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first_imgTORONTO – Residents in some Toronto neighbourhoods will be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards under a pilot project approved Tuesday by city council.The pilot will run in four city wards over the next three years with an interim review in 18 months. Residents can keep up to four chickens — no roosters are permitted — and must register with the city.Coun. Justin Di Ciano, who brought the pilot to council, said the project will give city residents an alternative to store-bought eggs.“I look at the facts,” he said. “I’ve talked to many people in other jurisdictions … about all the negative aspects, the noise, the smell, the predators. None of it shows up in these other municipalities’ radar.”Chickens would not be allowed in apartment buildings, condominiums or properties without sufficient outdoor space. Under the system, chickens must remain within a resident’s yard and any eggs produced are for personal consumption and can’t be sold.Several municipalities in Ontario, including Kingston, Brampton, Niagara Falls and Caledon, all allow residents to keep chickens in backyard coops.Di Ciano said that in Niagara Falls, where backyard chickens have been permitted for 20 years, there were 10 complaints to the city about the animals in 2016. In that same time period, there were 500 noise complaints about dogs, he said.“There are hundreds and hundreds of residents with chickens already in the city of Toronto,” Di Ciano said. “We’re not getting a lot of complaints … I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of problems with this.”Opponents of the pilot have argued it will generate complaints and tie up the city’s bylaw enforcement officers. Coun. Anthony Perruzza predicted the pilot will drive up complaints to councillors.“They’re smelly,” he said. “One of the biggest bylaw issues we have, that drives people crazy, is things that attract rodents … these will.”Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti urged his colleagues to reject the pilot, saying suburban residents don’t support it.“Madam Speaker, what the flock is going on at City Hall?” he asked. “I for one, stand up and ask the question because I just cannot believe what I’m hearing and seeing … I cannot believe we’re not talking about more substantial issues.”last_img read more


first_imgHollywood filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will speak about his off-screen campaign to close America’s education achievement gap at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on June 11.The screenwriter, director and producer of 10 films, including the Oscar-nominated smash hit The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has grossed over $2 billion around the world. A master of supernatural thrillers, he is currently at work on Wayward Pines, a star-studded mystery series that debuts on Fox this fall, and a feature film, Labor of Love, starring Bruce Willis.Born in India and raised in suburban Philadelphia – where most of his films have been filmed and set – Shyamalan recently published his first non-fiction book, I Got Schooled, about the foundation he co-founded with his wife, Bhavna, to help inner-city students succeed. The foundation supports remarkable leaders and their organizations that are working to remove the barriers created by poverty and inequality that prevent individuals and communities from unleashing their full potential. The foundation has begun to focus its domestic efforts on educational reform throughout the United States.The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for National Press Club members and $36 for the general public. Students with a valid ID may purchase tickets for $21. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook and Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type SHYAMALAN in the subject line and send to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event.last_img read more


first_imgIt was April 2009 when Scott Thompson reached his breaking point. He’d spent his post–Kids in the Hall years living in Los Angeles, but times had gotten tough. Living near the intersection of Normandie and Adams, Thompson felt as removed from Hollywood as he felt from the career he wanted. He was bitter and furious that things had stalled.Then it happened. “I heard gunshots outside my house,” Thompson says over the phone from his North Hollywood home. “A gun battle outside the house was a low point. The next morning, I woke up with pain in my stomach and I thought it was rock bottom for me. It ended up being cancer and I knew I had to get outta here.”Thompson says that April 19, 2009, was the most consequential day of his life. Without health insurance, returning to his native Toronto wasn’t just necessary but life-saving. “I knew I was going to beat it,” he says. “But I think my emotional state contributed to my illness, too.