Museum of Industry Hosts Rug Hooking Exhibit

first_imgAn exhibit of rug hooking at the Musueum of Industry in Stellarton demonstrates the traditional art form is alive and well in Pictou and Antigonish counties. Too Pretty for the Floor, features work from the Pictou-Antigonish branch of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia and is on display at the museum until Sept. 6. A heritage rug registration day will be held on Monday, Aug. 9 when the public is invited to bring in their vintage rugs (pre-1970) to be examined by the guild’s experts and possibly added to the Nova Scotia heritage rug registry. More than 150 recently created hooked pieces highlight the work of the 57 members of the guild’s branch. Showcasing the diversity of the art form, the exhibit includes wall hangings, handbags, Christmas angels and a three-dimensional lobster. Designs are based on family photos, children’s drawings and have been inspired by personal memories and nature. One member created a series of four story mats, one for each of her children, with images that reflect highlights of their early lives. The designs of the Bluenose Rug Company such as Three Bears and traditional scenic and floral designs are represented in the exhibit. Admission to the exhibit is included with the regular museum admission fee. More information is available on the museum website at http://museum.gov.ns.ca/moi/index.html.last_img read more

Read more on Museum of Industry Hosts Rug Hooking Exhibit

BC Wildfire Service says all fires burning near Fort St John now

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say all wildfires burning in the North Peace are currently under control.Fire Information Officer Claire Allen said that BC Wildfire crews are actively working at containing the four active and news fires in the Fort St. John area. She said that the fire that started roughly three kilometres upstream of the Site C dam worksite has grown to 29 hectares in size, with just over half the area of the fire on an island in the middle of the Peace River. Allen said that crews are currently doing hoselay around the active head of the fire, and that crews should have the fire completely contained by the end of the day. She was unable to say what caused the fire, saying that crews are focused on containing the blaze, though the investigation is ongoing.  Allen also gave updates on other fires burning in the region. She said that crews are also on site at the four-hectare burning next to the Cecil Lake Road, which is also being held meaning crews don’t anticipate anymore growth on the fire. Crews are also fighting a grass fire near the Blueberry River First Nations, which is less than a hectare in size.The largest fire in the North Peace is currently burning near the Halfway River First Nation. Allen said that fire has grown to roughly 100 hectares, but crews currently have that fire completely under control and are doing mop-up operations. A map of the latest fire danger rating from the BC Wildfire Service.The BC Wildfire Service has upgraded the fire danger rating in the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek areas. As of Wednesday, the fire danger rating has been upgraded to from low to medium in the two communities, though it is still low across the rest of the B.C. Peace Region.last_img read more

Read more on BC Wildfire Service says all fires burning near Fort St John now

Morocco to Invest Over MAD 34 Billion in Highways

By Hajare El KhaldiRabat- On April 3 in Casablanca, Moroccan National Motorway Company (ADM) announced a MAD 3.4 billion investment plan for 2018At a press conference for a 2017 activities report, ADM’s general director, Anouar Benazzouz, explained that the MAD 3.4 billion investment will be dedicated to widening the Casablanca-Berrechid road as well as some of the company’s future projects. The completion of the Casablanca bypass that will require three years of work. In anticipation of “depreciation intervals” during 2018, 2019, and 2030, ADM plans to issue new bonds, which will amount to MAD 5.9 billion.Two bond debt exchanges were successfully conducted in 2017. The first took place in May and involved a transaction that amounted to MAD 2.5 billion, and was distributed in four fixed-rate subscription tranches. The operation closed with a subscription rate of 1.26 and a demand reach of MAD 3.15. The second reprofiling was carried out last October and involved a bond issue of MAD 800-1.2 million, which was then divided into three fixed-rate subscription tranches. This issue was closed with a subscription rate of 1.03 and a demand reach of MAD 1.235 million.Through these new issues, ADM exchanged a total of MAD 3.7 billion, making it possible to smooth out its debt schedule and significantly reduce (by 80 percent) the problematic 2018, 2019, and 2030 fiscal years. During the past year, the company carried out several investment projects which amounted to MAD 600 million, and mainly targeted the development and modernization of infrastructure and of electronic tolls. read more

Read more on Morocco to Invest Over MAD 34 Billion in Highways

Lankan refugee wife seek help

Two Dental college students, a Sri Lankan refugee and the daughter of an Army officer from Kerala, have surrendered at an all-women’s police station in Rameswaram, India, with a request to help them get the consent of their parents to lead a peaceful married life.Their decision to do so followed a complaint given by the girl’s father sometime ago that she was missing, police said. The girl told women police personnel she would live only with her husband and urged them not to hand her back to her parents as she was afraid of them. The police said that Stefi Agnus (19) and Gajendran (20) of Jaffna in Sri Lanka were doing B.D.S course at MGR Medical University Dental college when they fell in love. They got married recently at a temple at Palani and later decided to surrender at a women’s police station, the Press Trust of India reported. read more

