Petmate, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, and country music superstar Miranda Lambert are teaming up to launch the new MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert brand at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.Miranda Lambert with Bellamy Every purchase will help fund rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation, the organization established by Miranda and her mother Beverly Lambert in 2009.Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life. Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started “Cause for the Paws,” a yearly fundraiser now in its 8th year.“The creation of MuttNation is a dream come true. It’s an extension of me and my mom’s love for all dogs and our goal of helping every dog find a happy, loving home,” says Miranda. “We are beyond thrilled to have Petmate as a committed and trustworthy partner that shares that same vision. There are millions of beautiful dogs looking for homes and it is our hope that in addition to raising money, we will raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet.”The comprehensive collection of bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, feeding and watering products reflect Miranda’s lifestyle. The product unites a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair. The vintage prints and antique hardware are inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature look.One of the highlights is the Rescue Mutts collection of six plush puppies – each toy puppy was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.Petmate has always supported rescue and adoption efforts. “This partnership represents a major commitment to help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless pets sweeping our nation,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development. “We are so excited to create a collection that provides ongoing support for MuttNation Foundation. The MuttNation product line truly reflects Miranda’s lifestyle and her passion for pets.”Toys In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features hand-crafted, mixed material toys with a Boho style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play. Miranda fans will love the suede feel plush tambourines for chew play, guitars and animal favorites including a unicorn, flamingo, rooster and armadillo for tugging. Perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, the molded rubber guitar can hold small treats stashed inside for hours of entertainment.Bedding The bedding collection has a down-home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home. The superstar of the line is a tooled leather styled lounger with Petmate’s signature Dig & Burrow feature that taps into dogs’ love for nesting. The line rounds out with loungers, pillow beds, and irresistibly soft cuddlers in pink plaids, brown cow prints, denim, and a custom bandana print.Collars and Leashes The collars and leashes collection features a blend of “Country” and “Rock & Roll.” Collars are custom fit, with mixed material feels like denim and leather, tassels and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware. The standout Bandana Neckerchief collars embrace the Americana spirit of country life.Watering and Feeding This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints. The square melamine bowls bring a nostalgic tone to the line while the rustic crock bowls tap into country chic.
(Former AFN natioal chief Matthew Coon Come (left) walks beside AFN national chief candidate Pam Palmater during the grand entry Tuesday. Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Cree, is backing Palmater in her bid. APTN/Photo)By Tim Fontaine and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsTORONTO–With less than 24 hours until chiefs begin electing a new leader of the Assembly of First Nations, it’s make-or-break time for the eight candidates.For many chiefs in attendance, this will be their first opportunity to meet one-on-one with those vying for the position of national chief.As of Tuesday, 314 chiefs and proxies had registered for the Toronto AFN gathering, but officials said they expected more to register by tomorrow, the day of the vote. A total of 1400 people had registered to attend the gathering by Tuesday morning.There are about 634 chiefs who are eligible to vote for the national chief. The winning candidate needs to garner at least 60 per cent of the vote.Eight candidates are in the race for national chief.Four women are vying for the job, including Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake, who rose to prominence during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson University.The field of candidates also includes incumbent National Chief Shawn Atleo, George Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, Bill Erasmus, Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories and Terrance Nelson, the five-time former chief of Roseau River.Much of this politicking takes place in caucus rooms. Over the next day and during the voting process, chiefs from each region will meet in these private rooms to discuss amongst themselves where each candidate stands.“Usually they’ll have an idea on who they want to vote for on the first ballot. And then after that what happens is that the candidates will go around to the various caucus rooms and find out if they can pinpoint specific items that they need to work on to gain support for that caucus. Because after the first ballot everything can change very quickly.” says John Beaucage, who ran unsuccessfully for national chief in 2009.Bob Watts,chief of staff to former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine, said each of the camps would also spend Tuesday working furiously to shore up their existing support and try to peel support away from the other candidates.“Right now it’s about shoring up votes, making sure supporters are still supporters and finding ways of networking out in the other camps and seeing where there is help and where there is no help,” he said. “There is a lot of work in the backrooms.”Perhaps the most formal and visible election event is the all-candidates forum. Traditionally held the night before voting begins, candidates have the opportunity to address the chiefs in attendance in a strictly timed and structured format.Beaucage says this will be crucial for incumbent Atleo.“They’re looking at the past record for National Chief Atleo. They’re seeing what was promised three years ago and they’re seeing how that promise was delivered and they’re trying to determine if Chief Atleo deserves another term.”Watts said speech preparation plays a big part of what is happening in the backrooms of each camp.“(Atleo) has probably gone over his speech this afternoon a hundred times to make sure that he is going to hit everything they expect of him. This is going on in all the camps,” said Watts. “This is big politics and people take it really seriously.”While it might be easy to assume that the level of applause is an indication of support, that’s not always the case. At the 2009 AFN election in Calgary, Nelson received the most applause at the all-candidates forum, yet was eliminated in the first round of voting.The speeches will be playing a decisive role in this year’s outcome as many chiefs have still to make up their minds as to who they will support. It appears Atleo has a lock on a large part if not all the B.C. votes making Ontario, which has the second largest block of chief, as a key battleground. Many Ontario chiefs say they are waiting to see how the speeches unfold before deciding where to turn.Talk among chiefs and observers indicate that if Atleo emerges from the first ballot in a show of strength, his opposition will melt away. It seems there is little appetite for the marathon voting sessions from 2009.Watts said this year’s election is probably one of the most important in recent memory.