Aboriginal Affairs using false statements to trumpet specific claims successes report

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department has used “misleading” and “false” statements to claim success in dealing with historical grievances known as specific claims, a new report has found.The report, In Bad Faith: Justice at Last and Canada’s Failure to Resolve Specific Land Claims, was released this week along with an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by over 100 First Nation chiefs, tribal council heads, research directors, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, NDP MPs and non-government organizations.The report takes aim at the federal government’s “Justice At Last” policy to deal with specific claims and finds it has been a failure. The report said Aboriginal Affairs plans to “terminate” its program funding for Justice at Last based on “false statements” that the department has met its objectives on specific claims.“The failure of Justice at Last reflects a deep and growing rift between First Nations and the Crown, one that is characterized by a profound mistrust towards government processes, systems, promises, and, most importantly honour,” said the report, which was composed by research directors working with First Nations across the country.The issue surfaced in the House of Commons during question period Tuesday. NDP Aboriginal affairs critics Niki Ashton pressed Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to act on the report’s recommendations.“Will the minister of Aboriginal Affairs listen to the recommendations and answer for his department’s failure?” said Ashton.Valcourt said the department had no plans to change its ways. The minister said the department had settled 120 specific claims and cleared a backlog of about 516 claims.“Our government is committed to delivering fair and timely resolution for First Nation specific claims,” said Valcourt. “Our government has made unprecedented progress on this topic and we will continue in that way.”Valcourt’s office was first asked by APTN National News about the report Monday, but failed to respond. Late Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson sent an email containing the minister’s comment from question period, but ignored APTN’s question regarding the report.The reportDownload (PDF, Unknown)The report analyzed Aboriginal Affairs’ “five achievements” under the policy, which was first announced in 2007. The federal department states fewer claims are entering the system, the backlog has been eliminated, mediation is working, specific claims accepted by the minister are being negotiated and the Specific Claims Tribunal is meeting is legislative requirements.“An analysis of (Aboriginal Affairs) data and input from First Nations currently involved in the specific claims process shows that contrary to (Aboriginal Affairs) reports and public announcements, the five achievements outlined above have not been attained,” said the report.Specific claims stem from historical grievances from First Nations around the mismanagement of trust funds by Ottawa and the loss of lands. The Oka and Ipperwash conflicts both stemmed from specific historical grievances over the loss of land.The report said the number of claims entering the system is actually increasing because the federal department is forcing First Nations to pull back and break up their claims into smaller pieces. The department’s specific claims branch is only accepting to negotiate minor portions of claims and then “demanding legal releases of liability on the bulk of substantive allegations,” said the report.The report also blasts the department’s assertion that it had cleared a backlog of 572 specific claim files. The report said the department cleared the backlog using “take-it-or-leave-it” offers which allowed officials to reject or close 85 per cent of the files in the backlog.The report found that the department rejected less claims, 44 per cent, before the Justice at Last policy took hold.“Contrary to (Aboriginal Affairs) statements and reports, the backlog has not been eliminated. It persists in the form of unresolved claims,” said the report. “The backlog has been repackaged and effectively transferred to the Specific Claims Tribunal or returned to the pre-submission stage.”The Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT) was also announced in 2007 as part of the Justice At Last package. First Nations can go to the tribunal once their negotiations hit a dead-end or are rejected by Aboriginal Affairs.The Chair of the tribunal, Justice Harry Slade, has warned it is on the edge of failure unless the Harper government appoints another full-time judge to deal with the rising workload. Slade has also warned that recent centralizing changes to federal tribunal administration threatens the independence of the SCT.The report said the federal government is undermining the tribunal.“(The SCT) is seeing its independence, authority and legitimacy undermined and resources curtailed by the government who currently lauds it as one of its successes,” said the report.Aboriginal Affairs’ mediation services, which are housed within the department and staffed by department officials, also faced criticism in the report. The report said the department ignored a public commitment to work with First Nations on the mediation unit.“First Nations have publicly criticized this mediation unit for its appearance of conflict of interest,” said the report. “First Nations’ requests for mediation services are routinely denied by specific claims branch officials. With the prevalence of ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offers, there is much less opportunity for mediation.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on hand to unveil the Justice at Last policy and accompanying tribunal on June 12, 2007. At the time Harper said it represented a “historic breakthrough.”The announcement was made partly to quell rising tensions in the lead-up to a planned day of action scheduled for that month. Only Shawn Brant and the Mohawks of Tyendinaga launched blockades that day, shutting down Hwy 401, the busiest highway in Canada, for 11 hours.The report was emailed to Harper’s office which will also receive a paper copy in the mail.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Women get prominent media jobs in wake of misconduct ousters

