NDP promise on core First Nation education richest among three main federal

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA comparison of the platforms from the three main federal parties vying to form government after Oct. 19 shows the NDP is offering the richest promise on core, K to 12 First Nation education.Key to commitments from the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP on First Nation education is the $1.9 billion the Stephen Harper government set aside in its 2014 budget.That money was contingent on passage of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, which died on the Order Paper after it was rejected by the majority of Assembly of First Nations chiefs.According to numbers provided by Aboriginal Affairs, about $1.2 billion of that money is still set aside in the fiscal framework for First Nation education. The federal Finance department also confirmed the money exists.“The remaining funds are still available, but as we said all along, investment will follow reform, not replace reform, so we are working with willing First Nation partners to help provide First Nations children with quality education,” said Amanda Gordon, a spokesperson in Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office.The Conservatives have used $700 million of that money for their existing First Nation education commitments, said Gordon. The 2015 budget committed $200 million over five years for First Nation education and $500 million has been slated for education-related infrastructure on reserves over seven years.NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Wednesday announced his party, if elected to govern, would invest $1.8 billion in new money for core First Nation education over four years. Mulcair told reporters later that total would be added to whatever money the Conservatives have left in the fiscal framework for on-reserve education.This would bring the NDP total to $3 billion.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced in August that his party, if elected, would invest $2.6 billion into core First Nation education, but that total assumed $1.7 billion remains in the fiscal framework from the Conservatives.The Liberal party’s platform costing document has the party committing $900 million for First Nation education in new money over four years.If only $1.2 billion remains in the fiscal framework, that would mean there is a $500 million gap in the Liberal’s total education promise for First Nations.Both the NDP and the Liberals have committed to lifting the two per cent cap on transfers to First Nations.For comparison purposes, the total NDP promise for core First Nation education tops up at about $3 billion if the fiscal framework dollars are included.The Liberal core First Nation education promise, including the fiscal framework dollars, totals $2.6 billion. If only $1.2 billion remains in the fiscal framework, then the Liberal total would drop to $2.1 billion.The Conservative commitment on core education would total $1.4 billion if the party used every dollar set aside in the fiscal framework plus the $200 million already budgeted to flow this fiscal year.Polls currently show the NDP now trailing the Liberals and the Conservatives as the election race hits the final stretch.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

BC Coroners Service releases updated data on illicit drug overdoses for March

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths for March 2019.According to the report, in March there were 104 suspected drug overdose deaths from across the Province.Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been five reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the Province there were 82 deaths in March.Within Northeastern B.C., during the month of March, there were five reported fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the Coroners Service, the report excludes deaths if the fentanyl was known to be prescribed or the death was suspected to be due to intentional self-harm.The BCCS says the data was compiled to better understand overall illicit drug overdose trends in B.C. and to inform other agencies’ public safety strategies in a timely manner.Since the 2019 data reported is for only up until March 31, data should be interpreted with caution and is subject to change as investigations conclude.For more information on these reports, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

