Grande Prairie RCMP charge two people following Search Warrant Execution

first_imgPolice say an investigation revealed both were wanted on outstanding warrants and they were arrested without incident.  Subsequent to the arrests, CRU executed a search warrant on the vehicle.As a result of the search warrant execution, police seized illegal drugs, weapons, including a firearm and ammunition, Canadian currency and an array of stolen property.Charged is 37-year-old Orval Hayes of no fixed address and a 27-year-old female whose name will not be released at this time.These matters are now before the court GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have charged two people following a search warrant.On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit attended a local residence to ensure a male was abiding by his court-appointed curfew.According to RCMP, while there, members located a second male and a female in a vehicle on the property.last_img read more

Bus services to be introduced from Dhaka to Siliguri on May 26

first_imgDarjeeling: A bus service from Dhaka to Siliguri via Banglabandha and Fulbari is all set to commence from May 26.The bus will be flagged off on that day from Kamlapur, Dhaka. The luxury bus service will take around 14 hours. The residents of Panchagarh district, Bangladesh will accord a warm welcome to the travellers on the maiden voyage at Banglabandha (the Bangladesh border town on the Indo Bangla border.) Preparations are on at Fulbari, on the Indian side. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTest runs had been conducted last year between Dhaka, Siliguri and Nepal. The bus service is seen to boost tourism. Banglabandha-Fulbari is the third largest dry port and transit point on the Indo-Bangla border. Since long there has been a demand from a bus service between Dhaka and Siliguri. After the inking of the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement, on 23 April 2018 test runs of two buses had taken place between Dhaka, Siliguri and Kathmandu. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe buses will ply through Asian 2 Highway. The highway connects the three countries. As of now the service will be between Dhaka and Siliguri. There are plans to extend services to the Nepal capital Kathmandu later on. The luxury buses will have seats for 28 passengers. The fare has been fixed at 2,000 Bangladesh Taka (around Rs 1500) Shyamoli Travels will operate two buses as of now. One from Dhaka and one from Siliguri everyday. As Shyamoli is a private enterprise, initially the services will be by transshipment. A bus will ferry passengers from Siliguri to Fulbari, a distance of around 6km. The passengers after completing travel and immigration formalities (passport-visa checks) will be provided another bus from Banglabandha on the Bangladesh side to take them to Dhaka. The same system will be followed from Dhaka. The bus from Dhaka will drop passengers at Banglabandha. The passengers will be provided another bus from Fulbari to Siliguri.last_img read more

Two men wanted for armed bank robbery in Pelham

Niagara Regional Police have released surveillance images of two men wanted in an armed bank robbery in Pelham.Police say the pair entered the TD Canada Trust branch at 1439 Pelham St. around 7 p.m. Thursday night.One of the men was armed with a handgun.Police say an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.The two may have been driving in a white, newer-style Suburban with chrome rims.Anyone with information to call Niagara Regional Police’s Welland detachment at (905) 688-4111.

Focus stays on the Fed as central bank expected to begin to

TORONTO – North American markets will be on edge this week as investors await a key announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve on what it plans to do about its $85-billion-a-month stimulus program.Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to shed some light on the issue Wednesday following a two-day meeting of the central bank.Until then, traders will be left to their own devices to gauge not only how much the Fed may begin to roll back its monthly bond purchases, but also how quickly.For now, the word on the street is that the central bank will begin tapering anywhere between US$10 billion to US$15 billion a month on signs that the U.S. economic recovery is moving forward.“Generally speaking, people are not making huge bets prior to the Fed announcement this week,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.Gorman said the move has the potential to move markets, depending on where along the scale the Fed chooses to begin its rollback. But the real test may be contained in the language Bernanke uses to announce the decision.“You’ve got to remember, Bernanke is a student of economic history. He has often stated in the past that one of his concerns has been — if you look back to the Great Depression — that stimulus was removed too early,” he said.“I would anticipate that the language … will reinforce this idea of a measured approach, that this is data dependent and this will take over a period over 18 months. Something like this. Qualitative will be as important as quantitative from the announcement.”Besides the Fed announcement, there will be a number of economic data points released in both Canada and the U.S. this week.In the U.S., the latest home sales figures and housing starts, the consumer price index, business inventory figures and the weekly jobless claims numbers are set for release, but all will likely be overshadowed by the Fed meeting.Canadian investors can look forward to the latest figures on manufacturing shipments on Tuesday, wholesale trade on Thursday and the consumer price index on Friday.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will speak in Vancouver on Wednesday, the same day as the Fed’s announcement. His words will be closely monitored to see if he will clarify the bank’s most recent stance on interest rates.Earlier this month, the BoC said it was holding its main interest rate at one per cent, where it has been since September 2010. Economists widely expect the central bank to hold its trendsetting rate steady well into next year, so the announcement came as no surprise.Poloz has been governor since early June and shows no sign of breaking from the monetary policies of his predecessor, Mark Carney, who took up a new post this past summer as head of the Bank of England.Meanwhile, it will also be a telling week in the way of developments coming out of diplomatic negotiations on Syria. Last week, the Bashar Assad government agreed to hand over Syria’s chemical weapons in a move to avoid a U.S. military strike.Washington has accused Syria of using the weapons on its own citizens in an Aug. 21 attack that killed more than 1,400 people. The Middle Eastern country has denied responsibility. Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are holding talks in Geneva to discuss the specifics.As worries begin to dissipate over an armed conflict, the price of gold will likely continue to fall as more investors begin to regain confidence in the equities markets. Generally, people tend to buy more gold in times of crisis as a safe haven.Gold prices continued to fall on Friday after closing at their lowest level in a month on Thursday, with bullion dropping $22 to US$1,308.60 an ounce.December copper was down a penny at US$3.20 a pound, while the October crude contract dipped 39 cents to US$108.21 a barrel.In corporate news, it looks to shape up as a quiet week for Canadian companies. Notable companies reporting in the U.S. include computer hardware and software giant Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) and food company General Mills (NYSE:GIS). Focus stays on the Fed, as central bank expected to begin to pull back stimulus by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2013 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Spring will be buyers market for million dollar homes in Calgary

