Muskrat Falls construction site occupied forcing Nalcor to put work on hold

first_img(Putting Muskrat Falls on hold – 0ccupiers sit in camp forcing Nalcor to send workers home. Photo: Justin Brake/The Independent)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsWork is on hold at Muskrat Falls after a large group of Innu and Inuit took over the construction site at Labrador’s massive hydroelectric project late Saturday afternoon.After cutting the padlocks, around 50 people stormed past the gate and marched up a long dirt road 30 kilometres west of Happy Valley Goose Bay and into the Nalcor buildings, while another 150 people continued to blockade the entrance to Muskrat Falls.“The mood was exciting,” said David Nuke, an Innu Elder who is part of the group occupying the Nalcor camp. “People were excited, there was a lot of momentum amongst ourselves. The strength, it was very strong with everyone determined to push this action as far as they could.”Nuke said the group was welcomed by the hundreds of Nalcor workers on site.“It was a very overwhelming reception we got from the workers, very friendly, they were very accommodating,” said Nuke. “They were supportive of this type of initiative. A lot of them said they wouldn’t allow this type of work to happen in their backyard either. They encouraged us to be strong.”Busloads of workers have left the site since Saturday evening. Nalcor chartered flights to send the hundreds of workers home.Workers leaving the Muskrat Falls construction site. Photo: Justin Brake/The IndependentThe goal for the Labrador Inuit and Innu has been to push pause on the Muskrat Falls project so that the dam reservoir can be fully cleared of all trees, vegetation and topsoil.If left in the reservoir, the naturally occurring toxin methylmercury will be flushed out by the flooding sending it downstream from the dam and work its way up the food chain, contaminating traditional country foods for the Inuit and Innu.“We were told that the flooding is put on hold until the premier will meet with the three aboriginal leaders,” said Nuke. “That doesn’t guarantee that the flooding will be upheld indefinitely. That worries the group here.”Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball issued a statement Saturday evening and said a meeting has been in touch with the Inuit leaders representing the Nunatsiavut Government and the NunatuKavut Community Council, and the Innu Nation.A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.“Until this meeting has occurred, Nalcor will do nothing to increase water levels above the falls,” said Ball.Initial flooding was set to begin by the end of the month for an area that would cover 11 square kilometres.Earlier in the week, the province issued an order to Nalcor to clear more forest cover.Provincial Environment Minister Perry Trimper called it the “clearing-as-much-as-possible scenario.”“Recognizing that it’s going to be essentially impossible to achieve this 100 per cent,” Trimper added. “But we are directing to do the best they can to get there.”That assurance wasn’t good enough for the Labrador Inuit and Innu.“Our position has not changed,” said  President Johannes Lampe, in a statement on Thursday. “Labrador Inuit health, rights and way of life is being threatened, and we must continue to insist that flooding not be permitted until concerns over methylmercury have been meaningfully addressed.”President Todd Russell addresses a crowd at the Muskrat Falls construction site.NunatuKavut President Todd Russell spoke at Saturday’s rally. The community council’s Facebook page provided updates and encouraged people to participate.“We are not here today divided by race…we are here as one people of Labrador. We are a peaceful people, a free-loving people, we love being on the land,” said Russell at the rally. “That’s the kind of people that’s inside that gate and that’s the kind of people that’s down the road fighting for what they believe in…we are all standing up for justice and respect in our own land.”Nuke says the group who’s taken over the Nalcor Camp at muskrat Falls has no plans to go anywhere until they have it in writing that the flood zone will be cleared.“We’ve been very successful from our end,” said Nuke. “For quite some time we were wondering whether the police would be coming in to force us from the site. I don’t believe that will happen. This is non-violent. Very peaceful movement.”Now, Nuke wants to hear from the Canadian Government as well.“The most important meeting is with one of the hunger strikers, Billy Gauthier,” said Nuke. “He’s on his tenth day, he lost 18 pounds to date. We can never forget Billy.”Billy Gauthier, an Inuk artist from Labrador, travelled to Ottawa hoping to meet Prime Minister Trudeau.Gauthier has been joined on his hungers strike by two others – Delilah Mirian Saunders and Jerry Kohlmeister. All three are in Ottawa for a rally on Sunday afternoon.In a Facebook post, Gauthier’s mother Mitzi wall wrote, “I need everyone’s attention!!!!! You all need to know. Billy has now lost 18 lbs. he needs to eat. For the love of god don’t back down now. I need this to stop!! You need this to stop!!!! Do not trust anything they are saying. You can’t back down now. Billy is doing all he can and he needs to know you are. Please don’t stop now.”A spokesperson for the prime minister says there are no plans for the two to meet.Meanwhile, the blockade at Muskrat continues. And another group is now making their way up to an area at Muskrat Falls called the North Spur, to stop any construction happening there.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Insecurity and clashes in northern Yemen keep aid from thousands in need

