10 months agoMan Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s determined to “enjoy the ride” after taking charge this week.Solskjaer says it’s important for the players to start enjoying their football again.He said, “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.””I’m going to enjoy the ride. It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself.”The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran and Michael.”We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.”Solskjaer added: “We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.”It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves. Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.” last_img read more

440 Scholarships Awarded to Stem Student Teachers

first_imgStory Highlights Awardees will be bonded for five years and are required to sign an agreement authorising their deployment by the Education Ministry on completing their studies. Additionally, Senator Reid said the TVET Integration Model is ongoing, pointing out that $153 million has been allocated this year to provide training and equipment for nearly 70 schools. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has awarded 440 scholarships valued $330 million to tertiary students under the Maths, Science and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MS-TVET) Teacher Initiative for the 2017/18 academic year. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has awarded 440 scholarships valued $330 million to tertiary students under the Maths, Science and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (MS-TVET) Teacher Initiative for the 2017/18 academic year.The scholarships will provide students pursuing degrees in education, in preparation to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with funding for tuition, miscellaneous fees, boarding and books.Students requiring additional financial assistance will be provided with a grant of $20,000.The provision of the scholarships, which are tenable at the University of the West Indies, University of Technology Jamaica, Mico University College, Shortwood Teachers College and Church Teachers College, is aimed at boosting the cadre of Mathematics and Science teachers in schools islandwide.Awardees will be bonded for five years and are required to sign an agreement authorising their deployment by the Education Ministry on completing their studies.The recipients will also be required to maintain a ‘B’ average in order to retain their scholarships, which were presented during a ceremony at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Friday, August 25.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke at the ceremony, said the MS-TVET initiative was part of the Ministry’s strategic approach to increasing the number of qualified Maths and Science teachers within the education system.He argued that the students’ decision to focus on STEM courses, particularly Mathematics, will have a far-reaching impact on Jamaica’s development.As such, the Minister urged them to remain focused on their studies in order to maintain the requisite average which will ensure that their scholarships remain intact.Senator Reid emphasized that the Ministry is committed to integrating STEM within the education system, noting that these subjects are being used as the fundamental base for implementing a new curriculum.In this regard, he said the Ministry has allocated $150 million to embark on this process during 2017/18.He advised that nine secondary schools initially shortlisted have received their allocations, with another 60 being provided with partial funding.Additionally, Senator Reid said the TVET Integration Model is ongoing, pointing out that $153 million has been allocated this year to provide training and equipment for nearly 70 schools.last_img read more

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has more First Nations than any other leader

