Police Arrest Seventh Escapee from Youth Detention in Salé

Rabat – The seventh prisoner who escaped from juvenile detention in Salé 1 prison on Sunday has reportedly been arrested and brought back to the prison, where he will await to be transferred to the Criminal Chamber of Rabat.The six previously arrested escapees were referred to the Criminal Chamber of Rabat’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday and face heavy charges.: conspiracy, insubordination and incitement to insubordination within a penal institution, as well as assaults on prison officials.They were also accused of using weapons, kidnaping, and robbery with violence. The operation for arresting the inmates began immediately after their escape, according to a statement released by Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Tuesday.One of the prisoners was arrested near the prison and another one at his family home in Rabat. The other three prisoners were arrested Monday night in the region of Laayayda, outside of Salé.Following this incident, the General Commission for the Management of Prisons and Reintegration issued a communiqué saying that the prisoners pretended to fight among themselves in order to attract the prison guards. When one of the guards attempted to intervene, they assaulted him, taking the keys from him before attacking the other guards to seize the rest of the keys.The guards were immediately transferred to the hospital to receive medical treatment, with one of them in serious condition, according to the commission.Earlier this week, the Commission said that more than MAD 101 million will be invested in video surveillance systems (CCTV) in several penitentiaries. read more

Annan calls on Security Council to act to avoid new EritreanEthiopian fighting

But at the same time he urged the 15-member body to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process between the two countries, which fought a fierce border war from 1988 to 2000, including Ethiopia’s opposition to significant parts of the agreed Boundary Commission’s binding demarcation decisions.”I believe that the present state of affairs represents more than just an alarming situation,” Mr. Annan wrote in a letter to the Council last night, dealing at length with Eritrea’s ban on flights over its sector of the border by helicopters of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), which monitors the Algiers peace accords of 2000.”It constitutes a crisis that requires the full attention of, and urgent and specific action by, the international community. I am concerned that in the absence of concrete action, the situation could escalate and, by intent or as a result of a miscalculation, leads to another round of devastating hostilities.”He reported that Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki, in reply to a letter he had sent him, stated that the Security Council and Mr. Annan himself have “forfeited our ‘relevance’ on matters relating to the peace process.”Mr. Annan reiterated that the helicopter ban severely hampered UNMEE’s mandate to monitor the ceasefire, forcing the evacuation of 18 of 40 locations that had become no longer operationally viable. He noted that India and Jordan, which have contributed peacekeeping troops to UNMEE, have called on the Council to send “an unequivocal and strong message” to reverse an increasingly untenable situation.He also cited Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as saying Eritrean troops had infiltrated the Temporary Security Zone and urging the UN “to take measures to restore the status quo.””I once again call on the Security Council to exert its maximum influence to avert a further deterioration of the situation and to ensure that the restrictions imposed on UNMEE are lifted,” Mr. Annan wrote.”At the same time, after years of frustrating stalemate, it would be imperative for the Security Council – as the principal organ entrusted with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security – to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process, including those relating to the Ethiopian position on the decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission,” he added.Mr. Annan has previously voiced deep concern over Ethiopia’s opposition to the binding decision of the Boundary Commission. “It is worth reminding the parties, and in particular Ethiopia, that the two Governments themselves entrusted the Boundary Commission with the entire demarcation process, drew up its mandate and selected its Commissioners,” he said in a report last year.The situation in Ethiopia/Eritrea was one of several hotspots discussed today at a meeting which the Secretary-General convened with the heads of the UN’s principal organs: the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).According to a statement released following the meeting, participants additionally discussed developments in Lebanon, Côte d’Ivoire and Kosovo.Also high on the agenda were the results of the 2005 Summit and ongoing efforts to implement the decisions taken there, including those relating to the Peace-building Commission, the Human Rights Council, and the UN’s overall management reform. read more

SecretaryGeneral asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to

“Earlier this week the Secretary-General sent a letter to all Member States” in that regard, Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the regular daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.“As you are aware, under the new approach, the UN is intensifying support to the Haitian government in building sound water, sanitation and health systems – the best long-term defence against cholera and other water-borne diseases – and also developing a support package to provide material assistance and support to Haitians most directly affected by cholera,” the Spokesman said.In his letter, the Secretary-General recalled that the UN bears a moral responsibility for ensuring that the new approach – launched in a report to UN Member States on 1 December 2016 – is implemented, Mr. Dujarric added.RELATED: UN outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communitiesCosting around $400 million over the next two years, the proposed UN package under the new approach will centre on two different elements, known as ‘Track One’ and ‘Track Two.’Track 1 – reducing incidence of choleraThe former consists of a greatly intensified and better-resourced effort to respond to and reduce the incidence of cholera, through addressing Haiti’s short- and longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems and improved access to care and treatment. This is expected to involve intensifying efforts to mobilize adequate funding for an increased number of rapid response teams; strengthened epidemiological surveillance; the rapid detection, reporting and treatment of cases; the combined use of cholera vaccinations with targeted water and sanitation interventions; more focused geographical targeting; improved communication and behavioural change strategies; and strengthened support to longer-term water and sanitation services.Track 2 – a community approachThe second track of the UN response is the development of a package of material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by cholera, centred on the victims and their families and communities. It is expected that it will also involve affected individuals and communities in the development of the package.Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a devastating earthquake. The outbreak has affected an estimated 788,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000. Concerted national and international efforts, backed by the United Nations, have resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in the number of suspected cases. While the number of those affected remains high, and recent outbreaks – partly heightened by the impact of Hurricane Matthew – show the continued vulnerability of the population to the disease, UN officials have said the challenge is not insurmountable. read more

