Inuk Soldier Wanted To Die After Decade of Racism Sexual Harassment Broke

first_imgDennis WardAPTN InvestigatesAfter she phoned her sister, Cpl. Esther Wolki took a knife and began cutting into her arm.A decade with the Canadian Forces, including a tour in Afghanistan, the racism, sexual and emotional harassment had finally broke her.“I started cutting very slowly, inch by inch,” said Wolki, in an interview with APTN National News. “And then I did both wrists. But still, I wasn’t feeling anything. So I cut into my veins.”Forty minutes passed before someone found her and it was only because she forgot to lock the door ‎of the room she was in at CFB Shilo.She would spend the next three weeks at a psychiatric hospital in Brandon, Man.It was Nov. 15, 2014‎.On Thursday, Gen. Tom Lawson, the commanding officer of Canada’s armed forces acknowledged a problem with sexual misconduct in the military and he promised action. The military released a report from an internal review which found there was a “culture of misogyny” in the ranks.But for Wolki, it’s too late. She can’t wait for her military career to come to an end. An Inuk woman from a small community in the Northwest Territories, Wolki joined the military shortly after graduating from high school.Now Wolki’s days at the CFB Shilo begin by counting out the handful of pills she needs to get her through the day. She needs them to keep her alive and prevent another suicide attempt.“I’ve been scorned, scorned so hard from the military that I don’t think I deserve to live and I think suicide is the right for me to do because I think it’s the only peace I will get,” she said.Her military career wasn’t supposed to be this way.“It was pretty awesome at the start,” said Wolki.Wolki’s story begins in the small Arctic community of Paulatuk which sits perched on the northern-most tip of the Northwest Territories. Here is where she spent her childhood, a happy-go-lucky time dreaming of seeing the world. That was part of the desire that drew her to the Canadian Forces, but there was also a practical motivation.“I wanted to join so I could see different places and get out of Paulatuk, but mainly to make money for my family,” she said.Wolki ended up at CFB Shilo, which sits about two hours west of Winnipeg. It is one of the largest military bases in Canada. It is also where Wolki experienced the darkest moments of her life.“It started pretty much the first week I got there. There was other Native men there, Indians. And everybody presumed they were all my cousins and they’d ask me “You, this is your cousin, right? You guys are dating, right? Isn’t that would you guys do down in Northwest Territories,’” said Wolki.She still remembers the words of one soldier.“I was sitting there and he was like, ‘You know these people eat raw meat and piss in a bucket and wash their face with their piss because it’s warm,’” said Wolki. “He said, ‘Just quit and go back home and be a drunk like the rest of the Eskimos.’”Wolki said the comments made her feel ashamed.“They made me feel ashamed to be Inuit and from the North,” she said.Some of the worst comments came from superior officers, said Wolki.“You guys are the scum of Canada because you take welfare and you take up the government’s money.  You don’t work for it. When you get your money, all you do is drink it up and you guys are drunks,” Wolki remembers one senior officer saying.By the time she was packing her gear to deploy for Afghanistan, Wolki said she’d been labelled a drunken Eskimo and a dirty Indian.Still, she soldiered on.Wolki was stationed a forward operating base on the front lines in one of Afghanistan’s most violent regions.“A lot of people got hurt and passed away while I was on tour.  And it was really sad to see the soldier’s carried away in their caskets.  And their buddies holding up the casket,” she said.Like many other soldiers, Wolki returned from Afghanistan disturbed and depressed by what she witnessed.“The nightmares I’d have were…I’d be in my combat clothes but in the house. And I’d be getting dragged down, downstairs into the basement by Taliban. And it was like that every other night,” she said. “I’d dream about being in Afghanistan and being shot up. And seeing my friends all lying down. Seeing my family members getting blown up. I remember trying to save some people and I was carrying a kid and there had been an explosion and everybody was dead. And I’d wake up screaming.”Wolki said she feels her requests to be tested for post-traumatic stress disorder and other possible health problems were ignored.Former veteran’s ombudsman Ret.-Col. Pat Stogran said many soldiers like Wolki are let down by the system.“There are far too many cases of not only people in similar situations to this young lady but also people who have gone one step further out of despair and killed themselves,” said Stogran, who was 31 years in the military.But things were about to get worse for Wolkie. She would face one of the darkest moments of her life in November 2014.She was at a local watering hole n Brandon having casual drinks on a casual night when agreed to go to a house party in the city’s south-end with some male soldiers.Things took a nefarious turn.“There was one guy who was sober and I thought he was OK and I asked if he could watch over me.  And he took me to the washroom and pushed me down on the bathroom and he pulled down his pants and he said just do it,” she said.“And I was thinking it’s probably better than being raped because an hour before the guy I went to see, he was…I was kissing him in the washroom and he kept trying to turn me around and pull off my pants and I kept saying no.”Wolki was desperate to get out of the situation.The police report tells the rest. It said Wolki locked herself in the attic and shouted for help out the window, prompting neighbours to call 911. Neighbours said they heard a woman screaming saying she was being held against her will.Brandon police initially took three males into custody that night, but later released them because the officers felt Wolki’s claims were “unfounded.”Wolki says the Brandon police officers who dealt with the case treated everything like a joke, even warning her to stay out of attics.Back at the base, her superiors weren’t laughing and they also had little interest in her side of the story.One senior officer blamed her for embarrassing the soldiers.“He’s like you got these soldiers in shit and you probably ruined their night and that’s all he was saying to me you made the regiment a disgrace, you’re a disgrace to the regiment. This was all… that’s what he was saying to me,” she said. “They thought that everything was my fault and that I ruined the guy’s lives and I ruined their night for them and likely ruined their job.  That’s when they started yelling at me saying I was a disgrace to the military.”She wasn’t offered an ounce of compassion.“They didn’t even ask if I was OK or hurt, they just wanted me charged,” said Wolki.A week later, she decided to kill herself in Shilo, the place that caused her so much anguish.She placed one last call to her sister Celina in Paulatuk.“I answered the phone and she sounded really different.  She said I’m, I don’t want to leave anymore.  I don’t want to deal with them anymore,” said Celina Wolki.Then, the phone went dead and the sister panicked, she feared the worst was about to happen. And it almost did.Back at the base, Esther Wolki grabbed a knife to cut.Wolki still struggles to stay alive. The nightmares continue.Stogran said the military has a serious problem dealing with mental health issues. He said the matter should not be treated as a political scandal because this is about real lives on the edge.“Even if this young lady has the wrong perception of the way she was treated, the fact of the matter is that’s her reality.  And it’s going to cause a huge problem in her life.  And a problem, if the government doesn’t pick up the expense, is going to land in her family and in the community. These problems don’t go away,” he said.Hope, however, glimmers on the horizon for Wolki. She expects her to be finally released from the military.She is going home, back to Paulatuk, the only place where Wolki believes she can still find peace.“I miss the landscape.  I miss the people.  A lot of kids look up to me.  I’ll be able to make a lot of changes when I get back home,” she said.dward@aptn.ca@DennisWardlast_img read more

