Jolt to Kushwahas RLSP all three of its legislators join JDU

first_imgPatna: After drawing a blank in the Lok Sabha elections, former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party Sunday received yet another setback as all three of its members in the bicameral legislature joined Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).Confirming the development, Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and legislative council deputy chairman Haroon Rashid said letters to this effect have been forwarded by two RLSP MLAs– Lalan Paswan and Sudhanshu Shekhar– and MLC Sanjiv Singh Shyam on Friday. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The legislators had also appended letters of approval from the JD(U). They were asked to appear in person for completion of formalities. Henceforth, they shall be treated as JD(U) legislators,” Chaudhary and Rashid said. Notably, the RLSP legislators had earlier revolted against Kushwaha’s decision to snap ties with the NDA and join the Mahagathbandhan. They announced that they would remain with the ruling coalition and seek recognition from the Election Commission as the “real Rashtriya Lok Samata Party”. The stupendous victory of the NDA in the Lok Sabha polls, wherein it won all but one of the 40 seats in the state, appears to have made the dissident RLSP legislawtors realise that it was safer to join the chief minister’s party, which contested 17 seats and bagged 16, than seeking recognition as a separate group. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsKushwaha was with the JD(U) till 2013, when he resigned from the party and his Rajya Sabha membership following differences with Nitish Kumar. He went on to float his own party which aligned with the NDA and won all three seats it had contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, riding the Modi wave. In the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, the RLSP contested five seats in alliance with the RJD, the Congress and two other small outfits. The party, however, lost all five seats to its rivals, including Karakat and Ujiyarpur, from where Kushwaha himself had contested.last_img read more

Small wildfire burns under centuryold rail trestle in British Columbia

first_imgVANCOUVER – Crews battled a stubborn fire Wednesday that was burning under a century-old railway trestle bridge near Hope, B.C.Jeanne Larsen of the B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire began Sunday and had charred less than a hectare of bush near the Ladner Creek trestle, a metal span that was part of the decommissioned Kettle Valley Railway.She said the thickly timbered, steep walls of the creek canyon was preventing a three-person crew from easily battling the flames.The wildfire service lists the fire as suspected to be human caused on its website.Although the trestle is still standing, a witness who could not be reached for comment said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the crumbling wooden ties on the old bridge deck had burned.Larsen could not confirm that the ties were destroyed, but she says embers from them continued to spark fires that were difficult to reach in areas around the bridge.“Just little pieces of falling, burning debris are landing on the ground and igniting little spot fires and that’s what they’re dealing with,” she said.Cooler weather has eased wildfire conditions across B.C. The wildfire service says progress had been made on several major fires including the Allie Lake fire northwest of Kamloops.Cache Creek has prohibited all campfires because of the fire risk, although propane or briquette fires are allowed. The entire village was evacuated for 11 days last summer because of wildfires that prompted the province to call a state of emergency.The fires charred nearly 2,000 square kilometres of timber and destroyed 211 homes or properties before they were declared to be out in early October.last_img read more

Omar Khadr to get 105M apology from Canadian government

first_imgWord that the federal government has agreed to pay former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr more than $10 million and apologize to him to settle a long-running lawsuit sparked a furious and at times virulent reaction on Tuesday among those who see him as a terrorist killer and those who believe he deserves compensation.The settlement, confirmed by sources familiar with the deal, exposed the deep chasm that has divided Canadians over Khadr almost since 2002 when he was dragged horrifically wounded as a 15-year-old from the battlefield in Afghanistan.“When a Canadian soldier is injured in battle, the government provides a disability award up to a maximum of $360,000,” Conservative MP Michelle Rempel said in a tweet. “Despite this, the current government is willing to provide $10 million to a convicted terrorist.”The Canadian Taxpayers Federation started an online petition aimed at Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Ireland, deploring the deal one source said was signed last week.“This is offensive to many Canadians,” the petition states. “Canadians should not be forced to pay millions of dollars to a killer.”Social media exploded with denunciation of the agreement, which sources said would see the government pay Khadr $10.5 million — part of which would go to his lawyers — and the justice and public safety ministers formally apologize to him.Posters used words such as “disgraceful,” some called for the Canadian citizen to be kicked out of the country, while others argued the money should go to the family of Chris Speer, the U.S. special forces soldier Khadr is alleged to have killed in 2002.“Most Canadians’ thoughts would be with Christopher Speer’s widow and family, who are reliving their terrible ordeal once again because of the actions of the Canadian government this time,” said Tony Clement, another Conservative MP.The Toronto-born Khadr, 30, pleaded guilty to five war crimes before a much maligned military commission in 2010. He has claimed — with some evidence — his American captors tortured him.Khadr’s $20-million lawsuit — initially launched in 2004 — alleges the federal government breached his rights by, among other things, colluding with the Americans in his mistreatment.Those who see him as a terribly abused “child soldier” called the apparent settlement long overdue.“For 15 years, Omar Khadr’s case has been a stark reminder of the many ways that an overreaching and unchecked approach to national security readily runs roughshod over universally protected human rights,” Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty in Canada, said in a statement. “In Afghanistan, at Guantanamo Bay and in Canadian prisons, Omar Khadr’s rights were consistently violated and ignored.”His supporters accused the Canadian government — particularly the previous Conservative government under then prime minister Stephen Harper — for failing to protect him.“Good news re: Omar Khadr, who was a child caught up in war and abandoned by Canadian government at Gitmo torture-detention centre,” one tweet read.Khadr’s lawyers and a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale refused to comment publicly on the agreement citing confidentiality. Trudeau, however, alluded to a pending deal.“We are anticipating, like I think a number of people are, that that judicial process is coming to its conclusion,” the prime minister said in Dublin, Ireland.One source with knowledge of the agreement insisted the settlement money should not be seen as a windfall, noting Khadr is blind in one eye from injuries sustained when he was captured while his other eye remains damaged.Related stories:A chronological look at Canadian-born Omar Khadr’s legal sagaOmar Khadr’s criminal record in Canada shows ‘absolute ignorance’: lawyerWidow, ex-soldier move for final judgment on $134M suit against Omar KhadrAmerican troops captured the badly wounded Khadr after a fierce firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan in July 2002. Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade that killed Speer. Although the evidence was flimsy and lacked eye-witnesses, he pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included Speer’s murder and was sentenced to a further eight years in custody. He later said he confessed to get out of Guantanamo Bay.The youngest and last Western detainee held at the infamous American prison in Cuba was finally returned to Canada in 2012 and sent to a maximum-security prison. He won bail in Edmonton in May 2015 pending an appeal in the U.S. of his military commission conviction. The appeal remains stalled.On his release, Khadr apologized to the families of the victims — as he had done at his plea hearing. He said he rejected violent jihad and wanted a fresh start. Lately, he has said he wanted to work as a nurse.Speer’s widow Tabitha Speer and retired American sergeant Layne Morris, who was blinded by a grenade at the Afghan compound, won a default US$134.2 million in damages against Khadr in Utah in 2015. Canadian experts called it unlikely the judgment could be enforced.Neither Speer nor Morris returned calls seeking comment, but Morris’s wife had only one word when told of the deal: “Wow.”In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian intelligence officials had obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, and shared the evidence with U.S agents and prosecutors.The Conservatives, however, steadfastly branded him an unrepentant terrorist.Khadr’s father, who took his family to Afghanistan, was a known associate of the late terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien once interceded with Pakistani authorities to free the elder Khadr, who was killed in October 2003 in a shootout with Pakistani security forces near the Afghanistan border.last_img read more

