first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsComing to the big city for medical treatment can land vulnerable Inuit into the hands of sex traffickers.“Yes, we have been dealing with quite a few families with issues in regards to this,” said Josée Mensales, of the Montreal police sexual exploitation investigation unit.Mensales was at the opening Monday of the Centre Illuvik, which means a place to stay or rest in Inuktitut. And the unveiling of a new video with safety tips.The centre has 91 rooms for Inuit coming south from Illuvik, in northern Quebec, for medical treatment. But sometimes patients and their medical escorts can get distracted in Montreal, miss their flights home, and become vulnerable to exploitation.“Everybody knows everybody in the village but here people do not know each other,” added Jane Beaudoin, executive director of the Inuulitsivik health centre. “You have to be careful about who you talk to and what you do.“This video is very sensitive to those needs and points out exactly what we try to get across.”Maggie Putulik, the director of Illuvik, says the partnership with police also shows sensitivity to the needs of a different culture.Carlo Deangelis says the video hopes to build trust, as well as inform about the realities and dangers that lurk in southern Canada.“We want to make sure that they have a safe stay when they are here,” said the Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Montreal police.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The energy and financial sectors helped boost Canadian economic growth in August despite weakness in manufacturing due to auto assembly plant shutdowns.Statistics Canada said Wednesday real gross domestic product edged up 0.1 per cent in August, the seventh consecutive month to see an increase.Economists had expected no change for the month, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Growth in oil and gas extraction and the finance and insurance sector helped to more than offset declines in 12 of the 20 industrial sectors tracked.Overall, Statistics Canada says services-producing industries edged up 0.1 per cent, while goods-producing industries were essentially unchanged.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld called the August figures “a mixed bag” with the strength in the oil and gas sector offset by weakness in manufacturing.“Canada’s economy had neither tricks nor treats for market observers on this Halloween release, with August’s GDP growth not scary enough to create fears of a slump, but not strong enough for the Bank of Canada to spook investors with a December rate hike,” Shenfeld wrote in a note to clients.Canada’s economy grew 0.1% in August, matching BMO estimate. Gains in oil and gas, finance and insurance offset declines in 12 of 20 i” sectors according to Statscan. BMO expects September, “assuming decent growth,” will put Q2 GDP at 2% annualized.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) October 31, 2018Helping drive the growth was the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector which rose 0.9 per cent.The increase was boosted by a 1.9 per cent gain by the oil and gas extraction subsector including a 3.2 per cent increase in non-conventional oil as crude bitumen and total crude production in Alberta reached record levels.Also climbing higher was the finance and insurance sector which rose 1.0 per cent in August, the largest monthly gain since May 2017.On the flip side, the manufacturing sector contracted 0.6 per cent in August due in part to shutdowns at some auto assembly plans in the month.The construction sector also pulled back by 0.4 per cent in the month, while transportation and warehousing slipped down 0.5 per cent.The GDP report followed the Bank of Canada’s decision last week to raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.75 per cent and signalled rates are headed higher.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz has said the current rate is still too stimulative for the improved economy and warned it will rise to what the bank considers its neutral range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.last_img read more

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook told an Executive Board meeting of the agency in Geneva that recent months had brought “shocks and disasters,” some of them sudden and catastrophic like the earthquake that destroyed Bam in Iran. Other crises, such as the violent conflicts in Iraq, Liberia and the Palestinian Territories, last longer, with civilians – especially women and children – usually hardest-hit. Their suffering, he observed, stems much more from unprevented and untreated illness than from bullets and bombs. Still other crises develop more slowly but have a profound long-term impact, such as those caused by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. “The devastation caused by all three kinds of crisis can be reduced in the first place by measures of prevention; then, where these fail, by a well-prepared response,” he declared. “Even as attention is focused on the most immediate needs, however, it must turn to the repair and recovery of the systems needed in the longer term.” Dr. Lee noted that the 2004 World Health Report, due out in May, would focus on HIV/AIDS, which at present kills some 8,000 people a day. Over 30 countries have already appealed to WHO for support for intensified AIDS prevention and treatment since the launch seven weeks ago of the “3 by 5” strategy to provide anti-retroviral treatment to 3 million HIV-infected people by 2005. But he also called attention to other critical health issues, including the all-out effort to complete polio eradication and to achieve widespread immunization against other diseases. In addition, he underscored the need for global cooperation to prevent non-communicable illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. Many national health systems, he pointed out, have been suffering the combined effects of instability, conflict, and under-funding due, in part, to heavy external debt. “The result, especially for the poorest people, is less access to essential services, unaffordable out-of-pocket expenses and further exposure to the diseases of poverty,” he said, pledging to shift WHO resources to address the problem. The 32-member Executive Board supports the World Health Assembly, WHO’s supreme decision-making body. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 6:48 am MDT Bombardier foresees improvement after weak Q4 results due to ‘execution issues’ MONTREAL – Bombardier Inc.’s chief executive says the aerospace and rail equipment manufacturer is on a path to improved results in coming years but acknowledged Thursday that its fourth-quarter results were weak and margins in the coming year won’t be as robust as previously thought.“Our results in 2012 are not reflective of our potential as we faced some execution issues,” CEO Pierre Beaudoin said Thursday during a conference call to discuss the Montreal-based company’s latest financial report.Beaudoin said Bombardier is at a “turning point” and “forging ahead with breakthrough products and expanding our reach in pivotal growth markets.”He pointed to a drop in transportation revenue generated from China, a traditionally strong market that he said will significantly increase in 2013.Beaudoin said the company had nearly US$67 billion of orders booked at the end of 2012 that will translate into revenue growth for years to come.“These are exciting times at Bombardier and we’re on the cusp of generating significant revenue growth.”However, he told analysts that margins and aircraft deliveries will be weaker than thought in 2013 and only recover in 2014.Bombardier’s net income for the fourth quarter fell by US$200 million in 2012 to just US$14 million for the three months ended Dec. 31 — mostly due to weak results from its rail division.The weak results caused the company’s shares to close down more than nine per cent, losing 39 cents to C$3.89 in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The 2012 fourth quarter included a US$119-million charge for restructuring related to the closure of a Bombardier Transportation plant in Aachen, Germany, and the previously announced reduction of 1,200 employees worldwide.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B), which reports in U.S. dollars, said its adjusted profit, which excludes the restructuring and other special items, was also down year-to-year but less dramatically.Adjusted earnings were down $39 million or 17 per cent to $188 million or 10 cents per share. Bombardier’s rail division was responsible for most of the decline.Analysts had expected Bombardier to earn 10 cents per share in adjusted profits in the quarter, according a consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.The adjusted earnings excluded seven cents per share in restructuring charges, and two cents per share in other special charges that were included in the net income results.Overall revenue for the quarter rose to $4.7 billion from $4.3 billion a year earlier, all due to Bombardier Aerospace.Revenue at Bombardier Transportation fell from a year earlier to $2.16 billion from $2.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.For the full year, it earned $598 million or 32 cents per share on $16.8 billion of revenue, down from $837 million on $18.4 billion of sales in 2011. On an adjusted basis, profits dropped 20 per cent to $692 million or 38 cents per share.Cameron Doerksen said the weak fourth-quarter margins in both divisions is disappointing but nonetheless raised his rating and target price by 50 cents to C$4.75 per share as he looks to improved results in 2014 and beyond.While its 2013 results will likely be similar to 2012, margins at both divisions should improve.He wrote in a report that cash flows will improve as development spending declines and it delivers the first CSeries and LearJet aircraft.“We believe that investor focus will now turn to the CSeries program and to 2014 results,” said Doerksen.With the first CSeries test vehicle nearing completion, he said Bombardier is on track or even ahead of schedule to meet its first flight target date by the end of June.“While risks will remain on the program, first flight is a key milestone and risk-mitigating event and we expect that the stock will react positively if the target is met,” he said, adding that it could be a trigger point to more sales.Beaudoin said the company expects to ramp up over about 3 1/2 years to produce about 120 CSeries aircraft annually.Bombardier expects to deliver 245 planes in 2013, including 190 business jets, 55 regional planes, lower than his expectations of 254 deliveries (183 business jets, 67 regional planes and four amphibious planes).The company also says aircraft program development costs will decline from $2 billion in 2013 by $500 million in 2014 and another $500 million in 2015.Asked about a potential stretch version of its Q400 turboprop, Beaudoin said: “We have enough airplane programs in development right now so we don’t have additional ones to announce this morning.”While it says the CSeries is on schedule, the company has delayed the entry into service of the composite Learjet 85 by about six months to mid-2014.Bombardier has 33,600 employees and production facilities in 24 countries. It is the world’s third-largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, largest maker of business jets and trains. read more

first_imgA former soldier who claimed to have served in war-torn countries received thousands of pounds worth of money and services by pretending he had cancer, a court has heard.Simon Buckden, who has run several marathons and raised money for charities, including Help for Heroes, said he had been diagnosed with cancer in an attempt to get sympathy and money, Leeds Crown Court was told.But medical records showed Buckden had never received a cancer diagnosis or received any treatment or therapy for the disease. Simon Buckden carrying the Olympic torch in the run up to the 2012 gamesCredit:SWNS.com The court heard he told people he had held a dying child in his arms and told his former girlfriend he had to shoot a friend in the kneecap while working undercover to infiltrate the IRA.He also claimed to have served in the SAS and attended events wearing medals and a beret, the court heard.Buckden, 44, from Leeds, spoke publicly about his experiences