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first_img How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear This column has really shown us a broad range of incredible companies making the world a better place. Some donate to charities and work remotely with local workers while others, like Elkarti work hands-on with people in need to better their lives.Based in Portland, Oregon, Ahmed Abidine is a Moroccan designer  and the founder of Elkarti and is bringing traditional Moroccan craftsmanship to contemporary men’s and women’s bags (and doing a very good job at it!). Since 2011 he has been working with artisans in Morocco utilizing high quality Moroccan leather processed in traditional chemical free tanneries. His family has a tradition of designing and he named the company after his mother’s maiden name. As he explained to us, “My mother used to design traditional Moroccan clothing.  Also my grandfather designed leather sandals and I worked at his leather bazaar at the markets of Marrakech. Working and growing up there, I established strong ties with Moroccan artisans and learned about leather craftsmanship.”His social mission is to preserve and develop Moroccan artistry sustainably. Elkarti is donating 1/3 of their profit to programs that support education and business development of artisans. To take this process another step, Ahmed has partnered with the Deaf Artisan Group of Marrakech to produce his simple, well made leather bags. Ahmed has aided the group in literacy and business education to help these great artisans to succeed. The group was founded by a woman named Souad who learned the art of leather craftsmanship from her husband, a renowned  artisan.The men’s collection has a tight little capsule group of messengers, satchels and totes. The brown leather is achieved by a process of applying  vegetable oil during tanning, and the black is hand painted from natural pigments sourced from the Atlas mountains of Morocco. The travel bags are equally masculine and we are fans of the colorful linings in the range. If you really want to set yourself apart go for the Berber Travel Satchel crafted with one-of-a-kind Berber Kilims woven by Berber women in the Atlas Mountains. The designs are reminiscent of Berber tattoos that relate the persons tribe.Looking forward, Ahmed is working with University Caddy Ayad in Marrakech (the top university in Morocco) to establish a social entrepreneurship program providing resources to entrepreneurs in Morocco. He hopes to achieve international visibility and connect them with different micro funding programs available in the US. Stay tuned and start shopping.Elkarti’s men’s line is in pre-sale stages only and will roll out in March.  15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style last_img read more

Cape Breton Mikmaq Communities Sign Tar Ponds Protocol

first_imgThe governments of Nova Scotia and Canada, and Cape Breton Mi’kmaq First Nation communities signed a protocol agreement today, Oct. 28, that will guide discussions on economic opportunities in the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup. As a tangible first step in implementing the agreement, the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced that it would contract the cleanup of the cooling pond as an aboriginal set-aside. This will limit bidding on the project to firms with majority First Nations ownership and control. “The signing of this protocol and the contracting of the cooling pond project as an aboriginal set-aside, represent historic firsts for Nova Scotia,” said Nova Scotia Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, who represented Ron Russell, Minister responsible for the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, and Michael Baker, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, at the ceremony. “They will create new opportunities for social and economic progress for the people of Nova Scotia, particularly the First Nations communities of Cape Breton. Negotiators for all parties have worked hard to reach this point, and deserve our thanks for their co-operative efforts.” “This agreement signifies our willingness to work in harmony with all levels of government to explore economic opportunities for First Nation communities on Cape Breton Island and elsewhere,” said Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. “Thanks to the leadership of Chief Terrance Paul and Bernd Christmas, we are confident this will be the first of many opportunities to facilitate economic development and build a better future for First Nations communities in Nova Scotia, and Canada.” “For over one hundred years our traditional lands and waters have been impacted by the steel industry. The signing of this protocol agreement today represents the beginning of a new era of collaboration between the province, the federal government, and the Mi’kmaw people,” said Chief Paul. “It is time to clean up the lands and waters that sustain us and I am confident our efforts will pave the way to a bright and prosperous future for all.” The cooling pond is a circular body of water in front of the Tar Ponds Agency office on Inglis Street. Its function was to cool water used by Sysco’s rolling mills. The cleanup of the cooling pond is one of four preliminary projects intended to prevent environmental damage while the big cleanup undergoes environmental assessment. Expected to begin next summer, the project will include stabilization, solidification, and capping of the pond, and pilot testing of stabilization and solidification technology in adjacent sections of the South Tar Pond. “It has been a long journey but today we can be proud that the province of Nova Scotia has agreed to join the federal government, for the first time in Nova Scotia’s history, in establishing an aboriginal set-aside program,” said Mr. Christmas, chief executive officer of Membertou. “The cleanup of the Tar Ponds represents a multimillion-dollar opportunity and the Mi’kmaq look forward to bidding on the contracts and facilitating economic opportunities for all of Cape Breton.” Negotiators for the government of Canada and the government of Nova Scotia agreed in a memorandum of agreement dated May 12, 2004, to take measures to consult with the Cape Breton Mi’kmaq First Nation communities and develop an aboriginal procurement strategy. The government of Canada is providing $280 million and the government of Nova Scotia $120 million toward the tar ponds cleanup project.last_img read more