Valcourt unsure about details when questioned by MPs on First Nations children

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–When it came to detailed questions about First Nations children and youth, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt drew blanks.Valcourt faced questions from MPs Wednesday evening during Committee of the Whole in the House of Commons which focused on his department. Many of the questions centered on education, child welfare and youth suicide rates.While Valcourt was more than willing to throw around large dollar figures to defend his government’s handling of the Aboriginal Affairs file, the minister repeatedly came up short when faced with specific questions about issues like per capita student funding for on reserve education, literacy rates, child welfare numbers and on-reserve youth suicide rates.At one point, a frustrated Valcourt, facing a question from an NDP MP about suicide rates, blurted that the fate of First Nations children was not the responsibility of the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.“Given the horrific death rates that we have among children who do not have access to schools, if he can tell us what the national suicide rate is on reserve among young people under his watch?” said NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose Timmins-James Bay riding includes the communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany.“The assertion of the honourable member that these children are under the minister’s watch shows a great misunderstanding by the member of the responsibility of the department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,” said Valcourt. “These children are first and foremost the responsibility of their parents throughout Canada.”The high rate of suicides in First Nation communities is widely linked to the abject poverty on many reserves, which are federal responsibility, and the continuing aftershocks of the over century-long operation of Indian residential schools, which were created by OttawaAngus responded with a cutting retort.“That is not your responsibility? You are a clown. That man is a clown,” said Angus.Valcourt also drew a blank when asked by Angus about the number of First Nations children, under 14, in the care of social services.  Aboriginal Affairs, which funds on-reserve child and family services, is facing a human rights complaint over an allegation it underfunds First Nations child welfare.Valcourt said the department has no responsibility for children in care beyond paying for the services.“As the responsibility is delegated to agencies by the provinces, I cannot give the exact figure of the number of children who are in care tonight. These are figures that I am sure we could gather after the fact,” said Valcourt. “However, as the member knows, this responsibility is to the several agencies and the provinces that administer child welfare services on reserves where there are no agencies.”Angus said Valcourt’s department actually keeps readily available statistics on the issue.“Actually, I got it from the minister’s own documents. The number is 30,000 to 40,000. I think the minister does not have his facts right,” said Angus. “Does the minister not keep track of the number of children that are in care that his government is paying for?”Valcourt said he did not check child welfare figures “every day” and repeated that the department has no obligation for child welfare beyond meeting policy requirements to fund the services.“When the member talks about an obligation, I will remind the honourable member that this is a policy matter. This is a policy decision to reimburse provinces and to fund the agencies,” said Valcourt.Manitoba has made national headlines over its overwhelmed child welfare system which primarily seizes First Nations children and babies. Last summer’s Winnipeg murder of Tina Fontaine, who was in the care of the province at the time of her death, revealed a broken system that housed children and youth in hotels.Valcourt also didn’t deny a suggestion from Angus that Ottawa wants to download responsibility of on-reserve child welfare to the provinces and provincial-level agencies.The minister, whose government has claimed First Nations education to be a priority, also drew a blank when it came to on-reserve literacy and numeracy rates for students.“This is information that I do not have in front of me, but we could provide it to the honourable member,” said Valcourt.“I read it in the (department’s) report,” said Angus. “It was the first time that it ever kept those numbers.”Angus said boys in Ontario First Nations had a literacy score of 21 per cent and a numeracy score of 18 per cent.“I do not know if the minister can name a country in the world where those rates would be lower,” said Angus.Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett took aim at Valcourt over the apparent drop in the number of First Nation and Inuit students accessing the post-secondary student support program. Bennett said in 1997, 22, 938 students were in the program, but that number dropped to 18,729 in 2009.“Can the minister tell us what the current total back log for First Nations and Inuit individuals waiting for support through the post-secondary student support program is? What is the wait list backlog?” said Bennett.Valcourt said he didn’t know because the program is administered at the band level.“This is information that they have and we do not,” said Valcourt.Valcourt said between 20,000 to 22,000 students were currently in the post-secondary student support program.Valcourt also dodged a question about his department sharing information on Indigenous activist with law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the Harper government’s proposed anti-terror law. If Bill C-51 becomes law, agencies like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP would be able to access Indian status records, which contain geological information, and other personal information held by Aboriginal Affairs.“(Under Bill-C51), will the department be able to proactively share information that is collected on Indigenous activists with security and intelligence agencies?” said NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Niki Ashton.“Last time I checked, I am not responsible for public safety,” said Valcourt.Ashton then brought up the RCMP’s apology for a comparison likening the Idle No More movement to “bacteria” made by one the force’s Aboriginal liaison officers.“The parliamentary secretary to the minister of Public Safety said that it was absolutely abhorrent that anyone would ask the government to apologize for this kind of discriminatory language,” said Ashton. “Does the minister agree with the parliamentary secretary?”Valcourt said the federal government did not share the bacteria view.“Can I do more than just reiterate that the government of Canada does not share the view of that sole employee of the RCMP who has chosen to characterize the movement that way he has,” said Valcourt. “This is not the view of our government and I repeat, we think that the RCMP has appropriately apologized for the statement of that member of the RCMP.” read more