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting. “Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on Twitter. “Voting day is the only day when we are the most powerful. We can change the shape of our future by choosing the right people,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Asked for his reaction on people thinking ‘what difference does one vote make’, the “Newton” star said: “That’s a stupid thought. Every vote counts. If everybody starts thinking ‘if I wont vote it’s fine’, it is not going to work. “If you want to bring a change, if you want to make our country a better place, use that power. There’s no point sitting at home and playing video games. Go out and vote.” Rajkummar expressed his views as he featured in a video as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary As part of the #PowerOf18 initiative, Twitter collaborates with Indian personalities to encourage the youth of India to vote in the upcoming general elections. Past participants of the #PowerOf18 video series include singer Jassie Gill, boxer Nikhat Zareen and writer-poet Mahima Kukreja. The campaign is aimed at encouraging more youth in India to participate in civic engagement and understand the significance of their right to vote. What is Rajkummar’s message to today’s youth? “It is not only abut us. It is about our generations to come. So question, ask for your rights, if you see a horrible infrastructure around you take a picture and put it out, ask your politicians why? Only you have the power to bring in that change and that change will come through vote.”last_img read more


Rabat – Forcibly deported from the USA late last December, Moroccan activist Siham Byah has said that the circumstances of her “inhumane” deportation point towards “a possible collusion between US and Moroccan authorities.” Byah sees her deportation from America as a politically motivated vendetta, and an act of “political vengeance” aimed at “punishing” her for supporting social movements and human rights, both in Morocco and in the U.S.During a press conference yesterday in Rabat, the 40-year-old activist described her painful deportation memories, explaining that American authorities had first confiscated her residency permit in 2012, denied her basic rights on multiple occasions while still in the U.S., before finally deporting her, on December 28, “without due process and under direct instructions from Washington.” For Byah, her deportation from the U.S was a calculated move made possible through “coordination between US and Moroccan governments.” The whole story, she explained, is “politically motivated” and aims to “take revenge” on her for her support for the Rif movements, as well as her general “outspoken criticism and fearless activism,” adding that before being deported from the U.S, in July 2017, she had participated in two demonstrations in support of the Hirak Rif.Of her deportation, Byah said that she was lied to by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials, denied family contact, and was made to board the plane handcuffed and with shackled wrists and ankles. Officials never told her why she’d been “chosen” for deportation, she said.Byah also seized the press conference opportunity to call upon U.S authorities to review the legality of her deportation, and to duly investigate the reasons for her mistreatments by American police. She urged American authorities to provide her eight-year-old Naseem –who has American nationality and is allegedly in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Family–with necessary psychological assistance read more


2 June 2011The estimated 2.5 billion people across the world who do not have access to reliable electricity supplies can benefit from clean and renewable energy generated through partnerships between governments and the private sector, the United Nations said today. A report by UN-Energy, an umbrella body of UN agencies working on sustainable development and their business partners, in conjunction with leading electricity companies and other partners launched outlines the conditions necessary for successful public-private partnerships (PPP) on electricity.According to the report, choosing electricity-generating technology appropriate to local conditions is key to the success of such projects, as well as national energy-development goals and plans which have strong long-term policies enshrined in legislation, and assured cost recovery and profit potential for investors in low-carbon technologies.Sufficient funding for research, development and deployment of emerging clean-electricity technologies and measures to maximize benefits to communities from new and expanded electrification are the other measures outlines in the report.The report also stresses the importance of measures to enhance the private sector’s ability to provide capital through various financing alternatives for electricity projects and to design, construct, operate and maintain them. There has to be strong relationships between the public and private sectors and other stakeholders as well, according to the report.Power purchase agreements should also be in place to offer the private sector the greatest certainty for long-term investments, the report notes.The report was launched as the UN General Assembly convened a one-day thematic debate on the green economy“Where sustainable development is the destination, green economy offers a pathway,” said Joseph Deiss, the General Assembly President. “This debate aims to strengthen the understanding of green economy and of what the international community, each Member State and local communities can do to transition to green economy.”A “green economy” in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication is one of the central themes of next year’s Fourth UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will be held in the Brazilian city in June 2012.The