All Welcome at Groundhog Day Forecasting Festivities

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. as Sam makes his annual spring forecasting prediction from his home at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines will join fans gathered to see if Sam will see his shadow. “Nova Scotia’s geographical location allows Sam to make his prediction an hour before his fellow famous groundhogs in Ontario and the United States check for their shadows, so you’ll hear it first from Sam,” said Mr. Hines. “Sam’s prediction party will feature family activities, displays and hot drinks, so I invite Nova Scotians to join us at the wildlife park on Groundhog Day.” Folklore says if Sam sees his shadow, winter will last for six more weeks. No shadow is a sign of an early spring. Those attending the Groundhog Day forecasting festivities can enter the park at 7 a.m. There will be free hot drinks, fun activities and displays. There will be no admission fee to see the animals. Along with Groundhog Day, Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Together, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Wildlife Park are hosting environmental partners and students for a morning of hands-on wetland education. Visitors can drop in to the Wetland Centre to get inspired by environmental experts from groups including the Clean Foundation, the departments of Natural Resources and Environment, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Maritime Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Secretariat, the Nova Scotia Bird Society, and the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. If you are unable to attend the festivities, you can watch Sam’s prediction live at Sam is also on Twitter @ShubenacadieSam. During the winter, the park is open only on weekends. For Groundhog Day, the park will be open until 1 p.m. Directions to the park and park hours are online at read more

With BJP gaining 10 MLAs in Goa no clarity on allies fate

first_imgPanaji: The induction of ten Congress MLAs into the BJP in Goa has put a question mark on the fate of the saffron party’s allies, with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant saying that no decision has been taken about them yet. With the BJP’s strength in the 40-member Goa Assembly increasing to 27 with two-thirds of Congress legislators joining it, the Sawant government does not need allies’ support any longer. Sawant, who is in the national capital alongwith the ten MLAs, met party president Amit Shah Thursday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”We have not taken any decision on coalition partners. We will take the decision when we return to Goa,” Sawant told PTI over phone from Delhi. It is believed that Sawant and Shah discussed cabinet reshuffle. Sawant will have to drop some of the current ministers to accommodate the defectors from the Congress. Three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and as many independents are part of the BJP-led coalition in the coastal state. All three MLAs of GFP including its chief Vijai Sardesai and independents Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gawade are part of Sawant’s cabinet. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe 2017 assembly polls threw up a hung assembly with Congress emerging as the single largest party with 17 MLAs. However, a quick-footed BJP, with 13 MLAs, managed to form government with the help of GFP, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and independents. In March this year, two of the three MGP MLAs joined the BJP, while senior MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar, then deputy chief minister, was dropped from the cabinet. Sardesai, who is deputy chief minister, said Thursday that his party remained “steadfast with this government in good and bad times”.last_img read more

Quebec report finds positive signs for French but bonjourhi still a concern

first_imgQUEBEC — A new report from Quebec’s language watchdog notes encouraging signs for the health of French in the province but raises an alarm about increased use of the bilingual “bonjour/hi” greeting in Montreal shops.In 2017, Quebec legislators were so concerned about creeping bilingualism they unanimously adopted a motion calling on store clerks to stick with a simple “bonjour” when welcoming customers. The report published Friday offers little comfort on that front.The Office quebecois de la langue francaise found that between 2010 and 2017, use of “bonjour/hi” in Montreal doubled, representing 8 per cent of all greetings in 2017. Exclusively English greetings also increased, occurring 17 per cent of the time in 2017, up from 12 per cent in 2010.French greetings remained the norm, but they were down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent over the same period.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante made a pitch Friday for merchants to stick to French when greeting customers. “What I encourage is for our merchants to use ‘bonjour,’ period,” she told reporters at city hall. “Because everyone understands ‘bonjour,’ everyone likes it, it is something that brings people together.”The report notes that once the greeting is out of the way, French remains by far the predominant language spoken in Quebec stores. French was the language of service 96 per cent of the time, meaning incidents where someone could not be served in French were rare.And politicians’ concerns aside, the report notes that Quebecers — especially the younger generation — are increasingly indifferent to the language in which they are served. In 2012, 23 per cent of francophones aged 18 to 34 said it did not bother them to be served in a language other than French. By 2018, that figure had risen to 40 per cent.Both anglophones and allophones — those whose first language is neither French nor English — are more able to converse in French than was the case 20 years ago. In fact, 94 per cent of Quebecers reported they were able to hold a conversation in French in 2016.The report says workplaces have become more bilingual. Provincewide, 80 per cent of people used French most often at work in 2016, down slightly from 82 per cent in 2011. The percentage of employees using only French at work fell to 56 per cent in 2016 from 60 per cent five years earlier.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NWAC appeals to Harper government to fund project aimed at helping Indigenous

