Hudsons Bay eliminating 2000 positions

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) says it is cutting 2,000 jobs, including some it says were previously announced in February.The retail giant says the layoffs are intended to save $350 million annually once the plan is fully implemented by end of fiscal 2018.The company says the savings are required to help offset various challenges it’s facing within the retail sector, which has been beset by store closures with the advent of online shopping.The announcement came as HBC released its first-quarter earnings, which showed a net loss of $221 million, more than double the $97 million loss it had in the same period last year.Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America.It has more than 480 stores and employs more than 66,000 people.last_img read more

NDP MP says residential school survivors facing betrayal of justice promise

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn NDP MP says he’s received the brush-off from the body responsible for settling claims from Indian residential school survivors after asking when it knew federal government lawyers were supressing information about brutal abuses at a school in Fort Albany, Ont.Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay, wrote to Daniel Shapiro, the head of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, last month saying the body needed to come clean about what it knew and when to protect the integrity of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.Shapiro wrote back saying Angus should take up his issue with Justice Minister Peter MacKay or Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.“As it appears that fundamentally your concerns continue to relate to the conduct of Canada and its representatives, I ask that you direct your further communications in this regard to (MacKay) and/or (Valcourt),” wrote Shapiro, in his Dec. 3 letter to Angus. “As an officer of the court, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further in the political realm on matters that may be before the courts in the future.”Angus said he was disappointed by Shapiro’s response.“It’s pretty depressing when there obviously has been a failure of the legal process and the people in charge of the legal process say it’s a political process,” said Angus. “If (Independent Assessment Process) is not going to stand and insist that the defendant meet the basic legal obligations as laid out by the Ontario Superior Court then this process is a betrayal of the promise that was made to the survivors that justice would be done.”This past January an Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge ordered the federal government to hand over thousands of documents from an OPP investigation into abuse, including the use of an electric chair on students, at St. Anne’s Residential School. The investigation, from the 1990s, led to convictions.St. Anne’s school survivors went to court a second time in June to force Ottawa to turn over the transcript of St. Anne’s employee Anna Wesley’s trial. Wesley was convicted in 1999 for giving students a noxious substance.Justice Canada lawyers had been sitting on the documents, claiming it didn’t have the authority to hand them over because the OPP transferred them on condition of anonymity.Justice Paul Perell found that Ottawa’s refusal to hand over the documents “compromised the (independent assessment process) and denied the claimant’s access to justice.”As part of the residential school settlement agreement, an independent assessment process (IAP) was created to deal with claims of abuse and compensation. The hearings are held before an independent adjudicator who hears presentations from claimants, church and federal government representatives. Documents are also used to support claims for compensation.Many of the survivors from St. Anne’s school went into their hearings without any legal representation and did not know evidence existed to prove their claims of abuse.Despite the court victories, Angus said the St. Anne’s survivors are still facing obstacles and are planning to again take the issue to the courts.“We are still seeing documents being blacked-out, (Ottawa officials) lied in court about the evidence narrative,” said Angus. “(Ottawa) was told they breached the legal rights of the survivors and they continue to act defiantly.”Angus said he now plans to take the issue to the IAP oversight committee.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

DNA tests confirm second switched at birth case in northern Manitoba

first_imgThe Canadian PressNORWAY HOUSE, Man. — A second set of DNA tests have confirmed that two men were switched at birth at a hospital in northern Manitoba in 1975.Former Manitoba aboriginal affairs minister Eric Robinson says the men from Norway House learned of the results Tuesday.He says the tests show Leon Swanson is the biological son of the woman who raised David Tait Jr.The 41-year-old men announced at a news conference last month that tests had revealed Tait is the son of the woman who raised Swanson.Robinson says the latest results were anticipated but needed for Swanson to move on.It’s the second case of a mix-up at the federally run Norway House Indian Hospital in the same year, and the government has tasked an independent third party to investigate what went wrong.Tests last November showed Luke Monias and Norman Barkman of nearby Garden Hill also went home from the Norway House hospital with each other’s families in 1975.Robinson, who has acted as a spokesman for the four men since they learned of the mix-ups, says he sent federal Health Minister Jane Philpott a letter two weeks ago requesting she sit down with the men and their families to discuss the anguish they’ve been through.“She hasn’t responded to my correspondence whatsoever,” said Robinson.“I know she’s got lots of responsibilities but this is equally important.”He said other officials have tried to contact the men but they only want to talk to Philpott.“They want to deal with the person ultimately responsible for the Indian hospital,” Robinson said.The two cases have raised the question of whether other babies could have been switched at birth at the hospital.Shortly after Swanson and Tait held their news conference, Health Canada announced that it is offering free DNA tests to anyone born at the Norway House hospital before 1980, when the facility started fitting newborns with identification bands.A spokesman said that due to privacy reasons, he can’t reveal if anyone has requested the tests.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Trump to provide rare look of finances in disclosure report

