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Procurement problems undermining Liberals defence policy analyst says

first_imgOTTAWA – Long-standing problems with Canada’s military procurement system are threatening to undermine the Trudeau government’s vaunted defence policy, warns a new report.The study, published by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute this week, says the government is on track to spend billions less on new equipment this year than was promised in the Liberals’ policy.The main reason, says the report’s author, defence analyst David Perry, isn’t that the money isn’t available; bottle necks in the procurement system have slowed progress on a variety of projects, meaning the money can’t be spent.That has been a recurring theme in military procurement for the past five years, as the actual amount of money spent on new equipment has steadily declined because of delays and other snarls in the system.And while the Liberals’ defence policy, released last June, promised to dramatically increase year-over-year spending on new equipment over the next decade, it did not include any major new measures to address those problems.The short-term fear is that the military will have to wait longer than expected for new equipment; the bigger concern is that the Liberal government’s ambitious plan to revitalize and expand the military won’t materialize as promised.The first year of the 20-year defence policy, entitled “Strong, Secure, Engaged,” was supposed to see federal officials buy about $6-billion worth of new equipment for the Canadian Forces.Perry, however, found that barring a major surprise in the last quarter of the federal government’s fiscal year, officials will purchase between $3 billion and $4 billion in equipment.“The first fiscal year of Strong, Secure, Engaged is already providing evidence that the policy’s spending plans will not be achieved as outlined unless significant changes (to the procurement system) are made,” he wrote.The policy did include some planned reforms to the system, which has been the subject of years of criticism and controversy for failing to deliver much-needed equipment on time and on budget.And while some federal procurement officials have already acknowledged the challenge they face, they insist that efforts are underway to streamline the system and hire more specialized staff.“Financially, we’ve been very well resourced through the defence policy, and now we have to deliver on it,” Maj.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier, who is responsible for managing National Defence’s corporate strategy, said in October.“The money is coming and our feet are being held to the fire to do what we said we could do.”But many experts and industry representatives worry those reforms will have only a limited effect, an assessment that Perry echoes, saying that a “paradigm shift” will be required to make sure the policy doesn’t go off the rails.That’s because the policy includes a plan to quadruple spending on new military equipment over the next seven years — an astronomical increase unparalleled in recent Canadian history.“While the procurement changes outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged are all sensible and likely to have some positive impact on procurement,” Perry wrote, “they are unlikely to support the paradigm change required.”Perry points to the way the defence policy was crafted as one of the main culprits for the current situation, noting that it was drafted in secret by a small group of defence officials without input from other departments.“This limited ability to realistically validate the hundreds of individual project schedules and their spending forecasts that comprise the capital spending plans of Strong, Secure, Engaged,” he wrote.“This is important because a project’s schedule dictates when DND will actually spend money. If schedules slip, funds are not spent as intended — a dynamic that has occurred repeatedly over the last 10 years.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Canadian air traffic controllers buy pizza for US colleagues hit by shutdown

first_imgCanadian air traffic controllers have bought hundreds of pizzas for their American counterparts over the past few days in what has become an industry-wide show of support during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.Peter Duffey, the head of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, said the initiative began Thursday when employees at Edmonton’s control centre took up a collection to buy pies for controllers in Anchorage, Alaska.Other facilities across Canada decided to join in, and the idea snowballed.“The next thing we knew, our members were buying pizzas left, right and centre for the colleagues in the U.S,” Duffey said Sunday in a phone interview.“As it stands right now, I believe we’re up to 36 facilities that have received pizza from Canada, and that number is growing by the hour.”Duffey estimates that as of Sunday afternoon, some 300 pizzas had been received by American controllers, many of whom took to social media to express their gratitude.Duffey said many union members had been looking for a way to show solidarity with their American colleagues, who have been working without pay due to the partial shutdown.“Air traffic control is a very stressful job,” he said.“They say you have to be 100 per cent right, 100 per cent of the time. People just don’t need to be reporting to work with the added stress of worrying about how to pay their mortgages and grocery bills on top of it.”He said one anonymous Canadian donor contributed $500 to the pizza fund, while another single-handedly bought lunch for two facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, to thank them for “taking care of all the snowbirds from Western Canada who go down for the winter.”Ron Singer, the national media manager for Nav Canada, which manages the country’s civil air navigation, says Canadian and American air traffic controllers interact “on a daily basis” as they manage North American airspace.“There’s a bond there, automatically,” he said in a phone interview.He said that as of Sunday afternoon, Nav Canada employees from all of Canada’s seven control centres and many of its towers have bought lunch for their U.S. counterparts.Some 10,000 air traffic controllers in the United States have been working without pay since late December due to the ongoing government shutdown.Their union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington on Friday, asking for an order compelling the government to pay them what they’re owed.last_img read more

