Autumn Peltier up for Nobel childrens prize

first_img“I like to speak for the water because the water doesn’t have a voice,” said Peltier. “If nobody speaks up what will the water and environment be like in 10 to 20 years? What if we don’t have clean drinking water anywhere? We would all die if we didn’t have clean drinking water.”Peltier said she hopes others will join in her struggle to protect water around the world.“The reason I advocate for this is to inspire people to come together and try and purify the water,” said Peltier.She still remembers that day last December when she got her moment to speak directly to Trudeau. In an interview shortly after it happened Peltier described the encounter.“When I went up there, I was standing with the Elder, listening to what he was saying and I was told to give the prime minister the water bundle,” Peltier said, at the time. “And I said something to him. I said, ‘I am very unhappy with the choices you’ve made.’ And he said, ‘I understand that.’ And I started crying and all I got to say after that was, ‘the pipelines.’”Looking back, Peltier, who is from Wikwemikong, on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, said she didn’t know what she was going to tell the prime minister at the time and the words just tumbled out.“When I went up to give him the gift I didn’t what I was going to do. I just had this feeling. I guess my spirit just wanted to say something while I was there and it was an opportunity to just say it,” said Peltier. “When I think about what I said I am just trying to help my people and help my environment and it makes me feel proud.”The KidsRights organization will announce the winner of the prize Nov. Autumn Peltier, flanked by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Elder Elmer Courchene presents a water bundle to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in December 2016.Jorge Barrera APTN NewsAutumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Wikwemikong girl who tearfully pleaded with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to protect the water is up for an international award.Autumn Peltier’s name came to be known across the country after she presented Trudeau with a water bundle of a copper bowl, a red cloth, tobacco and a small copper cup during an Assembly of First Nations meeting in December 2016. During the gift presentation, Peltier told Trudeau she was “unhappy” with his decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline in British Columbia.Now Peltier is up for the International Children’s Peace Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for children. She is the only child out of 169 nominees from Canada.“When I found out that I was nominated for the award I was really excited and I am really excited to find out if I win or not,” said Peltier. “If I don’t win I am still really happy to be doing the work I am doing.”Peltier has dedicated herself to campaigning for water protection. This past July she was in Regina during the AFN’s general assembly to sign a treaty against the expansion of Alberta’s bitumen fields.last_img read more

BC city to take Trans Mountain pipeline fight to Supreme Court of

first_imgCorrigan says the city has asked its legal counsel to file the appeal application within 60 days.He says in a news release that the Federal Court of Appeal did not give consideration to arguments made by Burnaby and the provincial government.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Burnaby’s application without reasons, but Corrigan says the judges should have explained why the provincial government was not being allowed to protect B.C.’s environmental interests.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) BURNABY, B.C. – The City of Burnaby is turning to Canada’s highest court in the dispute over construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Mayor Derek Corrigan says the city intends to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to consider a lower court decision that denied Burnaby leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.That ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws during construction of the pipeline expansion, which will triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton-area and port facilities in Burnaby.last_img read more

WhatsApp NASSCOM to impart digital literacy

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training. As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp. The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement. “This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added. The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages. The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges. “The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said. “I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added. Aspiring volunteers can register at NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).last_img read more

Cyprus UNbacked technical committees begin work seeking reunification

18 April 2008Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot working groups today launched sessions designed to pave the way for full-fledged negotiations under United Nations auspices on a comprehensive and durable settlement for the reunification of the Mediterranean island. “As we have said before, the United Nations will do all that it can to help the two sides in their search for a sustainable and mutually acceptable solution,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General Elizabeth Spehar told a news conference in Nicosia before the heads of the six working groups and seven technical committees began their meetings.“We hope that concrete results can be achieved through this process over the coming weeks, that will provide a solid basis for the two leaders [Dimitris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat] to move forward and which will encourage the UN Secretary-General to appoint a Special Envoy to accompany and support the leaders in their negotiations,” she added as she presided over the launch.Yesterday, the Security Council in New York welcomed the development. The 15-member body said the recent opening of the long-closed Ledra Street crossing between the two communities in Nicosia was an indication of the political will on both sides to tackle issues that have obstructed progress in the past, and called for more confidence-building measures to be introduced.“The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to the reunification of Cyprus based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation and political equality,” it said in a presidential statement.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place since 1964 following the outbreak of inter-communal violence, entrusted with preventing a recurrence of fighting and contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