“There is a lot at stake. There is probably more at stake in this election than in any other election,” said Watts. “Just with the way things are going with free prior and informed consent, the focus on resource development, the alternative that the government seems to be presenting that, ‘we’ll go ahead and do stuff and worry about it later,’ versus First Nations saying we want processes, we want to be involved, we want high standards in terms of how things are being done. So these are contrasting visions of the country of how development will happen.”And the high stakes have brought out some of the big hitters in First Nations politics.Former AFN national chief Matthew Coon Come, who is Grand Chief of the Cree, has publicly backed Palmater’s candidacy. He walked next to her as they entered during the grand procession to open the AFN gathering amid drums and singing.Coon Come, however, refused to comment Tuesday on why he backed Palmater.Another former national chief Ovide Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, has thrown his considerable influence behind Atleo.“(Atleo) is the only guy that can lead,” said Mercredi, as he walked into the Toronto Metro Convention Centre where the AFN vote will be held.This year’s election has also seen a level of criticism directed at the incumbent not usually seen in AFN contests.Palmater has strongly rebuked the work of the AFN and Atleo, accusing the incumbent national chief of being too close to the Conservative government and enabling the assimilation of First Nations people.While her blunt talk has earned her a large following on social media, some chiefs believe that she has crossed the line.Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White, whose community is on Vancouver Island, said the rhetoric employed by Palmater has been “destructive” and done little to advance the cause of First Nations people.“It is a destructive form of politics that destroys the dignity…of the AFN,” said White, who is supporting Atleo. “Throwing rocks doesn’t serve our people.”White also said he was “deeply disturbed” by Nelson and his decision to use a planned trip to Iran as part of his campaign.“It attacks the dignity of the AFN for a candidate to be sidling up to such a repressive regime,” said White. “No social movement in history has ever advanced by peddling ignorance and allying with oppressors.”Rumours have also circulated that some chiefs from the prairie regions may consider leaving the AFN if Atleo again wins the post.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has openly criticized Atleo for ignoring the direction of chiefs who want the AFN to take a stronger position on enforcing treaty rights.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox has publicly accused Atleo of pushing the assimilation policies of the Conservative government. Fox nominated Atleo for national chief in 2009.FSIN vice-chief Morley Watson, however, dispelled talk of treaty chiefs walking away from the AFN if Atleo wins.“Whoever (the chiefs) decide to back, we will work with them,” said Watson.email@example.com@aptn.ca
Lee WilsonAPTN NewsThere was a not a seat left at the “Rethinking Forestry Forum” held in Terrace, British Columbia in hopes of finding long-term solutions to the economic downtown that has rocked the industry.This year more than 4,000 forestry workers have lost their jobs according to the province.Eighty-five per cent of First Nations in the province have signed forest consultation and revenue sharing agreements, and the downturn is also affecting these nations.Roger Keery, president of Skeena Sawmills, was pleased to see industry focus their energy to find solutions to improve forestry.“There is an enormous amount of experience of people in the forest industry,” said Keery. “It’s common to have people who have worked in this for 30 plus years who have tried a lot of things and seen these problems and wrestled with them.”The northern terrain itself creates challenges.Building roads through coastal mountains is costly and tree growth is slower than in southern regions.“The value of the fibre here is on average lower than in some other parts of the province and the logging costs are high,” Keery said.“Those are some of the historic issues for logging in this area”.The forum was arranged by Skeena MLA Ellis Ross after residents shared job concerns with mill closures happening around the rest of the province.“This is really bad what’s happening in B.C., 89 mills either closed or curtailed.“I don’t want to see that, there has got to be a long term solution to this”, said Ross.Another challenge is high stumpage fees which are what industry pays the government to harvest timber on Crown lands.Those fees make it harder to be competitive in the market. An idea shared here was stumpage fees applied on average over multiple permits rather than each permit having a separate fee.The industry is also in search of new markets.Terrace Resident Chayo Nyawello has been trying to reach a deal to sell timber to Africa.He put together a plan that was approved by federal and provincial governments.“In the last two years, the year before I travelled to Africa to Ethiopia and Sudan. I looked around and I saw the opportunity in those countries as a new market for Canadian wood products,” said Nyawello.In Ethiopia, he discussed with government officials the benefit of building homes with Canadian lumber.“My meeting was very good with him. He said go into the community look for the construction companies and sell your ideas to them – that building with wood and wood housings are the best”, he said.Ross says MLAs are looking at how other wood producing countries like Sweden have built a sustainable and profitable forestry industry.“Are we at year one of BC having a 30-year plan for forestry, I am hopeful we can get to that conversation and make it more sustainable”In late September, loggers staged a rally in downtown Vancouver. They drove their trucks through the downtown to raise awareness of the struggles the industry is firstname.lastname@example.org
OTTAWA – The Competition Bureau said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and the Brick Ltd. regarding allegations of deceptive marketing practices dating back nearly five years ago.As part of the settlement, Leon’s and the Brick have agreed to each donate $750,000 worth of home furnishings over two years to charities to be approved by the regulator.The bureau alleged in July 2013 that the retailers’ “buy now, pay later” promotions, often resulted in customers paying more than advertised and should be stopped.It said that customers who chose the deferred-payment option often ended up paying more than those who paid for their purchases up front as a result of the additional fees, which were “buried” by the retailers in the “fine print.” The extra costs ranged from processing or administrative fees, delivery fees and taxes.Leon’s, which owns the Brick, defended its deferred payment plans at the time. The retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics said they benefited consumers.But as part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Leon’s and the Brick have also agreed to adhere to the bureau’s guidance on the proper use of disclaimers in advertising and the disclosure of fees associated with their financing plans.“Consumers expect and deserve truth in advertising,” said Josephine Palumbo, the bureau’s deputy commissioner of competition, in a statement.“The bureau works to ensure Canadians can trust advertising claims made by businesses and can be confident in their purchasing decisions. Increased competition in the marketplace provides consumers with competitive prices and more choice.”Leon’s could not be immediately reached for comment about its settlement agreement with the Competition Bureau.Companies in this story: (TSX:LNF)
