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Good News is now Good Newwz

first_imgMumbai: Actors Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s upcoming film which was earlier titled Good News, has got a slight change in its name. The film is now called Good Newwz. While wishing Akshay on his 52nd birthday recently, filmmaker Karan Johar, who is co-producing the film, brought the title change to fans’ notice with his tweet. “Happy birthday Akshay, we love you!!!! The GOOD NEWS is that our film #GOODNEWWZ will end the year with a bang!!!! Can’t wait for all of you to see it,” he wrote. Along with Akshay and Kareen, the much-awaited upcoming Bollywood drama also stars actors Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani in pivotal roles. It is a laugh riot, family drama in which Akshay and Kareena are playing a married couple who is desperately trying to have a baby. Good Newwz will release on December 27.last_img read more

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Auditor shrugs off NS premiers criticisms Its business as normal for us

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s auditor general attached a firm figure Wednesday to how worried he is by the premier’s suggestions he strayed from his mandate in a report identifying gaps in the province’s health system.Michael Pickup said it was “zero.”Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil had criticized Pickup last week after the watchdog was critical of the province’s communications on health policy. The premier said the auditor general’s job is to ensure the government is spending taxpayers’ dollars appropriately.But Pickup told the public accounts committee Wednesday that he’s just pleased all 21 of his report’s recommendations are being accepted by the Health Department and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.“In terms of the work we’re doing, I have zero concern or worry we’re outside of mandate,” he told David Wilson, an NDP opposition member who directly asked him about McNeil’s comments.“Clearly we are inside mandate and if it gives me an opportunity … to engage in discussion, and people are interested in an audit, I’m happy.”The auditor general’s Nov. 22 report also pointed out shortcomings in mental health and homecare.Pickup said public agencies have done a poor job communicating the government’s plan to address problems in primary care, including doctor shortages. He recommended the province bring in a plan that would inform people on doctor recruitment goals, and when people should expect services to be available.The audit also pointed out that an online registry of people in need of primary care needed to prioritize the thousands of people on the list based on their health care needs.McNeil bristled at the implications, saying his government had done an “outstanding job” of communicating with the public about health care challenges. He told reporters public policy was the job of elected members of the legislature.Pickup told the committee Wednesday that performance audits are a normal part of his office’s work and public agencies have plenty of time to reply and verify the facts.He said his office sends news releases to the departments three to four days before the release of reports, with the goal of ensuring accuracy.For the most part, the Liberal members of the public accounts committee seemed to take a much gentler approach with the auditor than their party leader.However, Liberal member Hugh MacKay suggested the public may have misunderstood that Pickup’s study of communications methods didn’t look at the frequency of news releases and other communications strategies.“We believe that if concentration is done strictly on the framework of the audit it could be misleading to the public who may not understand the purpose of the audit or the mechanisms of the audit,” he said, while questioning the auditor.Following the hearing Pickup was asked by reporters whether his office’s work was in any way misleading.“Absolutely not,” Pickup said. “I think the indication of that is the acceptance of those findings and the recommendations by government.”Other than the premier’s comments, Pickup said there had been no government pushback on any of his office’s performance audits.“The independence is there, I’m not concerned. It’s business as normal for us.”However, Progressive Conservative Tim Houston said a leader of a political party shouldn’t be calling the credibility of the auditor general into question when there is no evidence they’ve strayed from their mandate.“Any attempt to undermine the credibility of the auditor general of the province is wrong,” said Houston.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Winnipeg program bridges new Canadians with Indigenous peoples

first_imgDarrell Stranger APTN NewsThere is a new program in Winnipeg that hopes to bridge Indigenous communities with immigrants in the city.According to officials with Building Bridges program, newcomers to Canada have few resources to understand First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples.The result is often stereortypes and misconceptions.“What we are doing here is for the newcomers to pick up the right stories,” said Abdikheir Ahmed, the project’s coordinator. “To understand the real backgrounds of Indigenous people, to get orientated on the history and contribution of Indigenous people and to take it from here and educate their own communities.The program is being put together by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.A forum was held with the goal of teaching about Treaties, and how newcomers can play a role in reconciliation.Loretta Ross, commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba explains the importance of Treaties – and why it’s important to learn about them.“The history in what we learn about each other shapes how we then treat other now in 2018. So we have to go back to learn our history. We have to go back and understand where it is we come from, and how we got here.”This is the second forum that has been held.Community activist Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady says these are just stepping stones towards reconciliation.“It is very essential to have these kinds of gatherings these are just basic steps in an education process to educate and orient newcomers about Indigenous people of Winnipeg,” said Alubeedy. “In order to create a better and new understanding where we all can coexist respectively in one community.”dstranger@aptn.ca@darrellstrangerlast_img read more

