Chiefs from across the country generally come together twice a year to set strategic direction based on community needs and priorities.The Chiefs Assemblies provide the venue for First Nation leaders to direct the work of the Assembly of First Nations, the National Chief and national Executive through resolution.It is just one way First Nation leaders bring forward the concerns and priorities of First Nation members.
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsAmid the on-going fight to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion from being built, some Indigenous leaders are discussing a plan that would potentially make them owners of the controversial project.Members of the Indian Resource Council (IRC) are meeting at TsuuT’ina Nation, outside Calgary this week for the meeting.IRC represents over 130 First Nations across Canada that have oil and gas interests.“It’s an opportunity to find ways that some of our communities can get out of poverty,” says IRC CEO Stephen Buffalo.Last summer the federal government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion but says it does not want to be a long-term owner.The project is now delayed after the Federal Court of Appeal stated there needs to be more consultation with Indigenous people.Now, the IRC says most of its members want to buy the pipeline and make it 100 per cent Indigenous owned and operated, bringing in more jobs and economic opportunity.“In saying that, we have to start consulting with each other,” Buffalo said, “We definitely honour and respect the three tribes on the coast with their position as they brought to attention Kinder Morgan and the federal government. But now that’s hurting our communities here.”(Chief Roy Fox)The Kainai Nation south of Calgary has been involved in the oil and gas industry for seven decades.Chief Roy Fox is also an IRC board member. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he stated the differential-related cuts and lack of pipeline capacity and proposed restrictive legislation such as Bill C-69 will cost every family on his reserve approximately $1,400 per year.“If Bill C-69 and C-48 goes through, I don’t think you will see any pipeline,” Fox said. “If these two bills go through in their existing form, they’re deal killers.”The federal bills were also attacked by Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd.“I think Bill C-48 should just be put away until they can consult with First Nations,” she said. “C-69 … as it stands now, it’s not only insulting and ridiculous to Alberta, it just will not work, so there needs to be some changes.”But Indigenous communities interested in taking an equity stake in the pipeline are being warned they should wait until after its built to avoid risk, says Barrie Robb, a principal with Fivars Consulting Ltd. of Calgary.Taking an ownership stake in a major energy project can deliver significant rewards, said the consultant who helped broker a $545-million investment by two northern Alberta Indigenous communities in a Suncor Energy Inc. tarands storage tank farm in 2017.Industry is a more reliable partner than the government ever has been, he added.“If First Nations don’t take control of their lives, who will?” Robb said.“If the CPP Investment Board, big pension funds, the big life insurance companies, are interested in that kind of a project, why shouldn’t the First Nations be in there as well? It’s the same objectives, the same concerns and the same kinds of returns.”(Anti-Trans Mountain Pipeline rally on Parliament Hill May 22, 2018)Fox said he also wouldn’t recommend buying equity in the pipeline now because of regulatory obstacles that could stand in the way of its expansion project.“As it stands now, we would not invest. If it was a sure thing, maybe.”Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson said he is focused on getting the pipeline expansion built.“There is no project to invest in at this point,” he said in a speech. “I’ve got to get (regulatory) certificates, we’ve got to get to work. We’ve got to start building this national-interest project and that’s what I remain singularly focused on.”Buffalo said he is committed to using energy resource development to support prosperity on Canadian reserves despite “Facebook warriors” who have branded him a “sell-out” on social media.“You think you’re trying to do good for the people but some people, they just don’t understand this industry and they don’t understand our end game,” he said.“Our end game is not to own a pipeline, it’s Indigenous ownership (of resources).”The last day of the meeting is Thursday, January 17. The best plan will be selected and presented to Ottawa in the coming firstname.lastname@example.org@tamara_aptn-with files from the Canadian Press