“Given the access limitations and geographical spread of the IDPs in all four governorates affected by the conflict, it has been very difficult to assess the full scope of displacement up to now, and to provide sufficient relief to those in need,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said of the fighting between the Government and rebels, which has driven some 150,000 people from their homes.Over the past week, registration efforts have continued in relatively secure areas that are accessible to the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), through its implementing partner Islamic Relief Yemen, has distributed 481 metric tons of food to some 32,200 beneficiaries in Hajjah and Sa’ada governorates. No distributions have so far taken place in Amran and Al-Jawf governorates, but as soon as access is possible and the security situation allows, Islamic Relief Yemen will undertake distributions in the area, OCHA said.In Haradh in Hajjah governorate, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has, together with the local council, set up water, sanitation and hygiene services at Al-Mazrak camp, and aided some 420 IDPs outside the camp. Each IDP family has received one hygiene kit.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has helped set up five fixed-delivery points and recruit two mobile teams, each with a physician, midwife and lab technicians to provide minimum initial services.The $23.7-million Yemen ‘flash appeal’ is less than 2 per cent funded a full month after it was launched, with the United States contributing $250,000 and Ireland $143,885 to UNICEF. Pledges of $2.6 million have been received but they still need to be confirmed. In addition, the US has provided US$2.5 million to WFP for food assistance outside of the appeal’s framework. 1 October 2009Insecurity and sporadic clashes in and around the northern Yemeni town of Sa’ada are impeding aid delivery to thousands of trapped civilians and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have not received help since the conflict escalated six weeks ago, the United Nations reported today. read more

Kuwait calls for Arab and Muslim nations to have place on Security

24 September 2010Arab and Muslim countries deserve to be represented on the Security Council commensurate to their size and contributions, Kuwait’s Prime Minister told the second day of the General Assembly’s annual general debate today. Sheikh Nasser al Mohammad al Ahmad al Sabah said it was high time to push ahead with the reform of the 15-member Council, the principal global body for peace and security, after 17 years of negotiations on the issue.He said it was vital to make the Council’s work more transparent and also to increase its membership to reflect “a fair balance in representation and efficiency in its discharge of its duties.”The Prime Minister said any increase should also “guarantee the right of the Arab and Muslim States of their representation that would correspond to their size, their contributions and their role in defending the objectives and principles of the [United Nations] Charter.”Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, also addressing the General Assembly today, spoke of the need to restructure international relations so that they are based on more inclusive alliances.This would require “a higher degree of respect for the opinions and values of the other, consistent with our commitments to pursue the objectives and noble principles embodied in the Charter: peace, security, friendly relations, international cooperation among nations and peoples,” Prince Salman Bin Hamad al-Khalifa said. read more

Woman jumps into Lake Erie to save family dog

The Ontario Provincial Police is warning residents about the dangers of cold water after a woman jumped into a lake to save her dog.Police received a call from a panicked and distraught woman around 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 8. The woman said her dog had fallen into Long Point Bay in Port Rowan. Before police arrived on scene, the woman jumped into the cold water and rescued her pet. The young woman was okay and it appears the dog did not suffer any injuries. “The Norfolk County OPP is grateful that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident and are urging all residents to be aware of the dangers associated to cold water,” said Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP.Female jumps into Lake Erie to save family dog. #NorfolkOPP and @NorfolkEMS respond to 911 call. No injuries report…— OPP West (@OPP_WR) January 10, 2019 read more

