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Civil Society activists Create Moroccan Observatory of Violence in Schools

By Elarbi ImadRabat – Supported by the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) and in partnership with Ideaborn, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education organized a press conference and a roundtable under the theme “The Role of Citizenship Education to Prevent School Violence Against Girls” on May 26-27, 2016.The main objective of both events was to discuss with educators, civil society leaders, and mass media the best ways to integrate education to combat school violence against girls and promote equality. The press conference featured the announcement of the creation of the Moroccan Observatory of Violence in Schools to be hosted by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education. The roundtable was organized in coordination with the Provincial Directorate of the Ministry of Education of Ain Sbaa Hay Mohammadi in Casablanca at the Ibn Rochd Middle School.More than 40 teachers, supervisors, parents’ associations, school principals, NGOs and community leaders, and students participated in the event and were actively engaged in discussing the main causes of school violence and how to remedy them.The roundtable featured a short research presentation on school violence in Moroccan middle schools conducted by Elarbi Imad, President of the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, who also gave an overview of the Forming Responsible Citizen Project that is promoted by the UFM, coordinated by Ideaborn and being implemented by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education in Morocco and the Social Development and Empowerment Center in Tunisia.“Forming Responsible Citizens” is an ambitious project aiming to achieve the following main objectives:To establish schools as a key vehicle to spread good citizenship and gender equality values through the implementation of a more effective and up-to-date citizenship education curriculum;To reduce, then prevent juvenile violence, especially against girls and women;To encourage policy makers and legislators to invest more effort in gender equality and prevention of violence through the anchoring of sound values of equality in the Moroccan education system. read more

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Texas advances bill to stiffen penalties for pipeline damage

AUSTIN, Texas — A bill that would stiffen penalties for those who damage or trespass around oil and gas operations is advancing through the Texas Legislature.Republicans say the measure that passed the Texas Senate on Monday would not limit legal protests but would deter people from damaging any property deemed critical infrastructure.Republican Rep. Chris Paddie’s bill would classify pipelines as critical infrastructure , putting them in the same category as power plants and water treatment facilities. It would protect any property deemed critical infrastructure.The amended bill would still subject those who trespass and damage the facility to a third degree felony with up to 10 years in prison. But people impairing or interrupting operations would now face a misdemeanour with a fine up to $10,000 and potentially up to one year in jail.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Niagara police arrest BC man on child pornography charges

A 48-year-old man from British Columbia is facing child pornography charges following an investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers launched an investigation into a British Columbia man who was re-entering Canada from the United States on Monday.Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Internet Child Exploitation were contacted and arrested Surgit Singh Bachra.He has been charged with possession of child pornography and importing child pornography.Bachra remains in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday in St. Catharines.

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UNDP Shell petroleum company to assess social impact of major China pipeline

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Shell petroleum company have agreed to assess the social impact of China’s West-East Pipeline project, the UN agency announced today.The assessment is intended to help maximize economic and social benefits in communities affected by the project and promote equitable development in areas adjoining the pipeline’s route in western China, according to a statement released by UNDP. There are also prospects that the gas can help reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by replacing coal for power generation.The planned pipeline, about 4,000 kilometres long, will bring gas from western China to Shanghai and the east, passing through eight provinces and autonomous regions.Under the agreement, UNDP will lead a consultation programme along the pipeline route that will carry out surveys and interviews with local people, community organizations and others affected by the project. “Infrastructure projects are very important for the development of a country, but the difficulty lies in how to strike the right balance between national and local interests,” said Kerstin Leitner, UNDP Resident Representative. “Ensuring that local communities truly benefit from this project is the challenge ahead.”The programme will rely on government organizations, academics and independent international social experts to carry out the assessment, to be completed by July. The findings and conclusions will be used by the partners in the pipeline and government authorities to formulate social investment and development projects.The study is one element of an overall environmental and social impact assessment being conducted by Shell China Exploration and Production Co. Ltd., the leader of the consortium currently in discussions with PetroChina over possible participation in the West-East Pipeline project. read more