“Four persons have been killed in the cover up. Four innocents. High ranking Police Officers are suspected of tampering with evidence. This was the state of our Nation. Reconciliation and closure will not be possible without prosecution. There is no purpose in asking Who Lasantha is. The World knows who Lasantha was. His writing has proven that and will last the test of time. Let his memory live forever,” Lal Wickrematunge said. In the message read out by Lal’s daughter Raisa, he noted that Lasantha was not the only journalist to lay down his life for penning what he believed in.He said that many journalists from the North were put down along with him during the darkest period in Sri Lanka’s history. However no one has yet been found guilty over the assassination which was linked to the Government at the time. “We grieve for them today. Lasantha would insist on it,” he said.He also noted that investigations that were commenced since the Criminal Investigations Department took over have been exhaustive.It has been reported to Court that the Army Intelligence was behind the dastardly act. Others suspected of being the master minds have been named in Court. “A decade is a long time to grieve, too long to solve a murder. Too long to come to terms that no one cares but for their benefit which does not include the aggrieved. Sad though, this seem to be the reality. Lasantha certainly did not die in vain. The foundation he set has brought about change in the political spectrum of Sri Lanka. This is visible today in the form of an Independent Judiciary and other Commissions. Will power within those tasked with bringing such perpetrators, who violated all norms of humanity before the Law is the only step towards converting an otherwise barbaric nation to civility,” Lasantha’s brother Lal said in a statement read out a memorial held at Lasantha’s graveside at the Borella cemetery. The family of Editor/journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, today continued to push for justice, ten years since his assassination.Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed on 8 January 2009 while he was on his way to The Sunday Leader newspaper office in Ratmalana. Members of the current Government, other politicians, civil society and friends and journalists were present at the graveside memorial today. (Colombo Gazette)
In the six days from 4 May to 10 May, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that at least 182 civilians have died, with 41 of those women and 51 children. In total, the Office verified the deaths of 828 civilians since 26 March, 182 of whom were children and 91 of whom were women. A further 1,511 people have been injured.“A significant proportion of the casualties over this most recent six-day period – around half – were reportedly caused by airstrikes, especially in Sa’ada Governorate,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. “On one occasion, on 6 May, dozens of people fleeing fighting in Al-Tawahi District in Aden Governorate took to boats aiming for Djibouti, when they were shelled by mortars apparently fired by members of the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis. The boats caught fire and there were casualties.”Civilian houses have been struck by airstrikes and ground fire, the Office reports, with at least 66 public buildings reported to have been partially or completely destroyed, as well as much civilian infrastructure.“Given this alarming escalation, we welcome the announcement of a five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen, due to start today,” said Mr. Colville. “This should enable desperately needed aid operations to be carried out, and it is essential that it is honoured by all sides to the conflict.” The pause comes as Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, arrived in the capital, Sana’a, where he hopes to meet the various Yemeni parties, in particular Houthi representatives, and the hope is that the pause can serve as a basis for a more permanent cessation of hostilities.An aid shipment arrived at the port of Hodeida on Friday, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today at the same briefing, adding that preparations were underway for a possible huge airlift of humanitarian aid if the pause in fighting holds. The plan, according to spokesperson Adrian Edwards, is for three flights to bring in 300 tonnes of sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets and plastic sheeting.