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his hotels, golf resorts and other parts of his business empire.The report expected to be released Thursday will be closely studied for changes in revenue at key properties, including his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, his Washington, D.C., hotel and his Doral golf resort in Miami.Experts say the Trump business has taken a hit from the president’s divisive policies and rhetoric, though the Trump Organization says much of the business is fine. One of two Trump sons in charge of the business, Eric Trump, told The Associated Press last year that “Doral is on fire.”Bernard Condon, The Associated Press read more

Georganas future in Hindmarsh uncertain

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Questions have been raised about the political future of Federal ALP parliamentarian, Steve Georganas after the Australian Electoral Commission recently upheld its draft decision to abolish federal ALP frontbencher Mark Butler’s safe seat of Port Adelaide.The most likely scenario was that Mr Butler would take neighbouring Hindmarsh from his factional colleague Steve Georganas, and that the Greek Australian parliamentarian would be moved to the seat of Adelaide, where Kate Ellis is retiring.Mr Georganas is well respected among the Greek Australian community, and Neos Kosmos understands that prominent Greek Australians will support him to retain his Hindmarsh seat.According to some sources, Mr Georganas might be asked to shift to the Senate, where there is a vacant spot on the ticket after the loss of Anne McEwen in 2016.There were also reports that he could be handed a safe state seat at the next election in 2022, possibly in Cheltenham, with former Labor premier Jay Weatherill expected to retire.In a written statement sent to Neos Kosmos, Mr Georganas said he has proudly served in the marginal seat of Hindmarsh in the western suburbs of Adelaide for over a decade, regaining the seat for a second term in 2016 for Labor.“While the boundaries of Hindmarsh have moved, I will explore all available options to serve the community I love,” he said.“I was elected for a three year term in 2016, and my focus is to represent the people of Hindmarsh for the parliamentary term.“I look forward to discussions with my colleagues to determine the best way forward.”last_img read more

From oops to DOE chief Rick Perry is pick for Energy

first_imgWASHINGTON — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering “oops” when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”The former Texas governor is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to become energy secretary, two people with knowledge of the decision say.If confirmed by the Senate, Perry is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward oil and other fossil fuels that he championed during a record 14 years as governor.Perry, 66, left office in January 2015 and then launched his second ill-fated bid for the Republican presidential nomination.He was a harsh critic of Trump, even calling the billionaire businessman a “cancer to conservatism,” but Perry lasted only three months in the race for the 2016 nomination before dropping out.Perry later endorsed the Republican nominee and said he’d be willing to work in a Trump administration. He re-emerged in the public spotlight in a brief appearance on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where he was the second contestant eliminated.Democrats and environmental groups derided Perry’s expected nomination, noting that he is on the record both forgetting about the Energy Department and then remembering he wanted to eliminate it.last_img read more

A filthy scene as trash is scattered along Leeward Highway

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 19, 2016 – Big, nasty mess on the Leeward Highway yesterday got Magnetic Media posting photos of the splatter of trash right on this main thoroughfare.  The reaction, was as it always is, appall at the audacity of some in the community to completely disregard warnings, notices and the laws of the land.If you saw when this trash hit the ground on Leeward Hwy near the Southern Shores building, near the Haitian & Jamaican Consulate offices, please contact authorities.Jamaican Consul, Allan Hutchinson said to us, “This is what you call lawlessness.  We need to charge a special fee for companies transporting garbage and mandate strict guidelines on how it is done.”  Hutchison continued with his suggestion, saying, “Plus hire some sanitation inspectors to patrol highways looking out for those polluters and empower them to levy $10,000 fines for offenders.  We must get tough with this kind of madness and irresponsibility by residents.” – Allan HutchinsonBy this morning, the trash in that area of Leeward Highway was cleaned up. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Allan Hutchinson, garbage scattered on leeward highway, trash scattered on leeward highway in front of Haitian and Jamaican consulate officelast_img read more

