Arunachal mega dam near pilgrimage cleared, environmentalists see red

first_imgConservationists on Friday asked the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) to reverse the clearance for the 1750MW Demwe Lower hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh.The project’s 124-metre high dam is proposed to be constructed on river Lohit jointly by Athena Energy Ventures and the Arunachal Pradesh government. The project site, greens and local activists say, is extremely close to cultural heritage site Parshuram Kund, a major Hindu pilgrimage.Lohit is one of three rivers that meet to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.“I am shocked to see that your committee has granted wildlife clearance to the 1750 MW Demwe Lower project based on a seriously flawed report of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII),” Bimal Gogoi, a conservationist based in Assam’s Golaghat district, said in a letter to SC-NBWL chairman, Dr Harsha Vardhan, also the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.Junked by NGTMr Gogoi had filed an appeal in the National Green Tribunal challenging the 2010 clearance to the project by the environment ministry. He pointed out that the NGT had, in October 2017, cancelled the final forest clearance as the project site was 8.5 km from the Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary.As director of Bombay Natural History Society and NBWL member, Asad Rahmani had, in 2014, studied the site and said the project would submerge parts of the Parshuram Kund Medicinal Plant Conservation Area that the Environment Ministry had identified for protecting “globally significant medicinal plants”.Environmentalists in adjoining Assam also said the project would severely impact the grasslands of Dibru Saikhowa National Park –— home of the only population of feral horses in India — and riverine islands of Lohit river, which Birdlife International identified as Important Bird Area.New surveyThe NGT had sought a peer review of the project, but the ministry commissioned a short study by a WII-led team, which acknowledged downstream concerns while saying upstream submergence would not be much of an ecological issue. The team admitted the site needed to be studied over three seasons, but its survey in February this year took 20 days.Based on the team’s report in May, the project was cleared at the 50th meeting of SC-NBWL whose minutes were made public on Wednesday. The minutes said that that the wildlife board has accepted the Dehradun-based WII’s report on the rapid ecological assessment of impacts of Lower Demwe project on wildlife.The WII report said: “In the light of the history of this dam site, wherein the submergence zone has been studied and an environmental impact assessment was approved to give environmental clearance, we feel that the creation/construction of the dam per se would not be critical in undermining the biodiversity values of the region. The submergence zone of the dam is a habitat which is available elsewhere within the region and is not critical for the conservation of any known threatened, endangered or critically endangered species population. This hydroelectric project is run of the river type water which is released. Hence, the amount of river flow quanta is not likely to be altered once the dam is filled and power generation is based on an inflow-outflow regime.”Hydrologists too have found flaws in the report. “Demwe, like most mega dams in Arunachal Pradesh and elsewhere in the Northeast, is a disaster in the making. For Assam, the disaster could be worse than Kerala’s,” Partha Jyoti Das, a water expert, said.last_img read more

Severe cyclonic storm likely to hit Gujarat on June 12 night

first_imgA severe cyclonic storm is likely to hit Gujarat on June 12 night with a wind speed of 130-140 kph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday night.The Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said the deep depression over east-central and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep lays centred at about 320 km northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 680 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 840 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat).“It is very likely to intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and into a Severe Cyclonic Storm in subsequent 24 hours.“It is very likely to move nearly northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph during midnight of June 12,” the Cyclone Warning Division bulletin said.The state has been put on alert following the IMD prediction.With the warning of a heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat, the state government has decided to deploy NDRF personnel in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from Tuesday morning.The government will also put the Army, the Navy and the Coast Guard on alert.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 km on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.Fishermen warnedIt has also advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.“A heavy rain warning has been issued for Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14 due to the depression in the Arabian Sea which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm,” state meteorological department director Jayanta Sarkar told reporters in Ahmedabad.After the weather warning, the government convened a high-level meeting in which it decided to deploy 15 teams of the NDRF [National Disaster Response Force] immediately.“We have alerted all district collectors of coastal Gujarat to take immediate steps keeping in mind the likelihood of a cyclone,” Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Pankaj Kumar told reporters.“Besides, we have called a meeting of all the defense forces. We have decided to deploy 15 teams of NDRF in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch from tomorrow morning. We have asked the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard to remain ready to help the state in any untoward situation,” he said, adding that the government is monitoring the situation along with the MeT department and ISRO.On Monday, the depression over south-east adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea, moved northwards with a speed of about 31 kph.“It [Cyclone] is very likely to cause an adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14,” a statement by the MeT department said.“It is very likely to cause an adverse impact in terms of wind and rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch, mainly on June 13 and 14,” the release said.Gujarat is at present reeling under severe heat wave as the maximum temperatures in major cities, including Ahmedabad, hovering over 43 degrees Celsius since the last week of May.Sarkar said the severe cyclonic storm is likely to cause heavy rains and winds in the coastal districts of Saurashtra, like Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Jamangar, Porbandar, Dwarka and also Kutch.The setting of monsoon, which usually happens around June 15, will be further delayed as the cyclonic storm could disturb its advancement.The monsoon was anyway expected to be delayed by a week due to its late arrival in Kerala, said another official.last_img read more