We Found The One Edge Your NFL Bets Might Have Over Vegas

Vegas is notoriously hard to beat. But as the NFL season gets started Thursday, there’s some promise for gamblers in betting on projected team win totals. Half-win totals from 8.5 on down seem to be very solid bets to hit the over, even when accounting for the vigorish, or house margin.Money-line data is only available for a subset of the years for which we have win totals, but using a curated data set covering 2003 through 2018 provided by FiveThirtyEight contributor Greg Guglielmo, I calculated the implied probability that a team would hit the over for each half-win total below nine wins and compared it to the actual win percentage of those NFL teams. Surprisingly, there appears to be an edge.Vegas typically wants a healthy margin on its action — the vigorish on win totals averages about 30 percent. But blindly betting the over on half-point totals from 5.5 to 8.5 wins since 2003 is nearly a push, with the house netting just a percentage point edge. And if you were to bet any of the half-point totals where the under is favored (indicated by a money line that is positive), you would actually come ahead, beating the house by 3 percentage points. Put in a way more familiar to gamblers: If you bet $100 on each of the 110 half-point overs in the sample with positive money lines, you’d come out ahead $330.So why is there a systematic undervaluing of teams with half-point win predictions? One possible explanation might be that the public isn’t exactly sure how to value them; half-point totals aren’t particularly intuitive to bet. Additionally, perhaps there hasn’t been a widespread interest in surveying historical odds and win predictions, so bettors may not be particularly aware of the lack of calibration of the closing lines.I ran this finding by professional bettor Seth Burn, and he pointed out that half-point win totals with the under favored don’t appear to exist currently, so perhaps the edge has already been squeezed out of the market. Or perhaps it’s a phantom edge that never really existed in the first place. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse takes step in the right direction against Robert

Senior midfielder Nick Diegel (15) attempts to stop an opposing player during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternIn its final exhibition match of the preseason, the No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team bucked a troubling trend.After falling behind in the start in each of their first two exhibition matches, OSU lit the lamp early and never trailed against Robert Morris Saturday, defeating the Colonials, 11-7.Junior midfielder Jesse King — who finished the game with two goals and two assists — got the scoring going for the Buckeyes when he found the back of the cage just 39 seconds into the contest.Sophomore midfielder Eric Rankel scored 19 seconds later for the Colonials, who went 8-7 last season, before the Buckeyes scored the next two goals to lead 3-1 after the first quarter.Continuing the momentum, OSU used goals from King and senior attackman Adam Trombley to go into halftime with a 5-3 lead.“We just wanted to come out and start fast,” senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the win. “Last week against Navy, we had a bit of a slow start, so the focus this week was to get guys going.”Dutton was one of the big reasons OSU was able to get out to an early lead as the Timonium, Md., native stopped six shots in just under three quarters of action.Trombley said it helps the offense when their goaltenders are playing well because it allows them to take a few more chances.After replacing Dutton late in the third with the Buckeyes leading 8-5, junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens continued to stymie the Colonials offense as he made four saves of his own.“It helps our confidence knowing that if we turn it over, Dutton and Cameron will stop the shots and get the ball back to us,” Trombley said.OSU coach Nick Myers was impressed with how both goalies played.“I thought that the goalie position today was what we expect here at Ohio State,” Myers said. “Those guys really did their job. They made some saves they shouldn’t and they made saves we expect them to make. It was a really solid day in the cage.”Offensively, OSU spread the ball around as seven different Buckeyes tallied a goal with King, Trombley, sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber and freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh tallying two goals apiece.Led by senior defenseman Joe Meurer, the Buckeyes defense held Robert Morris to seven goals, the lowest OSU has allowed in their three exhibition games, as well as forcing 17 turnovers.“I thought we were better today than we were last week and that is a small step in the right direction,” Myers said. “I’m happy with the improvement, but we understand there is still work to be done.”Up next for the Buckeyes is their regular season opener as they are set to hit the road for Baltimore, Md., where they take on future Big Ten Conference opponent No. 13 Johns Hopkins Sunday at 11:30 a.m.“Playing at Homewood Field is always a challenge,” Dutton said. “We look forward to the task at hand and we are going to prepare hard for them this week.” read more