City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to

first_img KUSI Newsroom, The addition of marijuana and controlled substances to the Social Host Ordinance gives law enforcement a tool to deter conduct that puts our kids at risk. Working with @ChiefNisleit, we’ll educate the public about this ordinance, and hold accountable those who choose to ignore it pic.twitter.com/tdeXtQkxbO— SD City Attorney (@CityAttorneySD) March 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, San Diego City Council approved an amendment to the city’s social host ordinance. It is now illegal to host a gathering where minors can have access to marijuana substances.City Attorney Mara Elliot discussed the new amendment and why she supported it on Good Morning San Diego.RELATED STORY: San Diego City Council OKs amendment focusing on underage marijuana use March 12, 2019 Posted: March 12, 2019center_img City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to minors in social settings KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Mara Elliot, Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fort Vancouver High wins honors for recycling

first_imgVANCOUVER — Clark County’s first high school to earn certification for increased recycling and food-waste composting will be honored Tuesday.Officials from Clark County Environmental Services, which oversees efforts, will award Fort Vancouver High School with Level 1 Washington Green School certification. A ceremony takes place at 2:30 p.m. at the school, 5700 E. 18th St.The tribute follows the creation of a student-staff-faculty Green Team that assessed the campus and found opportunities to eliminate waste. A recent audit found minimal amounts of paper, bottles or cans in the school’s garbage.Fort Vancouver is the 19th school in Washington to earn Level 1 status; two elementary schools in Clark County have previously qualified. Currently, 95 schools in the state are active in the Green School program, 20 of them in Clark County.For more information: http://www.wagreenschools.org.last_img read more

Diversified Business Communications Buys Electronic Health Record Provider

first_imgPortland, Maine-based b-to-b media company Diversified Business Communications has acquired Amazing Charts, a provider of electronic health records. The deal is intended to expand Diversified’s Pri-Med division and its medical education business. Amazing Charts was founded in 2001 and says it provides electronic health records for 5,600 practices with 70 practices added every month. Terms of the deal were not released. The plan is to make Amazing Charts an independent operating subsidiary of Pri-Med, but supplement it with Pri-Med’s educational conference reach into more than 40 markets—potentially expanding Amazing Chart’s visibility with prospective practices. For Diversified, the addition of electronic health records is another asset that can be used in Pri-Med’s educational setting—primarily as a way of extending Pri-Med educational content and services to point-of-care, in-practice settings. “The holy grail of medical education is to demonstrate improved patient outcomes as a result of access to unbiased evidence-based CME,” says John Mooney,  founder and CEO of Pri-Med. “We believe that in addition to our live meetings and online CME courses, providing this education at the point of care is the obvious next step, and we are excited to develop this with Amazing Charts. With this deeply integrated partnership, we are together reimagining the EHR as a real-time educational instrumemnt that expands well beyond managing one’s practice.””Diversified is really good at executing events, and this is an opportunity to extend our reach,” says a Diversified spokesperson. “There’s a finite number of primary care physicians and this gives us an opportunity to get directly in front of doctors. What’s critical too is understanding the benefit of education—are the doctors getting what they need and are they able to improve their patients’ health based on the information they learn from Pri-Med? Having Amazing Charts will help us understand that.” Diversified acquired Pri-Med in late 2011 from MC Holdings. Pri-Med consists of about 50 annul educational conferences and digital properties. Mooney had founded Pri-Med in 1994, sold it to Bain Capital in 2004 and later started the CollaborativeCARE conference, which was suspended before Mooney re-joined Diversified to return as Pri-Med’s CEO. In a video describing how the partnership came together, Amazing Charts founder Dr. Jon Bertman, who will continue to serve as president, says “I’ve been looking for a year for a partner who would be able to go with my requirements, which were to leave the company alone, but at the same time would provide resources and a skill level in areas that we don’t have, like marketing, like the infrastructure logistics of running a company.”last_img read more

