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first_imgHalifax Regional Municipality now has more flexibility to respond to its unique challenges and opportunities as the largest municipality in the province and capital of Nova Scotia. Government proclaimed the HRM Charter Act today, Jan. 13. It includes the basic provisions of the Municipal Government Act with more powers to address the specific needs of HRM. The HRM By Design Act was also proclaimed. It provides the municipality with more tools to guide development efforts for the downtown Halifax area. “This is significant development not only for HRM but for the whole province,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, acting Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “As the economic hub of Nova Scotia, HRM has the potential for attracting more interest to the whole province in terms of investments, business, infrastructure, and other developments.” The creation of a new charter is in keeping with how other major cities in Canada, such as Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, have responded to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities of regional centres of business and fast-paced population growth areas. “We’ve been working toward this Charter for a long time and look forward to working together with the province under this new governance structure,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “Given our growth, HRM by Design will bring clarity and predictability in the development approval process making HRM more livable, vibrant and attractive.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsTo this day no one has found the remains of the brothers Charles and Tom Ombash who ran away from an Indian residential school in Sioux Lookout, Ont., on Oct. 5, 1956.School officials waited for about a month before notifying police and Indian Affairs.At least 33 students are recorded to have died by running away from residential schools. Most succumbed to exposure.There were other ways Indigenous children attending residential schools died. In 1949, Rodney Beardy, 15, was killed in a tractor accident at an Indian residential school in Brandon, Man. School fires also killed at least 40 students.Disease, particularly tuberculosis, was the main cause of death for likely thousands of children who attended residential schools.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) unveiled two volumes and a summary of its final report which is expected to be  released later this year. One volume was titled, What We Have Learned, and the other was titled, The Survivors SpeakThe number of those who died at these government and church run schools may never be known, according to the TRC report.A total of about 150,000 children attended the schools throughout its over century-long existence.The report was released Tuesday and is built on six years-worth of research and testimony from nearly 7,000 residential school survivors.The TRC was created as a result of the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement between Ottawa, the churches and residential school survivors.In a volume titled, What We Have Learned, the report grapples with an incomplete, destroyed and fragmented historical records in an attempt to find an approximate number for the deaths at the schools.“The number of students who died at Canada’s residential schools is not likely ever to be known in full,” sates the report. “Many records have simply been destroyed.”The federal government underwent a period of document destruction between 1936 and 1944 that eliminated some 200,000 Indian Affairs files. Some of the documents that do remain contain incomplete information. While some school reports contained total number of deaths in a year, it was not always accompanied with the names of the deceased.“There can be no certainty that all deaths were, in fact, reported to Indian Affairs,” the report states.Commission researchers managed to unearth records of student deaths in church archives that were never recorded by the department. Residential school officials also often failed to report the deaths to provincial authorities.The TRC created a National Residential School Student Register which the commission said “marks the first effort in Canadian history to properly record the number of students who died in residential schools.The registry includes three separate categories, including records of confirmed deaths that come with the names, deaths of unnamed students and those that require more investigation.So far, the registry has tallied 2,040 deaths between 1867 and 2000 that can be linked to a name. The number rises to 3,201 deaths when records of the unnamed dead are added to the total. The report found that the majority of recorded deaths, 2,434, happened before 1940.The report doesn’t include the number of deaths that need more investigation.TRC Chair Murray Sinclair has said the number of deaths is about 6,000, but that number does appear in the report.The causes of death are even more difficult to determine, the report said. In almost 50 per cent of cases in the records of named and unnamed residential school student deaths, the cause is not identified.The main causes, according to records that do exist, stemmed from ailments like tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia and general lung disease.Tuberculosis, however, was far and away the biggest threat to students, accounting for nearly half of deaths that included a cause in the records. The TRC report mentions Indian Affairs medical officer Dr. Peter Bryce who discovered in the early 1900s that tuberculosis had killed 25 per cent of the student population from a total of 15 schools. Bryce said that one school reported 69 per cent of its students had died.Children in residential schools were also dying at a far higher rate than the general school-aged population for the majority of the system’s existence, according to the report.Between 1941 and 1945, residential school students were dying at a rate almost five times higher than the general death rate. Even by the 1960s, Indigenous students at the schools were dying at double the rate of the general school-aged population.“The high death rates in the schools were, in part, a reflection of the high death rates among the Aboriginal community in general. Indian Affairs officials often tried to portray these rates as simply the price that Aboriginal people had to pay as part of the process of becoming civilized,” said the report. “In reality, these rates were the price they paid for being colonized.”Indian Affairs and the churches treated the dead in much the same manner as they were treated in life.