Minmetals in surprise hostile offer for Equinox Minerals

first_imgChina’s Minmetals Resources (MMR) has said that it intends to make an all cash offer to acquire Equinox Minerals, the owner and operator of the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia, for approximately C$6.3 billion. MMR’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Michelmore, said: “Our offer for Equinox aligns with MMR’s strategy for growth, enhancing our global production portfolio. For Equinox shareholders, the offer is compelling in that it not only provides a substantial premium and certainty of value, but it also provides a superior alternative to the proposed acquisition by Equinox of Lundin.”MMR stated that the deal would significantly expand and extends MMR’s production profile of its operations to beyond 2030, and more than double its exposure to the attractive fundamentals of the copper market. The acquisition of Equinox would mark MMR’s first investment into the African copper belt and the Middle East. Investment into both regions “is consistent with MMR’s long term strategic growth plans” said MMR. Equinox’s Lumwana mine in Zambia is a substantial copper producing asset, with current production of 145,000 t/y and a stated mine life of 37 years. Equinox has indicated the potential ability to expand Lumwana to 260,000 t/y of copper within the next five years. In addition, Equinox’s Jabal Sayid project in Saudi Arabia, with a forecast average copper production of 60,000 t/y, is expected to commence production in 2012.MMR’s offer is expected to be financed through a combination of existing cash reserves, long term credit facilities from Chinese banks and equity including financial investments in MMR by Chinese institutions. The proposed offer is supported by MMR’s ultimate controlling shareholder, China Minmetals Corp. Full details of the offer will be set out in the circular that is to be mailed to Equinox shareholders. The offer will be subject to certain conditions including termination of the existing Equinox bid for Lundin. For its part, Equinox said that its board of directors will be meeting to consider the unsolicited proposal, and will comment further “following careful consideration of the terms and implied value for Equinox.”last_img read more

Merkel strong favorite to win a third term

first_imgColumn: Germany – the big kid who won’t play by the same rules>Man wearing only underpants parties on Angela Merkel’s plane> ANGELA MERKEL is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition in Sunday’s national election, with polls showing her center-right alliance on a knife-edge as her junior partner’s support slumps.Merkel and her conservative Christian Democratic Union appear likely to fend off a challenge from center-left rival Peer Steinbrueck and emerge as the biggest party in the lower house of Parliament, whose members choose the chancellor — making her the strong favorite to win a third term.But no single party has won an absolute majority in Germany in more than 50 years. And surveys show Merkel’s coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democratic Party, has fallen from the nearly 15 percent support it won in 2009 to about the 5 percent level needed to keep any seats in Parliament.PollsFinal results are due within hours of polls closing.Much may depend on the turnout among the nearly 62 million voters — about 70 percent in the 2009 ballot. In the days before the voting, prominent figures from all major parties have urged supporters to vote, with the projected outcome too close to take any chances.Given Merkel’s popularity — polls show her with approval ratings of up to 70 percent — and the economic success enjoyed during what she calls “the most successful government since reunification” 23 years ago, it might seem surprising that the electoral outcome appears so cloudy.The opposition’s campaign has been marred by problems that ranged from criticism of Steinbrueck’s high earnings on the lecture circuit to a much-mocked suggestion by his Green Party allies that canteens should introduce a meat-free “veggie day.”And Merkel has attacked plans by the Social Democrats and Greens to increase income tax for top earners, which she says would hurt the economy.Merkel has brushed aside concerns that a tight finish would weaken her position as Europe’s strongest politician, noting that “majorities in Germany are very frequently narrow.”“If citizens give us a mandate to continue with the current coalition … a majority, however big it is, we will take responsibility for governing together,” she told ARD television.last_img read more

White House sponsored Hack for Change sounds like a bad joke

first_imgHow do you take a great idea and make sure that it offends as many people as possible? If you’re the White House, you announce a well meaning initiative geared towards reaching out to young programmers using the same language that was used to prosecute their peers and heroes.Following the White House’s Open Data Initiative plans, the US Census Bureau, NASA, and the Department of Labor have all agreed to provide publicly accessible information in a format ready for developers. The (rather hopeful) goal is that developers from all over the US will use their skills and insight to create powerful apps for citizens to use.Essentially, the government has figured out that if the make information available to citizens they can crowdsource ideas on how to better serve that information to the general public. All things considered, it’s a solid idea that will benefit everyone in the end. Developers of every skill level will look good with this kind of work on their resume, and the public could get useful, well designed apps that will likely be available on computers and smartphones alike.Where this plan goes horribly awry is in the marketing. The website that contains all of the information for how you can participate is hackforchange.org. The big slogan behind the initiative is the National Day of Civic Hacking. The imagery associated with the initiative is the iconic WWII era “We Can Do It!” girl (also known as Rosie the Riveter) who was originally created to help increase productivity in overworked laborers after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The idea here is that everyone in the 50 states will get together, roll up their sleeves, and tackle the task set before us, because it’s our civic duty to use our skills for the betterment of our great nation.I can think of a few people in recent history that would take issue with the US Government suddenly looking upon “hacking” as a positive thing that helps our nation. Andrew Auernheimer, a man who is currently awaiting sentencing for releasing information that AT&T left on a public facing webserver, probably isn’t terribly amused by the idea of a National Day of Civic Hacking. Aaron Schwartz, who recently took his own life as a result of the prosecution that followed what many considered to be real civic hacking, would probably not be willing to join in the festivities on June 1-2 at his local hackerspace were he still alive today.The organizing partners for this event, including Code for America and Hacking for Humanity, have opted to turn the concept of hacking into something positive, much to their credit. What is happening as a result is a change in what the public considers “hacking” to be. At one time the word “hacker” was used to spread fear about malicious activities on the internet. That has largely changed today, but it can still cause a sensationalist reaction surrounding anyone who is labeled a hacker. Even if the label is inaccurate, the idea that there are smart people out there who know how to cast dark magic with their fingers as they stroke keys in front of a monitor is about as clear a definition as it gets when asked to describe a hacker. Efforts like Hack For Change can further this stigma by making it sound like programmers are doing something other than building apps with publicly available information that was provided to them on a silver platter.I think there are many people out there who would gladly get behind a day of civic collaboration between government agencies and programmers. In a world where the White House is demonstrating a clear interest in modern technology, I think initiatives like this are important. I do not, however, think it is a good idea to shift the definition of a word like “hacking” in an attempt to reach a young audience and downplay the real problems that are faced when trying to defend hacktivism in the US today.last_img read more

