Priscilla WolfAPTN NewsSaskatchewan’s first safe injection site is just months away from opening its doors.But with the new harm reduction service for drug users in Saskatoon comes a need to be prepared.Saskatoon police and the organization behind the safe injection site are working together to ensure best practices are put in place, and that police know how to approach policing users of the facility.“We are skilled and trained with people who are suffering from mental health problems or who have issues with addictions, but to deal with a site of this nature — it’s going to take some education,” says Inspector Cameron McBride of the Saskatoon Police Service.McBride said the force is relying on the insight of police in other jurisdictions that have safe injection sites in order to prepare foe Saskatoon’s new site. He says they will be training officers before the facility opens.Jason Mercredi, the executive director for AIDS Saskatoon, which will run the service, says it’s important the site is properly opened. He and McBride are travelling to Vancouver together, home to Canada’s first safe injection site, to learn from that city’s experiences.Mercredi says the organization won’t open their doors until the city’s police are ready.He says clients and visitors to the centre will be treated with email@example.com
Rabat – The 5th session of the Global counter-terrorism forum’s coordination committee opened on Tuesday its 5th session in Rabat in the presence of representatives of over 30 Forum member-states and several other partners and delegates of regional and international organizations.The two-day meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of the priorities set by the Forum which is co-chaired by the USA and Turkey.The GCTF is a multilateral informal platform endeavoring to identify needs of the fight against terrorism by mobilizing the needed expertise and resources and reinforcing international cooperation. Launched by foreign ministers of over 30 countries in New York in 2011 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the initiative’s mission is to support the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy around the globe in close collaboration with the United Nations and other relevant multilateral bodies.The GCTF maintains an inclusive, even-handed, and transparent approach to its work while continuing to be an informal, action-oriented, and flexible platform committed to ensuring that it attracts the most capable and experienced counter-terrorism policymakers and experts to the table.UN under-secretary general, executive director of the UN counter-terrorism committee Jean-Paul Laborde is taking part in the meeting.Morocco chaired the committee between 2012 and 2013.
By Safaa KasraouiRabat – The city of Casablanca will be hosting the premier edition of Kids World Salon, scheduled to run from May 17-21 at Sindibad park.The symposium aims to provide parents who are concerned about their children’s schooling, the opportunity to obtain informed answers to their questions regarding the critical issues currently facing education in Morocco. A space of 2,000 square meters at the park will be devoted to a host of entertainment activities including sports and games, as well as learning and extracurricular activities.“Kids world is a project that is particularly important to us,” explained the inaugural event’s curator, Maria Hammouchene. “Being parents and concerned about the well-being of our children, we wished to bring together the whole universe of the child, where parents, future parents and children can meet professionals from different sectors of activity. From education to games, to all kinds of leisure activities, even culinary activities.”The event will also host other activities including conferences and round tables. These will be facilitated by renowned experts, namely Anne Bacus, author of many best-sellers on education, Abla Benchabir, expert in positive education in Morocco and Hassan Baraka, a high-level sportsman holding many international records.“We want to inform, advise, support and entertain. For this first edition, several conferences and workshops will be devoted in favor of parents and children,” added Hammouchene.The event will also highlight some of the major issues related to education and children’s development. Coaching sessions will be included during the event’s program for parents interested in learning about cognitive development and emotional intelligence.
