youth could buy him something from IGA. The youth declined the request at which point the aboriginal male lunged at him. The youth then got on his bike and rode to the Rec Center where it was reported to the Chetwynd RCMP.last_img read more

A bit surprised at Pant’s omission, says GavaskarA bit surprised at Pant’s omission, says Gavaskar

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad given his “exceptionally” good batting form and “great” improvement in wicket-keeping skills. The 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot in India’s 15-strong squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper. “A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” gavaskar told ‘India Today’. “The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements. Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik’s 111. Karthik was chosen over Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Gavaskar said there was some merit in the move. “On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place,” Gavaskar said. Gavaskar said Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made it to the squad for his “three-dimensional qualities”, will be a very useful player for the team. “He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder,” the batting great explained. Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra said Pant’s elevation to the top tier of the central contracts had him believe that the youngster would make India’s World Cup squad. “Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats,” Chopra wrote on his twitter page. “India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWC.” Former India medium-pacer R P Singh and star of India’s 2007 World T20 triumph said he hoped that the decision to pick experience over youth works in the team’s favour at the mega-event. “Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6,” Singh tweeted.last_img read more

France: Muslim Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Fighting…France: Muslim Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Fighting…

Rabat – Muslims in France are guilty of everything until proven otherwise. At least that’s what the facts on the ground are suggesting nowadays. Since the attacks on the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo last month, the Muslim community in France has endured persecution, judgment and discrimination, and sometimes for the silliest of reasons.An Al Jazeera network correspondent was apparently right when he said that tough times are awaiting Muslims in France in the wake of the attacks that claimed the lives of twelve people and left many others wounded.After a small flag bearing the Islamic declaration of faith landed a French-Moroccan in prison in the French city of Lille, here is another case that proves that France has gone into a collective state of hysteria and Islamophobia since the terrorist attacks. Sami, a 20-year-old Muslim man, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after a fight with another man. He was a Jewish man.In the French Val-d’Oise region, Sami had an argument with the Jewish man that quickly escalated into a fight. The man decided to press charges against Sami. Sami was later accused of carrying out an anti-Semitic attack, but he insisted that it was only a fight, nothing else.According to his family, when Sami appeared before the court, the judge mentioned the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the hostage situation at a Jewish store. The judge reportedly said that he wished to ‘strike hard’ to condemn anti-Semitism and the incitement of hatred.Sami’s family continues to deny the anti-Semitism accusations. According to media reports, many Jewish friends of young Sami were willing to testify on his behalf to prove the falsehood of the accusation, but none of them had the right to speak.The family also launched a petition “Free imprisoned Sami, victim of Islamophobia.” They want to plead his case to the European Court of Human Rights.“Thousands of fights take place every day in neighborhoods between young people and yet very few of them are rarely convicted,” they said in the petition. They added, “What difference is there between this case and the others, so fast and so “unjustly” fixed?” read more

Several Sri Lankan tourists injured in Swiss highway accidentSeveral Sri Lankan tourists injured in Swiss highway accident

Fifteen people were injured on Wednesday (Apr 18) when a coach carrying tourists from Sri Lanka crashed with two trucks on a Swiss highway, police and media said, the AFP news agency reported.A tourist coach carrying 40 passengers collided with two trucks near the Winterthur-Wulflingen exit on a motorway not far from the northern city of Zurich, at 3.15pm, regional police said. “Fifteen people were injured, one of them seriously,” Zurich’s cantonal police said in a statement, adding that the cause of the accident remained unclear. Twelve of the tourists were meanwhile slightly injured, as was the driver of one of the trucks, police said. (Colombo Gazette) According to the ATS news agency, the coach was carrying tourists from Sri Lanka. The driver of the coach and a female travel companion riding up front were stuck and needed to be extracted by rescue workers, police said.The driver suffered moderate injuries, while the woman was seriously injured, they said. read more

Aghast at assassination of Hamas leader UN expert urges Israel to haltAghast at assassination of Hamas leader UN expert urges Israel to halt

Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, warned that Israel’s use of “brute force” would only lead to escalating violence.The expert urged the Israeli Government not to resort to aerial bombing or targeted shootings against civilian populations, and called on the Israeli forces to “immediately end this unacceptable practice” in conformity with international human rights standards.Emphasizing that the right to life and security allows for no derogation, she said it “must be applied with no exception in all circumstances, including times of emergency, internal unrest or in the context of the fight against terrorism.”Ms. Jahangir’s statement was released in Geneva, where the UN Commission on Human Rights today decided to hold a “special sitting” starting tomorrow morning on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory resulting from the assassination of Sheikh Yassin.That decision was passed by a roll-call vote of 34 in favour to 3 against – the United States, Eritrea and Australia – with 14 countries abstaining. read more

SARS situation in China potentially serious with possible new cluster WHOSARS situation in China potentially serious with possible new cluster WHO

The United Nations health agency said today the SARS situation in China is considered potentially serious because of the multiple opportunities for exposure by hundreds of potential contacts after four possible cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – including one death – were reported in the last two days.The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with Chinese health authorities to confirm the status and full extent of this apparently linked cluster, and to prevent further spread of the viral disease, which last year killed 774 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.To date, more than 300 contacts of the new cases have been identified and placed under medical observation.In line with its own definitions, WHO has classified two of the cases as probable SARS with the other two remaining under investigation. But Chinese authorities have diagnosed two as clinically confirmed – a 20-year-old nurse in Beijing who remains in intensive care, and a 26-year-old laboratory researcher from Anhui province, who in March worked at the Chinese National Institute of Virology in Beijing where SARS research is known to be underway.The researcher was attended in a Beijing hospital by the nurse. Her mother also provided bedside care, became ill in Anhui on 8 April and died on 19 April. Her clinical symptoms were compatible with SARS, and health authorities have retrospectively diagnosed her as a suspected SARS case.The fourth person, a 31-year-old laboratory researcher who also worked at the virology institute, developed symptoms on 17 April and was hospitalized in isolation on 22 April. The health authorities have diagnosed him as a suspected SARS case.According to WHO guidelines, classification as a confirmed case requires independent verification of results by an external international reference laboratory. Such procedures are considered necessary in view of the implications that confirmed SARS cases can have for international public health. read more

Senate passes bill letting states tax Internet purchases siding with traditional retailersSenate passes bill letting states tax Internet purchases siding with traditional retailers