of growing up in care, his time in the Army and PTSD.He took part in the Olympic torch relay in the run up to the 2012 London Olympic Games and began a fundraising challenge to run 100 marathons in 100 weeks.In 2012, he told his former partner he had been diagnosed with terminal rectal cancer, the court heard.He went on to tell a number of people about the diagnosis and his marathon challenge, including friends, his new partner, newspapers and business people.As a result, he received thousands of pounds worth of money and services from businesses for courses, therapy sessions, a holiday, a publicity film and to set-up a PTSD enterprise.Mr Hassall said: “In light of what he said about his diagnosis, people were, naturally, moved by his story and moved to try to help him.”Here was a man who was making a valiant effort to raise funds for charity, running 100 marathons in 100 weeks, who had, in the middle of all of that, been cruelly struck down with cancer. Craig Hassall, prosecuting, told a jury that Buckden’s military records revealed he was a military clerk in the Army until his discharge in 2001 due to mental health problems.He carried out one overseas deployment to Bosnia during his time in the armed forces and never experienced frontline active service, the court heard.But Buckden told a number of people he carried out tours of duty in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Rwanda and both Gulf Wars, and described his experiences, claiming he suffered with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result, the jury was told. Simon Buckden during a charity fundraising campaignCredit: SWNS.com His mental health difficulties, as described by (the psychiatrist), were not the reason why he was telling people untruths about his military career and his cancer diagnosisCraig Hassall, prosecutingcenter_img Simon Buckden during a charity fundraising campaign “Many of the witnesses in this case provided either money or practical help to the defendant’s cause as a result of hearing about his cancer diagnosis.”The court heard Buckden drew up a document detailing his experiences and listing the items he needed to reach his goals, including sponsorship, branding, publicity, financial backing, a holiday, a mobile phone, a car and a laptop.Mr Hassall said: “This was a proposal that could be sent out to anyone who might feel moved by the account the defendant was giving to people, to help contribute to what he was trying to achieve, which was to get a lot of attention: partly for people who were suffering PTSD but also partly for himself.”Buckden was arrested after a former girlfriend challenged him about his story.The court heard he told police he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer in Romania and he treated himself.He told a psychiatrist later that he no longer thought he had cancer but had been convinced that he had at the time, the jury was told.The psychiatrist did not find that Buckden was suffering from a mental illness or disorder but could be described as suffering from PTSD, with symptoms being noted before he was posted to Bosnia, the court heard.Mr Hassall said: “His mental health difficulties, as described by (the psychiatrist), were not the reason why he was telling people untruths about his military career and his cancer diagnosis.”The obvious reason was to get sympathy, to increase the likelihood of them supporting him in his endeavours.”Asking for a car, a mobile phone, a laptop and a holiday, it’s blatantly clear what was behind these untruths about his medical situation.”Buckden denies six counts of fraud. The trial continues.  Simon Buckden carrying the Olympic torch in the run up to the 2012 games 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.last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Intense training underway for Warriors as battles nearJuly 27, 2017In “latest news”Warriors preparing for battle! …see photos of players practising in the netsJune 22, 2016In “latest news”CPL 2018: Warriors’ Head Coach hails consistency of Guyana franchiseAugust 3, 2018In “latest news” Guyana Amazon Warriors one-week pre-season camp will commence on Wednesday at the National Stadium, Providence ahead of their first match of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on August 5 against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Florida.Several of the players arrived late Wednesday to assemble for the intense camp which will be headed by Coach Mark Harper and Assistant Coach Esuan Crandon. The other members of the support staff will be Jason Pilgrim (Physio), Clinton Jeremiah (Fitness Coach) and Kurlyn Smith-Nicholas (Masseuse).Warriors have been the most consistent team in the league, reaching three of the four finals and will be seeking to cop their maiden title in the fifth edition.After playing in Florida, the team heads to Trinidad and Tobago then St Lucia before returning home for four matches.On the 17th, they play the Jamaica Tallawahs, after which they play arch-rivals Trinbago Knight Riders two days later. The Warriors then clash with the Barbados Tridents on the 20th, and then have their final home match against the St Lucia Zouks on the 22nd.The Amazon Warriors squad comprises of Martin Guptill, Rayad Emrit, Sohail Tanveer, Babar Azam, Jason Mohammed, Chadwick Walton, Rashid Khan, Steven Taylor, Keon Joseph, Gajanand Singh, Roshon Primus, Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Keemo Paul and Muhammad Ali Khan. read more

1. FC Midtjylland110033:21(12)2 Women’s EHF Champions League 2015/2016Womens EHF Champions League 2. HC Vardar210160:52(8)2 2. HCM Baia Mare210162:58(4)2 Russian TOP team Rostov Don had easy job against RK Krim Mercator 35:25. Slovenian girls like Austrian, have nothing with the successful history of the club, who won EHF Champions League more than a decade ago. Julia Managarova netted nine goals for the winners.STANDINGS:  3. Györi Audi ETO KC110027:22(5)2 1. Rostov-Don220062:46(16)4 ← Previous Story EHF CL: First success for Besiktas! Next Story → KIELCE IN SKOPJE: Second biggest EHF CL defeat in Bertus Servaas era 3. Larvik210152:56(-4)2 Two matches at the Women’s EHF Champions League have been played on Saturday. ŽRK Vardar showed domination in Austria against weak Hypo 38:25. Lekić, Damnjanović, Sokač and Ristovska netted four goals each for the winning squad, who dissapointed their fans at the start of the season ih home defeat against Gyor.STANDINGS: 4. Hypo Niederösterreich200246:71(-25)0 4. RK Krim Mercator200252:68(-16)0 read more

