California makes people ask for straws sodas with kid meals

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids’ meal at a California restaurant, you’ll need to ask for them starting next year.A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. Another law he approved requires milk or water to be the default drink sold with kids’ meals at fast-food and full-service restaurants.Neither law is an outright ban on straws or sugary drinks in kids’ meals. But some Republicans have called the measures government overreach by the heavily Democratic state.California restaurants that don’t comply with the straw law will get two warnings before being fined. Lawmakers changed the legislation to add a $300 annual fine limit. It will apply only to sit-down restaurants where customers are waited on by restaurant staff, not fast-food establishments.Health inspectors will be responsible for enforcing the law.Democratic lawmakers who support the policy call it a small step toward reducing ocean pollution.Brown, who has made environmental issues a signature priority, pointed to the large amount of plastic dumped in oceans every year that can kill whales and fish and contaminate people’s food and water supplies.“Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Brown said in a statement. “Plastics, in all forms — straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. — are choking the planet.”California’s law doesn’t go as far as those in cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, that ban straws outright.Critics argue California’s straw law won’t significantly improve the environment. Some say restricting straws hurts disabled people who rely on them.And some lawmakers who voted against the measure said it would unfairly punish restaurants, although the restaurant industry didn’t oppose the proposal.The law doesn’t address the biggest causes of plastic ocean pollution, such as fishing nets, and doesn’t apply to some of the biggest users of plastic straws: fast-food restaurants, said Tod Hardin, director of operations and communications for the non-profit Plastic Oceans International.“That in some ways makes it a little bit weaker than we would have hoped for, but it’s a step toward changing behaviour and raising awareness,” he said. “It’s a move in a positive direction.”The sugary drink law will still let restaurants and fast food chains sell soda or juice with children’s meals. But it says only milk; a non-dairy milk alternative; or sparkling, still or flavoured water can be handed out as a default and advertised on the menu.Democratic Sen. Bill Monning says his measure aims to combat diabetes, obesity and other health problems in California.Both laws take effect Jan. 1.last_img read more

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Moroccan Entrepreneur Resorts to King After Being Asked to Give a…

Ratbat – Young Moroccan entrepreneur resorts to King of Morocco after being asked to hang out MAD 200,000 bribe to obtain new business authorization.A new video of a Moroccan expatriate in Gabon has recently swept across Facebook. The woman, a Moroccan entrepreneur, bitterly tells the shocking story of the obstacles she faced as a result of her desire to create a new business in Morocco. For three years, she has been struggling with officials in the Marrakech region for not giving them a MAD 200,000 bribe to authorize her new business.The woman says that when she first came back to Morocco to invest in her new business idea, she was victim to a number of obstacles, including sexual harassment. Without delving into the specifics of this incident, she pointed out that the Moroccan authorities helped her overcome it. “After this incident, I was shocked and I felt a great deal of injustice. However, my determination to establish this business, along with the support of my family made me defeat it,” said the Moroccan entrepreneur.The entrepreneur continues that when she submitted her project in the Marrakech region, the president of the commune asked her for a bribe:“What these people ask for is unconceivable. I am an entrepreneur and Moroccan citizen. I want to create something new in my country, and these people do not care if I decide not to carry on with this investment. This created enormous problems with my family and husband,” said the crying woman.The woman came over from Gabon to Morocco 14 times with her little son in the past two years to complete paper work for her business, wasting money to no avail.Throughout the video, the Moroccan expatriate stresses that Mohammed VI, Morocco’s monarch, has been working on facilitating the procedures for Moroccan expatriates to come back and invest in Morocco, yet “corrupt officials” do not hesitate to ask for bribes before authorizing projects.At the end, the Moroccan woman, calls on the king to intervene and assist her in overcoming corruption to finally create her new business.Edited by Natalie Yazhary read more

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Ministry of Education Announces Distribution of Updated Textbooks

Rabat – The  Direction of Curricula at the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research announced today, September 5, that the distribution of updated textbooks for the new academic year 2019-2020 will end by September 25.The updates concern 49 textbooks, out of the 390 textbooks that are approved by the ministry. The updated textbooks are used in the first four years of primary school, added Fouad Chafiki, Director of Curricula at the ministry in a press release.According to the director, 24 updated textbooks have already been printed and were distributed before September 5, while 17 more will be distributed from September 5 to 12. The press release said that 5 more textbooks will be available in bookstores between September 13 and 19. As for the final three textbooks, they will be distributed to bookstores across the country between September 20 and 25, added Chafiki.Around 100.000 textbooks remaining in stock from previous years will have summaries of the new books attached to them, explained the director.In 2018, the Ministry of Education announced updates to the textbooks for the third and fourth years of primary school. The updates will affect Arabic, French, history and geography, maths, and sciences.The updates are part of the ongoing reform of Morocco’s education system under the strategic vision 2015-2030 project.As school starts officially today, September 5, the updated textbooks will only become available for purchase 20 days after the start of the school year. read more

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Court digest Fuel thief ordered to stay away from gas stations