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Stars Show Their Support For VegWeek 2018

first_imgVegWeek 2018 is now officially underway — and the 7-Day VegPledge Challenge is on! More than 8,000 people including pro-plant celebrities, athletes, and other world-changers are exploring and enjoying the many flavors and fun of plant-based eating from April 16-22.The message is simple yet impactful: Together, we can change the world one week at a time!Hosted by Compassion Over Killing since 2009, this annual healthy-eating campaign, has taken root around the planet — and for the planet. VegWeek is celebrated around Earth Day (April 22) to highlight the powerfully protective environmental impact of choosing plant-based food.Raising animals for food is wreaking havoc on our planet and causing tremendous suffering. We can change this through our dietary choices. By putting plants on our plates, we can benefit the Earth, our health, and animals.To keep up this meatless momentum, stars are inspiring their fans to join them on the green carpet! VegWeek 2018 celebrity Endorsers include: Mya, Grey, Belinda Carlisle, and many others.Actress Alicia Silverstone even hand-picked a Moroccan Couscous With Saffron recipe from her book The Kind Diet, for her blog urging followers to eat green for Earth Week.Silverstone writes, “Making changes to your diet has one of the most powerful impacts on reducing one’s carbon footprint and helping heal the planet. Loved ones can take the ‘VegPledge’ for the week and receive tons of support and recipes.”VegPledgers receive exclusive offers and discounts from VegWeek Gold Sponsors: A Well-Fed World, Eat for the Planet, Follow Your Heart, The Jackfruit Company, Lady Freethinker, Miyoko’s Kitchen, Treeline Treenut Cheese, Veestro, and Vegan Essentials.Empowered by the many resources provided throughout VegWeek, many happy VegPledgers continue with vegan or vegetarian eating long after enjoying the campaign.For more information, please visit: VegWeek.com.last_img read more

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Will Idle No More keep going strong

first_imgAPTN National NewsIdle No More demonstrations kept busy in Edmonton over the weekend.They filled the streets on Friday and then took their voices to West Edmonton Mall two days later.In a movement that seems to be getting larger by the day APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan finds out if there are any signs of it slowing down.last_img

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Police officers with UN force in Liberia stymie mass attempt at prison

2 November 2009Police officers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia have helped foil an attempted mass jail break this weekend from a prison in the West African nation’s capital, Monrovia. As many as 50 prisoners tried to escape about 2:20 p.m. yesterday after one inmate at Monrovia Central Prison stole a set of keys from a corrections officer and then locked that officer inside a cell, according to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Dozens of detainees moved into the prison yard and tried to scale the prison’s perimeter wall before they were intercepted by members of a Jordanian formed police unit (FPU) serving with UNMIL, as well as Liberian police officers and other prison staff.The mission reported that several warning shots were fired into the air to deter the inmates and none were able to escape. Those who attempted to escape have since been relocated to other cells and at least 23 will appear in court over the matter.UNMIL added that while 12 Jordanian FPU members, two detainees and one corrections officer sustained injuries during the escape attempt, they were minor. read more

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Stocks higher as Bernanke says its too soon to end QE