UN panel working to keep chemical germ and nuclear arms out of

Video of press briefing [30mins] The so-called 1540 Committee, named after the Security Council resolution which established the body in April, has already received reports from Turkmenistan and Malta and would soon be fully functional, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.Numerous national leaders addressing the General Assembly during its annual high-level debate have been warning that the risk of WMDs reaching terrorists is the most ominous current security threat, he said.Resolution 1540 calls on States to adopt legislative and administrative regulations to deal with WMD proliferation and to report within six months on their efforts to execute the measure’s requirements. The deadline for the first reports is 28 October.Because the text was adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, in theory the 15-member Council has the power to enforce decisions relating to it through tribunals, embargoes or military force after all peaceful means of persuading delinquent Member States have been exhausted.As chairman of the WMD committee, Ambassador Motoc has contacted the Directors-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a bid to coordinate their work on non-proliferation. read more

More UN tsunamirecovery efforts announced for Sri Lanka Indonesia

Close to 900 fishing nets, along with 67 boat engines, were distributed to fishermen in Galle, Sri Lanka on Saturday, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Agency (FAO), as part of a project funded by the Government of Japan.Around 5,000 fishermen were killed by the tsunami waves in Sri Lanka and tens of thousands of others saw their houses destroyed and their means of earning a living – their boats and nets – washed away. A spokesman for the Japanese Government said the objective of the project was to restore livelihoods as soon as possible.”Now that my boat has been repaired and that I’ve been given this engine and these nets, I’m finally able to go out fishing daily like I used to before the tsunami,” said M. Cyril, a beneficiary from the coastal town of Dodanduwa.Selected beneficiaries were given vouchers ranging from $200 to $4000, depending on the size of their boats, and then chose a combination of nets from the $39,256 stock of nets provided by FAO with the Japanese funding. In addition, approximately $95,890 worth of 9.9 and 15-horsepower engines were provided to fishermen who lost their motors to the immense December waves.Also today, in an effort to restore the economies of Aceh and Nias in Indonesia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report summarizing the strategy for the reconstruction and development of the commercial ports in those areas, which were destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004 or the subsequent earthquake of 28 March 2005.According to the report, ports are essential for importing materials to be used in the reconstruction of the effected areas. It estimates that over 30 million tons of such materials must be brought in and distributed over the next four years, the vast majority by sea. For that reason, it proposes both a short-term and a long-term strategy.In the very short term, it proposes that the port of Sabang, off the coast of Aceh, be equipped to act as a hub. Goods received there will then be transhipped in vessels that can dock at damaged ports or beaches as necessary.The long-term strategy includes the reconstruction and development of a network of large and small ports for Aceh and Nias, with Sabang continuing to act as the hub. read more

Boomers pining not for retirement but to start new business survey

Boomers pining not for retirement, but to start new business: survey OTTAWA – A new survey suggests baby boomers have one more career move in them before they retire — they want to run their own business first.The TD Canada Trust survey released Tuesday found 54 per cent of boomers polled have or are considering starting a firm, whether it’s consulting, buying into a franchise or operating a specialty firm.TD Canada Trust says the top reasons respondents gave include the benefits of being their own boss and the sense of personal accomplishment a new venture would bring.Their top concerns include the challenge of obtaining credit and fears of taking on more debt, along with whether they would be successful.The data is consistent with a recent report from CIBC that found a record number of Canadians had begun their own business over the past two years, with those over 50 responsible for about a third of the new enterprises.“There are many benefits to being a small business owner, and this is clearly on the minds of boomers across the country,” Dan Demers, vice-president of TD Canada Trust, said in a release.“While thorough planning, access to finances, hard work and passion are a must for all business owners, there are specific considerations boomers should think about before starting a small business at this stage in their life.”Boomers looking to become business owners need to consider their personal finances, focus on obtaining financing, make a business plan, and plan for eventual retirement — namely, form a succession plan for the business they’re starting, added Demers.Of the boomers polled, 15 per cent had started their own business while 39 per cent said they have considered doing so.The online survey of 1,000 Canadians 18 years or older included 426 people considered to be part of the baby boom generation, born between 1946 and 1964. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2012 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