“Throughout the system’s history, children who died at school were buried in school or mission cemeteries, often in poorly marked graves,” said the report. “The closing of the schools has led, in many cases, to the abandonment of these cemeteries.”Sometimes, the children did not even get their own burial plot.During the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, the Fort St. James school in British Columbia buried the dead children in a common grave. In Red Deer, four children were buried two to a grave to save money.While staff members from the residential school in Spanish, Ont., received headstones, the graves of students received simple white, wooden crosses.Indian Affairs was also particularly stingy about returning the body of students to their home communities.“Parental requests to have children’s bodies returned home for burial were generally refused as being too costly,” said the report.In one case, Indian Affairs refused to send the body of a boy who died in an Edmonton hospital to his home in the Yukon.In its recommendations, the TRC calls on Ottawa to give the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which will be the repository of survivors’ testimony and historical records, enough funding to maintain an update the National Residential School Student Death Register. The TRC also requests chief coroners and provincial vital statistics agencies that have not yet turned over information on Indigenous child deaths transfer it to the centre.The TRC recommends Ottawa work with churches, Indigenous communities and survivors to create an online registry with maps to show locations of buried residential school children. The commission said Ottawa and the churches should continue to try to inform the families of children who died at the schools of their location and provide the opportunity for reburial at home.The TRC also wants to see procedures developed with provinces, municipalities and landowners around the care and maintenance of burial sits of residential school read more

first_imgMauldin added that the community, much like the B.C. Peace Region, also offers photographers a chance to capture other Insta-worthy phenomena, including native wildlife, waterfalls, and the Northern Lights.Indeed, many B.C. residents have also shared their photos of the Peace River Valley on Instagram as well. PEACE RIVER, A.B. – Travel website Expedia has named the Alberta community of Peace River as one of the Top 5 places in Canada to snap a photo worthy of sharing on the social media platform Instagram.Expedia author Karli Mauldin says that the ideal photo can be captured from the Misery Mountain Ski Centre, which is located in the Upper West Peace neighbourhood of Peace River.“It’s a family-friendly and affordable ski area with over 26 runs,” writes Mauldin. “You can get some great Insta-worthy photos of the Peace River Valley during a winter day in between your ski and snowboarding lessons. Don’t forget to take a stroll in Riverfront Park, which is one of the best places to take pictures in town. You’ll even see a statue of the town’s legend, 12 Foot Davis.” Peace River was ranked fifth on the list, behind Smithers, Yellowknife, Thunder Bay, and Sherbrooke, Quebec.Story courtesy Expedia: read more

ZWICKAU, Germany — Over 115 years the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has lived through wrenching upheavals. Now it’s facing more change: top employer Volkswagen’s total shift into electric cars at the local plant.The world’s largest carmaker is creating its first all-electric plant and phasing out production of the internal combustion-engine cars built by generations of local workers.The electric transformation raises questions about the long-term prospects of the auto industry, which employs 840,000 people in Germany and millions worldwide, as a source of jobs for communities like Zwickau.Fewer workers will likely be needed, with different skills. And there is no mass market yet for battery-only cars. Volkswagen’s investment is taken as a sign of hope for the community, but the longer term trends are less certain.David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

A $1,000 mobile testing device no bigger than a small portable television that could revolutionize the fight against bird flu and many other livestock diseases by saving vital time in identifying the source of outbreaks and so increase the chances of containing the spread figures high on the agenda of a five-day United Nations meeting starting today.“The genius here is that such mobile testers can be used by anyone, with the most basic training,” said John Crowther of the Vienna-based Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programme’s Animal Production and Health section. “Even farmers could do a test and the result could immediately be processed back to a central point, like a mobile phone message. Within two years, such tests could revolutionize disease diagnosis,” he added, noting that work is underway to reduce the device’s size further into what researchers call a “laboratory in a pen.” The main testing tools in the past 30 years have been laboratory based, including the ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay) technique using proteins and enzymes. More modern technologies deploy what is known as the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, whereby a tiny amount of DNA is amplified and read. This method would be used for the laboratory in a pen. “Ultimately the tests would be done locally by people in their own countries, making schemes much more efficient in everything including speed, costs and local knowledge,” Mr. Crowther said of the devices which can be used for monitoring diseases in a range of animals from bird flu to foot-and-mouth disease or Rift Valley fever in cattle, sheep, camels, goats. The fever can also infect and kill humans. At this week’s meeting, researchers, scientists and manufacturers from 13 countries as well as international bodies and commercial concerns from Europe and the United States, will discuss the development and potential of portable devices to study samples and discover the cause of death in birds. The kit can be adapted to detect the strain of bird flu, including H5N1 that has led to the deaths of hundreds of millions of poultry, infected 279 people, 169 of them fatally, and sparked fears that any mutation could make the virus more easily transmissible in humans and could in a worst case scenario fuel a human pandemic with the death toll in the millions. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, which spread easily between humans, is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. The portable system could easily be adapted to send results to a main control centre, allowing a much faster response to an outbreak. The five-day talks are part of a $500,000 coordinated research project by the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme. Further project activities will include field-testing of devices, identifying areas for initial deployment and exploring future funding sources. The programme explores the potential of nuclear technology to increase agricultural production, and for this project it will offer technical guidance, training and research, and encourage financial backing from governments. The latest outbreak of bird flu, starting in Asia in late 2003 and spreading to Europe and Africa, is estimated to have cost the Asian poultry sector alone at least $10 billion. Countries represented at the meeting include Australia, Austria, Burkina Faso, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. 19 March 2007A $1,000 mobile testing device no bigger than a small portable television that could revolutionize the fight against bird flu and many other livestock diseases by saving vital time in identifying the source of outbreaks and so increase the chances of containing the spread figures high on the agenda of a five-day United Nations meeting starting today. read more

NBC says it’s dropping Boston affiliate WHDH-TV and launching network-owned station next by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 1:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – NBC has announced that it will drop its affiliation with Boston station WHDH-TV at the end of its current contract and launch a network-owned station in the city next January.The Boston Globe ( ) reports that NBC said in a memo to employees Thursday that it will build out a local news team. NBC is owned by the Comcast Corp. and already operates New England Cable News and Spanish-language station Telemundo in the Boston market.WHDH owner Ed Ansin says he has assembled a legal team to challenge the network’s decision.Ansin says among his concerns are whether it’s in the public interest for NBC to move programming to a station that reaches half as many people as WHDH.Ansin has taken his concerns to U.S. Sen. Edward Markey.___Information from: The Boston Globe, read more

Just like a house needs a blueprint to be built, a new business needs a plan to be successful.On March 12, five student teams will see if their business plans are strong enough to win at the finals of Blueprint, Brock’s annual entrepreneurial business competition.The finalists – SmartPay Inc, Tribute Tree, HandyHand, SpartaCRM and MedScan Today – will compete at Isaac’s Pub for the chance to win up to $10,000 in start-up funds, mentoring and resources.They will pitch to a panel of judges that include Sam Baio (West49 founder), Angelo Nitsopoulos (COO Heart of Niagara Hotels), Martin Croteau (Ontario Centres of Excellence) JF Amprimoz (Start Up Niagara) and Shannon Passero (head designer and co-founder of Pure & Co.).In prepping for the finals, the teams have been supported by the Goodman School of Business’s on-campus business incubator, BioLinc. BioLinc organizes Blueprint in conjunction with several departments and partners in Niagara.The Blueprint finalists represent the best of Brock’s student entrepreneurs. Half of the team members must be Brock students or recent graduates.The Blueprint finals are open to the public, and students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and see Niagara’s future entrepreneurs in action.Blueprint happens Thursday, March 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Isaac’s Pub in the Student-Alumni Centre. read more

Big Ten football has been completely revamped in the past year. Nebraska joined the conference as its 12th team, the Leaders and Legends divisions were created and a new logo was released. Members of the Legends division had a lot to say during Tuesday’s spring football teleconference. New coach, new philosophy for Michigan With a new coach, a new scheme usually follows, and this is certainly the case for the Wolverines. There were two significant changes that coach Brady Hoke spoke of Tuesday afternoon. Hoke said he has had a smooth transition thus far because there are “so many great people at the university, players are eager to learn and dive into fundamentals.” “We’ve got to get better faster than everybody in the Big Ten,” Michigan defensive end Ryan Van Bergen said. Dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson will be taking snaps from under center in the upcoming season. Hoke said Robinson was doing well moving back under center from the spread and that it helped that he had experience there from high school. Hoke added that he dealt with a similar situation while coaching at San Diego State. “He’s a guy that’s dangerous with ball, but tremendous thrower,” Hoke said. On the defensive side of the ball, the Wolverines will switch to a 4-3 scheme instead of the 3-4 it ran last season. Van Bergen said the biggest difference between Hoke and Rich Rodriguez is that Hoke “is more of a defensive-emphasis kind of coach.” He added that he felt Rodriguez had players out of position, and he likes the way Hoke has put an emphasis on both the offensive and defensive lines. As for the Ohio State-Michigan game, Hoke was pleased when he found out it would remain on the schedule and that it was the last game of the season. “It’s always played during the last Saturday of November, and that’s where it should be,” Hoke said. “There’s no bigger rivalry in sport than that game and having the game at end of the season.” Iowa excited for new Nebraska rivalry When news broke last summer that Nebraska would join the Big Ten, it meant more to Iowa than another formidable opponent within the conference. “I think most people are excited,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Everybody’s enthused about what Nebraska brings to the Big Ten.” It created a new rivalry game that will be up there with OSU and Michigan. Ferentz said people have been asking for a game against Nebraska for years. Linebacker Tyler Nielsen said he liked the nickname “Farmageddon” for