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Residential school survivors talk about experiments

first_imgAPTN National NewsDozens of residential school survivors got together in Kenora, Ontario to remember a painful chapter in their history. Many of them recall ear experiments that took place while attending the Cecilia Jeffrey residential school.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

Lankans plea in Chennai blast case dismissed

The Madras high court dismissed a petition from a 50-year-old Sri Lankan national, who was an accused in the Chennai airport bomb blast case in 1984, seeking the removal of adverse remarks in the records of the Chennai airport and the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka and the lookout circular (LOC) issued against him in India.“Considering that the petitioner is a foreigner, his right, if any, is subject to restrictions imposed by the central government,” said Justice K. Chandru, who dismissed the petition filed by N. Saravanapavan, a student of the Madras Medical College since 1988. The fundamental rights of citizens of India to move freely throughout the country could be restricted by reasonable restrictions. It was open to the Centre to restrict the movement of a foreigner to India as well as the place of residence and ambit of movement, the judge said. “The prayer of the petitioner to withdraw the LOC could not be countenanced, especially in the context of the stand taken by the government that it is in the nature of surveillance done by it over a foreigner,” said the judge. Saravanapavan entered India in 1988 under student visa for studying MBBS course and joined the MMC. He was an accused in the Chennai airport bomb blast case in 1984 and was sentenced to under go life imprisonment in 1987.However, he was acquitted of all charges by the high court in April 2000.Contending that the LOC was causing hindrance to his hassle-free travel between Sri Lanka and India, he filed the present petition. (Asian Age) read more

New momentum in GeorgianAbkhaz peace efforts despite lack of progress Annan

New proposals and bilateral agreements have injected fresh momentum into efforts to reactivate the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process despite the continued lack of progress on the core political issue of the future status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.Mr. Annan’s latest report to the Security Council provides an update of the situation in Abkhazia since January. It also discusses the continued efforts by the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) to initiate negotiations between the parties on the basis of the “Basic Principles of the Distribution of Competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi” paper and its transmittal letter. Heidi Tagliavini, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Georgia, submitted the paper a year ago. For the first time in approximately four years, the Abkhaz de facto authorities at the ambassadorial level received the Group of Friends in Sukhumi, Mr. Annan says. Ms. Tagliavini also attended the meetings.The Group – comprising France, Germany, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States – conveyed the recommendations that resulted from an informal session held in February in Geneva at Mr. Annan’s invitation. It also presented the position of the international community and listened to the Abkhaz viewpoint, Mr. Annan adds. “The Abkhaz side raised a number of objections to the recommendations, in particular the inclusion of the political aspect in the third task force,” the Secretary-General says. “The Abkhaz side continued to refuse to discuss the status issues and rejected the paper on competences as a basis for substantive negotiations as, in its view, the status of Abkhazia has long been determined.”In contrast, Mr. Annan says the Georgian side has taken “a cautiously positive stance towards the proposals,” and has declared its readiness to work towards their implementation. “I would like to remind the parties, in particular the Abkhaz side, that the status question cuts across every aspect of a final peaceful settlement. Without its satisfactory resolution, a sustainable settlement is likely to remain elusive,” Mr. Annan warns.The period under review was also marked by increased bilateral activity between the Russian Federation and Georgia, which should open the doors to progress on the return of displaced persons and refugees, Mr. Annan says. Last month, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Eduard Shervardnadze agreed to proceed with the re-opening of the railway traffic between Sochi and Tbilisi, among other things. read more

Federal prosecutors in San Diego drop fraud charges against former Border Patrol

Federal prosecutors in San Diego drop fraud charges against former Border Patrol union boss SAN DIEGO – Federal prosecutors on Tuesday dropped corruption charges against the longtime former head of the union representing Border Patrol agents, 18 months after accusing him of defrauding the organization out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.U.S. District Judge William Hayes agreed to the government’s request to dismiss nine counts of conspiracy and fraud against Terence J. Bonner one day before a key hearing to determine what evidence would be allowed at trial. The decision followed a series of pretrial setbacks for prosecutors, including a ruling that that they cannot use pornographic images and other evidence seized from computers in Bonner’s home.Bonner, former president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the prosecution was “pure political retribution” for his outspoken positions against immigration and law enforcement policies.“I feel relieved, but at the same time I feel violated, for lack of a better word,” he said in an interview. “I’ve undergone four years of hell, where they’ve dragged my name through the mud and made baseless allegations against me. … It was a message they were sending against anyone who speaks out against the policies of the government.”Prosecutors said the pretrial rulings caused them to seek dismissal of the charges.“The grand jury found probable cause that Mr. Bonner had committed the offences set forth in the indictment,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “From time to time in criminal cases certain evidence is suppressed for legal or technical reasons. We respect the process and the court.”Bonner, 60, was the union’s president from 1989 until he retired in 2011 — a period of major growth in U.S. border enforcement. The indictment says he represented more than 14,000 agents and other employees who paid monthly dues of $56 to the union, which is part of the American Federation of Government Employees and AFL-CIO.Bonner, widely known as T.J., was a fixture on cable television and in congressional hearings. News reporters often turned to him for critical commentaries on immigration enforcement policies even after he retired.In August 2012, prosecutors accused him of submitting expense vouchers for meals, car rentals, luggage, books and other activities when he was travelling for personal reasons. The indictment said his false claims cover periods when he was visiting a mistress in Chicago, his family, hockey games and other sporting events unrelated to the union.Prosecutors refiled charges in September after the judge ruled much of the evidence inadmissible. The judge scheduled an evidentiary hearing only five days before Bonner was to go on trial last week.The two-day hearing to further consider what evidence would be allowed was scheduled to begin Wednesday and was to include questioning and cross-examination of witnesses. Bonner’s attorney, Eugene Iredale, planned to argue that the case relied on evidence that was obtained outside the scope of a search warrant executed in March 2012 at Bonner’s home in Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego.Bonner said the judge’s decision to order the hearing was the prosecution’s “death knell.”“This case has consumed my life in all of my waking moments and caused me many sleepless nights,” he said. “It has taken an emotional and financial toll on me and pushed me to the edge of bankruptcy. You wonder what it is wrong with our system of justice.”The National Border Patrol Council’s current leadership has distanced itself from Bonner, saying after charges were filed that it adopted tighter internal controls. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2014 4:27 pm MDT read more

