Helena Woods story A journey to healing

first_imgBrittany HobsonKaryn PuglieseAPTN NewsEight years ago a family tragedy changed Helena Wood’s life forever, and set the course for a nearly decade-long journey of healing and recovery.On Feb. 26, 2010 Helena’s 15-year-old daughter Cassandra Wood died by suicide in their home community of St. Theresa Point. Her body was found a day later in a garage near the community’s high school. Helena believes witnessing years of domestic violence in the home was too much for Cassandra.“I’m not going to go through this again. I’m not going to lose another daughter because of him,” she told APTN News. “He doesn’t matter to me. What matters is my kid’s future. Giving them the best life I could possibly give them.In August 2010, six months after Cassandra’s death, Helena fled to Winnipeg with her kids. She called a local shelter asking for help getting the family. St. Theresa Point is a remote community in northern Manitoba. During the summer it is only accessible by plane and in the winter people can drive in and out via a winter road. The shelter paid for Helena and her kids to be flown to Winnipeg.She eventually settled in community of Steinbach located 58 km southeast of Winnipeg.It is here where she had to face some harsh realities when it came to her daughter.“I regret not knowing her. Even though she was reaching out to me I turned her away because of the domestic violence,” she said from her home in Steinbach.“I was too much concentrating on my abuse. Trying to survive every day.”Helena and Cassandra’s father began dating while they were in high school. Helena became pregnant with Cassandra at the age of 16. She married Cassandra’s father when she was 18. The violence started early on in their relationship. APTN has decided not to publish his name at Helena’s request.APTN obtained a copy of a special investigative report done by Manitoba’s Children’s Advocate Office outlining events leading up to and after Cassandra’s death.According to the report Island Lake First Nations Family Services (ILFNFS) first intervened in December 2008 when Cassandra told local health workers she didn’t want to go home because of the violence. Helena and Cassandra’s father met with ILFNFS, health services and justice representatives. They were concerned marital problems were affecting the children.The agency was supposed to follow up the next week but there is no documentation indicating that meeting took place, according to the report.In September 2009 Cassandra went to live with her maternal grandparents because of the violence. She remained there off and on until her death.With the abuse came the drinking. Helena use alcohol to cope with the abuse. She says it helped numb her feelings. That dependency followed her, but this time she was drinking to deal with Cassandra’s death.Cassandra’s siblings, Jewel and Austin Wood, were trying cope with their sister’s death. Their relationship with Helena began to deteriorate because of Helena’s addictions. Helena contacted child and family services hoping to get counseling for her kids and herself. The agency responded by apprehending the kids. Jewel decided to move back to St. Theresa Point to live with her father. Austin was placed in another home.For Helena that was her rock bottom. She worked tirelessly to get her kids back. She wrote three letters to the agency pleading for help to kick her addictions. In one she wrote, “I feel like I’ve been mistreated and victimized by the system again. And yet that was the whole point I came down here to get the proper help I need for me and my children. Instead just got ignored and being misunderstood.”After submitting the letters to the agency she was assigned a new caseworker. She was finally told the kids would be returned if she got clean.“I went to the emergency. I wanted to quit on my own but I knew I couldn’t because of my body. Then I went to the crisis stabilization unit over there,” said Helena.Doctors told her symptoms from withdrawal could be fatal if she quit cold turkey.It’s been eight years since Helena left the community. She has now been sober for nearly two years. She credits her sobriety to the support of her parents, a strong group of friends and rediscovering her faith.“I go to church and I go to a bible study group. I call them my family but they’re my friends. That’s where my help is and that’s how I finally healed,” she said.Both Jewel and Austin have since aged out of the child welfare system. Two years ago Jewel gave birth to Helena’s first grandchild – a baby boy named Anthony. Last summer Jewel and Anthony moved to Steinbach to live with Helena. Shortly after Austin followed.Helena Wood, far right, with her daughter Jewel Wood and son Austin Wood.It may have taken six years but Helena finally has her family back. Much of her focus has been staying clean and in control of her life.“There’s times I want to quit because it’s exhausting. But when I have times like that I look at my kids. I have to go on for these children,” said Helena. “My grandson I look at him and [wonder] who’s going to take care of him. I have to make a safer, brighter future for him.”When Helena is plagued with doubt or exhaustion she leans on Marlene Schindler for support. The two met shortly after Helena arrived in Steinbach and have remained close since. Schindler watched as Helena worked on rebuilding her life.“She can look her kids in the face and never be ashamed because she did what she could do and did it to the best of her ability and she never quit,” said Schindler.Approximately 10 per cent of the population in Steinbach identifies as Indigenous, according to a 2016 census report. Many Indigenous foster kids are being placed in non-Indigenous homes.Helena saw this and decided to team up with the Steinbach Arts Council to facilitate workshops on traditional culture. She invited foster families and members from the community to a tea and bannock event last fall. It is here where she spoke openly about Cassandra’s death for the first time.Helena wants to tell people about her losses and what she has learned from her past.She also hopes the events can keep kids connected to their culture.“I know what’s going on in the system. I see a lot of foster kids here,” Helena told APTN after the event. “They’re lost and there’s nothing here. What are they going to learn? They need a sense of belonging.”Helena Wood making bannock at an event she recently organized.This is all volunteer work. Helena says physical pain from the years of abuse prevent her from working full-time. She has chronic back pain and cannot stand for long periods of time.She is also living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Every time she goes to swallow something her throat closes up and she begins to choke. Solid foods are now blended together to form a puree.Helena says doctors have ruled out any permanent damage. She now must re-train her body and brain on how to eat.While she cannot work right now, Helena longs for more.“I want to be a therapist,” said Helena. “I want to go back to school. That’s my next step.”She has her sights set on Providence University College – a Christian university located in the rural community of Otterburne, Man. There’s still some logistics to work out like paying for the schooling and transportation, but with this goal in mind Helena feels she finally on the right path.Judy Klassen has been by Helena’s side since before the abuse started. The two are cousins but in their culture they refer to each other as sisters. Klassen sheltered Helena and her kids when they first arrived in Steinbach. She sees Helena’s journey as a story of redemption and victory.“To see her still standing there. Still trying to take care of her kids. To be still standing it’s quite an accomplishment,” said Klassen.Helena wants to educate others about domestic violence. Part of that includes honouring Cassandra’s life and what it could have been.From her home in Steinbach she imagines Cassandra would have gotten married and started a family after she graduated high school.Earlier this month Helena visited the spot where Cassandra’s body was found in St. Theresa Point. She has visited this site a handful of times since her death.But, this time is different. This time she is ready to move forward.“I have accepted it. I wasn’t ready to face it but now I am.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Netflix criticized for yanking Patriot Act episode in Saudi

