A 33-year-old Burlington man and a 45-year-old Oakville woman are facing charges after police seized dozens of pre-paid credit and gift cards. On Monday, police arrested Matthew William Ticknor for allegedly stealing merchandise from various Walmart locations in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga.Police allege Ticknor took the stolen items to other Walmart stores and returned them for gifts card. He would then use the gift cards to buy pre-paid credit cards.Shortly after 4:30 p.m., investigators stopped a vehicle being driven by Ticknor and found $2505.00 worth of pre-paid MasterCard’s, pre-paid VISA cards, several other gift cards and clothing. He was arrested along with his female passenger, Tara Lee Marchesin. Police are still investigating and say further charges may be laid.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Jeff Sawatzky of the Burlington Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2384.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 8:41 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar shook off early losses late Wednesday morning despite data showing the economy performed weaker than expected during May.The loonie was up 0.17 of a cent to 97.24 cents US as the American currency weakened ahead of the end of a two-day meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve on interest rates.There has been much speculation surrounding the Fed over the last two months, since chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned that the central bank could start to taper its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases later this year if economic conditions warrant. This key piece of economic stimulus is credited with keeping long term rates low and fuelling a strong rally on markets.Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.2 per cent. Economists had looked for a 0.3 per cent rise from April.The growth picture was better in the U.S., where GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.7 per cent during the second quarter, higher than the one per cent advance that was expected.There was also some positive news two days before the release of the U.S. government’s release of employment data.Payroll firm ADP reported that private sector employment increased by a better than expected 200,000 during this month. Economists expect the economy cranked out about 190,000 jobs during July.Commodity prices were mainly higher as the September crude contract in New York moved up 79 cents to US$103.87 a barrel even as U.S. inventories increased by 400,000 barrels last week. Analysts had looked for a three-million-barrel decline.But inventories have declined 30 million barrels over the past month.September copper rose four cents to US$3.08 after falling seven cents Tuesday. December bullion shed early gains following the release of the positive jobs and economic growth data, falling $17.20 to US$1,307.60 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie up amid disappointing GDP read, greenback lower ahead of Fed announcement
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This is difficult and disappointing news for all the people and families affected by today’s announcement, but it is part of wider restructuring to ensure a stronger and more competitive European automotive industry. The immediate priority is to help those impacted secure alternative employment. The decline in European vehicle markets and the uncertain future growth prospects has resulted in a number of vehicle manufacturers restructuring their operations. These are difficult times for the European automotive industry as manufacturers adapt to new market conditions and changing patterns of global demand.“Ford has renewed its commitment to the company’s core R&D, design and engine manufacturing operations in the UK and these will continue to provide long-term and high value employment to many thousands of people. The UK automotive industry has seen £6 billion of new investment from a wide-range of global vehicle manufacturers during the last two years and there is demand for skilled workers in the automotive industry and other high value manufacturing sectors.”Click through to read the full press release on the Ford media website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: Basketball-reference.com 20109Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 200416Stephon Marbury28 YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20027Antonio McDyess1 200118Glen Rice6 20079Eddy Curry9 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 201216Tracy McGrady0 PICK TRADED FOR …
“Anti-Semitism does recur through this piece and there is an important plot development that involves it and I wanted it to be subtle initially,” he told an audience at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival in London. “There are very few Jews in British drama. Since the death of the great Jack Rosenthal [the playwright]… Launching his new BBC drama Summer of Rockets, which stars Keeley Hawes and Timothy Spall, Poliakoff spoke of his concern over the rise of anti-Semitism, a theme that runs through the series. Television dramas are lacking in their representation of Judaism and it is “striking” how few Jewish characters are portrayed in British dramas, playwright Stephen Poliakoff has said.
