Crime Stoppers using Cree language to help solve historical missing persons cases

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsIt’s a project that has been three years in the making but on Monday, Crime Stoppers sent out a video letter in the Cree “th” dialect through social media to help reach more people who can help solve cases now labelled as historical missing persons cases.The video in Woodlands Cree is part of the Historical Missing Persons Project launched by Crime Stoppers.Constable Ryan Ehalt is with the Saskatoon Police Service and is the coordinator for Saskatoon Crime Stoppers.“We came up with the idea to write social media letters called to those who took the missing,” he said. “There’s going to be a series of letters going out we already released our initial one.”Donna Merasty is a translator – and wrote out the letter in Cree.“With reconciliation it is important that we communicate in a way where people feel more comfortable especially in their own language,” she said.“If they want to speak to somebody in Cree they can phone the police and ask for a Cree translator.”The overall message is powerful and asks Cree speakers if they can help by coming forward with any information that will help solve these historical missing persons cases.“We are hoping we can find a Dene speaking individual who would like to volunteer their time to help with the translation of this letter as will and other languages,” said Ehalt.“We know out of those 131 historical missing persons half of them are Indigenous. We know not all of them have been taken.”pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more

SaskPower says likely no more carbon capture and storage projects due to

first_imgREGINA – SaskPower says it won’t likely support more carbon capture and storage projects due to costs.President and CEO Mike Marsh says the technology is still worthwhile, but the current economic climate doesn’t warrant moving forward with such projects because the low cost of natural gas makes that a more viable option.SaskPower’s Boundary Dam power plant in Estevan takes emissions from coal generation and stores them.When the $1.5-billion facility opened with much fanfare in October 2014, the goal was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes annually; in 2016, SaskPower said the plant was on track to capture 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.SaskPower had to pay $7.3 million in penalties to Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) in 2015 because the plant wasn’t operating enough to deliver all the captured carbon dioxide promised to Cenovus.The Crown corporation must decide next year what options are best to retrofit its last two coal generated units at the plant.Boundary Dam was forced offline several times in 2015. SaskPower’s annual report that year said the power plant faced technical and mechanical issues which “prevented the plant from achieving an acceptable level of reliability and performance.”Premier Brad Wall touted Saskatchewan’s carbon capture and storage technology at an international climate change conference in 2015.(CJME, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said spokesman Jonathan Tremblay.last_img read more