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – As more than two dozen men have lost media jobs or projects after sexual misconduct accusations in the last several months, their departures have opened doors for a handful of women.The wave of accusations has led to other changes as well, leading to hopes that newsroom culture is improving for women in media. Digital media company Vice says it will hire more women and pay them the same as men. And more women are speaking up about harassment and unfair pay, and pressing for better treatment.Historically, there have been far fewer women than men in news organizations. Women have made up about 36 to 38 per cent of newspaper newsrooms for roughly the last 20 years, said Scott Reinardy, a journalism professor at the University of Kansas who has studied newsroom employment. In local TV news, it’s more balanced , according to Radio Television Digital News Association research, but men are still more likely to be news directors. And a March 2017 report by the Women’s Media Center , a non-profit group started by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, found that male journalists got more bylines and reported on-air more often than female counterparts.“I think you’ll see more awareness in hiring, who is in those positions of power,” Reinardy said. “Women will have more voice and more say about what goes into the programming and the news coverage.”NEW JOBS FOR WOMENNBC News chose Hoda Kotb to officially replace Matt Lauer on the “Today” morning show after he was fired in late November, after weeks of strong ratings with her filling in with Savannah Guthrie on the show’s first two hours. They are the first all-female team at the heart of “Today” in its 65-year history. (The third hour is anchored by Megyn Kelly.)PBS replaced Charlie Rose, fired after several women complained of unwanted sexual advances, with a Christiane Amanpour program in the first half-hour and a BBC show co-hosted by Katty Kay and Christian Fraser, for the second half-hour.“We weren’t necessarily looking only at news and public affairs shows featuring women to fill that slot,” said PBS spokeswoman Jennifer Byrne. “But we’re really happy to have these two incredibly respected female journalists in that time slot.”Showtime’s political TV show “The Circus” is replacing Mark Halperin with Alex Wagner of CBS News and the Atlantic magazine. (There had been discussions about her joining the show as a regular before Halperin lost his job over accusations of lewd behaviour and unwanted advances.) Co-host Mark McKinnon said having a woman in the role is a positive .Since the sexual-harassment scandal that rocked Fox News began in 2016, more women have come into top positions behind the scenes, including Suzanne Scott, promoted to president of programming in May .Of course, for decades there have been famous women on TV news and in other media. But on TV, female news stars “were more the exception,” said Kate O’Brian, a media consultant and former ABC News executive. That had already been changing in recent years. The reporters trailing Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election were mostly female , for example. But there’s still a long way to go toward parity overall, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, O’Brian said.POLICY CHANGESThere is also a push for change beyond promoting individual women to big-name jobs.Vice, a digital media giant that has suspended top executives and apologized for its “boys club” culture, promised to make half its workforce female “at every level across the organization” by 2020 and to have “pay parity” by the end of this year.Women generally make less than men, even when they’re famous. Kotb took Lauer’s job at a salary lower than his, she told People magazine.Female journalists have spoken up about this recently. A BBC China editor resigned her job in Beijing over gender-based compensation gaps. An E! News host quit because she said her male co-host made much more than her, and actress Debra Messing called out E! on the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globes on gender pay equity.Women are also speaking up about bad treatment, both individually and together. A new support network, Press Forward , is pushing to make the TV news business more equitable.Some companies may already be taking a tougher stance against sexual misconduct beyond firings. When it fired Charlie Rose, CBS News said it would do “more personal and direct training” to combat harassment than it had before. NPR held “listening sessions” with small groups of people, which brought up concerns over harassment but also race and gender inequities and more, after allegations against former news head Michael Oreskes and former news editor David Sweeney, said NPR chief operating officer Loren Mayer. NPR now has a peer support group for those who aren’t sure they want to go to HR.“This is a period of opportunity for all media because certain questions are being opened up. There’s room for a certain kind of conversation and self-examination,” said Melanie Sill, a news consultant with the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation, and the former vice-president of content for Southern California Public Radio and former editor of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.How media organizations deal with employees accused of wrongdoing has also led to divisions in newsrooms. When the New York Times suspended and reassigned reporter Glenn Thrush from the White House beat after allegations against him of unwanted sexual advances, some employees approved and others thought the punishment did not go far enough, said Carolyn Ryan, assistant managing editor at the Times.It’s still unknown whether the current changes will have any lasting impact on the industry. Newsrooms could do more to improve the situation for women — and men, too — O’Brian said, like improving parental leave and flexible work policies.“It would be a shame for everyone to think that just getting a few new people, new faces solves the problem,” Sill said.___Associated Press writer Karen Testa contributed to this report from Washington.last_img read more

Amul hikes milk prices by Rs 2litre in Delhi NCR from today

first_imgNEW DELHI: Dairy major Amul said on Monday that it will increase milk prices by Rs 2 per litre in Delhi NCR, Maharashtra and other states from Tuesday due to an increase in production cost. Milk prices were last revised two years back in March 2017, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand, said in a statement.The new price will come into effect from May 21 onwards and on all six brands being sold in major markets of Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kolkata, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra and other states, the GCMMF said in a statement. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe revised price of 500 millilitres (ml) pack of ‘Amul Gold’ in Ahmedabad will be Rs 27, ‘Amul Shakti’ at Rs 25, ‘Amul Taaza’ at Rs 21 and ‘Amul Diamond’ at Rs 28, it said. “This increase in milk prices by Rs 2 per litre has happened after a gap of two years with an aim to provide remunerative milk purchase price to our milk producers owing to drop in milk production and increase in the cost of production,” GCMMF said. Considering the increase in the cost of milk production, all member milk unions of Gujarat have increased the milk purchase price by a minimum of Rs 30-50 per kg fat (5-8 per cent) over the last few months, it said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaMilk prices were last revised two years back in March 2017, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand, said in a statement. According to GCMMF officials, the national and international dairy markets have witnessed adverse conditions for the last two years. Due to this, there has been a steep decline in the prices of commodities such as skimmed milk powder and butter oil which had resulted into decline in producer prices of milk across India leading to adverse impact on milk producers. “The milk cooperatives of Gujarat, however, continued to pay remunerative prices of milk to its producers and the average final price of milk paid to our producers has increased from Rs 710 per kg fat in 2017-18 to Rs 730 per kg fat in 2018-19,” the release states. The milk prices are being hiked due to increase in the price of major cattle feed ingredients such as de-oiled rice bran, rice polish fine, molasses, maize which has resulted in an increase in the cattle feed price by over 15 per cent.last_img read more

Mom arrested after dead baby found in Amazon sites restroom

PHOENIX — Police say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful disposal of human remains after her newborn baby was found dead inside an Amazon distribution centre in southwest Phoenix last week.They say 22-year-old Samantha Vivier was booked into jail Tuesday.It wasn’t immediately clear if Vivier had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.Police say the body of a baby girl was discovered the night of Jan. 16 inside the women’s restroom in the secured Amazon facility.They say the baby was full-term or near full-term and the Maricopa County medical examiner will determine the cause of death.The Associated Press read more