UN development agenda seeks to reach those farthest behind Ban tells Human

At the opening of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, senior UN officials emphasized the powerful link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the right to development, highlighting that people on the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian need are hoping the Organization can help ease their suffering. “Long-term peace and security cannot exist without human rights for all,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council members at UN headquarters in Geneva. “Sustainable development is impossible without peace and security. Human rights are the very foundation of our common humanity. These fundamental links have led the United Nations to undertake wide-ranging advocacy and defence of human rights,” he underlined. Mr. Ban stressed that the agreement last December between Japan and the Republic of Korea on the so-called “comfort women” subjected to tremendous suffering during the Second World War highlights the need to address the pain of the victims, no matter how many years have passed. “I hope the faithful implementation of the agreement, guided by the recommendations of UN Human Rights mechanisms, will help such wounds to be healed,” he stated, adding that “at this time of multiple conflicts and skyrocketing humanitarian need,” the global community must do more to prevent crises and protect people. “This will be one of the main calls to action at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, in the history of the United Nations, in Istanbul on May 23 and 24 – an opportunity to come together with solutions and partnerships to uphold human dignity and our common humanity,” Mr. Ban stressed. Insisting that the 2030 Agenda is a major step forward for human rights, the UN chief said its commitment is to “reach those who are farthest behind,” meaning the most vulnerable people – the victims of inequality and injustice. He explained that many of these are people trapped in situations of conflict, affected by climate change, and who are migrants, refugees, displaced and stateless. “Building higher walls and creating stricter asylum regimes does nothing to address the reasons for mass movements of people, which are often rooted in festering development and governance challenges,” he declared. Just last week, the Secretary-General was in Africa visiting some of the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian need. “What I saw most of all in the faces of these people was their yearning for freedom and prosperity and justice. They hope and expect the United Nations to help ease their suffering and help them build a better future,” he reported. Concluding his remarks, he said he also has hope, “thanks to an inspiring new development Agenda, the enduring power of human rights and the best of the human spirit.” Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said the struggle to bring down discrimination is at the heart of both the right to development and the 2030 Agenda. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaks during opening of session of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to realize the human rights of all,” he underlined. “The onus is now on implementation, to deliver on the Agenda’s promises of transformative change. We need to take action to ensure that human rights principles, including the right to development, are at the core of this vital new drive for human progress and well-being.” Mr. Zeid insisted that the global community cannot fix problems that cannot be seen. “Only if data is accurately gathered, and disaggregated according to all grounds for discrimination prohibited under human rights law, will we be able to gauge our progress in reaching the most vulnerable and excluded,” he said. The UN rights chief highlighted that the Agenda’s resonance with the right to development is unmistakeable. “And as a detailed programme for action, the Agenda – our ‘declaration of interdependence,’ as the Secretary-General has said – offers the people of the world enormous hope,” he concluded. Along with his address to the Council, the Secretary-General also appointed today the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Daniel Barenboim. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Speaking to reporters with the co-founder and UN Messenger of Peace (MOP), Maestro Daniel Barenboim, Mr. Ban said that Orchestra’s every performance is a testimony to the power of music to break down barriers, to promote cultural understanding and to build bridges between communities. He added that Maestro Barenboim and the Orchestra have agreed to perform at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey which, as you know, will take place in May. read more