UN World Court acquits Serbia of genocide in Bosnia finds it guilty

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main United Nations judicial organ, today overwhelmingly acquitted Serbia of committing genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkan war of the 1990s, but found it guilty of failing to prevent genocide in the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica. At the same time the ICJ, also known as the World Court, rejected Bosnia’s request for payment of reparations from Serbia, successor to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) of the 1990s, for the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. The judgment, which is binding and not open to appeal, called on Serbia to transfer Ratko Mladic and others indicted for genocide to the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a separate judicial body with a mandate to try individuals. “The Court observes that the FRY was in a position of influence over the Bosnian Serbs who devised and implemented the genocide in Srebrenica, owing to the strength of the political, military and financial links between the FRY on the one hand and the Republika Srpska (the Serb component of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the VRS (Republika Srpska’s army) on the other,” the Court ruled by 12 votes to 3. “The Court further recalls that although it has not found that the information available to the Belgrade authorities indicated, as a matter of certainty, that genocide was imminent, they could hardly have been unaware of the serious risk of it. “In the view of the Court, the Yugoslav federal authorities should have made the best efforts within their power to try and prevent the tragic events then taking shape, whose scale might have been surmised. Yet the Respondent has not shown that it took any initiative to prevent what happened, or any action on its part to avert the atrocities which were committed” as required by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The court also found, by 14 to 1, that Serbia violated its obligations under the Convention by having failed to transfer Mr. Mladic, indicted for genocide and complicity in genocide in Srebrenica, for trial by the ICTY. But on the overall charges brought by Bosnia, the Court ruled by 13 to 2 that Serbia had not committed genocide, nor had it conspired, through its organs or persons whose acts engage its responsibility under customary international law, in violation of its obligations under the Convention. It found by 11 votes to 4 that Serbia had not been complicit in genocide. While there is overwhelming evidence that massive killings throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina were perpetrated during the conflict, the Court said it was not convinced that these were accompanied by “the specific intent on the part of the perpetrators to destroy, in whole or in part, the group of Bosnian Muslims,” although they may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. But with regard to Srebrenica, the Court concluded that the Main Staff of the VRS had “the necessary specific intent to destroy in part the group of Bosnian Muslims (specifically the Bosnian Muslims of Srebrenica) and that accordingly acts of genocide were committed by the VRS.” It noted that while there is little doubt that the atrocities in Srebrenica were committed, at least in part, with the resources which the perpetrators possessed as a result of the general policy of aid and assistance by the FRY, one of the very specific conditions for Serbia’s legal responsibility was not met since “it has not been conclusively established that, at the crucial time, the FRY supplied aid to the perpetrators of the genocide in full awareness that the aid supplied would be used to commit genocide.” But the FRY was in a position of influence over the Bosnian Serbs who devised and implemented the genocide in Srebrenica, owing to the strength of the political, military and financial links between the FRY on the one hand and the Republika Srpska and the VRS on the other. On the issue of reparations the court determined that its findings “constitute appropriate satisfaction, and that the case is not one in which an order for payment of compensation… would be appropriate.” Since it had not been shown that the genocide would in fact have been averted if the FRY had tried to prevent it, “financial compensation for the failure to prevent the genocide at Srebrenica is not the appropriate form of reparation,” the judgment said. “The Court considers that the most appropriate form of satisfaction would be a declaration in the operative clause of the Judgment that the Respondent has failed to comply with the obligation to prevent the crime of genocide.” 26 February 2007The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main United Nations judicial organ, today overwhelmingly acquitted Serbia of committing genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkan war of the 1990s, but found it guilty of failing to prevent genocide in the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica. read more

UN expresses outrage at heinous Al Shabaab attack on Kenyan university

The Secretary-General, who had previously condemned the attack in a statement released on Wednesday, sent a personal letter yesterday to the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, to once again expressed his sincere condolences following the “horrendous” attack. “There is little more appalling than targeting young people for murder and mayhem.” Mr. Ban wrote in the letter. “Those responsible for this heinous attack must be brought to justice.” He also reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Kenya in preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. Those sentiments were echoed by the members of the Security Council, who issued a statement paying tribute to Kenya’s role in the fight against terrorism, in particular the role played by the country in the fight against Al Shabaab as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed, Council members reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations. They underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Kenyan authorities in this regard. The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law. The President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa (Uganda), also reiterated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever commits it, and he joined the Secretary-General and the Security Council in extending condolences to the families of the victims and the people and government of the Republic of Kenya, while wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. The heinous attack left dozens dead, scores injured and many held hostage and others unaccounted for, the vast majority of whom were students, the statement said, adding a call on the international community to redouble its efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism. read more

