Necropsy will be performed on dog that died during Yukon Quest dog

first_imgWHITEHORSE — A dog has died during the Yukon Quest dog sled race for the third year in a row.A release from race officials says Joker, a five-year-old male on the team of Czech musher Misha Wiljes, died Monday and was carried into the next checkpoint in the sled.Race chief veterinarian Nina Hansen says a necropsy will be performed in an effort to determine why the dog died.Wiljes, a veteran of the 1,600 kilometre Yukon Quest, finished 17th place in 2012 and is currently running in 17th spot, with about one quarter of the trail still ahead.There’s no indication if she will pull out of the race, but the Yukon Quest website shows she left Central checkpoint in Alaska early Tuesday and was on one of the final steep ascents of the gruelling race.Alaskan native Brent Sass won the race, crossing the finish in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday after setting out Feb. 2 from Whitehorse. (CKRW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa Quebec announce 500 million reconstruction of La Fontaine Tunnel

first_imgMONTREAL — The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs.“We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, referring also to the new Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge expected to open at the end of the month.Champagne and Quebec’s junior transport minister, Chantal Rouleau, announced the funding deal in Montreal on Monday. Work is expected to begin in 2020 and last until 2024.The investment in the 52-year-old tunnel — one of five links between Montreal and the south shore — will extend its life span by 40 years.No fewer than 47 million vehicles use the La Fontaine tunnel every year, Champagne said.“It’s the longest highway tunnel in Canada,” he said.Planned work includes pavement, lighting, vaults, walls, signage and a fire protection system, as well as repaving of the highway between Boucherville and Montreal and necessary infrastructure for public transportation on highways linking to the tunnel.Champagne wouldn’t say how the funding would be divided between the governments, so as not to compromise the tendering process set to open soon.He said it was important to announce the project to allow for preparatory work.Rouleau said about 13 per cent of the vehicles that use the tunnel daily are heavy trucks.She said the massive re-construction will cause some obstacles, but the province is planning mitigation measures including parking spots to encourage public transit use and lanes for buses and car pooling.There’s also a consideration of a river shuttle between Montreal and its southern suburbs.There will also be an emphasis on communication with residents impacted by the work, Rouleau said.“The work being announced today — everyone knew it had to be done,” Rouleau said. Lia Levesque, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trump threatens to shut down border with Mexico next week

first_imgPalm Beach: Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasised, “I am not kidding around.” “It could mean all trade” with Mexico, Trump said when questioned Friday by reporters in Florida. “We will close it for a long time.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTrump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration, though Congress has been reluctant to provide the money he needs. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new surge of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable. A substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US and Mexico trade about USD 1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5 million American jobs. Trump tweeted Friday morning, “If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.” He didn’t qualify his threat with “or large sections,” stating: “There is a very good likelihood I’ll be closing the border next week, and that is just fine with me.” He said several times that it would be “so easy” for Mexican authorities to stop immigrants passing through their country and trying to enter the US illegally, “but they just take our money and ‘talk.'” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families heading north through Mexico. Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under US law, which does not require asylum seekers to enter at an official crossing. Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles. “If we have to close ports to take care of all of the numbers who are coming, we will do that,” Nielsen said. “So it’s on the table, but what we’re doing is a very structured process based on operational needs.” The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump’s possible action would apply to air travel. Trump’s latest declaration came after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling. Criminal networks charge thousands of dollars a person to move migrants through Mexico, increasingly in large groups toward remote sections of the border.last_img read more

Morocco Has All Assets to Ensure COP 22 Success COP22 Commissioner

Bonn – Morocco has all the assets to ensure the success of the 22nd session of the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (COP22), which will be held on November 7-18 in Marrakech, COP22 Commissioner Abdeladim Lhafi said Tuesday.Morocco, which has proven experience in organizing international events, is mobilized not only to host the event, but to contribute to the achievement of the goals endorsed by the international community on climate change, Lhafi, who led a delegation of the COP22 steering committee on a working visit to Bonn, told MAP.He stressed that “holding this global conference in an African country should result in major initiatives for the continent, which corresponds to the African depth of HM the King’s policy towards southern countries”‘. Lhafi said that Morocco has a roadmap to meet all the conditions for the success of the conference, calling for the mobilization of all stakeholders (civil society, business, media, politicians, citizens) to ensure full success of COP 22, which is a universal challenge. read more