first_imgAPTN National NewsAlmost a year ago, the Native Women’s Association of Canada applied to the Status of Women minister seeking funding for a program to combat violence against Indigenous women.They’re still waiting.Project Peace sits on the shelf and the five employees who would run it are out of a job.The employees were laid off in April when funding for a different NWAC program ran out.The new funding was supposed to begin May 1 and NWAC had a meeting with Minister Kellie Leitch at the end of March hoping to secure it.But it never came and NWAC said their proposal was revised multiple times.NWAC met with Leitch again Tuesday where they pressed for answers on the $500,000 they are requesting.President Michele Audette was at that meeting and says NWAC hopes to know more Friday.The Harper government recently announced a $25 million “action plan” to help end violence against Indigenous womenThe feds say they traveled the country seeking input on the plan.But Audette said NWAC was never consulted.Audette spoke to APTN National News from our Ottawa bureau.last_img read more

Crowdfunding for businesses would give small investors a stake in a company

Crowdfunding for businesses would give small investors a stake in a company AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Social media wants to meet up with corporate finance on the Internet to let startup and small businesses raise money online.It’s called equity crowdfunding — different from Kickstarter which funds creative projects like movies, games or music and — because it would give these online investors shares in a company.CEO and president Chad McMillan of Canada Gold Corp. (TSXV:CI) said equity crowdfunding would bring in more investors contributing smaller sums of money, spreading the risk.“Crowdfunding is an innovative technique using modern technology that provides an opportunity to do that,” he said in an interview.He said it would help democratize investing, allowing small investors help get companies off the ground.“I believe there are people who would love to have access to those opportunities as opposed to it just being reserved for the distinguished few.”McMillan said publicly traded junior mining companies such as his own, start-up technology and resource companies and any number of businesses would benefit.“Many companies are finding it quite difficult to access and raise capital to advance their projects or their ideas,” said McMillan, whose company is based in Vancouver.Equity crowdfunding is already allowed in Australia, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Italy is implementing and the United States also has laid groundwork for it.In Canada, a number of provinces looking at it, including Quebec, Alberta and Ontario.The Ontario Securities Commission is considering new rules to allow small and medium-sized companies to raise money from the public via the Internet, up to $2,500 for a single investment.The securities commission notes these types of businesses are major job creators in Canada’s economy and could provide a new source of capital, but said there is cause for concern over raising capital on the Internet.“The concerns include the risk that crowdfunding will be subject to fraud and abuse,” the OSC said in a recent report.The OSC also said it could require a two-day period cooling off period to let investors reconsider and get their money back.“Investors need to understand that they could lose all of their money and it is important that they are able to withstand that loss.”The National Crowdfunding Association supports a regulated pilot project with background checks on the issuers.But the power of the crowd will also play a role, said Craig Asano, the association’s founder and executive director.“The principal that there is a greater number of eyes through the crowd could collectively help prevent potential acts of fraud or abuse quickly,” Asano said from Toronto.Asano also said crowdfunding would benefit newcomers to Canada starting businesses.“The old communities know each other and not necessarily the new immigrants.”So what would be different about this kind of equity funding?There likely wouldn’t be a prospectus, a disclosure document that provides detailed information to investors about the purchase of a company’s public offering and is costly to produce.Technology analyst Duncan Stewart said there could be an offering memorandum with less information that costs a company much less.“What this would be is some form of offering document that would be more than ‘Give me money’ but less than a prospectus,” said Stewart, director of research at Deloitte Canada.Stewart said it doesn’t compete with venture capital funding, which usually starts in the millions. This is the first $150,000, $250,00, $500,000, he said.“The transformative part is getting the retail investor with the $1,000 or $2,000 to participate in the creation of new companies,” he said.Cindy Gordon, national chair of Invest Crowfund Canada, said this kind of crowdfunding will also help companies create jobs. She added there will be regulatory oversight for companies setting up portals to raise money from the public over the Internet.“This isn’t like you’re buying a lottery ticket and the moms and pops can go set up a portal,” said Gordon, also co-founder of iCrowdfund Social Media Inc. website.Gordon also noted that while equity crowdfunding will attract small investors, it will also attract those with deep pockets.“The key thing that most people don’t understand even in these models is that there are still two or three major shareholders that write big cheques.”Gordon said provinces are at different stages of considering crowdfunding, but she expects uniform rules for investors no matter where they live.For his part, Canada Gold’s McMillan notes that crowdfunding has already taken hold elsewhere.“Why is it then in Canada we’re always so slow to act where the opportunities lie?” he asked.“I would say that all great companies started as a small company.” by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 17, 2013 6:00 am MDT read more

