Music duo raise cash to shoot crossCanada video for murdered and missing

first_img(JB the First Lady and Chief Rock collaborated on the song Sisterz)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsJerilynn Webster had been waiting for a song about missing and murdered Indigenous women to come to her.One solemn morning in February, while attending a protest about the acquittal of Bradley Barton, the man accused of murdering Cindy Gladue, Webster caught a moment of inspiration.“There was a speaker there whose sister was missing,” said Webster. “He said, ‘I’m looking for my sister and I don’t know why I have to look for my sister. I want to walk the alleys and the streets, I wanna walk all the highways, I wanna walk this whole damn world!’ I was like, ‘wow’ I said, ‘that’s the song.’”Webster, also known as her stage name, JB the First Lady, has been a Vancouver based hip-hop artist for the past eight years.She said everyone is affected by the issue of MMIW and that she wants to use her voice to advocate on behalf of those who cannot.“We need to stand up for that,” she said.She collaborated on the song titled Sisterz with fellow artist and friend Sino General, also known as Chief Rock.A preview of the song can be heard here: Sisterz“We’re using hip hop as a contemporary form of oral tradition and it’s our way of communicating our oral history to our people and cataloguing it for future generations,” said Webster.The two wrote and recorded the song in just one hour and what unfolded was a telling emotional and spiritual experience.“I put the beat on, started free styling the song,” said General. “All these lyrics kept pouring out of me, they wouldn’t stop. I got my pen and started writing everything down. Songs happen like this once and a while, but never quite like this.”Webster said there was a tangible presence in the studio that everyone could feel, it was a moment that caused her to burst into tears while recording the track.“It was just so powerful,” said Webster.Their vision for the song has grown into one that they hope will reach far and beyond political and cultural barriers. That through the universal language of music the message of MMIW will get across the world.“That people will say “wow, Canada really needs to step up and bring justice to these women and justice to our community,” said Webster.They’ve partnered with Butterflies in Spirit, a Vancouver based dance group to perform in the upcoming music video to be shot the first week of July. Butterflies in Spirit is comprised of a group of women who are family members of MMIW. The group’s choreographer was also inspired by the song when after she heard it she had a dream that she then created the dance from.The duo has started a GofundMe campaign to raise money to shoot the music video at various urban centres across Canada where Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing.Details of the campaign here: GofundMe.The song will be released via the Enter Tribal label the first week of July on the album titled Hitting the Trail and will be available to purchase online through iTunes and CD Baby.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

JK guvs grievance cell disposes over 52000 complaints in nearly 9 months

first_imgJammu: Over 52,000 complaints were disposed of by the Jammu and Kashmir governor’s grievance cell since last June when the state came under governor’s rule after the fall of the PDP-BJP government. A total of received 52,452 complaints and grievances were received since June 20, 2018, of which 52,009 such cases were dealt with or forwarded to the quarters concerned for timely redressal, an official said on Saturday. The rest of 443 complaints or grievances are under process, the spokesperson said. On the directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik, the official said, all the four advisers to the governor had been regularly meeting and hearing the grievances and regularly reviewing the redressals.last_img

North and South Sudan make significant progress on steps for separation –

“Much of the ground work has already been completed. Both parties are engaging seriously and making progress,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Haile Menkerios told the Security Council, citing agreement in principle on open borders, good neighbourly relations, non-interference in each other’s affairs, a framework for non-aggression and military cooperation, citizenship, residency and property ownership.The two sides are also working towards mutually beneficial arrangements on oil revenue sharing and other economic matters, he said.Mr. Menkerios was briefing the Council following the 7 February announcement of the official results of the South’s referendum showing that an overwhelming majority opted for secession from what until now has been Africa’s largest country.The vote was the culminating point of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending two decades of civil war between the North and the South that killed some 2 million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes, and Mr. Menkerios noted that “against the odds” the Sudanese Government not only contributed to holding the referendum but accepted its outcome.“Indeed, 7 February will have to be remembered and celebrated in Sudan’s and Africa’s history as a day when the longest running civil war in the continent’s recent history came to a definitive end, when the spirit of peace and cooperation prevailed over the spirit of war,” he said, voicing the hope that “the goodwill generated by the referendum will translate into increased momentum and finalization soon” of all post-referendum arrangements.He noted that both sides have committed to resolve by the end of March the status of Abyei, an area straddling northern and southern Sudan, that was due to have voted in a separate but simultaneous referendum on which side it would join. But a referendum commission has yet to be established there, and there is still no agreement on who would be eligible to vote.Throughout the referendum period, the nearly 10,500-strong UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) intensified its peacekeeping patrols in Abyei after reports of clashes between Arab Misseriya nomadic cattle-herders linked to the North and the Dinka ethnic group linked to the South.Mr. Menkerios noted that Abyei police have committed to withdraw its units from the field into the town, allowing the seasonal Misseriya migration to start, while the Misseriya have agreed to remove roadblocks currently preventing traffic from entering Abyei from the north.“Serious challenges remain, however,” he warned. “Despite tireless efforts by UNMIS to support improved inter-tribal relations, tensions in the area continue. Given the delicacy of the current environment, I urge all parties to redouble their efforts to keep the peace on the ground, while taking advantage of the political momentum they have built in other areas to conclusively address the deeper issues driving the conflict in Abyei.”As for the future of UNMIS, Mr. Menkerios said the South has indicated it would welcome UN engagement to consolidate peace and capacity building of the new State’s institutions, while discussions are continuing with the North on areas where they may seek future cooperation with the UN.“This is a new, historic moment for Sudan, a new dawn that, if built upon, can lead to sustainable peace and progress in Sudan and contribute to the same in the immediate region and throughout the continent,” he concluded.Commending the conduct of the vote, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, head of the panel appointed by Mr. Ban to monitor the referendum, called on the parties to utilize the momentum created by the successful completion of the process to reach lasting agreement on post-referendum arrangements “so that the people of Northern and Southern Sudan can live together side by side in cooperation, security and dignity.”At the same time, he urged the international community to redouble its efforts to assist Sudan in the coming months.In a presidential statement, the Council called on the international community to lend its full support to help all Sudanese people build a peaceful and prosperous future, saying it looked forward to welcoming an independent South Sudan as the UN’s 193rd member after its expected formal declaration of independence on 9 July. 9 February 2011North and South Sudan have made “significant” progress on a wide range of follow-up arrangements between the two States following the southern region’s vote for independence, the top United Nations envoy in the country said today. read more