first_img For those that don’t remember, Square Enix used to be two companies: Square and Enix. The two had collaborated in the past on projects like Chrono Trigger. But it wasn’t until Square nearly went bankrupt after blowing millions on creepy digital puppets for the Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within movie did the Japanese role-playing game giants merge. The publishers behind Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest were now under one roof. What could possibly go wrong?How about spending years, decades even, developing single video games. Transitioning to the scale of HD games was particularly hard for a company that dealt in genres known for being sprawling, 100-hour epics. Previous console generations could see as many as three core Final Fantasy entries. But Final Fantasy XIII for PS3/360 took so long it ended up getting remixed into its own two sequels to recoup losses while Dragon Quest hummed along on the much more mellow, mega-popular Nintendo DS.Recently Square Enix has been shocked to discover that audiences respond well to their more modest RPGs and spin-offs like the Bravely Default series, I Am Setsuna, and Dragon Quest Builders/Heroes. However, those alone can’t sustain the company while Tetsuya Nomura wastes years of everyone’s lives endlessly strapping zippers and belts onto Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake. After ten years in development, only conspicuous noodle product placement and the pure appeal of Prompto pushed Final Fantasy XV over the finish line in 2016.That’s why one of the smartest moves Square Enix made was purchasing Eidos in 2009. While the Japanese mothership toiled away in RPG development hell, the Western branch could actually create sell video games in familiar franchises real people could buy in real stores. All of sudden, Lara Croft and Agent 47 and Gex were part of the same family as Cloud Strife and those blue slimes.Initially, Square’s handling of those properties had also been pretty solid, better than how they were treated before. The new Tomb Raider games are arguably the best in the series. They managed to resurrect the hugely influential Deus Ex series into something not only good but great. After a confusing episodic roll-out, last year’s Hitman was a true Game of the Year contender and an open-world stealth game on par with the white whale that is Metal Gear. Square Enix saved the excellent Hong Kong action crime game Sleeping Dogs from Activision’s disinterest. Even the Square Enix mobile games based on Eidos properties have all been surprisingly fantastic.So then why do these series now suddenly feel like they are all on life support? Today Square Enix announced that it is severing ties with Hitman developer IO Interactive after previously promising a second season of the acclaimed series. They will attempt a sale but the future of the series is very much uncertain if no one else wants to buy that beautiful baldy and his murder adventures.But that’s not the only Eidos-adjacent turmoil. After last year’s Mankind Divided, additional Deus Ex games also now seem as unlikely as me accepting the phrase “Mechanical Apartheid.” The ambitious Sleeping Dogs sequel got cancelled and the developer United Front Games now longer exists. A third entry in the Tomb Raider reboot has already been leaked, but following constant talks of poor sales, will the end of the trilogy also mean the end of Lara Croft?What is happening? Have sales just been that poor? What kind of effect is the new CEO having? As Square’s RPGs begin showing signs of life again, is that drawing attention away from the West? Or is it the new Marvel partnership that’s taking precedence? Did Just Cause die so Dragon Quest XI and an Avengers game can live? I hope not.Square Enix today is a company built on fusions, but unfortunately for gamers, it now seems split. If things don’t turn around, we may need to reenact the bonkers DLC of great, recent Square Enix game Nier: Automata and take down the board members with our nihilistic robot powers. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City have joined Real Madrid and Barcelona in the race to sign Juventus star Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian Pjanic has been one of Juventus’ most important players after he arrived from Roma in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of 32 million euros.Since then, the former Lyon man has impressed in performance, he has appeared 31 times in the Serie A while scoring five goals and assisting eight times. Man City have joined the race to sign Pjanic, who is already a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid, says Tuttosport via calciomercato Last year, there were reports that Pjanic was in talks with Juventus to extend his contract at Turin, but up till now, he hasn’t done so. At the moment, he is valued at 60 million euros by the Old Lady and his current deal at the club runs out in the summer of 2021.last_img read more

first_imgWashington residents have until Monday to submit mail-in or online registration forms to vote in the Aug. 16 primary election.Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by July 18. Online applications, available at www.clarkvotes.org, have to be submitted by midnight the same day.Any change of address for currently registered voters also must be submitted by Monday’s deadline.Residents who are not registered to vote anywhere in Washington have more time. Those citizens can register in person by Monday, Aug. 8, by appearing in person at the Clark County elections department at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver.last_img