American Star Laurence Fishburne Strolls Around in Marrakech

Rabat – In town for the 17th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), The Matrix movie star Laurence Fishburne wandered around Jemaa Lfna square with his wife and security team. This drew attention from tourists and passersby.  FIFM brought together many other movie stars and cinema professionals such as academy award winner Guillermo Del Toro, “Twilight” saga star, Robert Pattinson, renowned French film director Agnes Varda, Egyptian divas Laila Eloui and Youssra, American painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and Swiss actor Vincent Perez.Read Also: Marrakech Film Festival Screens Women-Centered FilmsThe renowned festival was also an occasion to give due credit to iconic American actor Robert De Niro, who used the opportunity to give a historic speech criticizing President Trump’s policies. Last Saturday, Prince Moulay Rachid, who is also the President of the Foundation of Marrakech’s film festival, chaired a dinner offered by King Mohammed VI at the Palais des Congres in Marrakech. He was also accompanied by his sister Lalla Meryem,  as well as his wife Princess Lalla Oum Kalthoum. read more

Toronto businessman accused of defrauding Chinese citizens arrested released

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says a Toronto businessman charged last week with the fraudulent sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of securities to Chinese citizens has been arrested.OSC manager of public affairs Kristen Rose says Xiao Hua Gong, also known as Edward Gong, was arrested Thursday night and released on bail on Friday morning. He is to make his first appearance in court on Jan. 31.He was charged following an OSC investigation with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, laundering proceeds of crime and uttering a forged document. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Arrest of Chinese-Canadian businessman sought in fraud and money-laundering caseThe OSC charges against Gong stem from the fraudulent sales of securities in two companies, O24 Pharma PLC and Canadian National TV Inc., from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 20 of this year. It alleges both companies were controlled by Gong.The OSC also alleges that a significant percentage of the money obtained by the scheme was directed to Gong’s bank accounts in Canada which he then used for his benefit.His arrest came one week after OSC staff, the RCMP and the Toronto police executed search warrants on Gong’s residence and alleged place of business in North York. read more

Menon says Tamils must feel confident

“It is clearly in India’s interest that Sri Lanka solves its ethnic problems in a manner which makes each community, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils, confident that they are masters of their own fates, their own destiny and free to enjoy their rights within the framework of a united Sri Lanka,” Menon said. The NSA added the definition of security has expanded and now it “includes economic security, food security, energy security and other aspects of human security in addition to the traditional hard aspects of defence and law and order.”He said the new domains of space, cyber and information technology have changed the definition of security along with the responsibility of the society and state to deal with it.Comparing the present security environment with Cold War era, he said the power today is more evenly distributed but at the same time it is more “lumpy” in nature. Amid continued agitation in India over Sri Lankan Tamil issue, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon today said it is in India’s interest that Sri Lanka solves its ethnic issues and make the minority community confident of its fate there.“Equally, it is in our interest that Sri Lanka remains a close friend and does not affect our security adversely”, the Press Trust of India quoted Menon as saying in New Delhi. He was delivering the 12th V K Krishna Menon Memorial Lecture organised by The Indian Society of International Law. Menon also said two national interests often do not coincide and the country has to choose between them.“Equally it is in our interest that Sri Lanka remains a close friend and does not affect our security adversely. But the demand of these two interests do not always coincide and we then have to chose between them,” he said. read more