Research is key for buyers to avoid preconstruction condo cancellations experts

For many prospective homebuyers who want something brand new or need more time to save money, preconstruction condominiums present a tempting opportunity.But buying a preconstruction condo rather than an existing unit comes with risks, including the rare case of a builder scrapping the project entirely, and experts say there’s no way for buyers to fully protect themselves from that worst-case scenario.“That’s sort of the nature of buying a condominium unit from plans,” said Denise Lash, the founder of Lash Condo Law in Toronto. “With that comes the risk and there really isn’t much you can do.”So far this year, two projects representing 239 condominium units in the Greater Toronto Area have been cancelled, according to data from Urbanation Inc. Between 2016 and 2018, builders scrapped plans for 6,729 units.There are a number of reasons for which projects fail to materialize, wrote spokeswoman Pauline Lierman in an email, including financing, poor sales or a redesign, such as changing the product from condos to townhouses.All sale agreements will have a built-in clause that allows a builder to cancel a project under certain circumstances, said Lash.“They need to have a way out,” she said if, for example, the bank suddenly refuses to lend the company the necessary funds. “That’s just the way it is.”While purchasers would eventually have their deposits refunded, possibly with some interest, they would find themselves back in the hunt for a condo when prices may be higher and now unaffordable for them, she said.Lawyer Lisa Laredo always tells her clients to research the builder first, adding most of the big builders that have been around for a long time tend to get the job done.“Who are you buying it from and what is their track record?” said the real estate, wills and estate lawyer.Prospective buyers should also look at the way the company will construct the building and unit, she said, including the materials they’re using and if they’re building to standard or above.Lash suggests buyers hire a lawyer to look over the sale agreement to avoid some other risks of preconstruction condos.Contracts may allow the builder to make sweeping changes, she said.One client of hers purchased a unit that by move-in had been significantly altered. Changes included a balcony that faced the common outdoor area, a new location above the party room and a column in the middle of the living room, Lash said.“It was all subject to change if you read the documents,” she said.It’s possible to add some protections in, like restricting the ability for ceiling height in the unit to be reduced, Lash said.Without a lawyer, buyers can also be hit with hefty closing fees, said Laredo, who has seen agreements that include $10,000 to $15,000 in additional costs at closing for things like installing meters or conducting the final inspection.These aren’t hidden costs if someone reads and understands the agreement, but otherwise can be an unwelcome surprise.“That can be very difficult for a first-time buyer. All those amounts make a difference, especially if they’re just trying to get into the market.”It’s possible to have the builder agree to cap costs for certain or all categories, said Lash.“Most projects that I’ve seen, there’s some kind of negotiation on the added cost.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

The first video of James Camerons dive to the deep

first_imgIf you’ve been following James Cameron’s exploits over the past few weeks then you’ve surely heard that he just dove to the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. On Monday the director/undersea explorer dove to and returned from the Challenger Deep, which is the bottom of the Mariana Trench and the deepest point on our planet. The first video of Cameron’s dive has been posted and while it’s just a short clip, it’s a glimpse at somewhere that is 35,768 feet deep and under 16,155 psi of pressure. This is a place that is just about as different from the Earth we recognize as is possible.What did the Deepsea Challenger’s 8-foot LED panels illuminate when Cameron hit the bottom of the abyss? In one respect, it turns out, not a whole lot. Cameron described the bottom of the Mariana Trench as being “lunar” and “desolate” and the video clips reveal almost no signs of life. Of course, in another respect there are untold riches at the bottom of the ocean — maybe not the incredible variety of species that you’d find in a coral reef, but there will be organisms that are completely foreign to us and our understanding of normal survival conditions. They’ll probably be an assortment of worms, plankton, and sea cucumbers, as opposed to giant squids and angler fish, but they are sure to be an incredibly unique bunch.Past a few glimpses of the submersible, the director, and those shots of the deep, the video doesn’t offer much else. Cameron surely has plans for the hours of video he captured with his RED cameras, so for the time being we’ll have to sit tight and see what he puts together.More at NatGeo or read all about the technology that made the Deepsea Challenger’s dive possible.last_img read more

Grippe Vers un vaccin capable dimmuniser contre tous les types de grippes

first_imgGrippe : Vers un vaccin capable d’immuniser contre tous les types de grippes Alors que la grippe fait encore aujourd’hui entre 250 et 500 000 morts chaque année, les scientifiques cherchent à développer un seul et unique vaccin qui serait capable d’immuniser contre tous les types de grippes. Comme le révèlent nos confrères du site futura-sciences, les scientifiques pourraient bien s’inspirer d’une nanoparticule, formée de deux types de protéines qui s’assembleraient toutes seules. Les tests effectués chez l’animal avec ce type de procédé induisent une réponse immunitaire 10 à 30 fois plus importante que les vaccins ordinaires.La grippe tue chaque année des centaines de milliers de personnes dans le monde et prend régulièrement des formes épidémiques. De plus, des formes différentes de la maladie se développent de manière inquiétante dans le monde comme c’est notamment le cas de la grippe H7N9 en Chine.Les virus de la grippe sont régulièrement soumis à des mutations qui peuvent être différentes d’une souche à une autre. Ces évolutions constantes rendent le travail des scientifiques particulièrement ardu. Les vaccins actuellement proposés ne sont donc pas capables de contrer les changements de souche et demandent chaque année des mises à jour pour protéger les populations les plus fragiles. Les chercheurs essaient donc de développer un vaccin particulièrement puissant et efficace contre toutes les mutations et souches du virus de la grippe.  Les experts espèrent réussir à se baser sur une nanoparticule conçue à partir d’hémagglutinine, une protéine retrouvée à surface des virus de la grippe (le H utilisé pour dénommer les différentes souches), et de la ferritine, une protéine qui transporte le fer et qui possède la propriété de se regrouper en amas. Après diverses manipulations, les scientifiques obtiennent un cœur sphérique composé de 24 molécules de ferritine, duquel s’élèvent huit colonnes, chacune constituée de trois fragments particuliers d’hémagglutinine. L’avantage de ces nanoparticules est qu’elles déclenchent des anticorps antigrippaux plus puissants que ceux contenus dans les vaccins classiques. La réponse immunitaire est ainsi 34 fois plus intense chez les souris et 10 fois plus importante chez les furets.Pour le moment, ce vaccin capable d’immuniser contre toutes les formes de grippe n’en est qu’au stade de projet. Pour immuniser intégralement un individu, il faudrait lui injecter des nanoparticules présentant des hémagglutinines H1 à H17 et aucun test n’a pour l’instant été effectué chez l’Homme. Mais heureusement, tous les espoirs restent permis !  Le 26 mai 2013 à 13:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Biocon says Trastuzumab and three other drugs to give early mover advantage