No action plan to the US

However Minister de Silva said it was wrong to assume an action plan had been submitted to Clinton and that even her spokeswoman, at a press briefing after the meeting, never mentioned anything about an action plan.Minister Peiris met Clinton in Washington last month and following that meeting the U.S State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said “the Secretary met this morning for about 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris. The foreign minister presented a very serious and comprehensive approach to the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’s implementation and the plans that the government has, including plans to make it more public and accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka, what the government intends to do in the implementation realm”. (Colombo Gazette) The government says an action plan on implementing the LLRC recommendations was not given to the United States during the recent visit to Washington by External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris.Responding to a questioned raised by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanaika in parliament today, government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the US government was only briefed on the approach Sri Lanka will take to implement some of the recommendations. The JVP MP accused the government of submitting a secret plan to the U.S on implementing the LLRC recommendations. He called on the government to reveal to the nation the action plan the External Affairs Minister had submitted to U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. read more

SecretaryGeneral starts European trip with consultations on Côte dIvoire

Before attending the World Economic Forum in Davos later this week, Mr. Annan’s plans in Switzerland include a visit to the International Olympics Committee to follow-up on the International Year of Sports and Development.At a plenary session of the Forum he will deliver an address on: “A New Mindset for the United Nations.”Mr. Annan’s travel plans also include The Hague, for a meeting of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and London, for meetings on the Middle East peace process and the future of Afghanistan. read more

Japans central bank holds steady on interest rate stimulus

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2017 8:22 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan’s central bank holds steady on interest rate, stimulus TOKYO – Japan’s central bank opted Thursday to retain its ultra-lax monetary stimulus, citing U.S. policy changes as one of the risks for the global economic outlook.The Bank of Japan gave no indication it was leaning toward cutting back on the massive purchases of government bonds it is using to support the world’s No. 3 economy by injecting hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy every year.The BOJ said, as usual, that Japan’s economy was on a “moderate recovery trend.” But it lacks the dynamism seen in the U.S. economy that led the Federal Reserve to raise the federal funds rate Wednesday by 0.25 percentage points to a range of 0.75 to 1 per cent.As expected, the BOJ kept its benchmark policy rate at minus 0.1 per cent.Among risks, it pointed to the potential impact of U.S. monetary policy on global financial markets.Under Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, the BOJ has sought to spur price increases to stimulate more spending and borrowing by businesses and consumers. But inflation is stuck at about 0 per cent, far below the target of 2 per cent set four years ago. Companies are resisting government calls to raise wages enough to entice thrifty consumers into spending more, and Kuroda has given no hint he might seek to tighten credit anytime soon.“Even if price pressures do strengthen more rapidly than we anticipate, the Bank will want to make sure that it can see the whites of inflation’s eyes before it decides to withdraw stimulus,” Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics said in a commentary.The 19-nation eurozone has likewise been tentative about “tapering,” let alone tightening policy. In December, the European Central Bank decided to continue bond purchases through the end of 2017 while reducing them from 80 billion euros ($84 billion) a month to 60 billion euros a month beginning in April.Last week, the ECB decided not to change the size or duration of its stimulus programs, judging a rise in annual inflation to near its own 2 per cent target to reflect increased oil prices rather than other more expansionary factors, such as higher wages for workers.The Fed’s rate hike did prompt China’s central bank to raise short term rates Thursday, though the People’s Bank of China kept its benchmark one-year commercial lending rate unchanged.Hong Kong’s central bank copied the Fed by raising its benchmark lending rate by one-quarter point to 1.25 per cent. The Asian finance hub’s currency is pegged to the dollar, so authorities are obliged to copy U.S. monetary policy. FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo, a man walks past the Bank of Japan building. Japan’s central bank opted Thursday, March 16, 2017, to keep its monetary policy steady, as the U.S. Federal Reserve tightens and European Central Bank edges in that direction. The Bank of Japan ended a policy meeting by keeping the minus 0.1 percent benchmark interest rate unchanged while working toward a 2 percent inflation rate target. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) read more

