WINNIPEG – Anthony Faraci stood in his food truck mixing together a special family recipe that shaped the snacking world in the 1960s.His great-uncle Paul Faraci is credited with inventing Pizza Pops — the tasty treat which became a staple in dorm rooms across the country — in Winnipeg in 1964.Anthony Faraci is now hoping to bring the original recipe back by selling the handcrafted snack in the city where it all began.“It’s one of those hidden gems,” Anthony Faraci said Tuesday. “Everyone has enjoyed them before but not realizing they were made literally in your back door.”Paul Faraci owned a restaurant in Winnipeg when he decided to experiment with the Italian cheese-filled turnovers. The snack, which he called Pizza Pops, were a big hit.Soon, Paul Faraci took on partners, started manufacturing the snack and selling them to grocery stores.By 1980, Paul Faraci split with his partners and they later sold the business to Pillsbury. Pizza Pops are now made by General Mills.But the founder always wanted to bring the original recipe back, said Phil Faraci, his nephew and Anthony Faraci’s father.“He kind of always wanted to be back in the business and have his family back in the business, but we weren’t really quite sure what the response would be for the original taste because it is different,” Phil Faraci said.Paul Faraci died in February in Vernon, B.C., at the age of 89, and soon after the family received calls from across Canada asking for shipments of the pizza treat.Anthony and Phil Faraci had always made them at family gatherings and decided to try their hand at reviving the family legacy.People looking for the original taste can find it in Pops — Paul’s Original Pizza Snack — which are being baked and sold out of Anthony Faraci’s food truck.“For right now, if you are lucky enough to live in Winnipeg, you’ll have a chance,” Anthony Faraci said.One of the first customers to the food truck on Tuesday was Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. He said it was nice to welcome the tradition back to Winnipeg.“They are making them from scratch here so they are not frozen,” Bowman said. “If you went in [the truck] they have the fresh dough, they are doing the fill, the forms, the whole bit in there.”Placing the freshly baked snack onto a plate for another hungry looking customer, Phil Faraci looked at a picture of his uncle hanging on the side of the truck.“It’s emotional sometimes. I see his picture, this is what he wanted,” he said. “We will try it and see what happens and hopefully the public will like it too.”
OTTAWA — At a time when Canada is attracting more students from around the world, there are concerns qualified applicants from certain countries are getting turned away because of its visa process.Most students have been coming to Canada in recent years from India and China. Fazley Siddiq, a University of New Brunswick professor who served as dean of the business department, said visas have been a headache for applicants from countries like Pakistan and Nigeria.“It’s frustrating for the students, it’s frustrating for universities,” Siddiq said.“The security checks were so stringent that no one could make it. Or at least, in my experience, very few were given visas.”He added that the issue has been of particular concern in Atlantic Canada, where some universities are desperate for international students and “bend over backwards” to attract them.Siddiq said the situation has improved for applicants from Nigeria, but those from Pakistan have continued to see more refusals — in some years eight Pakistanis received acceptance letters from his department but none could get a visa.Canada wants to draw in more international students as a way to diversify classrooms and increase the economic benefits they bring, which already amount to billions of dollars each year. The economic impacts of foreign students rival Canada’s exports of auto parts, aircraft and lumber.Pakistan’s High Commission in Ottawa has urged federal government officials to address what its spokesman calls a “very high” visa rejection rate for the Asian country’s students.“Canadian universities are popular among Pakistani students, but due to visa difficulties increasing numbers of students is turning towards other countries,” Nadeem Kiani said in an email.“Consequently, Canadian universities are losing both high-quality students and revenue.”For example, Kiani pointed to numbers in government documents obtained through access-to-information law that show 2015 student permit applications from Pakistan had a success rate of about 32 per cent. The student-permit success rate for applicants from India that year was more than 68 per cent, say the data.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the approval rate for visas for Pakistani nationals has gone up under the Liberal government.Hussen also said the government will soon announce an expansion to a program — known as the student direct stream — to include applicants from Pakistan. The program, which already covers applicants from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, is designed to speed up the processing of student visas.A spokesman for Hussen said all applications are assessed in a fair manner, based on the merits of the case and in accordance with Canadian law.“You can’t compare one country to another,” Hussen said in an interview. “Each country has its own country conditions, economic circumstances, people have different travel history.”The application decisions are made by visa officers. Therefore, a key to helping more students receive permits, Hussen said, is connecting the schools directly to visa offices and embassies to explain the government’s criteria.It’s also important for applicants to demonstrate they can support themselves financially while in Canada, he said.Denise Amyot, the head of Colleges and Institutes Canada, said it’s often difficult for students from emerging economies to show that they have financial means to pay for their stays.More collaboration between visa offices and post-secondary institutions is also important to ensure applications are complete, she said.“(The visa officers) don’t have a lot of time when they examine an application, so as soon as there’s a doubt they could reject it,” Amyot said.“That’s we need to ensure as much as possible that all the info is there and it’s clear, and that there’s integrity to whatever information is there.”—With files from Teresa WrightAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