Employee who pushed and ejected man from Canadian Tire no longer with

REGINA — A Canadian Tire staff member who physically removed an Indigenous man from a store in Regina is no longer with the company, a spokesperson said Sunday.Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation posted a video to social media last week that appears to show him being pushed by a store employee who accused him of shoplifting.A spokeswoman for Canadian Tire said the employee in the video “has not been working in the store since the time of the incident and he is no longer with (the company).”Cappo, 53, said he was relieved to hear the news.“I feel that Canadian Tire is starting to make some movements in the right direction,” he said.“At least it sends a message to other people who think they can manhandle their customers.”The incident sparked online outrage and about 40 people staged a demonstration outside of the store Friday to show support for Cappo, who has said he was discriminated against because he is Indigenous.Cappo was in the store buying a chainsaw, an extra chain and oil. But when he was at the checkout, he realized he had the wrong model and took the goods to customer service where he put the chain and oil inside the saw box for ease of handling by the clerk.Cappo has said that when he went to look for the right model he was approached by an employee who accused him of trying to shoplift, pushed him against some shelves and physically removed him from the store when he wouldn’t leave.He said he has a heart condition and was injured in the confrontation. He said he filed a complaint with police and is hoping the employee will be charged.Cappo said he’ll continue to press the issue in the hopes of making a difference for other Indigenous people.“Do you know how damaging it is to our children to be treated in this manner? And nobody’s doing anything about it,” he said. “We need to start doing something.”Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says racial profiling against Indigenous people still happens regularly.“It happens every day,” Cameron said in a phone interview. “The second a First Nation walks into a door, there’s eyes on them — accusing eyes.”While he’s happy the Canadian Tire employee is no longer with the company, he says all sectors of society need more cross-cultural awareness training to address wider issues of profiling and discrimination.“We need all those customer outlets such as Canadian Tire, (as well as) gas stations, hotels, police, health, education, the justice system — all those people and individuals need a serious crash course on First Nation traditions and protocols,” he said.(The Canadian Press, CTV Regina) read more

CID records statement from Nadeemal Perera

Nadeemal Perera, the son of singer Amal Perera, appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.Nadeemal Perera was among several Sri Lankans arrested and detained in Dubai at a function hosted by notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush. Nadeemal Perera deported from Dubai last month and released after being questioned.However, he appeared before the CID today to record a statement and left. (Colombo Gazette)

Troop turfed as TO2015 top

Ian Troop, CEO of the 2015 Pan Am games has been fired. The Toronto Star is reporting that Troop was dismissed over leadership issues. He’s also been under fire recently over his expenses and salary. The Liberal government has received backlash for a $7 million dollar bonus package for Pan Am executives, including Troop.He was paid a base salary of $390,000 last year, plus an $87,000 bonus. If the games came in on time and on budget, Troop would have been eligible for a $780,000 bonus.Former Ontario deputy health minister Saad Rafi has been appointed the new CEO and will take over for Troop in January.David Peterson, chair of the 2015 games has released a statement saying “I’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to Ian for all of his hard work, his commitment and his contributions.”Photo: Laurier Alumni website

When pot shops are new kids on the block other businesses arent

by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2014 1:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email When pot shops are new kids on the block, other businesses aren’t always too happy DENVER – The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses.From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbours, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.The strife went public last week along a once-forlorn stretch of highway south of downtown Denver now sprinkled with marijuana shops.About two dozen pot shops along this stretch of Broadway, often dubbed “Broadsterdam,” had a marketing idea for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Why not join forces with neighbouring antique shops to market the whole area as “The Green Mile”?The pot shops called a meeting, expecting an enthusiastic response from neighbouring businesses that have seen boarded-up storefronts replaced with bustling pot shops with lines out the door. Instead, the suggestion unleashed a torrent of anger from the antique shops.“We don’t want to work with you,” said James Neisler, owner of Heidelberg Antiques. “Your customers, they’re the long-haired stinky types. They go around touching everything and they don’t buy anything.”The meeting went downhill from there. Despite the support of some neighbours — one quipped that stoned shoppers carrying lots of cash have been great for business — the proposal exposed simmering antagonism. The pot shops feel they’ve revitalized a blighted neighbourhood. Some tenants say pot has ruined a neighbourhood lined with storefronts that date to the 1940s.It’s a clash that is playing out in other communities in Colorado and Washington that allow marijuana businesses — and could stretch to other states now that Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have all legalized recreational pot.The central-Colorado city of Manitou Springs voted last week on whether to kick out recreational pot shops. The ballot measure was proposed by other business owners who complained a dispensary was harming the tourist town’s family-friendly reputation. The ballot measure failed.Jason Warf, executive director of the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, said his 30 or so members frequently clash with other businesses. In fact, his group was formed when existing chambers of commerce rejected cannabis-related members.“They should accept us and embrace for what we’ve done, the jobs we’ve created and the tourists we bring,” Warf said. “And yet some mainstream business organizations are still demonizing cannabis.”Warf said he spends much of his time negotiating smell complaints and other gripes between his members and their neighbours.“Until cannabis is accepted nationwide, this is going to keep happening,” said Warf, whose group began in 2009. “We would love to work ourselves out of a job, but I think that’s a long time coming.”Denver officials say marijuana is to blame for J.C. Penney’s decision in 2012 not to reopen a store on a downtown pedestrian mall. The retailer sought assurances it wouldn’t have to share entrance areas with marijuana dispensaries in a mixed-use development, a guarantee the city couldn’t make.Jeremy Nemeth, chair of the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver, helped craft Colorado land-use regulations for the marijuana industry. He said it’s too soon for reliable data on whether marijuana shops depress property values. But preliminary studies indicate they don’t attract crime.Nemeth said local zoning regulations frequently force pot shops to already-depressed parts of town, where they join the likes of firearms dealers and pornography shops.“Some might talk about these shops as a blight on our neighbourhood, and others might say, ‘Really? They’re worse than the empty doughnut shop and the vacuum repair shop?’” Nemeth said. “Are these new businesses really a bad idea? Or is it just a knee-jerk reaction? It’s too soon to say.”There are some signs of a thaw in the business community. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce now has a handful of cannabis-related members.And marijuana’s oldest arch-rival — alcohol — is showing interest. Last summer the Wine & Spirits Daily Summit met in Denver, and the group of several hundred invited an edible pot manufacturer and the leader of the marijuana-legalization campaign to speak.“I never thought I’d be here,” said Mason Tvert, now spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project, before his remarks.Back at the “Green Mile” meeting, dispensary owner Tim Cullen told his neighbours that pot isn’t going anywhere.“We’re all in business on the same street together. Our goals are similar,” Cullen said.The two sides planned to meet again to come up with a plan to live together.“Pot shops are legal. We’re going to have to co-exist,” said Robert Crayne, owner of The Antique Exchange. “Things are changing and we’re trying to change with it. It’s just hard to strike that balance.”___Kristen Wyatt can be reached at read more