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s crown prince.Minhaj used his second episode to lambast the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.The Financial Times first reported that Netflix yanked the episode from streaming in Saudi Arabia last week after Saudi officials informed the streaming service that its content violated cyber-crime laws in the kingdom.Rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix is “further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression.”Netflix told the FT it strongly supports artistic freedom worldwide and only removed the episode after it received a legal request and to comply with local law.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Save Cinemas in Morocco founder Tarik Mounim on the fight to

first_imgPhiladelphia- Tarik Mounim is the founder of Save Cinemas in Morocco, an organization dedicated to preserving traditional theaters to promote public cinema in Morocco.Tarik Mounim first learned of the derelict state of Moroccan cinemas when he returned to his home country from Paris in 2006 for a role in the film Goodbye Mothers, which included scenes shot in an old theater in Tetouan. “When I saw how amazing the cinema was, and how run down it had become, I met with the theater owner to ask what had happened. He explained to me that as less and less people were visiting cinemas, many were in disrepair or closed,” Tarik says. Other cinema buildings were purchased and repurposed for other businesses. Internet piracy and the rise of movie multiplexes have each played a role in the decline of traditional cinemas in Morocco. “Now you can buy a pirated movie on any street corner in Casablanca for 4 or 6 dirham,” Tarik explains. “It kills creation, it kills culture, it kills cinema.”The Moroccan Cinematographic Center, in charge of funding and regulating film projects and institutions, put money into producing movies while neglecting to restore old cinemas; instead, they built multiplexes, and stopped sending new releases to the old theaters. At 60 dirham per ticket, the multiplexes are unaffordable for many Moroccans.The young actor knew that to lose the historic cinemas would mean a loss of vital cultural venues for Moroccans. “It is the only place for people to share the experience of watching a movie,” Tarik says. “If you watch a movie on a big screen, you are in the movie. Cinema is a mirror to society, a way to understand society and to broach formerly taboo topics.”Mounim founded Save Cinemas in Morocco in 2007 to raise awareness and funds for the preservation and promotion of traditional movie theaters. Without funding or publicity, the organizers began by selling t-shirts at an international film festival in Marrakech to make money and garner media attention, and by sharing stories and pictures of the cinemas on social media. The Cine Theatre Palace Marrakech, pictured above, is one of the oldest theaters in Marrakech, and was the subject of one of Save Cinemas in Morocco’s first organizing events.From the beginning, SCIM received enthusiastic support from students and young professionals. “We made an active campaign to mobilize people and convince the authorities that they should not destroy the theaters. Some investors were interested in buying the cinemas to make supermarkets, so we got in front of this, and the more we communicated about the story of the cinemas, the more people joined our cause.”Eventually, more than twenty old cinemas were declared historic landmarks thanks to the efforts of Save Cinemas in Morocco.SCIM recently developed an exhibition with English artists for the Biennale heritage month to push authorities to buy a theater for renovation that could then be made more accessible with lower ticket prices.Tarik hopes that restoring old cinemas will pique interest in subsidizing theater tickets to encourage public engagement with art. He sees the buildings as the symbolic heart of visual art. “Cinemas are temples of culture,” he says. “Making cinema affordable will encourage people to share movies, their culture and their hearts.”Without major donors or public funds, Save Cinemas in Morocco has managed to gain the support of the Minister of Communications for the preservation of cinemas as historic monuments. Now, SCIM is looking for funding for their newest project. “We want to put cinemas where there are none – El Jadida, Ouazazate, Essaouira, Agadir, and many other cities,” Mounim says.Tarik, who is also the director of development at Sandman Productions, says that starting an NGO in Morocco can be challenging. “It is difficult to find funding, and there is little existing structure.” However, he advises aspiring organizers to learn by doing. “It is the best school,” he says. “When you work for someone else, you have to sacrifice your passion; when you work for yourself, you are surrounded by people who believe in your project.” The SCIM founder sees broader significance in preserving traditional cinema. “The language of cinema is the language of dialogue between people; it is about peace and understanding – an international language. A country where there is no cinema is missing something.”“We will not save all the cinemas, but we know one thing: there is less and less space in our cities for cultural events. For us, it is vital to explain to the authorities that there is a demand for this kind of place, for people to have a place where they can express their creativity, especially young people,” Mounim says.“The more people who join us, the more we will change the mentality of authorities and engage them in issues of cultural politics in Morocco. We are happy to organize partnerships with artists or anyone who is interested in supporting our efforts, and we invite them to join us.”For more information about Save Cinemas in Morocco, visit their website, www.savecinemasinmarocco.com, follow them on Facebook, or email inquiries directly to savecinemasinmarocco[at]gmail.com.This article is part of a series on young artists, creators and organizers pursuing unconventional paths. Read about Off-the-Wall Pilgrimage, the first Palestinian-Israeli arts festival in Paris, and an interview with rapper Soultana.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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South Sudan Opposition Rejects Plan to Extend Salva Kiirs Term

