Kent DriscollAPTN NewsThe woman in charge of Nunavut’s largest land claims organization wants Inuktut recognized by Canada as one of the country’s founding languages.Inuktut is the catch-all term for all Inuit language.Aluki Koterik, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., recently spoke at a United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues about her language and the need to have it officially recognized by the federal government.Recognition of Inuktut as a founding language would put it on par with English and French in Nunavut.At the moment, the federal government funds French language education at a rate of $8189.00 per student annually while Inuktut receives just $firstname.lastname@example.org@kentdriscoll
New Delhi: Everyone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India. Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality. “It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained. The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach. “It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades — India last participated in the tournament in 1977 — and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority. AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India. In the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Win Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.
Rabat – A Moroccan medical delegation paid a visit to an Israeli medical complex in Haifa, Israel, prompting the Moroccan Anti-Normalization Observatory to condemn the move.The Israeli Ministry of Interior revealed that a Moroccan medical delegation of pediatricians visited the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa last Monday, according to Moroccan news website Yabiliadi.com. The Moroccan delegation requested assistance from their Israeli counterparts to establish a unit for bone marrow transplants.The delegation consists of Hassan Afilal, the chairman of the association of pediatrics, and director of the department of premature infants at Children Hospital in Rabat, and Mohamed Khattab, the director of children’s cancer in the same hospital, according to Arabic-speaking news source Yabiladi Arabic. Myriam Harouch, a professor at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, stated that she visited Morocco after an invitation from the same delegation.In their visit to the medical complex, the Moroccan delegation went on a tour around the medical campus, met Israeli personnel, and attended a lecture on “The Coexistence Between Crew Members and the Patients in Hospitals and its Multiculturalism.”The Moroccan delegation also expressed its desire to establish a unit for bone marrow transplant in Morocco, and requested assistance from their Israeli counterpart.The President of the Moroccan Anti-Normalization Observatory Ahmed Wihman condemned the initiative and pointed out that Moroccans will also denounce it:“Such doctors do not respect themselves and it’s enough that they will be rejected by Moroccans. But the question is, where are those responsible for our security.”Mr. Wihman believes that collaboration with the Zionist State represents a threat for national security of Morocco:“These events have become banal and valueless compared to the danger that threatens Morocco and its social unity and stability. These infiltrations and invitations have become part of the details. The Israeli project seeks to rip Morocco apart to small countries and we, at the Moroccan Anti-Normalization Observatory, fight these attempts.”
Palaly airport is in northern Sri Lanka. The official said all the technical and design aspects would be covered in the DPR, which is expected to be completed in three months time.“The AAI has developed more than 60 airports in metro and non-metro cities in India and now the AAI wants to leverage its expertise to other countries on a bigger scale,” the release said. The AAI manages more than 120 airports in different parts of the country. India’s State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) will prepare a detailed project report for development of Palaly airport in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported today.This would be the first project for the AAI in the island nation and “we are trying to get engaged with our neighbours”, an AAI official said. In a release issued on Monday, the AAI said it has signed an agreement with External Affairs Ministry for “preparation of a Detailed Project Report for development of Palaly airport in Sri Lanka”.
Norfolk OPP and Shoppers Drug Mart in Simcoe want to help local households get rid of unwanted prescription drugs.Police encourage residents to purge their medicine cabinets of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. When expired and unused prescription medication is left unattended, it can lead to prescription drug abuse.Prescription Drug Drop-off Day in Norfolk will be held this weekend. It is an important public safety initiative to encourage residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.“The purpose of the Prescription Drug Drop-off Day is to reduce access and availability of prescription medications to those who should not have them,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release. “This provides a convenient opportunity for all residents to safely and anonymously dispose of outdated or unused prescription medications.”This year’s Prescription Drug Drop-off Day will take place Saturday, May 11 in the Staples parking lot at the intersection of the Queensway and Norfolk Street North in Simcoe. Professionals will be on hand to greet the public between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.People wishing to dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription drugs may do so anonymously without having to get out of their vehicles.The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits anyone from possessing prescribed medication without a prescription.It is a criminal offence to offer or sell a prescribed medication to another person.Purchasing another person’s prescribed drugs is also illegal.Prescription drug abuse is the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Recent studies indicate 24 percent of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home.Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk will be holding a Shredding Day at the same time and location on Saturday.Members of the public are invited to take personal and financial documents to the location where the items will be shredded in the Norfolk Disposal mobile truck. Cost is $7 per box or by donation with proceeds going to local Crime Stoppers program.For more information about Shredding Day call 519-426-3434 ext 7425.