Female gardaí to be deployed to catch repeat Shankill sex attacker

first_imgFemale gardaí to be deployed to catch repeat Shankill sex attacker Gardai are attempting new ways to catch the man they believe to be behind all the attacks. The green area surrounding Shankill Dart Station. Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps Short URL 46,874 Views Share756 Tweet Email4 Feb 2nd 2017, 12:01 AM By Garreth MacNameecenter_img The green area surrounding Shankill Dart Station. Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 12:01 AM 65 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article UNDERCOVER FEMALE GARDAÍ are to walk the streets of south Dublin in a bid to catch a repeat sex offender targeting women walking home from work.The move comes after a woman in her 40s was attacked as she walked to her house in the Bayview area of Killiney, a short distance from Shankill dart station.Officially, gardaí are saying that they are at the very early stages of their investigation.But behind closed doors, they believe that Monday’s attacker was the same man who assaulted a number of women in the Shankill area last year.Female gardaí are now being deployed to entice the would-be attacker into striking. According to one senior security source, a similar plan was rolled out last year when more attacks started to happen.Gardaí in the area have interviewed the victim of this week’s attack and are now contemplating releasing a visual description of the man to the public.However, there have been a number of objections to the methods gardaí are using. Last year, they employed a similar tactic and ended up apprehending a young man who was following the female garda and wolf-whistling at her. Her partner was following close behind and detained the man.AttacksSome female gardaí were stationed at positions last year where there was a high frequency of incidents.Cathaoirleach of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council Cormac Devlin said measures have already been implemented to make the Bayview area less prone to attacks.Obviously, my thoughts go out to this woman and I sincerely hope she makes a full recovery. She should never have had to endure something like this.“Since the incident happened on Monday, it has been established that the bushes will be cut back and more lighting will be placed around the Bayview estate which will hopefully act as a deterrent against attacks such as these,” Devlin told“This is the second serious incident in the Killiney area this year. I welcome the establishment of an incident room to investigate the attack. I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the gardaí. I have also asked garda management to step up patrols, particularly mountain bike patrols, around Killiney.”Two weeks ago, a group of US tourists were attacked three kilometres from the Bayview estate as they walked to get an Aircoach.Last year, a number of women were attacked near Shankill Dart Station in a short period of time, leading to protestors occupying the local garda station demanding that more be done to protect women.The first known incident involving this suspected attacker occurred in December, 2015, when a woman was assaulted as she walked near Shankill Dart Station.A month later in January 2016, a woman was attacked 300 metres from the Dart station at the entrance to the Holly Park estate. Two weeks later, two complaints of assault were made to the authorities. The incidents are alleged to have taken place on the Quinn’s Road just after Shankill village and on Military Road, which leads to Killiney Dart Station. This week’s attack occurred in between Shankill Dart Station and Military Road.A garda spokeswoman this evening said they are urging anyone who was near Bayview on Monday evening and saw anything suspicious to come forward.She said: “Gardaí are anxious to speak with any members of the public that were in the vicinity of Killiney Dart Station, Seafield Road, Killiney Hill Road, Military Road and Bayview anytime between 5pm and 6.30pm on the evening of Monday 3o January.“They are also appealing to taxi drivers and any members of the public who were travelling by car in that vicinity and whose vehicle was fitted with a recordable dash camera system.”Witnesses are asked to contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station 01-6665000, the Garda Confidential Telephone line on 1 800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Shannon ‘loner’ avoids jail after posting photos of 19 local teenage girls to porn site >Read: Ross urges unions and Bus Éireann to start negotiations with “a blank sheet of paper” >last_img read more