___Facing Trump’s tariffs, some companies move, change or waitWASHINGTON (AP) — Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking trade loopholes or even mislabeling where their goods originate — all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. But most of the companies that stand to be hurt by Trump’s tariffs are hunkering down and waiting — waiting because they don’t know when, whether or how his trade war with China will end or which countries the president might target next.___Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigueNEW YORK (AP) — How much is too much for streaming video? Netflix price increases during the second quarter seem to have spooked subscribers, and raise the question of how much people are willing to pay for the bevy of streaming services headed for launch this year and next.___House approves $15 minimum wage, Senate prospects are dimWASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade — to $15 an hour. But the bill has almost no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. The increase, from what’s now $7.25 an hour, would be phased in over six years. It also raises the tipped wage to the same level. A minimum wage hike has been a top Democratic campaign promise, intended to address income inequality that’s driving the 2020 political debate.___Facebook’s Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefsCHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies have issued a stark warning that cryptocurrencies like Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed before “serious regulatory and systemic concerns” are put in check. France, which chaired the G-7 finance meeting, said Thursday that it is worried that encrypted digital currency could spiral out of control.___Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contractWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the administration will “take a very long look” at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is about to award for a cloud computing system. Amazon Web Services Inc., a division of Amazon, and Microsoft Corp. are finalists for the contract estimated to be worth as much as $10 billion over a decade. Trump says he’s been hearing “tremendous complaints” from other companies that the contract was not competitively bid.___About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlementDENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will be paid an average of $3,500 each under a class-action settlement that alleged exploitation of the mostly young women who perform the jobs. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello gave final approval to the $65.5 million deal for au pairs on Thursday in Denver.___Union Pacific delivers 4% better 2Q profit on lower expensesOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. delivered 4% more profit in the second quarter even though it hauled less freight because it cut its expenses by 7%. Operational improvements at the railroad helped it beat Wall Street expectations. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said Thursday it earned $1.57 billion, or $2.22 per share, in the quarter. That’s up from $1.51 billion, or $1.98 per share, a year ago.___Automaker BMW names production chief Zipse as new CEOFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW has named its top production manager, Oliver Zipse, as its next CEO to lead the luxury automaker through a shift to new ways of doing business such as electric vehicles and offering cars on a per-use basis. The Munich-based company said in a news release that Zipse, 55, would succeed Harald Krueger, who said July 5 he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires next May.___South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade rowSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean liberal and conservative parties have vowed to co-operate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties’ leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, they announced plans to create a “pan-national” emergency body to respond to Japanese trade curbs on certain technology exports to South Korea. They urged Japan to withdraw the new export controls.___US stock indexes shake off an early loss and close higherNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks reversed course from an early slump and closed higher Thursday to break a two-day losing streak after technology and bank stocks rallied. IBM rose after reporting solid results and helped lift the technology sector. Banks including BB&T and SunTrust led financial stocks higher. Medical equipment makers including Danaher helped health care stocks reverse course after an early loss. A plunge in Netflix sank communications companies.___The S&P 500 index rose 10.69 points, or 0.4%, to 2,995.11. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 3.12 points to 27,222.97. The Nasdaq composite rose 22.04 points, or 0.3%, to 8,207.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 4.85 points, or 0.3%, to 1,555.62.The Associated Press
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced the dispatch of a mission of experts to Lebanon to assess the possible damage caused to historical sites in the recent conflict there. Among other locations, experts will visit UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Tyre, Baalbek and Byblos. Tyre and Baalbek, first built by the Phoenicians grew over the centuries and retain, to this day, some of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its zenith, the agency said in a news release, adding that experts will analyze the structural soundness of the monuments on these sites and their state of conservation. Byblos, north of Beirut, bears testimony to the earliest stages of the Phoenician civilization and early urban organization in the Mediterranean world, UNESCO said. It has been affected by the oil spill caused by a leak from a coastal power plant bombarded in July. The experts will assess the potential damage of the oil spill to the ancient Port. The experts are also expected to visit cultural heritage sites in the south of Lebanon that are not inscribed on the World Heritage List at the request of the Lebanese authorities. UNESCO first sent a mission to Lebanon in August for a preliminary identification of possible areas of cooperation with the national authorities. “While initial inspection has revealed no significant destruction of cultural heritage sites in Lebanon, we must ensure that ancient edifices have not been structurally weakened by the impact of explosions nearby,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura explained. He added that “Naturally, UNESCO also stands ready to help Israel take stock of the effect of the war on its heritage, including, for example, the Old City of Acre inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.”