Despite charges culture of fear remains in Poundmaker Favel

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the Poundmaker First Nation leadership facing charges of fraud and allegations of intimidation, an uneasy silence has fallen over the community.One band member, however, is breaking the silence. APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo spoke to him.last_img

Mohawk code talkers honoured in Akwesasne ceremony

first_img(92 year old Levi Oakes of Akwesasne is honoured for his service in second world war.)Annette Francis APTN National NewsAKWESASNE N.Y — Close to 700 delegates, veterans and members of Akwesasne gathered in the sweltering heat Saturday for a historic ceremony on the American side of the Mohawk Territory.They came to honour 24 Akwesasne Mohawk Code talkers.Levi Oakes, 92, is the sole surviving code talker from Akwesasne who fought in the second world war.“I enlisted at the age of 18, and from there I went to Louisiana to be trained,” said Oakes.Oakes served in New Guinea and the Philippines.Code talkers used their language to communicate between allied troops. Enemy forces couldn’t decipher the language.According to New York Congress woman, Elsie Stefanik, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is one of 33 American Indian tribes being recognized for using their language to send coded messages.“I can’t think of a more fitting time to bestow this congressional medal, then on the 150th anniversary of memorial day, said Stefanik.”She said, for far too long their sacrifice went unnoticed, and they were instructed not to speak of their roles in the military campaigns.Oakes said he kept his role in the war from his seven children, until five years ago.His son Wally said he’s proud of his father’s accomplishments.“We weren’t sure when he would get a medal, we were just hoping before he left this earth,” he said.District Chief, Timothy Thompson said today’s ceremony is the result of a long process that began in 2011, it’s long overdue.“It’s about time that our elders and our families get recognized for their valiant efforts to secure peace, he said.”afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

Marrakech Cafe Shooting Ten Senior Officers of the Gendarmerie Arrested

Rabat – Seven months after a shooting in La Crème Cafe in Marrakech where two masked suspects killed a 26-year old man and injured two other individuals, the police have arrested 10 senior officers of the royal gendarmerie in several cities for their involvement in the activities of the international criminal network linked to the shooting. According to Al Massae, the investigating judge in charge of financial crimes in the Court of Appeals in Marrakech presided over  the 10 officials who report to the Royal Gendarmerie in Larache, Tangiers, Tangier Med, Tetouan, Agadir, Settat, and Marrakech. Placed in pre-trial detention, the ten face prosecution for corruption, disclosure of trade secrets and participation in international drug trafficking. The masked gunmen were targeting the cafe owner in the evening shooting, but they killed a medical student who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The cafe owner allegedly received death threats before the incident.The shooting was an act of “settling scores” in connection with an international drug trafficking network. The statement added that the network is also involved in similar crimes in some European countries.The arrestat of the officials culminates a lengthy investigation. In the course of the investigation, police listened to more than 600 telephone conversations of 100 people alleged to have links to the shooting.According to the same source, the officials were actually reported by the drug trafficking network, whiche operates in Morocco from abroad.On the day after the November 2 shooting, Moroccan authorities made six arrests in connection with the shooting, in which one was killed and two were injured.The arrests took place in Casablanca. read more

Ban pays tribute to UNs firstever peacekeeping chief

Known to his colleagues as MIG, he was initially appointed Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs in charge of peacekeeping in 1986 after a distinguished diplomatic career, and played a decisive role in shaping the new Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) when it was established in 1992.“He led an area of exponential growth at an exceptionally challenging time of change for the Organization and for the world as a whole,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. His “sure-footed diplomatic judgment and firm leadership,” it noted, were “indispensable assets” as Mr. Goulding distinguished himself on assignments ranging from the post-independence settlement in Namibia to the Iran-Iraq conflict.He was also involved in the UN’s work in Cambodia, Central America, Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia.From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Goulding served as Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, inspiring a generation of younger colleagues, before serving as Warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University for one decade.“The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to Mr. Goulding’s family and to the Government of the United Kingdom, as he joins colleagues and friends around the world in paying tribute to a pioneer among international civil servants,” the statement said. 14 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mourning the death of Marrack Goulding of the United Kingdom, the first person to serve as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operatoins. read more

