Nova Scotia Honours Veterans

first_imgVeterans from Nova Scotia will be honoured with a certificatethat commemorates a tradition of service and sacrifice for theircountry. Premier John Hamm made the announcement at Province House today,April 27, following a special reception for veterans. “During the Year of the Veteran, Nova Scotians will have manyopportunities to commemorate veterans who have honourably servedin the defence of the rights and freedoms of their fellowcitizens. The Certificate of Recognition is one way the people ofthis province can express their appreciation for the sacrificesthese individuals have made,” said Premier Hamm. Nova Scotia veterans, students from Queen Elizabeth II HighSchool and members of the Canadian Youth Remembrance Societyattended the reception hosted by Premier Hamm and Cecil Clarke,Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran. During the event, Premier Hamm presented Colonel Harris Millerwith the first Certificate of Recognition. Colonel Miller, adecorated officer and a member of the Order of Canada, joined theCanadian Armed Forces in 1936. Individuals can request a certificate in the name of any veteran.Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia offices and onthe website at Mr. Clarke said the newly created website also includes a list ofcommunity events and activities taking place around Nova Scotiaalong with news, photos, stories and information on theCertificate of Recognition and a book of remembrance that will beon display in the lobby of Province House. Members of the publicare invited to write their names in the book as a gesture ofappreciation, said Mr. Clarke. Pages from the book will be sentto all schools in the province so that students can participate.Later in the year, the book will be presented to veterans as alegacy commemorating the Year of the Veteran. “It is through the experiences of our veterans that our childrencan learn about honour, duty, valour and the importance oflearning about the past,” said Mr. Clarke. “The announcementstoday are all opportunities for Nova Scotians to become involvedin the Year of the Veteran. I encourage everyone to attend eventsin their communities and to become involved in the life of aveteran.” 2005, the Year of the Veteran, marks the 60th anniversary of theend of the Second World War. The province is working closely withVeterans Affairs Canada and the Nova Scotia standing committee onveterans affairs on a program of events and activities to honourand commemorate veterans. For more information on the Year of the Veteran, visit thewebsite at read more

Another MLA bats for Pilot as Rajasthan CM

first_imgJAIPUR: Another Congress MLA in Rajasthan, P.R. Meena, has come out in support of making Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot as Chief Minister in the wake of the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections. “The biggest reason for the Lok Sabha debacle is that Sachin Pilot was not made the Chief Minister. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should be held responsible for this defeat. A young face should be made the Chief Minister,” the MLA from Todabheem said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Pointing out that Gehlot had led the Congress to defeat in Assembly elections in the past too, he said it was necessary to make Pilot helm the government in Rajasthan. “When I say that Pilot should be made the CM, I am emphasising on his impact due to which we got a majority in the Assembly elections,” Meena said. “Hence I say that Pilot should be made the CM. Out of 46 seats in eastern Rajasthan, the Congress won 43 seats in Assembly elections.” Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France According to Meena, various communities including Jats, Gujjars and Meenas were angry with Gehlot. If Rajasthan had a young Chief Minister, the Lok Sabha results would have been different, he added. Some other MLAs had earlier batted for Pilot, who incidentally was blamed by Gehlot for the defeat of the Chief Minister’s son in the Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, winning 24 seats while an ally won another seat.last_img read more

