Quebec Premier Francois Legault has apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in a report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commission, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Press
City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, the non-profit Arts organization that has been reaching out to at-risk children for almost 30 years, is pleased to announce that Max Adler (Glee’s Dave Karofsky, Switched at Birth’s Miles Conroy) will kick off Fresh Focus 2014 – setting in motion two very different online auction websites (Bidding for Good and Charity Buzz) October 1st at noon.He will also kick off the in-person event at The Stagecoach Ranch, Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA on Sunday October 19th from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.“As a young man starting out, I joined an amazing talented theater troupe and performed classical plays around Los Angeles,” says Adler. “Several of the troupe knew about Sherry and Bob Jason and City Hearts. I visited the program and saw for myself the amazing talent emerging from their Shakespeare program. I felt that if I could in any way help City Hearts and the hundreds of kids in Los Angeles who otherwise might never be exposed to Art or Shakespeare or Photography or Dancing, I could not help but get involved. As I watch these inner-city students become more confident, opinionated, and talkative – and see the light behind their eyes come back and their zest for life return, I know that they will take this into the world with them. It’s an amazing thing to witness.”Adler has channeled much of his City Hearts energy into his Anti-Bullying campaign. “Through my character on Glee, I have really analyzed bullying under a microscope, and have talked with many experts as well as people who have experienced bullying. City Hearts helps me to bring awareness to kids that it’s totally OK to be who you are and to be original. That if someone is bullying you, it’s because they have their own issues and insecurities. I see a dynamic change as young people go through the various City Hearts programs. Not only are they having an intense artistic learning experience, but they’re also becoming more confident in themselves and in their outlook for the future.”“It is important to me to keep this program alive and growing,” Adler adds. “That’s why I became involved in their yearly Fundraiser – Fresh Focus: The Story Behind the Shot I’ve seen the amazing photography that has been donated. I’m honored to be able to kick off their online auction and will be there to join with both the photographers and photography collectors at the event on October 19th. It promises to be a fun setting and a great afternoon. Most importantly, this is a way to really help and support City Hearts emotionally and financially, so that Sherry and Bob Jason and the wonderful people behind City Hearts can continue to help kids in these incredible Arts programs – and help change their lives for the better and forever.”After over 29 years of working tirelessly to bring the arts to at-risk children, Sherry Jason’s enthusiasm for her work is as fresh as the day, as a new lawyer, she heard a 13-year-old piano prodigy play Mozart by year. A 13-year-old who had just been convicted of murder. It was then that she and her husband Bob formulated the desire to reach at-risk children – before the damage was done. Today, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts continues to provide free classes in photography, Shakespeare, Dance and Music to Skid Row, Inner City and at-greatest-risk children.For tickets, click here.
BERLIN – A group of city counsellors in Munich say they want the southern German city’s main train station to have a landing pad for flying taxis.Five city council members from the Christian Social Union party submitted a motion Wednesday calling on rail company Deutsche Bahn to consider the space needed for the small, drone-like passenger aircraft in its plans for a future redesign of the station.In their motion, they write that “it is to be expected that within a few years technology will have advanced so far that flying taxis can be used to transport people.”The party, which has a majority across Bavaria but is in opposition in the state capital’s assembly, has recently been championing the idea of flying taxis as a future means of travel.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit claiming a soybean seed company purposely sold faulty seeds to black farmers in Mississippi are asking a judge for more time to reach a settlement.U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes had set a Friday deadline for mediation talks in a lawsuit filed in Memphis, Tennessee, by a handful of black farmers against Stine Seed Co. A court filing Friday asks Fowlkes to extend the deadline by three weeks.The suit alleges Stine conspired with a seed salesman to sell defective seeds to the farmers because they are black. The suit claims the good seeds the farmers thought they had bought from Stine were replaced by inferior seeds before delivery.Adel, Iowa-based Stine says allegations including discrimination and fraud are baseless and irresponsible.The Associated Press
