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WHAT THE CHUCK CORUS RADIO INTRODUCES UNIQUELYEDMONTON STATION 925 THE CHUCK

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: EDMONTON, Canada – Buff up the Talus balls and grab a green onion cake. Corus Radio is bringing a new feel to the Edmonton airwaves today with the launch of 92.5 The ‘Chuck. Rebranded from Fresh Radio, The ‘Chuck is giving listeners more music variety full of hits and surprises, interspersed with irreverent slices of this city that we love.“If you live in Edmonton, you’ll get it. We saw an opportunity in the market to introduce an unconventional and original sound,” says Greg Johnson, FM Program Director, Corus Radio Edmonton. “Edmontonians are proud of their city and this station embodies that passion.”92.5 The ‘Chuck will keep the city entertained on shuffle with an exciting, unpredictable mix of pop rock and variety from the 80s through today. In between the hits, The ‘Chuck’s distinctly local personality will keep things topical with less chatter than any other station in the market. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Join The ‘Chuck Crew out and about this weekend, starting this afternoon in Old Strathcona where they’re dodging potholes and blasting the hits aboard an Urban Pedal Tour team bike. Then on Saturday at the Heritage Festival, The ‘Chuck is inviting Edmontonians to break bread at the city’s largest communal table. Measuring 70 feet in length, take a seat near the main entrance of Hawrelak Park to learn about the brand, check out the local art on the table and enter to win $500 to Skip the Dishes.Tune in to 92.5 The ‘Chuck, or listen live online at 925thechuck.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

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Egyptian ambassador to Turkey returns home

first_imgCAIRO- Egyptian ambassador to Turkey Abdel-Rahman Salahuddin returned to Cairo on Saturday from Ankara.Last week, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d’affaires and declared the Turkish ambassador a “persona non-grata.”It linked the decision to statements made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Egypt’s domestic affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded the same day by downgrading diplomatic relations with Egypt to the level of charge d’affaires and declaring the Egyptian ambassador a “persona non-grata”.last_img read more

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Moroccan Minister Meets in Quebec with Leaders of Transportation Enterprises

first_imgQuebec – Minister Delegate in Charge for Transportation, Mohamed Najib Boulif, held, Tuesday in Quebec, a series of meetings with leaders from the Quebecer transportation association (AQTr), the Montreal port department (APM) and transportation and infrastructure enterprises, on means to foster relations between Morocco and Quebec in these fields.Boulif highlighted the importance of debates and talks he had with the said leaders and of the province’s performance in the transport sector, underlining that Morocco boasts huge opportunities that could be the basis of a win-win cooperation between the two parties.He also underscored Morocco’s interest in the development of port infrastructure to become real engine for socio-economic development, stressing Morocco’s geostrategic positioning (3500 km of coastlines) as well as its maritime assets.last_img read more

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Exclusive Resolution on Western Sahara Positive for Morocco