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Asian stocks sink for 2nd day after Wall Street slide

first_imgBEIJING — Asian stocks fell further Friday after Wall Street slid on recession fears, putting markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney on track to end 2018 down more than 10 per cent.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.6 per cent and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.2 per cent. The Chinese market is 2018’s worst performer, down nearly 25 per cent for the year.Stocks usually end the year with a flourish. But investors worry global economic growth is cooling and the U.S. could slip into a recession in the next few years.After “years of outperformance,” U.S. markets are working off “overvaluation in some areas” such as major tech companies, said Shane Oliver of AMP Capital in a report.China and other Asian markets “fell much earlier and harder and so far are holding above their October lows,” said Oliver.The Nikkei declined to 20,063.51, putting it down nearly 13 per cent for the year. Shanghai declined to 2,506.70. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 retreated 1.3 per cent to 5,435.10 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 0.3 per cent to 25,546.99.Seoul’s Kospi retreated 0.3 per cent to 2,052.45 and India’s Sensex declined 0.9 per cent to 36,103.52. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Southeast Asia also declined.Wall Street is headed for its worst December since the Great Depression.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 464 points on Thursday, bringing its losses to more than 1,700 since last Friday.The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index is down 16 per cent from its late-September peak. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite is down 19.5 per cent from its record high in August.The market is swooning even as the U.S. economy is on track to expand at the fastest pace in 13 years. Markets tend to move, however, on what investors anticipate will happen further out.Among other threats: the trade dispute between the U.S. and China and rising U.S. interest rates, which act as a brake on economic growth by making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.The S&P 500 index lost 1.6 per cent to 2,467.42. The Dow fell 2 per cent to 22,859.60.The Nasdaq fell 1.6 per cent to 6,528.41. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies dropped 23.23 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,326.This week’s U.S. sell-off came after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year and signalled more increases are likely next year. Investors were disappointed Chairman Jerome Powell failed to indicate a bigger slowdown in the pace of rate hikes.On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business the market reaction to the Fed was “completely overblown.”In Asia, investors were disappointed Chinese President Xi Jinping announced no initiatives to boost cooling economic growth in a speech Tuesday.In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude rebounded 38 cents to $46.26 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That came after the contract plunged $2.29 on Thursday to close at $45.88.Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 32 cents to $54.67 per barrel in London. It fell $2.89 the previous session to $54.35.In currency trading, the dollar edged down to 111.21 yen from Thursday’s 111.24 yen. The euro gained to $1.1454 from $1.1447.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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General Assembly delays debate on reproductive cloning treaty by a year

After what the Assembly described in a statement yesterday as “intensive negotiations among concerned delegations,” members agreed by consensus not to take action on two proposals on reproductive cloning until next year’s Assembly session.Last month the Assembly’s Sixth Committee, which handles legal issues, voted narrowly to postpone for two years any debate on two competing human cloning resolutions.Yesterday’s unresolved debate focused on the Committee’s decision and a separate proposal for a draft resolution on a convention on human cloning, rather than specifying reproductive cloning.The Assembly passed 17 resolutions that emerged from the Sixth Committee, on subjects including terrorism, the protection of UN workers, justice administration and international trade law.Resolutions passed by the Assembly, which has 191 Member States, are not binding on States, unlike those of the Security Council.Yesterday the Assembly also adopted 24 resolutions and two decisions, nearly all recommended by its Fourth Committee, which handles special political and decolonisation issues.The resolutions covered issues including refugees, Israeli practices, decolonisation, information questions, outer space and radiation.The two decisions adopted included the approval of an increase in the membership of the Committee on Information from 99 to 102 States. read more