In its annual report released in Vienna, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says it has for the first time examined the impact of illicit drug cultivation, trade and abuse on overall economic development, dispelling what it calls “the myth that drug trafficking might be a route to growth and prosperity.”The Board calls on the international community to offer assistance to drug control efforts in countries in which illicit drugs thrive and which do not have sufficient resources to combat the problem.“The review in the present report shows that illicit drug production actually prevents long-term economic growth,” Board President Philip Emafo said. “Huge proceeds from illicit drugs lead to conspicuous consumption, promote inflation, destroy production capacity and result in negative economic growth. Drug control by governments is therefore not only in the interest of health and security but also in the interest of building a viable and sustainable economy.”The report notes that only 1 per cent of the money ultimately spent by drug abusers is earned as farm income in developing countries while the remaining 99 per cent is earned at various other points along the drug trafficking chain, with half to two-thirds of the profits accruing in developed countries where most illicit drugs are used.Heroin and cocaine account for most of the problems worldwide, the INCB says, but the legal market for opiates for pain relief like morphine risks getting out of control with supply currently exceeding demand, and synthetic drugs like Ecstasy could become the main illicit drugs of the future. The INCB has launched a major initiative to stop chemicals needed for synthetic drugs form reaching clandestine laboratories.The INCB also warns against moves to legalize drugs, particularly cannabis. “Supporters of such legalization pursue their goals through aggressive, well-funded campaigns and with missionary zeal,” Mr. Emafo said. “Their arguments, however, do not reflect the truth. Cannabis is not a harmless drug, as advocates of its legalization tend to portray. Cannabis use affects the functioning of the brain. Its illicit use is also associated with heart attacks in some young people and can cause lung disease and cancer.”The INCB was established in 1968 as the independent and quasi-judicial control organ for implementation of UN drug conventions. Its 13 members, who serve in their personal capacity, are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and their work is financed by the UN. Three members are elected from a list of candidates nominated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and 10 from a list nominated by Governments.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2013 8:13 am MDT TSX closes little changed despite strong February jobs data from Canada, U.S. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Friday in the wake of Canadian and U.S. jobs reports that blew past expectations.The S&P/TSX composite index finished the session 9.1 points higher to 12,835.61.The weak stock market performance came at the end of a strong week where a series of all-time highs on the Dow industrials contributed to the general feel-good factor across all financial markets. However, the TSX has been hobbled this week by a drop of about 1.6 per cent in the gold sector.The Canadian dollar got a small boost Friday from the jobs reports, gaining 0.03 of a cent to 97.17 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 50,700 jobs compared with the approximately 8,000 jobs that economists had expected.The country’s unemployment rate stayed steady at seven per cent as more people entered the workforce to seek jobs. Economists had expected a small increase.U.S. indexes were higher as the Labour Department reported that the United States cranked out 236,000 jobs — also far more than expected — pushing the U.S. unemployment rate to 7.7 per cent from 7.9 per cent.The Dow Jones industrials racked up a fourth, straight record high close, rising 67.58 points to 14,397.07. The Nasdaq was up 12.28 points to 3,244.37 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 6.92 points to 1,551.18.Economists had already raised their expectations for the February U.S. jobs data to 165,000 in the last couple of days in the wake of a strong reading on private sector job growth from payroll firm ADP and lower jobless insurance claims.The jobs report strengthens the case of stock market bulls, who say the economy is gaining momentum following a long and tepid recovery after the financial crisis and Great Recession, said JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist at TD Ameritrade in New York.