COP24 Huge untapped potential in greener construction says UN environment agency

Titled ‘Towards a Zero-Emission, Efficient and Resilient Buildings and Construction Sector’, the report was presented against the backdrop of ongoing COP24 negotiations on how to move ahead with the implementation of the climate action agreement adopted in Paris, in 2015, when 197 parties committed to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.The development of new techniques, tools, products and technologies – such as heat pumps, better windows, stronger insulation, energy-efficient appliances, renewable energy and smarter design – has enabled emissions to stabilize over the past few years.There are other encouraging signs. Several property, construction, cement and steel-manufacturing firms are among the 500 companies (representing trillions of dollars in revenue) which have aligned their emission reduction targets with the Paris Agreement; and the 71-member private sector network, the World Green Building Council non-profit organisation, is advocating for all buildings to emit zero net emissions by 2050.There is huge potential to reduce the current level of emissions, but action has been too slow, environmentalists say. To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, hosted by UNEP, is targeting a 30 per cent energy use improvement in the buildings and construction sector.Buildings are ‘key driver of energy demand’What will make things even more challenging, is that the number of new buildings is anticipated to grow rapidly in the coming years, especially in the urban areas of Africa and Asia.“Buildings are a key driver of energy demand, and developments within the sector such as the growing uptake of air conditioners are having a big impact on energy and environmental trends at the global level,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, which is an autonomous intergovernmental organization.If we don’t make buildings more efficient, their rising energy use will impact us all, whether it be through access to affordable energy services, poor air quality or higher energy bills –Dr. Fatih BirolThe new report highlights a major gap between the amount of money spent on energy efficient solutions and the rapidly growing amount invested in building construction and renovation. “If we don’t make buildings more efficient, their rising energy use will impact us all, whether it be through access to affordable energy services, poor air quality or higher energy bills,” warned Dr. Birol.In particular, the data raises a red flag over the sharply rising demand for cooling systems and air conditioners; linked with improving living-standards in developing countries coupled with rising temperatures in many parts of the globe, due to climate change. Since 2010, the energy used by cooling systems has increased by 25 per cent and there are now more than 1.6 billion air conditioning units in service.One of the commitments of the Paris Agreement is for countries to develop and scale-up their own national climate action plans but, to date, only 104 plans mention specific actions to enhance energy-efficiency in buildings, building codes and energy certifications. Very few tackle the issue of construction materials – such as steel and cement – and the carbon emissions involved in their manufacturing.Another area of action recommended by the report is the need for building standards to evolve towards buildings that are more resilient in the face of climate change and extreme weather events, such as storms and hurricanes, floods, high winds and soaring temperatures. “It’s critical we have a big change over the next couple of years in how we do buildings and construction”, said Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP. “We only need to look at the current norms and quality of many buildings to see that we can do so much better,” she said, emphasizing that “we need to raise the bar in energy-efficient, green buildings and far better practice in construction.”Currently, buildings account for close to 40 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and 36 per cent of all energy consumption. In the report, which was co-authored by the International Energy Agency (IEA), UNEP warned that “dramatic action will be needed by governments, cities and business if the global buildings and construction sector is to cut its carbon footprint in line with international agreements.” read more

Blue Planet cameraman says public should view remote wildlife locations through VR