Read more on Lankan refugee wife seek help

Canadas wildlife on the decline

Canada’s wildlife is disappearing.“There is incredible urgency to solve and reverse a decline in animal species across Canada,” says the World Wildlife Fund.The Fund concluded a study that shows declining species lost a total of 83 percent of their numbers between 1970 and 2014.The populations of mammals had the biggest drop at 43 percent while amphibian and reptile populations dropped by 34 percent.WWF member, David Miller, says there will be a meeting next spring in Toronto to address the problem.Habitat, climate change, and pollution are all being blamed. read more

Read more on Canadas wildlife on the decline

Iraq UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Baghdad

In a press statement, the members of the Council lamented that the latest victims of the attacks – for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility – are a “sad addition to the thousands of Iraqi civilians killed this year.” Condemning all attacks perpetrated by ISIL against the people of Iraq in an attempt to destabilize the country and region, the members of the Council reiterated their commitment to Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity, as well as to its security. Welcoming the efforts of the Government of Iraq and its partners to counter ISIL and return stability to the country, the Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, urging all States to actively cooperate with the Iraqi authorities in this regard. The Council also stressed the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terrorist organizations and individual terrorists in accordance with resolutions 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015). In addition, the Council reiterated that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation and wherever, whenever and by whomsoever it is committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.” In that regard, the Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat, by all means, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The members of the Council also expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Iraq, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. read more

Read more on Iraq UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Baghdad

85yearold driver of car in Kildare crash dies

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE TODAY confirmed that a third person has now died following a serious collision near Athy, Kildare, on Friday.85-year-old James O”Brien died of the injuries he sustained when the car he was driving collided with a motorcycle at Ballycullane.The passenger in his car, his wife Betty, was killed in the crash, as was John Doyle, the 27-year-old motorcyclist.This brings the numer of people killed over the weekend to five and gardaí today renewed their appeal for all road users to take extra care on the road.They also appealed to motorists who were travelling on the link road from Athy to the M9 between 1.30pm and 3pm on Friday  and who may have witnessed this collision to contact Athy Garda Station on 059-8634210, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Gardaí make fresh appeal about fatal Kildare crash>More: Two dead after road traffic accident on road outside Athy>last_img read more

