Animal speech shows similarities to human language

first_imgKiller whales whistle, finches twitter, and hyraxes wail. But all of these sounds have long been considered fundamentally different from human language—indeed, so different that scientists haven’t been able to find any intermediate evolutionary steps between animal calls and language. Now, a new study reveals that the calls of animals contain more languagelike characteristics than previously believed. Scientists reached this conclusion after analyzing the vocal sequences of seven species of birds and mammals, from Carolina chickadees to bats and orangutans. They found that animal vocalizations must be generated by complex statistical processes, making them more similar to human language. In the past, researchers assumed that a “Markovian” model best explained the vocal sequences in animal calls. According to this model, animal calls are fairly random and lack the complexity of human language. However, no one had actually tested the Markovian model on animal vocalizations until now. After applying it to the various species’ calls, the researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B that they found no evidence that animals’ vocalizations are restricted as the model would suggest. And that means the gap between human language and animal calls is not so wide after all.last_img read more


End confusion over 1966-71 refugees, CPI(M) tells NRC Coordinator

first_imgThe Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to remove the confusion over the status of refugees who came to Assam between 1966 and 1971 and add their names to the citizens’ list to be published by July 31.The midnight of March 24, 1971, is the cut-off for detecting, detaining and deporting illegal migrants under the 1985 Assam Accord, which was signed between the Centre and leaders of the Assam Agitation that took place between 1979 and 1985. The Accord stipulates that those who came from Bangladesh between 1966 and 1971 be barred from voting for 10 years before their citizenship is considered.A major stream of refugees entered India after the India-Pakistan war in 1965 and during the war for liberation of East Pakistan that resulted in the birth of Bangladesh in 1971.“There is a confusion over the status of those who entered India from the ‘specified territory’ between January 1, 1966, and March 24, 1971. Many people belonging to this category were identified by the Foreigners’ Tribunals and asked to register themselves with the competent authority,” CPI(M) leader Deben Bhattacharyya said in a letter to NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela on Friday.“A big number of such people registered themselves… They are very much eligible for inclusion in the NRC. But there prevails a lot of confusion among NRC officials in some areas over their eligibility…,” he said.The CPI(M) urged Mr. Hajela to order the inclusion of the people belonging to the 1966-1971 refugee stream in the NRC.last_img read more


Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LeBron loses ‘best teammate’ Jones to Suns Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top-seeded John Isner, the big-serving American who won Newport titles in 2011 and 2012, used 13 aces to beat Australia’s Sam Groth 6-2, 6-4. Isner will play fellow American Dennis Novikov, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Canada’s Frank Dancevic.American Bjorn Fratangelo also advanced, beating Australia’s Akira Santillan 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTwo seeded players lost. Tobias Kamke of Germany edged No. 3 Adrian Mannarino, the Frenchman who reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon, 7-6 (5), 7-5, and Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden beat No. 6 Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 (2).No. 4 Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France’s battled past Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic returns a ball to Britain’s Aljaz Bedene during their Men’s Singles Match on day one at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)NEWPORT, R.I.  — Defending champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia beat American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday in his Hall of Fame Tennis Championships opener to reach the quarterfinals in the grass-court event.The 38-year-old Karlovic had 16 aces and broke Kudla’s serve three times. Karlovic will face Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Dia Mirza turns Radha for Anju Modis show at ICW