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Hawaii Judge Sets Indefinite Injunction on Trump Travel Ban

Toronto – Federal Hawaiian 9th District Circuit Court Judge Derrick Watson has upheld his earlier ruling against the revised Trump travel ban and exchanged his temporary restraining order for a “preliminary injunction” with no fixed end date Wednesday.Judge Watson’s previous ruling found that the revised version of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban against travelers from six Muslim countries violated the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. According to a report on CNN, in granting a temporary restraining order against it, the judge considered Trump’s own words during and after his election campaign as proof that the ban discriminated against Muslims. He stood by this point of view Wednesday when he granted the preliminary injunction that will block the ban indefinitely.Trump’s rejigged version stipulated a 90-day ban on travelers from six Muslim countries and a 120-day ban on all refugees. For the foreseeable future, these bans are effectively blocked while the case winds its way through the American judicial appeals system. While disappointed by the decision, the Department of Justice (DOJ) declared its intent to keep supporting the ban in a statement. “The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the federal district court ruling. The President’s executive order falls squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our nation’s security and the department will continue to defend this executive order in the courts.”According to the LA Times, in his opening arguments, Hawaii Attorney General, Doug Chin, stated that “We do not fault the President for being politically incorrect. We fault him for being constitutionally incorrect.” He maintained that the ban’s wording read like a flashing neon sign, shouting “Muslim ban, Muslim ban.” Chin followed this up by saying that the President is free to appeal the decision and added he and his colleagues are confident that “the court’s well-reasoned decision will be affirmed.”In his ruling, Judge Watson concluded that “on the record before it, plaintiffs have met their burden of establishing a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim.”After the judge’s ruling came down, Amnesty International USA’s Margaret Huang, issued the following statement; “The courts have once again clearly rejected the Muslim ban. Like the previous travel ban, the new order is indefensibly discriminatory.” She urged President Trump to give up his agenda and cancel the travel ban.It should be noted that, since his earlier ruling where he instituted a temporary restraining order, Judge Derrick Watson has been under 24-hour protection. read more

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Changes announced for Energy East

Energy East Pipeline www.energyeastpipeline.com Plans for the Energy East pipeline project are undergoing some changes.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) announced the revised plans Thursday, after getting input from local communities, key stakeholders, and customers. The biggest change is the removal of a port in Quebec. The company will amend the pipeline application before the National Energy Board as a result.TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling maintains pipelines are the safest way of transporting crude oil to market.The Energy East pipeline would move oil from Western Canada to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by audreywhelan Posted Nov 5, 2015 7:53 am MDT Changes announced for Energy East read more

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Husky Energy releases 5year plan bracing for low oil prices forecasts growth

Husky Energy releases 5-year plan bracing for low oil prices, forecasts growth by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2017 12:07 pm MDT Last Updated May 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) released a new five-year plan Tuesday that braces for lower oil prices while forecasting average production to grow by nearly five per cent annually.The Calgary-based company said it will aim to reduce its break-even price point by 2021 to US$32 per barrel from the current US$33.50. Crude settled Tuesday at $49.66 per barrel.“Over the next five years we see average production growth of about 4.8 per cent annually, approaching 400,000 barrels (of oil equivalent) per day in 2021,” said CEO Rob Peabody at Husky Energy’s investor day in Toronto.Peabody said Husky Energy plans to spend an average of $3.3 billion per year through to 2021, taking funds from operations from about $3.3 billion this year to about $4.8 billion in 2021.The capital spending is expected to go mainly to heavy oil projects on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border as well as offshore projects in the Asia-Pacific region and off the east coast of Newfoundland.The plan came a day after Husky Energy announced it would move ahead with the West White Rose project in the North Atlantic. The development, estimated to cost $2.2 billion, is expected to produce first oil in 2022.Analysts had hoped to hear when Husky Energy would reinstate the dividend payouts it cancelled in late 2015 because of low commodity prices. But chief financial officer Jon McKenzie said no decision has yet been made by the board.But he added Husky expects to generate rising levels of free cash flow over the next five years that will outstrip sustaining capital needs, based on an oil price forecast of US$50 this year, US$55 in 2018 and US$60 per barrel in 2019 and beyond.“There is room for both growth and a dividend,” McKenzie said. “We don’t want to do one to the exclusion of the other.”He said improved efficiencies have allowed Husky Energy to reduce its 2017 capital spending budget by $100 million to a midpoint of $2.55 billion.About 70 per cent of Husky Energy’s shares are controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

