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First Nation leaders of Turtle Island issue open letter call on Harper

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–A group of First Nations chiefs have issued an open letter urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to agree to the treaty meeting demanded by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who is on day 23 of a hunger strike.The letter, signed by the “First Nation leaders of Turtle Island,” asks Harper to work with the First Nations leader to end Spence’s hunger strike and meet with the leadership to reaffirm “the spirit and intent of our treaty relationship and based on the principles of honour, peace, friendship and Indigenous sovereignty.”The letter, released shortly after midnight Wednesday, also mentions the planned Jan. 16 national day of action that could see country-wide economic disruptions through rail and highway blockades among other planned events.“Work with us to end the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence. We fear for her health. We do not only speak for our conscience and the pain we feel for her, but we implore you for her children. For the love of humanity, we make this plea,” said the letter. “We firmly support a national day of action scheduled for January 16, 2013. We also realize that our people and supporters for the liberation of Indigenous peoples in this country continue daily assertions of peaceful demonstrations.”Concern is mounting about Spence’s health and the Attawapiskat chief is said to be getting weaker by the hour.“From this day forward make no miscalculation- as First Nation leaders in this country, we will increase our efforts to speak, teach, and reconfirm the truth about the Indigenous People of this country. In fact, the rest of the world is now closely observing,” said the letter. “We support Chief Spence as she implores cooperative efforts of your government towards real and dignified change for First Nations. The rest of the world awaits your response as well.”The letter comes following a series of meetings and teleconferences between about 70 chiefs over the past few days.In a statement accompanying the letter sent to APTN National News, said the recent meetings were called in haste because of Spence’s situation and the tensions between the Idle No More movement and the existing First Nations leadership.“The reality is this, we are behind the eight-ball and needed to respond to our fellow chief who is on a hunger strike,” said the statement. “We also had to dispel the myth that we are trying to take over a movement that we are in fact a part of and have always supported.”The letter states that Canada is facing “a time of renewal” and that “Indigenous leaders in this country must make clear that this land is not the personal possession of a political party or a government.”It calls on Canadians to find common cause with First Nations people.“First Nations or Canadians should not tolerate trade treaties, race-based legislation and colonial policies designed to assimilate and strip away the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island any further,” said the letter. “We must focus on change for our people, returning to the spirit and intent of the original treaties in Canada, not new deals with other countries to be granted legal land tenure for the sole purpose of their economic gain.”The letter states that First Nations leaders would continue to take their message around the world, including to the Queen, U.S. President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela.The letter calls on Harper to uphold the honour of the Crown which is bound up in the treaties and refers to the prime minister’s holiday address in which he highlights the “joy of giving” and helping the less fortunate.“Prime Minister, Canada requires leadership that will address these matters in a manner that seeks constructive dialogue and collaborative efforts to change,” said the letter. “We call on your congruent response; a response that upholds the professed values of Canada and a response that is consistent with the honour of the Crown and the sacred covenant of treaties in Canada.”The LetterDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

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Manitoba Metis Federation claims victory after Supreme Court ruling

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Manitoba Metis Federation is claiming victory following a Supreme Court of Canada decision on a three-decade old case.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, found that the “federal Crown failed to implement the land grant provision” under the Manitoba Act of 1870.The Manitoba Metis Federation argued that the federal government failed to set aside 1.4 million acres of land for the children of the Metis.The ruling is expected to trigger land claim negotiations.last_img

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One year later ABI smelter lockout continues and town fears for future

first_imgMONTREAL — As workers marked the one-year anniversary of the lockout at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que. Friday, the impact of the lengthy conflict was being felt throughout the region.In addition to upending the lives of the plant’s 1,030 workers, the lockout is creating concern in the municipal administration and complicating life for local businesses. The slowdown has also deprived the provincial utility, Hydro-Quebec, of an estimated $215 million in revenues from sales it would have normally made to the smelter.The town of Becancour, hit by the closure of the Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor in 2012, relies heavily on ABI, which accounts for about 20 per cent — $4.5 million — of its tax base. It would be a “catastrophe for the region” if the smelter closed for good, Mayor Guy Dubois said.“We prefer not even to think about that,” Dubois said in a telephone interview. “But like it or not, we always have that at the back of our minds. For the moment, we have built our budget as though ABI was a corporate citizen as was the case in the past.”In 2018, despite the fact ABI gradually cut production and is now operating at one-sixth of capacity, Becancour did not see a drop in tax revenues coming from the company.But the plant’s unionized workers, whose average annual salary is around $80,000, are big contributors to the region’s economy. Currently, they are getting just $600 a week from their union, less than half their usual wages.The situation has had repercussions on local merchants, in particular restaurants, Dubois said, but so far none has been forced to close its doors. “The current context of full employment has helped a lot,” he explained. “It would be very different if the unemployment rate was higher.”Still, the lockout has had a negative impact in Becancour’s industrial park and port. ABI’s production cuts have meant a drop of about $1 million in revenues for the port, though this has been partly compensated by the development of new markets.There are no signs that the labour conflict is close to being resolved. The two sides show little sign of budging despite negotiating sessions and a mediation process that ended Dec. 21.The opposing sides are the United Steelworkers and ABI, which is 75 per cent owned by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. and 25 per cent by Montreal-headquartered Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. The main issues dividing the union and the employer are the pension plan and seniority provisions covering the assignment of workers.“I’ve joked in the past that the only thing we can do is pray,” Dubois said. “We hope that each side will be able to compromise a little. That’s the only way out of this.”After a year living on a much lower salary than usual, more and more workers are struggling to make ends meet. They say they have no intention of returning to work without a negotiated collective agreement, so many are turning to part-time jobs.Martine Gauthier, who has worked nearly 31 years at ABI, will soon be eligible for retirement, but she refuses to leave before the conflict is resolved.Her 25-year-old daughter is a graduate student at the Universite de Sherbrooke, and to help cover her tuition expenses, Gauthier is taking on a part-time job in addition to her picket duties. “Is Mom going to stop paying for her studies? No. My daughter is a good student. I cannot abandon her,” she said by telephone.Clement Masse, president of the union local, said the workers’ resolve is not cracking. But he acknowledged that he did not expect the impasse to last so long.“It’s been long,” Masse said in a telephone interview. “You can’t say that people aren’t fed up. What they want is a negotiated agreement. Naturally, we are going to meet our members in the coming weeks.”Union members planned a demonstration Friday afternoon outside the office of the local member of the provincial legislature, Donald Martel, who represents the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec. Their aim is to remind the government how long the conflict has dragged on.This week, the government announced the creation of a three-member working group drawn from bureaucrats in the Labour Department to examine the situation. But Labour Minister Jean Boulet said the government is not yet prepared to try to force a settlement.“I will not impose a solution,” he said in an interview. “I spoke up and expressed my huge disappointment at the way the two sides behaved during the mediation. But I can’t do the job on my own.” Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Train Users Debunk Moroccos ONCF 75 Customer Satisfaction Rate