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) As the runway turned into the picture perfect grasslands of Vrindavan, actress Dia Mirza channelised a Radha avatar for designer Anju Modis couture collection, Sunehari Kothi.Dressed in a full-sleeved embroidered maroon velvet blouse and multicoloured lehenga with sheer off-white dupatta, the actress-producer walked to the tunes of flute, sarangi and live singing, which echoed the essence of Lord Krishnas playful personality.Dia also wore heavy polki jewellery with a maang-tika and bindi and completed her look with a dark red lip colour with minimal make-up.The actress said she felt “exquisite” wearing the dress crafted by the “Bajirao Mastani” designer as she believed Anjus style is quite similar to her fashion taste.”Im so proud to be Anju Modijis showstopper. She is one of those designers who has, through almost 20 years of her career, been responsible for protecting and nurturing our heritage.”Shes taken handicrafts and textiles to the next level. She likes to stick to her Indian roots and doesnt like messing it up. Its delicate and intricate,” Dia said.Talking about the clothes, the actress said it has resonance of an era gone by, yet it is contemporary and comfortable.”As a nature lover, I felt great to be a part of this collection. Sunehari Kothi transported me to another world. I felt timeless, depicting Radha through this collection.”The models, both male and female, were draped in shades of white, cream, pinks with the pitambar (yellow) dupattas ? a colour worn by Krishna on ceremonial events.advertisementThe dhotis, churidaars with skirts, round-cut kurtas, lehengas and dresses dominated the collection, with men also sporting the half-turban-esque headgear with rich broaches, resembling Vishnus reincarnation.Silver brocades, paintings of doe-eyed gopis, cows, deer and peacocks brought out the Kishangarh style of miniature art form with the models wearing embroidered mojaris.”It is inspired from Indian miniature art. Thats what I thought ? Dia is like a princess from Rajasthan, thats from where the collection came about. Im thankful to Princess Vaishnavi from Kishangarh who helped me understand the 350- year-old art form,” Anju said.”We have been seeing such portraits as a part of our heritage and it says something about our how countrys fashion was in those days. For my research, I went to Kishangarh and did all my homework there.”In her collection, the designer used a range of fabrics such as organic and handloom textiles that she has continued to develop in her 25-year-long career. The collection had abundance of Chanderis, velvets, pure silk, organza, and a hint of jungle art, Vrindavan raas.”Years ago, the fashion style of royals and even commoners was couture-ish. Thats what we are trying to revive. We are adding what can to make it more wearable and to suit our lifestyle and yet maintain our heritage,” she said. PTI RDS JCHlast_img read more


Nowitzki Announces Retirement After Final Home Game for Mavs (Vid)

first_imgDALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki notched season highs in points, shots and minutes before telling Dallas Mavericks fans that his record 21st season with the same franchise would be his last.Then the 40-year-old said he gave just about all he had in what he knew would be his final home game , which might make the last game of his career at San Antonio on Wednesday night little more than a curtain call. It’s a fitting finale in some regards because the Spurs were probably Nowitzki’s biggest rivals.“I’m going to try to play a little bit tomorrow and still enjoy and hoist a few jumpers,” said Nowitzki, who had 30 points on 31 shots in 33 minutes in a 120-109 win over Phoenix. “Tonight for me, of course, was the big night. One more time in front of these amazing fans that have supported me and pushed me over two decades.”The 14-time All-Star said the Mavericks bought more than 300 tickets in order for employees to attend what everyone now knows will be his final game. And the most accomplished European player in NBA history is merely playing out the string again in a third straight season without the playoffs, the longest drought of Nowitzki’s career.But on Nowitzki’s special night, nobody was thinking about the Mavericks never winning another playoff series with the best player in franchise history after he led them to their only championship in 2011.Not any of the former NBA stars who made the trip. Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Shawn Kemp and countryman Detlef Schrempf took the court Tuesday night and gave brief speeches in honor of the player who was shown in an old video listing each of them as among those he idolized growing up in Germany.And certainly not coach Rick Carlisle or owner Mark Cuban, who promised Nowitzki a job for life, a jersey retirement and a statue. Plus, the win over the Suns did allow the Mavericks to avoid a second straight 50-loss season.“I was so happy for Dirk,” Carlisle said. “The only thing he’s ever cared about is bringing this fan base success, and helping these fans experience success, and ultimate success. This wasn’t a winning season, but it was triumphant in many ways because of the respect and all of attention Dirk got for 21 years being with the same franchise.”Nowitzki said he had broken down emotionally a few times in private since deciding in recent days that it was time to retire, including on the day of his final home game with his wife, Jessica Nowitzki, after putting on the suit he wore to the arena.But the league’s 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP also knew how difficult the past two seasons had been physically, including missing the first 26 games of his final campaign after a longer-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery last April. Nowitzki was experiencing flare-ups in his feet and ankles late this season.“It takes a lot at 40 to get ready every night and then with the foot pain,” Nowitzki said. “It just took a little bit of the fun away from the sport I love. I think that actually made the decision easier for me.”The highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history has 31,540 points with a game left. Nowitzki eclipsed 10,000 defensive rebounds late this season — and fans who went wild nearly every time he hit a shot even cheered those moments.The only 7-footer to win the All-Star 3-point shooting contest was the first player of his size to be a legitimate threat behind the arc. All of the game’s biggest stars say that dimension changed the game, and many of them emulated his signature one-legged fadeaway jumper — the shot he used on his final bucket at home late in the fourth quarter.“You want to leave the game in a better place than you got it, and you’ve done that,” Kemp said during the postgame ceremony. “Not only did you bring a championship to Dallas, you are a champion.”With one more game before his final goodbye.”This was my last home game.”Dirk Nowitzki teared up officially announcing his retirement ? pic.twitter.com/olv6dhjqiR— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 10, 2019TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Educational Assessment Centre Opens in Mandeville