UN chief deeply saddened by loss of life in Afghanistan avalanches

According to media reports, the snowstorms began on Tuesday and continued through Thursday, causing some of the worst avalanches in decades and resulting in the deaths of some 180 people. The death toll is expected to rise. Mr. Ban extended his sincere condolences to the people and Government of Afghanistan, especially those who have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods in these disasters, said a statement released by his spokesperson this afternoon. United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have responded quickly to support the Government of Afghanistan in providing assistance to those who have been displaced, where they are accessible. They have also bolstered contingency planning to increase the resilience of families and communities in the longer term, the note said. read more

Larry Johnson bringing new mindset to Ohio State defensive line

Members of the OSU defense line take part in a drill during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternWhen former Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel left the Buckeye staff to join the Houston Texans, many wondered if OSU could successfully replace such a polarizing figure.According to its players, OSU has done just that.Larry Johnson, who coached at Penn State from 1996-2013, has made a positive impression on the players he coaches.“It is just a different attitude,” sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Thursday after practice when comparing Vrabel’s style of coaching to Johnson’s. “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I dare say.”Bosa, who had a breakout freshman year in 2013 — tallying 7.5 sacks, tied for the team lead — said he responds better to Johnson’s uplifting style of coaching.“Coach J is super positive, he is never really tearing anyone down,” Bosa said. “The coaches have been much more positive in trying to coach and make us better.”Teammate and fellow defensive lineman, junior Adolphus Washington, agreed with Bosa and said Johnson has been encouraging the players to succeed.“What is unique about him is that he is always a motivator. He is going to tell you what to do and he is going to show you how to do it and he is going to motivate you to do it,” Washington said. “Instead of using an angrier approach to it, he uses more of a teaching approach.”Johnson said he wants his players to understand the love he has for football as well as showing them the right way to play.“My deal is about passion. I want my guys to see the passion in how I coach. And that’s in my room, off the field and every area of their lives,” Johnson said. “I bring the same intensity, but I’m also teaching at the same time and getting them (to) understand my passion for the game and to feel that.”Despite only being in Columbus for a few months — OSU officially announced Johnson as part of its staff Jan. 16 — Johnson said his players are beginning to buy into what he wants them to.“They’ve got to trust me. I tell them all the time once they drink the Kool-Aid, we’re ready to go,” Johnson said. “Understanding 4-6 (seconds), A-B, that’s the style we’re going to play here, and once they understand my passion for that and then (I) told them the first day I got here I was going to do the best I can to reach them.”The Buckeyes, who were thin on the defensive line last year, will look to try and develop depth, something Johnson said he is striving to achieve.“There’s not a first group, there’s not a second group — there’s a group of guys trying to get better. And I’ve sold them on that idea that there are going to be eight, nine guys playing who compete,” Johnson said. “It’s not the guy who started the game, it’s the guys who finish the game that are going to make a difference. I think they’ve bought into that and I think that’s what’s really neat.”Johnson wants to bring back the “Silver Bullet” mindset the OSU defense did not seem to have last year, as they gave up 38.3 points per game in their last three games, of which they lost two. He said it’s what OSU is known for, and it is what he wants to get back to.“Great defense … I think that’s what we all feel we’re going to get back to,” Johnson said. “So it’s one focus, one fight, one team and just one idea about being the best defense in the country.”Bosa said Johnson has mentioned the Silver Bullet mindset around the players and he is trying to develop an attitude about them.“We watch guys that played before us and how hard they played,” Bosa said. “But again, we are focusing on playing hard and just competing against the offense.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium. read more

Aldridge to acquire Yenipazar property

first_imgAldridge Minerals has signed a strategic alliance and option agreement with Anatolia Minerals and its Turkish subsidiary for exploration and development of the Yenipazar Au-Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn VMS deposit in central Turkey. The agreement amends and restates the previous agreement with Anatolia on the Yenipazar property. Under the terms of the agreement, and supplementary to earn-in conditions spelled out in the previous agreement, Aldridge has the opportunity to earn 100% title to the Yenipazar property for payment of 250,000 common Aldridge shares.This strategic alliance and 100% earn-in option for Aldridge will give it a major core asset. From Anatolia’s perspective, it has chosen to focus on building up a work infrastructure to develop 100%-owned large Cöpler gold projects, rather than divert its resources to minority ownership in projects that would be controlled and managed by others.Aldridge Minerals and the Yenipazar project are featured in the August issue of International Mining within our country special focussed on Turkey.www.aldridgeminerals.comlast_img read more