Soyud finds confidence despite Adamson’s loss to Ateneo

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Late run pushes GlobalPort past Kia Soyud, a one-time champion with De La Salle in Season 78, scored a total of 17 points in the four games prior to Adamson facing Ateneo.The opposite hitter said they just have to be more consistent in finishing matches after their loss to Ateneo saw their record drop to 2-3.“We really lack that consistency because the past games we’ve really performed poorly,” said Soyud whose team has now lost two straight. “We have to work it out as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Lady Falcons bowed to the Lady Eagles, 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-10, but it was in this drawback that Soyud regained her confidence.Soyud had her highest-scoring game of the season for the Lady Falcons with 19 points and she’s certain her performance has brought back the confidence she’s searched for after a dismal stretch this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I know my confidence’s back, because I played really horribly the last few games,” said Soyud in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“At first I had all this doubt within me because I really played terribly the past games so I tried to build my confidence back up and try to contribute better for the team.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Eli Soyud still saw some positives after Adamson University’s five-setter loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

Delhi is a super megapolis

first_imgMy family first set up home in what was soon to become New Delhi, the new capital of British India, over a century ago. While our family’s main home continued to be in north-western Punjab, in the Sindh Sagar Doab, the family enterprise set up by Sardar Bahadur Sujan Singh,My family first set up home in what was soon to become New Delhi, the new capital of British India, over a century ago. While our family’s main home continued to be in north-western Punjab, in the Sindh Sagar Doab, the family enterprise set up by Sardar Bahadur Sujan Singh (1857-1929) had won the contracts to build the majority of the new imperial capital. Growing up in Delhi with a large gaggle of cousins of varying ages in Sujan Singh Park was great fun. Almost every evening we played cricket, football and even cycle polo in the lawns after which, sometimes, one of my great-uncles would lay on a super high-tea in the garden, served by his turbaned, liveried butler. A number of uncles and aunts would join in the fun. School was walking distance from home-The Junior Modern School-and after graduating from primary school we all took the bus to Modern School, Barakhamba Road.My parents felt that learning various games and sports was an essential part of my upbringing and thus I was enrolled in numerous classes including tennis, golf, swimming, equestrian and polo. Some of my happiest memories are learning to ride at the President’s Bodyguard Parade Ground, which at the time, functioned as a Polo Club. It was here that I used to ride on the trails of the Delhi Ridge with my father, and also where I first learnt to play the sport, which has become an enduring passion.Before I was born, my parents had fallen in love with Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and with its easy connectivity to Delhi, that was where we went most. I was regularly pulled out of school for a ‘jungle-education’ which has held me in good stead for the career I eventually chose. This apart, even within Delhi, I was taken on walks around the numerous historical sites that make up this extraordinarily historical city. Sadly, as Delhi grew our urban planners let us down with unplanned development, shoddy infrastructure, and horrid architecture. If only the blueprint of the original New Delhi had been used, of course adapted to the times, we would have had a much more pleasing city. That having been said, there is still no other city in India where I would rather live. Delhi is now a vibrant, multicultural, ‘super-megapolis’ with interesting people from all walks of life. There are few places in India where one can meet such a diverse array of people in the same room; from politicians to artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs. My children Sujan and Amrit who were born in New Delhi are the 6th generation of our family to live in this layered and ever evolving capital of India.advertisementThe author is Chief Executive Sujanlast_img read more

Video: Former Florida Golfer Bill Horschel Does Gator Chomp After Birdie, Trolls Florida State “Bandwagon” Fans Following Round

first_imgflorida golfer bill horschel celebrates birdie with gator chomp.florida bill horschel gator chompThe Florida-Florida State rivalry has surfaced at the PGA’s The Players Championship event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this weekend. Former Gators’ golfer Billy Horschel wore his Florida colors during the tournament’s third round on Saturday. On the course’s famed No. 17 hole, he was taunted by some FSU fans with the tomahawk chomp. He responded by birdieing the hole. Then he did the Gator chomp. After his round, he was asked about that moment. He responded by criticizing Florida State’s “bandwagon” fans.   Billy says fsu fans are bandwagon fans. Go Billy! Go Gators!Posted by Glenn Irvine on Saturday, May 9, 2015As of 3:25 p.m. E.T., Horschel is tied for sixth at -8. He’s six holes into his final round. We could be seeing some more Gator chomps today if he continues to play well. [247 Sports]last_img read more

