Bill passes to end discrimination in the Indian Act

first_imgAPTN NewsThe government has signed off on a bill to remove sex-discrimination from the Indian Act.Lillian Dyck, a First Nation senator from Saskatchewan, confirmed on her Facebook page the vote on the bill known as S-3 took place Monday.“I am relieved and happy,” Dyck posted.“It’s not perfect but we in the Senate from all caucuses will ensure that the clause implementing the removal of the 1951 cut-off gets enacted!”Dyck is a member of the Senate’s Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, which refused to move the bill forward without an amendment to who gets status.It introduced an amendment to eliminate the discrimination she says has been hard on Aboriginal women since the Act was introduced in 1876, by preventing them from passing their status onto their children like men do.The government agreed to the amendment but introduced a cut-off date of 1951. That stalled the passage again until this week.Dyck promised to keep an eye on it.“The Senate will not allow the equality to be delayed indefinitely,” she said on Facebook.“The government has to report back to us and to the House of Commons at five months and 12 months after consultations on implementing the inclusion of the pre-1951 group.”The bill is now awaiting Royal Assent before it becomes law.last_img read more

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Musk suggests Teslas new chairwoman wont rein him in

first_imgNEW YORK — Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company’s new chairwoman can exert control over his behaviour.Robyn Denholm, an Australian telecommunications executive, was appointed chairwoman of Tesla’s board last month, replacing Musk as part of as part of a securities fraud settlement with U.S. government regulators.But Musk said “it’s not realistic” to expect Denholm to watch over his actions because he remains the electric car company’s largest shareholder.“It’s not realistic in the sense that I am the largest shareholder in the company,” Musk said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” broadcast Sunday evening. “I can just call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want.”Musk, who owns about 20 per cent of Tesla, gave up the chairman role under a settlement with the Securities Exchange Commission, which had charged the CEO with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private.The SEC settlement also required the company to vet Musk’s tweets and other comments about the company before they are released to the public. Musk also shrugged off that provision, saying none of his tweets have been censored so far and the company does not review his posts to determine beforehand whether they could potentially affect the company’s stock price.“I guess we might make some mistakes. Who knows?” Musk said.Denholm’s appointment in November drew a mixed response from corporate governance experts, who praised her financial expertise but questioned her ability to carve out an independent path for a board that has been dominated by Musk.Denholm has been on Tesla’s board for five years. She is the chief financial officer and strategy head at Telstra Corp. Ltd., Australia’s largest telecommunications company, but will step down from that company after a six-month notice period and work at Tesla full-time.Musk told “60 Minutes” interviewer Lesley Stahl that he had hand-picked Denholm.The SEC settlement would allow Musk to return as chairman after three years, subject to shareholder approval. Musk said he would not be interested.“I actually prefer to have no titles at all,” Musk said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming looking for private companies to run casinos

by News Staff Posted May 17, 2012 3:56 pm MDT TORONTO – Ontario Lottery and Gaming announced Thursday it was looking for private companies to run casinos in different areas of the province, including Toronto and Ottawa and as far north as Thunder Bay.OLG issued a request for information from the private sector after dividing the province into 29 zones for potential casino sites, including one that pits Toronto and Mississauga waterfront locations against each other and against land-locked Markham to the north.The government wants to maximize gambling revenues and make it as convenient as possible for potential casino customers, said Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.“We have huge under-serviced markets, i.e. Ottawa, i.e. Toronto, not to mention other areas of the province where the modelling shows that people who live in one community are forced to travel 20 or 30 kilometres to access gaming,” said Duncan.“It is about serving customers where they wish to be served.”Too many people are leaving Ontario to gamble, said Duncan.“I think there’s 46 planes leaving Pearson Airport this week for various (gambling) designations,” he said.“This is about maximizing profit, better running the organization, more efficiencies which will yield more revenue.”Duncan insisted no community would be forced to accept a casino against its will.“It’ll depend on interest, and I would stress we would only do it where there’s a willing host community,” he said.However, the New Democrats were fuming after learning a requirement that municipalities first hold a referendum on whether or not to host a casino had expired, and was quietly replaced this week with a requirement to consult local residents.A referendum gives people the right to decide whether or not they want a casino and is a much better barometer of public sentiment, said NDP finance critic Michael Prue.“The government simply went in secret and put down a regulation they didn’t tell anybody about, taking that right away,” said Prue.“It’s input from the local council, but it’s not consultation with the people.”Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton said he knows there are Liberals who support his private member’s bill to mandate a local referendum where ever a casino was being considered and criticized the Liberals for changing the rules.“This is just a sneaky, back-door approach. They’re not interested in listening to people at all,” said McNaughton.“The province is broke. This all about a cash grab for Dalton McGuinty.”OLG said it was talking with municipalities to gauge interest.“We will focus only on communities which are interested in having a facility,” OLG CEO Rod Phillips said in a release.Duncan admitted a Toronto casino would hurt business at existing casinos in Niagara Falls and Rama near Orillia, but said OLG was confident it would not cripple the competition.“There will be impacts to Rama and to Niagara resulting from a Toronto casino, but the market can in fact support all of them,” he said.“It may affect Rama and Niagara in a modest way, but they are still going to be very vibrant.”There is a possibility existing casinos in other areas will be closed or relocated, added Duncan.The OLG’s plans would also increase the number of slot machines in the province from 22,000 to 32,000, possibly in communities from as far south as Belleville to Kenora in the far northwest.“The total slot machines, the total table game configuration will depend on a whole bunch of calculations,” said Duncan.The request-for-information from OLG is just one step in a long process, he added.“This is the next step in gathering information to make informed decisions as opposed to the way things were done sometimes in the past. Ontario Lottery and Gaming looking for private companies to run casinos AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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First export of responsible conflictfree artisanal gold from Eastern DRC to Canada