By Nahla BendefaaRabat – The ONCF, Morocco’s national railway, announced in a report earlier this month that their customer satisfaction is up to 75percent. As a regular customer of the ONCF, I cannot help but be perplexed by this number.I donot claim to be a specialist in customer behaviour and satisfaction. Nor do I believe that these numbers are wrong or falsified. But I would be interested to see how this customer satisfaction survey was conducted, because the general impressions about ONCF online are far from being positive. All you have to do is look through the #ONCFdirect tag on Twitter to see how people feel about the national rails bureau. Train n°43 à l’arrêt depuis bientôt une demi heure à Ain Sbaa et comme d’habitude 0 communication et sans clim. #oncfdirect— hmizou (@hmizou) July 10, 2015@ONCFOfficiel c’est plus #ONCFDirect que vous devriez utilisez mais plutôt #ONCFIndirect , pour me pas dire #ONCFDeMerde !!! Merci en tt cas — Bartholomew (@Ayb_Gibbons) July 9, 2015@ONCFOfficiel, ou comment doubler les temps de trajet sans rien dire, sans rougir ou s’excuser… #ONCFDirect— HervéGindre (@HGindre) July 6, 2015Aujourd’hui j’ai rédigé une longue et bonne réclamation pour conditions de voyage extrêmement inhumaines. #ONCFdirect — Superman is a Trader (@Supergentlemean) July 3, 2015Train Casa-Jdida en retard de 35 min, climatisation hors service, merci l’ONCF pour pour ce moment découverte du Hammam marocain #oncfdirect— Mohammed Bensoltana (@simobenso) July 3, 2015Si #ONCF Li7adeg f les hashtag #oncfdirect, man nhardkhalRmdanmamchit gales f train navette rabat casa, ghadinjayenbhal sardine! — MeHdiELBaHi (@MeHdiELBaHi) July 2, 2015sinon ONCF a bienruiné mon sejour— Aminou (@aminouuham) July 15, 2015After the launch of #ONCFDirect by ONCF themselves, the tweets not only contained complaints about service, but also pictures.Bonsoir #ONCFdirect . Voilà à quoi ressemble un de vos trains. Finahoma trains li zadto? #Twittoma#ONCFpic.twitter.com/UqX9lfdpXj— Anouar NACH (@AnouarNACH) June 28, 2015I have been using trains on a semi-regular basis for the past three years. This is the second summer that I commute on a daily basis between Kenitra and Rabat on ONCF trains. To say that I identify with the 75 percent mentioned in the ONCF report would be a blatant lie.I have grown used to five to fifteen minute delays in the train schedule. Friday afternoon and evening trains are especially bad. Not only are they usually very late, but they also tend to be more crowded than at other times. Of course, after you travel from Meknes to Kenitra standing up in an overflowing train next to a door that is wide open, nothing truly surprises you anymore. Add the foul smell of dirty restrooms and you’ve got yourself a quintessential ONCF train ride that many people know all too well.Some people might bring up problems other than delays and a lack of hygiene. However, I choose to not mention other issues, because I feel that problems such as how loud some individuals can be on the phone or fights amongst passengers over seats is more about people’s lack of empathy and self-awareness in social settings than a problem that the company is responsible for.ONCF’s services are far from being exemplary, but the fact that I take the train on almost a daily basis has also opened my eyes to the improvements they are trying to do. For example, there are hygiene workers who now regularly patrol the trains and make sure no litter is left behind. Also, during the month of Ramadan, the passengers on the trains received complementary water bottles and dates to break their fast. Whether or not these improvements are good enough to make us forget the rest of the issues is another matter. read more

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EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news

BRUSSELS — European Union authorities are urging Facebook, Google and Twitter to work harder to combat fake news ahead of upcoming bloc-wide parliamentary elections.The EU’s executive commissioners said Tuesday that while the U.S. internet giants have made some progress, they need to pick up the pace of their work fighting disinformation.The Commission has been turning up the heat on tech giants ahead of the elections scheduled for May, in which of millions of people in 27 EU member countries will vote for 705 lawmakers in the bloc’s parliament.The EU’s digital and security commissioners said at a press briefing that they’re concerned that some tools the tech companies have introduced to scrutinize political ads have not yet been rolled out to all of the EU member countries.The Associated Press read more

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Sepp Blatter Putin to Attend MoroccoPortugal World Cup Game

