first_imgGeneva- Special UN Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, thanked on Monday Morocco for its “cooperation and its ongoing efforts” to implement the recommendations in connection with the fight against this phenomenon. Presenting his report to the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Mendez welcomed the cooperation of the Kingdom with the special procedures and the mechanisms established by the HRC on thematic issues in the world, or the specific situation of a country. “I want to thank Morocco for its openness to future cooperation,” said the UN official who also welcomed the government’s invitation for a follow-up visit in 2014. In his report on the situation in the Kingdom presented last year at the UNHRC, the UN Rapporteur highlighted “the emergence of a culture of human rights”, and welcomed the good conditions in which his mission took place in Morocco.last_img read more

Tinejdad, Morocco- After the recent racist and xenophobic statements against Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands made by the far-right politician Geert Wilders, the right-wing Spainish Javier Maroto, mayor of the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, accused Moroccan and Algerian immigrants in Spain, of fraud, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.The Spanish official accused Moroccans and Algerians of benefiting from the social aid provided by Spain, with no intention of working.“Some nationalities in this city live only from the social aid they receive and have no interest whatsoever in working being integrated,” he noted. He told the radio host that while he has no qualms with providing aid to people, he made it clear that the aid should be provided in kind, adding that most of the money giving to people who are unemployed end up in Moroccan or Algerian banks.But while he launched his diatribes against Moroccans and Algerians last week, the Spanish official failed to provide details on the number of cases in which they are allegedly involved.Maroto twitted “The social assistance system should be reviewed for improvement. Solidarity, yes. Abuse, no.”El sistema de ayudas sociales debe ser revisado para mejorarse. Solidaridad, si. Abuso, no (La Ser, desde min 15:30) http://t.co/bD6TYgZmzG— Javier Maroto (@JavierMaroto) July 15, 2014The statements of the Mayor of the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz stirred controversy and created a buzz on social media.Reacting to Maroto’s tweet, @kurdingclub commented, “Very big, Javier Maroto explaining the reality of many Algerians and Moroccans that come here to take advantage and contribute nothing.”Muy grande @JavierMaroto explicando la realidad de muchos argelinos y marroquíes que vienen a aprovecharse y no aportan nada . — kurdingclub (@kurdingclub) July 16, 2014While most of the comments support the Mayor’s intention to reform the social aid system, a tweet by Elesa Moreno disproved of his over generalization.“Please don’t generalize, some Moroccans spent years living here contributing and paying taxes like any other Spaniards,” the tweet reads.@JavierMaroto porfavor no generalices algunos marroquies llevan años viviendo aqui cotizando y pagando impuestos como cualquier español— Elsa Moreno (@ElsaMoren0) July 16, 2014Another tweets reads, “The mayor Javier Maroto is sticking his head into the national press, raising the flag of xenophobia towards Maghrebans.”El alcalde @JavierMaroto asomando la cabecita en la prensa nacional haciendo bandera de la xenofobia hacia los magrebíes. #orgullodeciudad— David Pejenaute (@DPeje) July 16, 2014 The racial attacks of the Mayor were limited to the Algerian and Moroccan community, sparking a wave of protests organized by the Spanish Human Rights Organizations, accusing the Spanish of inciting xenophobia.  The organizations also demanded that the Spanish state should open an investigation on the official’s racist remarks, which targeted Moroccans and Algerians without the rest of other nationalities living in Spain. read more

Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza, where some 1.5 million Palestinians live, over three years ago for what it called security reasons after Hamas ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007.“The situation in Gaza remains very serious from a humanitarian perspective. The blockade has been eased in some respects, but it has been maintained in other respects, and it continues to put the population there under great psychological and physical stress,” Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York.“One has to understand that this population has been trapped in this crowded small area now for three years … and even before then it was a very difficult place to live – largely impoverished, too crowded and a lot of internal chaos,” he said.Israel’s continued refusal to allow export of goods from Gaza has destroyed its internal economy, and young people from Gaza continue to be denied the right to visit their families in the West Bank and East Jerusalem or to attend universities in other parts of the territories, said Mr. Falk, who presented his latest report to the General Assembly earlier this week.The Gaza blockade and the accelerated expansion of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, he said, exact an enormous human cost on every Palestinian. Other practices making the lives of the people of Gaza difficult include demolitions of their houses, evictions and revocation of residency permits.“But beyond that [it] has made the vision of peace based on the two States consensus, premised on Israeli withdrawal, almost, clearly a political impossibility at this stage,” he said. “You have the disconnect between an intergovernmental peace process that appears to be premised on an illusion, the illusion that at the end of this process is an independent, sovereign Palestinian State.”In his report, his last in his capacity as Special Rapporteur, the expert reminded the world of the dire situation of residents of the West Bank. “Because so much attention has been devoted to Gaza during the course of the last several years, it is often assumed that material conditions in the West Bank are acceptable,” he said.But a recent study, he pointed out, has found that in Area C, which is totally under Israeli military control and comprises nearly two-thirds of the West Bank, the conditions of more than 40,000 Palestinians are worse than they are in Gaza.Presenting his report to the Assembly, Mr. Falk underlined that “the cumulative effects of the settlements, the security wall, and the extensive settler-only road network has been to convert the conditions of de jure ‘occupation’ into a set of circumstances better understood as de facto ‘annexation.’”He told journalists today that civil society initiatives are an important way to establish solidarity with Palestinian efforts to achieve the right of self-determination, as well as to challenge what he described as the “unlawful dimensions of the Israeli occupation.” 22 October 2010The people of Gaza continue to suffer from the humanitarian consequences of the Israeli blockade of the area, despite the recent partial easing of the restrictions, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today. read more

“The Rajapaksa’s assumed they will always be in power,” he added.Kariyawasam said the opposition members who accuse the Government of taking political revenge must go before court and prove their innocence. (Colombo Gazette) However he insisted that the current Government allowed independent investigations to deal with those facing accusations. The joint opposition has accused the Government of engaging in a witch hunt by arresting all those close to Rajapaksa. The joint opposition is to stage a protest walk from Kandy to Colombo later this week to protest against the Government and its policies.Kariyawasam said the Government will not be shaken by the protest and that it is determined to stay in power for years to come. The Government today denied claims it was taking political revenge on the opposition who supports former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that if the Government wanted to take political revenge it could have arrested 80 percent of former Government members accused of corruption within 100 days of the new Government taking office. read more

May 3 – How consumers support small businesses Kris McCusker chats with Toronto’s Summerhill Market’s general manager Brad McMullen about how consumers support small businesses.Audio Playerhttp://pmd.680news.com/podcasts/news_features/Business-Report-3-May-3_News-feature_2013-05-03.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email brad mcmullen|Kris McCusker|small businesses|summerhill market|toronto by News Staff Posted May 3, 2013 9:12 pm MDT read more

first_imgRogers claimed the three women must have colluded, but later said it was possible he had said those things but he did not recall it due to his mental health problems.”I get very fiery,” he said. Rogers said did not see Mrs Guy enough in the months leading up to her death, but he tried to help out with odd jobs.Rogers, of Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, who was crying during parts of the interview, said he was “gobsmacked” when officers came to arrest him and agreed that he had said: “I just want to know who grassed me up.” The court heard John, of St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, called the emergency services to Mrs Guy’s home on November 7 2011, saying she thought her mother had died and claiming Mrs Guy had been suffering from stomach and bowel cancer.Police installed covert recording equipment in John’s home while they were in custody being interviewed in 2016.In one exchange, Rogers said to John: “No honestly, you have got nothing to worry about, it’s me that’s the one that’s done the act.”Rogers and John both deny murder and the alternative charge of manslaughter. The trial continues. Betty Guy was found dead at her home in Frome, SomersetCredit:Martin Cavaney/Athena  He told the interviewers Mrs Guy was “old and frail” and while he did not know the specifics of her medical conditions she had “complications” and used to keep a “big bag of tablets” next to her. Betty Guy was dead by the time her grandson arrived at her home, the court heardCredit:Wales News Service  Betty Guy was found dead at her home in Frome, Somerset 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. A former soldier accused of smothering his grandmother told police he would not have killed her or anyone else because he “shot someone in Iraq” and “that is why I am messed up in the head now”, a court heard.Barry Rogers, on trial along with his mother Penelope John for the murder of Betty Guy, told officers that he was the 84-year-old’s “blue-eyed boy”, during an interview after he was arrested in 2016.In a video of the exchange played at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, the 33-year-old said he could not have killed the former nurse.”I shot someone in Iraq,” he said. “I would not kill anyone else, that is why I am messed up in the head – because of Iraq.”Rogers, who said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, said his mother called him just before Mrs Guy died but he did not remember what she said.He then drove to his grandmother’s home from Frome, Somerset, where he was living at the time, “doing 140 miles per hour on the motorway”. He said she was already dead by the time he arrived at her home in Johnston, Pembrokeshire, on November 7 2011. Penelope John arriving at Swansea Crown CourtCredit:Dimitris Legakis /Athena Penelope John arriving at Swansea Crown Court “I drove from Frome to Johnston pretty fast and by the time I got there my nan was already dead,” he said. “I knew for weeks, for months that my nan was ill. We all knew it was coming. Betty Guy “I think my mum phoned me, I can’t remember exactly what was said or the details, but she phoned and I should have left straight away but I didn’t, I left later… I felt guilty then because I should have left earlier and if I left earlier then I might have seen her.”The court previously heard Rogers, who said he also suffers from borderline personality disorder, told three girlfriends that he had helped his nan “pass”, in the years that followed her death.He and John, 50, who is accused of feeding her mother a cocktail of pills and whiskey, came under suspicion after one of those women, Sandra Adams, reported what he had said to police.last_img read more

Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise.Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists.Of almost 4,000 people polled by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), 38 per cent described themselves as Christian – a fall from 50 per cent in 2008 and 66 per cent in 1983.Those identifying as Muslim increased from 1 per cent in 1983 to 3 per cent in 2008, and 6 per cent in 2018. The survey shows that the biggest change is in the number of people who define themselves as “confident atheists”, which rose from 10 per cent in 1998 to 18 per cent in 2008 and its record high of 26 per cent in 2018. In contrast, researchers found that an overall 55 per cent of the population express some sort of belief in some kind of God.Nancy Kelley, deputy chief executive at NatCen, said that the steady decline in religion and belief among the British public is “one of the most important trends in post-war history”. “As our society has become more secular, the role of religious institutions and religious identities in determining our moral and social norms has weakened. Other world views, such as scientific rationalism and liberal individual-ism, now play a more significant part in British society.”The report’s authors said the survey suggests Britain is becoming more secular “not because adults are losing their religion” but because older people with an attachment to Christian denominations are “gradually being replaced in the population by unaffiliated younger people”.They added that religious decline in Britain is “generational” as people tend to be less religious than their parents.Dave Male, the Church of England’s director of evangelism and discipleship, said: “For many people ticking a box marked ‘Church of England’ or ‘Anglican’ is now an active choice and no longer an automatic response. In spite of this, the Church of England remains at the heart of communities.”Andrew Copson, the chief executive of the non-religion charity Humanists UK, said: “With these trends set to continue, policymakers in every field, from education to constitutional law, to health and social care, need to wake up to such dramatic social changes.” 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. read more

first_imgAlan Shearer fears that Manchester City may be in line for a long period of domination in the Premier League under Pep GuardiolaThe Citizens sealed their third Premier League title in seven seasons with five matches remaining after their 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.After a disappointing first season in the Premier League, Guardiola led City to the league title in dominant fashion with newly-crowned champions currently leading arch-rivals Manchester United by 16 points and having only lost twice all season.Currently City have the opportunity to break two more league records this season  with their 103 goals during the 2009/10 season within their reach. As well as that, Chelsea’s points record of 95 is also within touching distance with Guardiola’s side currently on 87 points with five more matches to play.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Upon witnessing the change that Guardiola has made at City, Shearer is fearful that this reign of dominance has only just begun at the Etihad Stadium and has warned their challengers.“You go through all of City’s team and he has improved every player,” Shearer wrote on The Sun (via GiveMeSport).“They are all playing the way Pep wants them to play.“The worrying thing for all the other clubs now is that City could be around for a long, long time.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher will host a public forum today to discuss the county’s budgeting process and how constituents can weigh in on that process.The meeting is the first of two Fletcher will hold in advance of the board’s budgeting process, which is scheduled to begin in June.Staff members from county departments like the Health and Human Services Agency and the Public Safety Group are expected to attend the event to assist Fletcher in describing how the budgeting process affects all of the county’s abilities for a full year.“By bringing the department leaders into the neighborhoods to discuss the budget, it makes county government more accessible for working families,” Fletcher said. “These forums are the run-up to the evening budget hearing in June and by providing information ahead of time, residents will be able to maximize their time before the entire Board of Supervisors.”The forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Copley-Price Family YMCA Gymnasium at 4300 El Cajon Blvd. Fletcher’s office will provide materials in Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese at the event. KUSI Newsroom Supervisor Fletcher hosts public forum to discuss the county’s budgeting process KUSI Newsroom, April 3, 2019last_img read more