first_imgPartnership Africa Canada and Fair Trade Jewellery Co have completed the first export of conflict-free and traceable artisanal gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Canada. This is the first time any consumer good will be made out of conflict-free artisanal gold from Congo that is fully traced from mine to consumer.The milestone comes a month after Partnership Africa Canada announced the Just Gold project had implemented a system to trace legal and conflict-free artisanal gold in DRC, with a proven chain of custody from mine site to exporter.Fair Trade Jewellery, a Toronto-based pioneer in ethical sourcing, sustainability and retail, imported 238 g in three gold doré bars to Canada.Within days, the Toronto team refined, alloyed and designed four responsibly-mined and conflict-free artisanal gold rings. Each ring has been engraved with a lot number, which traces it to a specific mine site in the DRC’s Ituri Province, where the gold originated.“Sourcing from Congo was a new and exceptionally ambitious process, but one to which our organization is committed to and capable of achieving thanks to partners on the ground, like Partnership Africa Canada,” said Robin Gambhir, Fair Trade Jewellery co-founder.“After more than a decade of ensuring that our materials are responsibly-sourced, we’re delighted to add Just Gold to the gold options we currently offer our clients. Ensuring we source fully traceable materials directly from communities is a way to foster community development, and as a company—deepen our impact on many stakeholders,” added Gambhir.Partnership Africa Canada began the Just Gold project as a pilot in 2015 in Ituri Province. The project creates incentives for artisanal gold miners to channel their product to legal exporters—and eventually responsible consumers—by offering fair and transparent pricing and by providing capacity-building, such as technical assistance to miners in return for legal sales. Miners are taught better exploitation techniques and are offered Just Gold project equipment. In return, gold they produce must be tracked and sold through legal channels.Today, the project has over 600 miners registered across six sites.As the project moves out of its pilot phase with a proven chain of custody from mine site to the exporter in DRC, Fair Trade Jewellery’s move to import the gold is an important next step. The jeweller also collaborates with its sister company, Toronto-based software startup Consensas, to trace the gold from export to consumer.“This export from Bunia, DRC to Toronto proved that it is possible to bring Canadian and international consumers traced conflict-free Congolese artisanal gold. What is particularly exciting is that we have shown that every gram of gold can be accompanied by reliable quantitative and qualitative data about its provenance and the actors involved in its extraction, production and trade,” said Joanne Lebert, Partnership Africa Canada’s Executive Director.“Saying that it is impossible to carry out due diligence on gold supply chains is no longer a valid argument for industry. We have proven otherwise,” said Lebert.Challenges faced during this export included high export taxes, transportation restrictions, and burdensome paperwork, will be used by Partnership Africa Canada to call on the Congolese government to create more favourable conditions for legal trade and responsible investment.Funding for the Just Gold project is provided to Partnership Africa Canada by Global Affairs Canada, with additional funding by USAID through the Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) project and International Organization for Migration.last_img read more