Avoya Travel Selected As Royal Caribbean’s Marketing Partner Of The Year

first_imgFt. Lauderdale, Fla. – February 29, 2016 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s leading travel networks, has been named Royal Caribbean’s 2015 Marketing Partner of the Year Award, representing Avoya’s fifth Partner of the Year Award from the cruise line. This is the first time Royal Caribbean has given the marketing focused award to any travel partner. The prestigious award distinguishes Avoya for its innovative, customer-focused marketing and advertising initiatives, as well as recognizing the company’s large network of specialized Independent Agencies that have produced top sales achievements. By focusing on relationships, value, and technology, Avoya was honored for its leadership in digital marketing, branding, social media, content, and one-to-one communication via the phone, email, and web. Avoya has also been an industry innovator in the development of its mobile platform and using behavioral targeting and personalization. Avoya’s Live Leads™, Shared Success™ model, and customer-centric experience create highly valuable relationships between travelers and Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network that lead to exceptional Royal Caribbean cruise vacations. Avoya’s initiatives have also simplified the booking process for its travel partners, including Royal Caribbean, while increasing the commissions of Independent Agencies well above the industry average. “Royal Caribbean and Avoya Travel have been partners for many years and we’re honored to be named their Marketing Partner of the Year,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President of Avoya Travel. “Avoya Travel continues to lead the industry in delivering travelers to our outstanding network of Independent Agencies through our innovative marketing and technology.” Royal Caribbean’s Marketing Partner of the Year award is part of the cruise line’s 2015 Travel Partners of the Year recognition, acknowledging top performing partners in the U.S. and Canada.  About Avoya Travel: Avoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.last_img read more

5 tn economy eminently doable Niti Aayog VC

first_imgKolkata: Vice-chairman of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar Tuesday said the target of achieving an economy of $five trillion within 2024-25 was ’eminently’ doable and the private sector would have to take the lead. Speaking at the AGM of Indian Chamber of Commerce here, Kumar said the government alone would not be able to meet the target of achieving the $five trillion economy. “It cannot be done by the government alone. The private investors would have to take the lead,” Kumar said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Niti Aayog vice-chairperson said, there are several initiatives mentioned in the budget which point out to the willingness of the government to work along with the private sector. These included hike in the disinvestment target, governmental support to NBFCs and long-term plan to deepen the corporate bond markets. India was not an autocratic country, Kumar said and added that whatever needed to be done had to be within the democratic framework. Kumar said structural reforms in the agriculture sector would also have to carried out. “This is key to the achievement of $five trillion economy. There is a need to modernise the farm sector”, he said.last_img read more

Alberta investigating after medical examiner uses truck trailer for body storage

first_imgDean Bennett, The Canadian Press EDMONTON — The Alberta government is investigating after video surfaced showing a medical examiner’s office using a truck trailer to store dead bodies and one corpse being roughly hauled and handled.The Justice Department says in a statement that it wants answers and expects all workers involved to follow policies ensuring deceased people are treated with dignity.The investigation follows a CBC story and a video showing a purported funeral home employee dragging and tugging on a body bag to get it off the truck beside a busy commuter road near the medical examiner’s office in Edmonton.The CBC also reported that internal medical examiner office emails say the refrigerated trailer was brought in last week to handle a sudden spike in bodies.The emails also included inter-office concerns on storing bodies that way.Opposition NDP critic David Shepherd agrees the government needs to get some answers, but it first needs to apologize to the families of the deceased.“These are people’s loved ones, their family. And when they are giving them over into government care, that is with the trust that they’re going to be handled with dignity and with respect,” Shepherd said Wednesday.“What I saw on that video was frankly, I think, a betrayal of that trust.”The trailer, with a ramp attached and a security guard standing nearby, was still parked beside the office Wednesday morning.A Justice Department statement said the medical examiner is reissuing its guidelines to funeral homes to make clear that body removal must be done with dignity.“The claims of how one of the deceased in our care was handled are very concerning, and we are currently investigating,” said the statement.“Dignity is expected to be shown at all times to the deceased, and the (chief medical examiner) guidelines appear to not have been followed today.”last_img read more