first_img The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million.It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories.On staff are a special educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, and special education teachers. The spacious two-storey structure will open to the public on March 11.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, said that the establishment of the centre is in keeping with Government’s focus on ensuring that the education system is inclusive and enables students to maximise their full potential. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, delivers the keynote address at the opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at the Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. The Educational Assessment and Resource Centre, located on the grounds of Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, was built by the Government at a cost of $35 million. Story Highlights The parish of Manchester now has a diagnostic and care centre, which will cater to the special learning needs of children with autism and cognitive challenges.center_img “We are going to use the diagnostic centre to make sure that no child is left behind in the region,” he said, noting that it will customise learning through the use of technology.He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the centre on February 19.Senator Reid said that global figures indicate that one in every 10 students is likely to have severe special needs.He noted further there are persons with mild autism, who go undetected. “Indeed, one in every 42 boys is autistic and one in every 167 girls is autistic. Autism is on a spectrum of mild to severe. Some of the challenges faced in the classroom are because this goes undetected,” he said.The Education Minister said that in addition to establishing assessment and diagnostic centres, increased focus will be placed on an early stimulation/intervention strategy that addresses needs during the first 1,000 days of the child’s life.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that the period spanning between conception and one’s second birthday is when the foundations of optimum health, growth and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established.“Learning begins from conception because the first 1,000 days from conception to age two is a key age; two is the highest point of their cognitive neurological development (brain capacity)” Minister Reid added.In his remarks, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, said the body has been advocating for the early assessment of students entering the education system at the early-childhood level for the purpose of developing a learning profile and targeted intervention.Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Dr. Garth Anderson, addresses the official opening of the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 19. It boosts two play and learning rooms, observation room, a nurses’ station, an administrative section, as well as lunchroom, bathrooms, offices and laboratories. Dr. Anderson, who is also Principal of Church Teachers’ College, urged that the diagnostic centre be fully utilised to “fulfil its mission of not only assessing students but to also be effective in changing the way in which we do teaching and learning”.last_img read more


Moroccan FM The African Union is no Longer Hostage to Polisario

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, said that the African Union (AU) is no longer a“hostage” of Polisario agenda, at a press conference on Tuesday, after the AU’s 29th Summit in Addis Ababa.Speaking about Morocco’s participation in the union,the minister said that the kingdom was “satisfied” at the outcome of the Summit.“Morocco is very satisfied about the debates that took place and the decisions that were made,” he affirmed. “We are in a new dynamic,’’ the minister continued, noting that realities of the situation in Western Sahara had been made clear. The AU summit marked the first direct confrontation between Morocco and Polisario Front, along with its sponsor, Algeria, on Saturday.Prior to the meeting of the Executive Council, the Moroccan delegation objected to the use of the term “occupied territories” to refer to Western Sahara, in a report that was submitted to by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)  and adopted by the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC).The report called for a delegation to be sent to the territories to evaluate the situation of human rights there.Western Sahara is referred to in AU as Sahrawi Arab Republic (SDR), even though the region is under Moroccan sovereignty.Morocco threatened to block the meeting of the Executive Council unless the text was modified. 16 member states backed Morocco, while six other supported Polisario and Algeria. The ensuing confrontation showed that Morocco’s position would from now on be taken into consideration by the AU.Nigeria mediated between the two parties and a consensus was reached. The modified version stated that that while some delegations had suggested sending a human rights evaluation mission to the territories referred to by the United Nations as Western Sahara and the AU as SDR, the proposal was rejected by other delegations.The modified version indicated a change in the way the AU deals with the issue of Western Sahara, demonstrating that Morocco had succeeded in its tireless campaign to reintegrate into the AU.“This kind of text used to be adopted automatically in the past because some countries saw this organization as an instrument to advance agendas,” explained Bourita. “The organization has been taken hostage.”The foreign minister added that things have changed: “Today, things are clearer.”Bourita stated that the report merely pointed to divergence of positions vis-à-vis the question of Western Sahara and called for a “constructive dialogue” on the issue.“All the provocative terminology such as ‘occupied territories’ and ‘violation of human rights’ has been expunged’’, explained Bourita. “We are more in a United Nations type of discourse which finally respects international legitimacy’’. read more