“It gives hope to those that say this rally isn’t just about the Fed, it’s about the economy recovering,” said Kinahan. “It’s giving people confidence that maybe the economy is turning the corner.”There was also positive news from the world’s second-biggest economy.China’s exports surged 21.8 per cent last month, well ahead of analysts’ expectations of single-digit growth as companies shut down for the Lunar New Year holiday.Imports fell 15.2 per cent, a decline from January’s 28 per cent growth, which suggested domestic demand might be weakening, but the picture is clouded by the holiday, when companies shut down for up to two weeks.That was the second piece of good news from China this week. China’s outgoing premier said earlier that the country would do what was necessary to achieve its target of 7.5 per cent growth this year.Positive Chinese data usually has a positive effect on markets as the country has been instrumental in helping the global economy dig out of the deep economic downturn that followed the 2008 financial collapse.However, commodity markets put in a mixed performance following the trade data.The base metals sector was the strongest component, ahead 1.57 cent while May copper down one cent at US$3.51 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) ran up $1.19 to C$20.42.The energy sector was slightly higher with the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 39 cents to US$91.95 a barrel and the energy sector was per cent. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gained 24 cents to C$42.64.The TSX gold sector also eked out a small gain while April bullion gained $1.80 to US$1,576.90 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) ran ahead 35 cents to $6.75.Outside of resource stocks, the tech sector was lower as shares of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (TSX:MDA) fell $3.07 to $69.70 after announcing a deal to raise $250 million in an offering of shares.The industrials sector was also negative as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) shed $1.22 to $129.77.Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) reported it had $94.6 million of net income or 63 cents per share in the fourth quarter with $2.42 billion in revenue. Analysts had estimated 90 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 92 cents per share of net income with $2.17 billion of revenue, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. Its shares fell $2.84 to $43.01.The TSX Venture Exchange was up 1.62 points to 1,117.85.The TSX ended the week up 0.48 per cent while the Dow industrials ran ahead 2.18 per cent.This means the Dow has more than made up the losses stemming from the 2008 financial collapse, rising over 115 per cent from the lows of March, 2009 that resulted from the financial collapse and subsequent recession.However, the TSX is still a good 2,300 points away from the all time high of 15,073 from the summer of 2008.A big reason is that Toronto is heavily weighted in resource stocks. They and commodity prices have had to content with a persistently weak global economy.
Take a drive around Niagara and it’s easy to see the impact Tom Rankin has had on the region.From parking lots to bridges, from the Meridian Centre to components of the Welland Canal, Rankin’s construction company has built much of the infrastructure Niagara residents rely on.But as much as Rankin Construction is synonymous with major civil projects, the man behind the brand has had just as much of an impact on the community. The annual cancer run bearing his name, for example, draws around 13,000 people each year and has raised $7.5 million for local cancer care facilities.On Friday, Oct. 13, Tom Rankin will be recognized at Brock University with an honorary doctorate during the school’s Fall Convocation ceremony.Born in Kirkland Lake, Rankin worked as a development and construction engineer for the Ontario Department of Highways, and the cities of Niagara Falls and St. Catharines in the 1960s and ’70s. In 1978, he launched the company that would become Rankin Construction Inc., and it has continued to grow ever since.Rankin Construction and its related businesses now employ about 500 people in Niagara, Hamilton and Kincardine.A former Board of Trustees member for Brock University, Rankin has often been recognized for his professional accomplishments and philanthropic work. Most recently, he was the recipient of Niagara’s 15th T. Roy Adams Humanitarian Award.“It means a lot to be honoured by the University,” said Rankin, who has also received an honorary degree from his alma mater, St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, and was named an honorary graduate from Niagara College. “It’s a privilege and an honour when a university bestows that on an individual.“I’m very proud because I think Brock has come to the forefront so I’m proud to be associated with it.”Brock’s Fall Convocation on Friday, Oct. 13 will see more than 1,000 graduates cross the stage during ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Rankin will be conferred and will deliver the convocation address during the afternoon ceremony.Rankin said he plans to remind the graduates about the importance of hard work and getting involved in their community.“I’m going to tell them some of the things I’ve learned as an individual,” he said. “I’ll tell them about some of the things that helped me, and that they have to get more involved today in politics. They can’t just sit back and leave it to others.”Of all the projects his companies have been involved in over the years, Rankin said the Meridian Centre is the one that stands out the most.“You can build a sewer or water main, but they’re in the ground and you never see them again. But I can sit in the Meridian Centre … it just means so much,” he said.Convocation ceremonies will be held inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium in the Walker Sports Complex and are open to the public. Tickets are not required. A reception for graduates, family and guests will follow each ceremony.
