UBC students want to build and study effectiveness of tree canopy bus

first_imgVANCOUVER — Students at the University of British Columbia are hoping to build bus shelters with environmental benefits.Tabinda Shah, a final-year urban forestry student, said she and several other students are working to build a “tree canopy bus shelter,” which would not only shelter people from the rain as they wait for their ride, but also help the environment.“The aim of the project is to bring ecologically conscious infrastructure into dense urban areas by maximizing opportunities for green infrastructure in small spaces,” she said in an email.The roof or shelter would be made of treated wood that can withstand the elements and host a layer of plants that are hardy and succulent, and can thrive in not just the rain but the dry months too. The excess water from the roof would run off into the ground to recharge the water table.The students are crowdfunding the project and want to build at least three bus shelters to measure their effectiveness. Shah said each shelter costs about $50,000, and the team is hoping to have a prototype shelter built by sometime next year.Daniel Roehr, associate professor at UBC, said while the team does not have any arrangement with the City of Vancouver or the transit agency, they do have permits to build three structures on the University of British Columbia campus.Shah said Vancouver is a very walkable city, but that hardly anyone wants to walk in it during the winter because of a lack of pedestrian shelter from the rain.“Being an urban forestry student, I wanted to bring a multifaceted solution to the table that would not only increase walkability in the city, but also create habitat space, more sustainable stormwater management and a biophilic city,” she said.Roehr said Vancouver has a number of green roofs but most of them need to be irrigated, so one of the main design aims of these tree canopy bus shelters was that they would be self-sufficient.Roehr and Shah are working with a team of other students from different disciplines on the shelters.“We have flow devices to measure rainwater runoff from these roofs and how effective they are,” Roehr said. “We want to monitor it. And if it is effective we can use it all over the city — we could use it on all bus shelters.”Shah said this will be the first type of bus shelter to measure how much rainwater is runoff. She added that such bus shelters are important because they are one more step towards tackling climate change.The prototype and research will help justify whether a larger investment into such an idea would be worth it, she said.“We’re hoping to have the prototype constructed along Wesbrook Mall at the University of British Columbia, but in an ideal world, we would want these all over the city street networks of Vancouver,” Shah said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

STOP INCLUDING WEIGHT HEIGHT AND CHEST SIZE ON ACTORS RESUMES HALIFAX DIRECTOR

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Neptune Theatre director Jeremy Webb is calling for actors to stop putting their height, weight and other measurements on their resumes. (CBC) “I need to know that they are engaged, talented, motivated, that they have the skills, the singing range, the dancing ability, the acting ability, to do the job.”Start of broader discussionWebb said the stories of sexual harassment emerging from the industry against director Harvey Weinstein and others are starting a more serious conversation about what’s acceptable.Jeremy Webb looks at his Facebook post from Nov. 16. (CBC)“To get into that unnecessary private information about a person’s body type should not have a bearing on whether or not you get a role,” Webb said.“In the same way that accepting a Hollywood movie executive’s invitation to go to a hotel room late at night should not have a bearing on whether you get a role … that kind of stuff just cannot happen.”READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Neptune Theatre’s new artistic director is pushing for an end to the “archaic” practice of listing an actor’s height, weight and other measurements on resumes.Jeremy Webb posted to Facebook on Thursday about the issue, asking actors and agents to remove the numbers.“It’s 2017 and I do not need to know an actor’s chest size when casting them for a role. I don’t need to know their waist size,” Webb told the CBC’s Maritime Noon on Friday. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

5 in hospital after Ancaster crash

Five people were taken to hospital after a head-on collision in Ancaster Sunday afternoon.Police say a car and an SUV collided on Wilson Street near Highway 52 around 12:30. A woman in her twenties was rushed to hospital in critical but stable condition after being extricated from her car. Three 17-year-old boys and a 45-year-old woman were also taken to hospital, but everybody involved in the crash is expected to recover.Wilson Street near Alberton Road was closed for several hours this afternoon while police cleaned up the debris. Police say this time of year is prone to crashes and are reminding drivers to watch their speed.The collision reconstruction team is investigating the crash. read more