first_imgBiocon is in pole position to take maximum advantage of a business worth over $30 billion globally, given its regulatory success with its four solutions for cancer and diabetes, the company claimed.Shares of the Indian biotech company hit a a 52-week high of Rs. 736 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday.”Regulatory filings for the four most advanced biosimilar programs – Insulin Glargine, Trastuzumab, Pegfilgrastim and Adalimumab – are likely to provide us an early mover advantage in an over USD 30 billion addressable market. We are positioned among the early wave of biosimilar entrants in the developed markets,” the company said in its annual report for 2015-16.”We are positioned among the early wave of biosimilar entrants in the developed markets,” the company said.Last Saturday, the company announced that its proposed generic version of Trastuzumab injection, co-developed with Mylan and used to treat breast cancer, has yielded positive results from phase 3 clinical trials.The share was trading at Rs. 731.20 at around 1.42 p.m. on the BSE on Monday, up 4 percent from its previous close.The company, in its regulatory filing, said that over two million women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, making it the second-most common type of cancer in the world. The market size of Trastuzumab injection is valued at about $6.5 billion, according to IMS data, NDTVProfit reported.Bengaluru-based Biocon had informed the BSE about the efficacy and safety of the generic version of the proposed biosimilar Trastuzumab injection, in comparison to branded Trastuzumab.”The trial will enable regulatory filings of our products in the developed markets,” Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon, said in a filing to the BSE. Cure for diabetes, cancer offer huge opportunities for BioconThe company said that insulin and life-saving drug Trastuzumab offer significant business opportunities and it is geared up to deliver solutions to millions of patients suffering from these diseases worldwide.”There are nearly half a billion diabetes patients in the world. Of the 100 million people who need insulin, only ‘one in two’ can manage and afford costs associated with chronic insulin therapy. As the largest Asian insulins player and the fourth largest producer of insulins in the world, our aim over the next 10 years is to provide our insulin products to ‘one in five’ diabetes patients in need of insulin-based therapy anywhere in the world,” Biocon said in its annual report for 2015-16.”Currently, our insulins are registered in over 65 markets that represent 40% of the global diabetes population,” it added.Similarly, the generic version of Trastuzumab injection is also seen as offering scope for affordable medical solution to breast cancer patients. “By 2030, new cancer cases worldwide are expected to rise to 22 million, resulting in 13 million deaths annually. This cancer burden is expected to be sizeably larger in developing countries,” the report said.”This [Trastuzumab (CANMAbâ„¢)] important life-saving drug has already made a significant difference in the lives of several thousand patients,” according to the annual report.last_img read more

This Nonprofit Sends Dallas Kids Home With Fresh Produce — And Parents

first_img Share COURTNEY COLLINS / KERA NEWSParent volunteers sort and bag produce at John Quincy Adams Elementary.In Dallas, there’s a program designed to send kids home from school each week loaded up with fresh fruits and veggies.Brighter Bites, the nonprofit behind students’ heaping bags of produce, also makes sure that parents know what to do with that food.LISTEN: The KERA radio storyStocking up on fresh food before breakIt’s the Friday before Spring Break, and the school gym at John Quincy Adams Elementary southeast of downtown Dallas is loud and bustling.Instead of stampeding kids chasing a basketball — 15 parents are making all this noise. They’re opening boxes, taking apart palettes, stuffing grocery bags full of fruits and veggies from the North Texas Food Bank and even hauling out trash.They’re a well-oiled machine.“And you do not want to interrupt those parents,” says Alica Farhat, who runs the Dallas office of Brighter Bites.The nonprofit serves 15 North Texas schools, a handful in Austin and several dozen in Houston.The volunteers here at Adams all have kids at the school and will all take home 26 pounds of fresh produce this afternoon before the weeklong spring vacation.“And it’s something we hear a lot from our families, especially those on the Thursday or Friday distributions when the weekend is just around the corner, is how helpful it is for them for the week to come.”Today, grocery bags are being filled with nine different fruits and veggies — everything from eggplant to celery and sweet potatoes to navel oranges.Learning to cook and enjoy unfamiliar foodsBased on the USDA average prices of each of these foods per pound, 300 families at Adams will go into the weekend with about $38 worth of produce. They’ll also take home the know-how to integrate this food into their family’s diet.“For example, today we have eggplant. Many parents don’t know what to do with eggplant, how to cook it, so we have how-to sheets on how to prepare the eggplant, how to cut it, how to slice it. You need to peel it before you cook it, if not it’s not going to taste right.”Recipe cards go home, too — for simple, interesting dishes, like grapefruit mint salad, beet smoothies and black bean dip. Parents and kids get to taste samples when they pick up their bags too.Volunteer and mother-of-two Alma Morales loves giving the new foods a try at home.“It’s healthy and the bag is coming with the recipe and the recipe helps me and my family. Everything is very good for me, I love it, this program.”Morales is on a tight budget and says the produce helps keep her family’s fridge full. Parent Carolina Guerra feels the same way—especially with Spring Break this week.“We can actually have a really great breakfast. We have cantaloupe this time, I saw a cantaloupe in there. We can break that up and serve it to our kids in the morning, and I know my son loves cantaloupe.”Volunteers benefit from the work, tooShe, her husband and her third grader have really gotten into the Brighter Bites food — roasting squash in the oven for dinner, enjoying fresh fruit with breakfast and snacking on celery. And Guerra says volunteering to sort produce and stuff bags has helped her.“As in physical, because it is a work out. Emotionally, you make friends.”And that’s obvious when you watch these parents work. They smile and chat, they’re clearly having fun, but there’s nothing casual about this volunteer time. They’re focused, they’re driven. They care about what they’re doing.Alicia Farhat says that’s probably because Brighter Bites serves the whole family, sending home food for the students — and parents.“Making sure that parents understand the nutritional value, fruits and vegetables and including them in the diet, it’s just as important as having those nutrition lessons in the classroom for the kids to also learn that. So both need to happen at the same time so then there can be some behavior change in the home.”That’s whole point of Brighter Bites: making each home a little healthier, one week at a time. That might explain why these parents are so willing to spend a Friday afternoon sorting 7,800 pounds of green beans, pears and tomatoes.Copyright 2017 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM.last_img read more