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Road to SEHA F4 Metalurg VS Meshkov for Novi Sad

← Previous Story EHF: No European matches in Ukraine! Next Story → ROAD TO BUDAPEST STILL OPEN: No winner between Thuringer and Vardar 09.03.Nexe:Partizan17:00h 2.Tatran Prešov151203517 : 41836 5.Metalurg16844417 : 38828 4.Meshkov Brest151005408 : 37930 6.Vojvodina16709409 : 43121 8.Borac m:tel154011355 : 45112 7.Nexe15528420 : 42817 3.Vardar161015470 : 41531 9.Lovćen173212436 : 52011 1.CO Zagreb161213503 : 43437 SEHA GAZPROM HANDBALL Decisive match for the SEHA F4 place could be played on Sunday in Skopje where RK Metalurg will face Belarus Meshkov Brest. Belarussians will secure place at SEHA F4 in Novi Sad with a victory in Macedonia… 09.03.Metalurg:Meshkov Brest17:45h 10.Partizan152013356 : 4276 STANDINGS: 09.03.Borac m:tel:Tatran Prešov18:00h 09.03.CO Zagreb:Vojvodina19:15h read more

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VIDEO Your weekend movies… Long Walk to Freedom

first_imgRottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 57 per cent. Audience rating: 72 per cent Last Vegas(CBSfilms/YouTube)For fans of: Aul fellasAvoid if: You’re not a fan of bachelor partiesWhat happens when you get married late in life, and try to hold a stag party with your not-so-sprightly friends? This bizarre comedy… It’s a little unfortunate seeing these fine actors in a film like this, to be honest. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 13 per cent. Audience rating: 85 per cent want to seeMandela – Long Walk to Freedom(movieweb/YouTube)For fans of: The great man himselfAvoid if: You have no senseThis biopic tells the story of the late Nelson Mandela (played by Idris Elba), his activism, struggles and subsequent imprisonment. His fight against apartheid is bound to inspire. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Age of Uprising(aftermovie official/YouTube)For fans of: The Mikkelsen brothersAvoid if: You prefer BorgenThis Mads Mikkelsen-starring film is based on a novella set in the 16th century, but being honest it looks a bit naff. Pity, as Mads Mikkelsen is a fine actor. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 47 per cent. Audience rating: 67 per cent want to seelast_img read more

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Heroinlike venom from tropical fish could lead to new pain relief

first_imgHeroin-like venom from tropical fish could lead to new pain relief Experiments using lab mice found the rodents showed no sign of pain once injected with the fish venom. Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM By AFP The venom causes the bitten fish to become slower in movement and dizzy by acting on their opioid receptors.Experiments using lab mice found the rodents showed no sign of pain once injected with the fish venom.Fry said the venom is “chemically unique,” and called the fang blennies “the most interesting fish I’ve ever studied”. Source: Shutterstock/John A. AndersonTheir behavior is also intriguing, he said, for the way they appear unafraid of predators and fight for territory with similar-sized fish.Fry said the findings bolster the need to protect the Great Barrier Reef and other fragile ecosystems.“If we lose the Great Barrier Reef, we will lose animals like the fang blenny and its unique venom that could be the source of the next blockbuster pain-killing drug,” he said.© – AFP 2017Read: German Shepherds can detect breast cancer by sniffing bandagesRead: Gene that causes sudden death in young people identified 15,036 Views Short URL 19 Comments center_img Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3321101 TINY FANGED-FISH called blennies, which swim in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, are armed with an unusual venom that could inspire new pain medications.According to British and Australian scientists, the venom of these fearless 1.5-three inch (four-seven centimeter) swimmers – which are popular tropical aquarium fish – numbs would-be predators, rather than causing them pain, said the report in the journal Current Biology.“The fish injects other fish with opioid peptides that act like heroin or morphine, inhibiting pain rather than causing it,” said Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland. Source: Shutterstock/apathosaurus Apr 8th 2017, 4:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Saving the Skyrian