Rabat – Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Head of FIFA Sepp Blatter are expected to attend Morocco’s 2018 World Cup game against Portugal on Wednesday.Spanish football news outlet Marca reported that Blatter will watch Morocco’s decisive game against Portugal at the invitation of the Russian president.To salvage its World Cup ambitions, Morocco’s football team has to make goals in its upcoming game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad after losing its first game with an own goal last Friday. Putin attended the World Cup opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which ended 5-0 in Russia’s favor on Thursday, June 14.Before the 2018 World Cup vote, Blatter expressed support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the joint bid delivered by the US, Canada,  and Mexico after clinching the rights to host the tournament with 134 votes on June 13.Blatter took to his Twitter on April 5 to criticize FIFA’s task force, an evaluation committee hired by FIFA to evaluate the readiness of the two bids.“Just recall a fundamental principal [sic] in FIFA: Decision taken in 2011: the congress shall decide on the attribution of the World Cup 2026 – and not any sub-committee or task-force. Each candidate must have the right to make a presentation at the congress.”The FIFA 2018 World Cup game between the host country and Saudi Arabia also boasted the attendance of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and FIFA’s current president, Gianni Infantino.FIFA also invited King Mohammed VI to attend the opening of the 2018 World Cup, but the King did not attend.Morocco will play against Portugal at 1:00 p.m. (Moroccan time) on Wednesday, June 20, at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Morocco’s last game will be against La Roja (Spain) on June 25.Thousands of Moroccans followed their team to Russia to support them. Despite their defeat against Iran, Morocco are determined to do their best in the tournament.Moroccan footballer Faycal Fajr said in a press conference on June 17 that the team will try to bring smiles to Moroccan fans. “We know it will be difficult, but we will do everything to make a good result,” he said. read more

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Rory McIlroy Could Be A Bigger Threat To Jack Nicklaus Than Tiger

You couldn’t have scripted a more media-ready changing-of-the-guard than this year’s PGA Tour Championship. Since Tiger Woods’s gentle smack-talk after Rory McIlroy’s British Open win in July, McIlroy won at WGC-Bridgestone (taking back his No. 1 ranking), and on Sunday he followed that with his third win in a row and fourth major victory — coming from behind, in the dark, and fending off Phil Mickelson, no less!Meanwhile, Woods missed another cut, amid lingering health questions, and still hasn’t won a major since George W. Bush was president. For the better part of a decade, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Woods would meet or surpass Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major wins. Now, that goal is less and less attainable.Even a few days ago, I would have thought positing McIlroy as a greater threat to Nicklaus than Woods was ridiculous, but this is where we stand: McIlroy has built up one of the best starts to a career in modern golf history, essentially matching the Golden Bear through age 25, and each day Woods moves farther away from his prime.It may not look like much, but that four-major start by McIlroy is firmly in Woods and Nicklaus territory — they are the only players to have won four majors through age 25. Winning those four majors in a 15-tournament span is also a rare accomplishment. There have been a number of similarly meteoric rises in golf, but they usually come at a more mature age (see, for example: Nick Faldo, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan). And some early starts aren’t so meteoric (Seve Ballesteros).McIlroy has had both:Of course, after Woods won his fourth major, he went on to win the next two as well, and four of the next seven, so it’s silly to call McIlroy the next Tiger. But McIlroy doesn’t have to be as good now as Woods was then to have a chance at passing Nicklaus — Woods was way ahead of Nicklaus’s pace before injuries and possibly other things got the better of him.And now, even after clawing his way back to the top of the rankings, Woods isn’t who he used to be. At this point, it would take something unprecedented for him to match or pass Nicklaus. He needs four majors for a share of the lead, but by the time the Master’s comes around again in 2015, it will have been nearly seven years since Woods last won a major (no player has ever won four majors after going even five years between wins). And Woods will be 39 years old (no player has ever won four majors after the age of 39, not even the notoriously ever-spry Nicklaus).The good news for Woods is that he has some experience doing things that are fairly unprecedented in golf.But what about McIlroy’s expectation at this point? Trying to model the long-run performance and behavior of outliers can be particularly difficult, because the other data isn’t really a good guide. Nonetheless, assuming McIlroy faces the same regression to the mean as the average golfer does after a hot start (about a 50 percent to 75 percent reduction in win rate for the rest of his career), my best estimate is that he should win around 12 majors — plus or minus six or eight.For Tiger to beat Jack, he’ll have to break an unexpected trend, and for Rory to beat Jack, he’ll have to maintain a trend unexpectedly. read more

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Opinion Its time for Alex Rodriguez to stop trying to earn back

The New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez speaks during press conference at US Cellular Field in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAt this point, Alex Rodriguez has made more mistakes than he’s hit home runs, especially since his play dropped off a cliff a few years ago.The New York Yankees’ third baseman, and one-time future Hall of Famer, straight up denied using performance enhancing drugs back in 2007. But in 2009, it was proven that he had actually used such drugs.At that point, he gave a well-scripted apology that I can’t imagine many people took to heart. Then he got back to playing baseball, and hit 30 home runs in 2010 at the age of 34.But A-Rod (or A-Roid, depending how much you like crass, semi-clever nicknames) wasn’t done just yet. He ended up being suspended for more than an entire season, beginning in 2013 and spanning all of 2014, after it came out that he had gotten HGH from Anthony Bosch’s biogenesis clinic (Bosch was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday, by the way.)And on the same day Bosch was sentenced, Rodriguez decided the time was right to try his hand at this whole apologizing thing again.“To the fans,” a reportedly hand-written apology letter read. And he signed off “Sincerely, Alex.”It’s a good thing he said to “the” fans, because if he had written “to my fans,” the letter would probably have been addressed to nobody.For a guy with all the natural ability in the world, how much did performance-enhancing drugs really do? Perhaps he hit a few more home runs with the extra help, but he would most likely been destined for Cooperstown no matter what. His ego got in the way.That’s all fine and well for him. He’s still set to make $61 million over the next few years, and honestly, that’s great. He managed to earn a living most people could never dream of. Yeah, he cheated his way to it, but he would’ve earned it cheating or not.So congratulations, Alex, you have a lot of money, but it’s time for you to take it and run.His letter professed that he had taken “full responsibility” for his mistakes. Which is pretty obvious since, you know, it was his fault for making those decisions. The letter even addressed the fact that many won’t accept his apology, or “believe” it, in his words. Which is true, and why would they?He’s apologized before, then cheated again, then apologized some more.Rodriguez won’t be gaining back any of his lost respect, and he should embrace that. Instead of apologizing to try and make his name better and avoiding even more of a media firestorm, Rodriguez should sit back, play baseball for a few more years, retire and accept that he had a wildly successful career no matter what fans or fellow players think of him.In the end, Alex, you have an amount of money I’d at least have to consider sacrificing a limb for.Now go enjoy it on your yachts and private jets and leave the rest of us alone, because you’re right: We don’t believe you, and we never will. read more

