Future of NWAC president to be decided at special meeting in coming

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsThe board that oversees the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will hold a meeting to determine the future of its president.“In the coming weeks, the membership will be convening a special meeting to determine the continuance of Francyne Joe as President,” said NWAC CEO Lynne Groulx.“I respect this democratic process and whatever decision the members make.”The tensions between Joe and Groulx went public last week when it was reported by CBC that police were called to NWAC’s Ottawa office.In an email to APTN News, NWAC said Joe has been banned from the office.“On April 15, Lynne Groulx, CEO of the Native Women’s Association of NWAC and former human rights lawyer, wrote to members of NWAC’s executive council to outline concerns she has regarding the inappropriate behavior of NWAC President Francyne Joe in the workplace,” said the statement.“This morning (April 17, 2019) Ms. Joe defied that motion and appeared at the NWAC offices demonstrating the same behavior that Ms. Groulx alleged in her letter. CEO Groulx felt threatened by the actions of the President and the Ottawa police services were called.”The letter does not say what actions Joe had taken to threaten Groulx.“While I cannot discuss the details, I can say there is tension in the relationship between Francyne Joe and myself,” Groulx said in an email to APTN. “In spite of every effort I have made to try and resolve these issues – including an intervention from our Elders in a healing circle.“The matter is now before the Board, which continues to support me in the administration of the organization.”(Police were called to NWAC’s downtown Ottawa office on April 17)When contacted by APTN, Joe declined to comment.But employees at NWAC have been speaking out about the issues inside the Ottawa office.Several sources who spoke to APTN on condition of anonymity because they fear for their jobs, say major changes are needed if the organization hopes to fulfill the vision of helping Indigenous women across the country.They say people running the organization are ignoring staffing issues, and turning a blind eye to problems in the workplace.“Cleary staff are in critical distress,” one of the sources told APTN.They decided to speak after two human resource staff members at NWAC quit April 19 because of concerns over ongoing issues that they spelled out in a letter and presented to the organization’s lawyer.They say the human resources team asked that power at the top of the organization be “decentralized.”The issue of how the staff at NWAC is managed is at the heart of a letter written by John Lymer, and human resources specialist Christele Goupy, and obtained by APTN.“Please find below a letter detailing the multiple concerns we as the Human Resources team here at NWAC have regarding the functioning of this organization, how it is operated, and, most importantly, the behavior of the CEO,” the letter starts.(NWAC CEO Lynne Groulx says a lack of stable federal funding “creates uncertainty and stress on our staff.”)Lymer and Goupy outline several concerns with how the top executives run NWAC and lay out several examples such as hiring and salaries.“The HR team in general has been shut out of HR Strategy meetings with the ED/CEO, people have been hired into positions that they did not apply for with salaries outside of any reasonable parameter for the organization, with no input or knowledge from HR,” the letter said.“Also, random, and seemingly arbitrary salary increases have been provided to select staff members with zero input from HR. This is completely unacceptable.”Lymer and Goupy sent the letter April 16, with several demands on the changes they want to see at the top of the organization.The letter is addressed to Steven Pink, director of legal services for NWAC but shared throughout the office according to the sources APTN spoke with.“When 10 percent of the staff go on STD (short term disability), and cite the toxic work environment as a contributing factor, which is then completely denied by the CEO, that is not okay,” the letter said.Lymer and Goupy are also demanding that Groulx’s powers be restricted.“Impose very stringent limits on the power and operations of the CEO and her office,” said the letter.The letter also puts a deadline on the actions demanded.“If we do not receive any communication from yourself within two working days about how this will be addressed and sustainably different from here-on-in, then we will seek other avenues to protect ourselves.”When demands in the letter were denied, Lymer and Goupy quit on April 19 said the staff.Neither Lymer nor Goupy responded to requests for interviews.The four sources APTN spoke with say they are not confident in the leadership at NWAC.“We need a check in balance on the amount of power that the CEO is exercising against their staff,” one of the sources said.One former NWAC employee describes her work time with the organization as having no structure.“Some of your assignments could be given away with no warning, no indication of why, you wouldn’t be spoken to, you wouldn’t be told why, things would just be moved and you would know why of course that you’ve ticked somebody off,” she said.“I’ve been an employee crying in the washroom several times, the pressure would just get to you. I made a mistake, I can’t remember what it was, but it was something really trivial, I could just tell she was looking at me like I was a complete idiot and I’ve been there for seven to eight months at this point.“And I was competent, everyone knew how competent I was, everyone knew how much I gave this organization, how much I worked hard. And it just crumbled internally and I said I’m going to lose my job, I’m an idiot. I mean she thinks I’m an idiot.”The same concerns sources expressed to APTN are also reiterated in the letter from Lymer and Goupy.“The current CEO operates without any checks or balances,” the letter stated. “Other ways that her dismissive manner can be seen in the way she arbitrarily fires people without any rationale provided.”Sources said they fully stand by NWAC’s mission statement but feel the CEO is not operating from that guiding vision.“We are not supporting the very women, we have positioned to support and advocate for,” one of the sources said.(Native Women’s Association of Canada President Francyne Joe signed an accord with the Government of Canada Feb. 1, 2019 in Ottawa. APTN File)The sources came forward after the police were called to the office on April 17 and escorted Joe out of the office.NWAC staff all agreed that Joe has never disrupted the offices and that the issues are coming from Groulx.“There’s no way employees would have any problems with Francyne, because all employees are barred access to Francyne,” said one of the sources.In another document obtained by APTN, the staff of NWAC received a memorandum dated March 26, 2019, from Groulx  outlining the rules for contacting Joe.“All Communication for the President, including invitations and meeting requests or other business matters, must be sent via the Office of the CEO with Jaime Lavigne on CC,” said the letter.“We can’t have any interaction with her [Francyne Joe] unless it’s completely vetted by the CEO [Lynne Groulx],” NWAC staff told APTN.According to Groulx, “The protocol for communications to the President’s office has been in place for quite sometime.  Communications protocols are common in the workplace and are necessary to ensure continuity and that nothing falls through the cracks. Requests for the President must be streamlined to maximize efficiency, organization and effectiveness, especially as NWAC continues to grow.”The recent events reflect what NWAC employees say is a lack of structure in the workspace… “and the mental and physical health I would say are highly being impacted by the work environment here,” said one of the sources.Founded in 1974, NWAC is an advocacy group based in Ottawa that aims to “enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, girls and gender-diverse people within First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadian societies,” according to the website.In 2009, its Sisters in Spirit project, a five year program that started under the Paul Martin Liberal government, released a report that pushed the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls onto the national agenda.Its research into more than 500 cases broke new ground for an issue that had been previously ignored. Its national database became the first of its kind in Canada in its scope and detail.The program received recognition from human rights organizations like Amnesty International. Police agencies and provincial governments approached the project’s staff to share information and it pushed the RCMP to conduct its own research.But in 2011, under the Stephen Harper Conservatives, the project was shelved and NWAC was no longer allowed to use the Sisters in Spirit name and any and all research was prohibited under new federal money.The organization slipped into the background – including being excluded from talks on how to set up the current National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.(Francyne Joe, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous women from the provinces and territories signed an accord in Ottawa on Feb. 1, 2019. APTN File)It was revitalized on Feb. 1, 2019 when Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett signed an agreement with NWAC to “work with Canada to establish a reconciliation building process to decolonize, which includes meetings with the prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers responsible for policy development and key federal cabinet ministers.”The three year program did not come with money. According to Bennett, that will be negotiated.APTN asked the minister’s office about the issues at NWAC.“Through the Accord, Canada and NWAC will continue to work closely to identify joint priorities and co-develop culturally appropriate policy and programs to include the distinct perspectives of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people,” the statement said.“We will not be commenting on the internal matters of the organization.”In an email to APTN, Groulx said much of the stress in the office is caused by a lack of stable funding from the federal government.“Understandably, this creates uncertainty and stress on our staff. As well, NWAC staff works with extremely difficult subject matter, which also takes its toll. Dealing with contentious subjects like missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Inquiry, human trafficking, homelessness, poverty, forced sterilization and every form of violence against women contributes to a high level of emotional and mental stress,” the email said.Lymer and Goupy however have a solution that was proposed to lawyer Stephen Pink.“Whatever financial benefit the current CEO has brought to NWAC, she does not at all represent the values and mission of the organization,” the letter said. “She treats her employees very poorly, and very much like disposable merchandise if we are being honest.”“I have never, ever worked in a place where the trust is so low.”The allegations that have been made by the parties in dispute have not yet been proven before a court or other decision making body such as the NWAC Board or Membership.abernard@aptn.ca@abernardnewslast_img read more

