Experts suggest in the time of an emergency using a cell phone would be more productive for than a traditional phone, as cell phones provide your location information.E-Comm 911 provided the following information on their website about VoIP calls.Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)If you are using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service, there are a few things you should know:VoIP calls to 9-1-1 do not go directly to 9-1-1 centres. If you dial 9-1-1 from a VoIP phone, your call will go to a third-party call centre and an operator will re-direct your call to the appropriate 9-1-1 centre.VoIP phones do not provide location information. It is crucial that your location information is up to date with your VoIP service provider as the operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 9-1-1 call.To read more from Ecomm CLICK HERE To read more about VoIP CLICK HERE Saluk said she could hear the original 911 operator while they searched for the correct fire dispatch. “Trying to find the right department/person for me to talk to I could hear them, the people he (911 operator) was connecting too, and it was “Hi, I am Operator ‘whatever’, There is a fire in Fort St. John, I am looking for the dispatch” then the reply would be “You have reached the wrong place try this number” again, you have reached the wrong place, so this number. (Saluk implies this is the course several times as 911 Operator tries to connect) “They were shuffling around like nobody had any idea who I was actually supposed to be talking to.”“It was absolutely heartbreaking because if you are in an emergency and you call 911 you might not get the help you need in the time you need it,” said SalukAfter some investigation with E-Comm, the company hired by the Peace River Regional District to answer 911 calls, it turned out the call was never routed to E-Comm in Vancouver. Since Saluk called from her office and her office used a VoIP phone system, the call was sent to a third party service provider.E-Comm explained because VoIP is digital, the exact location of the call is unknown and isn’t routed to the proper dispatch. The other problem that arises with emergency calls being placed on a VoIP line is that the call is directed to a third party that transfers the call which is where Saluk’s phone delay took place.VoIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a phone service that uses the internet, rather than a traditional provider like Telus.It is important to know if you are using a VoIP phone service as this can affect an Emergency call. Unless you have been told, it is hard to tell by picking up the receiver of the phone if the connection is through the internet or a landline. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – January 8th, Veronica Saluk called 911 for help and ended up waiting for close to 9 minutes to be transferred to the correct 911 dispatch centre all because her office used a VoIP phone system.As the City Centre Trailer Park was engulfed in smoke, Veronica Saluk made a call to 911 from her office phone after her co-worker directed her that a building across the parking lot was on fire.Saluk looked out the window and immediately called 911 “He (the operator) tells me to stay on the line, and he would put me through to the right dispatch.” Saluk said she was then on hold for nine minutes. “You could actually see flames by the time I got through to a FSJ dispatch person; it was already in flames.”
New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das has said the gross fiscal deficit has adhered to budgetary targets, and that the current account deficit is expected to be around 2.5 per cent of the GDP in 2018-19. Das said this earlier this week while speaking at the “Governor Talks” event organised on the sidelines of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings in Washington DC. The Governor’s statement is the first official confirmation at a senior level of the government achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3.4 per cent in the previous fiscal 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Controller General of Accounts (CGA) normally releases the fiscal deficit figures of the previous fiscal by May 15. Das also said the country’s current account deficit (CAD) in 2018-19 is expected to come in at around 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). According to the government, India’s balance of payment situation eased mainly on account of falling global oil prices. RBI, while deciding its rate of interest, also takes into account these macro data indicators of the Finance Ministry. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostEarlier this month, the RBI cut the repo, or its short-term lending rate for commercial banks, by 25 basis points to 6 per cent, and lowered the current fiscal’s GDP growth forecast to 7.2 per cent. “The rate cut is in consonance of achieving the medium term objective of maintaining inflation at the 4 per cent level while supporting growth,” the statement, announcing the RBI’s first bi-monthly monetary policy review of the fiscal, said.