Read more on 85yearold driver of car in Kildare crash dies

OBITUARY Charles E Mickey Rooney Jr 80

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Charles E. Rooney, Jr., fondly known as “Mickey” to his family and friends, age 80, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2018.Mickey was born on May 20, 1938, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Mary (App) Rooney. Mickey was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1955. Throughout his life, Mickey, loved to play sports and was an avid athlete; he was a talented football player who not only excelled throughout his school years but he went on to play on several semi -pro teams.In February of 1956, Mickey, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Mickey attended Marine corps School in Quantico and actively served in the Marine Corps. until February of 1959 when he was honorably discharged to the Marine Reserves. Mickey continued to serve in the Marine Reserves until February of 1962.On September 17, 1960, Mickey married his high school sweetheart Dorothy “Dorsey” Kelly; the couple shared many wonderful years together until her untimely passing in 2006. Mickey and Dorsey made their home on Chestnut Street in Wilmington where they raised four wonderful children. Mickey loved being a dad; he was truly a kid at heart who enjoyed packing his car full of his children, nieces, nephews, friends kids or any other kid who wanted to come along and they would head to Lake Winnipesaukee for a weekend of fun or up to Waterville Valley where he volunteered as a ski instructor and where they all had a blast on their ski trips. Mickey enjoyed watching the kids have a great time and they made memories to last through generations. Mickey looked forward to the time he spent with family and friends but he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren; they were the apple of his eye.Mickey worked hard to provide for his family; for many years he worked as an electrical lineman for the MBTA and then for the Reading Light Department. Mickey had a great work ethic and a terrific personality; all attributes that made him one of the favorites amongst his co-workers.Mickey worked equally as hard to promote the welfare of others; he was the true definition of a “philanthropist”. Mickey gave freely of his time and talents to help others in need and enjoyed every minute of it. He worked tirelessly in the pursuit of a cure for cancer and was honored at the annual “One Hundred Spring Gala” at Mass General for his efforts. Mickey was involved with the Angel Flight group that transported seriously ill patients as well as deliveries of vital organs in a timely manner for patients in need of transplants. Mickey’s biggest passion was his yearly participation in the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) which he rode in for over 32 years raising over $228,0000 for Dana Farber. Mickey sponsored many children as “Pedal Partners”; proudly riding in their names. He also made his way to the Kraft Donor Center in Boston and donated his blood platelets more than 100 times to help out many cancer patients.Mickey was very active in his community; he was always reaching out and lending a helping hand whenever and wherever it was needed; his efforts did not go unnoticed when he was honored as Wilmington’s Good Guy in 2002 for his outstanding community service. Following his retirement from the MBTA, Mickey volunteered with the Wilmington Auxiliary Police Department; where he participated in countless community events. Mickey proudly marched in the annual Wilmington Memorial Day Parade with his fellow Veterans and volunteered his time at many other Veterans’ events that were held throughout the years.Mickey will be fondly remembered as a “true gentleman” with a great smile and a huge heart; he was kind, caring, and generous. Mickey lived his life with integrity, compassion, and love for others; he was an outstanding example of a wonderful human being. Mickey leaves behind countless lives he touched through his simple actions; he was truly loved and will forever be missed by all.Mickey was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy E. (Kelley) “Dorsey” Rooney, devoted father of Charles E. “Mickey” Rooney III & his wife Beth and Timothy Rooney & his wife Ranee all of Wilmington, Sharon Rooney of Braintree and Patrick Rooney of Wilmington. Loving grandfather of Liam, Colin, Caroline and Charlie Rooney, Ashley, Conor and Jack Rooney, Timothy, Michael, Christie and Sarah Dorsey Wanagel. Cherished son of the late Edward and Mary (App) Rooney, dear brother of Dennis Rooney & his wife Yvette and Mary Ann Lee & her husband Donald all of Wilmington, Joanne Sanborn & her husband Barry of New Hampshire, the late James Rooney, William Rooney and Suzanne McNeil. Mickey is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, October 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, October 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Mickey’s memory may be made to the Pan Mass Challenge, 77 4th Ave., Needham, MA 02494. Mickey proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.Charles E. “Mickey” Rooney, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Read more on OBITUARY Charles E Mickey Rooney Jr 80

A Lord of the Rings game is coming from Amazon Game Studios

first_img Amazon Amazon is working on an online game separate to the Lord of the Rings prequel series. Amazon A Lord of the Rings online game is coming, and it’s being co-produced by Amazon Game Studios and Leyou Technologies’ Athlon Games label. The massively multiplayer online game based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien will be free to play, with a release date yet to be set.Amazon Game Studios, launched in 2012, makes games including New World, The Grand Tour Game and Crucible. It has studios in San Diego and Orange County, California, and at Amazon’s HQ in Seattle. The new game will be set in Middle-earth during the original Lord of the Rings trilogy and is separate to the Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings series, which is a prequel. Computers Culture Gaming Video Games TV and Movies Best mobile games of 2019 Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou, said he wanted to work with Amazon for its “customer obsession, technology, and talented teams.”There is a “strong leadership team” in place to push forward the new game, Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Game Studios, said, with the studio also growing its team to build the game.”Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create,” Hartmann said Wednesday.The announcement comes a month after Amazon Game Studios laid off employees “to prioritize development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future.” 43 Photos Tagscenter_img 0 Share your voice Lord of the Rings Amazon prequel series: Everything you need to know Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series Post a commentlast_img read more

Read more on A Lord of the Rings game is coming from Amazon Game Studios

Action against ESIC scam accused sought

first_imgPatancheru: Activists of CITU on Friday staged a dharna at local tahsildar’s office demanding action against those involved in the alleged Rs 200 crore scam in ESIC and opposing the proposed minimum wage of Rs 178 a day by the Central government.State CITU council member P Panduranga Reddy addressing the protestors, described the proposed minimum wage as recommended by an expert committee as an ‘attack on workers’ after BJP-led NDA assumed office for its second term. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us This amounts to the Centre towing the line of corporate forces. He recalled that in the last five years all trade unions had been agitating in support of demand to pay Rs 18,000 a month as the minimum wage. He said there were 1.5 lakh workers in the Patancheru industrial area whose interests were being neglected. Reddy demanded withdrawal of the proposal, failing which the CITU would intensify its agitation.last_img read more