BRANTFORD – A Wilsonville man who was arrested for five incidents of stealing gas in Brantford last July got new jail time on top of time already served when he was sentenced recently in Ontario Court.Albert Ralph Powless, 37, of Townline Road, pleaded guilty to: driving while disqualified, dangerous operation of a vehicle and possessing an illegal substance on Feb. 2018; theft under $5,000 and driving while disqualified on July 24; possession over $5,000 and driving disqualified on July 27; and driving while disqualified and possession of hydromorphone on July 31.Powless also pleaded guilty to failing to attend court at the end of 2017.Charges of driving disqualified and stealing gas last year from Petro-Canada and Pioneer were withdrawn, along with several other charges.Justice Robert Gee credited Powless with already serving more than 100 days in jail and ordered that he return to jail for a further 35 days.Gee also ordered that Powless must maintain a three-year probation, get help for substance abuse and stay away from gas stations.WOMAN PLEADS GUILTYA Scotland woman cleared up 16 charges from four different occasions in 2018 when she appeared in Ontario Court.Stevy Staats, 26, of Bateman Line, pleaded guilty to stealing groceries from No Frills and assaulting a man there on March 19. And she pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000 and breaking probation on March 28.On March 31, Staats was found in possession of a stolen GM Sierra pickup truck. She was with Nicole Lillian Porter of Ohsweken.Both women had an assortment of screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches and gloves, suitable for breaking into vehicles, along with stolen property, clothing and groceries.Staats pleaded guilty to possession of property over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen items under $5,000.Charges of careless driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident were withdrawn.Porter pleaded guilty to the same and was sentenced last September to 81 days of time served and a suspended sentence.And Staats also pleaded guilty to an Oct. 10 theft under $5,000 and breaking both probation and bail orders.For her crimes, she was given several suspended sentences, time served of 110 days and another ten days in jail. read more

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East Timor UN prosecutor files third indictment for crimes against humanity

Anastasio Martins and Domingos Gonçalves were indicted for crimes allegedly committed in Liquiça district as part of the orchestrated campaign of violence by members of the Indonesian Army (TNI) and the pro-autonomy militia group Besi Merah Putih (Red White Iron), UNTAET said in a statement issued today.Mr. Martins is suspected of killing three individuals in Metagou, Liquiça district, on 4 September 1999 and of murdering one individual in Atapupu, West Timor, on 14 September 1999. Mr. Gonçalves is suspected of the murder of three individuals in Buka Mera on 7 September 1999.Both men, currently in detention in Dili prison, are also accused of deporting civilians from Buka Mera and Legumea village in East Timor to West Timor between 5 and 11 September 1999.In other news, the East Timor Transitional Cabinet today discussed amendments proposed by the National Council to a regulation on the establishment of an East Timor Defence Force.The amendments by the Council’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs propose that a recognition of the historical role played by the pro-independence rebel army Falintil be included in the regulation. The Committee also recommends that a new section be added to specify that members of the Force have the right to vote, but must be non-political.UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello agreed to consult with UN Headquarters in New York on the matter, and to brief the Cabinet on the outcome, the UN mission said. read more

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Darfur UN Rights Council holds special session Annan calls for end to

The newly enhanced United Nations Human Rights Council today held a special session on Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, with top officials from Secretary-General Kofi Annan on down calling for immediate action to end the nightmare of civilian deaths, mass rape, millions uprooted, indiscriminate bombardment by Government planes and rebel abuses. “It is essential that this Council send a clear and united message to warn all concerned, on behalf of the whole world, that the current situation is simply unacceptable and will not be allowed to continue,” Mr. Annan told the 47-member body in Geneva in a video address. “The people of Darfur cannot afford to wait another day. The violence must stop. The killings and other gross violations of human rights must end.”He noted that in the last few weeks, fighting has escalated and conditions for the civilian population have got even worse with armed militias attacking with impunity, destroying dozens of villages, displacing thousands more to join the over 2 million already uprooted, and raping large numbers of women. Some 4 million people now need humanitarian aid. “I urge you to lose no time in sending a team of independent and universally respected experts to investigate the latest escalation of abuses,” he said. “It is urgent that we take action to prevent further violations, including by bringing to account those responsible for the numerous crimes that have already been committed. That is the very least you can do to show the people of Darfur that their cries for help are being heard.”Like Mr. Annan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour deplored the impunity with which human rights abusers are still able to act in the Darfur conflict between Government troops, allied militias and rebel forces, who took up arms in 2003 in pursuit of greater autonomy and economic development. Nearly two years ago, a UN-appointed International Commission of Inquiry found that crimes against humanity and war crimes had been committed, including mass killings of civilians, systematic rape of girls and women, torture, destruction of villages and burning of family homes. A sealed list of 51 names of alleged perpetrators was handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).“The same atrocities and violations of international humanitarian law, which led the Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court in January 2005, keep occurring on a daily basis,” Ms. Arbour told the special session, the fourth the Council has held since its installation in June. The other three dealt with the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and Hizbollah in Lebanon. “In the past six weeks alone, 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, several hundred civilians, including women and children, have been killed,” she said. “Mass rape and other egregious human rights abuses have not subsided. A lack of accountability allows and even emboldens perpetrators to hold sway over the population in Darfur. The spill-over of the conflict has now engulfed parts of Chad and of the Central African Republic.”She recited a litany of abuses: increased ground attacks on civilians by the Sudanese Armed Forces and large groups of armed men, many identified by eyewitnesses and victims; indiscriminate bombardment by Government planes; civilian casualties, displacement and pillaging of civilian property due to Government, militia, rebel and bandit attacks; hindrance of humanitarian access to people in need. Threats of murder, sexual violence, other physical assault and robbery prevent internally displaced persons from leaving the camps and returning to their land, arbitrary arrest and detention as well as torture by Government security forces continue, credible evidence points to the Government’s upgrading the militias’ arsenals and mobility instead of disarming them as required by a peace agreements with some of the rebel groups, Ms. Arbour said.“The gravity of the situation is compounded by the rebels’ abusive conduct,” she added. “They, too, are responsible for killing, raping, maiming, torturing and destroying the livelihoods of civilians who have the misfortune of standing in their destructive path. And they, too, must be held accountable for such violations of international human rights and humanitarian law as it applies to non-State actors.”Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland also underscored the continuing deterioration in Darfur, with violence and direct attacks against relief workers in the past few weeks forcing the relocation of by far the largest number of humanitarian workers since the conflict began. The Government has not even agreed to lift restrictions on aid workers beyond 31 January. “What we need now is urgent action to ensure that we do not miss what may be our final opportunity to reverse the trends that are pushing Darfur and the region towards disaster,” he warned, appealing to the Council to maximize pressure on all sides. “I therefore appeal to you to set aside political divisions, and send the strongest possible and united signal that this Council will not tolerate one of the world’s gravest human rights crises to continue, or get infinitely worse.”Sudanese representative Farah Mustafa accused Western media of repeating lies about what was occurring in Darfur and charged that the aim of the special session was not to protect human rights but to undermine the sovereignty of weak States. He said UN human rights reports accused the Government of perpetrating violations committed by other armed groups, which the international community failed to hold to account. More than 70 other delegates spoke. read more