Supreme Court upholds residential school compensation for former student

first_imgUndated photo from St. Anne’s Indian residential school. (Courtesy of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada says a former residential school student is entitled to compensation for abuse, in a decision that helps clarify the scope of appeals in such cases.“It’s a win but it’s a narrow win,” said Richard Olschewski, a Winnipeg-based lawyer who represented an Indigenous claimant known only as J.W.“Without a doubt this decision is going to have greater effects on the clarity of the law with respect to other IAP (Independent Assessment Process) decisions.”J.W. said he was sexually assaulted by a nun at a residential school in Manitoba.But his claim for compensation was rejected by an adjudicator on the grounds that he failed to show the nun’s alleged act – grabbing his penis while he was lightly clothed, waiting in line for a shower – had a sexual purpose.What followed was a five-year legal battle that ended Friday in the Supreme Court, but not before his efforts to have the decision overturned by other adjudicators failed.First, a Manitoba judge found fault with the internal decisions and sent the case back to the initial adjudication phase.IAP Then, the federal government successfully challenged the judge’s ruling in the Manitoba Court of Appeal, which said that, under the terms of the IAP, judges can’t carry out detailed reviews of adjudication decisions.Finally, in its decision today, the Supreme Court said the courts can intervene if there is a failure to apply the terms of a 2006 settlement agreement that provided for the assessment process.Olschewski said the decision applies to about seven people with outstanding claims who were unable to prove sexual intent –  something that kept his client going.“There is not financial intent for him,” he said of J.W. who was awarded $12,720 plus interest.“He did it to help others in the same situation.”David Schulze, a lawyer in Quebec who had intervenor status at the hearing on behalf of a group of independent lawyers who represent IAP claimants, praised J.W. and his legal team.“It’s a total win,” he said. “Canada’s position was pretty much entirely rejected.”Schultze said it’s a good result for “anyone who wants to challenge a decision that has gone through the independent adjudication process [and] feels the adjudicator really, really got it wrong and review and re-review failed to correct the error.”– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seeking publics assistance in locating Lance Savard

first_imgSavard is described as:CaucasianBlack hairBrown eyes5’8” / 150 lbsLast seen wearing a black coat and black pantsThere is a concern for Savard’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at UPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Lance Savard has been located. He is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for assistanceGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 50-year-old Lance Savard.Savard was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on December 28th, 2018.last_img read more

UN calls on Haitians to ignore unofficial election results

“The Provisional Electoral Council should be granted the time and political stability needed to complete its work, the results of which will then be subject to any eventual dispute from candidates, political parties and the Haitian people through legal procedures for settling the issue,” the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a news release last night.“Quick counts or opinion polls are not an exact science. The population and media should not be guided by unofficial results, speculation or purported partial counts which are circulating at the moment.” On Monday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a speedy solution to the political crisis following media reports that 12 of the 18 presidential candidates had repudiated the vote and their supporters mounted protests. He warned that worsening security would hamper efforts to fight the cholera epidemic in a country already devastated by January’s earthquake.The epidemic has killed some 1,650 people and infected over 72,000 others since it first erupted in October as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere struggles to recover from the quake, which killed 200,000 people and displaced some 1.3 million others.MINUSTAH, with nearly 12,000 military and police personnel currently deployed around the country, has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. 1 December 2010The United Nations has called on Haitians to ignore unofficial results of Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections and to wait for the official results to be announced next Tuesday by the country’s electoral council. read more

Canada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog grows

OTTAWA — Canada Post has asked its international partners to halt mail and parcel shipments to Canada as it reels under the weight of a 30-day delivery backlog resulting from a labour dispute with its employees.The Crown corporation said Friday that its domestic customers are also backed up with packages waiting for delivery as rotating strikes that began Oct. 22 continue across the country.“The backlogs are also extending to international mail and parcels entering the country,” Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in an email.“As a result, we have been forced to request that international posts, including the United States Postal Service, refrain from shipping items until we can clear the backlog.”Canada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay says, as massive backlog of shipments piles upCanada Post suspends delivery-time guarantees as more rotating strikes strand packages150 trailers of mail pile up as Canada Post strike shuts down country’s biggest processing plant againBritain’s Royal Mail, in a bulletin to its corporate customers, said it would hold any shipments bound for Canada within the last couple of days in its distribution centres “awaiting further updates.”“As a result of ongoing industrial action, we have now been requested to suspend the dispatching of international traffic destined for Canada, from today until further notice,” it said.“This applies not only to us, but all international postal operators,” the Royal Mail added.A similar bulletin was issued by Hongkong Post and online sales giant eBay said it also received a notification from China Post that it was halting deliveries.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been in contract negotiations for nearly a year, with no success.CUPW began rotating strikes across the country that have shut down postal operations in over 200 communities, hoping to pressure Canada Post into agreeing to contract demands, including better job security, reduced workloads and stronger health and safety measures.The walkouts have resulted in backlogs at the agency’s main sorting plants, particularly in Toronto where Hamilton said the number of mail-filled tractor trailers awaiting processing had reached 407 as of Friday. Dozens of trailers were also sitting idle in Montreal and Vancouver.The Crown corporation issued new contract offers this week aimed at reaching agreements with its approximately 42,000 urban employees and 8,000 rural and suburban carriers.CUPW said the latest proposals made positive steps, but not enough to put an end to walkouts, which rotated Friday through most of Manitoba, as well as communities in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and New Brunswick.The offers were time sensitive, with Canada Post imposing a deadline of Saturday at one minute before midnight for acceptance.CUPW national president Mike Palecek wouldn’t say whether tentative deals could be reached by then, but said the union would not be held to an arbitrary deadline.Palecek was also critical of Canada Post for halting shipments from outside Canada.“There is no reason to halt international shipments,” he said in a statement. “Let us solve our issues at the bargaining table.”The union said it wants concrete proposals for dealing with an escalating number of work injuries at Canada Post.Hamilton said the corporation has proposed a way for the company and union to work together to identify ways to make the workplace safer, and offered to fast-track a review of workloads to reduce overburdening of carriers who have seen a rapid increase in the number of parcels they have to deliver while letter volumes have declined.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned last week his government will act to end the rotating strikes if there is no significant progress in the negotiations. Trudeau did not specify what type of action might be taken, nor did he provide a timeline.Earlier this week, eBay called on Trudeau to legislate an end to the dispute in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events tied to American Thanksgiving that begin Nov. 23. read more