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Grenfell Tower Inquiry occupant of flat where fire started demands exoneration from

Images released to the inquiry show how Grenfell Tower was engulfed by flames Once outside Mr Kebede watched in horror as the fridge fire spread escaped from his flat, took hold of the building’s external cladding and spread up the side of the tower.“He desperately wanted to do more to help his neighbours and friends, but what could he practicably do? He felt helpless,” said Mr Menon.Video: How the Grenfell disaster unfolded “The inquiry needs to set the record straight. The inquiry needs to thank Mr Kebede for his prompt effort that he made on the night to contact the fire brigade, raise the alarm and warn his neighbours.”The inquiry heard that after Mr Kebede noticed smoke was pouring from the back of his Hotpoint fridge freezer he went round to each of his neighbours, banging on the door and shouting “fire, fire, fire” to rouse them and urge them to flee.At the same time he was trying to call the emergency services, though it took several calls before he got through. The inquest also heard how Mr Kebede, who is originally from Ethiopia and had lived in the tower for 25 years, was worried about the refurbishment of the block and the work done around his flat’s windows, from where it is thought the seat of the fire broke through and ignited the flammable exterior cladding through the gaps around the window frames. Only once he had ensured everyone on the fourth floor was aware of the danger did he leave the building, and then only after switching off the main electricity switch in his flat.Rejecting reports in the aftermath of the blaze that Mr Kebede, 45, had managed to pack a suitcase before fleeing, Mr Menon said: “All he had on his person were the clothes he was wearing and the mobile phone with which he was calling 999.”In short, Behailu Kebede did exactly what Grenfell Tower residents who discovered a fire in their flat were told to do by the fire action notice posted by the lifts.” Mr Menon said: “Mr Kebede was not happy and no one he knew in the tower was happy.”There were many problems and complaints. Mr Kebede personally had problems with incorrectly fitted double-glazed windows that left gaps between the frame and the concrete.”Many of his neighbours experienced electrical problems that were “apparently due to power surges” he added. “What he never knew, however, was that a highly flammable fuel had been used to insulate and clad the exterior of the tower as part of the refurbishment.” The resident whose fridge freezer is thought to have caused the devastating fire which engulfed Grenfell Tower has urged the public inquiry to exonerate him from the “racist assumptions” and innuendo that he was to blame.Behailu Kebede said he had been made to suffer “stress, trauma and guilt” after being wrongly held responsible by some for the deaths of 72 people killed in the inferno.In fact the inquiry into the disaster heard on Wednesday that he did all he could to warn his neighbours and make sure they had a chance to escape, before the fire began to spread uncontrollably as a result of the dangerous cladding used in the tower’s refurbishment.But the unfair reaction he suffered for his role in the disaster led to police becoming so concerned about his safety that they offered Mr Kebede and his family witness protection.’Come quick’: Behailu Kebede’s 999 call released Claims made in the aftermath of the fire that unauthorised repairs had been carried out on the fridge freezer, increasing the risk of malfunction and fire, were also rejected. The inquiry heard that such fridge freezer fires are not uncommon, with some 300 taking place in the UK every year, in some cases leading to fatalities.Mr Menon added: “The calamitous events at Grenfell Tower and the subsequent media intrusion have had very serious consequences for Mr Kebede and his family. His parents and children feel unsafe in his home and were forced to move out.”The police were so concerned about Mr Kebede’s safety that they suggested witness protection.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Images released to the inquiry show how Grenfell Tower was engulfed by flamesCredit:PA Speaking on his behalf Rajiv Menon QC told the inquiry: “Mr Kebede hopes that having heard all the evidence the inquiry will make a clear and unequivocal statement that Mr Kebede as absolutely blameless for the outbreak of the fire, its spread and its fatal consequences.”This is vitally important. If the inquiry does not explicitly exonerate Mr Kebede, all these sleazy accusations and hurtful innuendo, all the racist assumptions and ignorance that currently prevail will continue unabated. read more

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Murray Roberts community training centre opens doors for unemployed