New York – The members of the Security Council concluded on Thursday morning their negotiations on the draft resolution regarding the Western Sahara.The United States has pushed for the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution that is very pro Morocco, sources acquainted with the matter from inside the United Nations told Morocco World News on Thursday.The 15-member body held another closed-door meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the final language of the resolution. The final version of the resolution was submitted “in blue” – meaning ready for adoption – to the secretariat of the Security Council. But according to our sources in New York, new developments may warrant revision of the text and a vote has not been scheduled. It is unclear whether the 15-member will adopt the resolution tomorrow or this weekend.The latest version of the resolution, which was obtained by Morocco World News, is positive for the Moroccan position and puts clear pressure on the Polisario.The resolution reflects the concern expressed by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres concerning the situation in the region. In his first annual report on the Situation Regarding the Western Sahara, the UN chief called on the Security Council to urge the Polisario to withdraw from the Gueguerat region.The resolution calls unequivocally on the Polisario to respect the provisions of the 1991 ceasefire agreement and withdraw from the Gueguerat region without conditions.Paragraph 3 of the resolution expresses the Security Council’s “deep concern with the continued presence of elements of the Polisario Front in the buffer strip in Guerguerat and strongly urges the Polisario Front to fully and unconditionally withdraw from the buffer strip in Guerguerat immediately.”The Polisario will be given 30 days to abide by the provisions of the resolution. In the event it refuses to withdraw from the Gueguerat region, the Security Council will decide on ways to compel it to do so.The Security Council “requests the Secretary-General to brief the Council within 30 days on whether elements of the Polisario have withdrawn from the buffer strip in Guerguerat and expresses its intention, if there is no full and unconditional withdrawal, to consider how best to facilitate achievement of this goal,”  says the resolution in its paragraph 4.On the other hand, the resolution calls on the parties to show commitment towards achieving a mutually acceptable political solution. In this regard, unlike last year’s resolution, the new text insist three times that the any political solution should in the “context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.”The addition of this sentence in three paragraphs echoes the recommendation made in the report of the Secretary General in which he called on the parties to work towards achieving a mutually political solution and on defining the meaning and scope of the concept of self-determination.The recommendation of the UN chief and the text of the resolution are in line with the position of Morocco, which has for long insisted that  independence is not only way of achieving self-determination and that autonomy is also among the arrangements of the United Nations that provide achieving self-determination.The Security Council expressed “its full support for the commitment of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy towards a solution to the question of Western Sahara in this context to relaunch the negotiating process with a new dynamic and a new spirit leading to the resumption of a political process with the aim of reaching a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,”To achieve this goal, it calls on “the parties to resume negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, with a view to achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and noting the role and responsibilities of the parties in this respect.”The resolution calls on the Secretary General “to update the Security Council within six months of the appointment of the new Personal Envoy on ways in which the Personal Envoy, working with the parties, is progressing towards a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and present a clear path forward.”US and France lend their support to MoroccoBut while the United States, penholder of the resolution, and France wanted to push for the resolution along the lines expressed in the first draft, other members called for the adoption of a more nuanced and more balanced resolution.The main bones of contention were the need that Polisario withdraw from the Guerguerat region and respect the ceasefire agreement, and the approach that the Security Council will adopt to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable political solution.“The differences relate to how the Council addresses the situation of Guerguerat, and also how it addresses the parties’ proposals. It appears that the Council is leaning for the Moroccan proposal submitted to the Council in 2007,” the same source said.“The text was leaning or very favorable to Morocco as prepared by the US, especially in these two areas. Therefore, there was some disagreement from other members that do not agree with this approach,” the same source added. read more

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Yukon Party promises to fight federal carbon tax amid territorial election

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yukon Party promises to fight federal carbon tax amid territorial election WHITEHORSE – The federal government’s carbon tax strategy is dominating Yukon’s territorial election, with the leader of the long-governing party promising to fight the levy while his rivals dismiss the pledge as political bluster.Yukon Party Leader Darrell Pasloski said that putting a price on carbon would raise the cost of virtually everything in the territory, including food, clothing and gas.“A carbon tax would do nothing but hurt the economy,” he said in an interview. “When you put in a new tax that makes everything cost more money, people have a lot less money to spend in an economy.”Pasloski was elected leader of the governing Yukon Party in 2011 and went on to win the election later that year. He called this election on Oct. 7 with just a week to spare on the party’s five-year mandate.The premier said his experience working with politicians on the national stage could earn an exemption from a federally-mandated carbon tax by showing Ottawa what the territory has done to cut emissions.“Yukoners want a leader and a party that’s going to stand up for Yukoners and not simply roll over with inevitability,” he said.But leaders of the territory’s opposition parties have called the carbon tax promise unrealistic.“I think he’s misleading Yukoners,” said Sandy Silver, leader of the Yukon Liberals. “That’s not a great plan for Yukoners, just to stick your head in the sand.”Instead, Silver said the territory needs to plan to take money from the levy and put it back into businesses.The federal government made it clear that carbon pricing is coming and Yukon has to come up with ways to make sure the tax brings benefits, said Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson.Her party is proposing half of the revenues from the tax be used to create a rebate for families and the other half would be dedicated to grow the territory’s renewable-energy sector.“We need to make the direct link that if we’re going to address climate change through a carbon price, show us that it’s going to help by fostering both the creation of jobs in the renewable energy sector and the replacement of fossil fuels through those funds,” she said.There’s huge potential for wind, solar and geothermal energy in Yukon, Hanson said, and creating jobs in the renewable energy sector could help replace positions lost due to a shrinking mining sector, which has long been the region’s dominant economic engine.Silver, too, said there’s a need to diversify the territory’s economy and create new jobs. But mining will always have a future in Yukon and it’s important that the next government looks to find a more sustainable way forward for the industry, he said.Pasloski acknowledged that there has been a downturn in mineral prices globally during his tenure, but said he’s optimistic about the future of mining in Yukon and proud of how his government has weathered the slowdown.New businesses are coming in, flights in and around the territory have increased, and a new subdivision has been built in Whitehorse, he said.“For the first time ever in a mining economy downturn, we haven’t seen a mass exodus of people, which has historically been an issue in mining downturns.”While Pasloski’s party campaigns on continuing to put the interests of Yukoners first, his opponents say it’s time for a change.The Yukon Party has been in power for 14 years, and Silver — the lone Yukon Liberal elected in 2011 — said the party has gotten “a little long in the tooth.”It’s time to get away from partisan politics and start working directly on the issues that impact Yukoners, he said in an interview, arguing his party is the best for that job.Hanson said the NDP’s record as the official opposition shows they’re ready to take the reins.“People can see by our work ethic that we’re prepared to take on issues, to stand up with people or for principle,” she said. “To me, those are the kind of things I hope people consider when they consider voting.”Sixty-three people are vying for 19 seats in the election, which takes place on Nov. 7.– By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver– Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitter Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski arrives for a meeting of provincial premiers in Whitehorse, Yukon, in a July 21, 2016, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward read more

