Strong New Addition to NSBI Board

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory, export development, financing and venture capital. An award-winning business leader is adding his experience and dedication as the newest addition to the board of directors at the province’s private sector-led business development agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt and Doug Hall, chair of NSBI’s board, announced today, July 12, that Sean Murray, president and CEO of Advocate Printing and Publishing Company Limited, has been appointed to NSBI’s board. “I am confident Mr. Murray’s contribution to the board of NSBI will add to the agency’s strength and high-calibre results,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Murray.” Mr. Murray is a 2007 recipient of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Award. He was also named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2005. “Sean is a proven, successful business leader,” said Mr. Hall. “I look forward to his contribution to the talented mix of business leaders already at the NSBI board table.” Mr. Murray replaces Jim Gogan, former CEO of Empire Company Limited. Mr. Gogan has served on NSBI’s board since the agency’s inception in 2001. “Jim has been an instrumental part of NSBI’s board,” said Mr. Hall. “His leadership has helped shape NSBI, the work the agency does with businesses in Nova Scotia, and NSBI’s focus – now and into the future.” Business men and women from communities across Nova Scotia, representing various industry sectors, make up NSBI’s private sector-led board. “We’re a business development agency guided by experienced business leaders,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “The entire agency is focused on one thing — working with businesses to deliver results for Nova Scotians.” Board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. There are currently 13 NSBI board members. Along with Hall and Murray, the members are as follows: David Arenburg, president, Adcor Group of Companies, Yarmouth Bill Black, former president and CEO, Maritime Life, Halifax Sheila Brown, former president and vice-chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Jim Eisenhauer, president, ABCO Group Limited, Lunenburg Larry Evans, partner, Evans MacIsaac MacMillan, Port Hawkesbury James Kehoe, president, Joneljim Group of Companies, Sydney Paul Kent, former chief operative officer, xwave; and former senior vice-president, enterprise and business solutions, Aliant; Halifax James MacConnell, former president and CEO, Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd., Scotsburn Stuart Rath, president and director, Stuco Holdings Ltd., Truro Paul Taylor, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Economic Development, Halifax Nancy Tower, chief financial officer, Emera Inc., Halifax read more

Beaverlodge RCMP investigate shooting in Valhalla

first_imgIf you have any information on this occurrence please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2485 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – Mounties in Beaverlodge are investigating after a woman was shot over the weekend.At around 12:30 p.m. Monday the RCMP responded to a home in Valhalla, which is located around 30 kilometres north of Beaverlodge, to a report of shots fired. Police learned that three men approached the home before shots were fired, with one of the bullets striking a woman in the leg. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Police suspect that this was a targeted attack, and are seeking the public’s help to identify those responsible. The three male suspects are said to have fled the scene in two white pickup trucks.last_img read more

Donald Trump Remains Unchanged and Unrepentant After Election

Toronto – Ignoring pre-election promises to be more “Presidential,” three weeks into his tenure, US President Donald Trump remains unchanged and unmoved, according to a report in the Washington Post Friday.During his presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised to be “more presidential” when he occupied the Oval Office. Critics are still waiting. Reported February 10 in the Washington Post, many in congress had been harbouring a fantasy that Trump would become presidential simply by entering the “magic” office. That has not turned out to be the case. What has occurred in it’s place, is barely contained mayhem.Chaos by Design As many critics predicted before Trump’s inauguration, President Trump has remained largely “unchanged.” What is different is the chaos that staffers insist is being implemented by design. For Mark Salter, confidante and former top aide to Senator John McCain, the transformation was never expected because that would have required Trump “not just growing into the job, but growing up.”According to Salter, top Republicans deluded themselves into believing, like a fairy tale, all would be well as soon as he entered the hallowed Oval Office. “They just couldn’t bring themselves to believe otherwise because it would have been an indictment of them” for their support of Trump throughout the campaign.Part of the chaos currently permeating the White House, involves top aides jockeying for position by outdoing one another in a bid to please the President, going as far as embracing “alternative facts,” no matter how absurd, to secure Trump’s favour. They do anything to please their boss, including attacking critics and their newest soft target, mainstream media.A Promise Made…The same source stated that, at an April 2016 rally,Trump promised “At some point, I’m gonna be so presidential that you people will be so bored.” This was after his January 2016 promise; “When I’m president, I’m a different person, I can do anything. I can be the most politically correct person that you’ve ever seen.”In an NBC interview two weeks later he vowed he would be “much different, much different” as President. When you’re President you act in a different way, there’s no question about that, and I would do that.”… Is a Promise BrokenBy August, however, Donald Trump was feeling decidedly more defiant saying while in Wisconsin, “I am who I am. It’s me. I don’t want to change. Everyone talks about ‘oh well, you’ve got to pivot.’ I mean you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.”Looking into the Trump-as-President future, Brendan Buck, chief communications advisor to House Speaker, Paul Ryan, said “He’s got a unique way of doing things and we don’t ever expect that to change.” read more