Former Edmonton hospital still haunts families searching for lost loved ones

first_img(Undated photo of child in body cast at Charles Camsell hospital in Alberta. Photo: NFB)Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsEDMONTON — It is known as one of the most haunted buildings in Alberta. The former Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton holds long forgotten secrets still waiting to come to light.Freelance writer and Edmonton’s third historian laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has done extensive research about the history of the hospital.Her blog is called the Ghosts of Camsell and focuses on unearthing the stories of the now abandoned building.Metcalfe-Chenail first became interested in the history of Camsell while researching for her book Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North when she learned of the tuberculosis x-ray tours of Indigenous communities.Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail standing in front of the former Charles Camsell hospital Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“Some have said they’ve seen figures in the windows or have broken in and had weird things happen to them…,” she said. “There’s a lot of people I’ve talked to that think their ancestors spirits haven’t found peace and they’re still wandering. For a lot of people it was not a happy place.”First established as a Jesuit College in the early 1900’s, it was then used as a military base for U.S. army soldiers building the Alaska highway in world war two and it eventually served as a hospital for service men with tuberculosis (TB) and other respiratory problems.In 1946 the federal government turned it into an “Indian sanatorium” mainly for those suffering with TB.TB was rampant and especially devastating to the Indigenous population in those days.The government organized x-ray tours that sent planes to remote communities to screen for the disease. Across northern Canada and the prairies any found with symptoms were shipped to the Charles Camsell hospital for treatment between 1946 and 1966. This included men, women, children, babies.Many of them never made it back home again.Louisa Baril, 72 of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut saw her father Joseph Eluik for the last time when she was 17.Her mother had died when she was nine and her father raised her out on the land living in igloos, using dog teams and hunting for survival.It was a good and happy life, she said.Eluik lost the toes on both his feet during a sickness when he was a child and got by walking on his heels.Joseph Eluik in an undated photoOne day the medical planes came to town and doctors offered to help Eluik, who was by then in his late 40s, to get prosthetics for his feet.He had never been on a plane or flown away from home before, but he thought it sounded like a good deal.Eluik stayed on until the birth of his grandchild then left, having no idea where he would be taken.“He told me he was going to leave,” said Baril. “When he was going to the airport he said he wanted to come back to see me, but the other people before him never came back so he didn’t know…he never came back.”Baril found out from another man from Cambridge who was rooming with her father in the hospital that he had somehow got sick and passed away at Camsell.“His roommate told me the night he (her father) was dying he was calling for me. When he stopped breathing he stopped calling me to him,” said Baril.Louisa Baril (left) with her granddaughter Cathy Aitaok never learned the fate of Joseph EluikBaril and her family were never told what happened to her father or where or if he was buried.Eluik’s granddaughter Cathy Aitaok has been searching for over a decade to locate her grandfather’s grave, hoping that her mother can one day find peace in finding out what happened to him.Aitaok recently contacted Metcalfe-Chenail to see if she could find her grandfather.In her research, Metcalfe-Chenail discovered that some of the former patients of the hospital were buried about 20 km away at the former Indian residential school in St. Albert, Alta.Between 1946 and 1996, the cemetery was cared for by children attending the residential school.Then the school closed in 1968 and Poundmakers treatment lodge located adjacent to the property took over the upkeep.Eventually the cemetery was transferred to the City of Edmonton and was soon overrun by weeds and overgrown grass. Later a brush fire broke out that destroyed the grave markers.Approximately 20 years ago, the city funded the building of a cairn with the engraved names of 98 patients of Camsell buried there.Eluik’s name wasn’t listed.Metcalfe-Chenail said that’s only where the Protestants and Anglicans were buried.The Catholics, she said, are buried elsewhere and she is researching their location.“The records are so tricky to track down. When people did pass away sometimes they didn’t try to contact family members, often they just couldn’t get a hold of them,” said Metcalfe-Chenail. “But they made such efforts to go to communities and get them out to bring them down here but they didn’t make the same efforts to ring them home again for burials.”Some were lucky.Ann Hardy, 58, of Edmonton was sent to the hospital when she was 10 and stayed there four months.She was flown from Fort Smith, NWT after it was discovered she was developing TB. She said at first she was excited about the idea of going away, riding on a plane for the first time and that it felt like an adventure.But her parents were very worried. Both of them had grown up in residential school and were very protective of their children and leery of the outside world.Her mother came with her and stayed a few days in a nearby hotel and didn’t share Hardy’s enthusiasm.“She was very tortured by the whole thing, very emotional, very upset,” said Hardy. “I really didn’t understand it at the time.”Once arriving at the hospital Hardy realized how serious the situation was.Soon, her mother had to go back home but made arrangements with hospital staff to let her daughter call home collect whenever she requested. It was an emotional goodbye, but Hardy said she soon got a roommate and was able to make friends.Things weren’t entirely bad, she said. There was a playground area on the children’s ward where they were sometimes allowed to exercise and she holds fond memories of a day trip they took to the zoo.Ann Hardy (Left) with friend on playground at Charles Camsell hospitalThese types of experiences were helpful in curbing some of the loneliness she felt.“Depending on the nurse that was working it depended on how well our treatment was. We certainly didn’t get the outright abuse they got in the residential schools, but bearing in mind that we were so far away from home and away from our parents we certainly weren’t treated with the compassion I would want children treated with.”She witnessed a young boy at the hospital immobilized by a body cast which was a typical treatment procedure for TB and it terrified her.“They opened his lungs and scraped out the TB. All I knew is he had to be in the body cast for a year. To me that was torture. It was very difficult for him and he was very weak when he came out of the cast.”Then one evening staff informed her they would perform the same lung surgery on her the next day.“I got hysterically upset and called my parents. They didn’t know anything about it. They asked for the procedure to be halted.”Her father flew to Edmonton and had a confrontation with the doctors, something that took Hardy by surprise because she said her father was fairly docile after his experiences in residential schools.“The doctor told him ‘You’re ruining your daughter’s life and I won’t be responsible for this.’ My father said, ‘No, I don’t want you to do this to her,” said Hardy.She was discharged early and sent home with “horse pills” medicine and the TB never again manifested throughout her lifetime.Though thought of what if still lingers to this day,“I just can’t imagine. It runs cold fear through me.”Medical experiments.It is rumoured that horrific medical procedures were carried out at Camsell that included shock treatments, nutritional experiments and sterilization further adding fuel to the notion of the building’s haunting.Metcalfe-Chenail said the stories of what happened at Indian hospitals and the treatment of Aboriginal people there have been lost, however she believes acknowledging their existence is an important part of truth and reconciliation.“It goes back to what Justice Murray Sinclair was saying. We’ve got to have a full picture and reconciliation doesn’t happen until you see the origins of some of those policies and some of the experiences for some of those people. And then you can show more compassion when creating new policies and we can work for better relationships and partnerships so that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen again.”The original Camsell Indian hospital was torn down and rebuilt in the late 1960s as a provincial hospital where it operated until the late 1990s.It has been abandoned ever since.A developer recently bought the property which sits in the residential neighbourhood of Inglewood in Edmonton. The company is working on removing asbestos from the building with goals of eventually turning it into a 230 unit residential condominium project.However, Metcalfe-Chenail would like to one day see a healing center and public art installed on the site to honour those who suffered there.In the meantime Baril will keep searching for her father in the hopes of one day bringing him back home.“He died in the wintertime. He was a good hunter… In the Spring I used to go look for him on the land and think he was gonna come home from hunting. When I’m really missing him I search for him in the distance,” said Baril.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Tax changes could hurt family farm operations

