Angela Bassett hasnt seen Avengers Endgame

first_imgLos Angeles: Angela Bassett says she has not managed to watch Avengers: Endgame as the Marvel blockbuster is three hours long. The actor reprised her role as Dowager Queen Ramonda from Black Panther in the MCU tent pole, which has the longest runtime at three hours, two minutes. “It’s three hours long, right? I haven’t seen it. Wait a minute, it is going to be on the plane. Oh my god, carve out three hours?” Bassett told EW Live. Asked whether she knew what happened in the movie, she said: “I kind of do, I was there, I know where it is up in there and how it plays out.” However, the 60-year-old actor said her teenager twin sons Slater and Bronwyn have watched the film twice. “They tell me, ‘You always fall asleep in the movies, ma’, then I wake up and I got, like, the general gist of what happened. And the bad guys went down and the good guys solved it and it’s all good, right? Ok!” she said.last_img read more

Be brave and shave Bluey Day

first_imgDonations from this event will be allocated to the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Donations to this fund are used to purchase equipment that helps to enhance comfort, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.Monies the Foundation receives also ensures that both long term and emergent needs of the hospital are met as medical staff work on early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer at the hospital.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The FSJ Hospital Foundation is hosting the Bluey Day Fundraiser where participants collect pledges from the community and then shave their heads.People wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer can participate by visiting the FSJ Hospital Foundation or registering HERE Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 2 pm, the FSJ Hospital Foundation welcomes the community to come and watch the family-friendly event as there will be henna and prizes.last_img read more

UN blue helmets help passengers in DR Congo when plane overshoots runway

The airliner from the Congolese Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation (CAA) was on a flight from Kinshasa, the capital, when its brakes failed to hold on a rain-slicked runway and it overshot the tarmac, coming to rest on a large pile of lava rock.About 20 passengers were transferred to hospital facilities of the UN mission in DRC (MONUC) in Goma and treated for minor injuries and shock, while a MONUC fire truck doused the plane’s smoking engines. UN peacekeepers were quickly on the scene to help passengers leave the aircraft through exit slide doors and to control a gathering crowd, MONUC reported. The mission’s headquarters are near the airport, and it has been aiding a German-funded project to clear lava rock that reduced the length of the runway when the Mt. Nyiragongo volcano erupted in 2002, spewing lava over the a third of the tarmac and much of the town of Goma. Hundreds of local workers and UN earthmoving equipment have been employed in clearing the rock from the airstrip since April of this year.The airport serves as a supply hub for peacekeepers, humanitarian relief teams and deliveries in eastern Congo, which has been ravaged by fighting between Government troops and various rebel forces, as well as for regular domestic passenger flights. 19 November 2009United Nations peacekeepers helped passengers and provided emergency medical treatment today after an airliner with 117 passengers on board over-ran the airstrip in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

1500 jobs to be cut at Windsor auto plant

Roughly 1,500 jobs will be eliminated later this year at a Windsor assembly plant.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says in order to better align production with global demand, it is cutting the third shift starting Sept. 30.The company made the announcement Thursday and says retirement packages will be offered to eligible employees and it will work to find positions for others.The Windsor plant produces the Chrysler Pacifica and its Hybrid version, as well as the Dodge Grand Caravan.Premier Doug Ford said his government will “fight tooth and nail” to protect the jobs of the auto workers in Windsor.“My message to Fiat Chrysler is this: do not make this decision based on the anti-business policies of the former government over the past 15 years,” said Ford in a news release. “Our government is lowering taxes, lowering electricity rates and slashing red tape. There has never been a better time for auto manufacturers to invest in the province of Ontario.”Ford says his government is committed to “turning the page” so the province can once again become the “economic engine of Canada.” read more

Switzerland freezes Liberian leaders assets at request of Sierra Leone special court

The Court’s Prosecutor, David Crane, thanked the Swiss authorities for their rapid and decisive support of the tribunal, which had made the request to block assets held by Mr. Taylor. “The money may be evidence of the joint criminal enterprise that we allege Taylor, with several other indictees, conducted in Sierra Leone over a period of year,” Mr. Crane said.The request to block assets was made pursuant to the original arrest warrant issued against Mr. Taylor on 7 March, which requests countries “to identify and to locate assets owned by the accused located within the territory of any State and adopt provisional measures to freeze such assets.”