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Mali site added to List of World Heritage in Danger – UNESCO

“The Committee expressed concern over the property, which is situated in an area affected by insecurity,” said the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a statement today, referring to the latest decision by the World Heritage Committee.“This situation is preventing safeguarding measures from addressing issues that include the deterioration of construction materials in the historic town, urbanization, and the erosion of the archaeological site,” said UNESCOThe statement also noted that Committee appealed to the international community to support Mali in efforts to ensure the protection of the site. Inhabited since 250 B.C., the Old Towns of Djenné became a market centre and an important link in the trans-Saharan gold trade. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was one of the centres for the propagation of Islam. Its traditional houses, of which nearly 2,000 have survived, are built on hillocks (toguere) as protection from the seasonal floods. The site located, in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988. The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and to encourage corrective action. The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee began on 10 July and will continue until 20 July. It is chaired by Ambassador, Director General of Cultural Affairs and Promotion Abroad of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lale Ülker. read more

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Intrinsic safety specialist supports Englands National Coal Mining Museum

first_imgMutech, one of the UK’s leading electronics design and manufacturing companies, has pledged its charitable support to the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCM) based in Overton, near Wakefield. The NCM, formerly Caphouse Colliery working mine, which ceased production in 1985, preserves the heritage of coal mining in England, attracting thousands of visitors annually from the UK and overseas. Liz Orme, Development Officer for the NCM, explains: “With Mutech’s help we will continue to raise awareness of our exciting exhibitions and events as well as spread the word about the museum’s educational value for both children and adults. We are delighted that Mutech has chosen to support our work and we look forward to building a long term relationship with them in the future.”Sarah Varney, Mutech Operations Director, comments: “As part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) we wanted to support a charity that would be relevant to our expertise in intrinsically safe mining equipment and therefore close to our hearts. In line with other sponsored museums, NCM’s funding will be reduced over the next four years, so the museum needs to attract donations, sponsorship, legacies and grants to continue to develop and expand. We are committed to helping the organisation keep the history of coal mining alive for future generations. Mutech is also looking forward to welcoming NCM personnel as guests of honour at our Christmas Open Day in December, and Mutech representatives will be visiting the museum in 2012.”Mutech designs, builds and tests ATEX and MSHA approved products for customers in mining and other hazardous areas. A member of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC), Mutech has 25 years experience in electronics design and manufacture of intrinsic safety equipment for leading worldwide companies.Expert in intrinsic safety (IS) and other equipment for hazardous areas Mutech’s aim is to become a leading ‘Centre of Excellence’ particularly in life sciences. It specialises in providing bespoke solutions for demanding environments. Celebrating its silver jubilee in 2012, the company delivers a broad spectrum of electronics product development and manufacture.last_img read more

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SEI selected for power protection and control systems at KS Legacy Project

first_imgSchweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has announced that K+S Potash Canada has selected its relays and communications products to protect and control a new potash mine now under construction in Saskatchewan. The new $3.7 billion Legacy Project is the first solution potash mine to be built in Saskatchewan in nearly 40 years. Commissioning of the Legacy Project potash mine, near Moose Jaw, is targeted for 2016, with a total of 36 production caverns. Solution mining necessitates the drilling of two boreholes, one of which is used to inject solutions to dissolve the crude salt from the deposits, which gathers in underground caverns. The liquid introduced into the caverns displaces the generated brine, which is then transported to the surface by another pipeline.SEL equipment is not new to the worldofpotash mining. The company has been providing protectionand control solutions to this industry in Canada since 2005, “helping to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of electric power in the industry.” After almost ten years of success in Saskatchewan potash mines, the Legacy Project is taking SEL equipment one step further by introducing IEC 61850 communication for complete electrical distribution system control, monitoring, and integration. Today, SEL equipment is installed in nine of the ten major potash mines across Saskatchewan. With SEL relays and fault indicators providing protection in some of the harshest mining applications, such as the mobile underground substations called sleds, “the choice to apply SEL products exclusively was easy for the designers of the K+S Legacy Project” says the company.In 2013, as part of a different project, Mark Payton, senior specialist for SEL Engineering Services, visited a mine in Saskatchewan. That project included upgrading manyof the mine’s sleds with SEL relays. “Each sled had a breaker, a transformer, and two SEL-751A Feeder Protection Relays – one primary and one secondary,” Payton said. “There are two types of sleds: miner sleds power the mining equipment, and drive sleds, power pumps, fans, lighting, and everything else in the mine.” SEL relays are designed to trip a circuit breaker when a fault is detected or when too much electricity could damage the system or create an unsafe environment. The need for relays to act quickly, within a few thousandths of a second, is especially difficult in these environments, and also of the utmost importance in order to keep people safe in mines.last_img read more