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Someones going to have to suck eggs Paul Warwick on Heineken Cup

first_imgTHE CURRENT SQUABBLE over the future of European rugby is likely to drag on into October, when 24 sides begin their Heineken Cup campaigns.Power-brokers representing the English and French teams fired an booming shot across the bows when they suggested a break away from the ERC and a separate Anglo-French, merit-based competition.A compromise may well be reached that gives those sides a longer draught from the money trough and leads to a few more Pro12 teams competing in the Challenge Cup. Rugby supporters can expect this to drag and for many more statements to be released by every union and league under the European sun.TheScore.ie caught up with three players that have all competed in the Heineken Cup. Paul Warwick played four seasons of the competition with Munster and won the cup in 2008. He moved on to Stade Francais in 2011 and is now with Worcester Warriors.He said “It would definitely be a shame if the Heineken Cup was scrapped. It needs to stay together. As a player, it is one of the greatest opportunities to get. You’re playing in an elite environment and travelling to all these different countries that pose unique challenges.”“If it splits up,” Warwick added, “I don’t think it will be for too long. You can get the top French teams and top English teams together but it just wouldn’t be the same without a Munster, Leinster or even an Ulster in it. Not everyone is going to be happy whenever a solution is close but someone’s going to have to suck eggs eventually.”Ian Humphreys has played for Leicester Tigers and Ulster in the Heineken Cup and will line out for London Irish in the Challenge Cup this season. As a player, Humphreys argues, he has little say in the negotiations and insists he can see both sides of the argument when it comes to the competition’s future.However, he added, “If it wants to be a real competition, you have to have the Scottish, Welsh and Italian sides.”Ian Humphreys believes any future elite European competition needs a spread of teams from across the continent. INPHO/Billy SticklandNiall Morris, who was called into the senior Irish squad on Tuesday, is targeting a Heineken Cup win with Leicester, the current Aviva Premiership champions, this season. He commented, “It’d be a great shame if the Heineken Cup, as we know it, was gone. I would like to see it resolved. It’s a competition where the best sides from Europe’s best countries go head-to-head.“It would really disrupt the development and growth of the game in Europe if sides from some countries were excluded.”This story to rumble on for months. While the haggling plays out, fans of the game can only hope the same high level of rugby will once again enthral us and bring the number crunchers to their senses.Four great Irish wins in the Heineken CupTuilagi’s Irish teammate calls Cameron bunny ears prank a ‘brain fart’last_img read more

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Two arrested after gardaí seize €1 million in cash in Limerick sting

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men after seizing more than €1 million in cash during a search operation in Limerick.The find at a property at Portcrusha near Castleconnell yesterday afternoon was part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime in the county.Gardaí from the Division Drugs and Crime Units were involved in the search.The men, one in his 40s and the other in his 50s, were arrested during the search and are being held at Henry Street Garda Station, where they can be held for up to seven days.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Irish lad and Canadian girl who met on flight kissed last night

first_imgTWO WEEKS AGO today Jamie Kelly met a girl on a flight from Barcelona to Dublin.Her name was Katie, and she was from Canada, and he was smitten.Unfortunately he lost touch with her in Dublin Airport after becoming separated at passport control.Was this the premature end of a potentially beautiful relationship? Jamie’s friends were determined to make sure it wasn’t.They took to social media and with the help of both Irish and Canadian media, Katie was tracked down in Cork, and the pair were put back in touch.Then yesterday… they met in Waterford. They went surfing. And they went for dinner.BUT WHAT HAPPENED?This morning Jamie and Katie appeared together on the Ray D’Arcy Show to tell their story. So, was there chemistry?YES! THEY KISSED! Was there more than a kiss?…Ray asked. The pup.No, there wasn’t. Just a kiss. A passionate kiss, and nothing more.As Jamie said:I’m a good Catholic boy.So what happens now? The problem is, Katie returns to Canada tomorrow morning to continue her studies for another year. Jamie’s on “builders holidays” from his job in Ballinasloe. He says it’s not really what he wants to be doing, and has been hoping for an information systems job in Dublin.The eyes and the hearts of the nation and the world (the story has been covered in Time, Cosmo, E! News) are now on Jamie and Katie. Will they keep in touch? Will he travel to Canada? Will she come back to Dublin?For today anyway, the pair will spend the rest of their time together. They’re planning on visiting the Dublin Writers Museum, and after that, who knows? Source: WordPressRead: Brilliantly awkward conversation on Irish radio between Ryanair flight lovebirds>last_img read more