Motor industry urges caution in preBudget report

An official date for the pre-Budget report has not been set although it is expected to be issued in the first week of December 2003. No further changes to company car taxation Motor industry’s pre-Budget report submission DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) No increase in business taxesIn a submission today to HM Treasury, ahead of the Chancellor’s pre-Budget report in December, the motor industry sounded a word of caution to Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP.Amid growing reports of the rising costs of motoring and the importance of reduced CO2 emissions, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) urged the Chancellor not to de-stabilise the trend towards cleaner cars by over-taxing the motorist in the upcoming report.‘The motor industry is committed to reducing CO2 emissions in line with environmental objectives, and has made tremendous progress in the development and introduction of new technologies. To be successful in the long-term, government must deliver clear incentives to motorists in order to increase the take-up of cleaner fuels and ‘greener’ technologies,’ commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan.He added, ‘There is a danger of undermining the progress that has been made in reducing average car emissions by attempting to increase revenue. Government should allow the new tax systems to be properly evaluated before further changes are made.’SMMT, which represents more than 600 companies in the automotive sector, identified the following issues for consideration by the Chancellor in his pre-Budget report.Company Car Taxation The CO2 based company car tax system has been subject to continuous reductions in its banding and minimum level, down to 140g/km CO2 by 2005/6. This shift has had a significant impact on the motorist’s choice of business cars with a surge in diesel engines and superminis. Further reductions could undermine these gains by forcing more drivers to opt out of company schemes and choose older, less efficient vehicles instead. Government should refrain from further changes until the Inland Revenue has completed a full evaluation of the system.Fuel Duties To encourage the take-up and availability of zero-sulphur fuels, government must increase its duty differential of 0.5 pence/litre for zero sulphur fuels. The wider use of zero sulphur fuels would improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and allow for the introduction of new technologies. However, greater incentives are needed to encourage widespread public use.Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Since the introduction of the graduated VED system in March 2001, average new car CO2 emissions have fallen by 3.5 per cent. The message to motorists is clear and the market is on course to meet government’s 2012 emission targets. Further changes will be an unnecessary burden on the motorist.First Registration Fees The motor industry remains firmly against the DVLA’s plans to hike first registration fees by 52 per cent to £38 per vehicle. The proposed increase will be covering the estimated 1.75 million vehicles that remain unlicensed each year by targeting consumers, fleets and vehicle manufacturers.UK manufacturing Economic stability is currently keeping domestic demand for new cars high, compensating for previously increased business taxes. As the market cools through 2004, this benefit will be eroded and the UK automotive sector will face fierce competition. SMMT is committed to highlighting the need to stop any further business tax increases and regulatory burdens that would threaten the UK’s position as a competitive base in the global economy. Greater duty incentives for ‘greener’ fuels Registrations of diesel-engine cars have risen 4.2 percentage points since the introduction of the CO2 based company car tax system in April 2002. In the same time, registrations of superminis have risen 2.1 percentage points. Notes to Editors:The principal aim of government’s Powering Future Vehicles Strategy is to see 10 per cent of all new cars registered in the UK emitting 100g/km of CO2 or less by 2012. A full copy of the submission can be seen at www.smmt.co.uk. No increase to Vehicle Excise Duty read more

Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseballs Best Young PositionPlayer Duo Ever

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, by consensus the most talented young position players in baseball, are facing off this week for the first time in their burgeoning careers. (Trout’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got the best of Harper’s Washington Nationals on Monday night, 4-2.)Few youngsters arrived in the majors with as much buildup as Harper, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16. Luckily for the Nationals, he’s mostly been as good as advertised (and he’s still just 21 years old, a fact that’s often forgotten because he’s been so good). Meanwhile, all Trout did in his first full pair of major-league seasons was turn in two of the 150 or so best position-player seasons in the past 113 years of baseball, making two strong MVP bids in the process.So, yeah, these guys have been really good, really early in their careers.With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons. (We can’t compare Trout/Harper through age 22 because we don’t know what they’ll do in 2014.)By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history. Here were the seasons featuring the best pairs of budding superstars ever (taking only the best score for duplicate pairs):The majority of those 28.2 combined WAR belong to Trout, author of the aforementioned pair of historically dominant campaigns. Let’s be honest, though: Given Trout’s otherworldly production at such a young age, we could pair him with just about anybody and he’d still be near the top of this list (Trout by himself would rank fifth). But Harper’s numbers to date hardly make him a coattail-rider. As far as No. 2s go, Harper’s 8.6 WAR ranks below only Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews as the third-best second fiddle in the history of promising under-22 duos.If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats (to safeguard against a situation such as what happened in 1918, when Rogers Hornsby had 97 percent of the WAR in his “duo” with Ross Youngs), perhaps a better way to rank these kinds of pairings is not to sum up all of the WAR generated by a pair, but rather to take the harmonic mean of the two individuals’ WAR totals. If we do that, the following list emerges:By either list, though, Trout-Harper is the best young duo in baseball history. So, savor their matchup this week — you may never again see a pair of position players so good face off at such a young age. read more

Latest Panasonic TV allows direct recording to SD cards

first_imgPanasonic has unveiled a new range of TVs that do away with the need to buy a separate hard drive or disc recorder. The Japanese company has managed this by including an SD card slot and allowing recording directly to it.Not only will this save viewers money on additional hardware, it also breathes new life into SD cards too small for taking on holiday in that high-resolution camera you now own. But recording a few episodes of your favorite show will easily fit on some of the mid-range size cards.AdChoices广告If the thought of managing lots of SD cards (it supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC) is a big turn off, then Panasonic have a backup plan. There’s also a USB port allowing you to use a big external hard drive.The quality of the recordings is top rate, with 1920 x 1080 at 24Mbps quoted. That means 5 hours of video in 64GB of space.The new range is called the Viera G3-series, and it begins with a 42-inch model that will arrive in Japan first on February 18. No word on pricing yet.Read more at Panasonic (translated), via WiredMatthew’s OpinionWith the cost of adding an SD card reader and a USB port being minimal, we really should be seeing such features added as standard to new TVs of any size. We all carry our media around with us, and the ability to plug into a TV without need for additional hardware is highly desirable.Panasonic is clearly doing this as an experiment, but one that could be very popular. The only thing the company needs to do is keep the price competitive, and below the cost of buying a 42″ display with a HDD recorder. If they do that, I’d certainly consider investing when the Viera G3- series heads to western shores.last_img read more