10 July 2007The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) has used a halt in the annual flow of Somali boatpeople travelling across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen to draw attention to their plight and call for more action to help those who endure such harsh journeys. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) has used a halt in the annual flow of Somali boatpeople travelling across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen to draw attention to their plight and call for more action to help those who endure such harsh journeys.UNHCR Jennifer Pagonis told reporters today in Geneva that the flow across the Gulf of Aden “to seek safety or a better life has temporarily halted because seas are too rough to make the crossing in July and August.”Still, each year between September and the following June, “irregular travel to Yemen has also become increasingly difficult as a result of increased crackdowns on smugglers in Somalia’s Bosaso region and heightened security patrols along the Yemen coastline,” she said.For those refugees who do secure a trip, the risks of death or sickness have increased. Because of a need to find new routes, trips are more indirect and take around three days rather than the regular two.The treatment of the refugees by smugglers who have managed to remain active despite the crackdown is increasingly horrendous, Ms. Pagonis noted. After paying $50, many refugees are forced to disembark while still in deep water, where most are then beaten with clubs, drown or are attacked by sharks.The solution lies not only in cracking down on smugglers, but on tackling the root causes of persecution, poverty and conflict that drive so many people to leave their homes and risk such perilous sea journeys, Ms. Pagonis said.Countries receiving migrants should have more help in managing the inflows so that people who need protection can get it and those who do not can return home safely.She stressed that anyone in distress at sea should be rescued, allowed to disembark and given access to proper screening procedures upon arrival.For the first six months of this year, UNHCR has recorded the arrival of 77 smuggling boats carrying more than 8,600 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, mainly Somalis and Ethiopians, across the Gulf of Aden.Although these figures are below those equivalent statistics from the first half of 2006, when over 11,700 people made the journey, the trip has become more deadly: at least 367 people have been killed so far this year, compared to 266 for the same period last year.Ms. Pagonis added that while smuggling in the Gulf of Aden has come to a temporary seasonal halt, it has started again in the Mediterranean Sea.“UNHCR has repeatedly expressed its concerns about the situation in the Gulf of Aden, the Mediterranean and other waters, as some of those who risk their lives making such crossing are refugees and asylum seekers,” she said. The number of irregular arrivals into Italy fell by 31 per cent compared to the first six months of last year, but in June alone 200 people were reported dead or missing reported in the Strait of Sicily.Last year UNHCR presented a Ten-Point Plan of Action on Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration that sets out a number of measures to assist States in dealing with the issue.
Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles the ball during a game against Colgate on Dec. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 70-50.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s basketball team bounced back to beat Colgate (N.Y.) on Saturday afternoon after losing its first game of the season against No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday.The No. 14 Buckeyes (6-1) outscored Colgate (1-7) by 10 in each half on their way to a 70-50 win.Colgate hung with OSU for portions of the matchup, but the Buckeyes pulled away late. Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams said that the Buckeyes needed to relax in order to finally pull away.“We just needed to calm down honestly,” Williams said. “We weren’t playing like our game and coach (Thad) Matta said after the timeout that we just needed to calm down and relax and get the flow for the game.”OSU got the first half started with a 10-0 run but the Raiders responded by scoring five unanswered points. Colgate cut the OSU lead down to three after going on an 8-6 run with about 10 minutes remaining in the half. The Buckeyes gained the upper hand though, going on a 15-8 run to close out the half.Both teams struggled from the field as OSU shot 35.5 percent while holding the Raiders to 29.6 percent in the half. Free throws helped the Buckeyes extend their lead as they went 5-6 from the line. Sophomore forward Marc Loving led all scorers in the first half with 12 points as OSU took a 31-21 lead into halftime.The deficit stayed relatively the same as both OSU and Colgate traded scores for the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Buckeyes managed to hold on to a 52-38 lead with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.OSU continued to stretch the lead after a four-point play by Williams gave OSU a 66-46 advantage with about five minutes to play on its way to a 20-point win.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led all scorers in the game as he scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Buckeyes shot 46.6 percent from the field in the game while holding the Raiders to 33.3 percent.Loving totaled 17 points while Williams had 11 points for OSU off the bench.Senior center Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with 18 points and five rebounds.Loving said it was important for the Buckeyes to go on a run in the second half to keep Colgate at a safe distance.“You can’t give teams like Colgate opportunity to linger around because then you’ll be in a dogfight,” Loving said. “We knew we had to go on a run eventually and we ended up pushing our lead to 20 points and finished the game out.”Williams finished the game with 11 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes of play. OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals commended Williams for his effort in playing for his teammates.“This is probably one of the closest groups in my six years,” Boals said. “They all care about each other, they cheer for each other, and it’s a situation tonight where Kam Williams came in and did a great job.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to face High Point (N.C.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
One of the most promising young talents in Europe could soon leave Ajax, with Frenkie De Jong attracting the interest of numerous notable European clubs.Already established himself as a regular first-team member under Erik ten Hag, De Jong has registered 47 appearances for the Lancers at the age of 21.Along with his fellow teammate Matthijs De Ligt, the prosperous midfielder has been one of the stars in the Netherlands’ stunning 3-0 victory over Germany.Report: Ajax are top of the league after 4-1 win George Patchias – September 15, 2019 Ajax is top of the Eredivisie after beating Heerenveen 4-1.Ajax was without standout midfielder Donny van Beek again, for the visit of Heerenveen to…Additionally, De Jong’s outstanding performance in the Champions League group stage has earned him the interest from the Catalan giants Barcelona.However, according to the Daily Mail, Manchester City are weighing up a move for Ajax rising star, who won’t come cheap. De Godenzonen ask for at least £70 million to renounce De Jong’s services, which would break City’s current £60 million record transfer fee paid for Riyad Mahrez.After Guardiola failed to sign Jorginho from Napoli last summer, the Spaniard intends to boost his midfield department by bringing “new Sergio Busquets.”
