Injury floors Bolt; ruins final farewell August 12, 2017 null × Published on RELATED bolt Usain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semi-final in the 4×100 metres relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.Bolt, who announced on Monday that he would also run in the heats, will race for the last time in the final on Saturday when he hopes to bow out with his 20th global championship title.Running the last leg, Bolt eased home, looking over his shoulder, as Jamaica won the second of the two semi-final heats in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20).Jamaica are aiming for a fifth successive world title in the event but will face a stiff challenge from the U.S. who won the first heat in 37.70 seconds, with Christian Coleman, silver medallist in the 100 metres, running the anchor leg.“It feels like second nature because we work well together. We are confident we can win. We will go and prepare well for tonight,” said Michael Rogers, who ran the first leg for the United States.Britain were second in the first heat in 37.76, also faster than Jamaica’s time, while Japan were third. Canada and Turkey also qualified as the fastest losers.Bolt’s presence ensured a capacity crowd for the morning session. “It’s hard to be sad because of the energy I’m getting from the crowd,” said the Jamaican, who suffered a rare defeat in the 100 metres when he took bronze. SHARE COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL bolt COMMENTS
Grand Canyon Celebrates 100th Anniversary with New International Dark Sky Park Distinction Editors’ Recommendations California’s Joshua Tree National Park has never been hard-up for visitors. The park has long been a draw for travelers who flock to its beautifully desolate desert landscape dotted with unique rock formations and, of course, its namesake trees. Now astronomy-loving travelers have yet another reason to visit.The International Dark Sky Association (yes, that’s really a thing) is the “official” governing body to recognize and bestow its stamp of approval on potential dark sky park candidates. Joshua Tree National Park is now the latest to be designated an official International Dark Sky Park. While most dark sky parks are located far from urban centers and therefore any light pollution, the organization notes Joshua Tree National Park is an anomaly. Nearly four million California residents bookend its western edge, and indeed substantial light pollution bleeds over from Palm Springs and the cities in the nearby Morongo Basin. But the park’s eastern edge is still “the last pool of natural darkness remaining in Southern California in its eastern extremity.” It’s also situated near Borrego Springs — a town uniquely designated as the state’s only Dark Sky Community (which primarily means the town employs proper, enhanced outdoor lighting to minimize light pollution). All of this makes it the best stargazing location for many SoCal residents, including the more than 18 million people who call Los Angeles home.The park has long recognized the importance of astrotourism and consequently been a favorite destination for sky-loving travelers. For years, it’s fostered community education and outreach regarding light pollution and its negative effects on our society and the environment. Park officials have actively worked with neighboring towns to ensure their use of dark sky-friendly lighting. It even convinced a military base nearby to reduce its outdoor lighting use. IDSA also notes the park’s “own house is in good order,” detailing a distinct lack of utility-provided electricity and the smart use of solar powered lighting within its boundaries. So, while the official Dark Sky Park designation may be new, Joshua Tree has long functioned as one already.Joshua Tree National Park will officially be “sworn in” among the world’s other official Dark Sky Parks in August 2017. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level
Nova Scotia students will have a better picture of contemporary Mi’kmaq youth from exciting new teaching resources unveiled today, Nov. 13. The Department of Education’s Mi’kmaq Liaison Office and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs announced the new video and companion learning guide for Nova Scotia high schools. The video follows the journeys of four Mi’kmaq youth who have found success on different paths in life. A veterinarian, boxer, professional hockey player and RCMP officer are highlighted. The materials will be distributed to grades 10 and 11 for Mi’kmaq Studies 10 and Social Studies. Premier Darrell Dexter, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, said it is important that young Nova Scotians experience the stories of contemporary Mi’kmaw youth. “Nova Scotians share a common interest with the Mi’kmaq: and that is working together to build the future prosperity of the province,” said Premier Dexter. Education Minister Marilyn More introduced the guide to an enthusiastic audience of students and community members at Citadel High School. “This is just one of the many ways government is infusing Mi’kmaw content into the public education system,” said Ms. More. “These resources will benefit all Nova Scotian students.”
Jaipur: Criticising the Centre for stopping an opposition delegation led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from visiting Srinagar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said the government instead itself should have sent an opposition leaders’ team there to check the facts and win people’s trust to its decision. “The government itself should have sent a delegation of opposition leaders and let them check the things on ground themselves,” Gehlot told reporters outside the Rajasthan assembly here. “The opposition parties could have visited Srinagar and come back and told the truth to the whole country. It would have built confidence among people,” he added. Recalling former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s move to send delegations of opposition leaders to various countries amid the Bangaldesh liberation war, Gehlot said the Centre was expected to do something similar after the revocation of J&K special status and nullification of Article 370. Gehlot said instead of stopping opposition leaders at the Srinagar airport, the government should have facilitated their visit to Srinagar and let them roam around and talk to the local people. It could have given the signal that democracy is still strong in Jammu and Kashmir and and the entire country. “You (the government) talk of stopping them, I think it cannot be justified in any manner,” he said. Referring to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Gehlot said, “It is almost twenty days since the people have been forced to stay behind doors. All the telephone, mobile and internet services have been down.” “The right to liberty is a fundamental right in our Constitution. The government cannot compel citizens to stay behind doors,” he said. The chief minister also criticised the BJP for allegedly claiming the sole right of patriotism and accused it of misleading people. “An atmosphere has been created as if they (BJP) alone are patriotic and not others,” said Gehlot. “They have been successful in misleading the general public as well. But the people will gradually understand the truth and expose them. Truth always triumphs,” he added. On former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s arrest, Gehlot said the government is doing all the dramas to divert people’s attention from real issues and the people understand it.