821 Smackdown Highlights New tag champions Orton vs Hardy Charlotte confronts Becky

first_img Pinterest WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s Smackdown Live in Brooklyn. WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte center_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img

Weather Eye Rain possible but sunny skies should prevail

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. It appears the remaining days of June will behave rather normally with some morning clouds, some afternoon sunshine and pleasant temperatures in the 70s. A couple weak weather disturbances move through today and Thursday for a chance of sprinkles, drizzle or light showers mainly along the coastline.It is entirely possible we get a few drips here in the county but nothing to shut home about. Continue your outside watering regime and enjoy the afternoon and evening hours as the sun shines down upon us with perhaps some lingering clouds.I certainly do not see any heat waves coming our way. In fact, we run the risk of more light showers early next week. The bottom line: near seasonal temperatures between 70 and 75 and cloudy periods with a risk of sprinkles or drizzle. The cooler air early next week could bring snow levels down to the upper Cascade passes.If you watch the extended weather outlooks on the TV broadcasts or even your smartphone, I’m sure you will see the sun, clouds and raindrops bouncing along from day to day on the seven-day outlook.I was driving around the county over the weekend and saw many convertibles with the tops down, smoke from backyard barbeques filling the northwest breezes with flavors of ribs and other tasty items.This is summer’s finest, although the official start is Friday. As spring leaves, it will try and exert one last taste of the season with that threat of moisture early next week. We’ll check things out Thursday.last_img read more

Energy Improvements at Ft Hamilton to Include Solar Installation

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fort Hamilton, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, will receive solar photovoltaic, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades under a $16.7 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Ameresco.The combined energy conservation measures are designed to reduce the total energy consumption at the post by 37 percent. The firm will install a 350-kilowatt rooftop solar system and three solar carports exceeding a combined 800 kilowatts as part of the contract, which will address 32 buildings spanning 580,000 gross square feet.In addition, Ameresco will implement nine energy conservation measures, including the installation of new high-efficiency natural gas condensing boilers for heating and associated equipment, according to the firm’s press release. The new boilers will replace the existing boiler systems that currently use fuel oil.The contract also will provide for comprehensive upgrades to air-handlers for cooling and ventilation, LED lighting upgrades, new high-efficiency transformers and the installation of a new open-protocol building automation system to control all HVAC equipment.The project will provide for water conservation, fixture upgrades and new controllers for the automated irrigation system for the installation’s baseball field, which will schedule and optimize the field’s irrigation. Ameresco also is implementing a rainwater harvesting system that will collect rooftop rainwater that will then be used to wash garrison vehicles.The firm will provide ongoing maintenance services to Fort Hamilton for the new solar systems and the building controls systems installed under the ESPC, which was awarded by Defense Logistics Agency Energy.last_img read more

