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Qalipu Mikmaq First Nations rally in Ottawa as thousands risk losing band

first_imgLucy Scholey APTN NewsElder Ken “Mutchie” Bennett fears his Mi’kmaq culture will disappear with his generation, as thousands of fellow band members are expected to have their Indian status revoked this spring.Bennett, along with about 40 members and supporters of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in Newfoundland, were in Ottawa Saturday protesting a controversial federal government agreement.A total of 10,512 founding band members are expected to lose status this spring, after an Order in Council determines the final list of members.Bennett was one of the lucky 13,365 founding members who will keep his status. His wife, children and grandchildren were rejected from band.“It hits home when my daughter calls me up from New Brunswick and says, ‘Dad, our bloodline or our recognition … ends with your generation. It ends with you.’ It was very hurtful,” he said.When Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, the province’s Indigenous people weren’t recognized under the Indian Act. It wasn’t until 2008 when the Canadian government signed an agreement with the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI), allowing First Nations to apply for founding membership of the Qalipu band.A total of 27,000 applications were received and 23,877 were deemed eligible as founding members. Then, a flood of applications rolled in. By 2012, the government had 104,000 applications to sift through.In 2013, the government and FNI announced a supplemental agreement, clarifying the band enrolment rules. They decided to review all applications, including those already received and accepted. Apart from the original 10,512 founding band members, a further 68,134 applicants were rejected from the pool.It’s a process that has divided families and left many feeling displaced.Those who applied for status had to meet a set of criteria, including whether they lived in Newfoundland, participated in Mi’kmaq cultural events or ceremonies or, if they moved away from province, whether they came home for visits or stayed in touch with band members.Those who moved away from home may no longer qualify for band membership. Bennett said it’s confusing why he, a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who spent 28 years moving around the country, would be eligible.“How I retained mine, I’m really not sure,” he said. “I’m grateful, but I’m unhappy that any of our brothers and sisters lost their recognition. They didn’t lose their identity. They still are who they were born to be. But they lost their identity as a status Indigenous person in Canada.”Jim DuHart, who organized the Ottawa protest, held up his status card before the crowd. Originally from Corner Brook, he’s one of 13 people in his family.“Three in, everybody out including me,” he said.Chief Brendan Mitchell said it’s unfair for Qalipu identity to be tied to geography. Newfoundland’s high unemployment rate forces many band members to move out of province for work, he said.“Our people all over the country are being impacted by what’s happening,” he said. “They’re upset. They’re hurting. They feel that they’ve been displaced. They feel sadness in their hearts over what happened.”The supplemental agreement was signed pre-Trudeau, but Mitchell said it’s time for the current government to step in. Otherwise, he said, there could be lawsuits following the finalized spring band list.“We talk about truth and reconciliation and the main topics for us include residential schools, for example, missing and murdered women, 60s scoop, sterilization,” he said. “Well, this country’s going to have to add Qalipu First Nation to that situation regarding truth and reconciliation.”A spokesperson from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said the government has no plans to amend Bill C-25, the act respecting the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Order.“To date, more than 18,000 individuals have been accepted as Founding Members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation – making it the second largest First Nation by population in Canada.”Qalipu membership by the numbers (from the Government of Canada website):– 13,365 applicants who are on the current Founding Members list will remain eligible for founding membership– 10,512 applicants who are on the current Founding Members list were found by the joint Enrolment Committee to not meet the criteria under the 2013 Supplemental Agreement for Founding Membership (These individuals will retain their membership until the amendment of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Order, expected in the spring of 2018. They are entitled to appeal their decision, the results of which may increase the Founding Members List. Some of those who are no longer eligible for founding membership may still be able to register for membership as a descendant of a Founding Member.)– 4,679 applicants who were not Founding Members will now be eligible for founding membership (They will gain membership once the amendment of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Order is confirmed through an Order in Council in the spring of 2018.)– 68,134 applicants were not Founding Members and will not be eligible for founding membership– 3,984 applicants have invalid applications and are therefore not eligible for founding membershiplscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

Air Canada Inc customer service sales agents ratify new fiveyear contract

About 4,100 customer service and sales agents at Air Canada have ratified a new five-year contract.No details were released, but Unifor says the agreement includes a significant hourly wage increase for those at the lower end of the salary grid.Air Canada says its board of directors has also approved the new agreement, which was reached on June 14.Airline president and CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement that the agreement is a “win-win” and noted this is the fourth labour contract Air Canada has concluded over the past eight months.A twist in the tale: Air Canada pilots find labour peace while WestJet sees ‘cultural strain’Air Canada adds new flights to London-Gatwick as WestJet heats up competitionVoting on the agreement, which is effective from March 1 this year to Feb. 28, 2020, took place over the past eight days.The customer service agents and sales agents had walked off the job for three days in June 2011.During roughly the same period, the airline faced protracted negotiations with both flight attendants and pilots. In 2012 baggage handlers staged an illegal walkout before being forced back to work by a court order.“This agreement secures good jobs for customer sales and service agents now and into the future,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said in a statement late Thursday. read more