Toshibas new printer erases toner from regular copy paper

first_imgThe paperless-office has been promised for many years now, but has yet to happen. Walk into any office and you’ll probably find a printer and reams of paper. Printing stuff out is still popular, even if tablets and e-readers are helping to cut down even further on how much is required.Ultimately, there’s always going to be a need to print stuff out. In order to make that possible while still conserving resources, some companies have come up with paper that can be erased and reused. The only problem with that is the paper costs significantly more than a typical sheet of A4, and only has a limited life span. So that tech never took off.Toshiba has come up with a better solution, though. Instead of making the paper erasable, create a toner you can remove instead.The toner is printed on standard copy paper by a new printer that is also capable of deleting the ink. It achieves this using a heated friction technique, known as FriXion Ball, that renders the sheet of paper usable again. It’s not perfect as the deleted toner can still be seen very faintly on the paper, but it’s good enough that further print outs are possible. There’s also a compatible line of pens from Pilot that use ink that the printer can delete, meaning writing on documents you want to erase isn’t an issue as long as you use the right pen.Toshiba says a sheet of copy paper can be reused 5 times, and after that you’ve still got an almost blank sheet of paper to write notes on. Don’t forget that each sheet has two sides, meaning 10 possible reuses. After that, the printer detects a sheet can’t be used anymore and spits it out into a different tray.Deleting important information from a printed document may not be desirable in all cases, but Toshiba have thought of a solution to that, too. Before deleting, the printer gives you the option to scan the sheet, allowing for a digital copy of the information to be captured.This new printer and ink will be released late in 2012. Initially it will be capable of only printing blue toner, but other colors are planned. Eventually we could also see a full color version released. It’s also important to point out that it’s the toner making the erasing procedure possible, so in the future we could see multiple printer manufacturers producing compatible hardware.Read more at DigInfo.tvlast_img read more

Preview for tonights 42 WWE Smackdown on Syfy

first_img Videos Articles Facebook John Cena Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Google+ Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WhatsApp Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California center_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins The following is scheduled for tonight’s 4/2 WWE Smackdown on Syfy from Fresno:* WWE Intercontinental champion Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus* Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose* Miz vs. R-Truth* Naomi vs. Natalya* Randy Orton vs. The Big ShowAlso appearing: WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, WWE United States champion John Cena, Kane, The Bella Twins, The Primetime Players and Rusev.Check back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown on videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 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 Pinterest Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articleslast_img read more

Seven displaced when fire damages mobile home in Vancouver

first_imgSeven people were displaced early Sunday when a crawl space fire damaged a mobile home in Vancouver’s Sifton neighborhood, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.Fire crews were dispatched at 12:53 a.m. to a double wide mobile home at 14608 N.E. 90th St., according to firefighter-paramedic Kevin Stromberg. He said crews from the Vancouver Fire Department arrived at 1:01 a.m. to find smoke coming out of the crawl space area under the mobile home. Further investigation found fire spreading through the crawl space and into the ducting in the mobile home’s heating system, Stromberg said.“Unfortunately, to get to the ducting system, we did have to make some holes in the floor of the structure to put the fire out, so there was damage to the structure,” he said. “Also, with the smoke coming into the structure, they also had significant smoke damage to the structure, as well.”The fire was brought under control in 20 minutes.Six adults, one child and two pets were displaced by the fire, according to the American Red Cross, which reported that its volunteers provided assistance, including temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about recovery services.The family had evacuated safely before firefighters arrived, and no injuries were reported, according to Stromberg. He said 21 firefighters were on scene, and the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.last_img read more