By Chase LacyRabat- The South Sudanese plans to extend the presidential term of Salva Kiir have been rejected by the opposition. MP Paul Yuana Banju said the presidency proposed a bill to Parliament to amend the constitution and extend the terms of Kiir and his officials until 2021. Atem Garang, another MP, said that the bill is guaranteed to pass since the ruling party holds a majority of seats in Parliament.Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy spokesman for the opposition SPLA-IO, told reporters in Juba that Kiir’s intentions are “definitely illegal” and “anti-peace.” He also said that Kiir’s continuation in office undermines the peace process. The government’s move comes amidst the ongoing peace talks between Kiir’s government and the SPLA-IO, led by Riek Machar. Last Wednesday a “permanent” ceasefire agreed in Khartoum between the two sides of the civil war, to take effect in 72 hours, was almost immediately violated. Lul Ruai Koang, spokesman for Kiir’s SPLA, said rebels had attacked Maban in Upper Nile state, near the border with Sudan. He claimed that 18 civilians were killed and 44 wounded. The fatalities included three Ethiopians and two Sudanese.Lam Paul Gabriel claimed their forces had taken a heavy bombardment in Maban and denied the SPLA-IO attacked civilians. Edmund Yakani, director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, said to AP, “It is contradictory to be working for a peace settlement of the political crisis while at the same time fostering the extension of the government’s mandate.”South Sudan’s peace talks in recent weeks in Ethiopia and Sudan are expected to continue in Kenya. However, the government’s move and the cease-fire violations further dampen hopes for peace in South Sudan.South Sudan’s civil war began in 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused then Vice President Riek Machar of plotting a coup d’etat. The conflict has since killed tens of thousands, created a humanitarian catastrophe, and destroyed the country’s economy. read more

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71 gift cards bought with stolen credit card data two men

Halton police have arrested two men who allegedly used stolen credit card information to buy gift cards online and purchase a number of Canada Goose jackets from an outdoor retail chain. An investigation was launched last October after two men made suspicious purchases at the SAIL store in Burlington using gift cards. Police discovered the gift cards had been purchased online with fraudulent credit cards. Investigators say a similar pattern had been happening in the Toronto area and found 71 digital gift cards were purchased using stolen credit card data from 19 victims in Canada and the United States. Li De Huang, 29, and Jun Wang, 27, are facing multiple counts of identity fraud, unauthorized use of credit card data and fraud over $5000. Both men are scheduled to appear in a Milton court on March 29. read more

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UN agency urges vigilance amid Ebola outbreak in Guinea Sierra Leone and