Myanmars sevenstep peace process not inclusive lacks timeline – Annan

“The efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to persuade the Government to agree to include the NLD (National League for Democracy), other political parties and representatives of all Myanmar’s ethnic nationalities in the earliest stages of the road map process and to set a time line for the map’s implementation have not borne fruit,” says the report, an update of an earlier submission to the General Assembly. The Secretary-General believes that mass rallies are no substitute for the active participation of political parties in the process of democratization and national reconciliation, it says. Mr. Annan appeals once again to the Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt, and other government leaders to lift remaining restrictions on the NLD leaders, including Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and others detained on or after 30 May, the report says. read more

Number of child labourers worldwide dips but challenges remain UN agency

The ILO report, entitled The end of child labour: Within reach, also says that if the current pace of the decline were to be maintained and the global momentum to stop child labour continued, child labour could feasibly be eliminated, in most of its worst forms, in 10 years.“The fight against child labour in the world continues to be a daunting challenge, but this Global Report provides evidence that a breakthrough could be in the making,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia says in a preface to the 74-page document.“We are on the right track. We can end its worst forms in a decade, whilenot losing sight of the ultimate goal of ending all child labour. Clearly, there is still much to be done.”The new report says the actual number of child labourers worldwide fell by 11 per cent between 2000 and 2004, from 246 million to 218 million, highlighting also that the number of children and youth aged 5 to 17 trapped in hazardous work decreased by 26 per cent, dropping to 126 million in 2004 from 171 million in the previous estimate.This new report attributed the reduction in child labour to increased political will and awareness and also concrete action, particularly in the field of poverty reduction and mass education that has led to a “worldwide movement against child labour,” the agency said in a news release. Through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), the ILO assists in building national capacity to deal with the problem and providing policy advice. In addition, through direct action, the Programme over the past decade has reached some 5 million children.However despite the cautious optimism of the new report, it also highlights the challenges ahead and the ILO’s Coordinator for Child Labour Programmes in Latin America acknowledged that progress worldwide in dealing with child labour had been uneven.“Latin America and the Caribbean have made the biggest progress, and Asia and the Pacific the absolute number of economically active children has also declined. In Africa, there is a decline in the incidence of child labour…but there has been an absolute increase in the number of [African] children,” Maria Arteta, told the press in New York, referring to the latest figures compared to those in the previous ILO report four years earlier.The latest document also shows that with 26 per cent of the child population, or almost 50 million working children, the sub-Saharan African region has the highest proportion of children engaged in economic activities of any region in the world.“As the report states, economic growth alone will not end child labour; countries need to make the right policy choices, choices that invest in education and invest in decreasing inequity,” Ms. Arteta said.“There’s a lot to be done, there are still over 200 million children working, but we now know that if we focus on reducing inequity, mass education and if we work together – donors, the international community, but more important the governments themselves – we can make a difference.” read more

BW fasttracks Stormajor railcar loader for Polish mining company

first_imgA B&W, heavy duty, 800 series StormajorTM radial boom loader has been supplied in record time to the Poznan based company, Strateg Capital for its mining operation located in Tłumaczów in Poland. The Stormajor will be used to load Melaphyre rock into open top rail-cars. Strateg Capital will produce over 40 Mt of the basalt like material from the mine. It embarked upon a ‘fast-track’ mine development earlier this year which generated an urgent requirement to install a rail-loading facility. The equipment was needed within 13 weeks. This short time-frame, together with the requirement for very robust equipment, led the customer to seek a solution from the well-known supplier of mobile port loading and unloading equipment, B&W Mechanical Handling in the UK. B&W is fully integrated into the International Aumund Group with strategically placed offices in more than 10 countries and representatives in over 40.The Stormajor combines the benefits of the well known Samson feeder design with a radial slew and luffing outloading boom conveyor into a single mobile machine, able to receive material both from trucks and loading shovels. At Tłumaczów the equipment is designed to receive rock with a bulk density 1.6 t/m3, from 30 t capacity Terex TA30 articulated dump trucks. However, in a second phase of the project the trucks will be replaced by mobile link conveyors which will feed the material into the Stormajor through a specially designed feed hopper.The Stormajor, designed for a maximum throughput of 600 t/h, is equipped with a 15 m outloading boom and loads directly into rail-cars up to a height of 5.0 m. The outloading boom is able to be slewed plus or minus 30o and luffed from zero to 30o providing great flexibility and the discharge is fitted with a variable angle trimming chute which aids even-loading. Initially the Stormajor will be towed alongside the rail-cars to facilitate loading but once the mobile link conveyors are installed the unit will remain mostly static and the rail-cars will be locomotive hauled.The unit needs only one 400 V supply to the on-board 110 kW hydraulic power pack which drives the belt, slewing and luffing operations. The unit is mounted on rubber tyres for easy towable relocation.last_img read more