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NYCC pleads with its guests to shower and wear deodorant

first_imgThis year’s New York Comic Con kicked off yesterday (we kicked off NYCC with our friends at Hasbro), and New York City is now flooded with people dressed up in costumes and carrying bags full of swag, either going to or coming from the convention floor.Though NYCC isn’t as big as San Diego Comic-Con, it’s still an enormous show with much to see. Stepping into the convention center can quickly become overwhelming, with people packed shoulder-to-shoulder, and giant, colorful signs pointing you in every direction. NYCC has done us all a favor and compiled a quick survival guide for the show, and in that guide, all guests are urged to shower and wear deodorant, because guests not doing so has become too big of a problem to ignore.The first two steps in the survival guide are fairly normal tips: download the NYCC app so you can be kept abreast of the show’s events, and then carefully plan your day’s itinerary so you can maximize your visit to the con. The third step, though, is something you wouldn’t expect to see on an official comics convention survival guide — until, that is, you’ve been to a comics (or gaming, or any other) convention: shower and wear deodorant.You’d think the convention show-runners wouldn’t have to remind their attendees to take care of themselves like a normal human being should, but if you’ve ever been to a big con, you know not everyone adheres to basic human hygiene.This happens for a few reasons: either some people are just gross, some people do as much as they can at the con and cut out hygiene time to maximize that efficiency, and other people’s bodies are susceptible to the rigors of being packed tightly into a hot space with fellow humans.Whatever the case may be, NYCC urges everyone to take care of themselves so their pungent odors don’t ruin the fun for everyone else. At a con, there isn’t much worse than waiting two hours for a panel and being stuck between two people who smell like a trash can left out on the street during the summer.[Image credit: numb on Flickr]last_img read more

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Grave in Greece honours Alexander the Greats best friend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An opulent underground monument in northern Greece that caused a stir when excavated last year may have been a symbolic grave – but not the final resting place – of the closest friend and general of ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great, the excavator claimed on Wednesday.Archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said she believes the vaulted structure, decorated with sculptures and a mosaic floor, “was a funerary monument for Hephaestion”.The Macedonian nobleman grew up with Alexander and died in Persia in 324BC, pre-deceasing the king by less than a year and driving him into a frenzy of grief during which he ordered a series of monuments to be built for Hephaestion across his newly-won empire.But Peristeri said there was no evidence Hephaestion was actually buried at the tomb in Amhipolis, east of Thessaloniki, whose excavation grabbed headlines, provoking speculation that it might belong to Alexander himself, who lived from 356-323 B.C.Another archaeologist however, who was not involved in the excavation, rejected her identification as “totally unfounded.” Panayiotis Faklaris, associate professor at the University of Thessaloniki, told the Associated Press the tomb more likely belonged to some prominent ancient citizen of Amphipolis.“There is no historic or scientific basis” for what Peristeri claimed, he said. “Hephaestion had no connection with Amphipolis.”The discovery caused controversy from the outset. Other experts criticized Peristeri for digging too fast and creating unjustified expectations that the tomb was unplundered.The monument contained twin marble statues of sphinxes and young women, had a painted frieze – parts of which survive – and, according to Peristeri, was topped with a large marble lion now standing a few kilometers away.Peristeri has offered no explanation of one of the find’s strangest features – that it sheltered at least five skeletons, including an elderly woman and a baby.She argued Wednesday that fragmentary inscriptions link the monument with Hephaestion, and said an Alexander-era coin found in the monument – which she thinks was filled with earth generations later to protect it from vandals – confirms it was built in 325-300 B.C.Alexander led an army of Greeks to conquer a vast empire stretching as far as modern Pakistan. Ancient writers say he considered Hephaestion to be his alter ego, making him the second most powerful man in the empire.When Hephaestion died, Alexander is recorded to have granted him hero’s rites, declared mourning throughout the empire and had him cremated in Babylon at enormous expense.Source:APlast_img read more