report highlights electricity projects developed through PPP in Argentina which will provide power to small rural communities.An 86-kilowatt hydroelectric station in Argentina’s Patagonia region will provide power to the tiny rural community of Cochico, while a wind and diesel hybrid system of the same size will supply the isolated village of Chorriaca. Both communities currently make do with inadequate and polluting diesel generators that operate sporadically.The new electricity sources are the result of cooperative efforts between the communities, Patagonia’s provincial Government and members of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, a non-profit organization created by several of the world’s largest utilities to promote sustainable energy development in developing and emerging nations.“Private and public sector collaboration can bring clean, reliable electricity to those without it,” said Michael Morris, the chief executive officer (CEO) of American Electric Power and this year’s chair of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (formerly known as the e8).“By the end of 2011, we will have met with energy and finance ministers from more than 50 countries and worked on policy changes they want to make to become more attractive to investors in electricity projects.“Strong synergies can result when power technologies that emit few or zero greenhouse gases are coupled with enabling public policies and financing. In addition to improving the lives and environment of people by supplying them with non-polluting electricity, the projects will also stimulate the growth of jobs in manufacturing and services,” Mr. Morris added.Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters, Tariq Banuri, the Director of the Division of Sustainable Development in the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said access to energy was not only at the heart of economic growth, but was key to human development.“If you do no have energy you can not get clean water to people. If you cannot get clean water you cannot save children and infants from dying. Infant mortality… is in part related to the lack of energy services,” said Mr. Banuri. “The world needs a global programme to address this issue,” he added.Mr. Morris stressed that the Partnership’s projects were “small in nature and huge in impact.” “They take a population which is absolutely either without energy or on very high pollution sources of energy,” he said.“The partnership with the UN and the UN-Energy group is important because it will give all of us a broader breadth of understanding of the challenges to bring electricity to those populations that are underserved. Our mission and our goal is to continue to find those places where we can take those steps and do that in a constructive way because of the impact that it has on the human good,” added Mr. Morris.According to Thierry Vandal, President and CEO of Hydro-Quebec, the Partnership focused on projects that made “economic sense” were “environmentally responsible” and met the immediate needs of the communities where they were situated.Juergen Grossman, the CEO of the energy firm RWE AG, stressed the link between electricity and education.“I don’t think that we can bring a level playing field to lots of developing nations without access to the Internet and that depends on electricity,” he told the new conference. Access to electricity could also be linked to prosperity, according to James Rogers, the chairman and chief executive office of Duke Energy. read more


He said the move is part of efforts to keep the city of Colombo and the Western Province clean and beautiful. The Government today said that legal action will be taken against cattle owners in the Western Province if the cattle are not taken off the streets by December 15.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that cattle on the streets in the Western Province will be captured and transferred to a cattle orphanage in Embilipitiya.


Launched Wednesday in Buenos Aires, the first edition of FAO’s Panorama of Rural Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, presented during the Week of Agriculture and Food, warned of an historical reversal in the struggle to improve the region’s rural, which now totals 59 million people.The last regional setback of this magnitude was a result of 2008 international financial crisis.“We cannot tolerate that one of every two rural inhabitants is poor, and one-in-five, indigent,” said Julio Berdegué, FAO Regional Representative. “Worse still, we have suffered a historical reversal, a break in the trend that makes it clear that we are leaving our rural areas behind.”Rural areas decimated by poverty, climatic vulnerabilityAccording to the report, poverty, insecurity and environmental vulnerability have driven much involuntary migration from the region’s rural areas between 2014 and 2016.It indicates that most of the people who leave in Central America flee from rural municipalities, including small towns and cities with less than 100 000 inhabitants.“Irregular and insecure migration from the countryside is a social and politically priority,” Mr. Berdegué explained, saying the solution lies in “turning rural territories into prosperous and socially cohesive places.”According to FAO, eliminating rural poverty would help to tackle the illegal activities, including human and drug trafficking, that increase the region’s insecurity.,Even though only 18 per cent of the region’s population lives in rural areas, they account for 29 per cent of Latin America’s poor. Moreover, 27 million people, or 41 per cent of those who suffer extreme poverty in the region, live in rural areas.