Read more on Action against ESIC scam accused sought

AL accuses BNPJamaat of plotting to foil Sundays election

first_imgBangladesh Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak on Friday alleged that the BNP and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami are plotting to foil the Sunday’s national elections unleashing violence, attacks and vandalism sensing its imminent defeat.He came up with the allegation while speaking at a media conference at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s office in Dhanmondi area, reports UNB.”You’ve seen that Mirza Fakhrul directed to unleash violence on the election day through a video message. Alongside, Tarique Rahman, who is convicted for corruption, is also instigating the BNP activists and leaders to do the same,” he said.The party is also trying to destroy the congenial atmosphere and festive mood prevailing across the country centring the 11th national elections, he added.The AL joint general secretary further claimed that Pakistani intelligence agency ISI is also trying to unleash huge violence and anarchy by spreading rumours using social media.”The party is spreading rumours in the social media to mislead people as part of their blueprints,” Nanak added.The senior AL leader also claimed that six of its activists were killed by the BNP men during the election campaign across the country.”The BNP men attacked and injured 445 of our men and vandalised 174 of our election camps,” he added.Nanak urged policemen to arrest those who carried out attacks on AL men and injured their activists as well as vandalised their election campaign offices.last_img read more

Read more on AL accuses BNPJamaat of plotting to foil Sundays election

Face a fortune

Dadhichi, who’s been practicing for 27 years, is one of the best known astrologers world wide. Known for face reading and esoteric studies, Dadhichi blends in what the stars predict to tell the future. Mills&Boon brings Dadhichi to India with his set of predictions for the year..What got you in to horoscope and face reading?The choices that you make are in your genes but that gene is fate or destiny. As a child I grew up wanting to become an astro-physicist, and barely missed the mark there. I feel that astrology was my calling. Technical knowledge is nothing without intuition. I have been studying astrology for nearly 30 years. I began the practice when I was a child because my mother used to read astrology books to me at bed time. My father whom I didn’t really know, was said to be an excellent astrologer and palm reader so I guess that is rubbed off on me to a large extent. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What exactly is face reading?The genetic patterns as well as the nuances in day-to-day expressions are reflected in the facial structure. A careful analysis and study over time will give you an insight into how these different facial structures differ and these can be categorised if you are diligent enough. In nature, the bodily and facial structure of an animal reflects its activities. A long beaked bird has this attribute for one reason only. That is to visit long stemmed flowers. In the same way the structure of a human being- ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph ( three main structural types  ) determines the mental predisposition and also activity of these people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFace readers are able to categorise this and are adept at recognising not just these are general traits but also very specific traits and to make forecasts based on those observations.Are horoscopes and face-reading connected?Astrology is nothing but the representation of genetic patterns. It goes back to the Nadi’s (channels of the mind), the birth time, the family line, everything has been written and it all connects to astrology and face-reading. The Nadi leaves in India reveal your horoscope from just your thumb print! This is true astrology. All events, even the date of death, will be given. What is the India plan? I’m very pleased to be back in India after an absence of long years. Although not being physically here I have maintained my strong links with the teachers, the culture and of course the astrological and spiritual philosophy. Since being here have seen developments in leaps and bounds not just in terms of more modern looking structures but the infrastructure itself seems to have really changed for the better. I’m hoping now that the new cycle for India after 2014 will bring in a whole new level of prosperity, which will bring the country to the forefront of the world economy and once again reinstate the greatness of this land with its philosophical legacy.  In a way I have been a great exponent of India and its ancient science and philosophy which was thousands of years ahead of any of the modern research is in the West. read more