As part of the European Union (EU)-United States High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum held today in Washington, American Soybean Association (ASA) Executive Committee member and Greenwood, Del., soybean farmer Richard Wilkins spoke on the importance of including the unique nature of American agriculture and of soybean farming in upcoming negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).Wilkins noted the importance of the EU as an export market for American soybeans and soy products, but also cited the significant drop in recent exports as a result of EU policies.“In 1997, we exported 10.3 million tons of [soy] products to EU Member States. However, by 2012 the volume of exports had fallen by over 81 percent to 1.9 million tons. We believe an important cause for this sharp decline is the EU’s requirements that food products derived from agricultural biotechnology enhancement be labeled, and more recently the EU’s discriminatory policies on biofuel feedstocks under its Renewable Energy Directive (RED),” said Wilkins.Within his presentation, Wilkins highlighted three major areas in which EU biotech regulations and policies must be discussed during TTIP negotiations, including correcting the EU approval process for new biotech enhancement traits such that approvals are subject to deadlines and based only on scientific criteria; the establishment of commercially-feasible international standards for the Low Level Presence of unapproved biotech traits in commodity shipments; and addressing the unlawful practice of prohibiting imports of biotech-enhanced commodities that have been approved by EU Commissioners.Wilkins also raised farmer concerns with the Renewable Energy Directive, or RED, which places inaccurate and unscientific greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable land use benchmarks on American soybeans, restricting their use as a feedstock for biodiesel production in Europe, and significantly hampering the potential in the European marketplace.“The U.S. soy industry has worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to initiate negotiations with the EU on a bilateral agreement under which documented producer compliance with U.S. conservation laws would be deemed as achieving the RED’s sustainability requirements,” said Wilkins. “If the U.S. is to maintain even its current limited access to the EU market for soybean exports, the TTIP must guarantee that negotiations on an aggregate bilateral agreement will go forward, as provided for under the RED.”Finally, Wilkins cited the soybean industry’s opposition to the EU’s proposed Ecologically-Focused Areas (EFA) program which ASA believes would nullify and impair U.S. access to the EU market for soybeans and soybean meal and violate the Blair House Agreement reached at the end of the Uruguay Round negotiations.“We understand that the goal of this Forum and of the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations is to identify and work to harmonize areas where our respective regulations and laws currently restrict bilateral trade,” concluded Wilkins in his address. “However, unless regulations, laws and interpretation of laws are addressed, access to the EU market will continue to be impaired, and exports of U.S. soybeans and soy products will remain below historical levels.”For a full transcript of Wilkins’ comments, please click here.###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.For more information contact:Richard Wilkins, ASA Executive Committee Member, 302-242-1495, email@example.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, firstname.lastname@example.org
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Most video games are the result of months and years of hard work by talented developers carefully refining their ideas. But when you only have a few days to make a game, like at a game jam, a whole different kind of creativity emerges. I Know This is a free game made during Global Game Jam 2015 based entirely on the hacking scene from Jurassic Park.To refresh your memory, in the scene, Lex hacks the control room to restore power, call for help, and most importantly, lock out the deadly dinosaurs encroaching on the group. “It’s a UNIX system! I know this!” she proclaims, giving developers Gavin McCarthy, Adam Axbey, and Matthew Simmonds of Two’s Complement a name for their project.What made the scene so memorable for the team was its perfectly 90’s Hollywood movie representation of a computer network as abstract islands of files in a rudimentary 3D space. Even better, the look was actually based on a real graphical user interface called Fusion, or “fsn” for “file navigation system.”So the team decided to reverse-engineer the scene into a hacking game, albeit one with as much understanding of real hacking as a high-paid screenwriter. Players move between blocks representing files on their own computer as they search for the target Golden Folder. However, they’ll also have to look out for fake folders full of viruses as well as roaming spotlights that send them back to the start. Corrupted files limit potential paths while orange nodes serve as bridges between areas.But the mechanic that best captures the feverish speed and determination of movie hackers happens once players open a pink search folder. A countdown starts and players have to code as much as they can to open up the file before being booted out. “Coding” in this case means typing as much gibberish as possible as fast as possible. However, players still have to pay attention to some coding rules and syntax like hitting the enter key at the end of the line.It’s dumb, it’s hilarious, and it will still somehow make you feel like a black hat super genius for doing nothing at all. Plus, there’s an off-brand Clippy named Clicky providing helpful advice every step of the way.You can download I Know This for free on PC and Mac at The Instruction Limit. There’s a Linux version in the works as well. Here’s hoping it makes a cameo in Jurassic World.