“The countryside and the rural areas are key for the economic growth of the countries, for the development of their exports and for the employment of millions,” Mr. Berdegué maintained.“It is there that we find the roots of agro-industry – which drives scientific and technological innovation in the region – as well as thousands of family farmers that produce the majority of food for local consumption,” he added.Rural development = Sustainable developmentA key target of the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) calls for reducing by at least half the proportion of people living in poverty by the year 2030. According to the report, this will be out of reach for several regional countries without major improvement.,The publication highlights key measures for rural populations to reduce poverty:Create efficient, inclusive and sustainable agricultural sectors by investing in public goods; increasing access to land, rural services and information; and better manage agricultural risks.Extend rural social protection programmes by promoting synergies with the productive and agricultural sectors.Sustainably manage natural resources; link poverty reduction policies with environmental sustainability; and promote resilience against environmental and economic shocks.Promote rural non-agricultural employment by fostering urban-rural linkages, private investment and basic infrastructure.Improve infrastructure by increasing and intensifying public investment in territorial assets and link infrastructure with associated public services.,“Without rural development there will be no sustainable development, since 132 of the 169 goals of the SDGs are intimately linked to rural development, and two-out-of-ten goals can only be achieved in these areas,” warned Mr. Berdegué. read more


Qatar’s contribution of $75 million, which will be stretched over a period of five years, includes support for strengthening the counter-terror office’s strategy, backing efforts to support victims of terrorism, and preventing violent extremism.The committment is one of a host of new agreements signed between Qatar and the UN on Sunday, Mr. Guterres shared during his briefing to journalists, and praised such strides as a  “quantum leap” in the Qatar-UN relationship.The funds for strengthening the UN’s counter-terrorism activities were part of a full pledge from Qatar that amounted to $500 million. There will also agreements to provide annual support to UN Developmental Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Funsd(UNICEF), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.In his keynote address, Mr. Guterres said:  “Perhaps the most precious – and increasingly scarce – resource in our world today is dialogue,” he said, and added that more exchanges like those taking place at the Forum are needed, but dwindling trust is paralyzing the conversation. He said platforms like the Doha Forum, which nurse the exchange of ideas, are lacking in number, but vital.We face enormous challenges that can’t be solved by any country on its own – UN chief“As I said at the UN General Assembly, our world is suffering from a bad case of trust deficit disorder.”“The world is more connected, yet societies  are becoming more fragmented,” he decried. “Challenges are growing outward while many people are turning inward.”“This is the ultimate paradox in today’s world,” he said, calling it a chaotic “in-between” period for world order, and pointing to fear as the ultimate driver.“The best-selling brand in our world today is fear. It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks.”The UN’s duty in conflict is that of “an honest broker,” and “impartial element,” Mr. Guterres explained to students at Hamad Bin Kahlifa University as part of his visit to Doha. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets ambitious goals for its Member States to tackle the complex challenges of our time, which the UN chief nominated as “the blueprint” for the important role of fair globalization.Spotlighting climate change, Mr. Guterres said this challenge is a battle for our future, “and in this conflict, nature does not negotiate,” but to our advantage, emerging technologies can help us overcome this scourge, so long as such developments are monitored. Recapping his recent participations in the successful adoption of the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakech, an agreement on a ‘rulebook’ in Poland laying out the way forward for the 2015 Paris climate accord , and a breakthrough in Yemen peace talks in Sweden, Mr. Guterres said  “each of these… underline a core reality in today’s world.” “To put it simply: We face enormous challenges that can’t be solved by any country on its own,” he told attendees at the two-day meeting ‘s conclusion.From Saturday to Sunday, policy leaders at the Doha Forum discussed international alliance, and addressed topics of terrorism, cybertechnology, and the media, among others.On the Forum’s sidelines, heads of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the State of Qatar, along with Vladimir Vorokonkov and Major General Abdul Aziz Al Ansaari, respectively, jointly signed a Contribution Agreement whereby Qatar agreed to support UNOCT’s counter-terrorism strategy implementation. To ensure the “pace and promise” of technology is responsibly maximized, he urged for investment in education, a new generation of support for people struggling to adapt, and a need for collective mobilization, to ensure technology will be “a force for good.”Mr. Guterres highlighted that just as the tech sector is transforming, so are our livelihoods; which encompass the work-life balance which will be  “completely different in the future we are facing.”