Annan calls for collaborative effort to save worlds remaining great apes

“The great apes still have a chance, but their fate lies entirely in our hands,” he said in a message to the Intergovernmental Meeting on Great Apes and the Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “This meeting represents an opportunity for the governments where great apes still exist to consolidate progress and chart a way forward,” he added. Mr. Annan noted that in the 23 countries, from West Africa to the island of Borneo, where the great apes still survive, their habitat has been largely reduced to isolated forest islands. The animals probably total no more than 400,000 now whereas 50 years ago they numbered at least 2 million. “Only by protecting these remaining forests can we ensure the great apes’ survival. None of these countries is rich. All are struggling to balance the development aspirations of their people with the need to ensure environmental sustainability,” he said.“Only by working together can governments, conservation organizations, businesses and communities mobilize the money, expertise and commitment needed to protect humankind’s closest relatives.” read more

UN childrens agency supports expanded tetanus immunization in Uganda

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced its support for an expanded campaign to immunize more than 850,000 girls and women of childbearing age in Uganda against the threat of tetanus, which poses grave risks to pregnant women and their babies.The immunizations, to be extended to nine additional, high-risk districts this month, are organized by the Ugandan Ministry of Health with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as UNICEF.A total of 20 districts have been selected by the Ministry of Health to each undergo three rounds of maternal and neonatal tetanus vaccination campaigns, in order to attain coverage levels of 95 per cent or above, UNICEF said. The nine districts to be reached in this latest effort represent the final set in the national campaign.Tetanus threatens pregnant women and their babies because infection is often contracted through non-sterile cutting of the umbilical cord and passed on to the newborn child. Antibodies provided by the Tetanus Toxoid vaccine, given to the mother, protect newborn children for the first two months of life when they will usually be vaccinated themselves.In 2004, more than 700,000 girls and women of childbearing age were immunized with the tetanus vaccine in six high risk districts, following approximately 537,000 reached in five districts in 2003. Such campaigns since 2002 have led to the reduction in reported maternal and neonatal tetanus cases from over 300 to fewer than 50 cases. UNICEF assists the immunization campaigns through the provision of vaccines, training of health staff and mobilization of communities. read more

