Calgary woman turns adversity into beautiful music

Summary Calgary woman turns adversity into beautiful music It’s a common story from Calgary’s battered oilpatch.People who managed to hold onto their jobs during the oil price slump, having to take pay cuts to help their companies survive.So, how do you turn that into a success story? One woman took her lifelong passion for music to the next level.Genevieve Hunter says it all started last summer. “I was called in to HR and it became evident that our team needed to cut back, actually our entire team cut back to 80 per cent, with the possibility of further cutbacks to 60 per cent” said Hunter. “The bonus of that was they were keeping us all on full benefits, so that was very helpful for my family and appreciate that they did that. But I started to realize that we are in an economy that is going to be challenging for some time.”Hunter, who had been a music teacher for years as a part time job, teamed up with a life-long friend on converting their unique colour-coded system into a learning guide called MusicKids.“About six years ago I was teaching in Cochrane and I had a family fo three kids and the little three-year old brother was so interested in learning piano that I thought, I need to do something more. I started using coloured stickers, and I colour-coded the piano keyboard and then I would use the same stickers on the music and the kids immediately were following the notes, they were playing songs. They were having so much fun they couldn’t wait until for their next less. Then we took it to the next level, where we grabbed sheets of paper and felt pens and we made dots and they’d write their own songs. I was brainstorming with the mom one day and she said ‘You know you should really write your own book.’”With some help from Staples, they have self-published, using original songs. The MusicKids Colour Method is now available at Music Makers, de Waal Music, and Chapters Crowfoot, where Genevieve and business partner Lisa Sipponen will be holding an open house April 15. by Cindy White Posted Apr 2, 2017 10:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 9:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Genevieve Hunter has published a book about her colour-coded system of teaching music read more