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Its ridiculous Vancouver files claim over 2015 fuel spill in English Bay

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city has filed a federal court claim against the owner of a vessel that spilled fuel into English Bay in 2015, as part of the city’s continuing effort to get compensation for its response efforts.Robertson says three years after the MV Marathassa spilled 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into the bay, the city still hasn’t been compensated for about $550,000 it spent on response efforts.Robertson says Vancouver has sought repayment through the federal government’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, but has only been promised compensation for 27 per cent of its costs — something Robertson called “totally unacceptable.“It’s ridiculous that it’s taken over three years now fighting for our costs to be covered by an oil spill in our harbour,” Robertson told reporters gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Sunday.The city’s claim against the ship owners — filed last month but announced on Sunday — calls for damages, interest and court costs related to the spill.Robertson said the city’s difficulty in getting paid back for what he described as a “relatively small oil spill” shows there aren’t enough measures in place to protect coastal communities against more major spills.He said the costs and impacts of a potential diluted bitumen spill from the increased tanker traffic that would come with the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has not been meaningfully addressed by the federal government.Robertson said the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund was set up by the federal government to act in the interest of communities like Vancouver, but is failing to do so.“It clearly does not do that, does not deliver the results. This speaks to the greater concern we have with Kinder Morgan and oil tankers,” he said.Transport Canada, which oversees spill response, could not immediately be reached for comment.The claim’s statements have not been proven in court.last_img read more

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Venezuela holds onto prized US refineries amid legal battle

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela will hold onto its U.S.-based Citgo refineries, settling a lawsuit that threw ownership of the struggling country’s prized assets into peril.Court papers show that Venezuela on Friday began paying off $1.4 billion that a panel said was owed to the Canadian mining firm Crystallex, following a disputed takeover of the company by the late-President Hugo Chavez.To recoup its losses, Crystallex had targeted Citgo refineries, potentially forcing Venezuela to sell off its most valuable foreign asset.Papers filed in a Canadian court say Venezuela recently paid Crystallex $425 million, while agreeing to make good on the rest by 2021. That enables them to hold onto their refineries.Russ Dallen of Miami-based Caracas Capital Markets says the payment shows Venezuela’s changing tactics — from fighting creditors to striking deals.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Aid plane with 17 on board crashes in eastern DR Congo –

2 September 2008A plane carrying humanitarian supplies with 17 people on board, including seven United Nations staff, has crashed into a mountain in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world body confirmed today. The plane had been en route from Kisangani to Bukavu yesterday when it crashed into a mountain about 15 kilometres northeast of Bukavu airport while beginning its landing approach in bad weather, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.There were 15 passengers and two crew on board the plane, which was operated by Aid Serv, a United States-based company which provides air transport for the international humanitarian community.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the passengers included five UNDP staff members and two from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep sadness at the news of the crash, stating that his thoughts are with the families and colleagues of those UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) aid workers, Congolese officials and crew who were on board the aircraft. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to all UN staff and international aid workers in the DRC “who continue to work tirelessly under difficult conditions to support the Congolese people in their efforts to consolidate peace in their country.”UNDP Administrator Kemal Derviº issued a statement voicing his deep sadness at learning of the plane crash.“Words fail one when such terrible events strike,” he said. “The colleagues we lost and those that disappeared with them will always remain in our hearts.”A team from the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, has located the wreckage. “UN peacekeepers were able to locate the plane and view the crash site from a helicopter, but, due to the difficult terrain, they were unable to land and verify the fate of those onboard,” Ms. Okabe said.The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC, Ross Mountain, has gone to Bukavu to coordinate the emergency operation with the UN and humanitarian community.Ms. Okabe added that there will be an investigation into the cause of the crash. read more

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Security Council endorses steps to combat sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers

Through a resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with one abstention (Egypt), the Council specifically endorsed the decision of the Secretary-General “to repatriate a particular military unit or formed police unit of a contingent when there is credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse by that unit.”This decision was one of several recommendations in a report presented yesterday by the UN chief to the 15-member body that, for the first time, listed the names of the countries of alleged perpetrators. It also showed an increase in the number of new allegations in 2015, with 69 of the total 99 allegations lodged against UN personnel serving in peace operations.The United States-sponsored text, adopted as resolution 2272, further requested that the Secretary-General replace all units of the troop- or police-contributing country from which the perpetrator is from if appropriate steps have not been taken by the country to investigate the allegation, and/or when the perpetrators have not been held accountable, and/or when there has been failure to inform the Secretary-General of the progress of its investigation or actions taken.The resolution also highlighted the Council’s deep concern over the “continuing and serious allegations” of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as in other UN peacekeeping operations and by non-UN forces.Ongoing efforts by Member States to strengthen sexual exploitation and abuse pre-deployment training was also welcomed by the Council, which urged further efforts to be taken in this regard.In addition, the resolution underscored the critical importance that civilians, in particular women and children sites for internally displaced persons and refugees, are protected from any form of abuse or exploitation. It also encouraged the appropriate UN mechanisms, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), to continue to include allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in their regular reporting. read more

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Track and Field KarenDennis led Ohio State takes part in firstever Power

Coach Karen Dennis sits front and center during her teams celebration after her team won theBig Ten Championship on Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 at Spire Institute in Geneva, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThere are only five men’s and women’s track and field programs in the Power Five led by women. This weekend in Los Angeles all five of those programs, including director of track and field and cross country Karen Dennis-led Ohio State, will compete in the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge.Tennessee, Miami, USC, Ole Miss and Ohio State will compete in the meet.This is the first time a meet that has a woman as the dual-program director for each team competing.“It’s groundbreaking. But for me, I am hoping that it is an awaking so to speak for other programs to consider making women the primary coach,” Dennis said.Dennis has been a coach since 1977 and has seen the difficulties of women becoming coaches first-hand for decades. “I was insulted that men were expected to coach women, but I thought that women who knew the sport were equally or better than men,” Dennis said. “For me this has been a evolution of my career, where the sport has changed and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of that change.”During the indoor season, Dennis became the first woman to win the Big Ten Men’s Coach of the Year. The meet offers Ohio State a chance for redemption against high-profile national programs after a disappointing performance at the indoor NCAA indoor championship meet.Men’s previewOhio State’s 4×400-meter relay team will meet its toughest opponent on the track in USC. The Trojans broke the world record with a time of 3:00.77 during the NCAA indoor national championships. Early in the season, teams will test their rosters and split up their relay teams, which Ohio State did at the Black and Gold Challenge. Dennis said that won’t be the case this weekend, due to the meet being higher profile.“You don’t want to invite all of these people down here and have a watered-down meet,” Dennis said.One of the other major matchups will involve Ohio State sophomore Alexander Lomong in the 800-meter run. Lomong, Mississippi’s Waleed Suliman and USC’s Robert Ford are all within a second of each other’s personal-best times.Lomong said he has focused on running long distances in order to help his body endure the race pace for the length of 800 meters. Field events might be an opportunity for Ohio State to separate itself from the competition. Senior Cole Gorski is coming off a record-breaking pole vault performance last week and his strongest competition has a chance to be his teammate, junior Coty Cobb.Women’s previewSenior Maggie Barrie will match up against All-American talent in the 400-meter dash. USC’s Kendall Ellis won the indoor national championship two weeks ago. Freshman Aziza Ayoub, Miami’s Kayla Johnson and Ole Miss’s Maddie McHugh all have personal bests separated by fewer than two seconds.Junior Sade Olatoye will face Ole Miss’s Janeah Stewart in shot put. Stewart and Olatoye faced off several times during the indoor season. read more

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Batman arrested for bothering police

first_imgBATMAN WAS arrested on Saturday night by police in the US, who (honestly) said he wouldn’t leave them alone.Mark Wayne Williams, 33, was lifted by state troopers in Michigan because they say he refused to stop interfering after he showed up at the scene of a road accident wearing a Batman outfit.“He wouldn’t clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent,” State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno told the Petoskey News-Review. “He said he wanted to help us look for the driver.”“We didn’t want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene, and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do,” the sergeant said. Holy sweatpatches, Batman! (AP Photo/Petoskey Department of Public Safety via Petoskey News-Review)Williams wasn’t carrying any dangerous weapons, but his costume and gear were confiscated, Gorno said. He was charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, and he posted bond and was released from the county jail.A call to a number listed as Williams’ Petoskey home rang unanswered yesterday.It’s not Williams’ first brush with the law as the caped crusader.He was arrested last year after police received a report of a man dressed as Batman on the roof of a Petoskey business. When officers arrived, they found Williams, dressed as Batman and carrying a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves.He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer and was sentenced to six months of probation during which he was forbidden to wear costumes, including his Batman get-up.Williams said at the time that he never intended to harm anyone.More: Batman villain Bane’s voice ‘based on Irish Traveller’>last_img read more

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An Taisce claim airtravel tax will be reintroduced to combat climate change

first_imgTHE ABOLITION OF the air-travel tax hasn’t pleased everybody. An Taisce has predicted that it will soon have to be re-instated to combat climate change.When it was first introduced in 2009 the tax on flights out of the country was €10, it was then reduced to €3 before the current Government announced in the Budget earlier this month that it will be abolished from April 2014.But the independent environmental charity An Taisce has said that removal of the tax “doesn’t make long-term sense” because the global climate change situation is becoming “even more alarming”.The group cites a recent report from a UN intergovernmental panel which said that it was 95 per cent convinced that humans have caused over half the global warming observed over the past 60 years.An Taisce say that air travel is by far the most carbon intensive form of transport per passenger kilometre travelled: The recent IPCC report stated that there is now only a 50-50 chance of avoiding runaway temperature rise. Airline chiefs can try and dress this issue up whatever way they like, but there are choices to be made between foreign holidays today and a sustainable future for the next generation.An Taisce say that these choices must include becoming less dependent on air travel by increasing overland links with Britain with greater sail-and-rail options for Irish travellers.Read: With the Air Travel Tax gone, Ryanair commits to a million more passengers >Pic: What happens when Americans fly home for Thanksgiving >last_img read more