Remember when a 1.4GHz processor was deemed the world’s fastest?Don’t blink!!! if you do, you may miss IBM’s new 5.2 GHz processor.IBM is claiming that the chip within IBM’s new zEnterprise clocks in at 5.2GHz, making it the world’s fastest microprocessor. We’re sure this claim could be challenged on multiple fronts, namely by hardcore overclockers who have seen their own chips operate at much higher speeds with the help of liquid nitrogen. But IBM’s new silicon doesn’t require any complicated cooling; it’s just blisteringly fast.It’s a four-core slab that was manufactured using the outfit’s 45 nanometer technology, boasting 1.4 billion transistors and the ability to handle more than 50 billion instructions per second.The new chip will ship only to mainframe customers starting on September 10th, and IBM says that the record-breaking speed is necessary for businesses managing huge workloads, such as banks and retailers, especially as the world becomes increasingly more inter-connected, data has grown beyond the world’s storage capacity, and business transactions continue to skyrocket.Fujitsu’s Venus CPU is also said to handle a staggering 128 billion calculations per second, so IBM would be facing a tough competition.
Looking to put a soundbar under your TV? You’ve come to the right place then, as Prime Day 2019 has a bunch of great options available at a significant discount.There was a time when people used to invest a lot of money on full-blown home theater systems. They are great and all, but sometimes you just need room-filling sound without spending too much money and wasting too much space. That’s where soundbars come in and they represent excellent value for money along with a bunch of space saving features. And oh, in a lot of occasions, they sound great too if you find an option with a subwoofer.Today, we’re going to list down all the best soundbar deals available for Prime Day 2019 that are worth checking out.Buy Samsung MM45 Series 2.1 Channel Wireless Sound Bar – Was $300, now just $119.99Buy VIZIO SB3220n-F6 32″ 2.0 Channel Sound Bar (2018 Model) – Was $90, now just $62.99Buy Klipsch R-20B Bluetooth Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer (Satin Black) – Was $400, now just $280Buy Yamaha YAS-207BL Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer Bluetooth & DTS Virtual:X Black – Was $300, now just $204.99Buy Samsung MM55 Series 3.1 Channel Wireless Sound Bar – Was $272, now just $149.99For smaller spaces, just a soundbar is more than enough to boost the audio experience. But if you have a larger television room space, then something with a subwoofer will go a long way to enhance those Netflix binge sessions. Furthermore, these deals are not going to last for more than 24 hours so make your move fast. Share Tweet Submit
Update: On August 6, 2019, TSARKA, a cyberattack prevention body in Kazakhstan, announced that those who have established the National Certificate may delete it since it will no longer be needed. “Officials explained that it was happening because of the new security system’s testing,” TSAR mentioned. TSAR was officially informed that the tests were completed, all the tasks set during the pilot were successfully solved. However, they further said, “the need for its installation may arise in cases of strengthening the digital border of Kazakhstan within the framework of special regulations.” On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government started intercepting internet traffic within its borders. The government further instructed all the ISPs to force their users to install a government-issued root certificate by Quaznet Trust Network on all devices and in every browser. With the help of this security root certificate, the local government agencies will be able to decrypt users’ HTTPS traffic, sneak into their content, re-encrypt it with the government’s own certificate, and later send it to its destination; thus allowing for the possibility of a nation-wide man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. Since Wednesday, all internet users in Kazakhstan have been redirected to a page instructing users to download and install the new certificate, be it in their desktops or on their mobile devices. Why is the Kazakhstan government forcing citizens to install the root certificate? A local media, Tengrinews.kz reported, the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace said only internet users in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan will have to install the certificate; however, users from all across the country reported being blocked from accessing the internet until they installed the government’s certificate. Olzhas Bibanov, head of public relations service at Tele2 Kazakhstan, said, “We were asked by authorized bodies to notify Nur-Sultan’s subscribers about the need to establish a security certificate”. In an announcement sent to the local ISPs the government said the introduction of the root certificate was due to “the frequent cases of theft of personal and credentials, as well as money from bank accounts of Kazakhstan”. The government in the announcement mentioned, “The introduction of a security certificate will help in the protection of information systems and data, as well as in identifying hacker cyber attacks of Internet fraudsters on the country’s information space systems, private, including the banking sector, before they can cause damage. (…) In the absence of a security certificate on subscriber devices, technical limitations may arise with access to individual Internet resources”. The government further assured the tool “will become an effective tool to protect the country’s information space from hackers, Internet fraudsters and other types of cyber threats.” The Kazakh government has tried unsuccessfully before to get its root certificate implemented Similar to current situation, in December 2015, the government tried their first attempt to force Kazakh users to install the root certificate. The government also sent across a notice to all users warning to install the certificate by January 1, 2016. “The decision was never implemented because the local government was sued by several organizations, including ISPs, banks, and foreign governments, who feared this would weaken the security of all internet traffic (and adjacent business) originating from the country”, ZDNet reports. The Kazakh government approached Mozilla to include their root certificate into their Firefox by default. However, Mozilla