Gardaí investigating after drone sighting at Dublin Airport causes 30minute flight shutdown

first_img Source: Flightradar24/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DUBLIN AIRPORT HAS resumed flight operations after they were earlier suspended due to the sighting of a drone.Operations were suspended for 30 minutes, and flight schedules are now beginning to return to normal.Two flights were diverted to Belfast and one to Shannon during that period.Gardaí have said they are “investigating the alleged sighting of a drone around the area at Dublin Airport”. No arrests have currently been made. An airport spokesperson said a pilot had reported a definite sighting of a drone while taxiing to a runway. The pilot made the report to air traffic control and a decision was made to suspend flights. “A 30-minute suspension of flights was implemented by air traffic control at that point, which is the agreed procedure in such cases,” the DAA – which handles operations at Dublin Airport – said in a statement.  Source: Rónán Duffy/Twitter Many flights are holding due the confirmed sighting of a drone over Dublin Airport.Live map:— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 21, 2019 Feb 21st 2019, 11:55 AM Raised in the DáilThe matter was raised in the Dáil this afternoon by Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary who questioned Tánaiste Simon Coveney over the government’s preparedness to deal with issues of drones at airports. “This is an issue that has been raised with the Minister for Transport. He has given a commitment to look into the issue and to ensure that an appropriate response is put in place,” Coveney said. “But there are some very sophisticated airports in some very well-resourced countries that haven’t been able to deal with this issue easily. “So I don’t think we should pretend that Ireland should be immune from challenges that are very difficult to deal with from a technical perspective. But of course we will learn from the lessons of others… and ensure that we put mechanisms in place that are as effective as possible.At the airport After flights had resumed, an increased number of plane watchers gathered at the airport’s perimeter to watch planes taking off and landing again.A number of gardaí were also present at the layby and airport rescue vehicles were driving past inside the perimeter.Ugo Alambi and his wife Patricia said they usually come by for ten minutes each day to watch the planes and arrived today after flights had resumed.They said both gardaí and Airport Police were patrolling and asking watchers what they had seen.“We came here and saw all the police afterwards and I asked what was happening and she said it was a drone. There were a lot of [police] around,” Ugo said.He added that he knows the incident is a first for Ireland and can be difficult to stop.“It happened over in England, I know that but it’s the first time here.“I was talking to my friend here and she was saying, they can be anywhere these drones, they can be anywhere, so it’s very difficult to catch.”A couple of other watchers noted that flights returned swiftly after they were suspended this morning. Airport police cars patrol at Dublin Airport this afternoon. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieConcerns Concerns were expressed late last year that an Irish airport could be affected by drones after Gatwick Airport near London was shut down due to the presence of a drone in December. The British Army was called into help address the situation and there was massive disruption at the London airport, which only operates one runway, all day on 20 December as a result of drones flying overhead.The vast majority of the 110,000 passengers due to fly to or from the airport were affected as at least 800 flights were cancelled and a number of others diverted or delayed.The chaos at the time sparked concerns that a similar incident could happen at an Irish airport, with questions whether there were laws in place to help combat a situation like today’s occurring. Since December 2015, all drones weighing over 1kg must be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).Under the Irish Aviation Authority (Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets) Order, drones are not allowed fly in civil or military controlled airspace or within 5km of an aerodrome or airport unless the aerodrome operator has given permission, and no higher than 400 feet above ground or sea level.Safety meetingIn January, Transport Minister Shane Ross convened a special meeting of the  National Civil Aviation Threat and Risk Group over the risks posed by drones. “There are already strict rules in Ireland around the use of drones, including an exclusion zone of five kilometres around airports,” the minister said at the time. “The misuse of drones is an offence, and flying drones in controlled Irish airspace or within five kilometres of an airport is a very serious matter.I have asked my department to convene at short notice a special meeting of an expert industry group to assess recent events and advise me on how we are prepared at our own airports and whether there are further things which can be done. – With reporting from Rónan Duffy at Dublin Airport, and Órla Ryan     Share424 Tweet Email9 Short URL Flights are operating again at Dublin Airport after a drone sighting caused an earlier suspension. Significant number of plane watchers now watching take off and landings— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) February 21, 2019 By Cormac Fitzgerald The safety and security of airport users is [the] DAA’s key priority at all times and staff at Dublin Airport, the IAA, and other agencies continue to remain vigilant in relation to drone activity in the vicinity of the airport.  Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, a spokesperson for the DAA said there would be some knock-on delays as a result of the suspension, but that as the stoppage was only for a relatively short time, airlines should catch up throughout the day.  As there were no further drone sightings within the 30-minute suspension period, Dublin Airport resumed flight operations shortly after noon.    Gardaí investigating after drone sighting at Dublin Airport causes 30-minute flight shutdown Two flights were diverted to Belfast and one to Shannon during that period. 94,858 Views Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 3:56 PM 95 Comments Updated Feb 21st 2019, 3:56 PM last_img read more

La Chine lancera sa seconde sonde lunaire en octobre 2010

first_imgLa Chine lancera sa seconde sonde lunaire en octobre 2010Chine – Dans le cadre de ses recherches sur la faisabilité d’un alunissage, la Chine prévoit de lancer sa seconde sonde lunaire, Chang’e 2, au mois d’octobre prochain. Alors que Barack Obama a renoncé au retour d’astronautes américains sur le satellite naturel de la Terre, c’est en 2017 que la Chine devrait avoir achevé les trois phases de son programme d’exploration lunaire.Comme l’a souligné Bao Weimin, membre de l’Académie des sciences chinoise, “un programme d’alunissage est nécessaire, car il pourrait profiter au développement technologique et scientifique du pays”.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêteLiang Xiaohong, chef du comité du parti communiste chinois pour l’Académie chinoise des technologies de lancement de véhicules, a alors révélé les avancements du programme lunaire du pays, indiquant que le satellite Chang’e 2 sera lancé en octobre prochain par la fusée porteuse Longue Marche 3C. La sonde sera satellisée autour de la Lune. Et d’ajouter que “les scientifiques procèdent déjà à des recherches sur une nouvelle fusée plus puissante, avec une poussée au décollage de 3.000 tonnes”. Cette poussée au décollage sera alors trois fois plus puissante que celle de la fusée Longue Marche-5 qui est actuellement le plus gros lanceur chinois.C’est en 2013 que la Chine prévoit de lancer sa troisième sonde lunaire non habitée, Chang’e 3. Cette étape consistera notamment en un atterrissage en douceur sur la Lune, suivi du débarquement d’un véhicule d’exploration de la surface et du sous-sol de la Lune. C’est avec la récupération d’échantillons, prévue en 2017, que le programme d’exploration lunaire chinois s’achèvera.La Chine a lancé la sonde Chang’e 1 en octobre 2007. Elle s’est écrasée sur la surface de la Lune en mars 2009, achevant une mission de 16 mois.Le 12 mars 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Save the Date Harvest some fun raise some funds as fall kicks