Retired Singapore doctor wins case against Lankan maid

But she said Dr Paul called her often to ask her to come back. Dr Paul also spoke to her former maid’s mother and siblings, urging them not to give her away in marriage.The doctor reassured them that she (Dr Paul) would look after Madam Kanthimathy, if she returned and looked after her sick sister until her death. She said Dr Paul would give her a “considerable sum” to live without depending on anyone.Madam Kanthimathy came back in 1998 and looked after Dr Paul’s sister until her death in 2009, claiming she was not paid every month.She added that she was treated as a member of Dr Paul’s family and pointed to Dr Paul’s will in 2007, which clearly showed her intention to give her a considerable sum of money.Madam Kanthimathy said she did not marry because of Dr Paul and her family, and this cannot be compensated by money.She explained that the money gift was to help her settle down for the rest of her life, and a gesture of love and affection by Dr Paul.Colombo-based lawyer V. Puvitharan, who had advised her earlier to file a notice of appearance, said yesterday that the default judgment will have to be registered in a Sri Lanka court for possible enforcement. “I will discuss and advise her if contacted to decide on what is to be done,” he added. Rodyk & Davidson lawyer Calvin Lim told The Straits Times that a default judgment had been obtained against Madam Kanthimathy as she failed to appear. She received $2 million altogether in two separate gifts in 2009 and 2010; she said these were made out of love and affection by Dr Paul for her service and sacrifice. Lawyers for a retired doctor in Singapore who suffers from dementia have won their case by default against her former maid from Sri Lanka, one of four people alleged to have enriched themselves by taking advantage of the doctor, The Straits Times reported.The former maid, A. Kanthimathy, 55, had failed to file notice to defend her case when she was sued, together with K. Malayaperumal and G. Subramaniam, in June for the return of some $5 million – which Dr Freda Paul, a former paediatric doctor at the Singapore General Hospital, is said to have given them in 2010. The judgment has not been enforced yet, he added. The suit was filed in June by Senior Counsel Philip Jeyaretnam and a relative as Dr Paul’s legal representatives.Dr Paul, 86, who now lives in a nursing home, had sold her bungalow in Haig Road in October 2009 for $15.4 million. Part of the cash given to the defendants had come from the sale. She was said to have been diagnosed in 2009 to be incapable of making financial decisions; the plaintiffs want the court to order that the gifts made after that date be returned to her as she did not have the capacity to understand her actions.In a formal statement sworn before a lawyer in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, where she lives, Madam Kanthimathy said she could not come to Singapore because of her health. The suit against the other defendants, who are denying the claims, is continuing and a High Court pre- trial conference was held last week.This includes a $500,000 claim against property agent Parvathi Somu, who handled Dr Paul’s bungalow sale and is disputing the case. Madam Kanthimathy was sent to work as a housemaid to Dr Paul, at age 27 in 1987. Her father died when she was very young.The Tamil-speaking maid said she looked after Dr Paul’s aged mother and a sister, who was of unsound mind, and was paid $120 a month.Dr Paul’s mother died in 1992 and the maid returned to Sri Lanka to settle down in 1993. read more

Alumni donors pay it forward

Every year, Brock’s Annual Fund asks Brock alumni to support programs that matter to current students. This year, more than 1,200 alumni answered the call and contributed $250,000.Thank you to all the Brock alumni who made a gift to the Annual Fund in the past year. Your generosity has made it possible for Brock students to enjoy the benefits of programs such as Mentorship Plus and varsity athletics, along with an increase in student awards.Tuition covers less than 50 per cent of the cost of attending university. The rest is covered partly through the generous support of alumni. Donors make it possible for programs such as Mentorship Plus, which is solely supported through contributions, to continue to exist. The program provides students with an opportunity to seek guidance from more experienced students or alumni.Brock students also will have access to more scholarships and bursaries because alumni donated more than $100,000 for student awards. Many students face growing student debt and tighter eligibility restrictions on government-funded programs.Dr. Suess once said: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”Alumni like you have cared a whole awful lot, and as a result, Brock’s been able to provide a life-changing experience to all of its students since the University’s conception in 1964. The more than 1,200 alumni who chose to “pay it forward” this year followed the footsteps of past graduates.Alumni gifts to Brock range from $1 to hundreds of thousands, but it’s not the amount that counts.  Caring Brock alumni set a wonderful example of philanthropy for all future graduates through their support of the University and its goals.Visit for more information. read more

Gap Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Gap Inc. (GPS) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $168 million.The San Francisco-based company said it had net income of 44 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses and non-recurring costs, were 63 cents per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share.The clothing chain posted revenue of $4.01 billion in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.02 billion.Gap expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.05 to $2.15 per share.Gap shares have decreased 32% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 17%. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $17.51, a decrease of 46% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GPS at Associated Press read more