declined their proposal. How can users ensure their safety from their own government? If users do not wish to install such a certificate that puts their personal data at risk, they can try encrypting their internet traffic themselves or avoid the installation of this certificate. One way is, by switching to Linux as according to the announcement, Linux users are exempted from downloading this certificate. “[…] the installation of a security certificate must be performed from each device that will be used to access the Internet (mobile phones and tablets based on iOS / Android, personal computers and laptops based on Windows / MacOS).” Eugene Ivanov, a member of the Mozilla team says, “I think both Mozilla and Google should intervene into this situation because it can create a dangerous precedent, nullifying all the efforts of enforcing HTTPS. If Kazakhstan will succeed, more and more governments (eg. Russian Federation, Iran, etc.) will start global MITM attacks on their citizens and this is not good. I think all CAs used for MITM attacks should be explicitly blacklisted both by Mozilla and Google to exclude even [the] possibility of such attacks.” The government claims that installing the certificate is entirely voluntary. However, a user on HackerNews adds to this claim saying, “Technically yes, installing the certificate is voluntary; it’s just that if you don’t install it you won’t be able to access the internet anymore when the government starts MITMing your connections”. This is possible. The government can take strict measures, which may not be in favour of the public and in turn force them to indirectly and involuntarily handover their personal data In such cases people are highly dependent on browsers such as Firefox, Google, to fight for their rights. A Kazakhstan user writes on HackerNews, “Banning this certificate or at least warning the users against using it WILL help a lot. Each authoritarian regime is authoritarian in its own way. Kazakhstan doesn’t have a very strong regime, especially since the first president resigned earlier this year. When people protest strongly against something, the government usually backs down. For example, a couple of years ago the government withdrew their plans of lending lands to foreign governments after backlash from ordinary people. If Kazakhs knew about the implications of installing this certificate, they would have been on the streets already.” The user further adds, “If Firefox, Chrome and/or Safari block this certificate, the people will show their dissatisfaction and the law will be revoked. Sometimes the people in authoritarian countries need a little bit of support from organizations to fight for their rights. I really hope the browser organizations would help us here.” Browser organizations are having a discussion to come up with a plan of action to deal with sites that have been (re-)encrypted by the Kazakh government’s root certificate. However, nothing is yet officially disclosed. We will update this page on further updates to this news. Read Google’s discussion group to know more about this news in detail. Read Next An attack on SKS Keyserver Network, a write-only program, poisons two high-profile OpenPGP certificates Firefox releases v66.0.4 and 60.6.2 to fix the expired certificate problem that ended up disabling add-ons Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program; Google also disabled its iOS research app
Guanacaste is once again the hotspot this week, with anglers pretty much picking and choosing what they want to catch. Lots of marlin and sails are available offshore, and schools of wahoo have been moving in and out of the area. Wahoo to 60 pounds have been hitting the decks of late. Inshore, the bite is strong for roosterfish, snapper and amberjack.In the Central Pacific region of Los Sueños and Quepos, things are a little slower. Boats out of Los Sueños are working hard to bring one or two sails up in the spread. A lot of boats are opting for the good bite on reefs for grouper and snapper. In Quepos, the sails’ bite is a little better but still nothing to jump up and down about, and a few tuna have been taking up the slack.Down south, there have been plenty of marlin, but a lack of anglers to chase them. John Bretza of Okuma Tackle had his son Zander took a 300-pound blue marlin offshore and a couple of nice roosterfish near the beach.On the Caribbean, boats are getting outside and finding tarpon bunched up between Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado. Boats have been hooking four to six per day. Inside, the snook bite continues to be good inside the Tortuguero river mouth and some snapper are hitting lures in the same area. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Barry RobinsonWyndham Destinations appoints Australia’s Barry RobinsonWyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world’s largest vacation ownership, exchange, and rental company, announced the appointment of Barry Robinson to the role of President and Managing Director of International Operations for Wyndham Vacation Clubs, overseeing operations of the company’s timeshare business outside North America.Wyndham Destinations is the new company established following the spinoff of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from Wyndham Worldwide. The company has a global presence in 110 countries at more than 220 vacation ownership resorts and 4,300+ affiliated exchange properties. Wyndham Destinations has started trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WYND.In his new role, Mr. Robinson will lead the international growth strategy for the company’s seven vacation clubs: CLUB WYNDHAM®, WorldMark® by Wyndham, CLUB WYNDHAM® ASIA, WorldMark South Pacific Club, Shell Vacations Club, Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham and WYNDHAM CLUB BRASIL(SM).Wyndham Destinations has developed or acquired more than 220 vacation ownership resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, serving nearly 900,000 owners of vacation ownership interests.