Canadian economy shrinks in second quarter worst showing since financial crisis

OTTAWA – Weak exports and the Alberta wildfires hammered the Canadian economy as it posted its worst quarterly performance since the global financial crisis, but the three-month period ended on a positive note with growth in June.Statistics Canada said real gross domestic product fell at an annualized rate of 1.6 per cent during the second quarter, the most since the second quarter of 2009.But real GDP rose 0.6 per cent in June — better than the 0.4 per cent expected by economists — as production in the oilsands started to resume.“Hopefully the June number gives a fairly good hand-off to the third quarter and we can put the wildfires and the impact in the rear-view mirror,” HSBC Canada chief economist David Watt said.The second-quarter contraction compared with growth at an annual pace of 2.5 per cent in the first quarter, which was revised from an initial reading of 2.4 per cent.Watt said the Canadian trade figures over the coming months will be key.“I’m going to be paying very close attention to the numbers of the next couple of months and sort of questioning where’s the export demand going to come from and is it going to offset what I fear will be a weaker trend for spending by households,” he said.Statistics Canada will release July trade figures on Friday.The second-quarter drop in GDP came as exports of goods and services fell 4.5 per cent following a 1.9 per cent increase in the first three months of the year. Exports of goods were down 5.5 per cent, while exports of services grew 0.6 per cent.Already hurting from the drop in energy prices, the Alberta wildfires dealt a blow to the energy sector, forcing the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., and the shutdown of several oilsands operations in the region.Energy product exports fell 7.5 per cent, with crude and bitumen exports declining 9.6 per cent and refined petroleum products down a whopping 19.6 per cent. Motor vehicles and parts also dropped 5.8 per cent due to lower exports of passenger cars and light trucks.Exports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts were up 5.6 per cent.TD Bank economist Brian DePratto said after a strong start to the year, exports have been moving backwards.“Once we get past the near-term noise, the pace of economic growth will likely be lukewarm,” DePratto wrote in a report.“This reflects a number of economic headwinds, including an aging population, high household indebtedness, and the ongoing economic rotation process.”The second-quarter result reported Wednesday was worse than forecast by the Bank of Canada in its July monetary policy report. The central bank had predicted that the economy would contract at an annual rate of 1.0 per cent during the second quarter due to the damage caused by the wildfires.But the Bank of Canada has also predicted that growth will pick up in the third quarter to an annual pace of 3.5 per cent as oil production ramps up and rebuilding efforts begin in Fort McMurray. It also expects the federal government’s new Canada child benefit and a boost to infrastructure spending to lend a hand to the economy.The Bank of Canada’s next rate announcement is scheduled for next Wednesday. Economists expect the central bank to leave its key policy rate unchanged at 0.5 per cent. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian economy shrinks in second quarter, worst showing since financial crisis read more

EU finance ministers line up behind tax ruling against Apple

EU finance ministers line up behind tax ruling against Apple by George Jahn, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2016 5:50 am MDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netherlands’ Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem gestures, next to President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, right, during the group photo, after the Eurogroup’s deliberations at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for economic and financial affairs, in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Ministers for economic and financial affairs gathered for a two-day informal meeting in the Slovak capital, where they will discuss BREXIT, EU economic policies and the migration crisis. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – The Dutch finance minister urged Apple on Saturday to “get ready” to pay up.Jeroen Dijsselbloem and his counterparts from other EU nations lined up behind a finding that the technology company owes billions of euros due to more than a decade of improperly low taxation.Apple’s bill could reach 19 billion euros ($21 billion) with interest, and both the company and Ireland, Apple’s European headquarters, are appealing the European Commission ruling.But as the last day of an EU finance ministers’ meeting focused on ways to harmonize tax rules for multinational companies, Dijsselbloem told reporters that these “have an obligation to pay taxes in a fair way.”“International tax loopholes are a thing of the past,” said Dijsselbloem, who also heads the 19-strong group of nations within the EU using the euro currency. Apple will have to pay back taxes both in the United States and Europe, he added, “so get ready to do that.”Philip Hammond, his British counterpart, said the EU was keen “to make sure that international corporations pay the right tax at the right place.”“That’s the fair way to do it, and we are going to make sure it happens,” Hammond said.The Apple decision is only one of several faulting international companies — and the countries hosting them — for exploiting European exemptions to pay minimal taxes. Both Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler are contesting rulings handed down last year that they are each about 30 million euros ($33 million) in arrears.The European Commission hopes to have ready by fall proposals for multinational companies operating in the EU that tightens up rules on tax bases. Pushing back against U.S. criticism of the Apple decision, EU tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Saturday hailed U.S. investment as an “important driver of growth and employment in Europe.”The commission ruling, he said, “is not a message that investors from U.S. companies are not welcome.”While Ireland would reap a huge windfall from the extra money, it opposes the ruling because it has also benefited from the setup. Multinationals have such huge revenue that small countries can reap big gains even from low taxes, and they also gain from the jobs created.Other countries are expressing interest in any payout, however. Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said Austrian, Italian and France tax authorities are following the case closely with the option of posting claims, and a senior OECD official attending the meeting suggested they could have right to do so.Angel Gurria, who heads the 35-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, cited the EU Commission ruling on Apple, saying it invited other nations that might have a claim “to come forward.”Before turning to tax issues, the meeting focused on Greece. Ministers and senior EU officials in the Slovak capital urged Athens to speed up enactment of economic reforms so it can get its hands on the next batch of bailout cash before the end of October.Greece, which depends on the money due from the bailout to stay afloat, has recently fallen short of reform commitments, stoking concerns of a flare-up in the country’s debt crisis. Because it hasn’t delivered on the reform promises it has made, it can’t yet get hold of the 2.8 billion euros ($3.2 billion) due from this current phase of its bailout program. read more

