Just before ban tourist rush at Oz Uluru

first_imgSydney: A looming ban on climbing Australia’s Uluru rock, intended to protect the sacred site from damage, has instead triggered a damaging influx of visitors, tourism operators said Friday. Clambering up the giant red monolith, also known as Ayers Rock, will be prohibited from October — in line with the wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land, the Anangu. But a rush to beat the ban has led to a sharp increase in tourists and is causing its own problems for the World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingFamilies arriving in campers vans and RVs are a particular problem, chief executive of Tourism Central Australia Stephen Schwer said. “We have got so much of one particular market coming, we don’t have enough infrastructure to handle the number of drive travellers.” While most visitors are doing the right thing, camping venues in the area are at capacity with advance bookings, leaving many less organised arrivals to set up illegally. “People don’t realise when they go off the road they are actually trespassing on pastoral land, or Aboriginal land, or protected land,” Schwer said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”We are getting people that are leaving their rubbish behind and lighting fires,” he added. “Sadly, people are also emptying their toilet waste out of their vans on what they think is unpopulated land, but is actually private land.” In the 12 months to June 2019, more than 395,000 people visited the Uluru-Kata National Park, according to Parks Australia, about 20 percent more than the previous year. Yet just 13 percent of those who visited also climbed the rock, the government agency said. Tourism operators say that Australian and Japanese tourists most commonly seek to climb Uluru. The Aboriginal connection to the site dates back tens of thousands of years and it has great spiritual and cultural significance to them. “Since the hand back of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to traditional owners in 1985, visitors have been encouraged to develop an understanding and respect for Anangu and their culture,” a spokesperson for Parks Australia said. “This is reflected in the ‘please don’t climb’ message,” they added. Lyndee Severin from Curtin Springs station and roadhouse, one of just a few camping venues within 100 kilometres of Uluru, said “the vast majority of people are doing the right thing” but hundreds were setting up illegally by the side of the road or down a bush track. “So we have some people that think that the rules don’t apply to them,” she said.last_img read more

India A take handy lead of 71 runs in first innings against

first_imgNorth Sound (Antigua): Comeback man Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube shared 124 crucial runs for the sixth wicket after a top order struggle as India A took a 71-run lead in their first innings on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against West India A here. After resuming on 70 for 1, India A added 229 runs at the expense of seven wickets as the visitors were placed at 299 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India A had bowled out the home side for 228 on the first day. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSaha, who was named in the Test squad for the West Indies tour next month after spending in the sidelines for more than a year due to an injury, was batting on 61 not out off 146 deliveries. He has hit six fours do far. The Bengal wicketkeeper batsman and Dube revived the India A innings after they were reduced to 168 for 5. After Dube was out, India A lost two lower-order batsmen in quick succession for the addition of just seven runs. Krishnappa Gowtham (6) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) were out at the score of 299. The stumps were drawn when Nadeem was out in the 99th over of the India A innings. Earlier, opener Priyank Panchal (49) and Shubman Gill (40) added 46 runs for the second wicket before they were separated. Captain Hanuma Vihari contributed 31 runs off 80 deliveries while Srikar Bharat was out for a first-ball duck as India lost wickets at regular intervals.last_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on migrant detainees rights to challenge incarceration

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court is to rule today on whether immigration detainees have the right to challenge their detentions in person before judges.Migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can now only challenge their detentions through an immigration tribunal, whose decisions are subject to only limited judicial review.The case centres on a Pakistani man, Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina, who was granted refugee protection in Canada in 2006, but was later detained after authorities learned he had a criminal record.He failed in 12 attempts to the Immigration and Review Board to be released and was eventually deported to Pakistan, but his lawyers have continued to pursue the case.The federal government argued that extending the right to direct hearings before judges to migrant detainees would create uncertainty in the legal processes involving these decisions.The Justice Department has argued that the current system offers a comprehensive and expert process by an independent, quasi-judicial board that provides a meaningful review.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CMF and Google Canada announce partnership for iconic Canadian content