first_imgStateless Rohingya must be recognised as citizens of Myanmar and given identity documents so they can safely stay in the country instead of fleeing abroad like hundreds of thousands of members of their community, an award-winning lawyer said on Sunday.Kyaw Hla Aung, a Rohingya lawyer from Myanmar who was named the winner of the Aurora humanitarian prize, has for decades fought for the rights of the world’s largest stateless minority.Rohingya Muslims are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar where they numbered more than 1 million as of last year.But about 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August after insurgent attacks triggered a response by the army.“We belong on this land. This government is denying our citizenship,” Aung told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview from Armenia, where the award ceremony was held.“We are citizens of Myanmar, so why have we become stateless?” added Aung, who spent 12 years in prison due to his work. “We cannot keep going from our land to other countries.”The Rohingya Project estimates there are 4 million Rohingya around the world, the majority living outside their ancestral land since Myanmar excluded them from the country’s recognised ethnic groups in 1982, effectively rendering them stateless.The United Nations refugee agency says the Rohingya are the biggest minority among an estimated 10 million people who are stateless, a status that deprives them of an identity, rights, and jobs.The latest exodus of Rohingya Muslims followed a crackdown last August by the military in the northwestern Rakhine state. Rohingya refugees reported killings, burnings, looting and rape, in response to militant attacks on security forces.The UN and aid agencies have described Myanmar’s counteroffensive as ethnic cleansing, which the state denies.Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees by 2020, followed up by an agreement with the UN last month aimed at eventually allowing those in Bangladesh to return safely and by choice.Yet Aung said the lack of documents and citizenship for the Rohingya would hinder their ability to go home and resettle.“How can these people produce their documents for the government? They are trying to do such things to call us stateless,” added Aung, who said he would give most of his $1.1 million prize money to aid groups helping Rohingya refugees.The Aurora prize runner-ups were Indian campaigner Sunitha Krishnan, co-founder of the anti-trafficking charity Prajwala, and Héctor Tomás González Castillo, a Franciscan friar in Mexico who provides shelter for migrants headed to the United States.last_img read more

first_imgNOAAThe system in the western Caribbean Sea is now Tropical Storm Franklin. The storm could strengthen further after it crosses the Yucatan into the southern Gulf. Franklin could bring an increase in waves and swell to the coastal waters late this week, otherwise should have little impact on SE Texas.Closer to home periods of rain and thunderstorms will occur over SE Texas over the next few days. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches will be possible mainly north of interstate 10. Localized street or poor drainage flooding will be possible with the heavier downpours. Sharelast_img

first_img 00:00 /44:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Yesterday’s fire at Exxon Mobil’s plant in Baytown left a now-familiar plume of smoke in the skyline and 37 people injured. This is the fourth petrochemical fire in the region in the past eight months. Harris County has sued the company, saying the release of chemicals violates the Clean Air Act. Luke Metzger of the advocacy group Environment Texas discusses Exxon’s history of violating regulations at that complex.Also this hour: We learn more about the latest advancements in lung cancer detection and treatment as well as how changes to the culture of smoking are affecting the prevalence of the disease.Plus, in August 1619, about 20 Africans who were kidnapped from their villages in present-day Angola arrived in Virginia. We discuss the magnitude of that event and the legacy of slavery 400 years later.And local musician and educator Lauren Haley talks about her book Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music. We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

first_imgEaster Island sits in the south Pacific, directly west of Chile, and is known for the hundreds of enormous carved heads that are scattered all over the island. The mysterious statues, or Moai, have puzzled outsiders for a long time. How were they made? Why are they scattered in seemingly random places around the island? What was their purpose? A team of archaeologists from UCLA have been exploring the statues and trying to find the answers to many of those questions.Moais in Rapa Nui National Park on the slopes of Rano Raruku volcano on Easter Island, Chile.Jo Ann Van Tilburg founded the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) in 1982 and has been its co-director since 2000, along with a Rapa Nui colleague, Cristian Arevalo Pakarati.The goal of the project has been to survey, map, excavate, and ultimately save and preserve the statues, with an eye toward better preserving Rapa Nui culture.According to Trevor Nace, a geologist writing for Forbes, the Moai, which are carved from native stone found on the island, were created between 1100 and 1500 AD.Photo by Jmunobus CC BY-SA 3.0One of the things that the team discovered in the course of their work is that the Moai aren’t just heads. The statues also have bodies, which have become buried by rocks and sediment from natural erosion on the island.Being buried helped preserve the lower parts of the statues, as Van Tilburg’s team discovered when they began excavating several of the Moai as part of their work.Moai at Ahu Tongariki by the Rapa Nui people, Easter Island, Eastern Polynesia, Chile.After getting the necessary approvals, the team excavated around two of the statues, revealing long bodies which had been truncated at the waist.They’d been covered by huge shifts of sedimentary material over the course of centuries that completely buried the torsos, leaving them safe from the deterioration the heads experienced from being exposed to the weather.Mysterious Easter Island monuments.Easter Island is volcanic, and was formed by flows of basalt and andesite. Besides those minerals, the island also has tuff, which is volcanic ash that has been compressed