Countries signed to UNbrokered illegal fishing treaty meet for first time

The week-long meeting in Oslo “is expected to define the responsibilities of the concerned states as well as Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and other international bodies,” according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), which helps countries implement the landmark treaty.Those issues include how a port will notify everyone concerned when a ship violates the treaty, and what resources developing countries might need to do such work.Participants at the week-long event in Oslo, which began today, are from the more than 46 countries that have endorsed the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA).Adopted as an FAO Agreement in 2009 after a years-long diplomatic effort, the PSMA is the first ever binding international treaty that focuses specifically on illicit fishing.“This treaty signals a real sea change in the international community’s commitment to combat IUU fishing in a concerted and joint manner,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture.Parties to the PSMA currently account for more than two-thirds of the global fish trade and range from Albania, Cuba and Palau, to Indonesia and the United States. Japan – one of the world’s largest fish importers – and Montenegro will become full parties next month.IIU fishing amounts to up to 26 million tonnes worth $23 billion a year, FAO has said, calling it a “huge threat to all efforts to bolster sustainable fishing in the world’s oceans.”The practice is considered so harmful that is it explicitly listed in the Sustainable Development Goals. The international community aims to end the practice by 2020.According to FAO, parties to the PSMA are obliged to implement a number of measures while managing ports under their control, with the goals of detecting illegal fishing, stopping ill-caught fish from being offloaded and sold, and ensuring information on unscrupulous vessels is shared globally.These include requiring foreign fishing vessels wishing to enter ports to request permission in advance, and transmitting detailed information on their identities, activities, and the fish they have onboard. Ships suspected of being involved in IUU fishing can be denied entry into port outright; permitted to enter for inspection purposes only; or permitted to enter but refused permission to offload fish, refuel, or resupply. read more

Celtic Or Maverick Rajon Rondo Remains A Mystery

The first blockbuster trade of the 2014-15 NBA season came late Thursday, when the Boston Celtics finally shipped Rajon Rondo, their perpetually on-the-trading-block star, to the Dallas Mavericks for a handful of players, picks and a trade exception.Others have broken down the pros and cons of the trade, but the deal also serves to spark discussion about Rondo himself, one of the most polarizing players in the league. In early November, when Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry profiled the enigmatic point guard, he touched on the conundrum advanced stats face in measuring his performance. “Rondo’s value is difficult to quantify, in part because he doesn’t fit into our established taxonomy of NBA superstars,” Goldsberry wrote. “He amplifies the goodness around him, but he can’t create it.”The statistical arc of Rondo’s career bears this out. According to metrics ranging from Player Efficiency Rating (PER) to Win Shares and Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM), Rondo’s best seasons came in 2009 and 2010, when he was surrounded by three future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. In Goldsberry’s terms, Rondo amplified their goodness — or at least, he helped organize it — and his numbers received a sizable boost as well. In 2009, he ranked as the NBA’s 14th-best player by Win Shares and its 12th-best by Value Over Replacement Player.But since Rondo tore his ACL midway through the 2012-13 season and the Celtics broke up their “Big Three” for good, Rondo’s output has taken a nosedive. Stats such as a .461 true shooting percentage (TS%) might have been excused while returning from injury a year ago, but Rondo has continued to shoot the ball poorly (.422 TS%), turn it over frequently (on nearly 26 percent of his possessions) and score infrequently (he’s averaging 9.4 points per 36 minutes) this season. Abysmal numbers like those would typically warrant a benching, not a win-now return in a blockbuster trade.Then again, Rondo has never been a typical player. Along with the bad shooting and nonexistent scoring, he also provides his team with one of the game’s most prolific passers, its best rebounding point guard, a highly skilled thief and an elite defender. In other words, there’s precious little middle ground with Rondo; pick an area of the game, and he’s either one of the best or one of the worst in it.So, how do we weigh the positives of Rondo’s game against the negatives? The popular single-number metrics are all over the place. PER thinks he’s average so far this season; Win Shares per 48 minutes considers him substantially below average. Naturally, Wins Produced likes him for his rebounding prowess (and doesn’t care about his microscopic scoring output), while Box Plus/Minus (an SPM variant) pegs him as above-average but completely because of defense (he’s quite negative offensively). Box Plus/Minus jibes with what ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus (RPM) lists for Rondo this season, but last year RPM considered him good offensively and bad defensively (go figure).Dallas owner Mark Cuban has always had the Mavericks at the forefront of analytics among NBA teams, so it’s possible he’s found his own way to cut through the fog and divine Rondo’s true worth. But for the rest of us, the debate over Rondo is one of how best to measure a unique player. Advanced as they are, our best statistical formulas are trained on trends that emerge over the entire sample of NBA players. Rondo might just be the extreme case that causes our math to break down. read more

RAF to develop hypersonic planes which could top speeds of more than

“This is… The RAF has set out plans that could see the production of hypersonic planes flying at more than 3,000mph. The Ministry of Defence has announced it is investing £10 million to develop new hypersonic engines that could be used to power manned fighter jets and drones.   Unveiling the two-year project at the Air and Space Power conference on Wednesday, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the head of the air force, said the new engines would be “exploring the boundaries of technology”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. As missile technology makes flying combat aircraft increasingly risky, flying up to five times the speed of sound will mean fighter jets can destroy targets before they are engaged by enemy air defences. read more