first_imgThe Alberta Wheat Commission has made its views on the federal government’s proposed tax changes clear during a visit to Ottawa and now they are urging producers to have their say.The AWC is telling producers to take time from their busy harvest schedules and write their MPs about their concerns.Chair Kevin Auch said these changes will have an impact on passive savings.“Sometimes you want to build up a cash reserve on your farm, in order to be able to expand, or buy a machine, or a piece of land or whatever and if that income is taxed at a high level then it just effects our ability to grow,” Auch said.He added, the proposed changes will also hurt a family’s ability to pass the farm down to the next generation.last_img read more

Cab driver doused in gasoline

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 A 27-year-old Hamilton man faces a number of charges including assault and committing a hate crime after another Hamilton cab driver was assaulted early this morning.It happened just after 3 a.m. when a taxi driver was filling up at a Pioneer gas station near Upper Ottawa and Fennell Street. Police say the drunk suspect asked the 50-year-old driver for a ride. The cab driver said he was off duty, but would call him another cab. Police say the suspect then yanked the nozzle from the cab driver and doused him in gasoline.The driver was unharmed. read more

Addition of curvy tall and petite Barbie body types earns kudos among

TORONTO – As a black woman raising her eldest daughter through the mid-’80s and ’90s, Samantha Kemp-Jackson found little variety among dolls when it came to different shapes, skin tones and abilities — especially with Barbies.“It was, for the most part, the stereotypical Barbie with the blond hair and the disproportionate body proportions,” recalls the mother of four. “It always made me a bit uncomfortable because as a woman and as a parent I thought: ‘What is this teaching my daughter?’“If she doesn’t conform to what this Barbie looks like, is that going to result in her having issues about herself and her body and not being beautiful? Because Barbie was touted as the ideal representation of beauty in a doll.”With Mattel’s announcement Thursday that its iconic plastic plaything will now include tall, curvy and petite body types, Kemp-Jackson joins other Canadians applauding the move by the toy manufacturer to better reflect diversity among females.The new additions to the Barbie Fashionista doll range include seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles.The shift comes after years of criticism of Barbie for reinforcing unrealistic body proportions and beauty ideals for girls.“I’m actually quite happy to hear that things are changing now,” said Kemp-Jackson, a parenting writer who blogs at Multiple Mayhem Mamma. “As a woman of colour who grew up in the 1970s, it was even worse. I was a kid in the ’70s and there was no doll that looked like me.“The subconscious message that you’re getting is that you’re not beautiful, you’re not worthy of representation…. That’s not to detract from the beauty of all types of people: blond, redhead, black, Asian. But all of those different representations should be shown in society.”Michael Bach, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, said he’s excited at the prospect of giving a doll to his 2 1/2-year-old biracial niece who can “see herself in it.” The fact that it’s Barbie makes it all the more noteworthy given the doll’s longevity and status, he added.“Barbie is an icon. She’s been around for 55 years,” he said. “This has incredible impact because it is Barbie.“There’s been lots of lines of toys over the years — certainly in the past 20 years — that have attempted to reflect the face of a more broad group of diversity, specifically race, if we’re being honest. And that’s great — but it’s Barbie.“The reality is that this isn’t just about the young African-American girl that is going to go into Toys ‘R’ Us and scream her head off because she can get a black Barbie now. It’s about every child of every race who … wants to have a Barbie that looks differently.”Akram Sharkawy, brand communications marketing manager at Mattel, said the new dolls will be available at stores in Canada at the end of February. The dolls can be viewed and ordered online at shop.mattel.com.— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 3:18 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Addition of curvy, tall and petite Barbie body types earns kudos among Canadians This photo provided by Mattel shows a group of new Barbie dolls introduced in January 2016. Mattel, the maker of the famous plastic doll, said it will start selling Barbie’s in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. She’ll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. (Mattel via AP) read more