The Video that Got Rif Protests Activist Nasser Zafzafi Arrested

Rabat – Last Friday Nasser Zafzafi, the leading activist of Rif protest movement who was arrested on Monday, stormed a mosque and interrupted the Imam giving the sermon in Mosque Mohammed V in Al Hoceima.The Moroccan Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs deemed the intervention a “serious” incident. An arrest order was issued against Zafzafi the same day for “obstructing the right to worship.”The reason given for the disruption of the Friday prayer, an action that many see as “grave and showing no respect to the sanctity of the mosque,” was Zafzafi and his followers’ discontent with the Imam’s warnings against fitna (sedition). Zafzafi and his followers refused the use of this term and described it as intending to discredit the demonstrations that have been going on for seven months to get the government to meet the protesters’ demands. Angry at the content of the Imam’s sermon, he assumed the role of an Imam, giving a politically inspired religious speech inside the mosque.“The Imam is endorsing corruption. They want the Rif to kneel down, they want the Gulf puppets to come and rape our women, rape our children.  I am asking you, do the mosques belong to Allah or to the makhzen (traditional of Moroccan authorities)”, he shouted while his supporters were chanting “Allahu Akbar”.The imam was also the target of his rage, accusing him of cowardice and lying.“If he, who pretends to be an Imam, was brave enough, he would have said the truth”, said Zafzafi.His lashing against the imam prompted a man, probably one of the people in charge of the mosque, to respond by questioning the activist’s qualification to talk about religious matters.“I know better than you, I know better than you… leave him, I will tell you what Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, said. He said, if you see me going astray, straighten me!”, he answered back. “This was the Commander of the Faithful, may Allah be pleased with him, so why can’t we stop this Imam… How do I know? This is what was reported in the books of Sunnah.”Emboldened by the cheers of supporters, he went on with his improvised speech, mixing religion and politics.“Brothers, I swear by Allah, if it wasn’t for our demand for the dignity of the region, and our care for the honor of our women, we wouldn’t be here today to unmask these people.”Zafzafi kept on talking with the same angry tone, pushing aside warnings against sedition, which he saw as a scarecrow to dissuade people from protesting.“Brothers, they keep talking about sedition. What does sedition mean when most of the youngsters cannot provide for themselves? When most of the youngsters were pushed to emmigrate? Now they throw around the word sedition.”The speech turned ultra-religious when he said “Is there any sedition worse than nakedness shown on TV? Is there any sedition worse than Mawazine (music festival) when naked bodies are shown on the national television of a state that calls itself Muslim? We will never tolerate this; we will never kneel to anyone but Allah …”.The leading protest activist went on with his own “sermon” while the faithful who gathered around him, including teenagers, swelled with the religiously rebellious speech, loudly shouting “Allah Akbar”.“Allah has blessed this popular movement and made it great and holy because we are requesting the basic rights necessary for a decent life. And now an impostor has come… as the Prophet, peace be upon him, said “My greatest fear for my Umma (Muslim nation) is misleading Imams. Here there are those imams”, he said.“Brothers, Satan used to fear Omar Ibn Al Khattab, the Commander of the Faithful. He used to say, “if you see me going astray, straighten me.” Now, we are taking our cue from him because we saw this Imam going astray.”Things turned personal when he started talking about himself. “For Allah’s sake, I do not fear the blame of anyone. I only want Allah to be happy with me. You can arrest me, kill me, slaughter me, I have no fear.”He then ended his speech with going back to lashing out at the imam and accusing him of collusion with the authorities against the protesters and their families. He accused the Imam of issuing a fatwa (nonbinding legal opinion by religious expert or institution) against them, when in fact the Imam was delivering a sermon, not a fatwa.“Do you know what this person did (the Imam)?  First of all, according to Sharia, a Fatwa has its own requirements, but he was issuing a Fatwa. He agreed with the makhzen to rape our women, besiege our youngsters, and arrest them in the name of religion when religion has nothing to do with them. Religion fights corruption and tyranny, and we are following the lead of our ancestors. May Allah preserve and protect you.” read more

Afghanistan Brahimi lauds Loya Jirga process Turkey takes control of security force

Speaking at a ceremony in Kabul, which was also attended by Afghan President-elect Hamid Karzai, Lakhdar Brahimi noted several achievements made by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).Mr. Brahimi, who is UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, also pledged to give Gen. Hilmi Akin Zorlu, the new Turkish commander of ISAF, the same cooperation that he had extended to British Gen. John McColl.The UN envoy called yesterday’s conclusion of the Emergency Loya Jirga, or grand council, a “crucial milestone” in the Afghanistan peace process. “The very fact that the Loya Jirga took place at all, within the very short deadline set by Bonn, and that it concluded peacefully, is quite remarkable,” Mr. Brahimi said, referring to the German city where an agreement on Afghanistan’s political transition was brokered by the UN.He noted that for the first time in 23 years, the Afghan people cast a vote for their leader and that the “enormous confidence” shown in Mr. Karzai will enable him to tackle the major challenges that lie ahead, including reconstruction, strengthening the central government, building a national army and police force, disarmament, advancement of women and protection of human rights.The meeting of the grand council was also significant in that despite efforts to threaten and intimidate delegates, most found the courage to raise controversial issues and make daring proposals, Mr. Brahimi said.“Despite its flaws, this Loya Jirga represents one step forward in a peace process that is bound to take years,” the Special Representative said.With the conclusion of the Loya Jirga, the UN has started to airlift delegates home, a UN spokesman said. The UN flew 1,100 delegates in 54 sorties to Kabul in the two days before the convening of the tribal council, and more people are expected on UN flights home in the next couple of days.Yesterday at a special session of the Loya Jirga, 40 women delegates agreed to create a Network of Afghan Women, which will become operational upon their return to their regions. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) will organize a training workshop in September for the women. read more

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posts 42B profit in 2Q paying 39B dividend