BERLIN — German train workers have gone on strike, leading to cancellations in the country’s long-distance and commuter rail system and making tens of thousands of employees and school children late.Employees of Deutsche Bahn, the country’s biggest rail system, went on strike Monday morning for several hours after failing to reach a deal on pay in their current wage negotiations.The German news agency dpa reported that in some parts of the country such as Bavaria almost all trains came to a halt in the morning, leading to traffic congestion on the roads as people struggled to make it to work on time.The EVG labour union had called for the strike, which is a common tactic during wage negotiations in Germany.The Associated Press
Rabat- Moroccan cleric, Abdel Bari Zamzami, has hailed as a martyr a Moroccan pilot whose F-16 warplane was reportedly shot down by Houti rebels in northern Yemen on Sunday.Zamzami is the president of the Moroccan association of contemporary cataclysmic jurisprudence research and studies and is one of the founders of the international Union of Muslim Scholars.According to him, the Moroccan pilot should be commemorated as “a martyr for the sake of Allah if his death has been confirmed, because he was fighting against the outlaws [of Islam].” On Monday, the Iran-backed Shia group claimed responsibility for the downing of the Moroccan warplane in the Saada region in the north of the country, but the plane is believed to have crashed because of technical difficulties.They also released images of what is said to be the corpse of the Moroccan pilot who has been identified as 26-year-old Air Force Lieutenant Yassine Bohti.Zamzami said that” fighting against those outlaws [referring to the Shia Islam Houthi rebels] is a necessary duty in the defense of religion, and those who lose their lives in the battle are considered martyrs for the sake of Allah.”He added that Ansar Allah, known more popularly as the Houthis, “belong to the Shia branch of Islam, and Shiites are worse than Jews, and their harm is more dangerous than the harm of Jews.”Supporters of the Iran-backed Shia group shared gruesome photos of what they claim to be the body of the Moroccan warplane’s pilot near the crash site.The Moroccan pilot crashed his warplane as he was flying on a mission in the Saada province for the Saudi-led coalition, which seeks to restore legitimacy in Yemen.
“I wish to underscore once again that discrimination is all too often at the root of other human rights abuses,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, as she introduced her wide-ranging annual report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. She also drew attention to the impact of the successive food, energy and financial crises, which was being felt “most particularly by those individuals and groups in society who were already marginalized and discriminated against,” particularly migrants.The High Commissioner told the assembled government delegates that discrimination against women triggers violence which has “reached the proportions of a pandemic.” “Although at its most brutal in times of war, violence against women often stems from stereotypes, prejudices, and the lack of equality that had condoned such violence all along,” she said. “Rendering justice to the victims is, therefore, not only a moral imperative, but also a legal obligation.” The report noted some important advances in the international effort to support the rights of indigenous peoples, but added that it was crucial for states to incorporate the recently agreed UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into their national legal and institutional systems.Summarizing the sections of the report focused on combating impunity and preventing genocide, the High Commissioner spoke of her experience as a judge on international courts, she said that “As a trial judge and the President of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, I came to know first-hand how the fire of hatred can be stoked to ignite genocide.” “International justice has come a long way in punishing this heinous crime. We need, however, to better understand how to prevent it from recurring.” Ms. Pillay noted that her office had recently convoked a seminar of world-renowned experts on the prevention of genocide, and said the results of their discussion would be published in the near future. When States are unwilling or unable to genuinely investigate and prosecute genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, international justice mechanisms must be engaged.” For this reason, she said, “States should strengthen their cooperation with the International Criminal Court and respect its independence.”The High Commissioner commended States for the progress so far in the new Human Rights Council system known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which began last April. So far, the rights records of 64 States have been reviewed. All 192 UN Member States will pass through the system once every four years.Ms. Pillay noted that a number of the countries reviewed so far had “firmly pledged to strengthen implementation at the national level, as well as their cooperation with the special procedures,” saying that some had announced an intention to ratify human rights instruments, accept optional procedures, and comply with outstanding reporting obligations.She suggested that at the end of the first UPR cycle it would be useful to discuss how independent experts could enhance the process.Ms. Pillay also suggested that in addition to the Special Sessions it holds on emergencies, the Council might consider broadening its attention to chronic human rights conditions. 5 March 2009The United Nations’ top human rights official said today that combating discrimination against women, indigenous people, minorities, migrants and other vulnerable groups was the top priority for her office.