into stone after being expelled from the volcano.This tuff is what the statues were carved from. Most of the statues are located close to the volcanic cone the Rapa Nui used as their quarry, but there are plenty of other Moai around the island.Moai in 1880The UCLA Newsroom reported that Van Tilburg was surprised when she posted pictures of the excavated statues on the EISP’s website and was flooded with excited emails by people who had no idea that the giant heads also had bodies.She said that after she thought about it, though, it began to make more sense to her, since most of the pictures available in books or on the internet are of Moai on the slopes of the volcano, which were generally buried to mid-torso, so that only the heads are apparent.About half of the Moai have been placed around the island at various sites, but the rest remain clustered around the volcano where they were carved. Of the 149 statues that are upright at the quarry, attempts have been made to excavate about 90 them.Rapa Nui statuesNone of the previous attempts had ever been done so methodically as the two done by Van Tilburg’s team, however, or documented to an archaeological standard.Along with the bodies themselves, the team also found some evidence of the method the islanders used for getting the statues upright. Raising the statue would have been no mean feat, since one of the statues they excavated was about two stories tall.Van Tilburg said they found a very deep, round posthole, into which the statue’s creators could put a tree trunk. Ropes were then attached to the tree trunk and the statue, and the trunk was used to raise the statue.Evidence suggested that the front of the statues were carved while they were lying on their backs, and the rear of the statues were completed after the monoliths were upright.Finally, the team also unearthed a burial site next to a statue, which, in addition to the human remains, had a large amount of red pigment within it, which suggests that the red paint used on the statues was also used during Rapa Nui ceremonies, such as burials.Read another story from us: “You Have Our Soul” – Easter Island Governor Begs British Museum to Return StatueVan Tilburg believes that, because they have found burial sites clustered around the giant carvings, it’s likely that the dead were buried around their own family statue.There are still many things that remain unknown about the ancient Rapa Nui and their culture, but thanks to the work of Van Tilburg and the Easter Island Statue Project, those mysteries are slowly being unraveled.last_img read more

first_imgTo be fair to Romo, saying Deion Sanders wasn’t a good tackler isn’t some taboo revelation. Here’s a super old clip of Sanders making a “business decision” in a game against the Steelers. Tony Romo has drawn rave reviews for his early work in the broadcast booth, but former Cowboy Deion Sanders is not among them.While watching a replay of K.C. DB Marcus Peters whiffing on a tackle during the CBS broadcast, Romo commented that Peters was a worse tackler than Sanders, which was meant as a joke, but ended up setting off “Primetime.”During Gametime Prime, Sanders went scorched Earth on Romo, pointing out his 2-4 playoff record, that he never won a Super Bowl, and that Dak Prescott took his job. Deion also reminded the former Cowboy quarterback that he has a gold Hall of Fame jacket.Jerry Jones might need to step in to stop this Cowboy on Cowboy crime.last_img read more

first_imgNaseer was recorded plotting about knapsack bombs going “boom, boom, boom everywhere,” while Khalid said the attack would be “revenge for everything, what we’re doing is another 9/11.”The trio was convicted in February of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced Friday at Woolwich Crown Court, with Khalid getting a minimum of 12 years in prison and Ali a minimum of 10 years.Eight others who had pleaded guilty to involvement also were sentenced.___Associated Press writer Cassandra Vinograd contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Prosecutors had said the men, fired up by the sermons of U.S.-born al-Qaida preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, hoped to cause carnage on a mass scale. One of Naseer’s accomplices was recorded calling the planned attack “another 9/11.”Police said the terrorist conspiracy was the most significant uncovered in Britain since a plot to blow up airliners in midair was foiled in 2006.But the plot was undone by problems with money and logistics. No targets had been chosen and no bombs built when Naseer, Ashik Ali and Irfan Khalid, both now 28, were arrested in September 2011 in Birmingham, central England, after a huge investigation and surveillance operation by police and the security service.Prosecutors said Naseer and Khalid had traveled to Pakistan for terror training, where they learned details of poisons, bomb-making and weaponry, and made “martyrdom videos” justifying their planned attacks.On their return to England in July 2011, they began to recruit others to the plot and to raise money by posing as street collectors for Muslim charities. They also began experimenting with chemicals, the prosecution said, aided by Naseer’s university degree in pharmacy. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img LONDON (AP) – The ringleader of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to detonate knapsack bombs in England was sentenced Friday to at least 18 years in jail.Judge Richard Henriques said 31-year-old Irfan Naseer was “the leader, driving force and man in charge” of the elaborate plot, sentencing him to life with no possibility of parole for 18 years.“Your plot had the blessing of al-Qaida and you intended to further the aims of al-Qaida,” Henriques told Naseer in London as he sentenced the man nicknamed Big Irfan, or Chubbs, along with 10 accomplices. “Clearly nothing was going to stop you, short of intervention of the authorities.