North American markets were higher as U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told U.S. lawmakers that it’s too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.In testimony to the Joint Economic Committee, Bernanke said the U.S. economy is expected to grow moderately this year and unemployment has fallen to a four-year low of 7.5 per cent.But Bernanke added that reducing the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing rates low would “carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery.”The U.S. central bank was also scheduled to release minutes from its latest monetary policy meeting later Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 70.32 points to 12,812.75.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials index was ahead by 48.76 points to 15,436.34, the S&P 500 climbed 5.88 points to 1,675.04, while the Nasdaq was up 11.52 of a point to 3,513.64.The Canadian dollar was down 0.48 of a cent to 96.91 cents US.Investors had been worried that the Fed could begin pulling back its monetary stimulus since recent data showed that outlooks for housing and jobs in the U.S. were rosier than expected.The Fed’s $85-billion-a-month bond-buying stimulus program, also known as quantitative easing, has boosted liquidity in financial markets over the past few years.It’s been replicated in some other countries, although not in Canada, and has resulted in stock indexes flying upwards despite a patchy recovery from recession in many parts of the world.Over the past few weeks, a number of the world’s main markets, such as the Dow Jones and Germany’s DAX have recorded a series of all-time highs, while others such as Japan’s Nikkei and Britain’s FTSE 100 have hit multi-year highs.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported that retail sales were flat in March, holding at $39.5 billion. After removing the effects of price changes, particularly lower gasoline prices, retail sales in volume terms rose 0.7 per cent.The largest increase in sales was a 3.1 per cent rise at clothing and clothing accessories stores, while sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers rose 0.7 per cent for a third consecutive monthly gain.On the commodities front, June gold bullion surged ahead $14.80 to US$1,392.40 an ounce. The July crude contract was down 81 cents to US$95.37 a barrel and July copper climbed six cents to US$3.40 a poundIn corporate news, shares in Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) fell 0.53 per cent, or five cents, to $9.30 after the national retailer reported a $31.2-million loss as well as lower revenue in its latest quarter. The loss amounted to 31 cents per share and contrasted with a year-earlier profit of $93.1 million or 91 cents per share, when its bottom line was boosted by an unusual gain. Sears says same-store sales fell by 2.6 per cent while total revenue fell to US$867.1 million from US$928.0 million a year earlier.Target Corp. also reported a 26 per cent drop in first-quarter profits as cool temperatures and financial pressures limited customers’ appetite for spending. The company, based in Minneapolis, also cut its annual profit outlook.Target says it earned US$498 million, or 77 cents per share, for the three months ended May 4. That compares with US$697 million, or $1.04 per share, a year earlier. Sales rose 1 per cent to US$16.71 billion. Analysts had expected earnings of 95 cents per share on revenue of US$16.82 billion. Its shares were down 3.45 per cent, or $2.45, at US$68.81.Meanwhile, Lowe’s Cos. said its first-quarter net income rose nearly 3 per cent, but results fell short of expectations as rainy weather hurt spring gardening sales.The No. 2 home improvement retailer’s said it earned US$540 million, or 49 cents per share. That compares with US$527 million, or 43 cents per share, a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet expected higher earnings of 51 cents per share for the world’s second-biggest home improvement retailer.Revenue for the Mooresville, N.C., company dipped to $13.09 billion from US$13.15 billion. Wall Street expected a rise to $13.45 billion. Its shares climbed 2.5 per cent, or $1.05 to US$43.50.Overseas, the FTSE 100 was down 0.2 per cent at 6,790 while the DAX fell 0.3 per cent to 8,443. The CAC-40 in France was 0.6 per cent lower at 4,011.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index up 1.6 per cent at 15,627.26, its highest close in more than five years. The Bank of Japan concluded a two-day policy meeting without any changes to its aggressive monetary easing stance, as expected, and said the world’s third-largest economy is showing signs of picking up. read more

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EU court rejects case against LTTE terror label

The European Union’s top court has rejected an argument by people accused of collecting funds for the LTTE that activities by the group shouldn’t be classified as terrorist acts, the Associated Press reported.In the case reviewed Tuesday by the European Court of Justice, four people in the Netherlands had their assets frozen on the basis that the Tamil Tigers were involved in terrorism. They argued the group’s activities, as an armed force in a civil war, were governed by international humanitarian law and not international anti-terrorism rules. The court found international law “does not prevent actions by armed forces during periods of armed conflict from constituting ‘terrorist acts.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN rights chief warns of disturbing lack of transparency for digital mass