Ohio State field hockey falls to balanced Louisville team

OSU junior back Emma Royce (27) fights for the ball during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe No. 16 Louisville Cardinals used a flurry of goals from six different players to defeat the Ohio State field hockey team, 6-3, Tuesday afternoon in Louisville, Ky.The Cardinals (7-1) took little to no time getting on the board when sophomore midfielder Lotta Kahlert scored unassisted just 2:20 into the game.The Buckeyes (3-5) countered less than through the opening half when freshman midfielder Morgan Kile hit senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner on a cross-field pass to tie the game at one.The draw did not last for long, however. Louisville pulled back in front less than four minutes later when sophomore forward Shannon Sloss connected off a rebounded save from OSU freshman goalie Liz Tamburro.Louisville extended its lead to 3-1 when senior forward Becca Maddock scored her seventh goal of the season off a pass from freshman forward Nicole Woods.OSU fought back to twice make it a one-goal game. Wagner scored her second goal of the game off a penalty corner before the end of the half to make it 3-2.With the score 4-2 early in the second half, junior forward Peanut Johnson dribbled right into the circle and shot past Louisville redshirt-junior goalkeeper Sydney King for her fourth goal of the season.That was as close as OSU would get. Louisville extended its lead to 5-3, and then, with 13 seconds left to play, senior back Mallory Mason converted on a penalty stroke to put a seal on the game.OSU freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season before the game, was held scoreless Tuesday after a weekend in which she tallied 11 points, including five goals and one assist. She assisted on Wagner’s second goal Tuesday against Louisville.The Virginia Beach, Va., native notched her first career hat trick Sunday against Appalachian State.The Buckeyes are set to host No. 10 Penn State at Buckeye Varsity Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Charles Barkley Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

Charles Barkley (Twitter/Screenshot)Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s views on race relations may be problematic, but the retired athlete recognizes the importance of donating to historically Black colleges. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, he gave back to two in a huge way.As part of the Giving Tuesday campaign, which encourages charity on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Barkley awarded $1 million to Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and another $1 million to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. Barkley announced the donations on the “JOX Roundtable” radio show in Birmingham, Alabama.Charles Barkley just announced on our show he is donating $1 Million to both @aamuedu and @CAU. Always a generous guy.— JOX Roundtable (@JOXRoundtable) November 29, 2016CAU President Ronald A. Johnson welcomed Barkley’s donation. In a statement, he said the HBCU felt “delighted to receive this generous gift.” The contribution significantly boosted the university’s #GivingTuesday social media campaign.“This gift reflects Charles Barkley’s tremendous heart and his desire to make a significant, positive and lasting difference in the lives of others,” Johnson said. “It is a testament to the importance of the transformative impact of CAU on its students, surrounding community, the nation and beyond.”Barkley’s gift comes at a time when HBCUs have faced decreased funding. Because of that, Atlanta Black Star reported schools have resorted to opening their doors to non-Black students based on lowered budgets and dwindling enrollment. Additionally, beginning in 2009, the Obama administration announced it would cut HBCU budgets by as much as $85 million. Then, during Obama’s second term, changes in guidelines for receiving Plus Loans led to HBCUs losing $160 million.The combined $2 million donations Barkley awarded CAU and AAMU give the historical schools the chance to continue to educate Black students.However, while Barkley’s donations are celebrated, he continues to receive backlash over his comments regarding race.In July, while calling into “The Dan Le Batard Show,” Barkley cited the supposed lack of respect among Black people as the reason why Blacks “can’t demand respect from white people and the cops.” More recently, during a Nov. 21 meeting at a church in Baltimore, Maryland, Barkley sparked outrage for suggesting the community, which has been ravaged by police brutality, should express sympathy for deceased officers. read more

Timehri man takes rap for cocaine in fire extinguisher

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3 years jail for man caught trafficking 592 grams of cocaineJune 21, 2017In “Court”Father of 3 fined $8.4M, jailed for drug trafficking; claims “I did it for my children”February 1, 2019In “Court”Three years jail for US Deportee busted with marijuana, cocaineJanuary 28, 2014In “Crime” Jailed for 48 months, fined $5.1MTwenty-six-year-old block maker, Dinesh Dias was earlier today given a 48-month prison term and fined $5.1 million after he pleaded guilty to the possession of 1.8kg of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Jailed: Dinesh DiasIn addition, he was fined $15,000 or an alternative of one week imprisonment after he also pleaded guilty to having 1.89kg of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Dias also called ‘Anil’ of Timerhi Base Road, East Bank Demerara was jointly charged with Anthony Collins called Black Boy, 31; Seenarine Mathura called Desi, 43 and Mohamed Insha, 48 when they made their appearance at the Providence Magistrate Court before Magistrate Sunil Scarce. Freed: Anthony Collins Freed: Mohamed Inshan Freed: Seenarine Mathura However, after taking the rap, his three friends were released.The court heard that on April 23, 2019 agents of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) carried out a raid on the home of Dias at Lot 26 Timehri Base Road, EBD during which the cocaine was unearthed in a fire extinguisher and the cannabis was found in his home.He along with the three men were arrested and an investigation was launched. Dias reportedly told the court that his friend had no knowledge that the cocaine and ganja were at his house during the time of their visit. read more