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Stopping of medical card reviews welcomed but government warned We need a

first_imgUpdated 22:58TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT BY the government to stop the discretionary medical card review process has been widely welcomed.CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation Jonathan Irwin said, “We welcome the U turn from government on discretionary medical cards policy and the suspension of these torturous reviews that our families have been going through. These are families with children with life limiting conditions and it’s about time this government admitted that the medical card system is not fit for purpose.He also added that he still wants to meet Minister Reilly and Minister White to discuss children under Jack and Jill’s wing who have lost their medical card altogether.“But we need a big fix, not just a quick fix and we will be watching developments carefully and need clarity on new babies coming under the wing of Jack & Jill and how their parents apply for medical cards on their behalf.We won’t stop this campaign until children with life limiting and life threatening conditions receive their medical card in their own right and automatically, rather than this barbaric system of dragging their parents through means testing.The Irish Medical Organisation echoed the sentiment from Irwin stating that while they welcome the move to suspend the review “it remains unclear what will happen to people who have lost their card in recent months”.Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO, Dr. Ray Walley said “cards which have been withdrawn under this cull should be returned”.Meanwhile Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher said,It is extremely regrettable that thousands of families across the country were put through the stress and hardship of having their medical cards withdrawn before the Government finally saw sense today.He added that “It took the loss of hundreds of council seats to make the government act on the loss of thousands of medical cards”.Kelleher also questioned if the suspension of medical card reviews is confined to discretionary cards only.“It is not clear from the Department’s statement today if the suspension of medical card reviews is confined to discretionary cards only.“Discretionary cards account for just 50,000 of the 1.8 million cards so we need clarification if the other reviews are suspended too”.Read: Medical card review process to stop immediately>last_img read more

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Have questions about your phone bill or contract Let us put them

first_img Image: Shutterstock/kudla Share Tweet Email3 Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: 57 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3362249 Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 10:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/kudla Short URLcenter_img 12,659 Views By Aoife Barry Apr 30th 2017, 10:30 AM Have questions about your phone bill or contract? Let us put them to an expert We’ll be holding a Facebook Live event on Wednesday where your questions will be put to the consumer expert. DO YOU WANT to know how to change smartphone contract? Or if there are ways to save money on your bill?Do you want to know what the data roaming changes will really mean for you?On Wednesday, we’ll be giving you a chance to put your consumer questions about smartphones to an expert from Bonkers.ie.They will answer some of the questions during a Facebook Live at 12pm on Wednesday afternoon, 3 May.Want to take part? Send your questions to aoife@thejournal.ie.It’s all part of our Live A Better Life series, where we’re tackling how we use our smartphones. Next week is tech week, where we’ll be looking at your phone’s battery, bill, data, privacy, and how to make your phone work better for you.Catch up on the full Live A Better Life series here>  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Troika demands longer work weeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Six-day work weeks may become standard for workers in the private sector, according to a leaked email sent to The Ministry of Labour from the troika on Friday.The email called for several changes in labour regulations preceding the next bailout. Most significantly, it proposed a reduction in the cost of hiring and firing workers, and increased flexibility in worker schedules.The troika suggested that employers should be able to fire employees more easily. Specifically, they proposed cutting by half the amount of notice that employees receive before being fired, from 4-6 months to 2-3 months. Similarly, they asked that the compensation workers receive upon retiring be reduced by at least 50 percent, if they receive another pension, and that compensation for workers who are fired be reduced by up to 50 percent.In terms of worker flexibility, the troika called for looser regulations governing working hours, so that employees might work for six days a week, with a minimum rest between shifts of only 11 hours. They also proposed to lift restrictions on switching workers between morning and evening shifts.The troika’s demands are expected to cause increased conflict in the already tense relations between the General Confederation of Greek Labour (GSEE) and the government. Source: Athens News, lelast_img read more

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Samsung Android débarque sur la gamme Galaxy

first_imgSamsung : Android débarque sur la gamme GalaxyCela fait quelques temps maintenant qu’Android 4.0 fait parler de lui. Cette fois, Android Ice Cream Sandwich pourrait débarquer dès le mois de mars sur le Samsung Galaxy S2, le Galaxy Note et la Galaxy Tab. Les mises à jour de l’écosystème de Google se succèdent mais les constructeurs continuent de traîner la patte. En effet, quel est l’intérêt de payer un smartphone à prix d’or, si c’est pour qu’il devienne obsolète quelques mois plus tard, car il ne ne sera plus à jour ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon le reputé bloggeur russe Eldar Murtazin, la mise à jour vers Android 4.0 du Galaxy S2, du Galaxy Note et de la Galaxy Tab pourrait être effective dès le mois de mars. Elle serait même disponible dès le 1er du mois, soit en téléchargement depuis un ordinateur, soit directement sur les smartphones et la tablette. Depuis la sortie du Galaxy Nexus, fonctionnant sous la dernière version d’Android, cette mise à jour est très attendue par les utilisateurs. En effet, Android 4.0 installée sur le génial Galaxy Note devrait rendre ce smartphone-tablette encore plus désirable et unique.En décembre dernier, Samsung avait annoncé une mise à jour vers Ice Cream Sandwich de sa gamme Galaxy pour le premier trimestre 2012. La date du 1er mars semble donc assez logique. Cependant, puisque chaque constructeur aime à personnaliser les versions d’Android, il se pourrait que la sortie de la mise à jour prenne un peu plus de temps. Les utilisateurs devront donc prendre leur mal en patience.Le 13 février 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La fermeture de Megaupload na pas refroidi les pirates endurcis