The Canadian dollar was at a six-month low late morning Friday as commodity prices retreated on data showing a big drop-off in American job creation and another indication of a faltering Chinese economy.The loonie tumbled 0.66 of a cent to 96.15 cents US, failing to find lift from another report showing Canadian economic growth met expectations for the first quarter, rising at an annualized pace of 1.9 per cent.Meanwhile, the U.S. Labour Department says the American economy only managed to create 69,000 jobs last month, far below the modest expectation for 158,000 jobs. As a result, the U.S. jobless rate edged up 0.1 of a point to 8.2 per cent.Earlier data showed a further slowing of China’s manufacturing sector.China’s state-affiliated Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said that its purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell 2.9 percentage points to 50.4 per cent in May, just above the 50 level that signifies expansion. The index was at 53.3 in April.And HSBC’s index, which is adjusted for seasonal conditions and is more weighted toward export manufacturers, fell to 48.4 in May from 49.3 in April.The European debt crisis is pinching China’s export manufacturers, while moves to control property prices have chilled spending on construction.Some analysts said the surveys suggest China’s economic growth will fall below eight per cent in the second quarter.China has been an important element in helping the global economy recover from the recession that followed the 2009 financial collapse.Crude prices fell below US$83 Friday after worries about a slowing global economy, the eurozone crisis and a higher U.S. dollar combined to drive oil down 17 per cent last month. The July contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $3.59 to US$82.94 a barrel.The July copper contract on the Nymex fell four cents to US$3.32 a pound after dropping 12.43 per cent in May. Copper is widely viewed as a key economic barometer as it is used in so many industries and China has been the biggest purchaser of the metal.The loonie was off the worst levels of the session as bullion prices ran up sharply after the jobs report with the August contract up $48.10 to US$1,612.30 an ounce.Weak data from Europe was one more reason for traders to keep to the sidelines Friday. A survey on Europe’s manufacturing sector was decidedly downbeat, falling to 45.1 points, with the measure for Germany, which had grown steadily throughout debt crisis of the past two years, hitting a 35-month low of 45.2.Analysts said the figures suggested the region would experience an even deeper economic downturn than previously forecast.The slide in the dollar also comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s next announcement on interest rates, which is scheduled for Tuesday. Expectations have undergone a significant change since the last announcement in April, where the bank again left its key rate unchanged at one per cent but hinted that rates could rise.Markets had priced in a rate hike before the end of the year but worsening economic conditions and doubts about the future of the eurozone have persuaded traders that the central bank won’t move on raising rates until next year.The loonie fell 4.63 cents US during May.
It began with David Cameron blogging about the ‘shepherd’s hut’ at the bottom of his garden.Now the Camerons have opened the doors to their Cotswolds home, allowing the world to survey their taste in interiors.There are tasteful nudes on the walls, piles of fashion magazines on the coffee table and cosy throws on the sofa.Perhaps most striking of all is the soot-stained wall above the fireplace. While many would call in the decorators, the Camerons have festooned the wall with fairy lights and left the marks untouched.“To be honest, the house is slightly falling down,” Mrs Cameron told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which features the Cotswold stone cottage in its pages.“The windows are rotting, the roof needs replacing, but it’s lovely and it’s where we brought each of our children home from the hospital. It’s our family nest.” Elsewhere in the interview, Mrs Cameron revealed that the colourful Roksanda Ilincic dress she wore as the family left Downing Street for the last time was intended for a different occasion.“I’d actually bought it for winning the election, because it was upbeat, along with another for losing. But I ended up wearing the wrong one,” she said.Mrs Cameron granted the interview to promote her fledgling fashion label, Cefinn. She said that her love of clothes started young, with her earliest memory of “having the most terrible tantrum aged three when I insisted on wearing a beach dress to nursery school in the middle of winter, when it was snowing outside”.She took weekly pattern-cutting lessons in the Downing Street dining room, buying a sewing machine and dressmaker’s dummy, and “over a couple of years I shouted and screamed at the sewing machine and spent my time trying to hone those skills.”The full interview appears in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale August 4 “I do see marks like this in homes I visit for the first time. But it doesn’t usually get made into a design feature.” The photoshoot takes in the £25,000 hut in the garden which Mr Cameron has plugged so enthusiastically on the designer’s website.Painted in Farrow and Ball tones and complete with a wood-burning stove, it will be the former Prime Minister’s “book writing room” when he begins his memoirs. The windows are rotting, the roof needs replacing, but it’s lovely and it’s where we brought each of our children home from the hospital.Samantha Cameron Samantha Cameron in Harper’s BazaarCredit:Courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar/ Harry Cory Wright The couple purchased the house in 2001 and Mr Cameron has described himself as “a country boy at heart”.The decor is in marked contrast to Downing Street, where the Camerons installed a stainless steel kitchen and Ikea dresser.The London home always appeared spotless in photographs, but the family appear to live a more relaxed lifestyle in Mr Cameron’s former constituency of Witney, Oxfordshire.Alan Coles, a member of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, said: “There are two smokes sources there: from the chimney and from candles or lamps on the mantelpiece.“Smoke can rise up and discolour everything. Trying to wash it off can make it worse – really, it’s a case of removing the wallpaper or redecorating the walls, and getting in a specialist to clean the stone surround.