The Bengals Dont Have A Better Option Than Andy Dalton

For a middling NFL quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton has already accomplished quite a bit in his football career. In college, he led Texas Christian to more postseason top-10 finishes (three) than the program had mustered in its previous 69 seasons combined, and graduated as the school’s most decorated passer by just about every metric. Soon he was drafted into the NFL just three picks shy of the first round. In the pros, Dalton has won more games in his first three seasons than all but three signal-callers in NFL history. If you plotted out the entire population of people who play quarterback at any level of football, Dalton would be near the top 1 percent.1If Dalton is the 16th-best QB in the NFL, and there are roughly 100 QBs in the league (around three for each of the NFL’s 32 teams) — plus a few recent QBs for each of the 120 FBS college programs — Dalton would currently rank in the 97th percentile of all QBs with any kind of professional aspirations.And yet, Dalton — who signed an instantly scorned six-year, $115 million contract extension with Cincinnati last week — is also a symbol of mediocrity. What’s a team to do when its “quarterback of the future” matures into something less than a perennial Pro Bowler but something more than a scrub? For all his achievements, Dalton has been exactly average as a passer in his NFL career, and at age 27 he isn’t likely to get much better before his performance starts to decline.This is the dilemma for teams like the Bengals: While average quarterbacking is difficult to replace, it’s also not good enough to reliably lead a team to Super Bowl contention, even with strong defensive help.There’s a tendency for talking heads to proclaim with certainty that a team “will never win a Super Bowl with so-and-so at quarterback,” only to see the prediction disproven in a flurry of playoff upsets. (Joe Flacco was Exhibit A of this two years ago, and before him, Eli Manning.) We always know less about the NFL than we think we do; the best team in the league only wins the Super Bowl 24 percent of the time (perhaps less often in recent years — 2013 notwithstanding), and it’s notoriously difficult to predict which team will claim the title. For teams with quarterbacks below the Brady-Manning tier, there’s comfort in this uncertainty — it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that the Bengals could collect a Lombardi Trophy behind a league-average quarterback like Dalton.But since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, such results are uncommon. Take a look at the chart below, which uses a simple logistic regression between a team’s defensive SRS rating,2SRS — which stands for “Simple Rating System” — is a schedule-adjusted power rating designed to measure how many points per game better or worse a team is than average (0.0 is average). In this case, it measures the degree to which a team allows fewer points per game than an average team would against the same slate of opponents. its primary quarterback’s adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) index,3ANY/A is the best simple measure of a passer’s efficiency, taking into account his yards per attempt (including sacks and sack yards lost), touchdown passes, and interceptions thrown. The advanced passing indices at contextualize statistics to account for changing league conditions; according to PFR’s formula, the NFL average is always 100, and one standard deviation of performance is 15 index points (creating a scale essentially the same as that for IQ scores). So, for example, a 115 ANY/A index would mean a QB was one standard deviation above the NFL average in passing efficiency. and whether or not the team won the Super Bowl during the season in question.Only five of the 44 post-merger Super Bowls have been won by a team whose primary passer produced an ANY/A index of 100 or below (100 is average.) Of those five, three — the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers and 1986 New York Giants — boasted notably great defenses.4Those ‘08 Steelers and ‘00 Ravens defenses were particularly dominant, with respective DSRS marks of +8.2 and +8.0 — each of which ranks among the 14 best post-merger defenses. The ‘86 Giants were a tick lower at +5.8, but still rank 64th defensively among all teams since 1970.Take a look at that chart again — even with the aid of a dominant defense5The Seahawks’ +8.9 DSRS mark a year ago made them the seventh-best defense since the merger. (the green line), the best chance of winning the Super Bowl a team can reasonably expect with an average quarterback is somewhere between 15 and 20 percent.6Coincidentally, that’s almost exactly the same as a team could expect to do with an average (0.0 DSRS) defense and a historically great 145 ANY/A index quarterbacking performance. And that’s the absolute best-case scenario. Equip a mediocre passer with a less exceptional defense and watch the odds fall even lower.For Dalton, that means a Super Bowl is a remote prospect. Paired with merely a good — but not historically great — defense, like last year’s Cincinnati’s side,7DSRS: +3.0 Dalton’s middle-of-the-road quarterbacking would project to be enough for a championship only 2.2 percent of the time in a given season.8Not coincidentally, Las Vegas gives the Bengals 35:1 odds for a Super Bowl win this season, which works out to 2.5 percent after adjusting for the vigorish. Astonishing championship runs like the one Eli Manning (91 ANY/A index) and the Giants (+0.4 DSRS) made in 2007 are highly memorable, but that’s because they’re not the norm.Moreover, Dalton isn’t even likely to get better, nor to be as good as he is now for very long. He’ll turn 27 during the 2014 NFL season, the age at which quarterbacks normally have their best seasons before Father Time erodes their skills. Keeping in mind that passing-rate statistics are known for their year-to-year inconsistency, if Dalton proceeds along the typical quarterback’s career path, he’ll only stay around average9Meaning a projected ANY/A index above 98. for two more seasons after 2014. Using a simple projection system-like method of predicting future quarterback performance,10For those interested, the weights for a QB’s past three (age-adjusted) seasons are 4.8, 3.8 and 1.4; QBs are also regressed to the mean by adding 1,809 dropbacks of a prior ANY/A index of 97.6. Dalton projects for an average ANY/A index of 98 over the next five seasons. Since the merger, there have been 159 teams whose primary quarterback projected to have a five-year ANY/A index between 97 and 99, and only 18 of them (11 percent) went on to win at least one Super Bowl, all defenses being equal.11This is consistent with the Bengals’ aforementioned 2.2 percent Super Bowl probability each year over a five-year period.Again, this means it’s not impossible for the Bengals win a Super Bowl with Dalton as their quarterback. But it’s unlikely (especially given my Grantland colleague Bill Barnwell’s research showing that Dalton is particularly susceptible to mistakes when under pressure12Lest you think Barnwell’s numbers are due to statistical noise in a small sample, I checked. Since 2008, the difference in a quarterback’s efficiency when pressured or not is correlated at r=0.55 from one year to the next. That’s a pretty high number for an individual football metric. (For reference’s sake, the same year-to-year correlation for ANY/A index is just 0.41.) This means QBs who struggle against pressure do it because it’s a persistent shortcoming, which is bad news for Dalton and Cincinnati.).In light of all this, it may seem crazy that the Bengals just committed to Dalton as their quarterback for the foreseeable future. But the simple truth is that quarterbacks of Dalton’s caliber — yes, those league-average quarterbacks — don’t just fall from the Cincinnati sky like turkeys on Thanksgiving.13And it helps that the contract’s structure makes Cincinnati’s actual obligation to Dalton smaller than the deal’s raw numbers would suggest.According to the simple projection system described above, 15 quarterbacks forecast to have more efficient seasons than Dalton in 2014. In a 32-team league, that makes Dalton as average among starting QBs as we’ve come to expect. But if the Bengals had to replace him, they likely wouldn’t get a better starting QB. Dalton is 16th-best in all of football, backup QBs included.14For the sake of independent second opinions, Football Outsiders’ KUBIAK projections are only a bit more liberal, ranking Dalton 13th among 18 above-average QBs according to projected 2014 DVOA.And just because Dalton is average, that doesn’t mean he’s a replacement-level QB. While the replacement level is, by definition, the standard of production that can be provided by any minimum-salary free agent (of which there is a bountiful supply), average quarterbacking talent isn’t nearly as easy to replace.15Historically, the replacement level for NFL passers rests at an ANY/A of about 0.75 below league average, which translates to an ANY/A index between 90 and 91.As a consequence, the odds are not high that Dalton’s replacement would be as good as he is. Using data on the succession of every NFL team’s starting quarterbacks since the merger, we can model the probability that a new starter will post an average ANY/A index superior to that of his predecessor, based on the performance of the passer he replaced16Note that this sample includes the myriad scenarios under which a starting QB can be replaced — injury, retirement, trade, free agency, etc.:As maligned as Dalton and his contract are in Cincinnati right now, it’s unlikely the Bengals will see better alternatives on the horizon anytime soon. Based on the historical pattern of teams who replaced their starting quarterbacks, the probability of the Bengals’ next starter being better than the league-average Dalton is only 42 percent.And an average quarterback, while unlikely to move the needle much for a team’s Super Bowl odds, can still be useful in getting to the playoffs. According to another model I developed,17Based on data since the NFL expanded its playoff field to 12 teams per season in 1990. a perfectly average QB18Sporting a 100 ANY/A index. and a good defense19At +3.0 DSRS. (like the Bengals had in 2013) can get a team to the postseason 57 percent of the time. A replacement-level stopgap would be hard pressed to deliver a playoff berth under the same circumstances.Teams like the Bengals find themselves in a difficult predicament when trying to assess whether to invest in a league-average quarterback for the long haul. Other sports have their own pieces of conventional wisdom about the perils of getting stuck in the middle between rebuilding and contending, but the NFL’s version is unique. A trip to the playoffs is attainable behind an average passer — and, given the randomness of the NFL postseason, a playoff berth can sometimes be a ticket to an unexpected Super Bowl. At the same time, locking into a long-term deal with a quarterback who isn’t special puts a ceiling on a team’s plans of legitimately contending for championships year in and year out.As one NFL club president told ESPN’s Jim Trotter last week, “Teams are just afraid to say, ‘Let’s start again, because we literally do not have a legitimate chance to win a Super Bowl with the quarterback that we have.’ They’d rather have an average to above-average quarterback than wait to get a great quarterback. I think it’s more than fair to say that the fear of the unknown is greater than the fear of the known.”Depending on a franchise’s aspirations, this may not actually be an irrational reaction. Great quarterbacks are extremely difficult to come by. Andy Dalton isn’t one of them, but he is average. And in the grand scheme of pro football, that makes him a pretty rare player. read more

Schools to decide if they remain closed rather than department

first_img Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 7:30 AM Source: RichardbrutonTD/TwitterSome individual schools have decided to close due to the bad weather. Source: PSSNewbridge/Twitter Source: Johnny_Healy/TwitterColleges University College Dublin will be closed today and tomorrow, and Dublin City University has said it will remain closed until Monday, 5 March. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has also cancelled classes today and tomorrow.Classes at Griffith College Dublin and Griffith College Cork have also been cancelled today, but the Limerick campus will remain open. Source: ucddublin/Twitter Source: DublinCityUni/TwitterWe’ll update this piece as more information is known.Read: Red weather warning issued after heavy overnight snowRead: Live traffic and travel updates as the Beast from the East hits Ireland overnight By Órla Ryan Schools to decide if they remain closed, rather than department Buses are not running in many areas. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 52 Comments center_img Feb 28th 2018, 7:30 AM File photo Source: Shutterstock/sergiosUpdated 11.10amA NUMBER OF schools and colleges are closing today after Met Éireann issued a status red snow-ice alert for several counties.The snow-ice warning covers Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath. As a result of the warning, school buses are not running in some areas. Source: Buseireann/TwitterA Department of Education directive for schools in certain areas to remain closed has not yet been issued but Education Minister Richard Bruton said the department is “monitoring” the situation. Share133 Tweet Email 79,924 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Its up to me to get positive results and get people smiling