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Genetically Engineered Trees Can Avoid Spreading Too Far

first_img The largest field study of its type has come the conclusion that genetically engineering trees to prevent them from spreading is pretty damned effective. But why would want to limit tree growth you might ask? To protect the genetic diversity of the original populace.Genetic engineering is super cool and comes with many, many, many benefits, but it’s also got some potential hiccups. Namely, when you have a population that’s all pretty similar (as is pretty much always the case with genetic engineering) that group can be far more susceptible to disease. So, for the time being, while the public assumes GMOs have run rampant all over, plots containing them — especially trees, crops, etc — are forcibly isolated from others. Scientists rightly worry what could happen if modified genetic material began spreading through the populace and so they just don’t allow it to happen.The good news, of course, is that gene editing can help solve this very problem Which is what the study intended to look into. Published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, the paper followed a tract of poplar trees. These are fast-growing plants that the common sources for plywood, paper, and other critical materials. Over time, the researchers discovered that they were able to reliably shut down the tree’s ability to reproduce, without affecting any other traits. And they did so consistently and reliably. “I’m proud we got the research done,” co-author Steve Strauss told Phys.org. “It took many years and many people doing it, managing it. People have this fear that GMO trees will take over the world, but there are containment genes that make this basically impossible.”Strauss added that many people have fears that don’t align with what GMOs are or do.“If something is GMO, people assume it is dangerous,” Strauss added. “ It’s guilty until proven safe in the minds of many and our regulations today. In contrast, scientists believe that it should be focused on the trait and its value and safety, not the method.”And this research definitely demonstrates that Strauss and co seem to be on the right tack.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

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Cuban Mission Observes Fidel Castro’s Disappearance

first_imgBy: Kebba AF TourayThe Cuban Medical Team in The Gambia, yesterday observed the Second Anniversary of the Physical disappearance of their former President and Commander In Chief, Fidel Castro Ruiz. The ceremony held at the country’s main referral hospital in Banjul, was attended by the Cuban Ambassador to the Gambia, Ruben Garcia Abelenda, the Cuban Brigade in the Gambia, the Cuba-Gambia Friendship Association, and some graduate students from Cuba and the Media.The day was commemorated with highlights of commitments of the Army of White Coats that was formed by the Cuban revolution, with historic legacy of Fidel Castro Ruiz, whose essence is experienced in the Concept of the Revolution read on 1st May 2000. The statement which was read by the Medical Team said: “Revolution is a sense of the historical moment. It is changing everything that must be changed. We reaffirm the commitment of those present, to continue offering help to peoples of the world who need it, in the most recondite, most difficult corners, but always respecting the dignity of our people, because Fidel Castro Ruz said being internationalists, is to pay our own debt to Humanity.”Speaking to this Medium shortly after the celebration, Ruben Garcia Abelenda, Cuban Ambassador to the Gambia underscored the significance of the day as it helps them reflect on the contributions made by Fidel Castro which will be remembered in the annals of Cuba’s history. He urged the Medical Team to effectively and efficiently play their roles in offering the needed medical care to Gambians, with solidarity, as the essence of the Cuban internationalism.He thanked Government and people of The Gambia for their hospitality accorded to the Cuban nationals, as well as the enabling environment created for them to pursue their mission in the country with ease.ABOUT Fidel Castor Ruz:Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruiz, commonly called Fidel Castro, was born on the 13th August 1926, near Birán, Cuba, and died on November 25, 2016. He served as the charismatic political leader of Cuba from 1959–2008, and has transformed his country into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere. Castro became a symbol of the communist revolution in Latin America. He held the title of premier until in 1976 and then began his long reign as President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. He handed over provisional power in July 2006 because of ill health and formally relinquished the presidency in February 2008.last_img read more

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Mbappes swift rise is comparable to Messis – Chadli

first_imgKylian Mbappe’s sudden rise in the football world is comparable only to that of Lionel Messi’s, says Nacer ChadliThe Paris Saint-Germain forward’s incredible progress at the World Cup this summer has caught the eye of many observers with Mbappe having suddenly become a global icon following his stunning performances for France.At 19 years old, Mbappe has become the youngest Frenchman to score at a World Cup game and also recently became the first teenager to score twice in the tournament since the legendary Pele for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden.Chadli, who scored a vital winner for Belgium in their 3-2 win over Japan in the last 16, is under illusions over how difficult it will be for the side ahead of their semi-final clash against France and Mbappe.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“What Mbappe is doing at his age, I have never seen before,” said the 28-year-old, according to ESPN.“Except, perhaps, Messi.“Mbappe is hard to stop — he is fast, has plenty of quality, and he is very technical.”Mbappe has scored a total of three goals in his five appearances for France at the World Cup.last_img read more