Senate passes bill letting states tax Internet purchases, siding with traditional retailers by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2013 8:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping — for many a largely tax-free frontier — to state sales taxes.The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 69 to 27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats alike. But opposition from some conservatives who view it as a tax increase will make it a tougher sell in the House. President Barack Obama has conveyed his support for the measure.Under current law, states can only require retailers to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.That means big retailers with stores all over the country like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target collect sales taxes when they sell goods over the Internet. But online retailers like eBay and Amazon don’t have to collect sales taxes, except in states where they have offices or distribution centres.As a result, many online sales are tax-free, giving Internet retailers an advantage over brick-and-mortar stores.“We ought to have a structure in place in the states that treats all retail the same,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation. “Small retailers are collecting (sales tax) on the first dollar of any sale they make, and it’s only fair that other retailers who are selling to those same customers the same product have those same obligations.”The bill would empower states to require businesses to collect taxes for products they sell on the Internet, in catalogues and through radio and TV ads. Under the legislation, the sales taxes would be sent to the state where the shopper lives.Supporters say the current tax disparity is turning some traditional stores into showrooms, where shoppers pick out items they like, then buy them on the Internet to avoid sales taxes.“It’s about the way commerce has changed in America,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “Bookstores, stores that sell running shoes, bicycles and appliances are at a distinct disadvantage. They’ve become showrooms.”Internet giant eBay is leading the fight against the bill, along with lawmakers from states with no sales tax and several prominent anti-tax groups. The bill’s opponents say it would put an expensive obligation on small businesses because they are not as equipped as national merchandisers to collect and remit sales taxes at the multitude of state rates.“Giant retailers have a requirement to collect sales taxes nationwide because they have physical presence nationwide,” eBay president John Donahoe wrote in an online column over the weekend. “Likewise, today small retail stores and online retailers collect sales taxes for the one state where they are located. That’s a fair requirement.”“If the bill passes, small online businesses would have the same tax compliance obligations and face the same enforcement risks as giant retailers, despite the fact that they are usually located in just one state.”Businesses with less than $1 million in online sales would be exempt. EBay wants to exempt businesses with up to $10 million in sales or fewer than 50 employees.Some states have sales taxes as high as 7 per cent, plus city and county taxes that can push the combined rate even higher. For example, the combined state and local sales tax is 9 per cent in Los Angeles and 9.25 per cent in Chicago. In New York City, it’s 8.5 per cent and in Richmond, Va., 5 per cent. In many states, shoppers are already required to pay unpaid sales tax when they file their state income tax returns. However, states complain that few taxpayers comply.Many governors — Republicans and Democrats — have been lobbying the federal government for years for the authority to collect sales taxes from online sales.The issue is getting bigger for states as more people make purchases online. Last year, Internet sales in the U.S. totalled $226 billion, up nearly 16 per cent from the previous year, according to government estimates.States lost a total of $23 billion last year because they couldn’t collect taxes on out-of-state sales, according to a study done for the National Conference of State Legislatures, which has lobbied for the bill. About half of that was lost from Internet sales; half from purchases made through catalogues, mail orders and telephone orders, the study said.Supporters say the bill makes it relatively easy for Internet retailers to comply. States must provide free computer software to help retailers calculate sales taxes, based on where shoppers live. States must also establish a single entity to receive Internet sales tax revenue, so retailers don’t have to send it to individual counties or cities.Opponents worry the bill would give states too much power to reach across state lines to enforce their tax laws. States could audit out-of-state businesses, impose liens on their property and, ultimately, sue them in state court.In the Senate, lawmakers from three states without sales taxes are leading the opposition: Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon. They argue that businesses based in their states should not have to collect taxes for other states.Delaware also has no sales tax, though Delaware’s two senators support the bill.Grover Norquist, an anti-tax advocate, and the conservative Heritage Foundation oppose the bill, and many Republicans have been wary of crossing them.Even so, the issue has a bipartisan flavour. The main sponsor, Sen. Mike Enzi, is a conservative Republican from Wyoming. He has worked closely with Durbin, a liberal Democrat.In the House, Republican Speaker John Boehner has not commented publicly about the bill, giving supporters hope that he could be won over.Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would have jurisdiction over the bill, has cited problems with the legislation but has not rejected it outright.“While it attempts to make tax collection simpler, it still has a long way to go,” Goodlatte said in a statement. Without more uniformity in the bill, he said, “businesses would still be forced to wade through potentially hundreds of tax rates and a host of different tax codes and definitions.”Goodlatte said he’s “open to considering legislation concerning this topic but these issues, along with others, would certainly have to be addressed.”___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap read more

Marking annual event Ban calls on followers of all faiths to uniteMarking annual event Ban calls on followers of all faiths to unite