On the DRC crisis, the delegation will assess the parties’ implementation of Council resolution 1341, which covers such issues as respect for the ceasefire, disengagement of forces and cooperation with UN peacekeepers. In relation to Burundi, the mission will encourage the parties to the Arusha agreement to commit themselves to the next steps in the peace process, in agreement with Nelson Mandela, the Facilitator in that process. The terms of reference for the mission were submitted by the President of the Security Council to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a letter issued today at UN Headquarters in New York. The Council’s trip will take place during the second half of May.
This morning, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Phil Goff, deposited his country’s instrument of ratification to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, marking the tenth instrument of ratification or accession to be deposited with the United Nations.According to its terms, the Optional Protocol will enter into force three months later, on 13 February 2002.Yesterday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, Joe Borg, deposited his country’s accession to the Agreement on the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, the 30th instrument of ratification or accession handed over to the United Nations. The Agreement will enter into force on 11 December.
In a message to the nineteenth ministerial meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa, Mr. Annan noted that there had been a number of positive developments in the region, notably the political reconciliation in Angola and the Republic of the Congo.Nevertheless, the peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as others, remains fragile, Mr. Annan said, stressing that the signing of peace agreements was not enough. Parties must honour their agreements and work with good will to implement them, he stated in the message delivered by his Representative in the Central African Republic, Lamine Cissé.Mr. Annan said parties must truly choose the path of dialogue and fight with determination against the violation of human rights and insure that civilians are given the protection they have a right to expect.The ministerial meeting is reviewing the current geopolitical and security situation in Central Africa, with particular emphasis on Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad and the DRC. In addition, participants will review the implementation by Member States of previous recommendations and decisions.
Aritzia releases first results after IPO; reports net revenue increase VANCOUVER – Canadian fashion retailer Aritzia Inc. (TSX: ATZ) released its first quarterly results since going public, revealing its second quarter net revenue increased 30.1 per cent over the same quarter last year to $157.9 millionIn a statement Wednesday, the company said comparable sales growth was 16.9 per cent, on top of a 20.8 comparable sales growth in the second quarter last year.Gross profit margin for the quarter that ended Aug. 28 also was up, increasing to 35.9 per cent from 34.3 per cent in the second quarter last year.Aritzia says stock-based compensation of $90.9 million was expensed in the quarter due to the fair value accounting of legacy time-based options and the triggering of legacy performance-based options in connection with the company’s initial public offering earlier this month.It says this primarily contributed to a net loss of $67.3 million, as compared to net income of $4.7 million in the second quarter last year.During the quarter, Aritzia opened one new store in Long Island, N.Y., and relocated and expanded one store in the Greater Toronto Area. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 12, 2016 6:48 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Here, before humanity’s highest assembly, I expressly declare that Paraguay will never accept intervention by foreign powers in its internal affairs,” President Franco told the third day of the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.“We will continue building upon our democracy according to the will of the Paraguayan people, sovereignty exercised through our freely elected institutions,” he added.In June, the landlocked South American country experienced a political crisis, with President Gomez’s predecessor – Fernando Lugo – removed from office through an impeachment process instigated by the country’s National Congress. Then serving as Vice President, Mr. Franco assumed the office of President. “Since then, in accordance with the oath of office, I govern Paraguay peacefully and democratically, fully respecting public liberties,” he noted.The events led to a fact-finding mission led by the Organization of American States (OAS), as well as an extraordinary meeting of the Heads of State of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Subsequently, UNASUR, as well as the members of the South Common Market – known by the Spanish-language acronym MERCOSUR – adopted sanctions against Paraguay “without allowing it to exercise its right to defend itself, as clearly expressed in the international agreements that are invoked for the application of sanctions,” President Franco said.“In violation of international treaties, these countries have attempted to become the custodians of Paraguayan democracy, putting aside the principle of non-intervention consecrated in our United Nations Charter,” he said. Throughout its history, he continued, Paraguay has suffered repeatedly as a result of “arrogant intervention” in its internal affairs. “The holocaust known as the War of the Triple Alliance, resulting from an unjustifiable coalition that decimated Paraguay’s population and destroyed its economy has still not faded from the memory of my people,” he said, adding that every right enshrined in human rights agreements signed in the UN and OAS frameworks has been respected.“In the short time of my government, our detractors have not been able to point out a single violation of the agreements we have mentioned,” he added.Other topics mentioned in President Franco’s speech included sustainable development, UN reform, transnational crime human rights, gender issues and UN peacekeeping, with the latter being an area in which the Latin American country has contributed its troops. The Paraguayan President is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.