Worker killed as drilling rig moved at northern Alberta oilsands site

first_imgCONKLIN, Alta. – A worker has been killed in an energy sector accident in northern Alberta.Cenovus Energy Inc., says the accident happened late Tuesday night at its Christina Lake oilsands site, about 350 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.The company says in a release that the death involved a hauling truck and occurred as a drilling rig was being moved.The worker was employed by one of Cenovus’s third-party contracting companies.Officials have not released any other details, including the person’s name.Brett Harris, a Cenovus spokesman, says the drill rig site has been shut down for an investigation.(Companies in this story: TSX:CVE)last_img read more

Fire in Niagara causes 500000 in damages

In Niagara Falls, 11 people are lucky to be alive after an intense fire ripped through a home this morning.The Niagara Falls Fire Department says the blaze was a challenge to control and caused over $500,000 worth of damage.The back of the home on Ailanthus Aveune is completely charred as fire fighters worked to extinguish the stubborn blaze.“I just saw the white smoke and the flames. You couldn’t even see down here it was so bad.”The blaze started at around 9 o’clock this morning.Neighbours say 11 people were in the house at the time of the fire. Sleeping. They were alerted by a knock on their door.Luckily everyone made it out safely. Some wrapped in blankets to keep warm.Niagara Falls Fire says this blaze was especially difficult because the home is a newer build.“The materials that we are using are starting to burn quicker, burning hotter. So that causes a real concern for the safety of the fire service.”Both houses on either side of the home were also damaged. Siding melting off from the intense heat.Lucas and Laura McKenzie who live next door, say there were some agonizing moments this morning, when they didnt know if the fire had spread to their home.“There was so much smoke I couldnt tell if my house was also on fire.”A neighbour also alerted them to the fire next door.“I couldnt believe it. I just looked in our backyard and saw smoke and ashes. Then the door was knocking and she said get out, you gotta go.”The owner of the home that went up in flames says she lives here with her family of 5 and was currently providing 6 college students with a place to stay while they found permanent accomodations.The owner of the home, who did not want to speak on camera, says the fire started on the back deck and says that the only things that were on the deck were garbage cans and recycling bins.Niagara Fire says, “Its going to need some extensive rebuild. Over $500,000 for sure, they wont be going back in there today.”Niagara Falls Fire Department says the exact cause of the blaze is unknown at this point. Provincial fire investigators have been called in because the damage is over $500,000. read more

Mozilla is porting Firefox for Ouya

first_imgPlan on doing more with your $99 Ouya console than just playing games? You’ll have at least one full-featured browser at your beck and call in the near future, as Mozilla developers are already working on porting Firefox for Android to the diminutive big-screen entertainment system.The photo above was posted to Twitter yesterday by Mozilla’s Chris Lord, who says that it’s “kinda unusable” at the moment. That’s fine, Chris, because most of us don’t have our Ouya consoles yet anyway.Another source at Mozilla said that preliminary support for the Ouya gamepad has been added to the customized Firefox build. Right now, the focus is on making sure that performance is up to snuff. Mozilla is tuning Firefox for Ouya to optimize WebGL and Canvas — which are both vital to the future of browser-based gaming — for the console. There’s a lot of work left to be done, but at least Firefox fans can rest easy knowing that supporting the first really successful Android set-top gaming box is on Mozilla’s list of things to do.Ouya took Kickstarter by storm last year, generating nearly $9 million in funding for the startup. In late December of 2012, Ouya announced that its first batch of developer consoles were shipping out, and it’s clear that some of the systems ended up in the hands of folks who were coding applications and not just games. Now that we’ve seen Firefox up and running on the Ouya, it’ll be interesting to see what other well-known apps make the jump in the days and weeks leading up to its launch.More at Ouya Forumlast_img read more