April 9, 2019 Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJULIAN (KUSI) – The Julian Volunteer Fire Department may be dissolved but the volunteers have locked themselves inside the fire house and are refusing to leave.They’ve filed a lawsuit to prevent the County of San Diego from taking over. Posted: April 9, 2019 Dan Plante, Julian Fire Department stand-off Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
MIAMI (WSVN) – Three members of the WSVN family were nominated and honored at the CCNN Media Awards over the weekend.7News’ Lorena Estrada, Rebecca Vargas and Diana Diaz each received nominations for the award show, hosted by Christopher Columbus High School’s Emmy award-winning student news network and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy.Lorena and Diana took home wins for Best General Assignment Reporter and Best News Anchor.The event, in its fifth year, draws more than 300 guests to include TV personalities, media executives and Columbus alumni and family members.The student bodies of both Columbus and Lourdes Academy vote on the winners.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Diversified media companies will have a better chance of staying afloat during this credit crisis, according to a report from global ratings agency Fitch Ratings. According to the report, companies like Time Warner and the Walt Disney Company—which owns Disney Publishing Worldwide—benefit from “strong and stable” operating liquidity, diverse revenue streams and “meaningful amounts of capacity” in the form of cash on hand. Other media conglomerates mentioned in the report include News Corp. and Viacom.This morning, Time Warner stocks were trading at $12.80, down 2.36 percent from the previous close. Walt Disney Company stocks were trading at $30.05, down 2.05 percent.The report analyzed media and entertainment sector liquidity in regard to the “systemic reduction in lending capacity” due to recent collapse of Lehman Bros. and the expected mergers of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Citigroup and Wachovia. “Although facing both cyclical and secular threats, the media and entertainment industry is characterized by relatively predictable revenue streams and high margins,” the report says. “High free cash flow conversion is supported by limited working-capital swings, low capital expenditure and (sometimes) low cash taxes. Fitch believes these factors make some media companies relatively attractive borrowers for banks and bondholders, even under more selective market conditions.”
Agnes Gilson, a 28-year-old Haitian-American entrepreneur, said she loves that she’s known as the Brazilian waxing “beast” and fully embraces the nickname.Agnes Gilson has a small business in Silver Spring that offers waxing services. (Photo by Influplexity PR)Gilson owns Waxing with Aggy in Silver Spring, Md., and says Brazilian waxes are her specialty. Another popular service she offers is the “manzilian” wax reserved for body-hair removal from sensitive areas for men.She said she doesn’t flinch at the idea of being so close to other peoples’ body hair and says the waxing sessions feel more like a mini-therapy session.“People don’t have a choice but to get comfortable with you,” Gilson told the AFRO. “They see you every month for the service and then… it’s like you become best friends in the room for the next 15-to-20 minutes you’ll talk about everything.”Gilson, who holds a psychology degree from Howard University, moved her business to a bigger location in Silver Spring because her previous location wasn’t large enough to handle the booming business.Before getting into the waxing business, Gilson worked as a freelance makeup artist. The birth of her now 4-year-old son, Marco Villatoro, convinced her to do something more stable, so she enrolled in esthetician school at the Aveda Institute in Washington, D.C.There she learned how to do facials and waxing.“In order to get clients, you need to be able to offer more,” Gilson said.After brief stints working in skin care at a department store, doing facials on her own and at a nail salon, Gilson drove past a vacant storefront in Silver Spring that was only charging $800 a month in rent.That’s when she decided it was time to branch out on her own, and make more money. Waxing with Aggy opened in 2015, offering facials and waxes.Six months later, Gilson dropped the facials and focused exclusively on waxing. She worked by herself the first year in the small space, then brought on one more employee.“It started getting really busy with the waxing and because I only had the one room,” Gilson said. “It’s really hard to transition from a facial to going into a waxing and the whole cleanup process of it.”Business continued to boom, she said, prompting her to close that location and reopen on Georgia Avenue in March. Her new location has five waxing rooms, and more space for her employees — she has one esthetician and a receptionist, but she said she is looking to hire four more estheticians.Gilson offers six types of waxes to accommodate multiple hair and skin types, because in her view, everyone won’t get a great wax from one type of wax.“In the beauty industry, we didn’t really have that much representation so a lot of people that come here, they’re like, ‘I didn’t even know Black people waxed,’“ she said.