first_imgWhile discussions with industry partners continue, the channel aims to offer classic Canadian programming in various genres (drama, documentary, children’s and youth, performing arts) from both the big and small screens dating from as far back as 1995. By opening the door to rights clearances, Canada’s producers, unions, guilds and rights holders have each played an essential role in bringing this project to light.The channel will be managed by BBTV, the world’s largest Multi-Channel Network (MCN) and the third-largest video property in the world. Deluxe Toronto will oversee the digitization of the catalogue, preparing all content for high-quality YouTube video playback.“This is Canada’s industry working together to bring back cherished and valuable content for Canadians and the world to enjoy – on all platforms, anytime, anywhere,” says Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “With the support of Canada’s audiovisual industry, the CMF is uniquely positioned to lead this innovative and forward-thinking project that both connects us to our past, and builds a legacy for tomorrow.”“YouTube is where the world comes to watch, and we are excited about the potential for this initiative to both preserve Canadian cultural history and share incredible Canadian content with new audiences both at home and around the globe. This will be a fantastic opportunity to make these iconic Canadian films and television accessible to all,” said Sam Sebastian, Google VP and Managing Director, Google Canada.“There isn’t a better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, than by making Canada’s diverse Film and TV content available for everyone to enjoy,” says Nick Iannelli, Senior VP Deluxe Toronto. “The pleasure we’ve had in helping to create some of these programs can now continue to be shared for generations to come.”“Canadian cinema has long been renowned for its quality and originality, and we’re pleased to be supporting this initiative aimed at helping audiences discover—or rediscover—great Canadian content from the recent past,” said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm’s Executive Director. “This initiative aligns perfectly with our commitment to building audiences, at home and abroad, for Canadian content on multiple platforms, anytime, anywhere. It’s also a wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s 150th!”“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, help revive well-loved Canadian film and television programming and share it with viewers at home and abroad,” says Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the CMF and our members to help make this vision a reality.”“The AQPM is pleased to partner on this innovative project and looks forward to helping promote extraordinary Canadian film and television, from the French-language market, with Canadians and world audiences alike,” says Hélène Messier, President and CEO, AQPM. “It’s more than another channel; it’s a guiding light to what our audiovisual industry has accomplished.”About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit http://www.cmf-fmc.ca/.About Google CanadaGoogle’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.  As a global technology leader, Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. With over 800 Googlers across four offices in Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, Google Canada’s engineers work on products used by millions of people worldwide everyday including Chrome & Chrome OS, Gmail, Google’s mobile apps and Google’s Ads and commerce infrastructure. Google Canada’s sales teams work across every industry in Canada with businesses of all sizes to grow their business online and make the most of the web. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Google Canada announced today they have entered into a new partnership to launch a YouTube channel for iconic Canadian film and television content from years gone by. The project is in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.Working closely with Canada’s film and television producers, unions, guilds and rights holders, the YouTube channel is being developed by the CMF and Google Canada, with support from Deluxe Toronto, BroadbandTV (BBTV), as well as the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and L’Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM). Telefilm Canada is also a key partner in this endeavor, providing financial and promotional support.In collaboration with industry partners, the CMF plans to give beloved stories back to Canadians by creating an online hub that showcases and celebrates iconic Canadian films, television and talent. The channel will also be an opportunity to test new business models for catalogue content, while generating worldwide exposure and stimulating demand for Canadian content, particularly with young audiences, who access media primarily via connected and mobile devices. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Algonquin Nation in Quebec faces political crisis