“A chimney sweep would advise them how to avoid smoke coming out of the fireplace like this, as it’s usually because the chimney is not correctly set up. Mrs Cameron appears to have similar taste to her mother, Lady Astor, who runs the OKA furniture business. OKA’s upmarket range is a sea of cream, beige and brown, and the Camerons have one of its £256 rattan log baskets beside the flat-screen television and Sky box.Out of shot are some tongue-in-cheek political references: a Famous Five spoof, Five on Brexit Island, and a placard bearing the slogan: ‘Calm down dear, it’s only a recession.’ The front cover of the September 2017 issue of Harper’s BazaarCredit:Harper’s Bazaar 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlbouystown man to spend 3 years behind bars for marijuana stash under bedApril 28, 2017In “Court”Three years jail for Albouystown man found guilty of cocaine possessionJanuary 29, 2014In “Crime”Update: Albouystown man shot dead by PoliceSeptember 20, 2014In “Crime” Thirty-two-year old Paul Bishop was today (Friday) hauled before the Chief Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with a gun related charge.Bishop, who ply his trade as a carpenter denied the allegation that was made out against him when he stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The court heard that the Freeman Street, Albouystown resident, on October 9, had a .32 pistol in his possession without being the holder of a firearm licence at the time.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, police ranks acting on information carried out a search on the defendant while he was in the Freeman Street, Albouystown area, when the unlicenced weapon was found on his person.According to reports, the accused was on a pedal cycle when he was confronted by the lawmen and had confessed in an oral statement that he had found the revolver while he was “digging in the front yard”.Further, police prosecutor Richard Harris objected to bail being granted on the grounds of the serious nature of the charge.The prosecution’s submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate, who later remanded Bishop to prison until October, 31.
Once again the Android developer community has made sure that any feature that would make one phone unique is available on other phones. If you’ve been eyeballing the Galaxy S4, you can check out the ringtone connection, wallpapers, and even the new and improved S-Voice app on your own Android phone today.It’s important for a manufacturer today to have some content/features that sets their Android phone apart from the others. More than one thing, usually, especially when you’re talking about the flagship phones for the year. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is all about being unique, and their press event showed off a dozen things that aren’t available anywhere else. On top of this, the phone comes with wallpapers and ringtones that are unique to the hardware.Samsung’s 1080p Super AMOLED+ display is the first of its kind, and because of that there needs to be high definition wallpapers with brilliant colors to show that screen off. Their notification tones and ringtones are unique as well, playing into Samsung’s “inspired by nature” concepts with water droplets and a variety of high pitch, brassy ringtones. You don’t need a Galaxy S4 to get these though, now you can just download them.Sammobile has made the S-Voice apk, all of the HD wallpapers, and all of the ringtones available to download. The files for the wallpapers and ringtones can just be added to your phone with a file manager app, while the S-Voice APK will need to be installed like an app from an unknown source. Once you’ve installed it, however, it will run just fine.Maybe you’re a fan of colorful balloons and J.J. Abrams style lens flares, or maybe you’d like to take your phone into the store and compare screen vs screen which phone is better. A big question with any new phone is always “is it worth the upgrade” and identical wallpapers are a great way to measure some of that. The S-Voice app is pretty cool stuff, especially if you’ve only ever used Google Now or Siri.If you’re interested in a more technical understanding of how the Galaxy S4 ticks, you can take a look at the whole system image. For a mobile operating system, the Galaxy S4 system dump takes up a massive 2.2GB in its entirety. This is only really useful to those who are interested in hacking around with the Galaxy S4 code, but could yield some interesting results when the Galaxy S4 is unlocked and rooted. And if history is any indicator, that will happen shortly after the phone is launched with a CyanogenMod build for the phone not too far behind.Since the phone comes out of the gate with Android 4.2.2, it’s possible that there will be less of an urge to see custom ROMs on the phone right away, but it’s hard to judge until the handset shows up this May.
Four people were taken to a hospital Tuesday night after a collision at Northeast 72nd Avenue and 126th Street, in the eastern Salmon Creek area north of Vancouver.The crash was reported at 7:48 p.m. Firefighters from the Glenwood Fire Station 7, only about 100 yards away, arrived in just a couple of minutes, said Firefighter Joe Spatz with the -Vancouver Fire Department.The crash appeared to be head-on, and the impact was so strong that firefighters — including Engine 5 and Truck 5 from the Walnut Grove Fire Station — had to use heavy tools to extricate both drivers.A woman who appeared to be in her 30s was the driver and only occupant of a -Volkswagen sedan.The driver of the Saab, a man in his 20s, was extricated with tools but his two male passengers were walking around before firefighters arrived.All four were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center by AMR Northwest ambulance, Spatz said.Spatz said he was told the drivers’ injuries were serious but not life-threatening.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Juneau man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting a man in a Mendenhall Valley mobile home park.The Juneau Empire reports that 32-year-old Christopher Strawn entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to first- and second-degree murder in last month’s death of 30-year-old Brandon Cook.Strawn has been jailed on $1 million cash bail since his Oct. 21 arrest.Cook had been helping a friend paint the kitchen in her new trailer when prosecutors say Strawn shot and killed him “execution style” in the back of the head.Juneau police have not yet presented a possible motive for the shooting, and have yet to find the shotgun used in the shooting.Strawn’s next court date has been scheduled for Nov. 30.