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Strike action continues at bombdamaged Brussels airport

Strike action continues at bomb-damaged Brussels airport BRUSSELS – Belgian air traffic controllers continued their wildcat strike for a second day on Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of flights at Brussels airport and angering the government as the nation struggles to recover from last month’s suicide bombings.Prime Minister Charles Michel said the controllers made an “irresponsible choice” by walking out at this stage and said the government “will not be blackmailed.”Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines said that around 50 of its flights to and from the main international Zaventem airport were cancelled.The strike action over pensions and staffing has been brewing for months, but the stoppage came without warning Tuesday afternoon as controllers called in sick, saying they were unfit to work.The International Air Transport Association condemned the move, calling it “a kick in the teeth for all the airline and airport staff who have worked so hard to reconnect Brussels to the world after the appalling terrorist attack just three weeks ago.”Since March 22, when 16 people were killed at the airport in two suicide bombings, the airport has been slowly trying to restore normalcy, but was taken aback by the strike.“It is important for employment in our country, and I cannot accept that a minority makes such an irresponsible choice,” Michel said. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2016 1:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 4:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Passengers and cars stand at a roadblock on the main road to Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. A wildcat strike of air traffic controllers has paralyzed Brussels airport after their guild rejected a compromise aimed at solving a conflict over a pension reform. The strike action comes at a time when traffic was already reduced at the airport in the wake of the March 22 attacks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) read more

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Symposium to take indepth look at gender and sexual violence

Gender and sexual violence will be at the centre of a two-day symposium hosted at Brock later this week.The event, entitled Decolonize and Deconstruct: Imagining new approaches to sexuality and consent education, begins the evening of Thursday, March 30 and continues throughout the day Friday, March 31.A panel discussion will be held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Academic South Room 201.The four-member panel will touch on topics including Islamophobia, indigenous perspectives, mental health and racism in relation to gender violence.The event will continue with a full-day symposium Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Plaza 600F, where several students, many of them survivors, will share their perspectives.“I want all of us to have a harder conversation about gender and sexual violence,” said event co-organizer and Women’s and Gender Studies Associate Professor Margot Francis.“We need to start looking each other in the eye and thinking about the hard work we need to do to address these issues.”While most people can say in relatively simple terms that gender and sexual violence is wrong, Francis said there is a deeper conversation that needs to be had.“I want them to think about, for example, how pervasive Islamophobia in society really intensifies misogyny and gender violence that Muslim women experience,” she said.“I want them to think about what it means to live in a settler society, the impacts of that for indigenous women, the horrific levels of violence they experience and the ways in which that’s structured in the history and the everyday lives of communities.”Student co-organizer Tegh Kaur Dhindsa called it critical for students to have a voice at the table during such a vital conversation.She’s hopeful the discussions had throughout the two-day event will help to shed light on systemic gaps that exist and bring to light actions needed to address those issues.As a woman of colour and a survivor of gender violence, Dhindsa said she’s experienced gaps in service that exist. She believes the symposium can help to impose change.Registration for Friday’s symposium is open until Wednesday, March 29 and can be done online.Decolonize and Deconstruct is co-sponsored by Brock’s Women’s and Gender Studies, McMaster’s Gender Studies and Feminist Research, Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Services, McMaster’s Equity and Inclusion Office, Brock’s Student Justice Centre, Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute and the Brock University Student Association.For more information, visit decolonizedeconstruct.ca.Panelists for Thursday, March 30Khadijeh Rakie of the Equity and Inclusion Office at McMaster University, who will speak about Islamophobia and gender violenceJennie Anderson of Six Nations Polytechnic, who will speak to indigenous perspectives on gender violenceAmeil Joseph of the School of Social Work at McMaster, who will speak to mental health and gender violenceKermeisha Williams of Black Lives Matter Hamilton, who will speak to racism and gender violencePanels and group discussions for Friday, March 31Laying the groundwork for decolonial/intersectional approaches to gender violenceListening to student perspectives on gender violenceReport back: What have we learned?De-constructing consent campaigns: How might our learnings transform campaigns?What arts-related initiatives are working now? De-colonial and intersectional arts initiatives read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 15