Canadian dollar advances on stimulus hopes rising commodity prices

Canadian dollar advances on stimulus hopes, rising commodity prices TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at a two-month high Thursday as a rising appetite for risk persuaded investors to buy into resource-based currencies such as the loonie.The loonie was also supported by higher prices for oil and copper, rising 0.29 of a cent to 99.23 cents US, its highest close since May 15.Traders felt more confident that the U.S. Federal Reserve is ready to help with stimulus in the future.U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wrapped up two days of testimony before Congress on Wednesday. And while he did not indicate that another round of stimulus was imminent, his comments led investors to believe further action remained an option.The Fed has already completed two programs of asset purchases, which have the effect of increasing the supply of money, which largely ends up in financial markets.Oil closed at its highest level since mid-May, with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $2.79 to US$92.66 a barrel.Oil had risen to a seven-week high Wednesday after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that average oil demand increased last week in the U.S. for the third week in a row. The escalating conflict in Syria and renewed tensions between Iran and Israel are also contributing to oil’s rise.Copper, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, ran ahead six cents to US$3.53 a pound.Bullion prices advanced $9.60 to US$1,580.40 an ounce.Traders also took in data which showed a surge in U.S. jobless benefits. The Labour Department says applications rose by 34,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000 last week, reversing a big drop the previous week. But the figures may have been distorted by seasonal factors.But traders were especially disappointed that sales of existing U.S. homes in June fell by 5.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.37 million, much lower than the 4.65 million that was expected.Also, manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region rebounded only slightly in July. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s diffusion index rose to negative 12.9 in July from negative 16.6 in June. This is the third straight monthly reading below zero, indicating contraction.Meanwhile, a Spanish bond auction earlier did little to alleviate concerns over the country ahead of a Friday conference call between eurozone finance ministers.The Treasury sold €2.96 billion in bonds maturing in 2014, 2017 and 2019. Demand was roughly two times the amount on offer for each issue. But the interest rate on the five-year debt rose sharply to 6.46 per cent, from 5.54 per cent at the last such auction on July 5. The Treasury provided no comparable rates for the other maturities.Eurozone finance ministers are expected to give final approval on Friday for a bailout package of up to €100 billion for Spain’s troubled banks. The banks’ bailout was first announced in June, but it has failed to ease worries about Spain’s public finances. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2012 4:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock team makes advance in green catalysis

Travis Dudding was part of a team of Brock University chemists that has made advancements in green catalysis. A team of Brock University researchers has taken a major step in making chemical reactions cheaper and greener.Traditionally, the process of catalysis – increasing the rate of a chemical reaction of two or more reactants by adding an additional substance called a catalyst – has relied upon the use of transition metals to be that catalyst.Transition metals – which are elements, or pure chemical substances consisting of a single type of atom distinguished by its atomic number – have high melting and boiling points, are malleable and conduct electricity and heat.Examples of transition metals include copper, nickel, rhodium, palladium, platinum, and gold.But these metals can be precious, expensive, rare and toxic.A lot of success of transition metal catalysis is due to the fact that they form chemical compounds, called complexes, in which metal has low oxidation state, i.e. retains its electron density.Enter Brock chemists Georgii Nikonov, Travis Dudding, Art van der Est and graduate students Terry Chu and Lee Belding.The team has successfully prepared and characterized a complex of non-transition (also called main group) element germanium in the zero oxidation state, so that it resembles a transition metal.“We want to mimic transition metal chemistry in catalysis, but we want to use better elements,” says Nikonov. “As a first step forward, this result of this complex is inspiring.”“It’s very recently that people have started to be able to isolate and characterize these compounds,” adds Chu. “We are the first few people to explore this. We’ll open up the field.”The researchers say germanium is cheaper and emits less toxic by-products than some of the transitional metals.“This complex could lead to the development of more environmentally friendly catalytic procedures and new electronic devices,” says Dudding. “It opens up a Pandora’s Box of new applications in chemistry for people worldwide.”The research team’s discovery is one of the first examples of “coordination chemistry” of a main group element, which is the science concerned with the interactions of organic and inorganic ligands with metal centres.A ligand is an ion or molecule that binds to a central metal atom to form a coordination complex.The group, which is the first to come up with the coordination compound of germanium, has published its findings in the journal Angewandte Chemie. read more

Athletes run General Brocks final route

Brock University athletes will follow in the footsteps of the Major-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock Saturday in a grueling 11 kilometre run that has become a right of passage for hockey players.Men’s hockey coach Murray Nystrom started the tradition in 1998 and said it is mandatory for his players.“It’s kind of like taxes,” he laughed. “It’s one of those experiences that as you do it, as you are in the middle of it, there’s not much enjoyment but when it’s done, there’s a sense of pride.”The annual run, which has grown to include other Athletic teams, is a bonding experience for the athletes and fosters a sense of pride in Sir Isaac Brock’s history.“The route that we take, following Brock’s actual path, has a significant historical element to it that’s important for our athletes and students to know,” Nystrom said.On Oct. 13, 1812 Brock, commander-and-chief of British forces in Upper Canada during the War of 1812, received word of a battle at Queenston and with a regiment of soldiers started the trek from Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.On that fateful morning, Brock raced from Fort George to Queenston. It was to be his final act. He was fatally wounded while leading his troops into battle against the Americans.Brock’s regiment did it in double time with a hundred pounds of gear on their backs.The route isn’t easy; with most of it snaking its way uphill along the Niagara River before cutting inland up the escarpment towards Queenston Heights.Athletes share the dread of the arduous run but Nystrom said that’s part of what makes participating an accomplishment they remember. Often when talking to alumni, the run is a favourite reminiscence, he said.“Brock’s regiment did it in double time with a hundred pounds of gear on their backs,” Nystrom said.Brock hockey player Daniel Tanel will do the run for the fifth time this year.“I would be lying if I said I look forward to it every year,” he joked. ““It’s very long and hockey players aren’t used to long-distance running but the team keeps it fun.“It is a good team building event for us.”Each year, Nystrom invites other teams to participate in the run and typically there is a good crowd. This year he expects the women’s hockey team, cross country running team and women’s volleyball players to take part. read more

