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  • Conseils pour vous protéger en cas dinondation

    first_img Pour plus d’information, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Les municipalités situées dans les régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse sujettes aux inondations avisent le public que des inondations sont possibles selon les plus récentes prévisions météorologiques. « J’encourage les gens à élaborer leurs propres plans familiaux et de préparer des trousses d’urgence, » a dit David Morse, ministre par intérim de la Gestion des urgences. « Nous avons besoin de radios à piles ou à manivelle afin de pouvoir écouter les transmissions locales en cas de panne d’électricité. J’encourage tous les Néo-Écossais à préparer une trousse d’urgence prête à emporter au cas où ils devraient quitter leur maison. » M. Morse dit qu’il apprécie les coordonnateurs locaux des mesures d’urgence, qui diffusent des messages d’intérêt public afin de rappeler aux résidents que l’accumulation de glace, les précipitations abondantes et les importantes variations de température peuvent entraîner de graves inondations. Voici quelques conseils généraux : Écoutez la radio pour obtenir des instructions locales. Fermez les fournaises situées dans le sous-sol et les robinets de gaz extérieurs. Déplacez les meubles, les appareils électroménagers et autres objets aux étages supérieurs. Coupez l’électricité. Toutefois, si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper le courant. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 (MRH) ou au 1-877-428-6004 (sans frais). Ne vous tenez pas dans l’eau qui est entrée en contact avec de l’équipement électrique. Si l’eau potable est contaminée, purifiez-la en la faisant bouillir, en utilisant des comprimés de purification de l’eau ou en la traitant au chlore, à l’aide d’un agent de blanchiment. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou l’hygiène avant que l’eau n’ait été testée et jugée sécuritaire.last_img read more

  • Number of Nova Scotians Living in Poverty Declining

    first_imgThe number of Nova Scotians living in poverty is at its lowest level in decades. The number of people with low incomes dropped by more than 7,000 to 64,000 in 2011, a decrease of 10 per cent over 2010, according to Statistics Canada. That means about seven per cent of the population is considered to be living in poverty. This is the lowest percentage of low-income Nova Scotians on record. The number of children in low income households also improved, decreasing by 2,000 to 13,000, a drop of 13 per cent since 2010. “Poverty remains a significant issue and finding solutions remains complex, but these most recent numbers show the province is heading in the right direction,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Community Services. A recovering economy, improving labour market conditions and government programs have contributed to higher employment and higher incomes. Between 2009 and 2011, the unemployment rate in the province dropped from 9.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent. Since 2009, government has taken a broad-based approach to poverty reduction, investing more than $420 million for income supports training and employment, and more affordable and supportive housing. The province also increased investments in the Poverty Reduction Credit, the Affordable Living Tax Credit, the Seniors Property Tax Rebate and the Nova Scotia Child Benefit. “We have a larger proportion of seniors living in our community so the Seniors Property Tax Rebate is significant, said Wendy Knowlton, the executive director of the Annapolis Valley Family Resource Centre and a member of the Poverty Coalition of the Annapolis Valley. “It enables repairs and upgrades that will keep seniors living in their own homes longer and this is positive.” Personal-use allowances also increased by seven per cent this year, putting more money in the pockets of individuals on income assistance. In 2013, the minimum wage increased to $10.30 per hour, a 20 per cent increase since 2009. Nova Scotia’s rate is the highest among the 10 provinces. The poverty rate for seniors living in Nova Scotia is now 1.9 per cent, among the lowest in Canada. “It’s clear that this government is helping to make life better for our most vulnerable citizens, particularly people living on the streets, low-income families and seniors,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. Housing is also a key component in reducing poverty. The province’s first housing strategy, launched in May, will provide more affordable housing. Over the past year, 200 homeless Nova Scotians were helped off the street and into more stable housing. “The housing strategy includes some exciting prospects. Naturally, we have some questions about how these will work in our area, but there are some good and unique ideas,” said Ms. Knowlton. “Our coalition is working to create a recognition that poverty reduction policies and strategies should recognize the different solutions needed in rural areas.” Compared with the rest of the country, Nova Scotia has the fifth lowest percentage of people living with low incomes, the same rate as Alberta. The Statistics Canada calculation for low income cut-off is based on household size and community size. For 2011, the after tax low-income cutoff ranges from $12,629 for a one-person household in a small rural area to $30,871 for a four-person household in a community the size of Halifax Regional Municipality, which is between 100,000 and 500,000 residents. The Nova Scotia highlights of the Statistics Canada report can be seen at http://novascotia.ca/coms/noteworthy/Decreasingpoverty.html .last_img read more

  • Weekly Traffic Advisories

    first_img HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1, Falmouth Highway 1 from the Windsor Town Line to Lighthouse Road in Mount Denson has stop-and-go traffic for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in 2015. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fall River Roundabout Construction of a modern roundabout is underway at the intersection of Highway 2 and the ramps from Highway 102 and Highway 118. Work takes place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekends. Even though the work is taking place at night, delays are possible during the day. The work is expected to be completed in late December. Drivers should plan extra time for their trip and use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Use an alternate route if possible. CBRM: Highway 125 Eastbound, Exit 7 Closure The eastbound on-and-off ramps to and from Highway 125 at Exit 7 (Alexandra Street) are closed until Wednesday, Oct. 15, so ramps can be realigned for twinning Highway 125. Traffic on Alexandra Street (Route 327) headed east on Highway 125 can detour on Churchill Drive through Membertou to get on the highway at Exit 8. Eastbound traffic seeking to exit Highway 125 at Exit 7 should use Exit 8. Detour routes are marked. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice.The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102 During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Saturday, Nov. 15. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice.center_img HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015. A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection of Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17. LUNENBURG COUNTY – Highway 103 Starting Saturday, Oct. 11, the bridge on Highway 103 over Barrys Brook, west of Exit 7, will have alternating lane closures for concrete and asphalt repair, as well as installation of new bridge rails. Work will last until the end of December. Temporary traffic signals are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until Friday, Oct. 31, to replace the bridge deck. Detour route in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morien is reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 15. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Traffic on Highway 104 is detoured for one kilometre to Dunns Loop until Friday, Oct. 17. Speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

  • Scheer vows criminal crackdown on human trafficking in election pledge

    first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising funding for police, survivor services and public awareness to fight human trafficking.The previous Conservative government created a four-year plan to combat human trafficking in 2012, which expired in 2016 shortly after the Liberals took office.Scheer says the lack of a strategy has sent a message that fighting human trafficking is no longer a federal priority.Scheer is promising to revive the Harper-era plan.He also vows to make changes to the Criminal Code to make it easier to convict people accused of human trafficking.The plan also calls for changes to end automatic bail for those charged with trafficking (though there is no “automatic bail” in Canadian law), and would make those convicted serve consecutive sentences for each victim, rather than concurrent terms.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Sully Film Features Red Cross Volunteers

    first_imgThe American Red Cross is proud to be featured in SULLY, the newly released film featuring the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the aftermath experienced by hero pilot Captain Chelsley “Sully” Sullenberger.Included in the movie are nearly a dozen Red Cross volunteers and employees who serve as extras after serving a real-life role in the Red Cross response effort more than six and half years ago.Among those who helped reenact the response was Chris Mercado, a volunteer who helped hand out blankets to survivors. Watch Mercado’s interview.“I think that was one of the most important aspects of our relief efforts,” said Mercado. “It shows how quickly the Red Cross responded, how involved we were and how the shoot stayed true to the services we rendered that day.”Volunteer, Sally Phipps, joined the Red Cross after seeing the organization’s response to the Flight 800 crash in 1996. Since volunteering, she had responded to two previous plane crashes both with tragic loss of life.“I went into this response thinking the results were going to be the same as the other two plane crashes,” said Phipps. “To go and see passengers get off the ferry safely was amazing!”Phipps oversaw the passenger area for the Red Cross at the Piers and shared how a man called more than a week after the response to express his gratitude to Phipps for lending his wife her personal cell phone to let him know she was safe. Watch Phipps’ interview.“It was an extraordinary testament to what the Red Cross does for people during some of their hardest times,” said Phipps.Red Cross volunteer Dottie Brier recalls responding to a hotel in Queens where passengers and crew members were being taken. There her role was providing disaster mental health care to help people cope with their reactions to the devastating situation. She says working on the film brought mixed emotions.“It was unbelievable that everyone had survived,” said Brier. “I remember being shocked.”Brier says reenacting the day brought mixed emotions but was still an exciting experience working alongside Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood.“We spent the whole day there in the pouring rain re-doing the scenes over and over again. We’d take Red Cross blankets, run up to the people coming off the rescue boats, walk them through the pier and then fold the blankets to start again,” says Brier. “It was interesting to see how much goes into filming a movie. It was hard work!”Watch: SULLY & American Red Cross Featurette – True Story.last_img read more

  • Ban covers Central Asia climate change and Lebanon in talks with world

    In his meeting with the President of Turkmenistan, Mr. Ban thanked Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his Government’s continued support for the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), located in the capital, Ashgabat. Set up in 2007, the Centre helps facilitate dialogue between the five countries in the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – on regional issues of common concern, including water and energy management, counter-terrorism and sustainable development.The Secretary-General and the President discussed prospects for regional cooperation, including in the field of counter-terrorism, according to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Ban also expressed his appreciation for Turkmenistan’s efforts to promote economic cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan, and commended Turkmenistan’s regional initiatives in the fields of disarmament and energy. He also confirmed the readiness of the UN to continue its support for electoral processes in view of the upcoming presidential elections in Turkmenistan in 2012.In his meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, the Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Ukraine’s contributions to UN peace operations. They also exchanged views on the issues of climate change and nuclear safety and discussed UN activities in Ukraine.Mr. Ban reiterated his support for the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in his meeting with that country’s President, Michel Sleiman. He also reiterated his call on the Government to implement all its obligations with regard to the tribunal, which was set up to try those alleged to be responsible for the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.The two men also discussed the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanon-based group Hizbollah; the importance of full respect by all parties for the so-called Blue Line separating the two countries; and the key role of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL). 22 September 2011As the General Assembly continued its annual high-level debate today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met separately with several leaders to discuss issues ranging from regional cooperation in Central Asia and the situation in Lebanon to climate change and nuclear safety. read more

  • UN tsunami early warning systems extended to Mediterranean Northeast Atlantic

    Although less frequent than in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and Northeast Atlantic region has a record of tsunamis associated with earthquakes such as the 1908 calamity in the Sicilian port of Messina and the 1755 quake and tsunami that destroyed Lisbon, killing thousands. There are also records of local events along the coasts from Norway to the Marmara and the Black Seas.The meeting organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), ending in Rome yesterday, was the first of the new system’s Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG), which will oversee its implementation and supervise its operations. Participants identified key technical needs for the system and adopted an action plan for 2006-2007 focusing on enhancing capabilities for multiple risk assessment, improving warning efficiency based on seisomological, geophysical and sea-level information, and increasing mitigation through coastal planning and public awareness.Early warning is vital for reducing the impact of tsunamis, and experts says scores of thousands of lives could have been saved had such a system functioned for the Indian Ocean last December, when several hours passed between the quake that spawned the tsunami and the landfall of the waves that killed more than 200,000 people, wasting precious time in which many could have fled to higher ground.At present, such a system exists in full only in the Pacific, while elements of one for the Indian Ocean are in the process of being set up. It involves quake and tidal sensors, speedy communications, alarm networks from radio to cell phones, and disaster preparedness training in vulnerable regions.The new ICG will implement trials for key components for the Mediterranean and Northeast Atlantic with the aim of having an initial operational system in place by December 2007, as part of a global tsunami warning and mitigation system being coordinated by UNESCO-IOC. Beyond those in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, planning is underway for one in the Caribbean. read more

  • At Vienna forum young people raise their voices for world free of

    He encouraged other young people to talk with their friends about the Treaty and its importance to raise awareness of the issue and push for the instrument’s entry into force.”Nuclear weapons should be a thing of the past,” said 21-year-old Kevin Bai, who was born in China, raised in the US and is currently studying and working in Dubai.His message is addressed to young people in Asia: “The eyes of the world are set in Asia because it will be the centre of growth and progress. If you are an Asian resident, you should not be satisfied with being a leader in economic development or scientific research. You should demand that it also becomes a leader in peace and diplomacy because stability is the bedrock upon which human civilization is built,” he emphasized. Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).Youth are among the 1,000 participants at this week’s Science and Technology 2017 Conference, held in Vienna, Austria, which provides a forum for scientists around the world to exchange knowledge and share advances in monitoring and verification technologies of relevance to the CTBT, which prohibits nuclear explosions anywhere in the world. The meeting, which concludes on Friday, is convened by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, known as the CTBTO, a UN partner organization.”Although we are not government leaders or in a position to influence public policy, we have a voice and when we use our voice collectively, we can make a big impact,” said Carlos Rodriguez, a student at The University of Texas at Dallas in the United States.”We have to find ways to collaborate across borders to ensure that we live in a peaceful and safe world that future generations can enjoy,” he added. The youth listened to presentations from scientists around the world specializing in technologies for detecting nuclear events and committed to using social media and blogs to encourage others to push for the Treaty’s entry into force.For the CTBT, adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996, to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called Annex II countries. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the US have yet to ratify.”There is a big nuclear threat at the moment. It is important that we know that there is a solution. The CTBT is the first step towards a world free of nuclear weapons, which guarantees peace for all,” said Juan Bustamante, a young Ecuadorian who is studying in Vancouver, Canada. Rizwan Asghar comes from Pakistan, one of the eight countries whose ratification is still pending. “I come from a country where we still have to feed millions of people. At the same time, my country invests billions of dollars in the development of nuclear weapons. I do not understand that rationale. There is no logic in increasing the nuclear arsenal,” he said.”It is time for Pakistan to ratify the Treaty,” he stressed, as he invited the youth of his country to use social media networks to generate pressure on politicians with influence in these decisions.Prior to the adopting of the CTBT in 1996, some 2,000 nuclear tests were carried out worldwide. The US carried out 1,000 of them, followed by the former Soviet Union, which was responsible for 700.Three countries have broken the de facto moratorium since 1996: India and Pakistan in 1998; and DPRK in 2006, 2009 and 2013, and then again twice in 2016.Natalia Zhurina of Russia, a country that has already ratified the instrument, underscored the importance of taking that step.”It is vital because we owe a peaceful future to our children and to the generations to come.” “If you think nuclear warfare and nuclear tests do not belong in our societies and we should get rid of them, then you can contribute to this movement,” he went on to say, encouraging young people to familiarize themselves with the Treaty and spread the word. Magdelene Wangui, a young woman from Nairobi, Kenya, called on African youth to support those living in the Annex II countries to demand that their governments take an affirmative decision.Meanwhile, 26-year-old Alan Juarez of Mexico summed it up like this: “We have the power to change the future… We can raise our voices around the world, educate ourselves and change the situation. All these tensions of nuclear weapons and the human rights crises, we have the power to end these problems.” read more

  • Opinion Way of life unfairly ripped away for UAB football

    UAB’s Then-redshirt-freshman quarterback Austin Brown (11) scans the field during a 29-15 loss to OSU on Sept. 22, 2012, at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the Ohio State football team is preparing for a game without its starting quarterback, the University of Alabama-Birmingham is preparing for life without football.It was announced Tuesday that the university would be shutting down its football program because of financial difficulties, and I could not feel more sympathetic for the players, coaches and fans of the program.UAB president Ray Watts issued a statement Tuesday that in part said: “As we look at the evolving landscape of NCAA football, we see expenses only continuing to increase. When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable.”Having played football competitively for eight years (six in grade school, two at the college club level), I can say from personal experience that some of the best memories of my life come from playing the game.When I played my last football game in November 2013, I was anticipating it. I knew it would be my last game.The athletes playing for UAB were not so lucky.For most, their football careers have been ripped away from them, and that is simply not fair.UAB is not getting shut down because of its performance on the field. This season, for just the second time in the program’s history, the Blazers are bowl eligible under first year head coach Bill Clark.The team reportedly decided that if invited, it will play in a bowl game, which would mark the final game of the program’s existence.Just two years ago, the Blazers came into Ohio Stadium and played a Buckeye team that would eventually finish the season undefeated, to a 29-15 final score. The Blazers led for the majority of the first half in that game.The Blazers have also had 10 players selected in the NFL Draft, including Atlanta Falcons standout wide receiver Roddy White.Once again, money has taken over the college football landscape and I could not be more disgusted.Over the years, college football has become about nothing but money. You think Rutgers and Maryland were brought into the Big Ten because of their competitive athletic programs? No offense to the Scarlet Knights and Terps, but that decision was made to bring in the New York and Washington, D.C., television markets which in turn brings in — wait for it — money.Discussions about paying players have been around for the majority of the last five to 10 years.While I agree athletes bring in a lot of money for their respective programs, do you think money was on the mind of the UAB football players when they found out the sport they have played for years was stripped away from them? No. Those players, specifically the ones that were seen sobbing after hearing the program will end, played to get an education and to continue playing the game they undoubtedly love.As a member of OSU’s club football team for most of two years, I can tell you firsthand what it is like to play for the love of the game.We paid money out of our own pocket to play a season that no one outside of the team really cared about.We paid for our equipment and travel expenses, amongst other things, to play a game that we all loved.Just like the UAB players, we did not play in front of large crowds (we probably averaged about 100 people at our games). We did not care about money. We played for the moment. We played because we loved the game.I wish I could say I knew what the UAB players were going through, but I can’t and few can.The last Division I program to be discontinued was the University of the Pacific in 1995.Some players will be able to transfer and continue their football careers, while others will see their athletic careers come to an abrupt halt.These athletes’ lives have now changed forever, because to those who play it, football is more than a game.It is a lifestyle. read more

  • NBCs Al Trautwig Backs Down from Comments About Simone

    Al Trautwig and Simone Biles (Daily Dot, US News)Al Trautwig, the gymnastics commentator for NBC’s Olympic Games coverage, has found himself in hot water for claiming Simone Biles’ adoptive mother and father are not her parents. The athlete was adopted by her maternal grandfather  and his wife – Ron and Nellie Biles –at age 6 with her younger sister Adria. The pair took the siblings in after their daughter struggled with drugs and alcohol.Trautwig referred to Ron and Nellie as Simone’s grandparents on air during the competition. When a Twitter user corrected him he said, “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”The tweet was later deleted but not before others captured a screenshot, including Maggie Astor.Funny, @AlTrautwig deleted his vile tweet about @Simone_Biles’ parents. Fortunately, screenshots exist. @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/08uUIBCDFG— Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) August 8, 2016Many responded to the message, including Aimee Boorman, Simone’s long-time coach.@AlTrautwig actually they are her parents.— Aimee B (@Salto_Coach) August 8, 2016Lauren Brewer questioned why Ron and Nellie kept being called her grandparents, adding “adoptive parents are parents.”Why do the #nbc commentators keep saying #SimoneBiles parents are her parents to her, her actual grandparents? Adoptive parents are parents!— Lauren Brewer (@knowinvno1) August 8, 2016Andrew Watring thought the network needed to “educate yourself about adoption.”.@nbc Those are @Simone_Biles’s parents – she doesn’t “think of them” as her parents. They are. Educate yourself about adoption, please.— Andrew Watring (@AndrewWatring) August 8, 2016Later on, NBC released a statement saying, “we became aware of the situation last night and addressed it with Al quickly.”Time reported the 19-year-old Olympic all-around finalist was formally adopted by her grandparents on Christmas Eve 2002. Biles asked if she could call her grandmother mom on the first day it became official. Now, she refers to Nellie and Ron as mom and dad. While she has met her biological mom a few times, she only hears from her on birthdays and holidays.“When I was younger, I thought every kid was adopted,” she told the magazine in June. “I didn’t understand why people made it such a big deal. To me, it’s just normal.”According to USA Today, Trautwig emailed an apology to NBC Sports.“I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording on the air,” he explained. “I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”The statement came too little too late, however. The hashtag #FireTrautwig sprung up online after the commentator apologized.@mskavon called for Trautwig’s “immediate dismissal.”Dude needs immediate dismissal. They raised her. They’re her parents. This isn’t about biology. It’s about NURTURE #FireTrautwig— smh_yet_again (@mskavon) August 8, 2016@olympicstoelect thought Trautwig’s statement was simply a defense of his “insensitive words.”@Gymtertainment I think by “quick correction” he means defend his insensitive words and belittle people who pointed it out. #FireTrautwig— Olympics to Election (@olympicstoelect) August 8, 2016 read more

  • HBC Nantes sign promising Hungarian left back Faluvegi

    The promising 23-years old Hungarian left back Rudolf Faluvegi. signed two years contract with French TOP team HBC Nantes.Faluvegi is coming from Csurgoi KK.HBC Nantes, second best team of the French LNH already signed Julian Emonet and Kiril Lazarov.BOMB: Kiril Lazarov to HBC Nantes ← Previous Story Masters Handball World Cup 2017 presents MVP award “Iztok Puc” Next Story → Isabelle Gullden to stay in Bucharest until 2019!

  • Arrests made as Union Jack is raised at Tallaght Stadium by Linfield

    first_imgA Union Jack flag is raised at Tallaght Stadium. (©INPHO/Donall Farmer)A spokesperson for the Garda Press Office confirmed that arrests were made at the ground.The spokesperson told TheScore.ie, “Two people were arrested for public order offences.“Their names were taken and they were released last night.”The spokesperson did hasten to add that the remainder of the night, and post-match, was ‘relatively peaceful’.In follow-up correspondence, the Press Office commented, “A Garda member was thrown from a Garda horse outside a football match in Tallaght on 4 March; the horse had been startled by a firecracker.“The Garda member was taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment, not believed to be life threatening. [The] horse is uninjured.”Rovers won the fixture thanks to goals from Kilduff, Ronan Finn and Stephen Rice. You can read the report and see the goals here.- Additional reporting by Steven O’RourkeOh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team GARDAI IN TALLAGHT made two arrests for ‘public order offences’ last night following a cup clash between Shamrock Rovers and Linfield.Rovers won their Setanta Cup tie 4-1 but the football was often a side-note on a tumultuous night at Tallaght Stadium.A member of the gardaí was treated at Tallaght Hospital when they were thrown from their horse, which was startled by a firecracker.There was sectarian chanting reported from both sets of supporters, with sections of the home crowd singing that there is only ‘one flag in Ireland’.About 10 Rovers supporters ran onto the pitch to celebrate a goal from Ciaran Kilduff that put their side in charge of the fixture.With the Dubliners controlling the game, the off-field action was left to barbs from both sets of fans. A Billy Joe Burns goal for Linfield enlivened the atmosphere.A minority of the Linfield support launched projectiles at the gardaí and match stewards with a small troupe, approximately 12 fans, attempting to gain access to the pitch.A British flag was also raised, before kick-off, at the far end of the Main Stand, where the Linfield fans were situated, which raised the hackles of the local supporters.last_img read more

  • Boo A Madea Halloween is the Scariest Movie of the Year

    first_img Forget Blair Witch. Forget Don’t Breathe. Forget any other horror flick that tries to claim it’s the scariest movie of 2016. Friends, there is only one objective choice for the year’s truly most frightening film, and this past weekend I saw it.That film is Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.Now that I’ve scared away all but the coolest readers, let’s first talk about the amazing ongoing enigma that is director/producer/actor/multimillionaire media mogul Tyler Perry.In one of the most obvious case studies of how a lack of diversity in entertainment leads to sub par material, Tyler Perry has made his name cranking out plays, movies, and TV shows of questionable quality to a primarily (southern) African-American audience for over a decade. As Hollywood continues to ignore that growing yet underserved market, Perry’s fame has only increased, to the point where Boo! made more money than Jack Reacher: Never Go Back in their shared opening weekend. He’s showing up in movies like Star Trek and Gone Girl and Alex Cross and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows now. He pals around with Oprah!It would be one thing if Perry was just cynically making bad movies for profit. I mean, he is doing that. But because his continued success has granted him such complete creative control, his films are more than just inept. They’re super fascinating windows into Perry’s warped psychology. He’s a wacko schlockmeister in the mold of Ed Wood or Tommy Wiseau, but with an even more shameless lack of artistic integrity.The insanity is dense enough to inspire academic work. I took a class on Perry in film school and wrote a thesis about the Why Did I Get Married? duology (featuring The Rock!). Birth Movies Death author Evan Saathoff wrote an incredible book on Perry’s entire oeuvre.There’s admittedly an element of “so bad it’s good” ironic appreciation going on here, but that’s reductive. It’s so much more than that. Plus, Perry’s outsized impact on modern Black cinema makes studying him especially personal to me. So I believe it’s my moral imperative to use whatever platform I have to educate people about what’s going on with this dude. And Boo! A Madea Halloween is as good a place to start as any.You’ve Been WarnedWhen sensitive single father Brian (Tyler Perry) wants to make sure his rebellious teenage daughter Tiffany stays away from the nearby frat house on Halloween night, he enlists his crotchety father Joe (Tyler Perry) and short-tempered, no-nonsense aunt Madea (Tyler Perry) to maintain order. Tiffany and the frat brothers think they can scare off the old folks and escape to have a good time, but they’ve never crossed paths with Madea.That’s a… fine premise for a family Halloween comedy. You can see how a normal movie might balance Scooby-Doo antics and touching father-daughter reconciliation. But an okay premise is all that most Perry movies have before they start derailing almost immediately. A lot of Boo!’s faults are just boring. The staging and camerawork are flat. The “scary” moments look like they were composed by someone with only the vaguest idea of what a horror movie is. Kudos to Perry for catching the killer clown zeitgeist, but there are no real supernatural elements like we thought there might be. That’s a real disappointment because a truly genre Madea movie could be a mind-blowing thing.Meanwhile, other parts of the movie legitimately work. Perry’s improv is barely coherent, sub-Adam McKay/Paul Feig stuff, but he does so much of it some can’t help but stick. And if you ignore how satisfied he is with himself, as he plays multiple characters laughing at his own jokes like Dr. Hibbert crossed with Jimmy Fallon, Madea can be very funny. There are great gags about stealing candy from children and marijuana jack-o’-lanterns. Even the central gimmick has the kernel of an interesting idea. Dropping untypical characters like Madea and her elderly cadre into typical horror scenarios leads to entertaining results, even if watching senile lower-class Black people get terrorized instead of sexy teenagers gets depressing. Still, I laughed a lot.This is what I (again, a literal Tyler Perry scholar) like to call a “Silver Age” Madea movie. After 2011’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, Perry began to unshackle Madea’s pure comedy from the operatic and arguably offensive melodrama endemic to the rest of his movies. Seriously, if you want to get completely desensitized to child molestation through inane and insane twist endings check out those earlier movies. The new Madea movies are lighter, funnier, and at times nearly plotless, with scenes of endless and airless riffing to nowhere. They’re more mainstream. They attract broader audiences, bigger (rapper Tyga) and whiter (Disney starlet Bella Thorne) stars, and Chinese financiers.However, the comedy is insidious in how it belies that true moral nightmare at the horrifying heart of Boo! A Madea Halloween. Real talk, members of a certain older strain of the Black community romanticize the idea of beating children to keep them from getting into trouble. I empathize with them. Parents would rather beat their kids with love than helplessly watch a racist world kill their kids for slightly stepping out of line. But in my opinion the mindset has become an outdated pathology. Perry clearly disagrees.Beating kids is a frequent theme in Perry’s thoroughly old-school work, but at least the melodramatic movies acknowledge the practice’s dark side. In Boo! not only is child abuse played entirely for laughs, learning how and when to physically and verbally beat your children is essentially the point of the movie. The fourth(!) act is like Christmas for child disciplinarians.In that (surely unintentional) way, the film recalls slasher movies like Halloween or Friday the 13th that present the villains as avenging paternal forces punishing deviant teens. But there’s no fantastical distance here. It’s just scenes like Joe (Tyler Perry) laughing about how he dropped his son Brian (Tyler Perry) off a roof, a comedy scene bafflingly similar to the disturbing and dead-serious tragic climax of Perry’s own butchered adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls poems.The movie doesn’t even seem to recognize how Brian’s trauma (one of his testicles were maimed, hilarious!) might inform his more delicate parenting style. Nope, he has to learn how to beat that girl into behaving. At one point she honestly asks for it. To top it all off, the sequence features what might be the first use of the N-word in a Perry film, in the form of a chilling rebuke from Joe that elicited howls of laughter from the very mixed-race audience. Brian should be grateful his parents didn’t literally murder him. Luke Cage has nothing on this.That all may make it sound like I hate this movie. But what I just described is exactly the kind of fever dream lunacy I go to a Tyler Perry movie for. People think these are just bad Christian family comedies, and that’s kind of true. Tiffany’s best friend is a preacher’s daughter, played by some YouTuber, who acts like she’s 75 and goes to church in costume on Halloween night. But it’s the whirlwind of unaware immorality that really gives these movies their spark.Plus there’s the fun of trying to sort out the deeply complicated Madea-verse continuity, in which only some Perry movies exist. Ten years ago Brian’s(Tyler Perry) wife was a crackhead and his kids were totally different, but here she just cheated on him? Aunt Bam and her blunts are here but where are the Browns? There’s a character from Perry’s stage plays and TV shows, Miss Hattie, who makes her film debut here. It’s like watching Spider-Man swing into Captain America: Civil War.I’ve seen all but three of the 18 Tyler Perry movies, but the only other one I’ve seen in theaters is the serious but similarly nonsensical Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. There’s a real hallucinatory quality to the experience. Often, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and felt as if I was levitating out of the theater chair, my hands over my open mouth. But the thing is, this isn’t even close to his craziest film. It’s pretty standard for Perry, all things considered. So if you want to get existentially spooked to your very soul, go watch Boo! A Madea Halloween, in theaters now. 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  • Geek Deals Get the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle for 29

    first_imgWant to learn how to make your very own custom robots? Check out today’s deal from SkillWise. With this affordable three-course bundle, you can learn exactly what it takes to start creating Arduino-based robots. • Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle for $29 (List price: $300)In this bundle, you’ll receive the following courses: • Make an Arduino Robot (List price: $100) • Arduino Robotics with the mBot (List price: $100) • Advanced Arduino Boards and Tools (List price: $100)All combined, that’s more than 22 hours of in-depth instruction spread among 168 individual lessons. You’ll learn the basics of constructing a real-life robot, but you’ll also learn the basics of what it takes to properly program one. Whether robotics is just a hobby to you, or a path towards a career, you’ll learn a lot.If you already have an Arduino board ready to go, that’s great. But if you haven’t jumped in yet, you can pick one up on Amazon for about $28. Motors, servos, and more are needed to make a full-on robot, but all you’ll need to start learning is a PC and an Arduino board.Typically, these courses would sell for roughly $300, but SkillWise is running a sale now for just $29. Better yet, you’ll be eligible for a 15-day satisfaction guarantee. If this course isn’t working out for you, you’ll have 15 days to return your purchase for store credit. That way, you’re not stuck with something you’re not happy with.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the SkillWise site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

  • Final Fantasy XIV and Masters of Doom Are Your Next Video Game

    first_img With Pokemon: Detective Pikachu finally proving that a truly excellent video game movie can exist, now it’s time to wonder when video games will inspire some good old-fashioned prestige television. It’s already starting to happen with upcoming shows based on Halo and the Console Wars history book. But now two more projects demonstrate how no medium is safe from gamers.First up, Square Enix is making a TV show based on Final Fantasy XIV. And this is weird for a few reasons. It’s live-action, unlike previous animated Final Fantasy features Advent Children and Spirits Within (which famously bankrupted Square). The show is being made in partnership with Hivemind, the production company working on fellow RPG adaptation The Witcher for Netflix.But even among Final Fantasy games XIV is a strange choice because instead of a traditional story-driven adventure like Final Fantasy VII, XIV is an MMO that famously came back from the dead after a rocky launch in 2013. Perhaps the open-ended nature of the massive online multiplayer game gives the creators more freedom to tell their own story. And as we witness this tale of “magic versus technology” in the continent of Eorzea, famous faces like Cid and Chocobos are slated to appear.Meanwhile, Masters of Doom isn’t based on a video game but rather the making of a video game. The original book by David Kushner follows the formation of iD Software, the development of landmark shooters like Doom, Wolfenstein, and Quake, as well as the eventual breakup of founders John Carmack and John Romero. It’s one of the best books about the video game industry.And now James and Dave Franco want to turn Masters of Doom into an anthology TV series through their production company Ramona Films according to Deadline. It reminds us of when the actor brothers turned The Disaster Artist book into a cinematic excuse to remake Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. In fact, the author of that book, occasional games journalist Tom Bissell, is writting and executive producing this Masters of Doom show. Right now USA has only ordered a pilot, but with excitement for Doom sky-high thanks to the upcoming Doom: Eternal, we hope this goes to series. Anything to make us forget about Doom: AnnihilationFor more on video game adaptations learn about the upcoming Sony PlayStation cinematic universe and savor the precious extra months we’ve gained before the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie destroys us all. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

  • San Diego Addiction Treatment Center celebrates grand opening

    first_imgSan Diego Addiction Treatment Center celebrates grand opening Posted: March 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The grand opening of the San Diego Addiction Treatment Center was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.The new facility, located less than five miles east of downtown San Diego, provides clinical and support services for adult males struggling with drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.San Diego Addiction Treatment Center is also part of the American Addiction Centers’ family of treatment centers, the nation’s first publicly traded company solely dedicated to addiction, as well as outpatient services arm of Laguna Treatment Hospital in Orange County.Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. In fact, in 2016, there were 545 drug overdoses in San Diego with adult males accounting for 66 percent of overdose deaths.San Diego Addiction Treatment Center is one of the few gender-specific outpatient clinics offering adult males with clinical treatment and support services. March 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Mymensingh gets city corporation

    first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of National Implementation Committee on Administrative Reforms (NICAR) at her office in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: PIDMymensingh municipality, a town with a 91.315sqk area and population of 471,858, has been upgraded as the country’s 12th city corporation.National Implementation Committee on Administrative Reforms (NICAR) approved a proposal in this regard at a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office in the capital on Monday.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting, reports UNB.After the meeting, cabinet division (coordination and reforms) secretary NM Ziaul Alam said the new city corporation will be consisted of Mymensingh municipality, two complete unions and parts of six unions from the 13 unions of Mymensingh sadar upazila.He also said that the Mymensingh City Corporation has been constituted following the fulfilment of all the eight criteria of forming a city corporation.last_img read more

  • Blizzard patches Diablo II 16 years after release

    first_imgBlizzard released Diablo II way, way back in 2000. The Lord of Destruction expansion pack came out a year later. Blizzard kept up with the patches for a surprisingly long time. Then, there was nothing for several years. Late last week, Blizzard finally got around to patching Diablo II again nearly 16 years after it was released. Before this latest patch (v1.14a), the most recent version of the game was 1.13d. That patch was released in 2011 and was mostly aimed at getting modern Battle.net features working in Diablo II. The new patch makes much more substantial improvements to the core game. Players will no longer have to run the game in Windows XP compatibility mode. It natively supports Windows 7, 8, and 10. The new installer for Macs finally understands the Intel architecture, so PowerPC and older versions of the OS (10.9 and earlier) are no longer supported. It will run fine on Intel-based Macs on OS X 10.10 or 10.11.There are still a lot of people around the world playing Diablo II, and that means plenty of cheaters. This patch also improves cheat detection and anti-hacking measures. The announcement notes that this is an ongoing effort. Does that actually mean people are still actively working on Diablo II? It would be wild if this game started getting regular patches rather than a one-off. This isn’t the first time an old game got a surprise patch — Knights of the Old Republic 2 got an update last year after years of neglect. What’s next? Some new Max Payne levels? An Age of Mythology expansion? Actually, it’s another Blizzard game, as Warcraft III is also set to receive a fresh patch this week.last_img read more

  • Distinguishing between humans and computers in the game of go

    first_img © 2017 Phys.org The researchers, C. Coquidé and B. Georgeot at the University of Toulouse, and O. Giraud at the University of Paris-Saclay, have published a paper on their statistical analysis of go games played by humans and computers in a recent issue of EPL.”We think our work indicates a path towards a better characterization and understanding of the differences between human and computer decision-making processes, which could be applied in many different areas,” Giraud told Phys.org.As the researchers explain, go is a particularly good platform to investigate how computers solve complex problems due to the vast number of possible moves a player can make at any turn. On a 19×19 go board, there are 10171 possible legal positions (compared to “just” 1050 in chess). In addition, the number of possible games of go was recently estimated to be at least 1010^108. Such numbers are gigantic even for a computer, making it impossible for any program to simply use brute-force methods to analyze all possible moves and games. Instead, computers must use more sophisticated approaches. In the new study, the researchers constructed databases of 8000 games played by amateur humans; 8000 games played by the software Gnugo, which uses a deterministic approach; 8000 games played by the software Fuego, which uses a Monte Carlo approach; and 50 games played by the software AlphaGo, which has become famous in the past couple years for beating world champion human go players. The researchers then built networks for each database that capture information about the patterns of moves on the go board. One of the most interesting results is that the networks based on software—especially Gnugo—have large numbers of “communities,” which are parts of a network that are strongly linked within themselves but weakly linked to the rest of the network. As the researchers explain, the presence of these communities indicates that the software programs are creating many different types of strategies that are different from other types of strategies; that is, their strategies are varied and diverse. By comparison, the networks based on human games have fewer communities and more large hubs with lots of direct links, indicating that human strategies were more related to each other and less diverse. Explore further While enlightening, these results are not unexpected, as they correspond to some previous observations of computers playing go. For instance, in 2016 and 2017, human analysts watching AlphaGo compete against world champions were often surprised and puzzled by the strategies that the computer used. Overall, the researchers found that the statistical differences between the computer- and human-generated networks are much larger than the variability within each network, indicating that the differences are statistically significant and could potentially be used to distinguish between groups of human-played games and computer-played games. Further, the results show that it’s not necessary to analyze thousands of games, as the differences could be significant even for the relatively small 50-game database from AlphaGo.As a consequence, the researchers propose that the statistical differences could be used to design a new kind of Turing test, similar to the original test in which a person tries to tell whether they are interacting with a human or a computer by asking questions. The new version of the Turing test would involve playing go games instead of asking questions, and then performing statistical tests to identify characteristic features of human and computer players.The researchers also expect that it would be interesting to use similar statistical methods to investigate the differences in how humans and computers approach other complex problems besides go. From this data, it may be possible to gain a better understanding of how computers “think.””We would like to study in more detail the origin of the differences between the human-generated and computer-generated networks, to see how they reflect in terms of differences in strategies used in the game,” Giraud said. “We are also planning to apply these techniques to other areas where computers and humans are present, starting with other board games such as chess.” More information: C. Coquidé, B. Georgeot, and O. Giraud. “Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/119/48001 Citation: Distinguishing between humans and computers in the game of go (2017, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-distinguishing-humans-game.html Google’s new Go-playing AI learns fast, and even thrashed its former self (Phys.org)—By analyzing the statistical features of thousands of go games played by humans and computers, researchers have found that it’s surprisingly easy to tell whether a game is being played by a human or by a computer. The results point to fundamental differences in the ways that humans and computers solve problems and may lead to a new kind of Turing test designed to distinguish between the two. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) Computers and humans use different kinds of strategies when playing go, pointing to fundamental differences in solving problems.last_img read more