Hallmarks AntiTMZ

first_imgSouth Carolina Republican representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress on health care. Tennis player Serena Williams’ on-court, expletive-laden tirade. Kanye West’s aggressive—however not altogether unusual—behavior during MTV’s Music Video Awards.They all make good headlines. But the Hallmark Channel, a division of Hallmark Cards, wants to know: Has civilization lost its civility? In an affront to all the vitriol that continually makes up news headlines and TV news programs, the Hallmark Channel has created, a site devoted exclusively to positive news about celebrities—from Hollywood to sports, to politics and features content from chief correspondent-bloggers Delaina Dixon, who is based in New York, and Daisy Whitney, who is in Los Angeles. The site is live now but is eyeing October 23 for its official launch. With the tag line “Cleaning Up the Red Carpet,” Hallmark is calling the site the “anit-TMZ.” “ will bring only positive news to the masses who are tired of the mudslinging,” Hallmark said in an announcement. “Whether the news is love and marriage, children, chivalry, dream home, dream vacation, enlightenment, or benevolent altruism, Dixon and Whitney will shine a light through every sector of show business, putting deserving entertainers in a favorable spot.”How nice! (Earlier this year Hallmark Cards shuttered its flagship Hallmark magazine. According to spurned subscribers, the way Hallmark handled the shut down wasn’t so nice.)A Hallmark Channel spokesperson told me the site hopes to get to at least 50,000 uniques within the first two months and eventually wants to host paid advertising. Right now, the home page looks like an overt plug for Hallmark’s upcoming film, Always Forever, with a large banner ad and a series of five promotional videos at the bottom.It’s true, there is a lot of negative news in celebrity-dom these days. The same can be said for magazines. We’ve made a big effort to post as many positive stories during these difficult times as we can. But the reality is that negative stories get A LOT more reader/user/viewer attention than the positive ones, even on read more

Conferees Point to Parking Problems at Growth Installations

first_imgConstraints on recent military construction budgets have prevented DOD from addressing “urgent” parking requirements at some installations, according to the conferees who negotiated the conference report for the fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch appropriations bills. “The lack of parking is a safety issue and a detriment to the well-being of employees, both civilian and military,” according to the report’s joint explanatory statement. The conferees’ underlying concern is the department lacks a coherent strategy to address the problem, particularly at installations that have experienced significant growth.The workforce assigned to Fort Meade, Md., for example has grown from just over 33,500 employees in 2005 to 57,000 today after gaining the headquarters for U.S. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency. As a result, parking at the post has become “a serious issue,” the conferees state. In turn, the conferees direct the department to submit with its FY 2020 milcon budget request:an updated list of unfunded requirements for parking facilities, access control points and road construction at DOD facilities that have serious parking, access and road congestion issues; anda list of how those requirements will be incorporated into construction requests for fiscal years 2021 through 2025.The three-bill spending package is awaiting the president’s signature after the House and Senate cleared the conference agreement last week.Photo by Alfred Twu from Wikimedia Commons Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Caira Bendel Have Displayed Integrity Professionalism  Accountability

first_imgDear Editor,I write to support the re-election of Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel.Both have maintained the values of the Wilmington voter: integrity, professionalism, and accountability. I have lived in Wilmington since 1969 and have always been proud of its leadership.And I remember living on an unaccepted street and the difficulties that come with that. If there is a fix for that, I would like to hear what the fix is and what is the cost and who is responsible for that cost.There was a difficult time 15 or 20 years or so. It seemed at the time that being “pugnatious” and cute about a serious issue was a winner. The best insult you can fly publicly, name calling, was thought to be a winning strategy. I am grateful for the peace that has come to Wilmington after that time.Best wishes to Mr. Caira and Mr. Bendel.Sincerely,Ann L. YurekLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Thanks The VotersIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin CairaIn “Government”last_img read more