Rabat – Several Moroccan passengers were stranded in transit at Qatar’s international airport, Hamad, due to the closure of airspace and the suspension of flights between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.The Moroccan Embassy in Doha said that airport authorities organized two private flights to Muscat and Kuwait, in coordination with Qatar Airways, to carry the Moroccan passengers, who were on their way to Al Madinah Al Munawara and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to perform Umrah.The embassy added that airport authorities provided some of the stranded passengers with available rooms, while others were reportedly well-served during their stopover at the airport halls. On Monday, six Arab countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar following the hacking of Qatar News Agency’s website last May and the publication of statements attributed to the Emir of Qatar.In the statements, which FBI confirmed were the result of a hacking operation conducted by Russian hackers, the Emir of Qatar purportedly criticized US foreign policy in the region and highlighted the role that Iran plays to ensure stability in the region.Qatar’s government issues a statement 45 minutes after the publication of the statements and stressed they were fake and country’s ruler had never made them.
More than 2,700 entries from 40 European countries – prepared by both creative professionals and ordinary members of the public – have been submitted in the contest, and three winners will be selected, either by a seven-member jury of experts or by votes from Internet users.One of the three prizes being awarded in the “VOTE to Say No – UNiTE to End Violence against Women” competition will go to the campaign which receives the most public votes, and Internet users have until 31 July to vote.The competition is an initiative of the UN Regional Informational Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) in Brussels, other UN Information Centres (UNICs) across Europe and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and is designed to boost the global effort to end violence against women.“Joining in the efforts to stop violence is everybody’s responsibility. Governments, private enterprises, civil society groups, communities and individual citizens can all make essential contributions. Men and boys must be active in encouraging respect for women and zero tolerance for violence,” said Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women.According to the UN, up to 70 per cent of women have experienced violence at some point in their lives. The extent of the problem prompted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to launch the global campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” in 2008.“We live in a world of violence. Violence against women is all the more intolerable because of the contradiction between love and brutality, the rejection of equality,” said Jacques Séguéla, Vice President of advertising company Havas and one of the jury members. “There will never be enough of us to mobilize against this scourge that neither time nor modernity has managed to defeat,” he added.Afsané Bassir-Pour, the Director of UNRIC, praised the enthusiasm with which Europeans joined the competition on the WeCanEndPoverty campaign last year.“Because the subject of this year’s competition is, alas, a real tangible issue for every nation, we can expect the same enthusiasm and creativity to put the spotlight on it,” she said. 19 July 2011Public voting is under way in a United Nations contest aimed at finding the best advertising campaign to promote awareness in Europe about the battle to defeat gender-based violence, which affects more than two out of every three women worldwide.
“Since the beginning of the year, my team has recorded at least 345 new cases of torture and ill-treatment. These shocking figures are a clear indicator of the widespread and growing use of torture and ill-treatment by Government security forces,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in a press release.His Office (OHCHR) estimates that some 595 people have been ill-treated or tortured since April 2015, a figure which is likely to be an under-estimate. “Torture and ill-treatment mainly take place at the time of arrest, upon arrival or during detention, especially in facilities run by the Service national de renseignements (SNR), the police and, to a lesser extent, the army. Perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment have so far enjoyed total impunity,” Mr. Zeid said.“Many detainees visited by our team in the past few weeks had fresh wounds on their bodies. Some were unable to walk without assistance after being beaten with belts, iron rods or sharp objects, or burned. I am profoundly disturbed by these terrible accounts and I urge the Burundian Government, in the strongest terms possible, to put an immediate end to these unacceptable and illegal practices,” he added.Most of the tortured and ill-treated detainees say they were denied medical treatment. Some said intelligence services hid them in the toilets for days so their torture wounds could heal before they were returned to cells holding other prisoners. Signs of torture in SNR facilities and police stations During a visit by a UN human rights team to SNR facilities in Bujumbura last week, 30 of the 67 people held there displayed physical signs of torture. Many irregularities were identified during the visit, including the fact that 25 of the detainees had been kept in custody beyond the prescribed maximum time limit. In addition, while all detainees had been arrested for what were reportedly minor offences, the accusations entered against many of them in the SNR registry were for much more serious criminal offences, including undermining State security, illegal possession of arms and espionage.OHCHR also indicated that several cases of ill-treatment and torture have also been reported at police stations, especially in those located in the two Bujumbura neighbourhoods of Citiboke and Musaga, and at the Mutakura military camp.The High Commissioner noted that the use of torture and ill-treatment was also widespread in the countryside, noting a case of two men who said they were arrested by SNR agents in Nkamba province at the end of March. They said they were seriously beaten and repeatedly dropped in Lake Tanganyika with their hands tied on several occasions in order to force them to confess to crimes.