FILE – This July 13, 2008, file photo shows the Freddie Mac corporate office in McLean, Va. Freddie Mac reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported net income of $4.2 billion for the second quarter, up sharply from the same period of 2014, as it increased its purchases of home loans and sold off greater volumes of riskier mortgages.The April-through-June results posted Tuesday marked the government-controlled company’s 15th straight profitable quarter. Freddie also benefited from rising interest rates.The McLean, Virginia, company will pay a dividend of $3.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month. Freddie will have paid $96.5 billion in dividends, exceeding its government bailout of $71 billion.The government rescued Freddie and larger sibling Fannie Mae at the height of the financial crisis in September 2008, after they suffered huge losses from risky mortgages in the housing market bust.Together the companies received taxpayer aid totalling about $187 billion. The housing market’s gradual recovery has made Freddie and Fannie profitable again.Freddie noted that its dividend payments go to the Treasury but do not reduce the principal of its bailout loan from the government.Freddie’s second-quarter profit marked a strong increase from the $1.4 billion it earned in the same period of 2014. Rising interest rates during the period enabled the company to post gains on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in rates, reversing some of the losses from previous quarters.The record-low interest rates of recent years, with the Federal Reserve holding its key short-term rate near zero since 2008, could soon be ending their reign. Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Fed will raise rates, and the only question seems to be when.A statement the central bank issued last week after ending its latest policy meeting gave no timetable. The Fed signalled that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before raising rates. Many analysts foresee the first hike next month, though Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stressed that any increase will be driven by the latest economic data.The Labor Department’s critical report on July employment lands Friday. Economists believe the U.S. added 225,000 jobs last month.Freddie and Fannie own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages, worth about $5 trillion. Along with other federal agencies, they back roughly 90 per cent of new home loans.The two companies don’t directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available.Freddie said its portfolio of less-risky home loans made after 2008 continued to grow during the April-through-June period.The housing market’s revival over the last three years has been fitful, and it has lagged behind the rest of the economy. Despite the low borrowing rates that could lure prospective homebuyers, the market has remained hampered by tight mortgage credit, rising home prices and stagnating incomes.A plan to phase out Fannie and Freddie and instead use mainly private insurers to backstop home loans advanced in the Senate last year and was endorsed by the White House. The plan would create a new government insurance fund. Investors would pay fees in exchange for insurance on mortgage securities they buy, and the government would become a last-resort loan guarantor.No work on the proposal has been done this year in the current Congress, in which Republicans control both the House and Senate as a result of the elections last November.__This story has been corrected to clarify that Freddie Mac’s dividend payments go to the U.S. Treasury but don’t reduce the principal of its bailout loan. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posts $4.2B profit in 2Q; paying $3.9B dividend to government read more

Corrie McKeague Police confident missing RAF gunner will be found in landfill

first_imgA search team investigating the disappearance of RAF gunner Corrie McKeague have trawled through 60 tonnes of waste at a landfill site as his mother warned it would be “just a matter of time” until his remains are found.Police have warned that it could take up to 10 weeks for the team of eight search officers to sift through vast swathes of rubbish at the site in Milton, near Cambridge.However, a spokesman for Suffolk police say the force is “confident” he will be found.It comes as refuse vehicle, seized shortly after Mr McKeague disappeared from Bury St Edmunds after a night out with friends, was found to be carrying a heavier load than originally thought.The lorry, which had been due to collect a 11kg load, has since been found to have contained a haul weighing more than 100kg. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeague “Regardless of how he’s ended up in there, I cannot get my head around how he’s ended up in landfill.”I don’t understand how the process has allowed him to get to landfill. It was the one thing that was giving me hope that he was still alive.” Corrie McKeague, 23, went missing in September last year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We’ve been working tirelessly on this investigation to try and find Corrie – that’s been our priority the whole way through.”To have that information really reinforced the decision that we’d already made that we needed to come and search this landfill site.””The search of the landfill is a huge undertaking, and still may not provide the answer as to what happened, but now, with new information uncovered by the officers working on the case, this is the priority.”The six-month investigation has cost more than £300,000 to date and the search of the landfill site could cost more than £500,000 if it runs to 10 weeks. Corrie McKeague, 23, went missing in September last yearcenter_img Ms Elliott said it was a “dreadful” time for the family of Mr McKeague and her thoughts are with them.Following his disappearance on September 24 last year, the last known CCTV sighting of Mr McKeague showed him walking from a shop doorway into a horseshoe-shaped area in  Brentgovel Street, from which he failed to reappear.After he was reported missing, signals showed his mobile phone had been in nearby Barton Mills, and matched the route of a bin lorry. Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott said she does not believe there was a “deliberate attempt to mislead” the investigation, and that the focus had to be on finding Mr McKeague.”I have a strong belief that we will find him here,” she added. “”It’s frustrating for me, I think it must be terribly frustrating for Corrie’s family.” The landfill search follows the discovery of CCTV footage this week, showing that a bin lorry was stationed near Brentgovel Street in the town around the same time that Mr McKeague was last seen.The movements of the vehicle also appear to match the location signals traced on his phone.The area of the landfill site where the load was deposited is now being searched, with a digger mechanically excavating mounds of waste and officers in white protective suits raking through it on the ground.A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice over the discrepancy in the lorry’s load weight, but has since been told he faces no further action. Officers are now considering whether the lorry, which was spotted on CCTV making a collection near where Mr McKeague was last seen, could have carried Mr McKeague to a landfill site.Commenting on the developments, the mother of the 23-year-old, Nicole Urquhart, said the search could “only mean one thing”.“We know we are going to find Corrie in the landfill. There’s just no way realistically that Corrie was not in the bin,” she added. Nicola Urquhart, mother of missing 23-year-old Corrie McKeaguelast_img read more