As if you needed any data to tell you why you should watch Thursday’s U.S. vs. Germany game (and the Portugal vs. Ghana match, if you’ve got a split-screen setup), but we’re going to give it to you anyway.U.S. vs. Germany 12 p.m. EDTPortugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. EDTAlgeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. EDTSouth Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHGroup G has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet-to-be-decided groups of the tournament — as it stands, no team is mathematically guaranteed to advance (though Germany is very close at 99.7 percent). The are a huge number of possible outcomes of Thursday’s matches, and any team can technically still advance to the next stage of the tournament.If the uncertainty of Group G isn’t enough to make you tune in, the level of play we’re expecting to see between the U.S. and Germany should; the teams’ combined Soccer Power Index scores is higher than that of any two teams playing Thursday. Although the odds are heavily favored for Germany (63.4 percent to the U.S.’s 14.8 percent), we don’t expect this game to be a blowout (see Belgium vs. South Korea for that).In their last meeting, a June 2013 friendly, the U.S. beat Germany 4-3. But friendlies are friendlies; the teams’ last competitive encounter was at the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, when the Germans edged the Americans 1-0 in what is considered one of the best U.S. performances at any World Cup. (The U.S. did reach the semifinals at the inaugural 1930 World Cup.) The Americans will be looking to match the Germans better than they did in 2002, which will be difficult against a German offense that is the second-strongest in the tournament (with a 3.2 SPI offensive score). At a minimum, a draw would send the Americans to the knockout stage, so a 0-0 scoreline will suffice. But the Germans are a full goal ahead of the Americans in projected goals for this match (2.1 to 0.9, to be exact), so shutting them out won’t be easy.There are no players left on the American roster who played in that 2002 game, but the U.S. is equipped with a roster full of German-Americans. Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are all of German-American descent, which perhaps isn’t very surprising given head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s German roots. Johnson and Jones spent time on Germany’s youth national teams, and four U.S. players (Chandler, Green, Brooks and Johnson) currently play in the Bundesliga. All of this to say that there might be even more at stake on Thursday for some of these players than the numbers suggest.YESTERDAYThe Argentina-Nigeria game started with a flourish, as Lionel Messi’s third-minute opener was matched by Ahmed Musa’s fourth-minute equalizer. It was the first time in World Cup history that both teams scored within the first five minutes of a match. And to follow it up, in the second half, Musa scored in the 47th minute and Marcos Rojo the 50th.Messi’s opening goal was the first conceded by Nigeria; entering the match, the Super Eagles were the only team that had not allowed a goal in this year’s tournament. Messi’s second goal came from a free kick, something and somewhere commonplace for him but rare for Argentina in the World Cup.  Messi has scored three of his five career World Cup goals from outside the penalty area, and his nine free kick goals over the past four La Liga seasons are second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13. But it was Argentina’s first free kick goal in the World Cup since 1982.Messi’s second goal gave Argentina the lead just before halftime, essentially guaranteeing La Albiceleste the win. Argentina is now 28-1-0 in World Cup matches when leading at half, with its single loss coming in the 1930 final to Uruguay. Messi also became the third player at this year’s tournament with a multi-goal first half (Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri later became the fourth), something that no player managed in the 2010 tournament.Although Nigeria lost, it became the first African team to advance to the knockout stage for a third time. Musa’s brace was the first for Nigeria in its World Cup history, and Nigeria passed Cameroon for the most goals by an African nation in the World Cup. France and Ecuador played to a scoreless draw, good enough for France to win Group E.  The French had the advantage throughout the match, finishing with 242 touches in the attacking third compared to 57 for Ecuador. But France was held scoreless in large part thanks to Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, whose nine saves are tied for the most in a match this tournament. He leads all players with 18 total saves.The Swiss finished second in Group E , thanks to a hat trick from Shaqiri — the first by a Swiss player in the World Cup since Josef “Seppe” Hugi in 1954. The game also marked the first time Switzerland scored three goals in a World Cup match since 1994. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHThe United States and Germany have an interesting historical relationship, to say the least. The strong ties between the world powers are well known, despite recent hiccups, such as the revelation that the American National Security Agency had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germans and Americans also often visit each other’s countries and even migrate between them. According to the OECD International Migration Database, 20,149 American nationals migrated to Germany in 2011, and 6,125 German nationals moved in the other direction. This may seem like a big disparity, but when adjusted for total population, just about .001 percent more Germans per capita migrated to the U.S. than the other way around. Cross-tourism data shows a similar relationship. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 1.88 million Germans visited the United States in 2012, while the German National Tourist Board shows that 4.85 million Americans spent time in Germany the same year. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and HWas the U.S. Robbed Against Portugal? It Depends on What Time MeansHome or Away: Where Does the Future Lie for the USMNT and American Soccer?CORRECTION (June 26, 10:21 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Landon Donovan would have been the only returning player on the U.S. team this year from the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Demarcus Beasley is on the current roster and was on the 2002 team, but didn’t play in that quarterfinals match.CORRECTION (June 26, 10:58 a.m.): Previously, this story mistakenly said that any two teams from Group G could move on to the next round of the tournament. While any one team can still advance, there is one combination of two teams — Ghana and Portugal — that cannot advance together. read more

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Prison governor bans inmate and offender labels in favour of first names