3 July 2008Tackling the current food crisis requires a unified global response, United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today in Rome. Mr. Kerim characterized the crisis as a “perfect storm” – a convergence of factors such as droughts, increased biofuel production, surging demand for food, among others – in his address to the foreign policy committees of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Italian Parliament.“We face a real global emergency, which needs a unified global response,” he said, stressing that the crisis threatens to roll back the development gains of recent years, such as lifting 400 million people out of poverty.But this predicament is a “win-win situation” for the international community, the President stated, as it could trigger the creation of policies to further trade efficiency, increase agricultural production and curb the vulnerability of the world’s poorest.“It is incumbent on all of us to find new ways of dealing with the global challenges and international emergencies we face, or we risk becoming trapped in outdated institutional frameworks that day by day become more of a status-quo,” he declared.Regarding reform of the Security Council, Mr. Kerim told the committees that the 15-member body “does not reflect anymore the realities of the 21st century and thus needs to adapt its working methods and composition.”Restructuring the Council “must be part of creating a more flexible, dynamic forum capable of acting with greater international legitimacy and authority,” he added.Also today, the role of the UN in world affairs and the Assembly’s priority issues were discussed in a meeting between Mr. Kerim and former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.The President will conclude his official programme in Italy tomorrow with talks with Mayor Letizia Moratti in Milan before travelling to Abu Dhabi for the last leg of his five-country tour that has also taken him to Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In first report since merger, American Airlines posts $2B loss on charges, but tops estimates by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 6:31 am MDT FILE- In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, an American Airlines plane and a US Airways plane are parked at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington.American Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) DALLAS – As American Airlines flies into its first year after merging with US Airways, fares are up, fuel costs are down, and the company is beating Wall Street’s profit predictions.In the past week, American, United, Delta and Southwest all reported fourth-quarter results that beat analysts’ forecasts for earnings and revenue. The major airlines imposed only two broad fare increases over the past year, according to fare watchers, but they have wrung more money from passengers with other tactics.One is by raising more money from fees on services such as checking bags. Another is limiting the supply of seats so that the airlines can sell more tickets without resorting to sales. When they do add seats, it’s often on international routes where demand is strongest.American and US Airways reaped the benefits. Revenue in the last three months of 2013 climbed 9 per cent due partly to a 5 per cent increase in the amount that passengers paid for every mile they flew.Company officials predicted that revenue for every seat flown one mile — a closely watched measure in the airline business — would rise by between 2 per cent and 4 per cent in the first quarter compared with a year ago. They forecast that fuel prices would fall slightly as the year goes on.“The industry is doing really well, and (American and US Airways) start at a strong place,” Raymond James airline analyst Savanthi Syth said in an interview.American Airlines Group Inc., now the world’s biggest airline operator, reported a $2 billion loss for the fourth quarter because of $2.4 billion in special charges, mostly related to American’s bankruptcy reorganization and merger with US Airways. Without those one-time items, the airlines would have earned a combined profit of $436 million, or 59 cents per share. Analysts, who usually exclude items, expected 55 cents per share.Combined revenue was $9.98 billion, beatings analysts’ forecast by about $90 million.American’s shares rose $1.59, or 5.3 per cent, to $31.77 in afternoon trading, and the Fort Worth-based company led a broad rally in U.S. airline stocks.CEO Doug Parker vowed Tuesday to make American “the greatest airline in the world.” But airline mergers are never easy, and Parker must combine two separate workforces, fleets and technology systems without causing disruptions for passengers. United has struggled to do that since combining with Continental in 2010.“The biggest challenge,” Parker told reporters, “is definitely integration and making sure that we go do what we set out to do.”___Follow David Koenig at http://www.twitter.com/airlinewriter
Brazil police want to question former president Silva on kickback scheme at Petrobras SAO PAULO – Brazil’s Supreme Court on Friday said that federal police have asked for its permission to question former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for possible involvement in the kickback scheme that has engulfed state-owned oil company Petrobras.The court’s press office confirmed the request, which was first reported by weekly newsmagazine Epoca on its website on Friday. The court received the request on Wednesday. It has not indicated when it would rule on the police request to question Silva.According to parts of the request published by the magazine, police believe Silva “may have obtained advantages for himself, his party … and the government while he was president by maintaining a base of political support sustained by illicit business” at Petrobras.Silva is a two-term president who left office in 2011 with an approval rating of 86 per cent and who has made it clear he’s willing to run again for the presidency in 2018 for the ruling Workers’ Party, known as the PT, he helped found.If the court permits the questioning, it dramatically ratchets up the investigation that has already seen high-level executives of Petrobras and Brazil’s massive construction and engineering firms jailed.