Manitoba considers calling in army to help northern First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba’s deputy premier says he’s prepared to ask the army to help resupply isolated and northern communities.That’s if warm weather on the prairies continues to delay building the winter road network.Construction is already weeks behind schedule because of unseasonable temperatures.That’s why numerous northern Manitoba First Nations have declared a state of emergency.In the Island Lake area, no ice raods means no supplies from Ottawa to address their water crisis.And other communities like Berens River have run out of fuel and may need to fly it in.Manto Sipi Cree Nation did run out of diesel last month, but are expecting their fuel supply to last if cold weather allows for the roads to open.last_img read more

Search on for man who fell overboard from First Nationowned fishing boat

first_imgAPTN National NewsA man has fallen overboard from a First Nation owned fishing vessel, says an official from a Quebec Mi’gmaq community.The incident took place at approximately 3:30 a.m. on a fishing boat owned by the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, says executive director Paul Stanley.“There were a total of five persons on the vessel, four of which are safe and accounted for.” wrote Paul Stanley in a press release. Stanley says Surete du Quebec, Coast Guard and community vessels have joined in the search for the missing man.“Our prayers are with the family, the rescuers and the community at this time and we would ask that privacy be kept out of respect for the family.”The boat was fishing eight miles south of Port Cartier, a town located on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River.last_img read more

Stolo GC says alleged incident at Chilliwack General Hospital is a serious

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN National News The chair of the First Nations Health Council and Grand Chief of the Sto:lo Nation is calling the alleged racist treatment of a Sto:lo woman at the Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) in B.C. the worst he’s ever heard.“This is the most serious event I am aware of since I have been doing advocacy work,’ said Doug Kelly.Kelly has been at the head of the council, a political body that meets regularly with area health authority officials, since 2010.“I was shocked. CGH has been one of the better hospitals,” Kelly told APTN National News. “We’ve had complaints about a number of hospitals but I was shocked by this poor quality of care.”Kelly is responding to the story of Mary Stewart.The 55-year-old Sto:lo woman survived being hit by a semi-trailer truck in the early morning hours last week only to be allegedly kicked out of the Chilliwack General Hospital not once but twice the same night.Stewart remains in the CGH after emergency surgery.APTN has not been able to reach Stewart because of her surgery but we were able to speak with Eddie Julian, her former husband.According to Julian, her foot and femur were damaged, and she suffered various fractures after she says she was hit by the truck.He said she was kicked out of the hospital only hours later and handled roughly by a nurse who tried to get her into a wheelchair.Julian added she decided to wait out the rain in the hospital lobby before being ordered out of the building.“A second nurse came and said ‘You have to leave. If you don’t we will call the cops on you,’” he said.Julian said Stewart and her companion sought shelter in a covered area nearby for the rest of the night with only a sheet over Stewart’s legs for warmth. He said she didn’t have a ride or a phone and was sent back to the hospital the next day by a pharmacist at a local drugstore.“Every crack in the sidewalk was excruciating for her,” Julian said. “She was in a lot of pain.”Kelly said hospitals in the Fraser Health Authority serve up to 20,000 Aboriginal and Metis patients and have been the source of dozens of complaints.“It’s usually about a grouchy nurse or a racist nurse,” he said. “We bring their behaviour to the attention of the Authority. We ask that appropriate cultural, respectful care is provided.“But this, this will likely end up in front of a court.”Julian said Stewart is considering legal action and is planning to meet with a lawyer this week.“Everyone who hears about it becomes very upset,” he added.Chilliwack RCMP confirmed Stewart was injured at about 1 a.m. on September 9, and that they took her statement three days later on September 12.“We’re trying to ID the vehicle that may have struck her,” said Staff-Sgt. Steve Vrozyk of the Upper Fraser Valley RCMP detachment.He added they are reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the hit-and-run at the intersection of William Street and Bole Avenue, just east of the downtown core.(Mary Stewart outside the Chilliwack General Hospital after surgery. Photo courtesy Eddie Julian) Kelly intends to raise the matter with B.C.’s top Mountie, Chief Supt. Brenda Butterworth-Carr, an Indigenous woman from Yukon.“I’m really troubled,” he said. “I do not want to see them not take complaints from our citizens seriously.”Mary Stewart’s case isn’t the only one.Barb Commodore said her family is suing the police after her son was allegedly beaten by officers following a car crash in Chilliwack four years ago.“We are in the final stages now – waiting for a court date and possibly mediation,” she said.Commodore said her son’s injuries weren’t treated properly at CGH, and her son has never been the same.“His current mental capacity may never recover to where it once was,” she said. “He was intelligent and read a lot. The beating did not render him unconscious but he suffered a concussion, broken orbital bone, broken nose, broken jaw and a complete fractured cheekbone.“His upper teeth had to be removed and he has a steel plate to hold his cheekbone together. He also had a dislocated shoulder and badly bruised ribs where the female RCMP officer kicked him,” she alleged. “Yes, he was on the ground and held there by the other officer.”She said police took her son to the hospital but he was released.Commodore said she took him back the next day.“The cops told the hospital triage that my son’s injuries were the result of the car accident he was involved in the previous night,” she said. “Absolutely not true and not possible.“So when I took him in the following day, I overheard the triage nurse mentioning this ‘accident’ and I immediately set him straight.”“I made note that the nurse started a new file right then while keeping the original open and adding new dialogue to both. It was after this that the ER doctor made light of all the injuries my son had. The doctor looked at him and said to rest up for a week and he should be fine.”Kelly said people like Commodore should contact the First Nations Health Council.“When we become aware of complaints like this, and aware of a situation by a family, we can help,” he said, adding: “I can’t address complaints I don’t know about.”The Health Authority told APTN it will investigate the allegations from Stewart.Contact Kathleen here: kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Toronto stock index up slightly US markets down after big gains on