3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer reacts to a call on the sideline during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn Monday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer appeared at his weekly press conference to offer reflection on the Buckeyes’ 28-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday and the quarterback position, as well as peer ahead to his team’s forthcoming game against Illinois.Here are three notes from Meyer’s time at the podium.The quarterback spotAs many expected, Meyer quickly addressed the issues at quarterback. His explanation was simple.“(J.T. Barrett will) be the starter unless he does not have a good week of practice or something,” Meyer said.The redshirt sophomore was suspended for Saturday’s game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Redshirt junior Cardale Jones filled in and played decently, throwing for 187 yards and a score while rushing for 65 more yards and the game-clinching touchdown.Meyer didn’t discount Jones’ performance though, praising the Cleveland native for his efforts while emphasizing that through all the criticism, he still is 11-0 as a starter in scarlet and gray.But like always, the coach said determining a quarterback is a difficult thing.“It’s never an easy call because one guy had his 11th win, 250 all-purpose yards,” Meyer said. “(Jones) made some good plays for us and is invested in our program. It’s never easy.”Even with Jones’ contributions, Meyer said the almost-sure move back to Barrett is the proper decision for OSU.“I think it’s the right thing at this time,” he said.ChampionsAfter a stifling effort that held Minnesota to just 33 rushing yards, six players alongside the OSU defensive line received champion grades.Redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill, who are tasked with filling in for the injured Tommy Schutt at defensive tackle, received champion efforts. Neither player recorded a tackle, but they put pressure on the interior of Minnesota’s offensive line all night.Junior Joey Bosa graded out after registering three tackles, one of which was for a six-yard loss, and two quarterback hurries. Meyer said Bosa is as disruptive as any player he has been around.Opposite Bosa at defensive end, redshirt sophomore Tyquan Lewis had himself a day against the Golden Gophers, prompting a champion grade.The Tarboro, North Carolina, native had four tackles in OSU’s first four defensive series. Lewis finished the game with seven overall tackles and did a nice job setting an edge all game long.Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard concluded the champion grades for the defensive line after picking up three tackles and a sack.Redshirt junior safety Vonn Bell was co-defensive player of the game along with redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Bell had 10 tackles and arguably the game’s biggest play with his 16-yard interception return for a touchdown for the game’s first points.Lee was all over the field on Saturday, accounting for five tackles and two quarterback hurries.Offensively, it wasn’t the most electric performance from the Buckeyes, but seven players still received champion grades, including three pass catchers.Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown, while redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall caught two passes for 56 yards, including a 44-yarder that set up OSU’s trip to the red zone.“(Marshall and Thomas) are playing a very high level for us and blocking and making plays,” Meyer said.Tight end Nick Vannett caught his first pass since the Indiana game on Oct. 3. The redshirt senior had two grabs for 12 yards, while also continuing with his strong blocking efforts.Left guard Billy Price also picked up a champion grade. The redshirt sophomore has been solid all season long in both pass protection and run blocking.Offensive players of the game were junior running back Ezekiel Elliott and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein. Elliott was able to extend his streak of games with over 100 yards rushing to 14 after running for 121 yards and a touchdown through the holes that Elflein opened up.Beyond the play of Price and Elflein, Meyer said the offensive line is as consistent as any offensive line he has coached in Columbus.‘Best in America’Meyer had high praise for Marshall throughout his press conference.The third-year sophomore was instrumental in setting up the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown after corralling a 44-yard deep pass from Jones before being brought down at the Minnesota 15-yard line.Marshall doesn’t just contribute in the passing game though. The Middletown, Ohio, native has been a major contributor on punt returns and in perimeter blocking.Meyer has long stressed this season that without elite perimeter blocking, Elliott cannot be nearly as effective in the run game. Marshall has engaged in key blocks all season long, including a crucial one on Elliott’s 15-yard touchdown on Saturday.“He’s blocking, he’s our best blocker,” Meyer said. “He’s obviously a very aggressive punt returner that’s worked very hard on that. He’s one of the best punt returners in America right now.”With injuries piling up in the receiving corps, it’s clear that OSU has found a bright spot in Marshall.“He’s one of our best players right now. He’s one of our best practice players,” Meyer said. “He’s a leader for us. He’s doing a lot of unselfish things that most people don’t see.” read more