first_imgThe Skyrian pony is one of the rerest horse breeds in the world. This small-bodied native Greek horse is a protected species.It belongs to the species Equus Cabalus but because of its small size it is considered a different race designated Equus Cabalus Skyros Poni or Equus Cabalus Skyriano.Less than 152 Skyrian horses live on Skyros island and not even two hundred can be found throughout Greece.In ancient times, Skyrian horses were an export and lived throughout the then country’s borders.The Skyrian horses are a particularly friendly, social, robust and intelligent breed with similar body type to that of the normal horse.Their height, however, does not exceed the maximum of 116 cm and their hooves don’t need shoeing.Skyrian ponies have slim, strong and wiry legs but large torsos and long, low set tails.Some horses have a white mark on the face accentuating their dark red or chestnut hue. Greek breeders are currently struggling to save the horse from extinction.On a more positive note, the endangered species has found an ally on another island, in Scotland. Veterinarian Sheilagh Brown, 54, of Overton Bush fascinated by the breed’s unique genetic makeup took over Scotland’s only herd, aspiring to increase the numbers.“I would like to do some more detailed genetic tests and I have liaised with Greek colleagues to do this, but we have not identified a source of funding yet.”“I am thoroughly enjoying breeding the ponies and looking after them,” Brown told Horsetalk.The Skyrian pony arrived in Scotland in 2005, when retired vet lecturer Alec Copland, also an Exmoor pony breeder, imported five breeding animals from Corfu.Brown went to see him in the middle of last year as she was looking to buy another Exmoor pony. He asked her if she was interested in taking over the Skyrian herd, which then stood at 14, to keep the breeding programme going. She agreed.The numbers have since grown to 22. Some are now distributed among horse enthusiasts in southern Scotland to ease pressure on Brown’s grazing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Emery calls for consistency as Arsenal enter a very important phase

Emery calls for consistency as Arsenal enter a very important phase

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is only interested in seeing his players perform to their very best consistently ahead of what he describes as a “very important” part of their season.The Gunners currently hold the highly-coveted fourth-place in the Premier League table by a point from Manchester United with Chelsea, who have a game in hand, a further two points adrift.Only 11 fixtures are left for Arsenal as they chase a return to Champions League football after a two-season absence.However, for Emery, the priority lies in taking things on a game-by-game ahead of tonight’s encounter with 12th-placed Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.“We can continue in this position, but only if we win. We need to be consistent in 38 matches,” said Emery in Tuesday’s press conference on Arsenal.com.“Tomorrow is one more. It’s very important because three points are not coming back after you play this match. You need to play against Bournemouth thinking that we need and we wish to take these three points.Aside from their Premier League campaign, Arsenal also remain in the mix for Europa League glory this season after progressing to the last-16 stage by beating BATE Borisov 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Emery added: “Now is a very important moment in the season with the Premier League and the Europa League and I am looking for the best performance individually and collectively and to be consistent with that.“Our moment is very important our focus is very important to take consistently.”Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s game against Bournemouth in place for the injured Stephan Lichtsteiner. Alex Iwobi is also doubtful for ArsenalMeanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Laurent Koscielny and Matteo Guendouzi will be pushing for starts with kick-off at the Emirates set for 8:45 PM (CET).⚡️ #YoPierre 😁 pic.twitter.com/19I42CRDCx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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Authorities search for suspects connected to murder in front of La Mesa

Authorities search for suspects connected to murder in front of La Mesa

first_img Updated: 3:02 PM Authorities search for suspects connected to murder in front of La Mesa department store Posted: July 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities sought Friday two people who were seen running off after a man was shot to death during an argument in a department store parking lot in La Mesa.A witness told police that a shot was fired during a verbal altercation involving three people outside the Burlington Coat Factory in a shopping center on El Cajon Boulevard near Baltimore Drive around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, then one of them fell to the ground. The two others fled the scene afterward, said La Mesa police Lt. Chad Bell.Arriving police officers attempted to revive the wounded man, but he died at the scene, Bell said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.One of the suspects seen running from the parking lot was described as black, 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. He had short hair and was wearing a white collared shirt and black shorts. His companion was black, 18 to 20, about 5 feet 3 and 130 pounds with long hair wrapped in a bun. That person was wearing a dark red shirt and black shorts.Anyone with information on the case was asked to call police at (619) 667-1400. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or by contacting the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. July 21, 2017last_img read more