Specks new CaseE is a painfully cute but tough iPad case

first_img Speck’s new kid-friendly iPad case has flexible arms Share your voice 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 0 Enlarge ImageSpeck’s Case-E is scheduled to ship by March. Speck Remember Speck’s iGuy case for the iPad? Well, he’s evolved into the Case-E, a new iPad case that’s as kid-friendly as a case gets.Due to ship by the end of March, the Case-E costs $40 and has flexible hooked arms you can hold onto or wrap around car seats “for safe viewing on the go,” Speck says. Additionally, the exterior “squishy” layer is BPA free to “put parents’ minds at ease.”The Case-E will be available for the last five generations of 9.7-inch iPad devices and in multiple color options. There’s no word yet on international pricing. 1:07 Mobile Accessories CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 Post a comment Tags Here are its key specs:6-foot drop protection External EVA foam layer offers a soft, comfortable grip that’s easy to holdBoth sides of the case offer flexible, detachable EVO foam “arms” that provide a secure grip for even the smallest hands Arms prop up your iPad in landscape or portrait mode and can be used to secure the device to a vehicle’s headrest Price: $40 Multiple color options Shipping by the end of March CES Products All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019last_img read more

Ayodhya case There was temple in inner courtyard Nirmohi

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior counsel appearing for Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case, on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there was a temple in the inner courtyard of the disputed site. Senior Advocate S K Jain told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that Muslims were not allowed to enter the temple area. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “There was no mosque there. As per the revenue records, it can be said that the land was in possession of the Nirmohi Akhara,” the counsel claimed. The constitution bench, also comprising Justice SA Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Abdul Naseer, is conducting a day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya title dispute case after the mediation panel failed to achieve an amicable settlement. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The apex court is hearing appeals against September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the case. The High Court in its verdict had ordered equal division of 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The 16th-century Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.last_img read more

235M Acres Off Texas Up For Oil Gas Leases In August

first_imgBOEM Whale fluke in front of oil platformNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government will offer 23.5 million acres off of Texas for oil and gas leases in August.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says that’s all the available waterbottom in the western Gulf of Mexico.Spokesman John Filostrat says the agency has not chosen a date or location.Last August marked the smallest sale ever for the western Gulf. Five companies bid on 33 tracts for a total of $22.7 million in high bids. Each tract drew one bid.A sale last month for central and eastern tracts was the central region’s fourth-lowest since regional sales began in 1983. Nobody bid on tracts in the eastern Gulf.Industry lobbyist Randall Luthi blamed the low sales on both low oil and gas prices and uncertainty over possible future regulations. Share Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Harvey FloodDamaged Houston Synagogue Could Relocate