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsGravel gives way to new blacktop here on the road leading into Pasqua First Nation.But that’s not something Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer would know, says Chief Todd Peigan, because the incumbent MP has never visited the reserve.“What can I tell you about Andy?” Peigan says over the phone from New York City, where he’s attending a special climate conference at the United Nations.“He has never attended Pasqua First Nation, he has never attended any of the party debates when they’re held on reserve.”Pasqua is one of 12 reserves in Scheer’s sprawling riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle, here in southeastern Saskatchewan.(Pasqua First Nation is one of 12 reserves in the Regina-Qu’Appelle riding. (Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Describing it as “diverse” is an understatement.The riding encompasses North Central (an inner-city neighbourhood voted most dangerous in Canada in 2005), the upcale bedroom communities of White City and Emerald Park on Regina’s eastern outskirts, and vast, rolling farmland that dots a picturesque valley.As an MP, Scheer represents the most First Nations of any party leader.Green Party’s Elizabeth May has four communities in her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands in B.C., but the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, PPC leader Maxime Bernier and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet have none.When Scheer coasted to victory in 2015 with the help of urban and rural voters, none of the 10 First Nation polls supported him.(One of the farms in Regina-Qu’Appelle. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Some of that anti-Scheer sentiment was captured in a controversial Facebook post on Sept. 16.Myke Agecoutay, a former vice chief of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, accused Scheer of making offensive comments in “the sacred boardroom” on Treaty 4 territory after accepting an invitation to meet with First Nation leaders.But Agecoutay, who now lives in Regina, didn’t respond to numerous requests from APTN News to defend or offer proof of his accusation.The post, which has since disappeared, is not true, said a spokesperson for Scheer in an email to APTN,“These allegations are patently false. The post has been deleted by Facebook,” the spokesperson said.(Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer outside the House of Commons in February. APTN file).Without Agecoutay or others in the room confirming the allegation, it is now social media history.But it’s being credited with sparking an interest in the federal election campaign, says the riding’s Liberal candidate Jordan Ames-Sinclair, a Treaty 4 Indigenous youth leader from Sakimay First Nation.“I’m aware of it; people are aware of it,” he said in an interview in his campaign office.Ames-Sinclair believes it’s “mathematically possible” for him to unseat Scheer if he takes all the Indigenous votes in the riding of just under 80,000 people, which according to Statistics Canada, is growing.“Not everyone feels they’ve been well represented,” said the business student at the University of Regina, who was recently endorsed by Liberal veteran Sheila Copps.“A large majority haven’t been voting.”#ScheerHomophobia @AndrewScheer worst nightmare. @JordanQuAppelle Dynamic young Métis two-spirit gay leader is the Liberal candidate against him. 13,000 indigenous people in the riding. That’s why Scheer is in hiding. Go Jordan!— Hon. Sheila Copps (@Sheila_Copps) August 29, 2019Jessica Gordon, one of the councillors for about 2,000 band members in Pasqua, knows something about fanning the flames of First Nation’s discontentment.She’s co-founder of the national Indigenous movement Idle No More.“There has been push back over the years that we shouldn’t vote (in the colonial system) – that it’s not our way,” she says, while driving to yet another meeting.“But we need to be engaged. We’re going to help people register and get to the polls.”(Jordan Ames-Sinclair is an Indigenous candidate opposing Scheer. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Sources at File Hills and Touchwood tribal councils in the riding, who aren’t authorized to speak for the organizations, confirmed their bosses are discussing a voting drive.Peigan, who identified Agecoutay as his nephew, was the only chief to respond to repeated requests for comment for this story.“We cannot just advise people to vote,” he says of plans to bus people to cast ballots and ensure there are polls on each First Nation for the Oct. 21 vote.“We have to advise them to vote Liberal.”Yes, despite high-profile party scandals involving the country’s first Indigenous attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and mocking people of colour via black-brownface, Peigan continues to support Trudeau.“Think of the alternative,” he said of Scheer. “(Here in the riding) he never went to bat for us.”(Jessica Gordon is a Pasqua First Nation band councillor and co-founder of Idle No More. Photo: courtesy: Facebook)Scheer wasn’t in Saskatchewan when APTN visited his riding earlier this week, and his spokesperson said he wasn’t available for an interview.But his face was plastered on billboards throughout the Saskatchewan capital and national pollsters claimed, at that point in time, his party was leading the Liberals.Toppling Trudeau would be a huge accomplishment for the man known here as ‘Andy’ who became Conservative party leader in 2017.Scheer is originally from Ottawa and moved to his wife’s hometown of Regina after meeting her at university.The father of five finished his degree in Saskatchewan and worked at an insurance agency and as a constituency assistant before making his own run for politics in 2005.He has won the riding twice and is hoping to take it – and the country – this third time.(Pedestrians cross a main street in downtown Regina, Sask. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)By comparison, his Liberal opponent was born, raised and still lives in Regina-Qu’Appelle.Ray Aldinger is running for the NDP, Dale Dewar for the Green Party, Tracey Sparrowhawk for the PPC and James Plummer for the Libertarian party.Ames-Sinclair says he has been active in both the colonial and First Nations political systems since he was 13.“In my years living in the riding, I felt no representation from (Scheer).”National Chief Perry Bellegarde also hails from Scheer’s riding but admits he didn’t vote in Canadian elections before 2015.“I was taught as a young boy that we don’t have to vote because we have treaty and it’s not our government,” he told a news conference Sept. 9 while releasing the Assembly of First Nations’ 2019 federal election priorities.“We have to use all the tools in our toolbox or use all the arrows in our quiver to bring out policy and legislative change, and voting is one of them.”Bellegarde’s office turned down an interview request from APTN about Agecoutay’s Facebook post.For more on the federal election click on: #vote2019Meanwhile, the Conservatives have yet to release an Indigenous platform but Scheer has made some of this thoughts clear on certain issues.He suggested during the Maclean’s magazine debate he would not follow a human rights tribunal order to pay victims of the child welfare system $40,000 in compensation – rather, he says, he would put the money to better use.Scheer also did not participate in any of the country’s climate strikes on Sept. 27.APTN has repeatedly invited Scheer to be interviewed about the campaign and forming government.His team has not responded.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