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UN chief urges consensus on robust arms trade treaty as conference begins

“You are not here to initiate new negotiations. You are here to strengthen and conclude the work that has been done in earnest since the beginning of the ATT process in 2006,” Mr. Ban told representatives from 193 Member States in his opening remarks to the conference in New York.He added that now is the time for the focus and political will to negotiate the final details and arrive at a consensus outcome during the nine-day conference. “That is the clear message of the General Assembly when it decided that this is the Final United Nations Conference on the ATT.”The last negotiations on the ATT ended in July of last year without agreement. Disappointed, Mr. Ban described it as a “setback” but also noted that States had reached considerable common ground that can be built on.In today’s speech, Mr. Ban noted that international standards regulate everything from t-shirts to toys and tomatoes, and he questioned why “there are common standards for the global trade in armchairs but not the global trade in arms.” An effective and strong ATT will put on notice warlords, pirates, human rights abusers, organized criminals, terrorists and gun runners, Mr. Ban said, and require exporting countries to assess the risk that weapons will be used to commit grave violations of international humanitarian law or even fuel conflict. Armed violence, he noted, kills more than half a million people each year, including 66,000 women and girls. In addition, between 2000 and 2010, almost 800 humanitarian workers were killed in armed attacks and another 689 injured, according to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. “We owe this landmark UN treaty to those who have fallen victim to armed conflict and violence, to all the children deprived of a better future, and to all those risking their lives to build peace and make this a better world,” Mr. Ban said.Some 2,000 representatives of Governments, international and regional organizations and civil society have gathered at UN Headquarters to take part in the negotiations and related events. The process is overseen by Ambassador Peter Woolcott of Australia who took over today as president of the conference. “My door will always be open,” he told participants during his opening statement, adding that by “working together we can make the Arms Trade Treaty a reality.” Mr. Woolcott urged participants to focus and to reach a consensus, reminding them that “expectations are high and time is limited.” According to the conference’s website, the proposed treaty will not interfere with the domestic arms trade and the way a country regulates civilian possession; ban, or prohibit the export of, any type of weapons; impair States’ legitimate right to self-defence; or lower arms regulation standards in countries where these are already at a high level.An arms trade treaty will, it pointed out, “aim to create a level playing field for international arms transfers by requiring all States to abide by a set of standards for transfer controls, which will ultimately benefit the safety and security of people everywhere in the world.” read more

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Womens volleyball Maggie Heim and life after the 25th point