A new report predicts it will be a buyers’ market in Calgary this spring in the $1-million plus real estate market.Sotheby’s International says projected price reductions and increasing resale inventory will boost transactions, even while consumer confidence remains unstable in an uncertain economy.Total residential sales over one million dollars increased 26 per cent in the first two months of this year to 63 units.Sotheby’s says with declining prices and a weak Canadian dollar, luxury real estate in Calgary has seen increased interest from the U.S., locally, and the rest of Canada and that trend may solidify in 2016.Toronto and Vancouver will continue to lead luxury home sales in Canada this spring in both volume and price. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by audreywhelan Posted Mar 3, 2016 6:55 am MDT Spring will be buyers’ market for million dollar homes in Calgary read more

UN humanitarian agencies scaling up efforts as Iraqs displacement crisis deepens

Briefing the press at Headquarters today, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is increasing its operations on the ground to aid the massive influx of people arriving in the Dahuk Governorate in the Kurdistan region. According to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR), Dahuk is hosting some 400,000 displaced Iraqis, including Yazidis, Christians, Shabak, Kakai, Armenian and Turkmen minorities – some of whom have endured repeated displacement. The agency is coordinating with the Kurdistan Regional Government to provide shelter in camps for a minimum of 60,000 people. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and its local partners have doubled the number of field kitchens they now operate across Dahuk. So far, WPF has provided 2.5 million meals. In addition, the humanitarian situation in Amirli, 200 kilometres south of Erbil, is said to be deteriorating quickly. An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people reportedly remain inside Amirli, primarily Turkmen Shiites. There have been reports of severe food shortages, and the lack of fuel and power has affected the availability of water.The Iraqi authorities have requested the assistance of the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) in lifting the siege on Amirli and providing humanitarian relief to the area. The UN has been seeking a way to get food to the area but insecurity is affecting access to assess the situation and deliver aid. In the meantime, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that aid organizations are working to improve conditions for Iraqi refugees arriving in Syria. Several thousand children are among an estimated 12,000 Iraqi refugees now sheltering at a camp in Syria after crossing the remote border between the two countries.UNICEF says conditions have steadily improved, but there are still concerns about the risk of waterborne diseases due to poor sanitary conditions, especially in the current extreme heat. It has delivered more than 3,000 water purification tablets together with other lifesaving supplies at the Nawrouz camp in Syria hosting Iraqi refugees. read more

On Day of Remembrance UN says triumph over slavery should guide efforts

“The history of the slave trade tells not only of the suffering endured but also of the ultimately victorious struggle for freedom and human rights, symbolized by the slave uprising in Saint-Domingue on the night of 22 to 23 August 1791,” said UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, in a message to mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This year’s Day commemorates year of the 210th anniversary of Haiti’s independence and the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s educational and cultural programme, the Slave Route Project, a pioneering project that has helped to accelerate research and raise awareness of the history of slavery and its consequences. UNESCO’s educational and cultural programmes and support for historical research are intended to highlight the wealth of the traditions that African peoples have forged in the face of adversity – in art, music, dance and culture in its broader sense, creating indissoluble ties between peoples and continents and irreversibly transforming the face of society. This heritage is invaluable for living in peace in our globalized world on the eve of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024),” said Ms. Bokova, adding that transmission of this history is an essential condition for any lasting peace based on mutual understanding among peoples and full awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice. “It also helps us to continue mobilizing against modern forms of slavery and trafficking in human beings that still affect more than 20 million people worldwide,” she said. Ms. Bokova noted that UNESCO is contributing actively towards the design of a Permanent Memorial to and Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be established at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. “I call on all Member States and partners of UNESCO, in schools, universities, the media, museums and places of memory, to mark this International Day and redouble their efforts to ensure that the role played by slaves in winning recognition of universal human rights is better known and taught more widely,” she said. read more