“Hundreds of thousands of people across Yemen are struggling to meet their basic needs and are in desperate need of help,” he said. “In addition to the flights, UNHCR will be seeking to distribute more of the aid we already have in Yemen, and to carry out rapid needs assessments in previously hard-to-reach areas. Our staff and partners are preparing to give relief kits out to tens of thousands of displaced people.”UNHCR also plans to use the pause in hostilities to transport and pre-position aid to Sana’a, Amran, Haradh and Aden for onward distribution to vulnerable populations in surrounding provinces. Medicines and rations will be sent to the Mayfa’a reception centre in the east, and food, kerosene and diesel will be transferred to the Kharaz refugee camp, near Aden.“While a humanitarian pause falls short of the peace so vitally needed in Yemen, it is nonetheless critically important that aid gets through, as existing stocks in country are becoming depleted, adding to the suffering of civilians,” Mr. Edwards said.The World Food Programme (WFP) is also ready to distribute emergency food rations to more than 750,000 people in conflict-hit areas and is attempting to bring in fuel supplies to the country.WFP has reached more than one million people in Yemen in the past month. The conflict has increased the number of hungry people and it is now estimated that 12 million people in Yemen are struggling to find their next meal.Ahead of the pause in fighting, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on all parties to the conflict to protect Yemen’s unique heritage amid reports of severe damage to cultural sites, including the old cities of Sana’a, which was heavily bombed on the night of 11 May, and the old city of Sa’ada.“I condemn these destructions and I call on all parties to keep cultural heritage out of the conflict”, said the Director-General, Irina Bokova, in a statement. “I am particularly distressed by the news concerning air strikes on heavily populated areas such as the cities of Sana’a and Sa’ada. In addition to causing terrible human suffering, these attacks are destroying Yemen’s unique cultural heritage, which is the repository of people’s identity, history and memory and an exceptional testimony to the achievements of the Islamic Civilization”. Ms. Bokova stressed that all parties should respect their obligations under international treaties, particularly the 1954 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols, as well as the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
A life-like robot of Chinese superstar Jing Boran of Monster Hunt and his CGI companion Wuba have been created by Cornish robotics firm Engineered Arts, the same team which animated King Kong’s face in the film Kong: Skull Island. Since Madame Tussaud first toured her collection of waxworks in the late 18th century, the famous faces on show have remained steadfastly static. It is Madame Tussaud’s first intelligent figure which not only moves but senses people and changes its behaviour based on its surroundings. It is also… But a new generation of animatronic models which identify and interact with visitors are on the horizon after the Shanghai branch took delivery of its first robotic celebrity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Barrick Gold has entered into a support agreement with Arizona Star Resource under which Barrick has agreed to make an offer to acquire all of Arizona Star’s common shares, valuing Arizona Star at some C$773 million on a fully diluted basis. The offer has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Arizona Star. All of the directors and officers of Arizona Star have entered into a written agreement to tender their shares to Barrick’s offer.Barrick has also entered into a lock-up agreement with Arizona Star’s largest shareholder, FCMI Resources, pursuant to which FCMI has agreed, among other things, to tender its Arizona Star shares to Barrick’s offer. The shares held by FCMI and the directors and officers of Arizona Star represent, in aggregate, approximately 35% of the outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis.Arizona Star owns a 51% interest in the Cerro Casale deposit in the Maricunga district of Region III in Chile; Kinross owns the remaining 49%. Cerro Casale is one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold and copper deposits.“Cerro Casale is an attractive, long-life asset that we look forward to adding to our unrivalled project pipeline,” said Greg Wilkins, Barrick President and CEO. “Cerro Casale will be a very complementary addition with potential synergies for our asset base in Chile where we have been operating for well over a decade. We are pleased to have reached a friendly agreement in the current circumstances which are conducive to the project moving forward.”Barrick’s assets in the region include the Zaldívar copper mine in Chile, the Pascua-Lama gold-silver project in Chile/Argentina, the Veladero gold mine in Argentina, and the Lagunas Norte and Pierina gold mines in Peru.
GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men in connection with the discovery of a body in Dublin.The body of a 29-year-old man was found in an apartment in the Spring Mount complex on the Wellmount Road in the suburb this morning, following a house party last night.Gardaí have appealed for information from anyone who may have been at the party or taxi drivers who may have collected passengers in the area.The two men, both aged in their 20s were arrested in Finglas this evening. They are detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act at Finglas Garda Station.Read: Gardaí appeal for information from taxi drivers in ‘suspicious’ Finglas body discovery
It should come as no surprise to anyone that EA Sports doesn’t reinvent the wheel every year it pumps out new installments of its licensed franchises across pretty much every major collegiate and professional sports association.However, these pictures will make even the most ardent skeptic take a second glance. The screenshots, compiled by Nintendo-Gamer.net, show the latest edition of EA‘s iconic FIFA series on the Wii, compared side-by-side with last year’s edition.The results are stunning. Not only does it appear as though there were absolutely no graphical enhancements made for the new version, every single gameplay mode is the same. The adjustments consist solely of an update to the team rosters and uniforms…and a new logo.Again, no one really expects an incredibly different experience from a FIFA game (or an NCAA basketball game, or even a Madden game for that matter) one year to the next, but one does have a reasonable expectation to see at least some effort put in other than uploading a new text file into the game’s database. Remember, EA is charging full price for the new version.This does nothing but reinforce the perception that third-party publishers put less time into their Wii titles than other consoles. Of course, there is also a FIFA 13 game which promises a much different experience heading out for the impending Wii U, which launches in November.That, however, is not much comfort to Wii gamers who plunked down $50 for a game that is quantifiably no different than a game that could be purchased for about half the price. If you bouth FIFA 12 last year and FIFA 13 this year for the Wii, you have every right to be more than a little upset with EA.More at Nintendo Gamer
Mozilla might not be keen on the general public playing with Firefox OS phones yet, but the Foundation does have an alternative for eager testers. Grab version 3.0 of the Firefox OS simulator, which you can install in your Firefox browser.What’s perhaps most apparent about the new Firefox OS simulator is that the Firefox rendering engine and Gaia interface have been updated. The new versions provide a much more fluid Firefox OS user experience. It boots up faster than ever, too, thanks to Mozilla’s work in reducing the simulator’s footprint. The 3.0 release is more than 20% smaller than the previous version.That’s partly due to the removal of application cruft. The Firefox OS simulator now includes just 15 core apps. All the standard ones you’d expect on a smartphone — phone, messaging, browser, clock, calendar, music, video, etc. are provided.The Marketplace is included, too, and you can use it to install several additional apps if you like. There’s no built-in weather app, so you’ll need to grab something like AccuWeather if you want to keep up on atmospheric conditions. Must-haves like Twitter and Facebook are available too, and both work well inside the simulator. They install in a flash, which is understandable — they’re really just creating homescreen shortcuts to mobile websites.The latest release shows a lot of polish, and it’s clear that Mozilla has been busily filling in the blanks in the run-up to the first big Firefox OS public release. The mail and calendar apps, for example, tackle account creation with ease thanks to auto-configuration support for services like Google’s.So even though you may have missed out on Geeksphone’s Keon and Peak devices… and even though you don’t own a Nexus S… you can still see what Firefox OS is all about on your desktop or laptop. Just grab the latest version of the simulator and fire it up in your browser.
Remember that Disney-Fox deal? The one that would reunite all of Marvel’s characters, allow the X-Men to punch the Avengers and give a single corporation even more control over our lives? Talks had stalled for a while, but they’ve reportedly started back up again, with some outlets predicting a deal by next week. Yay, capitalism! But hey, at least we’ll be entertained on the march to the mouse ear mines. Marvel star Chris Evans pitched a movie idea so good, it might be worth the terrifying corporate consolidation.If you’ve spent this entire century so far watching every comic book movie to come out (oh god, what am I doing with my life?), you know Evans’ wasn’t new to the superhero genre when he signed on to play Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It wasn’t even the first time he played a Marvel character. Before anyone took the concept of a Cinematic Universe seriously, Evans played Johnny Storm in Fox’s 2005 Fantastic Four movie. He played the role again in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Neither of those movies were what you’d call good, but they hold a special place in my heart. They’re campy and bad in a fun way. They feel like someone made movies out of Silver Age comics, recognizing that if you took out the laughable stuff (like the Fantasticar), you’d take out what makes the characters fun in the first place. And hey, their both better than Fox’s last attempt at a Fantastic Four movie. As far as I’m concerned, they’re still canon. Which brings us to Evans’ pitch. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Time to uncork that explosive sexual tension between Deadpool and Mickey Mouse. https://t.co/iUEXofWpRu— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 6, 2017That man just is Deadpool, isn’t he?Wolverine (Via Marvel)Until this deal goes through, Marvel still can’t make any X-Men movies, but that isn’t stopping them from producing any other adaptations. The comics company announced that it’s breaking into the world of podcasts with Wolverine: The Long Night. It will be a scripted audio drama centering on everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant. Written by comics writer Ben Percy, the series will follow two agents who investigate a string of murders in Burns, Alabama. Their main suspect is Logan, who will be played by Richard Armitage. That’s right, Thorin Oakensheild/Trevor Belmont/Guy of Gisbourne himself is the new Wolverine.Honestly, I’m just happy that podcasts have brought radio plays back into popularity. As someone who used to love listening to old Sherlock Holmes radio mysteries (awkwardly interrupted by advertisements for Petri Wine), I’m happy to have new stories to listen to. Also, plenty of comics were turned into radio dramas back in the day, so it’s cool to see that tradition being revived for the modern age.“Wolverine: The Long Night brings our fans a whole new way to experience our iconic characters and the Marvel Universe,” Marvel New Media’s Dan Silver told Variety. “This tremendous cast will bring a thrilling level of intrigue and drama to our listeners. The character of Logan and this landscape make it the ideal premiere vehicle for us, and we’re excited to continue to explore the dynamic possibilities of the podcast medium.”Wolverine: The Long Night will be released on Stitcher Premium in the spring of 2018.Finally, in more X-Men news, the New Mutants movie continues to go all in on the freaky with the release of its poster, Comic Book reports. When the film was first announced, director Josh Boone described it as a mutant horror movie. Based on “The Demon Bear Saga” from the New Mutants comics, this will be the first in a trilogy of horror movies set in the X-Men universe. Just in case the freaky trailer hadn’t convinced you this movie was going to be terrifying, the poster should do the trick.Via 20th Century FoxEach of the movie’s main characters is represented there, trapped in a wall and screaming. From the top, it’s Mirage played by Blue Hunt, Sunspot, played by Henry Zaga, Cannonball played by Charlie Heaton, Magik played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and Wolfsbane (in werewolf form) played by Maisie Williams. It certainly conjures the image from the trailer where a character appeared to be attacked by creatures in the walls. The Demon Bear is a demonic monster that haunts Mirage’s nightmares and eventually becomes physical.Boone describes this first movie as a “rubber reality” supernatural horror movie, while the two that follow it will explore different subgenres of horror. This movie is sounding cooler by the minute. The New Mutants will hit theaters on April 13, 2018. So who do I talk to about a Cap/Human Torch buddy comedy spin-off? I’m thinking Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Parent Trap. https://t.co/3KRPZOVzq2— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 6, 2017On. Board. Take my money, take everything I own, I want to see this movie. How great would it be to see Chris Evans act against himself?! Especially when you imagine his proper 1940s Cap reacting to bro-y daredevil Human Torch. If there’s anyone who can annoy Captain America more than Iron Man, it has to be Johnny Storm. Evans can also handle himself in a comedy. Before either of those roles, he appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, the only decent spoof to come out of the gold rush that followed Scary Movie. Evans was funny in it, and it’d be cool to watch him play both straight man and comic in a superhero double act.Evans isn’t the only superhero actor who had ideas when he read the news either. Ryan Reynolds though, had a very different kind of movie in mind. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Pensions and investment organisation Royal London has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation, committing to pay its 3,253 UK-based employees the voluntary living wage.Effective from 1 April 2017, both permanent employees and third-party contractors at Royal London receive the voluntary living wage rate of at least £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London.The living wage is an independently set, hourly rate of pay that is calculated to reflect the basic cost of living. Employers choose to pay staff the living wage on a voluntary basis.Phil Loney, chief executive officer at Royal London, said: “We are pleased to have officially become a living wage employer. Employees on our payroll were already on track to be brought in line with this level of pay, but we are now committing to ensure that our agency temporary [employees] and third parties employed to work on our sites are paid the living wage too. Additionally, Royal London Asset Management, our asset management [organisation] is a prominent advocate of engagement on environmental, social and corporate governance issues.“Becoming an employer accredited by the Living Wage Foundation will enhance our ability to push for the [organisations] that we invest in to follow suit in relation to the pay of both their own and third-party employees.”