MAN OF THE HOUSE A Tribute To State Rep Jim Miceli

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA GREAT MAN WHO DID A GREAT JOB: Local & State Officials Remember Jim MiceliIn “Government”Wilmington Little League Renames Championship Trophy To Honor Late State Rep. Jim MiceliIn “Sports”State Rep. Jim Miceli Receives Friend of Strongwater Farm Merit AwardIn “Government” Below is a tribute to State Rep. Jim Miceli written by author Scott Millin, a former legislative intern and campaign manager for Miceli. This piece was originally published on Scott’s website and is shared with permission.Jim Miceli and I were riding in his black Lincoln Town Car. We had left his insurance office in Wilmington, MA and we were making our way up Route 38, past Rocco’s, Ristuccia’s and Silver Lake. We wound our way into neighboring Tewksbury and rolled past The Knights, Tew-Mac and the Town Hall.It was 1990 and I was just 21 years old. Jim was running for re-election in a political climate that was, for its time, angry and anti-incumbent. Tewksbury and Wilmington formed Middlesex County’s 19th District, but in reality, having served as their elected representative since 1977, Tewksbury and Wilmington were Jim Miceli towns.Driving with Jim was always entertaining. He loved to talk about the people and places he served, and between bursts of accelerations and braking were distracted honks and waves at the people we passed. His limousine-like Town Car, with a red and white “Miceli” bumper sticker, was easy to spot and it was not out of the question for someone to approach him while sitting at a stop light. Jim would roll down his window, give his standard greeting of a remembered name, handshake and a, “Good to see you!” and then listen to their question, complaint or concern. Horns behind would sometimes honk in frustration as Jim gave them his time but he never flinched. “Call my office!” he’d say as he pulled away.Jim Miceli was approachable and accessible.Jim’s frame was round and his arms were short, and because of this the steering wheel always sat high and forward, just above his stomach, with his hands in the low 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock position. When he made a turn he would do so in a series of short choppy motions rather than one sweeping one.“Do you know what Tip O’Neil used to say about politics?” Jim asked me in his raspy voice.By some coincidental miracle, I had recently finished Tip’s book, Man of the House, and I knew the answer, “All politics is local.”“That’s right!” Jim bellowed. “It starts here and it ends here,” he said, taking his hand off the wheel and gesturing at the blurred landscape out his window. I always knew that Jim cared about his job and role as a politician, but it was at that moment that I realized that Jim Miceli knew his job was not to serve himself, but rather, to serve others – and did he ever serve his constituents well.I saw this first-hand as Jim’s legislative intern in 1988 and 1989, and again as his co-campaign manager in his 1990 re-election bid. Some State Representatives, if they were lucky, had a single summer intern. Jim Miceli strong-armed the leadership to fund five interns for his State House office, and we did not fritter our time away. We worked harder than the other interns because Jim made us. Our desks and work-space spilled out into the office hallway, and while other interns took advantage of being in Boston, we worked eight hour days on our constituent case-log, fielding calls from the District, helping people navigate the bureaucracy, writing congratulation letters, crafting Legislative and Governor citations, and chasing down the status of legislation. When scheduling conflicts arose, Jim’s interns attended after-hour District ceremonies, meetings and office hours on his behalf. Interns were an important cog in the Miceli machine that got things done.Jim used his influence and knowledge to help those who possessed little influence or working knowledge of government. Jim was a champion for the common man and advocate for the working woman. He worked tirelessly for Democrats and Republicans alike and refused to take “no” for an answer. Jim was the unstoppable force that smashed through a seemingly impenetrable bureaucratic wall for his constituents – to get a much needed bed at the State Hospital, appointment at the VA, or hearing at the unemployment office. Jim attended countless town meetings, funerals, weddings, wakes, ballgames and parties.  Jim found state funding sources for fire trucks and land grants where others could not. He used his influence as a member of the House of Representatives to give voice to the voiceless. He ministered to the people in his district.Jim Miceli taught me that government was good.I used to marvel at Jim’s ability to make people feel like they were the most important person in the room. He knew their name and looked them in the eye; he placed his hand upon their arm and leaned in close and said, “Can I tell you something,” and then followed it up with a story or explanation, dropping a name and infusing a mix of folksiness, knowledge and candor. It was not uncommon for a citizen to approach Jim with a bee in their bonnet about a particular issue, only to walk away feeling satisfied; feeling like they had been heard.Jim Miceli was a sincere, honest and accountable public servant.Jim’s legacy extends beyond state government. Hiring the minister’s son and school committee-man’s daughter to run your campaign was a smart move, and Jim was very good at reading people, knowing their strengths and challenging them to give and do more. My co-campaign manager from that 1990 election went on to become my co-conspirator. Just a few years ago I hopped up on the fire engine he was riding during a 4th of July parade, just to say hello, and he bellowed, “You and Deb are one of my greatest accomplishments!”Jim Miceli would have won his re-election bid in 1990 without our help, but he always knew how to get more out of something. Out of a six month-long campaign he got me 25 more years, and counting, with the woman I love.There are thousands of people and generations of citizens who owe Jim Miceli their gratitude – for an act done, piece of red tape cut, or word made on their behalf. Jim served the people of his district for over forty years and did not merely survive political waves or trends, but rather, he worked his way above them.Jim Miceli never forgot that all politics is local. He remained a man of and for the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington, and as his communities and citizens begin to move forward, I believe they will not only appreciate all that he did, but we will look back and remember Jim Miceli exactly as he billed himself to his constituents on the campaign trail:Representative Jim Miceli was a good man doing a good job.(NOTE: The cover photo is from Chris DiCecca.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Hellboy movie trailer shows David Harbour with more humor less horror

first_img Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the apparent leak. The video featuring Stranger Things star David Harbour as the half-demon superhero has been long awaited by fans.Fans who liked superhero Deadpool’s sense of humor will find much to like in the Hellboy trailer. The big red guy crunches snacks, battles with a balky elevator, and can’t believe he has to show an ID at a secret headquarters inside a fish-and-chips shop. There’s also plenty of gore and some swearing, so in case the title and planned R-rating didn’t give it away, this isn’t family-friendly. Now playing: Watch this: “When I compared it to Hamlet, I was saying it’s a mature movie with adult themes,” Harbour said. “He’s an adult struggling with adult things. It’s not like whether or not I should kill the bad guy by punching him. It’s more like, Who’s the bad guy?”In addition to Harbour, the film stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim. It will be out on April 11, 2019 in Australia, and on April 12 in the US and the UK. 77 Photos Hopper? Hellboy? Harbour? More Hellboy 2019 movies to geek out over 1:08 Two feature films, 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, have already been based on the long-running comic  But Hellboy’s creator, Mike Mignola, promises this Neil Marshall-directed reboot will be a darker, more accurate reflection of the character from the comics.To be or not to be Hellboy? In an interview with CNET Magazine, Harbour said he plans to bring a bit of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the new film. Hellboy trailer injects reboot with fun Comment Now playing: Watch this: 2:18 Hellboy’s David Harbour keeps it real Everything we know about the demonic reboot Stranger Things’ Harbour sizzles as Hellboy at NYCC Share your voice 1 TV and Movies Tags Who was responsible for the first trailer for the upcoming Hellboy reboot accidentally leaking Wednesday morning? Could it be … Satan? Regardless of who leaked it, Lionsgate apparently decided to give in and release it officially a few hours later.”Looks like Christmas came early,” the studio wrote in a tweet sent out after the video was posted earlier, apparently by mistake, then yanked down.last_img read more