BRAC Round Would Free up Funding for Enduring Facilities James Says

first_imgAt a hearing Wednesday of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James pointed to the extra dollars a BRAC round would make available for the service’s remaining facilities as the main impetus for pursuing additional base closures.“We have an ever-shrinking pot of money for infrastructure improvement and we’re spreading it out way, way thin. And if we could reduce that overall footprint of infrastructure, we would have more money to keep up and improve the facilities that we really need going forward,” James said in response to a question from Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).The secretary made clear the urgency of the matter. “I’m worried about infrastructure across the Air Force,” she said.James’ argument for a new BRAC round in 2019 — proposed in the Obama administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request — echoes that of Army officials who have referred to the $500 million that service is spending each year on unneeded facilities.In her opening remarks, James thanked the panel for supporting a moderate increase in the Air Force’s active-duty end strength in FY 2016 from 311,000 to 317,000, and said it was likely the service would need to grow further in FY 2017.“To underscore, we simply cannot go any lower,” she said. “And in reality, in our opinion, we believe that mission demands in FY ‘17 are going to require us to likely grow more in FY ‘17. And so, to meet these demands, I plan to take a judicious approach to incrementally increase our total force beyond the current levels, provided, of course, that we can attract the right talent,” James said.Much of the gains are due to increased demands for cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the Air Force’s budget request are available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Beach House Plot North American Tour Surrounding Festival Appearances

first_img Beach House Plot North American Tour beach-house-plot-north-american-tour-surrounding-festival-appearances As an album, 7 brought the duo’s musical style and fan base to new levels. Spin called the album, “the group’s shortest, most accomplished, and confident record,” saying, “Beach House has finally leaned into the sheer force of their music.”Tickets for the upcoming tour can be purchased via Ticketmaster’s website.Jenny Lewis Raises Money For Women’s Center During Live Album Listening PartyRead more News The Baltimore-based duo reveal a string of dates connecting their festival plans at Just Like Heaven, Bonnaroo and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 5, 2019 – 2:53 pm Last May, Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House dropped their seventh album, the aptly titled 7. Now they have announced a run of shows this spring and summer in between several major festival appearances.Beach House will kick off the run on Apr. 30 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., at the picturesque Madonna Inn and hit Seattle, Brooklyn, N.Y., and their hometown of Baltimore, Md., in between appearances at festivals such as Just Like Heaven in Long Beach, Calif., All Points East in London, England, Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. and Bellwether in Waynesvill, Ohio.The duo also kicks off a four-date run in Australia and New Zealand tomorrow. Back in October 2018, they released a special limited edition tour vinyl 7” single for “Lose Your Smile” featurinig a new song, “Alien,” as the B-side.  Twitter center_img Email Facebook Beach House Plot North American Tour Surrounding Festival Appearances last_img read more

New Tanana Rec Site Not Thwarted By Rain

first_imgIt’s been one of the rainiest summer’s on record in Fairbanks, but that hasn’t hampered the debut of new recreation area.Download Audio:The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s opened the new Tanana Lakes Recreation site in June.  It offers a swim beach, picnic area and launches for motorized and paddle boats along the Tanana River in south Fairbanks.  Borough Project Coordinator Steve Taylor says despite this summer’s mostly cool wet weather, the area has been popular.“On the days when the sun is shining, we’ve had —  just from our own expectations — pretty solid use down there.”Taylor cites numerous days when the beach parking lot overflowed.  There are no admission or parking fees at Tanana Lakes, and Taylor points to the area’s location at the end of South Cushman Street, as another key to its popularity.“It’s so close to town,” Taylor says. “It’s just a quick jaunt for folks to get down there, that I think that’s made it really appealing. And it’s just a beautiful area too, it really has a lot of [good] qualities that can attract people.”Under development since 2008, more than $3 million of federal, state and local funds, plus private grants, have been invested in Tanana Lakes, transforming a part of south Fairbanks that was a common spot for crime and partying.Taylor says having staff on site nearly round the clock this summer helped keep the area safe. He says staffing will continue through moose hunting season, during which the area is also expected to get a lot of use. Tanana Lakes is still under development. Taylor says immediate plans call for more basic infrastructure.Taylor says the borough has received a 62 thousand dollar grant for trail work, and will pursue money for additional projects. Borough Parks and Recreation Department is holding public meetings to gather input on Tanana Lakes following the rec sites first summer .last_img read more