first_imgA proactive and ongoing training programme by the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy (MRTA) is empowering hundreds of unemployed community residents with basic technical and safety skills, paving the way for them to enter the job market in mining and other sectors.According to Murray & Roberts Cementation’s education, training and development (ETD) executive, Tony Pretorius, the training programme began in 2015 and was driven by the company’s and the Mining Qualification Authorities commitment to community development, especially in the areas where it has active projects underway.“The process started with us developing a Level 2 National Certificate programme in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, which is now a learnership registered with the Mining Qualifications Authority,” says Pretorius.“We then extended the scope of our facility to offer this qualification and, working with other important stakeholders,reached out to communities near to our operations to train up the unemployed.”Not only does the training give local residents a better opportunity to be absorbed when possible into Murray & Roberts Cementation’s workforce, but it also equips the trainee with basic skills that are valuable in a range of basic mining, engineering and construction environments. By the end of 2017 financial year, over 250 local trainees had passed through the programme, increasing to 392 in the current financial year, already almost reaching the 400-learners-per-year capacity of the MRTA.“So successful was this training that we were able to recruit over 150 learners into our operations by the end of the 2017 financial year, and are looking to recruit about 120 in this financial year,” Pretorius says.“Furthermore, there have been no reports from our operations of any safety incidents involving any of these learners, which tell us that our training has been on the mark and that our learners have taken on board both the skills and the culture of safety that we impart to them.”To ensure that the training programme is relevant to the needs of the market, Murray & Roberts Cementation scopes its existing operations according to the planned labour demand from those projects, drawing semi-skilled applicants first from the skills pool developed through the training scheme.“We consider in detail which semi-skilled roles will be demanded by our mining projects over their life cycle, and train up our learners in the relevant scope of technical skills including basic engineering, mining and construction general labourers,” says Pretorius.Working closely with the Department of Labour, the company is able to ensure that the trainees are indeed local and unemployed.“These are the people we want to target as our strategic intention is to focus on the destitute, rather than on people who already have work and are just looking for a stepping stone,” he says.The MRTA also partners with Teba to conduct the medical and security screening for each learner, as clients require that candidates must be fit for work and must not be encumbered by a criminal record.Pretorius explains that the training involves core and relevant elective components including health, safety and environmental elements in line with the Level 2 National Certificate, as well as a supplementary component made up of basic technical skills such as working at heights, basic fire-fighting, basic rigging, general pipes and ventilation.A vital partner in this training collaboration is the Mining Qualifications Authority, which has provided a discretionary grant for non-artisan training that covers each of the learners’ personal protective equipment and stipends, and meets the training and administration costs incurred by the MRTA.Murray & Roberts Cementation also contributes financially by meeting the costs of the accommodation and feeding for all the learners during their time on campus at the MRTA’s extensive facility at Bentley Park near Carletonville.The learnership programme incorporates a wide selection of core formative and summative assessments which are administered over a six-month period, during which time learners are also required to complete various case studies at home.“The method allows learners to apply the theory and practical skills in a mining environment, as well as in their day-to-day lives at home,” he says. “We believe that this approach offers our learners a wider understanding of the application of health, safety and environmental awareness, equipping them to identify hazards in whatever circumstances they are, and to take corrective measures.”Pretorius highlights the numerous benefits for employers taking on learners from this programme, including considerable training savings in both time and money.“Companies who employ learners from this pool can be assured that the relevant awareness and skills have been learned and assessed, allowing a quick turnaround in getting them into the workplace,” he says. “Apart from saving themselves the cost of the training, employers benefit from the learners’ safe working practices and fewer incidents on site translate directly into a more productive and safer workforce.”He adds that almost half the trainees to date have been women, which is a valuable contribution to the national drive to prepare and engage more women of colour in mining and related sectors.last_img read more

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Valta seeks Kickstarter funds to bring power outlets into the 21st century

first_imgWho’s idea was it to put light switches on the wall? It’s super-inconvenient when you want to turn stuff off but aren’t in the general vicinity of said lightswitch. And if you’re not at home? Forget about it. Unless you have Valta, a new Kickstarter gizmo that promises to make your home more energy efficient while also enabling precise control of what’s turned on while you’re out.Valta consists of a hardware and software side. The hardware has two components: a small brick connected to your router called the v-Hub, and multiple AC socket pass-throughs (Valta sockets). Just plug the Valta sockets into a wall outlet, and then plug your device into the outlet on the Valta socket. This unit connects to the v-Hub to access the Valta service online. It also tracks power usage on that outlet over time. Up to 16 Valta plugs can be used on a single network.The software to control Valta will (if the Kickstarter succeeds) be made available on the iPhone and web. An Android version will come out sometime after the product launches. The apps can be used to manually toggle devices on and off from anywhere you have an internet connection, or just set up a schedule to have things turned on and off automatically.Additionally, Valta can track when a device is likely just idling and will send you a push notification so you can turn it off. The app also knows when you’re at home and when you’re away. Thus, you can have certain plugs turned off when you leave, and reactivated when you get home.Valta has a lot of potential to basically turn your home into a tiny smart power grid with usage statistics and cloud-control. But it won’t happen unless Valta gets funded. The company is seeking $100,000 before July 23rd, and are only a few thousand dollars in.To get your own Valta setup, you have to pledge at least $139. That entitles you to 1v-Hub and 3 Valta sockets to be delivered in November. You can bump that up to 4 sockets for $179, 5 for $219, or $8 for $349. Expensive, but this is a pretty cool idea.last_img read more

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Statistics chief questions probe into 2009 deficit data

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Andreas Georgiou, wrote to the Supreme Court this week demanding to be allowed to give evidence as part of the investigation into allegations that Greece’s 2009 public deficit figure was inflated on purpose. Georgiou suggested in his letter that the probe had been laid open to “political exploitation” and that it was putting the reliability of Greek statistics in question. Financial prosecutor Grigoris Peponis submitted to the Supreme Court last week the results of his probe into claims by two former ELSTAT officials that the 2009 deficit figure, which was rubber-stamped by the European Union’s statistics agency, Eurostat, was inflated at the behest of European officials to justify Greece’s bailout. Peponis suggested that the case should be passed to Parliament so MPs could decide if former Prime Minister George Papandreou should face prosecution. However, despite calling Georgiou as a witness, Peponis did not question him. Georgiou said he also submitted 74 500-page files to Peponis which explained how the deficit was calculated. The statistics chief said the prosecutor would have dropped the case if he studied this information. “This would have put an end to an issue which, as long as it remains in the spotlight, damages the public’s faith in the data that displays the state of the country’s economy,” said Georgiou. Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou echoed this view. “These figures have been approved by Eurostat and based on this data, Greece is taking part in its most crucial and difficult negotiations,” she said. “If these figures are put into doubt, it blows this whole discussion into the air.”last_img read more