Finland wins world juniors gold with dramatic 32 win over US

Finland is taking home gold from this year’s world junior hockey championship after beating the United States 3-2 in a dramatic final on Saturday.Seventeen-year-old Kaapo Kakko scored the game winner with just over a minute-and-a-half to go in the third period.The Americans had clawed their way back from a two-goal deficit in the third period with goals from Josh Norris and Alexander Chmelevski.Jesse Ylonen and Otto Latvala also scored for Finland.Cayden Primeau stopped 28-of-31 for the U.S., as Finnish netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 25 saves.Finland started the scoring, putting away a power-play goal 11:31 into the second period after U.S. forward Evan Barratt was called for goalie interference. read more

Grammar school Snow Ball shut down after cocaine was found in the

first_imgA grammar school Christmas party called the ‘Snow Ball’ was shut down by police after bags of cocaine were found in the toilets. Officers raided the event at Cheltenham racecourse after staff discovered the white powder in both the female and male facilities.MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, was also found in the toilets.The party ended three hours early and the teenagers, from two grammar schools in Stroud, Glos, were sent home. The annual Snow Ball is organised by youngsters at Stroud High and Marling schools with no input from teachers or parents.It took place this year on Dec 6. After the drugs discovery, staff at the venue cancelled the event immediately and the 17 and 18-year-old pupils were asked to leave just after 9.30pm.After the event was shut down, both schools said they were working with police and were taking steps to warn pupils about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. 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. We know that the schools have reiterated the safety messages around drugs to their pupilsGloucestershire Constabulary spokesman Dr Stuart Wilson, the headmaster of Marling School said: “We are aware that an event in Cheltenham attended by students from the Stroud area was closed early by the venue and that police were in attendance.”Consequently, we have spoken with the police and continue to liaise with them.”Mark McShane, headmaster at Stroud High School, said the school supported the police in helping young people understand the risks. center_img The Christmas party was held at Cheltenham racecourseCredit: Michael Steele/Getty At first, the white powder was thought to be a synthetic psychoactive substance – formerly known as legal highs – but tests revealed it was actually the two Class A drugs, cocaine and MDMA.Gloucestershire Constabulary said the teenagers will not be prosecuted because of lack of evidence, but they have met with staff from both schools.A spokesman said: “Due to a lack of evidence that would identify the person who was in possession of the drugs, we are not going to be pursuing this case any further.”However, our lead licensing officer has met with staff from both schools to talk about the matter and we know that the schools have reiterated the safety messages around drugs to their pupils.” Cheltenham Racecourse was the venue for the eventlast_img read more

Doctors shouldnt fear giving patients with longterm medical conditions hope study finds

first_imgBing Crosby  However they found hope was a “powerful predictor” of adherence to asthma treatment in children, with those who were hopeful more inclined to carry their inhaler in case in was required, and those who were merely optimistic more likely to leave it at home. “So our first job is really to try and engender some hope that things can improve, and recent studies have shown that hope seems to work in the same way as the placebo effect.”Professor Shergill told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that doctors could play an important role in engendering hope in their patients by helping to “frame that placebo effect positively.”We know that expectancy changes the brain’s neural transmitter systems. Being treated with the placebo during pain the brain will release opioids, which is the same transmitter as when you take strong painkillers such as codeine or morphine.””So the way you send the message, the person who’s communicating that, changes the expectancy in the patient who’s receiving that, and we know that expectancy changes the brain’s neural transmitter systems”. A similar pattern was observed in a group of diabetic children aged 10-16 who were followed for six months. Blood glucose levels were seen to decrease, while the number of self-tests went up.Sukhi Shergill, professor of psychiatry and systems neuroscience at King’s College, London, said the discovery may have significant implications for the management of patients with conditions such as cancer, heart disease and schizophrenia.He compared hope’s physical effects on the brain with those observed when patients are told they are being given a powerful painkiller, when in reality they may be taking little more than a placebo.He said: “Optimism is a feeling of confidence but doesn’t necessarily require you to take action, while having hope means” you’re planning that something else might happen, and the motivation to do something about it. Doctors have been urged to encourage patients with long-term medical conditions to be hopeful about their treatment, experts have recommended, with those who were more likely to manage their illness effectively.A study by researchers from London and Sao Paulo, Brazil, found more children with asthma or type-1 diabetes complied with monitoring and treatment regimes if they were ‘hopeful’ than those who were merely ‘optimistic’.They defined optimism as “an individual’s confidence in a good outcome, whereas hope is a goal oriented way of thinking that makes an individual invest time and energy in planning how to achieve their aims”.”Training tells us to avoid saying, ‘You are going to get better,’ because there is rarely such certainty and, in the case of poor outcomes, unfulfilled expectations will erode trust”, the study’s authors wrote in a paper published in the British Medical Journal.”Clinicians are apprehensive about offering false hope and can end up ignoring the question of hope altogether. This is particularly challenging for those of us caring for patients with chronic and progressive diseases—we fear looking incompetent when we have no curative treatments to offer.” Placebocenter_img “Only the hopeful people, the ones who had a high level of both of those things, were the ones that showed a benefit.”We see a bunch of people who have suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic illness who really haven’t well in their local services, they arrive with us and more often than not it’s not the actual illness, the severe symptoms of that illness that we need to work on first, but the fact that they and their carers are just so disheartened at the lack of progress. Hope’s effects can be compared with those observed with placebos that stimulate the brainCredit:Phanie/Alamy Stock Photo Doctors were urged to follow the advice of Bing Crosby’s (centre) and accentuate the positive – while avoiding giving patients false hopeCredit:ANL/REX/Shutterstock/Kevin Holt 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.last_img read more