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National Day of Unplugging is over Did you disconnect

first_imgThe 2011 National Day of Unplugging official ran from sundown on March 4 to sundown on March 5th, which is right about now on the East Coast. The day called for people to voluntarily stay off their electronics for the day (mobile phones too!), to disconnect, to generally just slow down. It’s not an anti-technology movement (seriously, they have an app) but they do want people to understand the value of getting off your phone, taking a breath, and trying to remember what life was like before 24/7/365 connectivity. You can learn all about the the group behind the day, the Sabbath Manifesto, and their ideas here.I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t participate. Not because I think it’s a bad idea mind you, I just wanted to check in on a few things today and find the locations of a few stores as I walked around, enjoying the weather in New York. I would have actually enjoyed a disconnected day and I always do try to cut down on my computer time on weekends. I also make sure to check my email/Twitter/RSS feeds less frequently because I know how each one of these can spiral into research, writing, reading, further reading, and generally just a lot of time at the computer.AdChoices广告I do love that these guys made sleeping bags for phones. They really get the point across. That said, if you leave your phone at home these days and someone like your dad/mom/girlfriend/boyfriend can’t reach you for a few hours it tends get people worried and then mad, so I think this part of disconnecting would be tough. It would encourage you to be around your loved ones though, which is sort of the point of the day (though there are other commandments that seem less important, like #8: eat bread).So did any of you geeks out there take part? Do you disconnect on the weekends (even partially)?last_img read more

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Google revamps doodle site launches Doodles on Demand store

first_imgGoogle regularly releases a doodle on its search homepage to celebrate some key day, event, or person. The quality of the doodles varies, with many just being a commissioned image. The doodles we really enjoy are interactive such as the one celebrating sci-fi author Stanislaw Lem, Jim Henson’s 75th birthday, or the Les Paul guitar. And who can forget Pac-man?The problem with Google Doodles is they only stick around for 24 hours. After that you have to go searching for them in the hope Google has setup a permanent home for the ones you enjoy. Well, now they all have a permanent home as Google has decided to revamp its doodle site and now lists over 1000 of them in one location.Google has also realized there’s money to be made from doodles, and has setup a new store called Doodles on Demand in conjunction with Zazzle. The online shop allows you to put your favorite doodle on clothing, cards, office products, or simply order a poster or two with them printed on. A mug will set you back $13, a t-shirt is $20. You can even order a skateboard sporting your favorite doodle for $48.There’s a few days left until Christmas, so a small chance remains that you can order and receive a few items to give to your doodle-loving friends on the 25th. We’ll also have to see how hard Google pushes the Doodle store. If you click a doodle in future, will the store rank highly in the search results?via The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

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GreenPoison le jailbreak de liOS 41 est prévu pour cette semaine

first_imgGreenPoison : le jailbreak de l’iOS 4.1 est prévu pour cette semaineGreenPoison, le jailbreak d’iOS version 4.1, est un programme capable de pirater tous les iPhone, iPod Touch et iPad à vie, en exploitant les failles des systèmes d’exploitation de ces différents appareils Apple. Il semble que GreenPoison permette de modifier et d’avoir accès à certains programmes de l’iPhone. D’après les créateurs du jailbreak, il devrait être au point cette semaine, avant même la sortie de la nouvelle version d’iOS 4, la 4.2. GreenPoison sera efficace dans les environnements Windows, Mac et Linux.  Le jailbreak est prévu pour s’introduire dans le système d’exploitation des appareils Apple. L’une des possibilités offertes par GreenPoison est le fait de pouvoir utiliser des émulateurs, des applications développées par des particuliers afin de personnaliser et éditer la fonction multitâche et la Springboard. Le multitâche est en effet seulement présent sur les appareils de 3e génération et les nouveaux appareils présentant la dernière version de l’iOS 4. Attention cependant : de nombreux forums multiplient les messages d’alerte à l’attention des utilisateurs, car certains programmes se faisant passer pour des jailbreaks contiennent des spams et des trojans. Enfin, rappelons qu’Apple désapprouve le jailbreaking de ses appareils, qui perdent leur garantie avec cette manipulation.  Le 5 octobre 2010 à 15:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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UPDATE We Have the AHS 7 Theme