Parc des Virunga un gorille pleure son bébé mort

first_imgParc des Virunga : un gorille pleure son bébé mortLe mois dernier, en République démocratique du Congo, plus particulièrement dans le parc national des Virunga, un ranger a vu et pris en photos une jeune maman gorille très affectée par la mort de son petit. Elle aurait gardé avec elle le corps du bébé pendant plus d’une semaine, selon lui.La scène est d’une très grande tristesse. Ruzuzi, une femelle gorille du parc national des Virunga, porte un petit dans ses bras et le regarde, l’air malheureux. C’était son premier bébé. Alors qu’il avait moins de deux semaines, celui-ci est décédé sans que les vétérinaires du parc sachent pourquoi.Pendant plus d’une semaine, elle a gardé auprès d’elle le corps de son petit, comme si rien ne lui était jamais arrivé. Jan Ramer, vétérinaire au parc national des Virunga, explique au National Geographic : “Beaucoup de mamans gorilles portent leur petit mort pendant des jours, mais quelques unes d’entre elles les posent quelque part après la mort (…) Il y a beaucoup de différences selon les individus”. Il poursuit : “Nous ne pourrons jamais savoir ce qu’il se passe dans leur tête, mais ce qui est sûr, c’est que certains gorilles pleurent leur nouveau-né, ou en tout cas n’acceptent pas leur mort”.L’auteur de cette photographie prise au mois d’avril, le ranger Innocent Mburanumwe, confirme que la mort d’un nouveau-né affecte énormément les gorilles. Par le passé, il a observé des comportements similaires à ceux de Ruzuzi, au moins à trois reprises. Les mamans gorilles montraient leur grande peine à la mort de leur bébé. Les accidents chez les bébés gorilles sont communs À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteAvec une longue période de gestation (environ 250 jours) et un taux de mortalité infantile élevé, les gorilles des montagnes peuvent donner naissance et élever un petit avec succès seulement tous les six à huit ans, explique le National Geographic. Innocent Mburanumwe précise que les accidents chez les bébés gorilles sont communs et vite arrivés. “Quand ils s’amusent ils peuvent se faire mal”, raconte-t-il. Et une jeune mère comme Ruzuzi “ne sait pas toujours comment protéger le petit”.Lorsque ce dernier est mort en avril, de jeunes gorilles et des femelles adultes se sont regroupés autour de Ruzuzi et du cadavre, comme par sympathie. Parfois, ils laissaient échapper de petits cris, a relevé le ranger. Les scientifiques évitent généralement de projeter des émotions humaines chez les animaux, mais en regardant les gorilles agir ainsi, Innoncent Mburanumwe juge impossible de ne pas trouver des similarités avec le comportement des hommes.Ruzuzi appartient à la famille Kabirizi, qui, forte de ses 38 membres, est la plus grande famille de gorilles du parc national des Virunga.Voir les photos de Ruzuzi et son petit en cliquant ci-dessous : Le 27 mai 2011 à 15:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Flow in TCI says many areas up and running encourages reports to

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, flow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Flow is reporting to the nation on its restoration of internet, land line, cell phone and TV services and it includes 25 areas of Providenciales including Kew Town, the Industrial Park, Cheshire Hall, Provo Golf Club, parts of Juba Sound, parts of Airport Road and Leeward Highway and more.    Within this week, up to Sunday October 21st, Flow says Juba Sound, Venetian Road, Blue Mountain, all of Down Town and all of Millennium Highway will see their services restored.North Caicos, says Flow, is fully restored and in Middle Caicos Bambarra and Conch Bar are good to go.    In that media release, Flow explains to hardest hit Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay that you are not forgotten.    It is explained that once distribution cables are reinstated, service will resume but there is a big job of work to be done by the telecommunications company for these three islands.#Flow says the fixed lines have to be rebuilt.   Bills and fixed line services will be waived for the sister islands for September and October.    Flow mobile help number is 611; its where you can report any problems.   You can find the full report from Flow at or at our Facebook page, #MagneticMedia Fanpage on FB.   We have also circulated it on WhatsApp. Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabank TCAAA announces National Team & partnership with FLOW TCI for the 2017 FLOW Carifta Games in Curacaolast_img read more

Miami Springs Police rescue dog caught in canal

first_imgMIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Springs Police officers came to the rescue of a wandering dog that got caught in a canal.A dentist in the area captured cellphone video of the Husky’s rescue around 4:30 p.m. along Esplanade Drive and Westward Drive, Monday.“Finally, they were able to snag the dog out of the water, and they did a great job,” said Dr. Francois Zayas. “The dog was safe [and] looked happy to be out of the water.”It is unknown whether the dog has an owner or if they were reunited after the incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lady Gagas four campy Met Gala outfits spark Twitter frenzy