“We need an education, not to learn how to do things, but to learn how to learn because many of those that are today in schools and universities will have jobs that simply do not exist and are not even envisionable today.”He concluded his address on a hopeful note, applauding recent milestones by nations who have championed war and poverty through effective collaboration.“When we work together, we can achieve great things for the good of all people.”“International cooperation works. and that cooperation has never been more critical to repair broken trust and uphold dignity for one and all.” read more


Triggered by violent demonstrations and numerous allegations of government mismanagement of public funds, and “worrying episodes” of violence in some Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods, Special Representative Helen La Lime said that although progress has been slow, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) has had a positive impact.Noting progress on “reinforcing rule of law institutions, increasing the capacity of the Haitian National Police, and promoting human rights”, she pointed out that the government now has a dedicated ministerial level focal point for human rights, which “indicates Haiti’s readiness to engage with international human rights bodies and to prepare a national action plan.”Ms. La Lime said it was encouraging that the national ombudsperson’s office is slowly increasing its influence outside of the capital, Port-au-Prince and that the space for human rights organizations is expanding in general.Through a constructive and peaceful dialogue, the democratically-elected Government of Haiti could…implement programmes that improve the lives of its citizens — Special Representative Helen La LimeShe pointed out that at the Prime Minister’s request, a joint commission had been established between MINUJUSTH, his advisers and other UN agencies, to remove bottlenecks in implementing the mission’s mandate and to provide a technical support forum.However, much remains to be done, such as replicating successful pilot projects throughout the country, including one that tackles pre-trial detention in the jurisdiction of Port-au-Prince; and addressing in a systemic manner gang violence which has become endemic to several Port-au-Prince neighborhoods.“It would behoove not only the government of Haiti, but also the international community to fulfill their commitment to fully fund the five-year HNP [Haitian National Police] Strategic Development Plan, so as to ensure the continued buildup of human, logistical and material capacity of the institution,” she continued, assuring the Council that “MINUJUSTH will focus on fulfilling these objectives.”She informed the chamber that following a request by the Haitian authorities, a needs assessment mission was recently deployed to Port-au-Prince to determine the UN’s level of technical assistance and logistical support to the country’s upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.Transition from UN peacekeeping to support role continuesMs. La Lime asserted that while all MINUJUSTH benchmarks would not be achieved by 15 October 2019, with responsible planning, the reconfiguration of the UN presence in Haiti to a non-peacekeeping one is “still feasible,” reporting that “this month MINUJUSTH will be reducing the footprint of its Formed Police Units from seven to five.”Stressing that the mission’s success depends on the Government functioning properly, she noted that over the last weeks she has contacted the President, Prime Minister, political leaders and key private sector players to advocate for a de-escalation of current tensions and respect for constitutional order.Citing the Government’s efficient response to the 6 October earthquake as demonstrating the capacity of a united Haitian State, Ms. La Lime asserted that it was important to collectively assist the country in emerging from the current political impasse.“Through a constructive and peaceful dialogue, the democratically-elected Government of Haiti could set the stage for the next cycle of elections, and continue to implement programmes that improve the lives of its citizens,” she concluded. read more


