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first_imgIn-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 27.What we are watching in Canada …The march is on.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau confirmed his attendance in Friday’s massive climate march in Montreal, which will feature 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.Thunberg will be given the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante during her visit, but the Liberals have not said whether Trudeau will meet with her.Elizabeth May is also scheduled to be at the march.The exception is Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who’s spending the day in the suburbs of Vancouver for an announcement and campaign stops with candidates in Maple Ridge and Richmond, but not marching anywhere.Trudeau praised the “extraordinary amount of mobilization” by young people across Canada and around the world who have been pressuring for action on climate change, and pitched himself as the best person to lead the charge.“We know protecting our nature, protecting our land for future generations, protecting our waters in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, is about fighting climate change and protecting our future,” he said.—Also this …SURREY, B.C. — We should learn more today about the search for two killers that gripped much of the country this summer.The RCMP say the will release the findings of their investigation into the deaths of University of British Columbia botany lecturer Leonard Dyck as well as American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler. All three were killed in northern B.C.  The two suspects, 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky and 19-year-old Kam McLeod, were found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wounds on Aug. 7 in the wilderness of northern Manitoba.The manhunt for the two began on July 23 when police announced Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in the deaths.The young men had initially been considered missing persons when a truck and camper they were driving was found burned a few kilometres from where Dyck’s body was discovered at a highway pullout on July 15.The bodies of Deese and Fowler were found near the Alaska Highway, 470 kilometres from where Dyck’s body was discovered, on July 19.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …McDonald’s is looking at plant-based burgers.The company says it will sell the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. McDonald’s says it developed a special recipe using burgers from Beyond Meat.The small-market test is rolling out about six months after rival Burger King began testing the plant-based Impossible Foods burger, a rival to Beyond Meat. It’s now selling the Impossible Whopper nationwide because of strong demand from customers.Shares of Beyond Meat Inc. rose more than 11 per cent to close at $154.34.The burgers aren’t really aimed at vegans or vegetarians, but at meat eaters who perceive plant-based eating as healthier and more environmentally conscious.McDonald’s says the PLT will be grilled on the same grill used for meat and eggs.—What we are watching in the U.S. …“Who’s the person that gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to spy. You know what we used to do in the old days, when we were smart, right? The spies and treason? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”President Donald Trump lashed out at the person who gave information to a whistleblower who has accused the president of abusing the nation’s highest office for political gain, saying that individual is “close to a spy” who could have committed treason — an act punishable by death.Trump’s comments led several Democratic House committee chairman to warn the president against “witness intimidation.”In a formal complaint filed with the intelligence community’s inspector general, the whistleblower said “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described” but had received information over the past four months from multiple U.S. government officials alleging that Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”—What we are watching in the rest of the world …Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States on Thursday to “cease this policy of maximum pressure” on his nation.He says it was driving the possibility of negotiations even further away.“Cease this policy of maximum pressure and pursue a policy of dialogue and logic and reason,” Rouhani said. Moving in that direction, he said, “would be a different set of circumstances and a different atmosphere.”Rouhani stuck to his insistence that U.S. sanctions must be lifted before he would talk with U.S. President Donald Trump, although he did not explicitly rule out such a meeting if they remain in place.He spoke about discussions with the leaders of France, Japan and Pakistan about trying to promote talks, and he made clear that such contacts are continuing.Iran has been accused by the U.S., Britain, France and Germany of carrying out drone and missile strikes against key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 14 that temporarily knocked out nearly 6 per cent of daily global crude production and rattled oil markets.Rouhani again denied any Iranian involvement.“As we say in Persian,” he said, “we’re not the top end of the onion or the bottom of it, so we have nothing to do with it.”—On this day in 1990 …Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made a last-ditch effort to move the controversial goods and services tax legislation through the Liberal-dominated Senate.Drawing on a never-before-used section of the constitution, Mulroney received permission from the Queen to increase the size of the Upper House to 112 members from 104.The bill was passed and the GST kicked in on Jan. 1, 1991.—Weird and wild …PULASKI, Va. — It’s the rodent version of Lassie.Police in Virginia say a woman was led down a trail by a squirrel and the animal tugged at her leg to help its injured baby.Pulaski police say on their Facebook page that officers got a call last week from a woman who told them a squirrel approached her on a trail, blocked her path and led her to the baby squirrel with an injured leg.Tia Powell told police that when she tried to walk away, the squirrel tugged on her pants leg. That’s when she realized a cat was ready to attack the squirrels, so she called police and a friend.The news release says responding officers found the squirrels sitting with the two women, who got them back in their tree.—Your money …TORONTO — Legal experts say dying without a will is a selfish decision that can add financial hardship to families suffering with grief.“When you don’t do anything and there is a problem you’re leaving it to somebody else to solve the problem and that’s no kindness to the people that are grieving a person’s death,” says David Freedman, associate law professor at Queen’s University.More than half of Canadians don’t have wills. Some people don’t like considering their death while others carry misconceptions about how their estate will be distributed.Among the big errors is assuming that all assets will go to the surviving spouse if there are children.Failing to have someone in charge of the estate can also tear families apart, says Tim Hewson, president of Legalwills.ca.Having a will makes it simpler and less expensive to settle the estate and avoid the family arguments that sometimes end up in court, says Quebec notary Benoit Rivet.—Celebrity buzz…MONTREAL — Canadian superstar singer Celine Dion is having issues with her throat.Dion is postponing four Montreal performances of her Courage World Tour.She is suffering from a throat virus and is on doctor’s orders to take a week off to recover.The shows scheduled at Montreal’s Bell Centre through next have been postponed to dates later in November.The concert promoter says Dion is hoping to be well enough to perform her two other Montreal Bell Centre dates, on Oct. 4 and 5.—The games we play …GRAND COULEE, Sask. — People across the country are coming to the aid of a Saskatchewan minor hockey team whose recent fundraising bottle drive was put offside by a thief.Players with the Grand Coulee Bulldogs went door-to-door with their parents last week in search of bottles and cans, with the goal of raising funds to drive down the cost of hockey fees.Mayor Wally Botkin tells radio station CJME that following an afternoon of sorting, the team figured it had about $4,000 worth of material that was loaded into a trailer.Botkin says when the parents went to take the valuable cargo to a recycler, they discovered it had been stolen.He says hockey associations and individuals far and wide have responded to the team’s plight by offering to do their own bottle drives to supplement the Bulldogs’ costs.“The response has been tremendous.”—This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019. 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While minister trumpets Ottawas commitment to First Nation education department faces school