first_img I am every single one of them reacting to @ladygaga #MetGala— Lola Mento (@akaLolaMento) May 6, 2019 me every time lady gaga busts out a new dress #MetGala— Natalie (@Nat_G4) May 6, 2019 Tags Comment While Gaga applied lipstick, another look came to light — a bright pink, form-fitting dress. Gaga wore rhinestone sunglasses and a Tiffany and Co. butterfly necklace to make it even more fabulous.  *@ladygaga arrives at the #MetGala* The World:— Logo 🏳️‍🌈 (@LogoTV) May 6, 2019 #LADYGAGA METBALL #METGALA— mrsberthamasonrochester (@mrsberthamason1) May 6, 2019 .@LadyGaga stuns with several wardrobe changes on the #MetGala red carpet…and a campy performance! #MetCamp— The Met (@metmuseum) May 6, 2019 Culture Only Lady Gaga can serve FOUR different outfits at once on the same red carpet! Absolutely iconic! #MetGala— ♔ (@KingLadyGaga) May 6, 2019 Met Gala: The theme is “Camp”Lady Gaga: Yes— Lady Gaga is one of us (@ladymonsterrr_) May 6, 2019 Lady gaga took the camp theme too literally and brought her own tent #MetGala #metcamp— 🍯 (@Honeyydropz) May 6, 2019center_img And her final look was a bit scandalous — Gaga stripped down to nothing but a crystal bra and panties.Of course, Gaga’s Met Gala entrance spawned some entertaining Twitter reactions. “Lady Gaga took the camp theme too literally and brought her own tent,”  one Twitter user wrote of the first giant cape dress.  Enlarge ImageLady Gaga attends the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. John Shearer/Getty Images for THR When Lady Gaga goes to the Met Gala, fans know they’re in for something wild — especially when this year’s theme is Camp.The singer and A Star is Born actress changed into not one, but four different outfits, designed by Brandon Maxwell during the coveted fashion event on Monday. Gaga walked up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with dancers, makeup artist Sarah Tanno and her personal photographer on hand. She started off with a pink cape dress that included a giant bow and a massive 25-foot train, with her dancers helping Gaga up the Met Gala steps.  1 We’re speechless over Lady Gaga’s fourth and final, barely-there #MetGala look— Variety (@Variety) May 6, 2019 A round of applause for Lady Gaga #MetGala— Gaga Daily (@gagadaily) May 6, 2019 A perfect illusion? Lady Gaga reveals ANOTHER Schiaparelli pink dress #MetGala— Variety (@Variety) May 6, 2019 Originally published 3:35 p.m. PT. Update, 4:05 p.m. PT: Adds more reaction to Gaga’s outfits.  Share your voice This first look of the pink dress then unzipped to reveal a second look — a corseted black dress. But the real camp moment when Gaga posed for impromptu photos while holding a clunky phone that looked like something out of the ’80s. Lady Gagalast_img read more

Seismic FlareUps Leave Scientists Searching For Answers

first_imgPavlof Volcano’s eruption as seen from Cold Bay on June 2, 2014 / Credit: Robert StacyIn the past few months, Alaska’s seen a flurry of volcanic eruptions and sizable earthquakes. It’s disrupted life in the Aleutian Islands and the far western Brooks Range — and it’s got scientists wondering how all the activity might be connected.Listen now:Right now, five volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands are on alert. John Power of the Alaska Volcano Observatory says it’s the most activity they’ve seen at once in their 26-year history.“We’re as busy as we’ve ever been in terms of the number of volcanoes that are active in the state,” Power says.Only one of those has caused major disruptions so far — Pavlof Volcano sent up an ash plume and prompted days of local flight cancellations earlier this month.But volcanoes seem to be waking up all across the chain. Shishaldin, Cleveland and Veniaminoff in the eastern and central Aleutians have been on alert for months now. In the western Aleutians, the AVO put Semisopochnoi on watch just last week.But does it mean there’s something causing all these flare-ups? Power says, not necessarily.“At this point, you know, we have to say it’s coincidental,” he says. “It could be that there is a larger process at work, but we’re not able to say what that is at this point in time, or if there is such a process. You know, perhaps the answer is we haven’t been looking long enough to know.”Scientific understanding of plate tectonics began evolving in Alaska with the 1964 Good Friday quake, and Power says it’s still a work in progress. If there is something bigger going on, they can’t identify it — at least not yet.That’s also true a thousand miles north of the Aleutians, where another seismic mystery has stretched across two months. Outside Noatak in the far western Brooks Range, there’s been a series of five earthquakes, each with a magnitude 5.7. The latest was on Monday.Mike West of the Alaska Earthquake Center says the Noatak quakes are too far away to impact volcanoes in the Aleutians.“Some of this is just a confluence of what really is day-to-day activity in Alaska,” he says.But West also says their grasp on that activity is, well, shaky. They know the basics: a tectonic plate in the region seems to be slowly pulling away from the continent. Normally, that would cause one large quake. Here, West says it’s caused five smaller quakes instead.“You can think of this as the earth sort of inching along instead of doing it in one big movement,” he says.Still, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake is nothing to scoff at. It shows up on seismic monitors around the world, including the 400 stations in Alaska. For West, that’s a good thing. Even with two new short-term monitors in Noatak and Kotzebue, he doesn’t get enough information from the Noatak-area network alone.“We have never had a focus on Western and Northern Alaska, and I personally feel that’s a bit of a liability for the state,” West says. “This sequence certainly indicates that there’s plenty of opportunity in these areas for earthquakes to intersect with populations.”That’s his takeaway from this period of heightened activity — Alaskans live on volatile land. Quakes and volcanoes can damage property in the interior and interrupt air travel or set off tsunamis at sea. Even in remote towns, West says more monitors are always a good thing.Back in the Aleutians, the AVO’s John Power is getting ready for some new monitoring of his own — on active Cleveland Volcano, located in the uninhabited Islands of the Four Mountains. This summer, the AVO will tag along with an archaeological expeditionto put seismic monitors on Cleveland for the first time.It’s a step forward, but there’s still a long way to go. Four of AVO’s on-alert volcanoes are repeat offenders with a long baseline of data. The fifth is more of an outlier. Semisopochnoi had been quiet since 1987 — the year before the AVO was formed – before it rumbled to life with a swarm of little earthquakes last week.Since the island is so remote, Power says they don’t know much about it.“It’s a volcano with a fairly violent past — it’s had a whole number of eruptions…. It’s actually a large caldera with a whole number of vents and very large lava flows that our geological investigations suggest are not that old,” he says. “And we are currently watching it very, very closely, because the type of activity it’s experiencing is what you might see or might expect at a reawakening volcano.”Like the scientists near Noatak, Power says the AVO focuses on what they can address in the short term. They might not fully understand the science of what’s happening — but they can do their best to keep tabs on it.last_img read more