Marks Spencer staff to strike next Saturday

first_imgUpdated 20.00pmTHE STAFF AT Marks & Spencer have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.The strike will see the company’s 17 stores nationwide close next Saturday, 7 December, with two further days planned on 12 December and 20 December.The workers are angered by the closure of the staff pension scheme, a move they were opposed to.SIPTU said this evening that members employed in M&S have voted in favour of industrial action by 97.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent in favour of strike action.The union represents approximately 140 workers employed in Marks & Spencer stores across the Dublin area.Mandate trade union, which represents the majority of the 2,300 staff at the stores, earlier stated that they have written to management to serve notice of the strike.Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light says that the decision to close the pension fund, along with other cost-saving measures are “opportunistic”.“While we fully recognise that some employers in the retail sector are struggling and that Marks & Spencer, like many, are operating with reduced profits, the company have given their workers absolutely no satisfactory proof that the permanent withdrawal of terms and conditions of employment is necessary or justified.”The company closed the defined benefit pension scheme on 31 October. The scheme is performing, with a surplus of €17 million.Cost-cutting measures included a reduction in managers, a reduction in Sunday and public holiday pay and the elimination of the Christmas bonus.Light added that workers feel that the company has “breached the trust” of the staff. He added that the union would discuss the situation but only “without unilateral implementation” of decisions.Our members feel there’s been a fundamental breach of trust by senior management. We’ve been given limited access to the company’s financial accounts and as Marks & Spencer are another multinational company which does not reveal accounts for their Irish business, we and our members are left at a distinct disadvantage whereby we cannot contextualise the viability of the cost saving proposals.The company says they have done all they can to avert the strike.“M&S has done all it can to try and move this situation forward so we are extremely disappointed that the company has been given notice that strike action has been called. We are fully prepared to reopen talks at any time either locally or at the Labour Relations Commission in order to avoid the impact on our customers and employees in the run up to Christmas.”Siptu Organiser, Neil McGowan said:There was  no meaningful discussion with union representatives in relation to the closure of the pension scheme, with management taking the view that the scheme is a ‘discretionary benefit’.The company has failed to provide  satisfactory evidence to support its claims in relation to the pension scheme and cuts to other benefits. These include plans to cut workers’ premiums and Christmas bonus. Additional reporting by Christina Finn Read: No resolution in sight as ESB workers serve strike noticelast_img read more

Amazon oneups iTunes with 69 cent price tag on top MP3s

first_imgWhen it comes to downloadable music stores, iTunes is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Amazon, however, has been doing its best to lure customers away ever since it opened the Amazon MP3 store. First, it offered DRM-free downloads, then came the slick Cloud Player for your computer and Android device, and now Amazon is slashing prices on its most popular tracks.More than 200 songs are now available for 69 cents, which is about half what those same tracks sell for on iTunes (Apple raised its prices from $0.99 to $1.29 in 2010). If you’re into Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Cee-Lo, or just about anyone else who’s had a top 40 hit recently, the deals are hard to pass up. And don’t forget Amazon also has 100 albums for a measly $5 each (including best-ofs from the Beastie Boys and Radiohead) as well as scads of free music to download as well.AdChoices广告If anyone knows how much people love a good bargain, it’s Amazon — dangling freebies and deals is how they’re promoting the new Android App Store, too. There’s also that 10 days of free games promotion going on if you’re looking for some decent desktop diversions.Now maybe they’ll get to work on that international expansion. The rest of the world would like to get in on the deals too, you know, Amazon…Amazon via LA Timeslast_img read more