Alaska Wildlife Troopers ask publics help in solving 4 cases of killed

first_imgMore than a week after they began an investigation of the killing of four moose that were left unsalvaged in three areas along the Richardson Highway south of Fairbanks last week, Alaska Wildlife Troopers are asking for the public’s help.Three of the four moose killed and left unsalvaged last week had “sub-legal” size racks, too small or otherwise illegal to harvest. (Photo courtesy of UAF)Wildlife Trooper Tim Abbott said it’s been a week and day since he checked out the bodies of four bull moose after receiving reports they’d been shot and left to rot in three areas, one near Eielson Air Force Base, another near Delta Junction and a third about 160 miles south of Fairbanks near the Fielding Lake Road intersection.Three of the four moose killed and left unsalvaged last week had “sub-legal” size racks, too small or otherwise illegal to harvest.“We’re still looking for any leads that the public can provide,” Abbott said in an interview Thursday.Abbott said he’s never seen so many instances in a single day of what Alaska law refers to as “wanton waste” of a game animal.“I dealt with four moose that were shot and left,” Abbott said. “And that is just totally unethical and it’s just very sad.”It’s also punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 and possible jail time.Abbott said he began that day, Sept. 15, with checking out a report of a dead moose just off Telegraph Road near Eielson.“It was found floating in a lake,” Abbott said.He said that bull had a big enough rack to make it legal to harvest, unlike the other three he checked out farther south along the Richardson, including one just north of Delta Junction just off the highway.“That one was found right before dark,” Abbott said, “in a little gravel pit to the north side of the highway there, near Electric Avenue.”Abbott found a couple of other bulls with racks that were too small to be harvested – so-called “sub-legal” – just off the highway near the Fielding Lakes Road intersection, about 25 miles south of Black Rapids.“One was 43-and-a-half, I believe, inches wide,” Abbott said, “and the other one was 45-and-a-half-inches wide. They were just two sub-legals, and they were both just, again, left to lay.”Abbott said bulls in that game unit, like the one in the Delta-area unit, had to have a rack that was least 50 inches wide with a certain minimum number of antler spikes or tines.Abbott said he can’t talk about the details of his investigation. He thinks the two bulls on Fielding Lake Road may have been killed by one hunter or one group of hunters. But not all four.He said if the shooters would come forward, it would be easier for all involved and may result in a more lenient sentence.“Y’know, if somebody makes a bad call and unfortunately shoots a small animal, there’s a simple way that we can deal with it,” Abbott said. “It’s called a self turn-in. They can make a phone call, we can meet up with them, we can take their statement, we’ll talk to them…”In lieu of that, Abbott encourages anyone who knows anything about the killing or who saw anything suspicious early last week in those areas to contact Troopers of call the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard office at 1-800-478-3377.last_img read more

Swiss Plant Sucks CO2 Out out of Air to Repackage Sell

first_img Study: Indoor Air Quality Levels ‘On Par With’ Polluted Major CityGenetically Modified Houseplant Cleans Toxins From Air Stay on target One man’s waste is another man’s product: A Swiss carbon capture plant has started sucking CO2 out of the air to repackage and sell.Carbon dioxide, according to plant manager Climeworks, is a valuable agricultural fertilizer.If used correctly, it can actually aid the growth of vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers by up to 20 percent.The first of its kind, the Direct Air Capture factory opened near Zurich on Wednesday and is expected to supply nearly 1,000 tons of CO2 annually to nearby greenhouses.Direct Air Capture plant near Zurich (via Climeworks)Founded by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks’ technology captures atmospheric carbon with a filter, using mainly low-grade heat from the waste recovery facility which it adorns.Eighteen Climeworks collectors have been installed atop the building, run by regional administration unit KEZO.Outside fans suck in ambient air, which goes through the process of adsorption and desorption, during which carbon dioxide is chemically deposited on the filter surface before clean air is expelled. According to Gebald, the filters fill up “within a few hours.”Once saturated, the CO2 is isolated at a temperature of about 100 ℃ (212 ℉). That gas can then be sold to folks in commercial agriculture, the food and beverage industries, the energy sector, and the automotive market.Direct Air Capture plant near Zurich (via Climeworks)The plant opened just one day before President Trump pulled the US from the Paris climate agreement, which aims to limit a global temperature rise of 2 ℃ (35.6 ℉).“Highly scalable negative emission technologies are crucial if we are to stay below the two-degree target of the international community,” Gebald said in a statement. “The DAC technology provides distinct advantages to achieve this aim and is perfectly suitable to be combined with underground storage.“We’re working hard to reach the goal of filtering 1 percent of global CO2 emissions by 2025,” he continued, estimating the need for some 250,000 more plants.Climeworks is also eyeing underground storage as a way to deliver negative emissions.last_img read more