Kraft Heinz misstatements not quantitatively material

PITTSBURGH — Shares of Kraft Heinz are up sharply in the first day of trading since the company said that financial misstatements in revealed last month were not quantitatively material.The Pittsburgh company first said in February that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its procurement operations. Kraft Heinz Co. said in a regulatory filing in May that several employees within those procurement operations engaged in misconduct and that it would have to restate financial reports for the years 2016, 2017, and for the first nine months of 2018.In a regulatory filing on Friday, Kraft Heinz said because of the qualitative nature of the matters identified in its internal investigation, including the number of years over which the misconduct occurred and the number of transactions, suppliers, and procurement employees involved, the company determined that it would be appropriate to correct the misstatements in its previously issued consolidated financial statements by restating them.The company made adjustments to correct prior misstatements, essentially increasing the total cost of products sold during the time when the misconduct occurred.Shares rose 5% in midday trading Monday.The Associated Press read more


China says Port City project in the best interest of Sri Lanka

Sun said the development within Sri Lanka’s biggest commercial city, which will be built on 269 hectares of reclaimed land, would accommodate 200,000 residents and consists of apartments, hotels, offices, shopping malls, exhibition centres, as well as provide 80,000 new jobs. It is expected to be completed by 2030. China says the Port City project is in the best interest of Sri Lanka. China is building a new city along Colombo’s coastline that will become the city’s central business district by 2030, creating 80,000 jobs for Sri Lankans, under the mainland’s “Belt and Road Initiative”.“Sri Lanka is in urgent need of a high-end platform to attract financial institutions, multinational companies, shoppers, tourists as well as provide jobs for well-educated locals as a part of its post-war reconstruction. The Port City project is planned in the best interest of Sri Lanka,” said Sun Ziyu, vice president of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) in an interview with the South China Morning Post. Sun said the reclamation work had helped transform the area’s coastline which was previously hit by strong winds blowing towards the Indian Ocean that made it less livable.“[This has] also improved coastal protection, and is a boon to the environment,” he said. With an initial investment of US$1.4 billion, Colombo Port City is China’s biggest project in Sri Lanka, a key node along the Maritime Silk Road of the Belt and Road plan. China’s “Belt and Road” plan comprises a belt of overland corridors and sea routes connecting Asia, Africa and Europe through building infrastructure and boosting financial and trade ties for over 60 countries that lie along the routes.In 2016 alone, Chinese firms signed new construction projects worth a total contractual value of US$126 billion. CCCC accounted for one-tenth, or US$12.6 billion of the projects. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Arian Foster Bucks NCAA System I took Cash While

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is fighting for college athletes’ rights. The pro player says he isn’t scared of the NCAA, and hopes that his admission that he was paid while playing in college at Tennessee will help change rules about paying college athletes.“I just feel strong about the injustice that the NCAA has been doing for years,” Foster said Friday. “That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anybody under the bus. … I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I’m not scared of them.”In an interview posted on SI.com for a documentary called “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” Foster said he took extra money so he could pay his rent and food while playing at Tennessee.“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year (2008), I was getting money on the side,” Foster said in the video. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”Foster described a time when he had to beg his coach for a meal.“Either you give us some food or I’m gonna go do something stupid,” Foster told his coach. The coach bought him and three others 50 tacos,  Foster recalled, laughing.Foster played at the University of Tennessee under former coach Phil Fulmer from 2005-08. read more


