Trudeau stands by inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women

first_imgEDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Saturday that it should be no surprise that the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women has run into some snags.“There were always going to be big challenges with such an important and meaningful commission,” said Trudeau, who was in Alberta’s capital to promote his government’s child care policies.Recently, there has been criticism that the inquiry is proceeding too slowly and that some of the victims’ families are becoming anxious.Trudeau said it’s essential to have the inquiry to help put an end to what he calls an “ongoing national tragedy,” but he steered clear of second guessing the inquiry’s commissioners.“We are trusting the commissioners to do the work that we laid out that they need to do.”The chief commissioner responded Friday to criticisms about delays.Marion Buller says some “tremendous work” has already been done but blames poor communications for that information not getting to the public.She said part of the reason for the delays is that commissioners are taking a different path than previous courtroom style inquiries.She said they’re taking an indigenous approach that will do no further harm to the victims and their families, something that can’t be rolled out quickly.last_img read more

Volunteer For Charity At A Linkin Park Concert Near You

first_imgMusic for Relief is looking for volunteers to help out at the Music for Relief / Power the World booth at the upcoming shows during the Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus.Volunteers do not need a ticket and will get to watch Linkin Park’s set but will miss opening artist. Volunteers must arrive two hours before doors open to help set up. They will talk to concertgoers about MFR, collect donations, and distribute merchandise.Started by Linkin Park, Music for Relief responds to natural disasters as they occur to help victims recover and rebuild, with an emphasis on housing, education programs and resources.The organization is currently looking for volunteers in the following cities: August 22 – Cincinnati, OHAugust 24 – Chicago, ILAugust 30 – Denver, COSeptember 1 – Calgary, ABSeptember 2 – Edmonton, ABSeptember 4 – Vancouver, BCIf you want to know more, click here.last_img read more

Site C workforce saw large jump in local workers in February

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the February employment statistics for the Site C dam construction project, which shows the dam’s workforce rose above 2,000 workers for the first time since last fall.In February, there were 2,086 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number of contractors on site jumped by 362 compared to January, while the number of engineers and project team members fell by 19. The contractor workforce totalled 1,557, a number not seen since October 2017.Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC Hydro The number of B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors jumped from 983 to 1,309, making up 84 percent of contractors – an increase of two percent compared to January. The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors increased by 221, from 421 to 642. PRRD resident contractors jumped from 35 percent to 41 percent of the contractor workforce.Employment numbers are provided by Site C contractors and consultants. Numbers are subject to revision and corrections provided by contractors and consultants. Data not received by project deadline may not be included in the above numbers. Photo by BC HydroLooking at rest of the statistics provided by Hydro shows that there were four temporary foreign workers employed at Site C during the month. There were also 17 apprentices, more than double the number from January, along with 269 women and 190 Indigenous workers.last_img read more

Sahrawis Denounce Rape in Tindouf Camps, Accuse Polisario Leadership of Complicity