first_imgLa fermeture de Megaupload n’a pas refroidi les pirates endurcisSelon un sondage Ifop, 48 % des internautes ont cessé le téléchargement illégal après fermeture de Megaupload, mais il s’agit surtout des pirates occasionnels, anecdotiques en volumes. Les pirates réguliers, eux, n’ont été découragés qu’à 14 %. Combien d’internautes téléchargeaient illégalement avant l’affaire Mégaupload ? 37 % l’ont en tout cas avoué au sondage Ifop. Combien ont été touchés par la fermeture de la plate-forme de téléchargement ? 48 % de ceux qui téléchargeaient ont tout stoppé, 31 % le font moins qu’avant et 22 % continuent à pirater au même rythme qu’avant. Jean-Philippe Dubrulle, de l’Ifop, comment que « Cela montre que la fermeture du site a eu un certain caractère dissuasif en matière de téléchargement et de streaming illégal ».À lire aussiKim Dotcom dévoile les caractéristiques de Mega, le futur Megaupload 2Toutefois, parmi ces trente-sept pourcents de pirates, il y a différentes nuances : seuls 8 % disaient pirater régulièrement, 12 % se bornaient à le faire occasionnellement et 17 % assez rarement. Or ceux qui ont arrêté de pirater, ce sont surtout ceux qui le faisaient le moins !Ainsi, toujours selon Jean-Philippe Dubrulle : Mais « Si l’on s’en tient uniquement aux ‘pirates’ réguliers, le constat est tout autre : 86 % d’entre eux vont continuer à télécharger, et près d’un sur deux ne compte pas pirater moins qu’avant ».Enfin, parmi ceux qui ont changé d’avis, 49 % disent qu’ils continueront de privilégier les sites illégaux, contre seulement 46 % qui utiliseront les offres légales autant que possible. De toute façon, 85 % des sondés, toutes catégories confondues, jugeait les offres légales trop chères, et 69 % les considéraient trop limitées.Le 1 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Someone Managed To Hack The NES Classic To Play More Games

first_imgStay on target The NES Classic has been a hot item ever since its debut, and despite the fact that it only offers a set number of games for players to indulge in, it remains a massive hit. It goes for several hundreds of dollars on eBay, sells out within minutes when it’s stocked at retail stores, and remains a coveted item for gamers looking for a rush of nostalgia.But it’s not without its share of problems. Its main issue is the fact that it simply won’t allow you to add your own games. There isn’t an option to pay for additional content, either. So if and when you finish all 30 games the system has to offer out of the box, you’re out of luck, at least as far as the system itself goes.So that’s why, two months after the NES Classic debuted, a group of hackers has unlocked the system and have been experimenting with adding more games to its onboard storage. It’s a pretty involved process. You might brick the system if you try to undertake it. But there are some very clear, easy-to-understand steps that you can try left by the hacker group themselves. They offer a disclaimer letting you know that you may well render your system useless, so make sure you pay attention to that before trying to mess with your little chunk of Nintendo gold.You can check out some of the games added, like River City Ransom, Battletoads, Metal Gear, Darkwing Duck, Bucky O’Hare, and more. It’s an impressive feat to be sure, but there’s the question of why you’d risk messing up your rare NES Classic you paid good money for when you could just use a Raspberry Pi emulator or something to that effect since that’s essentially what’s been done here, but you can’t argue with all the hard work that went into making this possible. Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series last_img read more

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New details on WWE Womens Evolution DVD Release date One notable legend

first_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Charlotte Flair Pinterest What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Twitter Stephanie McMahon comments on WWE dropping Fabulous Moolah name from Battle Royal Google+ Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Digital and DVD release date for “Fighting With My Family” based on WWE’s Paige revealed WrestlingDVDNetwork.com has released new details on a three disc DVD set titled: “Then, Now, Forever: The Evolution of WWE’s Women’s Division.”The finalized cover will feature 22 female WWE Superstars from the past and present  – Charlotte Flair, Paige, Sasha Banks, Ronda Rousey, Stephanie McMahon, Nia Jax, Asuka, Natalya, Bayley, Trish Stratus, Lita, Mickie James, Jacqueline, Beth Phoenix, Alundra Blayze, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki and Brie Bella, Becky Lynch, Mae Young and Wendi Richter.The DVD will also feature newly-filmed interview segments with Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Paige, Becky Lynch, Natalya and brand new interviews with Trish Stratus, Molly Holly and Victoria.Matches included are the first-ever women’s cage match in WWE (Lita vs. Victoria from 2003), the first-ever Money in the Bank, Hell in a Cell, Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber women’s matches.However, notably absent from the DVD is the Fabulous Moolah who was a subject of controversy earlier this year which prompted WWE to drop Moolah’s name from its first ever Women’s Battle Royal that was held at this year’s WrestleMania.The DVD is scheduled for release in the UK/Europe on June 25 and in the United States on June 26.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns to appear on the cover of WWE 2K20 video game last_img read more

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Inslee beats drum for Herrera Beutler bill

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee is urging U.S. House representatives from Washington, Oregon and Idaho to support a bill penned by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, that seeks to reduce sea lion predation on at-risk fish populations, including salmon and steelhead.Inslee sent a letter to the Northwest delegation asking for support Friday with the support of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.“Although several hundred million dollars are invested annually to rebuild these native fish runs, their health and sustainability is threatened unless Congress acts to enhance protection from increasing sea lion predation,” the letter reads. “It’s hard to imagine successful recovery of threatened and endangered fish populations with these high levels of interception by sea lions.”Researchers estimate sea lions consume nearly 20 percent of the spring Chinook run, and a study by NOAA Fisheries found up to 45 percent of adult Chinook salmon disappear between Bonneville Dam and the estuary. Those loses are largely attributed to sea lion predation.The bill, HR 2083, allows state, federal and tribal authorities to respond faster and more efficiently. Lethal removal is still limited in the bill.“I am pleased to see bipartisan support for my bill continue to grow.,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “As the governors stated in their letter, we must act to protect our native Columbia River salmon and steelhead. I am hopeful that the senators from Oregon and Washington will also join in supporting this bill to successfully move it through Congress.”last_img read more

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Clark County to review land for possible sale

first_imgClark County plans to take a closer look in the coming months at the hundreds of properties it owns, hoping to get a clearer picture of its inventory and what each site is used for.The process will help the county decide which parcels are worth holding on to — and which ones aren’t, said Acting County Manager Mark McCauley.“Essentially, we’ve just got to validate, ‘Why do we have it? What purpose do we have for it?’ ” McCauley said.That’s no small task. The county owns a total of 1,278 properties scattered across all corners of Clark County. They include everything from parks and public buildings to stormwater facilities and conservation areas. Others serve no practical purpose, such as small slivers of land that are simply unused rights of way along county roads. Even those require maintenance such as mowing and weed control.In those cases, the county may try to sell the parcel to the neighboring property owner, McCauley said. But that’s a tough sell to residents who have little incentive to buy it, he said.The ultimate goal is to make sure land is being put to its best use, McCauley said, and, if possible, return it to private ownership to generate tax revenue for the county.last_img read more