Former Ohio State mens hockey coach Mark Osiecki hired by Chicago Blackhawks

Courtesy of OSUFormer Ohio State men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki has been hired by the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, according to a press release from the team. Osiecki will be an assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the primary developmental league to the NHL.Osiecki joins IceHog head coach Ted Dent after being let go by OSU in April after “a difference in opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved,” according to OSU athletic director Gene Smith.The former Buckeye head man led his team to a 16-17-7 overall record and a fourth place finish in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association this past season. After beating Ferris State in the quarterfinals of the CCHA playoffs, OSU fell to Notre Dame at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit in what was the program’s first conference semifinal appearance since 2005.“We’re thrilled to add Mark Osiecki to our coaching staff in Rockford,” Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard said, according to the press release. “Mark’s extensive experience with the player development at the collegiate, junior and international level will serve as a great asset as we continue to build the future of the Chicago Blackhawks organization.”Osiecki went 46-50-16 while serving as OSU’s head coach from 2010-2013. The Blackhawks did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding his contract with Rockford. read more

Record setting win streak snapped at 200 for Ohio State mens tennis

The Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center hosted a match between the Buckeyes and Oklahoma on March 6. OSU lost, 4-3. The loss broke a 200-match home winning streak for OSU. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerMore than 700 people were on hand when the Ohio State men’s tennis team saw its 200-match home winning streak snapped by No. 1 Oklahoma.But despite the loss, coach Ty Tucker said he’d expect those fans to be back to watch the man who fell just short in the final match Friday night at the Varsity Tennis Center.“If you’re a Buckeye fan, it doesn’t matter if you’re basketball, football, baseball, whatever your taste in sports is,” Tucker said. “If you watched that match tonight, you’ll be back to watch Kevin Metka.”Metka is a redshirt-senior from Worthington, Ohio, who Tucker said carries a 3.7 GPA in mechanical engineering. Before he lost, 7-5, in a third-set tiebreaker, Metka had staved off multiple match points against Oklahoma sophomore Florin Bragusi. By the third set, Metka had a few match-point chances of his own and fought through cramps just to keep playing. But in the end, just as he did in OSU’s first loss of the season against Texas A&M, Metka came up just short. “Kevin Metka is what Ohio State wants in their athletes,” Tucker said. “He started to cramp out there and he fought through the cramps.”Now with the streak — an NCAA record for consecutive home wins in any sport — behind them, Tucker stressed that it’s important for the Buckeyes to move forward.“We never even thought about it until year eight or nine when someone brought it up,” he said. “And then you don’t think about it and all of a sudden you hit some milestones with 100, 150 or 200 wins or 10 years and you talk about it. But everybody in the world knew that the streak would end at some point.”The loss, which was OSU’s first in Columbus since April 2003, moves the No. 8 Buckeyes to 12-4 this season ahead of a four-match road trip set to begin Tuesday against Florida in Gainesville, Fla.Despite those four losses and the end of the streak, Tucker said he’s hopeful his team can continue to improve and contend going forward, even though the talent on the roster might not be what it was in years past.“(We’re) a little down maybe this year compared to the last couple years with some horses, but guys are getting better, and as a coach if every match you’re getting better and guys are coming to fight and compete, what else can you ask for?” Tucker said.After the Buckeyes take on Florida, they’re scheduled to travel to Tulsa, Okla., Texas and Michigan before returning to Columbus on March 22 with an opportunity to start a whole new streak when they play Michigan State. read more