Ohio State junior forward Mason Jobst prepares for a face-off against Robert Morris on Oct. 27. The Buckeyes won 5-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-4-4, 3-4-1-0 in Big Ten) will continue its streak of conference play with a weekend series against No. 7 Minnesota (10-7-1, 4-5-1-1 in Big Ten) on Friday and Saturday. The Golden Gophers enter the series losing three of the past four games, but the losses were against high-ranked opponents in No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 4 Notre Dame. Ohio State is coming off a disappointing series against No. 18 Penn State, in which they lost in shootout after a 5-5 tie, then lost 4-0 the following game.“No one likes to lose, and certainly you don’t like to lose the way we lost on Saturday,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re playing one of the better hockey teams in the country, and we know we have to be ready, so obviously it’s important for us to get back and have a good effort.”Minnesota gets its scoring from a variety of players. Three Golden Gophers rank top-50 in the NCAA in points. Sophomore forward Rem Pitlick leads the team with eight goals and 19 points, followed closely by junior forward Tommy Novak and freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt with 17 and 15 points, respectively.With the Buckeyes taking a few weeks off after this series, junior defenseman Sasha Larocque understands the importance of playing well against Minnesota.“It’s huge, they’re a top team, both in the Big Ten and nationally, so it’s a good marker for us going into break here,” Larocque said.Minnesota is ranked 30th in goals for and tied for 12th in goals against in the nation. Its impressive lack of allowed goals can be largely credited to junior goalie Eric Schierhorn, who has played in goal every game for the Golden Gophers this season.Last season Ohio State and Minnesota split both series. The four games totaled a combined 39 shots finding the back of the net between both teams.“It’s an easy team to get up for,” Larocque said. “We’ve had … some real tough series against Minnesota, and we know they’re a great program, so we’re excited to play against them.”The Buckeyes look to fix their struggles at home and Rohlik said it’s all about fixing the mentality going forward.“That’s a good question. Certainly if I had (that answer) we’d already have that fixed, but I think it’s just a mindset,” Rohlik said. “On the road we feel a little more loose for whatever reason, and we just have to come out here at home and we have to win hockey games no matter where we’re at.”Puck drop for the series against Minnesota is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Source: AP Photo/Mark HumphreyUpdated 7.15pmCONCERT PROMOTER PETER Aiken was in front of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications today, to answer questions on the Garth Brooks debacle.Yesterday the committee grilled Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan, who said the council’s decision to approve three of the five Brooks gigs was “appropriate, balanced and reasonable”.The Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy told the committee that the gigs had “become an event of national significance”.He said that the One Direction gigs held earlier this year had gone off without a hitch and had been used to trial new crowd control methods.“Complaints”“These measures were hugely successful and only three complaints were made to gardaí by residents, an unprecedented figure.”He said that the GAA and Dublin City Council had met as late as early June to discuss a works schedule and had not been informed that the gigs were under any threat.“All of our contact with Dublin City Council led us to believe that all five concerts would be approved.“At no point was Croke Park made aware of the need for contingency plans.” Croke Park stadium is seen behind houses along Jones’ Road. Source: Barry Cronin/PA WireDuffy went on to lament the fact that Dublin City Council had not phoned the GAA to tell them of the decision.He said that just because the scale of the gigs was unprecedented does not mean that they should have been refused, and said there was ”incontrovertible evidence” that some of the objections made to Dublin City Council were false, but that the council did not weigh this properly.He added that the GAA accepts the findings of the Mulvey Report and called on the residents to have a single coherent grouping.Peter McKenna of Croke Park says that Owen Keegan had assured him that the city would be supportive of the Garth Brooks gigs going ahead.However, in a statement this evening, Dublin City Council said that ”no assurance was given, or indeed could be given at that stage, that all five proposed concerts would be licensed”.“In this conversation Owen Keegan reiterated his position that the City Council is supportive of special events and concerts in Croke Park.”Keegan is to appear before the committee again on Friday. Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions told the committee that selling tickets before the licence was granted was “custom and practice” in his business.He said that having no appeals mechanism was “extremely frustrating”.Aiken said that the gigs were going to be “our big moment” and said that they would be “massive”, likening them to Bruce Springsteen’s 10-night run at Giants Stadium.Aiken said that while “it is all pretty raw” right now, but said he was seeking legal advice. He said he will “be out seven figures” and that Brooks would lose millions.Aiken said that the situation surrounding the objections made against the gigs was “like an episode of Father Ted”.He said that “whatever is going to happen, has to happen today” in terms of saving the gigs. The only way for this to happen would be if Dublin City Council agreed not to contest a judicial review. Chances of a judicial review breathing new life into Garth Brooks saga looking more and more unlikely. No application yet in Four Courts.— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) July 16, 2014 Source: Timmy Dooley TD/Twitter Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitter Owen Keegan to appear again before Oireachtas committee on Friday! #GarthBrooks— Timmy Dooley TD (@timmydooley) July 16, 2014 No such review was filed so far this evening, it is understood.Aiken confirmed that Brooks’ ship is docked in Antwerp.Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan. Originally published 12.45pm.Read: The Dublin city council chief talked about the Garth Brooks debacle