Read more on Face a fortune

Microsoft releases KB4497935 for Windows 10 version 1903 major fixes

first_imgMicrosoft releases KB4497935 for Windows 10 version 1903 (major fixes) by Martin Brinkmann on May 25, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: May 30, 2019 – 17 commentsMicrosoft released KB4497935 to the Release Preview Ring and the Slow Ring on May 24, 2019. The cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1903 fixes several known issues in the operating system including some that prevented systems from being upgraded to that version of Windows 10.Update: Microsoft released the update to the Stable channel.A new Servicing Stack Update, KB4502374, has been released as well. Administrators who install the updates manually need to make sure that they install the Servicing Stack Update before they install the new cumulative update.The update has not been released yet for Stable clients but downloads are available on third-party sites such as Deskmodder. We recommend that you wait with the installation unless it is really critical to get the update as early as possible.The stable release is unknown at this point in time. Microsoft could push it out before the June Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10 version 1903, or as part of that update.KB4497935 for Windows 10 version 1903KB4497935 addresses the following issues in Windows 10 version 1903:Fixed the long-standing update blocker that prevented updates to new versions of Windows 10 if an external USB device or SD memory card was connected to the PC.Fixed the long-standing issue that prevented custom URI schemes from starting the corresponding application for local intranet and trusted sites in Internet Explorer.Fixed an issue that prevented application protocol URLs from being opened when hosted on Intranet pages.Fixed an issue that turned Night light mode off when the display mode changes.Fixed a full screen game rendering distortion issue when the Microsoft Game Bar was visible on top of the game.Fixed an issue that prevented the removal of Bluetooth peripheral devices.Fixed Event 7600 having unreadable server name event log entries.Fixed an issue that caused guest DPI issues not matching the of hosts.Fixed an issue that caused servers to no longer accept SMB connections.Fixed a BranchCache issue that caused the feature to use more disk space than assigned to it.Fixed an issue that prevented some Direct3D applications and games from entering full-screen mode.Fixed a Windows catalog file creation issue on 64-bit systems.(New) Fixed an issue that prevents applications from launching if folder redirection is set for the Roaming AppData folder and points to a network path.(New) Addressed an issue that causes a delay when loading many unsigned Domain Name System (DNS) zones related to the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) feature.Microsoft lists two known issues:Issues with BattlEye Service, an anti-cheat software.Issues with loading the Windows Sandbox.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft releases KB4497935 for Windows 10 version 1903 (major fixes)DescriptionMicrosoft released KB4497935 to the Release Preview Ring and the Slow Ring on May 24, 2019 for Windows 10 version 1903, the May 2019 Update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Read more on Microsoft releases KB4497935 for Windows 10 version 1903 major fixes

Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire

first_imgSo far, there’s no indication that federal immigration authorities will take them up on the offer. (ICE and HHS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.) But even if testing companies can coordinate getting the kits into the right hands, using DNA to reunite families isn’t going to be that easy. And between privacy concerns and the potential for future human rights violations, it might not even be a good idea. Spit kits like the ones hawked by 23andMe and MyHeritage have a higher likelihood of returning incidental findings, like a father turning out to not be a child’s biological parent. And tests can bring up old family wounds—like children born through rape and incest, or informal adoptions of distant relatives, which is common in Central American countries. Families are as much social networks as they are biological ones. What happens if a parent fails a test? Do they have to legally adopt their child to be lawfully naturalized?Genetic counselors like Sheets say it’s of utmost importance that parents understand these risks before they might provide consent to be tested. Informed consent might even be impossible in scenarios like the one at the border, because immigrant parents under duress and vulnerable to coercion may not fully comprehend what they’re agreeing to.An even bigger question is whether the children in US custody can consent to have their DNA tested. Both 23andMe and MyHeritage require the subject’s consent, or the consent of a legal guardian if the child is under 18, in order for a sample to be processed. Current Justice Department rules already allow the government to forcibly collect DNA from people crossing the border illegally. As of August 2017, the National DNA Index System had about 25,000 DNA profiles from detainees. Detained children aren’t charged with a crime, though; they’re treated as unaccompanied minors. Should reunification efforts fail—if parents can’t find their kids or provide proper documentation—the children become wards of the state and immigration agents can then consent to DNA testing on their behalf. “DNA is not a magic wand,” says Kayla Sheets, a genetic counselor at Vibrant Gene Consulting, which specializes in paternity/maternity testing. Without a rigorous