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Orchidées Deux nouvelles espèces découvertes à Cuba

first_imgOrchidées : Deux nouvelles espèces découvertes à CubaDeux nouvelles espèces d’orchidées viennent de faire leur apparition à Cuba. Il s’agit d’espèces endémiques des Caraïbes appelées Tetramicra Riparia et Encyclia Navarroi.Comme le dévoile le site futura-sciences, deux espèces inédites d’orchidées ont été découvertes à Cuba. Il faut dire que les Caraïbes bénéficient d’une biodiversité particulièrement luxuriante. C’est à l’est du parc national Alejandro de Humboldt qu’une équipe de recherche espagnole de l’université de Vigo a découvert la Tetramicra Riparia. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle espèce d’orchidée qui se caractérise par ses très petites fleurs. Elle se développe à proximité de plans d’eau, et notamment sur les rives des ruisseaux pierreux, dans les montagnes proches de Baracoa, la région la plus pluvieuse de Cuba. L’équipe de recherche espagnole découvrait par ailleurs Encyclia Navarroi, la deuxième espèce inédite d’orchidée, un an plus tôt, à l’ouest du même parc. L’Encyclia Navarroi se caractérise quant à elle par ses très grandes fleurs.Les orchidées font partie des rares plantes à compter plus de 25 000 espèces différentes, ce qui est très étonnant étant donné que la plupart d’entre elles ne possèdent pas de nectar. Pour attirer les insectes, l’orchidée se transforme et modifie sa forme et sa couleur pour ressembler à la femelle du pollinisateur. Le 30 décembre 2012 à 11:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Silva Uniteds poor start hasnt helped Fred

first_imgGilberto Silva insists Manchester United’s poor start to the season hasn’t helped Fred.The Brazil international joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer but has struggled to have an impact in the Premier League so far.But Gilberto Silva insists Mourinho’s team have been worryingly inconsistent with good results quickly followed by a poor performance, and that hasn’t Fred.“The moment at the club is not the best,” the former midfielder said, according to Daily Mail. “That has been a problem. And that means there has been a lot of pressure on him and the rest of the players.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Also, Fred has been used to playing in a certain system in Ukraine and now he has to get used to another one.”“But I know him well. I know he will fight. When I speak to him he tells me he just wants to work harder. He is very determined to be a success.”“And I am sure he will be.”Silva reveals he is still in touch with Fred on a frequent basis and that the Brazilian is determined to be a success at Old Trafford.“It takes time to get used to football in England. It was hard for me when I first came to Arsenal from Brazil. Everything is different. The pace and the tempo of game. The intensity. It is so different to Brazil.”last_img read more

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Pep happy with De Bruynes Man of the Match display

first_imgPep Guardiola revealed he was proud of Kevin De Bruyne’s performance in the club’s 5-0 routing of Burnley FC in the Fourth round of the FA Cup.Midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne was in superb form as provided two assists in addition to his stunning long-range strike in what was a Man of the Match display to earn the plaudits of his managerGuardiola admitted the Belgian still needs minutes to regain his best form but is pleased with the playmaker’s recovery.“It’s not easy when players have long injuries,” he said via the club’s website. “That’s why we tried to handle his minutes.“Of course, we need him because he’s so clever and aggressive in his game. He helps a lot.”Asked if he would relish or fear the prospect of a Manchester Derby in the FA Cup Fifth Round draw, Guardiola replied: “I can’t control the draw!jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“It’s important to be in there. United have also won eight games in a row but I don’t know what the draw will be.“Hopefully, we can go through.”Up next for Man City is a League tie away to struggling Newcastle United as they bid to maintain their chase on League leaders, Liverpool.Ohhh Kevin De Bruyne 🎶 Here’s City’s 3rd goal, with a rocket coming from De Bruyne ⚽️ (3-0)#MCFC #MCIBUR pic.twitter.com/E9t74wwqiw— City Central (@City_CentraI) January 26, 2019last_img read more