Nominee to lead FAA will face challenge on Boeing oversight

President Donald Trump has tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration as the regulator deals with questions about its approval of a Boeing airliner involved in two deadly crashes within five months.The White House said Tuesday that Trump will nominate Stephen Dickson to head the FAA. The agency has been led by an acting administrator since January 2018.Separately, the Transportation Department confirmed that its watchdog agency will examine how the FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the now-grounded plane involved in two fatal accidents within five months.The FAA had stood by the safety of the plane up until last Wednesday, despite other countries grounding it.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao formally requested the audit in a letter sent to Inspector General Calvin Scovel III on Tuesday.Chao, whose agency oversees the FAA, said the audit will improve the department’s decision-making. Her letter confirmed that she had previously requested an audit. It did not mention reports that the inspector general and federal prosecutors are looking into the development and regulatory approval of the jet.The letter requests “an audit to compile an objective and detailed factual history of the activities that resulted in the certification of the Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft.” It also says the audit will help the FAA “in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively.”Boeing said in a statement Tuesday that it will co-operate with the audit.Questions about the FAA’s handling of the issue extend beyond U.S. borders and will pose an immediate challenge for Dickson, if he is confirmed to lead the agency.Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said this week that even if FAA certifies Boeing’s fix for the software on the 737 Max jet, “we will do our own certification.”Dickson was Delta’s senior vice-president of flight operations until retiring on Oct. 1 after 27 years with the airline, including time flying the 737 and other Boeing jets. Before that, he was an Air Force pilot. He emerged in recent weeks as the likely choice to lead FAA.For the past 14 months, the agency has been under an acting administrator, Daniel Elwell, a former Air Force and American Airlines pilot.A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed off the coast of Indonesia last October, and an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 crashed this month near Addis Ababa.Investigators suspect that incorrect sensor readings feeding into a new automated flight-control system may have played a role in the Indonesian crash, and the Ethiopian plane had a similar, erratic flight path.Boeing began working on an upgrade to software behind the flight-control system shortly after the Lion Air crash. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in recent days that the company is close to finishing the update and changes in pilot training to help crews respond to faulty sensor readings.Elwell told House Transportation Committee members that Boeing expects the software update to be finished by Monday, according to a person familiar with the briefing who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the timing publicly. The FAA earlier required design changes to the flight-control system “no later than April.”After Boeing finishes the software, the FAA still must approve it.The Associated Press reported Monday that the Justice Department and the Inspector General are probing development of the Max, according to a person briefed on the matter. It is unclear when those inquiries began.The Justice Department and the Transportation Department’s inspector general are examining the way Boeing was regulated by the FAA, according to a person familiar with the matter and who asked not to be identified because the inquiry is not public.Critics have questioned the FAA’s practice of using employees of aircraft manufacturers to handle some safety inspections. FAA inspectors review the work of the manufacturers’ employees, who are on the company payroll and could face a conflict of interest.A federal grand jury in Washington sent a subpoena to someone involved in the plane’s development seeking emails, messages and other communications, the person told The Associated Press.A report in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday said the inspector general was looking into the plane’s anti-stall system. It quoted unidentified people familiar with both cases.The Oct. 29 Lion Air crash killed 189 people, and 157 died in the March 10 accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines jet. Both accidents happened shortly after takeoff.Other nations banned the Max 8 and a slightly larger model, the Max 9, in the days after the Ethiopian crash. The FAA and U.S. airlines that use the planes stood by the plane’s safety until last week.There are about 370 Max jets of various models at airlines around the world. American, Southwest and United have said the grounding of their Max jets have led to some cancelled flights.The plane is an important part of Chicago-based Boeing’s future. The company has taken more than 5,000 orders and delivered more than 250 Max jets last year. Boeing still makes an older version of the popular 737, but it expected the Max to account for 90 per cent of all 737 deliveries this year.___Koenig reported from Dallas and Krisher reported from Detroit. AP staff writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.David Koenig And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

What consumers should know about Equifax 700M settlement

Equifax’s $700 million settlement with the U.S. government over a massive 2017 data breach includes up to $425 million for consumers.The breach was one of the largest ever to threaten private information, as the breach exposed Social Security and other data on nearly 150 million people. Affected consumers would get free credit-monitoring and identity-restoration services for the next several years and may be eligible for money they’ve already spent on such services.Here is what you need to know about the breach and what actions you can take:HOW DID HACKERS BREAK IN?According to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, a server hosting Equifax’s online dispute portal was running software with a known weak spot. The hackers, who have not been identified, jumped through the opening. Hiding behind encryption tools, they sent 9,000 queries to dozens of databases containing consumers’ personal information, and then methodically extracted the information.The attack went unnoticed by Equifax for more than six weeks.Equifax officials told GAO the company made many mistakes. Some were as simple as having an outdated list of computer systems administrators. When the company circulated a notice to install a patch for the software vulnerability, the employees responsible for installing the patch never got it.WHAT HAS EQUIFAX DONE?The company has said it took steps to fix the issues that allowed the breach to occur. That includes adding tools to better monitor network traffic, restrict traffic between internal servers and tighten controls on who can access certain systems and networks. The company also gave consumers more control over their Equifax data and introduced a free credit-alert service.There was also a management shakeup. The chief information officer and top security executive both retired, and Equifax hired a new chief technology officer from IBM.WHAT INFORMATION WAS STOLEN?Equifax stores a trove of data that provides a financial profile of millions of consumers, including how much they owe on their homes and whether there are court judgments against them.The compromised data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver license numbers and credit card numbers. Equifax said 3,200 passport images were also stolen. Criminals can use those bits of personal information to commit identity theft.WHAT DO CONSUMERS GET FROM THE SETTLEMENT?Equifax has a page, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com , with a link to look up whether your information was exposed.Affected consumers may be eligible for up to $20,000 in reimbursements for losses from unauthorized charges to affected accounts, legal and other fees, credit-monitoring or identity-theft-protection services and expenses related to freezing or unfreezing credit reports. For the time spent dealing with the breach, consumers can seek $25 per hour for up to 20 hours as compensation.All impacted consumers will be eligible to receive 10 years of free credit monitoring, at least seven years of free identity-restoration services, and, starting in 2020, six free copies of their Equifax credit report each year for seven years. That’s on top of the free copy consumers can already get by law every 12 months from each of the three big agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. For minors, free credit monitoring increases to 18 years.If consumers choose not to enrol in the free credit monitoring product available through the settlement, they may seek up to $125 as a reimbursement for the cost of a credit-monitoring product of their choice.Consumers must submit a claim in order to receive free credit monitoring or cash reimbursements.WHAT CAN CONSUMERS DO WITH CREDIT REPORTS?Examine all your listed accounts and loans to make sure that the personal information is correct and that you authorized the transaction. If you find something suspicious, contact the company that issued the account and the credit-rating agency.Consider freezing your credit, which stops thieves from opening new credit cards or loans in your name. It can be done online. Consumers can freeze their credit for free because of recent legislation, avoiding fees that were typically $5 to $10 per rating agency.You’ll need to remember to temporarily unfreeze your credit, also free, if you apply for a new credit card or loan. And a freeze won’t protect you from thieves who file a fraudulent tax return in your name or make charges against an existing account.WAS THE PUNISHMENT EXPECTED?Yes, Equifax said earlier this year that it had set aside around $700 million to cover anticipated settlements and fines.WHAT’S NEXT?The settlement must still be approved by the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Consumers can’t file claims until after the settlement receives court approval.The Associated Press read more