“We live in times of turmoil and transformation – economic, environmental, demographic and political. These transitions bring both hope and uncertainty. Our job is to ensure that hope wins, and our task will be made easier if the followers of all faiths collaborate in common cause,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the week.“Let us never forget that what divides us is minuscule compared with what unites us. Working together, we can achieve all our goals for peace, prosperity and physical and spiritual well-being.” World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed during the first week of February, as decided by the General Assembly, which established the event in 2010 as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.The Assembly encouraged all States, during the week, to support the spread of the message of Inter-faith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship, among other steps.“For billions of people around the world, faith is an essential foundation of life,” Mr. Ban noted. “It provides strength in times of difficulty and an important sense of community. The vast majority of people of faith live in harmony with their neighbours, whatever their creed, but each religion also harbours a strident minority prepared to assert fundamentalist doctrines through bigotry and extreme violence.“These acts are an affront to the heritage and teachings of all major religions,” he stated, adding that they also contravene the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms the right of all to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. “It is imperative that the moderate majority is empowered to stand firm against the forces of extremism. But, this can only be achieved through strong leadership,” he added. The Secretary-General also cited the need to reach out to young people with a message of hope. “Too often marginalized, jobless and facing a future of uncertainty, youth can be easy prey for fanatics offering a sense of cause and community. We need to expose the invalidity of this lure and offer a compelling alternative.” He also noted that next month at its forum in Vienna, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) will continue its efforts to unite faiths and cultures. “Whether on the world stage or in their communities, religious and cultural leaders have a responsibility to speak the language of tolerance and respect. This is a central message of World Interfaith Harmony Week,” said Mr. Ban.The Alliance of Civilizations was set up in 2005, at the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under UN auspices, to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.Working in partnership with governments, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector, the Alliance is supporting a range of projects and initiatives aimed at building bridges among a diversity of cultures and communities. read more

UN agency adopts treaty advancing global efforts to tackle forced labourUN agency adopts treaty advancing global efforts to tackle forced labour

The 2014 Protocol to ILO Convention 29 on Forced Labour, supported by a Recommendation, was adopted by an overwhelming majority of the government, employer and worker delegates at the International Labour Conference – with 437 votes in favour to 8 against, and 27 abstentions. The main convention was adopted in 1930, and the Protocol brings it into the modern era to address practices such as human trafficking. The accompanying Recommendation provides technical guidance on its implementation. “The Protocol and Recommendation mark a major step forward in the fight against forced labour and represent a firm commitment among governments, employer and worker organizations to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said.“Forced labour violates the human rights and dignity of millions of women and men, girls and boys. It contributes to the perpetuation of poverty and stands in the way of the achievement of decent work for all,” he added. There are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide. A recent ILO report estimates that $150 billion in illegal profits are made in the private economy each year through modern forms of slavery.According to ILO, more than half of the victims of forced labour are women and girls, primarily in domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation, while men and boys were primarily in forced economic exploitation in agriculture, construction, and mining.The Protocol strengthens the international legal framework by creating new obligations to prevent forced labour, to protect victims and to provide access to remedy, such as compensation for material and physical harm. It requires governments to take measures to better protect workers, in particular migrant labourers, from fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices and emphasizes the role of employers and workers in the fight against forced labour. “The new instruments will complement and strengthen existing international law, in particular the UN Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children,” said David Garner, President of the Conference’s Committee on Forced Labour and Australian Government representative. The Committee agreed on the need for a legally binding instrument that establishes a common framework for the 177 ILO member States that have ratified Convention 29 – as well as the 8 countries that have not – to move towards the elimination of forced labour. “The Protocol and Recommendation represent a call to action. They go beyond pious words; they are more than text on a piece of paper,” Ed Potter, the Committee’s Employer Vice Chair, said, declaring: “This is a humanitarian moment, a human rights moment, and represents what the international business community stands for – respect for human rights.” “By adopting this Protocol, we have sent a clear signal of our commitment to the 21 million victims of forced labour around the world. We have also shown the capacity of the ILO to modernize, and adapt one of its most symbolic conventions to the realities of today,” said the Committee’s Worker Vice-Chair, Yves Veyrier. read more

Collaboration and a joinedup skills strategy is essential to the longterm successCollaboration and a joinedup skills strategy is essential to the longterm success