Maggie Heim works with Big Ten Network during an OSU women’s volleyball home game. Credit: Courtesy of Maggie HeimThe crowd at Nebraska’s Omaha Marian High School basketball game was in shock. Freshman center Maggie Heim went up for a rebound and had her legs swiped out from under her. Heim’s head hit the floor and everything went black. “The last thing I remember is the whole crowd going, ‘Oh …,’” she said. It would be her first concussion, but not her last. An avid high-school athlete, Heim played not only basketball, but she also ran track and played volleyball. Now, biologically more prone to have concussions since her first had occurred, Heim suffered two more collisions in high school, but she was mentally hard-headed and brushed off the accidents. “With my stubborn personality, I was like, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine,’” she said. Heim eventually bounced back from her injuries and was recruited by Ohio State volleyball coach Geoff Carlston after her sophomore season. She said she considered herself a risk taker. The long distance from home did not bother her because she loved OSU for more than just its athletics. “If my sport were to ever be taken away, I knew that I would still love the school,” Heim said. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe has known Heim since they were in high school, playing each other in the club volleyball circuit. Sandbothe said Heim had an infectious personality, and she stood out on the court. “Everywhere she went, she would just light up a room, or she lit up a game,” she said. During her first two seasons as a Buckeye, Heim made a big impression. Her team knew her as a leader and an encouraging voice. Even though she didn’t see a lot of playing time as an underclassman, Heim said she was determined to be the best teammate possible to everyone around her.“Something about Maggie that not a lot of people know is that she was one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met in my life. When it came down to the wire, she was an absolute competitor,” Sandbothe said. “She pushed everyone to be better.” Just before the NCAA tournament during Heim’s sophomore season at OSU, the past reared its ugly head once again. She was hit in the head during two consecutive practices. Immediately, she knew something was off. “I finished practice and walked off the court and said, ‘Something doesn’t feel right,’” she said. The athletic trainers took her into their office and asked her simple questions. “What day is it?,” “Who was the last team you played?,” Heim couldn’t remember any of it. Despite the scare, she was back in the gym the next day, ready to spend another practice with the team she loved most and take off for tournament play. However, she was sent home to rest, and had to watch the Buckeyes play from a television screen. The following days would be focused on getting back on her feet.Before Heim left to go back to Omaha for winter break, the trainers suggested this was more than just another hit. Her injury was potentially career-ending. A neurologist’s recommendation confirmed her worst nightmare. She returned to OSU with a heavy heart and bad news for the Buckeye sisterhood. “I told them I wouldn’t be playing anymore, which is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say to anyone. We sat in the locker room and just cried. It was almost like a loss, like a death,” she said. “I hugged every one of my teammates.”Sandbothe remembers that day and the greater message that stood out through the tears.“It was really scary, and it was a realization that this game is something that’s bigger than all of us and it can be taken from you in the blink of an eye.” Sandbothe said. But just because she wouldn’t be on the court, it didn’t mean Heim was abandoning her team. After telling them the initial news that she wouldn’t be wearing a Buckeye jersey anymore, she also had a second message. “The second thing I told them is, ‘I’m going to be there as much as I can, as much as I can emotionally handle these next two years because they’re my family,’” she said. Heim hung around St. John Arena a lot after the incident, because she still had so much love for the team, even if she wouldn’t be playing. It helped her transition into her new role as a student assistant coach.The Ohio State women’s volleyball senior class poses for pictures. Credit: Courtesy of Maggie Heim“It’s a student-coach role, but I think it’s more being a sense of calm, peace and happiness around the team,” she said. “I wanted to continue to bring that in any way I could.” It was a good fit for Heim. Carlston said she brings a great perspective to the team as a walking example of gratitude. “One of the most valuable things she brings is that sense of gratefulness, that sense of urgency — understanding that it all can be taken away from you,” he said. “That’s a really essential piece to have within your program, someone who can speak to that and who has lived it.” As time progressed, Heim began to explore new facets of life outside of volleyball. She expressed interest in television, modeling, the Peace Corps and traveling the world after graduating in May. Heim currently works with Big Ten Network doing play-by-play broadcasting of her team’s home matches. “It’s in my personality to not say no to things that freak me out,” she said.Helm said she would have never known about the other opportunities that existed for her had she not gotten injured. “I’m not a victim to my injury. I’m not curled up in a ball saying, ‘Oh, poor me,’” she said. “I’m using it to motivate myself to go do other things.” Heim’s story has been an inspiration for those around her, including Sandbothe and Carlston who have seen Heim through all of the stages of her journey. Sandbothe said Heim has grounded the senior class in humility. “She did a tremendous job of letting people know she was okay and letting people know there is life beyond this game,” Sandbothe said. As for Carlston, Heim is one of the reasons that being a coach is so rewarding. He’s seen Heim at her lowest and, now, her highest. “She’s a good example of really why I enjoy coaching,” he said. “To see a player like Maggie go through what she went through and come out of it … and not only come out of it, but come out of it on the other side much better.” Even though her time as an OSU athlete was cut short, Heim is anything but bitter. She said her days spent as a Buckeye are something that will always be carried with her.“As difficult as it’s been at some points, there’s been so much joy that’s come from being a student-athlete here,” she said. “I don’t really have words for it. It’s been so unbelievable, but I’m beyond grateful for everything that God has given me and this program has given me.” Heim has been officially released from the NCAA and OSU, so she is free to decide whether she will ever play volleyball again, but what she’s more interested in is exploring who exactly Maggie Heim is. “My identity was always being an athlete and that’s where my confidence came from. My happiness was from going to practice and wearing a jersey,” she said. “Something I’m interested in is establishing an identity that’s being a human being and not just being a student-athlete.” read more