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Washington parks seek funding certainty

first_imgVancouver residents, from left, Randy Dunning, Brandon Nuzum and Andres Soto-Peres fish at Battle Ground Lake State Park. As revenues continue to fall short of projections, state parks leaders are sending a message to Washington lawmakers: We can’t do it alone.The Washington State Parks department plans to seek $27 million in general fund money for the upcoming 2013-15 biennium. Parks officials say that amount would keep afloat an agency battered by budget cuts in recent years. It would also add stability to a department betting big on Discover Pass user fees, which haven’t yet settled into a predictable revenue stream.That $27 million is a request, not a guarantee. Legislators have previously said state parks may get no general fund money in 2013-15. But that’s simply not an option if state parks are to remain a viable program, according to a department report released earlier this year. The state Parks and Recreation Commission reiterated that stance during a meeting in Vancouver last week.“We’re really at a crossroads,” said state parks spokeswoman Virginia Painter.The Washington State Parks department has grappled with major cutbacks in recent years, seeing its state support erode from $98 million in 2007-09 to just more than $21 million in the current biennium. The department’s self-generated revenue has climbed significantly, but not enough to avoid lopping a third of its permanent full-time positions off the payroll since 2008.The cuts have been felt at a local level. A total year-round staff of just three now runs Clark County’s two state parks — Paradise Point, near La Center, and Battle Ground Lake. Other employees have been downsized to seasonal positions, reshuffled to other places or let go.last_img read more

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Unions endorse proposed oil transfer terminal at port

first_imgThe Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and International Union of Operating Engineers said Thursday that they’ve endorsed a proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver and have reached an agreement with the project’s backers to ensure the terminal would be built with union labor.The labor organizations said in a news release that they and Vancouver Energy, the joint venture of Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, have agreed that project labor agreements “will be in place for construction of the facility by union labor.”Tesoro and Savage want to build an oil-by-rail terminal receiving an average of 360,000 barrels of crude per day at the port. Their proposal is undergoing an environmental impact review by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. Eventually, the council will make a recommendation to the governor, who will approve or deny the project.last_img read more

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Van rolls over on I75 1 person airlifted to hospital

Van rolls over on I75 1 person airlifted to hospital

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A van rolled over on Interstate 75 and wound up on its side, in the grass, after a crash Monday afternoon.One person was airlifted to the hospital, but their condition is unknown. Multiple northbound lanes were blocked by emergency crews.The accident is still under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Police Suspicious truck left at Dadeland North station deemed safe

Police Suspicious truck left at Dadeland North station deemed safe

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A suspicious box truck left at the Dadeland North Station that sparked a police investigation, Tuesday, has been deemed safe.According to Miami-Dade Police, the box truck was left at the station, which sparked a station-wide shut down. As of 9:40 a.m., police said the truck was deemed safe. The suspicious vehicle at the Dadeland North Metrorail has been deemed safe. The station has resumed regular operations @IRideMDT pic.twitter.com/zVPAXpCk1z— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) August 30, 2017The station has since resumed normal operations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Face Up New York

first_imgMAGSTATSIssue: August 6, 2012Frequency: 42 times per yearCirculation: 400,000Launched: 1968Publisher: New York Media, LLCDesign Director: Thomas AlbertyPhotography Director: Jody QuonEditor-in-Chief: Adam MossSex sells, as they say. And in planning a cover for New York’s sex issue—a special theme issue that chronicles the “varieties of sexual experience across this most varied and relentlessly inventive of cities”—the design staff had a similar variety of imagery to hone in on for the cover.Design director Thomas Alberty says part of the issue is dedicated to a photo portfolio of couples kissing, and a staffer in the photography department stumbled on a series of photographs shot by Tim Flach that feature close-ups of kissing lips. “It was just so perfect,” says Alberty. “We had other cover contenders that were images that were commissioned for us, but this one nailed it. It’s lips, it’s fleshy, it worked.”With the issue closing by the end of the week, the cover had to be decided on quickly, and Alberty says the way the cover art fit right into place so naturally was not par for the course. “The cover was pretty easy, which is a weird case, but we arrived at it pretty quickly. We usually decide on a cover by Wednesday, and we had other options, but this one just seemed hands-down to be the best, no contest.”There was minimal touch-up done to the photo other than some color correction. Cover lines were kept to a minimum—“sex” is a pretty eye-catching word by itself, notes Alberty—and bookman swash was chosen as the font, which harkens back to New York’s past design and also played off the subject well. “It’s so perfect, it has that swash that’s so erotic in this context,” says Alberty.. DESIGNER’S COMMENTS“To quote Austin Powers: ‘Sex? Yes, please!’ And to this New York cover I say, ‘Yes, please!’ The cover image does an incredible job of walking the line—provocative and yet not over the top or offensive. The super-close cropping of the image captures a moment of intimacy in a completely unique way. Flesh! At first glance I needed a moment to understand what I was looking at. I love the simplicity of the type, too—no need to say more. That’s what makes this a great cover!”Robert Lesser, Design Director, CFO Publishing“This is a really smart cover, with a PG image that manages to be provocative, erotic and sexually ambiguous enough that it will appeal to every orientation (as it should). The cover photo manages to create the illusion (and promise) of naked intertwined bodies and forbidden lust without being exploitative or cliched. The retro swash typography calls to mind classic (and tasteful) X-rated movie posters from the 1970s, especially the poster for the first ‘Emmanuelle’ movie. The white border and rounded corners of the photo enhances the poster feel. It’s all perfectly understated, yet still in-your-face enough to jump off the newsstand. There have been way too many bad ‘sex issue’ covers, but this one stands out for its originality, imagination and flawless execution.”Robert Newman, Creative Consultant, Robert Newman Design (@newmanology) Have a unique “cover” story? Contact editor Bill Mickey at bmickey@red7media.com.last_img read more