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Annual Concert at the Lakes event in Santee with emcee Shotgun Tom

first_img Jason Austell, KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 13, 2018 Jason Austell, KUSI Newsroom, July 13, 2018 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) – The annual Concert at the Lakes event comes to Santee July 28. The nation’s leading 1970’s disco band “Polyester Express” is set to perform. Scholarship recepient, Adela Parra, and concert emcee, Shotgun Tom Kelly were in studio with the details.Polyester Express continues to “WOW” Audiences with their spectacular groovy costume changes, fantastic horn Section and choreography. Their audience interaction makes it a real party!! The 12 pieces band can do it all… Join us under the Disco Ball, They’ll Make You Feel Like Dancin!’Since 1991, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation has offered scholarships to high school students who may not graduate. High school graduation is considered essential for long-term success and independence. The Foundation believes that the best way to help these students is to provide them the support and encouragement necessary to empower them to take charge of their destiny, beginning with completion of high school. The Foundation was established by the Santee Lakeside Rotary Club to raise funds to provide incentives to students that will help them to graduate. The incentive is a two-year scholarship to a college or an accredited business/trade school of their choice if they graduate with their class.For more information, click here. Annual Concert at the Lakes event in Santee, with emcee Shotgun Tom Kelly Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Sale of Nielsen Business Media Would Face RBI Hurdle

first_imgNielsen Business Media confirmed that the company has combined its Film & Performing Arts and Music & Literary groups to form the Entertainment Group, including products such as Backstage, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Gerry Byrne, who has been an adviser to the company for about a year, has been named senior vice president.Overshadowing this news are rumors that Nielsen may be considering a sale of its trade titles, as reported by the New York Post earlier this week, indicating that “non-core assets” could be sold “if the right offer materialized.” The rumors come one week after Reed Elsevier announced plans to divest Reed Business Information, its business sector magazine publisher. Early estimates put a RBI sale at about $2 billion.In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Nielsen Business Media spokesperson Marisa Grimes wrote that the company does not have plans to sell Nielsen’s Business Media division or its individual publications. According to one industry observer, the idea is “just speculation.” But others around the industry aren’t so sure. A source tells FOLIO: that it is “highly likely” that Nielsen will sell its business media division “at some point.” “It’s just not a strategic fit with the rest of the company, accounting for only about 10 percent of revenues,” the observer says. “This is more than speculation. There is a plan here that I think will unfold in the next 12 to 18 months.”Nielsen Business Media also publishes Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines. Earlier this month, the publisher said Adweek, which scaled back its frequency from 47 issues per year to 36, saw ad pages decline by nearly 100 in 2007 over 2006.Not Easy, Not ImpossibleA potential sale of Nielsen Business Media could face some significant hurdles including market competition from RBI and potential dilution of NBM’s entry multiple. “When the company was last sold, the total business went for 13 to 14 times EBITDA,” the observer says. “They’re not going to get that multiple now.” Formerly VNU Business Media, Nielsen was purchased in 2006 for $11.1 billion by Valcon Acquisition B.V., a consortium of private equity firms.“This by no means is impossible, though,” the observer says. “Maybe someone with the right vision and access to enough capital could come along and buy both it and RBI and combine the two. Who knows?”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Friday Nov 23 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsHouse District One race still tied, headed for coin tossJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauThe tied Fairbanks race between Republican Bart LeBon and Democrat Kathryn Dodge will decide the balance of power in the Alaska House.New federal report: Climate change is going to be expensive in Alaska and impact every household in the stateAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe latest National Climate Assessment, released today, devotes an entire chapter to Alaska and describes the state as one of the fastest warming places on earth.Medicaid decision allows more beds for substance abuse treatmentLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – WashingtonMedicaid has an old rule that says it won’t pay for substance abuse treatment if a facility has more than 16 beds. Alaska can now ignore that restriction.Small Business Saturday spotlights Alaska companiesKirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBetween Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Small Business Saturday, a nationwide recognition of the role of small businesses in communities across the country: In Alaska, they help generate the majority of net employment growth in the private sector.Scientists map shifting migration around Alaska mountains, using GPS-equipped eaglesNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageWhen golden eagles migrate to and from Alaska each year, they have to navigate around the 16,000-foot peaks of the Wrangell Mountains. A new study examines how the weather affects their route.Bethel remembers Mary Ciuniq PeteKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelMary Ciuniq Pete, who died Nov. 17, left behind a huge legacy as a fierce advocate for subsistence practices and Alaskan students. AK: Heated by hot springs, Tenakee Springs Museum tells community’s storyEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe Tenakee Springs Museum is filled with pieces of the town’s fishing and canning past, as well as stone tools and other items from the Tlingit people who first inhabited the land.49 Voices: Russell Sell of AnchorageDave Waldron, APRN – AnchorageThis week 49 Voices features Anchorage resident Russell Sell, an experienced skier and owner of SkiAK in Midtown Anchorage.last_img read more