The River Hull, which flows into the tidal Humber Estuary, wraps around the edge of the Oak Road playing fields around 300 yards from Miss Squire’s university address.Miss Squire, a second-year philosophy and religion student originally from High Wycombe, Bucks, had been put in a taxi by her friends after she was turned away from the city’s Welly club for being too drunk late on January 31.For reasons that are unclear, she failed to enter her house on Wellesley Avenue once dropped off – instead walking to sit on a nearby bench until the early minutes of February 1. A 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of 21-year-old Libby Squire in February this year has been released under investigation, Humberside Police have said.Miss Squire was reported missing in the early hours of February 1 after a night out in Hull with friends.Just over six weeks later, on March 29, her body was recovered from the Humber Estuary.On Wednesday, Humberside Police revealed that a man had been arrested on suspicion of murdering the student and was being questioned by detectives.Police announced on Thursday afternoon that he had been released.The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Martin Smalley, said: “Proceedings are active and I would remind people to please refrain from any speculation, as the investigation is very much live and continuing.“There are further enquiries still being carried out and there are constant investigative developments and procedures that are ongoing.“The majority of the additional analysis stage is now complete, with a small number still pending final results. A file is being prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service as the investigation progresses,” he added.“My heartfelt thanks go out to Libby’s parents for their continued understanding and patience.”They have been kept informed of all the developments in the investigation and they will always maintain our support.” Police fear CCTV from a nearby alleyway captured the moment she climbed into a car at 12.09am, before being driven away. It was the last time she was seen alive.At one stage, around 200 students gathered in the rain as a show of solidarity and support for the popular student and her parents.In an emotional Facebook post following the discovery, her mother said: “I cannot thank you enough my darling Pie for making me a mummy.” Specialist search teams had been scouring the River Hull and the Beverley and Barmston Drain close to where Miss Squire lived to establish if she had ended up in the water. Specialist search teams scoured the River Hull and the Beverley and Barmston Drain close to where Miss Squire lived to establish if she had ended up in the waterCredit:Danny Lawson/PA 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.
SWISS VOTERS HAVE massively rejected a proposal to cap executive pay at 12 times the wage of a firm’s lowest earner, according to official referendum results yesterday.Two thirds voted against the measure, which had been expected to fail in spite of widespread discontent at excessive pay for top bosses.Dubbed the “1:12″ initiative after the legally-binding ratio it would have set between the top and bottom salaries in a firm, the plan met with stiff opposition from Switzerland’s business community and political right.Ahead of the vote, its critics issued stark warnings that inscribing salary restrictions into the law would make the wealthy Alpine nation less competitive and break with a Swiss tradition of limited official meddling in business.In March the Swiss massively backed rules to rein in golden handshakes, amid a public outcry over high-profile severance payments.“Shooting ourselves in the foot”Christoph Darbellay, head of the centre-right Christian Democratic Party, told AFP that voting Yes would be tantamount to “shooting ourselves in the foot”.Switzerland’s cross-party government had urged a No vote, saying a 1:12 law would dent tax revenues and scare off foreign firms.Their message was heard as all of Switzerland’s 26 cantons and a full 65.3 per cent of all voters rejected the initiative, according to final results released by public broadcaster RTS.Swiss Economic Affairs Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann hailed the result, saying it would allow the Swiss economy to remain competitive.But he urged big bosses to take note of the public outrage over some of their salaries, pointing out to reporters that “I do not appreciate the excessive salaries received by a handful of managers”.A banner in support of the referendum is fixed at the window of a house in Wildhaus (Image Credit: (AP Photo/Keystone,Arno Balzarini)Switzerland has long boasted a business-friendly climate coupled with some of the highest average salaries in the world, and has largely avoided the economic crisis dogging the European Union, of which it is not a member.The referendum campaign was spearheaded by the Socialist Party’s youth wing, along with the Greens and trade unions.They argued that it was time to clip the wings of the vastly overpaid, underlining that an informal ratio of around 1:12 was the norm as late as 1998, before things went awry.The debate led to intense scrutiny of bosses’ pay packets, which the 1:12 proponents said were an average 43 times higher in 2011 than those on the bottom of the ladder.According to 2012 figures published by the campaigners, the then boss of pharmaceutical giant Novartis made 219 times the firm’s lowest salary.At banking group UBS, the lowest-paid employee would have had to work 194 years to make the same amount the head of its investment bank earned in 12 months.‘Rip-off’On Sunday, Swiss Socialist Youth chief David Roth acknowledged that “we did not manage to persuade people that the rip-off going on in companies’ executive circles must end”.Under Switzerland’s direct democratic system, campaigners can put any issue to a plebiscite by collecting more than 100,000 signatures.Switzerland hosts a range of popular votes on national issues each year, grouped together on four different Sundays.Two other federal initiatives were struck down in Sunday’s vote, which saw a participation rate of 53.6 per cent, considered very high in Swiss referenda that usually fail to draw even half of eligible voters.- © AFP, 2013Read: How Switzerland became the quiet rebel of Europe >Poll: Should Ireland have a guaranteed income? >