Ivry sign Vasja Furlan

ivry handballVasja Furlan French Ivry Handball are on the way to avoid relegation in LNH this season. Legendary team is currently a place above the relegation line, but six points more than the first rival – Tremblay. Some changes will happen next summer, when Slovenian playmaker Vasja Furlan will reinforce the team.Furlan is coming from Slovakian Tatran Prešov. The 30-years old ex RK Celje PL and RK Maribor signed two years deal. He will replace Argentinian star Sebastian Simonet, who is leaving Ivry. ← Previous Story Russia and Belarus want Men’s EHF EURO 2022 Next Story → BATTLE FOR RIO: Amazing Dutch and Romanian girls read more

Eirgrid receives thousands of submissions on pylon project

first_imgRead: Underground pylons will add 3% to electricity bills over the next 50 years, says Rabbitte> THOUSANDS OF SUBMISSIONS have been received by Eirgrid following the closing of the submission deadline on pylons yesterday.The public consultation process on the Gridlink project, which will see hundreds of electricity pylons built between Munster and Leinster, expired yesterday.A spokesperson for the agency could not give the exact number of submissions made, but said they had received a very large number of submissions, “running into the thousands”.Eirgrid said the feedback received during all three consultations to date, along with ongoing technical and environmental studies will be used to identify a least constrained corridor and substation sites.“The least constrained corridor will be the best option from a technical, environmental, community and economic perspective within which an overhead line can be routed. In further stages of the project EirGrid will continue to consult with, and provide information to, members of the public and other stakeholders,” said the spokesperson.It is envisaged that the least constrained corridor will be identified in mid 2014.EirGrid does not envisage applying for planning permission until early 2016.AnalysisHe said the next step now is Eirgrid will “commence a very meaningful analysis of the submissions”.Ahead of yesterday’s deadline, the Minister for Communications stated that if people wanted to underground cables rather than overhead pylons, then they must be prepared to pay higher for the electricity, stating that such a move would add up to 3 per cent on consumer’s bills over the next 50 years.Taoiseach Enda Kenny also weighed in on the matter, stating “It’s ironic in many ways that some people say to me: ‘Well, my children have to go away, they have to emigrate’. And in many cases they emigrate to countries where these things are a matter of course as providing infrastructure for development.”His comments came under much criticism by some of Kenny’s own backbenchers yesterday.Minister Rabbitte is expected to meet with the board and senior management of Eirgrid later this week to discuss the submissions made.Read: ‘Gaffe in the Gulf’: Backbenchers criticise Taoiseach over linking pylons and emigration> last_img read more