“This is severely hindering efforts to ensure accountability for any resulting human rights violations, or even to make us aware that such violations are taking place, despite a clear international legal framework laying down Governments’ obligations to protect our right to privacy,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said in Geneva today. Introducing a report compiled by her Office entitled, The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age, she stressed the need for vigilance and procedural safeguards against governmental surveillance programmes. “The onus is on the State to demonstrate that such interference is neither arbitrary nor unlawful,” Ms. Pillay said, noting that article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation.” According to the report, to be presented this October to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly, governmental mass surveillance is “emerging as a dangerous habit rather than an exceptional measure” and practices in many States reveal “a lack of adequate national legislation and/or enforcement, weak procedural safeguards, and ineffective oversight.” The High Commissioner’s report points out that the secret nature of specific surveillance powers brings with it a greater risk of arbitrary exercise of discretion which, in turn, demands greater precision in the rule governing the exercise of discretion, as well as additional oversight. Therefore, States must establish independent methods to monitor such surveillance one that include administrative, judicial and parliamentary branches of government. “The involvement of all branches of Government in the oversight in surveillance programmes, as well as of an independent civilian oversight agency, is essential to ensure the effective protection of the law,” the report states, noting that when conducted in compliance with the law, including international human rights law, surveillance can be effective for legitimate law enforcement or intelligence purposes. On the role of the private sector, the report points to strong evidence of a growing reliance by Governments on enterprises to conduct and facilitate digital surveillance and warns that a company that supplies data to the State “risks being complicit in or otherwise involved with human rights abuses.” When faced with Government demands for access to data, enterprises are expected to honour the principles of human rights. This can mean interpreting such demands as narrowly as possible, seeking clarification from a Government with regard to the scope and legal foundation for the demand, requiring a court order before meeting government requests for data, and communicating transparently with users about risks and compliance with the demands. “The complexity of the challenges to the right to privacy in this rapidly and dramatically evolving digital age is going to require constant scrutiny and dialogue between all key sectors,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that at stake are some incredibly important principles which go right to the core of each and every individual’s rights. read more

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Mens hockey Ohio State opens NCAA tournament with No 2 overall seed

Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey takes a shot on net against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on March 17. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiAfter locking up its first NCAA tournament appearance in eight years, the Ohio State men’s hockey team — the No. 4 seed in the West region — travels to Fargo, North Dakota, to take on the No. 2 overall seed Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the first round.For a third time this season, the Buckeyes will be without senior defenseman Josh Healey, who was suspended for two games by the Big Ten conference Monday as a result of a game misconduct penalty that occurred against Wisconsin on March 17 in the Big Ten tournament.Although Healey is a key piece to his defense, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the Scarlet and Gray continue to hold a “next man up” mentality in these types of situations. Despite their lack of experience, Rohlik said that younger defensemen, such as freshmen Gordi Meyer and Matt Miller, will be vital in the absence of his skillful senior on the backline.“These guys have played all year with us. They know what we want to do and how we want to play,” Rohlik said. “At the end of the day, these two guys have played a lot of minutes for us this year, and I have all the confidence in the world that they’re going to go up there and do their job.”With a poised Healey out of the lineup, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey emphasized that the Buckeye forwards will have to occasionally backtrack to help out the OSU backline — and echoed his coach’s belief in the younger members of the Scarlet and Gray to step up when needed on defense against the Bulldogs’ impressive offense.“I think the biggest thing is making sure that us as forwards, we focus on getting back and helping (the defense) out,” Schilkey said. “It’s a good opportunity for some other (defensemen) to step up, too, and I think some guys are going to relish in that opportunity.”Minnesota-Duluth enters this matchup behind a strong core that has made the NCAA tournament for a third-straight year, and ranks as the No. 8 scoring offense in the nation at more than 3.42 goals per game. Senior winger Alex Iafallo and sophomore forward Adam Johnson have each registered 45 and 36 points this season, respectively.Additionally, the Bulldogs’ defense also ranks among the best in the nation at No. 11 in the USCHO.com statistics, mainly behind the play of freshman goaltender Hunter Miska and sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk — who Rohlik calls a “difference maker” on the ice.Despite Minnesota-Duluth’s overall depth and abilities in all facets of the game, Rohlik said his team isn’t looking to make any changes to its game plan, and is trying to stick to what propelled the Buckeyes to their first 20-win season since 2009.“You wouldn’t say they’ve got a lot of weaknesses looking at them, but they’re as beatable as anybody else,” Rohlik said. “They’ve got to go out and play the game, and we’ve got to go out and play the game for 60 minutes — and we’re going to go empty the tanks and go in there with confidence.”With this being the first NCAA tournament appearance for the players on his roster, and possibly the final game in an OSU jersey for his seven seniors, Rohlik said his biggest message to his team this week has been to appreciate what they have accomplished this season and what they have done for the program during their time in Columbus. Ultimately, however, the collective goal of the Buckeyes is to survive and advance.“We’re not satisfied with just going up there and being a part of it, but it’s also a big reason why you work this hard to have this experience and enjoy it,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to enjoy it, but to enjoy it, you’ve got to go up there and try to win hockey games.”Puck drop  for the first round Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m at Scheels Arena. read more