South Africa must do more to tackle pandemic of sexual violence –

“There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists that sexual violence is absolutely unacceptable and that they will have to face the consequences of their terrible acts. The entrenched culture of sexual violence which prevails in South Africa must end,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The victim, Anene Booysen, was raped and mutilated, allegedly by several men, on 2 February and left for dead on a building site in Bredasdorp, 80 miles east of Cape Town, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). The following morning she was found, still alive, by a security guard, but died later the same day. Ms. Pillay welcomed the “strong reaction” by the country’s leaders to the attack. “But it should not have taken this particularly atrocious case, involving rape, torture and murder, to underline the urgent need for a more thorough response across the whole spectrum of South African society to tackle the root causes of this pandemic of sexual violence,” she added. South Africa has the highest rates of rape reported to the police anywhere in the world, OHCHR pointed out. In 2012, the number of rapes documented by the police rose to over 64,000 – or 175 per day. These figures are believed to considerably underestimate the true number of rapes, as many cases go unreported. A survey released in June by the Medical Research Council of South Africa found that 28 percent of men surveyed had raped a woman or girl, and one in 20 said they had raped a woman or girl in the past year. The High Commissioner stressed that while the legal framework and some initiatives are in place to address sexual violence, much more needs to be done, including on the issue of the extremely low arrest and conviction rates for perpetrators of rape.“Violence against women is not only a human rights violation, it is also a brutal manifestation of wider discrimination against women, which is to be understood against the background of subordination of women within the patriarchal system that still exists in South Africa,” Ms. Pillay added. “The issue of sexual violence against women is not of concern to women alone. Men must also be part of the solution and have to play an active role in stopping gender-based violence and combating discrimination,” she stated. read more

Volcans des clichés déruptions à couper le soufre

first_imgVolcans : des clichés d’éruptions à “couper le soufre”Martin Rietze est l’un de ces photographes de l’extrême qui aime s’aventurer au plus près des volcans. Il capture des images d’éruptions d’une beauté artistique proche de la pyrotechnie. Voilà 45 ans que ce passionné d’origine allemande parcourt la Terre afin de capturer des images des spectacles naturels qu’offre notre planète. Ni la chaleur de la lave en ébullition, ni les gaz toxiques s’en dégageant ne lui font peur. À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriquePour lui, il suffit de “savoir quand il est prudent de s’approcher, et quand c’est une question de vie ou de mort de rester loin : parfois, il faut s’éloigner de plusieurs kilomètres”. La prudence est notamment de mise face aux stratovolcans, qui peuvent envoyer des bombes à plusieurs kilomètres à la ronde, alors que les volcans dits effusifs, qui produisent des écoulements de lave, peuvent être approchés de seulement quelques mètres, à condition d’avoir l’équipement de sécurité indispensable bien sûr.En plus de sa prudence, M. Rietze a dû acquérir une patience hors du commun : attendre des heures durant pour pouvoir enfin profiter de la plus belle éruption. De même, le ciel doit être assez dégagé pour prendre des photos dignes de ce nom et enfin, il y a les calculs. Il lui faut en effet plusieurs jours pour déterminer l’heure (approximative) de l’éruption idéale… et les calculs ne disent pas toujours vrai.Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/volcan/quand-les-eruptions-volcaniques-deviennent-un-spectacle-pyrotechnique_art5826.htmlLe 12 février 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scientists Spot Universes FastestGrowing Black Hole

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers at the Australian National University have discovered a monster.Power-hungry, self-aggrandizing, and intense, the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe is devouring mass equivalent to our sun every two days.Essentially the Donald Trump of quasars, this supermassive black hole dates back more than 12 billion years, to the early dark ages of the universe. What started as the size of about 20 billion suns has grown one percent every million years, into the cosmic behemoth we know now.“This black hole is growing so rapidly that it’s shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy, due to all of the gases it sucks in daily that cause lots of friction and heat,” Christian Wolf, of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said in a statement.“If we had this monster sitting at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon,” he continued. “It would appear as an incredibly bright pinpoint star that would almost wash out all of the stars in the sky.”But it wouldn’t much matter, since the oodles of x-rays emanating from this great void would probably make life on Earth impossible.Using the SkyMapper telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory, researchers were able to detect ultraviolet light radiating billions of light years through space.“These large and rapidly growing black holes are exceedingly rare, and we have been searching for them with SkyMapper for several months now,” Wolf said, crediting the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite for its legwork.The capsule, he said, helped to confirm that the far-away object was a candidate to be a very large quasar.“We don’t know how this one grew so large, so quickly in the early days of the universe,” Wolf admitted. “The hunt is on to find even faster-growing black holes.”These shiny supernovas can be used as beacons to identify and study the formation of elements in early galaxies of the universe; scientists can see shadows of objects in front of a supermassive black hole.The research will be published in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lucas Torreira sets the standard at Arsenal Keown

