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Missouri ~ Sales and Use Tax: Out-of-State Telecommunications Company Failed to Qualify for “In Commerce” Exemption

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Missouri Supreme Court held that an out-of-state telecommunications company was not entitled to a refund of the difference between the Missouri sales tax it paid on its sales to Missouri residents and the use tax it believed it should have paid because it did not qualify for the “in commerce” sales tax exemption in §144.030.1, RSMo. The taxpayer operated a telecommunications business with its headquarters in Florida, but owned no telecommunication facilities, such as cell towers. Instead, the taxpayer contracted with several telecommunications carries in Missouri to buy access to their telecommunication facilities and services. It then sold prepaid access to what it called its “virtual network,” which was actually the networks of the contracted carriers, in packages consisting of either a set number of minutes or unlimited minutes for a set period of time. The taxpayer referred to these packages as “Airtime.” The taxpayer’s services could only be accessed through use of its handsets, which the taxpayer also sold to its customers. All orders were taken in and all payments made to the taxpayer’s Florida office. The taxpayer had no warehouse or other facilities in Missouri, so handsets were shipped to Missouri customers from outside the state. The burden was on the taxpayer to prove that it qualified for the exemption. To determine whether a particular retail sale qualified for the “in commerce” exemption, the court looks to the true object of the transaction. Here, the court held that the true object of the transaction was the taxpayer’s sale of access to telecommunications services in Missouri, not the sale of tangible personal property in commerce between states. The taxpayer’s sales of equipment (handsets) and “Airtime” were merely incidental to the sale of access to those services in Missouri. As the taxpayer failed to meet its burden of showing that the “in commerce” exemption applied, the denial of the refund was upheld.TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Director of Revenue, Missouri Supreme Court, No. SC95785, February 14, 2017, ¶204-102last_img read more

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U.K.: Where’s Our Science Stimulus?

first_imgThe BBC is reporting that the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS), one of the main funders of science in the United Kingdom, is pushing the U.K. Treasury to release £1 billion to boost research funding. That’s less than a tenth of the United States’s science stimulus package, but that’s a still a lot of money in the United Kingdom, which has arguably been hurt even worse than the United States in the world economic crisis. Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently emphasized the U.K. commitment to scientific research, but political opponents and education officials have complained that the message wasn’t backed by any new money.According to the BBC:[UK] funding bodies have been asked for a “shopping list” of ideas that would strengthen British science and boost the economy quickly. Proposals are likely to include additional funding for high-quality research, new laboratories, more young scientists and ideas that would be of use to industry – such as studies into clean energy technologies. Dius ministers are concerned that if the UK doesn’t keep up, researchers will go to the US or to Asian countries – where research funding is also being dramatically increased.If such a science stimulus package is passed, that could calm protests from some of the U.K. research powerhouses that didn’t do as well as hoped in the latest annual funding allocations.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Arunachal CM, Guv feud over Speakers ouster, 14 Cong MLAs

first_imgdisqualifiedItanagar/New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) The face-off between Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki over attempts to remove the Speaker escalated today with the latter terming the move to advance the assembly session for the purpose as “illegal” and declaring no Congress MLA will attend the proceedings.The matter also resonated in the Rajya Sabha with Congress disrupting the proceedings, raising questions over Rajkhowas decision and seeking his dismissal, inviting sharp reactions from the treasury benches.Meanwhile, 14 rebel Congress MLAs behind the move for Speaker Nabam Rebias removal were disqualified from the Assembly today, a day ahead of its winter session which would take up the impeachment motion notice served by 11 BJP and two independent members.The 14 included Deputy Speaker T N Thandak who was to conduct the business of the House on the impeachment motion.Led by former minister Kalikho Pul, 21 Congress MLAs out of the total 47 in the 60-member House have raised a banner of revolt against the leadership of Chief Minister Tuki for the last three months.”The move is intentional and politically motivated to dislodge the democratically elected Congress government in the state by the Constitutional head of the state whose prime duty is to look after the welfare of the state and its people,” Tuki said in a hurriedly called press conference in Itanagar this evening.He said till now the members have not received any official communication from assembly secretariat regarding advancement of session.”Since no official formalities were observed to notify the session and no member were informed officially till date, the commencement of the session is illegal and we have decided not to attend it,” he said.advertisementGovernor Rajkhowa had a few days ago issued orders for convening the three-day Winter Session from December 16 to 18, modifying the earlier order of summoning the House from January 14 to 18.Tuki with his ministerial colleagues met Rajkhowa this evening and requested him to reconsider his decision to avoid “serious law and order situation”.”Despite our request, the Governor was reluctant to cancel his order saying since he has already issued the order it is the duty of the assembly to implement it,” Tuki said quoting Rajknowa.Rajkhowa later alleged that some ministers who called on him to request him to withdraw the order advancing the session used “unparliamentary language”.”They used unparliamentary words and gestured in an animated and threatening manner against the Governor when they, along with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, met him today,” a Raj Bhawan communique said.The Governor said they have legal option to challenge his order.Raising the issue soon after the Rajya Sabha assembled for the day, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged the Governor was “interfering” with the activities of the state government and the Legislature over summoning of Winter Session of the assembly and “deciding” its agenda “without the state government requesting for it”. More PTI UPL NN SPG AMR SK SKlast_img read more