Rabat – Sahrawis have risen up against recurrent cases of rape in Tindouf camps,  the Polisario Front leadership of remaining silent on the growing issue.Activists launched the hashtag “No to Rape” calling for action to protect Sahrawi women from sexual abuse and violence.No to Rape A campaign has been launched on social media by Sahrawis denouncing the increasing cases of rape in the camps.“The proliferation of rape [in the camps] is dangerous,” reads one post on Facebook. “Why is it occurring as if it’s something normal? If we remain silent, we’ll allow it to proliferate even more.”Activists on social media attributed Polisario’s silence to the fact that the sons of Front leaders have been accused on involvement in the rape cases.“Why is it that the Polisario leadership standing against the ‘No to Rape’ campaign?” asks another activist. “Is it because there are information about their sons being involved in rape?”The campaign initiators pointed to the fact that rape has become the second biggest threat to social peace in the camps, after drug use.The GroveMany rape cases take place in the infamous Dhaibia prison, nicknamed “The Grove”. In December 2016, a video of a Sahrawi woman named Babba Mint M’barek Ould Zoubeir was posted on Youtube, in which she tells how she had been raped and tortured by Polisario leaders during 11 years of imprisonment in Dhaibia, between 2002 and 2013.Mint M’bark said she had been raped outside the prison and was then put in Dhaibia by Polisario members to cover up the crime.“I was tortured and raped in prison” she says. “I gave birth to my son there. There were two other young girls with me in prison. One of them was raped by the chief prosecutor. She had a hemorrhage and was taken to [hospital in] Tindouf where she died.”Her fate was the same as her prison mate. Mint M’barek died as a consequence of 11 years of imprisonment. One of her acquaintances posted the video in hope that her message will reach the world.“I call on international organizations to intervene to uncover the truth about what’s happening here,” she pleaded. “These women can only leave prison whey someone agrees to marry one of them. But who would marry a woman who lost her honor?”Many women are still experiencing the ordeal Mint M’barek and her prison mates had to endure.“I call on you [Sahrawis] to set the Dhaibia prison on fire or your souls will burn in sorrow over your daughters and sisters and mothers and grand-daughters,” urges an activist on Facebook.Ghali “the Rapist”In 2013, Khadijatou Mahmoud Mohamed Zoubeir, a young Sahrawi woman who grew up in Tindouf camps, filed a complaint in Spain against the current Polisario leader Brahim Ghali.Khadijatou said she was raped in 2010 by Ghali, then Polisario’s ambassador to Algiers, inside the embassy.The accuser said she went to the embassy asking for Ghali’s help to get a visa to Spain to take part in civil activities. Ghali had served also as Polisario’s delegate to Spain between 1999 and 2008.Khadijatou says that Ghali then proceeded to sexually harass her before raping her with the help of Abdelkader El Ouali, son of Polisario’s Prime Minister, Abdelkader Taleb Oumar, whom she too accused of rape and violence.In addition to these accusations, the Polisario leader is subject to legal complaints in Spain by Sahrawis for crimes of murder, damages, illegal arrest, terrorism, tortures and disappearances, all committed in Tindouf.In November 2016, Ghali he was due to attend a pro-Polisario conference in Barcelona, he cancelled the trip due to an order by the national court judge José de la Mata, in Madrid, to gather information about the Polisario leaderHe was summoned to appear before the court for the previously mentioned accusations. read more

Access to Information Act: The Home Stretch Till the Passing of…

Rabat – The draft bill on the controversial Access to Information Act was finally ratified on January 2 by the Justice, Legislation and Human Rights Committee of the Second Chamber of the Moroccan Parliament. The draft  was on the agenda of the 2nd Chamber for its final adoption on January 2, however, the bill was voted in the presence of only six of the 20 members of the parliament, consisting of the committee headed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM). Four MPs of the majority parties voted in favor of the draft, while two members of the PAM and the Confederation of Democratic Labor party voted against it, pending a vote in the plenary session before being returned to the House of Representatives for ratification in a second reading. The delay in passing this highly controversial act is mainly due to the heated debates between the MPs of both the majority and the opposition parties, who failed to find an agreement on the amendments made to the first version of the text. In total, around 65 amendment proposals had been handed to the Justice Committee at the second chamber. However, it remains to be seen whether all the proposed amendments will be taken into account, since the first version of the draft was highly criticized. In fact, its publication was followed by a strong mobilization, notably within the civil society. Some associations have run a real campaign to convince the government to introduce some changes.The National Council for Human Rights has also been vocal in its opposition to the bill. In fact, the opinion of the CNDH had been perceived by MPs as a thinly veiled criticism of certain provisions included by the outgoing government. For the CNDH, the definitions and the public institutions obliged to provide the information, “must be defined precisely in accordance with the objectives of the draft law in order to ensure access to information.” The Human Rights Council also stressed the need to specify the status of institutions and private companies entrusted with public service missions, regardless of its form of implementation – whether it is delegated management, concession or public-private partnership – as entities covered by the scope of this article, within the limits of the public service tasks performed by these institutions and enterprises. With regard to the persons concerned by the right of access to information, the Council had proposed extending the right of access to information by referring to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in its article 19, where the term “person” is used to enshrine the right of access to information. Also, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights uses in Article 19 the term “individual” to state the same right. “It is obvious that the use of these different designations of persons concerned by the right of access to information allows the integration of natural and legal persons, Moroccan citizens and foreign nationals residing regularly in Morocco,” stated the CNDH. read more