first_img Mar 18th 2019, 2:22 PM Monday 18 Mar 2019, 2:22 PM Short URL Subscribe MICK MCCARTHY’S BACK to work, and you only needed to hear the gruff Barnsley voice stabbing through the Abbottstown air to know it.This morning he took his first Republic of Ireland training session in 17 years, and his centrality to it all was notable.Whereas Martin O’Neill often preferred to stand aloof and observe from a distance the sections of Irish training sessions open to the media, McCarthy was fully among the action: his shouting, instructing and cajoling audible at the edges of a roll call of players’ nicknames. “I loved it”, McCarthy told the media afterward.“I loved the atmosphere with the lads, the banter they are all having, the little boxes and the warm-ups; just being at close quarters with players.“I enjoy being with them, I enjoy watching them, and interacting with them. It’s great. I’ve enjoyed my morning.” Not all of the players were present: Shane Duffy arrived late last night owing to his FA Cup involvement dragging past extra-time and into penalties while Conor Hourihane, Keiren Westwood and Richard Keogh join up with the squad tonight. Seamus Coleman and Seani Maguire sat out training, both out of routine. Coleman’s was general and Maguire’s bespoke: Everton played yesterday afternoon so Coleman was never expected to train, while Maguire’s training load is closely managed by Preston, given his injury profile. McCarthy expects both to train tomorrow and Wednesday. Coleman, meanwhile, will retain the captaincy “if he plays” against Gibraltar on Saturday. McCarthy also confirmed that the players will be aware of the team selection earlier on a matchday than was the custom of the previous manager, who usually unveiled his within 90 minutes of kick-off. Given this was McCarthy’s first day back to work, previews of the games ahead were intermingled with looks back to the past. McCarthy refused to look beyond the near-future (repeating that he is not taking Gibraltar for granted ahead of the Georgia game) and, inversely, preferred to address the distant past over anything that happened last year.  McCarthy during his press conference at Abbottstown today. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOIreland’s wretched 2018, featuring as it did one win in nine games (a friendly game) and just four goals (all but one scored in friendly games), has not occupied McCarthy’s thoughts. “I’m looking forward, I’m not considering what went on before.I’m not concerned at all by it. I’m hoping I can change that. That I, Robbie [Keane], TC [Terry Cononor] and the lads can change it.” Is there even mild fretting about the potential for some lingering negativity?  Mick McCarthy back on the training ground with Ireland. I never even considered it. It’s only yourself [the media] who is mentioning the negativity, it’s got nothing to do with it. That’s got nothing to do with me what happened before. It’s up to me to get positive results and get people smiling again.“It’s my responsibility to change that.“We have to get the lads at it and play as well as we possibly can. It’s got to be about us. I’ll be doing my damndest, I’m sure the lads will.“They are all proud to be coming in here, and wanting to do well. I doubt they’ll be happy about that record. I don’t know what it is, I haven’t looked back on it.” Turn the clock back a bit further. “The last time I was here was 17 years ago. So, some of them [the players] might remember me playing, I don’t know.“Or managing! None of them will remember me playing. They might have seen me on an eight-track or something.”The last time McCarthy completed at Euros qualification campaign with Ireland was for Euro 2000, when ambitions for automatic qualification perished with the infamous concession of a last-minute goal away to Macedonia. That night got a brave mention at today’s press conference. Share17 Tweet Email1 Mick McCarthy back on the training ground with Ireland. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments “I was going to be quite offensive to you then. Only [think about it] when people bring it up.“I was going to say something other than ‘people’ there.“We had the shirt with an ‘I’ve had a Macedonia’ on it, but since then I’ve had a few good results as well. It would be remiss of you to remind me of a night like that.“I’ve won the Championship twice and nobody ever mentions that, being in the PL. Had a pretty good time since. Oh, we qualified for the World Cup as well.“Thanks for reminding me of one of my worst nights.” The question of style came up as well, what with it being the topic that has stalked virtually every Irish press conference for the last ten years. McCarthy batted it back by saying that he’s “never been sacked for winning games”.“I reckon it’s my job to get results, however they might come. If we get enough good results and we have the Euro 2020 games here, that’s got to be my remit.“I’m sure we played some scruffy, scrappy games when I was last here, but when we won games I never heard the fans complaining, they were too busy cheering.” If that coarse accent of his is subsumed beneath the Aviva’s cheers next week against Georgia, McCarthy can consider the first chapter of his Irish sequel a success. Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 22,625 Views By Gavin Cooney Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO ‘It’s up to me to get positive results and get people smiling again’ Mick McCarthy today took his first Irish training session in 17 years. last_img read more

Titan la surface du satellite de Saturne reconstituée

first_imgTitan : la surface du satellite de Saturne reconstituéeDirigée par l’Université de Nantes, une équipe de scientifiques a réussi à reconstituer comme un puzzle la surface de Titan. Pour y parvenir, ils ont utilisé les images du satellite de Saturne que la sonde Cassini a capturées au cours de ces six dernières années.Grâce aux images infrarouges recueillies par la sonde Cassini, en orbite autour de Saturne depuis six ans, une équipe internationale de chercheurs a pu réaliser une mosaïque de la surface de Titan, le plus grand satellite de Saturne, et le deuxième plus grand satellite du système solaire, rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa sonde Cassini observe le satellite seulement une fois par mois. C’est pourquoi six années ont été nécessaires à cette reconstitution. Les scientifiques ont en outre dû corriger une à une les images recueillies en fonction des différences d’éclairage mais aussi des distorsions atmosphériques. Le satellite est en effet voilé par une épaisse atmosphère composée à plus de 98% d’azote et à 1,6% de nuages de méthane et d’éthane. Titan, qui fut découvert en 1655 par l’astronome hollandais Christian Huygens, est le seul satellite connu possédant une atmosphère dense. Alors qu’elle devait initialement durer quatre ans, la mission Cassini a été prolongée à deux reprises et ne devrait pas s’achever avant 2017. Les scientifiques pourront ainsi observer deux saisons entières sur Titan, où une année dure 28 de nos années terrestres.Le 5 octobre 2011 à 18:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La prise de poids synonyme dun mariage réussi