ISS water droplet experiment takes the classroom to microgravity

first_imgInternational Space Station (ISS) scientist Dr. Don Pettit has created a series of videos like the one above to illustrate the different properties of objects in space, giving Earth-bound teachers a tool to show students things that they couldn’t on the ground. Pettit focuses on how droplets of water react to different static charges in outer space, with the result being very entertaining.Pictured above, Pettit uses two knitting needles as well as a syringe filled with water to conduct the experiment. Each needle is purposely made of a different substance: nylon for the needle that the water “orbits” around and Teflon for the knitting tool near the syringe. The reason Pettis chose these two materials is because of their static electricity properties. When rubbed with a piece of paper, nylon produces a small positively charged energy field, the size being that way because of the poor conductivity of nylon. Teflon on the other hand produces a strong negative static charge, so that when the water is squirted out of the syringe in close proximity to the Teflon, it picks up the negatively charged ions as it passes by.This results in the water being attracted to the nylon needle in the orbital fashion illustrated in the video. The speed of the water droplet depends on the volume and its proximity to the positive charge of the nylon needle. Larger droplets tend to stick quickly, while smaller ones will orbit the needle longer and faster, sometimes even making figure-eights around it.If this is the kind of fun that the scientists aboard the ISS get to have all the time, show the place where I can sign up. I wonder if beer would react the same way as the water does?via Physics Centrallast_img read more

Les poules pondeuses ne connaitraient pas lamitié

first_imgLes poules pondeuses ne connaitraient pas l’amitiéUne équipe de chercheurs britanniques a récemment démontré qu’il n’existait aucun lien d’amitié ou de simple affection entre les poules pondeuses d’un même poulailler. Une analyse étonnante au vu du comportement bienveillant dont font preuve certains animaux parfois. Si vous imaginiez que les poules se rendaient au poulailler le matin, heureuses de retrouver les collègues, discutant ou se regroupant avant la ponte afin d’échanger quelques potins, sachez qu’il n’en est rien. C’est le constat qui résulte d’une étude menée par des chercheurs britanniques du Royal Veterinary College en Angleterre et publiée dans le magazine Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Depuis quelques temps les conditions de vie des poules pondeuses sont largement remises en question. Spécimens en surnombre dans les usines, ponte intensive, conditions d’hygiène douteuses ont ainsi poussé ces chercheurs à s’intéresser au facteur “bonheur” qui pourrait entrer en ligne de compte dans la productivité de l’animal afin d’améliorer celle-ci. “Chez certaines espèces les liens affectifs entre individus entraînent une augmentation du bien-être tandis qu’au contraire, la rupture de ces liens est une source de stress”, développe l’équipe citée par Science et avenir.Pour mener leurs travaux, les scientifiques ont adopté une méthode simple : ils ont constitué huit groupes de quinze poules pondeuses chacun. Ils ont ensuite observé jour et nuit le moindre déplacement ou regroupement ainsi que la durée de ceux-ci. Le type d’interaction était ensuite étudié durant huit semaines. Mais le constat est rude. Aucune trace d’un quelconque lien d’amitié À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous n’avons trouvé aucune preuve qui suggère que les poules pondeuses, élevées dans des conditions commerciales forgent entre elles un quelconque lien d’amitié” explique un des chercheurs. Étrange comportement lorsqu’on sait que l’ancêtre de toutes les poules domestiquées aujourd’hui n’est autre que le coq Bankiva ou coq Sauvage d’Asie, qui a fait preuve d’interêt pour son groupe en protégeant notamment ses poules ainsi que sa progéniture selon une étude datant de 1991. De même chez certains mammifères qui se lèchent afin de montrer leur affection. On a également connaissance de liens affectifs forts chez les primates, une composante sociale déterminante faite d’amitié et d’une logique hiérarchique. Aussi, les scientifiques n’ont pas encore de véritable explication quant à ce changement de comportement chez le gallinacé, s’orientant seulement sur la question de la domestication.Mais les recherches sur l’augmentation de la productivité des poules pondeuses devraient se poursuivre. A ce jour, quelque 80% des poules élevées le seraient dans des lieux regroupant plus de 5.000 oiseaux, certains établissements regroupant même jusqu’à 30.000 individus. On le répète souvent aujourd’hui, un employé heureux serait plus productif. Reste à savoir maintenant ce qui pourrait rendre les poules heureuses… Le 30 mai 2013 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ambulances blessed in prayer and with more EMS staff