“A lot of those cases still are only suspect cases,” Gregory Hartl of the World Health Organization (WHO) told reporters in Geneva. “Local health authorities will report any number of syndromic cases that resemble Ebola but turn out not to be. So we don’t expect all of these cases to end up confirmed in the end.“However, on the other hand, there are probably other cases out there which we don’t know of yet. So this is an extremely fluid situation.”Both Sierra Leone and Liberia have reported suspected cases and deaths consistent with Ebola to the UN health agency among people who had travelled to Guinea before the onset of symptoms. Mr. Hartl said the cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia that are known to WHO have an epidemiological link with Guinea. As of now, the agency does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to any of the three countries.The Ebola virus, which first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo, causes Ebola virus disease (EVD) in humans, with a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.“It’s not a disease which normally causes a large number of cases,” said Mr. Hartl. “It’s a disease which is very traumatic. It’s a disease which kills large percentages of the people it infects… there’s no treatment, there’s no medicine, there’s no vaccine. So you are very much at the whim of the disease and you can only just hope that your body is strong enough for its natural defences to fight off the disease.“We need to watch this extremely carefully because there is no treatment, there is no cure, and the course of the disease is, more often than not, fatal.” read more

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Update Alleged murder attempted suicide rocks community of Good Intent

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGood Intent man who slit his throat after murdering lover succumbsApril 26, 2018In “Crime”Man crushed to death in hit and run accidentApril 17, 2016In “Crime”Duo to know fate soon over 2014 murder of minerJune 12, 2018In “Court” A 48-year-old housewife is now dead while her lover, who is alleged to be her assailant, is now being hospitalised at the West Demerara Regional Hospital under police guard after he allegedly attempted suicide by slitting his throat at his Good Intent, West Bank Demerara home on Wednesday morning.The house where the deaths occurred  (Shemuel Fanfair photo)Dead is Diane Hernandez of Recht door Zee, West Bank Demerara.The injured man has been identified as Nigel Glasgow, 40, of Murphy Street, Good Intent, West Bank Demerara.INews understands that the duo were involved in a “visiting union” relationship.According to police information, the gruesome discovery was made by the mother of Glasgow’s children, and a relative of hers.A blood stained mattress inside the home (Shemuel Fanfair photo)It is alleged that the suspect contacted the woman, who is a pump attendant, and told her to take care of their children. This raised some suspicion and when the pump attendant arrived at Glasgow’s home, she reportedly found his partner hanging from the ceiling of the house, while the alleged perpetrator was seen next to her, bleeding from his throat.Neighbours reported that Hernandez arrived at Glasgow’s home close to midnight on Tuesday evening. However, at around 03:00hrs, eyewitnesses reported hearing screams and shouts emanating from the man’s house.This resulted in his two dogs barking continuously, which seemed to anger the man reportedly to the point where he killed them.Based on information received, the man then attempted to burn his neighbours house down after the occupants were reportedly heard screaming.One of the dead dogs seen lying in Glasgow’s yard (Shemuel Fanfair photo)When INews arrived at the scene, the Good Intent, West Bank Demerara home was seen with significant scorch marks internally.The dogs were also lifeless, with what appeared to be empty gasoline bottles next to them.Prior to this incident, Glasgow was described by residents in the area as a “quiet” man.Investigations are currently ongoing. read more

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Mr Magazine Says Now is the Best Time to Launch a Print

first_imgThe industry‘s uptick in new launches of late (including Interview’s launch of lifestyle title Modern, Blurt and and the L.A. Times’ spin-off LAetcetera) has been tempered by some big losses, like Portfolio, Blender and Best Life. According to Mediafinder, there have been 140 new launches so far this year, and Husni’s mrmagazine.com, which tracks month-to-month launches, reports that 167 new magazines in the first quarter of 2009.Husni said he anticipates half of the 715 new titles launched in 2008 to fold before the end of 2009. He predicts another 700 or 800 magazines to launch in 2009. “It’s a cycle,” he added.While Husni has faith in the cyclical nature of the industry, others aren’t as optimistic. As Hearst Magazines’ Cathie Black told the UK Telegraph in a recent interview: “Do I think 7,500 US magazines–many of them are duplicative–will survive? No.” In a recent interview, University of Mississippi professor Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni—always good for a provocative sound bite—discussed a number of sensitive industry issues, including publishers committing “mass suicide” by prematurely folding titles (read: Hallmark) and the disadvantages of giving away content online.Yet, despite everything that is “crazy about this industry,” Husni considers now “the best time” to launch a print magazine. That’s right—now.“It’s going to take one to two years for that magazine to evolve and establish itself. Then you hope in two years, the economy will pick up and you’re ready for that marketplace,” he said during the interview. “Historically speaking, some of the best magazines in this country were started in the worst of times. Fortune started in the midst of the Depression in 1930; Reader’s Digest and Time Magazine in the ‘20s; Esquire and BusinessWeek in the ‘30s during the war.”last_img read more