Five members of same family among 34 presumed dead in California scuba diving boat fire Authorities say they have ended their search for survivors. 2 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mourners at a makeshift memorial at the Sea Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbour Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 7:31 AM Sep 4th 2019, 7:31 AM By AFP 17,038 Views Mourners at a makeshift memorial at the Sea Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbour Image: Patrick Fallon/ZUMA Wire/PA Images Share4 Tweet Email1 Image: Patrick Fallon/ZUMA Wire/PA Images HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, a science teacher and his daughter, and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among 34 people presumed to have died in a fire aboard a scuba diving boat off the coast of California.Authorities have ended their search for survivors of the fire aboard the Conception, which happened in the early hours of Monday morning.Divers have recovered the bodies of 11 women and nine men and spotted another four to six trapped in underwater wreckage of the 23-metre boat.“Today we will begin the process of mapping DNA profiles of the 20 victims that we have recovered so far, so that they can be compared with family samples,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told a news conference.The boat had been on a diving excursion around Santa Cruz Island, just west of Santa Barbara in southern California, when disaster struck early on Monday.Five crew members were awake and jumped into the water when flames burst out around 3.15am. They were rescued by a nearby pleasure craft.A total of 39 people were on board, officials said, leaving 14 yet to be recovered and presumed dead.Both a staircase and an escape hatch leading down to the lower deck where passengers were sleeping appeared to have been blocked by the fire, Brown said. A wooden cross and a sign at a vigil for the victims of the diving boat Conception Source: AP/PA ImagesOn Tuesday, emergency officials began attempts to stabilise the boat so that divers could safely enter it and retrieve remaining victims.Mourners gathering at the Santa Barbara docks set up a makeshift memorial, attaching large, colorful bouquets of flowers and messages of condolences to a fence along the waterfront.One photo of a young woman, surrounded by candles, contained the note “I Love you Allie,” while another card simply said: “Wishing you peace.”‘I felt so helpless’The search operation saw three helicopter crews and boats scour a region covering over 250km for just under 24 hours, but no signs of survivors were found, said Coast Guard Captain Monica Rochester.“It is never an easy decision to suspend search efforts,” she said. “We know this is a very difficult time for family and friends of the victims.” Firefighters respond to a the fire on board the Conception off the coast of southern California on Monday Source: Ventura County Fire Department via AP/PA ImagesThe operation will now enter a recovery and investigation phase “to try and determine why this incident occurred,” she added.County fire chief Mark Hartwig added that authorities were “expending all necessary means to find out the cause and origin of the fire”.US Senator Dianne Feinstein called for an “immediate and robust” investigation into the disaster on Monday, saying it was “inconceivable” that a fire could lead to such heavy loss of life given existing safety regulations.Bob Hansen, a sailor on board the nearby pleasure boat that rescued the crew members, told the Los Angeles Times that he heard “explosions going off every couple of minutes,” which may have been caused by dive tanks exploding.“It made me feel so helpless,” he said.However, Brown said that the explosions were heard well after the fire began and there was no evidence they had triggered the inferno.- © AFP 2019 with reporting from Associated Press. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4794805
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Thousands more sexual abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America revealed April 24, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsNEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers’ ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history.Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts’ finances to the point where the organization is exploring “all available options,” including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But now the financial threats have intensified.The reason: States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages. New York state has passed a law that will allow such lawsuits starting in August. A similar bill in New Jersey has reached the governor’s desk. Bills also are pending in Pennsylvania and California.In New York and elsewhere, lawyers are hard at work recruiting clients to sue the Boy Scouts, alleging they were molested as youths by scoutmasters or other volunteers.Plaintiffs’ lawyers “recognize that this is a very unique and lucrative opportunity,” said attorney Karen Bitar of the Seyfarth Shaw law firm. She formerly handled sex-crime cases as a prosecutor in Brooklyn before going into private practice defending institutions accused of employing alleged sex abusers.Attorney Tim Kosnoff, a veteran of major sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church, said Tuesday that he and his team have signed up 186 clients from dozens of states in just the past few weeks who want to be part of litigation against the Boy Scouts. Kosnoff said 166 of them identified alleged abusers who have not been named in any of the Boy Scout files made public in past years.Boy Scouts spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said the organization continues to evaluate its financial situation, and she defended its current abuse-prevention policies. The organization serves more than 2.2 million youths.A bankruptcy by the Boy Scouts could be unprecedented in its complexity, potentially involving plaintiffs in virtually every state, according to several lawyers. It would be national in scope, unlike the various Catholic Church bankruptcy cases in the U.S., which have unfolded diocese by diocese.“A Boy Scout bankruptcy would be bigger in scale than any other sex abuse bankruptcy,” said Seattle-based attorney Mike Pfau, whose firm is representing more than 300 victims in New York state.Jeffrey Schwartz, a New York-based bankruptcy expert with the firm McKool Smith, said the Boy Scouts don’t have a particularly large flow of cash and might be forced to sell off property in bankruptcy. The Boy Scouts have extensive land holdings, including camping and hiking terrain.“They’ll play for time,” Schwartz said. “If their defense costs and settlement costs are greater than their membership fees, it could be a death spiral.”However, Dallas-based trial attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel, part of a team representing numerous sex abuse survivors, said bankruptcy might benefit the Boy Scouts and reduce any payouts to plaintiffs.“It can be a tool that these institutions use to shield assets and avoid having to reveal some information,” she said. “In many ways, it’s a disservice to victims.”Illustrating the depth of its problems, the Boy Scouts filed lawsuits last year against six of its own insurers, saying they have improperly refused to cover some of the sex abuse liabilities incurred by the organization. The insurers say the coverage obligation is voided because the Boy Scouts failed to take effective preventive measures such as warning parents that scouts might be abused. The suits are still pending.The intensifying pressures on the Boy Scouts coincide with the mounting threats to the U.S. Catholic Church in regard to its own long-running sex abuse scandal. Catholic bishops will be meeting in Baltimore in June to discuss the next steps.Both the church and the Boy Scouts are iconic, historically well-respected institutions now known as having been magnets for pedophiles trying to exploit the trust of boys and their parents.