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Parl approves admission to medical, dental courses under NEET

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) From next year, admission to medical and dental courses across the country will be done through a single common entrance test, with Parliament today approving two significant bills providing for putting NEET in place. The government said the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is designed to curb corruption by bringing in transparency, checking multiplicity of exams and to stop exploitation of students in counselling. Under the new system, exams to private colleges will also be conducted under NEET, Health Minister J P Nadda said, responding to contention by some members that it will benefit private institutions. The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016, approved by the Lok Sabha earlier, were passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote. Most of the parties supported the government move to have NEET except AIADMK which opposed it and staged a walkout, arguing that it will affect rural students who do not study CBSE syllabus. Replying to a debate on these bills, Nadda said, “National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is intended to check multiplicity of exams…to bring transparency to curb corrption and to stop the exploitation of students during counselling.” Earlier students would have to travel long distances to appear for several medical entrance examinations but the new legislation will bring this to an end, he said. Responding to apprehensions expressed by some members, particularly from Tamil Nadu where reservation is upto 85 per cent, he clarified, “We are not going to touch the state quota…We will give the name, ranking, domicile and percentile…Now it is for the state governemnts to decide and give extra marks…and give admissions to reserved categories.” Nadda said the exam will be held on the basis of the syllabus of NCERT and the under-graduate exam will be taken up by CBSE and post-graduation by the national board of examination. “In the syllabus, we bring parity. Concerns of the state governments will be addressed …we will do standardisation of syllabus so that rural students can also be taken care of,” he said. “Tests will also be conducted in regional languages,” Nadda said, responding to apprehensions over the issue. He said the Health Ministry has written to all the states seeking details about the number of students who appeared in local languages in the last three years so that the Centre can make plans accordingly. MORE PTI NAM AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Olympian Paramjit named face of the IAAF Global Run-Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 2 (PTI) Former Indian quarter miler Paramjit Singh was today named as the City Captain by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the IAAF Global Running Day, to be celebrated on June 6. Paramjit, who represented India at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was part of Indias 4x400m relay team which won the silver medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, is one of the 24 prominent athletes from around the world selected to promote the IAAFs global initiative. It is really a unique initiative from IAAF to bring people together like this from various backgrounds and different cultures from around the world. Running is the simplest activity one can adopt to stay active and fit. I congratulate IAAF for coming up with this concept where everyone is welcome to run together and celebrate the Global Running Day. I welcome everyone in Delhi to join us on June 6 and become a part of this unique event, said Paramjit, an officer with Central Reserve Police Force. Promoted as Lets Outrun the Sun 1-mile run, the first of its kind 24-hours IAAF event will kick-start from Auckland, New Zealand coming Wednesday. Sydney (Australia), Tokyo (Japan), Beijing (China) and Bangkok (Thailand) will follow Auckland one after other before this unique 1-mile relay finally reaches Delhi at 4:30pm. The 24-cities, 24-hours, 24-1 mile races will conclude with Vancouver-leg in Canada. It is a matter of pride for AFI that Delhi has been chosen as one of the 24 cities from across the world to conduct this prestigious global event. We know it is very hot around this time in Delhi, but we have selected a route which is covered by trees on both sides and by 4:30pm it will be good enough to run 1-mile distance, CK Valson, AFI Secretary said.advertisement The Delhi-leg will start from Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, and will conclude near Shanti Van. Running is accessible to everyone, it is fun, it is competitive, said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. It can be social, it can be solitary. It is testing, it is personal but most of all it builds strength, stamina, fitness and health. It is the mother of all sports. On Wednesday 6 of June, we want as many people as possible to celebrate Global Running Day the biggest annual celebration of running. PTI ATATlast_img read more