Man in stable condition after stabbing on Inis Mór

first_imgTWO MEN REMAIN in hospital in Galway after a stabbing incident on Inis Mór island earlier today.At 1pm today emergency services were called to the incident in the Manister area of Inis Mór. One man in his 40s was in critical condition and another man aged 67 years also sustained minor injuries in what is understood to have been an altercation between the two men.Both were airlifted to University Hospital Galway and a garda spokesperson said the man in his 40s has improved and is now “in stable condition”.The incident is being investigated as an ‘assault causing harm’. No arrests have been made at this point but gardaí said investigations are ongoing.Read: Man in his 60s stabbed to death in Limerick>last_img read more

Death Note manga published in one ridiculous 2400 page volume

first_imgThere’s nothing like the feeling of having your favorite manga conveniently on hand to flip to whichever chapter you wish to enjoy again. However, what if that nostalgia was paired with the weight of 10 pounds of paper?Okay, maybe we are exaggerating about the weight, but Death Note fans in Japan are definitely going to get a workout for their wrists with the new compilation volume that collects all 12 manga volumes into one book. That’s right: you can catch up on all 2,400 pages of Death Note before the release of the new live-action movie, Death Note: Light Up the New World!The ridiculously huge book was just released this week in Japan by Shueisha, and is already sold out in all stores. At just 2,500 yen, or about $25 USD, the reasonable price and ridiculous look of the book was a big draw for Death Note fans the world over.Death Note tells the morbid tale of a high schooler named Light who finds a mysterious notebook that causes anyone whose name is written in it to die. He takes it upon himself to cast judgment upon criminals, murdering those whom he deems to be evil, or gets in the way of his plans.The Death Note manga series was published from 2003 to 2006, with the anime adaptation airing in 2006. The series has spawned multiple video games, a light novel, three live action films, and a TV drama, with the new Japanese film debuting on October 29th this year in theaters in Japan.English-speaking fans are in for another Death Note movie courtesy of Netflix next year. Fans are pretty wary about this new movie, as the Netflix version greatly alters the characters and story but hey, Willem Dafoe is going to play the spooky death god Ryuk, so maybe it won’t be total garbage.Ryuk is a scary mofo.English-speaking Death Note fans can easily get all 12 volumes via Amazon, thanks to the guys at VIZ media. If you really want to put it in one volume, we guess you could tape the books together, which would be about as practical as the giant manga brick that Shueisha launched.last_img read more

Court wont rehear appeal from Oregon carbomb plot

first_imgPORTLAND — A federal appellate court won’t rehear an appeal from Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali American sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb downtown Portland during the annual lighting of a Christmas tree.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previously upheld Mohamud’s conviction. Mohamud’s attorneys sought to have the appeal heard before the entire bench, but the court denied the request Thursday.President Donald Trump recently highlighted the Mohamud case in his executive order for a revised travel ban on people from Somalia and five other predominantly Muslim countries. Two federal judges this week blocked the order from taking effect.Mohamud arrived in the United States at 3 years old and gained citizenship. He pressed a cellphone button in November 2010, believing it would set off explosives in a van. The bomb, however, was a fake provided by FBI agents posing as terrorists.During trial and in their appeal, Mohamud’s attorneys said their client — 19 years old when arrested —was a victim of entrapment. They said he had neither the means nor the intent to commit domestic terrorism until he was persuaded by the undercover agents.last_img read more