Shocking CCTV shows elderly woman being dragged to ground in violent robbery

first_imgA 92-year-old widow was dragged along the ground as she tried desperately to stop a violent robber from taking her handbag in broad daylight.The elderly women had just posted a letter and was on her way to her GPs when CCTV footage captured the hooded man creep up behind her.As she was right outside the surgery he snatched her bag in broad daylight and she desperately tried to hang on to it.But she was yanked to the floor and dragged along the pavement before being forced to let go.The thief then ran off leaving the woman bruised on the ground in Hackney, east London.She suffered extensive bruising all over her body, with the most severe on her ribs and side where she was dragged along the floor.She also suffered a three inch bruise to her left arm from where the handbag dragged on her arm.The woman, who recently lost her husband of nearly 70 years, was left incredibly distraught, nervous, afraid of her attacker and left terrified of leaving her house.Scotland Yard said: “On Tuesday, 27 June, the 92-year-old victim was walking north on Hoxton Street in Hackney at approximately 2.40pm. The suspect pulls the woman’s bag so hard she falls to the groundCredit:Met Police Robbery “The victim, who recently lost her husband of nearly 70 years, is currently being supported by her family, including her niece who described how she is incredibly distraught, nervous and does not wish to be named out of fear.”She is now terrified of leaving the house and has lost her independence. “Her route took her past the Papa Johns Pizzeria before she turned right into an alleyway that leads to the medical centre. “She had just been to post a letter and was heading to the Lawson Medical Centre on Nuttall Street.center_img “The suspect is described as a black man with short black hair. He was wearing a blue hooded jacket and dark coloured trousers. “The suspect followed her from the street into the alleyway.”As she entered the grounds of the medical centre she was attacked from behind.”The man made several attempts to grab her bag, he used such force that she was pulled to the ground.”The victim, who was screaming, refused to let go of her bag, so the suspect dragged her until she was in so much pain that she eventually let go.”The suspect ran back into the alleyway and turned right heading north on Hoxton Street.”The woman sustained extensive bruising all over her body.”The most severe bruising was on her ribs and side of the body where she was dragged along the floor.”She also has a three inch bruise to her left arm from where the handbag dragged on her arm. “The handbag contained a £50 Virgin mobile phone, her Freedom Pass, documents and £100 in cash.”Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from Hackney CID, who is leading the investigation, said: “I have been involved in many serious cases, however the devastating psychological trauma of this victim is possibly the worse I have encountered.”The events have emotionally moved the initial officers that tended to the lady in the aftermath as well as the investigation team, especially witnessing this inconsolable elderly lady sobbing about the robbery and recent tragic events.”I cannot comprehend how anyone could target a frail lady in her 90s using this amount of violence, it is truly horrific.” 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.last_img read more


State firms cut salary spending in half

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While the government is examining the application of a unified salary scheme for state corporations, the effort to contain salary costs is already bearing fruit, as, according to Finance Ministry figures, expenditure on salaries has been cut in half in the last two-and-a-half years at the country’s 12 biggest state companies.The data from January to April showed that from the 1.4 billion euros which went toward salary costs for those 12 major state firms in December 2009, the figure dropped to less than 700 million euros in April 2012.This is due to the reduction in the number of employees and significant pay cuts. The average annual salary of employees at those companies is this year expected to drop to two-thirds of the 2009 level: It is set to drop to 36,000 euros from 53,600 euros in 2009.While there are certain public companies which are still feeding off the state budget without the central government having a clear picture of the figures involved, there are now plans to locate and compile data on their operational costs.Each budget-funded firm will now have to submit its full financial data on staff numbers, revenues, salaries, expenditure etc to the government’s Integrated Information System.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


State Republicans pulling for nontribal slot machines

first_imgOLYMPIA — Republican lawmakers steadfastly opposed to any tax increases suggested by Democrats say they have other ideas for raising money to help plug a $2 billion state budget shortfall.Their biggest proposal on the table: Gambling.Republican leaders want to let nontribal casinos offer the same slot machines as tribal casinos, with the state getting a cut of the revenue. Advocates say it would bring in nearly $160 million next fiscal year and $380 million in the following two years, although the governor’s office questions those numbers.“This to me seems like a pretty lucrative option,” said Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. “Beside generating significant amounts of money, it also hits the other major issue we’re addressing, and that is putting people back to work.”Republicans say they want to help level the playing field for small, nontribal gambling halls that are struggling to compete with the glitzy tribal casinos.Democrats, who’ve been saying “everything is on the table” when it comes to balancing the state budget, seem inclined to leave this idea in the freezer. Democrats control the House, Senate and governor’s office.last_img read more


Dozer Day a family affair

first_imgWhat: Dozer Day, a fairlike event where kids get to ride and drive heavy construction equipment, play in a pipe tunnel and dig for diamonds.Where: Cemex/Fisher Quarry, on the west side of Northeast 192nd Avenue and Brady Road intersection. Visitors are encouraged to take C-Tran from the Northeast 164th Street Park & Ride to the event. The bus costs $2, and riders will get a free souvenir.When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday .Cost: At the gate, $8 for children ages 2-12 and seniors age 55 and older, $10 for adults, and free for kids under 2. Most events are free with admission. Bring cash for food and drink. No ATM on site.Information: Nutter FoundationRanee Nutter relies on some expert help as she plans the kids construction playground that is Dozer Day.Each year, her two children — Jerry, 16, and Sammi, 13 — help her create new attractions at the two-day event, she said.“They come to me all the time with great ideas,” Nutter said. “They thought of the scavenger hunt. Who better to plan a big kid’s party than a kid?” Dozer Day, in its ninth year, draws about 20,000 people over the weekend. About 900 volunteers and a host of local companies take kids on dump truck rides, show them how to run equipment and build pipe tunnel playgrounds for them.last_img read more