first_imgBAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took to men to the hospital after they were injured while changing a flat tire at Bal Harbour Shops.According to Bal Harbour Police, the victims were using a jack to lift up the car in the shopping center’s parking garage, Saturday night.All of a sudden, investigators said, the vehicle somehow came down, striking the men. An onlooker alerted authorities shortly after.Officials said both victims were alert and conscious when officers arrived.Paramedics airlifted one of them to Ryder Trauma Center and transported the other by ground to Aventura Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.Investigators believe it appears to have been an accident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington), Chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, held a successful campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday, July 10 at Woodbriar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wilmington.“I want this more than anything,” Johnson told her crowd of supporters. “I interned for Rep. Miceli back when I was in college… Working at the State House, he had me doing everything, from summarizing bills to giving recommendations to going to committee meetings with him. The thing that really stuck with me was his constituent services.”“Someone needed to jump into this race who had a progressive voice, who’s not going to take us back to the 1950’s, but instead legislate with current and future generations in mind,” Johnson continued. “I’m running on a platform of working families. Wilmington and Tewksbury are full of working families — childcare is way unaffordable at the moment as is higher education.”“I want to give back to the community that has given me so much,” Johnson said, noting her involve with the Springs Attached Program and Color Guard while a student at Wilmington High School.  Johnson credits two of her WHS teachers — Lisa Desberg and Maura Tucker — for propelling her into politics.Johnson was the President of her College Democrats at the University of Rhode Island. She was highly involved in the Student Senate and served as a Student Affairs Liaison.  Johnson spoke up and told the Dean that her policies of sexual assaults on campus were far too lax and leaned toward victim blaming.“When I get to the State House, I’m not going to just sit back and vote with the Democrats.  I’m going to think about what Wilmington and Tewksbury needs, and think about our children, the future,” promised Johnson. “It’s really important that we legislate to make sure we set up a better future for our generation and our children.”Johnson announced campaign endorsements from Progressive Massachusetts, First Ask of America, Run For Something, and Moms Demand Action.Johnson was introduced by Matthew Murray, President Emeritus of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.“It meant a lot to me to have my official kickoff event at Woodbriar as my grandmother lives in their memory care unit and given my advocacy work with the Alzheimer’s Association, it made the event that much more special,” Johnson told Wilmington Apple.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Erika Johnson Announces Campaign Kickoff EventIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Sales & Service Rep at Applied Industrial TechnologiesFull-Time Warehouse Stockroom Associate at NAPA Auto PartsPart-Time Warehouse Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Teacher & Part-Time Assistant Teacher at The Wonder Years Learning CenterFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochPart-Time Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Dishwashers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time/Full-Time Line Cooks at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Packaging at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Account Executive (Enterprise Direct Sales) at Comcast(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

first_imgNASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to ring in 2019 by photographing the most distant world ever explored. It’s a historic mission, and it’s getting a theme song worthy of its status. Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, a space enthusiast who holds a doctorate in astrophysics, has written his first solo song in two decades for the flyby of 2014 MU69. The mysterious space rock, which is nicknamed Ultima Thule, orbits the sun 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt. Aptly, the tune is called “New Horizons (Ultima Thule mix)” and it can be streamed via Queen’s YouTube below: Share your voice “This mission is about human curiosity,” May said in an Instagram post Monday. “The need of mankind to explore and see what makes the universe tick. My song is an anthem to human endeavor.” May will be on hand at NASA control headquarters in Maryland from New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day to witness the much-anticipated flyby and hear his song played in public for the first time. May got his doctorate from Imperial College London, where he wrote his thesis on Zodiacal light, an eerie glow that looks like a hazy pyramid and appears in the western sky after sunset and in the eastern sky before sunrise.May has collaborated with NASA before and even started an asteroid awareness campaign. A quick scan of his social media accounts shows he loves space just as much as he loves screaming electric guitar.    New Horizons is scheduled to cap an exciting year in space by coming within 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) of Ultima Thule in the early hours of 2019. That’s about three times closer than New Horizons came to Pluto when it snapped some epic photos of the planet a few years back.  0 5:33 Now playing: Watch this: Mars, space soldiers and NASA’s big party: The biggest…center_img Post a comment With the New Year’s flyby, NASA hopes the spacecraft will deliver vital data on the sort of object that may represent the building blocks of Pluto and other distant icy worlds like it. “Ultima Thule is incredibly scientifically valuable for understanding the origin of our solar system and its planets,” Alan Stern, principal investigator of New Horizons said in statement. “It’s ancient and pristine, and not like anything we’ve seen before.” If you’re a space enthusiast, the flyby will likely rock you as much as May’s new anthem. First published Dec. 31, 6:40 p.m. PT.  Update, 9:02 p.m. PT:  Adds YouTube link to the song.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Tags Music Sci-Tech NASAlast_img read more