Carbon 13U Knocks Out Eastside Photo Gallery

Photos by Jeff Barrett In the first game of day two of the Pacific Southwest Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament, Tri-Valley played extremely well all around to eliminate Beaver. Tri-Valley was disappointed in its first game of the tournament and came out determined and won 12-0.Carbon also came out with a strong performance to beat Eastside 10-0. CJ Smuin was the player of the game. He pitched five scoreless innings while Wyatt Falk went 3-3 with 2 RBIs.Kai Red Sox handled South Tahoe by a score of 15-0. El Segundo continued their strong effort with a 11-3 win over Hanford.Wednesday’s games will start off at 1 p.m. between Hanford and Tri-Valley. Then, at 3:30 p.m., South Tahoe will take on Carbon. The losers of both those games will be eliminated from the tournament, so all four teams will be fighting to stay alive. The final game of the day will feature the match-up between the Kai Red Sox and El Segundo. The winner of that game will not only have a bye on Thursday but will go straight to the championship game on Friday. read more

Former policeman jailed after filming himself raping woman

The victim has remained strong throughout the police investigation and the court process and it’s due to her courage that’s led to this convictionDC Kasie Carter “You took advantage of the victim; she has little recollection of what happened. Sexual intercourse took place and other activities.””She became aware it was you and not the man she was hoping to form a relationship with. She was outraged. You knew she was drunk and you made a recording. I bear in mind your hitherto previous good character.”He also ordered that Rodgers will have to sign on a sex offender register for the rest of his life.Afterwards, officer in the case, DC Kasie Carter said: “The defendant took advantage of the victim after she’d been out for the evening with friends.”The victim has remained strong throughout the police investigation and the court process and it’s due to her courage that’s led to this conviction.”She came forward and made the report very quickly, which enabled us to gain vital evidence, allowing us to carry out a thorough and detailed investigation.” Passing sentence Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: “You had sexual issues. Apparently, you thought you were a sex addict of some sort and went to swinger’s clubs.” 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. Mr Blackburn told the jury: “She was in no state to consent and even if she had been, she thought she was having sex with someone else.”The defendant knew she thought she was having sex with someone else. He carried on because he wanted sex with her, irrespective of consent and to take a recording.”Mr Blackburn added: “The recording shows he’s the sober one in control and she’s the absolutely drunk one.”Jurors did not view the footage, but heard dialogue from the recording, with the victim calling the defendant by another name during sex.The court heard that during the trial Rodgers had blatantly posted an image of a sex toy on social media, which the woman had found out about and was “very upset.” It had resulted in his bail being revoked.He had also asked for a copy of the original sex video he made, before the verdicts were announced, and the judge questioned his motive for that.Defence advocate, Steven Newcombe, suggested it was connected with the evidence in the case and added: “I don’t think it was for the purpose of publication.”The image of someone holding a sex toy (he put on social media) was a poor decision on his part.” A former special constable filmed himself raping a drunken woman who thought she was having sex with another man, a court heard.Ex-special constable Paul Rodgers forced himself on the victim who was so drunk she thought she was having sex with a man she wanted to be her boyfriend.Afterwards the “sex addict”, who visited swingers clubs, sent an edited version of the mobile phone footage to another person making it appear the sex had been consensual.But on the unedited recording of the sex attack which was played in court the victim could be heard clearly saying the other man’s name.During the video Rodgers could be heard telling her “No, it’s not, it’s me, Paul.” She replied: “No, no it’s not.”The 29-year-old, of no fixed address, denied raping and sexually assaulting the woman, claiming she consented, but he was found guilty of both charges.Leicester Crown Court heard Rodgers was formerly a special constable, but was dismissed in December 2016, by the Leicestershire force, for an unrelated matter.Luke Blackburn, prosecuting, said the woman was “extremely vulnerable” on the night the attack took place at an address in Leicestershire.The victim had been out with her friends in June 2016 and was very drunk. read more