BC premier receives lukewarm reception at Chamber of Commerce luncheon

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan told a group of business leaders in Victoria that he can feel their pain, but his government won’t back away from ending the medical fees charged to B.C. residents.Speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Horgan said they’re committed to ending the medical services premium, placing the fee on businesses.Horgan said he has been hearing from businesses with concerns the 1.95 per cent employers health tax on firms will increase costs and the government has formed a small business task force to look for ways to reduce that burden.Horgan’s speech also touched on climate change, Indigenous rights issues, and his government’s speculation tax on vacant properties to provide more affordable housing and rental homes.He says the government is continuing to consult with businesses about the employer health tax, but that will be the direction the government is taking.The premier said he realizes there are challenges and the government wants to address them with business, but he was making no promises.“This is what the rest of the country is doing,” Horgan says. “This is not an anomaly. We are catching up.”Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor at Royal Roads University, says the employer tax is a challenge.“What it means is we’re going to have to recalculate our ability to generate revenue and accommodate it,” he said. “It was a surprise to get it. I think we can figure out how to do it.”last_img read more

Alberta move to cut fuel shipments to BC has downsides refiners say

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — A spokesman for refiners in Western Canada says any move by the Alberta government to shut off the flow of refined fuel to British Columbia might increase prices for consumers there but it would also negatively affect Alberta’s four refineries.Brian Ahearn, regional vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, says about 25 per cent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C.He says the loss of that market would have “downsides,” forcing refiners to find alternative markets, accept lower prices or, in a “worse-worse case scenario,” run their operations at less than optimum capacity. Alberta introduced Bill 12 Monday, legislation that allows the energy minister to tell truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators how much of what products can be shipped when and where.As an example, the province says it could restrict shipments on the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the Vancouver area to diluted bitumen, thus halting the refined products it carries.Ahearn says the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day of refined products. The rest of the 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day is sent by train or truck from Alberta to B.C.“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” he said.“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product, that disruption, that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative affect on the refineries. That’s one of the downsides we’ve been making sure the government knows about and to fully assess before they take any further steps.”B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016.last_img read more

Imperial Oil going ahead with construction of 26B Aspen oilsands project

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project.Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022.The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to produce about 75,000 barrels of bitumen per day. It will use new oilsands recovery technology designed to lower the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.Imperial says the technology is estimated to reduce the intensity and water use by up to 25 percent, compared with traditional steam-assisted technology.“We do not take investment decisions lightly, particularly in these challenging times,” Rich Kruger, Imperial chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.“This is the right technology at the right time to make a competitive investment. We have made the decision to proceed now because we believe this advanced technology will further the evolution of Imperial’s oilsands business.”Imperial noted the project has the potential for the further development of up to another 75,000 barrels per day of production, depending on a number of factors, including project performance and overall business and market conditions.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.last_img read more

CM to blame for plight of sanitation workers Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: Following a video on social media showing sanitation workers entering sewers without safety equipment, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Friday launched a fresh attack on the AAP-led Delhi government, accusing it of not taking care of them. In a statement, Tiwari blamed the Delhi government for the recent deaths of sanitation workers dying due to lack of appropriate protective gear. He said that despite promising to provide safety equipment for sanitation workers and mechanical sweepers in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has failed to fulfill them in the last four years.”Kejriwal is responsible for this plight of the sanitation workers. There is no other department of Delhi government except DJB under the Chief Minister but he is not looking after the sanitation workers who are dying due to lack of facilities,” he said. Accusing the Delhi Chief Minister of having double standards, the MP from North-East Delhi accused the AAP of indulging in appeasement politics, while seemingly not caring for the poor sanitation workers who face dangers of toxic inhalation to earn a living. Tiwari claimed that he has been demanding for salary hikes and safety equipment for sanitation workers, but to no avail. “BJP is committed to the security of sanitation workers and for the betterment of their conditions,” he said. Promising a change in working conditions of Delhi’s sanitation workers, Tiwari said that such change can be affected only if the saffron party comes back to power at the Centre.last_img read more