BC premier says new rules aim to end pure naked greed in

by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2016 12:00 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The British Columbia government says it will impose regulatory changes to end the “shady” practice of contract flipping to protect sellers and consumers in the province’s hot housing market.Premier Christy Clark said “pure, naked greed” is driving real estate agents to flip a property multiple times at higher prices before a deal closes, allowing agents to continue making commissions while buyers avoid paying property tax.Clark said the new rules will require the original seller to provide informed consent for multiple sales and that profits would go back to that seller.“The way to end that shady practice for greedy people is to take the profit out of it,” Clark said Friday at a news conference in Stanley Park. “That’s how we know we’ll be able to make a difference.”The premier said the rules will become part of regulations governing real estate agents and will likely be enforced by the Real Estate Council of B.C. She said she hopes that anyone who breaks the rules will lose their licence to sell real estate.Clark said the new rules are a “first step,” and could be in place within the next month.An independent advisory group is investigating so-called real estate contract assignment, and Clark said the province is awaiting recommendations on potential conflict of interest when a Realtor represents both a seller and a buyer in a transaction.“I know the vast majority of Realtors in British Columbia are conscientious and professional, honest people, but we also know there are a few shady operators, especially in the Vancouver market, that are squeezing people every day and taking advantage.”Superintendent of Real Estate Carolyn Rogers is leading the advisory group and said in a statement the issue of contract flipping will be part of their investigation. She said they anticipate having additional proposals and recommendations for the council and government to consider.Finance Minister Mike de Jong and Deputy Premier Rich Coleman are also expected to meet with Vancouver’s mayor to discuss collaborative steps that governments can take to improve housing affordability.Clark said the province will discuss ways to increase housing supply.Mayor Gregor Robertson voiced his support for the new rules but noted that supply alone won’t deliver affordability. He has called for a tax on real estate speculation.“Premier’s commitment to banning shadow flipping is good first step to reduce toxic speculation in (the) B.C. housing market,” he said on Twitter. “Also need new (government) tools to create level playing field, protect affordability.”B.C.’s Opposition NDP Leader John Horgan said the premier’s announcement was a step in the right direction, but questioned why she was taking action now. The NDP introduced two private member’s bills this week, one calling for a two-per-cent speculation tax and the other to close a loophole allowing investors to avoid paying property transfer tax.Horgan said the best outcome would be a combination of the new rules Clark announced and measures that the New Democrats have put forward.“Obviously, if we can keep money in the pocket of the initial seller, that’s good news for them. What we’ve been concerned about is the loss of revenue by allowing (contract) flipping to take place and not capturing that property transfer tax.”NDP housing critic David Eby said there will be a “serious issue” if the government allows the real estate council to enforce the new rules, given that the regulatory body has apparently failed so far to crack down on the practice of contract flipping.“The real estate council has been an entirely ineffective body to date,” he said. “It’s my hope that the independent advisory group that is investigating the real estate council right now provides some clear guidance to ensure these rules are actually followed once they’re made.”The council said in a statement that it will carefully review the premier’s announcement and looks forward to building on it through implementation of the advisory group’s recommendations.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark speaks about shadow flipping in the real estate industry as Coal Harbour condos tower above her in the distance, in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday March 18, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck B.C. premier says new rules aim to end ‘pure, naked greed’ in house flipping read more

AP FACT CHECK US prosperity through the lens of Trump

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump described to Poles an America that does not exist — one where everyone is getting richer except himself.Despite his claims at an energy meeting with European leaders, in a Warsaw speech and at a news conference, the stock market is not lifting all boats, his stated commitment to NATO has not been tested by action, and the pipeline he said was approved on his first day in office was not.A look at some of his points Thursday:TRUMP: “When I say that the stock market is at an all-time high, we’ve picked up in market value almost $4 trillion since Nov. 8, which was the election. Four trillion dollars — it’s a lot of money. Personally, I picked up nothing, but that’s all right. Everyone else is getting rich. That’s OK. I’m very happy. ” — Energy meetingTHE FACTS: First, everyone else is not getting rich. Most Americans lack meaningful stock market investments. Research by New York University economist Edward Wolff found that just 10 per cent of the U.S. population owns 80 per cent of stock market wealth. A sizable chunk is concentrated with the top 1 per cent of earners. The stock market has indeed climbed during Trump’s time in office, as it did for most of Barack Obama’s presidency after the Great Recession bottomed out in March 2009.Second, his suggestion that he has not benefited from a rising stock market is dubious.Financial disclosures show the president has multiple brokerage accounts and extensive stock holdings. He owns shares in Apple Inc. (up 23 per cent year-to-date), Caterpillar Inc. (up 15 per cent) and Microsoft Corp. (up 10 per cent) among other companies. Even if Trump didn’t buy into the recent stock market gains, his existing shares probably received a boost.As for his own businesses, Trump gave his two adult sons and a senior executive control of his global real estate, property management and marketing empire when he took office in January. But Trump did not divest his businesses. Instead he placed his financial assets in a trust that he can seize control of at any time.And there are signs that Trump’s businesses are making money off his presidency. The Trump International Hotel hosted a major-donor event in late June. His annual financial disclosure shows that Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort he owns and routinely visits, saw its revenues increase to $37 million from $30 million during the period covered in his previous filing.___TRUMP: “To those who would criticize our tough stance, I would point out that the United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defence commitment.” — Public speech in WarsawTHE FACTS: Rather than showing a commitment with his actions, Trump has sown confusion with his words. Article 5 has only been used once — by other NATO members, to come to the defence of the U.S. after the 2001 terrorist attacks.Trump suggested during the campaign that NATO members lagging on their own military spending might not be able to count on the U.S. to come to their aid if attacked. And he pointedly did not endorse Article 5 at a NATO meeting in May, unnerving some allies. In June, though, he said: “I’m committing the United States to Article 5.” Those words won’t be tested with action until or unless a NATO member is attacked.___TRUMP: “We just approved a big pipeline also — the Keystone pipeline. It was under consideration for many, many years, and it was dead, and I approved it in my first day of office.” — Energy meetingTHE FACTS: He did not approve it on his first day in office. During his first week, on Jan. 24, Trump signed an order asking TransCanada to re-submit its application to build Keystone XL, which had been blocked by President Barack Obama. Trump suggested at the time that more negotiations would be required with TransCanada before he would approve the project. The project actually got the go-ahead in late March.___TRUMP: “Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defence for our freedoms and for our interests. That is why my administration has demanded that all members of NATO finally meet their full and fair financial obligation. As a result of this insistence, billions of dollars more have begun to pour into NATO. In fact, people are shocked. But billions and billions of dollars more coming in from countries that, in my opinion, would not have been paying so quickly.” —Warsaw speechTHE FACTS: The notion of money pouring into NATO because of his tough talk is one of Trump’s most frequent fictions. The actual issue is how much NATO countries spend on their own military budgets. They agreed in 2014, well before he became president, to stop cutting military spending, and have honoured that. They also agreed then to a goal of moving “toward” spending 2 per cent of their gross domestic product on their own defence by 2024. Most are short of that and the target is not ironclad. His tough talk is aimed at nudging them toward that goal.___Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor and Nancy Benac contributed to this report.___Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdEDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by public officials by Josh Boak And Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2017 1:37 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP FACT CHECK: US prosperity through the lens of Trump President Donald Trump speaks at Krasinski Square at the Royal Castle, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Warsaw. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) read more