the Iowa-Nebraska match up. Iowa’s toughest hurdles to overcome this season are replacing Ricky Stanzi at quarterback, and finding depth at the battered running back position. Quarterback James Vandenberg’s preparation impressed Ferentz, but Ferentz added that there is a short list of running backs arising in spring ball. Look for Marcus Coker to be the featured back so long as he can stay healthy. Nebraska joins Big Ten; Bo Pelini returns to alma mater The toughest challenge for any team in the Big Ten is given to Nebraska. While all other members of the conference may have to prepare for one new opponent, coach Pelini and his staff have to prepare for eight. But Pelini does not plan on overhauling his game plan. He said he was not overly concerned with changing schemes toward which it plays. “It’s more about playing good football,” he said. “It really comes down to executing your game plans to be a good football team. … I think it’s a way to measure yourself.” On Oct. 8, Pelini hosts his alma mater OSU in Lincoln. Pelini played free safety for the Buckeyes from 1987 to 1990. “Having played there and understanding the tradition and what that all entails, it’s going to be a heck of a challenge,” he said. Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher also spoke during the teleconference, and said he was excited to move to the Big Ten. “I think it’s an extremely fortunate thing for us,” he said. “Not many people get to do this, and it gives you an opportunity to see some really cool places.” Fisher and his younger brother, Cole, a freshman at Iowa, will face off in Lincoln on Nov. 25. “Fortunately, he plays defense,” Fisher said, “so I won’t get to tackle him.” Michigan State humble After tallying a 7-1 record in the Big Ten last season, the Spartans had high expectations. Michigan State would have dominated the Legends Division, excluding Nebraska, winning it by three games against next-highest Iowa (4-4). Many favor Michigan State to win the Legends Division this season, but coach Mark Dantonio is not quite ready to accept that label. “We’re going to be in the hunt for things,” he said. “But to say we embrace the favorite, I don’t put a whole lot of stock in that.” In October alone, the Spartans face a stretch against OSU, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. “If you want to be best,” Dantonio said, “you have to play best.” Although the schedule is extremely tough, he has been very impressed by his offensive and defensive lines this spring. “The future looks bright, as bright as it ever has here, on the offensive line,” Dantonio said. “The nucleus of who we are as a football team is back.” The leader of that nucleus is quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose comments showed his humility after many questioned the ability of Michigan State to succeed in consecutive seasons. “We can’t rest on success, but work even harder. Guys who had success last season aren’t acting like they had success last season,” Cousins said. Dantonio emphasized winning on the road, minimizing turnovers and staying poised as ways to repeat there successful 2010 season. Minnesota looks to bounce back New coach Jerry Kill has a slightly tougher task than Hoke in Michigan in order to bring the team back to the top of the conference. The Golden Gophers were 2-6, placing them second to last in the Big Ten in 2010. After beginning the season 1-9, Minnesota took home two solid wins, including a 27-24 victory against Iowa. “We’re taking infant steps,” Kill said, “not baby steps.” Keeping players accountable and improving the talent pool were most important in revitalizing the program, Kill said. The big change is MarQueis Gray, a wide receiver for the Gophers last year, will be the starting quarterback. “He’s learned very well,” Kill said. “He’s a very quick learner, he doesn’t make the same mistake twice and he’s a tremendous athlete.” A bright spot for Minnesota: It does not have to face OSU for the next four seasons. “As good as Ohio State is,” Kill said, “I guess I’m pretty happy about that.” Dan Persa for Heisman Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Persa was a Heisman candidate. It is no secret Northwestern’s success revolves around Persa. Some were uncertain of his availability this season after he tore his Achilles tendon late in a 21-17 win against Iowa last year. Persa is not participating in spring football, but Fitzgerald said, “He’ll be clear to go for this fall.” Although Fitzgerald did not seem all that convincing on the phone, Persa cleared all doubts quickly. “I plan to be, at the latest, ready at the end of May,” Persa said. The key to his fast recovery, Persa said, was having surgery just three hours after the injury. Persa said he is not afraid to take off and run the ball in order to make a big play, but Fitzgerald feels he is not doing a good job protecting his body. “Part of that’s on Dan,” he said. “He’s got to get down in time; he took some unnecessary hits.” Persa remains on the sidelines, and he said he has played a coachlike role during his rehab. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Freshers are to be offered training to overcome the “overwhelming” pressures of starting university, the Government has announced.Students will be told how to deal with social media and the drive for “perfectionism”, under plans being developed by a new taskforce on mental health.They will also learn about how to manage finances, how to have realistic expectations of student life and how to make friends.Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that moving away from home to start university can be “daunting” for youngsters.“Juggling challenges like independent studying or managing finances can be hard enough, but with the added element being in a new place, surrounded by new people it can for some be overwhelming,” he said.  “We need to make sure students have the support they need to thrive at university and help these really be the best days of their life.”The taskforce, called the Education Transitions Network, will include representatives from Universities UK, Ucas and the National Union of Students.It is part of a drive by the Department for Education to address the rise in students who report mental health issues during their time at university.Data released earlier this month showed that the number of students declaring mental health problems on arrival at university has surged. Figures obtained via freedom of information requests showed a 73 per cent rise between 2014-15 and 2017-18 in students stating that they had a condition such as depression or anxiety before starting their courses.Bristol University confirmed that one of its students had died, becoming the 13th students death in the past three academic years. The police are investigating, but have said the death is not suspicious.  A spokesperson for the university said: “We are offering support to his family, and we ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.” read more