first_imgEver wondered how to forage for and prepare mushrooms?Learn the hows and whys at Harvest Festival, which starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland. This free fall festival is packed with entertaining, family-friendly activities such as arm-painting and other crafts. Featuring more than 35 local vendors, you’ll feel at home with any of the beer, snacks, sweets or produce. Kit Zhu, executive chef at OMSI’s Theory restaurant, will lead demonstrations on finding and cooking mushrooms at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., you can take in the “Chopped”-style cook off, where chefs will compete to make the best harvest feast using Oregon speciality crops. Admission to the event is free; parking is $5. 503-797-4675 or the hurricane season continues to take a toll on the Southeast, aid in the relief efforts and knock out some holiday shopping. At Mom’s Market and Auction at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7, browse a variety of vendors while in search of the perfect gifts. The market includes a silent auction aimed at fundraising. Each vendor donates an item to the auction, and the proceeds from that auction will benefit the MOMS Club Mother-to-Mother fund, which provides grants for emergency expenses for mothers who are struggling financially or need help recovering after a natural disaster. The market will be at Keller Williams Premier Partners, 2211 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver; admission is free. 907-723-6460 or 191 years of life in the rear-view, the oldest apple tree in Washington dates back to Thomas Jefferson’s presidency — and 1826. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver, celebrate another year at the Old Apple Tree Festival as this forefather of Washington apple trees slowly creeps up on its bicentennial. The festival features arts and crafts, tree-care workshops, live music and free apple-cider pressing. Bring your own clean apples and a container for cider. Admission is free. 360-487-8308 or’s a regular old haunted house — and then there’s FrightTown, which operates more like a massive haunted apartment complex. These three different haunted houses, all in one location, total 40,000 square feet on one city block, beneath Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 300 N. Winning Way in Portland. Jump once or twice visiting “Baron Von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors,” an occult museum that features evil clowns and sea monkeys. Or test the thrills at “Fear the Dark,” FrighTown’s new pitch-black maze. And if you’d rather not bounce back in horror, try “Buried Alive,” a live burial simulator, where participants experience the sounds, smells and sensations of being dumped in an unmarked grave. The haunted houses run Oct. 7-31 from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Oct. 31; and 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. Admission is $25. 503-963-4400 or’ve probably seen them in movies or television shows, but barbershop quartets exist in real life, and the Evergreen District Barbershop Harmony Convention and Contest is where the best Northwest quartets slug it out for bragging rights. Ensembles from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, plus Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, will strike up a tune this year beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. The choral contest begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 14, with finals and a Show of Champions at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14, all at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Tickets are $36, $18 for ages 14 to 26, and free for 13 and younger. 971-238-7664 or bridgetownsound.orglast_img read more

Number of flurelated deaths in San Diego rises to record high 142

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The number of reported influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region this flu season has reached 142 — a record high, county health officials reported Wednesday.In comparison, there were 14 deaths in San Diego County at the same time last year.It’s the most deadly flu season since the county began collecting records two decades ago, health officials said. The previous deadliest flu season was in 2014-2015, when 97 people died.Though deaths have continued to rise in January, health officials say a drop in the overall number of cases for two consecutive weeks could be a sign of a peak.There were 2,070 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, down from 3,046 the week before.“Unfortunately, after a high number of flu cases is reported, deaths typically follow,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.“We continue to monitor flu activity in the region to see if cases and emergency room activity will continue to drop and determine whether the season has peaked.”Wooten said the record number of deaths could be due to the use of an electronic reporting system, which makes it easier for medical professionals to report and identify flu-related deaths.Public health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated.“The flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over six months,” Wooten said.“The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu. The vaccine is matched with all four circulating strains.”In addition to getting vaccinated, health experts say people should wash their hand thoroughly and often, use hand sanitizer, stay away from sick people, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid contact with others in the event they fall ill.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies.Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit or call 2-1-1. January 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Flu, Flu season FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:21 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 17, 2018 Number of flu-related deaths in San Diego rises to record high 142last_img read more

The World Soy Foundation Receives Update from Honduran Partner

first_imgIn the Fall of 2013, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) partnered with the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL), with funding from the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, to bring educational, soy-focused events to 264 children and their caregivers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The team partnered with CEPUDO, a non-governmental organization in San Pedro Sula, to put on four health and nutrition fairs focusing on the importance of a balanced diet, nutrition and hygiene—including the benefits of soy protein.CEPUDO feeds over 3,000 children each week through their partnership with the WSF, and we recently received some exciting updates about their work. CEPUDO now utilizes three soycows that are producing nearly 500 liters of soy milk daily, using about 720 pounds of soybeans each week.  This milk is then donated to public hospitals, several children’s homes, and public schools as part of the school lunch program. For some of these children, this is the only meal they eat all day. The high-protein soy milk they now receive through this program replaces the water that previously accompanied their meals. The additional protein provided by the soy milk can have lasting impacts on the children’s physical and mental well-being, reducing malnutrition through the power of soy!To join farmers like those from Michigan in reducing malnutrition through the power of soy, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by clicking here or by sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Academy Of Traditional Karate To Hold FREE Self Defense Class For