Proposed ordinance eyes curbs on panhandling

first_imgWith their crumbled cardboard signs, emblazoned with messages of need, Clark County’s panhandlers are an acknowledged sight on many heavily trafficked street corners and freeway offramps.Other panhandlers take a more direct approach and verbally ask for spare change from passers-by. Whatever the approach, the message is the same: Money would be helpful. And while that can be a nuisance for many, the reality is it’s also a difficult-to-regulate form of free speech.That’s what Sgt. Randon Walker of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is learning as he reworks a draft ordinance that aims to place tighter restrictions on panhandling. A recent federal court ruling striking down much of the language contained in the ordinance has forced Walker to rewrite it.Walker proposed the ordinance, his “pet project,” last year. County commissioners held a work session on the matter, while Walker shopped the idea at a community open house. He said curbing panhandling would help direct homeless people to the county’s social service programs.“We have people on the street who are obviously broken,” Walker said. “We’re enabling them.”The ordinance was inspired by one that was proposed in Pierce County and another in Boise, Idaho. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho successfully challenged the legality of the ordinance at the beginning of the year, however. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the panhandling ordinance was overly vague and would curb First Amendment protections in publicly owned areas.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 6 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At UMass Dartmouth

first_imgDARTMOUTH, MA — Below are the names of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth students from Wilmington who have been named to the Dean’s List (GPA of 3.2 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for the Fall 2018 Semester:Mackenzie BumpusKelli CarewElizabeth DulleaBrendan McDonoughMichael SoelRachel WarrenAbout UMass DartmouthUMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social, and cultural development. UMass Dartmouth’s mandate to serve its community is realized through countless partnerships, programs, and other outreach efforts to engage the community, and apply its knowledge to help address local issues and empower others to facilitate change for all.(NOTE: The above announcement is from UMass Dartmouth.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass DartmouthIn “Education”3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass DartmouthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass DartmouthIn “Education”last_img read more

TN power consumers hail must run status of energy projects

first_imgCoimbatore: Tamil Nadu Electricity Consumers Association (TECA) Friday welcomed the communication of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to the state governments to honour ‘must-run status’ of wind and solar projects. In a press release here, TECA secretary N Pradeep said the decision was hailed as curtailing of wind and solar power by state load despatch centres (SLDCs) would be discouraging generators. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Most of the discoms were running on heavy loss and with Tamil Nadu having a generating capacity of 8,300 MW wind power, the order gives a boost to generators, he said. Also, he demanded that the governments speed up the process of a green energy corridor to evacuate the power produced through renewable energy. The ministry, in its communication to all the state energy secretaries, reiterated that the ‘must run’ status of wind a nd solar projects be honoured in letter and spirit. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The Ministry further said curtailment of such power can be done only for grid safety and security and that too after communicating instructions detailing reasons for curtailment to the generators in writing. It further reiterated that if any SLDC curtails wind or solar power for any reason other than grid safety or security or as prescribed in respective grid code or regulation, they shall be liable for making good the loss incurred by the wind or solar power generator(s) towards deemed generation, Pradeep said.last_img read more