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Blind paralysedand bald But Mark Pollocks TEDx talk is about possibilities not

first_imgMARK POLLOCK, THE adventurer who has conquered some of the world’s toughest marathons despite being blind, admits that he has problems. Having gone blind, he was subsequently paralysed after an accident.Either one of those problems would keep many people down, but Pollock is excited about the possibilities, not held back by his problems.Last month, Pollock told his incredible story at the TEDx Hollywood event, hoping to raise awareness of needs to be done to help people in wheelchairs.He has become the world’s leading test pilot of Esko Robotic Legs.In the talk, Pollock talks about his blindness, his paralysis and being “genuinely broken”.“For the next 16 months, I was in hospital and found out about the real, obvious problems of paralysis.”However, he is far from broken now. He says he was inspired by former Superman actor Christopher Reeve and how every day he goes to the gym to walk “thousands of steps” in his robotic legs.He has now taken 300,000 steps in the legs. He goes on to talk about the research that is ongoing and calls on people to get involved.The talk is uplifting, inspiring and moving.Take 13 minutes and watch it.Read: A year in robotic legs: paralysed adventurer hits new milestoneRead: Blind adventurer to give TED talk on hope four years after becoming paralysed Source: TEDx Talks/YouTube“Ladies and gentlemen, I have got problems.“I’m blind, I’m paralysed, I’m bald and I’m from Northern Ireland.”last_img read more

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Sonde PhobosGrunt peu probable que les débris sécrasent sur Terre

first_imgSonde Phobos-Grunt : “peu probable que les débris s’écrasent sur Terre”Lundi, le patron de l’agence spatiale russe Vladimir Popovkine a indiqué qu’il y avait peu de chances que la sonde Phobos-Grunt retombe sur Terre si les équipes ne parvenaient pas à en reprendre le contrôle. Elle se désintégrera en entrant dans l’atmosphère.Un peu moins d’une semaine après son lancement, la sonde Phobos-Grunt erre toujours en orbite autour de la Terre. Malgré les multiples tentatives, les ingénieurs de l’agence spatiale russe n’ont pas encore réussi à reprendre le contrôle de l’engin afin de mettre en marche les propulseurs qui ont échoué à la placer dans la bonne direction après le décollage. Mais si des sources avaient tout d’abord évoqué que Roskosmos disposait de trois jours pour rectifier le tir, il semblerait, selon son directeur Vladimir Popovkine, que la situation ne soit pas encore tout à fait perdue. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, celui-ci a indiqué que les scientifiques ont encore jusqu’à début décembre pour mettre les propulseurs de la sonde en marche, après quoi la “fenêtre balistique” pour prendre la direction de Mars sera fermée. “Il y a une chance, mais pour le moment nous ne parvenons pas à obtenir les données télémétriques pour comprendre ce qu’il s’est passé”, a t-il ainsi précisé cité par l’AFP. Toutefois, si l’agence échoue à récupérer la sonde Phobos-Grunt, il semblerait qu’il y ait “très peu de chances qu’elle atteigne la Terre”, a ajouté Vladimir Popovkine. “Les réservoirs en aluminium de Phobos Grunt contiennent 7,5 tonnes de combustible. Nous ne doutons pas qu’il explosera dans les couches denses de l’atmosphère. Il est peu probable que des débris s’écrasent sur Terre”, a poursuivi le chef de Roskosmos. “Mars n’aime pas les Terriens” Malgré tout, ce nouvel échec représente un réel coup dur pour l’agence spatiale russe dont c’était la première tentative de mission d’exploration interplanétaire depuis l’échec en novembre 1996 de la sonde Mars 96, qui était retombée dans l’océan Pacifique. “C’est une déconvenue pour l’astrophysique russe”, a reconnu Vladimir Popovkine avant de relever que “Mars n’aime pas les Terriens”, étant donné que de nombreuses missions, soviétiques, américaines, européennes comme japonaises, ont échoué par le passé. Le 15 novembre 2011 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Orvilles Timing Could Not Have Been Worse

