CALGARY – A popular Calgary playground has been forced to close for improvements because the sun is making metal slides too hot for kids to handle.Slides on the south-facing side of the playground are getting so heated that they reportedly singed a child.The play structure was opened just two years ago on St. Patrick’s Island, but now it’s closed for the $100,000 renovation.Shades had been installed to keep the metal cool, but they ended up being used as hammocks.The facelift will focus on adding more shade, more seating and additional bike racks.The metal slides are to be replaced with concrete ones in a new location.“The reality is sometimes you get these things wrong, and that’s OK. The issue is to address it and tell the public what it is you are doing,” said Susan Veres with the Calgary Municipal Land Corp.“Because of the volume of people that use that park, concrete is more durable and we won’t have to worry about hot slides.”The cost of renovating the playground is to be covered by taxpayers in the neighbourhood.The revamped park is set to open June 3.(CTV Calgary)
(Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (4th from the left) met with leadership and community members in Attawapiskat Monday. Photo from Carolyn Bennett’s twitter feed)Annette Francis APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT — After getting off the flight from Timmins, Indigenous Affaris Minister Carolyn Bennett and NDP MP Charlie Angus headed to the centre of Attawapiskat to where a number of young people were waiting to have their say.The meeting began with an opening prayer and then went right into statements and questions from a number of young people like Robert Sutherland, 20, who was first to the podium.“Tell me why we First Nations live in third world conditions,” Sutherland asked. “Why is it so easy for the government to welcome refugees and offer them first-class citizenship in our country? When will Canada wake up and open its eyes to First Nations communities?”Bennett is in the community to meet with officials and to hear from youth and families. The open door meeting took approximately two hours.So inspiring #Attawapiskat Youth-nd4 secure personal cultural identity,youth centre,land-based prog,healing #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/MfjB6ZpLc5— Carolyn Bennett (@Carolyn_Bennett) April 19, 2016In the end, the minister committed to a youth centre and programming. In addition, a youth delegation from across the region will be invited to Ottawa.“It is about us just deciding to work together. Listening to the youth. Listening to chief in council,” said Bennett. “What are their priorities and how do we make it happen across government departments and across jurisdictions.”Grinning ear to ear, Sutherland said he’s pleased with the first meeting. In spite the hardships in the community, there’s hope.“When they said they’re gonna approve our youth centre, our youth site, that’s the main goal to bring in some programs to bring back self-identity, activities, I’m happy and a lot of youth are happy,” said Sutherland.”We know crisis that is happening won’t go away overnight. We will not give up” Attawapiskat youth today pic.twitter.com/NfzIfhrPZE— Irwin Elman (@OntarioAdvocate) April 18, 2016The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Irwin Elman, was witness to the meeting. Elman spent the weekend in the community, talking with families, children and youth.Elman said he sensed the young people felt good about the meeting, but he remains cautiously optimist.“The proof is in the pudding and I think we have to see what come of it,” said Elman. “A youth centre is very important, but they need to begin to make that real and start planning.”He said there’s a real deficit in the community including housing, and mental health supports. If you rest that youth centre on the foundation of services that perhaps don’t exist, that youth centre could have a hard time being successful.We had profound meeting with Attawapiskat youth. Will build youth centre, support programming, healing plans and youth delegation to Ottawa— Charlie Angus NDP (@CharlieAngusNDP) April 19, 2016Charlie Angus, the NDP Indigenous Affairs critic, called it an important beginning in ending what he called this “cycle of despair.”“I’m pleased we have something deliverable for the young people,” Angus said. “Is this enough given the extent of the crisis that has faced Attawapiskat? No, it’s not enough yet, but we have to start with this first step.”Speaking briefly after her meeting with the chief, Bennett noted larger issues such as the acute shortage of housing, the desire for a healing lodge as well as the ongoing concerns of the youth.All levels of government and departments need to work together to “provide hope and a plan,” she said.“The chief is very clear: we need to work no longer Band-Aid and piecemeal.”Shisheesh said he’s happy with what had been achieved.“The meeting was good and we’re getting somewhere,” he said.But how quickly anything will change remains to be seen. The youth centre, for example, did not carry an immediate dollar figure.In the interim, the youth of Attawapiskat said they’re tired of waiting for an acknowledgement of their struggles.A huge part of the problem, they say, some of them tearfully, is that young people have lost a sense of who they are.“If we can restore the self-identity to our youth, it gives them something to stand on, it gives them something that’s theirs, it gives them something good to live for,” Sutherland said.“We don’t ask for much.”firstname.lastname@example.org— with files from the Canadian Press