Sir David Attenborough’s cameraman has said that the public should view rare wildlife in remote locations through virtual reality headsets to protect the planet. Blue Planet cameraman Doug Allan has said that modern wildlife documentaries should embrace new technologies, such as virtual reality, to curb viewers from visiting the remote locations themselves. “Showing people the wonders of the natural world, there’s no doubt we have been part of this wave of people going to see those kinds of places for themselves,” he told the Telegraph.   “I think now I’d like to see a form of wildlife film making that accepts responsibility for giving people the knowledge and offers them the option of not going there. “New technology can do that, virtual reality has a real possibility of giving people a massively meaningful experience without them leaving the comfort of their own chair.” In 2018 a virtual reality project by Sky VR turned Sir David Attenborough into a 3D hologram and allowed users to explore prohibited areas of the Natural History Museum. Mr Allan would like to see similar technology replicated on home screens, as wildlife tourism is a “big responsibility on our side”.  While filming on the Chagos Islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, he was surprised to see the material on the high tide.  A girl free dives in the Red Sea, EgyptCredit:Getty He has since worked on 65 films as well as with Sir David on the BBC’s Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. But the Scotsman said that “hard-hitting” films like Attenborough’s latest documentary the Netflix special Our Planet would be “out of date” in a couple of years because climate issues were “rapidly moving”. “A lot of wildlife films are made to have a long shelf life and if they don’t tackle these issues they will still be shareable in 20 years,” he said.  But a film with “all the high-end behavioural sequences in it that Blue Planet had” with a “strong environmental message” will have gone out of date “after four or five years”. Often sent to remote locations, Mr Allan said that plastic has affected the far corners of the Earth.  The BAFTA award-winning cameraman added that sustainable tourism should be the goal and would mean allowing communities to “develop at the rate that they want” with tourists becoming “sensitive to how and where they travel”.  The 68-year-old believes that more planes and credit cards have also contributed to the rise in wildlife tourism. Mr Allan became a wildlife photographer after a chance meeting with Sir David Attenborough in the Antarctic in 1981, where, aged 30 at the time, he was working as a biologist.“David and his film crew arrived on base from HMS Endurance and I thought these boys are doing exactly what I like doing,” he said.   “These are some of the most remote islands in the world, no one lives there now but the amount of plastic on the beach and covering the shore was so disappointing.  “When you get a big storm surge the waves will practically run across the island so the plastic waste gets carried from the high-water mark in amongst the plants.“There may have been stuff that came from the UK that ended up on that beach,” he added.  Mr Allan is currently promoting a new film series exploring the stories of people whose lives are shaped by the sea for Scottish whiskey brand Old Pulteney. Old Pulteney currently heats 250 homes across Wick in North Scotland by re-using their water waste. Mr Allan said he would never leave civilisation for week-long shoots without “a bottle or two of what you like”. “There’s nothing better than sitting back at night and thinking we nailed that shot today and to get a bottle out and share it around amongst friends.”   Doug Allan is an ambassador for Old Pulteney and its new Rise With The Tide film series. To view the film visit  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A girl free dives in the Red Sea, Egypt read more

European cometchasing satellite awakens from hibernation

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN SPACE Agency has heard from one of its satellites for the first time in 31 months.The satellite Rosetta is chasing Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Once it catches up with 67P, Rosetta will attempt to become the first satellite to land on a comet.To do so, it will slow down to about 24,600 miles per hour to match the comet’s speed. It will then land on the fast-moving rock and carry out experiments as it orbits the sun.Operating on solar energy alone, Rosetta was placed into a deep space slumber in June 2011 as it cruised out to a distance of nearly 800 million km from the warmth of the sun, close to the orbit of Jupiter.Now, as Rosetta’s orbit has brought it back to within only 673 million km from the sun, there is enough solar energy to power the spacecraft fully again.Thus today, still about nine million km from the comet, Rosetta’s pre-programmed internal ‘alarm clock’ woke up the spacecraft. After warming up its key navigation instruments, coming out of a stabilising spin, and aiming its main radio antenna at Earth, Rosetta sent a signal to let mission operators know it had survived the most distant part of its journey.The signal was received by NASA’s Goldstone ground station in California at 6:18pm GMT, during the first window of opportunity the spacecraft had to communicate with Earth. The signal was confirmed by the Twitter account for the mission, which even tweeted in Irish.“We have our comet-chaser back,” says Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.“With Rosetta, we will take comet exploration to a new level. This incredible mission continues our history of ‘firsts’ at comets, building on the technological and scientific achievements of our first deep space mission Giotto, which returned the first close-up images of a comet nucleus as it flew past Halley in 1986.”Read: The Rosetta spacecraft is tweeting in Irish!Read: How Ireland contributed to Apollo 16 moon missionColumn: Why is Pluto not a planet?last_img read more