The storm that meteorologists warned could be bigger than 2014’s Typhoon Nuri turned out to be less severe than predicted. At least in Unalaska.The Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety received no reports of damage from the weekend’s heavy weather, according to deputy police chief Mike Holman.Meteorologist Luis Ingram at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said Monday morning that Nuri took a different path than this weekend’s storm.“This one came out of the north Pacific, migrated into the Bering Sea along the western chain of the Aleutians and then proceeded to move more north. I believe Nuri’s path took it a little more easterly than northerly.”Ingram said a buoy positioned in the far western Aleutians recorded a low pressure of 929 millibars, a measurement of atmospheric pressure. At its height, Nuri dropped to a central low pressure of 924 millibars.He said its unpredictable how any particular storm will evolve. Although the storm was predicted to hit the Aleutian Islands hard, it all depends on which path a storm takes through the 1200-mile long Aleutian chain.“That kind of accounts for why Dutch Harbor saw strong winds, but not as severe as Adak, just because of the way the track of the storm went. It went farther north and west of Dutch Harbor.”Islands farther west than Unalaska were hit harder. On Adak Island, a wind gust was clocked at 122 mph Sunday.During the height of this weekend’s storm, when it was centered between Adak and Shemya Islands, a tracking buoy cataloged some impressive seas.“We did measure high seas about 53 feet. That buoy, unfortunately, has since gone off-line, most likely due to the fact of the storm itself. So, you know, what data we have out there is a little sparse right now just because not all the buoys are back up and running.”Photo: NOAAWhen reached by phone this morning, Adak’s city manager said he was too busy dealing with the storm’s aftermath to talk right then.Crystal Dushkin, a cultural administrator for the Atka Tribe, said in a Facebook post that the storm did cause quite a bit of damage on Atka Island.Dushkin writes the island’s playground was toppled over, TV dishes were careened off their mounting and the fence surrounding the GCI building was blown over.The Coast Guard stations in Dutch Harbor, Anchorage and Juneau all reported no search-and-rescue calls came in over the weekend, and no damage to any facilities. The Coast Guard command center in Anchorage said this morning they got reports of 57-foot seas when the storm approached and 37-foot seas as it diminished.In the Pribilof Islands — 200 miles north of Unalaska, staff at the Public Safety Department and the harbor office said they had no reports of any storm-related damage on land or sea.
Take, for example, House Bill 77. It was a water rights bill, introduced by former Gov. Sean Parnell in 2013 as a way to streamline the process for issuing water and land-use permits. In the mid-1970s, Alaska lawmakers took a look at their constituents — scattered across hundreds of miles, on islands and off the road system — and decided they needed a better way to hear from them all. H.B. 77 flew under the radar at first, but when it was brought up again in 2014, it triggered a massive backlash.“This bill is aimed at bypassing the public and getting the Pebble Mine their permits!”“House Bill 77? See the trash can down by your feet? That’s where it belongs.”“You are silencing my right to protect our culture, our primary food sources, and our renewable natural resources.”“We use the water to gain access to the harvest of the game. The water is our dinner table!”That’s Diane Folsom and Billy Maines of Dillingham, Delores Larson of Koliganek and Dennis Andrew of New Stuyahok, who were among dozens of people who called in during more than six hours of public testimony at hearings in mid-March 2014.And soon, their loud efforts paid off. The bill withered away in Senate Resources Committee, in large part, says Rep. Andy Josephson, because of grass-roots organizing in the interim between the two sessions.“The folks would gather and talk to their legislators, and got incredibly organized, enormously organized, so that when they came back, I recall the bill was before Senator Giessel, and even though she is very serious about resource development, she killed the bill,” Josephson said. “So there was an example when the public process worked sort of just in the nick of time.”Of course, H.B. 77 was a rare accomplishment. For every bill like H.B. 77, there are probably a dozen outcomes that fly in the face of public outcry. Some experts say, that’s just politics.“I’m not saying that public input is not important, but it usually doesn’t make a lot of difference if the majority have already decided upon something,” said Clive Thomas, a former University of Alaska Southeast political science professor who is writing a book on Alaska politics.Three decades of studying the legislature has made him somewhat cynical — or realistic, however you see it.“You can go to a hearing on an issue that, say for example, that a Majority caucus member wants,” Thomas said. You can get 50 people in there to talk against it, and one to talk in favor of it, and they’ll pass it out. Because it’s already been predetermined.”Given that assessment, it could be hard to see why testifying would be worth the time and energy.For Dan Dunaway, who’s a regular at the Dillingham LIO, it’s a matter of principal. He says it’s just more painful to stay quiet, even if he knows his voice won’t change anything.