first_imgLa prise de poids : synonyme d’un mariage réussi ?Selon les conclusions d’une récente étude, les couples heureux en mariage auraient tendance à prendre davantage de poids que ceux qui rencontrent des problèmes conjugaux. Le mariage serait-il mauvais pour la santé ? Si l’on en croit les conclusions d’une récente étude, on pourrait avoir tendance à répondre que oui ! En effet, d’après une récent analyse, les couples dont le mariage se déroulerait dans le bonheur le plus complet auraient tendance à prendre du poids contrairement à ceux qui sont en instance de divorce. D’après les recherches d’Andrea Melzer et de ses collègues de la Southern Methodist University de Dallas, publiées dans Health Psychology, l’épanouissement et l’absence de tension dans le couple serait synonyme de prise de poids et de laisser aller. En revanche, lorsque rien ne va plus dans le couple, les conjoints pensent au divorce mais envisagent également de devoir séduire à nouveau, ce qui aurait comme effet sur eux de leur faire perdre du poids.Au cours de cette étude, 169 couples de jeunes mariés vivant leur premier mariage, ont été suivis et interrogés durant 4 ans. Tous les 6 mois, leur IMC (indice de masse corporelle) et leur poids étaient calculés afin d’en déceler d’éventuelles évolutions. Parallèlement, ils devaient répondre à des questions concernant leur niveau de bonheur en ménage, leur stress ou les démarches entreprises en vue d’un éventuel divorce.Les couples les plus heureux et épanouis ont vu leurs poids et IMC grimper au fil de l’étude alors que les époux insatisfaits ont gardé leur poids d’origine. Malgré ces résultats, on ne peut bien entendu pas déduire qu’un couple heureux est forcément bien portant. De même, il est important de ne pas se laisser aller dans le simple espoir d’être plus heureux en couple. Ces résultats ne peuvent pas être généralisés, ce qui laisse place aux exceptions, et c’est tant mieux ! Le 7 avril 2013 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Deals Complete Ethereum Blockchain Mastery Bundle for 29

first_imgWant to know how the sausage gets made with blockchain? Want to build an app that takes advantage of this awesome tech? Well, today’s SkillWise bundle will be right up your alley. It features four courses detailing the Ethereum platform, so you can get the most out of the blockchain for your app or service. • Complete Ethereum Blockchain Mastery Bundle for $29 (List price: $610 – Coupon code: BUNDLE50)For those of us familiar with blockchain, but with little to no experience with the Ethereum platform, this is a rock-solid introduction. From tip to tail, you’ll learn how to use this tamper-proof platform to make your app something your users can truly rely on. Purchase the bundle, and you’ll get the following courses: • Ethereum Blockchain Developer: Build Projects Using Solidity • Blockchain Technology: A Guide To The Blockchain Ecosystem • Ethereum Developer: Build A Decentralized Blockchain App • Ethereum Developer Masterclass: Build Real World ProjectsCombined, these four courses have 272 lessons and 21.5 hours worth of video available to you 24/7. And even if you’re not very familiar with the mechanics of blockchains, you’ll still find lots of useful info.While this bundle lists for $610, you can save $581 when you buy from SkillWise today. And with the 15-day satisfaction guarantee in play, you can easily return this for store credit if you end up disliking the courses.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the SkillWise site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Vancouver man killed in I-205 crash

first_imgA Vancouver man was killed on Interstate 205 in Oregon early Sunday after he ran onto the highway as a tractor-trailer rig was approaching.Kevin J. Hidalgo, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred about 4 a.m. near milepost 2, in the Stafford area 2 miles north of Tualatin, Ore.Oregon State Police said a 2016 Freightliner towing a box trailer was northbound in the center lane of three lanes when Hidalgo ran onto the highway from the inside shoulder. The driver, Robert R. Barncord, 40, of Salem, was unable to avoid the collision, according to police.The northbound freeway was closed for four hours while police investigated.last_img read more

Woman accused of trying to sell pot to Battle Ground officer

first_imgA woman who said she was strapped for cash is accused of trying to sell marijuana to a uniformed Battle Ground police officer.Officer Brian Archer said he was sitting in his marked patrol vehicle about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the Walmart parking lot, 1201 S.W. 13th Ave., when a woman approached his driver’s side window, according to court records.Archer rolled down the window to ask if she needed help. Instead the woman, identified as Alyssa Ayers, 38, asked him, “Do you want to buy some pot?”The officer asked Ayers to repeat herself, and she said, “I am homeless and need to make some money. Do you want to buy some marijuana?” court records state.Archer left his patrol vehicle and asked Ayers where the marijuana was, and she pulled out what appeared to be the drug from her left front pocket, court records said. Archer then placed Ayers under arrest.Court records list a Battle Ground address for Ayers, but it’s unclear if she is living there.On Monday, Ayers appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver.Although it is legal for individuals to possess quantities of marijuana in Washington, it is not legal to sell it.Judge John Fairgrieve set her bail at $5,000 and set her next court appearance for this morning. Her court-appointed attorney requested a competency hearing, court records show.last_img read more