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Albert Rocas joins Naturhouse La Rioja

Experienced Spanish right wing Albert Rocas (32) has decided to get back to ASOBAL. World gold winner spent only one season in KIF Kolding Kobenhavn, where he played at EHF Champions League and won the Danish Championship. However, he will again play at the European elite competition with Naturhouse La Rioja. Former Barca (2007-2013), Portland San Antonio, BM Valladolid and Granollers player, signed three years contract with the new team.Interesting wings composition in Logrono. Garcia-Rocas…. ← Previous Story Men’s 20 EHF EURO 2014 in Austria – 40 days to go… Next Story → INTERVIEW – Szabolcs Zubai (Hungary): We will win in Velenje! read more

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What are your postChristmas grocery essentials

first_img1 & 2: Rashers and sausages for the festive fry-up3: Bread4: Beers and lagers5: Batteries for toys from Santa6: Savoury favourites for snacking7 & 8: Cold and flu treatments and painkillers9 & 10: Fresh milk and creamWhat about you – what are your post-Christmas grocery essentials?Read: This is what Michelangelo’s weekly shop in 1518 looked like>Read: Business booming for Aldi and Lidl as discounters show growth at expense of Tesco> BEER, BATTERIES, AND bread are all on people’s lists of post-Christmas essentials, according to a new survey.Aldi and Kantar Worldpanel teamed up to look at what Irish consumers are buying after the Christmas rush, and it looks like we’re still relaxing, entertaining… and trying to fight winter colds.David Berry of Kantar Worldpanel said: “Christmas is synonymous with food and drink and it seems that the lull between Christmas and New Year is both a time of indulgence and recuperation with sales of biscuits, painkillers, beer and healthcare products making their way onto the shopping list.”According to their survey, the top 10 grocery items in the post-Christmas shopping basket are:last_img read more

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12 actual tshirts that show how the world sees Ireland

first_imgSO ST PATRICK’S Day is on the way. And what are you going to wear?Well, for a number of people all over the world, the answer will be one of these.It’s a flattering view of Ireland:1.cafepress.co.uk2.neatoshop.com3.zazzle.com4. bondisurfandsport.com5.wackyplanet.com6.stpatty.spreadshirt.com7.cafepress.com8.shirts.com9.stpattys.spreadshirt.com10.wackyplanet.com11.cafepress.co.uk12.cafepress.co.ukVIDEO: 16 cats being total arses>Urban Outfitters criticised over ‘drunk Irish’ themed clothing>last_img read more

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Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Jar Jar Ophiuchus and More