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DOD Moves to Strike the Band Entertainment from Budget

first_imgThe budget squeeze in Washington has reached two of the Pentagon’s top traveling entertainment shows in recent weeks, with the Air Force and Army both cancelling their performance troupes.Tops in Blue, the Air Force’s show, had its last performance Jan. 15. Earlier this month, the Army cancelled its counterpart, the Army Soldier Show, reported the Belleville News-Democrat.In addition, the Army is eliminating nearly 200 band member positions from across the service. The 40-member 392nd Army Band based at Fort Lee, Va., will be trimmed to a dozen soldiers in 2016. Other bands suffering cuts include the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band based at Fort Gordon, Ga., the 98th Army “Silver Wings” Band based at Fort Rucker, Ala., and the 113th Army Band based at Fort Knox, Ky.The 392nd Army Band had been scheduled to play 500 dates from 2015 to 2016. “It will be a shock,” Warrant Officer Kevin Pick, the band director, remarked to the Progress-Index newspaper.In all, the department spends about $1.5 billion annually on bands and other entertainment shows, according to one analysis. In 2010, DOD spent more than $500 million on military bands, with the Army responsible for the largest portion, $195 million.Army Installation Management Command told Army Times it had “no official statement” about the cancellation of the Army Soldier Show or its future, and would not answer questions regarding the decision.Similarly, Tops in Blue, the Air Force show, is on indefinite hiatus, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Star Wars Galaxys Edge Everything you need to know about Disneys newest