High Court trial begins for duo accused of killing 3 in

Murder accused: (From left) Avishkar Bissoon and Ganga KrishnaA 12-member jury was on Tuesday empanelled to hear the case of 24-year-old Avishkar Bissoon and 74-year-old Ganga Krishna, who were charged for three counts of murder. The jury was empanelled before Justice Brassington at the High Court.Bissoon, formerly of Sheriff Street, Campbellville, and Krishna, also called “Buddie” and “Scientist”, formerly of North Road, Bourda, Georgetown, both pleaded not guilty to the indictments which detailed that on November 14, 2014, at Lot 65 King and Robb Streets, Georgetown, they murdered 14-year-old Clarissa Rozario and her 11-year-old sister, Tressa Rozario.The accused are also facing a murder charge for the death of 63-year-old Hilrod Thomas, the teens’ father, who succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital for second and third degrees burns.Attorneys-at-Law Dexter Todd and Mursalin Bacchus are representing the two accused, while Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial in association with Lisa Cave are presenting the case on behalf of the State.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan back in January of 2017 committed the duo to stand trial at the High Court after a prima facie case was made out against them.A number of witnesses are expected to be called throughout the trial, as hearings commence today before Justice Reynolds.From left: Theresa Rozario, Feresa Rozario and Hilrod ThomasIt was reported that the two sisters were asleep when the Robb Street, Georgetown, building they occupied with their father was allegedly set on fire. The teens were trapped in the early morning inferno and were burnt to death, whilst their father jumped through a window to escape the flames but subsequently died.Investigations took Police two years to crack the case, and it was only until a drug addict reportedly confessed to Police that he was offered money to set the building under dispute on fire that the events began to unfold.Police believe that the building was torched to drive out the occupants, who were also claiming ownership of the property by prescriptive rights. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo charged for triple murder in Robb Street fire to stand trialJanuary 31, 2017In “Court”Duo arraigned with triple murders to know fate soonJanuary 16, 2017In “Court”Two murder accused to face Judge and JuryJune 19, 2014In “Crime” read more

Thousands gather for funeral of policeman killed in Westminster attack

first_img Also paying their respects today were @MPSontheWater, @RNLI @LondonFire and @LondonPortAuth who accompanied the procession #PCKeithPalmerRIP— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) April 10, 2017 Apr 10th 2017, 4:15 PM By AFP 10,004 Views Share392 Tweet Email Source: Yui MokTHOUSANDS OF POLICE officers have attended the funeral of Keith Palmer today, the policeman stabbed to death in a terror attack outside the British parliament last month.Officers lined the cortège route from the Houses of Parliament, where his body lay in rest yesterday in a rare honour normally granted to senior politicians. Source: Frank Augstein/PA ImagesThe service took place across the River Thames in Southwark Cathedral, with Palmer’s wife and five-year-old daughter in attendance.Normally bustling streets in central London were at a standstill for the procession, led by the hearse with a floral tribute reading “No 1 Daddy”. Source: Ben Stansall/PA Images 18 Comments Thousands gather for funeral of policeman killed in Westminster attack London came to a standstill for the procession, led by the hearse with a floral tribute reading ‘No 1 Daddy’. Source: Gareth Fuller/PA ImagesSome 5,000 officers from around the country took part, along with Cressida Dick, the first female head of London’s Metropolitan Police. Source: Ben Stansall/PA ImagesPalmer, aged 48, was killed on 22 March by a 52-year-old convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, as he stood guard outside parliament.Masood attacked Palmer after he had driven into pedestrians nearby, killing three and fatally injuring a fourth. He was shot dead by an armed officer. Source: Stefan Rousseau/PA ImagesParliamentary officials have ordered a security review after it was revealed that Palmer was not armed.In addition, the vehicle entrance gate to parliament which he was guarding was open, as it often is to allow MPs in and out of the building more easily. Source: Rick Findler/PA ImagesPalmer’s body was taken to a chapel inside parliament yesterday, where a private service was held after Queen Elizabeth II granted special dispensation.Others who have previously been granted the honour include former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.© – AFP 2017Read: Woman injured in Westminster attack diesRead: ‘Getting stronger every day’: Westminster attack survivor shares photo of recovery Source: Metropolitan Police/Twitter Source: Metropolitan Police/Twitter Short URL Officers wearing dress uniform with white gloves and medals stood with heads bowed during a two-minute silence at the start of the service. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Following the service in Southwark Cathedral, there will now be a private service for Keith’s friends and family #PCKeithPalmerRIP— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) April 10, 2017 Monday 10 Apr 2017, 4:15 PMlast_img read more