first_imgLocated in between two former gold mines – the Ridgeway and Brewer mines – the Haile gold mine has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The property has been mined and re-mined for nearly 200 years. Discovered in 1827 by Benjamin Haile in Lancaster County, South Carolina, the mine was one of the first – and most profitable – operating gold mines in the USA. Today, Haile is the only gold mine east of the Mississippi River and endeavours to set the highest standard of gold mining in the US.To achieve such a high standard, Haile invests substantial time and money in maintaining a healthy and safe work environment.In March, Haile was recognized for its model commitment to safety with an Excellence in Safety Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce for the third consecutive year. The chamber’s Safety Awards are presented annually based on companies achieving a commendable lost workday case rate during the previous calendar year.Haile provides necessary training, education, equipment and information to its 500 employees, which help ensure all personnel can enjoy a safe work environment. The systems are designed to provide guidance and structure through proven methods for managing safety and health.For example, safety plans are in place for hazardous waste management, emergency actions and spill response. Haile has prepared and is implementing monitoring programs to ensure rigorous environmental and worker protection during and following active mine operations and mine pit reclamation.Haile continues to set safety standards and identify ways to stay ahead of potential problems. Team members continually identify, monitor and manage opportunities to reduce hazards. They also develop plans, response processes and resources to minimize injuries, property damage or harm to the environment during an unplanned event. Haile ensures the project has appropriate facilities, equipment, and services that position the team for prompt and effective treatment of any injuries and illnesses.last_img read more

first_imgI don’t believe any NAMA staff have gone off and used information for their own benefit.He did say that it was inevitable staff would be poached and that is posing a challenge.Dublin council to sell The Square Towncentre’s car park to NAMA>Concern about NAMA handing over properties it can’t sell for social housing> THE CHAIRMAN OF the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) Frank Daly has said they will be investing “a minimum” of €2 billion in the Irish property market.Speaking on RTE’s The Business radio show, he said the €2 billion should be invested by the end of 2016.He said that this was an addition to the €500 million that NAMA has already invested “directly back into the economy, through residential and commercial developments.”TallaghtHe said NAMA had an agreement with South Dublin County Council in relation to buying the car park in The Square in Tallaght with the view to developing the square. He said NAMA had an interest in the shopping centre and would be making an application to do major development work on the shopping centre.The development would create 300 jobs in construction and a further 400 jobs after that as new shops move in, said Daly.In addition to speaking about investment he said that NAMA was dealing with more than 850 debtors and has 140,000 houses and apartments under its control.Daly said that €13 billion had been generated in revenue from rents and from disposals of assets and properties since its establishment.When asked about the controversy about staff leaving NAMA and working in the private sector, he said:last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week’Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War Now the the Pierce family is all on pretty much the same page regarding their powers, the show is getting back to one of its biggest strengths. What really separates Black Lightning from the rest of the CW superhero fare is the family. We never had to watch Jefferson learn to be a superhero. He’s already been one for decades. Our origin story is instead one of a superhero family. Of Jeff’s daughters discovering their powers and learning how to live with them. Of Jefferson trying to balance the stress of being a father with the added responsibility of raising two superpowered daughters.This episode is all about that struggle. It’s the last episode before next week’s season finale, and the Pierces are firmly a superhero family. The episode begins with them sitting around the table and talking out how to move forward. Jefferson would rather not have his daughters rushing into danger like he does, but he recognizes that ship sailed long ago. Instead, he has some rules. The first two aren’t that controversial. Don’t go anywhere without backup (Gambi counts) and keep your secret identities secret. No one has any arguments there. The disagreement comes with the third rule, and if you’ve seen any superhero story before, you know what that is. No killing. That immediately draws questions of, “OK, but what about Tobias?” Jeff understands better than his daughters know what Tobias has done. He still believes that as superheroes, they have to be better than him. That means no killing.Nafessa Williams as Thunder and Cress Williams as Black Lightning — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWFor the first episode of a two-parter, there’s really not a ton happening in this episode. It’s pretty much all setup for what’s sure to be a much bigger season finale next week. What feels a little off here is there’s not much going on in addition to the setup. Usually, this show hides its story setting inside fun standalone episodes. It’s one of the things that makes Black Lightning so consistently fun to watch. This time, we’re left waiting for payoffs that won’t come until next week. Lynn is continuing to deal with her disagreements with the ASA’s plan for the pod kids. This week, it’s made slightly worse by Agent Odell’s callous attitude toward the idea that the stolen pod kids might be dead. Odell is also monitoring the Pierce family, but that story doesn’t go anywhere this week. At least we know he has to common decency to not watch Anissa change.There is an interesting parallel being set up here that I hope the show capitalizes on. The ASA and Tobias Whale have essentially the same goal. Lynn knew from day one that she was working for, if not the bad guys, then some seriously compromised people. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Agent Odell has more in common with her husband’s worst enemy than she thinks. Both are willing to kill the people who help them the second their usefulness ends. Both aim to turn the pod kids into weapons of war. The only difference is what side they’ll be used on. Odell is open to the idea of letting the rehabilitated metahumans life normal lives for now. It’s clear though, he expects them to be weapons for the United States military before too long though. Tobias, on the other hand, is building his metahuman weapon empire right now. He lets three powerful metahumans out of their pods and prepares them for sale. First though, he needs a demonstration of their capabilities.China Anne McClain as Jennifer and Nafessa Williams as Anissa — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWLike pretty much every cliffhanger episode on TV, this episode is full of stories that ramp up slowly and cut off right as things start to get going. What really makes this one work despite that is Cress Williams’ performance. His worried, sentimental father act injects genuine, heartfelt emotion into the episode. He gets a few good dad scenes here as he tries to convince Jenn that it’s possible to stop Tobias permanently without murdering him. Then, there’s that moment of both fear and admiration as he watches Jenn try on her new suit. He’s always gonna be worried for her, but he’s proud too. That montage of her growing up hit hard, especially when little girl Jenn asks why her dad came home bleeding so much. Black Lightning is really good at making you feel things when it wants.It wasn’t all sentimentality, though. Tobias launches his demonstration on the streets of Freeland. A metahuman with firepowers goes on a rampage, burning people waiting at bus stops. His target though, is the announcement of a mall project by Councilman Parker, the guy who refused to work for Tobias. The meta starts attacking the press conference, burning Parker and his bodyguards. Black Lightning shows up to fight Tobias’ new weapon, and we get a seriously cool Fire vs. Electricity battle. So many of this show’s fights have been electricity vs bullets or super strength. Jeff’s lightning is usually the flashiest thing on screen. It’s a great change of pace to see two elemental superpowers launched at each other onscreen. It gives the scene a coolness usually reserved for late season anime fights.Kearran Giovanni as Cutter — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CWThough the individual stories were left unconcluded, a battle scene that cool definitely makes up for it. After Black Lightning and Thunder force Tobias to withdraw the meta, Gambi has some more news. He’s been tracking the radiation found on Todd’s body after his car exploded. He’s figured out where Tobias is hiding out and sends Jeff the address. Of course Jenn here’s all this, and uses her powers to get the address herself. She goes after Tobias alone. Unfortunately for her, she’s not the only one with the idea. Lala showed up too. Cutter tries to kill him, but her knives barely slow him down. She runs to Tobias to give him a heads up and they escape along with Dr. Jace just as Jenn gets there. Even worse, her suit isn’t done yet. Her powers cause it to heat up, eventually making her pass out. And that’s where the episode ends.Though one cool battle and some touching moments made up for it, this episode was a whole lot of waiting around. The bright side is, it’s all stuff that’s almost guaranteed to be resolved next week. If Black Lightning can capitalize on everything it set up, we’re in for an explosive season finale. I do wish more had been done with Cape Man at the beginning. The episode started like it had something to say, with the Freeland Police shooting an innocent Black man (with his hands up) who had meta powers he couldn’t quite control. He hadn’t hurt anyone even accidentally. There’s a ton of opportunity there a show like Black Lightning is perfectly suited to take advantage of. But they just don’t. It’s forgotten as soon as it happens. The man’s death is treated like decoration. Some minor worldbuilding that doesn’t have anything to say. It’s possible that either the finale or Season Three will revisit Cape Man’s murder, but for now it feels like a real missed opportunity.Black Lightning airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Black Lightning:Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 14 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Episode 12 RecapBlack Lightning Season 2 Episode 11 Recaplast_img read more

first_img CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Pinterest WrestleMania 35 grosses $16.9 million with 82,265 fans at Metlife Stadium on Sunday WWE attendance figures from December 18 to December 22, 2014.* 12/18 NXT live event in Tampa, Florida: 300 fans.* 12/20 live event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 5,500 fans.* 12/20 live event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: 4,000 fans.* 12/21 Smackdown/Main Event tapings in Sioux City, Iowa: 4,000 fans.* 12/22 RAW taping in Minneapolis, Minnesota: 9,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December eventslast_img read more