by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO, Cananda – E-commerce growth is slowing in Canada after “dropping dramatically” earlier this year, says one industry analyst, who notes Canadians have become increasingly wise to how much better online shopping can be in other countries.According to MasterCard Advisors, monthly Canadian e-commerce sales have grown on a year-over-year basis for 55 consecutive months, but the trend began losing steam earlier this year.A streak of more than 15 months of year-over-year growth exceeding 20 per cent was broken in the spring when online sales in Canada began slumping, said Sarah Quinlan, a senior vice president with MasterCard Advisors.There are economic factors at play that slowed down online shopping in Canada but a nagging detriment to the e-commerce market is a relative lack of options consumers have at their disposal, especially in comparison to what’s available in the U.S., U.K., and European countries.While many of Canada’s biggest retailers host robust e-commerce platforms, there are some glaring omissions.When Target made its big launch into Canada in March it didn’t include an online store and the U.S. retailer has given no indication when it may enable online shopping. Canadian Tire only sells tires online and although it plans to enact a wider e-commerce strategy next year, it will focus on letting consumers ship purchases to their nearest store, not to their home.“One of the biggest challenges right now is there aren’t as many (e-commerce) options,” said Quinlan, who noted that consumers aren’t blind to the fact that there are often better deals and more selection available if they do some cross-border online shopping, even after factoring in the exchange rate, duties and shipping.Canadian shoppers who visit the websites of U.S. retailers including J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Nordstrom are greeted by pop-up windows that promise an easy transaction with all the extra fees tallied at check out and no surprise costs.“It’s very critical to give respect to the consumer, the consumer is extremely aware. You can see it in the overall volatility of total retail sales … you can absolutely see the consumer is very sensitive to any change in overall policy that might affect their purchasing power or their wallet,” said Quinlan.In September, Google commissioned Ipsos to conduct an online poll to gauge consumer intentions heading into the holiday season. Consumers estimated they would do about 18 per cent of their holiday shopping with Canadian online stores and four per cent with American e-tailers. Those figures barely budged up from last year’s numbers, acknowledged Google Canada’s head of industry and retail Rafe Petkovic.According to another Ipsos poll, a global survey commissioned by coupon site RetailMeNot.ca, 27 per cent of Canadians said they wouldn’t do any online shopping this holiday season, which was third highest among the 11 countries surveyed. Just 10 per cent of Canadians said they’d do the majority of their holiday shopping online, compared to 44 per cent of the Brits surveyed, 40 per cent of Chinese respondents and 33 per cent of German shoppers.Compared to G8 nations and other similarly sized markets, Canada is just about last when it comes to e-commerce sales and sophistication, Petkovic said.“The closest equivalent is Australia and they’re still two to three years ahead of where Canada is in terms of the level of investment behind technology and infrastructure and capabilities,” he said.“We know Canadian consumers are a highly engaged online audience, where we fall behind is when it comes to e-commerce as a proportion of total retail sales relative to those other G8 markets…. Certainly when it comes to e-commerce as a proportion of retail sales, (Canada) is down at the bottom there.”While Canadians aren’t shopping online as much, we are increasingly leaning heavily on the Internet to inform purchasing decisions, Petkovic added.“Digital is not just about e-commerce, it’s about influencing consumers and driving them into your store,” he said.“While e-commerce sales may not be that great in this market we’re certainly seeing mobile influence in-store purchasing.”Seventy-six per cent of the consumers polled in the Google survey said they would use the web to help them decide which stores to shop at this holiday season and the brands of products to purchase.About half said they’d use their mobile phone as a shopping tool. Tellingly, almost 80 per cent of those consumers who commonly use their phone while shopping said they’ve left a store without making a purchase because of information they found on their mobile device.“Everyone’s walking around with mobile phones, super-computers, in their pockets … people’s path to purchase has forever changed,” Petkovic said. E-commerce growth slowing in Canada as shoppers look to overseas e-stores
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.Play is how kids learn about the world around them, whether it’s a toddler throwing a ball or teens playing video games. It’s about seeing how things work and what happens when they do something. And over the years, toys have gotten more high tech to keep screen-obsessed children engaged with such play.But there’s growing worry among parents and educators that toys are moving too far in that direction. Educational toys that have a math and science bent — marketed under the umbrella of STEM — are now trying to get back to the basics: less screen time, more hands-on activities.“When kids use their hands, your outcomes are much higher,” said Pramod Sharma, CEO of one such toy company, Osmo. “It’s very different than if they’re just staring at a screen watching TV.”With Osmo, kids learn everything from spelling to coding not by touching a screen, but by snapping together magnetic blocks. A screen is still part of it; an image is beamed onto an iPad through its camera. But the idea is to have kids learn first with their hands, then see their creation move to the screen.LEARN BY BUILDINGEducators agree that whether you’re talking about a toddler playing with blocks, or a teen building a computer from scratch, the act of putting something together helps educational concepts sink in.