Mary Robinson says she was bullied into stepping down as President early

first_imgMary Robinson says she was “bullied” into stepping down as President early Robinson said it was her “hardest decision” not to go for a second term as President. Image: Ben Curtis AP/Press Association Images Feb 10th 2017, 12:09 PM Friday 10 Feb 2017, 12:09 PM By Sean Murray Short URL Share359 Tweet Email1 Former President Mary Robinson Image: Ben Curtis AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3232652 Former President Mary Robinson She expressed the wish that she would have wanted to remain President, but also wanted to take the role at the UN.I then made a mistake – and it was a mistake – to allow Kofi Annan to sort of bully me into coming earlier and not seeing out the last month and a half of my presidency.This was a regret, and she felt that it changed how some people perceived her. She added:People felt like I didn’t like being President. That wasn’t true. It was the hardest decision not to go for a second term.She did admit, however, that it would have been difficult to do the job with the same conviction for another seven years. Robinson also praised her successor Mary McAleese and current President, Michael D Higgins.In the Hidden Gems series, public figures go to a place which means a great deal to them, and explain why. Robinson chose Dun Laoghaire pier for this outing, but hints that there is a part of Mayo that is closer to her heart.“I have a place in Mayo, on a lake, where I do contemplate. It’s private, it’s safe, it’s like a sanctuary. I can mentally walk all around the grounds of our home in Mayo no matter where I am.”This love for Mayo was reinforced with this exchange with a passer-by, Gerry Sullivan, who calls her a “nice lady” before asking if Dublin would win the All-Ireland this year.Robinson replied: “No, I’m hoping Mayo win. We’re the ones who need to win it at this stage.”Read: ‘Trump is a bully. And we have to stand up to bullies’ – Mary Robinson 54,991 Views FORMER PRESIDENT MARY Robinson has said that it was a mistake to leave her role as President early to take up the position of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.In an interview with RTÉ’s Cian McCormack as part of the Hidden Gems series, Robinson said that, although she’s been “very lucky in life”, there are some mistakes that she regretted.She also said that she had allowed former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to “bully” her into taking the role of high commissioner, and that it was her “hardest decision” not to go for a second term as President of Ireland.Robinson served as President between 1990 and 1997, before taking up the role as High Commissioner for Human Rights in September 1997. She served in this role until 2002.When asked how she felt about her long career looking back, Robinson reflected that there was a lot she was happy with, but some things that certainly regretted.“I think I’ve been very lucky in life, to be honest,” she said. “I’ve been very fortunate in love, life and family.”I have deep disappointments but I feel much more that I’ve been very lucky in a life that wasn’t planned. 83 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Volunteers sought for Vancouver parking advisory panel

first_imgThe city of Vancouver needs two volunteers for its Parking Advisory Committee. The seven-member committee advises the city council and city staff on parking policy and implementation of programs. Committee members do not need to be residents.Applicants can be either city residents or property owners, or a local business owner or partner with a downtown location. Appointments begin immediately and serve until Jan. 31, 2022.The committee meets at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 27. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards.last_img read more

Woman in DUI crash sentenced to four months

first_imgA Vancouver woman arrested with a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit after a September crash was sentenced Tuesday to four months in jail.Ana Y. Coronado, 52, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular assault while driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition to her jail sentence, she will serve 12 months of community custody.According to court records, on Sept. 7, Coronado turned south onto Hazel Dell Avenue from eastbound 99th Street driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris. She turned wide, crossing the center line into the northbound left lane. There, she struck a 2014 Ford Focus that was traveling north in the turn lane.The driver of the Ford Focus, 82-year-old Elsie Wolff, suffered a fractured sternum in the crash, according to court records.Deputies at the scene noted Coronado was visibly drunk, according to court records, and a preliminary breath test taken about a half-hour after the crash registered her blood-alcohol level at 0.302. In Washington, a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more is considered evidence of drunken driving.Coronado’s sentence came about as part of a plea agreement between the prosecutor’s office and her attorney.Judge Suzan Clark agreed with the deal, saying alcohol-related cases are often the toughest to preside over.Coronado, who did not speak in court, has no criminal history. That doesn’t seem uncommon, Clark said.“A large percentage of the time, they’re nice people who didn’t mean to do anything wrong,” she said, adding the only good thing about this case is the woman in the other car survived.The sentence also requires Coronado to relinquish her driver’s license.last_img read more

Camas School District offers free screenings

first_imgThe Camas School District will offer free screenings for children between the ages 3 and 5 next month.Parents with children between those ages living in the Camas district are encouraged to set up an appointment for April 25.The one-hour screening include tests for hearing, vision, speech, concepts and motor development. Results are confidential and will only be discussed with parents.Appointments can be schedules with the Special Services Department by calling 360-833-5570.last_img