first_imgAntonio Martinez barely edges out Christian Ramirez in District 8 San Diego council race Posted: July 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Antonio Martinez barely edged out Christian Ramirez to face frontrunner Vivian Moreno in the November runoff election for the San Diego City Council’s District 8 seat, according to final June primary results released today by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.Martinez, a San Ysidro school board member, finished with 4,087 votes – – 27.5 percent — just three more than third-place finisher Ramirez, a border activist. Moreno finished in first place with 35.84 percent, or 5,327 votes. She’s a staffer for soon-to-be termed-out City Councilman David Alvarez, who has represented the South Bay council seat since 2010.Martinez said his “grassroots campaign is just getting started.”“I’ve lived my whole life in our community and dedicated my career to helping working families who are struggling,” he said. “On the school board, I took on downtown bureaucrats to deliver more funding for our schools and I’ve fought to deliver quality healthcare to South Bay families. I’ll be the fighter our neighborhoods need at City Hall.”Ramirez told reporters that he isn’t sure if he will request a recount. If results aren’t overturned, the person who requests a recount must cover the registrar’s costs. If results are overturned, the person requesting the recount pays nothing.Registrar Michael Vu told the Union-Tribune that he couldn’t give an exact estimate of the cost of a District 8 recount, but noted that a Chula Vista City Council election recount in 2014 cost $50,000 before being halted in the seventh day of counting. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe full text of the four emails quoted in this story are available on our blog All Politics is Local.Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, who will be the swing vote next week on a proposed countywide admissions tax, said Tuesday he might not support the tax.Boldt has concerns how the 5 percent admissions tax would impact the Clark County Fair, and wants to hear more information from Justin Kobluk, executive director of the Fairgrounds Site Management Group.Kobluk earlier wrote in a report that an admissions tax could end up hurting the county if it drives down fair ticket sales. Plus, a tax on concerts at the privately owned Sleep Country Amphitheater could hurt a venue that has fallen so short of estimated revenues that county commissioners have cut lease payments.Under the proposal put forth by Commissioner Steve Stuart, the county’s fair fund would receive the tax revenues for the first five years, but Boldt said Tuesday if he’s convinced the tax will drive down fair attendance, he won’t support it.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: Today, August 19, 2019 at 2pm, Governor Dunleavy will release a major video address to Alaskans to outline his final determination on HB 2001, the decision-making process behind the FY 20 budget, and the status on the Permanent Fund Dividend distribution.The video address will be available at 2pm on Facebook, Vimeo, Youtube, and the Governor’s website, along with supplemental budget information and documentation. Original Post: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to announce his final decisions on the state budget Monday. Dunleavy said this go-round he will not cut funding for certain early education and senior programs. He also moderated his position on cuts to the University of Alaska system, which he said was not related to a recall effort against him. Dunleavy’s office previously indicated a final announcement was expected this week. But his press office said Friday the review is continuing and an announcement is expected Monday.center_img Lawmakers, unable to win support to override Dunleavy’s vetoes to a wide-swath of programs and institutions, passed legislation to restore many of the cuts. The bill also includes a roughly $1,600 permanent fund dividend, less than Dunleavy has argued for.last_img read more

first_img The move highlights how Instagram is trying to become more than just a place for its more than 1 billion users to browse through beautiful photos. “Checkout is just one part of our long term investment in shopping,” Instagram said in a blog post. “We’re excited to introduce even more ways for people to enjoy shopping on Instagram this year.”To buy something on Instagram, users tap on a photo’s “product tag” and are shown an option to “Checkout on Instagram.” Users then enter their contact information, address and payment information to purchase a product. That information will be saved on Instagram for future purchases, and users manage their orders through the photo-sharing app.The new feature also gives Instagram, which earns money from ads, another way to rake in revenue. During the test of the checkout feature, the company is charging brands a selling fee to help fund the checkout feature and offset credit card processing costs and other expenses. Instagram could also use a person’s shopping history to show more targeted ads. The feature’s testing comes as Instagram faces competition from other sites, including social bookmarking site Pinterest, which also allows users to buy products from images they see on the platform. To succeed, Instagram needs to convince users they can trust Instagram with their payment information. Instagram is owned by Facebook, which has been plagued by a series of scandals over privacy and security. Instagram is partnering with PayPal to process payments and the information is stored on secured servers. Instagram doesn’t share a user’s payment information with other users or credit and debit card information with sellers. More than 130 million Instagram users tap on a shopping post every month to reveal product tags, according to the company. The checkout feature will be available on the Instagram app for iPhone and Android, but isn’t currently on desktop.   Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 Tags Share your voicecenter_img Instagram’s Checkout feature lets you buy in-app Instagram is letting US users purchase products directly on the app.  Instagram Buying an eyeshadow palette or a pair of sneakers you spot on Instagram is about to get easier if you’re in the US. Facebook-owned Instagram said Tuesday it’s testing a feature called checkout that will allow users to buy a product without leaving the photo-sharing app. That means Instagram users don’t have to go through the extra step of visiting a brand’s site and entering their payment information there. Instagram is testing the feature in the US and users can buy products from more than 20 brands including Adidas, H&M, Zara, Warby Parker, Revolve, Uniqlo and MAC Cosmetics.  Internet Services Tech Industry 1:45last_img read more