America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years

It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m concerned that our boss, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, may have developed a curling addiction these past few weeks: Luge38.750.50+38.25 Curling85.254.57+80.68 Figure skating79.504.97+74.53 Freestyle skiing3.750.45+3.30 Curling’s spike is even sharper in worldwide searches. Across the entire globe, curling-related search-traffic index goes up by 84 points in Olympic months, compared with non-Olympic ones. (By comparison, figure skating is only up 71 points during Olympic months worldwide.) Although gaining a passionate following during the Olympics has been a victory in itself for curling, these kinds of disparities have the sport’s leaders looking for a way to stay on people’s minds after the games end.“The Olympics have definitely driven growth and exposure, but the key for us is not to disappear between Olympics,” Patzke told ESPN. “You can get really popular for 17 days and then go away, you know?”Perhaps the next step will be for curling fanatics like Nate to keep tweeting during bonspiels that aren’t festooned with five interlocking rings everywhere you look. Alpine skiing9.502.28+7.22 (Check the timestamps on those tweets, by the way.)He’s not alone, though. Every four years, there’s a fresh volley of articles about how curling captures the attention of people around the globe — particularly Americans who tune in to the alien sport for the first time during the Olympics and get hooked. By now, writing with surprise about curling’s charms has become one of journalists’ favorite Olympic pastimes. The Cinderella run by the U.S. men’s team to Saturday’s gold-medal game has only intensified the enthusiasm.1The women’s team hasn’t quite had its medal breakthrough yet, finishing eighth in the standings at Pyeongchang.The hard numbers also support the notion of curling as America’s favorite quadrennial sports fling. If you look at nationwide Google Trends search data, you can see a massive spike in traffic related to the sport each February of a Winter Olympic year. Indeed, aside from figure skating — and occasionally other sports when they experience tragedy — curling consistently spikes highest in web searches among the Winter Olympic sports we don’t tend to think about over the rest of the calendar.2Admittedly, this is kind of an arbitrary list, but I included curling alongside sports that don’t draw much attention in the U.S. during non-Olympic years (so figure skating is in, but hockey is out) or ones that tend to rank low on subjective lists of Winter Olympic sports (cough, biathlon). Here are four examples: SportOlympic monthsOther monthsOlympic Spike Bobsled24.251.02+23.23 Ski jumping8.250.56+7.69 Skeleton8.000.05+7.95 Google’s data doesn’t go back further than 2004, but in an interview with ESPN’s Dotun Akintoye, USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said America’s curling obsession can be traced to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “Salt Lake was our coming-out party in America,” he said. “NBC broadcast about 50 hours of curling. In Nagano in ’98, it was like 30 minutes.” Add in the U.S. men’s surprising bronze medal in 2006, and curling was off to the cult-sport races. Who can even say what kind of uptick in popularity the run by the U.S. men this year will bring?But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them. Biathlon8.250.17+8.08 Nordic combined1.750.00+1.75 Curling has the biggest spike in Olympic popularityDifference in average Google Trends search-traffic index between Olympic and non-Olympic months for selected Winter Olympic sports, 2004-18 Cross-country skiing9.502.38+7.12 Speedskating21.750.93+20.82 Google Trends search-traffic indices measure activity on a 0-100 scale, where the most active single month by any sport we examined is represented by a 100.Source: Google Trends Avg. Google Trends Index during … read more

Spalletti reacts after a deadlocked match with Sassuolo

first_imgLuciano Spalletti had earlier warned his side to ensure they secure a win against Sassuolo during the Nerazzurri’s league 2019 campaign kick off.However, his side has been left with a draw as they were unable to score against Sassuolo.“It was a tough night because they played a good game,” began the Coach as quoted by Inter official website.“We couldn’t control the game. Even when we did well to get the ball back, we then lost it again too quickly meaning that we were unable to make the most of the moment and get men over. We needed to do better in those situations before their defence could settle in place. We didn’t have enough quality on the ball and you need that against sides like Sassuolo who run a lot.”Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“We did better in defence and less well in attack where we should have done more in terms of individual play and in looking to break their lines. They set up a low block as a team around the penalty area and we couldn’t find space. We were overwhelmed by their defensive line and Sassuolo also caused us some problems.“In the end, we also ran the risk of losing. However, you always have to look at the glass half full and we need to keep getting results to avoid running the risk of other teams catching us up. We need to keep working and improving, we also want to do well in the Europa League and the Coppa Italia in order to consolidate our status.”Spalletti also talked about all the children in attendance:“It was wonderful to feel their enthusiasm. It really was a party in the stands.”last_img read more