Visionary Freedom Fighter Don Rojas Recounts a Life of Service

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaA phone conversation with Don Rojas can easily begin with the subtlest of greetings – a friendly “hello,” and good to hear from you.But any conversation of length undoubtedly leads to a lively discussion about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, reparations, journalism, and of course Rojas’ celebrated activism and the fight for freedom, justice and equality.For Rojas, that fight began at an early age and he waged war against injustice mostly with a pen.“Since I was a young man, I always had an interest in writing and reporting and the spoken word,” Rojas, now 69, said from his home in Maryland.“Since I was a young man, I always had an interest in writing and reporting and the spoken word,” Rojas, now 69, said from his home in Maryland.“I went to school in Grenada with (Grenadian revolutionary and leader) Maurice Bishop. He was captain of the senior debate team and I was captain of the junior debate team,” Rojas said, chuckling about one of many historic members that ran through his thoughts.During that time, Rojas became involved in student activism and joined a student newspaper and student-run radio station.Later, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he honed his journalism skills.“That was in the late 1960s and I’ve stayed in the field of journalism and activism, alternating my time and energy over those many years between activism and journalism,” Rojas said, noting that, “for me, there isn’t a clear line of demarcation between the two, especially for those in the trenches with minority media.”Rojas has always been in the trenches.He said he’s viewed his work as part and parcel of a broader social and economic justice movement.One of his first positions was assistant director of communications for the National Urban League. Following his stint there Rojas became an assistant editor at a Black-owned paper in Baltimore.Among the many legendary interviews Rojas conducted were with leaders from around Africa, including Civil Rights icon Nelson Mandela and singer Bob Marley.Rojas’ resume reads like a true activist and freedom fighter:He served as Director of Communications for Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, the People’s Revolutionary Government of Grenada.Editor of the New York Amsterdam NewsGeneral Manager of WBAI, Pacifica Network, New YorkExecutive Director of Free Speech TelevisionSenior Advisor to Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor/President of the University of the West IndiesDirector of Communications and International Relations, Institute of the Black World 21st CenturyFounder of the award-winning digital magazine, The Black World Today, when the internet was in its infancy stagesDirector of Communications for the National Office of the NAACPFor the latter role, Rojas was recruited in 1993 by then-NAACP Executive Director, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., at that time the youngest NAACP leader in the storied civil rights organization’s history.Today, the organization still benefits from Rojas’ input and his development of an extensive communications department.“Don Rojas has made major contributions to the struggle for freedom in Black communities across the globe. As the first communications director for the NAACP, he not only built the initial model of our communications department but created a vision for the way in which communications can be used as a resource to support social justice movements,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson told NNPA Newswire.“There is no aspect of the movement untouched by his work as a communicator, journalist or advocate.” Johnson said.Also, while Rojas’ accomplishments are exhausting, what remains a constant in all of his work is his role as a visionary, said Malik Russell, the current NAACP Communications Director and former director of Radio Operations for The Black World Today.“Don is able to look beyond the present toward the possible. A good example is The Black World Today (TBWT). At TBWT Don spearheaded a comprehensive news media site geared toward uniting the African Diaspora. On the cutting edge of technology, we helped organize the State of the Black World Conferences using online tools and broadcast it over the net using cell phones at a time when most folks were still in the analog age,” Russell said.“We were using audio editing software, which is now the standard in radio broadcasting to create TWBT’s online radio network that had dozens of independently produced shows. Don’s vision was simple, he was like the future is open, it’s about who gets there first.”Rojas said after Chavis was installed as executive director of the NAACP, the organization began to thrive again, particularly because of an infusion of youth.The first national convention under Chavis, who now serves as president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, included a particularly important individual.“The convention was held in Indianapolis and just a few weeks earlier, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the first thing we did was reach out to his people and issue an invitation to come and speak at the convention,” Rojas said.“We weren’t sure it would work out, but we were able to secure his presence in Indianapolis.”Mandela’s speech was his first and only to the NAACP.The visit began at the United Nations in New York and, what Rojas called the most underreported news of the decade, Mandela was feted in Harlem by hundreds of thousands during an outdoor rally.“I remember spending time with him and talking to him about the DNC and the NAACP and he drew parallels with the DNC being founded in South African in 1912 and the NAACP here in America being formed in 1909,” Rojas said.“There’s a solidarity between the two organizations,” he said.Rojas, who remains dedicated to the global movement for reparative justice for former slaves, said America was built on the backs of African slaves and African Americans have never been compensated.Today Rojas, who still stands as of one of the leading progressive figures in recent history, is fighting another fight: one that involves his own life.]After months of treatment for a chronic back ailment, Rojas was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a particularly aggressive form of bone cancer.He’s undergoing heavy chemotherapy treatment which will continue in the weeks ahead, followed by the infusion of steroids and then bone marrow transplants.The cost of his medical care is described as “astronomical” and much of it is not covered by insurance.He and his wife, Karen, have been forced to unexpectedly place their home on the market to help cover the additional medial and relevant costs.His friends, led by Chavis and actor Danny Glover, have launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the urgently needed funds to ensure that his wife and family have the resources to pay for the best lifesaving medical treatments available.“Don Rojas deserves our support, prayers and our rigid solidarity in salute of his outstanding career as a global freedom fighter.The encyclopedia contains a trove of information about Rojas’ illustrious career at contribute to the campaign, visit read more