first_imgYOUTUBE VIDEOAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The day before Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan stepped behind a microphone to trumpet his government’s commitment to education, one of his department’s Ontario regional offices faced a protest from Six Nations residents over the lack of supplies for the community’s schools.Chanting, “stop the lies, bring the supplies,” the protestors entered Aboriginal Affairs’ Brantford, Ont., regional office Monday and demanded to know why the department had failed to fulfill the bulk of a $22,000, five month-old order for school supplies.On Tuesday, Duncan held a press conference at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill, to announce Ottawa was taking First Nations education seriously. Duncan said the government would finally be allocating money announced in the last budget for First Nations education.Those words rang hollow in Six Nations, however, where frustration is mounting over the delay in the delivery of school supplies so deep into the first semester of school.Six Nations band Coun. Carl Hill said he’d heard that some teachers were forced to use their own credit cards and one school borrowed $1,500 from their parent association to pay for desperately needed supplies.“This is totally unacceptable, I don’t think that is right,” said Hill, in a phone interview with APTN National News. “They had to photo-copy pages out of the math book and out of the spelling book just to get started on stuff.”According to a video posted on YouTube, the protestors were asked to leave the building by Bob Maguire, a regional director of funding services for the department.“These orders were sent in May, why were they not processed?” said one of the protestors after they exited the building.Maguire said that “education of course matter,” but admitted that some of the supplies were delayed.“I am aware the some school supplies are in place, some other school supplies are on route,” he said, according to the YouTube video, posted by Tom Keefer and Zach Ruiter.Hill said the department has again promised the supplies are in the mail and should arrive by Thursday evening. If they don’t, a larger contingent will again march to the department’s regional office, he said.Aboriginal Affairs did not respond to a request for comment.In Tuesday’s announcement, Duncan said $175 million would be used to build three schools and renovate five others. He also said $100 million would be used to support early literacy programming, services and partnerships with provincial school boards.“Today’s announcement makes clear that we are serious not only about continuing to invest in First Nations education, but that we are taking real action to put in place the structures necessary to strengthen the on-reserve education system,” said Duncan.He also said new First Nations education legislation would be in place by 2014 after consultation.At the same time, his department released financial data aimed at undercutting the Assembly of First Nation’s claim that on-reserve K to 12 education is severely underfunded. The department claimed it provided $13,542 in funding per student for elementary and high school education between 2010 and 2011. The total didn’t include spending on infrastructure, the department said.The AFN has said First Nations education faces an about $3 billion funding gap and that Ottawa only provides about $7,000 per First Nation student compared to the about $10,000 per student level of funding in province-run schools. There has also been a 2 per cent cap on yearly funding increases for education since 1996.Duncan, however, said federal funding levels are adequate.“The numbers show that federal per student funding is across the country comparable to provincial, per student funding levels,” said Duncan.The government’s education announcement was quickly dismissed by First Nations leaders gathered just down the road at a congress centre discussing education in an Assembly of First Nations organized summit. The timing of Duncan’s announcement to coincide with their education summit was not lost on the chiefs.AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo said the Harper government treated First Nations with “disregard and disrespect.”Atleo said “elements of us being savages” were still found in the “behaviour of government.”Some chiefs called for acts of civil disobedience to force Ottawa’s hand on education.“Let’s block all their main roads,” said Rolling River First Nation Chief Shannacappo.“We need to mobilize now…the initial impact has to be huge, the government has to feel it, parliament has to feel the building shake,” said Fort Albany First Nation Chief Rex Knapaysweet.Atleo said he understood the frustration and anger, but cautioned leaders to be “careful with how we give expression” to anger.Atleo, however, repeated his message that Ottawa’s current approach was not working.“Federal legislation and federal programming is not our process and not our answer,” he said.last_img read more