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories But many of the group’s plans soon went awry. Four other young men dispatched by the plotters to Pakistan for terrorist training were sent home within days when the family of one man found out. The four pleaded guilty to terrorism-related offenses.Rahin Ahmed, an alleged co-conspirator described in court as the cell’s “chief financier,” tried to increase the group’s budget by trading the money it made from bogus charity fundraising on the financial markets. Instead, he lost the bulk of the terror cell’s money.Among the pieces of evidence at the four-month trial was a sports injury cool pack, which prosecutors said Naseer had mistakenly believed would contain ammonium nitrate, a key bomb-making ingredient.The group also considered other outlandish attacks, including tying sharp blades to the front of a truck and driving it into a crowd. Naseer was heard talking about the possibility of mixing poison into creams such as Vaseline or Nivea and smearing them on car handles to cause mass deaths.Prosecutors said the men ultimately gravitated toward a plan to detonate up to eight knapsack bombs _ either on timers or in suicide attacks _ in a bid to cause destruction on a scale larger than the July 7, 2005, London transit bombings, which killed 52 commuters. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

first_img June 7, 2013 429 Views Markets across the nation can expect to see sales soften in June and July, based on early reports from “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ agents around the country.[IMAGE]Redfin’s Real-Time Demand Pulse for June–which actually tracks May data across 20 U.S. markets–shows a [COLUMN_BREAK]dip in both tour requests and signed offers from customers, despite the fact that inventory has finally started to show growth.According to reports from agents, the number of Redfin customers requesting tours fell 3.0 percent in May, a larger decline than last year’s 2.2 percent. On a weekly basis, tour requests closed May with a 0.9 percent drop compared to an increase of 1.9 percent in 2012.At the same time, the number of Redfin customers making offers dropped 2.1 percent from April to May, also more than last year’s 1.1 percent decline. The Memorial Day holiday weekend contributed to a 24.1 percent decline in signed offers in the month’s final week, slightly better than the 30.4 percent decrease recorded last year.””Months of bidding wars and record-low inventory earlier this year has finally taken a toll on some buyers,”” said Redfin analyst Tim Ellis. “”Rising interest rates are likely discouraging some buyers as well.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-06-07 Tory Barringer Demand Retreats as Housing Heads into Summercenter_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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Ala. on Feb 28 2016 Tom Williams—AP Some key takeaways: Ted Cruzs campaign advised Trump Heading into the final weekend before New Hampshire voted Cruz campaign maven Jeff Roe called his counterpart in Trumps organization The blustery New Yorker was on track to win the state that Cruz was largely ceding it Cruzs research showed voters were on the precipice of switching allegiances If Trump could tone down some of his fireworks and campaign with a bit less acidity he could sew up the state Trump took the good advice and he used a win in the state to start his string of wins "Donald Trump changed his strategy on Thursday before the Tuesday election to be positive" said Corey Lewandowski Trumps manager at the time "That was the recipe moving forward" Everyone hates the media … The press was a target of every campaign team who objected to everything from the time given to Donald Trumps rallies to the rules used for debate qualifications Trumps campaign blasted the press for its coverage of their candidate "The largest super PAC called the media" his digital director Brad Parscale sneered "We had media bias that we had to spend money and energy to push and correct the message … We had to fight media bias and corporate bias" And Mook said the political forecasters signaled that a Clinton win was inevitable driving down voting numbers "When the New York Times or the other prognosticators say you have a 90% chance of winning that suppresses [voters]" Mook said It was a good tactic Surveys consistently say they do not trust the media and Trumps war on them boosted his appeal to the working-class voters who were looking for a candidate who would fight for them "We actively picked fights with the Union Leader" Lewandowski said of New Hampshires largest newspaper and called its publisher Joe McQuaid "a bad guy" But the Clinton campaign really hates the media Palmieri criticized the press for providing airtime to Trump and ignoring their candidate "He gets all the coverage and you guys only covered her when she was talking about him" she said The Clinton team also piled on attacks for how the media covered Clintons use of a private email server "Its going to go down in history as the most grossly overrated overcovered and most destructive story in all of presidential politics" Palmieri said "If I made one mistake it was legitimizing the way the press covered this story line" Mook echoed with a critique of the coverage of WikiLeaks emails stolen private messages of Democratic National Committee staffers and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta "The media didnt seem willing to put that in the proper context of the deep connections that Donald Trump had [with Russia]" he said Clinton aides repeatedly asserted that their boss a former First Lady Senator and Secretary of State was treated as an incumbent President from the first day of the campaign A frequent point of frustration was her paid speeches between her time at the State Department and her campaign Palmieri said she read the speeches and initially favored just releasing them to get them out there However she came to realize it would never be enough "They would be poured over comma by comma" Palmieri said CNN takes a lashing CNN honcho Jeff Zucker came under sustained fire while participating in a media panel over Wednesday evening dinner of fish The former NBC executive who green-lit The Apprentice faced questions about his networks extensive and unedited coverage of Trump He was jeered and heckled by the audience of campaign operatives and journalists who questioned his decision to hire former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski and to allow Trump surrogates to continuously air falsehoods on his air One reporter questioned Zuckers decision to ask Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson a "nut job" in her estimation on shows even after she was shown to be factually challenged Robby Mook campaign manager for US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and communications director Jen Palmieri left talk to reporters on board the campaign plane en route to Cedar Rapids Iowa on Oct 28 2016 Brian Snyder—Reuters Twitter is king Trump fundamentally changed how campaigns are fought and Twitter was the favorite battlefield for Trump "Donald Trump has just tweeted from his pajamas" Lewandowski marveled "Fox News would cover it live" True And it bedeviled his rivals who couldnt match the machismo online "It was like owning the New York Times without the overhead or the debt" Trump aide Michael Glassner said And when Trump stepped into controversy he could fire off a late-night tweet and turn the page "He has the ability to change the narrative with 140 characters" Lewandowski said The result was that the traditional campaign infrastructure didnt much matter "People were really really excited about President-elect Trump They were not about Hillary Clinton" said Mike DuHaime New Jersey Governor Chris Christies campaign strategist "The candidates have to be exciting for that to matter" Hillary is self-critical Clinton who has said she lacks the political talents of her husband remained in a dark place even heading into Election Day She was still bracing for a loss even as polls showed her campaign heading toward a victory "There was no one who was less surprised that she lost than Hillary Clinton" said Palmieri who added that Clinton insisted on expecting the worst "She doesnt expect everything to go her way" Palmieri said Mook also said former President Bill Clinton remains deeply upset about the results Mook wanted his team in foxhole Seeing polls showing Clinton heading toward a loss in her primary against Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire Mook put out the call: everyone head north whether they were tech engineers or political professionals "The entire campaign was there We literally emptied out our headquarters" Mook said Clinton lost by 22 percentage points "We went through that experience together" Mook said saying he wanted his team unified in loss In part it is why no one blames Mook for the campaign loss The Clinton campaign also hates James Comey The FBI director was a frequent target of the Clinton team for providing what Mook called "the single greatest headwinds we had in this campaign" That is his pair of letters in the final 10 days of the campaign Clintons team believes the first letter alienated some soft Clinton supporters while the second energized Trumps base "Mr Comey seems to care little about FBI precedents" sniped Benenson Clintons strategist and pollster Earlier in the campaign Mook was on the phone with White House political director David Simas when Comey went to the television cameras for an unprecedented press conference to criticize Clintons use of private email "I think we had better got off the phone and watch this" Mook said to his counterpart Neither knew just how far Comey would go Cruz wasnt trying to get booed at the GOP convention "I dont think that he understood the conscience the loaded word that that was" said Jamie Johnson of Cruzs speech at the partys confab in Cleveland Cruz withheld his endorsement of Trump and encouraged Republicans to vote their conscience "We understood that he could get booed … but the eventual outcome of what he was trying to accomplish he thought he could pull it off and he didnt get it done" he added Donald Trump does what he wants to do Trumps first campaign chief Lewandowski said the boss wealth was always to be embraced He insisted on rolling into airports with his Trump-branded plane He wanted expensive cars to ferry him around Trump aides also recounted that their pleas for the President-elect to stay on message often fell on deaf ears After Trump attacked Senator John McCains military service Lewandowski said he advised Trump to apologize "Donald Trump does what Donald Trump always does which is doubles down" he said "His instincts are so different" Instead Trump went to meet with reporters and repeat his criticism And for his attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel that was also premeditated and against the advice of staff "We had talked about it on the way to the venue and I made the strategic recommendation as did others not to do that but Donald Trump does what Donald Trump wants to do" Lewandowski said later They were just the latest examples of Trump ignoring tradition For instance he refused to release his tax returnsthe first in decades to ignore that call "No one cared" Conway said glibly Instead Lewandowski said New York Times editor Dean Baquet who told a separate Harvard audience that he would risk jail time to publish Trumps tax returns "Hes willing to commit a felony" Lewandowski said "Its egregious He should be in jail" The Muslim ban wasnt a fluke and it helped Trump Lewandowski explained that the campaign spent days working on the language for his Dec 7 statement calling for the halt of Muslim immigration to the US "The media wants to focus on what the statement said" he said before being interrupted by laughter He continued to tout how the campaign spent multiple days vetting the policy "We actually called a lot of people" he said adding "Donald Trump spent a lot of time thinking about this before we wrote this statement" Rubio strategist Terry Sullivan noted that the controversy only helped Trump even among those who didnt agree with the constitutionally dubious plan because it pitted Trump against elites "It was this elite attitude it wasnt Middle America" he said of the press coverage Paul Manafort senior aide to Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump waves goodbye to reporters after Trump delivered a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC, It was Jennifer Palmieri who said, employment guarantee schemes, it didn’t. 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