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Pacific Rims Robots Are Less Advanced Than Our Real Ones

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain I think we’re all at least passingly familiar with Pacific Rim. In case you aren’t, the first one is a super-dope movie from geek legend Guillermo Del Toro. And the second, according to Geek’s resident film critic, MovieBob, is pretty alright.The rest of us, though, have all done plenty of fantasizing about those colossal Jaegers. Huge bots, capable of wrecking Godzilla-sized monsters in the face. With rocket-propelled robot-fists and laser-beams. With all that, these bots certainly seem like far-future child’s fantasy. But that’s not quite true. While we don’t have rocket-fists or lasers, we do plenty of bots that are far more advanced.At least, according to professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A & M, Robin Murphy. In an article published in Science Robotics, she lays out his case for why these feats of movie magic may not be as impressive as they first appear.For starters, Murphy notes that the in-universe Jaegers often struggle to perform simple tasks like walking. That’s largely because they are engineered with a sort of treadmill-like platform on which the pilots run. The Jaeger then copies their movements. But that’s way more steps than it needs to be.“In reality, locomotion is becoming one of the easiest functions to totally delegate to a robot,” Murphy says. And that should be pretty clear to many of us. How many videos of the Boston Dynamics bots have we posted? And that’s just one (admittedly fairly cutting-edge) company.Murphy also suggests that weapons like those we see in the film wouldn’t be very practical. Instead, it’d be much easier and more efficient to simply augment the abilities of the wearer with an exoskeleton. Yeah, such machines are smaller and don’t carry the wow-factor of these colossal colossi, but Iron Man’s cool as hell.It’s also a bit bizarre, Murphy says, that Hollywood has ignored one of the most dramatic possibilities of human-machine interfacing: prosthetics. We can already help people walk again, and there’s plenty of stories yet to be written about the much more likely future scenario of wondering how to get through 15-factor authentication to reset the firmware on your new cybernetic limbs. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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11 Old Fantasy and SciFi Book Covers That Are Insane

first_imgStay on target Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Listen, man, you know J. Thor by now, so you certainly know that I’m a big proponent of the arts. All of them. Seriously. What better way to bring yourself closer to the divine than through art – whether creating or just appreciating it? Your boy J. Thor appreciates all the arts, for sure, but for the longest time, I was confident, I was totally sure that I knew the greatest art of them all…Van painting.But then, come to find out, there’s something that’s not just as good as van painting, but better than it. And man, listen, I know this might be a tough pill to swallow – it definitely was for me at first – but there’s a good chance, a lot of smart folks think it, that van painting was actually heavily influenced, if not outright lifted from another super-important medium: Paperback book covers.Yeah, dude. Prose books, not comics. Books where the only picture is that amazing, badass, incredible one plastered right there on the cover for you to see. Well, I don’t have to tell you that this changed my life. I’m now a massive fan of paperback book covers – specifically fantasy and sci fi ones. Collected here are a bunch of my faves. And who knows…maybe the words inside ’em are pretty good too?View as: One Page Slides1. Alien Art by Gordon R. DicksonYeah, man! That’s what I’m talking about! Art! A landscape, a city that looks like glowing mushrooms, a dude with a gun and some kind of giant god-mongoose. I want to live there.2. Die Trummerreiter (Heftroman) by Perry RhodanFrom my dreams to my nightmares, man. Listen, I love cats. I love cats so very much. And to think that anyone would give cats big monster ears and metal diapers, then make them fly a spaceship…it’s too much.3. Lord of Thunder by Andre Norton:Okay, that’s better. This cat’s been gene-spliced with an owl and is trying to eat those science men in that spaceship as a way of protecting American Moses with the bald eagle. Andre Norton was a prophet, bro.4. Solar Lottery by Philip K. DickThis thing’s weird enough as it is, but seriously, check out the author’s name. I can’t even believe they got away with publishing that – right on the cover! That’s hilarious to me!5. The Guardians of the Flame by Joel RosenbergOh man, I know this is a family site and all, but old J. Thor’s gotta be honest with you: I would. I would. I probably would. I would. I actually wouldn’t. And I definitely would.6. Harm’s Way by Colin GreenlandMan, I would have paid a lot more attention when my parents were watching Touched by an Angel if the angels were getting up to some serious touching. Check the six pack, bro.7. The Six Clans Chronicles by Steve Jackson & Ian LivingstoneYou know how in the Matrix, everyone looks different than in the real world? Like, it’s a version of themselves the way they’d like to see themselves? Their perfect selves? Yeah, man. Exactly.8. Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 by L. Ron HubbardSo, I haven’t read most of these, but I actually dove into this one, and I gotta tell ya: It worked for J. Thor. Everything about it, man. I’m super into this Hubbard guy and am stoked to meet up with this fan group of his I’ve been hearing about.9. Strange Relations by Philip Jose FarmerWell, yeah, Philip, I would say that’s pretty effing strange. What’s that? Oh, I’m sorry: That’s pretty fucking strange, José. Which one of those even laid those eggs!?10. The Green Girl by Jack WilliamsonJ. Thor over here going through a dry spell, dying of thirst. Meanwhile, evil flowers with armadillo skin are picking up green chicks like they’re Captain Kirk.11. The Long Way Home by Poul AndersonWhat’s more terrifying that a werewolf? A werecat. What’s more terrifying that a werecat? A werecat with a gun. J. Thor Kensen is the illegitimate son of K. Thor Jensen.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Former Bahamas Govt minister Gibson faces 36 counts linked to 81M to