Wilmington Pop Warner To Hold Registration Night On April 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a Registration Night for interested football players (Grades 2-6 for next school year) and cheerleaders (Grades 2-8 for next school year) on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.All new players must have original birth certificate with seal.Fore more information and registration details, click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Pop Warner To Hold Registration Night On April 3In “Sports”Wilmington Pop Warner To Hold Registration Night On April 24; Online Registration Now OpenIn “Sports”Wilmington Pop Warner’s Foresyth, Penney, Roberts, Smolinsky, Williams & Zaccagini Named ‘All-American Scholars’In “Sports”last_img read more

Super Bowl 2019 melee pits Tom Brady Payton Manning for NFLs 100th

first_img 2019 TV shows you can’t miss The NFL is officially launching its 100th anniversary celebrations with Super Bowl 53, and it sure went big for the kickoff party.The league’s 100-Year Game commercial features a who’s-who of players current and past, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, retired QB Payton Manning, running back Barry Sanders and newer stars Saquon Barkley and Baker Mayfield.  Post a comment Sam Gordon, a Utah Girls Tackle Football League running back, takes a star turn at the end of the ad when she shows off a wicked spin move.Anybody who loves the NFL may want to give the 100th-season video a rewatch to catch all the cameos. It’s an energetic start to the league’s big celebration.  Tags Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Super Bowl 2019 Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 The theme centers around a stately black-tie gathering that descends into madness as the players tussle over a golden football. It’s not just on-the-field names who participate in the food fight/pickup game. The ad also highlights play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins and Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first full-time female official.  50 Photos More Super Bowl reading • Super Bowl 2019 melee pits Tom Brady, Payton Manning for NFL’s 100th season Sports May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot 0 Share your voice Super Bowl 2019 • Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer See Alllast_img read more

Bangladesh no longer safe for Indian insurgents BSF

first_imgBangladesh is no longer a safe haven for Indian insurgents, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General KK Sharma said on Friday.“They (Indian insurgents) are no longer active in Bangladesh. There were few training camps and hideouts of Indian insurgents and on our (BSF) information, the BGB (Border Guards of Bangladesh) has taken effective action and destroyed them,” Sharma said on the sidelines of a function at the BSF (Meghalaya Frontier) headquarters here.Moreover, he said if there was any definite knowledge of Indian insurgent camps on Bangladesh soil, action would be taken by the Bangladesh security forces to dismantle them.India has a 1,880 km border with Bangladesh along four states – Tripura (856 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km) and Mizoram (318 km).Expressing concern on the cattle smuggling along the India-Bangladesh border, Sharma said his troopers continued to make all efforts to thwart the crime.“You must realize that the populations on both sides of the border have been indulging in this activity for a very long time. Wherever we become strict, cattle smuggling is stopped in that area. They immediately shift to another area. So inspite of our best efforts, this has not completely stopped,” he said.Sharma said the BSF was in the process of covering the gaps along the India-Bangladesh border with technological solutions.“Very soon we will be installing an intruder detection alarm system to detect any intruder.last_img read more

New Zealand parliament passes tougher gun laws

first_imgNew Zealand parliament. AFP File Photo.New Zealand lawmakers have almost unanimously passed sweeping gun reforms, paving the way for a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons to enter into force as soon as Friday.Lawmakers passed the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people.During the debate Wednesday prime minister Jacinda Ardern told parliamentarians she “vividly” recalled the moment after the massacre when she, without consulting widely, decided the government had to act.Ardern, her voice filled with emotion, said it was during a briefing with the police commissioner when she was told about the “nature of the attack”, the weapons used and how they were notified but had been obtained legally.”I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction, and large-scale death could have been obtained legally in this country. I could not fathom that,” she told lawmakers.She could not, she said, face the public or “the victims that had been left behind from this terror attack and tell them hand-on-heart that our system and our laws allow these guns to be available and that was okay. Because it was not.”The new rules amend permissive 1983 gun laws that had the subject of multiple reform attempts.The sole holdout against the legislation was the ACT Party, which has a single seat in the 120 seat parliament.The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition and harsh prison sentences.A hand-in amnesty will be in place until 30 September 2019, but perpetrators will face between two and ten years in jail for breaking the laws.The new laws also prohibit “semi-automatic firearms, magazines, and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.”The law will now need royal approval, in practice a rubber stamp, which is expected to take place on Thursday, paving the way for the rules to enter into force the next day.The bill was first introduced on 1 April. Its passage in barely ten days has surprised even the most ardent gun control advocates.last_img read more