The solar minimum at the end of each 11-year solar cycle is characterized by a reduction in the number of sunspots, flares, and other solar activity. The most recent, from 2008 to the beginning of 2009, lasted fifteen months longer than expected.The study used 13 years’ worth of results from SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, which was launched jointly by the European Space Angency and NASA. Among the data gathered by SOHO are measurements of the ionized gases moving from the sun’s equator to the poles in what is known as the meridional flow. The scientists then tried to correlate the flow with variations in the sunspot cycle.The researchers, Lisa Rightmire of the University of Memphis, Tennessee, and David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, found the normally slow meridional flows started to speed up a few years before 2008, when the number of sunspots declined. In the previous solar minimum the speed was around 30 kph, but in 2008-9 was about 47 kph. The scientists suggest the solar minimum was longer than usual because the magnetic fields produced by the gas flows at the poles were weaker, but it is not known why the speed of the meridional flow increased.Hathaway said the meridional flow carries with it magnetic fields that oppose the flows of strongly magnetized material on the solar surface. When the meriodional flow is faster the opposition to the other flows is greater and the polar magnetic field cannot become as strong as it otherwise would, and this may have delayed the start of the current solar cycle that began in 2009. Hathaway said the strength of the magnetic flow at the poles is critical since the magnetic fields fall below the surface and set up the conditions for sunspots, and when the fields are weaker they take longer to reach the required strength to produce sunspots. Hathaway and Rightmire also predict the current solar cycle is likely to have less solar activity than the previous cycle.The results of the study, published in Science, may improve the forecasting of the duration and intensity of solar cycles in the future, and this could be valuable since some solar activity can create magnetized clouds of charged particles that can damage orbiting satellites and disrupt power grids on Earth. Improved predictions of solar cycles could also help climate scientists with their long-term predictions. The results also suggest that models predicting that a fast meridional flow would lead to a stronger magnetic field at the poles, may have to be revised. Explore further Ulysses Flyby of the Sun’s North Pole More information: Variations in the Sun’s Meridional Flow over a Solar Cycle, David H. Hathaway and Lisa Rightmire, Science 12 March 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5971, pp. 1350 – 1352, DOI:10.1126/science.1181990 The Sun’s “Great Conveyor Belt.” The Great Conveyor Belt is a massive circulating current of fire (hot plasma) within the Sun. It has two branches, north and south, each taking about 40 years to perform one complete circuit. Researchers believe the turning of the belt controls the sunspot cycle. Image credit: NASA © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Study may explain the extended solar minimum (2010, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-solar-minimum.html (PhysOrg.com) — The recent solar minimum extended fifteen months longer than predicted, and a new study may explain why, and improve the predictions for future solar cycles. 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.
“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.” [embedded content]At its best, this sharpness can slice through the Gordian knot of the climate debate. It can also sting. There are no comfortable reassurances in her speech, just a steady frankness. Asked whether she has become more optimistic because the climate issue has risen up the political agenda and politicians in the US and Europe are considering green New Deals that would ramp up the transition to renewable energy, her reply is brutally honest. “No, I am not more hopeful than when I started. The emissions are increasing, and that is the only thing that matters. I think that needs to be our focus. We cannot talk about anything else.”Some people consider this a threat. A handful of fossil fuel lobbyists, politicians, and journalists have argued Thunberg is not what she seems—that she was propelled into prominence by environmental groups and sustainable-business interests. They say the entrepreneur who first tweeted about the climate strike, Ingmar Rentzhog, used Thunberg’s name to raise investment for his company, but her father says the connection was overblown. Greta, he says, initiated the strike before anyone in the family had heard of Rentzhog. As soon as she found he had used her name without her permission, she cut all links with the company and has since vowed never to be associated with commercial interests. Her family says she has never been paid for her activities. In a recent interview, Rentzhog defended his actions, denied exploiting Greta, and said that climate change, not profit, was his motive.On social media, there have been other crude attacks on Thunberg’s reputation and appearance. Already familiar with bullying from school, she appears unfazed. “I expected when I started that if this is going to become big, then there will be a lot of hate,” she says. “It’s a positive sign. I think that must be because they see us as a threat. That means that something has changed in the debate, and we are making a difference.”She intends to strike outside parliament every Friday until the Swedish government’s policies are in line with the Paris climate agreement. This has led to what she calls “strange contrasts”: balancing her math homework with her fight to save the planet; listening attentively to teachers and decrying the immaturity of world leaders; weighing up the existential threat of climate change alongside the agonizing choice of what subjects to study in high school. “I overthink. Some people can just let things go, but I can’t, especially if there’s something