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – A staggering 36 counts of crime were hurled at the former PLP Labour Minister Shane Gibson, who today limped his way into the Magistrate’s Court amidst shouts of support from PLP supporters and other former ministers who lined the walk of shame into the court house.    Gibson was arrested yesterday after turning himself in at the CDU.By minutes to 2pm today, dressed in what many would call, island chic and with hands cuffed at his back, deep frown on his face but occasional warm facial greetings to those reaching out to him.    Gibson hopped up the small flight of stairs to hear that his alleged corrupt connection to Jonathan Ash is what sparked the bevy of charges, the most charges of any of the PLPs arrested to date.One charge of misconduct in public office, 16 counts of bribery, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit extortion and 15 counts of extortion – all of these concerned with Jonathan Ash.   Bail was denied the former NIB minister at the lower court, but the Supreme Court gave Shane Gibson $40,000 bail and by now, he is released.One of Gibson’s attorneys, Wayne Munroe QC objected to his client being held overnight, even told media that the Police would have had to come and pick him up, that he would not have voluntarily reported to them.    Munroe had said that the charges would not be linked to NIB, though many throughout the day Thursday were promoting that notion.    Munroe clarified that the charges would likely have been linked to Gibson’s time as the Hurricane Czar following the passage of last October’s Hurricane Matthew.During his budget contribution in late June, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis confirmed what political activist, Omar Archer had been reporting on social media.    PM Minnis had said, that the transactions linked to Ash Construction would be given to the Auditor General for investigation after records showed 46 payments of over $8M were paid to Jonathan Ash, to clean up after Hurricane Matthew.   The figure was put at exactly, $8,113,908.24 from the public purse to Ash Trucking, Heavy Line Services, Earth Movers Incorporated Industrial and Heavy Equipment Company; some of these companies were unregistered but all are owned by Jonathan Ash.Later this month, former Environment Minister, Kenred Dorsett and former Senator Frank Smith are due to reappear in court in connection to their alleged misdeeds while holding public office.#MagneticMediaNews#Gibsonfaces36countsofcrime#AshConstruction Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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National Walking Day at Vista Civic Center

first_img KUSI Newsroom National Walking Day at Vista Civic Center April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 3, 2019 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – National Walking Day is on April 3rd and Vista Civic Center is inviting people to take their heart for a walk.The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with the program/walk begins at noon.The expo is free and open to the public and will wrap up by 1:00 p.m.Attendees will learn how to give Hands-Only CPR, take a quick health screening, enjoy fun photo opportunities, heart healthy snacks, vendors, and more!For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Portland man injured in rearend accident on I5 near SR 14

first_imgA Portland man was injured after a rear-end accident on Interstate 5 near state Highway 14 Thursday morning.Heather Grinnell, 25, of Vancouver was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina south on Interstate 5 about 10:30 a.m. when her car crashed into a 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Abibu Bangura, 65, of Portland near the Highway 14 transition onto I-5, according to Washington State Patrol.Bangura was transported to an area hospital.Grinnell was cited for speeding, according to the patrol.last_img

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Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note

first_imgA leaked adapter signals the possible end of the headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10.  Roland Quandt The headphone jack on phones had a good run, but like all good things, it eventually must end. That end seems to have finally arrived with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 line. After being one of the last holdouts against the trend of ditching the headphone jack, it appears that Samsung is going to do just that for the Note 10 line. In leaked images shared Thursday by Roland Quandt and SamMobile, it seems pretty clear Samsung is planning a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C dongle for its new Note 10 and 10 Plus.  Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Share your voice Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (Plus) #donglelife pic.twitter.com/FmXsMkvF9h— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) August 1, 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments See All Phones 7 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier The dongle itself looks like, well, a headphone adapter no different than what Apple makes for its iPhones or Google makes for its Pixels. But it signals the end of an era, showing that Samsung may indeed be planning to move on without the port going forward. It is unclear if Samsung will include the dongle in the box (like Google) or charge separately for it (like Apple). That answer, as well as Samsung’s heavily rumored and leaked next flagships, will likely need to wait until Samsung’s Unpacked event on Aug. 7. Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  reading • Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note 10 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Rumors Google Samsung Applelast_img read more