Iran ready to negotiate over nuclear programme without preconditions Annan says

“I hope it will give the sufficient answer before too long,” Mr. Annan told reporters in Geneva after meeting with the Iranian minister, referring to the offer of incentives by the five Permanent Security Council Members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US) and Germany in return for Iran’s abandoning its uranium enrichment programme.“Iran maintains that its interest in nuclear energy is purely for peaceful purposes, and I have stressed to Iranian leaders, including Mr. Motaki, that it is very much in their interest to convince the world of that by cooperating fully with IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency],” he added.Despite years of inspections after the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the IAEA has said it still cannot conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear activities although it has not seen any diversion of materials to nuclear weapons. But it has called on Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment, which can produce fuel for nuclear energy production or for making nuclear weapons. Iranian leaders have insisted on their right to enrichment.Asked whether Mr. Motaki indicated that Iran might be prepared to give up enrichment, Mr. Annan replied: “Their point of view is that they are coming to the table without preconditions and that everything can be discussed at the table. That, I presume, includes the question of enrichment. They are considering the package very, very seriously.” He was also asked if he thought the Washington should be more engaged in getting a diplomatic solution on the issue. “I think we saw a major shift in US policy when it indicated that it will be prepared to join the talks once the issue of the enrichment or its suspension thereof was resolved,” he replied.“I hope that initial shift and signal will bear fruit as we move forward with the discussions with the Iranians, and that sooner or later – and rather sooner than later – we will see the US joining the talks.”He also said he had discussed with Mr. Motaki the timing of the Iranian reply to the latest offer. “I don’t think they will give an answer before the G-8 meeting in St. Petersburg,” he noted, referring to the meeting of the major industrial nations in Russia at the beginning of next month. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the reply won’t be ready until late August. read more

Van demand low trucks get a temporary boost

Van demand laid low; trucks get a temporary boost – 18.3% Vans % change For more please see the attached filesDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Year to date September – 40.6% 5.4% 6,522 – 34.6% 34,904 Trucks – 22.3% 28,382 – 39.7% 142,364 “Business confidence remains fragile in the commercial vehicle sector despite an increase in registrations at the heavy end of the market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “As anticipated, September registrations were given a temporary boost, by both the new ’59 plate and the end of availability of Reduced Pollution Certificates for Euro 4 and 5 trucks. This demonstrates the positive effect a small incentive can have on the market but does not yet signal an end to the severe impact of the recession.” New van and truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2009 Registrations: 34,904 in September.  234,325 for the rolling year, down 37.9%.Trucks: 6,522 in September.  42,127 for the rolling year, down 28.3%.Vans: 28,382 for the month.  192,198 for the rolling year, down 39.7%. Total 171,198 28,834 % change read more

Thesis defences — June 25 to 29

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from June 25 to 29.All are open for the University community to attend.Health and Physical Education MA thesis defenceFaculty of Applied Health Sciences student Mishka Blacker will defend the thesis “Attachment and Performance Under Pressure on a Sport Motor Task” on Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walker Complex 203The examination committee includes Timothy Fletcher, Chair; Linda Rose-Krasmor, External Examiner (Brock University); Philip Sullivan, Supervisor; and Diane Mack and Michael Ashton, Advisory Committee Members.Psychology MA thesis defencePsychology student Brent Pitchford will defend the thesis “Self-Control and its Influence on Global/Local Processing: An Investigation of the Role of Frontal Alpha Asymmetry and Dispositional Approach Tendencies” on Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. in PLZ 600F. The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Mark Fenske, External Examiner (University of Guelph); Karen Arnell, Supervisor; and Sid Segalowitz and Stephen Emrich, Committee Members. read more