Sharp unveils new nextgeneration super HDTV

first_imgSharp and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) unveiled an HDTV this week that represents the next generation of high-definition. The Super Hi-Vision HDTV has a display resolution 16 times higher than current HDTVs, clocking in at 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels or 33-megapixels – a far cry from the standard 1920 by 1080-pixel resolution displays most people are used to.The image quality on the Super Hi-Vision display is reportedly so good that you would be able to see if a person’s eyes are dilated without needing a close-up of their face to do it.AdChoices广告The reason that Sharp and NHK joined forces to show off the display is because NHK has been working on broadcasting video in the new HD format since 1995. That’s right: before most households even had HDTVs in them, NHK has been working on ways to broadcast super-high definition video. Until now, no television manufacturer had the technology to feasibly display the broadcast.The 85-inch display is a prototype, so you won’t find it on store shelves anytime soon. This is more of a concept for what the future of broadcast television may look like: the next generation of high-definition. NHK says it’ll start experimenting with broadcasting the super high-resolution video streams via satellite in 2020, and by that time it may be possible to also send the signals over traditional fiber connections as well.When 1080p HDTVs hit the market, many consumers said that watching sports events and movies on them felt like “looking through a window.” It’s clear that the future of television isn’t standing still, and will resemble the analogy even more as it progresses. Eventually, display technology will get to the point where the human eye won’t be able to tell the difference (we’ll always have depth perception) between displayed imagery and real-world objects.More at Sharp, via Mashablelast_img read more

Les dauphins communiquent entre eux en sappelant par leur nom

first_imgLes dauphins communiquent entre eux en s’appelant par leur “nom”Selon une étude qui vient de paraître aux États-Unis, les grands dauphins sauvages ont chacun une façon bien unique de siffler pour se faire reconnaître et répondre lorsqu’un congénère les appelle par leur “nom”.Aussi intelligents qu’on les croyait, les dauphins n’ont pas fini de nous surprendre ! C’est ce que suggère la découverte exposée lundi par une nouvelle étude publiée lundi dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. D’après ces travaux qui avaient déjà été dévoilés il y a quelques mois, les mammifères marins seraient capables de se retrouver en s’appelant par leur “nom”.  Plus concrètement, les grands dauphins sauvages communiqueraient entre eux en sifflant de façon bien particulière. Et ces sifflements diffèreraient en fonction du congénère auquel il s’adresse : ceci leur permettrait alors non seulement de se faire reconnaitre mais aussi de répondre lorsqu’ils sont appelés. “Il s’agit de la première réelle preuve de l’existence de noms et d’appellations dans le royaume animal”, indique Stephanie King, de l’unité de recherche sur les mammifères marins qui est le principal auteur de ces travaux.Les dauphins seraient alors, avec les hommes, les seuls mammifères à s’appeler par des noms (seuls les perroquets utilisent des noms qu’ils ont appris pour appeler d’autres créatures ou objets). Cette étude “dresse des parallèles très intéressants entre les moyens de communications des hommes et ceux des dauphins : tout le monde savait que c’était le cas mais cela n’avait encore jamais été prouvé de façon expérimentale”, relève encore Stephanie King citée par l’AFP.Des dauphins qui ne répondent qu’à leur “nom” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, environ 50% des sifflements émis par un dauphin sauvage servent à s’identifier ou à annoncer son arrivée, précise la chercheuse  qui a observé pas moins de 200 dauphins au cours de l’étude. Mais pour pousser encore davantage les découvertes, les scientifiques ont cherché à savoir comment se comporterait un dauphin qui entendrait un de ses congénères siffler son propre nom.Avec Vincent Janik, co-auteur de l’étude, la scientifique a ainsi enregistré un groupe de dauphins puis retransmis les sons de leurs différents sifflements personnels, les uns après les autres. A chaque fois, l’enregistrement était juste légèrement modifié de façon à laisser penser que le nom était prononcé par un autre dauphin. “Les animaux n’ont réagi que lorsqu’ils ont entendu leur sifflement”, indique la chercheuse. “Chaque dauphin a alors à chaque fois répondu très rapidement et parfois plusieurs fois, et n’a pas réagi de cette façon aux autres sifflements retransmis”. Preuve pour les spécialistes que le moyen de communication des dauphins est quelque chose de bien acquis et précis. Reste maintenant à savoir comment tout ceci se met en place. D’après les chercheurs, cette signature sonore pourrait apparaitre dès les premiers mois de la vie d’un dauphin.Le 23 juillet 2013 à 18:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two days of HOA in Turks and Caicos

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Impending 25 Billion Deal to Spur West End Grand Bahama Turnaround