Researchers use earthworms to create quantum dots

first_img Citation: Researchers use earthworms to create quantum dots (2012, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-earthworms-quantum-dots.html Schematics of the earthworm used and optical characterization of the quantum dots. Credit: (c) Nature Nanotechnology 8, 57–60 (2013) doi:10.1038/nnano.2012.232 Explore further Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology New genre of sugar-coated ‘quantum dots’ for drug delivery © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Quantum dots are nano-sized semiconducting materials with characteristics defined by their crystal shape. They are useful because of the unique way they emit or absorb light, similar in many respects to the florescence seen in some molecules. Thus far, their creation has proved to be useful in making LEDs, photovoltaic materials and very small lasers.In this new research, the team set out to determine if common earthworms could be used to create cadmium telluride quantum dots. The thinking was that because earthworms are known for their detoxifying abilities – they do so by shuttling toxins into a special layer of their gut – they might be able to cause certain metals to combine as they are processed, creating nano-sized materials that qualified as quantum dots. In this case, they fed several earthworms soil with sodium tellurite and cadmium chloride mixed into it, for 11 days. Afterwards, they examined the material excreted by the worms in their tissue and found in detoxifying the metals, the worms had indeed created cadmium telluride quantum dots.The creation of such quantum dots as part of a biological process leads to particles that are water soluble – that means that they might be put to use in biological settings. As one example, the researchers placed the worm-created quantum dots in a Petri dish along with cultured cancer cells obtained from mice. The cancer cells immediately absorbed the dots as was evidenced by shining UV light on them and witnessing their familiar green glow. In doing the same with other types of cells, the researchers found that it took some added manipulation to get them to soak up the dots, but in the end discovered it was possible.The team notes that that their research provides two new pieces of useful information: one – it’s possible to make quantum dots using worms, and possibly other organisms, and two – it’s possible to make quantum dots that might prove useful in living tissue as part of a system of diagnostic tools. (Phys.org)—British researchers at King’s College in London have succeeded in creating quantum dots by feeding earthworms soil laced with certain metals and then collecting the material excreted. They describe their research in their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. More information: Biosynthesis of luminescent quantum dots in an earthworm, Nature Nanotechnology 8, 57–60 (2013) doi:10.1038/nnano.2012.232AbstractThe synthesis of designer solid-state materials by living organisms is an emerging field in bio-nanotechnology. Key examples include the use of engineered viruses as templates for cobalt oxide (Co3O4) particles1, superparamagnetic cobalt–platinum alloy nanowires2 and gold–cobalt oxide nanowires3 for photovoltaic and battery-related applications. Here, we show that the earthworm’s metal detoxification pathway can be exploited to produce luminescent, water-soluble semiconductor cadmium telluride (CdTe) quantum dots that emit in the green region of the visible spectrum when excited in the ultraviolet region. Standard wild-type Lumbricus rubellus earthworms were exposed to soil spiked with CdCl2 and Na2TeO3 salts for 11 days. Luminescent quantum dots were isolated from chloragogenous tissues surrounding the gut of the worm, and were successfully used in live-cell imaging. The addition of polyethylene glycol on the surface of the quantum dots allowed for non-targeted, fluid-phase uptake by macrophage cells. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Laugh and roll the Australian way

first_imgBringing the giggles and chortle all the way from Australia, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) presents MICF Roadshow India and Raw Comedy 2014, an All-Star Roadshow line-up that promised to brings big laughs to India.  The event is being held from 7 to 22  November in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata and for its final phase it has come to the capital. The shows will be held on 18 and 19 November at the Fat Lulu in Vasant Vihar and on 21 and 22 November at the Delhi’s Summer House Café. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’MICF is the third largest comedy festival in the world. It has been brought to India by Teamwork Arts. In the recent years, Teamwork Arts and MICF have successfully created a renowned platform for budding Indian comics to showcase their talent in the MIFC Raw comedy. The winner of MICF Raw comedy gets a chance to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia on an all-expense paid trip in April 2015.  This November sees RAW Comedy India Season 3 roll out with heats in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and is now in  Delhi. Raw Comedy Heats will be hosted by Raghav Mandava. When : 18-22 nov. Where: Fat Lulu and Summer House Cafelast_img read more

Barco Launches Medical Display for Realtime Imaging in the OR

first_imgLG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Related Content Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Photo courtesy of Barco Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | September 26, 2018 LG Medical Monitors Leveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded t read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 11, 2019 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panels to Help Enhance and Streamline Workflow The flat panel display market shows signs of maturing, however many new applications are available that can help to s read more Photo courtesy of US Electronics April 29, 2014 — Healthcare imaging specialist Barco launched its MDSC-8258, a 58-inch surgical display designed for 4K imaging in hybrid operating rooms and interventional suites. The MDSC-8258 is equipped with a high-bright, low-power LED backlight and delivers 8 Megapixels of accurate DICOM-compliant images on a single screen.The MDSC-8258 replaces Barco’s MDSC-8156 to offer a larger screen size (58 inches), higher brightness (700 cd/m²) and a greatly improved contrast ratio (4000:1). It provides surgeons and clinical staff with accurate, artifact-free medical images — including interventional X-ray, endoscopic video, patient monitoring, surgery information and patient data — that allow for better, more informed decisions for efficient procedures.The MDSC-8258 features a mercury-free, low-power LED backlight, delivering high brightness combined with a longer lifetime. The slim and weight-efficient form factor further adds to the smart design of this surgical display. With a reduced bezel size, the new 58-inch display delivers a larger screen size within the same overall physical size as its smaller 56-inch predecessor, allowing full compatibility with currently deployed mounting systems.Barco’s MDSC-8258 comes in three versions: Next to the standard model (MDSC-8258 L), the display is also available with a redundant power supply (MDSC-8258 RL) or with a redundant power supply plus protective front glass (MDSC-8258 RLG).For more information: www.barco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. 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Technology | Flat Panel Displays | April 29, 2014 Barco Launches Medical Display for Real-time Imaging in the OR Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 06, 2018 USEI Introduces Windows-Based iPad Medical Imaging Viewing Solution at RSNA 2018 U.S. Electronics Inc. (USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more News | Oncology Diagnostics | February 06, 2019 Oxford University Hospitals Employs Barco Synergi for Multi-disciplinary Cancer Conferences Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is trialing clinical collaboration technology from Barco for its Multi-disciplinary… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read morelast_img read more

Costa Rican Coast Guard arrests boat captain for alleged shark finning

first_imgRelated posts:Illegal fishing continues unabated in Costa Rica’s treasured Isla del Coco National Park Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson launches Facebook campaign asking Costa Rica’s Solís to drop extradition request American Airlines says it won’t ship shark fins anymore Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase On Sunday, coast guard officersdetained a fishing boat in Quepos, Puntarenas, on the Pacific coast, and found 21 shark fins on board weighing four kilograms, which likely came from four sharks, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.Shark finning, the practice of loping off a shark’s fins and dumping the still living body back into the ocean, is illegal in Costa Rica along with the trafficking and importation of the appendages. Costa Rica formally banned the practice in October 2012.Authorities also found an illegal catch of sailfish on board the boat, named the Argentina, which law enforcement officials seized. Coast guard officers arrested the boat’s captain, a man with the last names Quirós Zúñiga, for the illegal shark fins and for exceeding the legal limit on sailfish by 251 kilograms. He was scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday.Sports fisherman are allowed to catch and release sailfish, but Costa Rican law prohibits the game fish from constituting more than 15 percent of a boat’s catch.Shark fins, considered a delicacy in Chinese cooking, can garner hundreds of dollars per kilogram. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