“The fact that they want to question him shows they have something pretty solid against him up their sleeves,” said David Fleischer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Brasilia. “This if the first chapter of the end of Lula and by extension the end of Dilma and the considerable weakening of the PT.”Prosecutors allege over $2 billion was paid in bribes by businessmen to obtain Petrobras contracts, projects that then subsequently ballooned in costs.Additionally, more than 50 federal deputies, senators and other top political figures are under investigation or have been charged.As yet, no accusations have been brought against President Dilma Rousseff, Silva’s hand-chosen successor, who served as the chairwoman of the Petrobras board for several years as the scheme played out. She and Silva have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and Rousseff has encouraged investigators to carry out their inquiry aggressively and “hurt whoever must be hurt.”The Federal Police in Brasilia and the Sao Paulo-based Lula Institute both said they had no comment on the request. On a trip in neighbouring Argentina, Silva told reporters that he had not been notified of the police request to question him.Under Brazilian law, all federal politicians and some at other levels can only be investigated if the Supreme Court approves the inquiry, and eventually only be charged by the top court and tried in it.While Silva is no longer a sitting politician, legal analysts say that such a request would need to go to the Supreme Court if the questioning of the former president is linked to an ongoing investigation into an active politician.Last week, prosecutors filed corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges in the case against Silva’s former chief of staff, Jose Dirceu.“The police request is another major sign that the Dilma government and Lula are increasingly powerless to reverse this situation in their favour,” said Thiago de Aragao, of the Brasilia-based Arko Advice political consulting firm. “There is so much ammunition against them, that every time they make an effort to improve their situation, some of it emerges and it again puts them on the defensive.”Separately from the Petrobras case, in July prosecutors said they had enough evidence to warrant a full probe of Silva’s alleged overseas lobbying for Brazil’s biggest builder, Odebrecht, whose CEO is now in jail because of his alleged involvement in the Petrobras case.Prosecutors are looking into allegations of influence peddling and that Silva’s efforts helped Odebrecht obtain contracts to build infrastructure projects in Panama and Venezuela, as well as to obtain contracts in several other countries, crimes under Brazilian law.They are trying to determine if Silva swayed foreign leaders to award inflated billion-dollar contracts to Odebrecht, and also if he pushed Brazil’s state development bank to give the company well over $1 billion in low-interest loans since 2011, after he left office.___Associated Press writer Brad Brooks in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report. by Stan Lehman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2015 12:36 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2015 at 2:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
February UK car output climbed 3.5 per cent to 141,093 units Production for export led February’s growth, up eight per centCommenting on February’s car production, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The positive trend in UK manufacturing continued in February as car output saw its sixth consecutive month of growth. Lifted by the success of a number of key models, production for export remained strong – accounting for nearly two thirds of the total volume. While domestic demand is robust, production for the export market is expected to be the focus for growth throughout 2004.’ CV production growth continues in FebruaryProvisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: UK CV production climbed 6.4 per cent in February Year-to-date CV production grew 18 per cent to 37,877 units Output for the three months to February 2004 climbed 20.6 per cent year-on-yearFor full comment and analysis, please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show:
Last year Tetra Tech Proteus won the ‘Bentley Be Inspired’ award for Innovation in Mining 2015, for work conducted on Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd’s (GMEL) Kvanefjeld project. The award recognises the innovative 3D modelling work conducted by Tetra Tech Proteus for the Kvanefjeld feasibility study. The ‘Bentley Be Inspired’ awards have global scope, with categories that cover all types of infrastructure projects. Tetra Tech Proteus was the main contributing independent consultant for the Kvanefjeld feasibility study. Tetra Tech Proteus are a global engineering company based in North America that has extensive experience in developing mining and infrastructure projects in cold climate environments. GMEL noted it was “extremely pleased to have key aspects of the Kvanefjeld feasibility program recognised in such a prestigious forum. The company would like to thank Tetra Tech Proteus for the high level of engineering skill contributed to the Kvanefjeld Project, and acknowledge Bentley for the award.“The Kvanefjeld feasibility study, completed in Q2 2015, forms a key part of the mining license application for the project.