that worries me or makes me sad. I remember when I was younger, and in school, our teachers showed us films of plastic in the ocean, starving polar bears and so on. I cried through all the movies. My classmates were concerned when they watched the film, but when it stopped, they started thinking about other things. I couldn’t do that. Those pictures were stuck in my head.”She has come to accept this as part of who she is—and made it a motivating force instead of a source of paralyzing depression, which it once was.At about the age of 8, when she first learned about climate change, she was shocked that adults did not appear to be taking the issue seriously. It was not the only reason she became depressed a few years later, but it was a significant factor. A year ago, this was unimaginable. Back then, Thunberg was a painfully introverted, slightly built nobody, waking at 6 am to prepare for school and heading back home at 3 pm. “Nothing really was happening in my life,” she recalls. “I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything. I thought I couldn’t make a difference because I was too small.”She was never quite like the other kids. Her mother, Malena Ernman, is one of Sweden’s most celebrated opera singers. Her father, Svante Thunberg, is an actor and author (named after Svante Arrhenius, the Nobel Prize–winning scientist who in 1896 first calculated how carbon dioxide emissions could lead to the greenhouse effect). Greta was exceptionally bright. Four years ago, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s. It can be grueling. She still rises at 6 am to get ready for school. Interviews and writing speeches can leave her working 12- to 15-hour days. “Of course, it takes a lot of energy. I don’t have much spare time. But I just keep reminding myself why I am doing this, and then I just try to do as much as I can.” So far, this does not appear to have affected her academic performance. She keeps up with homework and is in the top five in her class, according to her father.And now that she is active on climate change, she is no longer lonely, no longer silent, no longer so depressed. She is too busy trying to make a difference. And enjoying herself.This Friday, when she takes her usual spot outside the Swedish Parliament, she will be joined by classmates and students from other schools. “It’s going to be very, very big internationally, with hundreds of thousands of children going to strike from school to say that we aren’t going to accept this anymore,” she says. “I think we are only seeing the beginning. I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future.”And then the activist slips back into being a teenager. “I’m looking forward to it and to see all the pictures the day afterwards. It’s going to be fun.” This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.Eight months on, the picture could not be more different. The pigtailed teenager is feted across the world as a model of determination, inspiration, and positive action. National presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticized by her, face to face. Her Skolstrejk för Klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages. And, most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.On March 15, when she returns to the cobblestones (as she has done almost every Friday in rain, sun, ice and snow), it will be as a figurehead for a vast and growing movement. The global climate strike this Friday is gearing up to be one of the biggest environmental protests the world has ever seen. As it approaches, Thunberg is clearly excited. [embedded content]Such blunt talk has found a broad audience among people jaded by empty promises and eager to find a climate leader willing to ramp up ambition. Thunberg’s rise coincides with growing scientific concern. A slew of recent reports has warned that oceans are heating and the poles melting faster than expected. Last year’s UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spelled out the dangers of surpassing 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. To have any chance of avoiding that outcome, it said, emissions must fall rapidly by 2030. That will require far more pressure on politicians—and nobody has proved more effective at that over the past eight months than Thunberg.The girl who once slipped into despair is now a beacon of hope. One after another, veteran campaigners and grizzled scientists have described her as the best news for the climate movement in decades. She has been lauded at the UN, met French president Emmanuel Macron, shared a podium with the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and has been endorsed by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.You may think this would put the weight of the world on the 16-year-old’s shoulders, but she claims to feel no pressure. If “people are so desperate for hope,” she says, that is not her or the other strikers’ responsibility.“I don’t care if what I’m doing—what we’re doing—is hopeful. We need to do it anyway. Even if there’s no hope left and everything is hopeless, we must do what we can.” In this regard, her family sees her singular focus as a blessing. She is someone who strips away social distractions and focuses with black-and-white clarity on the issues. “It’s nothing that I want to change about me,” she says. “It’s just who I am. If I had been just like everyone else and been social, then I would have just tried to start an organization. But I couldn’t do that. I’m not very good with people, so I did something myself instead.”While she has little time for chitchat, she gets satisfaction from speaking to a big audience about climate change. Regardless of the size of the crowd, she says she does not feel the least bit nervous.She seems incapable of the cognitive dissonance that allows other people to lament what is happening to the climate one minute, then tuck into a steak, buy a car, or fly off for a weekend break the next. Although Thunberg believes political action far outweighs individual changes to consumer habits, she lives her values. She is a vegan and only travels abroad by train. The climate strike was inspired by students in Parkland, Florida, who walked out of classes in protest against the US gun laws that enabled the massacre on their campus. Greta was part of a group that wanted to do something similar to raise awareness about climate change, but they couldn’t agree what. Last summer, after a record heat wave in northern Europe and forest fires that ravaged swathes of Swedish land up to the Arctic, Thunberg decided to go it alone. Day one was August 20, 2018.