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ABS to Class Maersk Line’s Behemoths

first_imgzoom The US classification society ABS has been selected to class Maersk Line’s eleven 19,360 TEU container ship newbuildings ordered last month at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The order includes options for the construction of up to six additional vessels.ABS was chosen to class 20 of the Triple-E container ships that Maersk ordered from the same shipyard four years ago.While the new additions will be slightly larger, Maersk Line indicated that energy efficiency, economy of scale and the environment are still central considerations.“ABS is pleased that the Maersk Group has expressed its continued confidence by classing these innovative ships with us,” said ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Nassif.“ABS offices worldwide, working in unison, are providing support and analysis for Maersk in the latest standards and international codes, including the energy efficiency standards measured and mandated by the IMO.”The newbuildings, which will be the largest container ships in the Danish carrier’s fleet, are due for delivery between April 2017 and May 2018.last_img read more

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Province Tourism Operators to Attract More Firsttime Visitors

first_imgThe province and tourism operators are joining forces to attract more first-time visitors to Nova Scotia, delivering a more profitable, vibrant industry and greater prosperity across the province. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele released the final five-year strategy today, May 24, at the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) annual general meeting at White Point Beach Resort. “We know that once people visit Nova Scotia, they tend to come back. The challenge before us is to find ways to encourage tourists to make Nova Scotia their first choice,” said Mr. Steele. “Our long-term strategy will attract more first-time visitors to Nova Scotia, have them stay longer, spend more, and increase revenue and profits for the entire tourism industry.” The long-term tourism strategy focuses on five areas: leadership and collaboration between government and industry inspirational, strategic marketing that creates a unique and compelling brand evidence-based decisions after consulting with visitors and potential visitors higher-quality product and experiences that inspire visitors to travel throughout the province. better access to Nova Scotia, and throughout the province “This gives those of us who are in smaller towns a lot of confidence. Hopefully it helps spread the word so we can attract more tourists,” said Ruth Mailloux, owner-operator of the Suncatcher Bed and Breakfast in Truro. “2013 already appears to be a better year than last. Because of the new long-term strategy we are already looking ahead to even more success in 2014.” Nova Scotia Tourism Agency chair Tom Ruth said since the agency was created in September, it has already started to implement much of the long-term strategy, such as a new tourism brand and marketing campaign. “After extensive collaboration with hundreds of tourism and business leaders throughout all regions of Nova Scotia, it is very gratifying to see the final strategy adopted by government,” said Mr. Ruth. “We look forward to a bright future for the visitor economy in Nova Scotia.” Goals for the long-term tourism strategy include increasing overnight visitors by one per cent each year for five years, increasing annual visitor revenues by four per cent and maintaining the number of room nights sold outside of Halifax at 2012 levels. Tourism in Nova Scotia is a $2-billion industry, providing 24,000 jobs across the province. At a time when global travel is growing, visits to Nova Scotia are down by nine per cent over the past 10 years. For a copy of the long-term tourism strategy, go to www.gov.ns.ca/econ/tourismlast_img read more

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CBI examines bizman Panja in chit fund case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday examined businessman Shibaji Panja in connection with the chit fund cases it is probing on orders from the Supreme Court of India, sources here said.Panja, who has previously come under the probe agency’s scanner in connection with the chit fund cases had allegedly organised several exhibitions, where chit fund company owners including Saradha had bought paintings from, they said. Speaking to the Millennium Post, sources in the know added that Panja was being examined to find out more about his connection to Angel Agritech, another chit fund company that swindled unknowing members of the public of more than Rs 300 crore. The probe agency has been investigating the sale of these paintings and where the money to purchase them originated from. The CBI had in December 2018, seized around 20 such paintings bought by chit fund companies, doubting whether they were purchased to enrich art collections or as a way to continue operating. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe paintings were reportedly worth between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. The probe agency has also been looking into how the money from the sale of these paintings was utilised, given that they were sold at exhibition arranged by Panja. This new development in the chit fund cases comes after the CBI has been grilling former Kolkata top-cop Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha case. Te CBI had alleged that as head of the SIT, intially entrusted with the case, he and his team members might have allegedly been involved in some form of evidence tampering.last_img read more