Seven days on Philippines remains chaotic as death toll is disputed

first_img(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)The World Health Organisation says there are significant injuries that need to be dealt with — open wounds that can easily become infected in the sweltering tropical heat.Experts warn that a reliable supply of clean drinking water is vital if survivors are to avoid diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and death, especially in small children.- © AFP, 2013Watch: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last year > Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless > Read: US aircraft carrier steams in to Philippines as UN admits slow response > (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)When asked about the UN’s statement: Balido replied: “Not true”. Then repeated the NDRMMC’s published figure of 2,360.Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said that he estimated the final death toll would be around 2,500.Devastation Several foreign relief operations are active on the ground in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan left thousands dead or homeless. THE UNITED NATIONS says the death toll from a super typhoon in the Philippines was at least 4,460, citing regional officials – but the government maintains that the figure is much lower.The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the number of 4,460 was given from the regional taskforce of the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Wednesday.But NDRMMC’s spokesman Reynaldo Balido insisted the official toll from the typhoon that ripped through the central Philippines on November 8 remained at 2,360.“As of 13 November, the government reported that 4,460 people have died,” an OCHA statement said.Asked for the source of the figures, Manila-based OCHA spokeswoman Orla Fagan said:” We are getting it from the operations centre of the regional taskforce set up by the NDRMMC.”center_img (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)A week after one of the strongest storms ever hit a belt of central Philippine islands, ships and planes from Asia-Pacific nations and Europe are converging on the country bearing food, water, medical supplies, tents and other essentials.The international aid push comes as the UN admitted it had been too slow to reach the victims of the storm, with survivors still begging for help.With thousands of people already dead from the storm, the lives of many others were hanging by the thinnest of threads, even as the relief operations moved up a gear.last_img read more

PhantomSkinz Offers Carbon Fiber Protection

first_imgPhantomSkinz has just announced that its Chromatics Carbon Fiber line of skins is now available for the MacBook Air. It not only delivers protection, the company says, but offers a realistic 3D look and feel. Buyers can choose how much of their notebook they want covered: just the top, the top and wrist area, or the whole notebook. Skins go on without any stick residue, so there’s no chance of leaving lasting marks on your notebook.The skins are available in either black or white. You apply them by removing the skin from its backing paper, applying it to your notebook, then slowly pressing out the bubbles. The company recommends using a hair drying to firmly attach the skin to corners. Prices range from $39.95 to $79.95, depending on how much coverage you want. AdChoices广告last_img

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img No Comments Just days after surviving the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, a team of teens are trying to start a revolution against gun violence. They’re doing it from the parents’ living rooms and Buzzfeed went along to hear about their plans. Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Catherine Nevin dies, Graham Dwyer court case and Permanent TSB loan sale. NEED TO CATCH UP? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Springtime scenes in Dublin as the sun shines. Source: Leah Farrell/ Source: BuzzFeed News/Twitter In a living room turned “headquarters,” the student survivors of the Florida shooting have a makeshift calendar — where major news network appointments are mixed in with funerals— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 20, 2018 By Rónán Duffy Feb 20th 2018, 9:03 PM Queen Elizabeth II sits in between Caroline Rush (left) of the British Fashion Council and Anna Wintour (right), Vogue editor, and London Fashion Week. Source: Yui Mok/PA Wire#THUNDERDOME: UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said Britain “won’t be plunged into a Mad Max-style world” after the UK’s EU exit, despite the fears of Remainers.#SCANDAL: Oxfam has said it was investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct which had been reported since the charity’s Haiti prostitute scandal broke earlier this month.#SPAIN: A father has gone on trial in Spain in the case of an eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast found in suitcase at border crossing.PARTING SHOT Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,558 Views Short URL Catherine Nevin, who was convicted of the 1996 murder of her husband Tom, has died at the age of 67.Nevin’s trial in 2000 was one of the most-watched Irish trials in decades.As Permanent TSB plans to sell €4 billion worth of loans, the government is being urged to ensure the loan book is not sold to a vulture fund.A doctor at the Belfast rugby rape trial agreed it was ‘not possible’ to tell if injuries to alleged victim were caused by consensual or non-consensual sex.Convicted murderer Graham Dwyer has begun a High Court action against the manner of which his phone data was collected.Another 10 bus routes are to be redirected to avoid  College Green in Dublin city centre.Irish politicians have been defending the Good Friday Agreement amid an increasing number of attacks from UK Brexiteers.The Cabinet has approved draft bill clearing way for the Oireachtas to set new abortion laws if the Eighth Amendment is repealed.A hospital pathologist working at St James’ Hospital misdiagnosed two cancer cases, a new RTÉ investigation has revealed.Psychiatric nurses at Waterford University Hospital today started their industrial action in response to overcrowding and staffing issues.WORLD Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 9:03 PM Share1 Tweet Email last_img read more