first_imgWILMINGOTN, MA — Wilmington’s Academy of Traditional Karate (155 West Street, Suite 5) is holding a free Self Defense Class for community members on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, from 6:45pm to 7:45pm.The seminar will offer practical self-defense solutions, taught by instructors with years of martial arts and law enforcement experience. No martial arts experience required.Call 978-658-2077 or email for additional information.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Academy Of Traditional Karate To Host Open House Carnival On August 17In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For July 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington’s Academy of Traditional Karate To Host Open House On September 17In “Business”last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of September 16 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of September 16, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, September 17Steak & Cheese on a Wholegrain Roll; Seasoned Wedges; Fresh AppleTuesday, September 18Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Brown Rice; PineapplesWednesday, September 19Low-Sodium Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks; Marinara Sauce; Green Beans; Wholegrain Breadstick; AppleslicesThursday, September 20Rotisserie Chicken or BBQ Chicken; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Farm Fresh Corn On The CobFriday, September 21Wholegrain Individual Pizza Topped With Buffalo Chicken or BBQ Chicken; Tossed Salad; OrangesLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, September 17Wholegrain Mini Pancakes; Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, September 18Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Brown Rice; PineapplesWednesday, September 19Low-Sodium Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks; Marinara Sauce; Green Beans; Wholegrain Breadstick; AppleslicesThursday, September 20Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Farm Fresh Corn On The CobFriday, September 21Wholegrain Pizza Slice; Tossed Salad; OrangesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, September 17Wholegrain Mini Pancakes; Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, September 18Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Brown Rice; PineapplesWednesday, September 19Low-Sodium Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks; Marinara Sauce; Green Beans; Wholegrain Breadstick; AppleslicesThursday, September 20Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Farm Fresh Corn On The CobFriday, September 21Wholegrain Pizza Slice; Tossed Salad; OrangesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of June 2, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

Attempted border search of Apple employees devices must be investigated ACLU demands

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments • Privacy Apple Getty Images Border control officers violated an Apple employee’s rights as a US citizen when they detained him for an hour and demanded that he unlock his iPhone and Mac for their scrutiny, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a civil complaint filed Tuesday.Andreas Gal, who founded an AI startup Apple acquired after stepping down as CTO of Mozilla, flew back to the US from Sweden on Nov. 29. Instead of breezing through the Global Entry border control system as usual at San Francisco International Airport, he was redirected to a room by Customs and Border Protection agents.There, three armed agents in military clothing asked questions about his work at Apple and Mozilla and his interactions with Canadian co-workers, the complaint says. They repeatedly asked him to unlock his Apple-issued phone and laptop, according to the complaint, an action he told them he’d take only if he could clear it with Apple or his lawyer. They threatened to keep his devices and “told him that he was committing a federal crime” by refusing them access, the complaint says.”If the government intended to scare me, they certainly succeeded. Ever since, I travel in fear,” Gal said in a blog post Tuesday. “The time is overdue for Congress to step in and provide meaningful oversight and legislation to reign in CBP’s egregious misconduct.”The case highlights the complications caused by the increasing number of electronic devices people carry into the country. Some US lawmakers support proposed laws requiring border control agents to obtain a search warrant before searching electronics devices. Such searches are a big deal, with authorities scrutinizing 30,200 computers and phones in 2017, up 60 percent from 2016.The Department of Homeland Security and Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.  Gal was born in Hungary and grew up in Germany, where he’s also a citizen. He became a US citizen in 2016, he said. Gal worked at Mozilla, concentrating on speeding up web-based JavaScript software, and left in 2014 to found startup Silk Labs, the AI start-up Apple bought. Violating US Constitution?The ACLU argues the situation violated Gal’s First Amendment rights to free speech and Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure. The organization seeks an investigation into Gal’s case and whether it violated the Constitution and Customs and Border Protection policies.It’s not yet clear if the government will take any action over the case, but that’s what ACLU attorney Jacob Snow hopes. “The DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties exists to investigate these kinds of abuses, and we are hopeful that they will do so here,” Snow said.Long gone are the days when data on our phones was limited to a list of recently called phone numbers, though that of course can be very sensitive.”Much information that courts have recognized as intensely private can be contained on people’s mobile devices, including internet browsing history, medical records, historical cell-phone location data, email, privileged communications and associational information,” the ACLU complaint (embedded below) argues.Border agent search privilegesBorder agents have broad but not unlimited privileges, the Department of Homeland Security says on its website. For example, at Border Patrol checkpoints, agents don’t have “carte blanche to automatically search persons and their vehicles,” the department says. “In order to conduct a legal search under the Fourth Amendment, the agents must develop particularly probable cause to conduct a lawful search. Probable cause can be developed from agent observations, records checks, non-intrusive canine sniffs and other established means.”Just about all of us have private information on our phones, but Gal’s case has another complication: He works for Apple, a company that goes to great lengths to maintain secrecy about its future products. Apple restricted access to Gal’s devices through a nondisclosure agreement, the ACLU complaint says.”Gal never refused to provide the passcodes to access the electronic devices in his possession, he only asked that he be allowed to consult with an attorney to ensure that he would not violate non-disclosure agreements with his employer,” the complaint says.The ACLU already has sued DHS over earlier cases involving searches of electronic devices at the border. The ACLU hasn’t decided whether to file a lawsuit over Gal’s case, Snow said. Although the agents never got access to Gal’s devices, they did revoke his Global Entry status, he said. “It is important to continue to shine a light on these improper practices.”First published April 2.Update, April 3: Adds comment from ACLU.Andreas Gal ACLU Border Search Complaint 2019-04 by jonathan_skillings on Scribd 10 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Tags Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Raises 1 Million In Race To Unseat John Culberson

first_imgPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneLizzie Pannill Fletcher speaks to her supporters at her election party in Houston on May 22, 2018. Fletcher will face the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, in NovemberLizzie Pannill Fletcher, the Democratic candidate trying to unseat U.S. Representative John Culberson, said she’s raised more than a million dollars in the past three months.Culberson has not yet released his fundraising numbers for the second quarter of this year. Culberson has held that seat for 17 years. According to a press release over the second quarter of 2018, more than 75 percent of Lizzie’s funds came from within Texas, with more than 68 percent coming from Houston-area residents.Fletcher’s campaign said she’s now raised more than 2 million dollars in the battle for Texas’ seventh congressional district.“Our campaign is powered by people in this community, who have seen John Culberson choose Washington politics over people here in Houston,” Lizzie said in a press release.“I am extremely proud of the outpouring of local support that has come since day one of our campaign. The momentum we are creating, coupled with the broad coalition we continue to build, will help switch this seat and bring TX-07 the representation we deserve in Congress,” Lizzie said.7th Congressional District in West Houston has had a Republican representative since the 1960s. Sharelast_img read more