Gangster accused of swallowing drugs goes three weeks without a bowel movement

first_imgA gangster has gone three weeks without a bowel movement in an alleged attempt to stop police finding drugs he swallowed. The man was arrested in Harlow, Essex, on January 17, and is charged with two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He is accused of swallowing a drugs stash, and is being kept in custody. Officers have been tweeting updates of what they have described as “poo watch”.Police said they would continue to apply to court for custody extensions until the man goes for a poo. Day 20 is coming to an end and still no movement, sorry for the delay in updates the team are busy covering this and other ongoing investigations #opraptor #PooWatch— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) February 6, 2018 Police said the suspect was alleged to be involved with a London gang.Chief Superintendent Paul Wells, Essex Police’s lead for Operation Raptor, said: “Drug dealing and a gang lifestyle is not glamorous.”You’ll be exploited, be the victim or perpetrator of violence, you’ll spend your days wondering whether a rival dealer or police officer will find you first.”You’ll be expected to courier and deliver drugs and that might involve you swallowing or carrying them inside you, which is particularly dangerous.”If you are arrested and suspected of having drugs inside you, we can and will keep you in custody until you produce them.”It’s important that Essex Police continues to highlight the reality around drug and gang-related crime.” The suspect was arrested by officers from Essex Police’s Operation Raptor West, the gangs and urban street crime unit for Harlow, Epping Forest, Brentwood and Thurrock district.The unit said that  Wednesday  was day 21 “for our man on #poowatch”, adding: “Still no movements/items to report, he will remain with us until  Friday  when we are back at court where we will be requesting a further eight days should he not produce anything before that hearing.”They earlier wrote: “Male doesn’t seem to understand that eventually he will need/have to go.” Day 22 and male has still not used the toilet #opraptor— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) February 8, 2018 Officers said the man was being seen daily by doctors and constantly watched, adding: “This is his own choice and so far his health is fine.” #London gang nominal arrested for failing to stop for police and possession with intent to supply class A drugs, male doesn’t think we have the power to keep him until he removes said items from his bottom💩, #thinkagain #opraptor— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) January 17, 2018last_img read more

Residents cured of mystery headaches after police point finger of blame at

first_imgPolice have cured residents’ mystery chronic headaches by unearthing secret cannabis farm near their houses.Locals were astonished when police raided  an old dog grooming parlour in Cinderford, Forest of Dean, Glos, and found it was full of weed plants.They previously complained about suffering chronic headaches which “can probably be attributed to the cannabis”, police said.The former home of Masie Mo Dog Groomings was raided just over a week ago. Each room was filled with tent like structure full of cannabis plants in buckets, hydroponic equipment, fans and lights which had created a cannabis production line running from the rear to the front of the building.The middle room was filled with over 30 smaller saplings and the room at the front was contained the larger plants, showing they were moved from one to the other as they grew.Fumes from the cannabis factory were so pungent that during the raid they could be clearly smelt from a nearby supermarket. “The feedback we are getting is that some people were suffering ill-effects such as headaches, which can probably be attributed to the cannabis.”I don’t know what the science is but I know exposure can give people headaches, including me, so we are pleased to have such a positive outcome.”No arrests have been made yet. 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.center_img Inspector Andy Hodgetts said officers knocked on doors to reassure the  neighbourhood, largely made up of bungalows.He said: “Following the raid we had some very positive feedback from members of the public.”Some of them said they had concerns that something was wrong but they did not know what.last_img read more