Top of the class Economists grade outgoing Bank of Canada boss Mark

OTTAWA — A look at what economists said about Mark Carney and their final grade:GRADE: A“He’s at the top of the class of global central banks. When you look at the some of the creativity that is now being copied in some parts of the globe, like his forward guidance, his work on financial stability, it would be hard to find many central bankers who hat done a better job.” — Craig Wright, Royal Bank chief economist. “Certainly Mark Carney’s had the skill set in dealing with the crisis, the mechanics of it, the ability to inspire confidence when people were seized with panic, those are all valid reasons to give him a very high mark.” — Bill Robson, president of C.D. Howe Institute. “He got thrown into the deep end immediately. Not only did he have to deal with the financial crisis and recession at the get go, I think he was instrumental in helping Canada manage its way relatively successfully. I wouldn’t go higher because I think he weighed into a few areas that were debatable … the whole dead money issue is still very much up for debate. He was categorically that people who talked about Dutch disease were wrong and I don’t think it’s so crystal clear.” — Doug Porter, BMO chief economist.———GRADE: A-“On on the plus side, he had all the qualities of a leader. He acted decisively, he spoke authoritatively, and he set the tone, which is exactly what the position required. He did not shy away from topics that can be very politically fractious, such as income inequality. But I have no idea if he was just in the right place at the right time. There’s a lot of things that could fall down because of his easy money policy, our household indebtedness problem are now at levels that eclipse where the Americans were before 2007.” — senior economist Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “I take it as a given that anyone who is going to be governor of the Bank of Canada is going to be technocratically very smart, but I think he’s changed the office so that from now on we won’t have technocrats who hide in their office and not go out into the public. He connected with Canadians, they listened to him, they respected him. That’s probably his biggest legacy aside from piloting the economy through a difficult time.” — Professor Ian Lee, Sprott School of Business.———GRADE: B+“In terms of the job he’s done today so far so good. And we didn’t embrace quantitative easing in Canada, when he could have easily gone down that path. I think it would have been a huge policy misstep … now we face far fewer exit concerns. The conundrum is that he had arguable no choice but to cut, but was the cost to having done so the fact that he fed domestic imbalances in housing and consumption. The jury is still out.” — Derek Holt, vice president of economics, Scotiabank. “Most of the time, I think he took the right decisions and for the right reasons. But it is also true that he did not do so all the time. There was a golden opportunity to raise rates in the first half 2011 and he took a pass. (That) would have been a much more powerful moral-suasion tool with respect to borrower behaviour than the watered down guidance that the Bank has had to hang on to ever since. So he’s human.” — Jimmy Jean, economist, Desjardins Capital Markets.———GRADE: B-“On the negative side, he was slow to cut interest rates when the financial crisis hit. The Bank of Canada did not cut to 0.25% until April 2009. By comparison, the Federal Reserve cut to zero in December 2008. Also, he failed to address the overvalued loonie. On the positive side, he has mostly resisted misguided calls to hike interest rates since the crisis.” — Erin Weir, economist, United Steelworkers. read more