De Bruyne Liverpool will be worthy champions if they beat Man

first_imgManchester City star Kevin De Bruyne admits Liverpool will be worthy winners of the Premier League crown if they do beat them in this season’s title raceAfter winning the league title in record-breaking fashion last term, Pep Guardiola’s mighty City squad have found their claim to a second straight crown opposed by a Liverpool team that have only lost one game to date.Jurgen Klopp’s side invested heavily in new recruits over the summer transfer window in the likes of goalkeeper Alisson Becker along with midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita.And the German’s choices appear to be paying off superbly with Liverpool boasting the Premier League’s best defensive record and sitting top of the standings by four points from City with 15 games to play.And De Bruyne believes City will have to put their hands up and admit the Reds deserve the league title should they finish ahead of a team that finishes the campaign with 90 points or more.“You would just have to take it as it is and say, ‘We had a good season, but someone was better’ and congratulate them,” said De Bruyne, according to Goal.“We try to do the best as possible, but in the end if Liverpool get more points it is because they deserve it.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Obviously you always want to win it, but if you get a season where you’re runners-up with 90 points, there’s not a lot you can say afterwards.“There’s always luck involved. If you want to win something, you need luck, you need good form, everybody needs to be on it. It’s a consequence of everything.”The Belgian midfielder, who has only made two starts in his eight Premier League appearances this term due to injury problems, believes City must remain focused on themselves.“We need to do what we can do, try to win as many games as possible. Then we will see what happens,” added De Bruyne.“There are two teams – and even Tottenham [in third with 51] – who have so many points at this point of the season.“It’s quite remarkable because in a lot of seasons you would already be 10 or 12 points ahead, but this season is tight. I like it, I like it to be competitive.”last_img read more

Historic day in Parliament as Constitutional Bills pass in the Lower House

first_img Parliament reopened with hefty goals from PNP Administration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Mar 2016 – History was made in The Bahamas today, Wednesday 2nd March, as Parliament passed four amendments to the country’s 1973 independence constitution, effectively removing the remaining vestiges of discrimination against all Bahamians from the country’s Supreme Law.On hand for the vote were 37 of 38 parliamentarians as the Honourable member for Saint Anne’s Hubert Chipman remains ill.A short description of the bills and the results of the parliamentary vote are as follow:Bill #1:This bill seeks the grant the legal right to a Bahamian woman to automatically pass on her Bahamian citizenship to her child born in a foreign country with her non Bahamian spouse just as a Bahamian male married to a non Bahamian woman currently has the legal right and privilege of doing under the current constitution. The results on the vote were 37 yes and 1 absent.Bill #2:This bill seeks to enable a Bahamian woman who marries a non Bahamian man to secure for her foreign husband the same access to Bahamian citizenship that a Bahamian man married to a non Bahamian woman currently enjoys under the constitution. The results on the vote were 36 yes, 1 no and 1 absent. Marco City MP the Hon. Greg Moss voted no.Bill #3:This bill seeks to grant to an unmarried Bahamian man the legal right to pass on his Bahamian citizenship to his child he fathered with a non Bahamian woman. Under the constitution, only an unwed Bahamian woman enjoys that legal right and privilege. The unwed male must provide proof of paternity by any method listed under the constitution. The results of the vote were 37 yes and 1 absent.Bill #4This bill seeks to eliminate gender discrimination by inserting the word “sex” into article 26 of the constitution to make it unconstitutional to discriminate against anyone on the basis of them being male or female. The results of the vote were 34 yes, 2 no, 1 abstain and 1 absent. Marco City MP Greg Moss and Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells both voted no while Central Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant abstained.Mr. Moss suggested that if passed into law, amendment four could open the door to same sex marriage, but Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald rebutted, explaining that under the Bahamas’ constitution that was not possible. Mr. Fitzgerald pointed out that the Bahamas constitution defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and that the sex of an individual is determined at birth by their genetic (or chromosomal) makeup. He also cautioned House members not to confuse “sex” with “sexual orientation” as they are entirely different.A fifth bill that addresses paternity provisions was also passed.In his closing remarks after the passage of the bills, Prime Minister Christie rose to his feet to commend House members for their vote and to underscore the historic significance of the occasion within the context of the rights of women to vote, a franchise granted to them in 1962, more than one half century ago.“It has been more than fifty-three years since our women won the right to vote but they still do not have constitutional protection against discrimination based on their sex. This must be seen as abhorrent to our fundamental values. It is therefore a moral imperative of the first magnitude that we seize the opportunity to usher in a new era in our civilization – an era that will proceed on the righteous and unassailable premise that we are all equal before the law irrespective of whether we are male or female and that as what is good for one is good for the other without distinction.”In the end, the entire constitutional reform exercise was about full equality, nothing more and nothing less argued Mr. Christie.“At its core” continued the Prime Minister, “it is for me to say that this is what the present constitutional exercise is all about – nothing less and nothing more. Let there be full equality.” Two represent TCI at Bermuda Parliamentary conference Recommended for you Kevino Smith protests to continue Thursday at Parliament Related Items:constitutional bill, hubert chipman, parliamentlast_img read more