Study shows capuchins less receptive to others who refuse to help when

first_img( —A team of Japanese and British researchers has found that capuchin monkeys behave less receptively towards people they observe who refuse to help when asked by another person. In their paper published in Nature Communications describing their study and findings, the group reports that the monkeys were less inclined to accept a treat from someone that wasn’t cooperative. Explore further More information: Third-party social evaluation of humans by monkeys, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1561 doi:10.1038/ncomms2495AbstractHumans routinely socially evaluate others not only following direct interactions with them but also based on others’ interactions with third parties. In other species, ‘eavesdropping’ on third-party interactions is often used to gain information about foraging or mating opportunities, or others individuals’ aggressiveness or fighting ability. However, image scoring for potential cooperativeness is less well studied. Here we ask whether a non-human primate species, tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella), socially evaluates humans after witnessing third-party interactions involving a helpful intervention or failure to help. We find that the monkeys accept food less frequently from those who persistently reject another’s requests for help. This negative social evaluation effect is robust across conditions, and tightly linked to explicit refusal to help. Evaluation of potential helpfulness based on third-party interactions may thus not be unique to humans.Press release: The researchers note that previous research has shown that capuchin monkeys are social by nature. They share resources and cooperate with one another to achieve goals. To find out more about how the primates relate to one another or those of another species, the team set up an experiment to see if the monkeys might harbor ill-will towards those that are not inclined to help someone else out when asked.Two volunteer actors were placed in front of a monkey so that their interaction could be seen. One of the actors held a jar that contained objects unknown to the monkey. He or she simulated attempting to open the jar but failed, indicating the lid was too tight. He or she then asked the second actor to help open the jar. In some scenarios, the second actor agreed and helped out, in others, he or she refused to help at all. After each little skit, both actors held out a food treat for the monkey, only one of which the monkey could accept. The researchers found that the monkey preferred to accept the treat from the actor that held the jar over an actor that refused to help. When presented with treats when the actor did help open the jar, the monkey demonstrated no preference on treat acceptance. To make sure other variables weren’t at play, the researchers repeated the experiment many times with different monkeys, actors and genders. They also ran trials where the actor who was asked to help refused because he or she was busy trying to open their own jar. In such cases, the observing monkeys appeared to give the actor who refused to help a pass.The results of the experiment indicate that the monkeys are not only able to understand what is occurring in such interactions, but are impacted by what they see. It also indicates a degree of understanding of motive and cause and effect. More work will have to be done to gain a deeper perspective however, as it appears possible that the monkeys were simply more open to whichever actor appeared to be more in control of the situation. © 2013 Sort out the selfish organ grinder, not the monkey!center_img Journal information: Nature Communications Human interactions observed by monkeys. Credit: Nature Communications , doi:10.1038/ncomms2495 Citation: Study shows capuchins less receptive to others who refuse to help when asked (2013, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Steam Summer Sale 2019 The Best Deals So Far

first_imgThe 2019 Steam Summer Sale has officially begun. As is tradition with Steam sales, this limited-time event offers deep discounts on PC games big and small, from recent AAA hits to popular indies and cult classics.Dubbed “The Steam Grand Prix Summer Sale,” this year’s sale runs from June 25 to July 9. As part of the sale, you can play a special browser-based Steam game aptly named Grand Prix, which allows you to win free games via giveaways and earn items that can be traded on the Steam Marketplace. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Players simply choose one of the five available teams to get started. Sticking to an animal theme, choices include; Team Corgi, Team Hare, Team Cockatiel, Team Tortoise, and Team Pig. The goal of the game is to complete quests such as purchasing games or earning achievements which all help boost your team to the finish line. Outside of the usual Steam rewards such as emoticons and profile backgrounds, random members of teams in first, second, and third place will get the top item in their Steam Wishlist for free.Here are the best discounts we’ve spotted so far — be sure to bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding new deals as they pop up.MORE: Best PC GamesBig AAA HitsMonster Hunter World ($29.99, 50 percent off) Read our review Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition ($29.99, 50 percent off) Read our reviewThe Witcher III ($11.99, 70 percent off)Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ($29.99, 50 percent off) Read our reviewResident Evil 7 Gold Edition ($25.18, 58 percent off)Doom ($14.99, 25 percent off) Read our reviewGrand Theft Auto V ($14.99, 50 percent off)Dark Souls III Deluxe ($21.24, 75 percent off) Read our reviewFinal Fantasy XV ($24.99, 50 percent off) Read our reviewDying Light The Following: Enhanced Edition ($17.99, 70 percent off)Rise of the Tomb Raider ($8.99, 85 percent off) Read our reviewEssential IndiesStardew Valley ($11.99, 20 percent off)My Friend Pedro ($16.99, 15 percent off)No Man’s Sky ($29.99, 50 percent off)Two Point Hospital ($17.49, 50 percent off)Cuphead ($16.99, 15 percent off)Darkest Dungeon ($7.49, 70 percent off)Thimbleweed Park ($9.99, 50 percent off)Inside ($6.99, 65 percent off)Bastion ($3.74, 75 percent off)Hollow Knight ($8.99, 40 percent off)Multiplayer Must-HavesPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ($14.99, 50 percent off) Read our review Rocket League ($9.99, 50 percent off)Rust ($8.74, 75 percent off)Gang Beasts ($15.99, 20 percent off)Tekken 7 ($19.99, 50 percent off) Read our reviewDragon Ball FighterZ ($14.99, 75 percent off) Read our reviewStreet Fighter V Arcade Edition ($7.99, 60 percent off)Hidden GemsNioh ($19.99, 60 percent off) Read our reviewHalo Wars: Definitive Edition ($7.99, 60 percent off)Prey ($14.99, 50 percent off) Read our reviewNi No Kuni II ($29.99, 50 percent off)Hotline Miami ($2.49, 75 percent off)Oxenfree ($4.99, 75 percent off)Virtual RealityElite Dangerous ($13.49, 55 percent off)Super Hot ($14.99, 40 percent off)Budget Cuts ($14.99, 50 percent off)Gorn ($14.99, 25 percent off)Arizona Sunshine ($14.79 , 63 percent off)The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR ($29.99, 50 percent off)Sairento VR ($20.99, 30 percent off)Fallout 4 VR ($29.99, 50 percent off)Steam Sale Shopping TipsThe game you want isn’t on sale? Don’t be discouraged, new deals roll out every day during the sale. You can add games you’re hoping to grab to your wishlist and be notified via email when they drop in price.Want to keep track of deals and buy games on the go? Be sure to download the Steam mobile app for iOS and Android.As exciting as Steam sales are, remember that you don’t have to buy a game just because it’s on sale. Steam sales can make your backlog pretty bloated fast, so make sure you’re spending on cash on stuff you actually plan on playing. And given the frequency of Steam sales, don’t despair if you missed out on your chance to save on a game. Credit: Casimiro PT/ShutterstockBest PC Games – The Most Popular Games to Play Right Now by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Dont call me a crybaby twink just because I dont like shady