Treat your daughter for doing the washing up Coop under fire for

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Fair Trade means that women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Women are always paid for their contribution to the production process and are empowered in their organisations.”Another asked why the company couldn’t have said “child” rather than “daughter”.A spokesperson for the Co-op said: “We are proud of our organisation’s equality and diversity and we are sorry and have changed the advert’s wording.” Couldn’t you have said ‘child’ rather than ‘daughter’ @coopukfood? #everydaysexism @EverydaySexism @Marketingweek Seen in today’s @thetimes pic.twitter.com/OxnCcA1cI0— Rebecca Aston (@Beckie_Aston) April 4, 2017 One customer wrote on Facebook: “#EverdaySexism. Come on The Co-op, surely you are better than this? You are proud of your Fairtrade status… this is one of the 10 stated principles of Fairtrade: Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association.”The organisation does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/Aids status or age. The Co-op supermarket chain has been accused of sexism for an advert urging its customers to buy their daughter a chocolate Easter egg to “treat her” for “doing the washing up”.The full-page advertisement prompted controversy on social media, with critics claiming it is misogynistic to promote the idea that a daughter and not a son would be the child responsible for doing the washing-up.The advert says: “Be a good egg. Treat your daughter for doing the washing up”.last_img read more

Control Your PC With Your Mind

first_imgUgh. Am I the only one who’s totally sick of using my hands to control my PC? Thankfully, the folks at Interaxon have a solution to save your fingers. Now you can use your mind. The major tradeoff here is the fact that you’ve got to wear some diodes on your head, but that won’t be such a big deal in the future when we’re all wearing the things, right?Of course, the product that the company showed off at this year’s ces is little more than an early working prototype. Actually, it’s a couple of diodes strapped to a pair of NVidia 3D glasses. The hardware was being used to manipulate some proprietary 3D software. The wearer’s brain waves direct affected the design on the screen.It’s not too dissimilar from other 3D products we’ve seen in the past–like the Mattel Mindflex game. Control of the designs largely revolve around the wearer’s ability to control his or her mind.The company is currently doing consulting for third parties, looking to implement its technology in other devices. Interaxon is also working on getting a hardware/software package on the market in the near future.last_img read more

Consular support for accused drug smuggler

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Consular officers in Bali are providing ongoing assistance to accused drug smuggler Michael Sacatides, a spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said today.The Sydney man, who has reportedly been living in Bangkok for the past 22 months, was arrested in Bali on Friday, reportedly carrying 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine. The 43-year-old will not appear in court for some time if he is declared a suspect, the editor from The Bali Times said. The editor from The Bali Times told Neos Kosmos that Mr Sacatides is still being questioned by police and that Interpol is now involved to try and track down an Indian man in Bangkok who Mr Sacatides claims loaned him the drug-ridden suitcase. Consular officers visited Mr Sacatides in custody after he was arrested on Friday October 1, and spoke to him by telephone on Wednesday October 6. They are scheduled to meet with Mr Sacatides again today (Thursday 7 October). Consular officers in Canberra are also providing assistance to the man’s family in Australia.Bali police confirmed that Mr Sacatides is being investigated for importing, exporting and possession of a category 1 drug, a DFAT spokesperson said, adding that police can detain the man for an initial 20-day period while investigating the case. Bali police advise that charges will be laid after the investigation period is over.Mr Sacatides is in regular contact with his lawyer, Erwin Siregar, who is also the defence lawyer for convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.Mr Siregar told the media that his client assured him the drugs found in his luggage were not his. “He said to me, ‘Erwin, 1000 per cent this is not mine and I don’t know (about) these drugs,’ ” Mr Siregar told reporters after visiting his client in jail. The Australian Federal Police has confirmed it had no prior knowledge of the issue and was not involved in the man’s arrest, a DFAT spokesperson said. last_img read more