Industry must work together and adopt a cohesive education strategy to secure and develop the skills needed to guarantee the future success of UK automotive. This was the key message delivered by a panel of senior industry representatives, chaired by Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief of Autocar, at today’s SMMT Summit.Addressing a 250-strong audience and opening the session devoted to skills, Graham Hoare, Executive Director for Powertrain Engineering of Ford of Europe, applauded UK automotive and the work industry is doing to maintain and enhance the UK’s world-class workforce. But he emphasised that more should be done to address current and future skills gaps and that a cohesive education strategy is vital to cultivating keys skills that are needed across the automotive industry. During the next decade, 2.2 million engineering jobs will need to be filled in the UK and ensuring a joined-up approach across all the various training and education routes, including apprenticeships, will ensure that industry not only continues to attract the best talent but develops the right skills that will boost the UK’s global competitiveness.Building on this, Leonie Williams, Head of Manufacturing and Labour Relations at Bentley Motors, highlighted some of the skills capabilities that UK automotive is keen to fill including: electronics and software development, concept design and noise and stress reductions. Emphasising the changing skillset required by manufacturers, she said, “Young engineers need to know about electronics and systems, rather than gearboxes and springs”. Williams also said that while offering a range of training paths is vital to attracting young people into the industry, the gap between these routes needs to be bridged and an integrated approach to training and qualifications is needed in order to maintain consistent knowledge and skills across the business.Linda Jackson, Managing Director of Citroen, focused on the skills needed in automotive retail, stressing that industry must continue in its efforts to significantly change perceptions of the motor industry, particularly among women, in order to attract the UK’s brightest and best young people. Jackson spoke of the challenges in discovering workers with the right, quality skillset needed to meet overall company objectives, drawing attention to the changing face of vehicle retail and the emergence of technology. She also addressed the current state of automotive apprenticeships in the UK, emphasising that more needs to be done throughout the franchised dealer network to education staff about the value that can be gained from hiring an apprentice.For further details about today’s event, including the full agenda, visit www.smmt.co.uk/summit. Updates on the day’s activities will be available on the SMMT website, and you can follow discussions online by following @SMMT and using the #SMMTsummit hashtag on Twitter.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Beshear wins endorsement from Fraternal Order of PoliceBeshear wins endorsement from Fraternal Order of Police

Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear says he has won an endorsement from the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police.Beshear has stressed his record as attorney general in his campaign against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. He says he has worked with law enforcement on his top goals as attorney general.- Advertisement – Beshear points to his efforts to prosecute child sex offenders, clear the state’s rape kit backlog, combat human trafficking, stop senior scams and battle the drug epidemic.The Democratic challenger says he’s committed to fully funding pensions for law enforcement officials, and says he’ll fight for policies to keep communities safe. read more

Luis Suarez signs new longterm contract at LiverpoolLuis Suarez signs new longterm contract at Liverpool

first_img“Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt.“We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.”Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was also delighted at announcing the news:“This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters.“Luis is a world-class talent and securing his services is crucial for what we are trying to achieve here. What’s most important and most exciting is that, at just 26 years old, his best years are still ahead of him and we now know we’ll be seeing him reach that potential in a Liverpool shirt.”Shamrock Rovers to field second team in Airtricity League First DivisionMan City v Liverpool on Stephen’s Day could give us the biggest Touré chant of all time LUIS SUAREZ HAS committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract, the club confirmed this afternoon.The 26-year-old claimed to be “proud and delighted” at having sealed a new deal, the full details of which have not been released officially, although it is believed to last until 2018. Suarez’s previous contract had been on terms in the region of £100,000 per week, but it appears the Uruguay forward has now doubled that figure.The former Ajax man paid tribute to Liverpool’s fans after signing the deal, stating that he has built a special bond with them.I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term. We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.  My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.last_img read more

Vancouver Barracks PX still in businessVancouver Barracks PX still in business

first_img If you work up a thirst while exploring the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, you can buy a soft drink, a bottle of cold water or some other nonalcoholic beverage at the Vancouver Barracks base exchange. You also can buy a ready-to-eat snack.While most exchange customers have military PX privileges, the general public can pick up a few items that don’t require an ID card.They’re referred to as “consumables,” said Patrick McGhee, general manager of several exchanges in Washington and Oregon.“Anything consumable, like a Coke and a sandwich, can be purchased by people who aren’t ID cardholders,” McGhee said. “But you can’t get a 12-pack of Coke. We get people who say they can consume a six-pack of beer: That doesn’t quite count.”People working on construction projects on the Vancouver Barracks campus often stop in to grab a pastry and a bottle of Starbucks frappuccino for a quick breakfast, said Mychella Daily, who manages the Vancouver Barracks store.The exchange is just north of the building that fronts East Fifth Street, across the street from the entrance to the Vancouver Land Bridge trail. Victoria’s Secret products are among the merchandise sold at the Vancouver Barracks shoppette. The store remains open, even though the Army has moved to a new site in Vancouver.last_img read more