framework for responsibly collecting, storing, and disseminating genetic information, it could do more harm than good. “My big concern is that this situation is critical and time is of the essence. Adding inappropriate DNA testing on top of everything could turn it into a human superfund site.”For one thing, there’s no legal precedent for using the kind of technology 23andMe and MyHeritage employ, called genotyping, to determine familial relationships. So it may not be legally binding in immigration court. Genotyping can tell you how related to someone you are—if they’re an uncle, or cousin, say. The tests commonly used to determine paternity or maternity rely on a different method that provides a simple yes or no answer. Those comparisons are based on non-coding portions of the genome, the same kind of arrays found in criminal databases. Ancestry, another leading genealogy company, alluded to this in a statement emailed to WIRED: “Ancestry’s mission is to enable personal discovery journeys and help families build stronger connections. However, our direct to consumer DNA product is not intended as a paternity test and our privacy guidelines require parental consent to test a child.” In the unfolding family separation crisis at the US-Mexico border, one thing has become increasingly clear; the federal government lacks any real plan for reuniting children with their parents.On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that would keep children and their parents together, though in indefinite detention. But the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy reversal does little for the thousands of families currently waiting in US custody to be reunited. As WIRED and others have reported, the haphazard policy enactment has left asylum-seekers in a labyrinthine, multi-agency system rife with opportunities for records linking families to go missing or lack information. Especially for children less than a year old, it’s become distressingly difficult to simply match them to the parents they arrived with.Amidst the turmoil, some concerned citizens have proposed an unlikely fix: Ship a bunch of spit kits to the border and start a DNA trail.After pressure from a member of Congress and an outpouring of pleas on Twitter, direct-to-consumer testing company 23andMe has offered to donate DNA kits to help parents find missing children. Rival company MyHeritage made a similar offer yesterday, pledging 5,000 free tests to the cause, and promising the tests will be processed within the company and not shared with third parties. “We’re reaching out to anyone we can speak to at the relevant government agencies, including Ivanka Trump’s office, to find anyone who can assist with the logistics,” a MyHeritage spokesperson told WIRED.center_img Under President Obama, the Central American Minors Program mandated DNA testing to verify the relationships between unaccompanied children petitioning to join their parents in the US. That program was disbanded in 2017 by the Trump administration. “One of the main criticisms of that program was the high cost,” says Dan Berger, an immigration lawyer in Massachusetts who has spent time at the border. “Something like a photo directory would be much less expensive and be way easier without any of the privacy issues.”But in the last few weeks it’s been reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is looking into using DNA tests to confirm relatedness. Not for the express purpose of family reunification, but to catch human smugglers and traffickers. DNA testing is also making an appearance in the “compromise” immigration bill the House is set to vote on next week. It was pushed off after votes on the more conservative of the two GOP proposals—which contained the same language—failed Thursday. The remaining bill allows federal agencies to create new regulations making DNA testing mandatory for certain kinds of visas. Current law gives people legally seeking US citizenship the option to order DNA tests as part of their visa application if other forms of documentation are missing or their veracity is in doubt. One of the main testing labs that provides that service, DNA Diagnostics Center, says it has not been contacted about doing work at the Mexican border to help with the current crisis, but that it would welcome the opportunity.“DNA can be useful to verify claimed relationships and for detecting human trafficking. And it should be used on the border, but only with parameters that protect that information from being used for secondary purposes,” says Sara Katsanis, who studies genetic testing policy at Duke. One way to do that would be to use rapid DNA instruments that read out genetic information immediately, so that samples can be destroyed on the spot—not retained indefinitely in a government storage facility. The information could be uploaded to a local database only used for the purpose of verifying the relationship of two people. Or you could not use government facilities for testing at all. Commercial labs could run the tests on de-identified samples and NGOs could have encrypted keys to unlock that information. “There are ways to harness the technology without just collecting everyone’s DNA that crosses the border,” says Katsanis.The problem is that all of these things take time. And that’s something these families don’t have. More Great WIRED StoriesInside the crypto world’s biggest scandalFinally, a real world grading system for autopilot techPotential pitfalls of sucking carbon from the atmosphereStar Wars and the battle of ever-more-toxic fan cultureMeet Germán Garmendia, the aggressively normal YouTube superstar who wants it allLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