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsAn Algonquin community in Quebec is facing a political crisis that may force a new band election.“People are not happy with the leadership in the community,” said Velma Stanger, a member of the Timiskaming First Nation.Stanger has 193 signatures on a petition calling for a vote.According to the band’s election code, that’s enough for a new election.Stanger said 53 per cent of the community has signed her petition, but there’s a problem.Nobody has the records of who voted in the last election – only that 364 ballots were cast.According to the electoral officer, all the records from the last election were destroyed.“We needed that list in order to visit all the people who voted,” said Stanger.Velma Stanger of the Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTNThe petition states that by signing, signees confirm that they voted.But the band council said that’s not enough.They asked community members to come sign the same petition again at council, this time as a sworn legal statement, or affidavit.“We left it open for a month for people to come in and sign,” said Chief Wayne McKenzie.“Like I said, we weren’t against the petition, we’re letting people have their freedom of speech and freedom to do as they want to do, nobody signed that petition.”McKenzie said that many people who signed the petition were misled by Stanger.And the petition itself is retaliation for the band council doing its job.“The only reason they’re doing it is to try to save HRSD, the corporation on the reserve,” he said.McKenzie is referring to the Algonquin Nation Human Resources and Sustainable Development Corporation.ANHRSD is mandated to help train Algonquin in employment skills.McKenzie said when he asked for justification for certain expenses, they refused.“They came out swinging when we started asking about this, and then they throw this petition,” he said.As the director for ANHRSD, Stanger said the expenses have been explained to council.She added that the petition is born out of community frustration.Conrad Polson is a former chief. He said he doesn’t like where the council is heading.“My concern is the impacts on our children and grandchildren,” he told APTN News. “Those are going to be the ones footing the bill for the next little while.”Polson pointed to the looming sale of Steve’s Gas Bar as an example.He said there’s something fishy about council wanting to buy a gas station from one of it’s councillors for $350,000.Polson said he thinks the money spent buying and fixing the gas station can be better spent.“If you do the math, we could build a couple of gas stations, maybe even a little mall,” he said.McKenzie agreed the station is a fixer upper, but counters that it is profitable and in an excellent location.“We’re not going to get into a deal unless all the environmental studies are done, feasibility studies business plan, if it’s not feasible, we’re not going to get into it,” McKenzie said.Nearly a year after the petition was submitted, the petitioners have called for an election on April 21.“I’m just hoping that we get a lot of people out to vote, because that will say…that message will be a good one to the chief and council here that maybe it’s time to go,” said Stanger.McKenzie said the current council will not recognize any election.He said according to the code, only the council can call an election.And they have no intention to do so before the end of its current mandate in 2020.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

To grab property woman and lover bump off her parents

first_imgNew Delhi: To grab the parental property, a woman with her paramour hatched the dramatic plot to kill her parents by smothering them to death in Outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area. Police have found that the daughter was the main conspirator who mixed sleeping pills in their parent’s tea and later killed them with her lover.An investigator told this newspaper that the daughter during interrogation showed no remorse for killing her parents. “The duo hatched the plan to grab a property owned by the elderly couple at Deepak Vihar’s Nilothi extension. Roughly the cost of property estimated at Rs 50 lakh,” police said. Police identified the accused as Davinder Kaur alias Sonia (mastermind) and Prince Dixit alias Vikram. The investigation agency said that the accused wanted to sell the property so they have contacted few property dealers. “They wanted to flee Delhi at the earliest,” police said. The case came to the limelight on March 8 around 4.30 pm after information was received to police that a female body was found in the drain near village Sayed in Nangloi. “Apparently, it seemed that the deceased was murdered by someone and the dead body was thrown into the drain,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Seju P Kuruvilla. During the investigation, the body was identified as that of Jageer Kaur (47). On further enquiry, it was found that her husband Gurmeet Singh was also missing. During the search on March 9, a male body was found by the police team which was later identified as Gurmeet Singh. “During questioning, the statements of Davinder Kaur were found to be suspicious and contradictory with the facts and circumstances. After sustained interrogation, she finally revealed that she herself was involved in the murder of her parents,” said the DCP. Davinder told police that she had left her husband and was in the relationship with Prince Dixit for the last one year. “Davinder and Dixit wanted to grab the property at Deepak Vihar in Nilothi extension so the duo hatched a conspiracy to kill her parents and grab the property,” the officer said. Jageer Kaur left for Jalandhar on February 10. “On February 21, the accused intoxicated her father by mixing sleeping pills in his tea. At night, Dixit came to the house with two more people and smothered Gurmeet Singh to death. “They then packed the body in a suitcase and threw it in a drain near Sayed Nangloi village,” he added. Dixit fled to Lucknow the next morning along with the two other accused, the officer said. Dixit was informed a day before that Jageer Kaur would return Delhi from Punjab on March 2. “He came back to Delhi with one of his friends. The same day, her daughter gave sleeping pills to her mother and once she fell asleep, Kaur was smothered to death by the accused duo who then disposed of the body in the same drain after stuffing it inside a suitcase,” Kuruvilla said adding that Gurmeet was a carpenter by profession.last_img read more