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Do you have to have anal to lose your ‘gay virginity?’ It feels like LGBTI community is constantly celebrating cattiness and bitchiness. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img It has become a trait we now proudly parade around. Especially with shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race providing rich encouragement – and the memes to make it all possible.But there’s a fine line between hilarious sass – and simply cruel, hateful and bullying speech.I am concerned this rising sense of ‘sass is cool’ is actually normalizing cyberbullying, making it popular and acceptable.[embedded content]Trolled for not being a fan of analSince writing for Gay Star News I’ve been getting used to getting a slew of hateful comments. When I wrote about identifying as a side, someone who doesn’t like anal sex, the trolling was off the scale.Along with my time as a YouTuber, I’ve unwillingly come to accept that trolling is something you have to deal with.But what surprises me is they almost always come from members of our own community. And let’s be clear too, I know the comments are so much worse for trans writers!I often see people leaving comments like, ‘I’m gay… but I don’t think being trans is okay.’ As if their LGBTI identity is a justification for their hatred?For years we have had people on the outside of our community saying nasty stuff about us. So it surprises me that in a community where we’re still struggling to love ourselves while fighting for our rights globally, that we choose to tear each other down.Am I an overly sensitive, upstart snowflake crybaby twink?On more than on occasion comments on my articles say I am an ‘overly sensitive, upstart snowflake crybaby twink.’ Let’s take this as a case study. If someone says this to me with good intentions, yet offends me in the process – should we berate them for saying it or me for being overly sensitive?The answer is often hard to define and requires context in each situation. But here, it feels simple: I’m being bullied.Off the internet and out on the LGBTI scene I have seen many drag queens perform a similar trolling in real life (IRL). This harsh hurtful humor often sees someone being laughed at, rather than being laughed with. It often isn’t even funny.Compare this with the ‘shady’ humor used by drag queens that is light-hearted, fun, and harmless – which is enjoyable; then ask – why do we need the bullying comments?As a community, I think we need to draw a finer line on when bullying is happening.How do we do that? Start by asking yourself: Is your comment polite and constructive? No? Then maybe re-think whether your ‘honesty’ – because it is just a guise for bullying.Everyone deserves to feel welcomed and safe within LGBTI circles, whether online or ‘in real life’ in bars or social spaces.I’m calling out this so-called ‘honesty,’ that is actually hate, because I think the whole community deserves better.And I don’t care whether that makes me a ‘crybaby twink’ or not – more positivity, support, and love please.Follow Bradley Birkholz on YouTubeRead more opinion pieces from Bradley on Gay Star News:Stop asking me if I’m a top or bottom – not every gay guy likes anal Todrick Hall’s infamous ‘Mean Boyz’ parody is exactly what Bradley is talking about | Photo: YouTube Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Dominos Will Use EBikes to Deliver Pizzas Across the US

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget August 13, 2019 2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Domino’s Pizza is once again adopting cutting edge delivery vehicles, although you’re much more likely to see these ones in action. In the wake of successful tests, the restaurant chain is launching a U.S.-wide e-bike delivery program that will give stores the choice of using custom Rad Power e-bikes to carry pizza. They’re typical electric two-wheelers at their heart with motors that assist pedaling for 25 to 40 miles on a charge with a 20 mph top speed, but they also include front and rear insulated cargo spaces that hold a combined 12 large pizzas. A delivery person could make several stops before having to cycle back to home base.It’s not hard to see the allure. They’re not only more environmentally friendly than cars, they can sometimes be faster when riders don’t always have to wade through traffic or grapple with parking. E-bikes also ensure that couriers won’t have to struggle with hills. And since they’re ultimately bicycles, this opens up delivery jobs to people who people who can’t (or don’t care to) drive.You won’t have to wait too long to see the bikes in action. Domino’s already plans to deploy “hundreds” of the bikes in Baltimore, Houston, Miami and Salt Lake City later in 2019. While they’re not going to completely replace four-wheeled transport, they could significantly reduce overall car usage — particularly in places where conventional bikes weren’t quite good enough to deliver your pizza on time. How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