“I recognize the efforts made by the Government in releasing at least 45 demonstrators following the Secretary-General’s visit. However, in addition to the reports of torture and ill-treatment in official detention facilities, I am deeply concerned about information emerging about the existence of secret detention facilities across the country,” the High Commissioner said. Executions of detainees witnessed According to OHCHR, a man who was arrested at the end of March by unidentified armed individuals stated that he was taken blindfolded to an unfinished building in an unknown location, where nine other people were also being held. The victim reported witnessing the execution of two fellow detainees before he managed to escape. Reports have also been received of another illegal detention facility, allegedly set up by the police with the support of the Imbonerakure militia, in the city of Ngozi, in the northern part of the country.The High Commissioner said he had also received “persistent reports of arrest, detention, torture, ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and assassination of certain members of the police and military by other government forces.” Members and officers of the former Burundian Armed Forces – known as ex-FAB and which was predominantly Tutsi – appear to have been particularly targeted, including some retired soldiers.Many soldiers interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office while in detention said that the torture or ill-treatment they endured was aimed at forcing them to confess their support for rebel groups or to provide names of other people suspected of supporting them. Some soldiers detained at the SNR facilities claimed to have witnessed the killing of a number of their colleagues. On 10 April, the body of an ex-FAB soldier, who had been arrested the previous day by the police, was found in Gesenyi, near Citiboke. At least five soldiers have also been reported missing following their arrest by police or military forces over the last few weeks.Attacks by unidentified armed men Mr. Zeid also deplored the increase in attacks by unidentified armed men, reportedly linked to rebel groups. At least 30 attacks in Bujumbura and in several provinces took place in March, killing one civilian and four soldiers. Around five civilians were also reportedly killed during a rebel attack near the Tanzanian border on 11 April.He also condemned the targeting of members of the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, including the assassination of a local official and member of the party who was shot at his home by unidentified armed men on 13 April in the town of Kajaga, in Bujumbura Mairie province.
Lorne Adams, one of Brock’s best known and longest-serving educators, is stepping down from his position as director of Athletics so that he can return to teaching full time.Having been director since 2001, Adams will leave the office July 1 and return to his teaching position in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Assistant athletics director and long-time Brock coach Chris Critelli will become acting director of Athletics while a national search is conducted for Adams’ successor.Lorne AdamsAdams said that while he will miss the fellowship and rewards that come with being Athletics director, he looks forward to being in front of students as a full-time teacher.“I have enjoyed my 10 years with the department,” he said, “and am very proud of what we have accomplished. But I am also excited about returning to teaching and look forward to the challenges which that brings.”Adams has made a huge contribution to Brock as Athletics director, having overseen 50 championships in various sports, including 38 provincial and 12 national titles, said Steven Pillar, Vice-President of Finance and Administration.“I have really enjoyed working with Lorne as our director,” Pillar said. “Lorne’s passion for sport, coupled with his commitment to education, has encouraged students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term ‘student-athlete’.“While we’re sad to see Lorne leave the Athletics department,” he said, “he does so with a long list of accomplishments and has positioned the department well to continue in his absence.”Adams has served as faculty member, administrator, coach and Athletics director in his 35 years at Brock. Some of his more memorable moments in athletics came when Brock won the men’s soccer national title in 2002, the men’s national basketball crown in 2007-08, and a remarkable eight straight years of men’s wrestling championships.He has also made his mark as an academic, winning several significant awards including the prestigious 3M Canada Teaching Fellowship Award in 2004. Adams also received the Alumni Association Teaching Award (1993), the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations award for Outstanding Contribution to University Teaching (1994), and the Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching (1993).