Getting on with cancer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram During his university days, the most remarkable person Harry Stamateris met was a fellow student he took a shine to, a woman named Poppy.They graduated in their respective physiotherapy and orthoptics studies and, after a brief engagement, were married in 1985. Today they run two childcare centres in south Sydney.Nothing has dulled Poppy Stamateris’ shine since she was diagnosed with cancer.“I was wrestling with the kids on the floor and one bumped me in the breast and I felt a sharp pain,” Poppy explains.“When I rubbed it I felt a hard lump … hard as a pebble. I felt a cold shiver up and down my spine because I knew this was something sinister at that very moment.”After tests, Poppy’s doctor confirms he had second stage breast cancer.“My initial reaction was to do all and anything possible to beat it,” she said.“Yes I cried, but I pulled myself together. I love my children, my husband and my family very much, and the desire to be here for them gave me the strength to do what I had to do.”Poppy said family and friends were told the news on a “need to know” basis because she wanted to shield her children from unnecessary questions.She said her family’s love was her medicine. They all provided support in their own way. Mum cooked organic meals, her sister bought her clothes and never left her side, while Harry “was my ballast and my strength”.Chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy, began in October 2012 and continued over a seven-month period. Her medication regime continues with tablets.“I also chose to have my ovaries removed shortly after my treatment finished. I eat well, exercise regularly, and enjoy life that little bit more,” she said.Poppy’s advice for others diagnosed with cancer is to stay calm, keep positive, exercise and talk to survivors about their experience. The biggest fear, she says, is the unknown, so educating yourself by asking questions of medical professionals and disregarding information from those who are not is important.“Buy a wig, wear makeup and dress well. And go out when you can and spend time with family and friends when you are well in between chemotherapy sessions,” she said.Poppy’s reaction to her situation has been a revelation to her husband; so much so, that in June he wrote to family and friends explaining her inspirational approach.“I have watched her get on with things,” said Harry. “‘Get on with it’ when she was suspicious of that lump. ‘Get on with it’ when she was diagnosed with cancer. ‘Get on with it’ for her family, her work, our home and her responsibilities.“She represents so many loved ones and friends who have been touched by cancer.”The message ended with the news that Harry and Poppy were in training for a 200km bike run on October 10, to raise funds for cancer research at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.You can back Harry and Poppy’s efforts by donating to the Little Darlings Child Care Centre Team at read more

Génétique des fécondations entre trois gamètes rendues possibles

first_imgGénétique : des fécondations entre trois gamètes rendues possiblesGrande-Bretagne – Une dizaine d’embryons issus de trois gamètes de trois parents différents ont été conçus par des scientifiques britanniques. Il s’agit d’une première mondiale. Cette innovation permettrait de venir à bout de certaines mitochondropathies, mais soulève cependant d’importantes questions éthiques, notamment celle du clonage.Durant l’expérience, qui a eu lieu à l’université de Newcastle upon Tyne, des embryons ont pu être formés à partir de trois gamètes : deux ovules et un spermatozoïde. Le but n’était pas une simple expérimentation, mais bien la découverte d’une technique permettant de soigner les maladies mitochondriales. Les mitochondries sont des structures situées à l’intérieur même des cellules. Elles fournissent de l’énergie permettant à la cellule de fonctionner. Elles possèdent leur propre ADN, lequel n’est transmis que par la mère au moment de la fécondation. Lorsque cette dernière transmet un ADN mitochondrial anormal à l’embryon, les risques de fausses couches sont très élevés. Lorsque le fœtus parvient tout de même à se développer, voire à naître, il peut être atteint de nombreuses maladies mitochondriales. Les affections les plus fréquentes sont un ptosis (chute de la paupière supérieure), des myopathies, un diabète, une démence, de l’épilepsie, une cécité…Un bébé sur 6.500 souffre d’une maladie mitochondriale. La plupart de ces nourrissons meure quelques heures après la naissance. Aujourd’hui, le transfert de l’ADN mitochondrial d’un “troisième parent” saine pourrait empêcher cet état de fait.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLes scientifiques utilisent la technique de la Fiv (fécondation in vitro). Tout d’abord, les gamètes d’un premier couple, sain, entrent en fusion. Les scientifiques prélèvent alors l’ADN nucléaire, c’est-à-dire les gènes provenant du spermatozoïde et de l’ovule, afin de ne garder que le matériel mitochondrial de la mère. L’ADN du père n’intervient aucunement par la suite : la technique ne fait donc intervenir que trois “parents”, même si quatre personnes sont impliquées.L’ADN nucléaire issu de la fécondation du couple non sain, bénéficiaire de la manipulation, est ensuite injecté avec le matériel mitochondrial de la mère saine. On obtient ainsi un embryon sain, renfermant les gènes du couple souhaitant un enfant. Pour des questions d’éthique, les embryons surnuméraires ayant survécu ont été détruits au bout de six jours. Leur implantation dans un utérus humain est interdite. Cette découverte, bien qu’elle puisse bouleverser la vie de nombreux couples privés de paternité, remet au goût du jour certaines questions de bioéthique, comme celle du clonage.Le 25 avril 2010 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Soy Growers to Promote US Soy Market in North Asia Buyers

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Director Monte Peterson, Valley City, N.D., heads to North Asia next week, along with other growers, to promote U.S. soy and discuss market outlook and sustainability.The Buyers Outlook Conferences are funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) and hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Peterson, who is also a USSEC director, joins Perry Ostmo, director of North Dakota Soybean Council, Walter Godwin (USB) and USSEC staff in Seoul, Korea and Shanghai, China to meet with U.S. customers.The purpose of the trip is to interact with U.S. customers and provide an overview of the U.S. and global markets, in addition to information about the quality, sustainability and other benefits of U.S. soy.The North Asian market is extremely important to the mission of the U.S. soy family, as 70 percent of U.S. soybean exports go to this region.last_img read more