VICTORIA B.C. – The Government of B.C. is opening additional shelter spaces across the province for people experiencing homelessness so they have a safe and warm place to stay.Partnering with municipalities and non-profits in approx 65 communities, the Province is providing more than 1,400 temporary shelter spaces which will be open every night and offering meals.Fort St. John is the only community in Northeast B.C. that will receive part of this funding. A total of 26 spaces will be available a the Fort St. John Salvation Army building on 99 avenue. 750 extreme weather response shelters are available from Nov. 1, 2018, to March 31st, 2019. These shelters only open at the discretion of the community depending on weather conditions and how many spaces to make available depending on the capacity of the existing shelters and need.Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing says “Temporary and extreme weather shelters are crucial to ensuring the health and safety of people living on the street and getting them out of the cold and wet weather,”. She goes on to say, “These shelters not only have the potential to save lives – they also assist people in accessing the support and services they need to achieve housing stability.”Both the temporary and extreme weather shelter spaces add to the almost 2,000 permanent year-round spaces throughout B.C. There is room to add more of these shelters if needed.Learn More:To learn more about the Province’s emergency shelter program, visit: www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/homelessness-services/emergency-shelter-programTo see a map of permanent and temporary shelters in B.C., visit: www.bchousing.org/Options/Emergency_Housing/Map
17 June 2011The United Nations Human Rights Council today voted to condemn human rights violations before, during and after the presidential elections in Belarus late last year and urged the Government to end what it described as the “persecution” of opposition leaders. With 21 votes in favour, five against, and 19 abstentions, the Geneva-based Council deplored the human rights violations that took place, “including the use of violence against, arbitrary arrests, detention and the politically motivated conviction of opposition candidates, their supporters, journalists and human rights defenders.” It also deplores abuses of due process, including the right to a fair trial for those involved in demonstrations on 19 December last year, the day of the election.The resolution “urges the Government of Belarus to end [the] politically motivated persecution and harassment of opposition leaders, representatives of civil society, human rights defenders, lawyers, independent media, students and those defending them.”The council also urged Belarus to release all political prisoners, respect freedoms of expression and association, and “cease the detention and expulsion of international monitors.” Last December UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep concern at the violence that erupted after the election, which was won by the incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
26 September 2011The United Nations has teamed up with the travel publisher Lonely Planet to provide first responders in humanitarian emergencies with vital information about a destination before they deploy. “Lonely Planet’s expert content makes it easier for humanitarian workers to hit the ground running in unfamiliar environments,” said Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of Corporate Programmes at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which announced the partnership today. Staff from UN agencies and government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing humanitarian aid, who usually deploy within 24 hours of a disaster, will now have free access online to Lonely Planet information – usually available to paying subscribers – so they can familiarize themselves with a country’s geography and infrastructure.They will also learn more about the country’s history and cultural background, and get other essential information before travelling thanks to the new initiative, which was launched on the eve of World Tourism Day, observed on 27 September.“Lonely Planet’s mission is to provide trustworthy and informative content about a destination,” said John Boris, Executive Vice President of Lonely Planet Americas. The annual World Tourism Day fosters awareness of the role of tourism within the international community and demonstrates how responsible tourism positively affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.
Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva today appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged Central Bank Bond scam.The Deputy Minister tweeted saying the general consensus after he gave evidence was that he was unbiased and balanced. “Never fear to speak the truth,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) paying damages to those who suffered during Iraq’s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait today announced the disbursement of nearly $195 million. The money will go to 20 governments and two offices of international organizations for distribution to more than 2,100 successful claimants. The new payment brings the overall amount of compensation granted so far to about $18.8 billion.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 4:38 pm MDT 9-bedroom Connecticut palace of ‘Queen of Mean’ Leona Helmsley goes on block for $65 million GREENWICH, Conn. – The Connecticut mansion that belonged to Leona Helmsley is on the market for $65 million after a three-year renovation.The mansion known as Dunnellen Hall is on 40 acres in Greenwich with distant views of Long Island Sound.The Greenwich Time reports (http://bit.ly/1rU6Ntn ) that the mansion features an entry room with an elevator and limestone walls and flooring, a 45-foot living room, a library, nine bedrooms, and a game room.The hotel owner and real estate baroness served 21 months in prison for evading federal taxes by billing her businesses for mansion renovations. Called the “Queen of Mean,” she died in the mansion in 2007 at age 87.In the renovation, a service kitchen, rooms for staff and three swimming pools were removed. An audio-visual system and new landscaping were added.___Information from: Greenwich Time, http://www.greenwichtime.com
LELU ISLAND, B.C. – Some members of a north coast First Nation are gathering on a small island near Prince Rupert, B.C., to protest plans for a liquefied natural gas project.Members of the Lax Kw’alaams band are preparing to set up tents and carry out other activities on Lelu Island, which they claim as traditional Tsimshian territory.They urge other members of the band to join them, in a protest that coincides with Pacific Northwest’s launch of investigative work on an LNG plant proposed for the island.Prince Rupert Port Authority spokesman Michael Gurney confirms Pacific Northwest wants to check geotechnical conditions, and expects work to continue until November.The First Nation and SkeenaWild, a conservation initiative devoted to protecting the Skeena River, oppose any development on Lelu Island because of concern for eelgrass beds, which are vital for healthy marine environments.SkeenaWild spokesman Greg Knox says Lelu is the worst place for an LNG plant, adding 18 LNG projects are proposed for the north coast but the Lelu Island site is the only one opposed by the environmental group. (CFTK) First Nation asserts right to northern B.C. island slated for LNG plant by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 26, 2015 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Louisville Metro Police made two additional arrests in connection with the incident. Authorities say a 16-year-old male was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor. Another male was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor and violation of a court order.Authorities say that last weekend, an individual fired a single shot into the air, followed by several gunshot-like noises.Police don’t believe the person was firing at anyone or intended to hurt anyone.Related Article: Eastern Kentucky man accused of raping teenager(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Police arrest teen accused of firing shot at state fair LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police say a teenager has been arrested for allegedly firing a shot into the air at the state fair last weekend.Media outlets report that the 15-year-old male, who is from Louisville, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a minor.- Advertisement –
anaitasunaASOBALcangascuencamorrazo-cangaspalmanaranjaposadapuertopuerto saguntoValladolidvilla de aranda ← Previous Story VELUX EHF Champs Lg: Gorenje and Metalurg advance to L16, Pick Szeged win important game against RK Zagreb Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 14): TBV Lemgo beat depleted Gummersbach team, continue fight against relegation In the remaining matches of the 12th round of the ASOBAL league, the biggest surprise was prepared Anaitasuna which managed to score an important away win at the favorized team of Cuenca, and climbed now on the 9th place, moving away from the danger zone at least for the moment.All scores today: Puerto Sagunto 30:23 Valladolid, Cuenca 23:26 Anaitasuna, Morrazo Cangas 28:26 Posada, Villa de Aranda 28:26 Palmanaranja
Golden Corral’s expected opening day has twice come and gone, but franchise owner Ramsey Zawideh said Wednesday that they are now mere weeks from opening.But the Tigard, Ore.-based restaurateur knows his last two predictions — October, and then December — have aged like bagged lettuce.“We’re pushing hard,” he said, laughing. “So, probably sometime in that second week of February is when we’re going to be opening.”Zawideh blamed the wait on subcontractors’ full plates. Some have gotten so busy that they missed a deadline, which caused delays down the line, he said.“Contractors are very busy,” he said. “A contractor says they’re going to do this and all of a sudden, that slips by a week.“Then you can’t put up framing until a cement slab goes down and that can’t happen until the site is level, and that can’t happen until the permits are there.”