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 2, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions Ltd. has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of a large-scale resort, known as “Ginn Sur Mer” in the West End of Grand Bahama.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas recently received an application in relation to West End, Grand Bahama, or the Grand Palm Beach property.  Prime Minister Minnis made the announcement during a National Address aired Monday, January 29, 2018.Once the deal is completed, Grand Beach Acquisitions Ltd. will construct, repair, revitalize, develop, and operate 246 rooms in three hotels, a banquet facility, 116 branded hotel residences, 1,000 other residences, a hotel/casino site and approximately 150,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.The impending Agreement will also result in the construction of a spa and wellness retreat, two marinas, an 18-hole golf course, including driving range, an IFR-rated airport, a resort hospitality-training academy, and an organic farm.Prime Minister Minnis said “Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions Ltd. intends to repair, revitalize, and develop the Property, to be known as “Bahama Bay,” in nine phases over a 10-year period, with a projected expenditure of two billion, five hundred and sixty million dollars.”“In 2008, the previous developer went into foreclosure and the Government has now been advised that Grand Palm Acquisitions Ltd., has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the purchase of a large-scale resort known as Ginn Sur Mer in the West End of Grand Bahama.“The application is now before the National Economic Council to approve in principle and to authorize the relevant government agencies, to negotiate a Heads of Agreement, on an expeditious basis,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The deal was one of several major announcements Prime Minister Minnis made with regards to the restoration of the Grand Bahama economy during his National Address Monday night.Prime Minister also announced that there is new investment in East Grand Bahama, at the oil refinery, which will help to provide a number of jobs and that the private acquisition and management of the Grand Lucayan assets, including hotels, the golf courses and the casino are “well underway.”“Although this transaction is far from completed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that we will have accomplished in a few months, what was not done in a decade. This year, we intend to complete the sale of the Grand Lucayan and Memories properties,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

FAS Authorizes Unexpended Funds from 2013 for 2014 Activities

first_imgIn a letter to cooperators last Thursday, USDA-FAS Administrator Phil Karsting informed ASA that previously-allocated, unexpended funds from previous years may be used, subject to USDA approval, for the 2014 program year.As Karsting pointed out in the letter, the move is only a temporary remedy and does not provide new FY2014 funding. “Such funding depends on the passage of a new Farm, Food and Jobs Bill. Absent new funding, participants will be unable to conduct the full range of market promotion activities they have planned for 2014,” he said.For the full letter, please click here.last_img read more

SWAT team aids police in arresting man for attempted murder in Pembroke

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) — A SWAT team was called in to assist Pembroke Pines police in arresting man wanted for attempted murder, Thursday.Police searched for 28-year-old Ahmad Antwuan Robinson for an attempted murder charge from Wednesday.According to police, when they got to his house, located near Northwest 20th Street and 78th Way, he following day, he barricaded himself in. That’s when a SWAT team was called to aid police, since they were unsure if Robinson was armed.They then arrested Robinson. However, residents Thursday afternoon remained in shock by the incicdent. “A very nice area. Very, very nice,” said resident Shneail Burnet. “I just can’t believe anything like this would happen here.”Robinson was already on active federal probation for previous charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hill AFB Naval Station Key West Fort Hood Top DOD List of

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon has updated its list of top military installations at the most risk from extreme weather events over the next 20 years. DOD sent the list in a letter last week to Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who chairs the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities.The top bases on the list include Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Naval Station Key West, Fla.; and Fort Hood, Texas, according to The Hill.The list “includes scoring and weighting of the five climate-related hazards (recurrent flooding, wildfire, drought, desertification and permafrost thaw) based on the immediacy of the threat,” Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, wrote in the letter, which Langevin released this week.The updated at-risk list is in response to Democratic lawmakers’ questions for more detailed information after a broader Pentagon climate change report Jan. 17 that they said was not comprehensive enough, as reported by On Base.DOD photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leelast_img read more

HER Honors Aretha Franklin With A Spare Soulful Cover Of I Say

first_img H.E.R. Pays Tribute To Aretha Franklin her-honors-aretha-franklin-spare-soulful-cover-i-say-little-prayer Her tribute and many more will air on CBS on March 10 as part of “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 1, 2019 – 10:59 am She may be just 21, but rising R&B artist H.E.R. began playing music from a young age while listening to her father’s soul and blues record collection. Now, shortly after earning her first GRAMMY nominations at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, where she went home two wins, including Best R&B Album, H.E.R. is honoring the late Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin with a paired-down cover of “I Say A Little Prayer.”  NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 1, 2019 – 10:47 am H.E.R. Honors Aretha Franklin H.E.R. Honors Aretha Franklin With A Spare, Soulful Cover Of “I Say A Little Prayer” Facebook Email News Twitter Following Aretha’s passing last August, the music world united in celebrating her legacy—most recently on the 2019 GRAMMY stage. Now, her admirers and contemporaries are celebrating her life with a star-studded, music-filled memorial.Shortly before the GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy brought together many of these artists to sing Aretha’s praises—and her unforgettable songs—for a powerful tribute concert, airing on March 10 on CBS.H.E.R. chose to sing one of her favorite Aretha covers, “I Say A Little Prayer,” which the singer earned a GRAMMY nomination for at the 11th GRAMMY Awards. (Aretha released her version in 1968, one year after Dionne Warwick originally recorded the timeless track.)”She’s a legend. She inspired, I’m sure, all of the singers that are doing this tribute tonight,” H.E.R. said before the concert. “She’s such an inspiration to me, and this is bringing women together, so it’s really dope to see that as well.”Tune in to hear H.E.R.’s full performance when “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” airs on Sun., March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS.Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY History: Remembering The Queen Of Soullast_img read more