Ozil I just laugh at the critics

first_imgFor Mesut Ozil, criticism over his style of play and desire are nothing more than a “laugh” to himThe 30-year-old playmaker was left on the bench by head coach Unai Emery for Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon on Thursday after producing a man-of-the-match performance three days ago against Leicester City.Ozil scored and provided an assist to inspire Arsenal to a 10th successive win at the time after coming back from a goal down at the Emirates.Yet not everybody was impressed with Liverpool legend Graeme Souness recently claiming that Ozil is a “polarising” figure who is often “absent” in big games.Although Souness’ opinion, or anyone else for that matter, is of no concern to Ozil.“I just laugh,” The German told Sky Sports.“I am not the youngest anymore but I started playing professionally at the age of 16 or 17 and it’s always been up and down with me – people either like me or they don’t.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t listen to these people – I just listen to my coach and my people who say things straight to my face. So of course, if I play bad, I know that just as I know when I play well.“The most important thing is that the coach can help me – if I make mistakes he can tell me, we can speak and I can improve for the future.“But if people just say bad things about me because they want to be in the newspaper – I know that and I don’t care about them.“I always have a motivation, particularly before the games – I want to win all the games and I hate to lose, even in training I am p****d and aggressive because I always want to win.“I am a very calm person, sometimes on the pitch, I get very emotional if I make mistakes or give the ball away because I want to make everything perfect.“The coach wants me to give everything on the pitch – which is what I do but I still work hard to reach my aims.“I have said before the main thing is to achieve more than we have over the last few years and I think we have the potential to win something with the team. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we will win some trophies.”last_img read more

Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman denies felony charges

first_imgMan accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman denies felony charges SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man accused of sneaking into a Pacific Beach home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting a sleeping woman pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges, including “hot prowl” residential burglary.Jeffrey Hanze, 55, was ordered held on $1 million bail.Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto told Judge Jay Bloom that Hanze, who was arrested in Los Angeles County last week, has a prior conviction for “hot prowl” burglary and is considered a flight risk.Coto told reporters that Hanze entered the woman’s bedroom through an open window about 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 1. The victim awoke to the defendant sexually assaulting her, the prosecutor alleged.“As a woman, there is literally nothing more terrifying than the thought of an intruder, a complete stranger, coming into your bedroom in the middle of the night while you’re sound asleep and sexually assaulting you,” Coto said outside court.Hanze faces 21 years plus life in prison if convicted of sexual assault during a first-degree burglary, digital penetration of an unconscious person and “hot prowl” residential burglary.RELATED STORY: Police seek public’s help in finding Pacific Beach sex assailantHe will be back in court Nov. 15 for a readiness conference and Nov. 19 for a preliminary hearing. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 6, 2018last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Lowell Five Bank Pledges 30000 To Strongwater Farm

first_img(NOTE: Lowell Five Bank has a location at 270 Main Street in Wilmington.)TEWKSBURY, MA — Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center is pleased to announce that Lowell Five Bank has generously pledged $30,000 toward the Center’s recently launched Capital Campaign. The funds raised from the campaign will enable the Center to construct a much needed indoor area to enable programs to continue year round. Currently, the therapeutic services and programs that Strongwater provides are interrupted during the winter months and unpredictable New England weather. These interruptions severely impact the therapeutic goals and outcomes of the individuals they serve.“Strongwater Farm is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and does not receive funding from federal, state, or local government. We rely solely on the generosity of donors in our community, so Lowell Five’s support is essential and so greatly appreciated,” explained David Wahr, Strongwater Farm Board. “We thank the Board of Lowell Five Bank for their continuing and generous support of the unique services we offer to residents of the entire Merrimack Valley.”Recently, David Wallace, President, and CEO, of Lowell Five Bank, paid a visit to Strongwater Farm to tour the facility, meet the staff, and to get a genuine understanding of the value of the programs offered. During the tour, he presented Maria Antonioni, Executive Director of Strongwater Farm, with a check representing the first payment of a three-year pledge in support of their capital campaign. “Lowell Five is pleased to support Strongwater Farm in their quest to raise the capital they need to help their clients make un-interrupted progress toward their therapeutic goals. As a local community bank, we share Strongwater’s concern for the care of all members of our community,” explained Mr. Wallace.Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been improving the quality of life for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities since 1998. The facility works with caregivers to provide innovative therapeutic services and programs for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and recovery, veterans who suffer from PTSD with emotional and mental health disorders, and at-risk youth who attend an alternative high school for academic, social, and behavioral needs.Appearing in photo: (L to R) Colleen Beaumont – VP Cash Management, Lowell Five Bank; Alison Kalman – EVP Corporate Affairs/IIM, Lowell Five Bank; Maura Sweeney – VP Chief Human Resources Officer, Lowell Five Bank; Maria Antonioni – Executive Director, Strongwater Farm; David Wahr – President of the Board, Strongwater Farm; David Wallace – President & CEO, Lowell Five Bank; Cheryl Popp – VP Business Development, Lowell Five Bank; Chris Perly – Vice President of the Board, Strongwater Farm.(NOTE: The above press release is from Lowell Five Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Jim Miceli Receives Friend of Strongwater Farm Merit AwardIn “Government”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Strongwater FarmIn “Business”Wilmington Residents Invited To Participate In 5K Fun Run At Tewksbury Country Club On 5/25In “Community”last_img read more