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Argentina waiting for Messi magic to make an appearance

first_imgBelo Horizonte (Brazil): For the last dozen years, Argentina has been waiting for global superstar Lionel Messi to lead their football team to a major international trophy. But when the the country needed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner most, Messi failed to emulate the feats of Diego Maradona in 1986 — when for some he almost single-handedly won the World Cup. Four times Messi has lined up with Argentina in a major final — the 2014 World Cup and Copa America in 2007, 2015 and 2016 — but every time they have lost. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherHe has often come under criticism for failing to reproduce his Barcelona form when wearing the sky blue and white jersey of the national team. Now, ahead of a mouth-watering Copa semi-final against hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte, Argentines are simply waiting for Messi to turn up. “This is the match for Messi to appear,” screamed Ole newspaper’s online edition after Argentina beat Venezuela 2-0 to secure the Brazil semi-final. Ironically, at this tournament, while Argentina’s performances have been improving steadily, Messi has, if anything, become less influential. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenArgentina were all at sea in their opening 2-0 defeat to Colombia and needed a Messi penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Paraguay. But in the 2-0 win over Qatar that qualified Argentina for the knock-out rounds, and the quarter-final victory over Venezuela by the same score, Messi became an increasingly peripheral figure. – ‘Not at my best’ – He admitted as much after the Venezuela match, saying: “I’m not at my best level, I’m not playing how I hoped I would. I’m not having my best Copa America.” Brazil center-back Thiago Silva is not so convinced, though. “For me, Messi is the best player in history, the best I’ve ever seen play. It’s a privilege to play against him,” said a player who hails from the country that produced Pele, Garincha, Socrates, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Messi turned 32 during the tournament and while he doesn’t appear close to retirement, it cannot be too many years away. His game has changed over the years and he no longer produces the same kind of, or quantity of, darting runs at the heart of opposition defences. He plays deeper than he used to, passes more and is more selective with his runs. He also rests more than he used to and took an eight-month break from the national team following the World Cup in Russia, only returning in March in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela. But he is more than just the star of the team these days, he is the leader and captains both club and country. During the club season, Messi took the lead in defending Philippe Coutinho, whom he will line up opposite on Tuesday, from criticism levelled at the Brazilian playmaker in the Catalan press. Messi also defended Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde against the brickbats. And here, while his and Argentina’s attacking performances have been nothing to enthuse about, Messi took the time to praise the team’s defensive efforts. “Defensively we didn’t have any problems and the team was very solid at all times,” he said following the Venezuela victory, which he described as a “complete” performance. And Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni acknowledges that Messi brings much more than just brilliance on the field. “For me he gives an essential contribution on the pitch, and if you saw everything he brings in the dressing room…” said Scaloni.last_img read more

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Woman with Down syndrome files human rights complaint over cops comments

first_imgTORONTO – A 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario after two Toronto police officers were recorded mocking her during a traffic stop.Francie Munoz argues the behaviour displayed by Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris on Nov. 5, 2016 amounts to discrimination on the grounds of disability.She says in the complaint that she has suffered emotional trauma as a result of the incident, and that it has undermined her trust in law enforcement.Sljivo and Saris are facing a disciplinary hearing on charges under the Police Services Act, with the next hearing scheduled for Oct. 18.Police documents show Sljivo is charged with misconduct related to the use of profane, abusive or insulting language, while Saris is charged with misconduct related to the failure to report Sljivo’s comments.The officers have not said how they will plead, though they have issued a written apology for the incident, calling it a “lapse in judgment.”Munoz’s family has consistently asked for a public apology — a request repeated in the human rights complaint.In the document, Munoz says the officers offered through their union to apologize privately but have balked at doing so publicly. Their behaviour while appearing before the disciplinary hearing only compounded the issue, she alleges.“At no point did the officers greet or look at the applicant, let alone make any effort to say words of apology or regret. Being ignored by the officers when they had the opportunity to say or do something deepened the applicant’s feeling of injury,” the complaint says.The officers’ lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Munoz asks for an order to make Toronto’s police chief publicly apologize and express his commitment to ensure that all officers in the force undergo human rights training on working with people with disabilities.She also asks that the force be ordered to implement a more rigorous screening process for new officers “to identify pre-existing biases or prejudices, especially in regards to those with disabilities.”The complaint says the comments were made inside a police cruiser after the officers pulled over Munoz’s mother, Pamela Munoz, on allegations that she had run a red light. Francie Munoz was a passenger in the back seat.While preparing to fight the $325 ticket months later, Munoz’s mother requested the evidence against her and obtained an audio recording of the officers’ conversation.Sljivo can be heard describing Munoz as “disfigured” and a “half-person,” while Saris is heard laughing and agreeing, the complaint says.Munoz “was inconsolable for days after learning about the officers’ remarks and became anxious and withdrawn in the presence of first responders and other uniformed personnel,” it says.“As time passes, it has also become clear that Francie’s self-esteem, confidence and sense of self-worth have all been undermined by the derogatory comments directed at her by persons in a position of power and authority in society, whom she previously looked up to and viewed with respect.”Munoz is also seeking $25,000 in damages for harm to dignity and sense of self-worth, as well as $5,000 to cover her legal expenses.A hearing over her mother’s ticket has been pushed back to December, the complaint says.last_img read more