Weather Eye A poem of thanks for our varied Northwest weather

first_imgHappy Thanksgiving!I want to offer my annual Thanksgiving poem: “I look up at the sky and give thanks for the rain, hail, and snows; to fulfill our needs as only our creator knows. We complain about the heat, the cold, and the rain; but we’re given a variety to keep us sane. The dark clouds may come, but a rainbow will appear, to comfort and tell us our creator is near. We’re given the seasons — summer, fall, winter, and spring; each with their own weather they do bring. Symbolizing a beginning, growth, and death. But the wind keeps on blowing and never runs out of breath. We have acquired the knowledge of the sky, and will keep on learning, that’s no lie. As a shower that moves through and off to the east, this I would like to say at least: “Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful feast.”Due to early deadlines for my column, any prediction of the pending cold spell would be old news, so I will forgo that topic. However, it still appeared that colder weather is arriving by Monday. Check each day from your favorite weather source for details. It may get very cold or just a little cold. And snow, that is always a last-minute deal anyway.I wouldn’t be surprised to see a little snow with the passing arctic system, on Monday. It will then be clear and chilly. Of course, if we get enough cold over us and moisture comes in later in the week, then lots of snow. I will be in Sunriver, Ore., for the holidays, where I wish there was snow, but it is dry over there as well. We’ll gather our thoughts and chat about cold weather on Sunday.Meanwhile, keep warm, enjoy the day of Thanksgiving.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Heart Soul Magazine Sold to Group of Investors

first_imgHeart & Soul, first published in 1993 as a joint venture between founder Reginald Ware and Rodale Press, was owned by television network BET and former Honey and Savoy publisher Vanguarde Media before Avent purchased it in 2004. All of the new owners have former ties to the magazine: president and CEO Clarence Brown managed the title under BET’s ownership, Curry was editor of its former sister publication Emerge, and Patrick Detry and Pamela Taylor—executive vice presidents of advertising and marketing, respectively—worked as consultants to Avent. Heart & Soul, an 18-year old wellness magazine historically serving African-American women, has been sold by independent owner Edwin V. Avent to a group of investors known as Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates, LLC (BCDT) who plan to expand the magazine’s focus to include “all women of color,” including Latina and Asian populations.“What we’re really concerned about and have been concerned about for a long time is the health disparity between Caucasian women and women of color,” says George Curry, one of the owners, who will take on the role of executive vice president of content. “At a time when this country is growing increasingly diverse, we can play a role in closing these health gaps by bringing these disparate groups together for good and to provide information to help improve their lifestyles.”center_img To aid in this broadening of content, former Latina magazine editor-in-chief Sandra Guzman has been hired as editor, and the new owners will “push for a broad base of writers, new voices from different communities,” says Curry, as the bi-monthly magazine looks to expand its current 300,000 circulation. The publication’s current executive editor and creative director will remain on staff, and the team will work to relaunch a more interactive website in the coming months.last_img read more