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was marginally higher in morning trading following a 385-point jump on Thursday after American markets staged a late-afternoon rally.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 35.15 points at 14,200.36 after 90 minutes of trading Friday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 32.85 points at 23,105.97. The S&P 500 index was down 1.99 points at 2,486.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 11.44 points at 6,568.05.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.29 cents US, down compared with an average of 73.31 cents on Thursday.The February crude contract was up seven cents at US$44.68 per barrel, and the February natural gas contract was down 19.6 cents at US$3.35 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down 70 cents at US$1,280.40, and the March copper contract was up a penny at US$2.68 per pound. Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN human rights chief appalled by sexual violence in DR Congo Burundi

“I have to say the level of sexual violence and its intensity is pretty surprising and appalling,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told reporters in New York after briefing the Security Council on her recent 12-day visit to the region, where she toured the DRC, Rwanda and Burundi.“Gender-based violence is not just an affront to dignity; it is a form of torture and absolute brutal physical and mental assault on the victims,” she said.In a hospital Ms. Arbour visited in Kisangani in the northern DRC, one of the many she stopped at during her mission, she said that 60 per cent of the cases involved victims between the ages of 11 and 17.Providing medical assistance – such as major fistula surgery – to assist victims is key, Ms. Arbour said, but she observed that “what is required is so out of reach,” both in terms of resources and of manpower.She stressed that efforts targeting perpetrators and bring them to justice are also crucial.While women who have been victims of violence have been ostracized and stigmatized, those behind the crimes operate with impunity, she said. In some instances, women are teased by the very same people who attacked them.Deficits in the justice systems in the DRC and Burundi must be addressed to ensure that perpetrators of such crimes are prosecuted, she said. The system in the DRC is “so deficient,” she said, with informal settlements often taking place so those responsible are not charged. Meanwhile in Burundi, she said that magistrates themselves have commented on the corruption and interference thwarting the prosecution of cases.In the DRC, the High Commissioner said that she travelled to such areas as Kisangani as well as Bunia and Goma in the east, “where armed groups are still continuing their predatory practices.”One of the unfortunate effects in the DRC of the reintegration of militia leaders into the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) is that “they have been emboldened, further empowered and seem to be continuing exactly the same pattern of predatory practices against civilians in the region,” she noted, calling for a major reform of the security sector. 31 May 2007The top United Nations human rights official today said that she was appalled by the level of sexual and gender-based violence she found in Africa’s Great Lakes region, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. read more

Afghanistan UN health agency calls for steppedup access to those in need

18 August 2010On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations health agency and its partners in Afghanistan are appealing for greater access by and to those most in need of medical assistance. On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations health agency and its partners in Afghanistan are appealing for greater access by and to those most in need of medical assistance. “We, the health community, are helping people where we can reach them, which also means that if we can’t reach the people, we can’t help them,” said Peter Graaf, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Afghanistan. “Despite challenges of widespread insecurity, health workers have taken an oath on the holy Koran and risk their own lives to provide health care to every man, woman and child in Afghanistan.” At the outset of a crisis, access to and restoration of health services is vital to prevent avoidable deaths and illnesses. WHO said the first few days and weeks after a disaster hits are most critical in preventing the outbreak of diseases, typically triggered by the collapse of the local water supply and polluted water sources. Afghanistan is home to one of the world’s most dire humanitarian crises, with infants, children under the age of five and mothers more at risk of dying than almost anywhere else in the world. WHO said there is a clear link between the intensification of the conflict in the country and the worsening health situation, with limited accessibility to basic health care – especially for women and children – leading to a rise in easily preventable diseases. This is also hindering efforts to eradicate polio and holds qualified staff, especially women, back from working in more remote and rural parts of Afghanistan. At present, more than 6 million people in Afghanistan – mostly women – need relief assistance for healthcare services. Some two thirds of these people, comprising 15 per cent of the country’s total population, do not even have access to basic health services. In a related development, WHO has donated $20,000 worth of ventilators, suction machines and other emergency equipment to the intensive care unit of one of Afghanistan’s largest hospitals. Hundreds of people visit the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar daily, according to Qayom Pokhla, Director of the city’s Ministry of Public Health. “Every day there is a security incident, either in Kandahar or in other parts of the region, and after receiving the equipment, we will be able to reach our requirements more efficiently than before,” he said. The hospital is supported by the non-governmental organization (NGO) International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is the only medical centre in southern Afghanistan where complicated surgeries can be performed. read more