“The way the world comes to us is actually through tactile activities, so tactile toys where we build stuff are incredible helpful,” said Karen Sobel-Lojeski, who studies the effects of technology on children’s brain development at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.Bloxels attempts to bridge the physical and the digital. Kids build their own video games by putting plastic blocks in a special tray, instead of writing out code. Using a phone or tablet’s camera, an app transforms the shapes created with the blocks into digital characters and scenery.Makey Makey, a startup founded by a pair of MIT students, asks kids to come up with their own electronic creations by combining software, circuits and everyday items like bananas and doughnuts.GOOD, BUT POPULAR?Sobel-Lojeski said toys are most educational when kids can learn how things work by building. But Juli Lennett, a toy industry analyst at NPD, said such toys are rarely on kids’ wish lists.On the other hand, tech toys that have subtle educational value, but aren’t specifically marketed as such, can be strong sellers. Lennett cites Fisher-Price’s Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar, which introduces basic coding concepts by letting preschoolers assemble segments that each tells the caterpillar to do something different, such as “turn left” or “play sound.”“I’m not sure that kids are asking for it, or that their parents just want their kids to go to Harvard, but it’s definitely one of the top-selling toys this holiday,” Lennett said.Tracy Achinger, a former automotive engineer in Shelby Township, Michigan, said her 8-year-old son got interested in coding after starting computer programing classes this year. So for Christmas, she’s buying him an Ozobot, a golf ball-sized robot that kids can program by drawing different colored lines or using a kid-friendly, block-based programing language.TECH HAS ITS LIMITSAchinger’s 3-year-old son will be getting an iPad this year. She said she isn’t against screen time, but believes parents need to keep an eye on what their kids are watching and playing. She said her older son has been playing creative games such as “Minecraft” for a few years.“We try to keep it educational,” Achinger said. “I really think those kinds of games get their imaginations going as they create their own worlds.”The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised its guidelines to shift the emphasis away from banning screen time and toward balancing high-quality content with non-screen activities.That doesn’t mean every toy with a screen is educational. Barbie has her own smart home in the form of the voice-activated and Wi-Fi-connected Hello Dreamhouse. And new versions of Elmo, Furby and the Cabbage Patch Kids have apps, which Lennett said are often more about branding than learning.Sobel-Lojeski said slapping an app on a previously low-tech toy can backfire. Instead of letting the child imagine how a particular toy would talk or behave, the app fills in those holes.“It cuts the child off from play that is much more important for development,” she said.Some of the drive for tech in toys comes from parents who believe that the younger their kids are exposed to technology, the more prepared they will be for a lucrative career someday.But Sobel-Lojeski said Albert Einstein came up with breakthroughs without ever touching a computer, let alone tech toys at a young age.“We can easily be tricked into thinking that all this stuff is going to make our kids more intelligent or better scientists and that’s just not true,” she said.___RESIST THE SCREENCompanies that make computers for kids also see the value in a construction element.Kano shows kids how to build their own computers in a kid-friendly storybook format.Kano co-founder Alex Klein said he had to resist suggestions to just put Kano into app form and skip the computer construction all together. He said the act of building a computer was key because it “created a huge sense of energy and momentum for what followed on screen.”But Klein said screens aren’t going away anytime soon.“You can’t compete with screens with kids,” he said. “So, for us it’s not about trying to push against what this next generation thinks is good or likes. It’s about providing a new angle on it that’s more creative.”___Follow Bree Fowler at https://twitter.com/APBreeFowler . Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/bree-fowler . by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 12:33 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by Anki shows the Cozmo Memory Match game. Whether you’re looking for something educational or a toy that’s just for fun, there are a lot of choices for the holidays. New toys include little robot friends full of personality and magnetic blocks that snap together to teach the basics of computer programming. (Anki via AP) Get ready to build! Hand-on toys that teach are hot
Brock University President Jack Lightstone is welcoming significant new supports for research activity contained in the federal budget unveiled yesterday (April 21).Jack LightstoneIn tabling the 2015 economic blueprint, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said the federal government will invest more than $1.5-billion over the next decade in the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The CFREF represents an injection of new funding for discovery research at Canadian universities. The first round, worth $350 million, is to be announced this July.The budget also contained a $1.33 billion investment in research infrastructure support plus an additional $46-million for the Tri-Council, the three federal research granting agencies.Lightstone was hopeful that the government’s direction will have positive implications on his own campus.“Brock is in the process of growing its research capacity,” he said. “Yes, federal funding for research will benefit the large research intensive universities, but it will also benefit universities like Brock as we continue to develop research capacity.“It is good for us to compete for these funds, and already we have some sectors in which we can compete with the best.”The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada said the funding will help keep Canada’s researchers innovative and globally competitive.“Funding for research delivers long-term benefits to Canada’s society and economy,” said AUCC chair David Barnard, who is also president of the University of Manitoba.The Council of Ontario Universities also weighed in, saying Ottawa showed leadership in digital research infrastructure through its support for CANARIE and new targeted investments through CFI.“Ontario universities also applaud the federal government for measures … to increase access to students through changes in the Canada Student Loan Program,” said the COU in a statement. “Many more thousands of students will be eligible for student loans as the government reduces the expectation of parental contributions when it calculates eligibility.”