Gay marriages latest frontier state courtsGay marriages latest frontier state courts

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage would create a pathway for states to act.They were right.In the six months since the decision, the number of states allowing gay marriage has jumped from 12 to 18, a trend that started before the high court ruling that’s been reinforced since. Judges in New Mexico, Ohio and, most surprisingly, conservative, Mormon-heavy Utah all ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in just the past week. Both Utah’s case and another in Nevada will next be heard by federal appeals courts, putting them on the path toward the high court. Ohio’s case, which recognized same-sex death certificates, also will likely be appealed.The series of court decisions has many asking: When will the Supreme Court step in and settle the issue for good?It may not be that simple.The cases on the path to the Supreme Court now differ little from a case justices refused to hear in June, at the same time they made their landmark ruling on the federal law denying tax, health and other benefits to legally married same-sex couples.That case, from California, hinged on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.If the justices had acted, it would have struck down gay marriage prohibitions across the country.Instead, the justices passed, relying instead on a technical legal argument to resolve the California case and clear the way for same-sex marriage in the state, which resumed at the end of June.That convinces some legal scholars that the high court won’t take up the issue again so soon. In a way, they’ve already passed the buck to the states, some say, including language in their Defense of Marriage Act ruling saying it relegates same-sex marriages to second-class status, and “humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples.”last_img read more

Motioncapture helping reveal how kangaroos hopMotioncapture helping reveal how kangaroos hop

first_img The researchers, Dr Alexis Wiktorowicz-Conroy of the Royal Veterinary College in London and colleagues in the US and Australia, used an array of outdoor cameras at the Alma Park Zoo in Brisbane, Queensland, to record reflected infrared light from highly reflective ball markers stuck onto the fur of kangaroos. High-speed video cameras were also used to record the movements.The same kind of motion-capture technology is used in sports studies such as analyzing golfing swings, and has also been used in movies such as the Lord of the Rings to translate the motions of actors onto animated creatures. The technology is usually used indoors to avoid the infrared light from the sun, but the fiber-optics company Vicon developed a motion capture system that can be used outdoors and allowed the researchers to borrow the equipment.The researchers also had the kangaroos hop on a series of force plates, which measured the forces exerted by the kangaroo’s feet onto the ground.One aim of the research is to understand how kangaroos change their body posture and the mechanics of their hopping in different sized species of kangaroo. Many animals become more upright as their body size increases, but kangaroos do not. At slow speeds kangaroos use their tail rather like a fifth limb, but at faster speeds they hop and can bounce along at high speeds and long periods without changing posture and apparently without fatigue.Dr Wiktorowicz-Conroy said the team want to understand how even large and heavy kangaroos can hop so fast and not change posture. Scientists have not yet been able to explain how large kangaroos can do this without their bones breaking. She said other scientists were looking at their ankle joints but their research was focusing more on the other joints in the hind limbs.The infrared motion capture system records the same kind of data that can be obtained by analyzing high-speed film frame by frame, but does it automatically. The system has provided the researchers with large amounts of data, which they are currently analyzing. Dr Wiktorowicz-Conroy said the data should help them solve at least some of the biomechanical puzzles and increase their understand more about animal location and especially hopping.Their preliminary findings show the kangaroos’ movement is highly efficient at conserving energy, and they use their tails as a counterbalance while hopping, which reduces the energy expended. Citation: Motion-capture helping reveal how kangaroos hop (2011, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-motion-capture-reveal-kangaroos.html (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Australia, the UK and US have for the first time used infrared motion capture technology outdoors to work out how kangaroos distribute their weight and the forces as they hop along. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Australian kangaroo cull prompts outragelast_img read more