South Sudan UNICEF celebrates ongoing demobilization of child soldiers

“For every child released, it’s the chance for a new life,” UNICEF South Sudan Representative Jonathan Veitch stated in a press release issued earlier today and welcoming the news. Two weeks ago, an initial group of 249 children – ranging from 11 to 17 years of age – was released by the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) Cobra Faction at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei state. The release was marked by a ceremony overseen by UNICEF and the South Sudan National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission during which the child soldiers reportedly surrendered their weapons and uniforms. Further phased releases of the other children are planned over the coming month.According to the UN agency, some of the child soldiers have been fighting for up to four years and many have never attended school. In the last year alone, 12,000 children, mostly boys, have been recruited and used as soldiers by armed forces and groups in South Sudan as a whole. The security situation in South Sudan deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted an estimated 1.9 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.Nonetheless, a recent peace deal between the warring factions has fostered hope of a definitive end to the year-long conflict.In the two weeks since the first group’s release, 179 children have returned home to their families while 70 others continue to live in the UNICEF-supported interim care centre as family tracing and reunification efforts are carried out. Meanwhile, the 300 children released in the current demobilization will spend their first night in an interim care centre where they will be provided with food, water and clothing and also gain access to health and psychosocial services. “We are witnessing the negative consequences that being in an armed group has had on the boys; some are withdrawn while others exhibit violent and aggressive behaviour. Instead of playing, they march up and down,” Mr. Veitch continued. “To avoid the risk of re-recruitment and to ensure that each child can fulfil their potential, they need a protective environment where they not only receive food and water, but also counselling, life skills and the opportunity to go back to school.” The press release explained that UNICEF has chartered flights and delivered truckloads of water and sanitation, education and health supplies to support the children and maintained a 10-person staff on the ground to oversee the release and reintegration programme. Nonetheless, it added, the costs involved in operating a successful release and reintegration initiative were onerous and the agency would require further funding and assistance. UNICEF, in fact, estimates the costs for the release and reintegration of each child at $2,330 for a two-year period. Although some funding has been forthcoming, the agency is appealing for an additional $13 million. read more

The Vatican has cut its deficit by over €13 million

first_imgThe Vatican has cut its deficit by over €13 million The financial disclosure for 2016 is expected in July. Image: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP Pope Francis speaks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, on the occasion of an audience with the participants of an international meeting on sacred music. Image: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP Mar 4th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URL Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 4:47 PM THE VATICAN HAS issued new figures showing it narrowed its deficit by half in 2015 to €12.4 million.That compares with a deficit of €25.6 million in 2014. The Vatican released the figures for 2015 but didn’t include fuller details as it has in previous years, citing a transition in its financial accounting system that also delayed disclosure of the 2015 figures.The Vatican also reported €24 million in contributions from Roman Catholic dioceses, up from €21 million a year earlier, and €50 million from the Vatican bank, the same as the previous year.The Vatican city-state, which includes the post office, museums and other activities, posted a surplus of €59.9 million, down 6% from the year before. The Vatican didn’t offer details like how much the museum earned or personnel costs.The financial disclosure for 2016 is expected in July.Read: These were the 796 children who died at Tuam Mother and Baby Home Pope Francis speaks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, on the occasion of an audience with the participants of an international meeting on sacred music.center_img 85 Comments Share Tweet Email By Associated Press http://jrnl.ie/3270945 14,517 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Learn more about Diabetes 2

first_imgWhen: Wednesday 16 July, 12.30pm – 2.30pm. Wednesday 23 July, 12.30pm – 2.30pm Where: Bentleigh Bayside Community Health, 2A Gardeners Road, East Bentleigh To register please contact Intake Workers (03) 9575 5322 If you are of Greek background and you have diabetes, join the Bentleigh Bayside Community Health to learn more about Type 2 Diabetes and how to manage it in a healthy way. Speakers at the event will be General Practitioner, Dr Roubos, diabetes educator, dietitian, social worker and a podiatrist. A Greek interpreter will be available at the event. Cost: $5 each session. Tea, coffee and light lunch will be provided. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Thessaloniki mayors attackers avoid jail time