Trolley station shut down in Barrio Logan after officerinvolved shooting

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Trolley station shut down in Barrio Logan after officer-involved shooting 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A woman driving a stolen work truck was injured Friday morning in a crash and subsequent officer-involved shooting with the San Diego Police Department in the Barrio Logan neighborhood, police said.The woman was taken to a hospital but her condition was not immediately known, SDPD Officer Tony Martinez said. No police were injured in the incident.Officers responded at 7:06 a.m. to the stolen-vehicle report at Cesar E. Chavez Parkway and Logan Avenue near Chicano Park, Martinez said. The details of what happened next were not immediately clear, but the woman ended up crashing the stolen pickup truck about half a mile away on the trolley tracks crossing Sampson Street near Harbor Drive.“The female suspect was taken to the hospital,” Martinez said.“Officers fired shots and no officers were injured.”It wasn’t immediately clear what roads in the area might be closed during the investigation, though the area around Main Street and Sampson Street was likely to be shut down for several hours.The Metropolitan Transit System tweeted that the trolley’s Blue Line service was shut down between the 12th & Imperial Transit Center and the 8th Street Transit Center, but buses would transport trolley passengers between those transit centers and the stops in between. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 12, 2018 Updated: 6:46 PMlast_img read more

FDA Announces Plans to Review Soy Protein Health Claim

first_imgInformation provided by the Soyfoods Association of North America As part of the ongoing litigation between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Weston A. Price Foundation related to the FDA-approved soy protein and coronary heart disease health claim, the parties filed a joint status report and motion requesting a stay of all proceedings until June 30, 2017.The FDA stated in the filing that it was “now completing its internal review of the totality of the publicly available scientific evidence for the health claim at issue and is preparing to initiate regulatory action, i.e. to issue a proposed rule that FDA expects will require at least an additional year.”While it is unclear what the nature of the proposed rule will be, it would appear, based on the decision to take regulatory action, that FDA may issue a proposal to change the current soy protein and coronary heart disease health claim or deny it.According to the FDA website, “the FDA is completing its evaluation of the totality of the current scientific evidence regarding the relationship between soy protein and coronary heart disease and is developing a proposed rule with respect to a health claim authorized in 1999. The agency has reviewed more than 700 publications identified through literature searches, comments and other information, including information solicited by the FDA in 2007. The FDA plans to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register and solicit public comments and scientific information concerning the proposal. During the rulemaking process, food manufacturers may continue to use the authorized health claim.”last_img read more