Alaska News Nightly Monday May 6 2018

first_imgStatistics indicate Alaska Native woman have been murdered or gone missing in disproportionately large numbers. May 5th marked the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls and community members in Anchorage and Fairbanks gathered over the weekend to pay their respects. The event — which coincides with the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — is organized by the nonprofit group Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education, otherwise known as ABATE. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage This past winter, parts of Southeast Alaska experienced severe drought. But a new study published in the journal Nature suggests that’s probably not a preview of what’s to come in Alaska. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Anchorage Bike Blessing draws riders from around the state With the legislative session winding down, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has gotten traction with some of his ideas, but many others have stalled. The governor’s office is still holding out for more, but his allies say Dunleavy can still declare victory without passage of specific bills or initiatives. New Anchorage climate plan calls for 80 percent cut to emissions by 2050 An Anchorage sewer line broke loose from the bottom of a city lake after the Magnitude 7.1 earthquake last year, and reinstalling it has not been easy. Public will have chance to weigh in on proposal to move Juneau City Hall Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The countries of the Arctic Council have for years rejoiced that their region is a zone of peace and cooperation. But in a speech in Finland Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a harder edge. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Pompeo to Arctic Council: Easy days are over Donlin Gold looks to schools, workforce development for future employees Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau As the Lower 48 continues to dry out, Alaska could get wetter Johanna Eurich and Robyne, KYUK and KUAC – Anchorage/Fairbanks Donlin Gold promised to hire local workers for its proposed gold mine. To fulfill that promise, the company knows that it has to start now and it has to start young. Anchorage utility racing to fix sewer line unmoored by quake There’s growing concern about a wildfire south of Delta Junction. The Oregon Lakes Fire, has burned about 6,700 acres on a military training range near Ft. Greely. On Tuesday, the city’s Assembly is receiving the 106-page document, which outlines everything from transportation recommendations to emission reduction targets. Communities in Anchorage and Fairbanks commemorate missing Native women and children Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Big parts of Gov. Dunleavy’s agenda remain unfinished. But he still has time, tools at his disposal. Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Ft. Greely wildfire gores to 6,700 acres Stories 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 @AKPublicNews Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Officials say CBJ outgrew the current City Hall more than 20 years ago. Now the city is proposing a new City Hall building on top of the Downtown Transportation Center parking garage.last_img read more


Elon Musk changes Twitter name to Elon Tusk amid reports he may

first_imgElon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc., speaks at an unveiling eventRobyn Beck-Pool/Getty ImagesTesla CEO Elon Musk is not new to odd Twitter behaviour and the frenzy that it creates. And he has kicked up a storm on the micro-blogging site once again changing his name from Elon Musk to “Elon Tusk.”The billionaire changed his name on Wednesday, February 27, afternoon and also put up an elephant emoji next to his new name. Musk then changed his profile picture and put up an image of Mars, which he has been speaking of colonising through SpaceX. In addition, Musk also promised to announce some Tesla “news” on Thursday, February 28, at 2 pm California time.While Musk did not elaborate on what the “news” could be and a spokesperson for the company also didn’t respond to Fox Business’ request for comment, the tweet created quite some curiosity and Tesla shares gained 5.67 percent on Wednesday.Some Tesla news— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 Thursday 2pm— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2019 After Musk teased the announcement, many believe that it could be about the Model Y SUV, which Tesla had earlier spoken about unveiling in March 2019. The CEO had in 2018 said that Tesla would unveil the model in March 15, 2019, but later stated that he made up the date as “the Ides of March sounded good.” However, he added that March was most probably when the model would be unveiled.”But consider it real,” he added. “We could unveil Model Y anytime from late this year to mid next year, so March 15 is about right,” he tweeted.Meanwhile, Musk has raked up a fresh controversy with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling the regulator “broken.” Musk was responding to the SEC’s accusation that the CEO had violated the terms of a court endorsed deal between him and the agency that he would not tweet any information that would affect the shares of the carmaker. On February 19, Musk had tweeted that Tesla would make 500,000 cars in 2019, but corrected the figure later and said it was about 400,000.Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.— Elon Tusk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019 But the information caught the eye of the federal judge, who then gave Musk two weeks to explain why no action should be taken against him for disregarding his deal with the SEC. This, according to Charles Elson, a corporate governance specialist at the University of Delaware, is not something that can be easily ignored.”No CEO would survive this,” he told the Agence France-Presse, and Stephen Davis, a senior fellow at Harvard’s program on Corporate Governance seems to agree. “If the board wishes to get ahead of the problem, they may have to take action as serious as relieving Musk of his executive responsibilities, at least for a period of time,” Davis explained.The SEC started an investigation into Musk and Tesla after the CEO announced on Twitter that he planned to take Tesla private and had even secured funding for the same. While this turned out to be a false information, several investors who had made bets against Tesla lost huge amounts of money.As a result, the 47-year-old CEO stepped down as Tesla chairman and he and the company had to pay a $20 million penalty to settle fraud charges.last_img read more