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Traders on warpath against commodities exchanges timing revision risk fee hike

first_imgA traders’ strike action to protest against the proposed extension from Monday (Dec 31) of trading hours in commodities exchanges has hit the country’s agricultural wholesale markets.The strike action paralyzed most markets except a few in Rajasthan and Gujarat.The traders are also targeting a rise in the risk management fee of the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX).More wholesale markets are joining the protest as the extended trading hours nears, media reports say.Both Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and NCDEX have announced an increase in the trading hours. They have informed the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) that trading will be from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday, instead of the current 10 am to 5 pm.However, globally referential agri and non-agri commodities would continue to stick to the timings of 9 am to 9 pm and 9 am to 11:30 pm /11:55 pm respectively.”Extended trading time is a big worry for traders,” the Business Standard website quoted Babulal Gupta, president, Rajasthan Khadya Padarth Vyapar Sangh, a Jaipur-based agricultural commodities’ trade body, as saying. “Wholesale markets already work for long hours since they open early in the morning. Trading hours until 5 pm was okay with traders, as they would have still got time to plan their next day’s trade. But this extension will not let them plan business for the next day.”The traders have been up in arms against the risk management fee at the National commodity Clearing Ltd (NCCL), the clearing corporation arm of NCDEX. The NCCL, by a circular of December 17, revised its risk management fee to Rs 10 per Rs 10 lakh of standing positions (open interest) per day with effect from February 1, 2019. Currently, the NCCL charges Rs 40 per Rs 10 lakh worth of business generated on NCDEX, irrespective of the duration that the traders hold on to the position.Under the new rates, a trader would have to cough up Rs300 for every Rs10 lakhs of turnover as against Rs 10 now.Reports say the daily turnover on NCDEX has declined to around Rs17 billion from Rs22 billion.last_img read more

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SNL Momo Sketch Reveals Creepy Fried Chicken Chain Mascot

first_img New Horror Movie Based on Viral ‘Momo Challenge’ Hoax Is Coming SoonYouTube Is Not Running Ads on ‘Momo Challenge’ Videos Stay on target Momo, a terrifying bird woman sculpture that has scared children worldwide, is back to haunt your fast food dreams: A recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch introduced “Bok Bok,” Momo’s doppelganger who’s an eerie fried chicken chain mascot.“SNL” teased the “Bok Bok” sketch on March 9, and this creepy mascot makes KFC’s Colonel Sanders look angelic: She has piercing blue eyes, crazy long talons, and a smile that will burn your memory. But, rest assured, “Bok Bok” might look like Momo, act like Momo, and lure kids to eat some nuggets, but she is not a threat, according to the hilarious “SNL” “Bok Bok” commercial sketch.In the skit, parents are horrified when they get to the counter and “Bok Bok” comes up out of nowhere with some deep-fried chicken wings. Their children though, seem to be in a creepy trance when they interact with Momo’s “twin sister.”For those that prefer a quick drive-through pit stop, “Bok Bok” will still make an appearance…in your backseat. Don’t be worried though, she just wants you to buy some delicious fried chicken thighs.The “SNL” sketch comes on the heels of the viral “Momo Challenge,” a horrifying game that spammed websites and social media apps, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The game, which dares kids to do violent acts, has sparked concern worldwide and prompted law enforcement, schools, and parents to take action against it.More on Geek.com:YouTube Is Not Running Ads on ‘Momo Challenge’ VideosCreepy ‘Momo Challenge’ Reappears on WhatsApp‘Momo Challenge,’ a Creepy Viral Game, Prompts Social Media Warningslast_img read more