“Every year 2.8 million families entrust us with their vacation dreams. Through our unique brands, flexible ways to explore, and more destinations than any other market competitor, we make it easy to experience and enjoy the most amazing vacations around the globe,” said Michael D. Brown, president and chief executive officer for Wyndham Destinations. “As the popularity of our vacation clubs continue to expand around the world, Barry’s success in building strong hospitality organisations across the Asia Pacific region will continue to drive our company’s growth.”Prior to his current position, Mr. Robinson served as president and managing director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific for 14 years, driving significant property acquisitions and enhanced resort developments, and grew the business to become the world’s largest vacation ownership development operation outside North America. He was also responsible for leading Wyndham Hotel Group’s growth across South East Asia and the Pacific Rim.With more than 30 years’ hospitality experience, Mr. Robinson has served in a number of leading industry roles covering management, operations, development, branding and franchising. He has held a number of senior leadership positions in the Asia Pacific region for some of the world’s largest hospitality companies, including Swiss-Belhotel International, Swissôtel Worldwide Partner Hotels and Choice Hotels International.“I’m delighted to lead the international growth strategy for Wyndham Vacation Clubs. We’re passionate about the memorable holiday experiences we offer nearly 900,000 families around the globe and our seven vacation clubs offer unmatched travel possibilities. As Wyndham Destinations, we will be focused on growing our member base and adding resorts at even more of the world’s most desirable and unique locations,” said Mr. Robinson.“We’ve developed a strong reputation for offering the world’s best and most varied vacation club experiences, which has enabled us to continually expand and develop our offerings. With tourism and travel the fastest growing sector globally, continued outbound growth from the Asia Pacific region and emerging markets around the world hungry for quality travel experiences, the sky is the limit. I am immensely excited about the growth potential of our business,” he added.Mr. Robinson was born in New Zealand and is an Australian citizen. He will oversee Wyndham Destinations’ corporate offices situated on the Gold Coast Australia, Singapore, Clark the Philippines, and Shanghai in China.About Wyndham Destinations Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND) believes in putting the world on vacation. Our global presence in 110 countries at more than 220 vacation ownership resorts and 4,300+ affiliated exchange properties distinguishes Wyndham Destinations as the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, with North America’s largest professionally managed rental business. Each year our team of 25,000 associates delivers great vacations to millions of families as they make memories of a lifetime. Learn more at wyndhamdestinations.com Our world is your destination.Source = Wyndham Destinations
Examiners from Durban KZN Lifesaving will assess their performance in their practical and theory exam in March annually, to assure they pass each level to their final lifeguard award. Not only are the pupils taught in fresh water, but also at Spioenkop Dam and in the Tugela River, giving overall water experience. Once qualified at Level 1, they will be able to compete provincially for KZN against 122 clubs throughout the country.With the help and support of Sport & Recreation KZN, Kim Thomas (AQUAFIN chairperson and lifesaving instructor) would like to see the programme reach right through the Uthukela District over the next 10 years – especially in the rural areas where rivers and dams are not manned, thus allowing for numerous drowning incidents annually. The club would like to eliminate that percentage in this timeframe.“I am very excited to finally implement the programme I am incredibly passionate about, knowing that children can save children. I am also very grateful to Egerton Primary School principal Mr Barry Calloway and the School Governing Body for also being involved in the vision and supporting the sport through the school. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children and an exciting and spontaneous sport that carries a great purpose and most importantly, a precious skill,” says Kim. Lifesaving Sport is a dedicated water safety programme through SA Lifesaving to educate young pupils in water safety and assist in drowning prevention throughout the country. Egerton Primary School is onboard with this programme.The AQUAFIN Lifesaving Club, based at the Egerton pool, is open to all children from ages 10 to adult. They are taught all water rescue skills, basic first aid, radio and patrol rescue signals from shore, rescue boards, boats and helicopter, and CPR. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
October 8, 2017 642 Views Other events in the week ahead:Bank Reserve Settlement, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ESTFOMC Minutes, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ESTJPMorgan Chase Q3 2017 Earnings, Thursday 8:30 a.m.Treasury Budget, Thursday, 2 p.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBank of America Q3 2017 Earnings, Friday 6:45 a.m.Consumer Price Index, Friday, 8:30 a.m. ESTConsumer Sentiment, Friday, 10 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News HUD 2017-10-08 Brianna Gilpin Share The Week Ahead: HUD, Treasury, and Fed Nominations This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Reserve System, and Department of the Treasury have a scheduled spot on the Senate calendar for key nominations in their departments.Paul Compton, Jr. of Alabama will be nominated to the General Counsel of HUD since the resignation of Helen R. Kanovsky; Joseph Otting of Nevada will be nominated to the position of Comptroller of the Currency for a term of five years since the term expiration of Tomas J. Curry; and Randal Quarles of Colorado will be nominated for reappointment to be a Member of the board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the term of 14 years from February 1, 2018.Because of his history at OneWest, a regional bank with part ownership from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Otting has been in the hot seat in regards to his possible new position. Democrats have discussed various customers who suffered from foreclosures and were treated poorly.In last weeks vote, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he was concerned that Otting and Quarles are more interested in serving Wall Street rather than the public saying, “”The White House looks like a retreat for Wall Street executives.”The Senate nominations are scheduled for Tuesday, October 10.