first_imgTwitter @RabbiWeilUnited Orthodox Synagogue of Houston after Harvey.Light peeking through stained glass windows illuminated the melancholy faces of the men of United Orthodox Synagogues as they put on their traditional tefillin and tallit to prepare for the temple’s last morning prayer. They bowed their heads alongside the women in the congregation, separated by a cloth partition.The Houston Chronicle reports after suffering damage from three floods in as many years, the synagogue’s board of directors made a decision to demolish the sanctuary, school wing and offices. More than 150 congregation members gathered or tuned in to a web stream for the Feb. 4 final service.“If someone had told me 10 years ago that it would all end like this, I would have thought they were telling a fantasy,” congregant Denise Weinberg said.The synagogue is located on Greenwillow Drive in the historic Jewish community in Meyerland, just hundreds of feet from Brays Bayou. About 1??in 13 Jewish families there — an estimated 2,000 households — were flooded by Hurricane Harvey.A tour through the synagogue makes clear the drastic effects of the floods of Memorial Day 2015, Tax Day 2016 and Harvey. Rust covers ovens in the kitchen. Watermarks stain memorial plaques that line the walls. In the library, only bare shelves remain after floodwaters ruined hundreds of sacred books.“You spend a whole lifetime collecting things that remind you of other things, just for the water to take it all away,” Weinberg said.In an effort to save their synagogue, United Orthodox had engineers look at the building, received the help of over 500 volunteers and had many fundraisers. Rabbi Adir Posy said residents of 46 states and four Canadian provinces donated $400,000. Posy has worked closely to help the synagogue rebuild, and he flew in from Los Angeles so he could attend the final services.“In 2015 and 2016, Houston came together to help us; in 2017 it was the entire American Jewish community,” said board member Amy Goldstein. “It was so impacting we could not deal with it ourselves.”Ultimately, the board decided repairing a building that repeatedly flooded would be a poor investment.Pix of devastation by flood of United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston. Please help! Donate at— Rabbi Steven Weil (@RabbiWeil) May 27, 2015The synagogue’s goal for demolition is March. Freedman Hall, an elevated reception hall next door, will continue to serve as the temporary sanctuary.Goldstein said the board of directors is exploring all viable options for a new building, such as rebuilding with elevated facilities or moving to a new location. A challenge is that since Orthodox Jews don’t drive on the Sabbath, congregation members must live within walking distance of the synagogue. After Harvey, several congregants spent a significant amount of their savings to fix their homes in order to stay in the neighborhood.“Going anywhere else would be a significant religious choice to make,” Goldstein said.On the final Sunday morning, old photos taken in the synagogue were spread across tables so worshippers could take a look into their building’s past. Rabbi Barry Gelman had many pictures of his family on Jewish holidays and occasions celebrated in the synagogue, which he said were moments he would never forget.“I have fond memories of sitting with my three generations of family,” Gelman said. “The walls in this room have absorbed the story of a lifetime.”United Orthodox broke ground on the complex in 1961 when the congregations Adath Emeth, Adath Israel and Beth Jacob merged. The building’s original plans were on display to honor the original days of the congregation. A photo of the synagogue when it was first built read, “Designed to Serve Forever.” Many members of the congregation said they believe that though their sanctuary soon will be gone, their memories will always remain.“I have absolute faith that the things that mean the most to us are going to continue,” said Dov Liberman, an official in the synagogue.After morning prayer, congregants reflected on a few of their favorite synagogue memories. They shared childhood stories of running behind the stained glass and emotional reflections of members who have died. When Holocaust survivor Alex Pollak reminisced about his second bar mitzvah last November, the crowd erupted in cheers.Two congregation members, Max Reichental and Steve Moore, are cousins who have been with the synagogue since its beginning. The two said the building has always been the hub of everything in their lives. Moore had his bar mitzvah at the synagogue in its second year, and he teared up when he thought back to his sister’s wedding there.“She looked so beautiful,” Moore said. “I will never forget that day.”The sanctuary is filled with sacred decorative features that have played an important part in the building’s history. The main stained glass window, memorial plaques dedicated to congregation members and other physical reminders of the synagogue’s past are being kept in hopes they will be moved to a new building.In a final gathering of closure, the congregation sat in its old seats to listen to speeches from United Orthodox President Rick Guttman and Gelman. The two thanked everyone who made the service possible and spoke about what the synagogue means to them.Once the last words were said and the services were over, congregants talked and laughed with one another over their personal history with the synagogue. Gloria Ribnick, a member for “forever and then some,” spoke of a brighter future in the congregation.“I think it’s not the end,” Ribnick said. “It’s the beginning.” Sharelast_img read more

Final Fantasy XV Might Be Coming to Switch Teases Game Director

first_imgStay on target Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD Over the weekend, Square-Enix and Nvidia announced a PC port of Final Fantasy XV. This will make the game available on three distinct platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One). There’s even a mobile version in the works. But what about the Nintendo Switch? If the game director’s not-so-subtle hints are what we think they are, Final Fantasy could be headed to Nintendo’s system eventually.During a livestream from the Twitch booth at Gamescom, game director Hajime Tabata talked about upcoming projects. This included the aforementioned PC and mobile versions of FFXV. While speaking about those games, he teased something Switch owners should find very interesting.”“We can’t give you any complete, solid details right at the moment,” said Hibata, “but we very much do want to move out and do as much as we can with the game and the franchise. There’s another certain console out there people may be thinking of. It sounds a little bit like… Twitch.”I wonder what he could be referring to. There’s more.“Everyone on the FFXV team loves this specific console that sounds a lot like Twitch, so you may want to think about something like that in the future.”This man isn’t even trying to hide the fact his team is working on Final Fantasy XV for Switch. He’s certainly not talking about an Ouya port. Now, as Kotaku points out, FFXV on Switch doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same game we all know. Like the mobile FFXV, it’s possible this is something entirely different. FFXV is becoming its own franchise of sorts, so this Switch game could just be a spin-off.Given the Switch’s ongoing popularity, it makes total sense Square-Enix would want to have something FFXV-related on the system. We don’t know what form it’ll take. It could just be a port of the mobile game. Whatever this turns out to be, we can say that Final Fantasy will be headed to Switch in the future.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Chinese scientists plead for research before more mountain moving