SimmsMiller Family Reunion

first_imgThe Simms-Miller Family.The Simms-Miller family reunion, celebrated Aug. 16, marked 106 years at Druid Hill Park, and is now branching into their sixth generation. As on every third Saturday in August, there was face painting, soccer and football, table games, raffle, line dancing and music by DJ Zack. A procla mation from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake hailed Simms Family Reunion Day in Baltimore City.Rachel McClellan, 85 celebrates with Marie Simms, 100.Family members came from as far away as Australia. Family members include internationally known Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame and the internationally known Softones and the late musical duo and actors in Paris, John and Arthur Simms.A highlight of the event was the attendance of Marie Simms who celebrated her 100th birthday, July 14. She is the grandmother of a member of the “Softones” and mother of John and Arthur.Family member, Trevor Jakes, will be playing drums at the Apollo Theatre in N.Y. City on Sept. 11.Reunion committee members are Rachel Simms McClellan, Trina Williams, Monique Williams, Cherie White, Stephanie Simms, Margo Simms Johnson, Lorraine Scott, Joseph Scott, Delores Kenny, Gale McClelland, Louise Lewis, Pamela Burgess, JoAnn Simms & Linda Bakerlast_img read more


Costa Rican prosecutors judicial police under investigation for alleged use of police

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas wins Spain’s Best Goalkeeper award for 2013-2014 season Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas named CONCACAF’s Player of the Year ¡Grande Navas! Watch the save that sent Costa Rica to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time Revenge eludes Uruguay as Costa Rica’s ‘Sele’ wins again Costa Rican goalkeeperKeylor Navas became a global superstar in sports this year following his stellar performance at the World Cup in Brazil, his signing with the legendary football club Real Madrid, and a nod this week with Spain’s Best Goalkeeper award for the 2013-2014 season. But a bizarre case back home involving illegal prying into his personal life by law enforcement officials has him in the spotlight again, for all the wrong reasons.Costa Rican Supreme Court justices on Tuesday ordered the country’s chief prosecutor, Jorge Chavarría, and the director of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), Francisco Segura, to explain why 24 OIJ agents and four prosecutors searched a police database a total of 51 times for personal information on Navas and two of his sisters earlier this year. Most of the searches occurred during the World Cup months of June and July, and when Navas signed a contract with Real Madrid in August.While most – if not all – of the information was public, such as personal phone and property records, officials confirmed this week that the judicial branch has no open investigation of Navas, meaning there is no legal justification for the snooping by law enforcement employees. The database on which the information is stored is protected by law from unwarranted access.“We have no reason to investigate Keylor Navas or any of his relatives. We don’t know why these people did this,” Segura said at a press conference.The Police Information Platform, as the database is named, contains information on all citizens. From June to October, law enforcement and judicial employees accessed it 42 times to search for personal information on Navas. Seven queries searched his sister’s name, Keilyn Navas, 25, and two searched his other sister, Kimberly Navas, 18, Segura admitted in a press conference Tuesday following the court action.Supreme Court President Zarela Villanueva on Tuesday called the scandal “disturbing” and “unacceptable.”“There is no justification for the use of agency resources to probe the private lives of people who are not under police investigation,” she said, before ordering an investigation and disciplinary measures against those who carried out the searches – whose names will be readily available to investigators.Chavarría said criminal charges could be pending.According to Segura, an official file ordering a criminal investigation on a suspect must be created before law enforcement employees can access someone’s personal information on the database. That would mean that judicial employees likely created fake case files to access the information on Navas and his family.One line of investigation is if employees planned to use the information to commit a crime. When Navas signed with Real Madrid, his annual salary jumped from €250,000 ($317,000) at Levante to €2.5 million ($3.1 million) with Real Madrid.Navas has not yet commented on the scandal, because he is playing in a match today in the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) against Cornellá. The game had just started at 1 p.m., Costa Rica time, at the time of this posting.Stay tuned for updates. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Canopy by Hilton opens first hotel in Reykjavik Iceland