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target Oh boy, was yesterday the exact wrong time to air this episode of The Orville. Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek inspired dramedy has been pretty hit and miss during its first season, but overall has grown into a respectable piece of light sci-fi. Last night’s episode saw the show indulge in its worst tendencies, bringing back a plot point the show was better for having ignored. Worse yet, it completely undid all the great character work accomplished by last week’s episode. Looking at it that way, the timing barely matters at all. This episode would have been a disappointment no matter what was going on in the news.It starts out promising enough, with the crew enjoying a night off with some karaoke. Kelly is singing Journey’s “Any Way You Want It,” and the camera zoom’s in on Ed enjoying her performance. Right away, you know it’s going to be an Ed and Kelly relationship episode, but it hasn’t tipped it’s hand completely. After all, by this point in the season, the show seems to be aware that any sort of will-they-or-won’t-they scenario is the least interesting part of these two characters’ dynamic. The karaoke scene even ends hilariously with Bortus about to sing a song that Malloy taught him: “My Heart Will Go On.” Unfortunately for everyone, the crew is called away for an urgent mission before Bortus sings even one note. As funny as the interruption is, I’m still disappointed that the episode never revisited this moment. How could they deny us Bortus singing the Titanic theme? Hasn’t MacFarlane ever heard of Chekhov’s Celine Dion?Halston Sage, guest star J Paul Boehmer, guest star Derek Mears and Seth MacFarlane (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)Unfortunately, that’s the high point of the episode. The Orville is called away to oversee a potential end to a conflict between two species who have been warring for generations. Both sides claim they were the first to colonize a small planet. At first, I worried that the episode was going to turn into a hamfisted allegory for Israel. It certainly threatened to go that way with Malloy’s line about a planet so small causing so much conflict. Seeing where the episode went instead, the Israel thing might have been better. An ancient artifact has been found in an archaeological dig on the planet, and both sides have agreed to have an independent scientist test for DNA, accepting whatever the result is as proof of who was there first. Ed and Kelly are also instructed to use the test as an opportunity to make a more lasting compromise and peace between the two species.The problems start when the scientist who will be studying the artifact arrives on board the ship. It’s Darulio; the blue alien Kelly cheated on Ed with at the start of the series. That’s when it became clear that this episode was going to shove the more interesting conflict into the background and focus on Kelly and Ed bickering over how their marriage ended. It’s always been The Orville’s weakest gag and having a whole episode dedicated to it makes for the most obnoxious, unfunny hour of television this show has given us yet. Seriously, even that infant sex change episode was better than this. It missed hard, but at least it swung for something. This episode wasn’t even trying to say anything. It might be the laziest storytelling we’ve seen from this show so far.Mark Jackson, Penny Johnson Jerald, Seth MacFarlane, Halston Sage, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, guest star Larry Joe Campbell, Peter Macon and J Lee (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)It’s not even that hard to see how it could have been better. Yes, the Ed-Kelly relationship drama has always sucked, but this could have been the episode where the series finally dealt with it. If it focused on their real feelings about each other now that they’re working together, this episode could have put the issue to rest and allowed the series as a whole to move forward. The moments when Ed and Kelly are at their best on this show are when they’re in sync. When they riff on each other’s jokes and work together to solve problems. That’s when you can see both why they got married and why it didn’t work out. The complex nature of their relationship, where there’s still clearly love and respect but also professionalism and distance, is one of the show’s greatest strengths. It’s nowhere to be found in this episode. Darulio’s presence could have been way more interesting too, if the episode had explored the boundaries between Kelly and Ed now that they’re both free to see other people. Even if Ed was completely over the divorce, walking into an exact recurrence of the scene that caused it would bring up old emotions for anyone. If only the episode had done anything with that.Instead, it made it all about pheromones. First, Kelly goes to talk to him to set personal and professional boundaries. Sparks start flying and the two end up in bed together. To the show’s credit, the scene where ed walks in on them again, blue fluid and all, is funnier as a callback. That’s not saying much, but it at least got a chuckle this time. Ed tries to fire Darulio, but soon finds himself awkwardly flirting with the blue alien. Thankfully, the jokes don’t get too homophobic. Malloy just thinks it’s strange that Ed is suddenly showing interest in Darulio, but there’s not the overt gay panic we’ve seen from MacFarlane in the past. That’s the nicest thing I can say about it, though. From here until the end of the episode, the jokes still boil down to “lol, gay.” That’s especially disappointing when the series has shown itself to be capable of so much better than that.Penny Johnson Jerald (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)The pheromone plot point is especially tone deaf right now when sexual assault and coercion is so prevalent in the news. The last thing we need from our space comedy is a running joke about a guy who chemically alters people’s minds so they’ll have sex with him. He doesn’t do it maliciously, it’s just something his species does when they’re in heat once a year. The problem is he knows this is the case and doesn’t tell anyone about it until Alara confronts him. Even then, the show doesn’t treat him like he did anything wrong. He even gets a redemption at the end when he convinces the two warring species to have sex with each other. That’s the solution to this generations-long conflict. It’s a cop-out and a bad gay joke all in one. I get that these episodes are written and scheduled way ahead of time. There was no way to know we would be in the midst of a news cycle where women are coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault by powerful men.  But this episode would have been bad no matter when it aired. The way it handles issues of consent would be shockingly poor even if that very issue wasn’t at the forefront of all our minds right now.No character suffered more than Dr. Claire Finn. She’s been dismissing Yaphit’s advances since day one, and suddenly some pheromones make him irresistible to her. I really didn’t need to see what Yaphit having sex looks like. The fact that she turns her into a crazy ex-stereotype when he doesn’t call her afterward might be this episode’s biggest crime. We just had an episode that demonstrated how strong, capable and nuanced her character was. This undid all of that for the sake of a bad joke. It’s a real shame because Rob Lowe was a welcome presence on the show as Darulio. He’s a fantastic, funny actor who could have really shined on The Orville. It’s a shame he wasn’t given better material to work with.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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State officials dealing with rash of threats