“It might not, but then they have to do it and look me in the eye and ignore me, versus if I don’t say a word, I don’t want them to have the get-out-of-jail-free card,” said Dunaway. If you don’t say anything, then you’re doomed to whatever decision is made. So that’s what motivates me, a lot of times.”This year seems to be an extraordinary one for the Alaska legislature. The stakes are high, and with bigger spending cuts, changes to the PFD, and new taxes all on the table, Alaskans are finding the motivation to speak their opinions in droves.Though statistics on previous years’ testimony weren’t readily available, there’s a consensus among staff at the LIO headquarters in Juneau: for whatever reason, more people are testifying this session than they’ve seen in decades. Since January, thousands of Alaskans have called in to speak before the Alaska Legislature. Their testimony is facilitated by 23 Legislative Information Offices around the state, and then channeled into the legislative process.Download AudioDillingham residents testify at the LIO, March 2016. (Photo by Molly Dischner, KDLG – Dillingham)KDLG’s Hannah Colton took a harder look at public comments to see where they go, what happens to them, and most importantly, whether or not they have any real effect on legislative outcomes. The system that resulted was a vast network of legislative information offices equipped with teleconferencing, and according to Sue Cotter, it’s still the only one of its kind in the United States.Cotter is the manager of the information and teleconference system for the legislative affairs agency in Juneau, and she explained how it all works.“Anyone with a telephone can participate through our teleconference bridge, anybody from Ketchikan to Deadhorse,” Cotter said. “If they have an LIO in their community, we encourage them to use the LIO.”During a hearing, people wait to be called on and give their 2-3 minutes of testimony. They can also send written testimony. And everything that goes on in hearings is recorded.“We stream to our website every committee meeting, and those streams then are archived through our local public TV station, KTOO in particular Gavel-to-Gavel,” said Cotter.Then there’s a legion of legislative aides and House and Senate Records staff behind the scenes, transcribing minutes and typing up detailed information on each bill.“And they go into the public record for anybody to view,” Cotter said.That public record lives on the Internet, in paper and digital formats at the Legislative Reference Library, and at the State Archives “in perpetuity.”And, Cotter said, it’s a massive amount of material being funneled into this system.“Session started January 19 and we’re at March 31, and so far we’ve conducted 1,105 teleconferences..,” said Cotter. “We’ve had 8,361 individual callers… And we’ve had almost 178,000 minutes of meetings. That’s a lot.”So there’s a huge amount of resources that go into collecting and documenting testimony.But does all that public comment really matter? Well… sometimes.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told the Lok Sabha that Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi had expressed her “deep regret” over her controversial tweet on water crisis in Chennai and urged the House to put the matter to rest. The Minister said the Home Ministry had taken notice of Bedi’s remarks — in which she blamed “corrupt politics” of Tamil Nadu for the water crisis in Chennai — and said the matter was also raised in the House by DMK leader T.R. Baalu on Wednesday. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Kiran Bedi has expressed deep regret,” he said. Reading out Bedi’s statement, Singh said she had stated that what was wrote was a people’s perspective shared in her personal capacity and it came at a time when people were suffering due to want of water in Chennai. “However, I admit it was avoidable and I should not have shared it in public in this manner. I too realise it,” Singh quoted Bedi as saying. “I have therefore deleted my sharing. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “I have the highest regard and warmth for the people of Tamil Nadu like I have for the people of Puducherry whom I have been serving with utmost devotion for last over three years… I never ever wished to hurt anyone. I deeply regret any hurt caused,” Bedi said. Amid interruptions from opposition members while the Minister read out Bedi’s statement, Rajnath Singh urged the members to put the issue to rest in light of what Bedi had stated. Leader of Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that Bedi had humiliated the people of Tamil Nadu “in an outrageous manner” and the House should adopt a resolution on the issue.
Instagram/TwitterDespite the categorical statement by India captain Virat Kohli that there is no rift in the Indian side, the rumour mills continue to churn out stories and rumours. While the Indian team has left for West Indies and both the men are in the squad to take on the Caribbean side, a lot of people are still not satisfied that all is well within the Indian camp.Now a new report has been published by DNA newspaper which suggests that one of the causes of this dissension is the presence of the wives of these two cricketers during the World Cup. Writing in the newspaper, Chander Shekhar Luthra, states that “Initially, BCCI allowed wives to be with the players for 15 days during this World Cup. Sharma requested for an extension of stay for his wife and child.”This request apparently was ignored by the BCCI, but then not conveyed to Indian opener. His wife stayed for the entire duration of the World Cup.” Virat and Rohit are in West Indies nowGetty ImagesBut the problem was also complicated by the presence of Anushka Sharma, a major celebrity herself, along with the team in their hotel. “On the other hand, it has been alleged by many insiders that Anushka’s presence in the team hotel did create an uneasy atmosphere for many other wives.”And, when a complaint reached BCCI as to how Kohli was only busy giving company to his actress-wife, it probably had not gone down well with the Indian skipper,” the article further stated.Till now, all the stories about this ‘rift’ are based on sources which have remained anonymous. One story earlier, by IANS, had claimed that one member of CoA had requested a senior player in the team to put out a post proclaiming that all is fine. That request, obviously, hasn’t been fulfilled.If however, the DNA story is correct and the wives of the players are causing some difficulties, then BCCI needs to make sure that such problems don’t arise. But, for all we know, these stories could turn out to be wrong.