Mens basketball James Scoonie Penn named Director of Player Development for Ohio

Coach Chris Holtmann continues to compile his staff for his first year at the helm of the Ohio State men’s basketball team, adding James “Scoonie” Penn on to take the role of director of player development, the university announced Tuesday.Penn was a former Buckeye basketball player, becoming a letterwinner from 1999 and 2000 and being named a second team All-American in 2000 after transferring to Ohio State from Boston College.“We are really excited about Scoonie being a part of our staff,” Holtmann said. “All of Buckeye Nation will know that he is one of the all-time great players and ambassadors of our program. His connection to past and present players is impressive and something I was looking for in this position. He is such an accomplished player and I know his passion for Ohio State basketball is as strong as ever.”Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, Penn was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in the 1999 season and was twice placed on the first team All-Big Ten team. He demonstrated leadership even in his playing days, serving as team captain for both seasons. Under his guidance, the 1998-99 Ohio State team reached the Final Four, garnering Penn co-MVP for that season (he was also named co-MVP the following year). Over his two-year career with the Buckeyes, he averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while tallying a total of 284 assists.  Penn was later drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft. He never played in the NBA, instead traveling overseas to play 11 seasons in Europe.“I want to thank Coach Holtmann for giving me this opportunity,” Penn said. “I am very excited to be a part of the basketball staff at Ohio State. I’ve always felt like coaching was a calling of mine and there isn’t a better place to have a chance to learn than the university that I attended and care so much about. It’s going to be fun to learn from Coach Holtmann and the rest of the staff.” read more

400000 British teens lured into underaged gambling through video games investigation reveals

Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media It’s basically just gambling, they just cover it up…cos you use the skins instead of currency.Boy, 13 Most of the virtual items traded on Steam and other games come from “loot boxes”, digital reward packages bought for real money. They are banned in Belgium and regulated in China and Japan because their unpredictable rewards make them addictive like slot machines. The scale of skins betting is exposed by an Ipsos MORI poll for Parent Zone which found 10 per cent of 13-18 year-olds admitted gambling on unregulated casino, esports betting or mystery box games, equivalent to almost 450,000 teenagers.More than a quarter (27 per cent) had heard of skins gambling, and 29 per cent thought it was a “very big” or “fairly big” problem for under 18s.Despite age-verification procedures to keep under 18s off some gaming and gambling sites, the poll found 46 per cent said they were able to freely access 18-plus sites if they wanted.One teenager claimed to Parent Zone to have amassed £2,000 worth of skins before blowing it all on a gambling site. A 14-year-old told of a 15 year-old friend collecting £1,000 of skins before trying skins gambling. “He lost [money twice] and wanted to get his £10 back. He ended up winning £750 but he’s really addicted to it,” he said.Another boy, 13, said: “You can lose loads of money on [the gambling websites]. It’s basically just gambling, they just cover it up…cos you use the skins instead of currency.”A boy, 13, said: “I’ve got my own bank account so whatever money is in there [my parents] don’t really ask – I just spend it. There’s loads of £2/£3 micro-transactions that I do all the time…They know that I’m spending it, just they don’t know what on.” This month the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified gaming addiction as a medical disorder treatable on the NHS. The Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory Duty of Care on gaming and social media firms making them legally responsible for protecting children from harms. That balance cannot be withdrawn, but unaffiliated websites – sometimes falsely branded with Steam’s logo and with lax checks on age – let users wager their skins on virtual casino games or professional video game matches and cash out the proceeds.Mr Milton said: “Steam has an anything goes policy. It allows sites to connect code so that skins can be transferred out. Steam says it’s the third party’s fault and has issued cease and desist orders but it is not doing enough.”Lauren Foye, of Juniper market analysts, said new measures by Steam’s owner Valve, including a seven-day freeze on trading new items, had shrunk the value of skins gambled from £3.7bn in 2016 to £316m in 2017.But she said many sites easily adapted to the new rules and that Valve itself had paved the way for them by creating the skins market in the first place: “Steam is gaining up to 5 per cent commission per item traded. It’s a considerable market for them, which is why they’re not really cracking down on it.” Mark Griffiths, professor of behavioural addiction at Nottingham Trent University, said loot boxes had all the attributes of gambling: “All my research shows that the earlier you start gambling, the more likely you are to continue gambling into your adulthood. The video game industry needs to take more responsibility in terms of a duty of care..”The Gambling Commission said most loot boxes are not gambling because their prizes cannot be exchanged for money, but said they may still “pose risks to young people”.A spokesman told the Telegraph: “Where in-game items that are derived from loot boxes can be readily exchanged for cash, the loot boxes themselves are likely to fall within the definition of gambling.“Whilst Valve are not licensed and regulated by us we have shared our concerns with the company and expect them to be actively enforcing the terms of their user agreement. Failure to do so risks elements of their games being classified as gambling.”Valve said it has no relationship with skin gambling sites and regularly acts to prevent the activity, citing a recent shut-down of Steam accounts associated with OPSkins, a skin trading and cash-out website.To read and download the full report, please visit www.parentzone.org.uk/skingambling More than 400,000 British teenagers have been lured into under-aged casino-style gambling through their video gaming, an investigation has revealed.The children, aged 13 to 18, have been able to gamble winnings from their video gaming on websites where they can bet them for cash on roulette wheel spins or other games of chance.The online gambling, which is illegal for under 18s, has been made possible by the creation of virtual items called “skins”, modified weapons or costumes that players can win or buy in video games.Now Parent Zone, an advice service for parents and schools, is demanding urgent action to close the loophole that allows skins to serve as a digital currency that can be gambled and cashed out.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Giles Milton, Parent Zone’s head of content, said its investigation showed gaming firms were not doing enough to stop it: “It is gambling and children should not be gambling online. Parents need to understand what their children are doing with their money.”There are concerns the trade in skins – of which there are 6bn in circulation worth an estimated £10bn – could itself be fuelling the rise in addictive gaming among teenagers. Skins, so called because they modify the appearance of in-game objects such as guns and characters, can be bought or earned on Steam, a widely-used gaming platform that lets users trade them to each other for a dollar or sterling value which can be used to buy more skins or other games.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Behind the scenes at a garda control centre Who takes your 999