Head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) Claudio Tapia says Barcelona forward Lionel Messi never left the national team and will be ready when coach Lionel Scaloni calls upon himMessi has not featured for his national team since his team crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 4-3 defeat to France on June 30“Leo Messi never left the national team,” AFA president Claudio Tapia said in an interview published on the association’s website via Xinhua.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I think the love he has for the shirt is so great that when he is called upon he’ll be there, I have no doubt about that. It will depend on the coach and not on him.”Tapia said Messi had been in a positive mood when the pair met in Madrid earlier this month after the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.“He looked happy, very happy,” he said. “I hope that he will be a part of Argentina’s upcoming squads because it makes people happy watching him play. He represents our country and is a standard-bearer for world football. He is the best player in the world, without doubt”
Updated: 10:16 AM Posted: October 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Second Suspect Arrested In Killing of East Village Business Owner October 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities Wednesday announced a second suspect was arrested in connection with the Oct. 10 killing of the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business.Lorena Del Carmen Espinoza, 34, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the slaying of 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon, according to San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs.On Oct. 17, Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, was arrested in El Cajon in connection with the killing, Dobbs said. Police did not disclose what led investigators to identify Cartwright and Espinoza as suspects or what either person’s role was in the alleged killing.A customer made an emergency call shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 10 to report finding Radda dead inside his Bottom Price Flooring store in the 1000 block of H street, Dobbs said.Radda was found with apparent trauma to his upper body, Dobbs said. Details on those injuries were not released.A surveillance camera inside the business captured images of the suspected killers — a man wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask and a light- skinned woman with long purple hair, possibly a wig.Police have not disclosed a suspected motive in the killing.Espinoza was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. She is being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.On Oct. 19, Cartwright pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and he was ordered held in lieu of $5 million bail.At Cartwright’s arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco called the attack on Radda “a calculated, violent and lethal ambush.”Radda was lured into a back room by a woman wearing a purple wig, Greco said. Cartwright then allegedly came into the room, shot Radda multiple times, and took money from the register, the prosecutor said.Cartwright is due back in court Thursday afternoon. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The Columbia River Crossing project proposes to replace the existing twin three-lane drawbridges with 10 lanes over the river, improve five miles of Interstate 5 on both sides and extend Portland’s light-rail transit system into downtown Vancouver.Go to http://columbian.com/i5bridge to see a project timeline, previous stories and other links.As engineers finalize the design of a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River, the next big step will be coming up with the money to build it.Planners have long anticipated a three-way split between the federal government, the two states and local revenue generated by bridge tolls to cover the $3.6 billion project, which also includes the extension of a light-rail line into Clark County as well as dozens of elevated ramps and overpasses on five miles of I-5 in Oregon and Washington.Tolls? Check.A big check from the federal government? No definitive word, but the prospects look good.The states?Imagine the sound of crickets chirping as Washington and Oregon lawmakers contemplate how their cash-strapped states can be expected to pony up $450 million each for the biggest public works project in the region’s history.
A seminar on how the federal Affordable Care Act will affect Southwest Washington businesses is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. July 17, at Vancouver’s Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. The event is organized by the Columbia River Economic Development Council and sponsored by numerous businesses and community organizations.The seminar is designed to inform business owners, controllers, human resources managers and other administrators of local businesses with 30 or more employees about the new health care law. It will include updates on the Affordable Care Act, the Washington State Small Business Health Options Program Exchange, “Pay or Play” employer response strategies, and advice on implementation and compliance with the new law.The keynote speaker will be DJ Wilson, CEO of Wilson Strategic Communications and leader of State of Reform (stateofreform.com), an initiative to educate and stakeholders on health care reform issues in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Wilson also is a health care policy adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.Other scheduled speakers and panelists include: Greg Seifert, president, Biggs Insurance in Vancouver; Jean Roque, president, Trupp HR, a Portland human resources consulting and outsourcing firm; Sarah Friend, The Partners Group, a Portland employment services consulting firm; Sue Hennessy, Kaiser Permanente vice president of strategic planning and health plan services; Dr. Prasanna Krishnasamy, Legacy Health internal medicine; and Sarah Cave, vice president of strategy, innovation and development for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.The cost is $35 per person. Register at https://123signup.com/register?id=bhvsf. Click to enlarge