“I painted the sign on a piece of wood and, for the flyers, wrote down some facts I thought everyone should know. And then I took my bike to the Parliament and just sat there,” she recalls. “The first day, I sat alone from about 8:30 am to 3 pm—the regular school day. And then on the second day, people started joining me. After that, there were people there all the time.”She kept her promise to strike every day until the Swedish national elections. Afterward, she agreed to make a speech in front of thousands at a People’s Climate March rally. Her parents were reluctant. Knowing Thunberg had been so reticent that she had previously been diagnosed with selective mutism, they tried to talk her out of it. But the teenager was determined. “In some cases where I am really passionate, I will not change my mind,” she says. Despite her family’s concerns, she delivered the address in nearly flawless English and invited the crowd to film her on their mobile phones and spread the message through social media. “I cried,” says her proud dad.People with selective mutism have a tendency to worry more than others. Thunberg has since weaponized this in meetings with political leaders and with billionaire entrepreneurs in Davos. “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act,” she told them.Such tongue-lashings have gone down well. Many politicians laud her candidness. In return, she listens to their claims that stronger climate policies are unrealistic unless the public make the issue more of a priority. She is unconvinced. “They are still not doing anything. So I don’t know really why they are supporting us, because we are criticizing them. It’s kind of weird.” She has also been withering about leaders in the US, UK, and Australia who either ignore the strikers or admonish them for skipping classes. “They are desperately trying to change the subject whenever the school strikes come up. They know they can’t win this fight because they haven’t done anything.” Thunberg on strike last August.MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/Getty Images“I kept thinking about it, and I just wondered if I am going to have a future. And I kept that to myself because I’m not very much of a talker, and that wasn’t healthy. I became very depressed and stopped going to school. When I was home, my parents took care of me, and we started talking because we had nothing else to do. And then I told them about my worries and concerns about the climate crisis and the environment. And it felt good to just get that off my chest.“They just told me everything will be all right. That didn’t help, of course, but it was good to talk. And then I kept on going, talking about this all the time and showing my parents pictures, graphs and films, articles and reports. And, after a while, they started listening to what I actually said. That’s when I kind of realized I could make a difference. And how I got out of that depression was that I thought: It is just a waste of time feeling this way because I can do so much good with my life. I am trying to do that still now.”Her parents were the guinea pigs. She discovered she had remarkable powers of persuasion, and her mother gave up flying, which had a severe impact on her career. Her father became a vegetarian. As well as feeling relieved by the transformation of their formerly quiet and morose daughter, they say they were persuaded by her reasoning. “Over the years, I ran out of arguments,” says her father. “She kept showing us documentaries, and we read books together. Before that, I really didn’t have a clue. I thought we had the climate issue sorted,” he says. “She changed us and now she is changing a great many other people. There was no hint of this in her childhood. It’s unbelievable. If this can happen, anything can happen.” More Great WIRED StoriesReality dating TV still has some growing up to doScooter startups ditch gig workers for real employeesZuck wants Facebook to build a mind-reading machineAre these planets? No, something far more sinisterAnarchy, bitcoin, and murder in Acapulco👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? 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Google today announced a number of new features for students looking for more information about U.S. colleges. Last year, Google Search introduced new widgets with information about four-year universities. Today, it is expanding this to two-year colleges.The company says that searches for “community colleges near me” saw a 120% increase in the past two years, with overall searches for college information spiking between August and the fall, as high school students get ready to apply.With this update, students can now easily compare the tuition cost, acceptance rates and other information of four and two-year schools. The feature will now also show popular certificates and associate programs offered at four-year universities, and students can create lists of schools that specialize in specific fields and filter them based on distance (which often matters because many community college students, for example, stay close to home) and size.Like before, this extended data set relies on public information from the U.S. Department of Education.“We’ve continued to work with education researchers, experts and nonprofit organizations, high school counselors, and admissions professionals to build a useful experience that is attuned to the needs of students, and we will continue to find new ways to make information more easily available and helpful as you search for your future education opportunities,” the company notes in today’s announcement.