For rural pot companies legal sales still mean breaking rules

first_imgMark Malagodi is CEO of CannTest, one of just two testing facilities in Anchorage racing to open and bring the state’s commercial cannabis operations online. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)In just a few weeks, the first legal pot shops in Alaska will open their doors.In the two years since voters approved Ballot Measure 2, prospective business owners and state regulators have worked to create a new industry that’s as complicated as it is contentious. But major issues are still unresolved, including how to legally transport marijuana from any community that’s not on the road system.The legal gray zone in Alaska is likely to serve as a test case for interstate commerce of a product that’s still federally banned.Mark Malagodi is the CEO of CannTest, a marijuana testing facility in an industrial patch of Anchorage tucked between the port and the railroad. Though they’ve been in the building a year, you’d never know it from the blank walls and near-empty rooms, each devoted to pieces of lab equipment that look like photocopiers and Toyo stoves.“The machine that’s on the right, which is called the head-space sampler, basically just heats the product up really really hot, and that puts all the gases up into this tiny little tube,” Malagodi explained during a recent tour of the lab.Testing facilities like this are an essential piece of Alaska’s commercial cannabis industry. Whether one is growing organic bud, making pot brownies, or manufacturing concentrates, a portion of each batch needs to be brought to a lab. Then, Malagodi’s machines will test for potency, mold, and bacteria like E. coli.These facilities are extremely expensive to set up and to staff. Malagodi didn’t want to share specifics about purchase costs for the equipment itself. But when I asked for a price range on a just one particular chromatography system he said it was somewhere between a car and a house.“More than an RV,” he laughed.The full capital costs are much higher.“We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Malagodi said, speaking generally.State regulations prohibit cultivators or retailers from also owning testing facilities; the goal is to avoid a fox-guarding-the-hen-house situation. But that adds another layer of difficulty for rural pot businesses, because it’s unlikely most small communities can support their own capital-intensive testing labs. That means they’ll be relying on the ones in the state’s population centers.Right now, there are two such testing facilities racing to open, and both are in Anchorage. A third lab in Juneau is several weeks behind. Malagodi expects his business to begin testing samples as soon as an Outside company finishes accrediting the lab.“That’s one of the questions in Alaska right now,” Malagodi said. “What’s the volume going to be?”The vast majority of pot businesses are in the Railbelt. For them, the transportation system is theoretically worked out. A grower can drive samples to a lab like CannTest, and, for $70 to $220, have it certified.If that grower doesn’t want to make the 14-hour round-trip drive from Fairbanks, or if businesses want added security, a private firm called Valkyrie is the only transportation company with contracts to move cannabis. Valkyrie’s armed guards are licensed by the Department of Public Safety, and hired from the ranks of former military and law enforcement, according to CEO Larry Clark.But this system won’t work if you’re James or Giono Barrett, two brothers who are “three or four weeks” away from their first legal crop of marijauna at their business, Rainforest Farms. Which is in Juneau.“We’re still trying to figure out the transportation issue,” Giono said. “It really depends on which law you’re dealing with.”That’s the conundrum for the Barrett brothers, and for other Alaskans who have started the long and expensive licensing process in Nome, Dillingham, Sitka, or anywhere else off the road system: you can’t ship your product to get tested without sending it by mail, air, or sea. All of those are regulated by federal agencies, which still treat marijuana as a controlled substance.The Barretts will use the local lab in Juneau when it opens, but until then, they’re considering moving samples over water onto the road system, then driving it to Anchorage. That doesn’t break any state laws. But it would be a problem if the Coast Guard decided to take an interest.“You want to make sure you make the right decision, because you don’t want your property seized,” Giono said. “Maybe there won’t be a charge out of it, but it’s definitely a big inconvenience if your property is seized — especially if it’s everything you’ve been working for.”The Barretts are open about this because they’re confident that in the big picture, they’re on the right side of the law. As justification, they point to the Cole Memo, a 2013 document from the U.S. Justice Department that says the Federal Government isn’t interested in bringing charges against people in the commercial pot business, provided they’re obeying state laws. Over the last few years, as states have legalized cannabis, regulators have used the Cole memo as guidance when there are inconsistencies between federal and state laws. And that’s exactly what the Barretts are counting on.“At some point it’s about interpretation and attitudes,” James said, “So I think we should be saved by that.”Alaska Public Media contacted several agency representatives about transportation. The Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Alaska State Troopers all said something along the same lines: We know what’s legal and illegal, and if we see it, we’ll take action. But we’ve got bigger fish to fry.The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment, other than emailing a copy of the Cole Memo.In the words of one federal agency representative, “if there’s no knowledge, there’s no problem.”State regulators are banking on the Cole Memo to shield Alaskans from federal prosecution. At an April 27 meeting of the Marijuana Control Board, Cynthia Franklin, head of the regulatory body in charge of commercial cannabis, laid out the state’s thinking.“Whether you’re talking about postal police, or Coast Guard, or any kind of law enforcement associated with that transport, they all end up at one place for their prosecution, which is the U.S. Attorney’s office,” Franklin said.And in Franklin’s interpretation of the Cole Memo, U.S. attorneys have no interest in prosecuting licensee-to-licensee transfers as long as businesses are meeting state laws.Back in at the CannTest office, Mark Malagodi said after two years of work to get his business up and running, he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. He’s excited that he’s helped start a whole industry from scratch, but he’s disappointed that between the expense and the absence of clear laws, rural Alaskans are locked out — unless they’re willing to break federal laws.“As far as the spirit of what’s been done here, it’s frustrating,” Malagodi said. “It was opened up to Alaska, and then denied to many.”For the time being, Malagodi is trying to finalize his lab’s accreditation so they can start accepting samples by Halloween.last_img read more

Campaign on environmental protection begins

first_imgVijayawada: The Computer Science department of Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology started three-day campaign on ‘Impact of Information Technology on Environmental Protection’ at Padarthi Sundaramma Girls High School here on Tuesday. Fr Chiranjeevi, assistant director of the college attended as the spokesman for the awareness programme. Addressing the students of girls high school, Chiranjeevi said that protecting greenery across the planet lies in our hands. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us By educating people and creating awareness on environmental protection, we can safeguard the world around us, he said. He further explained the importance of environment and to what extent the technology can be used to protect it. College principal Dr O Mahesh, faculty M Deepthi, college extension coordinator A Rajesh, faculty members and students were present.last_img read more