first_img Eyes everywhere. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandInspector John Ferris adds that gardaí are sometimes required to ‘make very serious decisions on the basis of a call’ and that recording the call allows gardaí to have evidence when questioned about a decision they made later.The Garda Traffice Control centre does not work in tandem with the communications centre at all times but is often employed to help in cases of traffic accidents or other disturbances on the streets, to assess what resources are required.The video feeds come from Dublin City Council and the gardaí do not have direct access to the tapes from the cameras but they can control them. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRead: Here’s how Garda Traffic bikers practice >Watch: Gardaí release some examples of Ireland’s bad driving > The Dublin Garda Traffic Control Centre. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandTHERE IS ONE part of An Garda Síochana’s operations where you can be sure your conversations are recorded -emergency 999 calls. For good reason say those in the Garda Communications Centre in Dublin’s Harcourt Square.When you make an emergency 999 call and ask for the gardaí you will be put through to one of the 23 different garda communication centres throughout the country. By far the busiest of which is the GCC for the Dublin Metropolitan Region which handles almost ten times as may calls as the next busiest centre in Cork City.There’s a clear chain of how your call is handled when you ring 999.First you get through to one of four emergency call centres around the country which are run by BT. There they ask you what service you are looking for and where you are located. If you ask for the gardaí you will be patched through to a call taker who may be either a garda or a civilian.It’s their job to listen to the nature of the emergency, determine its priority and decide on what kind of garda service you require. That information is then available to a team of dispatchers, who operate out of the same room, and they look at the garda resources available and direct them to the problem. Garda call taker in Harcourt Square centre. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandIt’s a stressful job as it often involves them taking calls from people in a distressed state or who may even be in danger when the call comes through.“It can be very tense here at times especially Friday and Saturday evenings,” explains Ann McNamara who was one of the first intake of civilian staff into the service three years ago.When you’re experienced, a lot of the calls are straightforward but if you were to get a tiger kidnapping or maybe a bad domestic assault and you can hear it’s going on in the background, that can be a bit harrowing. Or maybe calls relating to children, things like that I find it very harrowing.The initial call takers not only have to decide on what service is required but also to determine the urgency of a call, something that can be adjusted as more facts emerge and gardaí approach a scene.For example, during the course of a visit to the DMR call centre, staff received reports of a fight in an area of Dublin in which up to 50 people were reported to be involved. The report was handed to the dispatch team who sent out a patrol car.When questioned about the sending of just one car to what sounded like a large scale incident, Sergeant Claire Mulligan explained that it was usual practice to firm up information before committing more than two officers who can then report back.She added that in a fight involving fifty people they would also expect to receive more phonecalls. Later, when the gardaí reached the scene they reported back that they couldn’t see any fight in the location reported.By way of comparing the wide range of calls they receive, staff also received an alert from a distressed elderly person who was concerned that a man purporting to be from a phone company had called them looking for their bank details. The call taker spoke to the person and gave them some advice before sending a community officer to speak to them.https://vine.co/v/MdXH0xzLmpBInstant playbackAll emergency 999 and 112 calls that are made to the gardaí are recorded explains Supt. Denis Kettle of the communications centre.He says there are several reasons why this is done, to allow for instant playback, to allow for disconnections and to help decipher what someone has said in often noisy environments like motorways or during the course of a row.Kettle explains that the most important reason is so gardaí can be clear as to the location of where an incident is taking place, and that they ‘nearly always’ use instant playback to make sure an address is correct.But he does add that what people say during 999 calls can be accessed by gardaí later during the course of their investigations:Someone might call up and say they’ve been stabbed and they might actually say who stabbed them. That’s important for the investigation, you work with what you’ve got.last_img read more