Ash brings familiar defense vs OSU football

Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks on during a game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Sept. 3.Credit: Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic CommunicationsThe Ohio State football team has prided itself on its defense since the days of Woody Hayes. The 2013 Buckeyes failed to win the Big Ten Championship, a de facto play-in game to enter the national championship game, primarily on the play of a below-average secondary that ranked 112th in the country in passing defense.Coach Urban Meyer decided to make a change and brought in then-Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash. In just one season, Ash played a significant part in the transformation of the OSU defense, the “Silver Bullets,” into a menacing takeaway machine. Primarily overseeing the defensive backs at OSU, the Buckeyes forced 26 turnovers in 2014 and ranked 29th in pass defense.Now, Ash is attempting to transform another defense in his new job as head coach of Rutgers, OSU’s opponent in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said Ash taught the defense a new style of tackling during his two seasons in Columbus. Ash preached the importance of keeping their heads up and driving through the ball carrier’s legs during a tackle.“(The tackling) shows up more on the perimeter,” Lewis said. “They’re coming up and hitting the right way. It makes a big difference as far as missed tackles.”Rutgers is Ash’s first job as a head coach in Division I college football. Before Arkansas and Ohio State, Ash spent two seasons with Wisconsin as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator. All too familiar with his former colleague’s play calling and coaching style, Meyer said that he has changed a lot of his defensive signals for this week given the similarities in the Scarlet Knight defense.“It’s our defense. I mean, like, exactly,” Meyer said during Monday’s press conference. “Their defensive line is much improved and the guys are bigger and stronger.”Not only is Ash a part of the Meyer coaching tree, Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer, special teams coordinator Vince Okruch, defensive backs coach Bill Busch, running backs coach Zak Kuhr and strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker worked under Meyer in some capacity at OSU. Mehringer even worked with former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at Houston in 2015.While Ash is beginning to create his own coaching carousel, his teachings still reside within the OSU program. Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who replaced Ash in the offseason, has nearly the same defense so there has not been a learning curve this season.Worley is in his first season as a starter and experiencing the most success he has had at OSU. While Schiano and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell are certainly due credit for Worley’s success, the linebacker said Ash had a large contribution to his maturation into a more intelligent football player.With the implementation of the targeting rule in 2013 that protects an offensive player from a head injury, Worley, who used to be a guy that looked for the big hit, is a more fundamentally sound tackler than he was his first year in Columbus.“It’s the greatest way of tackling in the game of football today. It helped me, but it helped everyone who came through here and played defense,” Worley said. “Just knowing when I can take those shots and when I can’t, being comfortable and tackling in that way has helped me a tremendous amount.”For the offense that will actually be facing the Scarlet Knight defense, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has great familiarity in competing against a Chris Ash defense. Barrett battled in practice against Ash and OSU’s first and second team defense for the better part of two years.When the Buckeyes trot out on Saturday, Barrett said the offense has some comfortability facing a familiar defense. But knowing Ash, Barrett and the coaching staff expects him to implement schemes he has not shown through Rutgers’ first three games.“It’s a funky mix between the two … he’s not going to let our base things try to happen,” Barrett said. “At the end of the day we have to be prepared for what he’s going to throw at us and making adjustments on the fly.” read more

Trial of alleged Hatton Garden mastermind Basil faces delay due to film

The film, which is billed as a comedy, stars Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Ray Winstone, who all crack jokes in thick cockney accents throughout.David Joffe, treasurer of the London Diamond Bourse, a gems trading floor which also represents the capital’s jewellers and jewellery shops, said the heist’s victims were unhappy about the movie.“Some of the stuff stolen wasn’t insured and there have been serious problems getting the money back,” he said. “A lot of people have been left badly out of pocket and serious amounts of stolen property is still missing.”“To make a comedy about it is even worse. I don’t think it’s funny at all. People lost their livelihoods and went out of business.”Just over £4 million has been recovered so far, but vast amounts of gold, diamonds, sapphires and cash is still missing. Seed was arrested at his flat in Liverpool Road, Islington in March this year, three years on from the heist.The ‘King of Thieves’ film has already caused controversy before its release, with victims of the Hatton Garden heist saying it is ‘glorifying’ a crime which has left many of them in financial ruin. The trial of an alleged mastermind of the Hatton Garden heist has been delayed until next year following a new blockbuster film release about the robbery.Michael Seed, known as Basil, faces two charges related to the audacious theft over the 2015 Easter bank holiday weekend, where at least £13.9 million worth of diamonds, gold and cash were stolen from a safe deposit in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter.The robbery has been made into a Hollywood movie called ‘King of Thieves’ with a cast including Michael Caine, Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent, and  at Woolwich crown court, Judge Christopher Kinch, allowed the defence more time to construct their case because of the problems that may arise from the film’s release.Defence Barrister Richard Sutton QC said that he wanted to watch the film before the next case management hearing, adding: “The court has little or no power to deal with it, and little locus to obtain an injunction.”Judge Kinch told the court: “I have seen trailers on the side of buses and on billboards. It seems the film is imminent.” “I want to see if any reorganisation is required,” he added. After it became clear that the film is on general release on September 14, he extended time for the defence until Friday September 28. In the film, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone and Charlie Cox play three of the burglars The trial, which was meant to take place on September 24 has already been delayed because of legal issues until February 4, 2019. Seed, who is 58 and from Islington, appeared at Woolwich crown court for a pre trial hearing, charged with conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to launder money, but will not return to court until after the film’s release on September 14.Sat in the dock during proceedings, Seed wore a pale blue t shirt and thick dark rimmed glasses. He was clutching a pink file, a grey hooded sweatshirt and glasses case. He didn’t break eye contact with the floor for the majority of the pre trial hearing. The charges, which he denies, relate to an incident in London’s diamond district, Hatton Garden, where at least £13.9 million worth of gold, jewellery and cash was stolen over the Easter weekend in 2015. A drill was used to bore holes into the thick wall at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit and burglars ransacked 73 safe deposit boxes and escaped with their contents.  In the film, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone and Charlie Cox play three of the burglarsCredit:JACK ENGLISH Forensic officers entered the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit after the incident on the Easter bank holiday weekend in 2015Credit:Dominic Lipinski / PA The judge told the court that he would be reserving his decision on certain legal aspects of the trial until a later date and that a case management hearing would take place some time after the end of this month.  Forensic officers entered theHatton Garden Safe Deposit after the incident on the Easter bank holiday weekend in 2015 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. read more