Candidate campaign reports trickle in

Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin had strong support – popular and otherwise – en route to her convincing win in Ward 6 in last fall’s municipal election.A well-organized team coupled with solid financial support helped Martin secure a majority of the vote in a competitive field of seven candidates.Ward 6 had the highest rate of voter participation of the seven wards in Norfolk County Oct. 22. A total of 4,411 voted out of 7,165 eligible electors.Martin collected 2,242 votes for a total of 51 percent of ballots cast.Councillor candidates in Ward 6 had a general spending limit of $6,479.Martin was within the limit with campaign expenses in the amount of $6,124 according to a financial statement filed Feb. 11 with Norfolk’s clerk’s department.By law, municipal candidates must report donations of $100 or more. Martin declared nine campaign donations in excess of this amount. Supporters included:Robert Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000.  Jo-Anne Martin of Port Dover: $500. Megan Flexman of Simcoe: $500. Tim Rodger of Port Dover: $500.  Kelly Fulson of Simcoe: $500. Grant Turner of Georgetown: $300. David and Judith Horton of Simcoe: $250. Bruce Armstrong of Port Dover: $150.  Nic Childs of Port Dover: $125. Martin claimed another contribution from Jo-Anne Martin in the amount of $325 for food, decorations and a room rental for a campaign launch party. Kelsey Wallace of Port Dover provided bookkeeping and financial services valued at $400.In her declaration, Coun. Martin also noted $178 for campaign literature and handouts during Port Dover’s Canada Day parade July 1.Martin’s total campaign expenses came to $6,124 while declared income came to $5,719 for a total deficit of $405.Other members of the new Norfolk council filing financial statements in recent days include Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen and Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.Councillor candidates in Simcoe-area Ward 5 were subject to a general spending limit of $6,479.In his financial statement, which was filed Feb. 14, Rabbitts declared $7,590 in income against expenses of $6,177. Thank-you cards and election-day events – an allowable expense beyond the general spending limit – came to $424.Rabbitts also enjoyed solid financial support. Donors of $100 or more include:Brenda Meiler of Mount Hope: $1,200. Garry Meiler of Mount Hope: $1,200. Lee Rabbitts of Simcoe: $1,200. Kathleen Noble of Simcoe: $1,000. Robert Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000. Cheryl Rabbitts of Simcoe: $305. Rabbitts declared another $135 in expenses related to a receipt book and the rental of a booth at the Norfolk County Fair in October.Windham-area Ward 4 Coun. Chris Van Paassen replaced former Ward 4 representative Jim Oliver. Oliver retired from municipal politics at the end of the last council term.In his financial statement, which was filed at Governor Simcoe Square Jan. 15, Van Paassen claims income of $1,784 against expenses of the same amount.Van Paassen cites no donations of $100 or more while noting recycled signage obtained in 2010 worth $276.All candidates in last fall’s municipal election have till 2 p.m. March 29 to file a primary financial statement with the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square.In the absence of that, all candidates have till March 28 to file a request in the Ontario Court of Justice for a reporting extension.After March 29, candidates have till 2 p.m. April 29 to file a financial statement along with a $500 late-filing fee. After that, penalties for not filing at all take effect.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

NAFTA the NDP and a new tag line 3 ways federal politics

NAFTA, the NDP and a new tag line: 3 ways federal politics touched us this week by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2017 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Parliament Hill was absorbed by the scandal that was Anthony Scaramucci this week, with even the most focused of policy-makers wondering how their best-laid plans on NAFTA could possibly deliver, given the constant chaos engulfing the White House.Even with the resignations of three key political figures over the past few days — Newfoundland’s finance minister Cathy Bennett, Ontario environment minister Glen Murray and former B.C. premier Christy Clark — Canadian politics looked placid in comparison.Scaramucci — fired Monday as Donald Trump’s communications director just 10 days after he took the job — was let go by the president’s new chief of staff John Kelly, whose visit to Canada last winter when he was secretary of homeland security was so enthrallingly normal that political insiders in Ottawa took some heart.Beyond the Scaramucci gossip and some outrage over sweltering Air Transat passengers stuck on a plane on a runway for six hours, federal politics brought changes on NAFTA, the NDP and government’s approach to economics.Here are three ways politics mattered this week:NAFTA TogethernessThe Liberals’ strategy on renegotiating NAFTA shifted into high gear this week as the first round of talks on Aug. 16 drew closer.One of Canada’s top negotiators, Kirsten Hillman, has been named deputy ambassador in Washington. New consuls-general have been dispersed across the U.S. to sing the praises of Canadian trade. A multi-partisan advisory council that includes National Chief Perry Bellegarde and former Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has been set up. And the premiers have all committed to showing a united front with Ottawa — as long as they are kept in the loop.Missing in all this togetherness is the broader public, which needs to stay convinced that renegotiating NAFTA is in its best interests. Listening to public opinion could prove tricky at times: Can Canada’s negotiators resist the U.S. push for more competition in the telecommunications sector — which would threaten the market dominance of big Canadian companies — if it means lower fees for Canadians’ devices? Can Canada ignore the U.S. demand for larger volumes of internet purchases to cross the border duty-free at a time when Canadians are embracing online shopping? At what point do Canadian dairy-farm supporters become fans of cheaper milk?For all of Ottawa’s deliberate knitting together of alliances, the U.S. has some natural allies of its own in Canada.Money and the NDPThe race to become the next leader of the federal NDP has become more well-defined now that party members can see clearly how each of the candidates is faring at fundraising.Numbers released this week from Elections Canada show Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh is well in the lead in terms of money, although he is second place in terms of the number of donors. His support is highly concentrated in his home base of Brampton, Ont., but he has raised more money than his competitors in the biggest provinces — Ontario, B.C. and Quebec.MP and former punk-rocker Charlie Angus comes in second for the amount of money raised since January, and first in the number of donors. Niki Ashton and Guy Caron place third and fourth.If political donations are a measure of party-member engagement and enthusiasm, there are undoubtedly many NDPers taking a closer look at all the party totals for the year so far. The NDP is a very distant third place behind the Conservatives and the Liberals at a time when the left-wing party is struggling with debt.A new tag lineJob creation numbers were up again in July, for the eighth month in a row, and unemployment is now at 6.3 per cent — the lowest since before the global financial crisis of 2009. The report comes after last week’s news that the economy as a whole expanded by a juicy 0.6 per cent in May.As is becoming a habit, federal Liberals quickly associated themselves with the strong numbers, along with a new tag line: “Lots of hard work still to come.”The tag line is more than idle chatter.The Bank of Canada is responding to the strong growth by tightening up the very loose monetary conditions that have fuelled domestic spending for so long. And market economists are asking whether the federal government should be tightening up too, just as major infrastructure funding is starting to flow in a serious way.The tag line suggests that no, they will not rein it in, and that they see a lot more room for fiscal expansionism in the future. read more