Majority Of White Americans Say They Believe Whites Face Discrimination

first_imgPeople from every racial or ethnic group surveyed said they believe theirs faces discrimination — from African-Americans and Latinos to Native Americans and Asian-Americans, as well as whites.The NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey sampled 3,453 adults in the U.S. from Jan. 26 to April 9. Of those, 902 were white.The responses from whites can be broken down into three categories. Those who:1. Believe there is anti-white discrimination and say they have personally experienced it,2. Say there is indeed anti-white discrimination but say they have never felt it themselves, and3. Say there is no discrimination of whites in AmericaWhite and discriminated against?Ask Hershman whether there is discrimination against whites, and he answered even before this reporter could finish the question — with an emphatic “Absolutely.”“It’s been going on for decades, and it’s been getting worse for whites,” Hershman contended, despite data showing whites continue to be better off financially and educationally than minority groups.Even though Hershman believes he has been a victim of anti-white discrimination, he wasn’t able to provide a specific example. He describes losing out on a promotion — and a younger African-American being selected as one of the finalists for the job. But the position eventually went to a white applicant, who was also younger than Hershman.Discrimination exists, but never felt itRepresenting Category 2 is 50-year-old heavy equipment operator Tim Musick, who lives in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He says anti-white discrimination is real, but he doesn’t think he has ever really felt it personally.“I think that you pretty much, because you’re white, you’re automatically thrown into that group as being a bigot and a racist and that somehow you perceive yourself as being more superior to everybody else, which is ridiculous,” Musick said, speaking during his lunch break at a construction site.“I’m just a man that happens to have been born white,” Musick continued.He also makes it clear, however, that he is not comparing what happens to whites to the African-American experience.“I don’t know what it feels like to be a black man walking around in the streets, but I do know what it feels like to be pegged, because of how you look, and what people perceive just on sight,” said Musick, who has the stocky build of a retired NFL lineman and a shaved head under his hard hat.Whites who don’t believe they are discriminated againstNow for the third category — those who scoff at the notion that whites face racial discrimination.That describes retired community college English teacher Betty Holton, of Elkton, Md.“I don’t see how we can be discriminated against when, when we have all the power,” Holton said, chuckling in disbelief into her cellphone.“Look at Congress. Look at the Senate. Look at government on every level. Look at the leadership in corporations. Look. Look anywhere.”Holton asserts: “The notion that whites are discriminated against just seems incredible to me.”Perception based on incomeIncome also seemed to affect individual responses to the question of discrimination.Lower- and moderate-income white Americans were more likely to say that whites are discriminated against — and to say they have felt it, either when applying for a job, raise or promotion or in the college-admissions process.“We’ve long seen a partisan divide with Democrats more likely to say racial discrimination is that reason blacks can’t get ahead, but that partisan divide is even bigger than it has been in the past,” said Jocelyn Kiley, an associate director at Pew Research Center. “That’s a point where we do see that partisan divides over issues of race have really increased in recent years.”What this could mean for electoral politicsDavid Cohen, a political scientist at the University of Akron, said the finding that a majority of whites say whites are victims of discrimination fits right into one of the big narratives of the last presidential campaign.“I think this does reinforce a lot of the resentment you saw in the 2016 election, especially among white, working-class voters lacking a college degree,” said Cohen, who lives in northeastern Ohio, a traditionally Democratic stronghold full of white, working-class union members.Trump ran far better there, though, than Republicans typically do, as he easily won the battleground state of Ohio, 52 percent to 44 percent.But Cohen also adds that for all of the talk of Trump’s message speaking directly to whites in the working class — white voters overall supported him in about the same numbers as they did for Mitt Romney four years earlier — 58 percent for Trump, 59 percent for Romney.And though it’s possible that Trump’s message to disaffected whites did make a difference in the decisive battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Cohen said the question remains: Did Trump create or significantly boost white resentment overall — or did he simply tap into a trend with deep roots and history?“I’m not sure that he necessarily created this angst among white voters,” Cohen said, “but he certainly knew how to take advantage of it.”And it’s something Trump — as president — has only continued to tap into. Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesPresident Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally Aug. 22.A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it,” said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, “and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you’re white, you don’t get it. If you’re black, you get it.”More than half of whites — 55 percent — surveyed say that, generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people in America today. Hershman’s view is similar to what was heard on the campaign trail at Trump rally after Trump rally. Donald Trump catered to white grievance during the 2016 presidential campaign and has done so as president as well.Notable, however, is that while a majority of whites in the poll say discrimination against them exists, a much smaller percentage say that they have actually experienced it. Also important to note is that 84 percent of whites believe discrimination exists against racial and ethnic minorities in America today. Sharelast_img read more