Gilbeys heir has assault conviction overturned

“Sir Gavin has had to endure a living nightmare for the past 15 months and I hope the quashing of his conviction allows him to move on with his life.” 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. Gin heir Sir Walter Gavin Gilbey has had his conviction for allegedly assaulting his 95-year-old mother quashed.The 69-year-old expressed “enormous relief” after a judge and two magistrates cleared his name at Hove Crown Court on Friday.He was only allowed to contact his mother Lady Gilbey with the supervision of a housekeeper or carer after he was convicted of assault in February.It had been claimed that he had thrown her to the floor and snapped her walking stick on August 26 last year.In a statement issued through his lawyers on Monday, the heir to Gilbey’s gin, who uses his middle name Gavin, said: “I would like to express my enormous relief that the Gilbey name has now been cleared.”After living through a highly stressful 15 months I am really happy that I can now resume the relationship with my loving and frail mother and continue to look after her for the rest of her life.”I wish to publicly thank Penny, my loving partner for over 20 years, and all of my friends for their steadfast support.”His solicitor Nigel Richardson, from Hodge Jones and Allen, said: “Sir Gavin has always maintained his innocence of these allegations and we are delighted that his good name has been cleared. read more

THW KIEL Duvnjak in the lineup in December

Domagoj DuvnjakTHW Kiel ← Previous Story ILIC VS KARABATIC: Who will be the first in “CLUB 1000”? Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock to sign Ziga Mlakar Kieler Nachrichten brought an article about healthy status of THW Kiel captain Domagoj Duvnjak, who suppose to be on the court back again in early December. The 29-years old Croatian playmaker is out of handball since April, when he had surgery on knee (patella) which caused him a lot of problems in previous season.Although some prognosis that Duvnjak will be ready even in November, former RK PPD Zagreb and HSV Handball member isn’t still ready.Bad season of THW Kiel, a lot of troubles both in DKB Bundesliga and EHF Champions League, put Duvnjak’s appearances first on the list of open questions for the rest of the season.“For the first period, he will be used 10 minutes per half-time”, said coach Alfred Gislason.How bad situation is in Kiel, the best describes home defeat against the youngest team in EHF Champions League – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, last Sunday… read more

Plan for Greek civil service overhaul settled

first_imgThe coalition has agreed on a plan for the sacking of civil servants, it emerged on Tuesday, which will see around 2,000 bureaucrats removed from their positions by the end of June.Athens has agreed to fire 15,000 civil servants by the end of next year as part of its commitments to the troika. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras chaired a meeting of ministers on Tuesday to discuss the scheme. Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis confirmed that some 2,000 public servants would lose their jobs soon, mainly from state organizations that are deemed defunct. “The initial numbers will be made up almost exclusively from the organizations operating under private law that will be closed down,” he said without going into details of when the firings would take place.Greece has agreed that it will fire 4,000 civil servants by the end of the year. The government had wanted as many of the sackings as possible to come from bureaucrats deemed to have breached their code of conduct. However, this is a lengthy process as tribunal hearings have to be held and then appeals heard as well.The list of the organizations that are due to be shut down is likely to be announced after Orthodox Easter next weekend.Manitakis confirmed that a high-level committee would oversee the departures, which are one of the key pledges that Greece made to its lenders during the recent rounds of talks in Athens. The plan for dismissals will be included in a multi-bill that has to be voted through Parliament by the end of the week so Greece can receive the 8.8 billion euros in bailout loans it is expecting in the next few weeks.The committee will have a second task, which is to find by June 12,500 thousand civil servants who can be placed in a labor mobility scheme. Another 12,500 will have to join the program by the end of the year.Manitakis said that by June, the government will have finished the “second phase” of restructuring the civil service, which involves developing new organizational structures for ministries and job descriptions for positions. “This is the most crucial phase,” said Manitakis, who foresees a reduction in costs and increase in efficiency.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Eddie Howe credits Cherries victory to fitness level

first_imgEddie Howe praised the tenacity and fitness level of his Bournemouth players for the late 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.The south coast side were resilient and disciplined at the back as they pushed for the winner that came three minutes from the end, thanks to a Junior Stanislas penalty.Howe told Sky Sports: “It was a difficult second half for us. I thought Crystal Palace played well and we took a bit of a while in that half to get in our stride.“Once we did, we had some great chances towards the end of the game, and it’s a massive win for us.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“They’ve got some very good players in the attacking areas, and we just got pinned back. If anything, the goal they scored released that pressure for us.“We made a tactical switch, and we were able to build on that and finish the game really strongly. It’s a massive part of our armoury, really. The fitness levels of the players are second to none.“They’re a very dedicated group, they’re very professional, and they look after themselves in the right way. The spirit and the togetherness have always been there.“If anything, we’ve enhanced it and built on it, and it does enable us to stay in games and chase games well. I was really pleased with the desire of the players to win.”last_img read more