SFR ordonné de démonter une antennerelais dans les PyrénéesOrientales

first_imgSFR ordonné de démonter une antenne-relais dans les Pyrénées-OrientalesLa cour d’appel de Montpellier a demandé à SFR de démonter une antenne-relais placée dans les Pyrénées-Orientales. Celle-ci était contestée par 26 riverains qui avaient saisi la justice.Hier, l’AFP est parvenue à se procurer une copie de l’arrêté de la cour d’appel de Montpellier demandant à l’opérateur SFR de procéder au démontage d’une antenne-relais à Montesquieu des Albères, dans les Pyrénées-Orientales. Cette décision intervient après que 26 riverains, qui contestaient cette installation, aient saisi en 2009 le juge des référés du TGI de Perpignan. Les habitants estimaient que la proximité de l’antenne présentait “un risque grave pour leur santé et celle de leurs enfants” du fait des ondes électromagnétiques.Malgré tout, en 2010, l’opérateur de téléphonie mobile avait fait poser son pylône de 12 mètres de haut à seulement 80 mètres des maisons de deux plaignants (accueillant deux enfants et une personne âgée) et à une centaine de mètres de trois autres, rapporte TV5monde. La cour d’appel de Montpellier a ainsi estimé, le 15 septembre, que “la société SFR se devait de respecter le principe de précaution édicté par l’article 110-1 du Code de l’environnement selon lequel l’absence de certitude, compte tenu des connaissances scientifiques et techniques du moment, ne doit pas retarder l’adoption de mesures effectives et proportionnées visant à prévenir un risque de dommages graves et irréversibles”.Un rapport établi avant la mise en serviceDans le cas des Pyrénées-Orientales, SFR avait toutefois fait valoir qu’en l’état des connaissances scientifiques, justement, l’émission d’ondes de ses antennes ne comportait pas de risque et qu’en l’occurrence son utilisation se faisait “dans la plus stricte conformité aux normes en vigueur” en France. Cependant, la cour de Montpellier relève que le seul rapport de mesure des ondes jamais produit par SFR sur le site de Montesquieu des Albères date de janvier 2010, et que “selon ce document lui-même les “mesures ont été réalisées avant la mise en service du site”” ! À lire aussiNuméros illimités : 183 millions d’euros d’amende pour Orange et SFRD’autant plus que, selon les juges, SFR avait le choix d’un autre terrain, plus éloigné des habitations, sur la même commune. Cette solution n’aurait pas été retenue pour des raisons économiques, la commune souhaitant percevoir un loyer, aux dires de SFR. “La crainte des demandeurs […] peut légitimement résulter de ce qu’ils n’ont aucune garantie de l’absence de risque sanitaire”, indiquent les magistrats. Ces derniers s’appuient également sur plusieurs rapports, notamment de l’Agence européenne de l’environnement, sur les “menaces plausibles” des champs électromagnétiques sur la santé.Une première antenne-relais déjà démontée La justice laisse désormais six mois à l’opérateur pour démonter sa station. A défaut d’exécution, une astreinte de 500 euros par jour de retard sera appliquée. A noter qu’il ne s’agit pas de la première décision de justice du genre puisqu’en février 2009 déjà, l’opérateur Bouygues Telecom avait été condamné à démonter une antenne-relais à Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, dans le Rhône, pour les mêmes raisons.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 11:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un quart des oiseaux nicheurs menacés en IledeFrance

first_imgUn quart des oiseaux nicheurs menacés en Ile-de-France Selon la première liste rouge établie sur la région, plus d’une espèce d’oiseaux nicheurs sur quatre serait menacée de disparition en Île-de-France, notamment à cause de l’utilisation de pesticides.C’est un bilan préoccupant que vient tout juste de révéler Naturparif et le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Soucieux de la situation des oiseaux nicheurs en Ile-de-France, ces spécialistes ont réalisé la première liste rouge des espèces de la région. Or, selon les critères établis par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), 39 des 178 espèces d’oiseaux qui se reproduisent en Ile-de-France ont été cataloguées comme menacées. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”Au total ce sont 39 espèces qui sont menacées soit un peu plus d’une sur quatre”, a précisé Julien Birard de l’association Naturparif qui a participé à l’élaboration de cette liste. La bécassine des marais, le butor étoilé et le râle des genêts font ainsi partie des dix espèces qui ont déjà disparu des paysages franciliens. Mais quatorze, parmi lesquelles la sarcelle d’été ou le guêpier d’Europe, sont en danger critique d’extinction, sept en danger (cochevis huppé et fauvette pitchou entre autres) et dix-huit considérées comme vulnérables comme l’alouette lulu, rapporte l’AFP.”Sur les dix espèces d’oiseaux nicheurs disparues lors des 50 dernières années on en trouve six habituées des régions agricoles. Actuellement une espèce sur cinq, de celles vivant en milieux agricoles, est à deux doigts de tomber dans la catégorie ‘menacée de disparition'”, a souligné Grégoire Loïs, expert de Naturparif. La moitié du territoire de l’Ile-de-France étant constituée de terres agricoles, celui-ci a ajouté que la productivité accrue de l’agriculture avec une hausse considérable des intrants chimiques a fortement contribué à la disparition de ces espèces d’oiseaux nicheurs.Les quatre autres espèces disparues dans la région étaient des oiseaux vivant en zones humides, espaces qui ont vu leur surface divisée par deux en un siècle, a encore commenté l’expert. Le 17 février 2012 à 15:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man arrested in attempted breakin at Little Havana pharmacy