Tremblay sign Mladen Bojinović until summer 2017

Serbian legendary playmaker-left back Mladen Bojinović will enter his fifth decade on handball court in the second best league in Europe – French LNH! The 38 years- old former player of Montpellier and PSG Handball, signed two years contract with Tremblay.Bojinovic, who spent 13 years in French handball and became the second best scorer in the history of League, played last two months for his first team – RK Borac Banja Luka, but he didn’t want to decline a chance to get back in France.He played also for RK Jagodina, RK Partizan, BM Bidasoa, BM Ademar Leon and FC Barcelona. ← Previous Story African Champions League: Zamalek and African for trophy! Next Story → LNH: PSG stopped in Montpellier! Mladen Bojinovićtremblay read more

Google Steps into Egypt Fray With Twitter App

first_imgGoogle has been watching the news. It knows what’s up. And now, like the most of the rest of us, it wants to know what it can do to help give the people of Egypt a voice. So it turned to Twitter. Google teamed up with the microblogging service and some folks from SayNow, a recently required voice-to-text service. The companies are launching a new voice-to-tweet service that lets anyone with voice service post to Twitter. The service is already up, accessible by dialing one of these numbers, +16504194196, +390662207294, or +97316199855. The service is specifically targeted at Egyptian citizens, so utilizing it will automically tag tweets with the hashtag #Egypt.Once recorded, tweets will be posted on the @speak2tweet account. You can also listen to messages by dialing one of the above numbers.last_img read more

Facebook ordered to stop requiring real name use in Germany

first_imgFacebook has always enforced a strict policy of only allowing an account to be setup using your real name. Fake name accounts are registered, but as soon as Facebook discovers one, it gets deleted. Whether you like the real name policy or not, it’s here to stay, unless of course you live in Germany.According to the Thilo Weichert, privacy commissioner for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ULD) in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, Facebook is breaking the law by insisting on real name use. Weichert states that the policy actually breaks data protection law and has demanded the social network allow nicknames to be used immediately.Facebook has made it clear they intend to fight the demand, stating it is up to the service to decide its own rules while remaining within the law. However, if Weichert is correct, then Facebook may indeed be breaking German data protection law already. If Facebook intends to fight the decision, it has two weeks to bring the case to court.For the moment, the demand is restricted to the state of Schleswig-Holstein. However, Weichert has already been in contact with many of the other 15 German states and says most of them agree that Facebook needs to change its real name policy. If that’s the case, then Germany could soon become the first country to gain the right to use nicknames on Facebook.Would Facebook accept that, or instead stop providing a service to German users until such a time the real name policy is enforceable there?More at ULD, via ITWorldlast_img read more

Beyoncé The onus is on everyone to study and understand what a

first_img Share399 Tweet Email I LOVE BEYONCÉ. Lemonade is my favourite album of all time.I’m not the biggest Adele fan but I will admit to standing on a chair, alone on my balcony, belting out Set Fire to the Rain (in the rain) after a bad breakup. But what I’m an even bigger fan of is her Grammy non-acceptance speech.Check your biasWhat Adele did at the Grammys should remind us all to check our egos and bias at the door, have our eyes open and our words ever-ready to say, “Hey! This isn’t right!”Thanks to Adele’s very public show of this, my hope is that other people are inspired to do the same. I believe it is wildly important to claim your awards and revel in them as a woman and we’re holding a crowning-ceremony at this year’s SXSW to encourage that.But if there’s something unjust at play as we walk to a stage, or accept a promotion or pay rise, we must speak up.The statistics I was proud to watch Adele acknowledge Beyoncé’s boundary breaking work of genius. Source: Matt SaylesIn the last twenty years, four artists or groups of colour have won album of the year – despite having over 200 perform at the awards in the same time period. The number seems off-balance. Are the awards based more on commercial success than artistic merit? And does the performative aspect of the annual ceremony offer a platform to showcase a more diverse set of artists than US album sales reflect? Or is there still bias at play in the selection?I’ve heard a great phrase that you can tell the strong women because they’re the ones helping other women up. I’d take that a step further to note the collective power women have for lifting everyone up.If you educate and empower the women and girls of a community, it benefits everyone economically as well as positively contributing to climate change problems. This is laid out in a wonderful book called Half the Sky, as well as being reinforced by studies from The World Bank, World Economic Forum, and the OECD.Empathy and actionMisery loves company used to be a saying I hated, but when it comes to my women friends, I see it take an interesting form. Pain understands pain.If you’ve faced misogyny as a white woman, it’s probably a smaller leap to understand the struggle of a man or a woman who’s faced racism, than it would be for your average straight, white man.That’s not to say they’re excused, the onus is on everyone to study and understand what a lack of privilege really means and to put genuine effort and time into looking at how they deal with it, both internally, in forms of unconscious bias, as well as externally, in calling out or rectifying unjust actions or behaviours.But I’m not surprised that women are leading change.Emotion and onwardsThat moment may seem like just another celebrity news story to some, but it made me feel proud to be a woman and proud of my friends. I was proud to watch Adele acknowledge Beyoncé’s boundary breaking work of genius in a situation where others wouldn’t have braved it, even if they felt it. (Bar Kanye West of course.)I was proud of my friends because the look on Beyoncé’s face as Adele spoke was the very same one I’ve seen on countless friends’ faces. That brief fragile moment when a friend crumbles and cracks as you merely acknowledge that what happened wasn’t fair, wasn’t right, wasn’t okay.Reminding them that it does not denote their value or worth, before both of you take a breath, hug it out, put your crown on and walk onto the stage to perform.Elva Carri is the founder of GirlCrew, an online and offline social network for women to have more fun, more adventures, and friends when you need them as well as providing an excellent space for professional advice and opportunities. GirlCrew has over 80,000 members and operates in 46 cities around the world, with a GirlCrew app launching in 2017. @elvacarriAdele on her Grammy wins: ‘My idol is Queen Bey and I adore you’>‘There isn’t a race problem’: Grammy President responds to criticism after Beyoncé loses out to Adele> Beyoncé: ‘The onus is on everyone to study and understand what a lack of privilege really means’ I’m not surprised that women are leading change, writes Elva Carri. Short URL 85 Comments Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 8:45 AM 228 Views center_img https://jrnl.ie/3245819 Elva Carri By Elva Carri Feb 19th 2017, 8:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Adoption in Ireland Were still going through it were still carrying the