Louragan Irène de catégorie 3 menace la côte Est des EtatsUnis

first_imgL’ouragan Irène de catégorie 3 menace la côte Est des Etats-UnisFormé samedi dans le Pacifique, l’ouragan Irène se rapproche de la côte Est des Etats-Unis. Les habitants d’une île au large de Caroline du Nord ont déjà été évacués. Les vents s’étant renforcés, il s’agit désormais d’un ouragan de catégorie 3.L’ouragan Irène, qui survole les Caraïbes depuis plusieurs jours s’intensifie encore alors qu’il se rapproche de la côte Est des Etats-Unis. Un an et demi après le violent séisme qui a dévasté Haïti et quelques semaines seulement après la tempête Emily, le pays se prépare donc à affronter l’ouragan Irène de catégorie 3. En effet, le Centre national des ouragans de Miami a précisé que les vents s’étaient encore renforcés pour atteindre des pointes de près de 185 kilomètres par heure. Il a donc décidé de le reclasser de la catégorie 2 à la 3. Selon les prévisions, les vents devraient encore s’intensifier au cours des prochaines 24 heures. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageFace à la menace, plusieurs pays parmi lesquels Haïti sont d’ores et déjà en alerte rouge alors que les autorités américaines ont procédé à des évacuations sur une île au large de la Caroline du Nord. Cet après-midi, l’ouragan était situé à environ 540 kilomètres au sud-est de Nassau aux Bahamas et se déplaçait vers l’ouest ou le nord ouest avec une vitesse de 15 kilomètres par heure, rapporte l’AFP. Irene a déjà traversé Porto Rico, arrachant des arbres et privant d’électricité plus d’un million de personnes. Le président américain Barack Obama y a d’ailleurs décrété l’état d’urgence afin que le territoire puisse bénéficier d’une aide fédérale. En République dominicaine où Irène est également passée, des centaines de personnes ont été chassées par les inondations et contraintes de se réfugier dans des églises, des écoles ou chez des proches. Le 24 août 2011 à 19:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sandals Ceo Stewarts A Winner… Again

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica; 9th November 2015; Sandals Resorts International’s Chief Executive Officer continued his award-winning year after being named Caribbean Personality of the Year at the International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards.In its 21st year, the International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards have become the Oscars of the Caribbean, recognising excellence in Travel, Tourism and Real Estate throughout the region and is voted for by the magazine and its readers with special awards given by the magazine at its discretion. Previous years’ guests of honour include HRH Princess Katarina,Sir Trevor McDonald OBE and Hollywood film producer Michael Winner.“Being recognised by such an illustrious title such as Caribbean World and its readers is a tremendous honour for my team and I. At Sandals, we work hard to be the best, to be different and for people outside of our company to not just notice it but commend it is both deeply humbling and satisfying. We will we use this award, and others like it, as our inspiration to continue to set the bar for hospitality in the Caribbean and beyond.”For Stewart, this latest accolade comes fresh on the heels of being named the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hotelier of the Year for 2015 last month as well as the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hotelier of the Year for 2014/2015 earlier in the year.After almost a decade of Stewart’s stewardship, Sandals continues to follow a trajectory of exhilarating growth that has been marked with new resorts, new islands as well as industry changing innovation and development. Stewart’s leadership has transformed the all-inclusive concept to Luxury Included® resorts that offer guests levels of exclusivity never seen before. Aside from Stewart’s personal triumphs, it caps an extraordinary month that saw the company being named the World’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive brand at the World Travel Awards last month. The company collected 17 awards in addition to receiving the notable recognition of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 22nd consecutive year. The company has exciting plans afoot with 10 breath-taking new developments in the pipeline including new resorts and the entry into new territories in the Caribbean. Related Items:adam stewart, Caribbean Personality of the Year, International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards, montego bay, sandals resorts international Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Beaches TCI employee wins Ultimate Team member for Sandals Resorts Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exumalast_img read more

Leon Balogun backs Brighton and Hove Albion to stun Chelsea

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun believes his side will defeat Chelsea when they clash in Sunday’s Premier League encounter.The Nigeria international says the team is away that Chelsea are favourites to beat them but that they will stun the visitors just like they did to Manchester United in August.“They’re expected to win against a side like us and no one is expecting anything other than a victory for Chelsea,” Balogun told club website.“The most they’ll expect from us is that we’ll give them a hard game and still not get anything from it, which takes a lot of pressure away from us.“We can play with a free mind and try to disrupt their game as much as possible. We beat Man United at home and shows that we’re capable of beating a top team.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“There’s still pressure in every game you play, but there’s not the same expectation on us compared to if we were playing the likes of Huddersfield or Burnley.“They have a lot of quality technically, but they are also able to adapt and make the game hard and physical.“They have all these qualities and that’s why they’re near the top of the table. To beat Man City, you have to be able to withstand a lot of pressure, and they had the composure to do that and even force their game upon them at times.“They are a top-class team worthy of fighting for the title and that’s why they’re up there.”last_img read more