first_imgIf you’ve been watching the show for the last few years, you’ll recognize Twisty, the homicidal clown from the “Freak Show” season. This is the first image of  Twisty he shared. The second one looked like this. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks The title of this year’s season of American Horror Story will be revealed in two days. After last year’s surprise Roanoke series, we’ve been wondering where he could possibly go from there. In the past couple of months, Murphy has been dropping clues on his Instagram page. At first glance, they don’t tell us much. They sure are unsettling, though. It started back in May with this image. A creepy elephant mask with a bloody smile. Murphy told E! News in April that this season would get a little political. Something terrible will happen to the main characters while they’re watching the 2016 election night coverage. Next, he dropped this photo. This appears to be a normal Fourth of July post, but count the stars on that flag. There are only 48. Maybe this season will take us back in time to before 1959. Time hopping is not unusual for this series. Considering the romanticizing of the 1950s you hear from a lot of politicians, Murphy may try to remind us that it wasn’t all Leave It to Beaver. Some pretty horrible things happened back then. So it would appear that Twisty is coming back in some form. In the time that’s passed between “Freak Show” and now, maybe Twisty’s story has been commercialized. He’s been turned into a doll and a comic book. Or is it possible that the doll is alive? Are we dealing with the AHS version of Chucky here? No idea what Twisty has to do with election night (other than the fact that he’s a psychotic clown), but this clue might shed some light on the politics side of the story. His next image doesn’t seem to tell us much, but it reinforces the idea that this season will be about American identity. This post had some people guessing that the name of the season will be “American Horror Story: Patriot’s Day.” It’s a possibility, but it’s unlikely that Murphy would just write out the title while teasing the big reveal to come. The real unsettling flag imagery comes next. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THAT DOG? Either something terrible is going to happen to it, or it’s going to turn all Cujo on us. That has to be it, right? And no, this is probably not just a photo of Ryan Murphy’s new puppy. The photo also appears on the Instagram page of the same photographer who took all those flag photos. There’s no reason to believe this isn’t another AHS clue.This brings us to the final hint Ryan Murphy dropped. It involves bees. Alright, so it seems more likely that we’ll actually see this monster in the upcoming season. That’ll keep us up at night. Alright, what did he post next? That’s the 48-star flag, but you’ll notice that eight stars are missing. What happens on the full moon? Do eight states completely disappear? Are they taken over and somehow not part of the United States anymore? Of all the images Murphy posted, this is the one I have the most questions about. Next, he posted what appears to be another picture of that ambidextrous monster. Or at least it looks similar. Well, that’s certainly unsettling. It’s possible this picture could be literal. Are we looking at one of the monsters from this season? Though considering the clue is ambidexterity, it probably has another meaning. Ambidexterity means you can use either your left or your right hand. Is he saying this isn’t a left vs. right story? That there are monsters on both extremes? Or is the monster in the middle, capable of going both right and left? We’ll find out soon enough. In any case, Murphy’s next couple clues concern the entire country. Stay on target Well, there’s an image that won’t leave my head for a while. What could this mean? Well, bees are dying off in record numbers thanks to climate change. We know the first episode of the season will take place on election night. The president elected that night is historically hostile to science, particularly regarding climate change. Could the bees be taking revenge? Is Murphy borrowing elements from The Happening and (hopefully) making them less stupid? The title reveal is two days away, and while it won’t answer all of these questions, it’ll shed some light on some of the more mysterious images.What will the title be? “American Horror Story: America” would be too on the nose. It’s possible Murphy will kick the trend of having each season named for a location. “American Horror Story: Election Night” might be a good title. We’ll find out for sure, later this week. Then we’ll have to wait for the season premiere this fall.UPDATE: Ryan Murphy released the theme around midnight.AHS: CULT— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 21, 2017Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Magazine Productions New World Order