DR Congo UN mission helps in rescue efforts after deadly airplane crash

The mission, known as MONUC, reports that 25 people were killed in the crash and many others have been injured.UN spokesperson Michele Montas said MONUC has provided fire-fighting equipment and has also helped evacuate victims from the crash site, while UN photographers are documenting the extent of the damage.She said UN humanitarian agencies also remain at the scene to provide further assistance to Congolese authorities, who are launching an investigation into the accident.Meanwhile, MONUC issued a statement today condemning Sunday’s arrest and the subsequent treatment of three magistrates by soldiers operating under the command of a regional military commander in the city of Kisangani.The three men were beaten violently when arrested at their homes and, while one was able to escape, the other two were held at a military centre overnight and treated so badly that they had to seek hospital care.In the statement the Mission called for an investigation into the commander, General Jean-Claude Kifwa, and his subordinates, and demanded their immediate suspension. The statement also called for Congolese authorities to take all measures to guarantee independent justice in the country, which is trying to rebuild after a brutal civil war. 4 October 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is taking part in rescue operations after a commercial aircraft crashed into a residential area of the capital, Kinshasa, earlier today. read more

Global population to pass 10 billion by 2100 UN projections indicate

3 May 2011The world’s population is projected to surge past 9 billion before 2050 and then reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century if current fertility rates continue at expected levels, according to United Nations figures unveiled today. Most of the increase will come from so-called “high fertility countries,” mainly in sub-Saharan Africa but also in some nations in Asia, Oceania and Latin America, the figures reveal.The 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects, prepared by the Population Division at the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), shows that a small variation in fertility could lead to major long-term differences in the size of the global population.Based on the medium projection, the number of people in the world – currently close to 7 billion – should pass 8 billion in 2023, 9 billion by 2041 and then 10 billion at some point after 2081.But a small increase in fertility could mean a global population of as much as 15.8 billion by 2100, while a small decrease could result in an eventual overall decline in population to 6.2 billion by the end of the century.Hania Zlotnik, Director of the Population Division, told journalists today that the populations of many countries are ageing and will continue to do so as their fertility rates decline.The population of countries classed as low-fertility or intermediate-fertility – including China, Russia and many countries in Europe – would thus peak well before the end of the century.Life expectancy is expected to rise across all categories of countries, particularly as better treatment for HIV/AIDS cuts early deaths in many sub-Saharan African countries. Global life expectancy is projected to increase from 68 years to 81 by the years 2095 to 2100.Ms. Zlotnik noted also that the world population will surpass 7 billion at some point later this year. read more

Ontario debt rating outlook cut to negative by Moodys

TORONTO — Moody’s credit rating agency changed the outlook on Ontario’s debt rating Wednesday to negative from stable, citing concerns about the province’s ability to eliminate a $12.5 billion deficit by 2017-18 as scheduled.“After several years of weak to moderate economic growth, and higher than previously anticipated deficits projected for the next two years, the province is facing a greater challenge to return to balanced outcomes than previously anticipated,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a statement.The change in outlook affects approximately $250 billion in debt securities, Moody’s said as it reaffirmed Ontario’s Aa2 ratings.The ratings agency didn’t wait for the Liberals to introduce their budget July 14 before lowering the outlook to negative, but Premier Kathleen Wynne has said it will be identical to the May 1 fiscal plan that was rejected by the opposition parties, triggering the June 12 election.“Although the province has not yet tabled a new budget following its June election, indications are that it will be little changed from the May budget, which Moody’s indicated was credit negative for the province,” said Moody’s vice president Michael Yake.“Failure to redress the fiscal challenges would add further pressures to a debt burden that has worsened in recent years.”Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the recently re-elected Liberal government remains committed to eliminating the $12.5 billion budget shortfall in three years, and blamed a weak economy and the federal government for the fact Ontario had to “adjust” its deficit targets for the next two years.“Due to lower revenue growth and federal cuts to transfers, we have adjusted short-term deficit targets but remain on track to balance the budget by 2017-18,” Sousa said in a statement.“We have cut expenses, and Ontario has become the leanest government in Canada with the lowest per-capita spending of any province.”But Moody’s said Ontario is facing a greater challenge to return to balanced budgets than previously anticipated, and warned the Liberal government will need to make “a considerable shift from recent trends” on spending if it is to meet its deficit targets.“Ontario’s rating could be downgraded if the province fails to provide clear signals of its ability and willingness to implement the required measures to redress the current fiscal pressures,” said Moody’s.“The outlook could return to stable if the province demonstrates through concrete measures that it will be able to achieve the very constrained expenditure growth rates and expected revenue growth over the term of its fiscal plan.”The Liberals were re-elected with a majority and the 2014 budget detailed plans for hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts, added Sousa.“I will be working with our new President of Treasury Board to further manage and control expenses and reduce our debt and deficit through a responsible plan that … includes new annual program savings targets of $250 million for 2014-15 and $500 million for each of the next two years,” he said.The Progressive Conservatives had warned in May and June that credit rating agencies were holding back on negative comments about the Liberal’s budget until after the June 12 election to avoid interfering in the campaign.The Canadian Press read more