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – The Ambulances are here; after years of waiting despite having the funds to purchase the vehicles. Five new Ambulances were commissioned and blessed by Bishop C. Alexander Williams in a brief ceremony yesterday. Add to this, nine new medics were added to the team, taking the EMS team to 19; ten of whom are based in Provo. Champion Motors, on Thursday, delivered the five ambulances to the country, Provo got two more of the emergency vehicles, while South Caicos, North and Middle Caicos and Grand Turk received one ambulance each. Related Items:ambulanced, Bishop C. Alexander Williams, blessed, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Smalling is proud of Uniteds FA Cup history

first_imgManchester United is the second most successful team in the FA Cup, having won the tournament 12 times, just one less than Arsenal.In FA Cup history, Manchester United are the second-most-successful team of the tournament.They have lifted the trophy in 12 occasions, one less than Arsenal who have 13.And for Red Devils footballer Chris Smalling, this is something to be proud of.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We won it [the FA Cup] back in 2016 and reached the final last year – and of course we won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup as well, so that’s at least one cup final in each of the last three seasons,” said Smalling to the club’s official website.“I think, in general, we stand ourselves in very good positions when we go up against teams over 90 minutes in cup ties.”“I think that experience we’ve had over the last few years in all of the cup competitions is very useful and tees us up nicely for another crack at the FA Cup this year,” he commented.“I think it just brings pure excitement for you. No matter what happened the previous year – whether you won the cup or whether it brought you disappointment – it’s like a fresh start all over again and you’ve no idea who you’re going to get in the draw. That’s what makes it so exciting.”last_img read more

Former VPD Chief cast aside in Portland

first_imgFormer Vancouver Police Chief Brian Martinek, an assistant chief with the Portland Police Bureau, will leave his post, the bureau announced Friday in a press release. He becomes the latest domino to fall in a series of moves following the ousting of Police Chief Rosie Sizer.Martinek left the Vancouver Police Department in 2006. He resigned over a stipulation that required him to live inside Vancouver’s city limits.Martinek had worked as Sizer’s assistant chief of operations. In addition to Martinek, new Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced the departure of the current assistant chief for investigation and the director of the police professional standards division.“I extend my sincere appreciation to Assistant Chief Martinek, Assistant Chief (John) Eckhart and Director (Leslie) Stevens for their commitment and service to the Portland Police Bureau,” Reese said in the press release.Sizer was dismissed Wednesday following a break with Portland Mayor Sam Adams over the city’s budget and police bureau staffing. Martinek was hired by Sizer in 2006, shortly after he finished his four-year tenure in Vancouver. He will remain with the police bureau until July 1, helping the department transition under Reese, according to the release.Attempts to reach Martinek through the police bureau were unsuccessful. Anonymous reports surfaced Thursday that Martinek’s release would be among the first moves made by Reese.Earlier Friday, the new chief said changes to the bureau’s command staff were on the way as he worked to trim the budget without cutting officers.last_img read more

Indian oil companies to buy 24 stake in Russias Vankor oilfield for

first_imgAn Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)-led consortium of state-run oil companies from India will acquire 23.9 percent stake in Russia’s Vankor oilfield for $2.1 billion, reported the Press Trust of India. Vankor is the country’s largest oilfield, discovered and brought into production in the last 25 years by Russia’s national oil company Rosneft.IOC, Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Bharat PetroResources (a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corp) will pick up nearly 8 percent stake each in the east Siberian field, which at present produces 422,000 barrels of oil per day and contributes 4 percent to Russia’s production, said PTI. It added the field was the federation’s second largest in terms of oil production.In a statement, IOC said the consortium “signed the definitive agreement to acquire up to 23.9 percent shares from Rosneft Oil Company in JSC Vankorneft, a company organised under the law of the Russian Federation, which is the owner of Vankor and North Vankor Field licences.”Rosneft currently owns 85 percent majority stake in the field, with the rest held by another Indian oil giant, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)’s foreign arm ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL). The consortium said the deal is expected to be finalised by September 2016, after government and regulatory approvals. It will also push India’s stake in the field to 38.9 percent in all.In September 2015, OVL invested $1.25 billion to fork out a 15 percent stake in the same oilfield. As of early January 2016, Vankor field’s recoverable resources stood at 361 million tonnes of oil (and condensate) and 138 billion cubic meters of gas. “With the closure of the Vankor deal, IOC’s equity oil portfolio will go up by 1.6 million tonnes per annum,” said the statement.It added that the acquisition will be strategic to India both in terms of its energy security as well as its growing geo-political and economic power. India and Russia have sought to increase their bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025. It stood at $9.51 billion in 2014, according to the Indian Embassy website.Rosneft has indicated to sell another 11 percent stake in Vankor to OVL; however the details are still to emerge.last_img read more