These Are the Games You Should Check Out in October

first_imgStay on target After getting a (very) minor respite during the summer, 2017 is hitting us with another volley of video game releases. Like the early part of the year, October has huge games dropping every single week. I sincerely hope you’ll have enough money and time to spare for all of the greatness coming our way. This is not a drill, people!Super Mario OdysseyPlatforms: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: October 27The Nintendo Switch has had a phenomenal year with a new AAA game basically releasing each month since launch. The system has a ton of fantastic titles, but the biggest one will no doubt be Super Mario Odyssey.We haven’t gotten a mainline 3D Mario game in some time. Because of that, people are naturally excited for this new adventure. Even with all we’ve seen from the game, it’s safe to say it will hold many charming surprises. It also has a shirtless Mario, which kind of makes it an instant Game of the Year.You can Super Mario Odyssey pre-order from Amazon.Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, SwitchRelease date: October 27 (Switch version in 2018)One of this generation’s breakout hits was Wolfenstein: The New Order. Like Doom after it, The New Order expertly modernized old-school FPS mechanics. Since the game and its expansion were so well-received, a sequel was inevitable.Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus picks up where the previous game left off. Now living in a world controlled by Nazis, BJ Blazkowicz and his allies form a resistance group to topple the tyrannical regime. At its core, this is still very much a standard let’s-kill-all-the-Nazis Wolfenstein game. However, given current events, the title takes on a more topical tone than even the devs intended. Expect this one to spark some interesting think-pieces upon release.You can pre-order Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus from Amazon.Assassin’s Creed: OriginsPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: Oct 27After taking a one-year hiatus, the Assassin’s Creed series makes a triumphant return. As the title states, Assassin’s Creed: Origins tells the story of how everything began in the game’s fictional world. Beyond narrative, Origins also hopes to create a new beginning for this storied franchise.Assassin’s Creed: Origins contains elements from previous entries. This includes parkour, boat sailing, and of course, assassinations. The overhauled combat is now more intuitive and visceral. The game world is also among the biggest in the franchise. This means it will no doubt have a wide variety of things for players to discover. There’s even a cool educational mode that teaches players about Ancient Egypt. Origins seems like a hit in the making if it can live up to all it promises.You can pre-order Assassin’s Creed: Origins from Amazon.Middle-Earth: Shadow of WarPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: Oct 10Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of this generation’s biggest surprises for several reasons. Not only was it an exceptional licensed game, but its Nemesis System was truly without equal. The upcoming Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is taking everything that made the original great and expanding upon it.In this sequel, players will take the fight directly to the Dark Lord, Sauron. To accomplish this, they must build up armies composed of the Orcs and monsters inhabiting Mordor. The newly-expanded Nemesis System allows players to control the minds of both individuals and groups. The game will also expand beyond Mordor to show more of Middle-Earth. It’s going to be a lot of fun to lob off Uruk heads once more.You can pre-order Middle-Earth: Shadow of War from Amazon.South Park: The Fractured But WholePlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: Oct 17Yet another sequel to a popular 2014 game is South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Instead of the fantasy theme found in the previous installment, this entry centers around superheroes. Like comic book heroes, the boys from Colorado are embroiled in their own civil war. As before, the game will have a mix of RPG combat along with environmental hazards to avoid.Similar to the South Park TV series, the game won’t shy away from controversy. Changing your character’s race makes NPCs react differently toward you. The darker you are, the harder things get. The game even lets you change the sex of your character (the “New Kid” was previously a boy). Even the latest trailer has garnered controversy due to its depiction of rapper Kanye West. This will definitely not be a title for those who are easily offended.You can pre-order South Park: The Fractured But Whole from Amazon.The Evil Within 2Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: Oct 13The Evil Within was met with mixed reception, but it sold enough for Bethesda to green light a sequel. With The Evil Within 2, the development team seeks to take what worked with the original and further refine those elements. The game also has a good number of mechanics to make everything feel fresh and new.While The Evil Within 2 is a challenging game, it has been streamlined to make things easier to understand. This is true both for the actual game and its macabre story. While still a Japanese survival horror game, it includes many influences from Western titles. This will surely give it broader appeal. Out of every game on this list, this is easily the best one to play during Halloween.You can pre-order The Evil Within 2 from Amazon.Forza Motorsport 7Platforms: PC, Xbox OneRelease date: Oct 3The last big AAA 2017 console exclusive for Xbox One is none other than Forza Motorsport 7. Like its predecessors, this racing simulator features hundreds of cars and dozens of tracks. While this is more of the Forza everyone loves, it includes new features like dynamic weather and even customizable drivers.Developed alongside the Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 will run at native 4K at 60 frames per second. Upon launch, it will be one of the most graphically impressive racing games out there. It should serve as a test for what the system-formerly-known-as-Scorpio is capable of. It will also come out for Windows 10, meaning players can indulge their driving fantasies on console or PC. Everyone wins!You can buy Forza Motorsport 7 from Amazon.Gran Turismo SportPlatforms: PlayStation 4Release date: Oct 17Last but not least is the return of the mother of all racing simulators. Gran Turismo games happen less frequently than a total solar eclipse. Because of that, each new release is a huge deal. Though Gran Turismo Sport doesn’t have a number in the title, it is considered part of the main series and a new start for the franchise.This is the first Gran Turismo on PlayStation 4. With it also being released on PlayStation 4 Pro, Gran Turismo Sport will surely raise the graphical bar for the franchise. While the game doesn’t have nearly the same amount of cars, tracks, or even dynamic weather as Forza Motorsport 7, it’ll still be one of 2017’s strongest racers. The franchise has earned a reputation of excellence and this latest entry doesn’t look like it’ll disappoint.You can pre-order Gran Turismo Sport from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs last_img read more