Athens foreign archaeological institutes honoured

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Ambassador of Australia to Greece Ms Jenny Bloomfield, alongside the Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens director Alexandros Cambitoglou, held a reception at the ambassador’s residence to honour the 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Athens. Ms Jenny Bloomfield congratulated the presidents of the foreign archaeological institutes in Greece for their significant work in promoting the Greek history and cultural heritage around the world. She made a special mention to the contribution of Professor Cambitoglou and to the outstanding work of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA), as well as the promotion of Greek studies in Australia. Present at the reception were presidents and representatives of the 17 institutes, former Minister of Culture Tatiana Karapanagioti and representatives of the Greece Ministry of Culture and Sports. Athens hosts 17 Foreign Archaeological Institutes which promote and facilitate research by scholars from their home countries.last_img read more

Eddie Howe relieved with Cup win

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe confirmed he was relieved to see his team progress to the next round after holding on to a narrow 2-1 win against Norwich.The Cherries sealed a spot in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas and Steve Cook.Norwich twice hit the post at Vitality Stadium and substitute Jordan Rhodes missed a gilt-edged opportunity when he headed wide from six yards in the dying minutes.Howe told Bournemouthecho: “It was a tough night for us, I thought Norwich played very well. Full credit to them. We had watched them a lot and knew it was going to be a difficult game.“They are a really improving team and one which will, on that evidence, take some stopping in the Championship.“I thought they performed well and we were below par and that made it a really difficult game for us.“We rode our luck but we got through and will certainly take that.“It’s very difficult for me to say for sure (why the performance was below par). I need to speak to the players who played and gather their thoughts as well.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“We looked disjointed. Maybe the changes, maybe a couple of players who came in hadn’t had enough games behind the scenes.“But we lacked a sharpness and a fluency which is usually there.“Overall, it was a disappointing performance but I suppose there must have been good elements for us to withstand the pressure and find a way to win.“Norwich had some presentable chances which they didn’t take. Artur (Boruc) made some good saves, which was important for us.“It won’t be a game I will want to dwell on too much. I think it’s important we focus on the next challenge, which is a big one in Manchester United.“We’re pleased to get through and it’s great to be in the next round but the performance is one we won’t want to remember for too long.“That we won is the only positive I can find, really. Artur Boruc performed well in goal and Marc Pugh was his usual consistent self and gave everything to the game but there weren’t too many other positives.“We’ve made this step, now we want to try to go one more and the motivation is huge. The semi-final is a different level.”last_img read more

Oceanside to become first North County City to allow Medical Marijuana

first_img Sasha Foo, March 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Oceanside to become first North County City to allow Medical Marijuana Posted: March 30, 2018 Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe City of Oceanside has decided to open its doors to the medical marijuana industry.But there’s one notable exception, the city won’t allow dispensaries.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has the details. last_img read more

Troopers Rescue Two Hikers Near Harding Ice Fields

first_imgTroopers were notified of two hikers that hiked from Seward across the Harding Ice Fields and had become stranded near the Skilak River Delta. The hikers reportedly were uninjured, had adequate food, water, and shelter but were ill prepared to cross the Skilak River due to recent thawing. The hikers were identified as Donald Joachim and Benjamin Nabinger, both of Soldotna. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers rescued two hikers that had become stranded near Skilak River Delta, on April 16, around 1:24 p.m. AST mobilized a Rescue Helicopter to recover the stranded hikers. At 2:34 p.m., the hikers had been recovered by AST Helo 3 and taken to the Soldotna Airport where they were delivered in good health, according to Troopers.last_img

Kermit the Frog helps kick off annual Doodle for Google contest

first_imgThe 2018 Doodle for Google winner, drawn by first-grader Sarah Gomez-Lane and animated by Google. Google If you’re a youngster who thought it would be fun to draw a Google Doodle, now’s your chance: the 11th annual Doodle for Google contest is underway.The contest encourages kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the US to use their artistic creativity to design an interpretation of the Google logo, personalized further with this year’s theme: “When I grow up …” Students can use any material they like — crayons, clay, or even food — but their Doodle has to incorporate the Google letters.One of this year’s guest judges is Kermit the Frog, who stopped by The Tonight Show on Monday to discuss the contest with host Jimmy Fallon, who’s also a judge. Fellow guest judge Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, will help out the pair.To highlight the contest, Google published the 2018 Doodle for Google design winner. The Doodle, created by Sara Gomez-Lane, a first-grader from Falls Church, Virginia, is the first contest winner to be transformed into an interactive Doodle. After the contest closes on March 18, one winner will be chosen from each of the 50 states plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam, and one national finalist from five grade categories. Of those finalists, one will ultimately be named the national winner. The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and their school or non-profit organization will receive a $50,000 technology package. The winner’s Doodle will also be featured on Google’s homepage for a day.More details, contest rules and entry forms are available here. Here’s Sarah’s original artwork:googe-4-doodle-winner-2018-artwork Sarah Gomez-Land/Google Doodling our world: Check out Google’s previous celebrations of people, events and holidays that impact our lives.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Online Post a comment Share your voice Tags 0 Google Doodle Googlelast_img read more

Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness About Homeless Students

first_imgThe sign that marks the entrance to Farnsworth Park reads “Dedicated to the children of Soldotna.” During the day, kids can often be seen playing on the equipment or in the grass.Download AudioBut the nighttime vigil held at the park was for kids who often go unseen.“They don’t want to be known because they don’t want to be known as one of those kids that doesn’t have the family support and is struggling,” says Krista Schooley.She knows because she’s been one of them. She was born and raised in Soldotna. She’s 40 years old now and a proud parent and grandmother. But, she says, a long time ago, her life was very different. A series of very bad events led to her becoming homeless.“A lot of just trauma in my life. I was raped when I was 14 and it just made me go downhill. I ended up being a mom of two by the time I was 17. From the age of 17 to 19, I was a couchsurfer; I went from couch to couch,” says Schooley.As a homeless teenager, she struggled to find safe places to sleep at night, food, but most of all, support.“There wasn’t really anything out in the community to help me get on my feet,” says Schooley.Kelly King coordinates the Students in Transition program for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Each year her program identifies between 200 and 300 homeless students in the district. And the number is rising.“Going about trying to find what resources are available, it’s very difficult when you’re on your own,” says King. “It’s hard for me to imagine being 16 years old and trying to channel public assistance for food stamps and trying to figure out how I’m getting to and from school.”Then there’s finding shelter, running water, heat and much more. Her program helps youth navigate the specifics of getting the help they need so they can stay in school.But the reason she and others have organized the vigil for the last five years is to shed some light on this incredibly important issue that she says, isn’t talked about enough.“Well, I think in society in general, there’s a really negative stigma attached to the word homeless,” says King.She says she hopes events like this will motivate people to really think about the issue without stigmatizing it.17-year old Soldotna High School student Lana Chesley is doing just that. She’s seen how being in that position goes beyond personal life. She’s had homeless classmates and friends it takes its toll on school life and social life as well.“I knew it was really hard because most kids grow up with all sorts of electronics and gizmos and money and stuff,” says Chesley. “And the people who I knew did struggle because they couldn’t connect with their friends like that. So I think it’s a struggle for them as an identity thing because they can’t relate to their peers as anyone else did.”She’s glad this vigil is specifically for kids and their families. It’s hard enough to just be a teenager much less one without a stable place to call home.“When I put myself in their place and try to feel what they’re feeling, I can’t really imagine it,” says Chesley. “So I guess there is a semblance of sadness in my heart because I really don’t know how they feel and it hurts me that they’re hurting because I know they are.”Schooley says it is hard, but it’s also possible to turn things around.“I got my life together, healed through all the pain and trauma and found out what was happening here and it’s just unacceptable,” says Schooley.She went from being homeless herself to now working with kids in the same position. But despite having that experience, she was still surprised to find out how big the problem is on the peninsula.“These are families and students and individuals who are really that invisible population amongst the crowd but they are very much here and very much present,” says King, who hopes that making the unseen seen, even just for one night, could spark the change that is sorely needed.last_img read more