Eleven arrested on suspicion of murder as man dies in hotel lobby

Eleven people are being held on suspicion of murder after a man died in a hotel lobby having been stabbed outside on a central London street. The victim stumbled into a hotel in Euston Street in Camden on Monday night before collapsing in front of staff. They rushed to help the man and police were called at about 10.45pm, but 45 minutes later he was declared dead. The suspects were taken into custody at separate London police stations, the Metropolitan Police said.Scotland Yard said inquiries were taking place to identify the victim and inform his next of kin.A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.Officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place.Any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 7945/18 Feb or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 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. read more

Spending cuts to hit drug firms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Pharmaceutical companies will be put under more pressure to reduce their profit margins if the government does not meet its target for slashing public spending on drugs this year, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos said last week. Speaking to a parliamentary committee, Loverdos said that the government had planned for state-funded social security funds to save 1.1 billion euros on their drugs bill by years end. “If we see in October that we are likely to miss the 1.1-billion-euro target, we will intervene again,” said the minister. “We will get the money one way or another.” Greece has made substantial savings on the money the funds spend on medicines since 2009. That year, spending on drugs reached 5.1 billion euros, but in 2010 that figure was reduced by 750 million euros. The government has reduced the outlay on drugs, demanding greater rebates from the pharmaceutical companies. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

CamasWashougal Community Chest eyes grant applications

first_imgThe Camas-Washougal Community Chest is seeking grant applications from local nonprofits that serve Camas and Washougal residents.Applications have to be postmarked by Dec. 15. For more information and applications, visit www.camaswashougalcommunitychest.org or call Joelle Scheldorf at 360-901-6607 or email info@camaswashougalcommunitychest.org.This year, the community chest awarded 21 grants totaling $75,000. There were $116,920 in grant requests that couldn’t all be funded. A news release from the Community Chest said they anticipate requests will remain high in 2018.Awards will be announced in March.last_img read more