Admirers of art and art forms, specifically sculptures are in for a treat as the national Capital gears up to witness the best of sculpture works by three prominent women sculptors. Called ‘Trilogy of Expressions’ will showcase the works of Sheela Chamariya, Christine Margotin and Geeta Juneja from January 20-29 in the national Capital. The show will celebrate the continued vibrancy and influences of delicate human emotions and response to inner as well as outer world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 25 odd works by each of the sculptors offer a rich tapestry of expressions and perfectly reflect their individual moments in exciting depictions. Works of Sheela Chamariya will visually enchant one and their intent will capture the imagination to one’s core. She chooses to narrate her soft delicate world through the strength of bronze, with prominent lines and flat surface. Geeta Juneja’s abstracts are sensuous and suggestive and her works are inspired by her own thought and mood. She is an artist who traverses the regime of abstraction. The intrinsic individuality of shapes and compositions is what defines her work. Somewhere it gives the viewer an impression of assemblage as seen in ‘Aristocrat’ and few others, which then is rendered in a very subdued surface. Her works are essentially bold. Viewers will gaze into the multitude of distorted features in sync with each other and defined, leading to subjective interpretation. The emphasis is not only on expression but also on the spaces and forms which creates an aura of its own. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChristine is a French artist, who specialises in classical and realistic presentation. Her expression is essentially related to the joy of childhood. She creates and conveys her deeper ideas and contemplative moments. Her figures speak volumes about children’s innocence and attitude. “After a nap”- a bronze by Christine is holding on to her toy, captures simple action of our everyday life and highlights the beauty and grace that we often overlook being continuously on the run. It also creates its own melody and rhythm giving an insight to a child’s inner world and possessiveness Sheela Chamariya will also be exhibiting a small installation titled ‘Dana Chugneynaa Aye Chidiya’ to bring in to the notice a major issue of sparrow extinction. The main motive of this installation is to request people to save them and give them a home to come back. She inspires public to feed them, give water to them when they are in our homes. She also emphasises on the need to limit the amount of pesticides and chemical in the garden and firms.Where: Triveni Kala Sangam- Sculpture Court, Tansen MargWhen: January 20 to 29Timings: 11 am to 7 pm
JetBrains announced on Wednesday that they’re starting an Early Access Program (EAP) for their popular IDE IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3. The IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP explores features such as better IDE navigation, revamped plugin preferences page, Run Anything, and multiline TODO comments among others. You can download the IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 EAP with the help of Toolbox App. Let’s discuss the key features in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP. Better IDE navigation The IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 offers better IDE navigation with an all-new Search Everywhere dialog. The new search dialog has an enhanced UI which is resizable and movable. It comprises of Go to class, Go to file, Go to symbol, and Find action. This new feature has made the search process faster. Run Anything dialog There’s a new Run Anything action in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3. Run Anything lets you run a command in the IDE, launch any run configuration, and run any terminal commands. This dialog allows you to select a recent command, a preconfigured run configuration and reopen recent projects. With the Run Anything dialog, you can hold down the Shift key to switch to the Debug Anything mode, which allows you to run a debug configuration. Multiline TODO comments There’s an added support for multiline TODO comments in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP. Earlier, only the first line of a multiline TODO comment was handled as a todo comment. Now, the first line along with all the other todo comment lines can be highlighted in the editor and listed in the TODO Tool Window. Plugins page Now there’s a new Plugins page in Preferences/Settings, making it easier to manage, install, uninstall, and update plugins. You can now search for plugins by name or tags, and sort the results by downloads, name, rating, featured, or updates. Additionally, you can also view the new and updated plugins, top downloaded plugins, as well as top-rated plugins. Installed Tab allows you to check all the downloaded and bundled plugins in different areas. You can view all the plugins that need to be updated in the Updates tab. Structural Search There’s a new simplified Structural Search & Replace dialogs in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3. Structural Search comes with a drop-down menu under the search icon to display the search history. There’s also a Scope configuration which is easier and more flexible. Editing variables/filters is possible with the help of Structural Search & Replace dialogs. The Edit Variables dialog is replaced by a Filters panel. JVM Debugger IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 comes packed with various debugger improvements. You can now see all the available processes for attaching in the “Attach with Java Debugger To” action list. Now, there’s a new Auto restart option for the remote debug configurations so the IDE can automatically restart a configuration while debugging a remote process. Maven You can now delegate all your build and run actions to Maven in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3. To enable the new option, delegate the IDE build/run actions to maven, by going to Preferences / Settings | Build, Execution, Deployment | Build Tools | Maven | Runner. Editor There’s now a way to configure the default indent in projects on the Tabs and Indents tab in Preferences / Settings | Editor | Code Style | Java. There’s also a newly added status bar indicator which points out if the current file indentation