Joe Arpaio Will Run For A US Senate Seat Pledging Support For

first_imgBrian Snyder/ReutersFormer Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio helped President Trump during his 2016 campaign — and now he wants to help him in Washington.Arizona Republican Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff who became famous for his controversial stance on immigration, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, saying he wants to join Congress so he can help President Trump.Arpaio, who will turn 86 in June, made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday. He said:“I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again.”I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again. https://t.co/ANppBdDOtp— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) January 9, 2018Arpaio is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican who has been a critic of Trump — and who announced last October that he would not seek re-election.The former sheriff announced his plan to run for the Senate less than a year after he was convicted of criminal contempt — a crime for which Trump pardoned Arpaio in August, after holding a rally in Phoenix.Arpaio told NBC News that he didn’t tell Trump about his decision ahead of time — and that he’s running because Washington needs “fresh blood.” In announcing his candidacy, Arpaio joins at least one Republican rival. As member station KJZZ reports, former state Sen. Kelli Ward has already launched her campaign, and Rep. Martha McSally has also “hinted” at running for Flake’s seat.This year’s midterm elections are being held two years after Arpaio lost his sheriff’s jobto Democrat Paul Penzone, a former sergeant in the Phoenix police department. Arpaio, who had held the office for 24 years, lost despite amassing more than $12 million in campaign funds.Arpaio’s entry into the Senate race prompted immediate criticism from Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, who released a statement saying, “Joe Arpaio is one of our nation’s most notorious agents of racism and bigotry. He has spent his career tearing apart immigrant families and devastating Latino communities, and he has no place in the U.S. Senate.”Famous for embracing the title of “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Arpaio was convicted by a federal judge after the Maricopa lawman defied an order to stop detaining immigrants simply because of their legal status. His deputies maintained that practice for 18 months after a court told Arpaio to stop targeting Latino drivers.The misdemeanor criminal conviction had carried a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fine. But Arpaio was pardoned before his sentencing date arrived in October.Arizona will hold its primary in late August, with the midterm election scheduled for Nov. 6.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

DC Bill Would Help Returning Citizens Start Businesses

first_imgD.C. Council member Vincent OrangeD.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) held a hearing recently on a bill he introduced that would help returning citizens learn skills to start and operate businesses.The hearing for the bill, which would create a $10 million operating fund, was held on Jan. 28. Called “The District of Columbia Incarceration to Incorporation Entreprenuership Program Act of 2015,” Orange’s bill calls for the Department of Employment Services and the Department of Small and Local Business Development to set up the program.The legislation calls for the University of the District of Columbia and its community college to offer courses to returning citizens on business subjects and GED attainment, and provide scholarships and grants to help pay for the classes. Orange said keeping returning citizens positively engaged is the way to avoid criminal activity.“Statistics have shown that within three years of coming home from prison, returning citizens will be re-arrested,” Orange said. “Stable employment is the key to keeping people out of prison and owning a business can be a part of that.”There are an estimated 60,000 District residents with criminal records. Studies and testimonies from returning citizens reveal that even though the city has tolerant laws and public policy towards them, it is difficult for returning citizens to find employment. Skeptical employers have cited possible criminal activity and not wanting to deal with stigmatized employees as reasons for not hiring returning citizens.Orange said returning citizens with stable jobs have a recidivism rate of only 7 percent as opposed to 51.8 percent according to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics. The council member said that Oklahoma and Pennsylvania have programs similar to one he is proposing and they are considered national models of success.Orange’s legislation has the support of D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7). D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) likes the idea but is worried about program implementation. “The incarcerated population is the hardest to reach,” Allen said. “I don’t think DOES serves returning citizens well and I want to make sure that DOES works for everyone. There is no shortage of really good intentions in this city and I hope that it reaches individuals who can be set up for success.”A number of witnesses testified on Orange’s bill. No one voiced opposition to Orange’s concept but some had concerns about implementation and focus. “The bill could be improved by emphasizing cooperative businesses and should provide co-op specific business training,” said Eugene Puryear, director of field operations for the advocacy organization Justice First. Puryear wants Orange’s bill to include provisions to appoint a returning citizen on a panel that would oversee the program, to require a review by the council after its fifth year, and provide “a hard cap [on funding the program] on the initial appropriation [to] encourage program effectiveness and community input.”Debra Rowe, the executive director of Returning Citizens United, testified in support of Orange’s bill, but said more support is needed for those participating in the program. “To start a business in the District of Columbia, you have to pay a lot of fees,” Rowe said. “The people that the legislation is designed to help generally cannot pay the fees to the city agencies that are needed to get their businesses going.”Rowe doesn’t want the program Orange proposes to become “another certification for returning citizens.”“We have every certification that you can think of but we can’t get the jobs,” she said. “I also think that businesses that are run by returning citizens that are successful certified business enterprises should mentor those who want to go into business.”last_img read more