The decision to ban prison guards from using the terms ‘inmate’ or ‘offender’ and to use their first names has been branded ‘disgraceful and unacceptable’ by officials. The governor of HM Prison in Maidstone Kent has ordered that prisoners should not be called inmates or offenders because it “defines them”.Announcing the move governor Judith Feline said: “Yes, they’ve committed an offence, that’s why they’re in prison, but we’re trying to move toward something else.”If you work with people in custody to make life as normal as possible, they’re more likely to leave as a law abiding citizen.”The governor said prisoners used to be called by their surname but now everyone in HMP Maidstone, including prison officers and Ms Feline herself will be referred to by their first name. The move however has prompted a backlash from the Prison Officers Associate (POA) who said the decision shows a lack willingness to tackle more important problems in prisons, while forcing officers to treat inmates with a higher level of respect than they receive. Dave Cook, the POA Maidstone representative, said the rule change was “unacceptable”. “I am disgusted HMP Maidstone is focusing on how they address prisoners instead of more important matters like the safety of officers and the violence we experience. It’s clear to see safety is not high on their agenda,” he said. 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. Mr Cook said staff in the prison will be forced to address inmates “with a level of respect they themselves do not receive”.“Sorry they’re not residents, they’re prisoners. It’s not a hotel. They’re not there by choice and to call them anything else would be misleading. We’ve been calling them prisoners for decades,” Mr Cook told The Telegraph.  “The fact is our prisons are suffering from a high level of violence and drugs because of a lack of control. It’s disgraceful. That’s where management’s attention should be going.”The directive follows a similar policy change in North Sea Camp last year when staff were directed to call inmates “residents”.Ms Feline, who took over as governor of Maidstone Prison in April told the Kent Messenger: “Prison is a very artificial environment, you’re told what to do and when to do it every day, but it’s important to treat people as human beings and model the right behaviour.”HMP Maidstone is a prison for foreign nationals. Around 600 inmates are detained there. read more

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MinAssist to help mines implement MinSCAN mineralogy

first_imgMinAssist has entered into a co-operation agreement with Zeiss Microscopy to provide end-to-end solutions for its MinSCAN automated mineralogy technology. MinAssist aims to provide clients with a fully supported end-to-end solution for establishment and implementation of operational mineralogy programs at the mine site. Using its experience and expertise in building value from mineralogical characterisation and Zeiss´s extensive history in the automated mineralogy field to provide comprehensive technical and logistics support, MinAssist will look to provide productivity driven solutions that embed mineralogical information into the day-to-day decision making process at operating sites.Over the past year the company has we have worked with the ruggedised MinSCAN technology on a number of high profile projects and it is clear that “Zeiss has a significant advantage in terms of its ability to deliver high throughput solutions in challenging environmental conditions. Combined with MinAssist’s expertise in the application of mineralogy data, the synergies were obvious,” MinAssist says.“We look forward to developing on these synergies providing end-to-end program setup and data interpretation solutions. Our philosophy is to embed operational mineralogy programs into the day-to-day running of the site. This is achieved through a comprehensive tailored training program where site personnel operate the MinSCAN system and undertake basic data analysis, while MinAssist provides remote data analysis and interpretation support through our ‘small community’ network of experts. Our goal is to make operational mineralogy accessible to all sites with a compelling business case to improve decision making and productivity while up-skilling site personnel.”last_img read more

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FRIDAY D DAY Who will win the groups in Serbia

serbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story GREAT NANTES WITH 9.357 FANS: Second defeat for PSG! Next Story → SERBIA 2013: Knock-out stage clashes known Friday is the last day of WWCh 2013 Preliminary Round. All 24 teams will be on the courts in four cities from Nis to Zrenjanin:GROUP A (Belgrade)16:15 Congo – Dominican Republic18:30 France – South Korea20:45 Montenegro – NetherlandsGROUP B (Nis)15.45 Japan – Algeria18:00 Serbia – China20:15 Denmark – BrazilGROUP C (Zrenjanin)15:45 Argentina – Paraguay18:00 Angola – Spain20:15 Norway – PolandGROUP D (Novi Sad)14:45 Tunisia – Australia17:00 Hungary – Germany19:15 Romania – Czech Republic

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Mens EHF EURO 2020 with 24 teams in three countries

EHF EURO 2020 The Men’s EHF EURO, the European Handball Federation’s flagship national team event, takes a major step forward in its development with the 2020 event being the first one which is organised with 24 teams and staged in three countries.Sweden, Austria and Norway had jointly bid to host the championship and were awarded the right to host the event at the EHF Congress in Dublin on Saturday.“Feel welcome to a new dimension,” said former Swedish international Stefan Lövgren at the beginning of the presentation.The three organisers plan to hold the championship in six different cities and venues and put the word out there that the EHF EURO 2020 Final will played in front of 24,000 fans in Stockholm’s Tele 2 Arena, a multi-purpose stadium with a retractable roof.The six preliminary round groups shall be played in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Graz, the Norwegian city of Trondheim and the Swedish cities of Malmö and Gothenburg.The main round shall take place in Vienna and Sweden (either Malmö or Gothenburg), and for the finals the tournament shall move to the Swedish capital Stockholm.Venue capacities reach from 6,000 in the Graz Messehalle to 24,000 in the Tele 2 Arena in Stockholm.The Trondheim Spektrum arena in Norway is currently being built and will offer seats for approximately 8,000 spectators.The Stadthalle in Vienna can seat 12,000 people and so can the Scandinavium in Gothenburg. The Malmö Arena, which hosted the World Championship 2011 Final, has a capacity of 13,000.“We would like to prepare a championship where the we place handball in the focus and make sure that we get the best possible conditions for the players and the teams,” is one of the application’s key phrases.TEXT: EHF ← Previous Story Dagur decided: Uwe Gensheimer stays captain! Next Story → Impressive Veszprem beat Metalurg – Zagreb win in Belarus! read more