differs from the project’s default. To choose actions that control the current indentation, there’s a status bar popup. Java There are a lot of new Java inspections and quick-fixes in the IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP. The inspection support for Java Stream API has been improved. IntelliJ IDEA is now capable of detecting cases where redundant sorted calls are made before the subsequent min call. You can quickly remove the unnecessary sorted call with the new IDE. You can convert streams into loops when the downstream collector is collection-based (toSet/toList/toMap/toCollection/groupingBy) and can be processed by itself. Also, to completely remove static import, use * and add qualifiers to the usages in the code instead. Run Configurations There’s an added support for macros in run configurations. Currently, the IDE supports only the “Application” and “npm” run configurations. You can use text/log file as input by enabling the Redirect input in the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, After this, simply specify the path to the file which has the input data. Version Control Earlier, the IDE only showed file history up to the selected commit. With InteliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP, it can now display the full history. You simply need to switch “Show All Branches” on the toolbar. This step is particularly useful in case the file gets deleted later. Other than that, you can now ignore the whitespace changes while merging with a new ignore Whitespaces option. It also comes with a new Ignore drop-down menu with options to hide or trim whitespace changes that occur on merge. You can also copy a file easily from one Git branch to another. For more information, check out the official IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 EAP documentation. Reading Next What’s new in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 How to set up the Scala Plugin in IntelliJ IDE [Tutorial] How to work with the Selenium IntelliJ IDEA plugin
No related posts. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday and let stand a lower court decision that reinstituted gay marriage in the state of California. Historians have referred to the cases as Brown v. Board of Education for gay rights. Was the public this fixated on the Brown decision in 1954?Probably more so. Public anticipation of the gay marriage decisions has been intense. Journalists, activists and ordinary citizens have swarmed the court steps for days, and news outlets have treated this week’s rulings on affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act almost as appetizers leading up to the gay marriage ruling. But a similar thing happened in 1954. Crowds packed the Supreme Court every decision Monday for weeks. The New York Times assigned 50 reporters to cover the case. When the justices ordered the integration of juries two weeks before the Brown case came down, journalists scoured the decision for clues on how the court would treat school segregation. Brown v. Board of Education may not have dominated front pages in the way that gay marriage likely will, but that’s because the decision came down in the heart of the Army-McCarthy hearings, which were nationally televised and hastened the downfall of legendary Sen. Joseph McCarthy.The significance of the Brown decision was so widely recognized in 1954 that the Supreme Court’s press information officer viewed decision day as an irresistible opportunity to prank the press. First, the assembled reporters were told “it looked like a quiet day” at the court. The press officer then announced three low-profile opinions and pulled on his coat. As he strolled out of the room, he casually mentioned, “Reading of the segregation decisions is about to begin in the courtroom.” (The consolidated segregation cases didn’t become popularly known as Brown v. Board until years later.) The reporters stampeded up a flight of marble stairs and burst into the courtroom, where Chief Justice Earl Warren had already begun reading the opinion. The Times noted that the solemn-faced justices “obviously were aware that no court since the Dred Scott decision … had ruled on so vital an issue in the field of racial relations.”A few factors separate Brown from Wednesday’s gay marriage cases in terms of significance. In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing gay marriage to return to California, the justices avoided the larger question of whether the Constitution guarantees the right to gay marriage. The court’s restraint on this issue is typical of modern jurisprudence. The Supreme Court was different in 1954. In Brown, the justices went further than many people anticipated. Southern governments expected the Supreme Court to accept the premise of separate but equal, as long as separate truly was equal. To demonstrate their bonafides, legislatures in segregated states passed legislation after the Brown oral arguments to improve conditions at African-American schools. If the justices did the unthinkable, outlawing segregation entirely, a few states vowed to abolish their public school systems and turn to a system of vouchers.That raises another difference between gay marriage and desegregation: There is a widespread belief today that demographic changes will soon make gay marriage legal in much of the country, with or without the Supreme Court’s help. There was no such sense of inevitability over desegregation in 1954. The Warren court took on the segregationists, who ruled much of the South, without the cover of fast-growing public support. Georgia Gov. Herman Talmadge, D, claimed that the Supreme Court had “thrown down the gauntlet” in Brown, promising a fight over the future of schools in the South.In a sense, the Georgia governor’s statement was prescient. Brown didn’t represent the end of an argument — the role the justices have now become accustomed to playing on issues of equality — but rather the beginning of a decades-long struggle. There is, in contrast, a sense of finality in the gay marriage cases. There are no serious politicians today vowing civil disobedience or armed rebellion to resist the advent of gay marriage.Explainer thanks Michael J. Klarman of Harvard Law School, author of “From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality.”Got a question about today’s news? email@example.com.© 2013, Slate Facebook Comments