Drumming up support for Water Works Park

first_imgTo get in touch with Sarah Cayton or to find out more about Water Works Park, visit the Facebook page she started.Sitting on the concrete stage of the amphitheater at Water Works Park, Sarah Cayton said that if she looked out and saw 500 people filling the grounds in front of her, it wouldn’t be enough people.Instead, despite it being a sunny summer afternoon, there was no one around. Tall grass and weeds swayed in the breeze.It’s not surprising, considering many these days have forgotten the venue used to host Vancouver’s biggest public concerts and events. That was before the bandstand at Esther Short Park was fixed up. Before the bands, crowds and vendors flowed there.“People grew up and moved on, and this park was forgotten,” Cayton said of the park just north of Clark College.And by 2016, the amphitheater will be torn down to create a new 3 million gallon city reservoir. The site has never officially been a park, but rather part of Vancouver Water Station 1, which supplies more than 30 percent of the city’s clean drinking water.The entire upper portion of the site will be fenced off from the public. Plans keep Swift Skatepark and the northern portion of the grounds open.last_img read more

Two workers trapped following water main break presumed dead

first_imgOfficials are currently investigating the structural integrity of the sidewalk and street.Boston Police have confirmed that Dartmouth Street will be closed to traffic from Tremont to Warren and is expected to be closed through the evening commute. Police ask the public to avoid the area.Latest on this story at: WHDH.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BOSTON (WHDH) – Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says that two private construction workers are presumed dead after a water main break trapped workers in a trench.A “recovery operation” is underway, according to the Boston Fire Department.The water main break on Dartmouth Street near Dedham Street caused at least two people to be trapped in a trench.According to Boston EMS, the hole was roughly 20 feet deep.The incident happened at a construction zone, and it is believed that all of the people trapped were workers.The workers were trapped for at least 15 minutes.The Boston Fire Department has requested a response from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). last_img read more

Disney Plus discount demand crashes its preorder website

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice The “Founders Circle” deal offers a three-year subscription for $140.97 total, or the equivalent of $3.92 a month, compared with the $7-a-month price if you don’t make a long-term commitment.Disney Plus is the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood digging in to compete as streaming becomes a growing consumer demand. With tech giants pouring money into their own TV shows and movies and luring consumers away from traditional pay TV, Disney is aiming to create a single streaming hub for all of its family-friendly content to complement its other services like Hulu catering to adult-oriented programming and ESPN Plus specializing in sports. 5:29 Disney Plus preorders offer a big discount, but there’s… TV and Movies Digital Media 5 Comments Frozen 2 will be among the Disney theatrical films becoming available to stream early next year on Disney Plus.  Disney Disney Plus presale demand Tuesday knocked out the the Disney fan-club website offering discounted preorders for the Disney streaming service launching Nov. 12. The outage of the D23 website, which acted as the entry point for the deal, lasted about three hours.Disney said the outage occurred because of an unexpected surge in traffic for a discounted presale offer for Disney Plus, the streaming video service that Disney is launching to compete with the likes of Netflix. The “Founders Circle” deal significantly cut the price of the service if you commit to a three-year subscription.The D23 site and the Disney Plus service itself don’t share backend technology, so one of them crashing under heavy traffic doesn’t necessarily presage bandwidth problems for the other. And the offer was mostly targeted at Disney fan-club members, the people most likely to flood the company with interest. Disney Plus Disneylast_img read more

Pretty amazing that were here Morgan and Olds win second Iron Dog

first_imgAt the finish in Fairbanks, Olds told KIYU radio he’s still in shock about joining a limited club of four-time winners like Todd Palin.“It’s pretty crazy. I mean, all of those are legends in this race, for sure, so I’m definitely honored to be within that group,” Olds said. “There are a lot of good guys that could win this race, and a lot could go wrong in this race. It’s really hard to put it all together, so it’s pretty amazing that we’re here.”Olds won the Iron Dog in 2010 and 2011 with partner Tyler Huntington. As his newer teammate, Mike Morgan says this winning duo makes it work out on the trail. They held onto the lead for the majority of this race.“The chemistry is great. We’re both very mechanically inclined, and that’s a huge part of the race, huge aspect, and obviously, we’re both good riders, and we’re good at keeping a level head when things go bad,” Morgan said. “We’re good at taking the positives out of any situation and making things happen, and that’s what you’ve got to do: you’ve got to be able to make decisions on the fly, and if plan A doesn’t work, then plan B, and you’ve got to roll with things.”Morgan and Olds both rode Indy XC 600 Polaris snowmachines from Deshka Landing to Nome and then Fairbanks. According to the race winners, they spent very little time “wrenching” or repairing their sleds, which saved them a big chunk of time in the standings.Joining forces for their first Iron Dog together were top-placed rookies Amos Cruise of McGrath and Jarvis Miller of Nome, who finished fifth overall in just over 37 hours. Miller says this snowmachine race is very different from the experiences he’s had in sprint races.“This is a whole different ball game. This is a total mental game, this race,” Miller said. “And, you know, throttle control mind-set, and you have to be prepared in this stuff. And it’s just a different game for me, a new learning experience, and I’m glad to get this one out of the way.”Both Cruise and Miller reiterated that it takes two racers to accomplish this feat, but there’s certainly more people involved behind the scenes as well.“My brother, he was a big help, and his fiancée Chelsea Reader. They were a huge help making all the meals and prep time. Thank you, Chelsea, for letting me steal my brother in the shop time and parents, my girlfriend, daughter,” Miller said. “Everybody back in Nome for all the support. Q-Trucking and Charlie Reader, there’s a long list that I don’t want to forget, but to everybody that has helped us out: ‘We appreciate everything.’”Two-time champ Morgan also expressed his gratitude and thanks to his Mom (his biggest fan), his family, and everyone from his hometown of Nome who supported him.When asked about their plans for next year’s Iron Dog, Cruise and Miller responded without hesitation.“Yeah, we’re ready to go again; gas up!”According to race archives, 2019 Iron Dog champions Morgan and Olds finished the 2,000-mile race with the fastest trail time since the early 1990s. Mike Morgan and Chris Olds with their snowmachines at the Fairbanks finish line of the 2019 Iron Dog on Saturday, Feb. 23. (Photo courtesy of Tim Bodony, KIYU)When all was said and done, Saturday morning before 11am, Mike Morgan and Chris Olds crossed the finish line of this year’s Iron Dog in about 34 hours and 30 minutes, making this their second win in two consecutive races. Morgan has won twice so far, but Olds has now claimed first four times in his career.last_img read more

Doctors remove 65 kg tumour from woman

first_imgKing Koti: Doctors of King Koti Government Hospital removed 6.5 kg tumour that formed near uterus in a rare operation on Tuesday and saved a woman’s life. Aisha Parveen, 25, was diagnosed with a tumour near her uterus. A resident of Amberpet, she was married to Shaik Khalimuddin over a year ago. The tumour was diagnosed when she went for testing as she did not conceive. Doctors found that the tumor formed seven years ago and decided to operate it as it poses danger to kidneys. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us A team comprising Dr Rajesh, Dr Akbar Pasha, Dr Ravindra Babu, anesthetist Susheela and civil surgeon Jalala operated on her successfully and saved Aisha’s life. The couple thanked doctors for the operation. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajesh said that identifying such big tumor is very difficult and said the formation of such big tumours near uterus is very rare. The operation in the private hospitals may have cost the couple lakhs of rupees. The operation lasted for more than two hours, the doctor added.last_img read more

ShimuliaKathalbari ferry services resume after 7 hours

first_imgFerry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed on Thursday morning after seven hours of disruption caused by dense fog, reports UNB.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station, assistant general manager Shah Newaz Khaled said the authorities suspended the ferry services on the route from 1:30 am to 8:30 am due to blurred visibility caused by thick fog.Five ferries remained stranded in the mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers amid cold weather.Five hundred vehicles remained stuck in a long queue stretching five kilometers at the both end of the river, said the official.last_img read more

Country must prosper if politicians uphold honesty PM

first_imgLawmakers take part in a munajat after observing a one-minute solemn silence at parliament on 7 January to pay respect to the memories of fisheries and livestock minister Sayedul Hoque, sitting MP Golam Mostafa, Annisul Huq and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and some other noted personalities. Photo: PIDNoting that the country must prosper if politicians uphold honesty, dedication and sincerity, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she found late fisheries and livestock minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque with all such qualities.“Sayedul Hoque was a soul of honesty and sincerity who made a lot of contributions to the country’s development, particularly in the fisheries and livestock sector. He did politics with honesty and sincerity. This is why he was elected MP for five times,” she said.The prime minister made the remarks while speaking on a condolence motion on the deaths of the sitting minister and incumbent MP of Gaibandha-1 constituency Golam Mostafa in parliament, reports UNB.Sheikh Hasina said Sayedul Hoque greatly contributed to the development of the country’s fisheries and livestock sector. Bangladesh now holds 4th position across the world in terms of producing safe water fishes, she added.Observing that the late minister had huge popularity at the grassroots level, she said though Awami League was defeated in a planned way in the 2001 national elections, the then caretaker government had not been able to manage his defeat despite all sorts of efforts.Sayedul Hoque, who was elected MP from Brahmanbaria-1 constituency, passed away on 16 December last year.About Golam Mostafa, the prime minister said the late MP was a good writer, litterateur, poet and social worker.She said Golam Mostafa had been a very popular leader at the grassroots level and schoolteacher. He had held the general secretary post of Sundarganj unit of Awami League for 32 years.Mentioning that Golam Mostafa won the Princes Diana Award for his social services, Hasina said, “He earned fame for Bangladesh, though was living in a remote area.”The late MP was elected contesting in the elections against Jatiya Party candidate, who was much more educated and rich, in the by-election of Gaibandha-1, the stronghold of Jatiya Party.The prime minister expressed her deep shock and prayed for salvation of departed souls.Besides, the PM expressed her profound grief at the demise of former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and sitting mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq.Later, parliament unanimously adopted a condolence motion expressing profound shock at the demise of sitting minister Sayedul Hoque, sitting MP Golam Mostafa, Annisul Huq and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and some other noted personalities.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the condolence motion in the House at the beginning of the 19th session of the 10th parliament.The House also condoled with the death of former deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui, former Ganoparishad (National Assembly) member Fazlur Rahman Bhuiyan, three former MPs Joynul Abedin Sarkar, Kazi Nuruzzaman and Gazi Ataur Rahman.A munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls was offered in the House. Bazlul Haque Haroon MP conducted the munajat.The members of the House also stood up and observed a one-minute solemn silence to pay respect to the memories of the deceased.Following the death of two sitting MPs-Sayedul Hoque and Golam Mostafa, the parliament proceedings were adjourned for an hour as per the parliamentary tradition.The sitting resumed at 6:00pm as there was a constitutional provision for the president to address the first session of the New Year.last_img read more