first_img“Alay” style is ‘a form of the Indonesian language that has undergone “excessive leet transformation”. Contrary to the popular belief that it is “destroying” the national language, grammatical standards are met in contrast to the modern Indonesian slang language. Similar to the jejebets, alay texts offer an alternative in compressing words so that they are under the 160 character-limit in text messages, often to the point that they are impossible to read. Rules in capitalization are mostly ignored.’”  #tYp3 LyK tHi5 4. Stop Stressing@IrfanBachdim10, an Indonesian international football player, tweeted “STOP STRESSING” in response to “Hello Indonesia” becoming trending topic. #StopStressingCheck out the rest of the list after the jump! As for Ophiuchus. This is an old hoax. Historically, Ophiuchus has never been listed as a constellation in the sidereal zodiac. It is a constellation out there, but it’s off the ecliptic (that is, it’s not along the path of the Sun through the sky). I’ve read that Ptolemy mentions it in his literature as an off-zodiac constellation, meaning that the Sun never travels through it. In any event, there are some two dozen constellations that touch the ecliptic; but the sidereal zodiac uses just 12 of them.The origin of the hoax is a sci-fi author named John Sladek — a satire writer who died in 2000. Sladek liked to prank astrology, and he has a whole novel about a fictitious 13th sign based on Ophiuchus he called Arachne that was “suppressed by the scientific community.” The Ophiuchus hoax first made its rounds in the late 1990s and pops up again like those emails from the guy in Nigeria who wants you to send him your bank account number so he can transfer $15 million your way.#Ophiuchus 8. Quote that Movie People are quoting lines of movies. Many of them are favorites. #QuoteThatMovie 9. QUACK QUACK QUACK Twitter users who are rooting for the Oregon Ducks in Monday night’s BCS game tweeting this as their “battle cry,” but Oregon ultimately lost to the Auburn Tigers. #QuackQuackQuack 10. Australia Flooding Brisbane, Queensland in Australia is experiencing massive flooding. It’s the worst in decades. The hashtag #prayforaustralia has been trending because of this. Also trending is Australian teenager #Jordan Rice, who died while rescuing his little brother. He and his mother were swept away to their deaths by the water. Ah, Saturday. A day to relax and recuperate from a long, hard week. Kick up your feet, relax, and make sure you’re up to date with all of the news and gossip that was trending on Twitter this week. To help you, we took a look at the most-buzzed-about trends and picked 10 you may have missed this week. Here are the top trending Twitter topics for the week ending on January 14:1. Representative Giffords Shooting Via WhatTheTrend.com:US Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in Tucson, Arizona last Saturday by suspected gunman Jared Lee Loughner. The rampage killed 6 and wounded 13. Giffords is still in critical condition, recovering from a bullet wound to the brain. In the aftermath, many individuals and news organizations placed the blame for the violence at what they saw as overheated political rhetoric, particularly from the right, though there is no evidence yet that caused Loughner’s actions. The person facing the most criticism was former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who had distributed a map during the recent midterm election with crosshairs (later termed “surveyor’s marks”) over Democratic districts, including Giffords.  #Gabrielle Giffords, #Jared Lee Loughner 2. Jar Jar Binks / Phantom Menace The Star Wars character we all love to hate, Jar Jar Binks, was trending on Twitter as the movie was shown Saturday on the U.K.’s ITV television channel. #Jar Jar Binks 3. tYp3 LyK tHi5 According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, [Photo: Wookipedia] 5. Real Men People are tweeting what they think real men should do, or what a real man is like. For example, ccording to @Lord_Voldemort7, “#realmen don’t sparkle.”6. You Need a New Boyfriend Have you ever had a friend who’s boyfriend is just not good for her? People are tweeting ways to break it to you that #YouNeedANewBoyfriend. 7. Ophiuchus After one astronomer said that there was a thirteenth astrological sign named Ophiuchus, the news channels picked it up, and the blogosphere went awry with pathetic cries of growing up under the wrong astrological sign and reading the wrong Onion horoscope every day. Turns out, it’s not true, so don’t worry. To make sure you can sleep tonight, here’s the scoop from astrologer Eric Francis:last_img read more

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Girl drowns in pool at North Lauderdale home

first_imgNORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Memorial Day weekend party ended in tragedy after, authorities said, a 5-year-old girl drowned in a North Lauderdale swimming pool, Sunday afternoon.According to investigators, the incident took place along the 7200 block of Southwest Fifth Street, just before 5 p.m. They said 5-year-old Victoria Brown got into a backyard swimming pool after the rest of the partygoers had left the pool and went to go eat. Moments later, an adult saw her at the bottom of the pool.Paramedics were called out when Victoria was spotted in the water, but it was too late. Crews transported her to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, where she was pronounced dead.BSO spokesperson Gina Carter said Victoria did not live at the residence and was only there as a part of a church group get-together. “They were here for a party. There were a lot of children at the party and a lot of adults,” she said. “Unfortunately, there was a moment when the little girl was able to get away from supervision and ended up in the pool.”BSO deputies remained at the scene late Sunday night as they interviewed witnesses and attempted to piece together how this happened.Victoria’s mother set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of burying Victoria. To donate, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Mamata warns BJP against spreading hate politics