Clark County Fair results Aug. 2-4

first_imgOPEN CLASS NEEDLEWORKBest Adult, Lori Moss, Vancouver.Best Child, Kaytie Twelves, Vancouver.Best Senior, Marilyn Bevan, Vancouver.Superintendents Choice, Hameeda Chandiwalla, Vancouver.Judges Choice, Best Hand Sewn Quilt, Jane Prestidge, Battle Ground.Judges Choice, Best Machine Quilt, Gerald Hillebrand, Portland.Judges Choice, Blue Ribbon, Marilyn Bevan, Vancouver.Judges Choice, Best Recycled, Tammy Jameson, Ridgefield.Judges Choice, Best Child other, Katie Twelves, Vancouver.Judges Choice, Oldest, 96 Years Old, Reha Seekins, Vancouver.Judges Choice, Youngest, 8 Years Old, Nicolaas “Nico” Yarnell, Woodland.Most Points, Youth, Analise Peterson, Vancouver.Most Points, Adult, Lori Moss, Vancouver.Most Points, Senior, Tonny Vandersalm, Woodland.OPEN CLASS HOBBIES AND CRAFTSUnder 6 Years Old, Best of Division, Heather Anderbery, Vancouver.Reserve of Division, Levi Merchant, Battle Ground.6-11 Years Old, Best of Division, Charis Hwang, Vancouver.Reserve of Division, Penelope Edwards, Battle Ground.12-17 Years Old, Best of Division, Elizabeth Keller, Vancouver.Reserve of Division, Elizabeth Trumbal, Battle Ground.18 Years and Older, Best of Division, Pam Schwartz, Vancouver.Reserve of Division, Art Otterback, Ridgefield.Master, Best of Division, Haille Christianson, Ridgefield.Reserve of Division, Terry Foltz, Battle Ground.Best Displayed Entry, Shana Stewart, Vancouver.Honorable Mention, Tamara Moore, Vancouver.Most Educational, Thomas Humphrey, Ridgefield.Honorable Mention, Shawna Scott, Vancouver.Best Workmanship, Shawna Clymer, Vancouver.Honorable Mention, Bill Griffin, Ridgefield.Most Original, Susan Howe, Vancouver.Honorable Mention, Anna Davis, La Center.Best Use of Recycled Materials, Gavin Cloe, Vancouver.Honorable Mention, Dwight Barglett, Vancouver.Most Unusual, James Bannel, Kalama.Honorable Mention, Duke DesRochers, Brush Prairie.Best Fair-Themed, Piper McEwen, Camas.Honorable Mention, Taylor Wagner, Vancouver.Crafts, Judges Choice, Shawna Scott, Vancouver.Crafts, Honorable Mention, Dawn Hugles, Vancouver.Construction Toys, Judges Choice, Corey Smith, Vancouver.Construction Toys, Honorable Mention, Oliver Gross, Portland.Children’s Artwork, Judges Choice, Emeline Wolff, Woodland.Children’s Artwork, Honorable Mention, Marissa Hunter, Vancouver.Woodcraft, Judges Choice, Kathleen Duncan, Ridgefield.Woodcraft, Honorable Mention, Tim Hale, Kalama.Crafts, Superintendent’s Choice, Jennifer Will, Vancouver.Crafts, Honorable Mention, Michelle Wagner, Ridgefield.Construction Toys, Superintendent’s Choice, Adam Johnson, La Center.Construction Toys, Honorable Mention, Andrea Uribe, Vancouver.Children’s Artwork, Superintendent’s Choice, E.J. Moisant, Vancouver.Children’s Artwork, Honorable Mention, Magdaline Tichy, Vancouver.Woodcraft, Superintendent’s Choice, Roger Shoey, Vancouver.Woodcraft, Honorable Mention, Kenneth Kirkman, Battle Ground.Aug. 3DAILY AGRICULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY AWARDSHudson’s Bay High School Future Farmers of America, Agriculture and Education Award.4-H Robotics, Educational Award.4-H Goat Barn, Best Theme Award.John Deere Tractor, Special Agricultural Award.BEEKEEPINGJudges Choice, Ariel Young, Vancouver.Superintendents Choice, Rob and Brenda Calvert, Brush Prairie.Sweepstakes Award, Lynda Fjellman, Amboy.GRANGEBlue/Project Sweepstakes Award, Fargher Lake Grange No. 853, La Center.Blue/Project Sweepstakes Award, Salmon Creek Grange No. 849, Vancouver.Blue/Project Sweepstakes Award, Fern Prairie Grange No. 866, Camas.Red, Mt. Valley Grange No. 79, Amboy.Red, Washington Grange No. 82, Vancouver.Red, Grange Campers Club, Vancouver.YOUTH GRANGEBlue/Produce Sweepstakes, Fishers-Pioneer Grange, Ridgefield.Blue, Fargher Lake Jr. Grange, La Center.Aug. 4DISPLAY AWARDSAgriculture and Education Award, Fargher Lake Grange No. 853.Educational Award, Washington Grange No. 82.Special Agricultural Award, 4-H Llamas.NEEDLEWORKMary Burr Award – Farm House Quilt, Jan Prestidge, Battle Ground.OPEN CLASS VEGETABLES, FRUIT AND FORAGESAdult 17 Years and Older, Best in Division, Betty Adams, Vancouver.Judges Choice, M. Bernards, Ridgefield.Superintendents Choice, Dean Bottemilller, Vancouver.People’s Choice, Dan Bedrosian, Battle Ground.Youth 9-16 Years Old, Best in Division, Nicholas Batchelor, Vancouver.Youth 8 Years Old and Under, Best in Division, Ryan Will, Vancouver.4-H CAT CRAFTSSenior Champion and Senior Res. Champion, Jeanette Magnusson, Vancouver.Intermediate Champion, Faith Peterson, Battle Ground.Intermediate Res. Champion, Ahna Walker, Ridgefield.Special Award, Heather Christenson, Ridgefield.Special Award, Faith Peterson, Battle Ground.Junior Champion, Drake Humphrey, Ridgefield.Junior Res. Champion, Aubrey Markus, Vancouver.Special Award, C.J. Lindell, Battle Ground.4-H CAT CAGE DECORATIONJunior Champion, Rosalie Bauer, Battle Ground.Junior Reserve Champion, Elizabeth Galli, Vancouver.Intermediate Champion, Daniella Magnusson, Vancouver.Intermediate Res. Champion, Faith Peterson, Battle Ground.Senior Champion, Jeanette Magnusson, Vancouver.4-H FOOD PRESERVATIONSr. Reserve Champion, Overall Reserve Champ, 6 Blue, Randi Richards, Ridgefield.Jr. Grand Champion, 1 Blue, Mia Achziger, La Center.Jr. Res. Champion, Superintendents Award, 2 Blue, Dario Pfenning, Vancouver.Judges Award, 2 Blue, Nicole Hayes, Vancouver.Sr. Grand Champion, 5 Blue, Hannah Graham, La Center.Intermediate Res. Champion, Intermediate Grand Champion, Overall Grand Champion, 2 Blue, Heather Christenson, Ridgefield.2 Blue, Lucca Pfenning, Vancouver.Blue, Cameron Achziger, La Center.Blue, Olivia Aiello, Battle Ground.4-H SEWINGClark County Quilters Association, Best Youth Quilt Rosette, Valerie Schmidt, Battle Ground.Best of Show, Res. Best of Show, Senior Champion, Emily Graham, La Center.Senior Reserve Champion, Superintendent Award, Blue Special, Blue, Valerie Schmidt, Battle Ground.Junior Champion, Yellow Special, Blue, Amiah Langlitz, Battle Ground.Junior Reserve Champion, 2 Yellow Special, Blue, Blakeley Gardner, Ridgefield.Judges Choice, Blue Special, 2 Yellow Special, Sara Baldwin, Battle Ground.Judges Choice, Naomi Wainwright, Ridgefield.Judges Choice, Blue, Emily Graham, La Center.Blue Special, Blue, Lucy Crouse, Sophia Brooks, Makayla Loose, Battle Ground.2 Yellow Specials, Ellie Blanchard, La Center.Yellow Special, Lucy Humphrey, Battle Ground.Blue, Alley England, La Center.Bienna Barnhart, Camas.Latrishia Burton, Ridgefield.Lily and Sara Chamberlain, Camas.Heather Christenson, Ridgefield.Aliza Cummins, Vancouver.Brianna Gould, Chloe Jackson and Karoline Loose, Battle Ground.Angelina and Stephanie Richardson, Vancouver.4-H PLANT SCIENCEGarden, Senior Champion, Hannah Graham, La Center.Senior Reserve Champion, Clara Smith, Battle Ground.Cucumber, Senior Champion, Clara Smith, Battle Ground.White Hydrangea, Senior Reserve Champion, Caden Peru, Vancouver.Lettuce, Intermediate Champion, Makayla Loose, Battle Ground.Buffet Arrangement, Junior Champion, Nico Yarnell, Woodland.Cherry Tomatoes, Junior Reserve Champion, Naomi Wainwright, Ridgefield.Red Dahlia, Judges Choice, Hannah Graham, La Center.Clematis, Superintendents Award, Clara Smith, Battle Ground.Pumpkin, Special Award, Naomi Wainwright.WATERMELON CONTESTFirst Place, Sergio Hernandez, Vancouver, returning champion, ate half of a watermelon in 7 minutes and 49 seconds.Second Place, Alex Churchill, Vancouver, ate half of a watermelon in 7 minutes and 53 seconds.Third Place, Jimmy Propst, Hockinson, ate half of a watermelon in 8 minutes and 30 seconds.PRETTY BABY CONTEST0-4 Months Old, First Place, Demi Brannan, Camas.Second Place, Novaleigh Ponder, Vancouver.Third Place, Freya Rain Felderman, Vancouver.5-9 Months Old, First Place, June Charlotte, Vancouver.Second Place, Laila Jean, Amboy.Third Place, Wyatt James Alexander Thomas, Portland.10-14 Months Old, First Place, Emma Barnhart, Vancouver.Second Place, Joey Schimelpfenig, Vancouver.Third Place, Remmington Ann, Amboy.15-18 Months Old, First Place, Rowan Murray, Ridgefield.Second Place, Adeline Kupfer, Ridgefield.Third Place, Paitynn Bannister, Vancouver.OPEN CLASS GOAT CHEESEYouth Soft Cheese, First Place, Lilli Seale, Vancouver.Second Place, Haley Popham, Vancouver.Third Place, Reagan Free, Vancouver.Adult Soft Cheese, First Place and Third Place, Kathi Wheeler, Ariel.Second Place, Jason Chanel Schonert, Camas.Youth Pressed Fresh, First Place, Steven Schmidt, Battle Ground.Second Place, Grayson Madler, Ridgefield.Third Place, Gavin Madler, Ridgefield.Adult Pressed Fresh, First and Second Place, Andrea Yoho, Kelso.Adult Aged Cheese, First and Third Place, Korina Groff, Kelso.Second Place, Dale Groff, Kelso.Adult Mold Ripened, First and Second Place, Joan Galbi, Lake Oswego, Ore.4-H KITCHENBeverage, Red, Blakeley Gardner, Ridgefield.Foods for All Occasions, Blue, Madeline Coder, Battle Ground.last_img read more