MIAMI (WSVN) – Several students felt an unexpected impact after a car crashed into their school bus in Miami.The children were on their way to Jose de Diego Middle School when the collision occurred.It happened along Northwest Eighth Avenue and Third Street, Wednesday.Students claim the driver of a black Cadillac sedan, with two kids in the back seat, tried to run a stop sign.The 18 students on board the bus are said to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
0 Share your voice Google Earth celebrates Black History Month with an interactive self-guided tour through history. Google Google wants you to learn more about how black culture has shaped American history.Google Earth has made an interactive map in honor of Black History Month in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. The journey shines light on how black history has shaped the American experience in areas like advocacy, business, film, TV, education and technology.”The stories include generations of people who pushed boundaries and resisted limiting ideologies as they paved the way for the next generation,” Marian Croak, senior vice president of engineering at Google, wrote in a blog post. “While we hope to make their journey a little better than ours, it mostly certainly won’t be easy. People will doubt us, and at times we will doubt ourselves, but through it all we will push forward.” The interactive map, dubbed The Journey of Us, consists of colorful pins on the globe that highlight an event or a person that’s significant for the black community or the civil rights movement, such as Michael Jackson and NAACP’s advocacy for educational desegregation. When you click on the pin, it takes you to the landmark and shows how it looks today. If you’re interested in knowing more about a historical figure or point of time, a short bio in the side can lead you to more information. Internet Services Culture Post a comment Tags Google
There’s a lot of former Midwesterners in Alaska, and if you lived in Minnesota or Wisconsin in the 1970s and got your news from KSTP in Minneapolis, then Barry ZeVan the weatherman was a celebrity you knew. Celebrity might seem like a weird way to describe a guy who told you whether you’d need an umbrella or sunscreen, but his mix of theatrics and famous guests made him a household name. He spent time in Alaska serving in the Air Force at Elmendorf in 1955 and covered the Iditarod for ESPN in the 80s. He’s written a book and his Alaska adventures are part of the mix of an incredible career. He was known in Missoula Montana as Barry ZeVan the peek-a-boo weather man for his peculiar way of peering over his shoulder as he drew weather diagrams- when he auditioned for a job at KSTP.Listen now(Photo courtesy of BarryZevan.com)ZEVAN: I decided to send the goofiest tape I could find. Redd Foxx and Juilet Prowse were guests on my weather show on this particular tape. Anyway, I sent that and one where I was throwing a pie in the face of a sportscaster. A week and a half later, I got a call from KSTP TV, the then NBC affiliate, now ABC, and [they] said “We wanna talk to you.” So that’s literally how I wound up here.TOWNSEND: Let’s talk for a moment, Mr. ZeVan, about your Alaska connections. You knew two of Alaska’s former governors, Wally Hickel and Tony Knowles. Tell us about how you knew these folks.ZEVAN: Well, Wally I met in D.C. when I was on the air in Washington D.C. and he had been in the Nixon administration. I just got to know him through him being in the studio. And he was a terrific personality, and as every Alaskan knows, he was one heck of a governor in my opinion. Just full of personality himself. But Tony Knowles, one of the fun stories… I think it’s in the book, is I was sent by Channel 11 here to cover the beginning of the Iditarod not only for them but for ESPN. So whatever year that wouldv’e been, ’84 or ’85, I had remembered after my Elmendorf days, you’ve got ten minutes of daylight every day from December 22 on. But that particular year, there was almost no snow in Anchorage on 4th Avenue. And Tony Knowles, then mayor of Anchorage, made fun with me. He said, “You know, Barry. It’s 40 degrees warmer here than it is in Minneapolis.”TOWNSEND: Your book is out now. Barry ZeVan: My Life Among the Giants, A Memoir. What do you want people to take away from it in reading your story?ZEVAN: Well, what they see in maybe a personality all the time on TV… there’s a lot more to their lives then just what they see. And this particular life has been too much. I was gonna entitle the book Too Much Life because it is such everyday, as someone said, “You’ve done everything except get arrested and go to jail.” And that’s true. Those are probably the two things that haven’t happened to me in my life. Barry ZeVan’s book My Life Among the Giants about his celebrity weatherman career is available now.
Snow removal crews are working to dig out the city of Seward after heavy weekend snow. (Photo courtesy of the City of Seward)After receiving well over two feet of snow over the weekend, the city of Seward has declared a local emergency.Listen nowCity Clerk Johanna Kinney said crews have been working around the clock to dig out the community.“There’s a big, urgent need to get our roads clear and accessible,” Kinney said. “And then at the same time the concern is starting to also go toward the structures in town.”Kinney said the city is urging residents to keep a close eye on their property.Boats in Seward’s harbor are covered in snow after the community received more than two feet over the weekend. (Photo courtesy the City of Seward)“Whether it’s a boat, or a shed, their residence, anything that could be in question a weight capacity with these conditions,” Kinney said.The emergency declaration requests assistance from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and state agencies, but Kinney said help is not yet on the way from either entity.“At this point, no outside resources are available to us because the weather is affecting everybody right now,” Kinney said.And Kinney said the city is concerned conditions will worsen with warmer weather and rain in the forecast later this week.Jason Ahsenmacher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, said temperatures are predicted to reach into the 40s.“As early as Wednesday, mid-day, we’re gonna be seeing rain and snow showers turning to all rain for the Seward area,” Ahsenmacher said.Ahsenmacher said the area could receive over an inch of rain. He said the weather front on Thursday is likely to bring light rain and Chinook winds to Anchorage.