first_imgThree of the four suspects arrested following the attack of Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris have been brought to trial, and managed to avoid jail time.One of the 20-year-old men was found guilty of inflicting dangerous bodily wounds, and received a 21-month suspended sentence.The two other men convicted of causing material damage and social disturbance faced a 14-month sentence, which was suspended for the 20-year-old, while the 36-year-old was given the option of paying off his sentence, for the cost of five euros per day.Photo: 24ωροThe attack on the 75-year-old mayor took place on Saturday 19 May during commemorations at the White Tower in memory of the Greek Pontian Genocide, which occurred during and after the First World War.Testifying on Wednesday, Mr Boutaris told the court he was convinced the attack was prearranged. He further revealed that he was called a “Turkophile and dirty Jew” prior to being thrown to the ground, where a group of people started kicking and punching him all over.The mayor was later hospitalised with injuries sustained to his head, legs, and back, and was kept overnight before being discharged.But the attacks didn’t stop there, with the attackers going on to strike the mayor’s car, smashing the rear window.During the court proceedings on Wednesday, the three suspects brought to trial claimed that they had been dragged into the protest and that their intentions were not to cause harm.“I am a Pontian and I attended the ceremony to honour the Pontian memory. I saw people booing at a person and I approached to see who that person was. I was carried away by foolishness and because of young age,” one of the 20-year-old’s, the son of a local priest, told the court.Meanwhile the 36-year-old suspect said that he didn’t event know who the soon to be victim was initially, and that he was on drugs during the incident.“I did not know who he was. I made a big mistake and I apologise. I was carried away by the crowd. I heard that the Mayor had permitted the gay parade,” he said.Meanwhile the fourth person arrested, a 17-year-old, will be brought before a juvenile court later this year in October. His lawyer has said that his client is remorseful over his actions, and is open to making a public apology. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les chats domestiques britanniques surveillés par des caméras

first_imgLes chats domestiques britanniques surveillés par des camérasDepuis plusieurs mois, des chats domestiques du Royaume-Uni sont surveillés de près par des caméras. Il s’agit là pour les chercheurs de l’université de Reading de déterminer s’ils sont ou non responsables de la menace de disparition qui pèse sur certaines espèces d’oiseaux.Les chats domestiques britanniques sont-ils à l’origine de la diminution des populations de certaines espèces d’oiseaux ? C’est la question à laquelle entendent répondre des chercheurs de l’université de Reading. Pour ce faire, rapporte le Telegraph, ils ont équipé pour plusieurs mois des matous de caméras, accéléromètres, et autres GPS.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette étude, initiée en 2009, a pour but de déterminer l’ampleur de la chasse menée par les chats, en étudiant leur mode de vie et leur comportement vis-à-vis de leurs proies. Douze félins et leurs maîtres sont actuellement impliqués dans cette recherche. Tour à tour, d’abord si chats, puis les six autres, sont affublés de petites et légères caméras, ne pesant pas plus de 85 grammes. Les scientifiques, qui au cours de la première phase de l’expérience ont équipé les animaux domestiques d’autres outils de mesure, pourront ainsi connaître avec précision le nombre de leurs victimes.C’est en octobre prochain, lorsque s’achèvera la saison de chasse des chats, que l’étude prendra fin. Ses conclusions mettront alors un terme au conflit qui oppose défenseurs des oiseaux et amis des félins quant à l’impact réel des chats sur le déclin de certaines espèces aviaires. Pour l’heure, le nombre d’oiseaux tués par les matous du Royaume-Uni est estimé à plusieurs dizaines de millions par an. Si chaque année, quelque 40 millions de victimes sont déposées par les chats devant leurs maîtres, elles ne représenteraient que 12 à 50% des proies réellement tuées.Le 10 juin 2012 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Que mangeait laustralopithèque Cassenoisette Des noix tigrées

first_imgQue mangeait l’australopithèque “Casse-noisette” ? Des noix tigréesSurnommé “Casse-noisette” en raison de sa puissante mâchoire, l’hominidé Paranthropus boisei, aujourd’hui éteint, aurait survécu en se nourrissant de noix tigrées, de petits tubercules encore consommés aujourd’hui dans certaines régions du monde. Ne vous fiez pas à sa puissante et imposante mâchoire, Paranthropus boisei est loin d’être un grand consommateur de fruits à coque. Cet hominidé aujourd’hui éteint et surnommé à tort “Casse-noisette”, était de manière étonnante un herbivore. Une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs britanniques suggère que pour survivre, il se nourrissait de noix tigrées, de petits tubercules encore consommés dans quelques parties du monde.P. boisei a évolué en Afrique de l’Est entre 1.4 à 2.4 millions d’années. Son chemin a rencontré celui des descendants directs de l’humanité. Sa mâchoire massive et ses énormes molaires ont longtemps été supposées destinées à un régime alimentaire composé de noix, de graines et autres aliments durs. Toutefois, une récente analyse chimique des restes dentaires a conclu sur une alimentation complètement différente, confirmant les hypothèses déjà évoquées par le passé.L’alimentation de l’australopithèque serait à base de plantes utilisant la photosynthèse C4, comme les graminées tropicales ou le carex, similaire au papyrus. Non loin de contenter la communauté scientifique, ces résultats ont amené de nombreuses questions. Les chercheurs se sont demandés comment un tel régime aussi peu nutritif est parvenu à satisfaire les besoins physiologiques de l’organisme de P. boisei, doté d’un si grand cerveau. Des noix très richesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour résoudre ce mystère, une équipe de paléoanthropologue de l’Université d’Oxford est partie étudier les babouins du parc national d’Amboseli au Kenya, un environnement très similaire à celui dans lequel a évolué P. Boisei. Les chercheurs ont analysé le régime et la fréquence de prise de nourriture des primates. 