Germany Jewish official threatened in street

first_imgBERLIN (AP) – German police are investigating a claim that a senior Jewish official was threatened by a man in the street shortly after visiting a Berlin synagogue with his family.A Berlin police spokesman says Stephan Kramer, the general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, alleges the incident happened Wednesday on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.Police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said Friday that both Kramer, who was carrying a gun at the time, and the unnamed man have filed criminal complaints that the other threatened them. Last month a Jewish man was taken to a hospital with head injuries after being attacked in Berlin by a group of youths of apparent Arab origin.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Travel Managers All Time High First Quarter

first_imgChief Operating Officer – Grant CampbellTravel Managers All Time High First QuarterHaving set the ball rolling with strong sales in January, TravelManagers has gone on to smash it out of the park with a record-breaking first quarter for 2019: a result which Chief Operating Officer, Grant Campbell, explains as the culmination of a strong January and best-ever trading month in February followed by a record March.“Year on year, we have experienced more than seven percent growth in our first quarter, thanks in large part to strong sales for long-haul destinations. The destination with the highest percentage growth was Asia, with an increase of more than 17 percent, which, when combined with a seven percent increase for Africa, contributed to a 70 percent increase in total adventure travel sales.”Campbell reports that TravelManagers has also recorded double-digit growth in both Australia and New Zealand, at 11.5 percent and 11 percent respectively.“We also achieved close to ten percent growth in one of our most high-value destinations, Europe,” he adds. “It’s very pleasing to see strong results occurring across all destinations, rather than being confined to just a few.”Other categories to have recorded strong results in the first quarter include guided coach tours and customised holiday packages, which have increased by 27 percent and 21 percent respectively.“These categories tend to feature more extensive, detailed itineraries: it’s a great indication that our personal travel managers (PTMs) are continuing to focus on designing holiday experiences that are individually tailored to their clients’ needs.”Sports-related travel has also increased significantly year-on-year, and although it represents a relatively small percentage of TravelManagers’ total sales volume, Campbell describes this achievement as a hallmark of the company’s overall philosophy.“We have a network of PTMs who among them represent a vast range of interests when it comes to travel, and every area of the company is designed to foster that entrepreneurial spirit so that they can grow their businesses by pursuing those interests.”When asked to predict what lies ahead for the remainder of 2019, Campbell points to the previous year’s results.“Every year since TravelManagers began, we have achieved a new record for first quarter sales, which has always served as a strong foundation for the year ahead. Whilst we can expect this year to present its share of challenges along the way, we’re off to a great start and have every reason to expect great things from 2019.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 560 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

New Employees Announced for Fintech Startup

first_img new hires 2019-07-16 Mike Albanese 17 days ago 255 Views Share Troy AllenKathy BellCaleb SaltIowa-based fintech startup LenderClose has expanded its staff, adding three new employees. To meet demand from its growing client base of community lenders nationwide, LenderClose has increased its workforce by more than 15 employees in the first half of 2019.Joining the LenderClose team in July are sales representatives Troy Allen and Kathy Bell, and software developer Caleb Salt.“We’re building out our team to support steady growth, which continues to affirm our belief that we’re offering credit unions and community banks the best digital lending platform,” said LenderClose COO Ben Rempe. “We’re always evaluating the size and skills of our staff to maintain the best possible customer service experience, and to find new ways to enhance platform features and functionality.”Allen, of Altoona, Iowa, is the former regional manager of Community 1st Credit Union in Indianola. There, he managed four branches and 25 employees. During his more than 17 years in banking, Allen achieved consistent loan and deposit growth and was recognized as a top sales professional. He’ll use this deep experience working in community lending institutions in his role as a sales executive for LenderClose.Bell, of Grimes, Iowa, brings experience in sales and business development to the LenderClose team, having most recently worked as a client executive with ACS and a senior sales executive with Dice Holdings, both in Urbandale, Iowa. She has expertise in developing sales strategies in highly competitive markets, and as a LenderClose sales executive, will help to further its footprint in key markets.Salt, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a developer with experience designing, coding, and deploying software systems for more than 400 companies. In his most recent role as a software programmer analyst for IMT Computer Services in Des Moines, Iowa, he worked in a fully test-driven development (TDD) agile programming environment. For LenderClose he will be focused on developing further solutions, including API integrations into loan origination software and the solutions of national data providers.center_img in Headlines, News New Employees Announced for Fintech Startuplast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Denver Broncos linebacker Kevin Snyder (45) during an NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals signed Kevin Snyder to their practice squad and released fellow linebacker Connor Harris on Monday, the team announced.The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Snyder made two appearances for the Denver Broncos this season.Snyder went undrafted out of Rutgers in 2015 and first joined the Detroit Lions before bouncing around WITH practice squads in San Francisco and New England. He was elevated to the Patriots’ regular roster for the 2015 AFC Championship game before joining the Broncos last year. Harris, a rookie out of Lindenwood College in Missouri, holds the NCAA record in all divisions for recording 633 tackles in his career. He won the 2016 Cliff Harris Award given to the best defender in football for small schools in Division II, III and the NAIA. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more