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Parrots display teamwork and decisionmaking skills

Parrots display teamwork and decisionmaking skills

first_img Explore further African grey parrot. Image credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, Wikipedia The problem-solving test they used for their research was originally designed to test the team work ability for chimpanzees and has also been used with elephants. A tray was filled with food for the birds, but in order to acquire it, they needed to work as a team to pull it toward them by two strings. They demonstrated the ability to understand that they needed a partner in order to complete the task and they would wait for them to arrive.In another task, one of the birds was required to climb a perch in order to release the tray which was then pulled by the second bird, and they were also able to carry out these complementary roles.However, in the third test, the parrots let their personalities shine through. When the birds were given a choice of performing an individual task with less food reward versus a team task with a reward of twice as much food, the results were dependent on which of the three birds were participating. Shango proved to be the more individualistic bird and was more prone to choose the solo task. Zoe, the one female, would only choose the team task when paired with Leo, a male parrot she was reared with, but she refused to work as a team with Shango. Leo seemed to like his extra rewards and always choose to take a partner.This shows the researchers that the birds were not just demonstrating a conditioned response to completing the task, but used their personalities in their decision of whether to work as a team or go it alone. (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in the journal Animal Cognition, Dr. Dalila Bovet from Paris West University Nanterre La Defense showed how African grey parrots are capable of cooperating and performing tasks as a team, but let their personalities lead their decision. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Who’s slowing you down? Citation: Parrots display teamwork and decision-making skills (2011, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-parrots-teamwork-decision-making-skills.html More information: Cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-011-0389-2AbstractOne of the main characteristics of human societies is the extensive degree of cooperation among individuals. Cooperation is an elaborate phenomenon, also found in non-human primates during laboratory studies and field observations of animal hunting behaviour, among other things. Some authors suggest that the pressures assumed to have favoured the emergence of social intelligence in primates are similar to those that may have permitted the emergence of complex cognitive abilities in some bird species such as corvids and psittacids. In the wild, parrots show cooperative behaviours such as bi-parental care and mobbing. In this study, we tested cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). Our birds were tested using several experimental setups to explore the different levels of behavioural organisation between participants, differing in temporal and spatial complexity. In our experiments, African grey parrots were able to act simultaneously but mostly failed during the delay task, maybe because of a lack of inhibitory motor response. Confronted with the possibility to adapt their behaviour to the presence or absence of a partner, they showed that they were able to coordinate their actions. They also collaborated, acting complementarily in order to solve tasks, but they were not able to place themselves in the partner’s role.via BBC This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Dum Dum shooting case Five detained

Dum Dum shooting case Five detained

first_imgKolkata: Police detained five persons suspecting their involvement in the Dum Dum shooting case. According to locals and the family members of deceased, shop worker Ganesh Kundu, who was shot dead by unidentified miscreants, was threatened by one Bachchu Das and beaten up by him a few days ago.According to Ganesh’s wife Rekha, around two months ago, Das went to their home in the Dum Dum Cantonment area and threatened her husband. Later, she came to know that Das had heckled a local councillor to which Ganesh had protested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that there is a wine shop located in front of the decorator’s shop where Ganesh used to work. As the owner is paralysed and has not been moving since almost five years, Ganesh used to take care of the shop and monetory details. A few months ago, Das allegedly wanted to install a temporary food stall in front of the decorator’s shop to which Ganesh had opposed. Later, the matter went to the councillor’s office where the councillor stood in favour of Ganesh as putting up a temporary shop on a government property is illegal. As a result, Das got agitated and heckled the councillor. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRekha also alleged that when Das threatened him around two months ago, Ganesh lodged a complaint at Dum Dum police station but police did not bother to inquire about it. Locals claimed on Friday evening that there were two persons on bike who came and shot Ganesh from point blank range. The rider is suspected to be Das who has not been traced by the police yet. It is also suspected that the pillion rider might be a contract killer who was hired to kill Ganesh. “We are probing the case. Some clues have been found. Nothing more can be revealed as the investigation is at an early stage,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Belgharia.last_img read more

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Early Prime Day Deal 80 Off Acers Budget Aspire E 15

Early Prime Day Deal 80 Off Acers Budget Aspire E 15

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