Read more on Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire

British GM workers agree deal on Astra production

first_imgLONDON (AP) – British autoworkers have overwhelmingly backed a job deal which clears the way for renewed investment at General Motors’ Vauxhall plant in northern England.Members of the Unite union at the Ellesmere Port plant near the city of Liverpool on Thursday backed a new pay and conditions package which the BBC said would see the facility manufacture its next-generation Astra vehicles.Switching to round-the-clock production has been a priority for parent company GM Europe, which lost $700 million in 2011 and has been struggling to turn round its Opel and Vauxhall brands. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Workers and local politicians in Britain and on the Continent have been on edge over speculation that the automaker was planning to close one of its European facilities. Astra vehicles are also built in Germany and Poland.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in societycenter_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Read more on British GM workers agree deal on Astra production

Speaking up for the disenfranchised pope reaches out to all

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Francis said he wanted “to see your faces, your children, your elderly, and to hear about your experiences and everything you went through to be here, to have a dignified life and a roof over your heads, to endure the bad weather and the flooding of these last few weeks.”Some of the estimated 100,000 residents shrieked as Francis walked by, reaching out to touch his white cassock and snap a photo with their cellphones.“Now I can die peacefully,” said Francisca de Chamorra, an 82-year-old widow who moved to the slum in 1952. “It’s a miracle that a pope has come to this muddy place.”Francis left a final message before he left: Stir things up, but then take responsibility for what you have done.It was a modification of his famous exhortation in 2013, when in Rio de Janeiro he told a church full of Argentine youths that he wanted them to “stir things up” in their dioceses by going out to the peripheries.Francis told tens of thousands of young people gathered in Paraguay’s capital Sunday that a fellow priest once told him that encouraging youths to disrupt things was all good and well, but that later others had to clean up after them. On the final day before flying off to Rome, Francis sought to offer a message of hope to the residents of the Banado Norte shantytown and to an estimated 1 million people gathered for his farewell Mass on the same swampy field where St. John Paul II proclaimed Paraguay’s first saint nearly 30 years ago.“How much pain can be soothed, how much despair can be allayed in a place where we feel at home!” Francis said.Then he outlined his vision of the church: “Welcoming those who do not think as we do, who do not have faith or who have lost it. Welcoming the persecuted, the unemployed. Welcoming the different cultures, of which our Earth is so richly blessed. Welcoming sinners.”The stage for the Mass was a remarkable sight: A huge triptych with the pope’s Jesuit insignia over the central altar, flanked by images of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, on one side and the founder of his Jesuit religious order, St. Ignatius Loyola, on the other. The entire structure was a mosaic, an ode to the role Jesuit missionaries had in Paraguay, made out of 40,000 ears of corn, 200,000 coconuts, 1,000 squash gourds and many, many dried beans.Artist Koki Ruiz told The Associated Press earlier in the week that the scene was an “homage to the ancient Guarani aborigines who respected Mother Earth.” Francis has emphasized care for creation and its most oppressed people during his tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. He drew cheers when he arrived at the start of the day in the Banado Norte shantytown on the banks of the River Paraguay saying he couldn’t have left Paraguay without visiting, “without being on your land.”Many residents of Banado Norte are squatters on municipal land who have come from rural areas in the northeastern part of the country where farmland has been increasingly bought up by Brazilians and multinational companies. Residents argue they should be given title to the land because they have worked to make it habitable with little help from the city.“We built our neighborhoods piece by piece, we made them livable despite the difficulties of the terrain, the rising of the river and despite public authorities who either ignored us or were hostile to us,” resident Maria Garcia told the pope.Francis said he wanted to visit the neighborhood of shacks of plywood and corrugated metal to encourage the residents’ faith despite the difficulties they encounter. In addition to the lack of services, heavy rains regularly burst the Paraguay River banks and turn Banado Norte’s dirt roads into impassable pools of mud. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Pope Francis reinforced his place as spokesman for the world’s disenfranchised Sunday by visiting a flood-prone slum to encourage its landless and insisting the Catholic Church be a place of welcome for all — sick and sinners especially.Francis ended his South American pilgrimage with a huge Mass and words of hope and faith for young and old. But the political, anti-capitalist message he left behind may have a more lasting punch. Pope Francis hugs a dancer who played the role of St. Francis during the pope’s meeting with representatives of civil society inside the San Jose school stadium in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Francis is balancing out his apology for the crimes the Catholic Church committed against indigenous during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas with high praise for the Jesuit missions in Paraguay that brought Christianity, European-style education and economic organization to the Guarani Indians. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall So Francis said he was correcting himself.“The mess that young people make, we then have to clean it up ourselves!” he said to roars of laughter. “Shake things up, but then clean it up and fix the mess that you’ve made.”___Nicole Winfield on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nwinfieldPeter Prengaman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/peterprengamanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Read more on Speaking up for the disenfranchised pope reaches out to all

Thailand visitor arrivals in JanJul 2018 up 11

first_imgBuddha Image in Muang Temple, Ang ThongThailand visitor arrivals in Jan-Jul 2018 up 11%Thailand welcomed visitor arrivals of 22,657,730 in January-July 2018, up by 11% over the same period of 2017, according to preliminary figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Estimated visitor expenditure also rose significantly, up 14.44 percent to 1.18 trillion Baht.The top ten source markets of visitors to Thailand in January – July 2018:Rank        Country      No. of Visitors         % Change1                China          6,860,924                    21.442               Malaysia     2,113,875                       6.803               Korea          1,035,057                       5.824               Lao PDR.      991,679                          9.315               India             919,130                       13.246              Japan             908,059                        5.627              Russia            900,712                       16.248              USA                656,327                        5.829              Vietnam         630,526                        7.8310           Singapore       579,677                         2.97Remark: Preliminary figuresSource: Ministry of Tourism and SportsTourism Authority of Thailand Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn commented, “This strong growth is very encouraging in terms of numbers, but even are more important are some of the emerging new trends; such as, the 23.3% increase in visitor arrivals by sea (July 2018), and the higher hotel occupancies being experienced by emerging secondary provinces; such as, Rayong, Suphan Buri, Chainat, Nakhon Pathom, Ang Thong and Phatthalung.”Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Read more on Thailand visitor arrivals in JanJul 2018 up 11