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The Hustle review Love the players but not the game

first_imgHathaway and Wilson try to outwit one another on the Riviera. MGM Sometimes you see a trailer for a film and you get a strong feeling in your gut that screams: “This film is definitively ME!” Other times, you don’t get that feeling, even though the trailer seems to be trying really hard to tell you: “This film is definitively YOU!”Ads for The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, have been following me around the internet relentlessly for weeks, and in this age of hyper-targeted, data-driven advertising, I came to the obvious conclusion that as a youngish, city-dwelling woman with tastes spanning the low- and high-brow, I epitomize the target audience for this movie. So of course I was obliged to roll up my sleeves and toddle off to discover if the ads were indeed correct.The Hustle, opening May 10, is a remake of the 1988 movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, which is a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. Hathaway plays haughty, illustrious con artist Josephine and Wilson is déclassé small-time scammer Penny. When they meet en route to French resort town Beaumont-sur-Mer, a great frenemy-ship commences in which they learn they can at once collaborate and undo one another.In fairness to the algorithms that sent The Hustle my way, all the ingredients were there: Hathaway, Wilson, a women-centric retelling, the glitzy Riviera setting, a continental train journey harking back to the golden age of rail travel, an opportunity to root for the bad guys. Yet somehow they didn’t quite come together. I was hoping for an Ocean’s 8 companion piece, but in the end the film lacked the high glamour, the high stakes and the sprawling action I craved. The only things the two films have in common are a life-of-crime theme and Hathaway dazzling as she exploits her comedic talent for transforming herself, chameleon-like, into immensely charming characters, with a sly wink to the audience. Unfortunately, even this isn’t consistent, as Josephine’s default setting in The Hustle is a poe-faced English toff who’s ultimately too cold to evoke much empathy, with an accent so unconvincing you keep waiting for it to be revealed as a joke. The habit of leaning entirely on a faux-posh English accent to substitute for a proper personality is especially tired to the British at this stage in cinematic history (and surely must also be wearing thin elsewhere too). You imagine British director Chris Addison, with his history of working on highly nuanced British comedies like The Thick of It and In the Loop with Armando Iannucci would be aware of this and would be able to deftly dodge it. No such luck.Wilson holds up her end of the deal with her own unique comedic style and timing, making Penny into The Hustle’s most redeeming feature. She gets the best lines, and makes the best of them too. She shines especially brightly in a funny and action-packed opening sequence in which she catfishes men using a dating app, but this section overpromises on behalf of the rest of the film.Penny and Josephine work in competition with one another to exploit a proto-Zuckerberg tech tycoon, played so convincingly by Alex Sharp that this could serve as his audition for a sequel to The Social Network. Without giving too much away, if reversing the gender roles was supposed to be a feminist statement, it gets a little muddled here, and carries the movie downhill towards its conclusion.If you’ve seen Dirty Rotten Scoundrels you’ll already be familiar with the story’s twist. I was bracing myself for a twist on the twist that unfortunately never came. Like the slew of characters led down the garden path (sometimes quite literally) in the movie, I feel like The Hustle was all a big setup. Post a comment TV and Movies 77 Photos Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 0last_img read more

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Symphony of Seafood competition continues innovation

first_imgSalmon Sisters salmon leather tote bag. (Photo: Julie Decker.)Would you eat salmon flavored ice cream or use salmon oil on your dog? A Southeast-based seafood competition aims to find out what innovations the Alaska seafood industry has when it comes to value-added products.Listen nowThe Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation’s Symphony of Seafood competition is nothing new. It’s been running for 24 years, but the products contestants enter every year are innovative.“It’s a competition for new products made out of Alaska seafood,” Julie Decker said. Decker is the foundation’s executive director. “We have four categories. The first two categories are more of our traditional categories, retail and food service.”There’s also a beyond the plate category which features products such as salmon-leather tote bags and pet oils. The beyond the egg category is for roe products.“This year we have two products entered. One is called a bottarga. The full name is Bruce Gore coho salmon bottarga,” Decker explained. “It’s actually a dried salmon egg that’s shaved. It’s something you could add on top of a pasta dish. It’s really light and flavorful.”But, what has to be the most interesting entry this year is candied salmon ice cream.“It can be pretty polarizing. People either love it or they hate it,” Marc Wheeler, co-owner of Coppa ice cream shop, said. “So we’ve been trying to work on the possibility with more widespread appeal.”Candied salmon ice cream (Photo: Marc Wheeler.)Wheeler’s Juneau shop is no stranger to odd seafood ice creams. He’s even made a black cod flavor.“So we want to use local ingredients. We make a spruce tip ice cream. We’ve even made devil’s club ice cream. Salmon is an obvious choice for a local ingredient,” Wheeler said.The sockeye salmon is smoked, candied and folded into ice cream with a caramel ribbon.Wheeler said he’s been working on perfecting his creation for a few years and added that it’s been logistical issues keeping him from entering the competition.“My wife was saying ‘the fish guys, I think they have a hard time shipping fish around the country.’ Well, try shipping ice cream from Alaska, it’s not easy,” Wheeler noted.Contestants like Wheeler compete against companies large and small, but it’s a 10-judge panel that will make the final call in Seattle on Jan. 25. Products are judged based on packaging, presentation and obviously taste, if it’s edible.Winners of each category will go onto Seafood Expo North America in Boston where they can show off their product to the greater industry.“We provide them with booth space. They get to showcase their product and sometimes they walk away from the event with new sales contracts in hand,” Decker said. “It’s a pretty valuable event to people.”Decker added that the development of these products can be quite difficult, but said the value of what they’re doing spreads industry wide.“It’s pushing the edge, increasing value, diversifying markets. If you’ve always put all your product into a certain market and guess what, there’s a trade embargo, you are pretty much out of luck,” Decker explained.  “Product and market diversification are really important for the long-term haul in the seafood industry.”Winners of the competition will be announced in Juneau on Feb. 22. The grand-prize winner will have their air fare paid for.last_img read more