Missing teen with autism safely located by police

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have safely found a previously missing 17-year-old boy with autism, Tuesday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Police, Nicolas Bermudez was found just after 12:30 p.m. after going missing from Hialeah on Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Museum of Science and Discovery hosts PNC Banks 15th annual Grow Up

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of kids got to meet Elmo and enjoy hands-on activities at PNC Bank’s 15th annual Grow Up Great Day.The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale hosted the event, Thursday.The Grow Up Great initiative helps prepare children for success in school and life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Android Q beta brings a Notification Bell and WiFi sharing with QR

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Pixel users are diving into the new OS. Android Developers Blog On Wednesday, Pixel users got first dibs on Android Q Beta 1, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system. Android Q has a number of new features in addition to measures meant to enhance privacy and security. The updated OS includes new camera capabilities, faster app launch and foldable screen support, among other things. As Pixel users continue to dive into the software, Easter eggs are coming to light. The latest include QR codes for easier Wi-Fi sharing and the Notification Bell, so you can stay on top of alerts. The QR code feature eliminates the need to rattle off a lengthy password if your friend wants to log on to your Wi-Fi. Instead, you open Network & Wi-Fi and then tap Wi-Fi. From there, you choose your network. Next to the Forget icon, you’ll see a Share icon, which will generate the QR code for the other device to scan. Android Q requires you to verify with a password, PIN or fingerprint before it’ll make the code though, Android Authority reported. The Notification Bell feature appears only next to new notifications and is designed to make it easier to parse the morning’s alerts. The icon lasts for just over 30 seconds, Android Authority reported. If you want to try Android Q, you can join the beta program through your Google account. The other option is a bit more complicated and requires flashing the system images after downloading them from Google. Android 10 (Android Q) Google 0 Android Q preview: What’s new in beta?center_img Tags Post a comment Mobile Operating Systems 1:56last_img read more