Updated at 10.47pmTHE CEO OF St Vincent’s Hospital has released details of executives’ salaries, including his own, which reveals more than half of his €293,669 salary for this year came from funds generated by the hospital’s private service.The hospital had previously told the HSE that it would not disclose payments made to senior staff because of data protection issues and because they come from private funds.However today, Group CEO Nicholas Jermyn sent a letter to the Director General of the HSE Tony O’Brien providing details of his salary and that of five other members of staff.This year, he received €136,282 of a salary from the HSE, with an additional €136,591 from the hospital’s private funds. He was also in receipt of a privately funded car allowance of €19,796.The hospital’s director of finance and company secretary receives an additional €32,544 on top of his €108,332 HSE funded salary and the director of nursing got an extra €14,853 on top of her €81,552 HSE salary.Jermyn said there are three other people who are in receipt of additional taxable income, totalling €28,211, from private sources.The hospital’s CEO emphasised that all remuneration is fully tax compliant and there are no charitable donations involved.‘Unique’In his letter, he pointed out that the healthcare group is “unique” in its sector as it combines the provision of care in both public and private hospitals within a single entity.He said an issue that has particularly concerned the hospital is that this uniqueness has been “misunderstood or ignored in much of the debate”.“The public/private co-location model that we achieved was actively promoted by the DoH (Department of Health) up to recently as a major driver of government policy,” he said. “It was with this in mind that the private hospital was redeveloped”.He added that St Vincent’s is not the only organisation with employees who have additional commitments in the private sector. “Indeed many employees across the wider public service have commitments in the private sector, which continue to be in place,” he said.CriticismsJermyn told O’Brien that the Chairman or other non-executive directors of the board would be available to meet with him in early January, as requested. Today’s letter comes after harsh criticism from the Public Accounts Committee, with chairman John McGuinness saying the failure to disclose additional payments was “not good enough”.Last week Senator John Crown alleged that members of staff at the hospital were deliberately charging private health insurers for cancer drugs which had been given to the hospital for free. The hospital denied this, saying an investigation stated there had been no evidence of collusion or fraud by staff.A spokesperson for Health Minister James Reilly said the HSE will be meeting with senior figures from St Vincent’s Hospital in the first week of January to discuss these matters.“The information in tonight’s letter will be examined in that meeting,” they said.The HSE has said the meeting will take place on 6 January.First posted at 9.18pmRead: PAC Chairman releases St Vincent’s Hospital documents related to senior staff payments>Read: St Vincent’s Hospital denies fraud claims by Senator John Crown>
Grippe : 3 millions de personnes touchées par l’épidémie en FranceL’épidémie de grippe progresse en France métropolitaine et pourrait atteindre son pic cette semaine. 3 millions de personnes ont déjà été touchées, selon le réseau de surveillance des Grog. Alors que l’épidémie de grippe avait semblé timide au début de l’année, elle a depuis bien rattrapé son retard et touché près de 3 millions de personnes en France. Malgré les vacances scolaires et la fermeture des écoles de deux-tiers de l’Hexagone, l’épidémie poursuit même sa progression après avoir saturé les services de plusieurs hôpitaux. Selon les prévisions du réseau Sentinelles de l’Inserm, celle-ci pourrait toutefois atteindre son pic cette semaine.À lire aussiParkinson : les scientifiques alertent sur une « pandémie »Parmi les patients ayant consulté un médecin généraliste ou un pédiatre pour une infection respiratoire aiguë d’allure grippale, 60% étaient de vrais cas de grippe, dans la plupart des cas de sous-type A(H3N2), selon le bulletin hebdomadaire publié par le réseau de surveillance des Grog (groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe). Ainsi, l’incidence des cas de syndromes grippaux en France métropolitaine a atteint 565 cas pour 100.000 habitants (soit 359.000 nouveaux cas) la semaine dernière. Il se trouvait ainsi largement au-delà du seuil épidémique fixé à 147 cas pour 100.000.habitants.Les incidences les plus élevées sont localisées dans les régions Nord-Pas-de-Calais (1.396 cas pour 100.000 habitants), Languedoc-Roussillon (1.162), Limousin (1.126), Auvergne (879), Champagne-Ardenne (659), Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (619), Franche-Comté (612) et Centre (503). L’âge médian des cas rapportés la semaine dernière était estimé à 33 ans. Les hommes ont représenté 52% des cas.Le 1 mars 2012 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambert
A Procession of the Species will return for a third year to the Clark County Recycled Arts Festival this summer. Everyone is invited to attend free workshops to create costumes for the parade.The Procession of the Species, a celebration of the natural world, will take place on June 30, the final day of the festival in Esther Short Park. Parade participants of all ages dress up as animals, plants and elements; past processions have included jellyfish, birds, the sun, water, an inchworm, a sloth — and even unicorns.To get participants ready for the event, Clark County Public Health and the Recycled Arts Festival will host a series of free costume workshops. Repurposed materials will be supplied, and people are welcome to bring their own materials, as well. Here’s the workshop schedule:• 2 to 4 p.m. June 2 at Vintage Books, 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver.• 3 to 5 p.m. June 13 at Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 27 at Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond, Pondview Picnic Shelter, 1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver.• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29 and 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 30 at the Recycled Arts Festival Kids’ Activity Booth, Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver.Register for costume workshops at the Procession of Species website, recycledartsfestival.com/entertainment/procession-of-the-species. No registration is required for the workshops at the Recycled Arts Festival.