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the party against spreading hate politics and in the same breath, urged people to preserve the country’s unity and integrity. She was addressing a gathering at Mahamilan Math of Jay Guru cult at Baranagar on Monday evening.”From time immemorial, the rishis in India had talked about religious harmony and peace. It is our tradition to love and respect the people belonging to other religions, cults and faith. Our parents, teachers and elders have taught us to respect our neighbours irrespective of their faith and religion. But over the years, things have changed in India. In the name of religion, hatred is being propagated and attempts have been made to weaken the society by spreading divisive messages,” she said, adding: “At times I become scared and ask myself whether we can save the country’s unity and integrity.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRecalling her experience in Puri, the Chief Minister said: “Some people belonging to a political party had raised slogans that I was not a Hindu and tried to prevent me from entering the temple. I was shocked. This is not Indian culture and tradition.” Without naming BJP, she warned the party and said in India the motive of dividing the country would not work. “Who are they to decide how I should dress, what I should eat or which religion I should follow? In the name of protecting cows, people were lynched. This is not Hinduism. This is the religion of some hooligans,” Banerjee added. Referring to ‘sanatan dharma’, Banerjee said: “Humanism and harmony are the basic tenets of Hinduism. Religion is intimately connected with service (seva) and when you offer service you do not see the person’s religion, caste or creed.” Contd on P7last_img read more

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A500 Northbound reopens 12 hours after lorry driver killed in accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA lorry driver has died following an accident on the A500 this morning. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the Northbound carriageway of the D-road at around 5.10am. The road was closed for almost 12 hours but has now reopened. The accident occurred when a HGV collided with the back of another lorry which had broken down between the A53 roundabout in Etruria and Wolstanton Island. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The driver of the lorry which collided with the broken down vehicle has sadly died at the scene. “Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended and the A500 remains closed. “If you witnessed the collision or have any information that could help with our investigation, please call us on 101 quoting incident 59 of November 24.” ” (Image: Sentinel) The Northbound D-Road has reopened just after 5pm – almost 12 hours after the collision – with surrounding roads also busier than usual following the accident. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A500 Queensway is now open northbound between the A53 and the A527 near Etruria following the earlier collision. “Earlier delays have now cleared, many thanks for your patience.” The lorry driver from the second vehicle was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital with minor injuries. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man who was still in his cab following the collision. “The man, who was in cardiac arrest, was freed from his vehicle by ambulance staff before they began administering CPR and advanced life support. “However, despite their best efforts it unfortunately became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene. “A man from the second lorry, believed to be in his 40s, was treated for minor injuries and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.” For live updates on the incident, visit our dedicated live feed here.last_img read more

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Become a WellPaid Oracle Database Administrator with This Training Bundle

first_imgNew year, new goals? Become a well-paid Oracle Database Administrator this year for a fraction of the original cost with Wccftech Deals. Learn SQL, one of the top tools for database management on Earth, and an important skill in many industries that can help your resume stand out. From basics to advanced SQL and PL/SQL, you can now learn all the essentials for just $49. Head over to Wccftech Deals and get a 97% discount.Oracle Database 12c Administration Training Bundle1- Intro to SQLLearn How to Query Data with SQLAccess 26 lectures & 6 hours of content 24/7Learn how to access database data w/ a basic SELECT statementAccess data from more than one tableManipulate database dataDecide where best to use Oracle-supplied functions in place of user-written code2- Advanced SQLMake Your Resume Stand Out by Mastering SQLAccess 26 lectures & 7 hours of content 24/7Combine SQL result sets into a single result set using SET operatorsAccess data from a previous point in time using the flashback query featureCombine multiple SQL statements into one statementCreate various database objects3- Oracle 11g PL/SQL Programming Part 1Get Your First Taste of Oracle’s Proprietary Database Management LanguageAccess 18 lectures & 5 hours of content 24/7Describe the features & syntax of the PL/SQL languageUse PL/SQL programming constructs & conditionally control code flowUnderstand the Simple loop, While loop, & For loopHandle runtime errorsRun both pre-defined & user-defined exceptionsDesign & execute PL/SQL anonymous block4- Oracle 12c: Database Administration I Part 1Get a Crash Course In Database SolutionsAccess 22 lectures & 5 hours of content 24/7Explain Oracle’s architectural componentsDemonstrate how to use Oracle’s universal installer & configuration assistantsIdentify the different interfaces to an Oracle databaseDefine Oracle’s Multitenant environmentExplain how to use schema & user management toolsContrast the different techniques for importing data to an Oracle database & exporting data from an Oracle databaseDescribe PL/SQL declarations, code and exceptionsMore courses:5- Oracle 12c: Database Administration I Part 26- Oracle 12c: Database Administration II Part 17- Oracle 12c: Database Administration II Part 2Original value: $49 | Wccftech Deals: $2,065 at 97% discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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European Union ambassadors ride their bikes through San José to send a