first_imgCanopy by Hilton opens first hotel in Reykjavik, IcelandCanopy by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s new lifestyle brand, and Icelandair Hotels, have announced the opening of the world’s first Canopy hotel in the city of Reykjavik.Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is centrally located on Hverfisgata Street, a thriving area in the heart of the city. The Icelandic capital, with its artistic flair, thriving culinary scene and backdrop of dramatic volcanic landscapes, is the ideal location for Canopy’s global debut.“Reykjavik is unlike any other city on Earth. Its rich heritage and natural beauty perfectly align with the ethos of the Canopy by Hilton brand,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton. “We are thrilled to open the doors and begin greeting adventurous travelers searching for a unique experience to this city centre neighborhood in Reykjavik.”Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is designed as a natural extension of Hverfisgata Street, with local design influences and natural materials used throughout the hotel’s architecture and interiors. The hotel is at the heart of Reykjavik, surrounded by iconic attractions such as Laugavegur, a street known for its shopping, eateries, and pubs, and Harpa Concert Hall and Convention Center, as well as from Old Reykjavik Harbor, which offers incredible views of Mount Esja and the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church.Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is steeped in local culture, and guests can taste Iceland’s famous Omnom chocolate on site, enjoy water naturally filtered by Icelandic lava, and immerse themselves in local literature when relaxing in poets’ corner – an ideal setting for literary relaxation.Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Hilton Worldwide said: “Over one million foreign travelers visited Iceland last year*, and Reykjavik is an incredibly exciting and unique city to visit. The introduction of Canopy establishes a new home for discerning lifestyle travelers to Iceland, and we’re thrilled to build on our longstanding partnership with Icelandair Hotels.”“With the support from Hilton Worldwide, as well as our Icelandic partners, this has become a distinguished property for Reykjavik,” said Magnea Thorey Hjálmarsdóttir, managing director, Icelandair Hotels. “We’ve changed the face of hospitality in Iceland with the Canopy lifestyle brand, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world.”The Geiri Smart restaurant is open for dinner for guests and locals ready for a night out. Lead Chef Enthusiast, Jóhannes Steinn Jóhannesson and Sous Chef Enthusiast, Bjarni Siguroli Jakobsson, put their own spin on local delights such as fresh fish and organic vegetables.All 112 rooms and suites are designed to fit in with neighborhood culture. Shades of ocean blue and gray volcanic rock make the interior comfortable and invigorating – a true reflection of Reykjavik. The rooms have been decorated with fun, local twists, such as a little Reykjavik Music Box which will lull our guests to sleep with an Icelandic lullaby.A 24-hour fitness center is available, as well as event and meeting space for up to 50 people. The hotel provides complimentary bicycles for guest use, and Enthusiasts can recommend local routes to explore the city and surrounding trails. Canopy by HiltonSource = Canopy by Hiltonlast_img read more


November 09 2018

first_imgNovember 09 , 2018 Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s … Chilean fresh fruit exports rose by 6.7% year-on-year during the 2017-18 season, driven by China (mainland and Hong Kong) which saw a massive 45% growth.The Chilean Fruit Exporters’ Association (ASOEX) said the total shipments to all destinations during the 2017-18 season reached a total of 2.78 million metric tons (MT), while to China they increased to 390,218MT.The Far East region overall saw 30.7% growth to 626,729MT.”This increase is explained, mainly in Asia and China, by the record volumes reached in cherries and blueberries,” said ASOEX president Ronald Bown.”In the case of cherries, the growth reached 96%, which led this produce item to become, for the first time, the third most exported fruit in Chile.”This growth reflects the great interest that the Asia-Pacific markets have acquired for the fruit export sector, where China has become a key market. We believe that Asia, especially China, will soon be the main market for Chilean fruit shipments.”Meanwhile, exports to Europe rose by 10.3% to 658,711MT during the 2017-18 season. To North America, they declined by 2.6%, although the region remains Chile’s most important market, with a 32% share.”The Chilean fruit industry is looking to diversify exports, promote new markets and niches, as well as open new market destinations”, said Brown.”[But] this does not mean that we will stop supplying traditional markets, since we have established solid relationships and programs with them.”After cherries, clementines registered the second-highest export growth, rising by 53.9% to 63,048MT.”For the second time, apples are the most exported fruit in Chile, since traditionally the country’s fruit exports had been led by table grapes, with volumes that make Chile the leading exporter of table grapes in the world,” said Bown.Photo: Shutterstock.com India: IG International sees rising blueberry sale … You might also be interested inlast_img read more