Rashidul Hasans pen seal and memories

first_imgRashidul HasanMartyred intellectual Rashidul Hasan was picked up from his home 46 long years ago by the collaborators, the razakars, but the memory of that day remains fresh in the mind of his daughter Rokaiya Hasina. She was a student of class six then, in 1971. She is now in her fifties, but those last moments with her father seem just yesterday.Rokaiya had grasped her father’s right hand. One of the khaki-clad persons at the doorway had asked, “Are you Rashidul Hasan?” When he replied “yes”, they simply grabbed him and dragged him away.A pen and a signature seal of Rashidul Hasan remains preserved at the fourth gallery of the Liberation War Museum. Below these items it is written that this teacher of Dhaka University’s English Department was picked up by razakars and Al Badr from his home on 14 December 1971.Eldest daughter of Rashidul Hasan, Rokaiya Hasina, is a Rabindra Sangeet artiste. Speaking to Prothom Alo, she said, her father had been moved by the dream for freedom nourished by the Bangalis during the turbulent days of 1969. He was a great admirer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was not directly involved in politics, but would join the public meetings and gatherings. He would inspire his students with the spirit of independence. He would keep in contact with the freedom fighters in various ways during the liberation war and extend his assistance in any way he could. The Al Badr members reported this to the Pakistani army officers.Rokaiya was sitting in her Dhanmondi residence, sharing memories of her father.Rashidul Hasan earned his BA (Hons) degree from the English department at Dhaka University in 1958. That same year he began teaching at Narsingdi College. Then he joined Edward College in Pabna. Next, in 1967, he joined Dhaka University as a lecturer.Rokaiya Hasina said that her paternal family roots were in the village Boroshija of Birbhum district in West Bengal, India. Rashidul’s education till the higher secondary school level was at Boroshija. His elder brother lived in Dhaka due to government service and so Rashidul was admitted to Dhaka University. He did not return to India after completing his education. He married Begum Rokaiya in Boroshija and they had three children – Mahmud Hasan, Rokaiya Hasina and Suraiya Amina.During the liberation war, Rashidul Hasan would live in the Dhaka University teachers’ quarters, at building no. 23, next to Sergeant Zahurul Huq Hall. There was a sprawling slum along the road next to that building. On 25 March the Pakistani armed force went on a killing spree at the slum. They also entered the teachers’ quarters and carried out killing and torture.Rokaiya Hasina said, the Pakistani soldiers broke down their door, entered their home and began breaking things in their drawing room. Everyone in the family was hiding under the beds. Many people that night were dragged from the slums and from the university and killed on the roof of that very building. The next morning 32 bodies were found on the roof.Rashidul Hasan and his family left that house two days later and went to stay with acquaintances in Rayer Bazar. They returned to the campus after a month. This time they moved to house no. 28 on Savage Road (now known as Isha Khan Road). Professor Anwar Pasha of the Bangla department lived in the house next door, no. 30. Anwar Pasha and Rashidul Hasan were both from the same area in Birbhum and so had developed a close friendship. Their families were close, too.Rokaiya Hasan related, on 20 September the Pakistani soldiers took her father way from the university and kept him in custody at the Ramna police station. He was accused of motivating students to join the liberation war. Rashidul Hasan’s family would visit him every day at the police station. He was released after 12 days.When air raids began in December, there were blackouts every night in Dhaka. Everyone was scared. Anwar Pasha told them to go to their house. Rokaiya recalls, “We would go to Anwar uncle’s house after dinner every night. Then every morning we would move back home after a cup of tea.” They were preparing to go back home on the morning of 12 December too when Anwar Pasha told them to have breakfast. Rashidul Hasan’s favourite meal of khichuri and omlettes was being prepared and hence the delay.Breakfast was almost ready when suddenly there was a loud knocking on the door. Anwar Pasha opened the door and about seven or eight men in khakhi oufits with their faces covered in black cloth burst in. They asked, who is Anwar Pasha? When he identified himself, they tried to push him towards the door. Rashidul Hasan went and stood in front of the door, trying to block the way.With a tremble in her voice, Rokaiya recalls, “I was so scared and I grasped abba’s hand tightly. Anwar kaka was staring at abba, as if pleading that he do something. Abba kept asking the men where they were taking Anwar Pasha. One of them was in the verandah with a paper in his hand. He asked abba’s name. When abba told them his name the man indicated the paper, telling the others, ‘His name is on the list too. Bring sir along.’ They took them both away. From the verandah we saw them being blindfolded and taken away in a minibus.”The bodies of Rashidul Hasan and Anwar Pasha were found 22 days later. The bodies of the intellectuals had been buried in two holes in a jungle area of Mirpur. Relations of the dead persons identified the bodies by their clothes. Rashidul Hasan and Anwar Pasha’s bodies were there too. After their janaza at the university central mosque, they were laid to rest by the mosque.Rashidul Hasan’s relations live in West Bengal and they wanted Rashidul Hasan’s wife and children to go back there. But they did not. “Mother would say, my husband gave his life for this land. I will not leave. She brought us up with great difficulty. We received no special help at all,” said Rokaiya.They had to leave the university quarters. When she first came to power in 1996, the prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued directives to allot a house for them, but that did not materialise. Rokaiya Hasina said they have no regrets. Their father gave his life for the country and that was their pride.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS battery life is only 35 hours

first_imgWhen the 3DS was officially unveiled there was an extra piece of kit that Nintendo made a big deal about shipping with the handheld. It was a charging dock for your 3DS to sit in and recharge when not in use.How nice, we thought at the time, but there was a reason Nintendo decided to make charging your device as easy as possible: the battery doesn’t last anywhere near as long as a DS. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata even admitted as much back in October during a Q&A session where he stated:AdChoices广告As for the battery, it is inevitable that Nintendo 3DS will be a device which requires more frequent recharging than Nintendo DS. This is why we are going to include the cradle, which is a dedicated battery charger. Perhaps we may need to dispatch to our consumers a message, something like, “Please place your Nintendo 3DS on the cradle as soon as you return home with it.” Nintendo has now updated its Japanese 3DS website to include a hardware page describing the different components of the system. Here’s the important bits about the battery:3DS charging time: 3 hours 30 minutesBattery life playing 3DS games: 3-5 hoursBattery life playing DS games: 5-8 hoursNintendo also state that those times are only approximate and may be shorter “depending on operating conditions”. The 8 hours upper limit stated for DS games requires the brightness of the displays be turned right down.We expected the battery life to be shorter for 3DS games due to the 3D viewing experience requiring it to dual render, and the always-connected wireless of the device for StreetPass. But for DS games with no 3D we expected a little more play time between charges.For anyone wondering what comes in the box with their 3DS, here’s the contents list also taken from the hardware page:Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS charger standAC adapter for Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS dedicated stylusSD Memory Card (2 GB)AR cards (6), reflecting the play outside the camera using the compatible softwareQuick Start GuideInstruction ManualGuaranteeRead more at Joystiqlast_img read more