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Effort to ban Valdez pot sales fails in Municipal Election

first_img(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)It looks like Alaska’s first retail marijuana store isn’t going anywhere for a while. Ballot Proposition 1, which would have banned the sales and cultivation of marijuana within Valdez city limits, is on its way of failing following preliminary results from last night’s Municipal Election.Listen nowOpponents of Proposition 1 were “happy” after the preliminary results from Tuesday night’s Valdez Municipal Election were announced. 835 voters said no to Prop 1 while only 286 voted yes. That means retail stores and cultivators will continue to do business within city limits.At an election watch party at the local bar, The Boardroom, owners and staff of Herbal Outfitters breathed a little easier after months of campaigning against Prop 1. The store’s general manager, Derek Morris said he can sleep better knowing that he still has a job.“We were fearful,” Morris said. “When your head is on the chopping block, you don’t know. We didn’t want to let anybody. But to see the number come in, we can’t put into words. And right now, just being part of it is being over the moon and excitement not only for us but this industry in Alaska for it to move forward. This shows that we’re no longer the minority.  We are the majority.”Last October, Herbal Outfitters became the first retail marijuana store to open in the state. The store was still under construction when a local group successfully petitioned for Prop 1 to be on this year’s ballot. Some members of the group felt the store would have a negative impact on the community especially with minors.Herbal Outfitters owner Rick Ballow, who invested a million dollars into the store, extended his hand to proponents of Prop 1.“They can rest assure that Herbal Outfitters is willing to work with them at anytime and we were going to keep it out of the hands of kids under 21. We want them to know that.”If Prop 1 had passed, Herbal Outfitters would have had 90 days to close its doors. Retail sales and cultivation of marijuana could only be sold ten miles outside city limits. The final election results will be certified at Wednesday’s Valdez City Council meeting.last_img read more

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Tata Nano Twist XT Xtreme Edition with Power Steering Debuts in India

Tata Motors on Monday introduced a new variant of Nano – Nano Twist XT (Xtreme Edition) – in India, with a price tag of ₹2.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company, which is looking to boost the market of its ‘world’s cheapest car’ Nano launched its new model Twist XT, with power steering. On the mechanical front, the Twist maintains the same 624 cc two-cylinder MPFI engine of Nano, which can churn out a power of 37.4 bhp at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 51 Nm at 4000 rpm.The power steering of Nano Twist is developed by ZF and the variant will be available in six colours: damson purple, dazzle blue, papaya orange, pearl white, meteor silver and royal gold. Nano Twist XT also comes with Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) which uses brushless motor.”The Nano Twist will redefine customer’s driving experience in city traffic with the EPAS. It comes loaded with trendy features, exciting new colours and sporty interiors, said Ranjit Yadav, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, at the launch.Tata appears to be trying hard to make the Nano India’s new favourite car, with a strategic repositioning of the vehicle. Nano, which was launched as the ‘common man’s car’ has failed to do so well in the country so far.Though the company had tried to capture the market with a facelifted version of the Nano earlier, the effort did not yield the anticipated results. Now with the Nano Twist, Tata seems to be readying another battle. Besides Twist, Tata is also speculated to launch the diesel variant and Tata Nano Plus. read more

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Bangladeshi killed in North Macedonia car accident

first_imgMap of Macedonia. Photo: Google map screen-grabPolice say one migrant from Bangladesh has been killed and six Pakistani migrants seriously injured when their driver told them to jump from the speeding vehicle, apparently because he had spotted a police patrol.North Macedonian police say the vehicle, which was carrying the Bangladeshi and 14 Pakistanis — was traveling early Sunday on the country’s main highway running north from the border with Greece to the Serbian border.The dead 27-year-old Bangladeshi has been identified only by his initials as SI. The six injured from Pakistan were transported to nearby hospitals.Police say they are searching for the driver. They gave no details as to how many people actually jumped from the vehicle.last_img

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How to Change Your Desktop Background in Windows 10

first_img Next Tips »» 7. If you don’t like the layout of the photo, you can click on the box underneath. Under Choose a fit, pick between fill, fit, stretch, tile, or center options for your background. Give Windows 10 a Dark Theme Add a URL Field to the Taskbar Best Themes Disable Transparency Effects Customize Autoplay Menu Change the Look of Windows 10 Books by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Edit Photos to Fit as Backgrounds Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Change the Icon Size The blue Windows 10 wallpaper is nice to look at, but it’s more fun to choose the background you want on your laptop. After all, you’re going to be the one staring at the screen all day and don’t want to be peering at a dark blue logo for hours on end. You should also look into changing your icon size, as well as saving the beautiful Windows 10 lock screen images so you have more wallpaper options. For more granular customization, try enabling Dark Mode or Light Mode on Windows 10 and consider changing to these beautiful themes. With that said, here’s how to change your desktop background in Windows 10.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/change-desktop-background-windows-10?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 How to change your desktop background in Windows 101. Click on the Windows icon in the lower left of your screen next to the search bar. Change Your Desktop Background in Windows 10 Turn Off Notification and System Sounds More Tips Turn Off Notification and System Sounds All Windows 10 Tips Next Tip »» Add Another Column to the Start Menu Add Clocks from Multiple Time Zones Customize Windows 10 Customize the Action Center Add Accent Colors Get Mac-Like File Previews Hide Your Name on the Login Screencenter_img Make Your Own Windows 10 Theme «« Previous Tip 2. Click on Settings in the list on the left.MORE: How to Use Windows 10 – Guide for Beginners & Power Users3. Click on Personalization, which is fourth from the bottom on the list.4. Click on Background. The background page will come up which allows you to preview your background picture and lets you choose from several photos or your own photos for your desktop background.5. Click on the box underneath Background to choose between a picture, solid color, or slideshow for your background.6. Underneath Choose your picture, click on one of the options or click Browse to choose one from your computer. Click on whatever photo you want and it will appear as your desktop background. Add My Computer Icon to Desktop Change Your Desktop Background in Windows 10 Show Hidden Files and Folders Get the Old Volume Control Back Install and Delete Fonts Make Your Own Windows 10 Theme Enable Spatial Sound Get Classic Solitaire and Minesweeper Give Windows 10 a Dark Theme Customize Windows 10 Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 Change the Default Windows Font Hide Your Name on the Login Screen Add Quick Contacts to the Start Menu Change the Icon Size ✖ Install New Desktop Themes Change the Icon Size Change the Login Screen Background 8. Once you’ve made your selections, your Windows 10 background will change automatically, no manual submitting required. How to Use Windows 10 – Guide for Beginners & Power UsersHow to Reset Your Windows 10 PCHow to Snap 4 Windows at Once in Windows 10 Disable Windows 10 Startup Delaylast_img read more