The French right wing Luc Abalo will miss the whole preparations for the upcoming 2015 World Handball Championship in Qatar. His groin injury became more serious and forced him to leave the camp of the national team. Lefthander of PSG Handball will continue with the process of rehabilitation in Paris in order to get ready for the trip to Doha on January 14.Meanwhile, France will play against Austria on January 12, and after that Claude Onesta will announce the squad for Qatar 2015. ← Previous Story Qatar crush Russia – Polish “Eagles” beat Czech Republic Next Story → Croatia without Josip Valčić at WCh 2015 Claude Onesta
‘The Ryanair of transatlantic services’: Norwegian Air’s Irish flights launched after three-year wait The low-cost airline has announced its long overdue transatlantic services from four Irish airports. Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 1:02 PM Take me to Fora 33,557 Views BUDGET AIRLINE NORWEGIAN Air International has finally launched its transatlantic services from Ireland – more than three years after it first applied for a foreign carrier’s permit to fly.The airline announced today that from 1 July it will fly a total of 19 times a week from Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports to the US.It will operate flights from the three airports, plus routes from Belfast, to Boston’s TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island.Norwegian will also carry passengers on services to New York’s Stewart International Airport from Dublin, Belfast and Shannon.One-way fares start from €69. Both airports are located about 90 minutes’ drive outside the major cities.Dublin will see daily flights to Stewart International and a five-times weekly service to Providence Airport.Twice weekly services will operate from Shannon to both Stewart International and Providence, while Cork will have three times weekly flights to Providence.The Belfast to Boston service will operate twice weekly and the New York flight will operate three times a week.All routes will be serviced by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, for which Norwegian is the European launch customer. A mock-up of Norwegian’s Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft Source: Norwegian AirA long waitIn September 2015, Norwegian Air – a Dublin-based subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle – announced to much fanfare that it would operate a flight from Cork to Boston in May 2016 with the hopes of launching a Shannon service as well.Those plans were dashed when US officials postponed granting the airline a permit to operate flights there because of strong opposition from aviation unions and American airlines.Opponents claimed that the Irish company was being used as a ‘flag of convenience’ to lower working conditions and cut costs.After a long battle and heavy lobbying from Irish business groups and two ministers for transport, Norwegian Air was given the green light by Washington in December last year.Last month, a number of US aviation unions and legislators urged president Donald Trump to revoke the permit, but to no avail. US president Donald Trump Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesTourism boostThe new routes have been heralded as a boon to Irish tourism businesses, with a total 60,000 transatlantic seats from Ireland this summer, 10,000 more than last year.Today’s announcement is particularly important for Munster’s tourist trade as the Cork to Providence route is the airport’s first direct transatlantic service in 56 years.Cork Airport’s managing director Niall MacCarthy said: “Today’s announcement is not just about a new route, it also heralds low-cost transatlantic access.“Norwegian will do for low-cost transatlantic services what Ryanair and others have done for low-cost European services.”The airline’s chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, thanked government officials, consumer groups and the travel sector “on both sides of the Atlantic” for their support.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie By Fora Staff Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3254787 75 Comments Share441 Tweet Email13 Feb 23rd 2017, 1:02 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu AP/Press Association Images
Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton dies age 51 Singleton (51) directed Boyz n the Hood as a 22-year-old fresh out of film school. Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File Monday 29 Apr 2019, 9:40 PM The family provided few details about Singleton’s medical crisis, but said he has long suffered from hypertension.US media reports said he was hospitalised 17 April after suffering a stroke.Starring the rapper Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding Jr, Boyz n the Hood was a breakthrough success that won special honors at Cannes and in 2002 was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress as a “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” film.The film, which also featured rappers 2 Live Crew and Too $hort, helped to popularise the genre.“Nobody was making movies about what we were going through in Los Angeles,” Singleton said before, describing his inspiration behind the feature.With reporting from AP- © AFP 2019 22,056 Views 12 Comments File photo of John Singleton at the 71st annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles. https://jrnl.ie/4611684 This was an agonising decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors. File photo of John Singleton at the 71st annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles. Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File Apr 29th 2019, 9:36 PM Short URL By AFP JOHN SINGLETON, THE director of the groundbreaking 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, has died, according to a statement from his family. Singleton (51) directed Boyz n the Hood as a 22-year-old fresh out of film school. The flick described youth and violence in South Central Los Angeles, the bleak, gang-ridden neighborhood of his childhood.The movie won Singleton Oscar nominations as best director and best original screenplay, making him the youngest writer-director and first African American to achieve the distinction.He went on to a prolific career as a film director, with credits that included the remake of Shaft (2000) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).His work on television included shows such as Billions, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and Empire.“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” his family said earlier. Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A man suspected in two shootings in Vancouver was arrested early Sunday morning, according to the Vancouver Police Department.Isaac Depre Frazier, 22, was identified as a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Vancouver patrol officers about 2:15 a.m. He was arrested without incident on a felony warrant and as a suspect in the shooting cases, according to a news release from the department.In addition to the felony warrant, Frazier was booked into the Clark County Jail by the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit on suspicion of assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Nov. 8 shooting outside the QuarterDeck Bar parking lot at 4300 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., the news release said. That shooting wounded one person, according to previous reports.Frazier was also booked by the Safe Streets Task Force on suspicion of assault, two counts of robbery, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Dec. 3 shooting in the 4600 block of Northeast 132nd Place in Vancouver, the news release said. That shooting wounded one person, according to previous reports.Additional charges are pending, according to the news release.