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYIS THE AMBIANCE CHARACTERIZING HEIGHTENED POLITICAL ACTIVITY GRIPPING THE GAMBIA?Nine months before the slated Presidential election, political parties like the APRC, UDP and PDOIS seem to be heightening their political activities.PDOIS was the first to announce the nomination of its presidential candidate on 24 February 2016 and it is to hold a Convention on Saturday, 19 March, 2016 at the Kairaba Beach Hotel where it will receive pledges and a policy statement from its candidate.The APRC followed with an emergency congress on to amend its constitution and select its flag bearer on 25 February 2016.UDP is holding rallies and has slated its congress in April after which it will select its flag bearer.Many young people have decided to go and register to be voters. They are attending rallies in larger numbers.If the ambiance continues in March and April with increased participation of all the other opposition political parties and the possibilities of alliances, the political landscape of the Gambia is likely to be reshaped like never before.The future appears to be bright.last_img read more

Crews put out fire at Opalocka junkyard

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A pile of scrap metal burst into flames at a junkyard in Opa-locka, prompting a massive response from firefighters.More than 14 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the blaze in the area of Northwest 127th Street and Cairo Lane, just before 6:30 p.m., Monday.MDFR officials said when firefighters arrived, they saw a large column of black smoke coming from the metal pile.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Restructuring Helps Slow Losses at RDA

first_imgIn connection with its emergence from bankruptcy protection, RDA pushed back its fiscal year-end from June 30 to December 31, 2009, the company says. Following emergence, RDA says it instituted “fresh start accounting” practices. The most significant effects, the company says, will include: the write-down of the unearned revenue liability which reduce magazine revenues after emergence from Chapter 11; an increase in depreciation and amortization expense prospectively as a consequence of the adjustment to the fair value of tangible and intangible assets; and a reduction of pension income due to the write-off of unrealized gains on pension assets.According to RDA president and CEO Mary Berner, the management team is “pleased to have achieved consolidated cash EBITDA of $177.6 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2009, which was at the high end of our expected range of $170-$180 million. In addition, we have continued on our path to improved profitability, as demonstrated by our increase in segment operating profit to $22.6 million for the combined first quarter, which was driven by strong increases in our Lifestyle & Entertainment Direct and U.S. businesses.”The company also reported financial results for the six-month period that ended December 31, 2009: an operating loss of $5.8 million on roughly $1.1 billion in revenues, which were down 3.1 percent. Through the first three months ended March 31, the Reader’s Digest Association reported an operating loss of $27.1 million, down considerably from a $499.3 million loss during the same three-month period the prior year. Revenues declined 10.2 percent to $413.9 million, the company says.RDA attributes the loss to contractual charges related to the strategic repositioning of the business as related to its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year, and $19.2 million in restructuring charges. The U.S. segment of the business saw profits grow 19.5 percent to $9.2 million during the first period, compared to an operating profit of $7.7 million for the prior year period. Revenues fell more than 17 percent to $134.2 million, caused in large part to its previously announced rate base reduction at Reader’s Digest magazine from 8 million to 5.5 million, and a pullback in frequency from monthly to 10 times annually. RDA also no longer publishes Selecciones, Cooking For Two, Backyard Living or Purpose Driven Connection, which contributes to lower revenues.Meanwhile, profit at RDA’s international segment slipped 64 percent to $3.6 million versus $10 million in 2009. Its Lifestyle & Entertainment Direct business reported a profit of $8.2 during the period, up from $1.9 million during the same three-month period last year.last_img read more