first_imgAneurysm is a swelling that occurs in the blood vessels due to the weakening of its walls that causes a bulgy appearance. Aneurysm can form in blood vessels in any part of the body including arteries and veins and can have serious consequences. Usually, the most common occurrence of aneurysm has been seen in the aorta, back of the knees, brain or intestines. If the aneurysm gets ruptured, it can even cause internal bleeding and stroke leading to casualty. It is caused by combination of potential risk factors like smoking, advanced age, high cholesterol, hypertension or tissue disorders. The symptoms are only prevalent when it ruptures and intervention is possible depending upon the location size and the condition of aneurysm. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Who is at risk of Aneurysm? Males are more likely to develop aneurysms than females. Age group of more than 60 years is at higher risk. Other factors may include: Fat and Cholesterol diet; A family history of heart disease and heart attack; Obesity; Smoking; and, Pregnancy can also increase risk of aneurysm of the spleen Types of Aneurysm Classification of aneurysm is basically done depending on its location in the body. Blood vessels of the brain and the heart are the most common locations to get seriously affected. The swelling can be of two types- either the complete blood vessel is swollen or a specific side of the blood vessel can bulge out from sides. The following are the most common types of aneurysm Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Aortic Aneurysm: When the swelling is seen in the aorta that is the largest artery starting from the left ventricle to the chest and abdominal cavity. Aortic aneurysm can cause the aorta to swell from its normal diameter of 2.5 cm upto or even beyond 5 cm.Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) – is the most common aneurysm that occurs in aorta. This aneurysm bulges in the part of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Timely intervention can not only prevent casualties but also treat the condition. Advertise With Us Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAA) – is a less known aneurysm that can affect aorta running through chest. The percentage of occurrence is only 25 percent in the chest.Cerebral Aneurysm: Intracranial Aneurysms occurs in the arteries that supply blood to the brain. They are also called Berry Aneurysms due to their appearance and also can frequently rupture and bleed. The ruptured aneurysm can be fatal within 24 hours.Peripheral Aneurysm: Peripheral Aneurysms develops in arteries other than aorta. It develops in the popliteal artery which runs in the lower part of thigh and knee. It can also develop in the artery located in groin, neck, arms and arteries supplying blood to the kidneys or bowel.How is it diagnosed? Usually, aneurysm remains undetected and screening may be required for the patients needing monitoring or treatment. Women being at lower risk of developing aneurysm, men must undergo ultrasound screening for sure around the age of 55 years and above or a regular smoker. MRI scan is useful for identifying aneurysms that do not rupture but the symptoms are prevalent. Incase the aneurysm gets ruptured and leads to the risk of bleeding in the brain, CT scans are preferred. An Angiogram may be performed in extreme cases with severe rupture and bleeding in the brain to identify the exact area for treatment. Surgical intervention by Flow Diversion Stent This device is the new innovative intervention for treatment of aneurysm for the initial stages when it has not ruptured. Flow diverter stent is a pipeline method technique that includes placing a device inside the sac of the parent blood vessel to divert the blood flow from aneurysm. This intervention is an endovascular technique in which a cylindrical, metallic mesh stent is placed inside the blood vessel containing aneurysm. These stents prevents the coils from exiting the aneurysm and maintain the pressure on the coil to keep aneurysm under control. Over a period of time, blood clots on the coil are naturally healed and the blood is diverted away from the vessels that are already weakened to prevent any rupture. Flow Diversion can be used to treat large or giant wide necked brain aneurysms and is the most effective and the newest technology available for the treatment. Can it be prevented? Most of the cases being congenital, it is not always possible to prevent aneurysm. Though certain changes in lifestyle can help prevent the risk – l Smoking cessation: Smoking is one of the major risk factors for development of aneurysm and its rupture. Immediately stopping smoking can reduce the chances by 80%. l Maintaining blood pressure – high blood pressure tends to weaken the walls of the blood vessels due to its pressure. Hence maintaining healthy blood pressure reduces the risk of aneurysm. Following a balanced diet intake, regular exercise and medication can maintain a healthy blood pressure. l Maintain normal BMI – Increased weight puts extra pressure on the heart, hence reducing and maintaining healthy body weight helps in reducing the stress on the walls of the blood vessels. l Prevent high cholesterol diet – High cholesterol intake leads to plaque buildup inside the blood vessels that causes reduced space for the blood flow. This puts excess pressure and stress on the walls of the blood vessels leading to weakened vessels. This condition is known as atherosclerosis which has a very high linkage to form aneurysm. (Writer is Director, Neurointervention, Agrim Institute for Neuro Sciences, Artemis Hospital, Delhi)last_img read more

first_imgKothagudem: The CPM representatives appealed to the Joint Collector, K Venkateswarlu, to sanction a 30-bed hospital in Sujatha Nagar mandal. On Monday, a team of representatives from the party met the Joint Collector and discussed several issues plaguing the mandal and submitted a memorandum seeking their redressal.Later, party senior leader and State committee member K Ilaiah, speaking to the media, informed that people in the Sujatha Nagar mandal were facing hardships due to lack of medical facilities and urged the Joint Collector to sanction a 30-bed hospital with 24 hours service in the mandal immediately. He also urged the Joint Collector to direct the Health department to conduct health camps in villages that are under the grip of viral fevers. Sujatha Nagar mandal party secretary Veerla Ramesh, leaders Bhasker, Tirupathi Rao, B Srinu, B Shankar, K Ilaiah and others met the Joint Collector.last_img read more

first_img Share Photo via PixabayThe Houston area has added 6,700 manufacturing jobs in the past year. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the number of jobs in that sector has grown by 3 percent since June of 2017.The Dallas Business Journal reports the numbers rank Houston third in manufacturing job growth when put up against the country’s largest metro areas.last_img