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against the BBC in a long-running pensions case after the broadcaster introduced a 1% cap on increases in pensionable salary in a move aimed at reducing its defined benefit (DB) pension schemes deficit.In the case of Bradbury v British Broadcasting Corporation, the Court of Appeal also dismissed claims that the BBC’s conduct amounted to a breach in the implied duty of trust and confidence, which arises from an employee’s employment contract.The BBC introduced the cap, stating that only 1% of any future pay increases would be pensionable, for active members of its three DB schemes in December 2010. At that time, Bradbury was a member of the New Benefits section of the scheme, a career average arrangement.Bradbury brought a claim to the Pensions Ombudsman on the grounds that he had contributed to the scheme in good faith that his pensionable salary amounted to his basic salary. The Pensions Ombudsman dismissed the case on the grounds that it was open to the BBC to determine that only part of the Bradbury’s salary was pensionable.Bradbury appealed this decision to the High Court in 2012, and as a result the case was referred back to the Pensions Ombudsman. The ombudsman reached its second determination in 2013, again finding that there had been no breach of the BBC’s terms, duty of trust and confidence. Bradbury appealed this decision to the High Court again in 2015 where it was dismissed, before subsequently appealing to the Court of Appeal.This latest appeal considered whether the definition of basic salary enabled the BBC to determine whether a pay rise could be included as basic salary when calculating pensionable salary. It also discussed whether the 1% cap was a breach of the pension scheme rules, whether the cap also breached the Pensions Act 1995 by breaking the link between pay and pensions, and whether the BBC breached its implied duty of trust and confidence by trying to agree the cap with employees individually.The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. It found that the BBC could decide whether an increase in pay counted as basic salary and was thus entitled to limit any increase in basic salary in determining pensionable pay. This is linked to the definition of basic salary and therefore pensionable salary as not including any other allowances, bonuses, overtime earnings or temporary or fluctuating emoluments. The judge stated that, based on this, there was no link between pay and pensions, and that Bradbury had no right to any pay rise.The judge also confirmed that the cap was not a breach of the 1995 act, because it was in employees’ best interests. If the cap had not been implemented, more drastic action may have been required to cope with the pension scheme’s deficit. The judge also clarified that the act is applicable where a person has a right to a future pension, not where an individual may acquire a right to a pension, for example, in relation to a future pay increase.In the court documents, Lady Justice Gloster stated: “In my judgement, the [previous] judge’s analysis of the relevant facts, and his conclusion that there was no breach of the respondent’s duty of trust and confidence, cannot be faulted. The respondent’s conduct had to be assessed against the reality of the background that the respondent was faced with a multi-billion pound deficit in the scheme and where the trustees, the unions and the respondent all agreed that something had to be done.“All employees were given the same choice, either to accept the cap or not, so there was no question of differential treatment.”A BBC spokesperson added: “We are pleased that the Court of Appeal has agreed with the previous decisions of both the Pension Ombudsman and the High Court in relation to the BBC’s 2010/11 pension reforms. The reforms have, and continue to play, an important role to help address the scheme’s funding deficit and pension costs.”
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Practising yoga can boost muscle strength and balance in older adults as well as improve mental wellbeing, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK reviewed 22 studies that had investigated the effects of yoga on physical and mental wellbeing in older adults. The yoga programmes varied in length from one month to seven months, and duration of sessions ranged from 30 to 90 minutes. Statistical analysis combined the results of the studies to see the effects of yoga compared with no activity, and compared to other activities such as walking and chair aerobics. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”A large proportion of older adults are inactive, and do not meet the balance and muscle strengthening recommendations set by government and international health organisations,” said researchers from University of Edinburgh. “Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults. Yoga is a gentle activity that can be modified to suit those with age-related conditions and diseases,” they added. The researchers found that people who practiced yoga had improved balance, flexibility, leg strength, depression, sleep quality, vitality and perceived mental and physical health – compared with no activity.