Game of Thrones 11 TV shows to watch now that the finales

first_imgOriginally published May 18.  The Tudors is the story of Henry VIII’s reign over England during the 16th century starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as he navigates his way through political intrigue and a myriad of wives and mistresses. You won’t see emotionally scarring bloody battles like in Game of Thrones, but there is a very important throne. The series provides an entertaining retelling of an infamous real-life monarch’s rise to power. Just don’t pay too close attention to historical accuracy. Watch The Tudors on Netflix Spartacus: Blood and Sand (4 seasons) This is the kind of TV series that makes both kilts and time travel sexy. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s books, Outlander expertly mixes violence, history, romance and a heavy dose of fantasy. Main character Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is a World War II British nurse who accidentally goes back in time to the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century via some mystical rocks. In this unfamiliar world, Claire’s freedom and life are constantly at risk. To survive, she marries strapping Scot warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). A passionate relationship ensues, but since Claire is already married in her other life, things get complicated quickly. While the battles aren’t as gruesome as the ones in Game of Thrones, the politics and family drama certainly are. Plus, there’s plenty of complicated romance mixed with steamy sex. Watch Outlander on Starz On Demand Black Sails (4 seasons) Based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Series novels, The Last Kingdom is set in England during the 10th century, when Viking invasions were commonplace. The series centers around a character named Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), a Saxon noble captured and raised by the Vikings who fights for the English. Like Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom has plenty of family drama, power struggles, complicated relationships and bloody battles. The violence is extremely graphic — eye-gouging, beheading, stabbing and crucifixion are just some of the ways people die on this show. Watch The Last Kingdom on Netflix Vikings (5 seasons) Throw in lawless homicidal bandits, seductive prostitutes, duplicitous spies and a mysterious boy with dark chi powers and you have an addictively binge-worthy saga. Watch Into the Badlands on Netflix The Shannara Chronicles (2 seasons) Spartacus: Blood and Sand has tons of intense action, violence and sword fights — which is to be expected, as it’s built around gladiators. The show focuses on Spartacus (Andy Whitfield), the famous gladiator who led a rebellion against the Romans in ancient times. We follow him from humble beginnings as an ally to the Romans though a terrible betrayal and transition to becoming a gladiator and warrior. Throughout the series, Spartacus battles to reunite with his wife (Erin Cummings), who was also sent into slavery. The series is loved by fans for its bloody battles and brutal scenes that only the most skilled gladiators can survive. It’s a dark and violent look at the life of a gladiator through the eyes of a slave hell bent on vengeance. Watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Netflix The Borgias (3 seasons) Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Comments The martial-arts fantasy series Into the Badlands takes place in a post-apocalyptic world 500 years after a devastating war that left civilization in ruins. Modern tech like electricity and cars survived, but this society has outlawed guns, so everyone uses knives, katana swords and crossbows. That means tons of spectacular martial arts battles among warriors, as well as power struggles between the barons who control the wealth, drugs and much-needed resources like water.  Now playing: Watch this: The saga follows Elf Princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton), Human Rover Eretria (Ivana Baquero) and half-elf Wil (Austin Butler) on their quest to stop an evil Demon army from destroying the universe. This series has enough twists and turns to satisfy a typical Game of Thrones fan. Watch The Shannara Chronicles on Netflix Merlin (5 seasons) Now playing: Watch this: The Borgias follows the exploits of an infamous real-life Renaissance-era Italian family — one of whom ends up as Pope Alexander VI, the head of the Catholic Church. The Borgias is chock full of nudity, incest, murder and blood, with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. Actor Jeremy Irons steals the spotlight as conniving politician Rodrigo Borgia. Watch The Borgias on NetflixThere are plenty of fantasy saga TV shows streaming right now, but if only George R.R. Martin’s saga of Westeros will do, then don’t worry. There’s a Game of Thrones prequel in the works. TV and Movies Setting sail as a prequel to Treasure Island, Black Sails follows the adventures of infamous pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). Flint is determined to maintain his dominance of New Providence Island, which is overrun with thieves, pirates and wenches. There are lots of pirates doing pirate-ey things like hunting for treasure, but we also get a closer look at Flint, who started out as a British naval officer before everything went sideways in his life. The series has plenty of intrigue, sex, violence and politics. Sadly, no dragons though. Watch Black Sails on Hulu The Tudors (4 seasons) If you wish Game of Thrones had more magic and talking dragons — and was a bit less horrifyingly violent — Merlin is for you. Set in the Kingdom of Camelot, the story follows young Merlin (Colin Morgan) and a young prince Arthur (Bradley James) as the try to fulfill their fate to become two of the most powerful figures in British folklore. Merlin must keep his friend Arthur safe, but can only use his magic in secret since the reigning King Uther (Anthony Head) has banned all sorcery. Lancelot, Guinevere and Morgana are also included in the mix. And yes, this series has a dragon or two to keep things interesting. Watch Merlin on Netflix Frontier (3 seasons) Fans of the khaleesi’s husband Khal Drogo can imagine the series Frontier is his parallel universe life as a trapper. Actor Jason Momoa stars as part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw Declan Harp in this compelling TV series about the 18th-century fur trade in Canada. Think of it as The Revenant meets Game of Thrones, with bears replacing dragons. Momoa’s character campaigns to stop a fur trade monopoly by the corrupt Hudson’s Bay Company, and ends up with a bounty on his head. Throughout the series there’s quite a bit of bloody violence between traders, con men, outlaws, thieves and wild animals. To add a dash of sex appeal, Momoa wears a lot of fur pelts and not much else. Watch Frontier on Netflix Outlander (4 seasons) Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended Tags Target Game of Thrones HBO Hulu Netflix See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Share your voice Get ready for more Viking action. In Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is a farmer who becomes king of Denmark and develops a habit of terrifying the citizens of France and England with violent raids. His troubled brother Rollo (Clive Standen), his first wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and shipbuilder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) also play major roles. As with Game of Thrones, the characters are far from predictable as heroes and villains constantly switch allegiances.  Watch Vikings on History ChannelWatch Vikings on Hulu Into the Badlands (3 seasons) 6:42 6 187 Photos 6:20 Actor Jason Momoa is an outlaw fur trapper named Declan Harp in the Netflix series Frontier. Netflix The final episode ever of Game of Thrones is behind us, and whether you loved or hated the ending, you’ll need a new TV obsession to fill the giant, dragon-shaped hole in your heart. As we bid goodbye to Westeros, here’s a list of quality TV shows full of fantasy, violence and enough thematic similarities to justify a hearty binge. Got any favorites that don’t appear on this list? Share them in the comments!  The Last Kingdom (3 seasons) Based on Terry Brooks’ fantasy book series, The Shannara Chronicles is set thousands of years in the future. But it feels a lot more like a Lord of the Rings-style fantasy tale than anything futuristic. Plenty of adventures, war and evil occur throughout the history of the Four Lands as elves, trolls, dwarves and humans struggle to get along. last_img read more