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Detained Juba League leader killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA local leader of Awami Juba League was killed in what the police called a gunfight between the law enforcement and the accomplices of the Juba League leader in Jhikargachha of Jashore in the early hours of Saturday.The deceased, Zahid Hasan Tokon, 30, is son of Ali Aslam of Krisnanagar village of Jhikargachha upazila. Zahid Hasan was one of joint conveners of Jhikargachha municipality Juba League, the youth wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).The father of the deceased, however, alleged that the police picked his son up from his residence and shot him dead in cold blood. Police denied the allegation claiming that Zahid was killed in the shooting by “terrorists”.According to the police claim, Zahid was a listed top terror with as many as 27 cases on various charges ranging from killing to drug peddling, pending against him with the Jhikargachha police station.Police said they detained Zahid Hasan around 9:00pm on Friday from Jashore district town.Zahid succumbed to injuries he suffered when his accomplices opened fire on the police convoy around 3:00am early Saturday when they were conducting a drive along with Zahid to recover arms.Talking to Prothom Alo at Jashore General Hospital, Zahid’s father Ali Aslam said police picked his son from their house at Chanchra area of Jashore town around 9:00pm Friday.“After killing him in the shooting, police sent the body to the hospital morgue,” said Ali Aslam.Jhikargachha police station inspector (investigation) Fakir Azizur Rahman said Zahid’s father allegation is not true.He claimed Zahid was killed in gunfight with the law enforcement.last_img read more

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Bar Employees Charged In Connection With Fatal Car Crash

first_img Share Courtesy of abc13.comL-R Joaquin Gonzalez, 21, Gustavo Tejada-Garcia, 28, Anna Evelyn Lula, 19, Mildred “Milly” Garcia, 21, Jazely Marie Barrera, 21, Bar employees charged with serving drinks to an underage customer involved in a fatal car accident which killed a young mother.Authorities say servers in a Houston bar gave a 19-year-old more than a dozen drinks before he drove head-on into another car, killing the driver.Harris County District Attorney’s office say that investigators seized surveillance video that captures servers giving Erick Hernandez, 19, more than a dozen drinks during the six hours he spent at the bar. The driver, a young mother died at the scene. Her mother and her one-year-old son were injured, but treated at a hospital and released.Video also shows Hernandez drinking tequila shots with bar employees. Now, five people have been charged with overserving the underage drinker. It’s the latest in Harris County’s ongoing efforts to crack down on establishments that break the rules.In the audio above we talk with Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, to find out what the latest efforts are on the crack down on overserving at Houston bars.last_img read more

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Howard Center Gets Facelift and New Housing Opportunities for Students

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterPlans are underway to give the Howard Center a much needed makeover, adding available housing to students, university officials announced.Currently the space, located at 2225 Georgia Avenue N.W. is vacant save existing tenants like Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. The proposed plan would transform floors three through nine into 176 below market rate, micro, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, prioritizing the units for students, faculty, staff and associates, according to a statement from the university.Howard Center located at 2225 Georgia Avenue N.W. will undergo renovations, with plans to be complete by Summer of this year. (Courtesy Photo)“I am committed to improving our student experience at every level,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement. “While we have renovated much of our housing stock over the past couple of years, the Howard Center project provides an improved foundation for our core graduate and professional programs which are key components of my growth strategy.”“Also, included in the program are community spaces where residents can engage with faculty and alumni, which further deepens the linkage between generational University stakeholders. This project is a unique opportunity for Howard University to drive the re-imagination of the Georgia Avenue Corridor,” the statement said.“It is a small, but significant initial step in furthering the DUKE Plan which envisions the immediate environment as part of the ‘Howard Town Center Area.’  This and our previously announced Bond Bread Factory and WRECO Garage redevelopment initiative will further enhance the local community experience while encouraging economic growth, job creation and development.”The university is leasing the space to Provident Group – Howard Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) for a period of 41 years.The Howard Center is a  90,157 square foot building with nine floors. It is a major step in creating housing opportunities for the growing graduate school and professional Howard University students.The plan has received support among business leaders and developers in the District. The plan’s team consists of many leaders including: Bank Of America/ Merill Lynch, Preston Hollow Capital, Provident Resources Group, Alvarez & Marsal, Corvias Campus Living and the District of Columbia.“We were excited to learn of Dr. Frederick’s vision for the University,” said Ramiro Albarran, head of Originations at Preston Hollow Capital, said in a statement.  “Preston Hollow Capital brings creative solutions with its investments nationally.  We were proud to include Howard University in the $1 + billion  of investments that we made in 2018.  Howard University is an iconic national institution and we are thrilled to bring our expertise in structuring and capital allocation to support this project, the associated innovative program as well as the mission overall.”The plan will also add amenities like a fitness center, laundry facilities, social lounges and gaming rooms to the space. The retail spaces will remain in place.Developers hope to complete the renovations by Summer 2019.The plan is part of a long term strategy for growth for the University which has recovered from a brief bad credit rating just after the financial crisis. Over the past two years the University has seen a boost in financial performance with a gain from operations of almost $12 million, according to the university website, while expenses decreased by 8% compared to 2015.Howard University is ranked a Tier I national university by US News and and World Report (USNWR). Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.For more information on Howard University and the renovations visit www.howard.edu.last_img read more