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OBITUARY Ralph Douglas Muir Sr 68

first_imgMYAKKA CITY, FL — Ralph Douglas Muir, Sr., age 68, of Myakka City, FL, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed suddenly on January 25, 2019 at his home.He was the cherished husband of Helen S. (Dalrymple) Muir, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Lynn on August 6, 1950, he was the son of the late Dorothy H. (LeFave, Muir) Noury, and survived by John R. Muir Sr.Ralph was a graduate of Wilmington High School and then joined the United States Navy, and did two tours in Vietnam. After serving in the Navy for four years, he joined the United States Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) and served in the Seabees for two years. He used his culinary skills acquired in the Navy to work as a chef for 15 years, and later worked as a Food Service Administrator at Charles River Hospital and Wingate at Reading, until he retired at age 62.After retirement, he spent the fall and winters on his brother Tom’s ranch in Myakka City, FL working, fishing, and hunting. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and spent the spring and summers visiting them in Massachusetts. He was a Boston sports fan and enjoyed watching games with his children. Ralph was a kind, compassionate, loving man with a sarcastic sense of humor. He had an immense impact on everyone he met and will be missed deeply by all.In addition to his wife Helen, Ralph is survived by his father, John R. Muir, Sr. of Paisley, FL, a sister, Dorothy H. (Muir) Pierce of Spring Hill, FL, a brother, Thomas A. Muir Sr. of Myakka City, FL, two children, Serina A. (Muir) Paige of Tewksbury and Ralph D. Muir, Jr. of Nashua, NH, four grandchildren, Hailey, Lucas, Devin, and Britney, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John R. Muir, Jr. Ralph’s wishes were to be buried together with his wife in the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL.In lieu of Funeral Services, and to honor his memory, we ask that all who wish to participate make a donation to any reputable Veteran’s charity or the American Heart Association. Ralph’s Facebook page will remain open and all are welcome to post memories and final words to him there.(NOTE: The above obituary is via Legacy.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Ralph Douglas Spurling, Jr., 72In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Gary B. Balser, 74In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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NASAs InSight Mars lander got stuck between a rock in a hard

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice NASA’s InSight lander set its heat probe, called the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3), on the Martian surface on Feb. 12, 2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech/DLR Hammer time appears to be over.NASA’s InSight lander, which is currently the rover in charge on the Red Planet, has hit its first snag.The lander has been snapping pics and exploring Mars since Nov. 26, 2018, and successfully set its heat probe onto the planet’s dusty surface on Feb. 12.That probe, called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe or HP3 for short, is designed to dig up to 16 feet (5 metres) below the surface and measure the heat coming from inside the planet. Also known as a “mole”, the 16-inch-long (40-centimetre-long) probe started hammering itself into the soil on Feb. 28.But then it stopped. NASA rallied with a second bout of hammering on March 2, but it was of no use. The mole appears to be stumped.”Scientists suspect it hit a rock or some gravel,” NASA said in a blog post Tuesday.The team are wondering what went wrong, after the mole proved adept at pushing small rocks aside or wending its way around them during testing prior to InSight’s launch. Few rocks appeared on the surface surrounding the lander, according to the post, suggesting there wouldn’t be many rocks below ground.”The team has decided to pause the hammering for now to allow the situation to be analysed more closely and jointly come up with strategies for overcoming the obstacle,” HP3 Principal Investigator Tilman Spohn of DLR, the German Aerospace Center which provided NASA with the instrument, wrote in a blog post.The team will hold off from further hammering for about two weeks. The good news is the probe’s heat measuring functions appear to be working as expected.The little lander had been going great guns since its landing, using its robotic arm to place a seismometer on the Mars surface in December, and then shielding that seismometer with a cover from winds and temperature fluctuations. NASA Post a comment NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Tags 22 Photos 0last_img read more

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CM Jagan to conduct aerial survey of floodhit areas of

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is returning to Vijayawada after completing his Delhi tour on Thursday. CM will be reaching Gannavaram airport by 12 pm, and immediately he’ll be conducting the aerial surveys of flood-affected areas by the Cofferdam at Polavaram project. After which, CM YS Jagan will also hold a review meeting with the project officials. As part of two days national capital visit, CM YS Jagan has met with Prime Minister Modi, President Kovind, VP Venkaiah Naidu, and Union Ministers Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari.last_img

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DC Reading Literacy Program Seeks Volunteers

first_imgIn the District, according to 2013 CAS scores, roughly 44 percent of children read on grade level by the third grade.  Fifty-six percent of D.C. children are behind.  AARP Experience Corps works to change that by utilizing volunteer tutors 50 and older who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before they finish the third grade. The program is focused on grades kindergarten through third grade, with reading tutors working alongside teachers to improve children’s literacy.  Volunteers are needed for the 2014-2015 school year. To learn more about volunteering in DC schools through AARP Experience Corps, contact Monica Green, mgreen@aarp.org or 202-434-6426 for more information.last_img