Leurs résultats, publiés dans la revue PLOS ONE suggèrent que les babouins, et donc certainement P. boisei, se nourrissent de noix tigrées à savoir les tubercules du souchet comestible. Ces excroissances de la racine sont riches en substances de réserve pour assurer la survie de la plante dans des conditions difficiles. Selon les chercheurs, les minéraux, vitamines et acides gras contenus sont en quantité largement suffisante pour répondre aux besoins nutritionnels des hominidés. Riches en amidon, les noix tigrées devaient être mâchées longuement pour pouvoir être digérées. Dans ce cas, l’imposante mâchoire de P. boisei était certainement un atout de taille. Le 11 janvier 2014 à 15:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

I95 reopens at I595 after rollover crash 1 hospitalized

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after he was injured in a rollover crash along Interstate 95, near Fort Lauderdale, that shut down all northbound lanes during the rush hour commute for hours.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near I-595, Monday afternoon.7Skyforce HD hovered above the overturned vehicle on its side near I-595, as troopers diverted northbound traffic.A tow truck arrived at the scene to remove the SUV at around 5:40 p.m.Paramedics transported the victim to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. As of 8 p.m., his condition is unknown.The roadway has since reopened to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ad Network Optimization Service Helps Publishers Sell Unused Inventory Online

first_imgAdMeld, an ad network optimization service, works as a liaison between publishing clients and 400-plus ad network partners to sell online publishers’ unsold online inventory. At a time when many direct sales teams have more unsold inventory than ever—sometimes as much as three-quarters of their total, according to AdMeld—this service is filling the need to match the right ad networks to online publishers and to increase publishers’ revenues from those networks.“We differ quite significantly from ad networks in that we aren’t one,” said AdMeld CEO Michael Barrett. “We partner with ad networks and have them integrate onto our platform, but our client is actually the publisher.” The Huffington Post and Sporting News are two of AdMeld’s current 65 online publishing clients. Sporting News uses AdMeld as a “soup-to-nuts” solution. “There are a myriad of networks with value, but we just don’t have the resources to work with them individually,” said Sporting News national digital sales manager Gary Strauss. “They do a solid job of vetting networks for us, handling the paperwork, tagging delivery, etcetera. We rely on them to get us the best CPM.” How It WorksEach time a page is rendered and an ad is called, if a publisher has not sold it directly, it is sent over to AdMeld’s technology and—based on the user, topic and demographics—AdMeld sends it to the ad network that will pay the highest amount for it. If for some reason the network refuses to serve an ad at that rate, the impression gets sent back to AdMeld, which gives the opportunity to the next highest paying network.The service is able to make three or more ad network decisions before the ad is rendered. “It has a substantially increasing yield for our publishing partners,” said Barrett.Recently, AdMeld increased the Huffington Post’s revenues from ad networks by 200 percent. “The Huffington Post is an example of a site that has grown in popularity and has a terrific direct sales team,” said Barrett. “They have so much inventory and a partner like AdMeld can help simplify the process of monetizing it. We have found many ad networks that fit in their profile.”Barrett told FOLIO: that AdMeld’s model has no fixed fees, but publishing clients pay “a percentage of the total revenue that we optimize,” which is “around 10-15 percent.”IMAGE: AdMeldlast_img read more

Ketchikan Man Threatens To Shoot Pedestrians Forcing Road Closure

first_imgAfter receiving a phone call from a man threatening to shoot a pedestrian, Ketchikan police closed off a section of Schoenbar Road and evacuated the Recreation Center early Tuesday morning while trying to negotiate the man’s surrender.Deputy Chief of Police Josh Dossett says no one was injured during the Tuesday morning incident. He says 30-year-old Mathew Martinez called police at approximately 4 a.m. with the threat.Dosset describes what happened in front of the Schoenbar Road home:“Officers responded to the area where we thought he was. We were able to see the male outside his residence. At the time he didn’t have a firearm. He was arguing with another male. Plain-clothes officers tried to approach him. He ran back in the residence. Officers backed away. He then came in and out of the residence a couple of times with firearms. We blocked off Schoenbar above and below the residence. We evacuated people from both the Recreation Center and those at the TSAS (Tongass School of Arts and Sciences) and Ketchikan Charter School, possibly. At that point, he finally came out the residence with his wife. He did not have a weapon. One of my sergeants who’s a negotiator made contact with him with a cover team. He began talking to him for several minutes. Was able to approach the subject, get close enough that he could get ahold of him, at which time the cover team also contacted him. He was taken into custody without an incident, uninjured. Officers served a search warrant on the residents and recovered four firearms – four rifles.”Dossett says during the phone call, Martinez told police he would shoot anyone who walked by the house, and when police responded, he would return fire.“Technically it’s called ‘suicide by cop.’ Force us to shoot him and kill him,” Dossett said.Dossett says Martinez appeared overwhelmed by things happening in his life. Though uninjured, Martinez was taken to the hospital for evaluation and then transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center.Martinez is being charged with 3rd degree assault, making terrorist threats, weapons misconduct, and violations of conditions of release. He was to be arraigned Tuesday. His arraignment was rescheduled for Wednesday.last_img read more