Drivers licences certificates of compliance registrations being forged at GRA investigation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Sergeant slapped with 12 fraud chargesAugust 13, 2018In “Court”GRA commences countrywide business inspectionsJuly 1, 2014In “Business”GRA introduces Automated Drivers Licence CardMarch 11, 2014In “Local News” The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it is currently investigating corruption within its agency.GRA’s Commissioner General, Godfrey StatiaThe Revenue Authority said that in its “day to day operations” it has “unearthed an illegal operation involving some unscrupulous members of its staff working in collusion with willing outside participants and members of the public in the issuance and use of forged drivers’ licences, certificates of compliance and registrations.”While outlining that it will not presently divulge full details since an investigation is ongoing, GRA however, said that “those staff identified as part of this illegal operation have since been sent on leave to facilitate the investigation.”Moreover, the tax body implored that all financial transactions should be conducted by the cashiers and an official GRA receipt should be issued for all monies paid.The GRA in a statement posited that it “will continue to work to improve its systems to minimize illegal activity and ensure that integrity and transparency are the hallmark of the agency. However, it needs the help of the general public in ridding the agency of staff who are determined to discredit the Authority by engaging in unscrupulous activities with willing participants and confidence tricksters.” read more

Les théories des frères Bogdanov discréditées par le CNRS

first_imgLes théories des frères Bogdanov discréditées par le CNRSLe dernier livre des frères Bogdanov, intitulé Le Visage de Dieu, a battu des records de vente cet été en librairie. Aux yeux du CNRS, les théories abordées dans cet ouvrage n’auraient pourtant rien de scientifiques.C’est vendredi 15 octobre, dans les pages de l’hebdomadaire Marianne, que sont apparus des extraits d’un rapport du CNRS. Remontant à 2003, ce dernier s’est penché sur les thèses de doctorats présentées en 1999 et 2002 par Igor et Grichka Bogdanov. D’après le-dit rapport, les thèses étayées par les deux frères n’ont aucune valeur scientifique. À lire aussi”La chimie, parlons-en !” : une initiative culturelle du CNRSLes deux hommes dénoncent ce jugement, et n’hésitent pas à évoquer la théorie du complot. Lors d’une interview accordée au Parisien, les jumeaux Bogdanov l’ont d’ailleurs affirmé : “On découvre ainsi qu’il existe dans les couloirs obscurs du CNRS une sorte de “Stasi” scientifique, faite d’agents secrets destinés à abattre tel ou tel chercheur […] “Les deux frères ont déclaré qu’après avoir déjà été assimilés à des créationnistes, ils faisaient une nouvelle fois les frais d’accusations lancées afin de les discréditer en raison de leur succès.Le 18 octobre 2010 à 13:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Akiva wraps up hurricane relief campaign donates cases of longlasting mosquito repellent

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 31, 2017 – Nassau –  ‘‘No matter the size, every company can do its part’’  – LivFul, the Atlanta-based developers and manufacturers of Akiva Mosquito Repellent, donated cases of repellent wipes to NEMA today as it wrapped up its recent Hurricane Irma Relief promotion.  For three weeks in October every 3 bottles or packages of wipes purchased at Lightbourn Trading were matched with LivFul’s donation of nature-based, non-toxic wipes with the power to last 16 hours.“A hurricane can be devastating.   If we all use our gifts and talents to help, our collective efforts make a huge difference,” said LivFul CEO Hogan Bassey.   “Homes are damaged, infrastructure needs to be restored, deadly mosquito populations have increased.   Akiva is the most effective mosquito repellent on the market. We knew that by sharing Akiva we could help.  No matter the size, every company can do its part.”Akiva representatives from Diane Phillips & Associates made the presentation at NEMA headquarters.“We are very grateful to LivFul which is demonstrating what it means to be a social entrepreneurship enterprise,” said Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary of NEMA.   “There are many needs on our islands and this donation has been eagerly anticipated and is truly appreciated.   For other companies and individuals wanting to help, we are in need of building supplies as there are homes still in need of repair.   Persons can contact NEMA for more information on how they can assist.”Press Release: DPA NewsPhoto caption:  Akiva Mosquito Repellent representative Sandra Kemp (left) shows Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary, NEMA, how gentle the repellent wipes feel when applied to the skin.  Akiva recently wrapped up its hurricane relief campaign when purchases were matched in kind with donations of the long-lasting, DEET-free wipes for distribution in the southern islands.(Photo: Kristaan Ingraham, BIS)last_img read more