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This Photo of an Egg Dethroned Kylie Jenner as MostLiked Instagram Post

first_imgStay on target Adorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on InstagramFree Area 51 Aliens ‘Training’ Video Takes Over Instagram Never underestimate the power of social media.In less than 10 days, an image of a single egg broke the world record for the most-liked picture on Instagram.Round, speckled, and impressively lit, the seed surpassed Kylie Jenner’s unnervingly popular photo of newborn daughter Stormi Webster gripping Jenner’s thumb.The socialite’s snapshot, posted in February, currently has 18.3 million likes.The egg has 28.1 million—and counting. “Let’s set a world record together and get the most-liked post on Instagram,” the appropriately named world_record_egg account wrote early this month. “We got this.”Alongside hashtags #LikeTheEgg, #EggSoldiers (a reference to the breakfast dish that sees sliced toast “soldiers” dipped into a boiled egg), and #EggGang, the mysterious user cleverly tagged a host of media sources, including BuzzFeed, which spoke with account holder “Henrietta”—a chicken from the British countryside.“Eugene is my egg,” she told BuzzFeed News, chalking the campaign’s popularity up to the fact that “the power of the egg is strong.”After she stopped drinking for Dry January, Henrietta was home one Friday night when she read an article about the top 20 Instagram posts—including Jenner’s.“I saw this as a challenge to beat it,” she said. “It was nothing personal.”Tell that to the trolls flooding the TV personality’s heartfelt photo with egg commentary. But, in the spirit of social network feuds, Jenner this week responded with a cheeky challenge: She cracked an egg onto the “really hot” pavement, leaving it to cook in the winter sun.“Take that little egg,” she wrote in an Instagram caption.The clip (originally shared on Snapchat) already has more than 17.45 million views.More on Geek.com:Post to Multiple Instagram Accounts SimultaneouslyInstagram Rolls Out Walkie-Talkie Voice MessagingInstagram Now Lets You Share Stories With ‘Close Friends’last_img read more

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Woman with rare mental disorder gets new lease of life

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman from Ekbalpore, who was suffering from a rare mental disorder for many years, was given a new lease of life by the Institute of Psychiatry.The woman was admitted to the institute by her family members on April 30 after many doctors failed to cure her mental illness. During the past 26 years, the woman had developed some mental illness, which made her believe that her family members could cause her harm. The patient used to get afraid while interacting with her family members. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe believed that evil forces had killed her husband who was alive. The patient had been under the treatment of many doctors but her condition did not improve. Doctors said that the patient was suffering from schizophrenia. As her health condition did not improve, the family member took her to the Institute of Psychiatry. The hospital doctors didn’t go by the previous medication. They minutely examined the mental condition of the women it became clear to them that the woman had been suffering from a psychological disorder that not only creates fear but also makes her believe that her relatives had turned evils. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAfter a prolonged treatment for nearly three weeks the patient is reportedly mentally healthy at present and has been released from the hospital. The patient no longer fears her family members and she has reportedly overcome all her mental illness that had made her life miserable for a very long time. The Institute of Psychiatry, which was established in 1817, is the third oldest mental hospital in the country and has cured persons with psychiatric illness for almost two centuries. The hospital had also played a significant role in training mental health professionals since 1989.last_img read more

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Get The Best Discount On Xiaomi Mi Mix OnePlus 5T Motorola Moto