This area near the entrance of the ice cave at Mendenhall Glacier may not necessarily be the safest place to sit. Photo by Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau.Juneau’s most popular attraction is Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. Visitors and residents took advantage of the recent cold, clear weather to hike across a frozen lake in front of the glacier to find an ice cave. They’ve taken pictures of themselves inside of the awe -inspiring tunnel and surrounded by blue-tinted ice walls.Download AudioLaurie Craig, a naturalist at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center, has this advice for people embarking on the mile-and-a-half hike on the frozen Mendenhall Lake out to the cave:Just for people to be really cautious, be safe, (and) be prepared.”The ice cave is located near the western terminus of Mendenhall Glacier. While the Forest Service is not encouraging people to visit the cave, it’s not prohibiting access either. In case of an emergency, it will be Capital City Fire & Rescue – not the Forest Service – that will arrive on scene and try finding a victim in distress in the vast expanse of the glacial area.It’s kind of thing that people need to be aware of, particularly those folks taking a lots of children out. Keep the children with you, be prepared for rescuing yourself because it’s very difficult for anybody else to get out there.”Signs are posted warning visitors of the dangers of the glacier and lake ice, part of which she calls a dynamic environment.Jason Amundson is associate professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Southeast and has researched tidewater glaciers and glacier ocean interactions. He said the cave was likely formed by a stream coming down off of Mount McGinnis.The water is carrying heat with it and that heats goes to melting the ice. As it’s gotten bigger in the summer, there’s water running into that ice cave, but there’s also warm air that can make its way into the ice beneath the glacier.”Another stream on the glacier surface found a fissure or crack and, over time, created the giant circular shaft or moulin that allows daylight into the far, accessible end of the cave. Amundson said it’s a fairly common feature on glaciers.You get water running over the surface of the glacier and it drops into a crevasse. Water is more dense than ice and it wants to move downward, and so it basically drills a hole through the glacier. That’s probably just something that formed at the surface. It could’ve been there for a long time and maybe – as the glacier has moved down-valley – it’s now just right in the same spot as where that ice cave is.”Amundson said different layers of the glacier may flow at different rates. It’s the same for the center versus the edges where friction with the ground and surrounding hills can slow the ice movement.UAS environmental science associate professor Eran Hood believes the ice in that area may be over 200 years old.You can see in the walls there’s a lot of subglacial sediment that’s been entrained. Some areas of the ice looks actually quite dark because there’s a lot of the sediment in there which the glacier has just picked up.”Visitors to the glacier can be deceived by the apparent stillness and sublime beauty of the area.The Mendenhall calves all the time, even in the winter. Craig said the five-story high, snow-covered blocks of blue ice near the western edge broke off about a week ago. Calving events can cause lake ice to undulate or even shatter over large areas.Someone who was skiing on the lake when that happened on Thursday afternoon, he said he could feel the ripple as it rolled across the lake.”Landslides off Mount Bullard near the eastern edge of the glacier and the slow, constant movement of the glacier could mean perpetually thin and unstable lake ice at the terminus.Underwater currents can also erode the underside of ice-locked icebergs, causing them to unexpectedly flip or roll with a change in the center of gravity.Laurie Craig said she will never cross the lake ice.There’s no way to predict what’s going to happen, but you can always hear creaking and groaning because it’s continuously moving down the slope, even in the winter time. If you get a look at the terminus, you’ll see that’s just a huge jumble of great big icebergs and they’ll stay there until the lake ice thaws. But it’s indication of how much ice is falling off all the time. So, any place that people congregate, it should hopefully be on land.”While the interior of the ice cave is located on land and several dozen feet under the glacier, the overhead ice at the entrance may only be a few feet or even several inches thick.Eran Hood said he escorted a National Geographic photographer to the back of the cave two years ago, but he won’t take his child there.The one dangerous place, in my view anyway, is near the entrance to the cave where you have some overhanging ice that’s pretty thin and you can actually have blocks breaking off there. I just didn’t feel like taking my five year old daughter back through there and feeling like something could fall down on us.”Hood said the ice that’s deep inside the cave may be relatively solid, but there is always a risk of collapse.