first_imgNew Tech SolutionsThe ability to publish to multiple outlets wouldn’t be possible without the ever-developing technologies publishers have come to rely on. Hearst uses Adobe InDesign, InCopy and K4 for its editorial prepress side. The company also uses the plug-in Made to Print to automate much of the editorial workflow. And it uses Kodak’s Prinergy and InSite prepress portal to send pages to the printer and PDFs to its asset management system, Payne says. Prinergy enables the publisher to do a lot of virtual proofing and press-side virtual proofing at printers. “It saves a lot of time and energy and paper,” Payne says. Six months ago, about half of Hearst’s titles were virtual on the press side and two to three were virtual internally. The company plans to do virtual proofing on a wider scale and will roll that out over the next year, Payne adds.The production workflow at Hearst looks something like this: When the edit pages have all gone through the editorial and design processes and are ready to go to the printer, the production staff uses Made to Print to send files to the printer at Prinergy. At the same time, Made to Print sends files to Hearst’s archives—a temporary repository where files are manually collected and bundled and uploaded to the FTP site where it is outsourced to India to have XML added. The files come back within 36 to 48 hours. The digital staff then grabs the files from the FTP site and puts them into the home-grown XML repository site. From there, files are sent out to syndication partners and can be adjusted to fit whichever XML feed they require.All of Hearst’s digital systems were built from scratch using open code. “We can maintain controls and updates; the same for the ad platform, the circ platform, etc.,” says Erin Dailey, director of project process and business standards. Dailey is responsible for maintaining resources and standards throughout Hearst’s digital media and identifying repetitive actions or things that could be automated—a task most publishers should employ.“The beauty of having XML created in India and put on FTP is we can do whatever we want with it,” Dailey adds. “We have an automatic process and have our open-source internal platform. Our CMS platform is handled by internal engineers, so all a Web editor has to do is go in and grab it.” Dailey says the average time for print to Web production for Web editors is now between two to five days thanks to all of the automation the publisher has incorporated. That compares to two weeks from start to finish with the old system.Hearst also uses a program called Meebo that allows it to share content across all of its different Web sites and extends its brands into the social networking arena, Dailey says. Production Partners AdaptOf course, to make all of these new automated processes work, production partners, from digital magazine producers to printers, have to be on board and using the same technologies. The same is true for advertising partners. “We have come a long way with the quality of the files provided which had caused the most problems in recent years,” says Louise Morrin, vice president of production and manufacturing for Haymarket Media Group. “We had to talk advertisers through file preparation but people are getting more savvy.” The publisher, which serves a wide array of sectors from automotive to technology, uses Intuit QuickBase to organize orders and vendor software for Webcasts and e-newsletters. R.R. Donnelley is Haymarket’s primary vendor. Morrin says the most significant involvement the printer has had to adapt to is taking the print pages to produce Haymarket’s digital editions, which is now seamless to the publisher.New WorkflowsMorrin has seen the production staff grow into the new workflows and various content outlets. “All material is provided on e-mail or FTP no matter where it ends up,” she says. The production teams “are talking to more contact people, which adds time, but they embrace the new exposure. Some are also providing detailed reports on traffic and lead generation so that is a new area of interest.”While the production department has always been involved in all areas of the Haymarket brand, from print to marketing and events, it is spreading into even more areas of the business now. “We’re coordinating and reporting e-newsletters, Webcasts, licensing, etc.,” Morrin says. “It’s a challenge to keep on top of more deadlines, but it’s a good challenge as long as it’s the right person who is willing to take on more.”Hearst, meanwhile, spreads its work among a few of the larger printers, including R.R. Donnelley, WorldColor, QuadGraphics and Brown Printing Co. All of these print shops now provide a whole host of digital solutions to cut down on time and errors. They are also incorporating virtual proofing, digital asset management and other prepress solutions to extend the window for ad placement as well as editorial production. And some are using proprietary systems to add further efficiencies to the workflow. For example, Brown’s B.Direct system works with InSite and has the added benefit of providing inlines with thumbnail images which allows publishers to discuss inline scenarios before going to print and troubleshoot potential problems. What’s Next? Mobile and E-ReadersThe next frontier for multichannel publishing are the emerging new iPhones and tablets, Payne says. Publishers are trying to figure out how to put content on them because they look and feel different from a Web site, she adds. “I’m excited about this year and the changes that are happening. We love magazines and were sadto see some go by the way side, but something new and exciting is emerging. I can just tell.”SIDEBARTips for Becoming Tech-SavvyThe production world is changing as fast as lightning thanks to a constant array of new technologies and demands. The most tech-savvy production managers who can juggle many tasks are the ones who will stay in demand.“You should be able to do more than one thing,” says Ellen Payne, director of editorial operations for Hearst Magazines. “The people with the strongest technical skills will have a bigger role to play down the road.”Here are some tips for staying abreast of the latest multichannel production technologies, courtesy of  Payne and her Hearst colleague, Erin Dailey.Be an early adopter: Try out the latest devices and platforms as soon as they are available because chances are, you’ll be publishing to them sooner or later.Stay informed: Read up on the latest trends and techniques via any of the numerous Web sites and blogs that span technology trends. Or create a Google Alert on your topic of choice to pull any article or blog published online.Practice at home: Open a Twitter or Facebook account. Upload images and videos to get familiar with the ins and outs of the different platforms.Take classes: Take a class in Flash or HTML or Dreamweaver—or on any topic you want to expand your knowledge. Talk to your own in-house gurus: Go to your tech-savvy colleagues and ask questions or set up a brown-bag lunch where a guest speaker can illuminate some of the finer points of the emerging technologies. The magazine production department used to be about tracking insertion orders and hard-copy ad materials and shipping by hand all of the magazine pages to the printer. These days, with so many automated tasks and so many different and growing publishing outlets, that traditional production department has gone by the way side.Publishers have a lot more to worry about than just publishing a print magazine. Most are publishing online, to a bevy of mobile devices and to various social media. Yesterday’s production department has had to morph into a tech-savvy group of multitaskers.“It’s an exciting time and it’s a time of great change,” says Ellen Payne, director of editorial operations at Hearst. “Traditional production people are wondering, ‘where do I fit into this New World Order’? You should be able to do more than just one thing. The traditional production departments—the people with the strongest technical skills—will have a bigger role to play down the road.”Hearst shook up its production department about five years ago by doing away with silo-ed, individual production teams for specific magazines and created a core production team that services all 15 titles. “We have a core centralized production team of four highly skilled people that handle 17,000-plus edit pages per year,” Payne says. To make it work Hearst has automated a bunch of things and designs pages as cleanly as possible, Payne adds. This new team also handles the production of Hearst’s digital magazines, such as Popular Mechanics, which are published by Zinio.last_img read more

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Solange Honored As Harvard Foundations Artist Of The Year

first_img Harvard Votes For Solange As Artist Of The Year solange-honored-harvard-foundations-artist-year Email Solange Honored As Harvard Foundation’s Artist Of The Year Facebook Twitter News GRAMMY winner to be honored at the Cultural Rhythms Festival celebrating the arts, diversity, ethno-cuisine, and Harvard’s quality-of-life for studentsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 20, 2018 – 12:37 pm The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations announced on Feb. 16 that Solange has been named its Artist of the Year, as voted for by students and teachers. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Solange: GRAMMY Backstage The award will be presented at Harvard’s March 3 Cultural Rhythms Festival. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 23. The day-long celebration is expected to have 2,000 attendees and celebrates cultural diversity at the university with “student performances and ethno-cultural cuisine from over 30 student organizations.”Previous recipients of the honor have included GRAMMY winners John Legend, Queen Latifah, Shakira, and Will Smith. Elton John received the Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award last November.Solange won a Best R&B Performance GRAMMY at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for her song “Cranes In The Sky” from her 2016 album A Seat At The Table. The album’s impact continues to reverberate and a featured installation was devoted to it last year at London’s Tate Modern exhibit “Soul Of A Nation.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