first_imgSo there are still unanswered questions, there always will be, and that’s hard. You always think you’ll get everything and it’ll be fine but sometimes it raises questions that no one can answer and when you go looking 35 years later you are relying on people’s memories, on people’s perspectives. There’s still a lot that I don’t know, and I never will, and that’s a shame. 4 Comments Brown says she and others like her are “always battling between being emotional, angry, and trying to stay calm” while trying to get hold of their documentation. “And it’s just this lack of humanity is the only way to describe it. It’s like ‘what do you want your rights for?’”She is critical, too, of Minister Katharine Zappone’s Adoption (Information) and Tracing Bill 2016.It will allow for adopted people to seek out details that were previously impossible to obtain under privacy laws. Under the terms of the bill, the adopted person will be given information that relates solely to them as soon as possible.However, before a birth cert is handed over, the adopted person will be required to make a statutory declaration to respect the privacy of their birth parent and not attempt to contact them unless it is through the official channels of the information and tracing services, which will be administered by Tusla.Similarly, a birth parent will be able to seek information about the adopted person and be able to make contact, if the adopted person agrees to do so.The group First Mothers, which supports mothers whose children ended up in adoptive care, has also been critical of the minister’s proposals.Brown believes the legislation is “sacrificing adopted people’s identity over secrecy”.She says that people might want information, but they don’t necessarily want to “run around the country searching for your birth mother”.“We’re looking for information, not contact,” she says. “I didn’t know how difficult it was going to be. I had absolutely no idea and emotionally challenging, and until you do it you don’t know.”Finding her pastWhen she started tracing her birth certificate, Brown got in touch with Barnardos, which gave her a number in Cork to ring. It took months to finally get through to a nun, who was “so cold, and rude, and horrible” to her.It was a difficult experience for Brown, as she describes being “really vulnerable” at that time. “It’s a really difficult thing to do and you kind of underestimate the emotion of what it brings up,” she says now.The nun was “totally unhelpful so I backed away and I stopped for about six months”, she says. Then after about six months she told Barnardos what had happened, “and they were absolutely furious”.“I was shocked at how awful the experience was – why am I being treated like this?” she says of the nun’s behaviour. “The nun was so horrible, and just that level of ‘no’, I found that quite shocking.”Barnardos told her she did have a right to her file, and got in touch with the nun. But rather than give her basic information, the nun went and contacted Brown’s birth aunt.“It was a lot more than I had bargained for, the details of it and just dealing with it,” she says of the information the nun handed over, adding she was helped throughout by Barnardos.Brown went on to meet her birth aunt and her uncles but got a lot of information that “emotionally I had to take on board and figure out”.“In the end I got only half the information because I got my birth mother’s story and her family, but no information about my father at all. He seems to be a bit of a mystery,” says Brown. It’s a sign of how the search for your birth family is rarely an easy one. Jun 18th 2017, 8:15 AM 11,286 Views Adoption in Ireland: ‘We’re still going through it, we’re still carrying the shame’ Playwright Noelle Brown, who was born in a mother and baby home, has written a play about her search for her birth mother. I think a lot of people feel that but people aren’t able to speak about, it we’re still going through it, still carrying the shame – the birth mothers are the same, still carrying all the shame and all the stigma that went with it, it’s very emotional, it’s very hard to be articulate about it because it’s so deeply personal and people aren’t able to articulate it.Postscript features letters from Brown to her mother, and from an ‘interfering aunt’ character. “It’s very funny as well – we got to mix up pathos and humour,” she says. “It’s like a detective story, really.”And that is essentially what Noelle Brown has had to be, a detective trying to uncover something important: the story of who she is. And all the while knowing there will be questions that will never get answered.People often ask her if doing the show has made her ‘feel better’. “I do to a certain extent but you’re also missing, you see the gaps in everything,” she reflects.“I am very glad that I wrote this piece with Michéle and very glad to be performing it, but it doesn’t answer all your questions, it never will. But as an exercise in saying it out loud, it’s amazing.”Postscript by Noelle Brown and Michéle Forbes runs until 24 June on the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre. For more information or to book tickets, visit the Abbey Theatre website.Read: ‘Sold to the highest bidder’ – how Ireland’s institutions allowed Americans to adopt Irish children in the 1950s> http://jrnl.ie/3440442 Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 8:15 AMcenter_img We were supposed to disappear and never turn up again. It’s really hard, I have to say. By Aoife Barry WHEN ACTRESS AND playwright Noelle Brown was 35, she decided to search for her birth family.Born in Cork’s Bessborough mother and baby home – or mother and baby institution, as she feels it should be called – Brown was adopted when she was eight weeks old. Her adoptive family was always very open about her past. But when she went looking for her own personal documentation in her mid-30s, she hit a brick wall.Her experiences as an adopted person in Ireland have led to her play Postscript, which looks at the reality for a person like Brown trying to find their birth family in Ireland.It’s a tale of secrets, lies, identity, and lingering questions.Brown tells TheJournal.ie that she believes a stigma exists around adoption and mother and baby homes in Ireland which can affect people throughout their lives. She is also highly critical of forthcoming legislation around adoption in Ireland.“It hasn’t changed as much as we think and I think that’s what I’ve had to come to terms with, particularly in the past year,” she says of adoption stigma. “When I was growing up it was very much [in a hushed voice] ‘adopted’… we didn’t say it out loud, you were kind of stigmatised.” Noelle Brown.The religious attitudes towards children who were adopted, and their mothers – who had given birth ‘out of wedlock’, a social shame – lingered. “The belief was because your mother had done something ‘wrong’ that you would as well in your life,” says Brown.She grew up in Ballintemple in Cork, with two older brothers who were not adopted. In 1987, she moved to Dublin, where she has lived since. Brown was always told she was born in Dublin “and shipped to Cork”, but found out that she was actually born in Bessborough, half a mile from where she grew up.“That kind of stuff, you just go Jesus… you don’t know what’s true and what isn’t true,” she says of the knots of untruths she has been forced to unravel.‘We really are just this nuisance’When she tried to trace her birth family, she says she “was really treated like… I was this mistake from the 60s turning up. And that was a real shock to be honest because I thought we had moved on as a country, but we hadn’t.”She has felt at times that she and other adoptees from this era “really are just this nuisance”.For example, she’s critical about the situation in Tuam, where the remains of children from a mother and baby home lie: “We’re building a peace garden before it’s even been excavated, before any investigation happens.”“What does that say about our attitude to adopted people and to birth mothers and to our past?” she asks. “It’s kind of extraordinary and I find it very shocking, and that’s why I feel doing this play now is really important.”Adoption billInitially she didn’t set out write a play about adoption – she was to look at moving house, but the subject of adoption kept coming up. Now, she realises it’s important to have her voice out there.“There aren’t many narratives of adopted people out there, either. It’s something people don’t know about unless you are adopted,” she says. Share161 Tweet Email4 Going through all of this has made Brown realise ”it’s not something that you get over”. And though she clarifies that it’s not the end of the world, it is something she has to live with.“I thought I’d do loads of counselling and that would be the end of it – I’ll be fine, but you [aren’t]. And that’s hard because it is a trauma that you carry with you. And I think that gets missed sometimes,” she says.She’s glad she did it, but describes what it is like to search for birth mother that you have never met as an adult: “The sense that this is a stranger you’re tracing, there’s no connection here, but emotionally there is when someone has had you for 8 weeks and carried you for nine months, you can’t eradicate that.”She did a lot of the work on her own, with the support of her family, but acknowledges the process was at times hard on them and her birth family. “You don’t want to upset anybody, that’s the biggest thing.”The playwright says she never would have gone through with the play had it upset any family members, but they have been supportive about it.The play has also helped other people to speak – sometimes for the first time – about their adoption experiences.“People just come out of the woodwork to tell their stories and share their stories, and not pleasant ones. Very few positive ones,” she says of the chats that happen after each show.She gets messages online from people who were brought as babies to America, and want to know more about their identity. There are letters, too, from people who have a shared experience with her.She calls it a privilege to do a show that people connect with on such a level. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le numérique à lécole un plan à minima