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Discogs app for Android is out

first_imgDiscogs app for Android is out by Martin Brinkmann on July 12, 2016 in Google Android – No commentsMusic tracking, collection and marketplace Discogs released the official Android application on the Google Play store just a moment ago.The new app comes months after the release of the Discog iOS application. While late to the party — there are several third-party Discogs applications out there already — it brings along with it a major feature set.While you cannot expect all features offered on Discogs supported by the application, many major features are.Please note that you need to register a Discogs account before you can start using the application. Registration works from within the app, but you need to confirm the account by clicking on a link in an email sent to you.Discogs for AndroidExisting users will notice that their collection, want list and other lists are available on Android automatically. New users will stare at blank pages for the most part though.If you tap on Collection for instance, you will get “there are no collection items here”. All you can do is tap on the menu icon and select search to use it to find items to add to the collection. It would have been better if the search would be listed right on the page, and not hidden in the menu as it would improve the usability for new users.You may search for artists, band names, album names and other information you have, or use the barcode scanner to scan codes if available.You may get a lot of results depending on what you enter as a search term. Each result is listed with the artist and band name, year of publication, and a cover photo.Additional information is displayed to you when you select an entry. You get a tracklist for the selected version, and may display all versions known on Discogs as well if it is not the right one.Each result is listed with information about the record company, type (LP, tape, CD), and location it was published in.The Discogs application may display links to YouTube videos once you have opened an album using the application. Those are unfortunately not opened directly in the app but redirected to one of the installed apps capable of playing YouTube videos.Discogs users with Spotify may tap on any song to play it using the service.Marketplace and WantlistAnother tap on a result lists price suggestions if available, Discogs users who offer the item for sale and for how much, and a sales history detailing lowest, average and highest price fetched for that particular record.You may tap on a seller for detailed information. First, information about the price, condition of the media and sleeve, and comments are displayed.Discogs displays the seller rating, accepted payment methods, and an option to add the item to the cart.So, what you can do is search for an album you are interested in, and check out the offers on the marketplace.The Wantlist on the other hand lists music that you want but don’t have yet in your collection. Discogs tracks these records for you and will notify you if they become available on the marketplace.Other features and futureIf you prefer Vinyl over CDs or digital files you may find the integrated Vinylhub handy. It is a map that lists vinyl record stores anywhere in the world.A couple of things are still missing or nice to haves but not yet implemented. This includes searching by images — you can only search by text or barcode currently –, improving the Discogs inbox experience, integrating the checkout experience completely, and adding push notifications for the wantlist.Closing WordsDiscogs – Catalog & Collect is a well designed application for Android. While it would benefit from a little bit of polish here and there, it works quite well already for the most part.The app is great for having your collection at the ready when you are on the go, or for quickly checking pricing information before you buy or sell records.Summary12345 Author Rating0 based on 3 votes Software Name DiscogsOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.discogs.app Advertisementlast_img read more