first_imgSoutheast Alaska voters on Tuesday returned four incumbents to the state Legislature, but the fifth race is far too close to call.That’s in House District 36, which includes Ketchikan, Wrangell and Prince of Wales Island. Ketchikan independent Daniel Ortiz, a teacher, is 19 votes – or .37 percent – ahead of Ketchikan Republican Chere Klein, an aide to outgoing Rep. Peggy Wilson.Absentee and questioned ballots will determine the final result.In House District 35, Sitka Democratic Incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins topped Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson by more than 1,100 votes.Overall, Kreiss-Tomkins had 60 percent of the vote to Samuelson’s 40 percent. In addition to Sitka and Petersburg, the district includes Hoonah, Kake, Angoon and some other villages.In Senate District Q, Juneau incumbent Democrat Dennis Egan beat Juneau Republican challenger Tom Williams by more than a 5,900-vote margin. Overall, Egan won 72 percent of the votes, while Williams had only 28 percent. In addition to Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Klukwan and Gustavus are among cities in the district.In House District 33, Juneau incumbent Democrat Sam Kito III won 3,300 more votes than Juneau Republican challenger Peter Dukowitz.The percentage spread was 76-24. Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Klukwan and Gustavus are in that district too.In House District 34, incumbent Juneau Republican Cathy Muñoz beat Juneau Democrat George McGuan by almost 1,800 votes.The percentage split was 62-38. The district represents Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley, Auke Bay and neighborhoods to the north.All precincts are included in the totals.last_img read more

first_img“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.A stronger than expected run of Yukon River Chinook salmon is allowing fishery managers to loosen subsistence harvest restrictions on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the river. The better-than-anticipated run is still small by historical standards, but may signal that Yukon King stocks are beginning to rebuild.Download AudioNearly 65,000 kings had passed the state’s sonar counter near the U.S. Canada border at Eagle as of Wednesday, enough to exceed key milestones, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Stephanie Schmidt.The harvest sharing agreement divides the number of kings in excess of the escapement goal between Alaska and Canadian fishermen.Schmidt says there has already been some king harvest by Alaska subsistence fishermen, including a reported 3,000 incidentally caught in the commercial summer chum fishery. She expects a similar conservative catch in Canada.This year’s return is the second in a row that appears to show some movement toward rebuilding a run that once totaled 3 hundred thousand but has struggled for the past two decades due to over harvest and suspected environmental factors. Beyond the raw return number, Schmidt says this summer’s Yukon King run also showed another positive sign.Schmidt says this summer’s kings are also bigger, cautioning that’s in line with a substantial contingent of larger age 6 fish returning.  She says a salmon research project near the river mouth is seeing more young Chinook than in past years, a potential sign more could come back in future years, depending on environmental conditions.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh has been elected as member of the Executive Board (EB) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for the 2017-2021 term. Photo: UNBBangladesh on Wednesday has been elected member of the Executive Board (EB) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for the 2017-2021 term, reports UNB.A total of 144 countries out of 184 voted for Bangladesh to join the executive board for third time, according to an Education Ministry press release received here on Thursday.The voting was held at the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris.Soon after the result, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid phoned prime minister Sheikh Hasina and informed the matter and the premier, however, congratulated the Bangladesh delegation at the 39th General Conference of UNESCO.The UNESCO’s executive board consists of 58 member countries are elected for a four-year mandate.Nahid is leading a high-level Bangladesh delegation in the conference of UNESCO. The delegate members include Md Sohrab Hossain, secretary of the secondary and higher education division and Md Manjur Hossain, secretary of UNESCO National Commission of Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgCanada`s prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 20 June 2018. Photo: ReutersCanadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has responded for the first time to an allegation of sexual misconduct dating back almost two decades, saying he does not recall any “negative interactions” on the day in question.The avowed feminist was asked on Sunday to comment on allegations that he had groped a journalist during a music festival in the western city of Creston, British Columbia in 2000.He was speaking to reporters in the central city of Regina on Canada’s national day.”I remember that day in Creston well, it was an Avalanche Foundation event to support avalanche safety,” he said.”I had a good day that day,” he added. “I don’t remember any negative interactions that day at all.”Trudeau became involved with the charity after his younger brother Michel died during an avalanche in 1998.A few days after the festival, an unsigned editorial appeared in the Creston Valley Advance which alleged Trudeau, who was 28-years-old at the time and not involved in politics, had apologized to the reporter in question.It also quoted him as saying “I would not have been so forward” had he known she was a reporter.The article did not name the journalist and did not provide further details about the alleged incident.Broadcaster CBC on Monday said it had contacted the journalist, but she did not wish to be named and did not want to be associated with coverage of the story.The allegation has resurfaced in recent times, but this is the first time the prime minister has commented on it publicly.Trudeau frequently describes himself as a feminist. When he came to power he formed a cabinet with an equal gender divide and has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct in his Liberal party.last_img