CondeNet—the parent company of Style.com, Epicurious and Concierge.com—was one of the 12 landmark partners for Facebook Ads when it launched in October. Flip.com, touted as CondeNet’s “MySpace for teenage girls” when it was launched last February, announced today that is shifting its focus away from its destination URL toward popular social networking platforms like Facebook and MySpace.The company has developed a Flip Facebook application and plans to focus its marketing and development efforts on similar products “with the goal of increasing the overall audience for the brand.” That audience, it appears, likes Facebook more than Flip.According to CondeNet president Sarah Chubb, “there are millions of potential Flip fans on Facebook and other social networking sites. This is the right moment to follow our audience.”
DERRY, NH — Janiss M. Sylvester, 82, of Derry, NH passed away Saturday December 29, 2018, at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford, MA. Janiss was born January 3, 1936 in Melrose, MA and was the daughter of the late Melvin and Margery (Ricker) White. She was raised in Wilmington, MA and had been a resident of Derry for several years.Janiss had been employed as an Administrative Assistant with Marshalls Department store, amongst other various jobs. She was an accomplished quilter and had been a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilters, a former member of Rockingham Chapter #3 Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile. Janiss was an avid reader and enjoyed history. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Derry and a volunteer with the FBC Food Pantry.Members of the family include a son Wendell J. and his wife Lisa Sylvester, daughter, Jeanette Kelly, daughter Lyrae and her husband, Douglas Bowser, son Bryan and his wife Bonnie Sylvester and a daughter Gail and her husband, Paul Hardy, 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, her companion of 12 years, Paul Provencher, three brothers, Ricker White, Bruce and his wife Karen White and Craig White. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Wendell P. Sylvester, Jr. in 1989 and by brothers Melvin and Andrew White.A memorial service will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm, at the First Baptist Church of Derry, 4 Crystal Ave. Derry, NH. A celebration of life will be held after, at Gaythorne Halls (Methuen Knights of Columbus) 462 Broadway Methuen, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the FBC Food Pantry, 4 Crystal Ave. #4, Derry, NH 03038. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium is assisting the family.Janiss M. Sylvester(NOTE: The above obituary is from Peabody Funeral Homes.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Philip M. Coolberth, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Agnes Marie (Stimpson) Kelley, 100In “Obituaries”
Three children who went for a swim in a lake were drowned on Sunday here at Rajoli mandal of Jogulamba Gadwal district. Charan (7), Shivaiah (9) and Yugandhar (6) all residents of Sriram Nagar Colony went for swimming at Peddavagu on Sunday morning along with other two children Madhu and Vamsi. While Madhu and Vami left home for lunch, the other three children kept playing in the lake. The parents of the children launched a search after the latter did not return home for lunch. Around 8 pm at night, the bodies of children were fished out by the police. A case was registered by the police.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirDescribing the Awami League-led government as a ‘puppet-one’, BNP on Friday alleged that bureaucrats are now ruling the country, reports UNB.”We all know who did what in the (30-December) election. Now, the state is being run by bureaucrats. They (govt) are now raising the salaries of public servants, army, police, RAB and those are in civil administration, but people’s incomes aren’t increasing” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “The current government is not an elected one. It has been in power by holding farcical elections one after another only to carry out the orders of its ‘masters’. It’s playing the role of a puppet government.”Fakhrul also voiced concern as prime minister Sheikh Hasina has now started praising the ‘one-party’ BAKSAL rule of 1975. “They (AL) established BAKSAL in 1975 having failed to run the state. There was no noble intention behind BAKSAL. The main motive behind it was to cement power forever.”He feared that Sheikh Hasina is trying to glorifying BAKSAL to hide the ruling party’s misdeeds and corruption. “We would like to say (the perspectives of) 1975 and 2019 is not the same and many things have changed by the time. The country’s people will in no way accept if you want to materialise your dream of restoring a one-party rule.”Accusing the government of keeping their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail ‘unlawfully’, the BNP leader urged the freedom fighters to get united to ensure her release from jail.
Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target The U.S. Army is taking cues from invertebrates to create more flexible robots.A joint project between the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and University of Minnesota (UMN) sought inspiration from spineless animals like insects, crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, jellyfish, and worms.The Army uses structurally rigid robots—great for protecting soldiers and machinery, but rather impractical for operations that require covert handling.AdChoices广告“Successful stealthy maneuvering requires high structural flexibility and distributive control to sneak into confined or restricted spaces, operate for extended periods, and emulate biological morphologies and adaptability,” Ed Habtour, ARL researcher who specialized in nonlinear structural dynamics, said in a statement.Existing military bots, he explained, have two major limitations: a lack of dynamic flexibility, and complex mechanisms and electrical circuitries. To overcome these handicaps, teams from ARL and UMN turned to nature.Their initial research sired soft actuator prototypes—the first fully 3D-printed dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) that can perform high bending motion.Habtour et al., however, were not first to arrive at the soft robot party: Mimicking real octopuses, Harvard scientists in 2016 created the original soft robot, Octobot.Built using a combination of 3D printing, pneumatics, and chemical reactions, Octobot’s limbs move, but don’t actually drive the cyborg; the simple proof of concept is not mobile or capable of interacting with its environment.Still, a glowing, pliable octopus is pretty cool.There is no telling what the Army will make with their newfound technology—a bionic crab? An automated jellyfish?ARL is still in the early stages of development, their research published recently in the journal Extreme Mechanics Letters.“The research findings represent an important stepping stone towards providing the soldier an autonomous freeform fabrication platform—next-generation 3D printer, which can print functional materials and devices—to generate soft actuators and potentially tetherless soft robots on demand, on the fly, and at the point of need,” Habtour said. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Tom Brady has mostly given up beer in his never ending pursuit of the perfect diet, but he made an exception when he was challenged to a beer chug off Steven Colbert on The Late Show last night.Even though Brady was out of practice, he pounded his brew to comfortably win the contest like it was the AFC East. Losing is never an option.Brady hates to lose, even if it means chugging empty carb poison that goes against everything he stands for. Just like riding a bike.
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Share Travelweek Group Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Tags: Australia, LOL Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> “How you doin’?” Sexy koala wins the Internet with super seductive pose QUEENSLAND — What did the koala say to the photographer? “Draw me like one of your French girls, Jack” as it struck a come-hither pose in a tree.The sexy marsupial didn’t really say those words, of course, but the famous line from ‘Titanic’ did serve as the caption of a now-viral photo taken by 27-year-old British photographer Ross Long.Long snapped the pic while at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland on Australia’s Gold Coast and knew instantly that this koala was special. For one thing, it was super chilled out (“He looked more chilled than a Friday night of Netflix and chill,” Long told the Daily Mail).Secondly, it posed in that tree in a way that would suggest it was “ready for action”, its chest puffed out, its legs draped seductively across a branch, and his eyes staring longingly directly at the camera.Slay, koala, slay!Long, who noted that there were other female koalas nearby, surmised that this was “his way of letting them know that he was indeed ready.”More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesWhatever the stud was trying to do, we are all for it, along with everyone else on social media! @alowe842 wrote on Instagram: “did you girls see this, hubba hubba”, while @telmotaylor90s said that it was “Changing the animal kingdom game.” @lissa_babyyy called it “one sexy guy”, @cindyarroba wrote “He’s sexy and he knows it”, and @odetta_odile jokingly alluded to a possible x-rated version of the same pic, writing “That’s the original version”Now that Stud-Koala has gained a legion of new fans, it’s only a matter of time until he comes out with a calendar of sexy poses!