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man after, they said, he tried to break into a pharmacy in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.7News cameras captured City of Miami Police officers as they handcuffed the subject and put him in the back of a squad car, Sunday night.Officials said the thief attempted to break into Continental Pharmacy near Southwest Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue.Cameras showed one of the store’s glass doors with a large crack, as if someone had tried to shatter it.Police surrounded the business and closed off nearby roads while they investigated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Anchorage law firm intervenes on behalf of state in antiMedicaid lawsuit

first_imgAn Anchorage law firm is helping the state fight the Legislative Council’s lawsuit aimed at stopping Medicaid expansion. Ray Brown, an attorney with the Anchorage based law firm Dillon & Findley reached out to Governor Bill Walker’s office late last week. Brown says he was upset when he learned the Legislative Council was paying at least $450,000 to a Washington, D.C.,-based law firm to argue the case.Download Audio“I was greatly offended by it and I talked to my partners and we agreed that given the current budgetary crisis in Alaska, the state could ill afford to hire a private law firm to go up against this national firm. And we agreed to do it pro bono- we’ve litigated against large national law firms on numerous occasions.”Attorney’s for the Legislative Council filed the lawsuit in Anchorage Superior Court yesterday. They’re asking a judge to stop the state from starting to offer Medicaid benefits to up to 40,000 new Alaskans as planned on September 1st.The new group of new beneficiaries are mostly childless adults living in poverty. Brown says his law firm feels very strongly that providing health insurance to Alaskans is the right thing to do.“If you’re going to be a law firm working pro bono it should be for a good cause and I can’t think of any one better than providing Medicaid to those who are in the most need in this state. So we feel very strongly about it and we’re willing to dedicate our efforts in that regard to whatever extent it takes.”Brown says his firm will have as many as five lawyers working with a team of state attorneys on the case.The Legislative Council’s lawsuit contends the expansion population is an optional group that cannot be covered unless approved by the Legislature. In court filings, the Council argues the state could face “irreparable fiscal injury” if Medicaid expansion starts next week.The first court hearing in the case has been scheduled for the afternoon of August 27th.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

US gay mayor to launch presidential bid

first_imgSouth Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on 8 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo:AFPPete Buttigieg, the gay, liberal mayor of a small American city in the conservative bastion of Indiana, was expected to officially launch his presidential bid Sunday, joining a crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s nomination in 2020.The 37-year-old Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan war veteran is the two-term mayor of his hometown of South Bend — a left-leaning bubble in America’s so-called “Rust Belt” region, where the decline of industries such as steel and automobile manufacturing has hurt local economies.Voters in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin helped hand Republican US President Donald Trump his victory in the 2016 election.Buttigieg, who is credited with helping turn South Bend around, has couched himself as a can-do reformer who can speak to voters across the political spectrum.”Here you have this moment, probably the only moment in American history, where it just might make sense for somebody my age, coming from experience in the industrial Midwest, non-federal, different background, bringing something that will actually help Americans,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet The Press” last weekend.Buttigieg was expected to officially launch his candidacy Sunday afternoon in South Bend, giving his already surprisingly strong campaign an additional boost.In the three months since he declared an exploratory committee to test a presidential run, he has gone from relative obscurity to drawing large crowds at campaign stops.He has raised $7 million dollars, more than most other candidates, and jumped to third place in the latest polls of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire — the earliest states to vote in next year’s primary elections.Buttigieg versus PenceThe popular mayor who speaks eight languages and plays classical piano has been the focus of countless news stories and profiles.The fascination has been in no small part due to his background: he would be the youngest, first openly gay, first millennial, and first mayor to become president.He has had headline-grabbing moments, the most recent being his faith-based challenge of Vice President Mike Pence’s views on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.Former Indiana governor Pence, a religious conservative, infamously supported a 2015 law that was widely interpreted as codifying discrimination against LGBT people. It was quickly changed after nationwide outrage.”Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if being gay was a choice, it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said in a 7 April speech.”And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”It was a soundbite-ready moment — like several others he has enjoyed — that replayed throughout the week in American media.Destined for national politicsButtigieg’s Sunday launch event was scheduled to take place at an expansive South Bend building that once housed an assembly plant for defunct auto manufacturer Studebaker.The plant’s closure in 1963 still reverberated in the city in 2011 when he was elected mayor. He set out to tear down decaying, abandoned homes and restore the blighted Studebaker complex to make it suitable for new high-tech companies.In an unlikely feat, the city has reversed decades of population decline and attracted new businesses and development, with the mayor’s popularity growing in the process.”His appeal, for many people in South Bend, is his ability to look forward and to focus on better days ahead,” South Bend-based political science professor Elizabeth Bennion of Indiana University told AFP.”Once people looked at his resume and heard him speak, many started talking about the fact that he was destined for national politics.”last_img read more