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TV SHOW ANAANAS TENT TEACHES KIDS INUKTITUT LANGUAGE AND INUIT CULTURE

first_imgTAQQUT PRODUCTIONS INC., LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Many millennials will remember the silly Canadian kids show, “Big Comfy Couch,” with Loonette the Clown and her doll, Molly, who solve everyday problems on their, well, big comfy couch.Enter “Anaana’s Tent,” a children’s show that airs in Inuktitut and now in English, starting Saturday. It also takes kids on a journey filled with puppets and storytelling, and teaches them an Inuit language at the same time.Rita Claire Mike Murphy, a performer from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, her trusty sidekick puppet husky, Qimmiq, and a cast of special guests present Northern stories through a mix of live-action and animated segments. They sing songs, play games, read stories and learn and teach viewers new words. At its heart, “Anaana’s tent” is about language and culture.Rita Claire Mike-Murphy plays guitar for Qimmiq in. (TAQQUT PRODUCTIONS) Advertisement The producers said the show is a response to a problem they were seeing pop up in Nunavut. Children were speaking fluent Inuktitut at home, and speaking it well, until they started watching television.“We recognized television as being a contributor to language loss and cultural erosion,” said Neil Christopher, one of three executive producers on the show. “We did some research and thought maybe we could use it as a positive tool to help us strengthen language, knowledge and cultural identity.” Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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UN rural poverty agency unveils billiondollar funding target

Member States of the United Nations’ rural development arm announced today that they will aim to raise $1.5 billion in new contributions to support the agency’s efforts to bolster the living conditions of rural poor across the developing world. With almost two billion rural people worldwide depending for their livelihoods on an estimated 500 million smallholder farms in developing countries, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) aims to fill a crucial niche, focusing its efforts in the areas of food and income security. “This significant support from IFAD’s Member States, especially during these challenging global economic times, demonstrates extraordinary resolve and political will to give agriculture a major boost and help the world’s small farmers find their way out of poverty,” IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said. The injection of new funds will fuel IFAD’s role in building an international development architecture for the world’s poorest people, the agency said in a press release. About 40 to 50 per cent of the financing is expected to be redirected to development projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. Every three years, the resources that IFAD provides as loans and grants to developing countries are replenished by Member States during a consultation period at the agency’s headquarters in Rome, Italy. The agency then leverages the contributions in an effort to mobilize greater funding through project co-financing with national governments, international donors, and the private sector. 16 December 2011Member States of the United Nations’ rural development arm announced today that they will aim to raise $1.5 billion in new contributions to support the agency’s efforts to bolster the living conditions of rural poor across the developing world. read more

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Displacement in Syria giving way for serious genderbased crimes warns UN official

“This displacement is not only about loss of homes and economic security. It is also, for many, accompanied by gender-based crimes, deliberate victimization of women and children and a frightening array of assaults on human dignity,” the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Erika Feller, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.“Reports are revealing that the conflict in Syria is increasingly marked by rape and sexual violence employed as a weapon of war to intimidate parties to the conflict destroying identity, dignity and the social fabrics of families and communities.”Ms. Feller said these crimes are many times perpetrated in public places such as checkpoints, adding to the humiliation and the stress that displaced people are going through.According to UNHCR, more than 900,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries and 2 million have been internally displaced since the conflict began almost two years ago. In addition, over 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.Ms. Feller said children are also exposed to many risks when they are forced to leave their homes, including early marriage, torture while in detention, and other forms of exploitation in refugee camps and settlements. She also stressed that support for victims is often inadequate, and access to justice is very limited, increasing impunity for perpetrators. She called on the Council to actively examine these violations and advocate for the protection of women and children among all parties. The Council should also ensure that peace discussions find space for women to be involved and give proper attention to victims and survivors.Ms. Feller also warned that the refugee population is growing at an unprecedented amount, putting enormous pressure on neighbouring countries to cope with the influx of people.“The host States, including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and the North African countries, have been exemplary in their different ways, but we fear the pressure will start to overwhelm their capacities,” she said. “The resources available are just not enough, and the rate they are coming in is too slow. The tools of burden-sharing, including further afield, need urgent reflection,’ she added. read more

