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MMIWG inquiry hearings close in Calgary with tour of shelter and tales

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe qulliq is extinguished and the closing oral submissions of parties with standing wrap up at the Calgary hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Before the commissioners head home, they make one last stop at the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society.“The commissioners travel across the country and hear story after story about the supports and services that are required for women and children,” said Josie Nepinak, executive director of Awo Taan.“We just had an admission with mom with three to four children and she was escorted by police and emergency health services, so that obviously tells us that there is high risk.”Nepinak invited the commissioners of the inquiry to see the facility for themselves after Awo Taan shared its recommendations at the hearings.From the cozy gathering centre, play room full of toys for children – to the spiritual healing room.For 25 years the healing lodge has been providing Indigenous services to Indigenous women and their children.But that hasn’t been easy. With only 32 beds it is also a shelter.Nepinak said Awo Taan has to turn away at least 100 families a month.As for cultural programming, Nepinak said it isn’t viewed as an essential service.She said the workers and volunteers have to fundraise to provide that.“There’s no funding. There’s no funding for Elder’s services, there’s no funding for fresh clothing, there’s no funding for the things that a woman would want in a situation like that that would make her feel comfortable and that would make her feel dignified,” Darrin Blaine, legal representative of Awo Taan told the commissioners.Like most Indigenous shelters, funding for Awo Taan comes in from the province once a year – which means every year the lodge has to renew its contract.Nepinak said multi-year funding would be more adequate.“Five years – because I think then we would be in a better position to strategize and develop our programs further,” she said.At the Inquiry this week, a common theme was the lack of money for Indigenous women’s shelters from the federal, provincial and territorial governments.The inquiry heard from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national representation of Inuit in Canada, who mostly live in fly-in communities.Representative Elizabeth Zarpa said the cost of flights are in the thousands of dollars making it extremely difficult for Inuit to travel to the few shelters that are available to them.“Out of 53 communities in Inuit Nunangat, there are only 15 communities that have a shelter,” she said. “Inuit women and their families aren’t able to access safe houses and transition houses and women are leaving their communities to access communities in the south.”“The shelters are desperate for funding as the women are desperate for a safe place,” said Ann Maje Raider of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society in the Yukon, adding that community has the highest rate of violence in Indigenous women in the country.The closing oral submissions ended at the tour of Awo Taan.For the society, it just wants to be given equal funding.“All we want to do is be operating at the same level as non-Indigenous women’s shelters and our funding issue to be resolved,” said Blain. “All we want is for these places to not have to fundraise for the basics. That’s the most insulting, racist thing I’ve never heard.”The Inquiry will hold another hearing for final submissions from Dec 10 to 14 in Ottawa.tpimentel@aptn.ca@tamara_aptnlast_img read more


Mourinho reveals Bailly Smalling played with injuries

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the team’s defensive duo of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both played with injuries against Arsenal.Mourinho lamented the pair were tired towards the end of the encounter. The former Chelsea boss was asked whether he felt under attack as Arsenal mounted pressure but rejected that theory.“No. Not under siege, not at all,” Mourinho said, according to Manchester Evening News.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I feel that is a moment where, for example, we played against the team that is at the top of their season, in the top of their moment where everything goes well for them, I think that’s clearly a team in a high against a team that has so many problems, and the top of these problems, during football matches we shoot outselves.”“Today we had a very, very good start, I think everybody was expecting a good start, 1-0 for us. We score [David de Gea’s error for Shkodran Mustafi’s opener], 1-0 for them. In the second-half, in the best moment of our team, where Arsenal was clearly trying to stop the game, get one injury here, get one injury there, they were trying to control the game and to reduce the intensity of the game, we score the second goal for them and then is again 2-1. So difficult.”“But the reality is in the last four matches we didn’t lose, bad results, yes, apart from Young Boys, the three draws were three bad results. But we did not lose. And before that we lost against Manchester City, everybody loses, not just us. And then before that we had a period where we were playing in our limits which is sometimes people don’t understand, where we play in our limits.”last_img read more


GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Man In LifeThreatening Motorcycle Crash

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Tom McLaren was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident while riding on Route 128 South in Woburn on Monday, July 30 around 8:40am.McLaren, who is married with two children, was transported to Lahey Clinic with a broken clavicle, broken ribs, broken bones in his race and skull, and a broken humerus. He remains heavily sedated with a breathing and lung tube, but continues to fight.Friends of the McLaren family recently established a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical expenses and lost wages. In less than one week, more than $20,000 has been raised from the site.To make a donation to the GoFundMe page, or learn more, click HERE.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… RelatedGoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 14-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”Wilmington Boy Scouts Troop 136 To Hold Car Wash On September 8 To Benefit McLaren Family Following TragedyIn “Community”PHOTOS: Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 Holds Car Wash Fundraiser For McLaren FamilyIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time System Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Global Sourcing Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at AramarkFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Teacher at May InstituteFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Home Health Aide at Associated Home CareFull-Time Package Handler at FedExPart-Time Servers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Bus/Server Assistant at Red Heat Tavern(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more


Look out OLED Hisense unveils dualLCD TV tech aimed at lower price

first_img 34 Photos Two panels = 100x better black levelsHisense, which uses the marketing term “ULED” on most of its TVs, first introduced ULED XD at CES in January, and when I saw it then I was immediately intrigued. So were TV makers, apparently, because Hisense says some of them visited its booth with testing materials to take notes.At a follow-up demo in a private room in New York’s Ace Hotel in May, executives walked me through the latest on XD. The basic idea is the same: bonding two LCD modules together improves the precision of standard LED local dimming. “This allows us to hit black levels that are 100x better than traditional LCD flagship models that are in the market today,” said Jim Ninesling, head of marketing for Hisense USA.screen-shot-2019-05-17-at-3-34-07-pmA cross-section of the ULED XD structure. Hisense The most effective picture quality enhancement for LED LCD TVs today, local dimming controls the illumination in different areas of the screen. So-equipped TVs, like the Vizio P-Series Quantum and Samsung Q9, typically have tens or hundreds of local dimming zones behind a single LCD module. They can get brighter than OLED TVs, but the dark areas of the image can’t get as deep, and they can suffer stray illumination, or blooming, around bright objects. That’s mainly because the dimming zones are relatively large compared to the tiny pixels. Here’s how ULED XD improves that local dimming arrangement, along with some of Hisense’s top-level specs and claims.ULED XD takes two LCD modules and precision-bonds them together. One module handles the luminance information (black and white only), while the second handles color.At CES and the demo I saw in May, the luminance module had HD (1,920×1,080) resolution, bonded to a 4K resolution color module.When ULED XD comes to market, both the luminance and color modules will be 4K (3,840×2,160) resolution.The luminance panel only lights up pixels that are active, so the effect according to Hisense is to deliver local dimming on the pixel level, with 8.3 million “zones” in the 4K version.ULED XD will also have standard local dimming (132 zones), and combined with the two-panel design, it achieves a native contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.The black level measurement on ULED XD is 0.00003 nits, according to Hisense. That’s lower than any LCD I’ve measured, albeit not as low as OLED (which is 0 nits). Hisense claims a peak light output over 1,000 nits, compared to about 850 nits on the brightest OLED I’ve measured.ULED XD will also have quantum dots for wide color (100% DCI P3 and 84% Rec 2020), and both panels have 120Hz native refresh rate.It will run the Android TV operating system and only be available in a 65-inch size at first.009-lg-oledb8pLG’s OLED B8 (pictured here) reached pricing as low as $2,100 in 2018. When ULED XD comes out in early 2020, it will be a “value” compared to OLED according to Hisense. Sarah Tew/CNET Demo time: ULED XD vs. OLEDHisense followed its information session with a side-by-side comparison. Engineers had set up a prototype 65-inch ULED XD TV — the version with the 1080p luminance module — next to the LG OLED65B8, an OLED TV that won CNET’s Editors’ Choice award in 2018. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow me to take any pictures.The footage was the montage from the new Spears and Munsil HDR benchmark disc, with languid scenes of landscapes, insects and other natural objects. In this controlled demo XD held up well to my eye, with exceedingly deep black levels and brighter highlights than the OLED set. I did notice a bit of blooming and stray illumination in the most demanding sequences, with objects against a completely black background, but it was minor.Moving off-angle I also noticed that the ULED XD didn’t keep its brightness and fidelity as well as the OLED set. I asked Chris Porter, director of product planning, for an explanation. “When you stack two VA panels, you compound your viewing angle issues. We know it’s important and it’s on our radar.”Of course a controlled demo of a prototype is no substitute for a real-world review in CNET’s TV lab, but ULED XD impressed me nonetheless. I’m excited to see more. Hisense says it should have a preproduction version of the shipping model (the one with the 4K luminance module) ready to show me in September or October, and it aims to bring a 65-inch production model to market “as early as possible” in 2020. A ‘value’ compared to OLED, coming in 2020Of course I asked about price. Although Ninesling admitted that it wasn’t set yet, he did say “We intend to present a value to consumer versus the retail price point of OLED TV with our XD technology.”Looking ahead, I expect LG’s cheapest 65-inch OLED TV in early 2020, the B9, to retail somewhere between $2,000 and $2,500. To be a “value” compared to that set, the ULED XD should cost less than $2,000 at 65 inches. That pits it against some of the best 2019 LCD TVs, including higher-end models from more-established brands like Samsung, Sony and Vizio. In that way Hisense faces a similar problem to the one it encountered asking five figures for its laser projectors: if you’ve heard of Hisense, chances are you associate it with cheap TVs, not high-performance flagship models that rival OLED.Those other TV makers could conceivably come up with their own dual-module technology as well, but Ninesling says it won’t be soon. “We’ve been working on this for years, and we know that we’re way out front. The precision bonding that has to take place to align two 4K modules is state-of-the-art factory technology.”Porter also mentioned the importance of Hisense’s proprietary processing. “You can’t split the image to a grayscale image and a color image in real-time with software only. It’s got to be hardware-driven. With our Hi-View Pro 3 chip, we’re able to control two cells, while every other chip on the market was designed for single-cell panels.”At its May event Hisense also showed off its lineup of 2019 TVs first announced at CES (see the gallery above), and many of them have similarly solid specifications at aggressive prices. The company is seriously courting US customers this year, and for videophiles looking for an alternative to OLED and local dimming LCD, ULED XD is worth keeping an eye on. If nothing else, it’s probably gonna be affordable a lot sooner than Samsung’s MicroLED. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice TVs 13:20center_img Hisense TVs hone Android TV, Roku, local dimming chops Hisense LG Samsung Sony Comments 7 The best TVs at CES 2019 A prototype ULED XD TV at the Hisense booth at CES in January. Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Hisense To get the best TV picture quality, contrast is king. Most of the highest-performance imaging technologies, from HDR to OLED to FALD, aim for brighter whites and darker blacks, which lend TV images the power and dynamism to approach real life.Now there’s a new tech in town. China-based TV maker Hisense says it has achieved the highest contrast ever in an LCD TV. Say hello to ULED XD.It uses a novel manufacturing process applied to existing LCD technology. Hisense takes two LCD modules — the sheets that contain the millions of tiny pixels that combine to create the picture on a TV — and bonds them together, one in front of the other, with an LED backlight shining through both. It’s like extra meat on an LCD sandwich.The promise is a display that can rival the perfect black levels of OLED, the best TV technology ever, and still deliver the brightness of LCD, without many of the issues that plague high-end local dimming LCD sets today. Most intriguing for middle-budget video-quality fans, however, is that Hisense aims to release a 65-inch ULED XD TV in the US next year, for a price that’s cheaper than OLED. Let’s dive in.last_img read more