Research station on skis withstands Antarctic ice and snow

first_img Copyright 2013 Citation: Research station on skis withstands Antarctic ice and snow (2013, February 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Russia celebrates 50 years at Antarctic Seven blue modules contain living spaces and laboratories. In consideration of the residents’ psychological needs, a central red module, intended for use as a social space, contains communal dining areas, a hydroponic garden, and climbing wall. Colors were even chosen on the advice of a color psychologist. Construction of Halley VI began in Capetown, South Africa. The first modules were shipped to Antarctica at the end of 2007. Halley VI delivered its first scientific data in 2012. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Credit: BAS Halley Research Station, devoted primarily to work in atmospheric science, was established by British Antarctic Survey in 1956. Halley researchers also perform glaciology and geology studies. Notably, scientists first recorded ozone layer depletion in the stratosphere above the Antarctic here.Antarctic conditions have caused problems for Halley research bases. Accumulated snow, measured at more than three feet per year, crushed buildings in the first four bases. Movement of the ice shelf toward the ocean at an annual rate of a quarter of a mile means that research stations are at risk of falling into the ocean when ice separates from the mainland. These factors give buildings that cannot be moved a lifespan of only ten years. Halley VI, commissioned in 2006, consists of eight connected modules, each of which sits atop hydraulic legs. The legs allow the individual modules to be raised above the snow. Additionally, placement of the modules at a right angle to the prevailing wind encourages snow to blow underneath the station. Skis positioned beneath the legs allow inland towing of each module, thereby minimizing its proximity to the ocean. Antarctica Halley VI Halley V had extensible steel legs, allowing operators to maintain the buildings above the snow’s surface. The legs, though raised every year, were eventually trapped in 75 feet of ice. Because the station was rendered immobile, it was carried along with the ice and was therefore at risk of plummeting into the ocean when the ice caved.In June 2004, the British Antarctic Survey and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched a competition to design a new research station. In addition to being able to cope with moving ice and heavy snow accumulation, this new station would have to provide psychological comfort to the station’s residents—around 70 in summer and around 16 in winter—who are at great risk of stress and depression related to the harsh Antarctic weather and permanent lack of sunlight in winter. Credit: James Goby/BAS (—The world’s first completely transportable research station officially opened in Antarctica on February 5. The Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, utilizes a modular design that incorporates hydraulic legs fitted with skis. This design allows Halley VI to survive in conditions that have destroyed its five predecessors. The Halley VI modules at the Halley VI site. Credit: British Antarctic Surveylast_img read more