A NEW BOOK from E L James will be a how-to guide on one of life’s most enduring passions: writing.Vintage Books announced yesterday that James has collaborated with the publisher on “Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal).”It combines professional advice from the million-selling author and lined pages for readers to set down their own ideas, or “inner goddess.”Vintage says the journal will have a soft leather cover, “bonded.” Vintage is a paperback imprint of Random House Inc.James’ erotic trilogy was acquired by Vintage last year and has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. The “Inner Goddess” journal will be published on 1 May.Read: Couple divorce in row over Fifty Shades of GreyColumn: Fifty Shades has changed lives – but not like the best chick lit
Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Erron Black. Who Are They?In a violent world of four-armed monsters and evil bug ladies, Erron Black is a relatively straightforward cowboy. He just kills you with old-timey guns, not cybernetic arms or magic powers. It’s kind of refreshing. While he’s from Earthrealm, most of his mercenary work is done in the service of Outworld. He also has history with Kano and the Black Dragons.Kombat KhronologyIt’s weird that it took so long for Mortal Kombat to add a cowboy to the cast, but Erron Black didn’t debut until 2015’s Mortal Kombat X. He made a strong impression on players though because not every new character from that game returned for Mortal Kombat 11. Maybe it’s just because cowboy video game are so in right now.Koolest KustomizationsDespite their obsession with being “humble” cowboys are low-key fabulous fashion icons. And you can outfit Erron Black with all sorts of different hats and ponchos. I go for an all-black look I like to call the “Billy Ray Cyrus.” As for moves, this gunslinger is going to want to stay at a distance, throwing dynamite and poison or just shooting a gun. I like to enhance those core projectile attacks, as well as add some extended boot kick combos, rather than get too fancy with extra new moves.How Gross Is The Fatality?The actual history of cowboys is brutal enough to inspire all sorts of Mortal Kombat fatalities, before they got sanded down in Hollywood Western movies. But none of them probably did what Erron Black does, shooting your knees and mushing your melting face into some acid with this boot. When the carnage gets this intense, it makes you want to take your horse down to the old road and ride until you can’t no more.Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target
What’s open and what’s closed today and Christmas Day:• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, which serves most of Clark County, operates on regular schedule today. In Camas, today’s normal service will be picked up Monday.• MAIL: Regular home delivery today; no delivery Saturday except for Express Mail. Most post offices close at noon today, reopening Monday. The main post office at 2700 Caples Road is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Classes resume Jan. 3.• COLLEGES: Classes resume at Clark College on Jan. 3, and at Washington State University Vancouver on Jan. 10.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library branches and bookmobiles closed today and Saturday. Camas Public Library closed today and Saturday.• GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices closed today. State offices will be closed Monday for a furlough day.• BUSES: C-Tran buses follow reduced schedule today; and Sunday/Holiday schedule Saturday. TriMet buses and MAX trains follow regular schedule today; Sunday schedule on Saturday.• PARKING: Meters in downtown Vancouver free today.• BANKS: Some are closed today, but most are open until 2 or 3 p.m. Closed Saturday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets closed today.• DRIVER LICENSING: State offices closed today through Monday for the holiday and a temporary layoff. County and private offices are not affected by Monday’s furlough.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Offices closed today and Saturday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Stations closed today and Saturday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; closed Saturday.• LIQUOR STORES: State-operated stores open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; closed Saturday. Some contract liquor stores may be open both days.• ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington shelter open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; closed Saturday.• CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Closed today and Saturday.• SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON BLOOD CENTER: 9320 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 100, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; closed Saturday.• FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: Visitor center and fort closed today and Saturday.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Most mall shop hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; closed Saturday. Nordstrom hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.• THE COLUMBIAN: Circulation customer service lines, at 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday. Offices are open today; closed Saturday.