first_imgBrésil : l’appel d’offres pour le barrage géant est suspenduBrésil – L’appel d’offres pour la construction du troisième plus grand barrage hydroélectrique du monde en Amazonie a été suspendu par une décision de la justice de l’État amazonien du Para, au nord du Brésil.  Contesté par les indigènes et les écologistes, la construction du gigantesque barrage hydroélectrique Belo Monte est à nouveau en suspens, malgré le feu vert pour le lancement de l’appel d’offres accordé vendredi par la justice fédérale brésilienne. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPrévu mardi 20 avril à 15h00 GMT, le lancement de l’appel d’offres a finalement été une nouvelle fois suspendu par un arrêté de la justice de l’État du Para. Le ministère public de l’État estime que le projet de Belo Monte constitue un “affront aux lois de l’environnement”, de même qu’il suscite des doutes “quant à la biodiversité et à la survie des populations le long des 100 Km du Rio Xingu (…) où vivent 12.000 familles”, pour la plupart indigènes. Le Rio Xingu devra en effet être détourné pour alimenter un barrage gigantesque qui viendra inonder 500 km²de terres. Avec sa capacité de 11.000 MW, Belo Monte deviendra le deuxième plus grand barrage du Brésil, et le troisième du monde après celui des Trois-Gorges, en Chine. La construction de Belo Monte nécessitera un investissement de quelque 8,2 milliards d’euros, et le gouvernement brésilien, qui soutient ce projet, espère pouvoir profiter dès 2015 de l’énergie produite par le barrage.Le 22 avril 2010 à 14:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgLes premiers agriculteurs européens pratiquaient encore la pêchePubliant leur étude dans PNAS, des chercheurs de plusieurs pays d’Europe ont analysé des éléments de poterie du Néolithique, et montré que malgré la révolution agricole, les habitants des régions de la Baltique continuaient, dans une large mesure, à exploiter les ressources maritimes et fluviales, il y a quelque 6.000 ans.  Des chercheurs de l’Université d’York et de l’Université de Bradford (Royaume-Uni), collaborant avec des scientifiques allemands et danois, ont analysé les résidus de cuisine conservés dans 133 récipients de céramique datant de 4.000 avant J.-C., environ, et provenant de 15 sites des pays baltes d’Europe du Nord, afin d’évaluer le régime alimentaire des populations néolithiques de cette région, à l’époque des débuts de l’agriculture.À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesIl s’avère que les pots issus d’endroits côtiers contenaient des résidus enrichis en une forme de carbone présent dans les organismes marins, et 20% d’entre eux contenaient d’autres traces biochimiques d’organismes aquatiques (graisses et huiles) absentes chez les animaux terrestres et les plantes. Sur les sites de l’intérieur des terres, 28% des pots contenaient des résidus d’organismes aquatiques, probablement issus de poissons d’eau douce.”Cette recherche fournit des preuves claires que les gens, à travers la Baltique occidentale, ont continué à exploiter les ressources marines et d’eau douce, malgré l’arrivée des animaux domestiques et des plantes [issus de l’agriculture]. Bien que l’agriculture ait été introduite rapidement dans la région, elle peut ne pas avoir causé un changement de leur vie de chasseurs-cueilleurs aussi spectaculaire que ce qu’on pensait précédemment”, conclut le Dr Oliver Craig, archéologue à l’Université d’York.Le 25 octobre 2011 à 18:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgWoman was stabbed at the Fashion Valley Mall Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An unidentified assailant stabbed a woman in the back in an apparently random attack at Fashion Valley mall late this afternoon.The 58-year-old victim was texting near a Container Store outlet on the northeast side of the shopping center when she was assaulted from behind shortly before 3:30 p.m., according to San Diego police.“The victim turned around and saw a (man) walking away,” Officer Robert Heims said. “The victim chased (him) through the parking lot onto Friars Road, and lost him at the (state Route) 163 off-ramp.”Medics took the woman to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening puncture wound to her right shoulder blade.The victim described the assailant as a brown-haired, roughly 6-foot white man with blue or green eyes.He appeared to be in his early 30s and was wearing brown pants and a green shirt, she told police. Posted: January 9, 2019 January 9, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 7:48 PM KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more


first_imgResearchers in Australia say that fact checking can reverse the views of even the most dyed-in-the-wool partisans, and over time could cause voters to shun an often-lying candidate. Photo: CollectedResearchers in Australia say that fact checking can reverse the views of even the most dyed-in-the-wool partisans, and over time could cause voters to shun an often-lying candidate.Scientists from the University of Western Australia, the United States and Britain found that Aussies did change their minds about false statements — even from politicians they support — when corrected.In findings that offer hope that “post-truth” politicians and a rash of disinformation from state-actors like Russia can be checked, the authors found voters from across the political spectrum would change their minds when presented with facts, and were turned off by persistent lies.”This study’s findings are encouraging regarding both the potential effectiveness of fact checking and the importance of veracity to voters,” they said.The study presented 370 Australians with a series of false and true claims from conservative prime minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten and a corresponding fact check for each claim.Unlike earlier studies, the false claims outnumbered the true, allowing researchers to measures whether a pattern of debunked false claims had a longer-term impact on the politician’s appeal.The authors found that, while right-wing voters were