South African baboon rescuer dies in fire

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The fire broke out around 8 p.m. Friday after volunteers and workers left the center for the evening, Pierce said. No one else was injured in the blaze, which consumed the clinic, offices and a house on the property, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Johannesburg. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.While Miljo no longer ran day-to-day operations of the center, which cares for more than 400 baboons, she remained a constant presence and a figurehead for the organization she founded in 1989.“Everybody’s still in shock about this,” Pierce said.Born in Germany in 1931, Miljo came to South Africa in the 1950s. In a 2008 article about her in The Washington Post Magazine, Miljo said helping baboons taught her “why people behave the way they do.”“Chimpanzees can be deceitful, just like humans, whereas baboons haven’t learned that yet,” she said at the time. “So what you learn from the baboons is the truth about yourself. Chimpanzees have already learned to find beautiful little excuses for their behavior.”In South Africa, baboons have a troublesome reputation. In Cape Town, baboons remain known for raiding cars and frightening tourists. Baboons are a protected species under South African legislation but their aggressive pursuits of food have led to conflicts with residents. Miljo nursed orphaned and injured baboons back to health, then pioneered ways of reintroducing whole troops of cared-for baboons back into the wild, her center said. In 1994, the center successfully released ten hand-reared baboons back into the wild. A year later, 70 percent had survived and integrated back into the wild population, the center said, a success as many thought the human-cared-for baboons wouldn’t be able to adjust.Miljo is survived by a brother who lives in Botswana, Pierce said. Her first husband, Lothar Simon, and her 17-year-old daughter died in 1972 in plane crash.Despite personal tragedies in her own life, she remained focused on her work to help sick and injured baboons. When asked in 2008 where the body of one of the baboons she sheltered would be buried, Miljo offered a quick answer.“I remember where each one is and that’s where I’m going to be buried, too,” she said.___Online:Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education: http://www.primatecare.org.za/___Jon Gambrell can be reached at http://twitter.com/jongambrellap. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The difference between men and women when it comes to pain More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Conservationist Rita Miljo, who cared for and reintroduced packs of baboons back into the wilds of South Africa, died in a fire that destroyed much of the headquarters of the sanctuary she built, a sanctuary official said Saturday. She was 81.Miljo died Friday in the small apartment she kept above the clinic of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education in the bush of Limpopo province, said Karl Pierce, a director with the sanctuary. With her at her death was Bobby, the first battered Chacma baboon she ever rescued and nursed back to health in 1980 after spiriting her away from a national park without a permit. Bobby also died in the fire, along with two other older baboons that stayed in her apartment, Pierce said.last_img read more

France to push for universal ban on death penalty

first_img Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help France banned the practice in 1981, under the last Socialist president Francois Mitterand. It inscribed the ban in the country’s constitution in 2007.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too PARIS (AP) – France’s foreign minister says that a push for a universal ban on the death penalty will be a top priority for the country’s diplomats around the world.Laurent Fabius said Thursday he will tell France’s ambassadors next week to “wage a campaign in favor of” such a ban.Fabius says he expects resistance from countries where the death penalty is practiced. The United States, China, Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that use the capital punishment, according to Amnesty International.center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Taste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air Canada

first_imgTaste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air CanadaTaste The Fine Wine Of The Bordeaux Region With Air CanadaWith flight AC1908 landing today in Bordeaux, Air Canada marks the launch of new non-stop seasonal service from Montreal to its fifth destination in France. The service to the popular wine region runs between July 3 and September 8, 2019 three days a week“As the only network carrier to offer non-stop transatlantic service to Bordeaux, the addition of a fifth destination in France further enhances Air Canada’s competitive position in the French market. Our three weekly flights to Bordeaux provide travellers unique access to the famed wine growing region and the popular Nouvelle-Aquitaine market. In addition to playing a special role in connecting Canada with many French-speaking communities around the world, our Montreal hub is increasingly popular among U.S. travellers who appreciate seamless connections to international destinations on Air Canada,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.“We are very pleased that Air Canada, our major partner, is further enhancing air services from Montréal by offering this route to a destination that is very popular with Quebecers,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “The Montreal-Bordeaux link will provide added direct access to this beautiful region of southwestern France, where discoveries and gourmet delights will be on the itinerary for travellers.”Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to Air Canada’s extensive North American network, including major cities along the U.S. east coast including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, also allowing easy connections from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.The flights are operated by Air Canada Rouge with a Boeing 767-300ER, featuring premium and economy cabins. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.About Air Canada in FranceThe introduction of the Montreal to Bordeaux service adds to an already extensive schedule of 40 weekly flights between Canada and France. During the summer season from Montreal, Air Canada flies twice daily to Paris, as well as five times a week to Lyon on our mainline aircraft, as well as four flights a week to Nice and three per week to Marseille on Air Canada Rouge. Air Canada also flies from Toronto to Paris once a day and from Vancouver to Paris four times a week.About Air CanadaAir Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. Air CanadaBook Flights HereSource = Air Canadalast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The Cardinals have gone 18-30 over the last three seasons, and Bidwill said the losing has been the most painful part of the team’s recent history.“It’s incredibly frustrating,” he said. “We had high expectations. We made a lot of changes. We invested in a lot of effort and trades and things along those lines, and to see that not pay off was really frustrating.”Bidwill said he knows the team’s fans were frustrated too, but that his goal is to make sure the team gets back on track. That, to him, means being “a good football team,” adding the coaching change doesn’t do anything to change the expectations he has of his team going forward. Provided the team can get past its biggest challenge, which Bidwill said is finding someone to lead the offense. “In terms of quarterbacking and how’s that going to come together,” he said. “And then re-establishing this offense as one of the best in the league.”Bidwill believes Arians and his staff will be able to do that, noting that while the NFC West is one of the tougher divisions in football, “that’s not going to stop us.” – / 77 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Michael Bidwill, Team President of the Arizona Cardinals Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Bruce Arians has been the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals since January 17, 2013. And in that time he’s done nothing but impress team president Michael Bidwill. “That experience counts,” Bidwill told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf when asked what stands out most. “He is unbelievably passionate.”Bidwill was joining the show as part of “Newsmakers Week”, and from the sound of it, has zero regrets about the man he chose to replace Ken Whisenhunt. last_img read more