Petersburg asks for smaller pot business setback

first_imgPetersburg is asking the state to relax limitations on where marijuana businesses can open their doors this year. Petersburg’s assembly approved a resolution Monday asking for a smaller setback for pot businesses.Download AudioPetersburg seal. File photo: KFSK/Petersburg.New state regulations say a marijuana business must be at least 500 feet from a school, youth center, church or jail, which would put most of downtown Petersburg off limits.Petersburg’s assembly considered a resolution saying the 500 foot setback severely reduces the ability of a licensed marijuana business to exist in the retail business district in downtown Petersburg. The resolution asks for the state to change the setback to 200 feet.Assembly member Jeigh Stanton Gregor said he was not really optimistic the state would change the regulation. “However for lots of municipalities it poses a business challenge,” Stanton Gregor said. “It’s free market. Capitalist society we live in and for this particular industry that 500-foot setback is more restrictive than alcohol for instance and I think it would give beyond Petersburg other local communities broader scope to do business.”Stanton Gregor thought it couldn’t hurt to ask. The vote was 6-0 in favor of that resolution, which will be sent to the state.The relaxed setback idea has been proposed in Sitka and it was one recommendation that came out of Petersburg’s marijuana regulation advisory committee. That committee met several times since it formed last March. However the committee’s chair, Stanton Gregor, told the assembly that they’ve been unable to come up with other recommendations about the new state regulations or a local ordinance.“At the December 2015 meeting the majority of committee members had either not read the state regulations at all or had very little working knowledge of them,” he said. “Therefore the committee is unable to provide clear and or useful recommendations to the assembly at this time. It is my opinion that the assembly may need to address this issue on their own as the committee thus far ineffective.”The assembly agreed to have staff draft an ordinance for local marijuana businesses. Borough manager Steve Giesbrecht thought it could take some time for staff to draft an ordinance and check it with the borough’s attorney. Local governments can prohibit pot businesses outright, restrict the number of licensed businesses, or otherwise regulate the location and hours of operation. A local ordinance could also establish a tax on pot. The state anticipates it could be accepting license applications for pot cafes and growers online next month.last_img read more

1st phase of Biswa Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat

first_imgProthom Alo file photoThe first phase of the three-day Biswa Ijtema ends with akheri munajat today, Sunday.Hafez Mohammad Zubayer, the Imam of Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka, conducted the Akheri Munajat that started at 11:00am, said the Ijtema organisers.Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have attended the congregation. Some 4,473 foreign devotees from 88 countries have joined the first phase of the Ijtema.The second phase of Ijtema will be held on 19-21 January.Tablighi Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema on the bank of Turag river since 1967. The Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2011 to ease the accommodation crisis.last_img read more