Annual Walk for Awareness of Eating Disorders

first_imgThe National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the Eating Disorder Network of Maryland (EDN) are waging a battle against eating disorders and unrealistic “body perfect” ideals. To raise funds, spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and support the local community, NEDA is holding its third annual Baltimore NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life. Funds from the walk will be used to support NEDA’s education and advocacy programs.In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Anorexia nervosa has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness.National Eating Disorders Association’s 3rd annual Baltimore NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life, will be held 10 a.m., Oct. 12. Walkers should converge at the corner of W. Chesapeake and Washington avenues in Towson. To pre-register, visit www.nedawalks.org/baltimore2014 or call 212-575-6200. For more information, contact Carolyn Labrie at carolyn.f.labrie@me.com. $25 per adult, $15 per student, $10 per child under 12, $5 per pet. For treatment referrals, visit MyNEDA.org or call the Live Helpline at 800-931-2237.last_img read more

New omnidirectional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops

first_img Image: Katru Eco-Energy Citation: New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops (2011, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-omni-directional-turbine-capture-energy-rooftops.html More information: via New Inventors (video) Sureshan, who has been in the business of designing mechanical systems (such as the first hybrid rooftop solar air-conditioning unit to go up on a commercial building in Queensland, Australia), for over 25 years, says he began working on the design after spending a lot of time working on building rooftops and noting how there was a lot of very nearly constant wind flying around, and thought there ought to be a way to capture it and put it to good use.After studying then current ideas for capturing wind, Sureshan hit on the idea of building an enclosure of sorts, or shroud, with airfoil blades for “walls” that allowed air to travel inside the chamber, but because of the angle, would force it to flow upwards inside the chamber, rather than allow it to pass through and out the opposite side; all that wind (or at least 87% of it) would then flow upwards towards the horizontal blades connected to the turbine, which would spin, producing electricity. The result is a wind turbine that has just one moving part, is much quieter than most other turbines and doesn’t harm birds because they are too large to fit through the sidewall blades. It looks pretty cool as well. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image: Katru Eco-Energy Explore furthercenter_img The IMPLUX, under development for several years, and recently field tested in Singapore, relies on a central chamber that has been specially designed to capture wind as it comes from any direction and then to propel it upwards towards the turbine, accelerating it, without allowing any of it to escape. It is considered to be a vertical wind generator, as its main rotor shaft is arranged vertically, and while it’s not the first to incorporate such technology it is unique in that it has horizontal blades, and because it’s likely the first to have been tested by Honda Formula 1’s racing team to validate its unique ability to capture wind and hold onto it, rather than letting any escape out the opposite side. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Smart wind turbines can predict the wind The Katru Eco-Energy website indicates the IMPLUX wind turbines should be ready for sale by mid 2012. (PhysOrg.com) — Katru Eco-Energy, headed by founder and inventor, Varan Sureshan, has developed a new kind of wind turbine meant to capture the winds that fly in all directions atop big buildings, and unlike conventional devices, the IMPLUX, as it’s called, can capture wind from any direction as it stands; meaning without having to be repositioned or pointed. The IMPLUX achieves this feat by means of horizontal turbine blades that sit atop a vertical axis and are turned by wind that is pushed up through what Sureshan calls a “fluid dynamic gate.”last_img read more

Kolkata Police STF busts illegal firearms factory at Ghola in North 24Parganas

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has busted an illegal firearms factory from Ghola area of North 24-Parganas and seized more than 90 firearms.The arms factory had been operating from a house in the area. Three persons, including the owner of the house, were held by the investigating agency for interrogation. The police had specific information that an illegal firearm manufacturing racket was operating from the house.A team of senior police officers raided the house on Wednesday morning and found the illegal factory in a ground floor room, which was used for stocking garments. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe owner of the house Kalachand Pal used to run a garment shop in the ground floor. A few months ago, he rented the floor to one Pappu Khan, who is suspected to be one of the main accused.The ground floor room had remained locked for some time. The police officers broke open the door and found some lathe machines inside the room. Various utensils related to the manufacturing of illegal firearms were also seized from the room.Khan has been absconding since the incident took place. Police are interrogating three persons, including the owner of the house. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprit. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are trying to know if some other persons were involved in the incident.Police came to know the existence of the firearms factory after interrogating the accused, who were earlier arrested from Jagaddal in the same district in the last month.In the earlier incident, the STF had seized 60 semi-finished improvised firearms from an illegal arms factory in Jagaddal. Six persons were arrested with the semi-finished guns.Fake Indian currency notes (FICN) were also seized from Kolkata’s Maidan area during a raid last month.It may also be mentioned here that an illegal arms factory was busted from Ashokenagar area in North 24-Parganas by the district police and two persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in the racket in January this year.last_img read more