4 Learn to sing Cuba Are you the next Fleur East

first_img4. Learn to sing: CubaAre you the next Fleur East?! Or does your vocal prowess extends only as far as murdering Tainted Love at the pub karaoke? Get your chords in trim with a singing holiday in Havana, Cuba. You could be the next Stevie Ritchie. Er, hang on a minute.5. Learn to live the good life: DevonLeave the rat race far behind. If you dream of chucking in the nine-to-five and swapping your Prosecco for potato wine, master the art of living off the land on a smallholding life course in Devon. Learn how to look after cute farm animals, and how to cook from scratch using fresh, seasonal produce… not that there’s any connection, honest.6. Learn a language, SpainGo local. If your knowledge of the local lingo extends as far as ordering a beer, how about a language learning holiday? Spanish in Seville? You’ll learn all the important stuff, like how to chat up the local talent.More: 7 secrets to learning a language fast7. Save the planet, MaldivesTurtle power! Give something back to the planet on a conservation holiday like being a volunteer on a turtle conservation project in the Maldives. Look after cutesy turtles and spend your free time scuba diving and sunbathing. Doesn’t sound like too much like a working holiday, does it?More: 10 Paycations: how to make money on holiday8. Learn to belly dance, TurkeyAs Shakira once said, the hips don’t lie, so learn one of life’s essential skills on a belly dancing course. Learn how to wiggle those hips with more style than your usual uncoordinated floundering on the dancefloor under the expert guidance of Turkish tutors in Istanbul.9. Learn to paint, GreeceEasel does it! Brush up on your artistic skills where the light is bright and the sun is shining, helping you to magic up a masterpiece in comfort. Capture the sunset with a sundowner in hand on a painting course on the Greek island of Santorini, or just pack your paints, head to the Med and get inspired. 2. Learn to cook: ItalyBeans on toast just won’t cut it. Impress the ladies (or the men) with your kitchen skills. If you’re a budding Gordon, Heston or Delia, learn to become a domestic god(dess) on a crash cookery course. Even better, learn to whip up show-stopping dishes using organic ingredients in picturesque countryside at a cook school in Tuscany.3. Learn to surf: CornwallIf, like us, you always wanted to be in The Beach Boys, you’re probably waxing down your surfboard, and can’t wait ’til June. If heading straight to North Shore is a bit scary for a novice, sign up to a surf school and learn to ride those tubes like Garrett McNamara.More: 5 super surf spots for beginners 10. Broaden your mind – somewhere new!Make 2015 the year of travel. Broaden your mind by going somewhere different. If you’ve been stuck on going to the same villa in Tuscany in the same week in August for the last five years, how about you expand your horizons and go somewhere different this year? Be bold: hire a villa in Myknonos. Get inspired for your adventures with our pick of 10 hot destinations to visit in 2015 or use our Everywhere search to see where you can fly to from your nearest airport.More: Travel Trends: World’s top destinations for 2015Wherever you’re going next year, check Skyscanner for your flights, hotel and car hire. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Make 2015 the year. Whether you want to drop a dress size, run a marathon or even learn to belly dance, check out these 10 terrific ideas for holistic holidays. Go on, you can do it!1. Get fit – run a marathon: HawaiiPut down that last leftover mince pie. This is the year you’re going to get fit. But turning off the TV and running once around the park isn’t enough – you’ve got to aim high. Give yourself a real challenge. How about running a marathon? It may be a bit soon to contemplate the London marathon in March, so how about the Honolulu Marathon in December? 26 miles? Easy. RelatedTactical Gap Years: Skyscanner’s 10 CV enhancing career breaksTactical Gap Years: Skyscanner’s 10 CV enhancing career breaks8 Top Marathons: running around the worldSkyscanner presents our top pick of marathons around the worldHow to stay fit and healthy on holidayHow to stay fit and healthy on holidaylast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Fresh off a breakout year in 2017