first_img © 2014 Yellow Mountain in China. Credit: chinafacttours ( —A trio of researchers from Chang’an University in China has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature, pleading for planners in China to consider more carefully the repercussions of cutting the tops off mountains to fill valleys to allow cities to grow larger. Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevitycenter_img Cutting off mountain tops is not unique to China, coal miners have been doing just that for many years in the eastern part of the United States. What is new is using mountaintop material to fill in valleys near cities to allow for continued growth. The problem with the idea, Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu write, is that it likely won’t work in many instances and will cause a whole host of environmental problems.Mountains and valleys exist in the states they are in for a reason—geological events, time and weather have all played a hand, resulting, in most cases, in a reasonably stable environment. Cutting off mountaintops and especially filling in valleys changes the way rainfall runoff makes its way to rivers, streams or even the ocean. Plus, the trio point out, the material from the mountaintops (thick windblown silt) likely will take at least a decade to settle enough to erect buildings. The problem, they note, is the lack of research being undertaken to learn what might happen to cities and the neighboring environment if such practices continue. Building on such soft material could result in sinkholes, swift terrain deterioration and mudslides.One example of a lack of planning, the team points out, is the increase in dust released into the air as earth movers haul mountain dirt to valleys—they kick up massive amounts of dust that merges with other pollutants causing even bigger problems for people in the area. They note that prior research has shown that land modification projects in other parts of the world (and in China) have led to landslides, flooding, rivers changing course and increased pollution.Of extreme concern is the scale at which such mountain topping is occuring—700 projects are currently underway, none of which have been thought through, the researchers say, and the result is very likely to be something catastrophic in the near future. They suggest several changes be made: soil in sites used by earth movers should be watered to prevent dust kicking up, trees and plants should be planted on areas left barren, farmers should be compensated for lost land and finally, economists and environmentalists should be consulted before such projects are approved. More information: Comment: Environment: Accelerate research on land creation: … and-creation-1.15327 Citation: Chinese scientists plead for research before more ‘mountain moving’ (2014, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Exiled Burundi judge says court forced to back president

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The Burundian Constitutional Court was forced to validate President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to seek a third term in office, an exiled judge said as three people were killed in protests Thursday over the president’s candidacy.Protests have rocked Burundi’s capital since the ruling party announced April 25 that it had nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate. Three people were killed and 13 wounded during protests, according to the Burundi Red Cross. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Judges met April 30 and found that Nkurunziza wasn’t eligible to run for another term, said Constitutional Court Vice President Sylvere Nimpagaritse, who is in exile in Rwanda. He said after that decision, the judges started receiving threatening phone calls, which forced him to flee. The remaining judges then changed their decision in Nkurunziza’s favor.“If we did not give the third term a green light, we were going to be in trouble,” Nimpagaritse said.There was no immediate response from the Burundian government to the judge’s claims.Nkurunziza has said the court had found that his bid for a third term in the June 26 election doesn’t contradict the constitution since he was selected by parliament and not by popular election for his first term. Protesters say his re-election bid is illegal.Thursday’s deaths bring the number of people killed in the protests to at least 13 and 216 wounded since April 25. More than 30,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries, fearing political violenceProtesters searched for and assaulted people suspected to be members of the ruling party’s violent youth group on Thursday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more