HE DIDN’T END up living in it all that long but the bang of Formula1 playboy off Eddie Irvine’s old house in Dalkey persists.The five-bedroomed luxe property is up for rent again – and it will only cost you €7,500 per calendar month if you are so inclined. (Well, we are out of recession, right?)This is what it should look like:The pool is drained at the moment but see how it seems to run under the patio door? That’s because you can swim under the lintel and into the house. Don’t ask us how we know that. We swore we’d never tell.eIt may not be for divas who don’t ‘do’ steps:Where the sandwiches are made:Where the lounging is had:Where the magic happen(s)(ed)/might happen:And room for a housekeeper:All images Daft.ie/SherryFitzgerald LettingsIt takes up 5,000 sq ft of the hillside setting on Sorrento Road, the very heart of des-res area in Dalkey, South Dublin, has sea views, landscaping, electric gates off a private driveway, sauna, jacuzzi and plunge pool with bar area. The letting agents note that “rent allowance not accepted”. You don’t say.(Note: Daft.ie is part of Distilled Media Group. Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group)This is what a €2 million mobile home looks like>Entire housing estate in Galway for sale>Daniel O’Donnell’s ‘tea party’ house is on the market>
The details of Blizzard‘s next MMO, codenamed Titan, won’t be known until Blizzard decides to reveal what it is, such is the nature of how tight control is around everything the developer works on. But it can’t hide everything from view, especially when the company is posting job listings.One of the most recent positions that has gone up on Blizzard’s website is for a Franchise Development Producer. It seems like a pretty standard, business-facing role until you spot the bullet point that states the job requires working with, “major consumer brands to facilitate product placement and licensing within the world of Blizzard Entertainment’s next-gen MMO.”You can’t get much better evidence that Blizzard will be using advertising in their next MMO. Can we take anything away from that? Well, it suggests the setting will likely be more modern or futuristic as consumer brands don’t really fit well in a fantasy setting. You’re not going to see a billboard advertising Mountain Dew in a Warcraft setting, are you? So modern day or some future reality sounds more plausible.There’s also a possibility advertising means Blizzard is considering a free-to-play model. However, that’s by no means certain as plenty of other games have used advertising, so Blizzard could just be planning alternate revenue streams alongside collecting your monthly subscription for Titan.The Franchise Development Manager sounds like a pretty sweet role. As well as talking with major consumer brands eager to get their name in the game (meaning loads of freebies), you would also be responsible for creating merchandise including books, action figures, comics, movies (shorts) and clothing. All you need for the role is that “track record of shipping AAA products.”via Joystiq and NeoGAF
Donations to the John Cody Clark trust fund can accepted directly at Chase Bank, 3205 N.E. 52nd St., or mailed to:The John Cody Clark Education Trust, c/o O’Donnell Clark and Crew LLP, Fremont Place II, Suite 302, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97209Anyone with questions can contact Chase Bank trustee Jennifer Englebart at 360-750-3040.After rescuing a 12-year-old from the surf at Rockaway Beach near Tillamook, Ore., on July 1, only to face a $2,600 medical bill, lifeguard John Clark is getting a big “thank you” from some anonymous donors touched by his story of bravery and selflessness.Two women offered to pay off whatever debt remains of Clark’s medical bill and set up an education trust fund for John Clark’s higher education.“I just let them run with it,” said his dad, Dan Clark, whom the women contacted about the fund on Aug. 2.Donors are negotiating with Tillamook General Hospital to lower the bill, so more money can go to the trust fund.John Clark, 17, is the youngest in a family of nine children, most of whom haven’t gone to college. A sister graduated from Seattle University and a brother went to New Mexico State University.As John Clark enters his senior year at Hudson’s Bay High School, he’s considering Central Washington University, Oregon State University or Washington State University Vancouver for fall 2013.