7yrold girl raped suspect arrested

first_imgRapeA seven-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a teenage boy in Khaliajuri upazila of Netrakona on Thursday, reports UNB.Police arrested the accused, Hridoy Mia, 18, after the victim’s mother filed a case in this regard, said officer-in-charge of Khaliajuri police station ATM Mahmudul Haque.He said the girl was playing at her maternal grandmother’s house at Mominnagar village at noon when Hridoy raped her.The OC said they will produce the arrestee before a court and send the victim to hospital on Friday for a medical test.last_img

Triptych a CCG rumble that spans fiction history space and time

first_imgThe world of card games has three sub-genres of which collectible (CCG), trading (TCG), and living (LCG) reign supreme. A TCG means the individual cards hold less inherent value, and it’s more common to trade away ones you don’t want for ones you do. A CCG means you generally keep all of the cards you get — from packs, auctions, and so on — and there are many cards to accrue. An LCG means that there are cards to collect (and not trade), but full or portions of the sets can be purchased outright without having to hunt down singles. Munchkin and Netrunner are arguably the most popular LCGs, but a new contender aims to hit the market: Triptych. It’s a card game where you can pit a space brainworm against Galileo in a battle to the death.Triptych is played by two-to-five players in an everyone-for-themselves player-versus-player rumble that spans, fiction, history, space, and time. The game is not only fun and simple enough to quickly learn, but will satisfy your CCG urges to find the best card synergies and build the perfect deck.A few of us here at Geek headquarters have played the prototype of the game (disclosure: one of the founders is a coworker), and it’s definitely fun. The PvP nature of the mechanics and the breadth of the card themes often create amusing scenarios, such as where an adorable puppy takes out Mars, the god of war.Each round has a suit — either mind, body, or soul — and card abilities can only be activated if they’re neutral or of the current suit. The suit can, and often does, change mid-round, so fun abilities become frequently used and aren’t limited. A player wins the match when his or her opponents no longer have cards to draw, so for fans of milling strategies, Triptych will hit that special twinge.The Kickstarter campaign — with a meager (in Kickstarter terms) goal of $27,000 — features the Triptych starter set, composed of three pre-built decks totaling 90 cards, and 12 six-sided dice to use as counters. The three deck themes included in the starter set are Heroes, Forces of Evil, and Church & State, but if funded, the game will launch with three more expansion sets, Sci-Fantasy, History, and Literature. If you ever wanted to make Shakespeare get into a fist fight with Hercules, playing a game of Triptych is a more fun and feasible strategy than figuring out how to build a time machine, then figuring out how to make Shakespeare so mad that he’d throw a punch at a demigod.As is card game tradition, Triptych will feature art from various artists, such as award-winning comic book artist Alex Robinson, as well as John Kovalic (Munchkin). The historical-based cards are represented buy classic portraiture as well, so you can imagine wiping the smug smile off Ronald Reagan’s face when he runs into your sinister star crusader.A minimum pledge of $27 will get you the starter set, while upping that to $47 will get you the first three expansions as well. Higher backer tiers will allow you to design a custom card added to the game, and even higher tiers will get you fancy custom art from Alex Robinson, or a game of Triptych with the creators themselves.The game’s fun. You should check it out over on Kickstarter.last_img read more

Theatre goes celebrating

first_imgMahindra Excellence in Theatre awards (META), one of the Indian theater industry’s premiere award is to be held on March 2013. The META festival 2013, the eighth of its edition, will be staged in the nation’s capital from 8 March to 13 March and the awards will be announced on 9 March. The shortlisted nominations and jury panel members have been announced.The preliminary selection committee has shortlisted the best 10 productions out of a whopping 312 entries from across the country. The plays will be screened at the Little Theatre Group Auditorium at 5:30 pm and the Kamani Auditorium at 7:30 pm every day from 8 March to 13 March. The screenings are open to the public. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The nominations will be adjudged across 13 categories, to name a few- best play, best original script and best ensemble.The jury panel consists of eminent personalities like Nissar Allana, Shobha Deepak Singh, Anmol Vellani, Renu Roy, Bhanu Bharti and Pawan Maskara.’Fans from across the country are welcome to witness this wonderful celebration of Indian Theatre, which will be staged in the capital’, told Ravi Dubey, Creative Director of METADETAILWhere: Little Theatre Auditorium and Kamani AuditoriumTimings: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pmDates: 8 March to 13 Marchlast_img read more