first_img TV and Movies Inside the Disney Play app, you’ll be able to interact with various pieces within Star Wars land, including droids and rides. Disney Parks/composite by CNET This month Disney cast member previews began. While no phones were allowed inside the newest land, photos of merch and food and other items people left the park with can be found across social media (on Instagram especially). But first: yes the Millenium Falcon is the real deal! It’s a life size replica and it’s 100% true to life. #fangasm pic.twitter.com/uPs2cr9lNS— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge Here’s your first look at the new guidemap for @Disneyland park with #StarWars: #GalaxysEdge! https://t.co/W5bl15JYxC pic.twitter.com/KOF1ol4slO— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) May 24, 2019 Originally published July 6, 2018.Update, May 29, 2019: Adds Galaxy’s Edge first impressions. Summary of Smugglers Run: Star Tours on steroids. More intimate, better props and graphics, but I missed the comedic relief of R3X . Plus it went by super lightning fast 😉 pic.twitter.com/X0EB6o0h4X— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Any of these the droids you’re looking for? #galaxysedge pic.twitter.com/yIUqcE1T1K— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like 15:04 Disney’s Star Wars land food: Everything to eat and drink in Galaxy’s Edge Reservations for attractions are not typical for Disney, but this is not a typical theme park experience. The actors, shops, food and rides are all designed to create the illusion you really are on another planet in this fantasy universe, set in a time between The Last Jedi and the upcoming Episode 9.Order drinks in the cantina and you may tangle with a bounty hunter. Adopt a Loth-cat in the marketplace. Make choices that benefit the light or dark side. Seek out a craftsman to help you build your own lightsaber. Help rescue rebel fighters as you dodge blaster fire and fly the Millennium Falcon.Which, according to our colleague is *without comparison*. Now playing: Watch this: Target Disney Canon Star Wars 22 Photos But only one ride at Disneyland — the Millennium Falcon flight simulator attraction — will be open at launch. The second, more ambitious headline attraction called Rise of the Resistance will be opening later in 2019 in phase two, but no specific date has been announced yet.Disney says no reservations will be required for the Disney World version opening in August, but capacity will be limited. You can live inside your own Star Wars story starting this Friday at Disneyland when the new Galaxy’s Edge park opens to the public. But CNET’s Vanessa Hand Orellana got a sneak piece this week during Media Day. Her TL;DR review: Galaxy’s Edge will make every fan’s dream come true. We’ve added in some of her impressions below, but be sure to check out her full Star Wars land review for more in-depth opinions. Oga’s Cantina menu: Drink with bounty hunters Visitors to the local watering hole can order beer, wine and themed cocktails. Disney says menu items will be made with “exotic ingredients that use otherworldly methods, served in unique vessels.” When it opens, it’ll be the first time alcohol will be served to the general public at the Disneyland theme park. The bar is owned by an alien named Oga Garra, who’s described as running the establishment with a strict code of conduct to keep any unruly patrons in check. Disney storytellers say this is a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, so it’s sure to be colorful. The cantina may serve some shady galactic travelers, but it’s also family-friendly with items for kids and a selection of nonalcoholic drinks. The menu will include Blue Bantha, a glass of blue milk (which Luke Skywalker drank in A New Hope) topped with a cookie decorated with a bantha horn. There will be some light bar snacks, but this hangout is really just for refreshments.  As for entertainment, fans of Disney’s Star Tours ride may recognize the DJ. The droid R-3X, formerly known as Captain Rex of the original star-speeder simulator ride, has a new gig mixing beats at the cantina. Maybe he’ll be a better DJ than he is a pilot? Nerdist reports that he’ll be playing about a three-hour long show, and will be voiced by Paul Reubens (you know him as Pee-wee Herman), just like the droid from the original ride. grubThe transport shuttle docked on top of this hanger is a fast-casual restaurant. The chef moves from site to site, sort of like an intergalactic food truck. Disney Where’s the grub? Grab a bite outside the cantinaThe main stop for food will be a quick service restaurant at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, run by the former chef at Maz Kanata’s castle, Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs. After the First Order wrecked the castle, he now runs this traveling kitchen with a menu full of fun names: braised Shaak roast (beef pot roast), Endorian tip-yip (chicken), Ithorian garden loaf (vegan meatloaf), Kaadu ribs (smoked country sticky pork ribs), and Burra fish (well… fish). Over at Ronto Roasters, exotic meats are turned over a roaring fire — cooked by a recycled podracing engine — as a former smelter droid watches over the food. On the menu is a roasted pork wrap served in a pita, and sweet or spicy turkey jerky. rontoroastersEven the Coke products will be in a different language. (Don’t worry, they’re still pretty recognizable.) Disney A milk stand will offer farm-fresh blue or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. It’s described as being a frozen drink with the texture of a smoothie or milkshake. Blue tastes like berry, green will have a tropical flavor. And as it turns out, the “milk” is actually nondairy. And if you just need a little snack, Kat Saka’s Kettle is a market stall that’ll have an Outpost Mix of sweet and salty popcorn with a hint of spice that turns the snack red and purple.  What’s the story behind Galaxy’s Edge? Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teamed up to create a whole new planet and backstory for the themed land. At Galaxy’s Edge, guests are on the planet Batuu in an area called the Black Spire Outpost. It’s a crossroads for travelers, adventurers and smugglers in the Outer Rim region of space. The story of the land is set between the movies of The Last Jedi and Episode 9, according to Entertainment Weekly. d23-2017-star-wars-land-model30Disney’s model of the new land, set in a village called the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Disney Disney describes it as a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful and notorious characters, and a place to avoid the expanding reach of the First Order — the evil faction headed by Snoke and Kylo Ren from the latest films. The unique spires of the land are the petrified remains of ancient trees. The most notable is called the Black Spire, a landmark for travelers to use as a meeting point.  Is Batuu in any other Star Wars stories? The planet was invented for the theme parks, but it’s now being woven into other Star Wars stories as canon. The novel Thrawn: Alliances makes reference to Batuu. And the Black Spire also got a brief mention in the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, when the droid L3-37 tells Lando Calrissian he couldn’t find the Black Spire without her. ride1Enlarge ImageConcept art for Rise of the Resistance, where guests have to escape a battle with First Order Stormtroopers Disney What about the rides? There’ll be two rides, revealed to be Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests step aboard a Resistance troop transport ship, but you’re soon captured by a Star Destroyer. Now comes the great escape. The ride vehicle holds eight guests and is designed to look like a small transport vehicle used by the First Order.  The trackless vehicle moves in different ways, taking guests past a 100-foot space window, with rows of stormtroopers getting orders from First Order officers. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Star Wars: Rise of the ResistanceDisney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer on the ride Rise of the Resistance and face off with Kylo Ren. Disney At one point in the ride, guests leave the vehicle to walk into a detention cell, awaiting a visit from Kylo Ren. And movie heroes Rey, Poe and Finn will appear throughout the ride.  Disney is building two giant AT-AT walkers for this attraction. Disney’s Imagineers described it as the most epic attraction ever designed. ride2Enlarge ImageConcept art for the Millennium Falcon ride. You get to pilot Han Solo’s famous ship — and your performance not only affects the outcome, but also your interactions outside the ride. Disney Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is essentially a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. Riders will be flying Han Solo’s famous ship, flipping switches and shooting blasters — controlling it all themselves. Disney is working with Nvidia to develop new technology that can render graphics for the ride in real time.falconGuests walk inside the Falcon on their way to experience the ride. (And of course everyone will want a photo right here.) Disney Your performance on the Millennium Falcon will affect the ending. It’s essentially a giant video game. In this six-person cockpit, take your seat as a driver, gunner or engineer. Your performance matters — better hit those buttons and levers at the right time. Perform with skill and you’ll get rewarded. Bring the ship in banged up and you could be put on the list of a bounty hunter named Harko — and it may mean trouble if you show your face at the local cantina. Actions on the ride can follow you as you walk through the land. So… here’s the deal, I wasn’t allowed to shoot inside the cockpit, but I got to fly the Millenium Falcon as part of the Smugglers Run ride. So take my word for it. #GalaxysEdge #disneyland— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Unlock secrets of Batuu with an app The Play Disney Parks app will be incorporated throughout the land, giving guests the ability to unlock more story about the land around them. The app, which first launched for the opening of Toy Story Land in Florida, will interact with physical objects. Help the Resistance by “hacking” the First Order’s surveillance boxes embedded in the walls around the town. Or maybe you want to be working for the First Order by reactivating the sensors other guests have tampered with. As EW details, a translation feature in the app will help you understand characters that speak in their native alien language, or scan the foreign text carved into walls and stone. The app will have plenty to keep you busy while you’re waiting in those long lines. Maybe you’ll tune into a secret broadcast transmitted by the Resistance, First Order or an underworld gang.  Guests will also have the option to take a “job” and sign up to help the light or dark side — or maybe go rogue and play both sides, interacting with characters around the village. Will there be famous Star Wars characters? Although this is a whole new storyline to the franchise, some popular characters do make appearances at Batuu. Disney confirmed guests will see Chewbacca, BB-8 and Nein Nunb, a rebel alliance pilot from Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.screen-shot-2019-03-01-at-10-11-58-amSpace pirate Hondo Ohnaka, from Star War Rebels, is one of the most advanced audio-animatronics Disney has ever built. Disney Imagineering One of the star audio-animatronic robots will be Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate from Star Wars Rebels. You’ll find him in the Smuggler’s Run attraction. It’s one of the most advanced animatronic characters Disney built, and Popular Mechanics got the story behind its creation.Hidden references will be found all around. Visit the dingy bathroom water fountains and you just may spot a dianoga in the pipes (that eyeball creature from the Death Star garbage compactor in A New Hope), according to the Orlando Sentinel. What alien creatures will we meet? In the park you’ll find a creature stall where different beasts from the Star Wars franchise will come to life, some never seen before outside literature. One of the creatures is the Loth-cat from the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Disney’s creative team has said there will also be creatures you can adopt to take home. Tags Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… There are real power tools at these stations! Sadly though these little droids were not made from metal scraps 😔 just galactic plastic from what I could tell. But they’ll have a remote control and I’ve heard they’re pretty fast. #galaxysedge #disneyland pic.twitter.com/0QwgBqt0Jd— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Through June 23, a Disneyland park ticket alone won’t get you in — guests will need to make a reservation to access the Star Wars section of the park. Unfortunately, direct reservations are now sold out, but guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during June can still potentially get a reservation to access Galaxy’s Edge. But starting June 24, there’s no reservation needed, just a regular park ticket.Stretching across 14 acres, this expansion to the current parks in Florida (opening at the end of August) and California will include a cantina serving alcoholic drinks, multiple shops and food stops, and two rides. Whether you have your reservations or not, at 8.30 p.m. PT tonight you can watch the live dedication ceremony right here from Disney Parks ahead of Friday’s public opening. Want a souvenir? This isn’t a typical gift shop All the shops have a theme as part of the Black Spire Outpost marketplace. Don’t count on finding items marked with big Disney branding. The main marketplace is run by a Toydarian, a species you may recall from The Phantom Menace. Several pieces of merchandise have been unveiled, including unique toys, droids and clothing. holocronsAt Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests will find Holocrons, ancient repositories of wisdom. Disney Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities buys and sells rare items from across the galaxy, spanning all eras. If you want a custom, hand-built lightsaber, try to find a spot at Savi’s Workshop. Building a lightsaber is a 20-minute experience that can accommodate 14 people at a time, and includes a lesson on the ways of the Jedi. Over at The Droid Depot, guests can construct their own astromech droids, but it’s not just a trinket to take home. The droids can interact with other robots and characters in the land. Now that we’re just a few days from the official opening, Disney has been releasing more info on its social media channels with sneak peeks at guides, food and more. Plus, the Disney Play app has been updated with a look at the park layout and more in preparation for the interactive games that guests will play inside Galaxy’s Edge. 4 Share your voice A makeshift stall overseen by the Resistance will sell uniforms, pins, badges, hats, tools and other training supplies. But there’s also a spaceport hangar bay run by the First Order, where officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of visitors to the Black Spire Outpost. Every store has a story to tell. Black Spire Outfitters is where you go for clothing. The Creature Stall is where you can adopt a critter to take home. And The Jewels of Bith is a place to find accessories and other treasures.  How can I stay in the Star Wars hotel? Details are limited regarding the hotel, which Disney describes as a luxury resort. (In other words, better start saving up your galactic credits now.) Disney Parks Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek said the resort will feel like a luxury starship, with high-end dining and space-view cabins. hotelroomConcept art for the Star Wars hotel. Guests are aboard a starship with windows looking out to space. Disney The resort is being built right next door to the Star Wars area in Florida, on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’ll be seamlessly connected to Galaxy’s Edge, so guests can just spend their whole stay in this fantasy universe.  Disney calls this resort a “multiday adventure.” Insiders speculate that this may work like a cruise, with guests checking in on the same day to get everyone in sync with the same story line. But we’ve yet to learn exactly what activities guests can expect, how many rooms the hotel will have, what it’ll cost, or when it’ll open. Can we use lightsabers? Will there be holograms? What effects can we expect? Disney hasn’t revealed the secrets to any special effects we may see, but perhaps some clues can be found in recent patent applications. What will space windows in a hotel look like? Maybe it will use layered, transparent displays, as described in this patent application. Disney may also be working on technology to create the illusion of blaster fire traveling through the air, and holograms that float by bouncing images off reflective surfaces.  For now, we’ll have to use our imaginations. Comments 74 Photos Disney has been slowly releasing details of the land as we approach opening day, giving limited previews of experiences to a handful of reporters. We have a better idea of the vast menu selection and theme of each store in the marketplace, along with more ride details. There will also be an app that unlocks even more of the storyline throughout the park.Visitors can expect new creatures, smells and plenty of high-tech effects that’ll bring the fantasy universe to life. Disney is also building a luxury Star Wars hotel in Florida for guests to role-play in costume, adding even more layers of story possibilities. Where is it and when can I go?The land is being built inside two of Disney’s parks: Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios near Orlando, Florida. Each version will be similar in design. The one at Disneyland will open first, on May 31. The land in Florida at Hollywood Studios will open Aug. 29. The opening date of the Star Wars hotel in Florida has not been set. 30 Photoslast_img read more