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Protest over incharge VCs appointments

first_imgOsmania University: Telangana Navanirman Vidhyarthi Sena (TNVS) criticised state government for appointing IAS officer as OU in-charge Vice-Chancellor. Speaking to media TNVS president Shiva Prasad said the government was trying to ride rough shroud over universities.He said university’s autonomy was being weaned. He demanded appointment of qualified Vice-Chancellor to OU. He threatened to agitate all over the state if the demand is not met.last_img

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Ricky Ponting MS Dhonis record up for grabs Virat Kohli all set

first_imgTeam India led by Virat Kohli is all set to commence its campaign in the World Test Championship with the first Test match against West Indies. The hosts are a formidable force in red-ball cricket, especially in home conditions and hence, the challenge will be steep for the Indian side.However, the visitors are in form after having won the T20I and ODI series and their skipper is in roaring form. In the first match, Kohli has an added incentive to lay a marker for the rest of the series. If he does get to a century, he will join former Australian captain Ricky Ponting to have scored 19 Test tons as a captain. Former South African captain Graeme Smith leads the pack with 25 Test centuries as skipper.Not only this, but Kohli also has a shot at equalling MS Dhoni’s tally of 27 Test wins as a skipper. Currently, India has won 26 matches under Virat Kohli’s watch and if they manage to topple Jason Holder’s men, Kohli will equal Dhoni’s feat.Kohli on Test cricket Virat KohliMark Evans/Getty ImagesHe has always spoken highly about Test cricket and when the Test championship was started, Kohli spoke about how this format gave more significance to each game which will also be more appealing to the audience.”We all were looking forward to it. We felt like there were a few series in between where after big tours we felt like maybe a one-off Test or a couple of Tests were not apt for the moment. But this gives a lot of context to all kinds of cricket we’re going to play,” Kohli said about the World Test Championship.”It will be challenging, but all the more exciting and all the teams I am sure are going to enjoy a lot through this whole journey of the Test Championship,” he further added. Team IndiaCameron Spencer/Getty ImagesIndia takes on West Indies in a 2-match Test series, the first of which will be played at North Sound, Antigua on Thursday, August 22. The side got good match-practice with a convincing performance against West Indies ‘A’ in the tour game.”All the fast bowlers know there is good competition and that everyone is going to get an opportunity. Whoever does well, will get to play more. If we think in that manner, it’s good for us because we will try to improve ourselves,” fast bowler Umesh Yadav said after the match, which in many ways, is a reflection of the mood in the Indian camp.last_img read more