Oregon State Police on Monday released the name of a man hit and killed by a Vancouver driver on Interstate 205 in Oregon.Eric Douglas Faircloth, 38, and his dog were killed around 3 a.m. Sunday after being hit in the northbound lanes on the north end of the Clackamas River Bridge near Gladstone. Faircloth is believed to be a transient with no recent known address, Oregon State Police said.Albert J. Carness, 65, of Vancouver told police he was driving his Toyota Camry northbound through a curve when he hit something in the left lane, according to a police news bulletin. He stopped and realized he hit a man who was holding a dog.Faircloth and the dog were dead when troopers arrived.Carness was not reported injured.According to the news release, it’s unknown if this was a deliberate act by the victim.OSP troopers are continuing the investigation with the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Thompson said the driver checked to see if he was OK before trying to run off.“He slowed down to see if I was all right and kept going,” he said.Witnesses said the driver sped away with two flat tires.The good Samaritans immediately called 911 as they chased after the SUV.Miami-Dade Police officers eventually caught up with the driver after he parked outside of a house at Northwest 21st Place, near 126th Street.“I was glad they got him. I mean, he sped off,” said Thompson.While his scooter suffered substantial damage, Thompson said he’s grateful for the help he received and that the driver is off the streets. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Good Samaritans stepped up to help catch the driver of an SUV who, witnesses said, struck a man riding a scooter in Northwest Miami-Dade and fled.The crash took place along Northwest 27th Avenue, near 122nd Street, Sunday.Eric Thompson said he was out riding his brand-new scooter when he saw a red Ford Explorer cross over the median. The driver then took out a pole moments before hitting him.“He went over the grass median, hit that pole and hit me right here, head on,” he said.Thompson said he had just purchased the scooter the day before and was on his way to the grocery store at the time.The victim said the driver ran over his bike, but he only suffered minor scrapes and bruises.“He missed me with the truck. He just hit my leg,” he said. “They caught him. He won’t hurt nobody else,” he said.Officials have not released the driver’s identity. It remains unclear whether or not he will face charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The ordinance was introduced by Council Members Glenese Pettey and Henry Knackstedt. According to Knackstedt this is meant to keep from “potentially holding up projects with last minute appeals that might be filed by people who aren’t necessarily affected by the decision.” The proposed Ordinance restricts the standing for appeals to those that own, lease, or rent property and are able to show that a decision could impact their ownership interest or use or enjoyment of the property. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai adopted an ordinance at their council meeting on April 4, that adopts a standard on who has standing to appeal a decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission or final decision of an administrative official. An amendment allows the city clerk discretion to determine who does or doesn’t have standing to file an appeal. The council adopted the ordinance which go into effect April 20th. Council Members Molloy and Boyle voted against the ordinance. The ordinance aims to create a balance between the interests of concerned community members, parties potentially negatively affected by City decisions, and those endeavoring to benefit and move forward from a decision in their favor.
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 0 We move quickly to enforce our rules, but sometimes we don’t have the full context and can make mistakes.To fix that, we added a way for people to appeal our decision in the app and have been able to get back to people 60% faster than before. pic.twitter.com/0BWBnff9lt— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 2, 2019 Twitter logo is seen on an android mobile phone. SOPA Images via Getty Images Getting mistakenly locked out of your Twitter account can be a pain, but now there’s a way that could get you a faster response from the company.On Tuesday, Twitter said it added a way for users to appeal a company decision from within the app. Previously, users had to submit an appeal through an online form by visiting Twitter’s Help Center. Twitter said it’s been able to respond to user appeals 60 percent faster than before thanks to the new tool.Twitter users can get locked out of their account for various reasons. The company has rules against harassment, impersonation, child sexual exploitation and other offensive content. Twitter Tags But the company has also made mistakes. Over the weekend, Twitter suspended and then restored an anti-abortion film’s Twitter account, according to Variety. The account for the movie Unplanned was reportedly suspended because it was linked to another account that ran afoul of Twitter’s rules.In a tweet announcing the new feature, Twitter provided an example of a user getting locked out of their account for tweeting “Boom headshot! You don’t have a chance! I’m going to kill you this time with a knife.” The user then sends an appeal to Twitter, noting that the tweet was a joke between friends about a video game and not a real physical threat. Mobile Digital Media 5:14 Post a comment