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Warwick Paradise Island says thank you with agent rates and extra commission

first_img Posted by PARADISE ISLAND — As a way to say ‘thank you’ to travel agents, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas has announced new ‘Travel Advisor Appreciation’ rates and up to 20% commissions.The all-inclusive rates for agents start from US$280 per room, per night for two people, for travel now through Dec. 15, 2019 (based on stays in an Island View room). Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to blackout dates and availability.With each two-night minimum stay, the adults-only, all-inclusive resort is also offering agents a complimentary classic manicure or pedicure at the on-site Amber Spa.Agents travelling between May 1-Dec. 15, 2019 can book up to two rooms at the travel agent rate as long as one person among the two rooms is a certified travel agent.To book the agent rate, use promotion code TAFR through https://warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas/, GDS or by calling 1-888-645-5550. A valid IATA or CLIA number is required.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksMoreover, Warwick Paradise Island is offering up to 20% commission for reservations made with its ‘Best Flexible Rate’; 15% commission for special promotional and seasonal packages as well as wedding and honeymoon packages; and 10% commission on reservations using special government, military, AARP, AAA and senior traveller rates (65 and over).Warwick Hotels and Resorts (WHR) has invested nearly US$50 million to create the four-star deluxe Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas. Situated along Nassau Harbour, it features 250 rooms across five room categories, a white sand harbor beach, five dining options, two bars, a fully-equipped fitness centre, on-site gift shop, a tour desk and entertainment. With their all-inclusive stay, agents will enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a Cabbage Beach Picnic, standard Wi-Fi access for Island View and Water View rooms, premium Wi-Fi for Harbour Deluxe and Premium Balcony rooms, use of the 24-hour fitness centre, and daily activities.Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is a 30-minute drive from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport. Warwick Paradise Island says ‘thank you’ with agent rates and extra commission Tags: Warwick Hotels & Resorts Monday, March 11, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Few Arizona Cardinals, in recent memory, have been as maligned as Levi Brown.An offensive lineman taken with the fifth overall in 2007 out of Penn State, he has not been able to live up to what were likely unreasonable expectations. Yet, his absence last season due to a torn triceps was noticeable, as the offensive line, which was not particularly good to begin with, was significantly worse without him.So, where does that leave the 29-year-old? Kind of in the same place he’s always been, not worrying about what everyone is saying and just going out and trying to play well. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Brown added that his rehab is going well and that while he’s not yet back at full strength, he feels “comfortable” with where he’s at. – / 32 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s just how I am,” he said of why he can just take all the criticism with a grain of salt. “It’s the way my parents raised me, I guess, I don’t know. I guess that’s just how I’ve always been.”That’s not to say Brown, who has spent his entire career playing for the Cardinals under Ken Whisenhunt’s coaching staff, does not have room to improve. Entering his seventh NFL season, Brown says he can still improve his footwork and hand placement, which he says will go a long way toward helping him improve in both pass and run blocking.Improvement would be good, for both Brown and the offensive line as a whole. A weakness last year after giving up a league-high 58 sacks to go along with a league-low 1,204 total rushing yards, the hope is a new coaching staff along with an upgrade in talent will turn the group into a strength. But on a personal level, Brown understands that all fans, not just the ones in Arizona, tend to be especially critical of left tackles around the league. “If we mess up, obviously, their favorite player can get hurt or their favorite player doesn’t get the ball,” he said with a chuckle. “So it’s understandable. You’ve got to be perfect, and it’s hard to do.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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CANCUN MEXICO — Tourists are in awe and locals co

first_imgCANCUN, MEXICO — Tourists are in awe and locals couldn’t be happier: Cancun has finally gotten its beaches back. As the $71 million project continues, the results can not only be seen, but are already being enjoyed by all.The project commenced on September 4th, 2009, delivering more than 2,000 tons of pipeline material to the destination and more than 1.3 billion gallons of sand to replenish all of Cancun’s Hotel Zone seashore.To see actual tourist testimony, visit www.cancun.travel/en/ and click on the “Cancun’s beach recovery project continues with great progress” icon. To view 360 degree images of the new and improved Cancun beaches, check out www.bluechannel.com.mx/recuperacion2009/Visit www.cancun.travel for more information.last_img

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