12 Catalan separatists trial begins in Madrid

first_imgA general view shows the trial of jailed Catalan separatist leaders in Supreme Court in Madrid, Spain, 12 February 2019. Photo: Reuters 12 Catalan separatists` trial begins in MadridTwelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain went on trial on Tuesday under intense scrutiny, as tensions over the future of the region flare again.The defendants, some of whom have been in pre-trial custody for over a year, sat on benches in the ornate room of Madrid’s Supreme Court, facing seven judges and a discreet Spanish flag in proceedings broadcast live on television.All are on trial over an independence referendum that was held on 1 October 2017 despite a court ban, as well as a short-lived declaration of independence, which sparked Spain’s worst political crisis since the death of dictator Francisco Franco.Separatist officials demonstrated near the courthouse, where more than 600 journalists are accredited.”We’re at the Supreme Court to accuse the Spanish state of violating the civil and political rights of all Catalans,” the region’s separatist president Quim Torra tweeted after holding a banner that read: “Deciding is not an offence”.Separatists in Catalonia want to be able to hold a referendum on their future and have dismissed the trial as a politically-motivated “farce”.Pro-independence protesters in the region briefly blocked several roads before dawn, setting fire to tyres and holding up traffic.Protests have been called in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, at 7:00pm (1800 GMT).But many Spaniards support the proceedings, still dumbstruck over the actions of Catalonia’s then regional executive in October 2017 when it tried to break from the country.Banned referendumCarles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s former president who fled to Belgium days after a short-lived declaration of independence on 27 October, is not among the 12 defendants.Spain does not try suspects in absentia for major offences.The trial’s main protagonist is therefore his former deputy Oriol Junqueras, who opted to remain in Spain. He faces up to 25 years in jail.The 11 other accused include members of Catalonia’s then executive, the two leaders of powerful pro-independence associations, ANC and Omnium Cultural, and the former president of the Catalan parliament. They face jail terms of seven to 17 years.Nine defendants have been charged with rebellion, with some also accused of misuse of public funds. They have all been in pre-trial detention for months, some of them for more than a year.The three others are accused of disobedience and misuse of public funds.Controversy over rebellionControversy has swirled over the charge of rebellion levelled at Junqueras and eight others.Under Spanish law, rebellion is defined as “rising up in a violent and public manner”.But the key, divisive question is whether there actually was any violence.Public prosecutors argue the defendants “called on citizens to participate in the 1 October referendum knowing it was illegal and that explosions of violence could therefore take place”.But supporters of independence deny the accusation of violence.They instead denounce police violence during the referendum, images of which were seen in media round the world.Hundreds of witnesses have been called to testify, including former conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy who was in office at the time of the referendum.The first day of the trial, though, is expected to focus on procedural issues.Due to last three months, the verdicts will be delivered several months later.Early elections?Catalonia’s independence drive remains a political hot potato.Tens of thousands of people joined a rally on Sunday in central Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who they accuse of “high treason” over his negotiations with Catalan separatists.Sanchez, who came to power in June with the support of Catalan nationalist parties, had tried to defuse tensions by resuming talks which were called off under Rajoy.But Catalan separatists insisted on their demand to hold a referendum, which Madrid fiercely opposes, and the talks broke down on Friday.Sanchez’s minority government relies on the support of Catalan separatist parties to approve its 2019 budget.But the separatists have vowed to block the budget during a crucial vote in parliament on Wednesday, opening the door for Sanchez to call an early general election.last_img

Two senior citizens surrender their pet crocodile after 30 years

first_imgAcapulco, Guerrero — The Federal Procurator for Environmental Protection of Acapulco says that two senior citizens voluntarily surrendered their pet crocodile after having it for 30 years.The couple, both over the age of 80, gave up their unnamed pet which now weighs 250 kilos. The three-meter river reptile lived in a pond in the couple’s back yard for its entire life in the city of Acapulco.In a statement, the environmental agency reported that personnel went to the home to get the reptile at the request of the couple. When they arrived, they found the river crocodile inside a pond located in the back of the house.Environmental officials say the reptile was in good health. They explained that the reptile was raised and cared for by them for 30 years and that they were no longer able to care for it. They surrendered the animal under the condition that its survival was guaranteed.The large adult river crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), was delivered to a provisional depository in a Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife which has the proper conditions for its care and survival.The river crocodile is a protected species in Mexico.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more