Kansas Soybean Grower Wins National Conservation Award

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Gail Fuller from Emporia, Kan. with the 2013 National Conservation Legacy Award on March 1, 2013, at the ASA Awards Banquet, held during the Commodity Classic convention and trade show in Kissimmee, Fla.The National Conservation Legacy Award recognizes the best of the best, as the national award winner is selected from three regional winners of Conservation Legacy Awards. Fuller was also the Midwest Region winner. Regional winners distinguish themselves through environmental and conservation practices that still allow them to farm profitably.The judging panel deemed Fuller to be the standout among this year’s top regional conservationists. Fuller approaches conservation on his Kansas farm with a heavy emphasis on soil health, including continuous no-till, utilization of cover crops and maximization of microbes. In addition, Fuller says he is always looking for ways to reduce inputs. Fuller has been working to rebuild the quail population and has added a livestock component to his farm.The Conservation Legacy Awards program is presented by ASA and sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, USB/Soy Checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest.Other regional winners of Conservation Legacy Awards are: Roger Wenning, Northeast Region winner from Greensburg, Ind. and Jeremy Jack, Southeast Region winner from Belzoni, Miss.To see videos highlighting conservation practices on the farm of each regional winner go to www.soygrowers.com/clap.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###PHOTO OF GAIL FULLER. (Corn & Soybean Digest photo)For more information contact:Cassandra Langley, ASA Communications Manager, 314-754-1344, clangley@soy.orglast_img read more

2020 VW Golf debut delayed because of software setbacks report says

first_img Tags More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI: The daily-driver hot hatch 1 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… More From Roadshow Share your voice 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Comment Volkswagen Originally, it was believed that Volkswagen would introduce the eighth generation of its venerable Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Now, it appears that won’t be the case, as delays have beset VW’s compact car.Software issues have pushed back the unveiling of the eighth-generation VW Golf, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with board member Jürgen Stackmann at the Shanghai Motor Show. “We’ve never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future, is a serious challenge for us,” Stackmann told ANE. “We have our homework ahead of us, and the teams are under heavy pressure.”Specifically, ANE’s report highlights one area where it’s taking some time to get the software right — over-the-air (OTA) updates. This new kind of vehicle update allows an automaker to beam patches and possibly even new features directly to a vehicle, instead of requiring it to return to the dealer for a physical update. Stackmann specifically pointed to OTA security and homologation requirements in various markets when ANE asked about specific instances causing the delay.Enlarge ImageIt’s not the newest compact on the block, but the seventh-generation Golf is still a compelling buy in the US, offering solid build quality on a platform that’s rewarding to drive. Volkswagen “You’re adding content to a vehicle afterwards, and this is an area where we are working together with the type approval agencies to define these processes. It is new for them as well,” Stackmann told ANE.The issues will allegedly affect the beginning of the eighth-gen Golf’s production, too. Germany’s Der Spiegel reported earlier this month that, instead of building 80,000 Golfs this year as planned, VW will build about 10,000. VW confirmed this move to Der Spiegel, but nevertheless, the automaker remains on target to have the cars on sale in Germany on or around Feb. 24 of next year, with the rest of Europe to follow. The US generally receives a new Golf about a year after the Europeans do, so hopefully VW hammers out all those bumps well ahead of its stateside debut.In lieu of a new Golf to display in Frankfurt, Volkswagen will instead reveal the production version of the ID electric hatchback, which ANE first reported this March. The ID hatch, which might be called the ID Neo, will be Europe’s first foray into Volkswagen’s new all-electric lineup. In the US, that honor will go to the ID Crozz crossover. Hatchbacks Future Carslast_img read more

Marcus Garvey Frances Murphy Enshrined into Black Press Gallery of Distinguished Publishers