“When you cloak people in badges of respect, you create the perfect opportunity for bad people to get access to children,” said Chris Hurley, whose Chicago law firm is representing 11 former scouts in sex abuse trials scheduled on a monthly basis this year.Another common denominator for the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts: Both kept voluminous secret files with names of suspected abusers, yet balked at sharing the information with the public.Since the 1920s, the Boy Scouts have been compiling “ineligible files,” which list adult volunteers considered to pose a risk of child molestation. About 5,000 of these files have been made public as a result of court action; others remain confidential.Delimarkos said when any BSA volunteer is added to the database for suspected abuse, “they are reported to law enforcement, removed entirely from any Scouting program and prohibited from re-joining anywhere.”Minnesota-based attorney Jeff Anderson, who had led many lawsuits against the Catholic Church, released a court deposition in New York on Tuesday in which an expert hired by the Boy Scouts said she tallied 7,819 individuals in the “ineligible files” as of January, as well as 12,254 victims.Anderson expressed hope that litigation triggered by New York’s new Child Victims Act would increase pressure on the Boy Scouts to make public more of the still-confidential files.Some of the files were ordered released after a 2010 sexual abuse case in Portland, Oregon, that led to a nearly $20 million judgment against the Boy Scouts on behalf of a man molested by a Scout leader in the 1980s.Paul Mones, the plaintiff’s lawyer in that case, said there are no overall figures on Boy Scout abuse settlements because the details are kept confidential.Both the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church say they now have policies in place to sharply curtail abuse that abounded in past decades. In the Boy Scouts ‘ case, the steps included requiring criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers, and requiring two or more adult leaders be present with youth at all times during scouting activities. AP, KUSI Newsroom
Rohingya refugee children play with a swing at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 16 November 2018. Reuters File PhotoMore than 500,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar were jointly registered by the Bangladesh authorities and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as of Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.For most of these Rohingyas, it is the first time they have a proof of their identity, a secure identity card.The biometric, fraud-proof cards are being issued jointly by Bangladeshi authorities and UNHCR to all verified refugees above 12 years old.This comprehensive registration – being simultaneously carried out in all refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar – is meant to ensure the accuracy of data on refugees in Bangladesh, giving national authorities and humanitarian partners a better understanding of the population and their needs, UNHCR said on Thursday.Accurate data will help agencies in their programme planning and be able to target assistance where it is needed most, particularly for people with specific needs, such as women and children taking care of their families and people with disabilities, it said.Last week, using the biometric data collected during this registration exercise, UNHCR launched the Global Distribution Tool (GDT) in the first of the refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar.Through verification of fingerprints or iris scans, this tool speeds up distributions and can be used by partners to ensure that there is no overlap in assistance, and to ensure that nobody is left out.It continues to be rolled out in more settlements in the coming weeks.The new registration cards indicate that Myanmar is the country of origin, a critical element in establishing and safeguarding the rights of Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Myanmar, if and when they decide the time is right for them to do so.An estimated 900,000 Rohingya refugees live in crowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar, with over 740,000 thought to have fled from Myanmar since August 2017.The registration exercise, currently under way, began in June 2018.On average, some 5,000 refugees are being registered daily at seven different sites within the settlements.More than 550 local staff have been recruited to work on the exercise with the goal of completing the registration process during the last quarter of 2019.UNHCR’s Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) captures biometric data, including fingerprints and iris scans, which secure each refugee’s unique identity as well as other important information such as family links.Both UNHCR and the Bangladeshi authorities meet regularly with the refugee community, including leaders such as elected community representatives, imams, elders and teachers, to explain the benefits of registration and respond to questions and concerns.Outreach teams composed of refugee volunteers also go into the community to explain the registration process and encourage people to register.
Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPal is more than a robot: it’s an educator, a companion, and a greeter.Unveiled at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show Asia, the child-sized bot is getting a lot of attention for its babysitter-esque capabilities.As reported by AFP, iPal speaks two languages (English and presumably Mandarin), gives math lessons, tells jokes, and interacts with humans through a six-inch screen in its chest.AdChoices广告Standing 3.5 feet tall—eye level with a four-year-old—the motorized machine is basically a wheeled nanny cam: Parents can pair a smartphone to hear and see everything iPal does.Manufacturer AvatarMind Robot Technology, however, wants users to think of iPal more as a buddy.Meet iPal, your child’s new best friend (via AvatarMind Robot Technology)“The idea for this robot is to be a companion for children,” Tinguy Huang, co-founder of manufacturer AvatarMind Robot Technology, told AFP. “When a child sees it, he or she will think of the robot as a friend, as another child in the family.”Whether teaching through Android learning apps (iPal can answer most kiddie questions or download answers when necessary), showing off nimble dance moves, or recording your child’s growth spurts, this robot is more refined than the neighborhood teen looking to make a few bucks from weary parents.It certainly costs more: The base version sells for $1,999, while the “enhanced” model is $2,499. Customized business versions are valued at $10,000. A daunting price tag hasn’t deterred some potential buyers, according to AFP.“They’re pretty cute. I was just thinking my own two-year-old daughter would love one,” Mike Stone, a customer from Australia, said.China’s long-standing one-child policy (raised to two in 2016) has created a culture of small families, often unable to care for children or elders during working hours.Enter iPal, built for wee ones and senior citizens, offering company and camaraderie to those who need it most.“I don’t think the robots can replace parents or teachers,” Huang said. “But iPal can be a complementary tool to relieve some of their burden.”The robot can even remind folks to take their daily pills or sound the alarm in an emergency.AvatarMind also envisions a future in retail and hospitality, where the androids can green children at a toy store or provide guest services in a hotel.iPal began shipping in China late last year, and was scheduled for release in the US this May.
PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive I think it’s safe to say that Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the most anticipated titles of all time. Fans who’ve been with the series since 2002 will have their patience rewarded when the game finally comes out early next year. I recently had a chance to play an hour-long demo of the game. From what I experienced, it seems this long-awaited installment will have everything fans could have hoped for and more. Even newbies to the series will find a lot to like here.I’ve never played a Kingdom Hearts game. Outside of seeing friends play it back in the day or checking out a short demo of the HD re-release from 2013, I have no real experience with the franchise. I know it has a combination of Disney and Square-Enix characters. I also understand it has a convoluted storyline thanks to all of the prequel spin-offs released over the years. Besides that, I went into the demo knowing next to nothing. I’m happy to report that I ended up having a wonderful time despite my ignorance of the franchise. This is a quality title through and through.AdChoices广告For those who don’t know, Kingdom Hearts takes place in a universe where all the various Disney worlds are connected. It should come as no surprise to learn that Mickey Mouse is king of this shared universe. One day, he notices shadowy creatures called “Heartless” are invading the realms. In their wake, a wave of darkness begins to consume the lands.Mickey sends Donald (the royal mage) and Goofy (captain of the guard) to find a keyblade wielder. Keyblades are mystical weapons in the Kingdom Hearts universe. They have the power to seal the keyholes at the heart of each world (where the Heartless are sneaking in from). They find Sora, whose world (Destiny Island) was destroyed by the Heartless. The three companions then travel to different Disney lands to fight back the Heartless. Along the way, they become friends with many Disney characters.Even if you’re unfamiliar with all the intricacies of the series, you can jump into Kingdom Hearts 3 blind. The core story about friendship and light overcoming darkness is one general audiences will easily grasp. You’ll instantly know who the good and bad guys are. While there is certainly some complexity to the story, you don’t need a master’s degree in Kingdom Hearts to understand the third entry. Certainly, the more you know the backstory, the more you’ll appreciate the return of certain characters. But overall Kingdom Hearts 3 is easy to get into for everyone.At the start of Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to Olympus. This level partly serves as the game’s tutorial world. Here, I had to battle a large number of Heartless while familiarizing myself with the controls. This is an action RPG, which means hack and slash combat, magic attacks, and plenty of over-the-top special moves. Though I’m not a Kingdom Hearts veteran, I instantly understood the controls. They instantly became second nature.A Square-Enix PR representative explained that Sora is more agile than in past installments. For example, he can now wall run up shimmering vertical surfaces. He also has some context-sensitive motions. I can’t compare the controls to previous games, but they certainly felt fluid. There was never an instance where I fought against the controls. They felt natural, which is a testament to how solid the mechanics are.Tapping R1 locks on to enemies. By holding the button, you can “shot lock” foes. This enables you to line up with enemies and do multi-hit combos on them. Doing a shot lock attack is risk versus reward since you’re frozen in place while lining up opponents. Holding down the attack button after lining bad guys lets you get the full effect out of the attack. This move uses up the charge meter so you’ll need to build it back up again by doing attacks or by drinking an elixir.After dispatching the Heartless, I had to run up the side of a mountain to face off against the stage’s boss. As I made my way up the vertical path, the giant two-headed rock monster tossed giant boulders which I had to avoid. In order for me to get to his head, I first had to weaken his feet by attacking them. After damaging both feet, I ran up to his face and smacked him around with my keyblade.During the boss fight I got to check out the Link system, which is effectively this game’s version of summons. I summoned a creature called Meow Wow, which is from a previous Kingdom Hearts entry. There are many different summons in the game and each have their own attacks and finishing moves.While attacking the boss’ heads, I got to try out another new mechanic called the Attraction attack. Basically, you can summon certain park rides from Disney theme parks. The rides are context specific, depending on the situation or boss fight. In this case, it was the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. By pressing R2, I could attack the boss with fireworks as the train rode on its tracks. I could also do a finishing move by pressing Triangle. By doing this attack, I was able to finish off the fearsome foe and complete that portion of the demo.The next world I tried out was Toy Story. Each of the game’s worlds have an art-style corresponding to each property. In the Mount Olympus level, Sora, Donald, and Goofy looked like they were from that world. In Toy Story, they all looked liked CGI toys. The developers went out of their way to capture the look and feel of each world. They even put in subtle details like scratches on the toys or making sure to add stitches to Woody’s left arm (which was ripped off in Toy Story 2).Every Disney world is self-contained. The characters in each realm do not know the other Disney worlds exist. To preserve the integrity of each land, Sora and pals have to match each world. With Toy Story, Sora and pals look like action figures. In Monsters Inc. they become monsters, while in Pirates of the Caribbean, they look like pirates. I was told the devs gave each world its own style but also tried to maintain a cohesive look for the overall game. As you can imagine, this wasn’t easy.You can now power up keyblades, which is something completely new to the series. As you land attacks on enemies, you’ll build up a meter on the bottom left hand side of the screen (right above the actions menu). Pressing the Triangle button (on PS4) unleashes a powerful special move. The game has a wide assortment of special moves for players to try out. Since you build up energy relatively quick, you do not have to be frugal with special moves. You’re encouraged to use them often.Players can now equip up to three different keyblades at once. They can also level up each keyblade to make them stronger. Before, there was no incentive to continue using keyblades obtained from previous worlds since the newer keyblades were more powerful. Now, keyblades you have a fondness for are viable even later in the game since you can level them up.Different keyblades can be used even in the middle of combos. During the Toy Story section, I had the Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Tangled keyblades. The Toy Story keyblade has special attacks that summon yo yos and tea cups, Monsters Inc. has different kinds of