Budget glitch could leave ferries without funding

first_imgCrew members stand on the front deck of the ferry Malaspina as it pulls away from Juneau’s Auke Bay Ferry Terminal Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)One Southeast senator said that the possibility that the Alaska Marine Highway System could shut down this spring is an intentional attempt to damage the ferries.Listen nowA little-known budget provision to make up for a shortfall in state health-care funding will pull about $23 million out of the system’s spending for this fiscal year.The governor’s budget director Pat Pitney described the problem in a Sept. 19 letter to House and Senate finance leaders.Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman told those attending the Southeast Conference’s annual meeting in Haines that lawmakers should fix the problem.Otherwise, the ferry system will run out of money in April.Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman says the ferry system is in financial trouble because of actions by his Senate colleagues. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)“They will not have the authority to run the system if the Legislature does not appropriate the money, period,” Stedman said.The ferry system will have to wait until the new budget year, which begins in July, to resume sailings if the funding isn’t replaced.Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken doesn’t expect that to happen.“I think what we need to really focus on – and this is certainly what the administration is going to be focusing on – is how do we restore that funding. How do we make sure that that funding is there, so we can continue to fulfill that commitment that we have to coastal Alaskans?” Luiken said.Pitney detailed the shortfall in her letter. She said a spending bill meant to plug budget holes called for a marine highway account to fill those gaps if there wasn’t enough money.When Medicaid spending was higher than planned, the $30 million ferry account lost around three-quarters of its balance.Pitney’s letter doesn’t assign blame.But Stedman pointed to Senate budget-writers who think the ferry system is too expensive.“Two years ago, roughly, there was some language put in the operating budget. I’ve got to hand it to the guys. They were very creative in the skullduggery and the downright sleazy budgeting that went on,” Stedman said. “It got by the Department of Law, it got by the administration, it got by my office and it was triggered this year.”Stedman said the $23 million cut represents about a third of the direct ferry funding provided by the Legislature.Other funds comes from ticket sales and other revenues.Pitney said the governor will seek to restore the funding through a supplemental budget bill when the Legislature convenes early next year.Stedman said it will take a strong effort by the governor and the state House to get the funds past the ferry system’s enemies in the Senate.“We need two people with some balls to tell them in the House majority they’re not going to support the budget if they don’t put the damn money in the marine highway,” Stedman said. “If they don’t do that, my colleagues in the Senate will cut our throat. And I can’t put it any more plainly than that.”Southeast’s four representatives are members of the House majority coalition. That caucus has a slim majority that needs all members’ votes to pass a budget.last_img read more

Cop killed in Narayanganj road crash

first_imgA policeman was killed in a road accident at Kamtal on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Narayanganj early Friday.The deceased is Korshed, a constable and driver of a police patrol team vehicle.Police said a Chittagong-bound vehicle, knocked Khorshed down around 2:00am while he was crossing the highway, leaving him injured critically.He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.last_img

Study using OpenStreetMap and mathematics reveals there are only four unique city

first_img Explore further The two researchers are proposing that all major cities in the world can be represented by one of four topological types based on block sizes, shape and arrangement. The first is a medium-sized grid made up of blocks that are generally grouped as squares or rectangles. The second is where areas are dominated by fractions of smaller blocks that have a variety of shapes. The third is where a city is made up of mostly blocks of medium size that have diverse shapes. And the fourth, they suggest are cities made up of what they describe as mosaic patches that are themselves made up of areas shaped like squares or rectangles. The given shape for a city can be described as a topological fingerprint, the two note, offering clues about its identity. They also note that when cities are compared using their categories, the old adage that American and European cities tend to be laid out differently holds true, except when they don’t. U.S. cities, the duo point out, are generally grid-like, reflecting their young age and preplanning, compared to most cities in Europe. European cities on the other hand, tend to have small city blocks laid out in a wide variety of shapes. But, there are some breaks from the mold—Boston, for example, the researchers note is more similar to European cities. They also note that New York City, with its five Burroughs, is more like several smaller cities from other places in the world, placed together—the Bronx, they say, is laid out in a fashion similar to Porto, Portugal.Louf and Barthelemy suggest their work provides a quantitative comparison of city street patterns, which they claim allows for better understanding of how and why cities are shaped the way they are. ( —A pair of researchers, a physicist and a mathematician, has used data from OpenStreetMap and mathematical analysis to come up with the idea that there are only four main types of city topologies. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Rémi Louf and Marc Barthelemy describe how they used publicly available data to compare the topologies of 131 cities around the world and what their study has revealed. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Lego housing, automatic ambulances and car-free streets The four groups. (Left) Average distribution of the shape factor F for each group found by the clustering algorithm. (Right) Typical street pattern for each group ( plotted at the same scale in order to observe differences both in shape and areas). Group 1 (top left): Buenos Aires—Group 2: Athens—Group 3: New Orleans—Group 4: Mogadishu. Credit: Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Published 8 October 2014 doi: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0924center_img More information: A typology of street patterns, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Published 8 October 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0924AbstractWe propose a quantitative method to classify cities according to their street pattern. We use the conditional probability distribution of shape factor of blocks with a given area and define what could constitute the ