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  • New Scholarships Help Train Mikmaq Correctional Officers

    first_imgNew provincial scholarships announced today, May 24, will open up employment opportunities and help more Mi’kmaq students train for a rewarding career as a correctional officer. The province is providing $57,000 to fund four scholarships available to Mi’kmaq students from across Nova Scotia. “Every young person has the drive and potential within them to make something of themselves,” said Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “What they sometimes lack is the support–financial or otherwise–to be able to follow through on their dreams. “This initiative is helping to support young aboriginal people, build a stronger and more diverse workforce, and further grow our partnership with the Mi’kmaq.” The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs will award the scholarships through the KMK Negotiations Office, which will identify and select the recipients. “Today’s announcement is part of an improved process of justice for Mi’kmaq and Aboriginal people and will foster an improved relationship between Mi’kmaq and Aboriginal people and the Canadian justice system,” said Chief Janette Peterson, Assembly’s Lead Chief on Justice. Nova Scotia Correctional Services will provide on-the-job placements for the Mi’kmaq students who receive the scholarships. Right now there are approximately 250 correctional officers employed in five facilities in Nova Scotia. Correctional Services regularly recruits correctional officers. “As an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Nova Scotia Correctional Services, I feel this scholarship is a step forward to integrate First Nations people into a career field that is worthy to pursue,” said Trevor Sanipass, Correctional Officer at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. “Aboriginal ideals for restorative justice that center on traditional values and practices are all free, but they need people to carry them into the institutions, and these people need help to get there,” said Acting Captain Jordan Francis, Cape Breton Correctional Facility. “The more Aboriginal people embrace the criminal justice system, the more we can add to it and learn to work as part of the force that shapes it.”last_img read more

  • Kerry Washington Honored at Lehman College 50th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Awards

    first_imgAcclaimed actress, activist and producer Kerry Washington received the Lehman Award for Artistic Achievement at the Lehman College 50th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Awards Dinner on April 11, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York.Lehman College President José Luis Cruz and honoree Kerry WashingtonThe event raised over $600,000 to support Lehman College student scholarships and programs.A Bronx native, Kerry Washington, said, “I have many precious memories of Lehman College and its beautiful campus. I’m honored to help usher in this next chapter in Lehman’s history of service to the Bronx.”Lehman College President José Luis Cruz, said, “Ms. Washington is an outstanding role model for our students – an accomplished artist who works tirelessly for equality and education. We are thrilled to present her with the Lehman Award for Artistic Achievement.”Lehman College also honored philanthropists and business leaders.Iven Seidenberg, the former chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications and his wife Phyllis, both Lehman College alums, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for their work with the Seidenberg Family Foundation.Joanne Walsh Stavrou and Christopher Stavrou received the Lehman Medal for Business, Cultural and Civic Leadership, for their work promoting educational opportunity for all.A special President’s Medal was awarded posthumously to Edith and Herbert H. Lehman and accepted by their granddaughter Wendy Lehman Lash. Edith Lehman was a lifelong philanthropist. Herbert H. Lehman, for whom the college is named, served as Governor and as US Senator from New York.Lehman College is The City University of New York’s only four-year college in the Bronx, serving the borough and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center. Lehman provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education within a dynamic research environment. With a diverse student body of more than 13,000, Lehman offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. Ranked as having the fourth highest mobility rate in the nation by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Equality of Opportunity Project, Lehman is a proud catalyst for economic and social mobility for its students, almost half of whom are first generation college students.last_img read more

  • Prince William To Visit Jordan Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    first_imgHis Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will visit Jordan, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories from Sunday 24th June until Thursday 28th June at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.The visit will be The Duke’s first to the region.In Jordan, His Royal Highness will be able to build on the strong links that exist not only between the two countries, but also between their respective Royal families who have visited each other many times over the years. In Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the visit will be the first official tour on behalf of the Government by a Member of The Royal Family.The complex challenges in the region are of course well known. The non-political nature of His Royal Highness’s role – in common with all Royal visits overseas –allows a spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences.In cities with storied histories that are never far from the headlines, The Duke’s goal will be to meet as many people from as many walks of life as possible – and to use the spotlight that his visit will bring to celebrate their hopes for the future. During the visit, The Duke will meet young entrepreneurs, view vibrant tech and media sectors, witness historic cultures being protected and interpreted for the 21st century, and meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds – including refugees – with a particular focus on young people.The Duke will also meet with senior political and religious leaders in all three places, as well as a wide range of people drawn from across business, civil society, the arts and media and other sectors at receptions organised by the UK’s three missions.Turning to the detail of the programme, His Royal Highness will depart the UK on RAF Voyager on the morning of Sunday 24th, arriving in Amman, Jordan to an official welcome at Marka airport.He will be greeted by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II. The Duke is very pleased that this visit will allow him to begin a relationship with the Crown Prince Hussein that will be important in the decades to come. Their Royal Highnesses will then visit Fablab, an initiative of the Crown Prince Foundation that seeks to equip young entrepreneurs with the technology they need to realise their ambitions.That evening The Duke will meet people from across Jordanian society and deliver a speech at a Queen’s Birthday Party at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador, before departing for a private dinner with the Crown Prince Hussein at Beit al Urden, the King’s private residence, where The Duke is honoured to stay overnight.The morning of the 25th will begin with a visit to the spectacular archaeological site at Jerash, a first century Roman city that is one of the largest Roman remains anywhere in the Mediterranean region, and one of Jordan’s greatest tourist attractions. It is, by the way, the site where the young Catherine Middleton is pictured standing on a pile of stones with her father and young sister when the Middleton family lived in Jordan.The site will host a celebration for young people benefiting from the Makani programme supported by UNICEF. Makani is a nationwide charity that works with young people from deprived backgrounds, but especially those from refugee communities.As you know, there has been unrest in the Middle East for decades, most recently in Syria, and consequently the country of Jordan is hosting over 655,000 refugees – a staggering act of generosity and humanitarianism for a country with a population of 9.5 million. Jordan has a range of programmes to help refugees to integrate and to find work and shelter, and Makani is one of the leading organisations in this field.Through interacting with young people brought together by Makani from across communities in Jordan, The Duke will hear about the lives, challenges and hopes of these young people.His Royal Highness will then travel to the north of the country to visit a new base for the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which has been formed with British military support.The Duke will witness the QRF practicing pre-deployment drills and will also meet British officers on attachment to the Jordanian armed forces. The UK and Jordanian Government cooperate closely on security, and this meeting will pay tribute to this.The Duke will then visit the Dar Na’mah Centre – a project of the Princess Taghrid Institute (PTI). The institute is a charity set up by Princess Taghrid to support women of all ages to develop their own livelihoods and thereby support their families and communities.His Royal Highness will meet with women who have built the centre, try some of their traditional food, and watch them make crafts. He will also meet with a group of young orphaned women who have been supported by PTI to develop skills and complete their educations.That afternoon The Duke will get to meet with a number of young Jordanians and Syrian refugees who are developing skills to compete in the modern economy when he visits Al Quds College back in Amman.Among the students His Royal Highness will meet will be those who are enrolled in the media school there, training in film and music production as part of the College’s partnership with Middlesex University. It is an incredibly vibrant place that will give The Duke a sense of the optimism and ambition of Jordan’s young people.The Duke will complete his visit to Jordan back at Marka airport where he will meet with crew involved in the Jordanian Air Ambulance, and will be able to look over their helicopters. His Royal Highness will then depart for Israel and the next leg of the trip.His Royal Highness will arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, before travelling to Jerusalem’s historic King David Hotel, where he will stay for the remainder of the trip.The Duke’s first engagement in Israel, on the morning of the 26th, will see him visit Yad Vashem – Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. You will recall that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Stutthof concentration camp last year, as well as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin – so this visit will be immensely poignant.His Royal Highness will receive a short tour of the museum before meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust and the Kindertransport who will share their personal experiences with him.He will then walk to Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance where he will lay a wreath in memory of those who died, and will leave a personal message in the visitor’s book before departing. The Duke will be accompanied by the British Chief Rabbi during the ceremony.The Duke will then travel to the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he will be welcomed to Israel by the Prime Minister and his wife. He will then have a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence.The Duke will then travel to the historic city of Jaffa where he will meet with young people involved in the work of two organisations focused on co-existence between the young people of different religious and ethnic communities – the Equaliser and the Peres Centre for Peace. He will arrive at a football event hosted by the two charities and will have a chance to spend time with children and teenagers involved in several of their projects, including one focused on empowering young women.His Royal Highness will then travel to central Tel Aviv for an event that will be announced during the visit.That evening The Duke will speak at a reception at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Israel before returning to Jerusalem.The next morning of the 27th will begin back in Tel Aviv, with a visit that we are really looking forward to, but will not be announcing in advance. The second engagement will be at the Beit Ha’ir Museum in the newly renovated Old City Hall of Tel Aviv. The museum is designed to be an open house for artists, writers and scholars. On arrival, The Duke will attend a tech innovation demo where he will meet four start-up companies and hear the story behind their products. The Duke will then attend a civil society reception, meeting groups of young people engaged in the fields of youth activism, social impact and the environment.From here, the programme will shift to its next leg – the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Duke will travel to Ramallah where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting will take place at the President’s office.The rest of the afternoon’s programme in the West Bank will include events that focus on the issues facing refugee communities; opportunities to celebrate Palestinian culture, music and food; and a chance to meet a number of young Palestinians. Full details will be announced during the visit.That evening The Duke will give his final speech of the tour when he attends a reception at the residence of the Consul General in Jerusalem.The next day’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem’s Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives. From here His Royal Highness will travel a short distance to the Church of St Mary Magdalene where he will pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice.Both The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales have made previous visits here. The rest of the programme for the day will be announced at a later date, but will allow His Royal Highness to understand and pay respect to the religions and history of the region.The historic nature of this tour is of course important and The Duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official Royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom. More importantly, however, The Duke is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region.In particular he is pleased that his programme will allow him to meet a number of people from his own generation and young Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians. His Royal Highness is looking forward to learning about their unique perspectives, but also their shared ambitions and hopes for the future.last_img read more

  • ICC T20 Rankings India stay put Rahul gains a spot Kuldeep drops

    first_imgDubai: Indian opener KL Rahul’s two impressive knocks in the recently concluded two-match T20 series against Australia helped him climb to fifth in the latest ICC Rankings for T20 batsmen here Tuesday. Rahul, who made a comeback to international cricket after a brief suspension by the BCCI for his sexist comments on a TV show, scored 47 and 50 in the two matches and gained a spot in the latest rankings. In the bowlers’ list, Kuldeep Yadav, who was rested for two T20 Internationals, dropped a place to fifth. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherPakistan’s Babar Azam and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan remained in top positions in batsmen and bowlers’ list respectively. Pakistan (135) enjoys a 13-point lead over second-placed India (122) with England remaining at third place with 121 points. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid has equalled his career-best third place in the latest rankings. Rashid’s five wickets in the series against the West Indies have helped him gain two slots and cross the 700-point mark for the first time in his career during the series.last_img read more

  • To Toubkal and Back A Weekend Journey to the Top of

    By Andrew MinesRabat – We set out Thursday afternoon at 16:00 from Gare Rabat Ville on a train bound for Marrakech. We each carried a backpack, a small duffle bag, and the shared vision to climb the best North Africa had to offer- Mt. Toubkal. At 4167 meters, Toubkal stands a king among kings in the Atlas Mountains, commanding the respect and admiration of the viewer below.Our train compartment was full, trapping the heat of many bodies inside until someone thought to open a window. My friend, Jacob, and I were separated in order to obtain our own seats, so for four and a half hours I read, slept, and observed the other passengers in silence. A child sat diagonally from me, fascinated by the large strangers sitting next to her. Eventually she turned towards me, so I puffed my cheeks and stretched my ears into my best monkey impression- apparently it was enough. She giggled loudly until being hushed by her mother. There is no better language for communicating with a child than the morphing of one’s face. Around 20:00 we disembarked at Marrakech, joining the other travelers pushing their way on the platform to ensure a taxi outside the station. Nimble as we were, weaving through the crowd proved an easy task, and in no time we had negotiated a ride to Djemaa el-Fnaa, the main square in the old medina. For those on their first visit to Marrakech, be prepared to bargain a taxi before your ride. MAD 20 can get you most anywhere…Having already experienced the overwhelming flood of colors, sounds, and smells of Djemaa el-Fnaa at night prior to this visit, we did our best to cut straight to our hostel. Without a purpose in your step, you may soon find a monkey on your shoulder, a snake wrapped around your neck, a date in your mouth, and many dirhams out of your pocket. Such is the way of Marrakech.By 21:00 we arrived at Rainbow Marrakech, a hostel a few turns out of the main square, nestled in a side-alley. The interior décor was charming, as were our hosts, who made our comfort their first priority. We had tea after unloading our bags, half preparing mentally for the next day, half listening to the other travelers lounging about telling stories. Hearing their experiences across a vast array of countries added a sense of humility to our own journey. No matter the length you go, the strange things you see, the isolation you feel, someone else has gone farther, seen stranger, felt lonelier. In no time I was asleep, dreaming only of the mountain far off in the distance.We left the hostel early Friday morning after breakfast, carrying only what we thought we would need for the mountain. A short ride in a petit taxi left us at the grand taxi station to catch a ride out of town. MAD 50 later we were riding south with five others under the mild winter morning sun. Outside my window the outskirts of Marrakech turned gradually to open lands that stretched flat for miles, broken abruptly by the towering scars in the Earth’s face on the near horizon. Within an hour we had reached the foot of the Atlas, and the road turned from straight highway to a meandering path cut into the face of the mountains. Our driver was clearly experienced in this route, knowing precisely when to slow down, when to move over, and when to swerve violently to avoid the occasional tour bus, all at the fastest speed possible. We endured just under half an hour like this, but to his credit I was well awake by the time we ran out of road in Imlil, our final stop.The village of Imlil lies 1740 meters above sea level, and serves as the official starting point for those trying to climb Toubkal. Its people have built their homes amongst the hills and narrowed flat lands along the river. Their walnut, apple, and cherry trees were stripped bare by the winter days, but their irrigated fields were still the greenest natural grass I have every seen, made more vibrant by the cold, gray stone walls and rock fields that surround them. Many chickens, goats, and mules occupy the village alongside its people, their noises offering the majority of sound coming from Imlil. Having lived in Rabat for some time, I was pleasantly reminded of how durable the human race is, equally able to inhabit villages locked high in the mountains as we are great cities by the sea.Before setting out we stocked up on snacks: nuts, dried fruit, extra water, and as many Snickers bars as we could fit in our bags. A local guide told us most hikers completed the journey up to the refuge in six hours. Of course, our goal then became to finish in as far under six hours as possible, as is the American way.Imlil’s houses and plots of land line both sides of the path, and it was not until half an hour of walking had past that we felt truly on our way up, the village features well behind us. Thankfully, the hike to the refuge is mostly a gradual ascent interspersed with some flat sections and a few more vertical bits. There are a few huts along the climb and, more notably, the small settlement of Sidi Chamharouch in which the tired climber can stop for a drink or meal. Content with our snacks, we pushed on.I must stop here to note a more negative aspect to an otherwise happy adventure. I could not help but notice the excessive amounts of graffiti and trash along the path and on the rocks of the mountain. Accustomed to the pristinely clean National Parks of the U.S., the level of disrespect shown this national treasure of Morocco came as a surprise. The littering and defacement of Toubkal detracts from the overall climbing experience. Whatever measure that can be taken to discourage or penalize these actions should be taken, and whatever cleanup of the mountain that can be done should be done.Having reached Sidi Chamharouch in quick timing, our pace held fast through to the refuge. Several times we passed mules carrying a bizarre assortment of goods; one carried a box of Bose speakers, another hauled propane tanks, and yet another had a sac draped over its back in which a full-sized sheep was getting a free ride down. Never judge a mule by its cargo.We crossed a number of different peoples during our ascent. Many were Moroccans with whom we exchanged a “Salem.” Those coming down offered us a cheery reply, while those we passed going up exchanged a grudging nod at being overtaken. Other hikers included a trio of Scotsmen, four Germans, a Finnish couple, what I thought to be a group of Russians, and a few Americans like ourselves.The mountain itself was mostly rocky terrain. The river below was more of a stream due to the severe lack of rain and snowfall this season, but we could still hear it trickling down towards Imlil. Many of the plants had either withered or died in the unusually dry winter, while a resilient few managed to survive and give parts of the mountain a pleasing green shade. During our water-breaks, I took the time to appreciate this rugged beauty, grateful that the temperature hovered around 13°C. My boots, light pants, long-sleeve shirt, and shades were plenty of protection, but I had as my comparison the harsh Chicago winter where temperatures often drop below -10°C. Other climbers my not have felt the same way…At around 14:00, less than four hours after leaving Imlil, we arrived at the refuge. A simple stone structure, Réfuge de Toubkal provides the only protection from the night’s sub-zero temperatures and harsh winds. With the sun still up to offer us some warmth, we had tea on the terrace and a make-shift lunch of nuts and dried fruit. I had brought my copy of Frantz Fanon’s A Dying Colonialism, which I read until the fading sunlight forced us inside the warmer walls of the refuge.One of the rooms was heated to a glorious 20°C by a wood fire, the rest of the rooms left to similar conditions as the outside (without the wind), so we had dinner there. We were served a traditional Moroccan tagine with chicken by the refuge keepers, an exceptional meal to recover our strength for the second leg. Also eating with us were four Brits who had been climbing during the last two days, some local guides, and two Canadians who had summited earlier that afternoon. To pass the time we read under LED lamps scattered about the room, exchanged a few stories, and even played chess on a makeshift board provided by our hosts. After a couple of hours, I reluctantly retired to the bitter cold dorms upstairs, much in need of sleep. I wore my pants, socks, shirt, thin jacket, and scarf to bed underneath two thick wool blankets. Jacob also packed on some layers with the addition of his hat, for which I envied him. We were in for a cold night.On the plus side, getting up early the next morning was no trouble at all. By 6:30 we were dressed and eating breakfast, which consisted of breads, jams, and packet coffee. Since the sun was not yet up, we had to wait until 7:30 before it was light enough to see the path. I wore two layers of pants and socks, my boots, the same long-sleeve tee and jacket I had slept in, a wind-resistant outer shell, scarf, and gloves. Jacob dressed similarly, and we rented some cramp-ons from our hosts for the snow and ice. Our bags emptied except for water, snacks, and our spikes, we began the climb to the summit.The stark cold coupled with the complete silence made for an eerie and unearthly setting- it felt as though we had been dipped into another world. The crunch of our boots and deepening of our breaths became the only sound to break the morning silence.We had to stop often, every twenty minutes or so, for water and altitude adjustment. When climbing at greater heights, it is always smart to periodically rest and take in air to avoid altitude sickness. The water in my bottle was starting to freeze, so I moved it inside my bag hoping it would stay drinkable.About a third of the way up the mountain became mostly ice and snow, and we paused to attach our cramp-ons. They dug well in to the slippery face, keeping us balanced when recurring gusts of wind surely would have knocked us backwards, potentially to our death. I cannot imagine having made that climb without them. It was here on the ice that the wind really picked up and the temperature dropped well below zero. The rising sun lay hidden behind the tall mountain peaks, and my hands, which to this point had remained reasonably warm, started to freeze. I breathed warm air into my gloves to salvage the mobility of my fingers, but the numbing cold always returned.Along the way I was surprised to find two climbers passing us on their descent. Had they ascended with headlamps earlier in the dark to see the sunrise? Had they camped at the summit overnight? I was impressed either way, and nodded my head as they shuffled by. One of the two exchanged a quick glance with me, his eyes acknowledging the hard task ahead and spurring me onwards.Once we completed the slippery slope we reached a ridgeline that would carry us to the top. The ice and snow lessened here, and we were able to continue without spikes. A few hundred feet below the summit, we found ourselves at a lesser peak touched by the sun. Upon reaching that small oasis of light we were instantly reprieved from the vicious cold. Even up here, the mountain granted us some amnesty from her more hostile nature. We did not linger there long, as the end was now in sight. Freezing, drained of energy, out of breath, we trudged the remaining few hundred meters to the summit.At 4167 meters, 13,671 feet, we stood atop North Africa. I sat down to recover, and a small bird pecked at the ground next to my feet. Life manages to find a way in the most punishing of places. I smiled.Usually, most writers will try to describe what they have seen in great detail, but I find words to be a feeble substitute for the view I witnessed on the summit of Toubkal. There are no words I can write, no pictures I can take, no stories I can tell to replace the feeling of being utterly exhausted and looking out upon the earth with no obstacle to prevent my eyes from seeing as far as they wished. That feeling is much better left a reward to be earned than an object to be captured in words or pictures. But we live in the 21st century, so I took pictures anyway.We remained at the summit until the desire to get warm exceeded our appreciation for the mountaintop view. The descent to the refuge was rough on the joints, but certainly easier than the climb up. A group of Moroccans was resting less than one hundred feet up the icy slope as we passed them. They had no poles, no cramp-ons, little/no water, few layers, and were wearing Adidas® running shoes. A guide in Imlil told us that every winter people like this group tried to climb Toubkal and sometimes never returned. Alive, that is. I tried to warn them in Darija, then in Fusha, then in French, and finally in English, but they insisted on finishing their mission. I admired their foolish persistence, and hoped their journey would end down in Imlil and not here on the slopes.After stopping at the refuge to collect the rest of our belongings, we made the final push down to Imlil. The gradual descent was easy and enjoyable compared to the journey up, and within three hours we were back in the main village. As we walked into the spot where we first disembarked the day before, a grand taxi was preparing to depart for Marrakech. It had two empty spots, just enough for Jacob and me, and soon we were asleep in the back as the taxi twisted along the familiar road. I woke up occasionally from the driver’s swerving, looking back at the mountain we had conquered as it grew smaller and smaller in the distance. It was bizarre to think that those snow-capped peaks were now trenched with our footprints. I was happy to be thousands of meters below, warmed by the setting sun.That night we toasted our success on one of the many restaurant rooftops in Marrakech’s old medina. We exchanged a few words and laughs over dinner, but mostly we sat in the mutual silence of our weariness, made more potent by the sedative effects of having eaten a large meal. I lasted only a few minutes once we returned to the Rainbow Marrakech hostel before falling into a deep, well-earned sleep. I do not remember what I dreamt of, but I was warm while I dreamt it.The morning was a pleasant mixture of good food, good tea, and good company from our hosts before we said farewell. We were able to find two seats next to each other this time round on the train back, and the compartment was significantly less crowded. I always find myself more at peace when there are empty spaces nearby, and so I was able to finish my book in a calm, pensive, and quiet manner.A woman, who I found out from later discussion was a University student in Rabat, saw the copy of A Dying Colonialism lying closed on the table. I watched her pick it up and skim through a few pages in interest, and I gathered she spoke English well from her pleased expressions at its content. She asked for my opinions about the novel, which I told her. I asked if she wanted the book, to which she nodded and began reaching for her purse. I told her it was free, after all I had finished it and taken from its pages what I could. In turn, I felt compelled to share freely the knowledge within. I believe this is what its author, too, would have wanted.We arrived in Rabat at 16:00 on Sunday afternoon carrying our backpacks, duffle bags, and the shared gratitude to Toubkal for permitting our little adventure.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. 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  • Moroccos DGSN Tightens Its Grip on Criminal Networks in 2018

    Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) issued its annual review of crime statistics and police achievements on Tuesday.Among the most striking differences from 2017 is activity among irregular migration networks. The police arrested 603 organizers of irregular migration networks this year, a sharp increase from 294 organizers in 2017. The operation dismantled 45 networks in 2018, compared to 38 in the previous year.The DGSN has improved the scientific and technical structures for criminal investigations, increasing police operations against crime by 6 percent over the previous year. The number of people arrested red-handed or on the basis of a search warrant reached 554,202 individuals, while the number of criminal cases totaled 584,516. Police detained 91 percent of those arrested.Violent crimes make up 10 percent of all cases at 56,878 and have a detention rate of 73 percent. Murder and sexual assault cases fell by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.DGSN arrested 37,851 individuals this year in property damage cases and dismantled 495 criminal networks related to violent and armed robberies.DGSN’s 2018 statisticsRead also: Official Commends DGSN-DGST for Cooperation in Cocaine BustJudicial police surveillance detected 1/3 of cybercrime casesConcerning cybercrime, the judicial police recorded 1,091 cases compared to 765 cases in 2017, up by 33 percent over the last year. One third of these cases were detected due to the judicial police’s surveillance system.Police recorded 435 victims of online sexual blackmail, including 125 foreigners, resulting in the arrest of 267 suspects.As for the fight against drugs, in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), police seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills (up 43 percent over 2017), 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis.Earlier this month, police arrested a truck driver attempting to smuggle 400 bags of hashish (cannabis resin), weighing a total of 10 tons. Police caught the driver in El Jadida, near Casablanca, based on intelligence provided by DGST.In November, Morocco’s DGSN and customs thwarted an attempt to traffic 493,700 ecstasy pills into Morocco through Tanger Med Port.In the field of international security cooperation, DGSN executed 80 international information requests, including 44 letters of request relating to cases of drug smuggling and money laundering.The National Central Bureau (Rabat Interpol) made public 55 international arrest warrants, issued by the Moroccan judicial authorities for wanted persons of various nationalities, resulting in the arrest of 49 individuals.As part of international cooperation to counter foreign terrorists using Mediterranean maritime routes between North Africa and southern Europe, Interpol officials supervised special trainings to help Moroccan officers secure Moroccan seaports against foreign terrorists. The counter-terrorism operation, codenamed “Neptune,” also addressed threats from firearms, drugs, and human traffickers.Read also: Morocco Arrests French Wanted by Interpol for Drug Trafficking and Attempted MurderQuantitative ballistic analysis and requests for DNA analysisThis year was also marked by Casablanca’s laboratory of the scientific police obtaining the ISO 17025 certification. The award acknowledged DGSN’s effort and motivation to develop scientific and technical police structures.The police technical services carried out 201 ballistic analyses, involving 108 firearms, 924 replicator weapons, and 2,748 rounds of ammunition. The technical services also analyzed 906 handwriting samples on 1,757 documents, such as bonds, bank checks, and identity documents. Police also scrutinized 2,502 bank notes, including 1,562 bills of foreign currency.The Central Laboratory for Digital Trace Analysis handled 584 cases involving the use of mobile phones and 124 computer-related cases.The judicial police laboratory of Casablanca, for its part, received 10,431 cases this year compared to 9,294 cases in the previous year, up 12 percent. Requests for DNA analysis accounted for 81 percent of the cases at 8,410 cases, including those related to fire and explosives (761 cases) and toxicology and drugs (977 cases).Road accidents increase by 7.5%This year, DGSN adopted an information management system for the collection of road traffic offences and the rationalization of fixed fines collection.As a result, DGSN recorded over 1.8 million traffic offenses and began infringement proceedings on 573,557 vehicles.DGSN registered 66,343 traffic accidents with bodily injuries, compared to 61,686 accidents in 2017, up 7.5 percent.The recorded accidents caused 964 deaths, 3,748 serious injuries, and 84,048 minor injuries, exceeding the number of deaths and injuries recorded in 2017.Read also: Emir of Qatar Receives Morocco’s DGSN Chief Abdellatif Hammouchi23 new security servicesAs part of its strategy to bring security services closer to citizens and to cover expanding urban areas, the DGSN created 23 new security services, including police districts, police stations, and traffic accident services in some cities, such as Casablanca, Laayoune, Taounate, Sale, Fez, Tantan, Safi, and Rabat.In 2018, the DGSN established a new system of command and coordination rooms for the brigade rescue units in Rabat, Sale, Temara, and Marrakech. The system, which the DGSN aims to generalize in many cities, is still in the experimental stage in Fez and Tangier.The new command rooms received 127,770 calls, leading to 67,542 police interventions. The traditional command rooms using the telecommunication system received approximately 1.7 million telephone calls which led to 678,283 security interventions.In September, DGSN organized open days for the public under the theme “National Security, Citizen Police” in Marrakech. Units conducted 56 simulation exercises, involving cavalry, police dogs, biker brigades, a musical troop, the infantry brigade, and rapid reaction forces.DGSN wanted to be more transparent and to inform the public of the missions of its various security units and corps. The event also aimed to show the country’s advanced equipmentWhile reviewing its activities, the DGSN reaffirms its determination to preserve public order, reinforce the feeling of security, and improve its quality of service. read more

  • Schengen Visa Spain Asks Moroccans for Appointment Fee in Advance

    Rabat – Beginning on June 10, Moroccans booking an appointment for a Schengen Visa must pay the service charge in advance. This is a new procedure that Spain has issued for making Schengen visas appointments. From June 10th, online applicants for these visas will have to pay MAD 220 in management fees for the BLS website.The BLS service fee, however, must be paid within three days of making an appointment. If payment is not made within 72 hours, the appointment will be automatically canceled. This is now stated clearly on the BLS website.The company follows in the footsteps of its neighbor TLS contact, which also manages Schengen Visas for the Spanish consular services in Morocco. France already applied this procedure for visa applicants on 1 December 2018. However, at MAD 263, the fees are higher than the rate for Spain. According to the consular services of both countries, this measure of payment in advance for making appointments has been adopted to streamline traffic and counter false appointments, an issue which mainly concerns tourist visa applications and not long-stay visas and business visas.Spain has been increasing efforts to control the number of visas it issues since it is a border country for the EU, where irregular immigration has long been a problem. read more

  • UN agency condemns killing of food aid driver in southern Sudan

    30 June 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the “senseless killing” of one of its truck drivers who was ambushed in southern Sudan after delivering vital food supplies to the agency’s warehouse in Juba. Muzamil Ramadan Sida, a 28-year-old Ugandan, was shot by unidentified gunmen on 27 June. Mr. Sida’s assistant escaped after steering the truck to a stop 300 metres from the site of the attack.“We are all saddened by this senseless killing and send our deep condolences to Mr. Sida’s family,” said Daniela Owen, WFP Coordinator in southern Sudan. “Drivers of food relief trucks risk their lives to bring urgently needed food to vulnerable people. Such attacks are completely unacceptable.”Mr. Sida’s death brings to five the number of WFP-contracted drivers or their assistants killed in attacks in southern Sudan this year. Two drivers were killed in March and a driver and his assistant were killed in April. Both incidents occurred in southern Sudan’s Unity State. The perils of road travel in Sudan highlight the vital role played by the WFP-run Humanitarian Air Service (HAS), which flies aid workers to critical areas of the strife-torn nation. WFP announced today that, thanks to nearly $15 million in contributions from donors, the agency will be able to continue running the service until the end of September. Earlier this month, WFP had warned that the service may have to be grounded to a severe lack of funds. “These donations have arrived just in time. Our passengers – relief workers from more than 200 aid organizations operating in Sudan – would be unable to do their vital work without WFP-HAS,” said Kenro Oshidari, WFP Representative in Sudan. “The air service is especially important at this time of year, when the rains make most roads impassable. Added to that, banditry and insecurity have made it too dangerous for humanitarians to travel by road in many parts of Darfur,” noted Mr. Oshidari. WFP-HAS carries about 15,000 humanitarian passengers per month on routes throughout Darfur and southern Sudan. It links both regions with the capital Khartoum.While Mr. Oshidari thanked donors, he stressed that some service cuts must remain in place and warned that WFP-HAS has no funds confirmed beyond September – meaning it still risks closure in the fourth quarter of 2008. read more

  • Rajant management gives insight on Trimble and SCAN RF distribution deals

    first_imgThe solution they came up with was to create regional distributors in different areas of the globe. These distributors would allow Rajant to create synergistic leverage between local resellers and a centralised distributor whose intent isn’t to block other entities from selling Rajant products in a region, but works with multiple resellers to ensure all levels of a specific channel are adequately covered, as well as all other market segment channels the group needs to address.  They can also act as a central organisation for regulatory compliance, inventory management, RMA processing and warranty claims. Readers of IM will have noted the recent news that Rajant Corporation recently announced some significant distribution agreements with Trimble Mining and SCAN RF. While in Sydney attending AIMEX recently, IM Editor Paul Moore caught up with Scott Beer, Chief Operating Officer and Todd Rigby, VP of Business Development from Rajant. Both offered some insight on the recent distribution partnerships and how they  expect it to enhance support for their end users. Rigby told IM: “Rajant’s historic distribution strategy involved signing up a myriad of resellers and then working in partnership with them to deliver network designs, project  planning, implementations and post deployment support. As distribution hasexpanded around the globe, our plan has been to continue to deliver the same high level of support that customers/resellers have enjoyed in North America. While we have been able to continue to grow, it is apparent at some point this model could not continue to scale without changing the focus of the company.”He added: “For some time we had been planning improvements to our distribution model. In seeking customer input, we were hearing a consistent message. Customers want local support, and quicker product availability for emergency spares, parts and accessories. They also were vocal in their interest for continued manufacturer involvement in the support equation. Local support is integral to a high level of customer satisfaction  because of cultures, customs, and regionally specific business practices as well as language. Another issue we had to consider was its multiple market segments in addition to mining. Any new plan needed to  accommodate all of these different channels.” On August 23, 2013, Trimble and Rajant Corporation announced that  Trimble would be selling Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh Networking solution as part of its mining portfolio. This means that Trimble will be Rajant’s exclusive distributor in South America, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia for mining applications. These  responsibilities are considered a starting point and both companies expect the territory will expand to other areas of the globe. Then On September 4, Rajant and SCAN RF Projectsannounced that SCAN RF Projects will serve as distributor of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh wireless networking solutions throughout Africa.  SCAN RF is a premier network distributor in Africa and already has a significant reseller organisation. And they have a large staff based in multiple countries. Rigby told IM: “Africa is one of the burgeoning mining economies of the world, however the political instability in many countries makes it a challenge for foreign companies to get  established.  By partnering with an established and respected company like SCAN RF, it allows Rajant to make available its market leading products to agrowing market in a short period of time.”last_img read more

  • Qarabag boss Arsenal saved Mkhitaryan

    first_imgQarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov feels that politics didn’t factor into Arsenal’s decision to leave out Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their Europa League clashThe 29-year-old midfielder has not travelled with the 21-man Arsenal squad for this evening’s Group E game against Qarabag at the Baku Olympic Stadium.The decision to leave out Mkhitaryan came due to a long-standing diplomatic conflict between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.But Gurbanov feels that’s not the case and instead suggested that Arsenal had “saved” Mkhitaryan from the 60,000 Azerbaijani fans.“I didn’t want politics to interrupt the sport but we could not do anything on this issue,” said Gurbanov, according to the Evening Standard.“But Arsenal Football Club tried to save this player but it is not a matter for us if he is coming or not.“If Henrikh Mkhitaryan would come to Azerbaijan it is not the first time, but until now a lot of Armenian sportsmen came to Azerbaijan but it is the choice of Arsenal that they didn’t send (him).Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Arsenal may be afraid that in front of 60,000 Azerbaijani fans, Mkhitaryan has some pressure and that is why they didn’t send Mkhitaryan.”The game between Qarabag and Arsenal will begin at 18:55 (CEST).Bu gün günlərdən “QARABAĞ” !Sizin dəstəyinizlə son saniyəyə qədər birlikdə mübarizə aparacağıq! #QarabağFK #QarabağArsenal #matchday #uel #Groupstage pic.twitter.com/hgQ67Qk6R0— Qarabağ FK (@FKQarabagh) October 4, 2018last_img read more

  • Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Feb 2016 – TCI domestic airliners who fly to regional countries with Zika Virus say they are doing their part to make sure they kill any mosquitoes which may be stowaway in their aircraft; and keeping passengers on board safe from possible infection. Magnetic Media got comment from InterCaribbean Airways which flies to four nations – Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico – reporting Zika; CEO, Trevor Sadler said, “We made the decision to begin to spray all of our aircraft inbound to the Turks & Caicos, to ensure that we mitigate any introduction of the Zika carrying mosquito.”ICA says it voluntarily instituted this measure two weeks ago. Still, there is fall out for the airline and the TCI and the Caribbean; Sadler added: “To date we have had two pregnant ladies wishing to cancel their flights with us, simply not wanting to come to the Turks & Caicos or the Caribbean, regardless of the current position of no cases in the Turks & Caicos.”InterCaribbean, as is other airlines, fully refunded the tickets. Caicos Express Airways is also taking initiative, Operations Manager, Stephane Menelas said to us: “We spray with insecticides and disinfectant spray to ensure we minimize the risk anytime our airplanes comes from international. We are doing all we can on our part to minimize the risk.” Caicos Express flies to Haiti and is sometimes leased for international charters. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:caicos express, domestic airlines, interCaribbean, spray, stephane menelas, trevor sadler, ZIka CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM No Zika reports for TCIlast_img read more

  • Police Update on Immigration Officer wounded

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a report of wounding that was made on Tuesday 7th February 2017 by an Immigration Officer of Blue Hills, Providenciales.Around 5:47 pm, officers were dispatch to the Bay Road area where the 37-year-old victim was met; he told officers that upon arrival at home, he saw three men in his yard speaking Creole and pointing fingers at him. He approached the males to enquire about their gestures, and as a result, an argument ensued.  The complainant identified himself as an Immigration Officer ask to see their legal status in the country.  The males then attacked him by beating him about the body and head.One of the accused was arrested by officers on suspicion of wounding. The victim and the suspect were taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for injuries sustained, treated and later discharged.  Investigations are ongoing into this matter.Anyone with information surrounding the incident above, or any information relevant to this inquiry is asked to call the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force at 911 or 941-4448 extension 81843 or 81837 or use the untraceable, anonymous Crime Stoppers Miami number at 1-800(TIPS) or 1-800-8477. No names or numbers are requested, and only the information provided is passed on to the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

  • Dozens testify on Bentons abortion notification bill

    first_imgWhen Terry Hegerle was a teen living in Colorado, she went before a judge to request an abortion after she was raped, Hegerle told state lawmakers in Olympia on Wednesday afternoon.It was 1970, before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal in all 50 states for those in their first trimester of pregnancy. She went before the judge with her parents, and retold the story about how she was raped while walking home from a school function. She was 15.Hegerle, who now lives in Vancouver, said she felt “humiliation and shame having to relive my nightmare” by telling it to a stranger. “As a teenager, you cannot image the amount of fear and anxiety I experienced speaking before the judge.”Hegerle asked lawmakers to remember her story as they consider whether to pass a bill requiring parents be notified at least 48 hours ahead of time if their daughter, 17 or younger, is going to get an abortion. Teens who don’t want their parents notified would need to make their case before a judge.Under the bill, which was introduced by state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, a pregnant minor could get around the parental notification rule if she proves in court that she is mature enough to make an abortion decision, or that there is a good reason her parents should not be notified, including abuse at home.last_img read more

  • More Wholesaler Pricing Pressure Source Interlink Raising Rates Too

    first_imgRELATED: Distributor’s Threats of Armageddon Leave Publishers Uneasy Wholesaler pricing demands are beginning to accelerate.A week after Anderson News announced it would increase its price by 7 cents per copy, Source Interlink said it will be raising its own per-copy distribution rates by 7 cents. Source’s price increase is effective February 1. Combined, the two wholesalers account for about 50 percent of the magazine market.In a letter delivered to its publishing partners Tuesday, Source Interlink said it had to increase prices to remain in business. In a New York Post article quoting the letter, Source Interlink Distribution president Alan Tuchman said: “As we continue to aggressively pursue and maintain an effective cost structure within our operation, we’ve come to the realization that more needs to be done if we are going to overcome the daunting financial challenges that exist.”In a conference call last week announcing Anderson’s new pricing structure, Charlie Anderson said all four wholesalers were in a money-losing business.It is unclear whether Source Interlink issued its price increase announcement with as much force as Anderson, which warned publishers they’d be dropped from distribution if they didn’t comply with the new pricing. A Source spokesperson did not immediately return a request seeking comment.Anderson’s announcement also included a plan to shift $70 million in scan-based trading inventory costs to publishers. Source Interlink so far has not asked to transfer SBT costs.‘Ridiculous,’ ‘Absurd’ John Harrington, publisher of the New Single Copy newsletter, calculated an industry-wide cost of $267 million if seven cents per copy were added to all 3.185 billion copies distributed to retail. Divide that in half, and the one-two punch of Anderson and Source Interlink amounts to an industry cost of $133.5 million.Jay Annis, VP of single copy sales at Taunton Press, deals with both Anderson and Source. “The attempts by both at extracting a 7-cents-per-copy fee for distribution is unfair for any number of reasons, and the method in how they have gone about it is ridiculous.”Annis said that publishers have already shipped product for early February on-sale dates, and wondered how terms can be changed for titles already en route. He added that a flat 7 cent fee does not account for a variety of factors. “It does not take into consideration the current sell-through, cover price, and discount the publisher is already giving the wholesaler,” Annis said. “Why should a title cover-priced at $7.99 and selling 40 percent pay the same distribution fee as a title priced at $3.50 and selling 25 percent? At a 15 percent margin, the wholesaler is making $1.20 a copy sold on the $7.99 title and $.53 per copy sold on the $3.50 title.”Added Annis: “To expect publishers to make the decision of spending hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars at any time is difficult. To ask them to do it in a two-week window is absurd.”last_img read more

  • British Kayakers Take On Aleutian Chain

    first_imgAtka bids farewell to Sarah Outen and Justine Curgenven on May 16. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)For the past three years, a British woman has been trying to travel around the globe using only her own strength. Sarah Outen has biked through China and rowed the Pacific Ocean.Now, she’s in the Aleutian Islands, tackling some of the world’s wildest seas in a kayak — and learning plenty along the way.Download AudioWhen she first left London in 2011, Sarah Outen couldn’t have known that her journey around the world would lead to do this:Danny Snigaroff: “Fish don’t wanna eat? You come around, and you just snag ’em.”Sarah Outen: “Oh, really?”Snigaroff: “Yeah. You get between them and jerk.”Outen’s standing on Korovin Beach in Atka — a village of about 70 people in the Aleutian Islands.The man giving her fishing lessons is Danny Snigaroff. For the past few days, he’s been teaching Outen and her kayaking partner all about the traditional foods that line Aleutian beaches.Snigaroff: “Oh, yeah. I was going to ask you, do you have a triple hook? No, eh?”Outen: “A triple hook? No, I don’t think so. Whoa! No! We don’t.”Snigaroff: “You don’t have one of these, I’ll give you one.”Outen: “Thanks, Danny. That’s really kind.”That could come in handy over the next few months, as these women attempt to kayak through the entire Aleutian chain — from Adak to Homer.They know it’s been done — at least in part. Traditionally, the Unangan people traveled through the Aleutians in kayaks. Outen says there have been more recent trips.Outen: “But we’ve not heard of anyone in modern times doing the whole length like that.”There are plenty of reasons why that would be. Outen’s kayaking partner on this trip, Justine Curgenven, has no trouble listing them off.Curgenven: “There’s rocky landings, there’s not very many beaches. There’s no people, so if something goes wrong? You know, our longest stretch without people is 250 miles. That would take us 20 days even if everything went well — even if we’re not sat around waiting for weather, which we’re likely to be. So, there’s just so many potential things that could go wrong, I suppose.”Sarah Outen — the explorer at the center of all this — knows what challenges lie ahead. But she prefers to take things:Outen: “Bit by bit. In piecemeal. Because it is overwhelming to think of the whole thing in its entirety. I mean, it’s complex logistically, financially, physically.”Outen is only 28. It wasn’t that long ago that she was back in England — studying at Oxford, rowing on the crew team, and dreaming of adventures.Outen: “I had no experience of rowing across oceans. I certainly had no money. I was just a student at the time. And during that kind of early phase, just a few months into those ideas, whilst I was still a student, my father died very suddenly.”That inspired Outen to row across the Indian Ocean alone — a recordbreaking trip, that set the stage for this journey around the world.It was never supposed to lead to Alaska. Last fall, Outen was trying to row across the Pacific Ocean — to Canada.Outen: “The weather had been crazy, as you guys who live up here know — that it can be really crazy and unpredictable and fickle.”That meant changing course. When she arrived at Adak, in the western Aleutians, it had been four months since Outen last saw another human being. She was sick and tired.In Atka — a week into the kayaking run — Outen isn’t 100 percent.Outen: “My face looks rather red at the moment, but it’s all allergies. Coming back into contact with people and dust and animals.”But it’s worth it. Outen says new friends, and new experiences are what this journey around the world is all about.That’s clear as the adventurers get ready to the leave the village. They’re packing their kayaks on the beach, when the buzz of engines fills the air.It’s more than a dozen residents, riding down on four-wheelers, to say goodbye.Crystal Dushkin: “We’re so glad you made it to Atka.”Curgenven: “Yeah, so are we! Yeah, that was great. We had a really lovely time.”Outen: “Mike, I realized I didn’t say cheerio. Bye now!”Mike Swetzof is an elder, and he says he has to hand it to the kayakers:Swetzof: “Got some balls to do something like this. Be adventurous, I guess? I don’t know. It’s just not my thing.”Taking on the entire Aleutian Chain is scary, he says. But Swetzof and a lot of other elders in Atka think it can be done.With enough respect for the weather and the sea — and an open mind — anything’s possible.CLARIFICATION: Technically, Outen and Curgenven are not attempting to kayak the entire Aleutian Chain. Their trip skips the far western Aleutians.You can track the kayakers through the Aleutians by visiting Sarah Outen’s website.last_img read more

  • New Commissioner of Police accords top priority to law order

    first_imgVisakhapatnam: Assuming office as Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam City on Thursday, Rajiv Kumar Meena said he would accord top priority to maintenance of law and order in the city. Attributing traffic problem to increase in human population and increase in number of vehicles, the new CP said that he would consider concrete steps to address the issue. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us Curbing cybercrime and anti-social activities in a big way happen to be the other issues that the Commissioner of Police would lay focus on. The 1995 batch IPS officer earlier worked as the Inspector-General of Police, South Coastal Zone, Guntur Range. He took charge from the outgoing CP Mahesh Chandra Laddha who has been posted as the Inspector-General of Police (Personnel) in the State headquarters. Laddha served as Police Commissioner for close to a year in Visakhapatnam.last_img read more

  • Democratic Candidate Todd Litton Talks about Role of Congress Immigration And Health

    first_img 00:00 /17:19 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X As part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed Todd Litton, who is running to represent the Texas 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.Litton, who is running as a Democrat, is a Houston native who graduated from Duke University and from the University of Texas Law School. He also studied an MBA at Rice University and has practiced law and worked in investment banking.Litton, whose opponent is Dan Crenshaw –who is a political newcomer, same as Litton— said one of the main reasons for which he is running is that he wants to go back to a spirit of cooperation between Americans. “As we are going out into the community, every day, we are hearing people who wanna work together,” he told Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.Litton also thinks it is “essential” that Congress fulfills its Constitutional role of implementing the system of checks and balances in its relationship with the White House. “Congress, in my mind, has laid down for this president and not done anything to be a check and balance for him,” the candidate lamented.Harvey recoveryLitton also talked about the recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and noted that areas such as Kingwood and Cypress Creek, which are part of the 2nd Congressional District, were seriously impacted. He said that, if he wins the election, he will try to get more recovery funding from the federal government, but he added he would also support using funding from the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.Regarding immigration, the candidate acknowledged it’s a broad topic and proposed that Congress starts by looking for “common ground.” In that sense, he expressed his support for passing the DREAM Act.Litton also touched on other topics, such as energy and health care. He said he favors establishing rules that bring the energy sector and the communities that it impacts to the table.Health careThe candidate said he doesn’t support Medicare for all “as it’s currently structured,” but he detailed he favors that Medicare has the capability to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers. Litton also noted he supports expanding Medicaid in Texas.Asked about his heroes, Litton highlighted Abraham Lincoln and underlined that part of his political philosophy as a candidate is that there must be “separation of powers, not separation of parties.”Houston Matters plans to interview Dan Crenshaw next month. center_img Listen Share Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters interviewed Todd Litton, the Democratic candidate for the Texas 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, on August 28, 2018.last_img read more

  • Baltimore Mayor Announces Creation of Bicycle Advisory Commission

    first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the creation of a new Bicycle Advisory Commission, which will advise the city on bike-related issues and oversee the implementation of the city’s new Bicycle Master Plan.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (center) at her weekly media availability on March 25, prior to announcing the creation of an 11-member Bicycle Advisory Commission by executive order. (photo by Roberto Alejandro)“This 11-member commission will represent voices from across our city focused on expanding safe cycling,” the mayor said. “The commission will bring city agencies, not-for-profits [and] city representatives together so that we will move forward with a unified vision.”Since 2006, the city has installed over 125 miles of bicycle lanes, and the new commission is part of the mayor’s efforts to continue that progress, she said.“It’s imperative that we continue to expand the network of sustainable transportation opportunities,” said Rawlings-Blake.The chair of the new commission, attorney Jon Laria, said expanding the city’s bicycle infrastructure was key to attracting more millennials to the city.“It is important to make Baltimore a city of choice for residents, and [improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure] is really an economic development strategy, or at least part of an economic development strategy which the mayor and her team have been developing,” said Laria. “And it matters for residents, it matters for tourists, for visitors. The city needs to be perceived as a place where cycling and this kind of alternative transportation is nurtured, is supported and is encouraged.”The mayor also announced that an agreement had been reached to open up Loch Raven Reservoir to mountain biking, something that had been “a contentious issue for decades,” according to Rudy Chow, director of the Department of Public Works.“We now have an agreement in place that balances the protection of the environment, as well as the enthusiasm in terms of the biking at Loch Raven,” said Chow at the announcement.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

  • The Flash Injects Some Excitement Into the Season by Standing Still

    first_imgStay on target This week’s episode of The Flash throws us right into the middle of things with a very sweaty Barry Allen moving so fast that everyone else is standing still. He grabs Iris and brings her up to speed, both literally and figuratively. Something’s gone very wrong, and he can’t save them this time. Well, that’s a great way to set up the episode. Rather than setting the stage for yet another metahuman of the week, it build a little bit of suspense. We know that something is about to go very, very wrong. We’re more engaged in the scenes that come next.Especially since the scene it flashes (ha) back to isn’t that far in the past. It’s only eight minutes before things get to the point of the cold open. Barry is training as hard as he can to fight DeVoe, and it’s getting on the rest of the team’s nerves. Iris suggests a little break for some couple’s time, but they’re interrupted by the arrival of Jesse Quick. It appears Harry tried to send an apology cube to her, but we all know how bad he is at that kind of thing. She wants him to deal with her mother’s death and move on. Instead, he buries himself in work, knowing that there will always be another villain to distract him. I like this more human look at Harry Wells. Where last season’s H.R. was goofy and vulnerable, Harry’s just been kind of a jerk this season. He’s brilliant, and dedicated and an ass. That’s it. At least this episode is addressing why he acts the way he does. Anything to make us care about his character more.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and Violett Beane as Jesse Quick (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)They don’t really get a ton of time to deal with that, though. They get a call from Joe, who’s in a firefight with some terrorists. The Flash, Jesse Quick, Vibe and Killer Frost all rush to help, and they get there just in time. Unfortunately, the last remaining terrorist arms and detonates a nuclear bomb before Barry can get to her. So that’s the big premise of this episode. A bomb has already gone off, and Barry can’t slow down for a second. It’s like Speed except much, much faster. Honestly, I’m surprised it took until season four to give us some kind of riff on that premise. Barry brings people up to super speed to give him ideas, and nothing seems to work. Cisco tries to vibe it away, but at that speed there’s no time for a portal to form. Harry suggests pushing the bomb into the Speed Force, but Jesse arrives with Jay Garrick from Earth 3. Apparently that’s a really bad idea. It could destroy the Speed Force altogether. No speed force, no speedsters.But, you know Barry. Just because something is obviously a terrible idea doesn’t mean he won’t try it. He’s determined to save the city even if that means getting rid of every speedster in existence. Fortunately, Jay has a better idea, that he almost gets out without Barry yelling at him for no reason. Use Killer Frost’s powers to cool the fission reactor down before the explosion can finish. That also doesn’t work. At this speed, Frost’s particles stop shy of the explosion. Which has gotten much worse, by the way. Jesse has an idea that could work. All three speedsters would hit the thing with a lightning bolt at the same time, causing a fusion reaction to counteract the fission. But Jay Garrick is old. His legs can’t keep him moving at this speed for as long as they used to. They’re down to two. So much for that plan.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)At this point, it seems like they’re out of options. Every idea one has, the other shoots down. Barry wants to throw the bomb into the speed force, but Harry’s uncertainty about the effects of that plan leave Jesse too scared to try it. Jesse wants to go back in time and stop the bomb from going off, and Barry is too shook from Flashpoint to ever alter the timeline again. Which… it’s just getting stupid at this point. I know that he had a really bad experience for time travel, but he is close personal friends with a team of superheroes, which now includes his brother-in-law, that alters the timeline on the regular. It’s the entire premise of their show. Surely a five-minute trip back in time wouldn’t do that much harm.But I guess that would make things too easy. As it is, he and Jesse are quickly running out of energy and slowing down. That means the explosion is progressing faster and faster. Barry does some angry math, can’t come up with a solution, and grabs Iris to say goodbye. Meanwhile, Jesse says what she needs to say with her dad, gets all the emotional stuff out on the table and slows back down to normal speed. For an episode where everyone spends most of the time standing still, it’s the most exciting and harrowing The Flash has been in a long time. The cold open and ticking (well, exploding) time bomb are an effective storytelling device. This show has had some struggles in these last couple seasons, but it can still produce a good, self-contained story that’s uniquely The Flash.Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Barry Allen may have super powers, but just like any man, he could really benefit from listening to the women in his life. The entire solution to the bomb comes from taking Iris’s advice. We always knew she was the real hero of this show. She tells him about the genetic sphere they used to trick the Speede Force into thinking he was still in there. If he went brought it back to this world, the Speed Force lightning would chase it, and Barry could guide it into the bomb. In probably the coolest-looking scene of the season, Barry outruns lightning to neutralize a nuclear explosion. Sometimes, this show still has the goods.The bomb turns out to be the work of a group called Eden Corps. They want to demonstrate the dangers of nuclear power (and possibly technology in general? It’s unclear) by nuking cities back to the days of the Garden of Eden. They’re not the strongest villain, but they didn’t have to be. The exploding bomb itself was exciting enough to carry the whole episode. The rest of it closes out by trying to tie up some emotional loose ends, and some scenes work better than others. Jay Garrick announces his retirement, and says he’ll start training a girl to take his place as Earth 3’s Flash. We’ll almost certainly meet her in the future, and that’s exciting.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)What doesn’t work as well is the reconciliation between Jesse and Harry. Since he’s so bad at talking to people, he modifies the cognitive dampener to be able to receive thoughts. Jesse’s able to hear exactly what her father is feeling about her mother’s death. She’s also able to hear her voice again. The actors do a fantastic job, lending the scene a ton of emotional weight that it doesn’t otherwise fully earn. The show just didn’t have enough time to build up to it, what with all the bomb stuff. Fortunately for this episode, all that bomb stuff was really good. For an episode built around a gimmick, it was a very good gimmick. We had a problem that could only be solved by Barry’s speed, and a situation that only grew more dire as the episode went on. It was a fun story that was only made better by some fantastic performances. This is the kind of story I want from The Flash.Now, the only question is who is that girl stalking Team Flash in Jitters. She bumps into Harry and Caitlin, going out of her way to make a comment about killer frost. She mentions she’s supposed to be meeting somebody, only revealing after they leave that she wanted to meet them. She’s clearly from the future, so who is she. For now, I’m siding with the popular fan theory that she’s Barry and Iris’ daughter, Dawn Allen. That still doesn’t answer why she’s here. We’re starting to see more of her in these post-credits scenes, so the show is clearly building up to a big reveal soon. Maybe she knows how to defeat DeVoe. The only thing we can be sure of is we’ll find out before the season is up. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more