Brock student develops new Aboriginal Womens Certificate program

Jennifer Brant has established an Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program.It’s always a tribute when research has a practical application.Jennifer Brant, program developer with Brock’s Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, has enjoyed such success. She has developed an Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program, which evolved directly from her Masters of Education research. The program received Senate approval this week.Brant started at Brock in 2002 as an undergraduate Sociology student. An Aboriginal single mom of two young boys, she was the first in her family to attend university. She will defend her MEd thesis April 20 and attend June convocation.She has been accepted into the joint PhD program in Educational Studies and Brock will be her home university.The focus of her MEd research was Aboriginal women in education. More specifically, the research reveals the barriers Aboriginal women face in university through an analysis of their educational narratives.“Through my research I have used their narratives to envision Aboriginal women’s educational access and success within universities,” said Brant.Brant’s proposed certificate program includes four new courses: ABST 1P22, Technology in Aboriginal Communities and Schools ABST 1F94 The Traditional Aboriginal Families, Communities and Schools ABST 2P17 Reclaiming Aboriginal Women’s Literary Traditions and Educational Aspirations ABST 2F14, Decolonizing Aboriginal Women’s Identities through Education“These courses are designed as immediate responses to the educational needs and interests of local Aboriginal women,” said Brant. “By bridging the cultural and linguistic gaps, these courses connect culture, language and identity with the overarching goal of developing strong cultural identities.”Overall, the program is designed to encourage self-empowerment, identity development and strong academic skills under the guidance of cultural tradition, Aboriginal spirituality and language enrichment.More importantly, the program presents culture, language and identity as integral to the success of Aboriginal women in education.“We look forward to these new courses being offered this September,” Brant said.Brant, a recipient of Brock’s 2010 Aboriginal Achievement Award and a 2009-2010 National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarship, is ecstatic her research has been translated into action in a meaningful way.“I am very happy that this vision for an Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program has come this far,” she said. “This work has been a very meaningful and personal journey for me and I have been honoured to share my research and this vision with the Aboriginal and Brock communities.”As with any large undertaking, Brant acknowledged and thanked her supervisor Dr. Michael Manley-Casimir. She also acknowledged the young women who participated in the research and inspired her to advocate for educational change.“The vision for this Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program would not be possible without their valuable contributions,” she said.In an earlier interview with The Brock News, Brant said she hopes to become a professor and empower other young Aboriginal women in education. It appears she’s on the right track. read more

Guyana finished 10th in Global Robotics Challenge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSTEM Guyana team returns home, focusing on 2018 challenge in MexicoJuly 21, 2017In “Featured”STEM Guyana’s success is a testimony of investment in STEM Education – First LadyJuly 20, 2017In “latest news”7 Guyanese students to participate in inaugural robotics Olympics in the USJune 9, 2017In “latest news” After topping the charts during the first day of the Global Robotics Challenge, Team Guyana fell to the 10th position at the international competition which was staged in Washington DC over the past two days.The group of young innovators ventured into the final day with much pump following their initial wins but was greeted with a series of mishaps which led to their decline in ranks.The Guyanese delegation administering finishing touches before the first round of the competitionThis was after Guyana joined forces with a group of underdogs in the competition, which hindered their ability to perform to their full potential.During the penultimate round of the competition, the Guyanese delegation was faced with a number of hurdles, one of which included the malfunctioning of their partner’s robot. Their position plummeted with the stalling of the robot, resulting in the local team attaining a score of 60 points, breaking their winning streak.Disheartened by their defeat, the group of six teenagers entered into the final round of the competition, during which they managed to score 120 points. This was three points less than the winning team which copped a total of 123.As such, the Guyanese delegation was demoted to the 10th spot. Nevertheless the team managed to emerge as a top ranker of 160 participating countries.That brought the curtains down on the two-day Global Robotics Challenge which saw fierce competition from each of the participating group of young enthusiasts from around the world.This year’s competition was the first time Guyana was represented at the Global Robotics Challenge, earning the country a noteworthy introduction to the international face-off. Despite the obstacles along the way, the local delegation defeated a number of well-established nations, securing their spot among the top rankers.The team received widespread support from Guyanese, both at home and abroad, many of whom followed the competition and cheer on via social media. read more