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UNESCO mission confirms Egypts Malawi museum ransacked

“While the buildings were not badly damaged, 600 of the Museum’s collection of 1080 artefacts were missing,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a statement following a visit of its experts to Minya.The mission, organized with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and local authorities, follows the 18 August statement of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on the museum’s looting.The destruction constitutes “irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people,” Ms. Bokova said.She had pledged to lend the Organization’s technical support and mobilize partner organizations of the 1970 Convention against Illicit Traffic of Cultural Heritage, including the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization.During the visit, from 11 to 16 September, the International Expert and UNESCO Consultant, Architect Pierre-André Lablaude, and a UNESCO expert also visited other cultural sites damaged during recent unrest, among them, the Evangelical Church in Minya, Amir Tadros Monastery in Fayoum and the Franciscan Sisters School in Beni Suef.Some other significant churches could not be visited for security reasons.Several other sites and museums were visited by the experts at the request of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Culture, notably the belle époque Casdagli Villa in Cairo, which was found to be sound despite superficial damage in February 2013.Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests. Renewed protests starting in July – in which dozens of people were killed and wounded – led to the Egyptian military deposing Mr. Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up. read more

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Brock to host mental health leadership program

Brock leaders have the opportunity to become certified in workplace mental health.In partnership with its employee and family assistance provider Morneau Shepell, Brock is offering employees the chance to participate in the Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program on Tuesday, April 19.This one-day certificate program teaches practical and empathetic solution-based leadership skills for managing performance and promoting mental health. While limited spaces for the initial session have quickly filled, a wait list has begun to form should any cancellations occur.Designed for directors, managers, supervisors and other Brock leaders, the program takes a blended learning approach that includes in-class and web-based components and highlights The Mental Health Framework — a five-phase approach of best practices for managing mental health in the workplace:preventionearly performance coachingrecoveryabsencereturn to work“Mental health affects how we think, feel and act in all aspects of our lives, including our jobs,” says Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness.“Leaders play an important role in creating a working environment that promotes mental health. The certificate program will provide them with the knowledge and tools to address behaviour and performance issues effectively and sensitively.”The course is limited to 25 people and has filled up quickly. To register for the wait list, visit Brock’s Focus on Learning. read more

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Paul Thomas was a guiding force for Brock Computer Science

This photo of Paul Thomas teaching is from the Brock Library archives.Entering Mackenzie Chown J block on the third floor, the mark Paul Thomas has made on Brock is immediately evident.In a large display case is a computer museum, with artifacts ranging from a 1964 PDP-8 to a 3.5-inch floppy disk. The museum is just one small part of a legacy left by the founding chair of Brock’s Department of Computer Sciences, who died on Aug. 2 at the age of 84.Paul Thomas in 2000 at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Department of Computer ScienceThomas came to Brock from the University of Windsor in 1975 to help found a department around what was then a fairly new discipline. One of his first hires was Dave Hughes, who came to Brock as a young academic in 1978.“He was a guiding force for all of us,” said Hughes, who now chairs the department. “I came fresh with a PhD and he was a mentor to me.”The department benefited from Thomas’ experience, Hughes said. It began with only two faculty – Thomas and Morris Cohen – and eventually grew to what it is today, which is a department with undergraduate and graduate programs and 11 faculty. Thomas’ experience included work at the University of Glasgow, where he built the first Scottish-built computer, the Solidac.He also “had a dedication to teaching that helped frame the Computer Science department’s commitment to teaching excellence,” Hughes said.Jon Radue, a Computer Sciences professor, taught with Thomas from 1983 until the founding chair retired in 1990. Thomas worked hard and treated his colleagues well, Radue said.When Radue moved from South Africa to St. Catharines in 1983, Thomas and his wife Mary helped Radue get acquainted with the region and the country, he said.“He was an old-fashioned gentleman and a friend.”Thomas was married to Mary for 56 years. He was also a loving father to Christopher and his wife Kathy of Rochester, NY, Paul Thomas and his wife Karin de Vries of London and Shelagh Thomas and her husband Fernando Rougerio of Plano, Texas. He was a proud grandfather of Laura and her husband Erik Telford of Austin, Texas, Kendra de Vries-Thomas and Shea de Vries-Thomas, both of London and his great-granddaughter Eliza Telford of Austin, Texas.Memorial donations are being made to the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). Online condolences and donations are available through mcfarlane-roberts.ca.Links• Online condolences — Paul Alexander Thomas• Brock Computer Science read more