Maravovo community is located North-west of the Guadalcanal island – which hosts the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.During the meeting, Rusinal Nabouniu the Communication officer for the project told the community that this project is not a new thing but its all about preserving or reviving our past traditional ways of life.She described the past ways of life and the current as a broken mat that needs to be mended.“We come to realize that our way (mat) of lives before is broken and we need to reweave them.“We understand, life before is full of respect, love and everything made us Melanesian happy people,” Ms Nabouniu said.Today, this is no longer the case and so we would like to share this with you so that you come on board let us revive our traditional knowledge and preserve them, she added.Speaking at the dialogue, Maravovo Chief Noel Lotaraom said indeed we have lost our traditional ways of living and way of life.He has also agreed with the statement ‘our way of life before is broken and we need to reweave it again’.“Recently I was in tears when I saw the stream where I used to enjoy bathing inside before was covered in a Milo-like colour due to the logging operations upstream.“This has destroyed our natural environment and very soon we will have nothing left for our next generation to enjoy like in the past,” Chief Lotaraom said.He added that something must be done as the natural environment and the original ways of life in the village is slowly taken away by the different influences that are present today.Authorities are becoming powerless and have failed to act.A mother from the north-west Guadalcanal community, Mildred Parabau also compared that life these days is harder than their experienced before.“These days if you don’t give any money to your children, they will not want to go to school,” Mrs Parabau said.She added that this is different from their times in the past, where kids just packed their foods in their bags and head to the school.Another woman Jessy Teteo also contributed that the generations at the present time is totally different.“They don’t have any respect towards the environment, parents, chiefs and elders of the community.“I believe that this is where it is important for this project to be established here so that locals can come to realize where they went wrong,” Ms Teteo said.Meanwhile, Ms Nabouniu said that this is not a new thing as there is a similar situation everywhere in the world.“We are here mainly just to teach you how to reweaving our mats. The way of life before is like a mat and yes it is broken and we need to reweave it.“Our people before are living with nature and full of respect in the communities. They live in harmony and are enjoying life.“This is the kind of life that we should preserve rather than just letting it go,” Ms Nabouniu said.Ms Nabouniu stated that she is happy to start the project with Maravovo community.“We will expand the project to other provinces as soon as possible.”The project is partly a continuation of the Ecumenical Research Project (ERP) that is mostly funded by BfdW with small financial support from the Methodist church in Great Britain and EMW in Germany.It takes into account the key issues from the ERP project mainly ecumenical leadership; active and meaningful cooperation (national and regionally), the need to review the mission mandate of the churches on development, its content and strategies and their active engagement with ecological and developmental issues of their people.The preliminary results of the project present striking gaps both on country specifics and at the regional level on the lack of cooperation on mission work between the churches especially to address the developmental challenges of their people.Three of these contributing issues to this lack of ecumenical relations and cooperation on mission work are;· Lack of Christian based ecological framework that would enable them to confidently engage with their country specific and regional developmental issues;· Lack of an ecumenical leadership formation and mentoring to conceive of a liberating and redemptive vision for collaboration on developmental and social justice issue;· Lack of participation of church members, particularly the youth and women, in ecumenical activities on development and the ecology which in part is a consequence of the absence of ecumenical leadership and vision.Underpinning these is the fact that most churches are still in the era of the early missionaries where engagement in developmental issues is not part of their faith formation or theological training.Such a view of engagement in development and its grounding, rules out the engagement with society on development and ecological issues such as poverty alleviation, social and economic justice, peace and conflict, violence against, land and sea bed mining, and environmental degradation.The project and its activities are organised around the need for the churches to address the now recognised ecological crisis from the health situation of their people to the degradation of the environment that is emerging in the pacific region.This issue is the catalyst to address the main outcomes of the ERP as mentioned above.This project is designed by the Institute for Mission and Research from the pacific theological college.Representatives from Anglican church of Melanesian, Media, Ministry of culture and tourism and none-government organisation also join the group.The post ‘Reweaving the Mat’ project reaches Maravovo appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog A delegation from the ‘Reweaving the Ecological Mat’ project, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, non-government organisation and other stakeholders has visited Maravovo community over the weekend.
The post New Board for ENB Tourism Authority appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog The East New Britain Tourism Authority (ENBTA) has sworn in its new board members.The swearing in was held at Hotel Kokopo in the province’s capital by the senior provincial magistrate Sam Lavutul.The new board members include Ron Kuk as the chairman, Douglas Pidi as the deputy, Jack Namaliu as the finance director and Sandra Lau, representing Asia market. PNG Tourism Promotion Authority is represented by the CEO Jerry Agus, who also oversees special projects. Jack Walom represents the land transport sector, NasonPukai representing PNG Ports Limited and cruise ships while Air Niugini’s Robin Taman representing airlines are also part of the board. Other members include Tiolam Wawaga and Lava Girl owner, Annette Sete who is the secretary. Dr Simon Simet is another board member who is bestowed the responsibilities of culture. Pious Mano Kornainai, representing the four districts in the province, Kokopo, Rabaul, Gazelle and Pomio is also on the board.Chairman Mr Kuk reminded all the members of the challenges faced in the tourism industry in the province.He said partnership with other government sectors and the tourism industry players were other areas that the new board must continue to work at. Mr Kuk said a huge task lay ahead to make the province a must see for tourists, avenues to bring in tourists and generate benefits for the locals must be the main agenda.
11sharesHome > Events > Education Events > MSc in Sustainable Tourism: Application Deadline Extended to July 26Photo Source: Harokopio UniversityThe Harokopio University, the University of the Aegean and Université Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne, for a second year have launched the international Master’s (MSc) program on “Sustainable Tourism Development: Cultural Heritage, Environment, Society”, and invite all candidates to submit their applications for the academic year 2019 – 2020.The deadline for applications has been extended to July 26.Photo source: Harokopio University Library and Information CenterThe program is focusing on issues related to:– Sustainable tourism development,– Interconnection between culture and tourism,– Management and marketing of the cultural heritage,– Development and administration of tourism destinations,– Economy of tourism,– Protection of the environment in touristic areas.All courses will be held in English at the Harokopio University in Athens.Theory, seminars and lectures will cover a wide range of issues on tourism management and cultural heritage. The program will also include practical training and a diploma thesis.For more information visit the website www.tourismheritage.hua.gr.