slightly more likely to believe false claims as a whole, left wing participants were more likely to believe their own side.But for both sides “corrections strongly reduced myth beliefs” and participants’ support for politicians “did decline” even if participants’ political views did not change.”It appears that veracity does matter to voters,” they said.The “results suggest that fact checking could serve as a genuine threat to the electability of politicians who regularly make false statements.”But there were some notes of caution: In the real world not every lie is fact checked, not everyone sees or seeks out those checks, and false claims could go unchecked for a long time.And there could be cultural differences from country to country, particularly in places that do not have compulsory voting or in deeply polarised countries like the United States.”Our results suggest that the impact of politicians’ false statements on the level of support they receive may differ between the USA and Australia,” they said.Some earlier studies have suggested that misinformation continues to affect memories, beliefs and reasoning even after it had been corrected.last_img read more


first_img(Photos Courtesy Morgan State University)Morgan State University on April 30 launched construction on its new $79.4 million cutting edge academic and research facility, which is slated for completion in summer 2017.The Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center, the result of a partnership with the state of Maryland, is part of theuniversity’s Phase II West Campus Expansion initiative. The more than 148,000-square-foot building replaces the now-obsolete Jenkins building located on Morgan’s main academic quad.“The construction of this upgraded and multifunctional facility will increase Morgan’s ability to attract a diverse body of students, qualified faculty and additional research dollars, which in turn further enhances our status as a doctoral research institution,” University President David Wilson said in a statement. “The instruction and access to resources made available in this type of experiential learning environment will be critical to giving our students the necessary skills to compete and excel in an ever competitive workforce.”Located near the east end of the Northwood Shopping Center on Hillen Road and Argonne Drive, when completed the five-story building will feature classrooms, laboratories, research space, testing rooms, conference rooms, offices, study hall, and computer labs. In addition, the building will house the university’s largest school, the College of Liberal Arts, which comprises the departments of psychology, sociology and anthropology, political science, economics, history and geography.The Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center is named for educator Martin D. Jenkins who served as Morgan’s president from 1948 to 1970. Jenkins, who died in 1978, was noted for his pioneering work in the field of education.The design of the new facility was completed by HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Construction of the project was awarded to the Barton Malow Co.last_img read more


first_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, the Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: Spy Seal! Follow the newbie spy and his furry colleagues on exciting train rides, high-speed car chases, high-flying air adventures, and down secret underground tunnels, all in an effort to hunt down a dangerous British-turned-Soviet double agent—a slippery spy who poses as an upscale art dealer while covertly killing off important figures of Parliament. What is the reasoning behind this double agent’s terrorist actions? Why are three masked bunny rabbits vandalizing paintings at every London gallery? And just what is this elusive Corten-Steel Phoenix anyway?”Spy Seal Vol. 1: The Corten-Steel PhoenixCreated by (W+A): Rich TommasoWith cool spies like James Bond and the Kingsman in the spotlight, we always look for the newest secret agent to grace us with their presence, and Spy Seal deserves that light. Created, written and drawn by Rich Tommaso, he allows us into this world of anthropomorphic espionage, and it’s unlike anything you’ll ever read.via Image ComicsRich Tommaso creates a story that’s not only in the homage to James Bond but separates itself from most of the Bond stereotypes entirely. Tommaso produces a spy story that engrosses you. He doesn’t let up with the action or narrative. Keeping a consistent and stable story mixed with unpredictable “what’s going to happen” narrative. Tommaso lets it happen within the panels. He plays out before you in jazz-like movement. Scattered and constant. Tommaso writes a spy story that not only twists and turns, but the reader becomes just as into the adventures as Malcolm is.He creates a brand new type of spy with Malcolm as the lead. Malcolm is very fresh to all of this. He’s still clumsy, blissfully unaware, distracted by the little things. However, he’s on the road to figure out that this is what he’s unusually great at. It’s almost a bit coming-of-age in a sense but coming-of-age as a spy who he is coming into his own.via Image ComicsSpy Seal has a look that is original and will honestly appeal to some and deter others. Tommaso gives Spy Seal a style resembling the stylised 1960s version of Mad Men meets James Bond. You have that look and feel of The Adventures