first_imgOLYMPIA — Authorities say state offices in Olympia and Tumwater have received multiple bomb threats since late September, resulting in evacuations and an ongoing investigation.The Seattle Times reports the latest threat came by phone Wednesday, causing the evacuation of a state Department of Health building in Tumwater. The all-clear was given later Wednesday, a health department spokeswoman said.The incidents started Sept. 26 when a threat caused the evacuation of the Highways Licenses building on the Capitol campus, which houses the Licensing Department and the Attorney General’s Office.In October, two bomb threats came in to a different Attorney General’s Office building and another was made against the health department. Another was directed again at the Highways Licenses building as well as the Department of Natural Resources.Washington State Patrol spokesman John Shaffer said the threats are believed to be related.last_img read more

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Third oilbyrail terminal proposed on Wash coast

first_imgSEATTLE — U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. The increase in oil shipments by rail have raised concerns about public safety, the potential for oil spills and the ability of local communities to respond to accidents. About 17 million barrels of oil were shipped across Washington last year — mostly to refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point near Bellingham. That number is expected to triple this year, according to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chaired a congressional hearing Wednesday on oil shipments by train. “We need to have the right policies in place to prevent accidents and respond to emergencies when they do happen,” Murray said at the hearing.last_img read more

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Poll 33 would not fund an employee holiday