Arab states demand Qatar closes Al Jazeera

first_imgFour Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear designed to quash a two decade-old foreign policy in which Qatar has punched well above its weight, striding the stage as a peace broker, often in conflicts in Muslim lands.Doha’s independent-minded approach, including a dovish line on Iran and support for Islamist groups, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, has incensed some of its neighbours who see political Islamism as a threat to their dynastic rule.The list, compiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, which cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties to Doha on June 5, also demands the closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar, the official told Reuters.Turkey’s Defence Minister Fikri Isik rejected the demand, saying any call for the base to be shut would represent interference in Ankara’s relations with Doha. He suggested instead that Turkey might bolster its presence.“Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf’s security,” he said. “Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the Arab official said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory.QATAR WON’T NEGOTIATE UNDER BOYCOTTThe four Arab countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cosying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations.Qatari officials did not reply immediately to requests for comment. But on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar would not negotiate with the four states unless they lifted their measures against Doha.The countries give Doha 10 days to comply, failing which the list becomes “void”, the official said without elaborating, suggesting the offer to end the dispute in return for the 13 steps would no longer be on the table.“The demands are so aggressive that it makes it close to impossible to currently see a resolution of that conflict,” said Olivier Jakob, a strategist at Switzerland-based oil consultancy Petromatrix.Several Qataris who spoke to Reuters described the demands as unreasonable. “Imagine another country demanding that CNN be closed,” said 40-year-old Haseeb Mansour, who works for telecom operator Ooredoo.Abdullah al-Muhanadi, a retired public sector shopping for groceries in Doha on Friday morning, said the boycott must be lifted before negotiations to resolve the dispute could start.“There’s a lot on the list that is simply not true or unreasonable, so how can we comply?” he said. “There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we cannot ask them to leave.”The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait also require that Qatar stop interfering in the four countries’ domestic and foreign affairs and stop a practice of giving Qatari nationality to citizens of the four countries, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added. Any resulting agreement to comply with the demands will be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years, the official said without elaborating.U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance on Qatar, accusing it of being a “high level” sponsor of terrorism, but he has also offered help to the parties in the dispute to resolve their differences.Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis. It sent its first ship carrying food aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armoured vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s leaders on calming tension in the region.last_img read more


PM Hasina inaugurates dev fair highlighting govt performance

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the 4th countrywide national Development Fair, aiming to showcase the development activities of the present government.The prime minister opened the fair through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban here.The three-day fair began in the capital and in all the district and upazila headquarters across the country with the slogan ‘Indomitable Bangladesh in March towards Development’.In the capital, the fair is being held at the field of International Trade Fair in Agargaon area.Development successes achieved in different sectors under the dynamic and farsighted leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina are exhibited in the countrywide fair.Besides, 10 special initiatives taken by the prime minister, international recognitions and successes, the Visions 2021 and 2041, Bangabandhu Satellite, mega projects, including the Padma Bridge and Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, and other investment prospects are displayed in the fair.During the fair, the Mass Communication Directorate will project the government’s successes among people through its district offices, while Bangladesh Betar will air the government’s development activities.Various government offices, agencies, banks, and insurance and other financial institutions joined the district and upazila-level fair, arranged by the local administrations.During the videoconferencing, the prime minister talked to local people from four upazilas—Amtoli upazila of Barguna, Fakirhat of Bagerhat, Lohagora of Narail and Pirganj of Rangpur.Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader were, among others, present at the inaugural event.Principal secretary to the prime minister’s office (PMO) Md Nojibur Rahman conducted the event, while principal coordinator for SDGs Affairs at the PMO Md Abul Kalam Azad made an audio-video presentation depicting the major development successes achieved in the last 10 years under the present government.last_img read more