This photo was published in an ADFG pamphlet “Understanding Intensive Predator Management in Alaska,” part of the Department’s efforts in 2012 to educate the public about practices that have been controversial, especially to observers outside Alaska. (Credit Steve Dubois/ADF&G)A U.S. Senate Committee Wednesday passed language that would pre-emptively block a draft Fish & Wildlife Service rule seeking to ban some predator control in national wildlife refuges.Download AudioThe proposed rule is the latest in a long-running tug-of-war between the state and the feds over how to manage wildlife in Alaska.In the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday, Sen, Dan Sullivan introduced an amendment that says Fish and Wildlife can’t implement a recently proposed rule to ban certain management practices in Alaska refuges.“These proposed regulations, as currently written by the Fish and Wildlife Service, would fundamentally alter not only how we now manage wildlife refuges and the Fish and Wildlife habitats on them,” saidSullivan, “but will also change the relationship between Fish and Wildlife and individual states from one of cooperation – which it should be – to subservience.”Fish and Wildlife manages nearly 77 million acres of land in Alaska, in 16 national wildlife refuges.The practices that Fish & Wildlife intends to ban in those areas are what the state calls “intensive management” – like baiting brown bears, same-day airborne hunting of bears, and harvesting wolves and coyotes during denning season.Susan Alexander is Manager for the Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges. She says the state has used intensive management in game management units that overlap with 13 of the state’s 16 refuges.“What it means is the state in those areas is focusing on practices to reduce predator populations to increase the availability of certain species – moose and caribou for harvest by people,” said Alexander. “And that involves some specific targeted control of predators that are practices that are counter to our mandates.”Fish and Wildlife is federally mandated to manage for “biological diversity,” “biological integrity” and “environmental health” in refuges.“And then within ANILCA, each of the refuges has a purpose which is to manage for “natural diversity,” explains Alexander.Also within ANILCA is Title VIII, which gives Alaska Natives and rural residents priority for subsistence hunting.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game divides the state into Game Management Units, some of which are designated for intensive management of predators. (Credit ADF&G)On the state side, the Alaska Board of Game has its own Constitutional mandate to manage wildlife for the benefit of all citizens.This clutter of legal frameworks has created confusion – and sometimes contention – going back two decades. Conservationists support the federal restrictions. Hunters, however, and the state of Alaska and its Congressional delegation, view each proposal as another example of federal over reach.“Both sides are making laws to protect what they got,” says Frank Wood, chairman of the Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee, “and users are stuck in between.”Wood spent years working on subsistence issues with the Bristol Bay Native Association, and reminds people that what’s really at stake for local users is big game that wolves and bears prey on.“When I first got into resource management for subsistence use at BBNA, we had seven established wolf packs in Bristol Bay, and they decimated the caribou populations and decimated the calving population of moose spring and wintertime, right behind the villages of Port Heiden, Egegik, Ugashik. Those lands on federal side are off-limits for any intensive management.”That particular stretch of the Peninsula is split longways, between federal land – the Alaska Peninsula and Becharof Refuges – on the Gulf of Alaska side, and state land on the Bristol Bay side. Wood says hunters there were able to control the wolf population on one side of the boundary, but not the other.And over time, Wood says, the dual management system has become too complicated for local users to keep up with.“And it becomes really taxing for the user to know what land they’re sitting on, what regulation they fall under,” says Wood. “It really isn’t fair to Alaskans to have to always be aware of all the changing regulations. There ain’t enough time, enough people, enough money to keep a pulse on everything.”“So whatever we come up with, I hope we’re not 20 years from now, doing the same thing.”Last year the National Park Service took the lead on predator control hunting restrictions, finalizing similar rules for Park and Preserve lands in October 2015.The Fish and Wildlife Service, which generally manages for much more liberal hunting practices on refuge lands, let NPS test the waters before moving forward too.Sullivan’s amendment to stop the Fish and Wildlife rule passed the Committee by a vote of 12 to 8; it will be added to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. That bill heads next to the Senate.Meanwhile, the public has a 60-day comment period to weigh in on the Fish and Wildlife rule; Governor Bill Walker has asked the feds to extend that out another two months.Several months of public hearings kick off January 26th in Kotzebue. A public meeting will be held in Dillingham March 1st.