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaNationalist, Pan-Africanism movement leader and Negro World newspaper founder Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Washington AFRO-AMERICAN publisher emeritus Francis L. Murphy II, were enshrined into the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Gallery of Distinguished Publishers during Black Press Week in Washington, D.C.Garvey was also a noted figure in the publishing world where for five-cents, readers of his newspaper received a front-page editorial written by him along with poetry and articles of international interest to people of African ancestry.“My mother wrote a column called ‘If you asked me,’ so I believe if my mother was here today she would say, ‘if you asked me, it’s certainly a privilege to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association,’” said the Rev. Dr. Toni Draper, Murphy’s daughter, who accepted the enshrinement on her late mother’s behalf. “I think she’d say that ‘I’m grateful that I’m chosen for this honor and even more grateful that I’m chosen on this platform with the honorable Marcus Garvey,” Draper said.Murphy, a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, who received her bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and degrees from Coppin State College and Johns Hopkins University, believed the AFRO belonged to the community. As its publisher, every year she would invite readers to write their family histories and send them in along with historical pictures.“My mother wrote a column called ‘If you asked me,’ so I believe if my mother was here today she would say, ‘if you asked me, it’s certainly a privilege to be honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association,’” said the Rev. Dr. Toni Draper, Murphy’s daughter, who accepted the enshrinement on her late mother’s behalf.“I think she’d say that ‘I’m grateful that I’m chosen for this honor and even more grateful that I’m chosen on this platform with the honorable Marcus Garvey,” Draper said.Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, accepted the honor on behalf of the late civil rights leader.“My dad developed his oratorical skills in large part through his work in newspapers, other publications and speeches,” Garvey said. “He used the dictionary and would read through it learning new words every day and, at one point, his words reached between 6 and 11 million people around the world,” he said.The Black Press Archives was founded in 1973, as a joint project of Howard University and the NNPA, and established at the University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.According to the Houston Forward Times, the idea of establishing a Black Press Archives and Gallery of Distinguished Newspaper Publishers was that of William O. Walker, editor-publisher of the Cleveland Call and Post, who first articulated the need for an academic institution that would provide a setting in which historical records related to the Black Press, as well as the newspapers themselves, could be collected, preserved and made available to scholars, students and the public.Walker also envisioned a gallery in which the photographs and accomplishments of Black Press notables would be on permanent display.The idea was developed by the NNPA under the direction of Carlton B. Goodlett, NNPA president and editor-publisher of the San Francisco Sun-Reporter, and welcomed by James E. Cheek, then president of Howard University.In March 1977, during the sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of Freedom’s Journal, the first African American newspaper, the Black Press Archives and Gallery of Distinguished Newspaper Publishers were dedicated in ceremonies at Howard University.Garvey and Murphy join dozens of others to receive enshrinement.Born in 1887 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, Garvey counted as one of 11 children – only Marcus and one of his siblings survived into adulthood.Garvey received an education in London that would likely have not been available to him in the Americas because of the color of his skin.He later returned to Jamaica and started the United Negro Improvement Association and he went on to create thousands of jobs for Black people in America and abroad through his many enterprises under the umbrella of the Negro Factories Corporation.At the ceremony held inside DC’s historical Metropolitan AME Church, a contingent of Garvey family and friends included the chief of the mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai.Family and friends and AFRO employees were on hand to witness Murphy’s enshrinement.Born in 1922, Murphy enjoyed two professions for most of her life – working at the AFRO, which was founded by her grandfather, John H. Murphy Sr., in 1892 and teaching.From 1958 to 1964, she taught third grade in the Baltimore City Public Schools and also taught at Morgan State College where she headed the news bureau from 1964 to 1971.She also taught at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and at the State University College at Baltimore, where Murphy headed the journalism sequence from 1975 to 1985.Both inductees were further honored with video tributes and salutes from NNPA Foundation Chair Amelia Ashley-Ward; NNPA Association Chair Dorothy R. Leavell and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.“If my mom were here today, I think she’d say, ‘if you ask me, I could have told you years ago that the Black Press would still be alive and well,” Draper said.For a complete list of all of the NNPA publishers enshrined and a special edition on the 192 years of the Black Press, click here.last_img read more

Lego robot programmed to play Clash of Clans finds it as addicting

first_imgClash of Clans is not popular because it has deep gameplay and thought-provoking story lines. It’s really pretty straightforward — you build a city, generate resources, and attack other cities. It’s so easy a robot could do it… and now there’s one that does. A Lego Mindstorms EV3 bot has been programmed to keep the game chugging along with no human involvement whatsoever.The system was developed by Mark Petzold, an electrical engineering professor at St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota. The robot doesn’t really play the entire game — it’s set up to make a pass across the screen every 20 minutes with its stylus and tap on the mines to collect gold. In between the collection runs, the robot taps on the screen to keep the game awake so the mines don’t get full and the player makes more money.This isn’t all about getting an unfair advantage, though. The robot is programmed to close the game every few hours to give other players an opportunity to attack the fortress. The stylus actually slides over to the home button on the iPad to exit, then double-taps to pull up the multitasking UI. It actually swipes Clash of Clans away to close it before relaunching.Petzold’s next step is to teach the robot to launch attacks and donate troops to allies. The entire thing is just a series of taps, but it’s more complicated than collecting gold. It’s not clear if this kind of automated play is against the developer’s rules, though. Being a free-to-play game, the dev is probably happy to have as many people as possible playing, even if some of them are not so much people as they are robots built by people.last_img read more