Harassed by stalkers teenage girl commits suicide

first_imgA teenage girl reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in Jashore as she could not tolerate an assault of her mother and brother following their protest against harassment by some stalkers, reports UNB.The deceased was Halima Khatun, 13, a class VIII student of Darus Sunnat Mojaddedia Dakhil Madrasa of Abad Kochua village under Sadar upazila.Halima’s brother Mohammad Abdullah said when he along with his mother and sister were returning home after casting their votes on 30 December from Abad Kochua Government Primary School polling centre, a group of youths teased his sister and tried to abduct her.When he along with his mother resisted them, they assaulted them, said the victim’s brother.However, hearing their screaming, locals rushed in and the stalkers fled away.When they informed union parisahad member Jahidul Islam Bidyut about the assault, he assured them of taking necessary steps but did not, said the brother.Following the incident, Halima committed suicide by hanging herself with her scarf with a beam of her room around 11:00pm, alleged her brother.Meanwhile, the victim’s brother filed a case with Kotwali police station against seven young men in this connection, said Apurba Hasan, officer-in-charge of the police station.The accused are Yusuf Ali, son of Barek Miah, Nirob and Jibon, sons of Hafizur Rahman Hafiz, Sumon, son of Farid, Rashed, son of Khokon, Ashik and Shanto of the village.However, the UP member claimed that there had been a love-affair between Halima and one of the accused. Over the issue, Halima’s brother had a scuffle with the accused.last_img read more

PS4 DualShock controller expected to emulate PS Vita add biometrics

first_imgIf you mention experimental controller design, Nintendo should come to mind first. The Wii controller and now the Wii U GamePad make it clear Nintendo is not afraid of doing something a bit different. Microsoft and Sony on the other hand, stick with what works for the most part, although Kinect and the PS Move show some (reactionary) experimentation.For the PlayStation 4, Sony is thought to be changing the design of the DualShock controller quite drastically, though. Two sources have confirmed that the PS4 controller will attempt to emulate the controls offered on the PS Vita, while at the same time adding biometrics and a display.If true, and we must stress this is just speculation and rumor, we could see a very different looking DualShock shipping with the console. If it emulates the PS Vita, we’ll see a touch panel added to the rear of the controller, and a touchscreen LCD on the front. Adding biometric sensors will likely mean a more “grippy” controller to ensure at least a couple of your fingertips are in constant contact with the sensors.Adding such new functionality could mean we end up with a controller that looks a lot like the Wii U GamePad, but with the styling of the PS Vita. Such a pad is also going to cost significantly more to manufacture and would see the price of the PS4 remain quite high through its lifetime. Buying an additional controller is also going to be more expensive if this actually happens.Does Sony need to do this? I can’t see the real benefit, personally. The biometric sensors could add something, but then they could be added without much of a DualShock design change.It’s also worth reminding everyone Sony did file a patent for biometric controllers back in November 2011, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them using the tech. We may even get one that’s capable of turning hot and cold.Adding a display I’m less enthused about. I’d rather keep my eyes on the TV, and haven’t yet seen a killer use for the second screen on the Wii U other than being able to play games using it to free up the larger screen for others.via CVGlast_img read more