Tea stalls at TSC shut down

first_imgA collected photo shows the TSC area of Dhaka University. Long run tea stalls of this area are forbidden to sit any more from Tuesday morning.The tea stalls in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University have been shut down.On Monday night, the owners of the tea stalls were asked to move elsewhere, according to the tea sellers.They said they were stopped when they tried to open their stalls on Tuesday morning.However, the university’s proctorial body did not say the reason for this, they added.TSC director AM Mohiuzzaman told Prothom Alo that he was unaware of any such directive.Proctor Golam Rabbani said there was no specific directive concerning the tea stalls at TSC. However, the tea and food served at these stalls are unhygienic, he observed.last_img read more

List of PS Vita launch titles announced

first_imgYesterday, Sony told us all about the upcoming PS Vita, their replacement for the PSP and their next generation handheld gaming console. While we got to see them in clips and previews, Sony has also let us in on which games will be available either at, or shortly after the PS Vita launches, and the list looks good.Included are titles from Sony’s own properties, including LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, WipeOut 2048, and Ruin. Ruin is a bit of a Diablo or Torchlight clone, but will make use of the PS Vita’s touch-sensitive display and touch-sensitive rear panel. We’ll also see Uncharted: Golden Abyss, a brand new Uncharted title made specifically for the PS Vita.Also in the lineup will be a Bioshock title currently without a name that will likely either be available after launch or next year. Also on the show floor at E3 is the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken shown in the Sony press event yesterday, and Super Stardust Delta, a remake of the PSN game. Sony’s also demoing a version of Hot Shots Golf, Virtua Tennis 4, a version of BlazBlue, and a game called Shinobido 2: Tales of Ninja.One upcoming game for the PS Vita that’s garnered some interest is Gravity, a new title that features a main character who can choose which direction is “down” at any time. She can float around, stand on walls, and use her perspective to surprise enemies and solve puzzles. There are also a few gimmicky titles focused on showcasing the Vita’s capabilities, like Little Deviants, a group of small games built to help you get familiar with the Vita’s features.Exact release dates aren’t entirely clear for many of the games listed, but we do know that the PS Vita itself will be ready for this holiday shopping season, and many of the games will be as well. The Vita will retail for $249.99 for the Wi-Fi only model, and $299.99 for the 3G/Wi-Fi model, exclusively on AT&T.Read more at Cnet and Ubergizmolast_img read more

Trans YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous gets engaged to girlfriend in Paris

first_imgThe YouTuber explained: ‘I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and examining on who I am and who I’ve become… I fell in love with somebody and that person happens to be female.She continued: ‘I would not have seen falling in love with a girl coming from a mile away, but now that I’m here… I feel so happy.’Getty is an oil-heiress whose family is estimated to be worth $5 billion dollars. Her uncles also owns the media image company, Getty Images.She also models, has her own leather fashion company, Strike Oil and Getty has worked closely with LGBTI media organization, GLAAD.Last year, the couple sent social media on fire when they posted photos of themselves holding a newborn baby with a caption thanking their ‘surrogate’.But they later confirmed they were holding a friend’s child and did not actually have a baby together.Watch the beautiful proposal video:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The trans YouTuber announced her engagement on Instagram and posted a link to the 12-minute long proposal video.Getty whisked Gorgeous to romantic castle location in Paris on a helicopter surrounded by their family and friends.She proposed to Gorgeous in the evening using lights to spell out the words ‘Will You Marry Me?’.After Gorgeous accepted, the castle lit up with an impressive fireworks display.‘I feel like that was a full dream,’ Gigi said following the proposal, telling her friends she had no idea the proposal was coming.‘This is everything. Look at this! It’s so beautiful!’Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty in Paris. | Photo: Instagram/GigiGorgeousGorgeous and Getty have been dating since March 2016, only a few months before the YouTuber came out as a lesbian publicly. They celebrated their two year anniversary on March 10. World famous YouTube sensation Gigi Gorgeous has just got engaged to her girlfriend of two years, Nats Getty. YouTuber Hannah Hart proposes to girlfriend Ella MielniczenkoSentences reduced for trans woman and her friend arrested in Abu DhabiTeddy Geiger makes first red carpet appearance since coming out as transRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty. | Photo: Instagram/GigiGorgeous Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Egypt plots path beyond Pyramids as tourism trebles