Cant pair certain Bluetooth devices anymore on Windows 8 or 10 Thats

first_imgCan’t pair certain Bluetooth devices anymore on Windows 8 or 10? That’s intentional by Martin Brinkmann on June 12, 2019 in Windows – 10 commentsMicrosoft released security updates for all supported versions of the Windows operating system on June 11, 2019. Some of the released updates patch a Bluetooth security vulnerability by “intentionally preventing connections between Windows and Bluetooth devices that are not secure and use well-known keys to encrypt connections, including security fobs”.In other words: Windows prevents the pairing of certain Bluetooth devices with Windows systems after the latest security update is installed.Microsoft notes:You may experience issues pairing, connecting or using certain Bluetooth devices after installing security updates released June 11, 2019. These security updates address a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing connections from Windows to unsecure Bluetooth devices.A support page on the Microsoft Support website highlights the affected versions and updates:Windows 10: all versions.Windows 8.1Window Server 2019Windows Server 2016Windows Server 2012 R2Windows Server 2012Windows Embedded 8 StandardThe CVE reveals that the issue affects Android devices only. It lists Android version 7.0 to Android 9 as potentially affected. Whether a device is affected depends on the manufacturer. If the manufacturer used a provded example Long Term Key, it is affected by the issue.In the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) specification, there is a provided example Long Term Key (LTK). If a BLE device were to use this as a hardcoded LTK, it is theoretically possible for a proximate attacker to remotely inject keystrokes on a paired Android host due to improperly used crypto. User interaction is not needed for exploitation. Product: Android. Versions: Android-7.0 Android-7.1.1 Android-7.1.2 Android-8.0 Android-8.1 Android-9. Android ID: A-128843052.Administrators may check the Event Log to find out if a Bluetooth device is affected by the intentional change:Load the Event Viewer from the Start Menu.Switch to Windows Logs > System.Locate the following events:Event Log: SystemEvent Source: BTHUSB or BTHMINIEvent ID: 22Name: BTHPORT_DEBUG_LINK_KEY_NOT_ALLOWEDLevel: ErrorEvent Message Text: Your Bluetooth device attempted to establish a debug connection. The Windows Bluetooth stack does not allow debug connection while it is not in the debug mode.If you see the event listed you know that the Bluetooth device is affected by the change.Microsoft suggests to contact the manufacturer of the Bluetooth device to determine whether device updates are available. These need to update the connection options of the Bluetooth device to address the security issue for the device.Options to connect affected Bluetooth devices, e.g. by overriding the intentional change, have not been revealed by Microsoft. The only option to restore pairing functionality for affected devices for which updates are not available is to restore an earlier version of the Windows operating system. Doing so would open the system up for attacks targeting that vulnerability, however. (via Deskmodder, Windows Latest)SummaryArticle NameCan’t pair certain Bluetooth devices anymore on Windows 8 or 10? That’s intentionalDescriptionYou may not be able to pair certain Bluetooth devices with Windows devices after installing the June 2019 patches for Windows.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