first_imgLe numérique à l’école : un plan à minimaLuc Chatel a présenté hier des mesures pour développer le numérique à l’école. Verront donc le jour à la rentrée dans tous les établissements un portail Internet de ressources pédagogiques et la présence d’un “responsable numérique”.Pour le ministre de l’Education, il s’agit de “passer le cap du numérique d’ici trois ans”, selon l’AFP. Le portail Internet qui doit être mis en place à la rentrée aura pour objectif de référencer toutes les ressources pédagogiques numériques de l’édition publique et également de l’édition privée (manuels scolaires), a indiqué Luc Chatel.À lire aussiFaut-il vraiment éjecter votre clé USB avant de la retirer ?Afin que chaque élève puisse disposer de ces ressources privés, des “chèques-ressources” seront distribués dans les établissements scolaires, d’un montant allant de 500 euros annuels à 2.500 euros, en fonction de l’établissement fréquenté (école, collège ou lycée).Le “responsable numérique” qui doit faire son apparition à la rentrée sera chargé d’identifier les besoins de formation du personnel enseignant.Cependant, ce plan ne prend pas en charge les équipements des écoles, pourtant essentiels dans ce passage au numérique. Le ministre a indiqué que cela relevait de la compétence des collectivités locales. Au total, il nécessitera 60 millions d’euros sur trois ans, selon le ministre de l’Education.Le 26 novembre 2010 à 09:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition Same Phone with Different Batteries

first_img Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Not DIY FriendlyFactory That Made Exploding Galaxy Note 7 Batteries Catches Fire Stay on target Ever wonder what happened to all those Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones recalled last year after they began exploding?Some found a new life as refurbished handsets offered for rental. Others, it appears, were reborn as the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition.Teardown experts iFixit got their hands on the new device—only 400,000 of which are on sale, exclusively in South Korea.“And in case you were wondering—no, there isn’t a tiny fan in there to help prevent battery fires. (We checked.)” iFixit wrote in a blog post.There are, however, subtle differences between the new Fan Edition and its combustible predecessor.“At first glance, it seems like nothing has changed,” the company reported.That is, until you pry off the “nasty glass panel” and take a closer look at the restored hardware: Inside is a new, albeit smaller, battery. Clocking in at 3,200mAh (versus the original Note 7’s 3,500mAh), the petite power source is apparently enough to make the phone safe again.New Fan Edition battery (left) weighs in just under the original power source (right) (via iFixit)The only other hardware disparity is a revamped antenna pattern—likely intended for compatibility with Korean cellular networks.“The Fan Edition inherits just about everything else from the Note 7, including its repairability score,” according to iFixit, which awarded Samsung’s latest gadget a measly four-out-of-10 rating.While many components are modular and can be easily replaced, that pesky battery remains barricaded behind a glued-on rear panel.“No easy pull-to-remove adhesive tabs in sight—which feels like a misstep,” iFixit’s Sam Lionheart wrote in the blog. “A non-removable battery made the Note 7 recall particularly messy. So, why double down and lacquer your replacement battery into the phone again?”Plus, front and back glass “make for double the crackability,” the teardown said.But unless you’re thinking of moving to Korea, there is little chance US consumers will ever get their hands on the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, available in black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum, and silver titanium for about $615.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Alohomora a Potterheads Heart With These Gifts