Dont update 100 Rogues

first_img100 Rogues is one of my favorite iOS games so I tend to get pretty excited when I see it in my iTunes update list. The game, which wasn’t exactly complete when it first went on sale (it was missing some simple things, like the ability to use stores), had updates promised for it. I saw these are part of the $5 (at the time) buy-in and was happy to support the developer while they were being made. Some of those updates hit and I’ve definitely gotten my $5 worth, but future updates would keep this excellent Rogue-like in my iPhone/iPad gaming rotation.Unfortunately version 2.7 seems to have broken the game. The update, which seems to have been setup to add a “Rogue-Bot / Tourist” to the game will not allow players to get past the 3rd level… in other words, not very far. So, despite my recommendation of this game, you should absolutely not buy it until they get past version 2.7.On their forums a representative from developer Din0-Form promised that a fix was being sent to Apple on the night of the 19th. It has yet to hit iTunes so, assuming it was sent, it must be in Apple’s approval process. Apple’s approval system is generally understood to be quiet rigorous, but their testing (and that of the developer) must not have caught whatever is the problem with v2.7.Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon and we’ll all be able to play the newest version of iOS’ best rogue-like.last_img read more

Exploring RealWorld Cities in Video Games

first_imgStay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Behind The WheelMost modern cities aren’t designed for pedestrians – they’re designed for cars. That’s why driving games often have an easier time recreating real ones. When you’re restricted to places an automobile can go, it cuts down on the amount of asset creation necessary for artists. That’s why nearly all of the recreations of real cities in modern games have featured an automotive component.One of the first true examples was 1999’s Driver, developed by Reflections Interactive. Taking place in Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, you played undercover officer John Tanner behind the wheel in a number of missions. The game had no extra-vehicular activity and, although theoretically set in an open world, kept players pretty tightly constrained to routes via a time limit. Once a city’s missions are completed, though, a free roaming mode was unlocked. Reflections built their cities in a way that emphasized feeling over fidelity, but it was what the technology of the time allowed.2003’s True Crime: Streets Of LA, a Grand Theft Auto-alike that cast the player as a Chinese-American police officer investigating a series of bombings, boasted a street-accurate recreation of 240 square miles of Los Angeles. Developers Luxoflux used satellite photography and city maps to build their streets, which were lined with primarily non-interactive buildings and 100 of the city’s most notable landmarks. It set a new highwater mark for fidelity in a video game. Superbad co-writer Seth Rogen actually used the game to teach his writing partner Evan Goldberg to navigate Los Angeles after he moved there! A few months ago I was playing Infamous: Second Son – it was offered free with my PS Plus subscription, and I was in the mood for some gaming junk food. The third installment in the console-exclusive series takes place in Seattle, the home city of developer Sucker Punch. It’s also my hometown, where I lived for the first 21 years of my life. When I was growing up, I explored Seattle much like a video game character would, ducking into alleyways and taking back streets to look for power-ups (or, in my case, cats to pet). So I’ve got a pretty solid mental model of the streets.That’s why jumping into Infamous‘s digital version was such a shock. Much like any other major city, Seattle has some iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and the Pike Place Market, but it also has hundreds and hundreds of blocks of residential property, house after house after house. Sucker Punch wisely decided to create an idealized version of the Emerald City that focuses on notable landmarks and interesting architecture over realism. Some places it works – the design of the Seattle Center around the Space Needle is great – but in others it fails (Seattle has no “Uptown” neighborhood, for instance).Playing in this fantasy re-creation of my hometown got me thinking about how game developers choose to represent real-world places in the digital space. How do you take something that’s designed for living and working and make it good for play instead? Let’s explore the history of real cities in video games and learn how it’s done.AdChoices广告Early EffortsOne of the most publicized attempts to convert a real city into a video game came with 2002’s PS2 exclusive The Getaway, developed by London-based Team Soho. Originally, the studio wanted to adapt the entirety of London into their driving and shooting game, but soon revised that estimate to 70 square miles. It then shrunk to 60, and the final game shipped with just 10 square miles of the city represented. Even with that, the team pulled half a million reference images for the city’s buildings, roads and signage.That was still a remarkable achievement, especially because the map had to be continually streamed into memory without any loading time. Other open-world games used bridges and the like to give the engine a break to load additional geometry when the player traveled between areas, but Team Soho couldn’t do that. Much of the game’s action didn’t take place outside, but rather in generic warehouses and offices. It was impressive for the time, but modern open-world games iterated and improved from there.I spoke to Konstantinos Dimopoulos, a “game urbanist” who brings his Ph.D. in urban planning and city geography to the digital world to help developers create more real-seeming cities, about what makes a virtual space seem realistic.