Timbers edge Whitecaps 10

first_imgVANCOUVER, British Columbia — Kenny Cooper scored in the 25th minute and the Portland Timbers beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in the first MLS game played at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium.The Timbers (11-13-7) took advantage of a Whitecaps mistake to score the only goal they would need as defender Alain Rochat turned the ball over at midfield. Midfielder Diego Chara fed Cooper a perfect ball and the big forward hammered a shot from the top of the box over the outstretched fingers of Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon.The Whitecaps (4-16-10) pressed for the tying goal in second half but the Portland defense was equal to the challenge.Vancouver striker Eric Hassli missed a scoring chance on a header in the final moments, and then pounded the turf with his fist.Among the sold-out crowd of 21,000 celebrating the return to BC Place was a large contingent of Timbers fans. Dressed in green, they sang and waved flags throughout the match.The Whitecaps supporters did their best to drown out the visitors by pounding drums and chanting constantly.Included in the renovations is a retractable roof that opened moments before kickoff. A huge video board hanging in the center showed the action in HD so sharp it looked like you were watching at home on your own TV.The game was played on a modern Polytan synthetic surface, considered one of the best for soccer. Throughout the building there are 800 Wi-Fi points and 1,150 digital screens, wider seats, improved acoustics and enhanced concession and bathroom facilities.last_img read more

Beaver Loop Construction Expected Through July 31

first_imgConcurrent with this project, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company is planning to replace their steel distribution lines with flexible HDPE lines. The improvements will include; new pavement in areas where there are dips and bumps in the roadway, spot repairs will be made to the underlying road subgrade to provide for a smoother longer lasting pavement, a new intersection lighting at Barbara Dr., Angler Dr./Cone Ave., Ames Rd., and Dolchok Ln., and will also include designs for a pedestrian pathway. With input from the community and the City of Kenai, a final decision was reached to place the pedestrian pathway along the right side (river side) of Beaver Loop Road. According to the DOT website there will be new right turn lanes added at Bridge Access Road and Kenai Spur Highway. The project, which is expected to wrap up on July 31, is needed because the roadway, ditches, and culverts have deteriorated and require frequent spot repairs, according to the City of Kenai. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation and the City of Kenai have begun to wrap up final improvements to the Beaver Loop Road area as well as the construction of the pedestrian pathway project. Drivers should expect minor delays in the area throughout the remainder of construction. Drive with caution and follow all posted signs.last_img read more