PUBG Mobile 0120 beta update released New infinity mode companion system and

first_imgClose PUBG Mobile 0.11.5 updatePUBGFriendly spectator: This feature is said to allow the user to watch their friends fight and also know the key stats and also, you get to information on how many are watching the same gameplay along with you.Crosshair colour: This feature allows you get to customise the crosshair with multiple colour options including red, holographic, 2x and 3x scope crosshair to either red or green.Bug Fixes: Tencent has resolved a bug where hair was not displayed correctly when equipping certain headgear. The new update also rectifies a bug wherein Season 6 Pants caused graphics issues in certain footgear. It also fixes a bug where doors were not displayed properly. Fixed a bug where players may get stuck in buildings in certain areas.The new PUBG Mobile 0.12.0 beta is available in both Android and iOS version–here; interested players can download and experience the new gameplay features. After releasing the 0.11.5 update, Tencent Games has come up with a new 0.12.0 patch with several improvements to the PUBG Mobile. However, this is a beta version and needs some time to fix bugs and the company wants the public testers to experience the new 0.12.0 update and send their feedback before it can be released to the public en masse.Mobile phone users are advised to the clear the storage, as the new 0.12.0 update is said to weigh around 1.8GB. Some of the new things coming with 0.12.0 update to the PUBG Mobile game include new infinity mode that will allow a member to survive a whole night fighting zombies, new weapons to beat the enemy and several features that will add quality of life. PUBG Mobile updateTwitter/PUBG MobilePUBG Mobile 0.12.0 update [patch notes]New Infinity Mode: Darkest Night: This mode, as the name suggests, will help you survive the whole night while fighting zombies. If all teams remain alive at dawn will win.Companion System. Players can take a companion into battle. Enemies will not be able to see them, so there is very less exposure risk. You can also earn Companion EXP if you take a friend into battle, and also unlock Companion emotes.Survive Till Dawn Improvements: Stun Grenades can now be used to stun zombies.  Tencent has added Liquid Nitrogen Grenades to freeze enemies in order to curb their movement speed. Other addition includes jumping zombies and zombie dogs. Some zombies can now climb over low walls or onto the roof. The new update also brings RPG-7 and Jungle Style Magazines. Flamethrowers now deal more damage. M134 handling has been tuned. Zombies now move slower after being hit by firearms.center_img PUBG Mobile Season 4 release date confirmed: What’s new?last_img read more

Meow Wolf How Game of Thrones Saved a DayGlo New Mexico Art

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future This shouldn’t be a controversial statement, but art is important. Even as the world descends into a global climate apocalypse and the limits of human cruelty are tested in new and different ways, the spirit must still be fed. And art is where the true triumphs of humanity will be judged — not in the resources we pulled from the Earth or the money we made, but the cultural creations that expressed our inner souls.But art is also hard to make a living from. If you’re not a superstar getting repped at Sotheby’s, you can toil in obscurity for a lifetime without a big break coming along. And that’s no reflection on your talents, but rather your ability to be in the right place at the right time and know the right people.AdChoices广告The founders of art collective Meow Wolf felt like outsiders in the Santa Fe art scene. The New Mexico town is the third largest art market in the country, behind New York and Los Angeles. It boasts hundreds of galleries, a dozen museums and three huge summer art fairs. But the reigning power players are traditionally looking for stuff that’s pretty time-tested: Native American-inspired folk art, pastel desert landscapes, and unchallenging modernism. If you’re not mining those veins, making a living can be rough.That’s where Meow Wolf was born. A dozen artists founded the group in 2008, at first taking residence in an abandoned hair salon. They wanted to make art that was wildly outside the borders of the Santa Fe establishment. The name was one of many drawn at random from a hat, and their early projects captured that same anarchic spirit. Anybody who wanted to join could, and their ranks swelled to include painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers and more. Members pooled money for places to live and collaborated on multi-disciplinary installation pieces.Meow Wolf’s early projects were scrappy, improvisational works using materials shoplifted and scavenged from dumpsters — painters would cover every wall, sculptors would install pieces, choreographers and performers would use the space in conjunction with bands. The ethos was always big, bright and bold.That freedom threatened to collapse Meow Wolf under its own weight until Vince Kadlubek eventually stepped in as the organization’s CEO. Knowing that the group was capable of bigger and better things, he worked to organize in a way that would let creativity flower but also support the organization moving forward. Over the next few years, they’d stage increasingly more ambitious and complex pieces all over the city. Soon the establishment took notice. In 2011, the Center for Contemporary Art approached the collective to create Due Return, a 5,000 square foot explorable ship from an alien dimension.And then they hooked up with Santa Fe’s most famous literary resident, the bushy-bearded author responsible for the Song of Ice and Fire series that would become one of HBO’s biggest hits of all time as Game of Thrones. With more money than he could spend, George R. R. Martin began taking steps to make Santa Fe the kind of town he wanted to hang out in.In 2013, he bought a destitute movie theater, the 128-seat Jean Cocteau, and hired Meow Wolf member Vince Kadlubek to handle marketing. The project went well — the Cocteau now hosts regular screenings of current and classic films, visiting author readings and a weekly game night — and Kadlubek and Martin developed a relationship strong enough that when he asked the author to spend $800,000 on an abandoned bowling alley, he agreed.A subsequent investment of nearly three million dollars would transform the building into the Meow Wolf Art Complex, a multi-use facility that offers studio space, educational facilities and exhibition areas.It also featured House Of Eternal Return, the group’s first permanent installation. A unique narrative and exploratory experience, the House replicates the infamous Selig mansion, where a strange experiment has torn the fabric of space and time apart, twisting the halls and rooms into fantastic new configurations. At 20,000 square feet, it’s an enormous construction that’s full of fascinating detail, and it’s all interactive and explorable. Climb through the fireplace to find yourself in an ice cave, or enter an alternate dimension where everything looks like a cel-shaded cartoon. Guides in white lab coats are present to offer suggestions, but it’s very much a self-guided tour that can captivate you for hours. This project took a staggering 135 artists to complete, and it shows. It’s ambitious, unique and quickly became an art world phenomenon half high art and half Choose Your Own Adventure.Over 400,000 people visited the House in the first year it was open, immediately vaulting Meow Wolf into the city’s upper echelon of arts organizations and inspiring the group to think even bigger. Not only are they expanding, but they’ve used their financial success to fund other art collectives all over the country.Now the whole strange tale is being told in Meow Wolf: Origin Story, a documentary by Jilann Spitzmiller and Morgan Capps that is in theaters now. Weaving together footage and interviews from the group’s history, it paints an unflinching portrait of the struggle to get a foothold and the impact that just one person can have. Even though some members get more screen time than others, it never loses sight of the fact that Meow Wolf was founded as and remains a collective, a group effort that wouldn’t be the same without the many different voices involved.The film also touches on the group’s future, which involves serious expansion. They’ve already broken ground on a huge complex in Denver at a projected cost of $50 million, a four-story structure that will feature all new creations and working space. Meow Wolf won’t be the first scrappy artistic group to employ the franchising model – think about the Blue Man Group, who started as a trio of friends marching in parades in New York’s Lower East Side and grew to an intercontinental performance troupe that was eventually acquired by Cirque du Soleil. It’s uncertain whether Meow Wolf will get to that level of ubiquity, but they sure seem willing to try.So the next time you get mad that The Winds Of Winter has been delayed again, consider this: as an antidote to the grim tidings of his fictional universe, George R. R. Martin has been working to make our real one that much more colorful and full of life. Not every art group in the country is going to be lucky enough to hook up with a millionaire patron to fund their dreams, but we’re lucky that at least one did. Long may Meow Wolf continue to howl. Or meow. Whatever.More on Geek.com:AI Can Now Recreate Famous Paintings With a 3D PrinterGerman Museum Exhibits the Art of BlockchainMove Over, Picasso: Robot Paintings Are Surprisingly Goodlast_img read more

SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit w Video

first_img Explore further The kit, which weighs less than 20 pounds, includes two M600C radar units, each mini-radar unit tracking a 90-degree angle, network hub, tablet, 2590 battery, tripod, cables, and backpack. Power and networking connections are via a ruggedized, waterproof Ethernet connector. The company says training to operate the system (using a web UI setup) is not complex and may take as little as 30 minutes in the field. SpotterRF’s backpack system covers a 150-acre track, 1000 meter by 800 meters wide (If an ambush attacker comes within 150 acres, the system tracks it.) Threats can be detected regardless of weather conditions—snow, rain, fog, or sand. The onboard CPU combines imaging, tracking and discrimination. (Phys.org) — SpotterRF has announced a special radar backpack kit designed to enhance situational awareness for soldiers on the ground. The company says its special radar is designed for warfighters as part of small expeditionary groups in austere and remote locations across the world. The company provides small and easy to use surveillance radar, the Spotter M600, for use by these soldiers. The military backpack kit announced this month is called Spotter Radar Backpack Kit (RBK). The Spotter Radar Backpack Kit was developed in response to calls from the military to focus on protecting the soldier on the ground. This may seem too obvious, especially with army sayings such as soldiers are the service’s greatest weapon. While big-ticket weapon systems, attack helicopters and special aircraft have won attention, however, product development for the soldier is a work in progress. Army leaders are seeking a greater product development focus on individual fighters.Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. noted that “Until recently, radar surveillance was only available for large force protection systems like BETSS-C or G-BOSS. Now, every warfighter can have radar. This is truly a force multiplier for small combat outposts.” Situational awareness at night may collapse around the solider, he added, making it all the more valuable in coupling ground-based radar with imaging into a backpack unit as what he was referring to as a potent “force multiplier.”The kit is being promoted as cost-effective for small force situational awareness, counter insurgency efforts and other forward operating base missions. This is in step with the service’s call to start spending on small units and direct more technology research efforts around the foot soldier. Autonomous vehicle to demonstrate portable battery charging for dismounted soldiers More information: spotterrf.com/rbk.html Citation: SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit (w/ Video) (2012, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-spotterrf-debuts-radar-backpack-kit.html © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Chevron Court order harms its future in Argentina