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica boasts clean energy — and bad car pollution PHOTO REPORT: University of Costa Rica celebrates World Environment Day One of Sea Shepherd’s missions in Costa Rica: Protecting whales To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Ambassadors in Costa Rica from the European Union cycled on a new bike path along part of San José’s 4th and 6th avenues to encourage residents to leave their vehicles at home. The “cleteada” ended at the Legislative Assembly, where diplomats met with Costa Rican lawmakers to discuss the Paris Climate Conference COP 21 to be held in Paris, France, in December. “We are here to talk with Costa Rican lawmakers and show that it is possible to use the bicycle, a heathy and no-emissions vehicle, in the city. In Holland, we know that it is a slow process. but right now there are more bicycles than people,” Dutch Ambassador Mette Gonggrijp said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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The race is on – keep voting for the wonderful Whitsundays

first_imgThe race is on – keep voting for the wonderful Whitsundays!The race is on – keep voting for the wonderful Whitsundays!The Whitsundays is currently top in the annual Experience Oz ‘Australia’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience’ poll, which asks international travellers and domestic visitors to vote for their favourite spot in Australia.But the line-up is tight, with the Whitsundays just 6.2 per cent ahead of its close neighbour Mackay, just south of the Whitsundays.Regional Tourism Organisation Tourism Whitsundays is urging everyone to jump online and vote to ensure the Whitsundays maintains its crown. Last year, the Whitsundays romped home with voters naming it the number one spot in Australia to experience.So far this year, the Whitsundays have 22.5 per cent of the vote and Mackay has 16.3 per cent. Also ranking in the top 5 currently are The Kimberley, Ballarat and Newcastle.Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said the race was on for the top spot and it was important for people to have their say if they hadn’t already voted.“We can’t let Mackay beat us – much as we love our neighbours down the road,” he said laughingly.“The Whitsundays took out top spot last year and it would be great to win it again this year.We know the Whitsundays is the best destination in Australia – it doesn’t surprise us that a lot of other destinations are competing with us – but we are a destination that has something for everyone.“The Whitsundays appeals to independent travellers, families, couples and honeymooners, and offers access to the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef, which can only be seen in the Whitsundays.“We also have more than 600,000 bed-nights on the ocean every year, magnificent barramundi fishing in Lake Proserpine and a reef you can walk to from Bowen.”Voting closes at 11.59pm on Monday October 23. Visit https://www.experienceoz.com.au/en/whitsunday-top-destinations#votenow to cast your vote. Voters also have the chance to win an epic trip to one of Australia’s top destinations.The Whitsundays has ranked in the top three spots in every ‘Australia’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience’ poll since its inception.Last year, Whitsunday Island was also voted the number one island to experience in the poll, which is run by Experience Oz, the premier website for travel experiences in Australia.To find out more about the Whitsundays and to book your next tropical escape, visit Tourism Whitsundays website www.tourismwhitsundays.com.auSource = Tourism Whitsundayslast_img read more

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Local police chief joins Pscholka during House ceremony honoring 911 anniversary

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Al Pscholka attends the fourth annual 9/11 ceremony held by the Michigan House of Representatives along with Chief Mark Clapp of the St. Joseph Public Safety Department. 11Sep Local police chief joins Pscholka during House ceremony honoring 9/11 anniversarycenter_img As a part of the Michigan House of Representatives’ fourth annual 9/11 memorial ceremony conducted today, Chief Mark Clapp from the St. Joseph Public Safety Department joined Rep. Al Pscholka in the House chambers.The House ceremony honored the four first responders from Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year and also commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.“Our local first responders as well as those currently serving our country in the military put their lives on the line each day as they protect our communities and our nation,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “It’s important that we pay tribute to those sacrifices and recognize the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. It’s just one small way we can say thank you.”Lawmakers also paid tribute to Department of Corrections Deputy Corrections Keeper George Haight, whose name was recently inscribed in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall after giving his life in the line of duty at Jackson Prison in 1893.The event featured the ringing of a fire bell following the reading of the names of each first responder who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2013. Special music was provided by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” was played by two members of the Grand Ledge Marching Band.###last_img read more

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