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Thinner MacBook Pro to launch in April Dont bet on it

first_imgWhile millions of Apple fans focus their collective gaze on next week’s iPad 3 event, that hasn’t stopped rumors about other Apple products from trickling in. Analysts and supply chain leaks all agree that the MacBook Pro will get a design refresh sometime this year, but, until today, nobody really knew when to expect that.Now trade publication DigiTimes has chimed in to say that the new — thinner — MacBook Pro will be launching as soon as April. The report says that the combination of the thinner MacBook Pros and the delay of Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs (from April to June) will “create a significant threat against Ultrabooks.” The publication’s data comes from alleged supply chain sources.Most analysts agree that we’ll see a thinner MacBook Pro this year. It will likely take on an appearance that’s closer to the MacBook Air, losing its optical drive and HDD, and adopting a solid state drive. It will likely differentiate itself by having higher-end specs than the Air. The Air, meanwhile, could also get even thinner to more clearly separate the two lines.April, however, sounds too soon — simply because Apple tends to spread out its events. The iPad 3 event will take place next Wednesday, and a radical refresh of the MacBook Pro would warrant another event. As there have been no hints of anything Mac-related at the iPad event, this would mean two major events only a month or so apart. That isn’t impossible, but it would be out of character for Apple. And, of course, this will all be dependent on Intel’s release and the availability of Ivy Bridge chips which Intel has said will be out later than originally expected.Of course you’ll want to take this one with loads of salt. It is probably a safe bet that you’ll see a razor-thin MacBook Pro sometime this year, just don’t hold your breath on seeing it in the next couple of months.via DigiTimeslast_img read more

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Coast Guard issues safety warning about Dalkey Island

first_img Jun 14th 2017, 8:42 AM Share35 Tweet Email 13 Comments Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 8:42 AM Image: Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,158 Views THE DÚN LAOGHAIRE Coast Guard has issued a safety warning to people about Dalkey Island.The organisation has urged people to be cautious when on jet skis or boats in the area as swimmers “are virtually invisible to see until it’s too late”, snorkellers are “nearly impossible to see” and it’s “difficult to gauge” kayakers’ speed.The Coast Guard added that leisure craft and ferry boats sometimes distract people from noticing others in the water, and “rowing skiffs cannot manoeuvre clear of fast approaching craft”.A blue and white flag warns people of diving activities and that people could emerge from the water unexpectedly.There’s a recommended speed of five knots in and around Dalkey Sound and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council bylaws stipulate that all craft must stay at least 300 metres off land.Read: Hepatitis A outbreak ’caused by fecal matter in swimming pool’Read: Residents at London tower block had warned of fire safety concerns Coast Guard issues safety warning about Dalkey Island People on jet skis or boats have been urged to be cautious as swimmers “are virtually invisible to see until it’s too late”. Image: Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard http://jrnl.ie/3442987 Short URL By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

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Fox Orders Untitled XMen TV Pilot

first_img Looks like Fox is moving forward with its X-Men TV strategy.Matt Nix, best known for creating Burn Notice, is moving ahead with a TV pilot based on the comic book franchise. Fox handed out an official pilot order on Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.The report describes Nix as a “diehard” X-Men fan who will pen the script and act as showrunner. He’ll also executive produce along side franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg as well as Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.Nix has been talking about his idea for the show publicly for a while, and it follows a typical X-Men/mutant plot. He said the show “revolves around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.”Sounds like an average day in the X-Men universe.This isn’t the first X-Men-inspired TV show to grace Fox’s airwaves. FX’s Legion is set to debut on Feb. 8, but it isn’t connected with the X-Men movieverse continuity. Nix saw the show and, speaking with reporters at the Television Critic’s Association winter press tour, said that his show wouldn’t connect with that.“I thought ‘I really need to see Legion to make sure that I don’t step on anything they’re doing.’ Then I saw it and was, like, ‘There’s no chance I’m stepping on anything they’re doing,’” he said.Nix also stated the show wouldn’t be in line with the movies. He cited Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a similar project, but noted it wouldn’t be tied to the movies exclusively. It’ll acknowledge large-scale events like Apocalypse but would work on its own. However, Nix added that the idea is still evolving.At the very least, and we appreciate this as X-Men and comic book fans, Nix said that he wants to create a new story that doesn’t rehash old events or characters, at least for the sake of it.“I owe something to my 10-year-old self right now, and I need to respect that, and I need for that kid who is obsessively reading comic books, I need there to be something rewarding, where they don’t feel that they wasted their time and they know what this is,” he said.There’s no word yet on when the pilot will be completed. The as of now untitled project hasn’t been ordered to series (hence a pilot order and not a straight-to-series order), so it may not happen at all. Regardless, Nix is hoping to have something by this upcoming pilot season to show off.Since the movies have stalemated in terms of its overarching plot (what can you really do after Apocalypse) and Fox seems to be focusing on spinoffs, for now, it makes sense to give TV a shot. It’ll allow them to tell smaller stories without the pressure of studios to create large-scale action blockbusters and will give them breathing room to get into details. X-Men is an ensemble franchise, so having space will be helpful, so we don’t become inundated with characters and backstory again.Regardless, we’ll be following this one and will bring you more details as we get them. Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men Stay on targetlast_img read more