People belonging to Rohingya Muslim community sit outside their makeshift houses on the outskirts of Jammu. Reuters File PhotoIndia is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since the early 1990s, with some of them then crossing over a porous border into Hindu-majority India.New Delhi says only around 14,000 of the Rohingya living in India are registered with the UN refugee agency, making the rest illegal and liable to be sent back. India is not a signatory to UN conventions on refugees and no national law covers it.“These things are being discussed at diplomatic level with both Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Interior Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said.“More clarity will emerge at an appropriate time.”Junior Interior Minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament on Wednesday the federal government had directed state governments to “constitute task forces at district levels to identify and deport the illegally staying foreign nationals”.Rijiju was in Myanmar recently to attend an event, although it was not clear if he discussed the Rohingya issue.Officials in Myanmar could not be contacted immediately for comment.Amnesty International has said deporting and abandoning the Rohingya would be “unconscionable”. The Indian office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it was “trying to find the facts” about New Delhi’s plans to deport them.Rohingya are generally reviled in India, where its 1.3 billion people are fighting for resources and job opportunities. Nationalist, anti-Islamic sentiments have also fuelled hatred towards them.More than 75,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 9 October after an insurgent group called Harakah al-Yaqin attacked Myanmar border police posts, prompting a huge security crackdown in which troops have been accused of murder and rape of Rohingya civilians.A senior government official in Bangladesh, which has complained of being burdened by the heavy flow of refugees, said New Delhi was helping it solve the crisis.The Rohingya in India live mainly in Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi in the north, Hyderabad in the south, and Rajasthan in the west.The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, drew widespread condemnation in April when it threatened to launch an “identify and kill movement” if the government did not deport Rohingya settlers there.
Last week there was a rumor making the rounds that Microsoft was about to offer an Xbox 360 console bundle for just $99. Today, that has been confirmed by Microsoft with the release of the coupon you see above.The deal consists of the following: for $99 you get a 4GB Xbox 360 with a single controller, Kinect motion sensor, and a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. After the initial $99 payment you agree to pay $15 per month for a minimum of 2 years on contract.It works out to be only slightly more expensive than buying the equivalent hardware outright. The value of the package is around $390, where as once the two years of this subscription are complete, you’ve paid out $460. So $70 or under $3 per month more expensive.It’s acceptable for those who can’t afford $390 now, but there is one issue with the deal: that 4GB of storage is quite limiting, especially for games that really need to install data to function well. So an avid gamer will either end up having to endure longer load times or shelling out more cash for a larger hard drive. And they aren’t cheap, with a 20GB drive costing around $60, and a 250GB drive $85.The other thing to remember is this pack doesn’t come with any games so you need to consider that as part of the initial cost too. Even then, you may not be able to pick one up as the offer is currently restricted to Microsoft’s own retail stores.This may be a great deal for some, but with future hardware price cuts bound to happen, and the inevitable Xbox 360 successor, committing to a 2-year contract may not be that wise of a decision at this point in the console’s life-cycle.More at Forbes
Firefox 51: FLAC Audio Codec Support by Martin Brinkmann on August 30, 2016 in Firefox – 18 commentsMozilla Firefox 51 will launch with support for the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) built-in to the web browser.If you check browser support for various audio and video codecs, you will soon realize that support is a mess.Not only is it different depending on the web browser that you are using, but it may also be different depending on the operating system.Some formats, like mp3 or H.264, are supported by the majority of browsers while others, like FLAC or Ogg are not necessarily.While you may not come across a single service or site that supports FLAC or OGG depending on what you do on the Internet, you will benefit from native integration if you do.FLAC is for instance used by several high quality audio streaming services that offer lossless audio streams.FLAC in FirefoxAs far as FLAC is concerned, it is not supported by the majority of browsers. In fact, up to Firefox 51, it is not support by any browser with a noticeable market share.Mozilla is the first to introduce FLAC support. Starting with Firefox 51, FLAC support is built natively in Firefox.Firefox 51 is the current version of the Nightly version of the Firefox browser. If you run it, you may listen to FLAC audio in Firefox already.Up until now you had no option but to download the FLAC file, or get delivered a fallback format like mp3 instead if the service checked for support and noticed that it is not supported by the browser.Some music services, Tidal needs to be mentioned in this regard, offer high quality playback using FLAC but only if the browser supports it.Firefox 51 will be released to the stable channel on January 24, 2017 according to the Mozilla Firefox Release Schedule. Please note that the schedule or the integration of FLAC support may change, for instance if issues are encountered that require more development work on the feature.You may check out the official bug listing over on Bugzilla to monitor its progress. (via Sören)Now You: Are you excited about FLAC support in Firefox?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 51: FLAC Audio Codec SupportDescriptionMozilla Firefox 51 will launch with support for the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) built-in to the web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