Awww yeah. See, that was the point of the Instagram post in the first place. Grillo is understandably excited that he’s been made into an action figure. For a lot of actors who grew up playing with superhero toys, this is a serious dream come true. Especially when it looks as cool as that one. Imagine the Cap vs. Crossbones battles you could stage on your desk while you put off work. I mean, hypothetically. Not that I would ever do anything like that, of course. HEY HOW ABOUT THOSE HASHTAGS!They’re all pretty normal until you get to the last one. #aven……. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Crossbones hasn’t been in any Avengers movies. Not even Infinity War. Is it possible he comes back for Avengers 4? After most of the superheroes were wiped out, the remaining Avengers are going to need all the help they can get to get them back. If Crossbones survived The Snappening, maybe Captain America will convince him to help out. Or, since he’s a villain, maybe he thinks he can take advantage of the suddenly hero-starved world.Either way, we likely won’t know anything more until we actually see Avengers 4 in theaters May 3, 2019. They really are bringing the entire MCU together in this one, huh? This is going to make Infinity War look like Iron Man.Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy (Photo via 20th Century Fox)And even with all those superheroes the studio has to juggle, there may be more coming in the future. After Comcast made a higher offer to buy 20th Century Fox, Disney countered with a ridiculous $71.3 billion bid. That’s a ton of money, but Disney clearly thinks it’s worth it. Fox’s shareholders will vote later this month on whether to approve the sale. If that happens, both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will all be the property of Marvel Studios. They’ll be able to join the MCU. As excited as the fans are for that to happen, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige swears he’s not thinking about that at this point.In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Feige said he has no plans to bring either superhero group into the fold. Just yet, at least. “Not until we’re given the word. I have vague dreams and vague ideas. But right now, bringing to life the 10,000-plus characters that Marvel fully controls is what the gameplan is,” Feige said.Interestingly, the paper called Feige’s remarks “not entirely convincing.” Either they’re really reading into his answer, or he did something in the interview to indicate he’s at least thinking about what he’d like to do. It’s possible he’s not allowed to talk about it yet. After all, it’s not a done deal, and nobody at Disney can start talking like it is. Plus, he’s not wrong when he says earlier in the interview that he’s a busy guy. Even after Avengers 4 hits theaters, he’s not done. After that, there’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, plus all the movies we don’t know about yet.Even if the deal does go through, it might take a while for the X-Men to start showing up in the MCU. But even though there are no official plans yet, you know Feige’s at least thinking about it. Those vague wishes could become awfully specific if the deal becomes real later this month.Finally, though the next Marvel movie is a long way away, that won’t stop the fans from doing awesome things with the MCU. Someone over at FANDOM recreated the cover of the very first Avengers comic (you know the one) with he actors from the MCU. Its creation was based on something Kevin Feige said about the movie. That every character from the first Avengers cover is on the big screen. Finally, with Ant-Man and The Wasp joining the fight in the next movie, someone could make this. The Captain Marvel slate, no longer needed, signed by the cast and crew of the movie. These always look cool. It’s a reminder just how much collaboration a movie takes. Especially a big superhero production like this one. We also get a nice look at the movie’s logo, which will definitely induce cheers the first time we see it on the big screen. The calendar behind the image is cute too. I love the little drawing beneath it of Captain Marvel in a rocket ship being chased by, presumably, a Skrull. Is that a scene that happens in the movie? Given the character’s origin, it might. The special effects will probably look slightly better than that drawing, though. Only slightly, that thing’s a masterpiece as it is. It also looks like Larson was crossing off the days until she could return home, which is extremely relatable. Even if your job is making Marvel movies, after a while, everyone just wants to sleep in their own bed.The ’90s-set Captain Marvel is only seven months away. In that time, they’ll edit the thing and put in the final special effects. We can bet they’ll use every available minute of those next seven months to do it. Still, this news means we’re not