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We need to stay together Joachim Low

first_imgThe Germany national team manager knows his squad is having a bad time but he believes if everybody works together they can get betterThe German national team lost 3-0 against the Netherlands in the latest match of the UEFA Nations League.And many have claimed they want the Nationalmannschaft to sack manager Joachim Low.But the German boss says his team needs to stay together to get out of their current problem.“Of course the defeat to the Netherlands was painful for the players, the coaches, and all the fans,” he told the national team’s official club.“I know already that we cannot get back to the highest level if we continue like this. It is a process which will have setbacks along the way. We have analyzed the game and discussed what went wrong with each other.”“It’s clear that we need to stay together as a group. At the moment though, it is more important to me that we get the players back motivated and ready for the game,” he commented.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Obviously there was going to be a lot of criticism after the last game, but I just try and block that all out.”“The game tomorrow is all that matters now and we need to show the right response, as well as a better performance,” Low explained.“Our job is to ignore what others are saying and dealing with the pressure, something I feel I am good at.”Löw: “It’s obvious that we need to stick together. Above all, it was important to pick the team up again and take the right steps for tomorrow.” #FRAGER pic.twitter.com/wxC9j95ro2— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Budget On School Board Agenda Tonight

first_imgThe state revenue projections for FY19 is based on the Base Student Allocation (BSA) of $5,930 of the State of Alaska Foundation Funding Formula that is reflected in the Governor’s current budget. KPBSD Superitndent Sean Dusek: “The big item on tonight’s agenda is our budget, so we will be approving that and passing it along to the borough.”  This is the same BSA amount used by the state for the FY17 and FY18 budget years. State revenues include $79,434,290 for Foundation Funding and $287,724 for Quality Schools funding, a total of $79,722,014. According to the agenda, the board is moving to approve the FY19 General Fund Budget, which includes a request for maximum allowable fund from the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be addressing the upcoming budget for the district at their board meeting this evening. Dusek: “If you want to stop on over to the borough assembly building that would be great. Starting at 1, our meeting starts and 6. We do have school reports from Kenai Middle and Kenai Alternative, so that is fantastic.”center_img According to agenda, if the maximum allowable funding is not received, it will necessitate further budget reductions of approximately $2,057,761. The school administration has, for demonstrative purposes, budgeted KPB support in the amount of $51,796,193. This budgeted KPB revenue amount is the projected maximum allowable local contribution for FY19. Total General Fund Revenue available for FY19 from all sources, not including the use of fund balance, is estimated to be $142,198,097. Tonight’s meeting is at 6 p.m., with work sessions beginning at 1 p.m., at the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna.last_img read more

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Maximizing the Value of Digital Editions

first_imgThe iPad is a game changer and the release of other tablets in the future will continue to advance digital publishing. But it remains early days (a recent FOLIO: blog quoted editors of The New Yorker as saying “writing for the iPad is like producing TV after WWII”) and the “traditional” digital edition can still provide significant value, provided the publisher buys into the format. “Even working with the most basic digital edition can give a publisher a leg up when it comes to working with tablets,” says George Otto, founder of publishing consultancy Publishing Transitions LLC. Peter Houston, editorial director of Advantar Communications Europe, oversees four digital magazines within his group: Pharmaceutical Executive, Pharmaceutical Techology, Ophthalmology Times and The Column. One of the most effective (and most common) ways to add value to digital editions is by expanding circulation. “With one of our publications we joined together the U.S. and European edition and grew the audience from 90,000 to 140,000,” says Houston. “We went to market with an impressive circulation number at no added cost.” An Easy Read Improves ResponseThe difficulty of reading on screen is one of the most common knocks against digital editions. “The screen is horizontal while magazines are in a portrait or vertical format,” says Houston. But emerging devices (as well as many current digital magazine formats) are optimized for the screen. “When you design across the page, it’s easier to navigate, says Houston, who says that open rates for his digital magazines mirror the open rates with newsletters at about 30 percent, with clickthrough rates at 10 percent to 15 percent depending on the issue. “One of the things we saw, when we changed to a more screen-friendly format is that open rates improved.”Network Your Content Some early attempts at magazine editions on the iPad have been criticized for attempting to keep the reader in a closed environment, rather than taking advantage of linking out to the Internet. Existing digital editions should connect to other digital properties, from Web sites to Twitter feeds to social media (and vice versa). “You must network your content,” says Houston. “With one of our pharmaceutical magazines, we developed an active Twitter feed and began including links to articles in the digital magazine. At one point we were getting 5 percent of our page views directly from Twitter. Today we’re also doing other stuff, like building searchable articles into Web sites, and putting links into The Column’s community on LinkedIn.”While the days of the straight up replica are over (or should be), repackage magazine content for the digital edition, particularly content or images that didn’t make the final cut in print. But at the same time, be aware of the length. “We do a lot of peer review papers that don’t really work in a digital magazine,” says Houston. “With the more newsy stuff, we bring the content length down. A 4,000 word article in Pharmaceutical Executive becomes a 1,000 word article in the digital magazine.” Give readers control of the content. “Give them things to do like clicking on scrolling bars,” says Houston. “They will they feel more engaged.” A digital magazine isn’t a Web site, and each channel should be leveraged for what they do best. “Web sites are good for delivering information in searchable formats, but they also fall victim to this idea of firehouse journalism-pushing stuff at people and making them work hard to find what they want,” says Houston. “As magazine publishers, we can deliver real value from curation, design and pacing-the same things you brought to a print magazine. You can deliver value through a Web site but it’s a different proposition. With a digital magazine, it ties back to what we’ve done for years-give people a finished package they can get their arms around.”Sell on Engagement and Time SpentMany publishers continue to offer digital editions as value-added but they can be revenue generators, at least on a small scale. “There isn’t a lot of revenue in digital magazines right now, but we do have at least two that are profitable,” says Houston. “I’d say the biggest obstacle is the reluctance on the part of publishers and ad sales people to embrace it and say, ‘We’re getting behind it.’ Just because a salesperson is good in print or even on the Web doesn’t mean they get digital editions. We have to re-educate our clients but also our salespeople.” Don’t just offer static ads, offer opportunities unique to the medium-animated ads, lead gen, etc. “If you help them with animation, go to a screen-friendly horizontal format” says Houston. “You may have to do more work, but it’s worth it.” Play up engagement metrics with clients, rather than audience numbers. “Playing the numbers game is dangerous with these things, but if I was selling, I’d be focused on the engagement issue-how long do people stay with it, as opposed to open rates,” says Houston. “The amount of time people spend on our digital editions is getting closer to the time spent with the print magazine. Look at the average statistic for Web sites-people spend maybe three minutes total and how much time on ads? People are spending 10 to 15 minutes on digital editions and the ad formats can be so much bigger, it’s almost like digital display. The branding opportunities are higher than on the Web site.”last_img read more