The saga of epic loveThe saga of epic love

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) unveiled the first ever new-age multimedia presentation of The Gita Govinda, a 12th century Sanskrit poetry by Jayadeva on May 27. Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati presided as the chief guest. The project is an outcome of an extensive research spanning over two decades, on Gita Govinda. This was done under the supervision and expertise of Kapila Vatsyayan, a scholar of Gita Govinda for nearly fifty years.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She’s an internationally acknowledged authority and pioneer of inter and multi-disciplinary studies in the humanities, and arts. Pratapanand Jha, director, Cultural Infomatics Lab, executed the program and was in charge of the technology aspect of the presentation. The Gita Govinda consists of twelve chapters, further classified into twenty-four songs. For this presentation IGNCA has selected six songs and presented them in six singing, six dance and six painting traditions. Gita Govinda as a religious text has a pan-Indian presence, with it being offered as sacred music at the temples of Kerala, Orissa, Assam among other states. Initially, Ranjit Makkuni, a researcher at Xerox PARC, USA led the research and design activities of the presentation. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKapila Vatsyayan, Trustee, IGNCA Trust, expressing her delight towards the work said: “Gita Govinda is very close to my heart as I’ve devoted twenty years of my life researching and conceiving the content. Gita Govinda, the most luscious love story of Radha and Krishna could not have been explained better without this Multimedia presentation. The story is described at two levels, at the human level, it means the love of a man and a woman, at the divine level there is love and separation of the human and the divine.  In the terms of multiplicity of expressions, a single poem and just six verses could create an entire cosmic vision. Many artists have tried to interpret the text as it has several dimensions of meaning and expression” The artistic genres represented in the presentation included paintings from Jaur, Mewar, Bundi, Jaipur, Basohli, Kangra and Orissa schools while the music traditions of classical Hindustani and Carnatic music. The dance styles included Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Manipuri and Kathak.Scholastic interpretation given by Vatsyayan on the sublime meaning of the text on Gita Govinda has added value to the work. The concealed meaning, of the relationship between jeevatma and paramatma, portrayed in the poem as love play between Radha and Krishna, is elucidated in clear language by her.Appreciating the project, Jawhar Sircar, chief executive officer, Prasar Bharti said: “This gives me immense pleasure to know that something like this has been done to re-live the Gita Govinda. It is a wonderful and a very innovative presentation of an ancient love story of Radha and Krishna.The paintings, songs and the music has done justice to the poetry.”On the release, Chinmaya Gharekhan, President IGNCA Trust, expressed happiness at the release of the multimedia presentation. He said: “This is the second major academic work being released by IGNCA using the latest technology tool. Previously, a year ago. It had released an interactive multimedia presentation on the millennium year old Brihadeeswara in Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu.”last_img read more

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first_imgQantas has reassured passengers that they can book flights with “confidence and certainty” after the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) confirmed it will not appeal against Fair Work Australia’s (FWA) decision to terminate industrial action. According to a statement released by Qantas, since the TWU stepped down its appeal, passengers can rest assured that its three unions, the TWU, Australian Licenced Engineers Association (ALAEA) and the International and Australia Pilots’ Association cannot organise industrial action against the carrier for the next four years.“The FWA ruling means that these three unions are unable to take industrial action for the upcoming period of arbitration and for the period of the EBA determination by Fair Work Australia – which could be up to four years,” Qantas Group executive government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth said. Coinciding with FWA’s decision to ban strikes, the Group awarded the Australian flag carrier and its unions 21 days to reach a decision or a third party arbitration will decide for the Groups.Earlier this week Qantas announced that after the 21 day period it was unable to reach a new agreement with the unions and FWA would hold direct hearings separately between Qantas and the three unions. Yesterday the carrier commenced hearings with the TWU and ALAEA and is awaiting dates for meetings with the Pilot’s Association. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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