Work towards soft youthful hands

Work towards soft youthful hands

first_imgFrom investing in a good hand cream, getting a regular manicure done to opting for some kitchen formulae like using lemon can help in giving your hands a youthful look.With age, the skin on hands can appear wrinkled and the veins become more prominent.  A simple method to take care of this problem is to moisturise the hands daily and at regular intervals, suggests experts.Wear gloves while gardening, washing clothes or doing kitchen work. Otherwise, simply oil your hands before any work involving water so your hands don’t look depleted and painfully dry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It’s advisable to get a manicure from a reputed salon that practice good hygiene procedure. Once a week, one should soak their hands in soapy water for a couple of minutes and then file the nails before applying nail paint. One should not scrap off nail paint because this weakens the nails.Also, get rid of dirt and dead skin cells by exfoliating the hands. This not only makes hands look pretty and young, but doing so also improves circulation.Here are some more tips: Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMix a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of glycerine and a few drops of rosewater. Apply this mixture twice a day for silky hands.Take a lemon and cut it into half. Put half tablespoon of sugar into it and rub it on your hands. This helps to remove tan and give your hands an even tone.Mashed potatoes mixed with milk are great for hand mask.Eat food rich in calcium like dairy products for healthy nails.Soaps (bar or liquid) designed for sensitive skin are the best choice for our hands. Soaps with olive oil and jojoba are a good option as it does not dry the skin, or strip the skin from it natural oils.last_img read more

One held for assaulting woman at workplace

One held for assaulting woman at workplace

first_imgKolkata: A person was arrested on Thursday after one of his colleagues filed a molestation and sexual harassment complaint against him at Thakurpukur police station.Later on Friday, he was produced before a city court from where he got an interim bail.According to the complainant, she used to work at real estate company for past 4-5 years. While working under the accused, the complainant recently noticed a change in his behaviour, who holds the post of marketing director at the company. On last Monday, she went to his chamber to talk about her work. “First of all, he denied to talk. Then suddenly got up from his chair and touched me in an inappropriate way. He tore my dress as well. The door was closed and I had to use force to get out from there,” said the complainant. She also alleged that her colleagues remained silent after knowing the incident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLater, she informed her superiors as well but it yielded no result. She also alleged that she was asked to leave the job.On Thursday, she went to Thakurpukur police station and filed a complaint against her superior. After getting the complaint, police immediately arrested the accused on charges of sexual harassment, use of criminal force against a woman with intent to disrobe and word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of a woman. After being produced before the magistrate, the accused was granted an interim bail with a clause to appear before the investigating officer as directed by the court.last_img read more

Acrobat 9 Aims to Reinvent PDFs

first_img Adobe’s Acrobat software has evolved beyond merely reading Adobe’s Portable Document Format files. With the new Acrobat 9, Adobe adds features that elevate Acrobat to a potential must-have application for business and individuals alike.You can choose among three flavors of Acrobat: the $299 Standard (which includes the cool new PDF Portfolio feature), the $449 Pro (which adds additional options to Portfolio), and the $699 Pro Extended (which now bundles Adobe Presenter for automating PowerPoint presentations with audio and video–previously a separate $500 application–and can convert various video file types to Flash video and has a 3D mapping overlay so you can create PDF maps). I looked at a late beta of the Pro Extended version.Portfolio is one of the most useful additions to Acrobat in years. With Portfolio, you have the ability to very easily create a suite of related files and documents–complete with their own intro screen. Conceptually, this almost reminds me of how Apple’s OS X 10.5 lets you group files and documents into related “Spaces.” The difference here is that you can create a single document that you can send to others, too. The Portfolio can be read by the free Adobe Reader 9.Creating a Portfolio is simple: Choose from among the existing file templates, and then choose the behavior and presentation within a file template (for example, you can opt for files to be lined up, or to revolve around in an iTunes CoverFlow-like fashion) for the welcome screen. Then you drag and drop what you want to be in this Portfolio into the container. Portfolios remain organic documents; you can add files and folders to an existing portfolio as needed. A Portfolio outputs as a .PDF document.Since Acrobat 9 integrates support for Flash video–a first–you can even integrate an .swf Flash application for viewing within the Portfolio. If you want to edit a file that’s within a portfolio, no problem: Clicking on the file opens it in the appropriate application; you can then save the file and it closes back into the Portfolio.Another nifty feature (in Pro and Pro Extended): the ability to compare two .PDF files, with the text and image differences highlighted so you can what’s different. This document comparison could be useful for deciphering changes between versions of a document. Adobe has added a whole connected element to Acrobat (all three versions) as well; for on Acrobat.com, see “Adobe’s Acrobat.com Document Collaboration Service.”PRO: Can handle Flash videoPRO: Creates useful Portfolio document groupingsCON: Pro Extended edition’s high price for business onlyPCW Rating: No rating (preproduction software)Bottom line: Portfolio document groupings and inclusion of Flash video are useful additions Brought to you by PCWorld 3 min read June 1, 2008 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