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Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of May 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of May 5, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, May 6BBQ Wildcat Chicken Sandwich with Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato on a Wholegrain Roll; Sidewinder Fries; PeachesTuesday, May 7Hard or Soft Tacos with Seasoned Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Refried Beans, Salsa & Brown RiceWednesday, May 8Wholegrain French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Sausage; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceThursday, May 9Rotisserie Chicken or Oven Fried Chicken; Whipped Potato; Coleslaw; Strawberry Shortcake with ToppingFriday, May 10Early ReleaseLunch ($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, May 6Low Sodium, Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Mariana Sauce; Wholegrain Garlic Bread Stick; Peas; Mixed FruitTuesday, May 7Hard or Soft Tacos with Seasoned Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Refried Beans, Salsa & Brown Rice; CookieWednesday, May 8Wholegrain French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Sausage; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceThursday, May 9Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potato; Carrots; Strawberry Shortcake with ToppingFriday, May 10Early ReleaseLunch ($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, May 6Low Sodium, Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Mariana Sauce; Wholegrain Garlic Bread Stick; Peas; Mixed FruitTuesday, May 7Hard or Soft Tacos with Seasoned Meat, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Refried Beans, Salsa & Brown Rice; CookieWednesday, May 8Wholegrain French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Sausage; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceThursday, May 9Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potato; Carrots; Strawberry Shortcake with ToppingFriday, May 10Early ReleaseLunch ($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. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

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Apple Pay to land at Target Taco Bell and more in latest

first_img Apple Pay Internet Services Tech Industry Phones Mobile reading • Apple Pay to land at Target, Taco Bell and more in latest expansion Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it How To • Stop ruining your life and set up Apple Pay for iPhone, already Apple Comments Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Pay is coming to thousands of more retail stores and fast-food restaurants. Yegor Aleyev/TASS via Getty Images   You can now use your Apple Watch or iPhone to pay at more retail locations. The Apple Pay contactless payment service is coming to Target, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Speedway and Hy-Vee supermarkets,  Apple said Tuesday. Apple Pay is now supported in 65 percent of all retail stores in the US, the company said. “We’re thrilled even more customers will be able to pay at their favorite stores and restaurants using the Apple devices that are always with them,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of internet services at Apple, said in a statement. This is the latest expansion as Apple Pay competes with mobile payment services from Samsung, Google and others. Mobile payments let customers pay for their items by tapping their phone or smartwatch at a credit card terminal. In 2018, Apple Pay rolled out to 95 percent of 7-Eleven stores across the US. It also expanded to 500 Costco warehouses and all 8,400 standalone CVS pharmacies last year.You can use Apple Pay at 245 Hy-Vee stores in the Midwest and all of Speedway’s 3,000 convenience stores across the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast starting Tuesday. The service is rolling out to all 1,850 Target stores in the US, as well as to 7,000 Taco Bell and 2,200 Jack in the Box locations nationwide, over the next few months. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming? See All Preview • Apple Pay launches October 20, streamlines online and retail transactions with iPhone 6 handsets News • Apple Pay no longer accepted at JCPenney Tags 4 Target Apple Pay Applelast_img read more

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Along The Texas Coast Food Banks Brace For PostHarvey Need

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneDamon Smith helps unload a truckload of food and supplies at the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.Dan Maher is watching the inconvenience of disaster settling in as Hurricane Harvey victims trickle back into Beaumont.As residents make their first visits to lost homes and begin the daunting Federal Emergency Management Assistance application process, Maher, executive director of the Southeast Texas Food Bank, is preparing his staff for the coming onslaught of people turning to them for meals. Since the storm, they’ve given out more than 1.5 million pounds of food.Right now, the challenge is handling a surge of food donations that have arrived from across the nation — Maher says they’re going to need more warehouse space to hold it all. But he knows the food bank will also have to prepare for the eventual slowdown in donations after national attention shifts away from the Texas coast. And he knows the need for food will last much longer.“After it’s all done for immediate responders, their role has kind of concluded,” Maher said. “But hunger hasn’t left the community when those people start to go home.”Thousands of Texas households impacted by Harvey are now eligible for disaster food assistance, and as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission begins sign-ups, food banks, pantries and other food access advocates are bracing for increased demand in communities that struggled with food insecurity even before the storm.And they’re planning how to meet those needs during the months of recovery still ahead. Before Harvey, Harris County had 669,709 people regularly using food stamps.People have already started receiving benefits under the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, which gives eligible Harvey victims up to two months of benefits to buy groceries.A four-person household can receive up to $649 toward groceries under the program. Applicants have to live in one of the 39 counties covered by the federal disaster declaration and must show they’ve lost income, had their home damaged, paid for disaster-related expenses like temporary shelter or home repairs and didn’t receive benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, before the storm. They also have to meet income eligibility requirements. In those 39 counties, 1.1 million people were already using SNAP in August.Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said in an email that information about disaster food assistance is spreading quickly and that the agency has been dispatching staff to oversee signups in areas that Harvey struck.The agency initially required applicants to go back to their home counties to apply for food benefits but reversed that policy. Many flood victims are temporarily living far from their storm-damaged homes.“We’re trying to help people where they are, and we’re working fast to roll out D-SNAP sites to help people get the food they need,” Williams said. “We’re watching this rollout very closely to see if other changes need to be made.”The application process for D-SNAP, unlike regular food stamps, doesn’t count applicants’ vehicles as an asset toward their income. The program also doesn’t refuse applicants based on citizenship or immigration status and there are no work requirements, said Rachel Cooper, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.“Not everyone is going to qualify,” Cooper said. “We want to make sure that it’s as easy as possible for people to get help.”Williams said Health and Human Services Commission staff are pointing rejected D-SNAP applicants to food banks and other state programs for help.Meanwhile, the Houston Food Bank has seen a surge of flood victims and is looking to the state to take some of the pressure off. Staffers at the food bank are distributing 700,000 pounds of disaster relief food donations a day — more than double their normal daily volume — as well as diapers, bottled water and cleaning supplies.That may sound like a lot, but Brian Greene, the president of the food bank, said “it’s not nearly enough.” Greene said he and other Harris County-area food banks and pantries are anxious for D-SNAP sign-ups to start because it will mean more people who can go to a grocery store for food instead of coming to food banks.“We’re running right through [the donations],” Greene said. “That flow is slowing down, and the need is not slowing down nearly as fast.”And any relief from D-SNAP will be temporary. Recipients’ federal food aid runs out after two months.“It’s going to take more for them to rebound and rebuild and have access to food even when the stores are back, even when they get back to a place where they can cook food,” said Ellen Vollinger, legal director for the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit organization focused on hunger and nutrition policy. For now, Maher and the rest of the staff at the Southeast Texas Food Bank are still searching for more space to “receive as much goodwill as being offered.”last_img read more