Hyderabad BTech student ends life due to failure in exam

first_imgA third-year BTech student committed suicide on Friday evening at his home in Bhimadevarapalli of Warangal urban district after failing in a supplementary exam. Nishanth (21) who was pursuing engineering in a college in Hyderabad had gone to his hometown a few days ago. Meanwhile, Nishanth got to know that he failed in the supplementary exam following which he slipped into depression. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us On Friday, Nishanth hanged himself to the ceiling fan at his home when his parents went out. He was found dead by his mother after she returned home from work in the evening. He is the second son of Ramesh and Rani, who are the natives of Vangara village. Vangara SI Upendar registered a case and sent the body to Huzurabad government hospital for post-mortem.last_img read more

Breaking India win toss and bat first Kuldeep Yadav Kedar Jadhav out

first_imgIndia won the toss and decided to bat first. The reason given for this decision by Virat Kohli was the deteriorating nature of the wicket. The Indian captain said that he expects the wicket to deteriorate in the second half of the match. But the big news is the two changes made to the playing XI by India. After having a tough time in the last match, India have decided to drop Kuldeep Yadav and bring Bhuvneshwar Kumar back in. This is surprising since, if the pitch deteriorates, spinners may come in handy. On top of that, Chahal suffered much more damage in the last game, so him being kept in the team is surprising. Kohli said the short boundaries were the reason for this decision. The other change is also very interesting. Kedar Jadhav has been replaced by Dinesh Karthik. This suggests that India are unhappy with how Jadhav batted in the last match. Karthik, who is a proven commodity, would provide more solidity to the middle order.last_img read more

Sony has no plans to drop PS3 price before or after PS4

first_imgWhen we reach October/November this year, Sony will have a $399 next generation PS4 on the shelves and it will be sat above a $299 current generation PS3. That isn’t set to change anytime soon because Sony has confirmed it won’t be lowering the price of the PS3 either before or soon after the PS4 launches.That confirmation comes via Sony’s UK managing director Fergal Gara. The official reason for no movement on price is one of cost. Gara admits the PS3 continues to be a console that it’s difficult to get the manufacturing costs down for, so lowering the retail price can’t be done without removing any profit margin Sony has managed to eke out, or by selling the machine at a loss (again).You could argue Sony really doesn’t need to lower the price in order to keep the PS3 shifting units. This PS4 is not backwards compatible with the previous console, so if you want to play PS3 games you need a PS3 console. You could wait for the Gaikai service to allow for PS3 game streaming, but that isn’t happening until next year and has no confirmed launch date. There will also no doubt be costs involved, even if you already own the games.Previous shifts in a PlayStation hardware generation has seen the older console retargeted at a younger audience and even redesigned to be a smaller unit. Based on Gara’s cost comments and the PS3 slimming down twice already, I doubt that is going to happen this time around. The PS3 also remains a great option as an albeit expensive entertainment device as it plays Blu-rays and can be used as a streaming device alongside being a games machine. So in that sense it still has a lot of value on offer.Sony will have to continue trying to cut the cost of manufacturing the PS3 because inevitably the PS4 will have to get cheaper. What Sony doesn’t want is for the price of the two machines to get too close, so inevitably the PS3 will get cheaper, but probably not for at least another 12 months or so.last_img read more

Cheers to the Chinese connection

first_imgTo commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and India and celebrate Chinese New Year 2015, Embassy of China and India China Economic and Cultural Council (ICEC) organized a cultural evening of acrobatic performances at Sirifort Auditorium on Friday Feb 27.The extravagant show was performed by the Guangzhou Acrobatic Arts Theatre Group from China. The art group is recognized by the government of People’s Republic of China ever since the troupe was founded in 1959. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the largest auditoriums in New Delhi saw a heavy crowd excited and full of cheer to see the Acrobatic Show displaying an array of excellent skills such as theChinese Diabolo, Contortion, Duo Balancing,Swinging Hoop, Juggling, etc. Speaking on the occasion was His Excellency Le Yucheng, Chinese Ambassador to India along with Zhang Zhihong, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in Indiaextending warm greetings to everyone on the happy occasion of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of Sheep. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAdding further to the spirit of the occasion, Mohammed Saqib, Secretary General, India China Economic and Cultural Council thanked one and all present at the show and promised on bringing the two nations closer through culture in the next 5 years.  India China Economic and Cultural Council is an autonomous not-for-profit organization founded in the year 2003 to enhance economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries; India and China. Towards this objective, ICEC conducts policy research on industry and trade aspects between India and China and provides platform for enhanced interaction and cooperation between governments, businesses and civil society of the two countries by organizing trade and investment summits and sector oriented delegation meetings in India and China. ICEC Council has a strong base in both India and China, and has offices in all the major provinces of both countries.last_img read more