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Image Egypt Tourism Authority With visitor numbers to Egypt returning to the pre-revolution levels of 2010, when the country welcomed a record 360,000 US tourists, it is little wonder Egyptian Tourist Authority’s (ETA) New York tourism attaché Mohamed Hegazy feels “very optimistic” for 2012. “We are coming back rapidly in terms of tourist numbers,” Mr Hegazy told e-Travel Blackboard in an interview.  “2010 was the highest number we received – we reached 360,000 US tourists. The highest figure before that was around 187,000 in 2006, so it doubled in four years.” According to Mr Hegazy, despite the turbulent events of last year, Egypt still brought in around the same number of tourists it had received just four years prior – that is, around 187,000.“We were relatively pleased to keep more than half of our business in a market that was very touchy about security,” he remarked.According to figures from the country’s central agency for public mobilisation and statistics, Egypt welcomed some 753,000 visitors in February 2012, compared to the 211,000 who stayed during the height of the civil unrest last February, Gulf media reported.With visitor numbers again on the rise, Mr Hegazy said now was the time for the country to lure travelers to attractions beyond the Giza Pyramids.   “At the moment we would like to push new experiences to the American tourists, like the Red Sea, the South Sinai for its magnificent beaches, its coral reef and fish,” he told e-Travel Blackboard.Add to this, the country’s Nile cruises, its black and white deserts, religious attractions (including the oldest mosque and synagogue in Northern Africa), its first-class golf courses, 4wd safaris, and other leisure tourism and business travel offerings and you have a destination that will appeal to any demographic, Mr Hegazy said.last_img read more

Hellenic strike to go ahead

first_imgBank workers’ union Etyk said a 24-hour strike scheduled for Friday at Hellenic Bank was going ahead as planned, blaming the management for digging its heels in over the terms of employment in a separate company set up to administer bad loans.“Unfortunately, despite our latest efforts to strike a deal with the bank’s management, there has been no result, with the bank insisting on positions that endanger labour rights, agreements and procedures, including jobs,” the union said in a statement on Thursday.The union opposes the bank’s decision to transfer around 130 employees to APS Debt Servicing Ltd, to which it will outsource management of its non-performing loan portfolio, currently standing at €2.5 billion, or 57 per cent of its loan portfolio.Hellenic announced its agreement with Prague-based APS Holdings to set up the debt servicing company in January.The union charged that Hellenic had initially agreed that workers transferred to the new company, through a deal with Etyk, would be given the status of secondment.It accused the bank of changing its mind “for unknown reasons” and complained that it had no clue what the provisions of the agreement with APS are.“We won’t allow around 130 colleagues to be kicked out, nor those who could find themselves in the same situation in the future if the bank is allowed to have its way,” Etyk said.The bank has repeatedly said affected workers will work under the same employment terms in the new company, due to launch its operations on July 1.It also promised, in writing, to hire back any worker who would seek to return to the bank after a two-year period at APS Debt Servicing.In a letter to staffers, Hellenic said any rights and obligations would be transferred to APS and there would be no difference whatsoever with the terms they had at the bank.“All of your rights deriving from the collective agreement in force on the transfer date, will be respected by APS Debt Servicing in accordance with applicable law,” the bank said.It also afforded the affected employees additional rights, over and above those provided for by law, including low-interest loan rates and credit cards and participation in early retirement schemes announced by Hellenic.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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