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Hall seizes opportunity to play with Pryor a second time

Freshman running back Jordan Hall is trying to prove he isn’t just “the guy who played at the same school as Terrelle Pryor.”Hall’s high school career in Jeannette, Pa., was mostly spent as the secondary playmaker on offense to Pryor. The backfield duo brought the Jeannette Jayhawks their first football state title during Pryor’s senior and Hall’s junior season. As an encore, they followed it up a few months later with a matching state championship as starters on their high school’s basketball team. After his quarterback left for Ohio State, Hall didn’t waste much time deciding where he wanted to attend college. “I knew I was going to be a Buckeye,” Hall said after OSU’s win on Saturday, in which he led the team with 90 yards rushing. “I just got that gut feeling coming up here for junior day, the Spring Game. I just had that gut feeling and so far it’s working out.”The freshman has made an early impact and given a depleted running back squad some consistency on the depth chart. Sophomore Dan “Boom” Herron and junior Brandon Saine have battled injuries recently, and Hall has taken the opportunity to prove that he is more than just “Pryor’s old teammate.”Coming out of high school, Hall was not seen as a player who could make an impact right away. Recruiting experts thought it would be Jaamal Berry or Carlos Hyde who would be making their names known early, but things haven’t gone as planned for the two highly touted backs. Berry’s injuries and Hyde’s inability to qualify academically have left Hall to carry the load. “I knew I was coming in with two other really good running backs,” Hall said. “So it was kind of like motivation for me, but we’re all working hard. Jaamal is working hard too, but his injuries aren’t allowing him to play.”Hall believed the low expectations placed on him would give him a chance early in his career to surprise some people. “I definitely took it as a challenge, and I worked real hard in the offseason because I knew I was kind of an underdog coming in, so it motivated me,” Hall said. “Coming out of high school, everyone thought since Jeannette was such a small school, that we wouldn’t be ready to play college football, but it shows that if you’re an athlete, you’re an athlete and you can play.”Hall has 231 yards rushing this season and one touchdown. His most impressive stat, however, is his average of 5.1 yards per carry, more than either Herron or Saine. His running style gives OSU something different than “Boom” and “Zoom,” especially while the two are plagued with injuries. “I always had a belief and confidence in myself, but the injuries are allowing me to make plays so I’m just trying to take full advantage of it,” Hall said. “It’s funny, coming in we were like, we got five good running backs that could run, and we were all doing pretty good, then two go down. So everyone has to step up, you can never take a week off in practice, because you never know what can happen to the running back in front of you.”Being from the same high school as Pryor might cause any player to feel overshadowed, but not Hall. He has nothing but admiration for the Buckeye quarterback and believes all the attention is warranted. Pryor’s commitment to OSU also made Hall feel more comfortable with his own decision.“He deserves it. He works hard and he’s a leader,” Hall said. “I’m just playing, and I’ve never felt overshadowed. It was a reason that I came, but it wasn’t the main reason. Knowing I had someone I could ask questions to that helped my decision.”While Hall continues to surprise people, he hasn’t surprised himself. “I don’t know how people really felt about me, but I know how I felt about myself,” he said. “So I’m not really surprising myself, but I’m just trying to take full advantage when I’m in the game.” read more

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Washougal Festival of Trees begins Friday afternoon

first_imgWASHOUGAL — The eighth annual Washougal Festival of Trees will run 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hathaway Elementary School, 630 24th St., Washougal.The festival, presented by the Washougal Lions Foundation, features pre-decorated Christmas trees created by school and community groups to be silent-auctioned to the highest bidder. There is also a silent auction and raffle for gift baskets donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations.The funds will be distributed to Washougal schools based on their level of participation in the event. It will be up to the schools to figure out what they use the money for. Previously, event funds were used for science supplies, field trip scholarships and art materials.There is also a breakfast and photos with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon. Photos with Santa are $3 each.last_img read more