Before Uncle Sam the Symbol of the United States was the Goddess

first_imgThe capital of the United States is the “District of Columbia.” The capital city of South Carolina is Columbia. One of the most prestigious and oldest American universities is Columbia. One of the biggest movie companies in America is called Columbia. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? Who or what is this “Columbia” and why is our capital named after it? From the late 1700s to the early 1900s, the United States was mostly symbolized not by “Uncle Sam” nor the Statue of Liberty. Uncle Sam was not developed as a story/symbol until the end of the War of 1812 and did not become really popular until WWI.J. M. Flagg’s 1917 poster was based on the original British Lord Kitchener poster of three years earlier. It was used to recruit soldiers for both World War I and World War II. Flagg used a modified version of his own face for Uncle Sam, and veteran Walter Botts provided the pose.The Statue of Liberty was not dedicated until 1886. Of course, America has been symbolized by the Bald Eagle since 1782, but though the great bird fills in for America in a lot of ads, propaganda and other media, but a bird is not a “personification,” is it?Low angle view of Statue Of Liberty in Liberty Island, New York City, NY, USA.It may surprise you, but from pre-colonial times until WWI, the most popular personification of the American colonies/the United States was a woman – specifically, a goddess. Her name is Columbia, and she has a distinctly Roman look about her.This should not come as a surprise. For centuries, Europeans had looked back to the Roman Republic/Empire as a symbol of glory, unity, order, and believe it or not – peace. Rome was both the epitome of warrior culture and the enforcer of peace and unity. Nations that could successfully integrate Roman symbols into their national identity lent themselves an air of stability, glory, and power.Carte de visite c. 1866, featuring a woman dressed as Columbia and a man dressed as a Revolutionary War general.The Byzantine Empire was also called the “Eastern Roman Empire,” though its capital was at Constantinople (today’s Istanbul). Although for much of its history the Byzantines spoke and wrote Greek under the rule of Greek emperors, the government and military were Roman, and the empire was looked upon as the continuation of the Roman Empire.The Christian “Holy Roman Empire” begun under Charlemagne also borrowed much of its authority from Rome. The Pope is sometimes known as the “Vicar of Rome.” Latin is still the official language of the Catholic Church. Nations all over the world, especially in the West, have used Roman architecture and statuary as a template for their own buildings and monuments.Columbia at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Photo by MartinRe CC BY-SA 3.0In colonial and post-colonial times, the two European nations that America had the closest relationship to were Great Britain and France – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The Romans called Great Britain “Britannia” after its native Britons and centuries afterward, one of the symbols of the British Isles was a goddess-like figure with the same name. One of the most well-known patriotic songs in the world is “Rule, Britannia.”Personification of Columbia, from a Columbia Records phonograph cylinder package.After the French Revolution, when most French wanted to throw off all vestiges of the Old Regime, another Roman goddess rose up. This was “Marianne”– she was the symbol not just of France, but of the French Republic (which leaned heavily on Roman ideas of government), and the personification of the revolutionary ideals of Liberty Equality and Brotherhood.Bust of Marianne sculpted by Théodore Doriot, in the French Senate. Photo by Super sapin CC BY-SA 3.0Marianne was sometimes symbolized as a goddess, but also took on the appearance of “normal” French women to illustrate the notion that government derived its consent from the governed. Marianne is most often seen wearing a Phrygian cap — a red sock-like hat that takes its name a Greek (not a Roman) province. The Phrygian cap was seen as a representation of democratic government, and the polar opposite of the crowns worn by the French monarchy.6 World famous landmarks that are hiding something from the publicAmerica, being a new country, was based in the main not only by European culture but also by European ideas (including those of the French Enlightenment – which had its roots in ancient Rome). When George Washington went into retirement after the Revolutionary War (instead of becoming “king,” like some wished), he was called the “American Cincinnatus,” after the Roman Republican general who voluntarily gave up power in the 5th Century BC. He was again given this nickname after he walked away from the presidency after two terms, laying down power when he could have kept it.Columbia wearing a warship bearing the words ‘World Power’ as her bonnet (cover of Puck, April 6, 1901).The American continent was referred to as Columbia as far back as George III. The name is part of a language trend taking place at the time — “New Latin,” in which many European languages attached Latin endings or Latin sounds to words and places. Again, this was meant to lend them an air of authenticity, authority and age.Columbia with U.S. flag.France was also sometimes represented or referred to as “Gallia,” Switzerland is known as”Helvetia,” Ireland “Hibernia,” Scotland “Caledonia.” Portugal and Germany also have “Latin” alter egos: “Lusitania” and “Germania,” respectively. The Americas having been “discovered” by Columbus – the area became known poetically as “Columbia.” This also happened in the case of Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian map-maker whose first name became “America.”Personified Columbia in American flag gown and Phrygian cap, which signifies freedom and the pursuit of liberty, from a World War I patriotic poster.Columbia the symbol is most often seen dressed in a Roman toga, with a wreath of olive branches, or, in a bow to Enlightenment ideals, a Phrygian cap. Sometimes her toga is decorated in the colors of the American flag, but sometimes it is white – to represent “purity.”In political cartoons, paintings and drawings, Columbia might be seen in ragged or dirty clothes to symbolize a tough time that American is going through – and the dirt is sometimes on her gown to illustrate a particularly corrupt theme or era.Political cartoon from 1860 depicting Stephen A. Douglas receiving a spanking from Columbia as Uncle Sam looks on approvinglyIn times of war, Columbia was seen with a torn gown, and perhaps a “Captain America” type shield. During war, she was almost always seen with a broadsword in hand, one arm extended forward to exhort the U.S. population to great effort and sacrifice.In this role, she is often depicted as an ancient “Fury,” one of the ancient goddesses of punishment and retribution. Likewise, she is depicted as a Fury in political or social cartoons about correcting an injustice.After the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, Columbia was seen as a mother, welcoming her returning troops with open arms and affection. She also assumed this role in political cartoons if she was protecting the innocent or helpless, such as poor children, abused workers or immigrants.A defiant Columbia in an 1871 Thomas Nast cartoon, shown protecting a defenseless Chinese man from an angry Irish lynch mob that has just burned down an orphanage.At times of great national prosperity and/or pride, Columbia is seen as a shining white-clad beautiful goddess on a mountaintop. This is the symbol of Columbia Pictures.By the time of WWI, Columbia was used along with Uncle Sam to raise money, encourage men to draft and raise interest in all sorts of other wartime necessities. However, though she and Sam were victorious in WWI, by the 1920s Columbia had sort of faded out as a national symbol, supplanted by the more masculine and industrious Uncle Sam, and the figure of the Statue of Liberty. (Though “Lady Liberty” has much in common with Columbia, she is not the same representation.)Read another story from us: Woman who uncovered racism as reason for Japanese internment in U.S. diesIn the first part of the 20th century, American culture was changing. Women were getting the vote, and taking up some more traditional male occupations. An ideal, highly feminized figure was not what women wanted – this is much the reason why Rosie the Riveter of WWII fame was not Columbia in overalls, but a normal everyday woman – doing what was previously considered “mans work.”Matthew Gaskill holds an MA in European History and writes on a variety of topics from the Medieval World to WWII to genealogy and more. A former educator, he values curiosity and diligent research. He is the author of many best-selling Kindle works on Amazon.last_img read more

Some 52 percent more passengers travelled to and

first_imgSome 5.2 percent more passengers travelled to and from European airports between January and March than they did during the same period last year.This is according to new figures from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which revealed that growth in passenger levels was recorded at 80 percent of the continent’s airports.ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said it is “encouraging” to see the recovery gain momentum, although conceded that passenger traffic is still around seven percent down on 2008 levels. He also warned that April’s figures will look bleaker due to the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.”This is an extremely severe shock to our recovery, which is still evolving,” he commented.”As disruptions continue to affect parts of Europe, ACI Europe fully supports on-going efforts to fine-tune the methodology used to impose restrictions to air traffic based on more precise data analysis.”Mr Olivier Jankovec said last month that the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud had been the worst in European airspace since the Second World War.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAir passenger numbers fell in Europe during AprilThe number of passengers flying from European airports declined by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month last year.Passenger growth recorded at European airportsIncreasing numbers of passengers travelled on flights from UK and European airports between January and MarchRecovery in number of passengers taking cheap flights to AthensRecovery in number of passengers taking cheap flights to Athenslast_img read more