Fortnite season 10 challenges prestige missions and where to find stop signs

first_img Comment Originally published on Aug. 1. Updates, Aug. 2: Adds Brute Squad mission; Aug. 5: Adds Prestige missions. Aug 6: Adds all Brute Squad missions.  The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 17 Photos Tags 1center_img Share your voice Fortnite Nintendo Video Games Gaming Epic changed the format of the challenges for Fortnite season 10.  Epic Games Developer Epic Games changed how challenges work in Fortnite season 10, aka season X. Instead of weekly challenges, there are sets of Limited Timed Mission Objectives. Each set has a particular theme and is unlocked after a certain amount of time or when previous missions are completed. These objectives are available only to season 10 Battle Pass owners. Completing missions will unlock additional content and earn Battle Stars to reach tier 100 on the pass.Another big change in the new season is the inclusion of Prestige missions. Once a set of challenges are completed, players can choose to redo the tasks. Each mission will consist of a similar requirement, although at a higher difficulty. Completing missions will unlock additional content and earn Battle Stars to reach tier 100 on the pass.Epic released Fortnite season 10 week 2 challenges on Thursday, Aug. 8. Road Trip challengesfortnite road tripTake a ride to complete these Road Trip challenges. Epic Games Where to find Drift painted Durrr Burger Head, a Dinosaur and a Stone Head StatueThe Road Trip objectives will have players roaming around the island and using different modes of transportation to complete challenges. For this mission, players will have to find the Durr Burger Head to the east of Pleasant Park. Look for the big burger on a hill and you’ll see the Drift spray paint on its tongue. The dinosaur is in the southern part of Paradise Palms, right next to the road. Finally, for the Easter Island-like stone head, go north of Polar Peak. Check the map below on exact locations. fortnite map durrr burger stone headA map to find the Durrr Burger Head with the Drift spray painting, a Dinosaur and a Stone Head.  Epic Games Destroy 10 stop signs with the Catalyst outfitThe Catalyst outfit is a Tier 1 unlockable for those who bought the season 10 Battle Pass. As for the stop signs, they’re located primarily in residential locations. This means Pleasant Park, Salty Springs, Mega Mall and Paradise Palms. Check the map below for where to find the signs. fortnite stop signsWhere to find 10 stop signs.  Epic Games Deal 200 damage while riding a vehicleThis mission has become even more difficult in season 10, as several vehicles have been vaulted by Epic, which means they’re no longer available on the island. Luckily, there’s a big new mech called BRUTE that’s considered a vehicle. Jump in one to do some damage. Ride a Zipline in 3 different matchesZiplines are found all across the island. Most are located in the northeast near Sunny Steps. Search a chest in 3 different Named LocationsAn easy enough task to complete. Chests are more readily available at the start of the match, so try to avoid heavily populated areas.Visit Lazy Lagoon and Lucky Landing in a single matchThis is going to be a tough one, as these places are on opposite sides of the island. The best bet is to drop at the location nearest to the Battle Bus. Start there and run to the other side of the map for the other spot. Get 250,000 Trick Points in a vehicleThere are not many vehicles left in Season 10. Still, the best one for this challenge, the Driftboard, is still available. Find one and get some air to earn those Trick Points. Road Trip Prestige missionsVisit Drift painted Durrr Burger Head, a Dinosaur and a Stone Head Statue in a single matchThe three locations for this challenge — Paradise Palms, north of Polar Peak and east of Pleasant Park — are pretty far from each other. Ideally, you want to start at Paradise Palms since it’s the farthest from the center of the island. Then proceed to make your way to Polar Peak and then Pleasant Park. You might have to rethink the order depending on where the Battle Bus starts at the beginning of the match and how the Storm Circle moves. Eliminate 5 opponents while riding a vehicleAs mentioned previously, there are not many vehicles in season 10 right now. There is, however, a giant mech you can control. Get in one and earn those eliminations since the BRUTE is considered a vehicle. Destroy 7 stop signs with the Catalyst outfit in a single matchFor this mission, head to Pleasant Park to get most of your stop signs. If you don’t get all seven, head to Salty Springs or Mega Mall for the rest. Deal 200 damage to opponents while riding a ziplineLuckily for this challenge, 200 damage isn’t that much. Just be mindful of trying to attack opponents while traveling on the zipline. A couple hits every few matches will suffice. Eliminate opponents in 5 different named locationsThe strategy for this task is to quickly move from one point to another after you get an elimination. It helps to travel between heavily populated spots during a match. Try starting off at Fatal Fields, run to Salty Spring and then rotate between Mega Mall, Dusty Depot and Neo Tilted.Visit 10 different named locations in a single matchProbably the toughest challenge on the Prestige list, it’s best to start off on the outer part of the island and work your way in. This strategy can change depending on the path of the Battle Bus. Start off at Junk Junction, then go to Haunted Hills, The Block, Pleasant Park, Loot Lake, Neo Tilted, Shifty Shafts, Salty Spring, Mega Mall and end it with Dusty Depot. The Storm Circle will also come into play with this challenge so be ready to abort if it puts you in danger. Also, do your best to find a vehicle. Get 500,000 Trick Points in a vehicle and in a single matchIf you get a Driftboard, this challenge isn’t that hard. To complete it quickly, there are multiple Driftboards and a ramp to the north of Pressure Plant. Grab one and spend a quick minute racking up those points. BRUTE squadfortnite brute squad missionsThe new missions using the new BRUTE mech introduced in Fortnite season 10.  Epic Games These missions will require players to jump into the BRUTE. This is a weekly objective meaning each day there will be a new challenge. Here’s the list: Play 3 matches with a friend2 eliminations from closer than 5 metersUse the BRUTE in 5 different matchesApply 500 shieldsDeal 500 damage to opponents from belowSearch 7 chests at Dusty Depot or Pleasant ParkVisit Snobby Shores and Shifty Shafts in the same matchRumble Royalefortnite rumble royaleThe Rumble Royale missions for Fortnite season 10.  Epic Games These missions require players to compete in a Team Rumble game. Play some matches and help your team win in order to complete these challenges. Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices.In the multiplayer online game, you parachute onto an island and use various weapons to eliminate opponents in a last-person-standing scenario. The massively popular game has attracted players with live events like virtual concerts and special limited-time game modes. last_img read more