melee attacks, and Tangled has magic-based attacks. Since a keyblade’s attacks last for 30 seconds, you have time to switch to another keyblade and use its attack and finishing moves. Trying out all of the different attacks is a lot of fun.Toy Story is a brand-new world to the franchise, as is Frozen, Monsters Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, Tangled, and more. There are also worlds specific to Kingdom Hearts which aren’t based on Disney properties. When Sora and pals arrive in Toy Story, they meet Woody, Buzz, Rex, and the rest. They learn that all of the humans (including Andy) disappeared the instant the Heartless arrived. Woody and Buzz join Sora’s gang to stop the Heartless and restore the world.Kingdom Hearts 3 is the first time you see the world outside Andy’s window. After climbing out of the window and going into the street, you must engage with various pockets of Heartless. In a series first, characters from each of the worlds fights alongside your core three-man group. This effectively gives you a party with five members. These characters do their own unique attacks. For example, Woody reaches behind his back and pulls his talking string to use as a lasso against enemies.As mentioned above, every world has its own Attraction and Link attacks. Instead of riding a train that shoots fireworks, you ride on top of a giant firecracker alongside Buzz and Woody in the Toy Story world. For the Link attack, you get help from Wreck-it-Ralph. This character has a CRT filter on his body which gives him a classic game feel. With his special attack, he creates a static field that traps foes he can then smash. This is a perfect area-of-effect attack to use against multiple bad guys.The final part of the demo took place in a new area called Galaxy Toys. The demo only had the ground floor, but in the final game, players can expect to see multiple floors each with their own specific type of toys. There will be a floor for toddler toys, a floor for dolls, and even an entire floor full of Final Fantasy figures.For this section, Sora gets to pilot a toy mech and faces off against other mechs. The camera angle is in first person, which gives it a proper mech game feel. After damaging a robot enough, you can jump inside of it. Each of the different colored mechs has unique moves and attacks. This portion is awesome because of how different it is. I’m told to expect more of these kind of surprises in the full game.In addition to the main story, players can look forward to several mini-games. One is a cooking game with Remy from Ratatouille. You must find ingredients hidden across several of the worlds and use them to create new recipes. There are 20 different old-school Tiger Toys/Game & Watch style 2D side scrolling games based on Mickey cartoons from the 1930s and 40s. Building your Gummi ship (used for traveling to each world) is pretty much a mini-game of its own. I was told Kingdom Hearts 3 is around 40-50 hours if one stays on the critical path. Including the mini-games, players can possibly expect 80+ hours of content. With that said, Square-Enix has yet to finalize the game’s exact length as there are still many months to go before release date.Kingdom Hearts 3 is looking great so far. Players who’ve been with the franchise since 2002 are sure to enjoy what’s in store for them. As the final part of the story which began in the first game, this title will no doubt serve as a form of closure for longtime devotees. Even if you’re like me and are just diving in for the first time, you’ll enjoy seeing the game’s insane mix of Disney whimsy and Square-Enix production values. I’m curious to see how fans of the series will react when the game drops on January 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — At the end of the Cretaceous period some 65 million years ago, an asteroid slammed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, causing severe but selective extinction. While that is widely accepted, it has remained unclear exactly what the mechanisms were that caused extinction of ocean-dwelling organisms. Proposed explanations include global darkness due to blocking of sunlight with resulting interruption of photosynthesis at the base of the food chain, deadly radiation due to ozone destruction, global cooling or warming, and ocean acidification). Various widely-accepted hypotheses focus on a collapse of the primary and export productivity in the oceans – such as the so-called Strangelove Ocean or Living Ocean hypotheses, respectively – but do not account for the finding that deep-sea floor dwelling phytoplankton-dependent benthic foraminifera did not undergo significant extinction. Recently, however, research conducted at Universidad Zaragoza in Spain compared benthic foraminiferal records with benthic and bulk stable carbon isotope records. The scientists concluded that decreased productivity was moderate, regional, and insufficient to explain marine mass extinction, suggesting instead that a temporary period of increased surface ocean acidity may have been the primary cause of extinction of calcifying plankton and ammonites, with recovery of primary productivity possibly being as fast in the oceans as on land. Equine herpesvirus study to unravel how virus unlocks immune system ‘gate’ Citation: Not by asteroid alone: Rethinking the Cretaceous mass extinction (2012, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-asteroid-rethinking-cretaceous-mass-extinction.html More information: End-Cretaceous marine mass extinction not caused by productivity collapse. Published online before print December 29, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.11106011091 Deep, diverse and definitely different: unique attributes of the world’s largest ecosystem. Biogeosciences, 7, 2851-2899, 2010, doi:10.5194/bg-7-2851-20102 Phytoplankton: below the salt at the global table. Journal of Paleontology, May 1986, v. 60, p. 545-554 Researchers Laia Alegret at Universidad Zaragoza, Ellen Thomas at Yale University, and Kyger C Lohmann at the University of Michigan faced a range of issues in comparing benthic foraminiferal records with benthic and bulk stable carbon isotope records. “One of the main challenges is always to obtain sufficient benthic foraminiferal specimens for a statistically valid analysis,” says Thomas. “In the deep sea, there is no light, and so no photosynthesis. Therefore, almost all food must come from photosynthesis in the surface waters kilometers above – and only a very small percentage of the primary material, produced by unicellular algae, ever reaches the sea bottom.” Put simply, deep-sea benthic foraminifera and other deep-sea organisms1 live in a world where the limiting factor of life is food – because there is extremely little of it.2 This implies that in samples from the deep-sea floor, microscopic shells of the organisms the team studied – foraminifera, a group of unicellular eukaryotes – are dramatically outnumbered by the shells of their relatives that live floating in the sunlit surface waters, and whose shells also fall to the sea floor. “We need to collect at least 300 specimens of the deep-sea dwellers per sample, which takes a lot of time sitting behind the microscope and hand-picking the bottom dwellers