Elvis Lives Promotions held a concert (as a tribute to the ‘King of Rock ‘n Roll’) at Ladysmith Country Club on Saturday night.The man with the lamb-chop sideburns, spangled outfit and guitar strung over his shoulder was Andrea Giglio, a well-known tribute artist and Elvis Presley impersonator who sings the King’s songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. For 22 years now, Andrea has been belting out classics such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘It’s Now or Never, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Love Me Tender’. These songs all made it onto the play-list at the Country Club, as well as many other toe-tapping tunes and soulful ballads. It was all gyrating hips and ‘old school’, good-time rock ‘n roll that had the appreciative crowd begging for more. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Andrea says that being an Elvis impersonator came naturally to him, and it didn’t hurt to have the looks to begin with!Andrea and Elvis Lives Promotions go around the country, singing at sports clubs and corporate functions. Andrea has also travelled abroad to perform in counties such as Dubai, Pakistan and the UK.The Ladysmith show was aptly called ‘The Mirror Image of Elvis’. There were two sets of an hour each on the night, with a supper break in between. The audience couldn’t help but sing along as Andrea brought to life an era of music that is etched into the very fabric of society. If you weren’t there, then you really missed out! If you were there, then you’ll know why lovers of rock music tell you that “Elvis Lives!” The King might have left the building, but there’ll always be someone to continue the legacy and keep his memory alive.Andrea will be back in Ladysmith on November 15 to perform at the Siegetown Moth Club.
AN agreement has been signed in Kokopo to deliver tourism projects in the province to live up to its name as the tourism hub of the country.Tourism Arts and Culture Minister Emil Tammur said at the signing ceremony between the national Government, East New Britain and China’s Asia Pacific Tourism Organisation (Apto) that people should be ready to welcome huge numbers of tourists.The expansion of Tokua Airport, improvement and building of roads in Kokopo, building of new hotels and improving hotel capacity were some of the immediate projects in sight.Apto is a non-government organisation founded in Hong Kong in 2008. It has a membership of 27 countries including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, India and Russia.It is an important international organisation in the Asia-Pacific tourism industry based in Hong Kong with its secretariat office in Beijing.The organisation promotes and develops tourism in a collaborative service manner and promotes economic development, world peace and enhances international understanding.Apto President He Guangye said the cooperation would see major infrastructural development projects delivered and improved.Other party who signed included the president of China Railway International Group Company Ltd (South Pacific) Wu Dongzheng and the managing director of Wonders Travel Services Ltd Lin Xiaoliang.Guangye said the agreement was to prepare the province for the expected influx of visitors from the Asian region, especially China, which had 1.3 million people travelling every year.He said the purchasing power of Chinese tourists was the highest in the world.“Due to the high purchasing power of China, we must build more shopping malls to help improve the lives of our people in the province and PNG,” Guangye said.“After all this is done, people from China and other parts of Asia will visit PNG to bring tourism to the next level.”Tammur said the tourism industry in PNG was in its infancy stage and begged for more collaboration between all levels of government.The post Agreement signed to seal Kokopo’s place as hub appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals practiced next to the bubble as they prepare for a big game against the Indianapolis Colts.Of Note:– Poor Patrick Peterson has to go from field to field for different drills. The cost of versatility, I guess.