Sleeping beside your baby can cause cot death

first_imgNew-born babies should be put to bed in the same bedroom as their parents but not on the same bed for the first year of their life. They should be laid on a separate surface or a crib as this may help avoid cot death among infants, researchers have suggested.“Parents should never place the baby on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person. These surfaces are extremely hazardous,” said lead author Rachel Moon from the University of Virginia in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. “We know that parents may be overwhelmed with a new baby in the home, and we want to provide them with clear and simple guidance on how and where to put their infant to sleep,” Moon added, in a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.Explaining how to create a safe sleep environment for babies, child health experts recommended skin-to-skin care regardless of feeding or delivery method, immediately following birth for at least an hour as soon as the mother is medically stable and awake. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile infants are at heightened risk for SIDS between the ages one and four months, new evidence shows that soft bedding continues to pose hazards to babies who are four months and older.Thus, after feeding, parents should move the baby to his or her separate sleeping space, preferably a crib or bassinet in the parents’ bedroom. “There should be no pillows, sheets, blankets or other items that could obstruct the infant’s breathing or cause overheating,” noted Lori Feldman-Winter, Professor at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey, US. “If you are feeding your baby and think that there’s even the slightest possibility that you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed, rather than a sofa or cushioned chair,” Feldman-Winter suggested in the report published online in the journal Pediatrics.last_img read more

Surveillance cameras placed at Playa del Carmen ferry terminal

first_imgThe important thing, he added, is that criminals know that institutional coordination is a reality as has happened in Cozumel and Benito Juárez. There will be a strong reaction from police in cases of violent events. The ferry terminals, which see an average of 17,000 passengers per day, was visited by Playa del Carmen mayor Laura Beristain Navarrete and the mayor of Cozumel, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis along with Alberto Capella Ibarra, head of Public Security of Quintana Roo. Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín mentioned that, compared to the previous month, the island has 40 percent fewer high-impact crimes, explaining that Cozumel has very few homicides, although there are drug dealers “and where there is drug trafficking, there is violence. ” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) “The pier of Playa del Carmen is one of the most important points of our municipality, but it is also essential for our sister city of Cozumel. Being a pillar for tourism, we must improve security and ensure timely attention to this sector to continue growing,” said mayor Laura Beristain. In Solidaridad “there is a containment, a slight decrease not yet sustained, but I am sure that with the implemented strategy the numbers will improve”, he said while highlighting that in Cancun, high impact crimes have decreased by 24 percent. “We have not achieved that coordination in Playa del Carmen.” Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The government of Solidaridad has added a video surveillance system at the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry crossing to increase security efforts for travelers. Alberto Capella acknowledged that in Solidaridad “the scenario is complex, but there is a strategy already articulated with the municipal government. We are going to refine the effort in some details of public policy”. The trio, along with other officials, toured the ferry dock areas noting security and coordinated mobilization between the two tourist destinations. “The government of Solidaridad is committed to tourism and its citizenship, so we will continue working in a coordinated manner with the state, the sister municipalities and the federal government to maintain the tourist leadership of Riviera Maya,” she added.last_img read more

Nepal looks to reposition itself as an experiential destination

first_imgTo promote 2020 as ‘Visit Nepal Year’Akansha Pandey | New DelhiYet again, India is the number one source market for Nepal followed by China and the United States. Over 160,832 Indian arrivals travelled to the friendly neighbour country in 2017. The air arrivals have gone up by 36% over 2016 and by road, the number is unaccountable and is surging exponentially. Leisure and adventure holidayers are dominating travel from India to Nepal.By 2020, Nepal aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists, with one-third of them coming from India and China, stated the Tourism Ministry of Nepal. The Himalayan country is set to organise 2020 as ‘Visit Nepal Year’. It will be the third national-level initiative to promote Nepal’s tourism sector since the country first celebrated Visit Nepal Year in 1998 followed by the Nepal Tourism Year in 2011.According to the 2018 strategy of Nepal Tourism, the destination is all set to reposition itself as an ideal destination for diverse immersive experiences varying from culture, tradition, nature, adventure, gastronomy, etc. which is indeed the USP of Nepal, stressed Nabin Pokharel, Officiating Director-Tourism Marketing and Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board.Pokharel divulged that they’ll be conducting roadshows in 2018 and would like to associate with the private sectors as well. With a Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach, Nepal Tourism Board eyes aligning with the private players and working based on their feedback, alongside researching on the basis of recommendations, figures, data analytics, facts, etc. The idea is to adapt the destination at par with the market scenario, he said.last_img read more