YouTuber Builds Glitter Bomb Trap That Farts on Package Thieves

first_img Stolen parcels is a frustrating problem in the U.S., but a YouTuber has created the ultimate “sparkly” karma for package thieves: a glitter bomb box that releases fart odors.On Monday, Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, shared the glitter bomb trap on his YouTube Channel. In the video titled “Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap,” Rober said he developed the glitter bomb trap after police refused to help him investigate missing parcel incidents.The glitter bomb trap, which is disguised as an Apple Home Pod package, instantly surprises perpetrators when they open it. Within seconds, they’re covered with a “butt load” of fine glitter and repeatedly showered with fart spray. The best part? Rober captured all the perpetrators’ reactions in his popular YouTube video.Building the glitter bomb trap wasn’t an easy process though: Rober and his buddy, Sean, had to address some challenges before diving in. Their shiny revenge device had to look like a typical parcel, detect when it would be picked up from a porch, unleash the glitter and fart smell on time, provide a location post-stealing, and ultimately capture each thief’s reaction.After six months of designing and testing, the team unveiled their glitter bomb trap. Disguised as an Apple Home Pod package on the outside, the trap is much more high-tech on the inside.A custom circuit circuit board will check the GPS location of the package when it’s moved from the porch. If it’s moved, it signals four LTE-data smartphones inside the trap to start recording footage. Nestled inside the box is a can of fart spray and a compartment with glitter, which are automatically activated once the lid is lifted from the parcel. To top it off, the fart spray is programmed to emit gross odors five times, which prompts package thieves to immediately toss it.Because the box is equipped with GPS technology and the LTE-data smartphones, Rober will know where the package is and receive good video evidence of perpetrators’ reactions. Visit Rober’s YouTube channel here to see the hilarious video, which features package stealers freaking out over their “Apple Home Pod box” discoveries.More on Geek.com:Ford’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel Aimed at Distressed DogsGoogle Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight DelaysFacebook Photo Bug: How to Check If You Were Impacted Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Plunge to PostSummer Lows

first_img in Data, Origination October 24, 2013 398 Views Mortgage Rates Plunge to Post-Summer Lows Though Capitol Hill’s gridlock over the debt ceiling was resolved–for now, at least–last week, mortgage rates this week took a spill as market uncertainty spooked investors.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ released Thursday its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which shows the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) falling to an average rate of 4.13 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending October 24, down from 4.28 percent and the lowest level in about four months. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.41 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.24 percent (0.6 point), down from 3.33 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]Adjustable rates were also impacted. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.00 percent (0.4 point) for the week, declining 7 basis points, while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.60 percent (0.5 point), down 3 basis points.””Mortgage rates slid this week as the partial government shutdown led to market speculation that the Federal Reserve will not alter its bond purchases this year,”” explained Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac.””The “”weak employment report””:https://themreport.com/articles/september-unemployment-rate-at-72-job-growth-still-weak-2013-10-22 for September added to this expectation. The economy added just 148,000 jobs, which was below the market consensus forecast and less than the 193,000 jobs increase in August,”” he added.””Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly measure of interest rates also showed them declining to a post-summer low, with the 30-year fixed averaging 4.42 percent and the 15-year fixed averaging 3.37 percent.Bankrate’s measure for the 5/1 ARM was down to 3.27 percent.””Worries about the damage inflicted on the economy by the circus in Washington, and a disappointing jobs report, drove investors into the haven of government bonds, driving yields lower,”” Bankrate said in its release. “”As we play catch-up on economic data, and get a read on the economy over the next month or so, this uncertainty should keep a lid on mortgage rates.””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers Unemployment 2013-10-24 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

If you would like to know more about Indonesia se

first_img If you would like to know more about Indonesia, see Wonderful Indonesia – Indonesia’s official tourism website – or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, Youtube (see the best of Indonesia on film here), [ and ]( 8. Sawarna BeachRice paddy fields, rows of coconut trees and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean stretching out before you: these are just some of the wonderful sights that await when you arrive in Sawarna on the south coast of Java Island. Get some surf time in on Sawarna Beach, where the waves have attracted board pros from all over the world. The karst caves in Sawarna are also worth a day trip inland. Watch out for the hundreds of bats that hang from the walls of Lalay Cave. Winter blues already setting in? Want to escape to a sun-soaked beach somewhere exotic?Golden sands stretching for miles, warm tropical waters and a stay in a cute beach bungalow that won’t break the bank: sounds like the ideal getaway? Indonesia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a trip to any of them could be just the ticket if the winter’s already got you dreaming of summer sun. Here are eight of the best Indonesian beaches.1. Pink Beach, KomodoWhen you think of Indonesian hideaways you probably think of remote islands, tropical rainforests and golden sandy beaches. Komodo certainly ticks all of these boxes, with one exception, this particular slice of paradise features pink beaches, made from mixed white and red sands. There are plenty of secluded spots to throw down your beach towel, but if you’re after a bit more adventure then check out some of the local wildlife. Try snorkelling or diving, or stay on dry land and head out in search of the island’s most famous residents, Komodo dragons. 4. Pandawa BeachOne of south Bail’s most secluded stretches of sand, Pandawa Beach is the spot for watersport enthusiasts, with plenty of great opportunites to go canoeing or paragliding. If you’re in town during March then you must check out Melasti, a religious parade held to purify the world as part of Hindu-Balinese New Year celebrations. RelatedExplore Komodo National Park in IndonesiaHere be dragons…if you thought giant lizards only existed in Game of Thrones, think again. Komodo National Park in Indonesia is the only place on Earth you can see the fascinating Komodo Dragon in the wild. Throw in world-class diving, snorkelling and coral-pink beaches, and you’ve got a holiday destination…50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii.10 of the most beautiful beaches in ItalyWhite sand, bays, inlets and coves: here are 10 show-stopping stretches of Italian shores.last_img read more