first_imgFormer Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown has lauded Arsenal midfielder Torreira following his impressive display in North London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.In his post on Daily Mail as quoted in BT Sport, Keown wrote:“It was the best all-round midfield display I have seen in an Arsenal shirt since Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva used to run the show,”“Torreira and Vieira could not be more different in terms of size and stature but their drive and determination is exactly the same.”Keown reveals Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake at Arsenal Andrew Smyth – August 23, 2019 Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistake at the club was trying too hard to emulate Barcelona.“From the first whistle the Uruguayan controlled the midfield. He was utterly fearless, demanding the ball at all times, always eager to snap into tackles and snuff out danger.”“His tireless running gave Arsenal an extra body all over the pitch. You got the sense that if he could, he would happily do everyone else’s job!”He added: “Going forwards, Torreira also excelled. He reads the game exceptionally and when he gets on the ball, he uses it intelligently to feed the quality at the top of the team. His emphatic goal proves he is a mean finisher, too.”last_img read more

Lucky Mag Grows Online Community With Eye on Sponsorship Ops

first_imgThrough a user-generated platform, Lucky magazine’s online community now has over 44,000 posts and more than 4,700 contributors that not only helps it to draw readers in, but advertisers as well. “When we think about the Lucky Community, we think of it as a 360-degree program,” says Maura Randall, the brand’s digital managing director. “These women also appear in our print magazine, which is our core piece and their content appears across LuckyMag.com. It’s a very integrated approach.”Lucky launched its online community in September using the Tid.al platform, which has allowed the brand to not only generate hundreds, if not thousands of contributor posts everyday, but also support some of its key advertising partners. When a contributor signs up for the Lucky Community, the Tid.al platform builds a profile of them, which incorporates several touch points. The platform actually learns about what people are writing and what their sphere of influence is, and from there it begins to build a profile of them as a contributor and all the content they’re creating—either originally through the community or on their own blogs. When a user first registers they attach their Facebook, Twitter and blog and Tid.al begins parsing all the content they’re creating and pulling it into their system and analyzing it. “We organize the content areas, and certainly the contributors do it as well, into several different topic areas—topics that are meaningful to our community and to our readers,” says Randall. One way the community is segmented is through brands. If a user posts about clothing retailer Forever 21, for example, either on the community or their own blog, the system pulls it into the brand tab—giving Forever 21 a prepopulated page of content featuring their products. Tid.al uses data to feed content with posts that are relevant to the community on any number of topics. When Lucky is in talks with Forever 21, they can mention that they’ve had 6,000 posts submitted about the brand. “When you can contextually place an advertiser’s message, the performance just skyrockets when compared to a run of site program,” says Randall. “These are really appealing because they provide a specific message that we know will resonate with the audience.”Contributors can win badges and get the chance to enter contests and be engaged directly with the magazine. Lucky can then fold that into programs they potentially sell as well. “When we launched the Lucky Style Collective, contributors were hand picked and we published what we really believed in editorially,” says John Jannuzzi, Lucky’s contributing digital editor. “We worked with them on content sharing, promoting them in the magazine and website and they are also a member of an ad network through us. We saw such success and enthusiasm on their end with the Style Collective that the community and technology that Tid.al has lets us amplify it to a whole new level. With the community, if you have something you’d like to share about your outfit, a makeup tip or shopping tip, it’s a place where anyone can come to do that.”See Also: John Jannuzzi, a FOLIO: 15 Under 30 Lucky works together with Tid.al to determine which brands would be best and aligned with their editorial message and mission of the site and community. From there Tid.al creates pin board type pages—if Lucky has a prospect or client that wanted to get involved, the platform could incorporate new brands. Additionally, posts from contributors link directly back to brand websites where users can directly purchase goods. “Certain brands and advertisers have an affinity to the topics that these women are passionate for and this platform provides them a way to add their own advertorial content but also rich media and other advertising elements to the topic and sort of sponsor that conversation,” says Randall. “For our users, the brands that Lucky features and the content, opinions and products from contributors provides meaningful content to the user.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