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The Cost of Cold When the only option is diesel

first_imgFuel tank farm in Wales, Alaska. (Photo by Jenn Ruckel/KNOM)How much do you pay to heat your home in the winter?This week, Alaska’s Energy Desk is kicking off a new series called The Cost of Cold, looking at how Alaskans across the state keep warm at home.There are a lot of options. Electricity, natural gas, wood, coal… even french fry oil.Listen nowBut in much of rural Alaska, and even some cities, the primary heating source is diesel, also called heating fuel.Many families in some of Alaska’s largest cities, like Juneau and Fairbanks, rely primarily on heating fuel. In rural parts of the state, even more people do. Take the Nome area, for example where, 90 percent of households use heating fuel according to U.S. Census data.And it is not cheap. Cady Lister is chief economist with Alaska Energy Authority, a state corporation that works to reduce the cost of energy.“If you are in a small isolated village that has to have fuel flow in, or even just barged in, but just at a high cost, you still are paying amongst the highest cost for heating fuel and for electricity in the country,” Lister said.Just how high is the cost of heating fuel? Lister says it varies wildly across the state.The state surveys communities on the cost of heating fuel twice a year. In the most recent survey, the lowest price was $1.40 in Atqasuk, on the North Slope, where the borough subsidizes the price.“And the highest was Shishmaref at a little over $15 per gallon, which is pretty astronomical,” Lister said.Even heating fuel at about $4.50 a gallon, which is close to the state average right now, can put a significant economic strain on families. For example, in the lower Yukon Kuskokwim region, families spend an average of 26 percent of their income on heat and electricity. Compare that to the railbelt, where that figure is a little less than seven percent.Lister says given that economic burden, residents are pretty resourceful — they find other ways to heat their homes, like wood.“If you’re in a place where there’s a lot of forest and a lot of wood and biomass around, you’re obviously going to have households that are taking advantage of that resource,” Lister said. “There are large parts of the state where there are not a lot of trees and there’s not a lot of option in terms of what you use to heat your home.”Even in treeless communities though, residents often find ways to scavenge for wood. In places where cord wood is for sale, Lister says one of the things people like about that option is that the cost is relatively stable.“Over the last ten years, we see it’s 200 – 300 dollars a cord and there’s not a whole lot of change to that. It doesn’t really follow the price of heating fuel like it could. And that is a benefit to people,” she said.But Lister says no matter where you are or how you heat your home, the single most effective way to mitigate the high cost of fuel is energy efficiency.last_img read more

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