first_imgNo magic required to see all that lies within, but a simple password wouldn’t hurt. You know the one. Something about mischief. Learn all the secrets of Moony, Wormtial, Padfoot, and Prongs. Add it to your collection for $35.Set of 3 Potter PinsThree unique pieces of Harry Potter memories for the Colorful Geekiness. Here we have the famous 9 3/4 train platform, Luna Lovegood’s see it all groovy glasses, and the doe Patronus with Snape’s immortal words, “Always.” Get this stunning set now for $35.Hedwig MugThis gorgeous Hedwig mug might not deliver letters, but it will deliver a hot cup of tea when you need it most.  I’m sure Diagon Alley has elite tea leaves, not just for reading. Available now for $12.48.Butter Beer Soda (6 Pack)The staple of a Pottermore lifestyle: Butterbeer (not actually beer). Although usually served as a hot beverage this bottled butter beer is best ice cold. The sweet butterscotch flavor transports you right to Leaky Cauldron…oh look it’s Mr. Weasley. Best buy him a round. Cheers now for $23.99.Hogwarts Alumni T-ShirtThe best way to show your Potter Pride is with this nifty Hogwarts Alumni tee. Let your friends and family know you are proud of your wizarding prowess. Maybe best to not tell them your focus was potions, though. Get yours today for $15.95.Cratejoy’s Accio! BoxIt seems like every fandom has a box subscription service just for them. Cratejoy is a great place to start looking if you’re not sure. There’s actually a bunch just for Potterheads, but we recommend Accio! You’ll get a bunch of Potterverse swag for only $40 bucks a month. This includes items exclusive to Accio! as well as house specific treats so you can show your individual Hogwarts pride. This is a great gift for the Witch or Wizard who has everything!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Honeydukes Emporium Exploding Bon Bons Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys Potterheads are in the full throes of wondrous Potterverse love again, and all is right with the world. We have a new film, have celebrated 20 years with Harry, and today honor his and J.K. Rowling’s birthday. So now that we have binged all the movies again, scoured every page of Potter delight,  and named all your pets Dobby…now what? Comfort all your magical needs with these wonderful wizard gifts, no matter what your house.Gryffindor Wax SealWhat better way to send a message than with a flourish of courage from the bravest house in Hogwarts. This Gryffindor wax seal set comes in the traditional house colors. Show the world you’re a proud lion for $29.50.Hogwarts Letter Slouch BackpackHarry’s acceptance letter can be yours forever as a handy backpack. Plus you’ve got his address saved in a safe place in case you ever have to drop him a note. Currently $34.50.center_img Stay on target In the Potterverse Honeyduke’s famous bonbons and made with pure Cocoa and Coconut Dynamite and exploded once you bit in! But don’t worry…these are dynamite free. The only thing these bonbons are exploding with is orange and pineapple flavor. Taste them now for $19.95.Yer A Wizard Phone CaseHagrid’s most memorable line scrawled across this beauty of a phone case from Jordanene. The durable case of a hybrid Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) and Polycarbonate (PC) material. Only available for iPhone but goes from 5 to 7 plus.Marauders Maplast_img read more

SDSU West initiative latest

first_img Updated: 9:45 PM January 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Friends of SDSU, Mission Valley, SDSU West FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Backers of a ballot initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion plan to submit their petitions to election officials tomorrow.Friends of SDSU will gather at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to submit more than 100,000 petition signatures to be verified by officials. To appear on the ballot, the group needs 71,646 verified signatures.City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, Fred Pierce of Friends of SDSU and others will speak in support of the effort.“Once verified, these signatures will qualify SDSU West for a 2018 ballot,” said Kim Kilkenny of Friends of SDSU. “With overwhelming support for SDSU and the positive impacts the university provides to our community, San Diegans clearly support SDSU West to ensure the Mission Valley stadium site is used to benefit the public, provide a place for SDSU to grow and thrive, and guarantee a permanent, public river park and open space.”The Friends group had until the end of March to collect signatures but members previously indicated they wanted to wrap up the signature drive by the end of the year.If enough signatures are verified, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the initiative or place it before voters. A competing initiative, which would result in a soccer-centric commercial development, qualified earlier this year and will go onto a 2018 ballot.If both SDSU West and SoccerCity are approved in an election, the one that receives the most votes would be adopted.The SDSU West initiative would lead to the sale of the property to SDSU, which would be required to create a comprehensive development plan.School officials in the fall outlined their vision for the project, including 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus. center_img Lauren Phinney SDSU West initiative latest Posted: January 15, 2018last_img read more

Another strong coho run forecast for Columbia

first_imgAnother strong coho run is predicted to enter the Columbia River in 2015, although far smaller than the monster return of 2014.State, federal and tribal biologists have released the Oregon Production Index forecast, which predicts 1,015,000 coho will be swimming in ocean south of Leadbetter Point at the northern tip of Long Beach Peninsula.It is the prediction before coho get caught in sport, commercial and tribal season off the Washington and northern Oregon coasts.The Columbia River’s contribution to that forecast is 777,100 coho. To break it down further, the Columbia River early-stock forecast is 515,200 and while the late stock prediction is 261,800.Again, those are before ocean harvest occurs.In 2014, the actual returns were 760,500 early coho and 480,300 late coho.“We’re still looking at a very good return,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “In fact, since 1998, we have had only four runs that were larger.”“It’s not as good a forecast as last year’s epic return, but it’s plenty of fish for some early and late opportunity,” said Lance Fisher, a Oregon-based guide. “I’m excited. Coming off the numbers we saw in 2012 and 2013, we’d be real excited. It’s a lot better than 200,000 to 300,000.”Early coho enter the Columbia River in August and the first part of September. They are a big contributor to the sport catch at Buoy 10, the name of the popular August fishery between Buoy No. 10 where the Columbia meets the ocean and Tongue Point, 16 miles upstream.last_img read more