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Lawyer Says Ruling on Texas Foster Care System Is Foundation for Reform

first_img Share 00:00 /09:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X A lawyer representing children in a years-long lawsuit over Texas’ foster care system told Houston Matters Friday a ruling announced this week is the foundation to reform the system.Yetter Coleman LLPPaul Yetter.Paul Yetter, partner at Yetter Coleman LLP, categorized the ruling by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as “a huge victory for Texas children.” “Basically, what the Court of Appeals has ruled is that the State of Texas has to make sure that its caseworkers can keep children safe and that investigations find abuse and they can prevent it,” Yetter told Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin.One of the main points of the ruling orders that Texas decrease caseloads for overburdened workers and Yetter underscored the importance of these professionals. “The case worker is the single adult in some of these young children’s lives that is there to watch after them.”“Without a case worker who is trained and has the time to keep the child safe,” Yetter added, “these children are left to, you know, suffer all sorts of abuse at the hands of caregivers that, you know, frankly have bad intentions.”The lawyer also highlighted two experts on child welfare will be tasked with overseeing and keeping track of the changes the state implements. “Ultimately, and it will take time, ultimately there will be a safe foster care system for these innocent children,” he said.Yetter would like the state not to keep litigating over the foster care system, as it has done for several years, and hopes Governor Greg Abbott will focus on the reform as “a positive step for the state and that we will start seeing reforms and cooperation in keeping these children safe.”The Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that “(The) Fifth Circuit’s decision affirmed many of the significant changes the state has made to our foster care system. While the program still faces challenges, the Fifth Circuit upheld significant parts of the program as constitutional while finding that the District Court engaged in judicial overreach in entering an overbroad and impractical injunction.”The statement added that at this time, they can’t comment on plans for future litigation.The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said it’s reviewing the ruling carefully.last_img read more

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These Dragon Ball Z Kicks From Adidas Actually Look Like Trash

first_img If you’re a big fan of repping how much you love your favorite anime series, you may want to pass on this absolutely awful-looking line of Adidas x Dragon Ball Z sneakers.As painful as it is to denounce any official product that draws from one of my favorite shonen anime series of all time, I just can’t get behind the reported line of Dragon Ball Z shoes from the sneaker brand. The line, which features seven different designs, has a special shoe based on most of the show’s popular characters, including Goku and Frieza, as seen below. They’re apparently the first two shoes you’ll be able to snag, and while the Frieza shoe is serviceable, I’m not sure what they were thinking with Goku’s.Below, you can see a muted orange monstrosity that doesn’t even begin to match Goku’s go, as well as bright red that doesn’t really match anything he has on (except maybe his power pole from back in the day). The blue undertones match his undershirt, and the gold is apparently a nod to his Super Saiyan form, but here’s the thing – it looks like a hodgepodge of random colors that just don’t fit together at all. The design, based on the Adidas ZX500 RM, is fine, but these colors? Nope.via sneakernews.comFrieza’s shoe design is based on the Adidas Yung-1, and while the colors are definitely evocative of Frieza, the shoe design and coloring together don’t exactly make for an attractive or slick shoe. It’s still years ahead of Goku’s abhorrent creation, though, so that stands for something.via sneakernews.comSupposedly, characters like Cell are on their way, as well as Gohan, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and Shenron — but we haven’t seen the official reveal from Adidas just yet. When reached for comment by Polygon, Adidas stated that the brand doesn’t comment on rumored products. So it’s still not official. Maybe, just maybe, if they’re not, these Goku shoes can get some sort of makeover. Because right now? I totally wouldn’t let those things near my feet. Let’s get some more accurate coloring, and then we’ll talk.Dig sweet kicks? We do too. Check out the latest in sneaker tech here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeHere’s When You Can Buy Those Awful Dragon Ball Z x Adidas Sneakers last_img read more

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Gritty deer invades HS football game to lead block on kick return

first_imgEvery football team needs someone who’s willing to forego the awards and recognition and do all the little things like excelling on special teams. For Coupeville High School in Washington that glue guy was a deer who ran onto the field during a kickoff, just in time to lead the returner down the field for a TD.Animals are amazing creatures, but they’re even more beautiful when they’re doing all the little things it takes to  win championships.last_img

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