Guatemala mudslide survivors could get homes on alleged narcos expropriated land

first_imgRelated posts:Rains return too late for many struggling Guatemalan farmers PHOTOS: Palm Sunday in an indigenous Guatemala town Guatemalan ex-dictator to face genocide retrial In Guatemala, Pérez Molina claims US conspiracy behind corruption prosecution Survivors of the devastating mudslide that buried a community outside of Guatemala City on Oct. 1 could be relocated to nearby land expropriated from a notorious alleged drug trafficker.Guatemalan Spanish-language daily elPeriódico reported Friday that the government was looking into building up to 200 new homes for the survivors on land previously owned by Marvin Montiel Marín, known as “el Taquero.” Marín is currently behind bars for his alleged role as ringleader in one of the most heinous crimes in recent Guatemalan history.On Nov. 8, 2008, a group of hitmen allegedly headed by Marín intercepted a bus carrying 15 Nicaraguans and a Dutch tourist, killed everyone aboard and burned the bus. Authorities think the crime was linked to a territorial dispute among rival traffickers.The mounting toll from last week’s mudslide has risen to 253 confirmed dead, authorities said Friday, with several hundred others unaccounted for. Search and rescue efforts will continue through the weekend, but on Monday officials will meet to decide how much longer to continue the operation, Deputy Public Health Minister Israel Lemus said.Eight days after the disaster, 386 people remain unaccounted for in the town of Santa Catarina Pinula, 15 kilometres (nine miles) east of Guatemala City. More than 100 homes were leveled in a section of the town known as Cambray II.Guatemala is no stranger to killer mudslides. Almost exactly 10 years ago, on Oct. 5, 2005, a massive chunk of hillside buried the village of Panabaj, on the shores of Guatemala’s picturesque Lake Atitlán. Some 1,000 people were killed.It took years — which were full of political wrangling and accusations of corruption and ineptitude — to resettle the survivors. At first, the government had planned to rebuild in nearly the exact same spot as the destroyed village — a project that was shot down by incredulous disaster experts.The Guatemalan government also faced heavy criticism in its efforts to build new homes for victims of an earthquake that struck the northwestern city of San Marcos and surrounding areas in 2012.The head of the government’s communications ministry told elPeriódico that the homes to be built for last week’s mudslide victims would likely be similar to those built for the 2012 earthquake victims. Those homes were nicknamed “casas tipo Baldetti,” or Baldetti homes, because of former Vice President Roxana Baldetti’s role in the reconstruction effort.Baldetti is currently in jail awaiting trial for her alleged role in a massive customs fraud scandal.With information from AFP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Genetic study pins horse domestication to steppes

first_imgAssociated PressLONDON (AP) – A genetic study of horses across Eastern Europe and Central Asia has traced the domestication of one of man’s most powerful animal allies to wide-open grasslands shared by Ukraine, southwest Russia and Kazakhstan, researchers said Monday.Researchers generally date domestication to about 6,000 years ago, but genetic evidence taken from modern-day horses has suggested a wide variety of ancestors, raising the possibility that horses were tamed independently in several different places. Sponsored Stories Mark Thomas, a professor of evolutionary genetics at University College London who wasn’t involved with the research, said he believed the methodology was sound.The research, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was funded by Britain’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the London-based Leverhulme Trust.___Online:Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Satter can be reached at: Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ErrorOK ErrorOK The University of Cambridge’s Vera Warmuth said she and her colleagues had used a combination of genetics and math to narrow down the origin of horse domestication to the “western Eurasian steppe” _ an area now shared by Kazhakstan, southwest Russia and Ukraine.The research followed 16 years of collecting hair samples from more than 300 horses in Russia, China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Lithuania _ areas where horses were the first to be domesticated and weren’t too heavily bred.Warmuth said that fellow researchers took hair samples from “local village-type horses,” simple animals whose genetic profiles would be less likely to have been deformed by inbreeding or crossbreeding typical of their Western European cousins.She said the horses’ genetic profiles were compared to various scenarios plugged into established mathematical models that measure how populations spread and change over time.The results suggested that the wide diversity of horse DNA could be explained by the frequent breeding of domesticated male horses with wild mares brought in by early horseback riders because “breeding with existing stock was too slow,” Warmuth said, speculating that early societies might have used wild females “because they’re a bit more tractable.” (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

Former NSA official Secret phone records grab a mistake

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober It’s not that there no longer can be national security secrets, said Brenner, a lawyer who retired in 2009 after serving as the top U.S. counterintelligence official. But “the idea that the broad rules governing your activities –not specific operations, but the broad rules_can be kept secret is a delusion. And they should not be kept secret.”Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator, has said he decided to leak thousands of top secret documents to journalists because of what he viewed as deception by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, when he denied to Congress in 2013 that the U.S. was collecting records on millions of Americans. But Snowden went on to reveal programs that had nothing to do with domestic surveillance, but rather involved NSA’s foreign intelligence gathering operations.Clapper and other officials have said they wished the government had been more transparent about the NSA program that since 2002 has collected and stored records of nearly all American landline phone calls for use in counterterrorism investigations, but none put it as starkly as Brenner did. Congress is now debating whether to end the program before the Patriot Act provisions allowing it expire on June 1. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “If you disagree with me on this, do your own damage assessment,” Brenner said, according to text of his remarks that he provided. “In the wake of Snowden, our country has lost control of the geopolitical narrative; our companies have lost more than $100 billion in business and counting.”Intelligence collection “has surely suffered,” he said, as has NSA morale. And “the damage from the Snowden leaks to American foreign intelligence operations, to American prestige, and to American power … has unquestionably been vastly greater” than if the George W. Bush administration had gone to Congress in 2002 to seek legislation authorizing the collection of U.S. phone records.The Bush administration didn’t want to do that for political reasons, Brenner said, and neither did the Obama administration.Instead, both presidents relied on a classified interpretation of the Patriot Act by a secret intelligence court. And the NSA collected the records secretly.When Snowden revealed the program in 2013, “the argument that the agency was operating under ‘secret law’ had legs with the public, much of which is allergic to bulk collection and doubts its value,” Brenner said. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The criticism over the Snowden revelations has been hard for career intelligence professionals to swallow, Brenner said, given that there has been no evidence of the sort of abuses that were uncovered by Sen. Frank Church and Rep. Otis Pike 40 years ago.Much of the Snowden leaks simply showed “how extremely good NSA really is at its business,” Brenner said. And “there hasn’t been even a whiff of intelligence abuse for political purposes,” he said. “This was the only intelligence scandal in history involving practices approved by Congress and the federal courts and the president.”By contrast, he said, the NSA’s Project Minaret, exposed by the Church Committee, eavesdropped on 1,650 Americans without warrants, including two senators, many critics of the Vietnam War, prominent journalists, and the boxer Muhammad Ali.“Everyone associated with these various programs thought that he was a patriot acting in the national interest,” Brenner said “Which is precisely why subjective notions of patriotism and national security are insufficient guides for people and agencies that claim to operate under law in a democratic republic.” WASHINGTON (AP) — The decision to keep secret the National Security Agency’s collection of American calling records was a strategic blunder that set the stage for Edward Snowden’s unauthorized disclosures and ultimately harmed U.S. national security, the agency’s former inspector general told NSA employees in blunt remarks Friday.“You now live in a glass house,” Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006, said in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the congressional hearings into the intelligence scandals of the Watergate era. “How could anyone think the bulk collection program would remain secret?” How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more