Walmarts biggest 2011 Black Friday deals

first_imgDid you check out our list of Best Buy’s top Black Friday deals, and wonder what other retailers have in store this year? As it turns out, Walmart also has some impressive discounts on some fun gaming gear and media. Let’s take a looksy:Batman: Arkham City for PS3 or Xbox 360 – $28Walmart’s deal on Arkham City beats Best Buy’s by a couple of bucks. Limited quantities are going to be on hand, but if you can get in early this is quite the steal on the Game of the Year candidate.Battlefield 3 for PS3 or Xbox 360 – $28 This is another great deal if you can get it, with EA’s acclaimed shooter going for less than half of its standard retail price.Inception on Blu-ray – $5If you somehow missed Christopher Nolan’s trippy Inception, it’s one of the most imaginative and intelligently-written Hollywood blockbusters in years.There’s no need to check your totem, as Walmart’s $5 deal on the 2010 film is definitely not a dream.Sony PSP 3000 – $100Okay, so buying a PSP this Black Friday may not be the wisest idea. After all, the portable console is nearly seven years old and is largely being forced out of the market by smartphone and tablet gaming. To top it all off, it will be replaced by the dramatically improved PS Vita within a few months.With that said, if a new PSP is on your holiday shopping list, $100 isn’t a bad price to pay.160GB PS3 console – $200This isn’t quite as sweet as Best Buy’s deal for the PS3 bundled with a couple of games, but it still doesn’t hurt to save $50 on Sony’s gaming system.4GB xBox 360 console w/Kinect + $50 Walmart gift cardThis deal has you saving $100 off of the standard price of a new Xbox 360 — bundled with Kinect. The $50 Walmart gift card that they’re throwing in can go towards a game (or two, if you snag either of the game deals above at the same time).Just be aware that this is the 4GB version of the Xbox, which means you won’t have a lot of space for DLC or stored media.More coming…Stay tuned for more profiles of Black Friday deals from major retailers.via Deal Newslast_img read more

A celebration of the Greek Australian communitys youth

first_imgAs part of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s 120-year anniversary, The National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) Victoria will celebrate Greek youth in the Community with a panel discussion.The event will provide the opportunity to discuss the attitudes that Greek Australian youths have towards their identity as third, or more, generation Greek Australians with respect to their heritage, language and culture.The panellists and participants will explore such attitudes by addressing the needs of the young members, the role of organisations such as NUGAS, how such organisations can maximise the benefits of student participation, and the attitudes of first generation parents and grandparents which have in turn influenced their understanding of what it is to be Greek.There will be music and drinks flowing on the night, with opportunities to network with attendees.The panel discussion will take place on Thursday 7 December at the Greek Centre (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00 pm. Attendance is free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rusev talks about the popularity of “Rusev Day”, why it was planned as one-time…

first_img Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff Colby Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver LeBron James Can’t Have “Taco Tuesday” Cameron Huff Comments are closed. February 19, 2018 at 2:49 am Facebook Now Playing Up Next Man Paramotors Right By A Cable Car Now Playing Up Next I am not amazed that’s the culture of wrestling today and sadly WWE fans are idiots. In the WWE all you need is a catchphrase or some stupid line and the idiotic fans will go ape Sh*t and get you over. Every WWE top wrestler has some stupid phrase/slogan/music theme 5 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I’m glad someone said that, I mean, let’s be honest, pretty much everything that’s been said in this topic could be said about everyone that has ever been popular for their character, up to and including The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin and going all the way back to Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior. WhatsApp ESPN.com is featuring an interview with WWE star Rusev where he talks about the popularity of “Rusev Day” in the company and how it was planned as a one-time deal.“I had no idea this was going to happen. This was supposed to be a one-time ‘Rusev Day’ thing. I never thought in a million years it was going to be what it is today. It was something we planned to do, but just for one day. But it just caught on fire ever since then. Nobody expected that.”Rusev also talked about breaking out of the foreigner bad guy presentation.“By far it’s the most fun I’ve had in my career. I mean, I loved WrestleMania 31 with the tank — that was amazing, of course. But now I’m showing everybody that you don’t have to be stuck being a foreigner bad guy. Being a foreigner bad guy doesn’t have to be my destiny, and I can be much more than that.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJulio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide ReceiverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:16/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 35.46%0:03Remaining Time -1:14 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next I STILL can’t believe something as ridiculous as Rusev Day was able to get over with the fans. Even if Rusev never becomes WWE Champion,they should at least book him strong and win a few more titles. NupeNDallas February 19, 2018 at 2:36 am Twitter Prince Harry’s Big Heart And The Invictus Games Pinterest Jonathan Villar’s New Record WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) February 19, 2018 at 10:34 am Hasn’t it always been that way in North American mainstream wrestling? Broken Universe (TNA), Perry Saturn’s Mop, Snow’s Head (ECW) and countless other examples in ECW, Fandango’s dance, the Too Cool stuff, koko’s Bird and all 80’s wrestling characters and catch phrases, Disco Inferno (WCW), some Young Buck’s stuff (ROH), The Man-up stuff (ROH), everything New Day does, etc. etc. February 19, 2018 at 2:20 am February 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm Yeah,Emma’s “dancing” gimmick is a perfect example of that. Tre Zenlast_img read more