New Maryland Gun Law Used In 5 Cases Involving Schools

first_imgBy BRIAN WITTE , Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new Maryland law that allows courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people at risk to themselves or others resulted in more than 300 protective orders, five of which were related to schools, the sheriff of the state’s most populous county told lawmakers Tuesday.Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin told a panel of state lawmakers that 302 orders were sought under the state’s “red flag” law in the first three months since the law took effect Oct. 1. He said five of them related to schools, and four of those five “were significant threats.”Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith, a Prince George’s County Democrat, briefs Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Annapolis, Maryland, about initial implementation of a law that allows courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people found to be a risk to themselves or others. Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin, seated second to the right of Valentino-Smith, said of more than 300 protective orders in the first three months since the law took effect, five of them were school-related threats and four of those were “significant threats.” (AP Photo/Brian Witte)“Because of the confidentiality that’s built into this piece of legislation, I can’t get into details of any of those, however, I will tell you that they were significant and firearms were seized in each one of those cases, and it was good that these orders were not only sought, but issued and served in each one of those cases,” Popkin told the Maryland House Judiciary Committee.Maryland was one of eight states that passed “red flag” legislation last year in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 in February. Five states already had similar laws. The 13 states with “red flag” laws are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.Popkin said a majority of the orders in Maryland involved people who had “some nexus to some sort of mental health breakdown.”“The majority of these cases we have seen somewhat of a crisis situation, some sort of acute mental illness,” Popkin said.Maryland also has had more requests so far for orders than other states with similar laws, Popkin said. He attributed the higher number to the ease in which someone can request an order “because we are one of the only states that allows for this to be issued 24 hours a day,” and someone can go to a court commissioner to get an interim order.Popkin also said Maryland is unusual compared to other states with similar laws, because a majority of petitions have been sought by family members, rather than law enforcement. He said only 44 percent of the petitions were sought be law enforcement in Maryland.“The majority of them … have actually been a family member or household member that has specific knowledge and is concerned about the health and welfare of their family,” he said.Parts of Maryland where mass shootings have happened had higher numbers of petitions sought than other parts of the state. Anne Arundel County, where five people were killed in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in June, had 47 petitions initiated — the highest in the state. Harford Counties also was near the top, with 33 petitions sought. In September, a woman gunned down three co-workers at a Maryland warehouse in the county before she turned the gun on herself.“People are aware. That may be the reason,” Popkin said, adding that in California jurisdictions that experienced shootings with multiple victims also have higher numbers of petitions.Popkin also said he believes due process safeguards included in Maryland’s law are working. He noted that of the 302 petitions sought, less than half reached a final stage in which someone could not have a gun for at least a year.last_img read more

Notchs 70 million Beverly Hills mansion now exists in Minecraft form

first_imgIt was inevitable, wasn’t it? The house that Minecraft paid for has also been built in Minecraft thanks to the efforts of builder Dan Bovey.It was big news last week that Markus Persson, Minecraft creator and former owner of Mojang, spent $70 million purchasing the most expensive mansion in Beverly Hills. He even managed to outbid Beyonce and Jay-Z in the process. The killer feature? A candy bar one of the previous owners had installed.Such an expensive and well-equipped mansion has its own video, which the realtors used to help sell the place to prospective millionaires. There’s also a website and lots of images of the location. While that all may have helped Notch decide to buy, it also formed an essential reference for Bovey when building the Minecraft version, and he seems to have added every little detail possible in the blocky world as the video below shows:The 100% complete version of the mansion will be available to downloaded soon from the boveybrawlers page on Planet Minecraft. Bovey says it was a very similar build to the one he did of Franklin’s Pad from GTA V, which accounts for how he managed to create it so quickly.Now all we need is for Notch to move into the mansion, realize the Minecraft versions exists, and post a shot of himself in the mansion playing Minecraft inside his mansion.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield to the Jets is the same as Johnny Manziel to

first_imgAlso:– The 7 QB’s that will dominate the NFL for the next decadeGuests:Kenyon Martin – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio discussing the impact of Kevin Love’s return, and why he thinks Ty Lue/LeBron drama is overblown.Christian Kirk – Texas A&M receiver is in-studio talking pre-NFL Draft process; his combine interview experience; Gisele’s influence, and if he got a vibe that a team might draft him.Will Blackmon – NFL veteran is in-studio talking about working with Sam Darnold and Josh Allen; his draft QB sleeper; and if Kirk Cousins can win a Super Bowl.Gotham Chopra – Director of Tom vs. Time in-studio discussing how he developed a relationship with Brady; filming the documentary; and if Brady hears the media criticism. Baker Mayfield to the Jets is the same as Johnny Manziel to the BrownsAccording to recent reports, Buffalo and Arizona are interested in trading up with the Giants into the second spot in order to take either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. That would leave the Jets choosing from the leftovers of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and ‘boom or bust’ prospect Josh Allen.If this all plays out, Colin thinks New York drafting Baker Mayfield would be a recipe for disaster, and more similar the situation to Johnny Manziel with the Browns than most people are willing to admit.The sky is not falling for the Cavs in the EastThe Cavs look like they’re heading into the playoffs as a 3-seed, and many are claiming they’re vulnerable in the East, after a chaotic season and no Kyrie Irving.But Kevin Love is returning for the stretch run, and Colin thinks those claiming the Cavs are vulnerable in the East will be proven wrong again. Yes, this Cavs team has no shot to beat Golden State in the Finals, but with the team at full strength for the first time since the deadline deals and LeBron playing at a high level they’e still the favorites in the East.last_img read more