– Hard to see who was out there and who wasn’t in the portion of practice that was open to the media, but all the key guys who have been battling a variety of ailments of late looked like they were ready to go. Mike Gibson, who missed Wednesday due to illness, was also back on the field. * Turns out Justin Bethel (concussion) did not practice. – Kicker Jay Feely spent part of the time catching passes thrown by Daryl Washington, many of which were one-handed grabs. Stat of the DayThe Colts have beaten the Cardinals the last four times the teams have played. Prior to that, though, the Cardinals had won the previous four meetings. Quote of the Day“Uh, yeah, keep him away from the quarterback,” Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said when asked if he has any special instructions for his line as it prepares to face sack artist Robert Mathis. “One thing about Robert, he’s like the Energizer Bunny: He never stops. That guy goes constantly every play, and when he gets tired, he goes out and then he comes back even stronger. We’ve got to do a great job on him.”This Day in Arizona Cardinals HistoryOn November 21, 2004, the Cardinals went to Carolina and were dispatched 35-10.It was a curious game from the beginning, as Cards coach Dennis Green decided to bench starting QB Josh McCown in favor of Shaun King. Though McCown had not been posting great numbers, the Cardinals were on two-game winning streak and improved to 4-5 before heading to Carolina. It didn’t matter. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Nick Goings, who used to play running back, scored three first-half touchdowns and fueled the Panthers to a 28-0 lead at the intermission. Down four touchdowns, King hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 21-yard score in the third, and a 28-yard field goal from Neil Rackers brought the Cardinals to within 28-10. That was as close as the Cards would get, though, as Mushin Muhammad’s fourth-quarter touchdown reception — his second score of the game — would be the final points of the contest.For the game, King completed 28-of-52 passes for 343 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Fitzgerald’s seven catches for 92 yards and a score led the way, but in total it was a pretty miserable offensive performance for Arizona.Of course, Panthers QB Jake Delhomme only completed 12-of-25 passes for 157 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, but Goings’ 121 yards and three scores were enough to earn the win and end the Cards’ winning streak.It was the first of four straight losses, and the skid took the Cardinals out of the playoff picture. – / 6 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
Hired after the first 0-8 SEC season in school history, Jeremy Pruitt was hired to break things. He’s the bull, and Tennessee is the china shop. A no-nonsense disciple of Nick Saban’s Temple of the Process, Pruitt was hired to do what Kirby Smart is currently doing at Georgia — turn the ship around, and do it quickly.After his first 15 practices, Pruitt is pleased with some aspects of what he inherited and disgusted with others.Here’s how he opened his press conference following Saturday’s spring game:“You know the big thing out there today, I mean, you see some guys competing pretty hard. They may not be doing things perfect, but they’re heading in the right direction, something you can build off of. And then I saw a couple guys out there today that just flat-out quit. Call it what you want to, I’m gonna say they quit. That’s what I saw,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix “After 15 days, to me, that’s disappointing. Very disappointing. That probably tells you who they are. Probably is a good indication of they are. You put 14 days into it, some guys are not going to compete, some guys kind of rose to the occasion today, so that’s a good thing. We’ve got to figure out where we’re at with some of these guys. The good thing is in a couple of weeks we’ll have a bunch of guys that aren’t on the injury report anymore, we’ll have 14 new guys here and maybe more, so some of these guys that don’t want to do it and do it right all the time, they’ll just be watching.”Pruitt’s disappointment extended to a portion of the Big Orange fan base.“It’s kind of like our football team, for the fans,” he said. “The ones that were here, I’m proud they were here. They’re fired up. They’re ready to get going. OK? And then there were some people that weren’t who that had legitimate reasons. They couldn’t be here. And there were some people that weren’t here, that … why weren’t they here? It’s kind of like our football team. I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be.”
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