first_imgTwitter user @culturemapHouston billionaire Tilman Fertitta is buying the Houston Rockets.Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta is buying the Houston Rockets for a record price of $2.2 billion, according to KRIV Fox 26.Fertitta, a Houston native and the owner of restaurant chain Landry’s Inc., is purchasing the franchise from Leslie Alexander, who announced in July his intentions to sell the team after 24 seasons of ownership and two NBA titles. Fertitta has said if he purchased the team he’d keep the Rockets in Houston.Also, after being forced to relocate three home games to Tampa because of Harvey’s unprecedented floods, the Astros finally returned home to Minute Maid Park (and their families) over the weekend with a little more firepower in tow. On Sunday, the team introduced former Cy Young-winner Justin Verlander, who was acquired from the Tigers last week.Plus: Houston’s professional athletes, teams and owners have truly gone to bat in raising funds for the recovery effort.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgGail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaI-69/US 59 at 610 LoopThe southbound span of the I-69 Bridge at Kingwood was damaged by Harvey’s floodwaters. So to make repairs, TxDOT is shifting all traffic to the northbound side. We asked TxDOT’s Danny Perez how it’s going to work.“If you’re approaching from north of the bridge you’ll start to move over to the northbound side of the roadway to get over the bridge,” explained Perez. “Once you get past the bridge then traffic will shift over, back to the southbound main lanes.”While that work is underway the northbound span will have three lanes in each direction. Perez says they’ll start work Saturday morning to make those lane shifts.“Once we get those lanes reconfigured then we’ll begin the work on the bridge itself,” added Perez. “And then once the work is completed on the bridge then we’ll probably take some additional weekends to get everything put back into place.”The actual bridge repair project should take about six months. Perez says they’re also making temporary changes to the HOV lane but the feeder roads over the San Jacinto River won’t be affected.In addition TxDOT has released a detailed list of freeway entrance and exit closures. 00:00 /00:43 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

first_imgA number of online games can eat away at your wallet more than you might expect. You drop the initial $60, or so, on the game, and then you realize that in order to advance, you need to spend more money. Is cash is low, you might sell something on eBay or elsewhere to get a small fund going. Those are reasonable options but one that isn’t is what a couple in Dongguan, China did. They sold their three children.The couple met in 2007 and clicked due to their love of online gaming. The Sanxiang City News broke the story about Li Lin and Li Juan who left their first child, shortly after he was born in 2008, to go play an online game in an internet café.The idea to sell their child came with the birth of their second child, a girl, in 2009. They sold their daughter for a meager sum of RMB 3,000, about $500. After spending it all, they then sold their son for RMB 30,000, about $4,600.They spent the money from the second child, too. The birth of their third child, a boy, provided them with another pot of gold, so to speak. Lin and Juan earned another $4,600 for him, too.The under 21 couple were not safe for long because Li Lin’s mother turned them in to the authorities. Both claimed they did not know they were breaking the law.This is all a very strange occurrence in the ether of China’s video game culture. About two months, there were reports of a man dubbed Liu Dali who spoke to the press about his time as an inmate in China. The guards there would force inmates to play online games in 12 hour shifts after hard physical labor. The virtual cash earned would then be sold by the guards. The inmates earned nothing.What would you sell for a game?Via ABC New Radiolast_img read more