Obama wraps up tour on climates front lines the Arctic

first_imgPresident Obama ended his three-day tour of Alaska on Wednesday along the western coast—first in Dillingham and then Kotzebue—where he officially unveiled new initiatives aimed at helping Alaska’s rural villages cope with climate change in the fast-thawing Arctic.Download AudioWednesday night it was Kotzebue’s turn to say it: “The eagle has landed.” Photo: Kaysie Ellingson/Alaska Public Media.An Arctic conference in Anchorage, hiking glaciers in Seward, and getting hands-on with salmon in Bristol Bay—all a prelude to President Barack Obama’s final stop on his tour of Alaska, which ended in Kotzebue last night. And when he landed, it was to an ebullient welcome.As a regional hub for 10 remote villages about 30 miles above the Arctic Circle, Kotzebue is where Obama came closest to actually seeing the communities he’s touted throughout his trip as being imperiled by climate change. Communities like Kivalina, whose native village president Millie Hawley says sees the those impacts in the environment … and their food supply.“We barely got any seal, the bearded seal is what we rely on year-round. Usually we get 80 in the community per year. This year, we got eight. We’ve lost the migration of the beluga, the changes in the migration of the caribou. Even thought we try to protect our children from worry, or fear, they sense that things are happening to their home.”How to address a complex issue in a meaningful way? The president took to the podium at the Kotzebue junior and senior high school to outline plans for a joint tribal, state, and federal effort to help plan—and pay for—more than 30 communities in rural Alaska looking to relocate—or rebuild. Obama calls it “climate resilience.” The effort will be led by the Denali Commission, an independent federal agency that’s worked on Alaska infrastructure projects for nearly 20 years.“This is going to cut through bureaucracy and red tape, frees up communities like yours to develop and implement solutions for events like coastal erosion, and flooding, and permafrost degradation.”The Denali Commission is also bringing $2 million to the table for relocation efforts. And while “relocation” is the goal for communities like Kivalina, clean water and function sewer systems remain elusive for many rural communities. In his Kotzebue speech the president announced a revision on eligibility with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Alaska Village Program—opening the doors to more than 30 communities for water and sewer grants.“You shouldn’t wait until disaster strikes. We should see if we can invest in communities before disaster strikes to prevent. And so today we’re announcing $17 million in USDA rural water grants for infrastructure projects in remote Alaskan communities.”But is it enough? Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule lives in Kotzebue. The borough has fewer than 8,000 people spread out over an area larger than the state of Kentucky. Estimates put the cost of relocating just one village at more than $100 million with emergency evacuation roads costing as much as two million a mile.“None of what we have on the plate, none of what many parts of rural Alaska are asking for, are things on a wish list. They’re things that people need.”The president ended his trip with a tour of Kotzebue’s Shore Avenue, a reinforced roadway along the coast that local leaders held up as an example of engineering that overcomes climate challenges—something they say Alaska desperately needs more of. In his speech, Obama says fast action is essential—and he pledged the federal government’s support.“There is such a thing as being too late. The effects can be irreversible, if we don’t act. And that moment is almost here. And you this better than anybody. I want you to know, as your president, I’m here to make sure you get the support that you need.”Is it puppy love? The president nabs a snuggle with a pup named Feather. Photo: Matthew Smith / KNOM.But before flying out—a final detour—a brief moment with Iditarod musher John Baker. The president donned a “Team Baker” jackets for a picture with Baker’s prize-winning pups—with the Commander in Chief even cradling a blue-eyed puppy named Feather. A quick photo posing behind Baker’s dogsled, and then a quick hop from motorcade to airplane before the president was gone.Like many Alaskans, most in Kotzebue saw President Obama only at arm’s length. A handshake, or a glimpse as he walked amid a throng of secret service, staff, and reporters. But many say they’re happy he came—with the hope that making Kotzebue his final stop will cause the conversation about the American Arctic to finally start.last_img read more

Honda Drives New CRV to India for ₹1995 lakh PHOTOS

first_imgHonda Cars India Ltd on Tuesday showed off its fourth generation sports utility vehicle of its CR-V range in India. Honda Drives new CR-V to India for ₹ 19.95 lakhThe all new CR-V, which is cheaper by up to ₹2.7 lakh from its previous version, will be assembled at its Greater Noida facility in India for the first time. This time, Honda is not offering the SUV in diesel version. Honda Drives new CR-V to India for ₹ 19.95 lakhThe refreshed CR-V sports a new look and incorporates design changes in its headlamp, tail lamp and dashboard. The car houses the same engine of its predecessors, but now comes in four variants.The engine options of the car include 2.0 litre motor with 2-Wheel Drive (2WD) system and 2.4-litre iVTEC motor with 4- Wheel Drive (2WD) system. The 2.0 litre petrol engine is expected to give a mileage of 13.7 kilo metre per litre while the 2.4-litre model is expected to deliver a mileage of 12 kilo metre per litre.”With the launch of the new CR-V, we have again affirm our commitment to bring the latest from the global Honda portfolio to our customers. Over the past few years Honda has been working on developing new products for the Indian market. Some of these new models will come to the Indian market in the next few years starting with the new CR-V that offers more value to Indian customers,” said, Honda Car India President and CEO H Kanayama. Honda Drives new CR-V to India for ₹ 19.95 lakh Honda Drives new CR-V to India for ₹ 19.95 lakhThe car will be available in Silver Metallic, Taffeta White, Sparkling Brown Metallic, Carmelian Red Pearl, and Taffeta White colour options. It is expected to be pitted against other passenger car models like Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra SsangYong Rexton, Mitsubishi Outlander and Pajero Sport, and Ford Endeavour.Up until Honda’s latest release on Tuesday, the company’s cars were imported to India as completely built units (CBU) that levied high customs duty. The local assembling of the new CR-V is believed to have brought down the price of the new variant.The price List of new CR-V2 litre manual transmission: ₹19.95 lakh2 litre automatic transmission: ₹20.85 lakh2.4 litre automatic transmission: ₹22.4 lakh2.4 litre automatic with touchscreen: ₹ 23.85 lakhlast_img read more