Samsung announced Instagram Mode on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET Samsung wants to make it easier to share your photos and videos to Instagram. The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday announced Instagram Mode, a feature for the new Galaxy S10’s camera that has direct integration with the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app. The feature lets you use Instagram’s camera filters and access Instagram Stories and stickers. You can also upload your photo or video without leaving the camera app. 1:22 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with new Instagram mode Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Instagram Mode is only available on the Galaxy S10, though, if you already have Instagram downloaded on your phone. “We’ve worked together to rethink the Instagram experience on the S10,” Instagram head Adam Mosseri said at Samsung’s Unpacked event Wednesday in San Francisco. He added that Samsung’s new phone will be “the best way to express yourself on Instagram.” To introduce the feature, Mosseri took a selfie on stage with DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile business. Share your voice “Instagram’s mission is to bring you closer to the people and things you love, and we’re always working on new ways for people to express themselves and connect with their friends,” an Instagram spokeswoman said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing what people will share.”Earlier in the presentation, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, a phone with a large screen that folds in half to make it more portable. Wednesday’s event marks an important moment for Samsung as it tries to drive more excitement for its products. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, but even so prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered.First published Feb. 20 at 11:53 a.m. PT.Update 12:17 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. Post a comment Mobile Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Samsung’s DJ Koh test out the S10’s new “Instagram mode” on stage at #Unpacked2019 pic.twitter.com/BOYsTPzJ07— Kaya Yurieff (@kyurieff) February 20, 2019 0 Instagram Samsung
Kolkata: With necessary infrastructure for storage developed by the state government, one lakh flower cultivators and traders are confident of supplying 50 lakh lotuses during Durga Puja this year.It may be mentioned that proper facility to store flowers had been a long standing problem for the flower cultivators and traders of the state. Soon, after it came to the notice of the concerned officials of the state government, necessary steps were taken and the Mamata Banerjee government has developed proper storage facilities in different parts of the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMulti-purpose cold storages were set up at Bagnan in Howrah and Panskura in East Midnapore. Both Bagnan and Panskura are the two major flower producing regions in the state.According to the flower cultivators, there is a requirement of around 50 lakh lotuses in the state during the Puja. It also gets exported to other states. The demand for lotuses of Bengal remains high across the country because of its superior quality.In a bid to ensure that there is no shortage of lotuses during the Puja as per the demand, it is quite essential to start storing it for quite some weeks ahead of the Puja. But earlier there were no proper storage facilities in the state and as a result a large quantity of flowers used to get damaged. Now, the state government has set up multi-purpose cold storages to support flower cultivators and traders. The traders now face no problem in storing flowers. It also ensured sufficient supply of lotuses on the days of Puja. Durga Puja organisers visit markets mainly on Panchami and Sasthi to buy flowers and most Puja organisers prefer to visit wholesale markets such as Jagannath Ghat Flower Market that is situated near Kolkata end of Howrah Bridge. Jagannath Ghat Market is the Asia’s biggest flower market and people from all across Kolkata and its adjacent areas visit the place. Narayan Nayak, Secretary of West Bengal Flower Cultivators and Traders Samity, said: “Setting up of the multi-purpose cold storages have helped us a lot as it reduced the quantity of wastage. As a result of which farmers do not incur loss.”According to a senior official of the state government, steps are being taken to further develop infrastructure to support flower cultivators.