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories “This income is a resource that has been generated in Argentina and should be applied to productive investment and the recovery of the country’s energy self-sufficiency,” it argued.YPF needs billions of dollars to go after this unconventional oil and natural gas, but major oil companies have held back from investing. Repsol’s threat to sue any company that steps forward is one major disincentive; another has been Argentina’s elaborate system of keeping consumer energy prices far below international market rates.Fernandez announced a three-fold increase in well prices for natural gas on Thursday, to $7.50 per million BTU, for any company making new investments in energy development. YPF CEO Miguel Galuccio, who appeared with the president, said the new price should motivate more shale development. But even that price remains far below the $12 per million BTU that Argentina now pays to import gas from Bolivia.In Canada on Thursday, the Ecuadorean plaintiffs ran into a judge’s skepticism when they sought to have the $19 billion judgment enforced against Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary.Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown did agree to hear the case, but he questioned whether he could issue a ruling since an appeal of the judgment is pending in Ecuador’s constitutional court. The Ecuadorean plaintiffs have denied Chevron’s accusation and have filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court accusing the oil company of fraud.Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, issued a statement Thursday saying: “Now that the law has again caught up with Chevron in Argentina, the company is buying newspaper advertisements to improperly pressure the court system to rule in its favor. Argentina is too strong a country to fall for Chevron’s game of tricks.”Chevron, based in San Ramon, California, has had a collaborative relationship with YPF since the early 1990s. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding in September to jointly develop Argentina’s shale reserves, the world’s third largest after the U.S. and China. But Chevron hasn’t announced new investments since then, and the Ecuador suit is only complicating matters.“The judicial embargo limits the capacity of Chevron Argentina to operate and reinvest, since the order affects more than 90 percent of the income from crude sales,” the company said. This money pays salaries for 1,500 employees, as well as royalties to the provinces of Neuquen and Rio Negro, taxes to the national government and investments needed to develop unconventional oil reserves. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The environmental judgment is only the latest trouble Chevron is facing in Argentina, where it has become a leading partner of the state-controlled YPF SA oil company since President Cristina Fernandez expropriated it from Grupo Repsol in Spain.Repsol has sued in Madrid accusing Chevron and YPF of unfair competition, for drilling for shale oil and gas in the “Vaca Muerta” basin that was discovered when Repsol ran the company.Repsol also is suing Argentina at the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, seeking $10 billion in compensation for the controlling stake in YPF that Fernandez seized, and said it would sue any other international oil company that tries to partner with YPF.“I don’t see the future of Chevron in Argentina as very auspicious under these conditions. They can turn it around, but it’s difficult,” said Emilio Apud, a former Argentine energy secretary who now works as a consultant. “The numbers just won’t add up, and if they had a hope of future profits in Argentina from Vaca Muerta, that too is in doubt.”Chevron’s ad called the Ecuadoran judgment fraudulent, and said that “we are seeking the lifting of this embargo as soon as possible, to avoid its negative impacts on the country, the government, the company, and the energy future of Argentina.” Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Chevron Corp.’s Argentina subsidiary ran full-page ads in the nation’s leading newspapers Thursday saying that its operations have been complicated by a court order freezing its earnings.A judge in Buenos Aires embargoed Chevron’s Argentina earnings, acting on behalf of plaintiffs in Ecuador who are trying to collect a $19 billion judgment they won over oil spills in the Amazon. Both Chevron and the Ecuadorean plaintiffs have accused each other of committing fraud in the case. ___Associated Press writers Luis Andres Henao in Santiago, Chile, and Charmaine Noronha in Toronto contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

New bright sun to shine upon Japan again

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H On the day when Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard departed for Japanese shores, the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) set about allaying fears and misconceptions about travelling to the country in a post-earthquake briefing in Sydney.“Many customers are still interested in travelling to Japan … but are holding back on bookings,” JNTO Australia executive director Yukio Yamashita said, adding most were still worried about the nuclear situation and continued possibility of aftershocks.“Currently consumer confidence seems to be low, as many think Japan as a whole is affected.”Mr Yamashita said the idea that the majority of the country was under threat from radiation was a “misconception”, saying most tourist areas throughout Japan were operating as normal and had received no disruptions to infrastructure.According to JNTO, radiation levels in areas like Hokkaido, Miyagi, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima are lower than normal levels in many major cities around the world, including Sydney. With the International Civil Aviation Organisation issuing a statement on 1 April on behalf of six UN organisations announcing there were no health or transport safety hazards for travel to Japan, Mr Yamashita called on Australia’s outbound industry to help aid recovery efforts.  “To be able to promptly assist with the recovery of tourism to Japan, we will need cooperation from our fellow travel agents and our fellow airline partners,” the JNTO Australia boss said, adding his organisation was doing all it could to assist with the speedy recovery of the tourism industry.According to JNTO, with the exception of Sendai airport, all of the country’s airports were operating normally, whilst all of the country’s Shinkansen lines, excluding the Tohoku line, were also back to normal operations.    “Japan is often referred to as the land of the rising sun,” Mr Yamashita said.“In any case, Japan will recover from the current difficulties and soon a new bright sun will shine upon it again.” Yukio from JNTO Australia last_img read more