Advertisement Colin: LeBron is naturally inclined to share. It’s not a weakness, it’s a strength. He can still turn it up like he did in Game 5, but it’s not who he is. LeBron is more Magic than Kobe or Michael..@WhitlockJason and @ColinCowherd discuss why LeBron needs to be Superman for Cavs to win a title. #SpeakForYourselfhttps://t.co/7C2TxvJ25O— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) June 15, 2016Steph Curry’s Finals struggles.Jason: Steph doesn’t have the extra gear to go to for the Finals like LeBron. There is no “next level”. He’s physically maxed out.Colin: He struggles because of the environment. More physical, he’s finesse. LeBron can adapt to any style of play. If the Warriors win, Draymond should be MVP.Bigger factor in Game 5: Draymond’s absence or Kyrie going off.Colin: Draymond’s absence. Golden State wasn’t the same team without their bouncer. That game proved he’s the Warriors team MVP.Jason: Kyrie going off. He put on a historically dominant performance going 17-24. Have to give credit for what happened, not what’s missing.Has the Kevin Love hate gone too far?Jason: President of the Kevin Love Haters. Deserves all the criticism. The only place to find him is on a milk carton. Sit him if he’s bad next game. It’s crazy to give him 33 minutes if he’s invisible.Colin: Kevin Love is what Chris Bosh turned into. Like Bosh, he was a 20 and 10 guy in Minnesota. He’s been reduced to a spot up three point shooter. If you’re a power forward, LeBron is bad for your business. Today, on Speak for Yourself, Colin and Jason deconstruct Game 5 of the NBA Finals. “Elimination Game” James. How much did the Warriors miss Draymond? Why is Kevin Love missing? Steph’s Finals struggles. And, the towering Kevin Love hate inferno.Here’s where they line up:Is LeBron’s unselfishness a weakness? Jason: “Elimination Game” James, averages 32 points per game in elimination games. Why can’t he be a killer all the time? It didn’t take elimination game pressure for Magic to be great. LeBron needs to be cornered. It’s a weakness.
Huntington BeachHuntington Beach voted ‘Best California Beach’Huntington Beach, Calif. – Huntington Beach has got it going on! Surf City USA is named The Best California Beach by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Huntington Beach’s shoreline stretches for 16 uninterrupted kilometers of wide opened sandy beaches making it a paradise for families, couples, dogs, and surfers. Where perfect waves are born, Surf City USA attracts professional surfers and World Surf League contests. The endless summer weather offers both relaxation and outdoor activities year-round. Some visitors favorites include: volleyball courts, bonfire pits, concerts and movies on the sand, and of course the iconic Huntington Beach Pier spanning 1,850 feet in length. The iconic pier sits in the heart of Huntington Beach and allows visitors and locals alike to experience the the breathtaking views amidst the sounds of crashing waves and the ocean breeze. Huntington Beach is a beach that creates memories and holds a special place in the hearts of both our locals and visitors.The top 10 winners in the category Best California Beach are as follows:Huntington City BeachNewport Municipal BeachHermosa Beach – Los AngelesManhattan Beach – Los AngelesCarmel Beach – Carmel-by-the-SeaCrystal Cove State Park – Newport BeachNatural Bridges State Beach – Santa CruzMcClures Beach – Marin CountyCoronado Beach – San DiegoSanta Monica State BeachA panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Congratulations to these 10 winning beaches! Read the full article here.About Visit Huntington Beach One of Southern California’s premier coastal destinations, Huntington Beach is the ideal location for a California family vacation, active outdoor adventure trip or relaxing weekend getaway. With 16 km of wide-open white sand California beaches, Huntington Beach is a destination of choice for vacationers and business travelers alike. To plan your Surf City USA® vacation, or to learn more about Huntington Beach, see the Visit Huntington Beach website at www.surfcityusa.comUpcoming Events Coastal Country Jam – (June 24)US Surf Open (July 28 –August 5)Surf City Dog (Spetember 29)Huntington Beach Airshow (October 19-21)California Wine Festival (November 9-10 Source = Visit Huntington Beach
2. BAZZARDecoration is definitely one of the highlights here! Modern, with plenty of candlelight and great lounge, bossa nova or jazz music. The menu is imaginative and well presented: Italian-influenced Brazilian dishes with touches from the Far East. A fine selection of international cookery books are sold inside the restaurant together with their own brand of sauces for your delight. Its location couldn’t be better: in the heart of Ipanema.Rua Barão de Torre 538 – check site for more locations(21) 3202 2884R$30-$90www.bazzar.com.brMon-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-5pm3. Delirio TropicalFresh salads, quiches and varieties of healthy food are displayed at the buffet. Its price is affordable according to the menu set you choose. If you are looking for a quick lunch, during weekdays at lunch hours or on weekends after the beach, this is the place! The main branch is right at Ipanema beach or in the city centre, if you are touring around there.Rua Garcia D’Ávila 48(21) 3624 81649am-9pm dailywww.deliriotropical.com.brR$25-$45; sandwiches R$6-$12 Local foodie Alice Kuntz Moura takes a gastronomic tour of seven of the best places to eat and drink in Rio de Janeiro.1. CT BoucherieThe latest venture is owned by Claude Troisgrois, a French chef who runs a few other trendy restaurants in town. Meat specialist with a difference type of ‘Brazilian rodizio‘: it’s all about the vegetables! Burgers are great and all vegetables that come as sides are incredibly fresh and varied. Steaks are not to be missed too!Rua Dias Ferreira 