Tamra, the award-winning multi-cuisine dining restaurant at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi brings to its patron ‘Taste of Malaysia’ – an authentic Malaysian food festival with stimulating flavors and culinary styles which will whip just about anyone into an endless gastronomic frenzy. With skilful Malaysian chefs bringing authentic flavours from the heart of Southeast Asia to the heart of Delhi, Malaysia is yours to taste. Malaysian cuisine frequently known as ‘the first fusion food’ dates back to the 15th century originating from Malaysia’s multi-ethnic society. The festival offers a unique experience true to the palate of Malaysia with dishes on the buffet seasoned to perfection with intense spices sourced from the fields of Malaysia. The buffet menu is a sophisticated combination of salty, sweet and sour, joined with frequently a surprise inclusion of hot heat, which makes Malaysian food a delight to savor. Guests can indulge in dishes like Ulam-Ulam (Malaysian veggies salad), Sup Ayam Kampong (chicken soup), Udang Harimau Lemak Nenas (tiger prawn with pineapple coconut gravy), Kacang Panjang Dengan Udang Kering (Sauteed fine bean with dry shrimp) among many others. Along with the food, you can pamper yourself with ‘Teh Tarik’, a Malaysian national drink which is a strong tea cuddled up with condensed milk pulled until frothy. A myriad selection of dessert such as Puding Mangga (mango pudding), Puding Honeydew (honeydew pudding), Pizza Rendang (pizza topped with spicy rendang) and more will be a feast which you will relish with every spoonful. The food festival is a voyage that is meant to transport the connoisseurs into the beautiful country of Malaysia with live troops performance and traditional Malay music. The restaurant, a visual depiction of culinary delights will be adorned with artistic Malaysian aesthetic elements.
Dear parents, please take note. When it comes to video gaming, girls in the 6-12 age group are at a heightened risk of developing less social competence than boys, warn researchers. The researchers found that 10-year-old girls who played games frequently had less social competence than 12-year-olds than girls who played less frequently. The study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NTNU Social Research, the University of California, Davis, and St. Olav’s Hospital in Norway, however, found that playing video games is generally not harmful to boys’ social development. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our study may mitigate some concerns about the adverse effects of gaming on children’s development,” said Beate Wold Hygen, post-doctoral fellow at the NTNU and NTNU Social Research. The popularity of interactive video games has sparked concern among parents, educators and policymakers about how the games affect children and adolescents. The new study, conducted in Norway, looked at how playing video games affects the social skills of 6- to 12-year-olds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt found that playing the games affected youth differently by age and gender. For the study, the researchers studied 873 Norwegian youth from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds every two years for six years when the children were aged 6 to 12. The findings suggested that girls who spent more time playing video games at age 10 developed weaker social skills two years later than girls who spent less time playing games.
Bisexual Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez targeted by viral Twitter hoaxEmma Gonzalez, Parkland’s gun control activist honored with LGBTI award‘Skinhead lesbian’, House candidate attacks Parkland survivor Emma GonzalezRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/emma-gonzalez-bisexual-parkland-shooting-survivor-gives-emotional-speech-march-lives/ ‘For us, long, tearful, chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing. No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day. No one knew that the people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us had even known that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go.’‘For those who still can’t comprehend because they refuse to, I’ll tell you where it went: right into the ground, six feet deep.’‘6 minutes and 20 seconds with an AR-15 and my friend, Carmen, would never complain to me about piano practice.’Gonzalez goes on to name the victims of the shooting before stopping and silently weeping for around 17 seconds—to honor each of the 17 lives that were taken during the 14 February shooting.Watch her full, powerful speech below:Gonzalez was honored earlier this month with a Voice for Equality Award.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Cities around the United States took part in the March for gun control. Washington DC alone saw about 200,000 people participating.Gonzalez, the bisexual Cuban student of Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School, has faced a great deal of criticism for her activism post-shooting. Even politicians have attacked her for her gender and sexual orientation.Nevertheless, Gonzalez stood in front of the large Washington DC crowd to give a 6 minute, 20 second speech—about as long as it took the shooter to enter the school building and take 17 lives.The Speech‘6 minutes and about 20 seconds,’ Gonzalez stated. ‘In a little over 6 minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone—absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered.’‘Everyone who was there understands. Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands.’ Emma Gonzalez, 17-year-old survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, gave an emotional speech during the March For Our Lives in Washington DC on Saturday (24 March). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Emma Gonzalez silently weeps during her March For Our Lives speech in Washington DC on 24 March Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-