first_imgXiaomi Mi Note 3Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is the company’s one of the most popular smartphones. It features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity. The best part is that it handles everything like a charm.the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is priced at $345.59 down from $412.20. Use the code: GB4thdeal88. Head over to this link to get the device.Lenovo TAB 4Apart from all the smartphones, Lenovo Tab 4 is also up for a hefty discount. This tablet PC is powered by Android and features an 8-inch display with a fingerprint sensor.If you’re interested, the Lenovo Tab 4 is available at a discounted price of $319.99 down from $376.03. Use the code: GB4thdeal69. Head over to this link to get it.Motorola MOTO MMotorola MOTO M is one of the most popular smartphones which offers the best value for the buck. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. It also features a great 16MP camera for all your daily snaps.If you’re interested, you can get the Motorola Moto M at $167.66 down from $195.16. Use the code: GB4thdeal84. Head over to this link to get it.HOMTOM HT70Homtom features one of the best user experience of an Android device. Featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the device definitely does a lot than just make phone calls.The Homtom HT70 is available at a discounted price of $164.99 down from $189.99. Use the code:  HOMTOMGB1 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.These are some of the major smartphones available on a hefty discount, if you’re interested, be sure to get one for yourself. It is advised to you to hurry up and decide before the prices revert back to their original form.This is all for now, folks. Are you willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments section below. If you’re hunting the best in the class smartphone for yourself which deems to offer the best value for the buck, then you have come to the right place. There is a wide range of brands offering smartphones which aims to deliver top-notch performance while still keeping up with the trending design. To top it all off, the smartphones are available at a limited time discount. The level of discount will definitely attract your interest, so let’s dive in to see some more details on the products and their respective discounts.Limited Time Offer: Xiaomi Mi Mix, OnePlus 5T, Motorola Moto M And MoreAs we have mentioned earlier, there is a wide range of smartphone manufacturers offering their product for a limited time discount. If you’re interested, be sure to check them out before the offer expires. If it’s too late, the prices would revert to their original form. We have also listed the coupon codes below, which you can add to get a specific percent off on the handset.OnePlus 5TOnePlus is regarded as a flagship killer, offering features and functionalities beyond its mid-tier price point. Now that it is available at a limited time discount, there’s no need to resist it. It comes with 6GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of onboard storage.If you’re interested, you can get your hands on the OnePlus 5T for $509.99 down from $596.41. Use the code: GB4thdeal67 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi MixXiaomi Mi Mix is a premium handset from the company, offering a neat yet intuitive design which a lot of flagship smartphones are hoping to achieve. Xiaomi Mi Mix comes with Snapdragon 821, so you can be sure that the performance will be on par with the top-tier handsets.If you’re interested, Xiaomi Mi Mix is priced at $553.64 down from $560.04. Use the code: GB4thdeal92 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Did you know The Eiffel Tower houses a secret apartment

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Paris Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Did you know? The Eiffel Tower houses a secret apartmentcenter_img PARIS — Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower. But very few are aware that it houses a secret apartment, built by Mr. Eiffel himself.According to Cosmopolitan, Gustave Eiffel, who completed his iconic tower back in 1889, included a secret nook on the third level. At the time, he furnished the room with wooden furniture and a grand piano, as well as a small laboratory outfitted with scientific equipment.When word spread among Parisian high society about Eiffel’s apartment, the famed designer received numerous requests to rent it out, even for a day. He declined each and every time, allowing no one to ever see his private oasis.Now 92 years after his death, the apartment remains closed to the public, with only a rare opening every once in a blue moon. Although chances are slim of ever getting a sneak peek inside, it’s exciting to know that high above the City of Lights there exists a small room where time has stood still. Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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UPDATE Costa Ricas Turrialba Volcano erupts forcing capital airport to temporarily close

first_imgRelated posts:Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Myth and fact: No, Turrialba Volcano is not going to set off a devastating earthquake Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Airports have been alerted, said CNE, but there is no word if the ash could close airports in the Central Valley. Turrialba Voclano’s May 4, 2015 eruption seen from Irazú Volcano. Courtesy OVSICORI via FacebookFollow updates at ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments UPDATE, 11 p.m. on Monday: Juan Santamaría International Airport is set to re-open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday after temporarily closing for nearly 12 hours due to volcanic ash falling from the Turrialba Volcano eruption Monday afternoon.As of this writing, a total of 13 inbound flights to Costa Rica were affected by the decision to close the airport because of ash that fell on the runway, according to Aeris spokeswoman Silvia Chaves. Ash on the runway can make landing dangerous and damage plane engines.There were no details available at this time on how the eruption might affect outbound flights.Overnight, 100 workers swept and vacuumed the runway to prepare it for operation Tuesday morning.UPDATE, 8 p.m. on Monday: The ash from Turrialba Volcano has forced operators of the Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside Costa Rica’s capital city of San José, to temporarily close. According to Silvia Chaves, a spokeswoman for Aeris, the company that operates the international airport, seven inbound flights are either delayed or cancelled until further notice. That number could change in coming hours, she said. No outbound flights have yet been affected.For a list of affected flights, check here. Follow The Tico Times for updates.Original story continues here:Turrialba Volcano is at it again.At 3:25 p.m. Monday the colossus sent a tower of ash and gas 2.5 km high. Ash from the eruption is expected to reach the capital, San José, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) posted on its Facebook.Jump to 0:32 to see the eruption in unusually clear conditions.last_img read more

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Costa Rica ban on Mexican avocados goes to World Trade Organization