from the much more abundant surface dwellers,” Thomas explains to PhysOrg.com. “Then the very highly diverse assemblages need to be sorted out, and all specimens assigned to species.” Thomas also emphasizes that this is complicated by the fact that there is not true international agreement on the taxonomy of these species. The team addressed these issues in a number of ways. “First,” agrees Alegret, “the consistency of our data set is unprecedented: The same authors used the same procedures and the same taxonomic concepts for all sites. Another challenge,” Alegret adds, “was finding microfossils in sediment that is not strongly affected by diagenesis – the high pressure and temperatures that take place during the formation of hard rocks from initially soft clay and ooze, which may strongly affect isotopic results. Material in sediment from scientific ocean drilling sites,” she continues, “is commonly less affected by diagenesis than samples obtained from rocks in quarries and outcrops on land. This gave us good preservation of the calcium carbonate, ensuring accuracy of our isotope results.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Thomas notes that the team argues that a collapse of primary productivity by the unicellular algae in the surface waters as proposed in the Strangelove Ocean hypothesis, or continued productivity by such algae but a lack of transport of these algae into the deep bottom waters (also called a collapse of the biological pump) as proposed by the Living Ocean model, would both have resulted in an interruption of food supply to the bottom dwellers for hundreds of thousands of years. “Such an interruption of food supply should have had a serious influence on the bottom dwellers, which in the present oceans react even to changes in the seasonality of food supply. However, we didn’t see that. Rather, the bottom dwellers did not go extinct, indicating that they must have had access to food.”In fact, Alegret notes, in some regions – for example, the Pacific Ocean – there they found an increase in the food supplied to the sea floor – which, she points out, “is incompatible with both the Strangelove Ocean and Living Ocean hypotheses.”The scientists point out that their findings may impact other areas of research, from paleobiology to evaluating the effects of increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. “In many fields of paleontology it has been accepted that the main cause of such extinction was the collapse of primary productivity,” Thomas notes. “If that is not the case, one needs to look at other factors. If we’re correct in our speculation that a rapid pulse of oceanic acidification can have very severe effects on ocean life, then we need to take that into account when evaluating the potential effects of the very rapid anthropogenic ocean acidification, caused by a different type of acid – specifically, due to high carbon dioxide levels – on ocean life in the near future.”The team is already looking forward to extending their research. However, Thomas cautions, what they’d like to do and what they’ll be able to do depends at least in part on funding. “We’re rather far along with a high resolution analysis of foraminifera and stable isotopes from a site close to one of our studied sites, but in shallower waters.” Once they have these data collected, they can better compare what happened at different depths in the water column in an expansion of their work at different geographic locations. “It would be very exciting,” Thomas envisions, “to test whether we can indeed find direct and quantitative evidence, rather than evidence from extinction patterns of calcifying organisms, for the pH values of the surface waters of the oceans – for example, by trying to apply proxies for oceanic pH and carbonate saturation, such as measuring boron isotopes and/or boron/calcium values in the shells of planktic, or surface-dwelling, and benthic foraminifera across the extinction interval. This is not easy to do,” she points out, “because the planktic – also termed planktonic – foraminifera were so severely affected by the extinction – but it may be possible with the modern possibility to analyze very small amounts of calcite.”“If we want to predict the future effects of the present acidification of the oceans,” Alegret concludes, “we should investigate and understand past acidification events by, for example, comparing the very rapid acidification event triggered by the end-Cretaceous impact 65 million years ago with the much slower acidification during the extreme warming event which occurred 55 million years ago at the end of the Paleocene and caused severe extinction of benthic foraminifera.” Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Location map and changes in benthic foraminiferal diversity and infaunal morphogroups across the K/Pg boundary. Location of sections and drill sites discussed in the text. (A) Yellow circles indicate a decrease in food flux to the sea floor as estimated from benthic foraminiferal evidence, black circles an increase, and half black circles indicate no significant change. See SI Materials and Methods for construction of map. (B) Blue squares show the decrease in diversity from uppermost Maastrichtian (Cretaceous) to lowermost Danian (Paleogene) for locations shown in A, red triangles show the change in the percentage infaunal taxa, a productivity indicator; data sources are given in SI Materials and Methods. Copyright © PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1110601109
Kolkata: A fire broke out at a shop opposite Unitech gate 1 in New Town. The fire spread to three other shops and four fire tenders have been pressed into action. The fire fighters could not douse the flames till the last reports came in.Two other fire incidents have been reported in the city. One at a flat in Behala and another one at a warehouse in Garfa. No casualty has been reported in any of the incident. On Thursday afternoon, some residents of basak Bagan Road noticed black smoke coming out of a flat located on the third floor at towered apartment. The fire brigade and police were immediately informed. Meanwhile, locals heard the sound of a dog barking from inside the flat. Some of them tried to rescue the dog but failed as they found no space to enter the flat. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalWithin a while, three fire tenders reached the spot and started dousing the flames. But due to the lane being narrow, ladders could not be used to climb up and spread water. The fire fighters considered the adjacent house as a means to spread water but as the roof door was locked, they became helpless. In that moment, a person identified as Shyamal Purkait, a taxi driver by profession, took a water jet from the fire fighters and started climbing up the rain water pipes. As the intensity of the fire came down, the fire fighters used the stairs to go up and started spreading water using the front door. Later, the dog was also rescued. In the other incident on Wednesday night, a fire broke out at a warehouse filled with decorating materials at Ramlal Bazar in Garfa. At around 10:45 pm, locals noticed smoke billowing out of a warehouse. Around five fire tenders controlled the fire in two hours.