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: A third (33%) of respondents would not fund an employee holiday designed to boost motivation, engagement and team building.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 33 responses, also found that 21% of respondents would fund an employee holiday as a one-off incentive to help motivate staff, while 9% would commit to sending staff on holiday on an annual basis. A minority (6%) would fund an employee holiday to aid engagement and team building, but only on an ad-hoc basis.More than one in 10 (15%) would consider funding an employee holiday in the future, and a further 15% do not know if this is something they would do at all.Technology organisation Snow Software is one employer that commits to regular employer-funded staff holidays. This January, the organisation took 650 of its global employees to Engelberg, Switzerland to celebrate achieving its annual sales target, as well as to support its employee engagement and teambuilding strategies.The trip, which took place between Saturday 13 January and Tuesday 16 January 2018, saw 650 of Snow Software’s 720 global employees being flown to the ski resort in Engelberg. All employees based across the organisation’s 23 operating countries were invited to attend, including those who work on a part-time basis, work from home, or are currently on parental leave.The ski trip forms part of Snow Software’s annual sales incentive, which is aligned with the organisation’s values, internally known as Snow Spirits. In particular, the incentive is linked to the value of ‘being all in for the win’, emphasising the teamwork and cohesion across the business that is required in order to hit the target. If the target is met, the organisation redefines its employees as ‘The Gold Team’, rewarding them with the Engelberg ski trip.To date, Snow Software employees have enjoyed the planned ski trip seven times over the nine years that the global incentive scheme has been running.Last May, private healthcare marketing organisation Digital Catalyst took its staff to Ibiza for a three-day holiday in order to boost employee engagement and motivation, as well as to increase teamwork within the business.The employer-funded trip, which took place on Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017, gave staff the opportunity to network informally, as well as meet colleagues from across the organisation’s locations in the UK and Spain.Digital Catalyst covered all costs for the trip, including flights and accommodation at an all-inclusive hotel in Playa d’en Bossa, which includes all food and drink. Employees were also given the opportunity to select the final destination of the holiday from a provided shortlist.Do you think the Tesco equal pay case will pave the way for more claims? Have your say in our latest polllast_img read more

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New Houston Area Project To Offer Legal Defense For Immigrants Facing Deportation

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:54 X U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementDeportation Defense Houston will offer free legal counsel and information to immigrants facing deportation.  In Texas, less than 30 percent of detained immigrants had legal representation from October 2000 to February 2018, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Most immigrants facing deportation are forced to represent themselves in court proceedings, which can dramatically lower their chances of winning their case. “Studies have shown that you are anywhere from 10-14 times more likely to win your case if you have a lawyer than if you do not,” said Kate Vickery, Executive Director of the Houston Immigration Services Collaborative. “People get deported out of the United States without ever having the chance to actually even make their case or even knowing that there is something that they are, in fact, eligible for,” said Vickery. Groups involved in Deportation Defense Houston are staffing up so attorneys can start taking cases in June. YMCA International Services, BakerRipley and Justice For Our Neighbors of Houston are participating in the collaborative. Deportation Defense Houston is currently offering legal advice to immigrants through an active bilingual hotline. Listenlast_img read more

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Nintendo Wii U GameCube controller adapter only works with Smash Bros

first_imgNintendo had to do some quick back pedaling and apologizing today after it got gamers’ hopes up about what exactly you could use the soon to be released GameCube controller adapter to play on Wii U.Initially Nintendo listed the adapter as allowing a GameCube controller to be used for any game that supported the Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Pro Controller, or the Wii U Pro Controller, but that turns out to not be the case. The adapter is only for use with Super Smash Bros. and there’s no plans to expand support beyond that single title. Nintendo also made it clear you can’t use the adapter with a Wii.Such news won’t deter dedicated Smash Bros. fans from picking up the adapter, but it does make an already expensive purchase look even more so. Buying the bundle of Super Smash Bros., the adapter, and a new GameCube controller will set you back $100. The adapter on its own is $19.99 and new GameCube controllers are $29.99 each. You can, however, use an old GameCube controller or even a Wavebird controller if you have one lying around.Clearly Nintendo has had to include support for the adapter in the game rather than it just working like the existing Classic and Pro controllers do. Therefore opening up support to other games would require a lot of patches for very little monetary gain. It could still turn out to be the case that future games include support, but it will be handled on a title-by-title basis I’d imagine.Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is set for release on November 21 both as a standalone game and in bundle form.last_img read more

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