“While trying to get a truly ambitious and very text-heavy RPG set in a futuristic city off the ground – a project by an indie dream team that featured some of the industry’s best writers, musicians, and artists but not a programmer – I realized that work on cities and games could actually be combined. That applying urbanism, a scientific understanding of space, and an artful take on geography to game and level design could really help create fascinating digital places. To enrich stories, settings, and even gameplay.” A Matter Of ScaleTake a second to go outside and walk around your block. It’s going to take more than a second, obviously. While block sizes vary city by city, an average measurement is 400 feet on each side, or 1600 feet all the way around. That’s a little bit over a quarter of a mile. At an average human walking speed of four miles an hour, it should take you approximately four minutes to completely circumnavigate a city block on foot.Now go boot up your favorite open-world video game set in a real city and do the same thing. Chances are it’s not going to take you nearly as long, even if you stop to shoot someone on the way. That’s because one of the tricks that developers use to replicate cities in digital space is to shrink everything down in relation to the size of the player. Blocks will boast just three or four buildings on a side, or even be completely dominated by a single structure. The important part of the illusion is accomplished at human scale, and generally people don’t assume that the rest of the space has been shrunk around them.Konstantinos Dimopoulos, again, had insight on these tricks. “City size, another crucial part of the whole civic illusion, is often implied via blocked off areas, cleverly framed views, visual cues indicative of urban scale (such as massive bridges), and distant sounds far off in the background. Commonly gameplay spaces do not necessarily fit into the facades that supposedly enclose them, road networks and urban infrastructures are vastly abstracted, and even narrowing alleys and widening rivers are some of the myriads of tricks employed depending on each projects needs and allowances.”A good example of clever framing comes in Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us, which manages to communicate a very real-seeming Boston through the use of well-placed local color and a few landmarks without laboriously recreating the entire city. Joel and Ellie’s journey wet takes place almost entirely in real locations, but they’re restricted in ways that make sense for the game’s narrative. The Not-So-Big AppleNew York is an irresistible city for video game developers, because it has a number of aspects that make it perfect for play. Manhattan is an island, so it’s easy to cut off access to the outside world (and New Jersey) by closing the bridges and tunnels. The streets are arranged on a grid with Broadway cutting through them on a diagonal, and the tall canyons of skyscrapers share space with iconic landmarks to navigate by.One of the first games to make a selling point of reproducing Manhattan was 2004’s movie tie-in Spider-Man 2. Creating a physics-based web-swinging system allowed developer Treyarch to really lean into the verticality of New York. Swinging through the concrete canyons was an unforgettable experience, and the addition of a day/night cycle added even more realism. Sure, there still wasn’t much to actually do in town, but it was a huge step forward that was lauded by the press.Tom Clancy’s The Division is one of the best depictions of the city in recent years, and that’s because of their attention to detail in recreating Midtown. That’s an area of the city with plenty of recognizable buildings – Penn Station, Times Square, the Flatiron, et cetera – and very clearly defined borders. Because the borough is under martial law, reproducing the hustle and bustle of pedestrians and commerce isn’t necessary, letting the architecture shine. Around The WorldOne of the most interesting takes on a real city came with United Front Games’ 2012 crime drama Sleeping Dogs. Set in the underworld of Hong Kong, the game takes four of the island city’s neighborhoods and transforms them into playgrounds for driving, shooting and martial arts. While the geography isn’t terribly accurate, it’s the small details that sell it – what the trash cans and phone booths look like, for instance.The Assassin’s Creed games also traffic in real city planning, albeit with the caveat that they take place a few hundred years in the past. Again, they don’t push for accuracy as much as they work to create a believable illusion with small details at ground level coupled with recognizable landmarks. The best example is probably Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which recreated Paris during the French Revolution at a 1:1 scale with the help of a hired team of historians. More than 40 landmarks were digitally reconstructed, most notably the massive Notre Dame Cathedral.Video games are still pretty far off from being able to duplicate an existing city for you to explore down to the concrete, but going through these examples they don’t really need to be.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Ivory Coast excombatants flee Ghana refugee camp

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – An official says that more than 170 Ivory Coast ex-combatants being held in a refugee camp in Ghana’s west have escaped.Ken Dzirasah, chairman of the Ghana Refugee Board, said Friday that the ex-combatants likely fled because the board decided to move them to a newly built prison temporarily. He denied that the situation posed a “grave security threat.”It is unknown how many Ivorian ex-combatants are in Ghana. Ivory Coast’s president last year demanded their repatriation to face trial for committing humanitarian and war crimes. Ivory Coast also issued warrants for their arrests, and urged they be handed over.center_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Thousands of refugees from Ivory Coast remain in Ghana.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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