Sonia Gandhi elected as leader of CPP thanks 1213 crore voters

first_imgSonia Gandhi addressing 52 lawmakers of the Congress party.TwitterCongress leader Sonia Gandhi was elected as the chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Saturday, June 1.  Former prime minister Manmohan Singh had proposed Sonia Gandhi’s name.Amid the uncertainty over Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as the party president, Congress had reportedly debated the possibility of him being the parliamentary chairperson at least.The suspense over the Congress party’s leader in the 17th Lok Sabha, however, continues. In the 16th Lok Sabha, the post was held by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge who failed to win the national election this time. Sonia Gandhi will now elect the leaders in the parliament.Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Smt Sonia Gandhi elected as the leader of Congress Parliamentary Party!” The recently concluded Lok Sabha elections have left the Congress with 52 newly elected Lok Sabha MPs – marginally higher than the figure of 44 in 2014 general elections. The party is three members short of the figure that would qualify it for the post of the Leader of the Opposition.Today’s meeting was attended by all 52 lawmakers of the Congress along with the party’s Rajya Sabha MPs.While speaking at the CPP meeting, Rahul Gandhi too thanked the voters and Congress workers. “Every Congress member must remember that each one of you is fighting for the Constitution, for every person in India irrespective of the colour of his skin or belief,” Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying in a tweet by Surjewala.This was the first official meeting attended by Rahul Gandhi, after the party’s working committee  held on May 25, where he offered to quit as the Congress chief. Although the working committee rejected his offer, he has remained firm on his decision to resign.The grand old Congress party faced a humiliating defeat on May 23 in the Lok Sabha elections, when it slumped to its worst performance ever – winning just 52 of the 542 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha – the Indian National Congress is in a state of drift.last_img read more

UN chief for more pressure on Myanmar

first_imgAntonio GuterresUN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Sunday said they will put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.”We’re keeping up pressure on Myanmar…we need to put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on this issue,” he said.Antonio Guterres said this when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.World Bank president Jim Yong Kim also the prime minister at the same time.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said the United Nations and the World Bank will continue their support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.Guterres mentioned that the international community iterated their solidarity towards Bangladesh on the issue and appreciated the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingyas.He noted with satisfaction that the World Bank has come forward to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya issue.The prime minister apprised them about the current situation of the Rohingyas and mentioned that these people started entering Bangladesh in 1977.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground and various services, including healthcare, are being provided to them.She said the government is preparing an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas where they will get better living condition and livelihood opportunities.The prime minister said the local people of Bangladesh are experiencing adverse impacts as over one million people have taken shelter in Bangladesh. “We’ve to look into their problem as well and we’re doing that.”Regarding the dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate the Rohingyas, she said both countries signed agreements over the matter. “But they’re yet to take any action for its implementation,” she added.last_img read more