Emery I wanted to sign Lacazette for PSG

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery revealed his long-term admiration for Alexandre Lacazette with a surprising transfer revelationWhen the Spaniard first took charge of Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, then-Lyon striker Lacazette was among his top transfer targets for the club.The France international scored 129 and added a further 43 assists in 275 appearances for Lyon before Arsene Wenger scooped in and signed him for Arsenal.But things could have turned out different for Lacazette had the relationship between PSG and Lyon not been difficult.“When I arrived at PSG we were thinking about signing Lacazette,” said Emery, according to the Daily Mirror.“His quality and his characteristics we liked, and the people who were working at the club when we arrived, they said to us, ‘This player has the quality to play for PSG’.“He was at Lyon and it wasn’t easy to have the conversation or to sign a player from Lyon or for Lyon from PSG. But now we are speaking together with Laca every day.”After a difficult first season in the Premier League, Lacazette has since scored four goals in eight games for Arsenal this term.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Last year was his first year in the Premier League, it was a different league to the French League, a different position for him, a different rhythm,” continued Emery.“Not a different mentality, though, because he has a very good mentality and he gives himself very good chances to score. He is very efficient.“But he needs to continue his adaptation to us, to the Premier League and to its rhythm.“And this year we are looking at one step more in this level from last year.“We are very happy but my message to him is: ‘Every day, don’t stop. Don’t stop in training, don’t stop in matches’.“He must carry on to find his best performance, not just in matches but in each minute of the 90 minutes and he has to keep on doing that.“I believe in him — and in the other players — but in his characteristics, we need him to keep feeling well with his role in the team and with his quality.”last_img read more

Medicaid changes spur concerns locally

first_imgAffordable Care Act is here; we answer key questionsIn the next year, the state of Washington expects to have more than 600,000 newly insured residents.A significant portion — about 330,000 people — will receive medical coverage through the state’s expanded Medicaid program.The Washington State Health Care Authority, which oversees the state’s Medicaid programs, began work three years ago to implement the expanded program offered through President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.One year ago, expanded Medicaid was still considered a dream, said Manning Pellanda of the Health Care Authority.“And now that we’re less than three months out until we start, our vision is becoming a reality,” he said.In Clark County, where about 60,000 residents are on Medicaid, that reality means an estimated 28,600 new Medicaid clients. It also means new concerns about the program’s sustainability, the local physician workforce and the state’s method of enrolling clients.As local physicians, medical groups and health plan administrators try to prepare for the patient surge, they’re left with a number of unknowns.“It’s like building an airplane in the air,” said Dr. Alfred Seekamp, chief medical officer for The Vancouver Clinic. “You don’t know how it’ll turn out, but you’ll do your best.”Expanding eligibilityUnder expanded Medicaid, people ages 19 to 65 making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for benefits.last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS WHS Gym Floor To Be Replaced After Just 4 Years