Revisiting Childhood

first_imgChief Guest NK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India inaugurated the theatre festival in presence of eminent theatre and film actors Manoj Joshi and Mukesh Tiwari, Prof Waman Kendre, Director of NSD, Arjun Deo Charan, Vice Chairman, NSD Society and Prof Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief, Theatre-in-Education, NSD.Five professional groups from Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Delhi and schools from Delhi-NCR, came together to present ‘Bal-Vrind’ – a musical dance performance, under the direction of Dr Laique Hussain to kick-start the gala event. The festival is a reputed theatre experience focusing the children, representing various regions and languages from across the country and beyond.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India said, “I wish Jashne Bachpan keeps growing every year so that more kids can be a part of it. I would like to thank all the children for making this festival more joyous and successful.”This year’s Jashne Bachpan theatre festival will showcase work of some of most eminent as well as emerging theatre directors and established theatre groups enacting plays (with and for children) with full-fledged productions and will be on till November 25, 2016. Rechristened as Jashne Bachpan-International Children Theatre Festival, for the first time the festival will have international participation and will feature 27 productions, including seven productions from foreign countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Turkey, Israel, France and Switzerland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManoj Joshi, eminent film & theatre personality said, “In every school theatre should be taught because kids who are into theatre are confident enough to get into anything and not just only theatre. Through Jashne Bachpan all the theatre experts of the country should be connected and theatre should be made compulsory in education.”As with the previous editions, the National School of Drama campus will be converted into a veritable kids mela for this 12 day theatre carnival, as thousands of kids are expected to be a part of the festival. The festival was started in 1998 by Sanskar Rang Toli (T.I.E Co.), NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of children’s theatre across the country, and has now come to be regarded as one of the largest and most important theatre festivals in India for Children.last_img read more

Train services disrupted in Sealdah South section

first_imgKolkata: Train services were disrupted on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon in the Sealdah South section of Eastern Railway.On Monday, around 8:30 pm, one pantograph of Down Sealdah-Lakshmikantapur local broke after reaching Baruipur station. As a result, power services to the train was cut-off. Immediately engineers of Eastern Railway were informed. One tower van was also sent to repair the damaged pantograph. But, engineers were not able to repair it soon. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSome passengers allegedly ransacked the Baruipur station around 11:30 pm as the repair-work was taking time. Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) intervened and brought the situation under control. Repair work went on throughout the night and normal train services were resumed on Tuesday morning. After Monday night, train services were again hampered in the South Section on Tuesday afternoon due to road traffic congestion at Kakulia Gate near Ballygunge railway station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to Eastern Railway authority, train services in Ballygunge – Sonarpur and Ballygunge – Budge Budge sections were delayed due to road traffic congestion at the Level Crossing (LC) Gate No. 5ST near Ballygunje, which popularly known as Kakulia Gate. The heavy rush of road traffic at this LC Gate since 3 pm caused delay in closing the gate and granting proceed signal to the trains. Situation turned normal in the evening. Eastern Railway authority has also informed that train services will be partially affected due to the maintenance work on down line between Chakdaha, S imurali and Madanpur stations in Naihati-Ranaghat section which will commence from May 2. It will continue till May 15 as traffic block will be implemented. Several trains will be cancelled and many more will be controlled enroute.last_img read more

Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures Heres the list

first_img FORT LAUDERDALE — Renovations are on the way for the soon-to-be-rebranded Dreams La Romana and that means closures to certain sections of the resort, however the enhancements will be phased in over time and by section to ensure minimum disruptions for guests.Dreams La Romana will get its new name, Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Resort on Nov. 20.In a deal announced last week and reported on Travelweek.ca, the strategic alliance between Hilton and Playa Hotels & Resorts will introduce Hilton La Romana, an All-inclusive Resort, and Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort, adding 1,269 new Hilton guest rooms to its existing global portfolioAs part of the transaction Playa Hotels & Resorts is taking over management of Dreams La Romana. Playa Hotels & Resorts has been the owner of Dreams La Romana while it was managed by AMResorts.Also part of the deal, The Royal Playa del Carmen will become Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-inclusive Resort.The agreement between Playa Hotels and Hilton also includes the potential for the conversion and management of 8 additional resorts by 2025.Following the rebranding Dreams La Romana will undergo a soft goods room renovation, says Froemming.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe first phase of renovations will close the adult-only section on Dec. 1, 2018 and scheduled to reopen on May 1, 2019.On May 1, 2019, the family section will close with expected reopening date of Dec. 1, 2019.“While certain elements will be closed during the renovation, we will maintain a variety of sophisticated and casual outlets and cuisines. Throughout the change in management, the majority of the staff that you have come to know, and love will also remain. The concept of Preferred Club accommodations will also remain,” says Kevin Froemming, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotel & Resorts.Upon completion on Dec. 1, 2019, the resort will consist of an age restricted section for guests 18 and over and a family friendly section designed for guests of all ages.Here are details regarding future bookings:Guests who have booked stays before Dec. 1, 2018 will not be impacted.Guests booked in the Adult-Only section from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 30, 3019 can be accommodated in the all ages section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; Jewel Dunn’s RiverFamilies booked in the All Ages section from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 can be accommodated at a Playa Hotels & Resorts family friendly resort including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach;  Jewel Runaway Bay; Panama Jack Resorts Cancun; and Panama Jack Resorts Playa del CarmenAdult guests booked in the family sections from May 1, 2019 to Dec. 1, 2019 will be accommodated in the adults only section or have the option to relocate to another Playa Hotels & Resorts adult-only resort/section including Dreams Punta Cana; Dreams Palm Beach; Jewel Paradise Cove; and Jewel Dunn’s River.Guests also have the option to cancel their booking and reschedule once the resort reopens should they choose to do so.Existing wedding and group bookings will be honored as is.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Agents who have any additional questions regarding rebooking are asked to contact their Playa sales representative or customerservice@playaresorts.com. Monday, September 24, 2018 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Are your clients impacted by Dreams La Romana closures? Here’s the list of reno dates Tags: Dreams Resorts & Spas, Hilton, Openings & Renovations Travelweek Group last_img read more

Disney fresh from pulling out of its distribution

first_imgDisney, fresh from pulling out of its distribution agreement with Netflix, has signed up to provide a branded channel on the streaming video outfit’s Asian rival Iflix.Disney has struck a wide-ranging deal with the Malaysia-based subscription video-on-demand company that will see it provide a branded channel on Iflix’s platform featuring Marvel and Pixar movies as well as Disney shows.Iflix said the deal would mark the debut of a new ‘channels’ feature on its service.The agreement will initially bring Marvel Studios movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, Pixar Animation films such as Monsters Inc, Monsters University, Up and Wall-E, and Disney shows including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Cars, Lilo & Stitch, The Jungle Book and Cinderella to Iflix users.Further titles including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Tangled, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles! will arrive next year.In addition to Disney kids content such as Sofia the First and Star Wars Rebels, the deal will also extend to ABC Studios shows such as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Devious Maids and Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Iflix’s deal with Disney, in addition to covering content distribution and early window movie rights, will also see the pair collaborate around a project with Disney’s MCN arm Maker Studios. This will revolve around the creation of content to be released as an exclusive Iflix original.“Disney has a story for every age. Iflix is committed to providing the best in entertainment from around the world and this SVOD partnership in the region will bring Disney brands and premium titles to our members across the region. At Iflix, we have committed to offering the best content available to our subscribers, this new partnership with Disney is key to delivering on that promise,” said Sean Carey, Iflix Group’s chief content officer.“We are pleased to partner with Iflix to bring Disney content even closer to fans in south-east Asia. Through the extensive library of content available on the new Channels feature, fans of all ages will have a unique access to their favorite stories and characters anytime they want”, said Amit Malhotra, general manager, media networks, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.The agreement with Iflix comes two weeks after Disney announced that it was pulling all its movies from Netflix to launch its own branded SVOD service when the pair’s agreement expires in 2019.Disney said it would make its future theatrical releases, original and library programming available via a new, as yet unnamed service, initially to launch in the US alongside a branded ESPN sports SVOD service.Iflix is currently available in 20 territories across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and is set to launch in sub-Saharan Africa in the next few weeks.last_img read more