7 Best Practices for Logging in Nodejs

7 Best Practices for Logging in Nodejs

first_imgNode.js is one of the easiest platforms for prototyping and agile development. It’s used by large companies looking to scale their products quickly. However, using a platform on its own isn’t enough for most big projects today. Logging is also a key part of ensuring your web or mobile app runs smoothly for all users. Application logging is the practice of recording information about your application’s runtime. These files are usually saved a logging platform which helps identify potential problems. While no app is perfect 100% of the time, logging helps developers cut down on errors and even cyber attacks. The nature of software is complex. We can’t always predict how an application will react to data, errors, or system changes. Logging helps us better understand our own programs. So how do you handle logging in Node.js specifically? Following are some of the best practices for logging in Node.js to get the best results. 1. Understand the Regulations Let’s discuss the current legal regulations about what you can and cannot log. You should never log sensitive information or personal data. That means excluding credentials like passwords, credit card number or even email addresses. Recent changes to regulation like Europe’s GDPR make this even more essential. You don’t want to get tied up in the legal red tape of sensitive data. When in doubt, stick to the 3 things that are needed for a solid log message: timestamp, log level, and description. Beyond this, you don’t need any extensive framework. 2. Take advantage of Winston Node.js is built with a logging framework known as Winston. Winston is defined as transport for your logs, and you can install it directly into your application. Follow this guide to install Winston on your own. Winston is a powerful tool that comes with different logging levels with values. You can fully customize this console as well with colors, messages, and output details. The most recent version available is 3.0.0, but always make sure you have the latest edition to keep your app running smoothly. 3. Add Morgan In addition to Winston, Morgan is an HTTP request logger that collects server logs and standardizes them. Think of it as a logger simplification. Morgan. While you’re free to use Morgan on its own, most developers choose to use it with Winston since they make a powerful team. Morgan also works well with express.js. 4. Consider the Intel Package While Winston and Morgan are a great combination, they’re not your only option. Intel is another package solution with similar features as well as unique options. While you’ll see a lot of overlap in what they offer, Intel also includes a stack trace object. These features will come in handy when it’s time to actually debug. Because it gives a stack trace as a JSON object, it’s much easier to pass messages up the logger chain. Think of Intel like the breadcrumbs taking your developers to the error. 5. Use Environment Variables You’ll hear a lot of discussion about configuration management in the Node.js world. Decoupling your code from services and database is no straightforward process. In Node.js, it’s best to use environment variables. You can also look up values from process.env within your code. To determine which environment your program is running on, look up the NODE_ENV variables. You can also use the nconf module found here. 6. Choose a Style Guide No developer wants to spend time reading through lines of code only to have to change the spaces to tabs, reformat the braces, etc. Style guides are a must, especially when logging on Node.js. If you’re working with a team of developers, it’s time to decide on a team style guide that everyone sticks to across the board. When the code is written in a consistent style, you don’t have to worry about opinionated developers fighting for a say. It doesn’t matter which style you stick with, just make sure you can actually stick to it. The Googe style guide for Java is a great place to start if you can’t make a single decision. 7. Deal with Errors Finally, accept that errors will happen and prepare for them. You don’t want an error to bring down your entire software or program. Exception management is key. Use an asyn structure to cleanly handle any errors. Whether the app simply restarts or moves on to the next stage, make sure something happens. Users need their errors to be handled. As you can see, there are a few best practices to keep in mind when logging in Node.js. Don’t rely on your developers alone to debug the platform. Set a structure in place to handle these problems as they arise. Your users expect quality experience every time. Make sure you can deliver with these tips above. Author Bio Ashley Lipman Content marketing specialist Ashley is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches. Read Next Introducing Zero Server, a zero-configuration server for React, Node.js, HTML, and Markdown 5 reasons you should learn Node.js Deploying Node.js apps on Google App Engine is now easylast_img read more