Dragon Age Origins unplayable for days due to EA DRM issues

first_imgIf you’ve been wondering why Dragon Age: Origins hasn’t been working for you over the past few days, or if you just purchased the game and wondered why you can’t play it, now we know why: a combination of technical and DRM-related issues on EA’s authentication servers rendered the game unplayable for many gamers starting on Friday, all through the weekend, and were only resolved late last night.The story began on Friday morning, when players who ran the game were rewarded with an error that read “DLC not authorized,” indicating the game’s DRM had decided the player, even if they had bought the game, wasn’t permitted to play it. As with most issues, especially PC ones, many self-supporting and competent players would immediately take to the Internet, Google their error message, and start digging around for other people who experienced the same issue to find out how they fixed it.Unfortunately, in this case doing that would have led you down a rabbit hole of reinstallations, registry tweaks, hacks, driver updates, permissions changes, and other system changes that – had the issue not been entirely on EA’s side – may have actually helped, but in this case would have been useless. Jon Stokes over at Ars Technica detailed his lengthy weekend experience troubleshooting DA:O, starting on Friday and culminating with an admission on Monday – three days after the issue began — from EA.  In the game’s official forums EA admitted that they’ve identified that the error is on their side, and has something to do with the way their installed DRM authorizes the DLC content for play. They still have no idea what originally caused it, even though it’s reportedly resolved.As of today, EA and Bioware are still investigating the problem, but the general sentiment in the forums is that the developers could have alerted the user community in a more transparent and open way that the issue was server-side. That way players didn’t have to jump through hoops to try and get the game working. Some players even reported that their chats with EA customer support resulted in scripted attempts to resolve the issue (like having the player re-install the game, update drivers, and try some other workarounds) before admitting to the customer that the issue was server-side all along.Read more at Ars TechnicaAlan’s OpinionAdmittedly, there’s little EA could have done to deter the natural tendency for most people to try to help themselves by searching the Web before engaging their customer support for help. Although, this is symptomatic of the perception that customer support for many things, games included, is ineffective and the player would have better luck on their own.Even so, EA could have been more forthcoming acknowledging that there was an issue and that they were looking into it. Preferably sooner than three days after the issue began. It’s difficult to believe that EA or Bioware weren’t aware that there was a problem for that length of time. Stokes also points out that there’s some blame to lay at the feet of EA and Bioware’s chosen DRM scheme: the game has to re-authorize the DLC every time the game starts, instead of just once, like many other titles. This means that if the Windows service on the player’s side isn’t running, or there’s any issue on the Bioware server side, the game is unplayable.Even if you take the DRM scheme as acceptable, it would in turn mean that EA and Bioware should take a more proactive approach towards managing the community and alerting them to issues that would affect their play. In this case, it appears that everyone: gamers, community members, and even EA customer support to some extent, were in the dark about this issue until it was long past its boiling point. The game is playable now and the issue is fixed, but how long gamers remember this issue and whether it’ll inform their future buying decisions is anyone’s guess.last_img read more

3 injured in crash at Protea Pieters intersection Ladysmith

first_imgThree people were injured in a crash on Tuesday afternoon (December 5) at the Protea Drive / Pieters intersection.The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.It is known that one vehicle was travelling on the Pieters road, heading towards Colenso, and the other from Protea Drive towards Ezakheni.The crash took place at the intersection between the two roads.Also read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in EzakheniAlso read: Grandmother and grandchildren injured in crash on N11 outside LadysmithThree people were injured and treated by paramedics for moderate injuries sustained. Two of the injured were taken to hospital for further medical treatment.Paramedics put one of the injured passengers into the ambulanceRTI, police and a towing service responded to the scene of the crash.RTI conducted traffic control until the scene was cleared.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more