WestJet issues MAX8 update will remove aircraft from flight schedules

first_imgWestJet issues MAX-8 update, will remove aircraft from flight schedules Tags: boeing, WestJet Share Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by CALGARY — As of March 25, WestJet’s 13 Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft will be removed from its flight schedules through the end of April.The airline has provided the update following Transport Canada’s safety notice to close Canadian airspace to the aircraft. It also said that it continues to “monitor this dynamic situation” and will “balance further extension of a revised schedule” as more information becomes available.WestJet has 168 aircraft, or more than 93% of its overall fleet, that remain in service. It assures travel agents that they can book their clients with confidence knowing that it continues to fly throughout the network with the safety of guests and employees as the priority.Since the grounding of the MAX-8, of the more than 65,000 guests booked on MAX flights up to March 31, more than 85% had little to no changes to their flight schedules.“We are closely in contact with Boeing, Transport Canada and other regulators to understand how and when to safely reintroduce the MAX-8 aircraft into service,” WestJet said in its update. “WestJet remains unrelenting in putting safety at the forefront and will thoroughly evaluate processes, procedures and any further required training before these aircraft once again take to the skies.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaIn the case a client is impacted and needs to make adjustments, agents can continue to use the existing waiver code BMAX0319. For more information regarding this waiver code, go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt dies at 91

first_img Facebook Comments How Guatemala’s former dictator Ríos Montt dodged a stay in a notorious psychiatric hospital Related posts:Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered Landmark sexual slavery case in Guatemala examines use of rape as weapon of war Following Trump, Guatemala begins process to move embassy to Jerusalem Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officialscenter_img Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt died Sunday at 91 years of age. His trial for genocide had been suspended; Ríos Montt was accused of the murder of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans during his 1982-1983 rule.His short but fearsome regime, full of terrible massacres of indigenous people, become a symbol of the most violent era of Guatemala’s 36 years of civil war (1960-1996). People close to the former dictator confirmed his death from a heart attack at his home in Guatemala City.While slight in stature, Ríos Montt is considered one of the bloodiest dictators of the 20th century. Under his regime, entire Mayan communities were destroyed, and various opponents faced the firing squad.On May 20, 2013, Guatemala’s highest judicial authority annulled the 80-year prison sentence for genocide that had been handed down 10 years before.last_img read more

Investors Are Taking a Larger Share of the ExistingHome Sales Pie

first_imgInvestors Are Taking a Larger Share of the Existing-Home Sales Pie A normalizing of the housing market in the last few years has meant a huge decline in distressed inventory available for sale—which has contributed to the low levels of existing homes for sale in recent months. Despite the lack of inventory, investors are becoming more involved in the market, according to data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on MondayThe short supply of existing homes combined with price appreciation and slow wage growth has resulted in an over-the-month decline of 7.1 percent for the seasonally adjusted annual rate of existing-home sales in February, from 5.47 million down to 5.08 million, according to NAR’s February 2016 Existing-Home Sales Report. Over the year in February, existing-home sales were up by only 2.2 percent.“The overall demand for buying is still solid entering the busy spring season, but home prices and rents outpacing wages and anxiety about the health of the economy are holding back a segment of would-be buyers,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said.Investor activity in the existing-home sales market has been on the rise as of late. The share of investor-purchased homes rose from 17 percent in January to 18 percent in February, which was the highest investor share since April 2014. Approximately 64 of those investors paid cash for the homes they purchased in February.“Now that there are fewer distressed homes available, it appears there’s been a shift towards investors purchasing lower-priced homes and turning them into rentals.”Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief EconomistAs a further indicator that investor activity is increasing, the distressed sales share rose by 1 percentage point over-the-month in February up to 10 percent (7 percent foreclosures, 3 percent short sales), Investors were also able to purchase distressed inventory at much lower prices in February—the average discount for foreclosed homes during the month was 17 percent below market value, up 4 percentage points from January; for short sales, the average discount was 16 percent below market value, also up 4 percentage points over-the-month.The increased investor activity may be preventing potential first-time buyers from entering the market, however. NAR reported that February’s first-time buyer share (30 percent) is down 2 percentage points over-the-month and is at its lowest level since November 2015. The 30 percent for February matched the first-time buyer share for all of 2015.“Investor sales have trended surprisingly higher in recent months after falling to as low as 12 percent of sales in August 2015,” Yun said. “Now that there are fewer distressed homes available, it appears there’s been a shift towards investors purchasing lower-priced homes and turning them into rentals. Already facing affordability issues, this competition at the entry-level market only adds to the roadblocks slowing first-time buyers.”The homes that ARE on the market aren’t staying there long. The number of days an existing home stays on the market in February was 59 days, which was down from 64 days in January and 62 days in February 2015. About 35 percent of the homes sold in February were on the market for less than a month. Short sales were on the market for an average of 126 days; for foreclosures and non-distressed homes, the average number of days on the market was 57.“With low supply this spring buying season, it’s easy for buyers to get discouraged when their offer is rejected in favor of a higher bid,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “That’s why it’s important for buyers to stay patient and work with a realtor to develop a negotiation strategy that ensures success without overstretching their budget.” in Headlines, News Cash Sales Existing-Home Sales Investors National Association of Realtors 2016-03-22 Seth Welborncenter_img March 22, 2016 458 Views Sharelast_img read more