Barry MayoTravelManagers

first_imgBarry MayoTravelManagers The Australian Travel Careers Council recently hosted its two day 2017 Industry Leaders and Educators Engagement Symposium, with the theme Connectivity Creates Opportunities. The objective was to connect Australia’s top educators and industry leaders to share knowledge and stimulate views on education, training and career development initiatives.Australian Travel Careers Council CEO and host Rick Myatt invited TravelManagers chairman Barry Mayo to address the Symposium.“Rick suggested an ideal topic in keeping with the Connectivity Creates Opportunity theme would be how an effective connectivity can create opportunities for customers, staff and organisations. With the internet and related technology enhancements having created the opportunity for TravelManagers and the personal travel manager concept to be born, it was an easy decision to focus my speech on the internet and ask the question is it a competitor or facilitator?” said Mayo.He highlighted how the internet enables the 500 plus personal travel managers to operate efficiently and effectively.“TravelManagers’ systems include providing each personal travel manager with a suite of tools supported by centrally delivered services that encompass booking systems with integrated itinerary generation and accounts processing, along with the support of fares, marketing and technology experts.“This together with the connectivity of the internet and enhanced Wi-Fi access means that a personal travel manager is able to be fully operational 24/7, and is also mobile, enabling them to consult and advise at client’s home, office, a nearby coffee shop or anywhere that suits them. At the same time, personal travel managers are equipped to handle an emergency at anytime from anywhere in the world. None of this would be possible without the internet.”The role of the company’s intranet (The Oracle) is also an important technology enhancement.“The intranet creates a sense of belonging, comradeship and teamwork for a workforce that works remotely, often independently and physically isolated from their peers. TravelManagers intranet assists in creating team players who offer encouragement, advice and guidance via the many online forums devoted to specialist areas of the personal travel managers’ businesses.”Mayo provided the audience with context of the business environment the travel industry works within, particularly in relation to TravelManagers business philosophy.“Mobile home-based travel consulting has undergone enormous growth over the last 10 years. Of critical importance is the internet in enabling our personal travel managers to operate with a powerful focus on delivering superior service and tailor-making individual experiences.“Online travel agents and personal travel managers are travel intermediaries just as traditional bricks and mortar travel agents are. Online travel agents are commodity orientated and price focused with little or no customisation, whereas personal travel managers are focused on superior service, tailoring travel arrangements to individual client’s taste or needs with the intent of adding value via bespoke travel arrangements that are intended to deliver a high level of after sales satisfaction.”The travel industry has undergone significant changes and the way client funds are managed is just one of a number of changes.“All client payments are directly deposited into a central audited client trust account and are held in trust until payment is made directly to each travel service provider. This is regularly validated by TravelManagers engaging an accredited chartered accounting firm, to independently audit and review TravelManagers Client Trust account with copies of these ‘Independent Audit Reports’ regularly published on the company’s consumer website to continue to provide assurances to clients regarding their funds. To our knowledge we are the only travel intermediary in the world to publish details of our Trust Account audit reports on its consumer website.”The company also has a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy, which protects client funds in the unlikely event that they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account as a result of fraudulent or dishonest activity.last_img read more

Read more on Barry MayoTravelManagers

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Fitzgerald said his biggest concern upon waking up Tuesday morning was how the league is being perceived. It’s a valid worry, given that this latest gaffe is getting far more publicity than anything else that’s happened through the first three weeks of the 2012 NFL season. And while this may be the most-discussed issue with the replacement referees, Fitzgerald said there is a notable difference with how games have been officiated this season.“It’s the consistency throughout the course of a game,” he said. “Certain things with the regular officials are allowed, certain things are not allowed and you understand that line and if you cross it you’re going to be penalized for it.”The Pro Bowler added that there are times a regular ref may see him push off a defensive back, but not call a penalty because the ball didn’t come his way.“There’s corresponding with the players, they’re letting you know what the rules, what can be pushed and what can’t be pushed,” Fitzgerald added. “I think that kind of relationship we have with our regular officials goes a long way of keeping guys honest.” Having just seen a division foe benefit from a questionable call made by replacement officials, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was asked by ESPN’s Mike & Mike for his thoughts on the subject.“I was in disbelief, you know, I think like everybody else,” Fitzgerald said. “As a player I seriously just worry about the integrity of the game and player safety.“That’s really what I worry about, just making sure the players are staying healthy by not having calls missed and the integrity of the game is not being questioned.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Read more on Top Stories