Indian commandos kill 3 Pakistani soldiers IANS

first_img. In a “tit-for-tat” operation, five highly-trained Indian army commandos went some 300 meters across the line of control (LoC) and killed at least three Pakistani soldiers, two days after four Indian Army men, including a Major, were shot dead in a surprise attack by Pakistan, sources said on Tuesday.Defence sources called it a “tactical retaliatory strike”, decided at a local level by the brigade commander. But the sources did not name the battalion that carried out the operation.”It was a short-distance and short-duration operation unlike the surgical strike (last year),” said a defence official, who did not want to be named.The sources said four to five Ghatak Commandos were involved in the operation. Ghatak Commandos are drawn from infantry and trained to carry out covert special operations.”It was a tit-for-tat action… Whatever Pakistan does to us, we will do the same,” the official said, warning that more such operations would be conducted if Pakistani forces continue targeting Indian troops.The sources said the action was taken around 6 p.m. on Monday after some Pakistani military personnel tried to cross over apparently to plant IEDs on the Indian side of the border.They said Pakistani forces belonging to 59 Baloch Regiment had set up a temporary post close to the LoC in Rukh Chakri sector of Rawalakot and “at least three Pakistani soldiers were killed while one was injured”. They said it was possible that the casualty figure may be higher.The incident took place along the LoC in Pooch.The sources, however, didn’t term the action a surgical strike — like the one conducted on 29 September, 2016, when Indian army commandos crossed the Line of Control (LoC) to target terror launch pads inside Pakistan-controlled territory, killing dozens of terrorists and their sympathisers.Since the 2016 Surgical Strike, this is the first publicised incident of Indian soldiers crossing the LoC, though sources said from time to time Indian troops do cross the de facto border to target Pakistani forces.Pakistan army confirmed the death of three soldiers in an “unprovoked heavy cross-border shelling by Indian forces” at Rukh Chakri sector.The incident took place two days after four Indian soldiers, who were part of a patrol party, were killed by Pakistan troops in heavy cross-border targeted firing in the Rajouri sector.On Sunday, two Pakistani snipers, who were trying to target Indian soldiers on the LoC, were killed in Indian firing on the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts.The Monday deaths take the Pakistani casualty toll to five in two days.India claims that Pakistan violated the 2003 ceasefire accord along the LoC between the two countries at least 820 times this year.last_img read more

ABC Political Forum Moving From Protest to Policy

first_imgOn May 29, Associated Black Charities (ABC), sponsored the forum, “Moving From Protest to Policy: Making Advocacy Count,” which focused on the substance of the recently concluded Maryland General Assembly’s Legislative Session. The forum was produced by ABC in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Social Work and was held at the School of Social Work’s auditorium. The event was coordinated by A. Adar Ayira, of ABC’s senior leadership team, who led the two-hour conversation between community members and leaders and the panelists, who included (from left), Marc Steiner, human rights activist and veteran talk show host, Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor and Catalina Byrd, political consultant and community advocate. Not pictured is Tom Hall, host of Midday, on WYPR, 88.1.Associated Black Charities (ABC) forum, “Moving From Protest to Policy: Making Advocacy Count.” (Courtesy Photo)last_img read more

Gamers start blocking adverts following Xbox 360 Dashboard update

first_imgThis week Microsoft has rolled out a big update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard, your point of entry for accessing everything on the console. While the updated Dash introduces a number of new features, all covered in our guide, it has also turned the Dashboard into an advertiser’s paradise.It doesn’t matter what section of the Dashboard you are looking at, advertisements have infiltrated every part of it taking the form of a tile. And it doesn’t matter whether you use the free or paid-for Xbox Live Gold service, the adverts are still there. Microsoft is cashing in on every gamer.So annoyed are some gamers with these ads, they’ve started coming up with ways to block them from appearing.Two methods have appeared for ensuring the adverts never make it as for as your console. As Microsoft serves all adverts through rad.msn.com, the easiest way to block them is through your router by adding a block specifically for that domain. The second way involves using a free OpenDNS account to block the IP, then changing your Xbox settings to point to the OpenDNS IP address.Depending on how many gamers decide to try this, Microsoft may have to respond by changing its method of pushing advertising to the console. We have to question why it is there though, when we have already handed over cash for the console, the games, and in a lot of cases a yearly subscription to access the full feature set of Xbox Live.More at Reddit, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