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Should we visit or boycott homophobic and transphobic countries

first_imgPhoto posed by model. | Photo by Paz Arando on Unsplash We try to make our surveys engaging and thought-provoking so they are enjoyable to do. As always, we welcome your feedback on the questions we ask and the way we ask them. It will help us improve our research in future.We will keep all responses totally anonymous. And we will keep your data secure and confidential. If you kindly provide your email to subscribe to our newsletter or to hear about future surveys, only Gay Star News will contact you, nobody else.Numbers count – so please share the survey with anyone you think may be interested in helping.Unlike many other LGBTI travel surveys, this one is not sponsored by a tourist board or a travel company, so is 100% impartial.You can also take part in our survey about older LGBTI people – designed for older and younger people to complete.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . We will use it to tell travel professionals what you expect of their companies. What ethical issues do you consider when you choose your holidays? And, therefore, how can the industry help LGBTI rights?What is more, we ask what you love to do on holiday. Is your perfect trip about embracing adventure, exploring museums, attending festivals, tasting local foods or just relaxing on the beach?We will send the results out to leading travel professionals. And we will present them at the Travel Trade Gazette LGBT summit in London on 4 July.Take part in our travel surveyIf the survey doesn’t load for you, click this link to open it.More about our travel surveyWe have set up our survey to ask you relevant questions. So the information you provide at the beginning determines what else we ask you. That makes it quicker and more interesting to complete. We expect it to take no more than five minutes to finish. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Should we visit or boycott homophobic countries? What is your dream holiday destination? Our LGBTI travel survey will discover the answers so we can inform the travel industry.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalGay Tourism: WTTC doesn’t know what to sayBarbados life sentence for Homosexual Acts: American Society of Travel Writers Barbados convention concernsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/should-we-visit-or-boycott-homophobic-and-transphobic-countries/last_img read more

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HUD Fair Housing Rule Grants Not Everybody Wants Some

first_img Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule Fair Housing Act of 1968 HUD 2016-09-28 Seth Welborn in Featured, Government, News In July 2015, HUD published the finalized Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule in the Federal Register with the goal of providing participants in HUD programs with clear guidelines and data they need to achieve the goals outlined in the Fair Housing Act of 1968.While the final rule was widely praised and viewed as a great achievement for the Obama Administration, not everyone is excited about it. Four communities have recently decided that they no longer want to receive HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds associated with the AFFH Rule: Castle Rock, Colorado; Douglas County, Colorado; Sedgwick County, Kansas; and Wayne Township, New Jersey, which announced on September 7 that it would not accept the funds.The mandate for what is today’s AFFH Rule was included in the original language of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which directs HUD and its program participants to promote fair housing and equal opportunity so that everyone can have access to affordable, quality housing regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status.In the summer of 2015, when HUD announced the finalized AFFH Rule, HUD Secretary Julián Castro called the rule “historic” and the Washington Post said that finalizing the rule had been a top priority of civil rights groups in order to dismantle segregation and promote integration in major metro areas such as Chicago and Baltimore that have historically been deeply segregated.Wayne Township, New Jersey, had been a recipient of HUD’s CDBG funds for several years, according to Property Value Defense, and planned to renew its application for the grants. But the changes made in July 2015 to the AFFH Rule prompted the town to make a change of its own regarding the reception of the funds.“I did commit to take a look at what was happening with these funds, the new restrictions which were being regulated and what was going to happen at the end if we continue to take these funds,” said Wayne Township Mayor Chris Vergano. “The Township of Wayne will no longer be applying for these funds based on what the United States government has attempted to do by restructuring and reinventing what communities are supposed to look like.”A letter written by Castle Rock, Colorado, Mayor Paul Donahue back in April stated that “If we continue to accept the HUD grants, we will be forced to prepare detailed taxpayer-financed studies of our schools-retail, housing. and other community aspects to HUD, who will decide if our neighborhoods are ‘furthering fair housing.’ That means that even though our town has never been found in violation of the anti-discrimination housing rules that have been law for over 50 years, HUD on a whim could force us to build low-income, government subsidized housing into our neighborhoods if HUD decides we aren’t racially balanced enough.”Sedgwick County, Kansas, commissioners voted in June to stop accepting funding from HUD associated with the AFFH Rule, with County Commissioner Richard Ranzau explaining, “If we did accept this money and all of the government’s control, what happens to our county in the future?  We will be tying future officials’ hands and sticking them with zoning and planning and our community will have no say.”HUD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the four communities rejecting the AFFH Rule grants.In May 2016, the U.S. Senate, with a Republican majority, voted 60 to 37 to reject an amendment to the fiscal 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding legislation proposed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would defund the AFFH Rule. Instead, the Senate voted 87 to 9 to add an amendment proposed by Susan Collins (R-Maine) that Collins said would prohibit HUD from intervening in local zoning matters.A letter written by Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director Counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, to the U.S. Senate in May in response to Lee’s proposal stated that, “Although our nation has made progress toward eliminating discrimination and dismantling historic segregation in housing, we simply cannot afford the rollback of any law, policy, or rule that addresses the limitation of housing choices and opportunities for people of color.To that end, we urge you to ensure that communities are equipped with the tools and assistance they need to promote racial integration and expand access to opportunity and to oppose any amendment that would seek to do otherwise.”Click here to view the final AFFH Rule. HUD Fair Housing Rule Grants: Not Everybody Wants Somecenter_img Share September 28, 2016 1,008 Views last_img read more

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