July 29, 2011 – The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has announced that it has produced guidance to support the routine use of selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) for the treatment of patients with liver tumors resulting from colorectal cancer. This welcome decision culminates an extensive dialogue between patients, patient groups, clinical experts and parliamentarians.SIRT is used for the treatment of inoperable liver tumors and involves injecting millions of tiny radioactive microspheres into the liver via the hepatic artery. Each microsphere is coated with a radioactive isotope that emits beta radiation. The radiation delivers a localized treatment to tumor cells while conserving normal liver cells. SIR-Spheres microspheres, a form of SIRT, were approved in Europe in 2002 and at least 18,000 patients have been treated worldwide. Three hundred patients have received the treatment in Britain. The NICE guidance, released on July 27, 2011, found there is evidence that SIRT controls liver tumors from colorectal cancer, meaning that eligible National Health Service (NHS) patients are now likely to have improved access to this treatment.Disproportionate access to SIRT has been of great concern to many cancer patients, as the treatment can potentially extend life by years. SIRT was originally assessed in 2004 and during the more recent reassessment there has been confusion among primary care trusts (PCTs) as to whether they should fund the treatment for eligible patients on the NHS. The reassessment of SIRT has taken NICE two years to complete.In May 2010, the plight of Becky Smith, M.D., a 30-year-old NHS surgeon who was refused SIRT treatment by the Isle of Wight PCT because of funding issues, was highlighted by the national media. After receiving national support and offers of funding from individuals, Smith was told that the Isle of Wight PCT had made a dramatic U-turn and decided to fund her treatment. Smith has been campaigning for the government to change the system to make this life-saving treatment available to all who need it.Smith said, “I have without doubt benefited from treatment with SIRT, which has given me precious time to live life to the full. It is great that NICE has supported the use of SIRT; however, this decision should have been made much sooner. I hope that this means all eligible patients will get the treatment that they deserve on the NHS.”Harpreet Wasan, M.D., consultant oncologist at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, said, “SIRT is a pioneering treatment which provides an innovative therapy for patients with inoperable liver tumors that complements chemotherapy. It is excellent news that NICE has now clarified its guidance with the latest evidence and this should ensure appropriately eligible patients can access SIRT on the NHS. 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<< Previous PostNext Post >> Canada Jetlines appoints airline industry vet to Board of Directors TORONTO — Alan Bird, a 25-year airline industry veteran, has joined Canada Jetlines in a dual-purpose role: as member of the Board of Directors and a special advisor to the CEO.Bird most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Mexico’s fastest growing ULCC, VivaAerobus, where he was responsible for the purchase agreement for 52 new Airbus 320, the largest deal recorded at that time by a Latin American airline.Prior to VivaAerobus, Bird served as Chief Financial Officer and board member for Tiger Airways Singapore, and from 1997-2007 he held the role of Finance Director to British Midland International, where he was responsible for the overall financial management and procurement function for the BMI Group of Companies.Bird currently serves as an advisor to Irelandia Aviation, which develops and delivers low-cost carriers in partnership with airline management and investors. Irelandia has successfully developed five low-cost carriers to date: Ryanair in Europe, Tiger Airways in Asia, Allegiant in the U.S., VivaAerobus in Mexico, and VivaColombia in Colombia. Bird serves as an Advisor to Viva Air, VivaColombia, and Viva Peru on financial matters, including aircraft acquisition and the development of joint ventures for engineering and maintenance initiatives.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksJavier Suarez, CEO of Canada Jetlines, who worked with Bird at VivaAerobus, said he is excited to work together again. “He played a key role helping VivaAerobus become the lowest cost airline in America. His experience and support will help us progress in the right direction to soon become the lowest cost airline in Canada,” said Suarez.On his new appointment at Jetlines, Bird said: “I am very pleased to join my former colleague from VivaAerobus, Javier Suarez, to build Canada’s first true ULCC. The opportunity in Canada remains very exciting. Javier is building a solid team having recently added seasoned ULCC operator Michael Bata as COO, and I am looking forward to working with Javier to continue the build out of the airline.”Canada Jetlines has granted a total of 225,000 stock options to Bird in his role as a director. The stock options have been issued for a five-year term, with one quarter vesting every six months from the date of grant. Posted by Travelweek Group Share Tags: Canada Jetlines, New Hires Wednesday, November 14, 2018