636(21) 2529 2329noon-4pm Mon-Fri & 7pm-1am; noon-1am Sat-SunR$32-$188 6. MIAM MIAMCharming and original, Miami Miam is one of the most trendy restaurants in town, Miam Miam is located in Botafogo, a student-friendly neighbourhood attached to crowded Copacabana .The menu gives a Brazilian twist to the obvious French and Asian influences. The decor is retro, the atmosphere a mixture of New Yorker hype and Berlin café. Don’t miss the extensive cocktail menu, while you wait to be seated. Rua General Góis Monteiro 34(21) 2244 01257.30pm-1am Tue-Fri; 8pm-1.30am Satwww.miammiam.com.brMains R$28-$577. Gourmet TropicalGourmet Tropical is a local hidden gem restaurant-café and plant nursery. A veritable forest of tropical plants, bonsai trees and flowers (for sale) offer a genuine refuge from the heat of the city, in Barra neighbourhood. The atmosphere is authentic yet surprisingly refined and so is the food. Rustic furniture inspired. In the same space there is a nice deli and bakery shop, with some great deal of wine, fresh bread and stylish Brazilian handicrafts. Also open for breakfast and afternoon tea, Gourmet Tropical will fit the bill perfectly for a brunch before enjoying the beach nearby. www.chacaratropical.com.brRua Dom Rosalvo da Costa Rêgo 420, Barra da Tijuca(21) 2493 0394Mon-Sat 8am-5.30pm, Sun 9am-2.30pmR$19-$89 Thanks to Alice Kuntz Moura from Rent a Local Friend.com: Your alternative local tour outside the tourist scene.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related10 best things to do in Rio: a local’s guideBrazil’s best-known city is not all carnivals and Copacabana. Just in time for Rio 2016, join our local reporter on the ground, Alice, as she shows us her favourite bars, restaurants and things to do in Rio de Janeiro.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester for rugby fansCheck out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 8 places to eat and drink in Leeds for rugby fansWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds. 4. ShirleyOriginally owned by a Spanish family, this restaurant strongly specialises in seafood, which is freshly displayed at the entrance. Portions are big, prices are fair and the atmosphere is typical from a traditional cozy restaurant. Politicians can be found there during lunchtime, which is always a good sign as they know how to eat well everywhere in the world. Try the mixed paella or the seafood spaghetti!Rua Gustavo Sampaio 610(21) 2275 1398Noon-1am dailyR$42,80-$1355. Bar do mineiroOn the heart of Santa Tereza’s main street, bar do mineiro offers one of the best feijoada in town. Its recipe comes from Minas, a state in Brazil known for its great culinary, and its where the bar gets its name from. Consequently, the traditional drink here, from the same region, is the famous cachaça . Its interior is nicely decorated with black and white photos of local greats like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa vie for space with vividly coloured paintings of small town Brazilian life. If you can’t get a table just linger on the pavement with the locals with your ice-cold beer in hand, and you’ll get a true taste of Santa’s life. Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 99(21) 2221 922711am-midnight Tue-Thu; 11am-2am Fri-Sat; 11am-1am SunFeijoada (serves two) R$65. Caipirinha R$9.50; 600ml of beer R$5,50
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 6:23 am PDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2018 at 7:54 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email his combination photo provided by Time Magazine shows two of the four covers for the “Person of the Year,” announced Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The covers show Jamal Khashoggi, top left, members of the Capital Gazette newspaper, of Annapolis, Md., top right. (Time Magazine photos) 4 journalists and a newspaper are Time’s Person of the Year NEW YORK — Time magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence.The group, which Time calls the “guardians,” includes slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper’s offices in June; Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has been arrested; and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been detained in Myanmar for nearly a year.“They are representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world — as of Dec. 10, at least 52 journalists have been murdered in 2018 — who risk all to tell the story of our time,” editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay.Time selected them “for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speaking up and speaking out.”Khashoggi was killed two months ago when the Washington Post columnist, who had lived in the U.S., visited Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey for paperwork so he could get married. He had been critical of the Saudi regime.Reesa is an award-winning Philippine journalist who, along with the online news service she heads, has been sued for tax evasion. Her website has been critical of the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, and she claims the charges are politically motivated.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned for nearly a year in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed by a gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper in June.Since 1927, Time has selected individuals or groups to appear on its covers for the end-of-the-year feature. This was the first time someone named was no longer alive. Those chosen this year will appear in four different cover photos.President Donald Trump, who was chosen Person of the Year in 2016, was second runner-up.“His ultimate impact may be determined as much by the resistance he engenders as by the goals he pursues,” the magazine said.Special prosecutor Robert Mueller was third runner-up.The Associated Press