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White Florida Woman Calls Cops on Black Soccer Dad

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports EditorIn the latest episode of “White folks calling the calls on Black people for being Black,” a Florida woman reportedly dialed 911 to report a Black man who was coaching his son from the sidelines during a youth soccer game at a park in Ponte Vedre, Fla.According to ABC News, 47-year-old Gerald Jones said he was shouting to his 13-year-old son from the sidelines to not argue with the game referees, when a White women rolled up on a golf cart and threatened to call the police on him.“Golfcart Gail” (l), who reportedly served as a feild marshall at a youth soccer game in Ponte Vedre, Fla., called the police on soccer dad, Gerald Jones (r), as he shouted to his son from the sidelines. (Screengrabs from Facebook video posted by Ginger Galore Williams)https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/US/black-father-speaks-deputies-called-run-golfcart-gail/story%3fid=58558118Jones claimed he even volunteered to leave the park, but the woman, who reportedly served as a field marshal for the game, still called the St. John’s County Sheriffs Department on him.Ginger Williams, a White mom of one of the other soccer players on the same team, claimed she witnessed the whole scenario and recorded it with her cellphone. She later posted the video on her Facebook page and captioned it “soccer while Black,” according to ABC Sports. Williams also nicknamed the field marshal “Golfcart Gail.” Williams backed up Jones’ claim that he was only instructing his son not to argue with refs.Jones, whose son is biracial, told ABC Sports that he believes he was being racially profiled because the field marshal had asked a White parent that was arguing with refs to leave without calling the police on that parent.“I’m working hard every day,” said Jones, who started crying during his interview with ABC. “Do everything right. Love everybody. And my son, he’s like, ‘Hey, I just don’t understand it.’ I don’t understand it. Something has to be done. What can be done? I don’t know, but it’s just too much.”last_img read more

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Caldera Highway to have oneway traffic Sunday to assist vacationers returning from

On Sunday, Jan. 5, all traffic on Route 27 will flow toward the capital. The move intends to to help those outside of San José make a quicker return from their beach vacations.The reversible lanes will be used on the stretch of the Caldera Highway (Route 27) connecting Pozón de Orotina (Alajuela) to Ciudad Colón (San Jose) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.The change will force drivers traveling from San José to Caldera to use alternate routes.Drivers heading to the Pacific during these hours should use Route 3 (Atenas-Aguacate-Orotina) or Route 239 (Puriscal-Turrubares-Orotina).  Facebook Comments No related posts.

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UPDATE Panama City bus drivers end strike ahead of Americas Summit

first_imgRelated posts:Bolivia’s Evo Morales: Obama should lift the embargo and return Guantánamo Naval base to Cuba Cuba, Venezuela likely to overshadow Central American issues at Panama summit Costa Rica President set to meet with Obama at Summit of the Americas Presidents Obama and Solís discuss renewable energy UPDATE, Mon., 4:52 p.m.:Panama struck a deal Monday with bus drivers in the capital to suspend a strike that unleashed transit chaos days before the city hosts the Summit of the Americas.Panama City drivers launched the indefinite strike Monday morning, stranding tens of thousands of passengers and bringing unwelcome attention to the city as it finalized preparations for Friday and Saturday’s summit.But hours later the government reached a deal with the drivers’ union to suspend the strike, Communication Secretary Manuel Dominguez announced on Twitter.The agreement ended a tumultuous shutdown that saw police arrest striking workers who blocked buses from leaving terminals, as desperate commuters tried to crowd aboard the few buses circulating.Under the deal, the arrested drivers will be released and government officials will meet with union leaders and a delegate from the congressional transportation committee for further discussions.The drivers are demanding the immediate transfer of $12 million in severance pay to nearly 5,000 workers facing layoffs as the government buys out private bus operator MiBus.The government has promised the workers will be paid once the negotiations with MiBus are finished, but union leaders accused it of striking a secret deal with the company then stalling on their payouts.Original story continues here: PANAMA CITY – Bus drivers in Panama City began an indefinite strike Monday, unleashing transit chaos as the capital prepared to host the 2015 Summit of the Americas.The shut-down of a transit system used by half a million people daily brought unwelcome attention to the city as it finalized preparations for Friday and Saturday’s summit, the potential scene of a historic sit-down between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro.“Taking advantage of this critical moment at a time when the government is in a position of weakness — because, obviously, we have an international event approaching — leaves much to be desired of the bus drivers and their leaders,” said Public Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera.Tumultuous scenes reigned at bus stops, where desperate commuters tried to crowd aboard the few buses circulating, and at terminals, where police arrested striking workers who blocked buses from leaving.The strikers are demanding the immediate transfer of $12 million in severance pay to nearly 5,000 workers facing layoffs as the government cancels its contract with private bus operator MiBus over service issues.The government has promised the workers will be paid once the negotiations with MiBus are finished, but union leaders accuse it of striking a secret deal with the company then stalling on their payouts.The strike comes with 34 heads of state and government set to meet in the Panamanian capital, including Castro, the first time Cuba has participated in the summit.The summit, which comes in the wake of the landmark U.S.-Cuban rapprochement announced on Dec. 17, could bring the first substantive meeting between U.S. and Cuban leaders in half a century. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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