of Tintin meeting art deco and pop art.Tommaso keeps things minimal on the details. Only giving you the bare features in his art, but that’s what makes this world so crafty, different and inviting. Tommaso’s lines are what make this story visually appealing, and his earth-toned colors come after. With the lines being so clean and straightforward, there are no distractions. It’s focused on the creative and pleasantly small details within the world that you should pay attention to, the narrative of the story and the adventures Malcolm.via Image ComicsIf there’s one thing that this comic does so well in doing is creating movement. I said before that this was almost like jazz. Within the panels, the action throughout is so smooth. You look from one panel to the next blown away by the detail he puts to keep the continuous flow. Spy Seal almost reads like storyboards. They produce different angles of a subject or character in various ways to catch your eye. They can also serve with giving you a passage of time.Spy Seal: The Corten-Steel Phoenix is a comic that should be on everyone lips. Spy Seal is a comic I’d love to see as a series in the veins of Tintin but kept in this style. It’s gripping and utterly stunning in its art and brilliant in its narrative. Spy Seal: The Corten: Steel Phoenix will be available January 24th at Comixology and your local comic shop.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgPeople love flowers for their fragrance, colour and texture and just the fact that they can ease your nerves by simply looking at them. Now, you have one more reason to stare at those pretty ferns and petals and thats food. Here are a few of the various ways of marrying delectable food with gorgeous edible flowers so that you never run out of reasons to woo your loved ones with flowers.Pansy: Mild and delicate, this beautiful garden flower with velvety petals comes in purple, yellow, blue and white and is great for garnishing. Tastes like grapes and mint, this helps adding a slight taste to the dish. You can add these pretty flowers to your salad to enhance its flavour or just use it as a garnish on chocolate tortes or add to the plating while serving pastries or puddings.Nasturtium: One of the most popular picks in India, with its mild peppery flavour makes for an excellent pickling and culinary component. The bright yellow, orange nasturtium flowers are easy-to-grow and one of the tastiest herbs in the world. As the leaves of this flower are also edible, simply chop them and add to salad along with the flowers. You can also make desserts and appetisers more appetising by adding as a garnish.Marigold: Marigold of the sunflower family or calendula adds a lot to the plate because of its bright colour. Add to salad making it a refreshing summer floral dish or include it in custard to give a citrusy touch for a change.Crocus flower: These are easy to grow and look extremely attractive when a dish is served. Apart from using them in salads and main course. You can also mix this bud in beverages for flavouring and can also be used in making tea and wine.Snap Dragon: This fragrant specimen come in vibrant colours like red, yellow, pink and adds punch to your otherwise boring food. Mix it with liqueur, cranberry and lots of ice to make a delicious drink or add to pizzas and pies to give a fresh twist to the junk food.Carnations / dianthus: Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like their sweet, perfumed aroma.Experiment with these flowers but also be careful about which one to consume.ianslast_img read more


first_imgNBA summer League in Orlando is only for the special breed of hardcore NBA degenerate. The quality of basketball is meh, but fans can see their new draft picks don the team unis for the first time, and sometimes it produces some great highlights.Yesterday, Pacers guard Joe Young got out on the fast break and threw down a nasty  “and 1” dunk over Orlando’s Nick Johnson while absorbing a hard foul.  It’s definitely the clubhouse leader for dunk of the summer league season.Joe Young with the SLAM! ? pic.twitter.com/ma7LWHmwTp— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) July 2, 2016last_img


first_img In a recent ESPN interview, Crawford revealed that David Stern forced him to go see a psychiatrist after he ejected Tim Duncan for laughing at him on the bench. Per Crawford:“Duncan was sitting on the bench laughing. And I threw him. That laugh bothered me. I thought it was incredibly disrespectful. But I knew the minute it happened I was gonna be in trouble.[The suspension] was a big deal. It really shook me. … I thought there was a good chance my career might be over. Stern orders me to go see a Park Avenue psychiatrist. He tells me to go twice — two hours each session.”Joey Crawford, you were so easy to hate. Here’s the ejection that led to David stern sending Crawford to a shrink: If there was ever one ref in any professional sport that singularly embodied everything fans hate about refs, it’s longtime NBA official and legendary show stopper Joey Crawford. For those that don’t know, Crawford’s problem wasn’t as much the officiating as it was the consistently obnoxious way he made the calls. Joey was such a supernova of narcissism he could make Game 7 of the NBA Finals about himself.Here’s a legendary Crawford blocking call that was dripping with so much sauce it left Kobe in shock. Advertisementlast_img read more