Affordability, Inventory Improve, Still Shy of Full Recovery Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-05-07 Krista Franks Brock May 7, 2012 449 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share The U.S. housing market continues to trudge down the slow, bumpy road to recovery with a few positive indicators lighting the way. However, a full recovery continues to linger listlessly on the horizon. [IMAGE]Obama’s Housing Scorecard for April, released jointly by “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD and the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx, reveals some positive movement in home sales, though prices continue to languish in many markets. Home sales for the first quarter of this year were 5.3 percent higher than the first quarter of last year. However, on a monthly basis, both new home sales and existing home sales fell somewhat. New home sales declined from 29,400 in March to 27,300 in April, according to the scorecard. Existing home sales fell from 383,300 in March to 373,300 in April. First-time home buyers made up less than 40 percent of total home sales with 148,200 purchases in April. Though “”data on home prices were soft in many mortgage markets,”” according to the scorecard, seasonal adjustments reveal a price increase in April ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the first since April 2011, according to the administration. [COLUMN_BREAK]Another piece of good news for the market: Housing inventory is now at a sustainable level. The market currently holds a 5.3-month supply of new homes and a 6.3-month supply of existing homes. A market with a 6-month supply is considered “”balanced.”” As has been the trend of late, mortgage rates continue to post record lows while housing affordability conversely rises. The latest scorecard posts an average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.88 percent for the month, while the previous month’s average was 3.90 percent. The year-ago average was 4.78 percent. Affordability, on the other hand, rose from 205.8 in March to 206.6 in April, up from 189.8 in April 2011. According to the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/, an index of 100 means a median-income household can purchase a median-priced existing, single-family home with a 20 percent down payment, if they devote 25 percent of their income to their mortgage. Lenders are continuing to originate more refinances than purchases. In April, purchases originations totaled 406,600, while refinances totaled 1,071,500. About 14.7 million refinances have been originated since April 1, 2009, according to the administration’s scorecard. “”With fewer borrowers falling behind on their mortgages and almost half a million families taking advantage of our enhanced Home Affordable Refinance Program ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô standing to save on average $2,500 per year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô it’s clear that the Administration’s efforts continue to provide significant positive benefits,”” stated HUD’s assistant secretary, “”Raphael Bostic””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/about/principal_staff/assistant_secretary_bostic in a statement released with the April scorecard. However, Bostic pointed out that many homeowners continue to struggle with their monthly mortgage payments, and therefore, he and the administration “”are asking the Congress to approve the President’s refinancing proposal so that more homeowners can receive assistance.””
By Kristian ChrysostomouPolice have launched an island-wide campaign to warn the public about the possibility of increased burglaries over the August holiday, as well as issuing advice on road safety in the coming week when a lot of movement is expected.Burglaries and theft are much more likely to occur during the summer months, as many residents choose to travel abroad or to various locations around the island. Police say they have increased patrols in urban and rural areas, as well as busy shopping streets in all cities, as a means to circumvent any illegal activity.In a statement, they urge the public to exercise caution before they leave their home for holiday by making sure that all windows and doors are securely locked. In addition, they emphasised that those who own alarm systems to make sure that they are up-to-date, turned on and working before leaving.For the shop keepers, police ask that they make sure that they do not leave large amounts of cash in their tills and that they make sure to tell their workers to double-check that all doors are securely locked when finishing their shift.Moreover, police ask that the public exercise caution when leaving their vehicle parked by not leaving any valuable items in plain view. People are asked to park in well-lit areas as darker ones make anyone looking to break into a vehicle a much easier endeavour.Individuals who travel to the beach are asked not to take a large amount of cash with them, and to choose beaches which have lifeguards on duty, particularly if they travel with their families. People who have just finished a meal are asked to wait a few hours before swimming.Police ask that the public react quickly when a situation goes awry or if they notice something suspicious by notifying their nearest police station or calling 1460 – the citizen’s hotline.Lastly, police ask drivers to obey the traffic laws and any police indications so that they can “enjoy a painless and enjoyable” trip without any unnecessary complications. The police statement also mentions that any member of the public can stay in touch with the latest updates through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus as well as their website ‘www.police.gov.cy’.Police wanted to remind the public that their goal is the public’s safety, and to respond quickly to any calls, to provide quality assistance and effective assistance to anyone who needs it.You May LikeKey SmartImpress Friends With This Innovative Key OrganizerKey SmartUndoJobs in Canada | Search AdsGetting a Job in Canada From India May be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in Canada | Search AdsUndoHistoryDaily60 Once Beautiful Locations- What Happened To Them?HistoryDailyUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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