iBuyPower unveils Gordon and Freeman prototype Steam Machines

first_imgValve officially lifted the veil on the Steam Box, later officially named Steam Machines, a couple of months ago, and has since announced plans for 300 prototype Steam Machines to be placed in the hands of select gamers. But the ultimate goal is not for Valve to offer Steam Machines directly, rather, PC manufacturers will decide to manufacture and offer them independently.One of the first companies to back Steam Machines as a platform is custom gaming PC manufacturer iBuyPower. It has just unveiled two prototype Steam Machines that carry the fitting codenames Gordon and Freeman.Both PCs carry official Steam branding on the casing and run an early build of Steam OS. You’ll also notice from the images that the design is very different from your typical PC, and looks much more like a games console. Both the Gordon and Freeman Steam Machines are thought to be identical in terms of components inside, with the only difference at the moment being in the way the central area of the case lights up.Interestingly, the spec of the machine has not been shared. Instead iBuyPower is just claiming that Gordon and Freeman are capable of playing the entire library of Steam games at 1080p and 60fps if available. I get the feeling that may end up being a trend with Steam Machines to keep things simple. After all, the main thing consumers need to know is that no Steam game is off limits when they purchase a Steam Machine. And anyone who does care about the specs can just choose to build their own Steam Machine instead.The next time we’ll likely see the iBuyPower Steam Machines is at CES 2014 early next year. I doubt they will be the only company showing off Steam-powered units, though, and it could kick off a whole new generation of gaming PCs along with some novel case designs.last_img read more

Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey

first_img More information: Niche construction and Dreaming logic: aboriginal patch mosaic burning and varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Australia, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 23 October 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2297AbstractAnthropogenic fire is a form of ecosystem engineering that creates greater landscape patchiness at small spatial scales: such rescaling of patch diversity through mosaic burning has been argued to be a form of niche construction, the loss of which may have precipitated the decline and extinction of many endemic species in the Western Desert of Australia. We find evidence to support this hypothesis relative to one keystone species, the sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii). Paradoxically, V. gouldii populations are higher where Aboriginal hunting is most intense. This effect is driven by an increase in V. gouldii densities near successional edges, which is higher in landscapes that experience extensive human burning. Over time, the positive effects of patch mosaic burning while hunting overwhelm the negative effects of predation in recently burned areas to produce overall positive impacts on lizard populations. These results offer critical insights into the maintenance of animal communities in the desert, supporting the hypothesis that the current high rate of endemic species decline among small animals may be linked to the interaction between invasive species and mid-century removal of Aboriginal niche construction through hunting and patch mosaic burning. Goanna (Varanus varius). Credit: Wikipedia Citation: Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey (2013, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-aboriginal-technique-prey.html (Phys.org) —A team of American researchers led by anthropologist Rebecca Bliege Bird of Stanford University has found that a bush burning hunting technique used by aboriginal hunters in western parts of Australia leads to an increase in the number of sand goannas—their main prey. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes a decade long study of the Martu Aboriginal people, their hunting techniques and the impact the people have on their environment. 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. Hunting with fire appears to benefit Australia’s small-mammal populations, researchers say The common assumption in field studies is that when humans hunt, the number of prey falls—it just seems to be common sense. In this new effort, Bliege Bird and her colleagues have found that may not always be the case. In studying how the Martu people hunt, the researchers learned they use controlled small fires to burn away brush that allows them to find the dens of sand goannas—a type of monitor lizard. Their controlled small burns are in stark contrast to the wildfires that race across the bush due to lightening strikes in areas where the Martu don’t live and hunt. Once the dens have been located, the hunters (all women) use sticks to prod the lizards into revealing themselves. Once killed, the lizards are cooked and eaten—they make up a substantial portion of the Martu diet.Aboriginal people have been living in the Australian Outback for thousands of years, and until recently, were allowed to continue their hunting practices without interference by modern people that have migrated to the country. Believing that the people living in the outback were depleting the numbers of animals that lived in the bush, the government began attempting to move them towards a more modern way of living. Unfortunately, that move appears to have backfired as the numbers of indigenous animals has been declining with several groups going extinct altogether. This new research suggests that because the Aboriginal people have been living in the environment for such a long time, they have become an integral part of its existence.center_img Play A burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to a near doubling of lizards and improves habitat, according to a study by Rebecca and Doug Bird, researchers affiliated with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. The fire makes it easier to spot burrows from longer distance, and, by removing grass, improves the ability to locate the animal in its burrow. Credit: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Over the years, the research team has conducted extensive surveys of sand goannas both near where the Martu live, and in distant places. In so doing, they have found that there are on average twice as many of the lizards in the areas where the Martu hunt, than in those areas where they don’t. They attribute this to the localized burning that is used to hunt them. They believe it leads to a more varied environment that allows for more diversity, which in turn means more food for to the lizards, causing growth in population. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2013 Phys.org Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more