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News Notes From WCTV Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement was submitted by Shaun Neville, Executive Director of Wilmington Community Television (WCTV):Welcome back students! With the new school year upon us, that also means a new round of youth programs is right around the corner for WCTV.Our biggest endeavor is at Wilmington High School, where our Wildcat TV after-school club is starting back up.  We’re looking for high school students interested in multi-media. The Wildcat TV team meets informally each week, creating videos and covering school events. This is a great chance for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a communications-related degree as well as freshmen or sophomores who are looking to join a club that has video, editing and on-air components.Last year, our Wildcat TV team covered more than 30 sporting events, nearly a dozen concerts, and profiled class officers, clubs & other school initiatives.Sound interesting? Contact Youth Director Marty McCue at marty@wctv.orgor stop by our space on the first floor of WHS next to the LGI. Marty is there most days and will be there after-school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to talk to interested students.There’s no major time commitment for students who are just interested in doing things from time to time. And getting involved early on gives students a leg up for internship opportunities come junior and senior years.  We already have a bunch of kids involved in this program and we look forward to adding more in the coming weeks!As for our other youth programs, we do after-school classes for Middle and Intermediate School students. Those will start up soon. You’re welcome to contact Marty about details or talk to your school’s main office about when dates are on the calendar. They traditionally get going at the end of September or early October.Our Saturday program is also coming back later on in September.  Look for details in the next week or two.If any of this sounds interesting, there’s also an opportunity to meet our team at WCTV’s Family Fun Day, which is happening on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 10AM-1PM at Yentile Farm.This event is open to all Wilmington families. Come on down for music, face-painting, balloons, popcorn, ice cream and more! This will be our third year hosting this event at Yentile. It’s a great way to meet our staff and hear what the station does in the community.  We hope to see lots of you there!New Programs (available on-demand at wctv.org or on TV: Comcast 9 / Verizon 37):Where’s Wilmington: Learn about the Police Explorers ClubAll About the Flavors: Chef Bob Hamel is grilling up some fruit this summer!Ice Bucket Challenge: See a recap of this year’s event at Rotary Park.Library Summer Bash: Watch some highlights from this year’s event at the Swain Green.School Committee: It was the first meeting of the school year.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… RelatedWCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”last_img read more

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The Twilight Zone updates for 2019 and its as creepy as ever

first_img 50 Photos Comment 1 TV and Movies Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t misscenter_img Peele has made the leap from self-contained comedy sketches to terrifying horror movies and now combines those ingredients in The Twilight Zone. Each episode is a self-contained yarn mixing black comedy with chilling horror, stirring anxiety and paranoia with off-kilter camera angles and sinister close-ups.One of the first two installments, The Comedian, stars Kumail Nanjiani as the titular stand-up who keeps dying on stage — until he gets some scathing new material. It’s like The King of Comedy or The Marvellous Mrs Maisel meets … well, The Twilight Zone.Nanjiani’s ambiguous performance is backed up by Tracy Morgan with a creepily subdued, gravelly voiced turn in this sinister look at the price of fame.Enlarge ImageThe Twilight Zone is no joke for Kumail Nanjiani and a host of other stars. CBS All Access As well as rebooting the format — and the iconic theme tune — the new show also reinvents perhaps the most infamous installment from the classic series. Adam Scott brings his nervous charm to Nightmare at 30,000 Feet, riffing on an episode that starred William Shatner and a gremlin.We can tell you that these two debut installments are cinematic and atmospheric, but that’s about as far as we can go — pretty much anything else would be a spoiler, and it’s best to go in with no idea where these hour-long eerie anecdotes will take you. Fans of Black Mirror will enjoy the twists in the tales, especially if you start spotting the little references and Easter eggs…Meanwhile, the rest of the series features names like Ginnifer Goodwin, Seth Rogen, Jessica Williams, Steven Yeun, Chris O’Dowd, DeWanda Wise and John Cho.The original five seasons ran for 156 episodes between 1959 and 1964, followed by a movie and two reboots. You can view 10 classic episodes for free on CBS.com, and seasons 1 through 3 plus season 5 are available to subscribers of Amazon Prime and Netflix. The hour-long season 4 stories are at Hulu and CBS All Access. Tags Are you ready to enter the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition? Are you ready to enter the The Twilight Zone?An all new version of the classic mystery show has arrived for 2019, and it’s produced and presented by Jordan Peele, fresh off huge critical acclaim and a massive box office opening for his second movie Us. A host of stars join him in the dimension of imagination for each standalone story of weirdness and wonder, reinvented for the age of smartphones and podcasts.The show is exclusive to CBS All Access. The first two episodes premiere April 1, with new chapters released every Thursday from April 11 onward. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company).  CBS TV show reviewslast_img read more

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