Xiaomi WEMAX ONE PRO Ultra Short Throw ALPD 30 Laser Projector Goes

first_imgWhile Xiaomi is yet to talk about this latest version, the price is some $100 up from the original Mi Laser Projector while the specs list also gets a little upgrade. One thing that has thankfully remained the same is the compact, almost Apple-like design.Get Xiaomi WEMAX ONE Ultra Short Throw 7000 ANSI Lumens Laser Projector for $1749.99 with code IT-CN09FENWhile it took the original Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector some 5 months to be brought down to its current price of $1749.99, Xiaomi appears to be going generous with the latest version (or it could be Gearbest itself considering the site is promoting its 11.11 sale) that is already being offered for as low as $1749.99. We have seen some very good reviews of Xiaomi’s Mi Laser Projector from both the industry experts and end users. Our personal experience with the Mi Laser Projector has also been nothing short of a dream. Short throw, crisp colors that can survive ambient light, the ability to do without a white wall – what else can you ask for? It now appears we are in for an upgrade.Being advertised as the world’s first ALPD (advanced laser display) 3.0 technology equipped ultra short throw projector, the WEMAX ONE 7000 ANSI Lumens laser projector can deliver up to 150-inches of full high-definition images in only 50 centimeters. The device offers a life of 25,000 hours and the convenience of controlling it through remote or a voice assistant. Here’s the complete specs list as taken from GB:Features ALPD 3.0 laser light source technology by AppotronicsIn addition to high-quality lasers, the unit also features a top-end speaker system for a true cinema experienceCan project a display up to a maximum of 150 inchesSystem parameter: CPU: T968 Cortex-A53 4-core 1.8GHz / 64bit | RAM: 2GB DDR3 | ROM: 16GB eMMC FlashOffers a maximum of 7000 lumens source brightness and a 3000 : 1 native contrastDisplay: 0.47 inch DMDResolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)Support resolution: 4KLight source: ALPD 3.0Brightness: 7000 lumensLight mode: highlight, movie, normalAuto mode: save power, eye protectBrightness uniformity: JBMA more than 80 percentColor gamut: NTSC 80 – 85 percentCentral contrast: 2500 : 1 – 3500 : 1Color temperature: standard, cold color, warm colorProjection parameter: Throw ratio: 0.233 : 1 | Best project distance: 150 inch | Projection Distance: 0.1 to 3m | Image Size: 12 – 150 inch | Image Scale: 16:9, 4:3WiFi: dual-band 2.4GHz + 5GHzBluetooth: V4.0HDR: supportedkeystone correction: four corners, eight cornersFocus: power focus3D: supportedSound: DOLBYExternal speaker: supportedSpeaker: full frequency speaker x 2 + high frequency speaker x 1Remote control: Bluetooth, voice, touch controlConnection: Ethernet x 1, SPDIF x 2, audio out x 1, AV 3.5 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, ARC x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1Voice: less than 32dB (at 25 Deg.C)Power consume: 250W (max)Functions: 3D, Bluetooth, DVB-T, DVD Player, External Subtitle, Speaker, WiFiProduct weight: 6.3200 kg | Package weight: 9.0000 kgPackage Contents: 1 x Projector, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x English User Manual, 1 x Power Cable, 2 x Adapter, 1 x Cleaning ClothIf you have been waiting for some discounts to arrive to get your hands on this 150-inch short throw laser projector powered by cinema technology, now is the time! Use code IT-CN09FEN and get it for $1749.99 down from its original price of over $2200.You can also check all the products that are currently on 11.11 promo over at this link.Also on promo: Save over $400 on DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Zoom and Pro Platinumcenter_img Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Delta introduces worlds first allsuite business class

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> ATLANTA — Lay back, relax and enjoy the flight in the comfort, privacy and exclusivity of your own suite. Delta Air Lines is redefining international business class travel with the introduction of the Delta One suite, the first business class cabin to feature a sliding door at each suite.Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and privacy, the Delta One suite offers each customer a private space accessed by a sliding door with thoughtfully designed personal stowage areas, an advanced in-flight entertainment system and premium trim and finishes to create an unparalleled business class experience with a comfortable, residential feel.In addition to full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access, which the airline introduced eight years ago, the Delta One suite features:A full-height door at every suiteSliding privacy dividers between center suitesIn-suite, customizable ambient lightingDedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptopsContemporary design featuring premium trim and finishesMemory foam-enhanced comfort cushionAn 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriersA universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seatMore news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“Delta constantly listens to customers and responds with products that deliver what they want. After setting the standard with the introduction of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in 2008, Delta is again elevating the international business class experience,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Added comfort and privacy are important to business travelers, and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite.”Delta completed installation of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on all of its widebody aircraft operating long-haul international flights in 2014. Delta One service includes the features Delta customers have grown to expect, such as chef-curated meals, wine pairings by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, noise-canceling headsets, TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 premium skincare, and in-flight loungewear on select flights.Following the A350 debut, the Delta One suite will progressively roll out on Delta’s Boeing 777 fleet. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A350, which will primarily serve routes between the U.S. and Asia.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency  Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Travelweek Group center_img Delta introduces world’s first all-suite business class Posted bylast_img read more