How fighting postapocalyptic killers briefly made me forget my problems

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- On first learning of Zed events’ Wasteland Experience – an immersive live-action fantasy based a dystopian apocalypse – it was tempting to feel there’s no need for such follies when we’re already living it.However, our current depressing existence feels like an insidious dystopia, almost tedious in its creeping digital surveillance and parlous politics. My first shout of, ‘Last man!’ after gingerly mincing through a doorway brought more fury from our team leader.‘NOT THAT FUCKING LOUD,’ she hissed in frustration. ‘Do you want get us all killed?’Trigger unhappyShe then became concerned that my failure to understand the most basic task meant my mere presence was a liability to both myself and fellow dystopian guerillas. While reassuring her that I wasn’t an idiot, I accidentally fired my rifle into the floor.She lectured me on wasting ammo, as the rest of the group looked on anxiously. At this point, my yawning cynicism started to fade and a determination to search for the hero inside myself began to emerge. A switch had been flicked, I was IN the game.It would be churlish to reveal what we experienced for the following 90 minutes. One doesn’t want to be a plot spoiler, but it involved lots running around and dealing with a succession of vignettes that ranged from disturbing hostage situations to explosive Mad Max style shoot outs.There’s no denying it was enormous, exhausting fun. It’s almost impossible not to be a puppet to your own mix of survival instinct, imagination and adrenaline. You know it’s a game, but you still don’t want to be shot.You know they’re an actor, but they’re howling or hiding and in the heat of the moment you respond to their level of commitment and hand yourself over.Murder She WroteMy friend, who almost dropped out through fear of the dark underwent an unexpected transformation. He became a swivel-eyed killer. Unprompted, he’d run ahead into dark, empty retail outlets, sweeping his rifle round the room like Bruce Willis in Die Hard.If nothing else, the Wasteland Experience is a sure way of getting a raw glimpse into your darkest recesses. Would you only shoot in self defence? How would you feel after killing an innocent civilian? Would you ditch a hostage to save yourself? Would you fire bullets into corpse just because you can?Oddly enough, the darkness proved less chilling than the light. Empty department stores are creepy, a maze of shadows and soft carpets. But stepping into daylight was real and unnerving. Sunlight poured through the grimy atrium of the arcade and the hollow shops screamed decay and failure.Even the graffiti on the dusty windows had faded with age, like street culture had died with the rest of humanity. Also, when someone chases you with a massive serrated knife, it’s far worse in bright daylight. The clarity is horrific. I screamed loudly and laughed often.Some might find the experience far too frightening. Being physically fit helps, as there’s a lot of running around. It’s not a gig for light weights, cynics or people who enjoy peace and tranquility.Paradoxically, it proved a soothing distraction for your truly. For 90 minutes, I forgot about my family’s cocktail of problems, the unopened bills on my doormat and issues with my own health and sanity.The escape from the reality of my life was deep, hard and sometimes hilarious. It might not be everyone’s idea of a meditation, but it worked for me.Follow Stewart Who? on Twitter. See alsoAthens reborn: the gritty gay elegance of the Greek capital Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Europe’s first rehab center opens for LGBTI people with chemsex issues Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . World Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaMeet the gay Spaniard who dated 7 men in 7 cities and made it into a vid seriesBoozy and cliquey LGBT+ university societies fail studentsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : This Wasteland Experience offers the chance to take it take to another level: The frightening future that might be just around the corner.That vision is one of armed, marauding gangs scratching around in the rubble of capitalism, warped by bioterrorism and losing battle with resistant bacteria. It’s scary, because it’s entirely possible.Secrets and zombiesThe Wasteland Experience is housed in a defunct shopping precinct in the English town of Reading, Surrey – a short train ride out of London. A Saturday morning swish down the real high street for a Costa and a Greggs pasty led my friend to observe, ‘We are already in the zombie apocalypse’.There’s an understandable level of secrecy to the plot and details of what the Wasteland Experience is gonna throw at you.Surprise, incremental anxiety and a distinct lack of data added to the thrill of the ride.When we were hustled into a concrete corridor and given a health and safety brief, it was difficult to quash a feeling that this might prove a terrible and fatal mistake. There was talk of abandoned lift shafts that could be tumbled into, uneven flooring, a ruptured roof, and a darkness that would only be punctured by the infa-red torches on our replica AK47 rifles.‘If I don’t die, I’ll break my neck or have a heart attack,’ I thought, nodding along to fire exit procedures. There were stern warnings not to abuse the ‘actors’ physically or verbally, even if they’re wearing terrifying masks and whistling creepy tunes.Guns and posesThey explained in great detail how the Wasteland guns worked; the different settings for how many bullets would be discharged, the process for changing the magazine and how much ammunition we’d have at our disposal. This bored me beyond belief.I’ve never understood a passion for firearms. Nothing makes my eyes roll harder than discussions around military hardware or team activities. My friend didn’t fear boredom, but a mild terror descended regardless. He didn’t warm to the 70% darkness they kept mentioning.He wasn’t alone in this concern, but rather than agree and make a double dash for the door, I told him it would be fun and we couldn’t justify trekking to Reading on a Saturday morning for nothing. We’d reached the end of the world and there was no going back.Stewart Who? submits to the interactive game in a disused shopping mall (Photo: Supplied)Game onSuddenly, we were in a room with an actor who whipped us into a state of frenzy with a story about the apocalyptic state of the country and a mission which involved combing the abandoned shopping centre for survivors, while looking out for unspecified enemies.We were warned it might be hard to identify good from bad, so we should think before shooting. A lack of enthusiasm found me dawdling at the back of the group. This plan backfired when my strategic position led to a task. I was told to shout, ’Last man!’ every time we walked through a doorway.‘Every doorway? I asked incredulously. We’d already been through four in the first five minutes and this seemed like a lot of work and responsibility. ‘For fuck’s sake, YES!’ she snapped, eyes wide at my lack of combat nous.last_img read more