that far away from seeing Carol Danvers, two-eyed Nick Fury and even Phil Coulson on the big screen. Maybe there’ll even be a trailer soon. Please?Elsewhere on Instagram, another Marvel actor is mercilessly teasing fans with hashtags. The most diabolical of teases. You’ll remember Frank Grillo from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. In both movies, he played Crossbones. Though he always looked cool, Crossbones was a minor villain, and the conflict appears to have moved beyond him. What with Thanos destroying half of the universe, you know. Now, Grillo may be hinting at a comeback. But first, let’s look at a cool toy! ‘Finally every character from [Avengers #1] is here on the big screen’ — @Kevfeige pic.twitter.com/H1PX2Wrtfu— FANDOM (@getFANDOM) July 5, 2018Yeah, that looks really cool. Especially the way The Wasp flies up from the bottom of the poster. It makes me wish they had been in the first Avengers. Or that Loki was still alive to be in Avengers 4. (Yes, I’m convinced that he is the one character who is all the way dead for good. I hope I’m wrong.) It’s also funny how the movie versions all have elements of their original costumes… except for Iron Man. He really was much chunkier back in those days. Also, Loki really needs to say “Bah!” more often. The entire MCU could do with more “Bahs.”Oh well, maybe I’ll be proven wrong, and Loki will somehow be not dead in Avengers 4. If only so they can recreate this awesome fan-poster. And make Loki say “Bah!” Is it 2019 yet? Stay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News We just spent the past weekend watching Ant-Man and the Wasp, but there’s another movie on all our minds. Sure, Ant-Man and the Wasp was fun, charming and tied into the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in cool ways. (Not to mention ripping open at least one old wound.) But even if you really loved it, nobody’s pretending it’s the Marvel movie they were looking forward to the most between last May and the next. If it’s not Avengers 4, it’s most likely Captain Marvel. And there’s some good news on that front.Brie Larson shared a photo on her Instagram on Sunday letting everyone know that production has wrapped. All of Captain Marvel has been filmed. It’s really happening! And suddenly next February feels so close and still so far away at the same time. Until then, here’s the photo Larson shared. It’s a cool one. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
NFL jobs are less attractive to big-name candidatesA rumor recently surfaced that Jim Harbaugh and Michigan were discussing a lifetime contract for Harbaugh to remain in Ann Arbor for the rest of his career.Even though the contract would be absurdly lucrative, it would also be the latest example of a big-name coach taking his name out of the discussion for NFL openings. Colin thinks the Harbaugh’s and Nick Saban’s of the world would rather make comparable money, while not having to be subjected to the unrealistic expectations, demanding owners, and typically short shelf life that comes with an NFL gig.Harbaugh has already been through the NFL ringer once with the Niners, why would he want to leave a lifetime appointment in Ann Arbor to do it again?Guests:Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – NBA Hal of Famer is in-studio discussing his new book, Becoming Kareem; how he would adapt to play in today’s NBA; and his response to Bob Knight’s comments about John Wooden.Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer joins the show to discuss Matt Ryan and Steve Sarkisian getting on the same page; Seattle’s reliance on Russell Wilson to improvise; andJoel Klatt – FS1 CFB Analyst is in-studio talking the new CFP Rankings; why he thinks Oklahoma could beat anyone in the country; if he’s bothered by Baker Mayfield’s off-field issues; and why a potential lifetime contract for Jim Harbaugh is more about recruiting than money. Belichick would rather trade for NFL talent than hang on to draft picksFor many years, Bill Belichick hoarded draft picks at an unprecedented rate and sparked the NFL trend of moving back through draft day trades. Lately, however, Belichick’s team building philosophy has drastically changed.The Patriots haven’t drafted any breakout stars in years, but they’re better at scouting NFL talent than any other team in the league. Belichick is now regularly giving up his once-coveted picks in trades to get established NFL talent, including a 1st rounder to acquire Brandin Cooks in the offseason. Colin thinks Belichick favors picking up established NFL talent because they’re easier to acclimate to the Pats’ culture than rookies who need to learn the ‘Patriot Way’ with less practice time under the new CBA.The NFL is a copycat league, but Belichick is the one who establishes the trends that get copied. This is the latest example.
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