Cards Down Hoosiers 52

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby connected on a three-run homer and picked up the save in the circle to help the University of Louisville softball team beat Indiana 5-2 Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium. The Cardinals (21-10) will return to ACC play this weekend when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on No. 24/19 Virginia Tech in a three game series. Tara Trainer (18-5) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on five hits and striking out five in 3.0 innings. Lambert led the Hoosiers with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Print Friendly Version Louisville tacked on another insurance run in the sixth when junior Caitlin Ferguson doubled, took third on Roby’s groundout and crossed the plate on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s bunt.   Live Stats Story Links Louisville jumped to a 1-0 lead when Funke led off the bottom of the first by taking the first pitch she saw over the fence in right centerfield for her second home run of the season. Photo Gallery Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster center_img The Cards countered behind Roby’s three-run homer in the third. Hensley reached on a fielder’s choice and freshman Rebecca Chung singled to set up Roby’s towering shot over the left field wall for her second homer of the season. Preview Indiana answered in the second inning with an RBI triple by Taylor Lambert. Louisville 5 – Indiana 2 Grayson Radcliffe’s solo home run in the fourth cut the Hoosiers’ deficit to 4-2. Senior Megan Hensley (9-1) got the win after giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out three in five innings. Roby struck out one and scattered two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. The Cards used eight hits, including home runs from Roby and junior Celene Funke to power past the Hoosiers (25-10). Next Game: at Virginia Tech 3/29/2019 | 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Gitlab 112 releases with preview changes in Web IDE Android Project Import

first_imgGitlab released version 11.2 with new features to help developers get started and iterate faster. Major improvements in this version are enhancements to the Web IDE, support for manifesting files to import Android projects, and custom project templates enabled. Let us look at each in detail: Preview changes in Web IDE Contributing changes to your projects with an advanced code editor and commit staging right within your browser will be faster and easier with the new WebIDE version. You can now easily see the effect of your code change and debug even before you commit with the Gitlab 11.2. You can now preview your JavaScript web app in the Web IDE, viewing your changes in real time, right next to the code for client-side evaluation. In addition, with 11.2, you can delete and rename files and switch branches without ever leaving the Web IDE. Android Project Import Importing complex project structures with multiple sub-structures was a tedious, time-consuming task until now. With the new support for XML manifest files, you can now import larger project structures with multiple repositories altogether, including Android OS code from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Simplified Cloud Native & more features To help you quickly install Gitlab on Kubernetes, the Cloud Native Helm Chart is now generally available. A GitLab Runner is deployed, making it easy to get started with GitLab CI/CD. With 11.2, GitLab administrators can offer instance-wide custom project templates, allowing users to start new projects quickly by automating repetitive setup tasks. Features such as issue board milestone lists, summed weights for issue board lists, group milestones on the milestone dashboard page, and todos for epics enable better work management. Major changes and improvements are contributed by the Gitlab community itself. Check out the Gitlab page for more details. Read Next: GitLab is moving from Azure to Google Cloud in July GitLab open sources its Web IDE in GitLab 10.7 GitLab’s new DevOps solutionlast_img read more