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican importers decry black market avocados 1 year after ban Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border Costa Rica evaluates lifting ban on Mexican avocados Mexico takes Costa Rica ban on avocados to World Trade Organization Costa Rica’s two-month long ban on avocados from the world’s largest producer has moved on to the World Trade Organization.The Mexican Embassy in San José and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) confirmed that representatives were meeting at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva to review the technical criteria Costa Rica’s Plant Health Service (SFE) applied when it banned avocados from Mexico and eight other countries because of the “sunblotch” virus in May.The case is being presented before the WTO’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee for discussion. If Mexico is not satisfied with the criteria discussed at the Phytosanitary Committee, the dispute could move on to arbitration.The two countries met on June 25 to discuss the criteria for reestablishing Mexican avocado imports, but Costa Rica rejected Mexico’s proposal, said Óscar Holguín, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in San José, in an email.Mexican authorities claimed that they did not receive prior warning from Costa Rica about the ban.Besides Mexico, eight other countries affected by the sunblotch virus were listed as part of the initial ban.“From the Mexican perspective, Costa Rica has not met the technical elements necessary to support its decision and could have violated provisions in international agreements,” Holguín said.Mexico is evaluating options besides the WTO to resolve the dispute, he said. COMEX and its Mexican counterpart, the Secretary of the Economy, are also in discussions to resolve the impasse.Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora said in an email that the two countries have an “excellent friendship and commercial relationship,” noting that Costa Rica’s first free trade agreement was established with Mexico in 1995.“Costa Rica is acting in agreement with the available tools under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures of the WTO. All countries have the right to protect their plant health conditions and establish pertinent measures to do so,” Mora said.The ban has irritated Mexican producers and local importers of the luscious green fruit. The business dispute escalated into a bizarre media circus when Costa Rica’s Communications Minister staged a publicity stunt at a Subway restaurant in June after the chain announced it would stop serving avocados as long as the ban was upheld. He handed the manager a small bag of Costa Rican avocados that he bought on his way over, then narrated the stunt — complete with photos — on his Facebook page.In a statement this week, a collection of Costa Rican food importers including the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of Perishable Products and the Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber (CACIA) renewed their call for the government to reach an agreement with Mexican producers. CACIA President José Manuel Hernando said that the plant health risks to importing Mexican avocados was “minimal” considering that the produce has been entering Costa Rica without issue for more than 20 years.The vast majority of the 12,563 metric tons of avocados Costa Rica imported in 2014 come from Mexico, according to figures from Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office. Costa Rica’s approximately 900 avocado producers top out at just 2,000 metric tons, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Irelands parliament votes in favor of Aer Lingus share sale

first_img Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s parliament on Thursday voted in favor of selling off the country’s share in the Aer Lingus airline as part of a 1.4 billion euro (US$1.53 billion) takeover bid by International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways.The coalition government secured the majority backing it needed in Parliament for sale of the stake, with lawmakers voting in favor after two days of heated debate. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Irish government had retained a 25 percent stake in Dublin-based Aer Lingus after it was publicly floated on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges in 2006.Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington welcomed the vote, saying the airline would benefit from accelerated growth and access to a global network when it becomes part of the much larger IAG, which also operates Spain’s Iberia airline.IAG chief Willie Walsh has been wooing the Irish government for months in his attempt to buy out Aer Lingus. If the deal goes ahead, the government would receive some 350 million euros ($380 million).But Walsh’s bid must still clear many hurdles, and needs backing from low-cost carrier Ryanair, the largest shareholder of Aer Lingus, to complete the deal.Ryanair, which owns about 30 percent of Aer Lingus, said it would consider “any offer on its merits, if and when an offer is made.”Walsh said Wednesday he has not talked to Ryanair in recent weeks, and suggested that he was not expecting Ryanair to frustrate the bid.The proposed takeover also faces months of regulatory scrutiny from competition authorities in Ireland, Britain and the European Union.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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The Academy will house 50 elegant guest rooms acro

first_imgThe Academy will house 50 elegant guest rooms across its five townhouses and a redesign of public spaces will see The Alchemy Bar re-housed on the ground floor, leading through to a beautiful garden. The lower ground floor will house The Refectory, an intimate breakfast room and function space. Tucked away in the garden of The Academy is the bespoke Mr. Ma’s Tea House Spa, offering an uncommon collection of authentic Asian experiences including traditional Asian body therapies.Academy BedroomA stone’s throw from The British Museum, fine restaurants and world famous shopping streets, The Academy is ideally positioned for business and pleasure. Housing not one but two secluded gardens, the boutique hotel offers a refuge to gather, recharge and relax.TOP IMAGE: Academy Library The multi-million pound refurbishment of the interior of The Academy, in London’s West End, will be completed in April 2018, at which time the collection of five Georgian townhouses, combined into one hotel, will also become part of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.YTL Hotels’ new London property is being restyled by renowned New York-based designer, Alexandra Champalimaud, juxtaposing timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, comfortable city style to create a contemporary take on townhouse living. Champalimaud Design has also been inspired by the lives and loves of ‘The Bloomsbury Set’ – the influential group of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster – who lived and worked in the area in the early 20th Century. hotelslondonThe Academylast_img read more

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