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Volunteers Still Searching For Missing Juneau Hiker

first_imgThe volunteer search table is located behind the Mt. Roberts Tramway building. Volunteers are needed. The team will meet up Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Volunteers can also contact Luke Holton on Facebook. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTLuke Holton doesn’t know 48-year-old Sharon Buis, but he’s helping to organize the volunteer search effort that started Wednesday, less than one week after Alaska State Troopers called off the official search.Download audio“I’m an outdoorsman myself and I understand if I was out here in the cold, I wouldn’t want anyone to give up on me,” he says.Holton and other volunteers have set up a search table at the bottom of the Mt. Roberts Tramway and meet there each morning.On Wednesday, three teams of three searched Granite Creek Basin and Perseverance Trail, getting off the trail as much as possible when safe to do so.Thursday afternoon, Holton was on top of Mt. Roberts, along with six other volunteers. They hiked to Icy Gulch and are sending skiers there by helicopter Friday.These areas were covered extensively during the five-day search led by the Alaska State Troopers. But Holton says there’s no reason to give up hope of finding some sort of clue.“It’s unlikely that we’ll find anything too positive at this point, but for the family’s sake, we want to keep looking no matter what we find,” Holton says.Holton met with Buis’s brother and sister-in-law who came to Juneau from Ontario, Canada. He says they left Thursday but asked to be kept updated on the search.One of Buis’s hiking friends said Buis owned a yellow backpack. It’s an unofficial lead, Holton says, but it’s something to look for. He hopes the volunteers can find anything that will restart the official search.“The best option we would have is to find some of her personal property up here or anything else,” Holton says. “The further we go in, the less tracks you’re going to find in the snow, so once we get past Icy Gulch and you find tracks on the gulch or tracks on the peak of Gastineau, that could potentially also be enough evidence.”Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says a decision to start searching again will be based on what’s found.“It’s going to be evaluated based on what is located and if we can confirm it belonged to Ms. Buis or not. Certainly if they find something and it is identified as one of her possessions, it gives us a new place to look,” Peters says.Buis is in the Alaska State Troopers Missing Persons Clearinghouse, a database for law enforcement only. Peters says any missing person in Alaska is entered into the database and stays there until they are found dead or alive.She says a volunteer search group could help close a missing persons case.“Troopers can’t always be everywhere. There are a lot of things that we have to go and put our attention to and our resources towards. Certainly with search and rescue cases, we want them to have a positive resolution. And finding somebody even if they’re deceased at that point, at least we can provide some type of closure. We can return them to their families,” Peters says.When Troopers called off the search and rescue effort May 29, Juneau Police Department took over the case. Spokeswoman Erann Kalwara says detectives started working on it this week.“The detective has started reaching out to the missing person’s friends and her family, just discussing things that had been going on in her life, talking about where they think she might be, if they have any ideas of any lead that he could investigate, just trying to ensure that if she was hiking and she went missing, that that’s truly what happened,” Kalwara says.She says they have no reason to believe anything suspicious occurred although they haven’t ruled anything out.Juneau police are in the process of collecting Buis’s dental and medical information to enter into a database of the National Crime Information Center.Kalwara also says there’s no information to connect Buis’s case with Sandra Gelber, the 61-year-old woman who died May 4 after being found in the water off Salmon Creek Trail. Both women were physical therapists and both cases are linked to hiking trails.Buis has been missing since May 24. When she didn’t show up for a planned group hike with the Juneau Alpine Club that morning, a friend reported her missing. Buis was last seen May 23.The volunteer search effort for Buis continues this weekend. Community members interested in helping should meet at the bottom of Mt. Roberts Tramway at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And look for Luke Holton’s messages on the Facebook group Juneau Buy ~ Sell ~ Trade.last_img read more

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