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fresh off a breakout year in 2017, comedian Hasan Minhaj is ready to turn his wit to diagnosing the larger issues facing America.Minhaj, a correspondent with “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, is kicking off a North American tour starting in August and this fall will host his own weekly comedy show for Netflix.“I wanted to go on tour again and present what I think will be sort of cool, insightful commentary on both the political and cultural landscape of the country that we live in right now,” he told The Associated Press.“I have no desire — not only in the show but also in the series — to chase covfefe,” he said, referring to the mysterious term President Donald Trump introduced last year on Twitter. “I have no desire to do that.”Minhaj instead wants to fuse his personal narrative as a first-generation Indian-American navigating between those two worlds with the current political and social backdrop to examine deep issues confronting the nation.“A lot people turn to daily satirical news shows to just say, ‘Hey, what is going on? Please explain it to me and break it down for me in a 7 1/2-minute act.’ What I have the opportunity to do — not only in a one-hour show but also hopefully in the series — is to talk about why things are happening and what larger questions it presents to ourselves as Americans.”Last year, Minhaj hosted the first White House Correspondents’ Dinner since Trump’s election and saw the release of his first comedy special, the autobiographical “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” which earned the comedian a Peabody Award.The new tour, titled “Hasan Minhaj: Before the Storm,” starts Aug. 11 with a two-night stand in Los Angeles. He will reach cities like Atlanta, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Boston, Milwaukee, Dallas, Minneapolis and Chicago. He hopes fans will be “pleasantly surprised” by his new material.Minhaj has noted a thirst for comedy during these hectic and divisive days that have put fellow comedians like Kathy Griffin and Michelle Wolf under a microscope. He hopes there can be a nuanced view of a person’s work, even if that seems impossible in a tweet.“Ultimately, we are satirists and comedians and the necessary condition to tell our story is that it has to be funny. So people will come up to me and say, ‘Hasan, you have to talk about Syria,’ or ‘You have to talk about what’s happening in Rohingya right now.’ If I can’t make it funny, unfortunately I cannot do a show on it,” he said.“If we can make it funny, that’s where, rightfully so, the John Olivers and Jon Stewarts and Trevor Noahs of the world get their applause and praise for. Like, ‘Wow, they were able to turn this very dark piece of legislation or piece of news into something positive.”___Online: https://hasanminhaj.com___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Hasan Minhaj readies an ‘insightful’ tour, Netflix series FILE: In this image released by Netflix, comedian Hasan Minhaj appears in a scene from his Netflix special, “Homecoming King.” Minhaj is kicking off a 16-city North American tour starting in August and this fall will host his own weekly comedy show for Netflix. (Netflix via AP) center_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2018 7:01 am PDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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which cater to city-dwellers and others who find it convenient to not own a car,上海龙凤论坛KU, this is being done by local volunteers who are trained by public health experts.000 chance that a random map could be as biased as the Wisconsin Assembly map. 18,贵族宝贝JV,” pleaded an irate column in The Guardian, where at least 400 Anishinaabe people died when the federal government forced them farther west. who could be the next chief minister had also confirmed that he is going to meet the Meghalaya governor at 5 pm on Sunday Sangma had earlier said that his party would be able to form the next government with the help of other like-minded parties Earlier today Sarma said that the verdict of the Assembly elections in Meghalaya was against Congress which ruled the state fora decade and against Mukul Sangma "We want NPP to take the initiative and BJP will providefull cooperation We are here to help form a non-Congress government" he told ANI Healso said that UDP has extended a support letter to usand they have discussed threadbare "It is just a matter of 2 hours you will come to know everything who will be the leader Let it unfold officially in a dignified manner" Sarma added You will come to know at 5 pm: Conrad Sangma NPP on being asked if #Meghalaya would get its first woman chief minister in Agatha Sangma pictwittercom/exLnwjeteQ — ANI (@ANI) March 4 2018 Mukul Sangma submitted his resignation as Meghalaya Chief Minister to Governor Ganga Prasad in Shillong pictwittercom/rHk4aLuoyh — ANI (@ANI) March 4 2018 Congress which won 21 seats in Meghalaya has also been making efforts to form government in the hill state On Sunday morning before tendering his resignation to Governor Ganga Prasad in Shillong former chief minister Mukul Sangma had said that the fractured mandate will be clear soon ANI reported But Congress efforts have failed to bring any positive results for the party Earlier on Saturday after the results were declared BJP had said that it will "inspire" the regional parties to respect the public mandate and forma non-Congress government in Meghalaya Union minister Kiren Rijiju also met with UDP chief Donkupar Roy at his residence on Sunday said News 18 Roy later told ANI that he is ready to support NPP-coalition with Conrad Sangma as the leader BJP’s Kiren Rijiju along with Himanta Biswa Sarma and Congress’s Mukul Sangma arrived at United Democratic Party headquarters in Shillong — ANI (@ANI) March 4 2018 Voters of Meghalaya have elected a hung Assembly with no single party or alliance securing enough seats to form a stable government in the state and the suspense over who could form the government or be the chief minister continued President Barack Obama will ask Congress next year to fund a new heavy-lift launcher to take humans to the moon asteroids and the moons of Mars ScienceInsider has learned The president chose the new direction for the US human space flight program Wednesday at a White House meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden according to officials familiar with the discussion NASA would receive an additional $1 billion in 2011 both to get the new launcher on track and to bolster the agency’s fleet of robotic Earth-monitoring spacecraft The current NASA plan for human exploration is built around the $35 billion Constellation program which would provide a way to get humans to the space station and beyond But its initial launcher Ares 1 has faced a string of cost and technical problems and it was excluded from several options for future space flight put forth earlier this year by an outside panel chaired by retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine Although that panel suggested a $3 billion boost to NASA’s $187-billion-a-year budget in order to take a firm next step in human space flight Obama’s support for a $1 billion bump next year represents a major coup for the agency given the ballooning deficit and the continuing recession And NASA just won a $1 billion boost from Congress for 2010 in a bill signed by the president According to knowledgeable sources the White House is convinced that scarce NASA funds would be better spent on a simpler heavy-lift vehicle that could be ready to fly as early as 2018 Meanwhile European countries Japan and Canada would be asked to work on a lunar lander and modules for a moon base saving the US several billion dollars And commercial companies would take over the job of getting supplies to the international space station “The decision is not going to make anyone gasp” said one source in the White House which hopes to ease congressional concerns about the impact of the new plan on existing aerospace jobs But the decision which has not yet been formally announced is sure to spark opposition from Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and other members who fear that any change to the current Constellation rocket program will lead to mass layoffs in their states Indeed Shelby inserted language into the final 2010 spending bill for NASA requiring congressional approval before any changes are made to Constellation Former US President George W Bush proposed sending humans back to the moon in 2004 Since that time however interest has grown in other destinations While the US partners focus on lunar exploration the White House is more intrigued by missions to asteroids and Phobos and Deimos as a precursor to a human landing on the Red Planet in the distant future That option was given particular prominence by Augustine panel members when they testified this fall before congressional committees To prepare for human visits NASA may order additional robotic missions to the martian moons and asteroids in coming years The new program would jettison Ares 1 To appease congressional critics like Shelby the Administration hopes to ensure that research and development work on the new rocket would proceed without significant job losses at NASA centers like Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama But Shelby appears to be preparing for battle In a 14 December letter to NASA’s inspector general he said that several Augustine panel members were registered lobbyists who took “direct advantage of their temporary roles on the Commission to further their personal business” He asked the inspector general to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter Augustine could not be reached for comment The panel did include the president of a company that stands to gain from a recompetition of the new launcher but none of the committee members were registered lobbyists according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel But there were numerous staffers from industry backgrounds who helped compile the Augustine report released in October Shelby’s press secretary Jonathan Graffeo did not return calls requesting comment The report has kindled heated debate within Congress the aerospace industry and the White House regarding what direction the president should take Obama chose from several options presented to him by NASA the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy Those options included keeping the budget flat and delaying a new launcher building a heavy-lift launcher with an additional $1 billion for the agency ramping up NASA’s annual budget by $3 billion for an aggressive program or abandoning space flight altogether and reducing NASA’s budget The president’s decision to go with the second option is a major departure from his 2010 budget plan which called for a 5% increase in 2010—the boost just approved by Congress—but then remaining flat through 2014 It’s not clear when the new policy will be formally announced One White House source said that it could come as early as next week while another hinted that it would wait until Obama’s State of the Union address in late January Another possibility is that the decision would simply be part of the president’s 2011 budget request to Congress on 1 February Given the White House’s preoccupation with health care and climate change however NASA officials and their industry backers see the new policy as welcome proof that Obama also cares about space flight heck, and may need to be refined for voters in Iowa.

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