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that Wilmington High School’s gymnasium floor is getting replaced.“This may be a surprise to many people,” began Hull. “The [new high school] opened in 2015. In the early summer months of 2015, [the DPW] identified that the floor panels in some locations were crimping, particularly in the center of the floor.”The building project’s design firm Dore & Whittier and contractor Gilbane Co. told the town that the crimping was “a natural part of acclimation” and that the wood would shrink and expand depending on the climate.“[The floor] continued to maintain an unevenness, which led the town to pursuing the issue further with the designers and contractor,” continued Hull. “Ultimately, their recommendation was to bring in dehumidifiers and fans, which we did. These has some measure of effect, but the floor wouldn’t settle back down until the fall. These circumstances have continued now for the last few years.”“Clearly, the townspeople paid for a gym floor that was going to function the way it is intended to. It’s the town’s position that the floor needs to be replaced,” concluded Hull. “The expectation is that we will be going to mediation with the contractor to resolve the floor’s replacement.”The town recently completed a bidding process for the floor project, receiving three bids ranging from $219,200 to $268,666.“The expectation is we would be looking to award the job to the lowest qualified bidder, subject to the mediation process,” explained Hull. “Town Counsel is involved as we look to mediate this matter.”“I definitely feel that the contractor is absolutely responsible for this and really needs to pay for it,” added Selectman Mike McCoy. “It should be loud and clear that the town shouldn’t be paying a penny for it. It’s the contractors fault and they’re trying to say it’s not.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedUNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHS Gym Floor Finally Getting Replaced; Closed Until OctoberIn “Education”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday May 8 2015

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 @aprn.Download Audio:With Foster Care Cases Up, Lawmakers Consider Funding TriageAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Walker administration is pushing for more funding for the Office of Children’s Services, in response to the growing number of foster children in the system.Lawmakers Seek Audit of State Crime LabAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauLawmakers have approved an audit of the state crime lab to see if it is properly managing evidence.Prenatal Pot Use On The Rise in AlaskaElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauAbout one in 14 Alaska women are using marijuana while pregnant. That’s based on the state’s pregnancy risk monitoring survey which hundreds of new moms complete each year. Between 2002 and 2011, the number of women reporting marijuana use during pregnancy more than doubled. The women are more likely to be younger, Alaska Native and lower income.2 New Wolf Kills Add to Denali Population DeclineDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe recent killing of two Denali National Park wolves has increased calls for protection of the animals on state land adjacent to the park, where hunting and trapping are legal.Hovercraft To Shuttle Cruise Tourists to Taku GlacierLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe start of the cruise ship season brings a new excursion from one of the oldest tour outfits in Southeast. Allen Marine Tours is set to run hovercraft trips to the Taku Glacier starting this week.Alaska WWII Vet Enjoys Bird’s Eye View of D.C. FlyoverLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.This is Victory in Europe day, the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s end in Europe. In Washington, D.C. more than 50 vintage military aircraft flew over the national mall to the Capitol. One Alaska vet got a bird’s eye view.49 Voices: Michelle TrollAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThis week we hear from Michelle Troll who moved to Alaska to work at the Ketchikan Daily News more than 30 years ago and never, ever intended to stay.AK: Samurai MusherEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageIf you didn’t hear the rendition of the Alaska Flag Song by a Japanese choral ensemble last week at Anchorage’s Alaska Performing Arts Center, you missed something special.last_img read more

PV Sindhu is back Indian shuttler demolishes listless Chen Yufei to enter

first_imgSTR/AFP/Getty ImagesShe has been struggling this year but Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu seems to be back to her best. Sindhu crushed China’s best hope and All England champion Chen Yufei in a one-sided contest 21-19, 21-10 at the 2019 Indonesia Open Super 1000 event in BWF World Tour. The match started on an even keel with Chen appearing in good form. But Sindhu showed great defence and managed to keep up with her Chinese opponent. The game was evenly poised at the first break in the first game. Both players were showing admirable defence and Yufei was playing some good shots. This allowed her to get a four-point lead. But then, Sindhu started to get momentum behind her and started playing some brilliant shots. What was impressive was Sindhu’s net play as she didn’t concede a single point when exchanging net shots. The first game went down to the wire but Sindhu managed to win it 21-19. The second game started well with the Chinese racing to a 4-0 lead. It seemed that the change of ends was favouring Yufei but then Sindhu tightened up her game and with her good shots turned the tables. After the mid-game break, it seemd that Yufei was out of steam or no longer interested in giving a fight. Sindhu bulldozed her opponent and raced to a comprehensive victory. She will now face Akane Yamaguchi in the final to win her first World Tour title this year.last_img read more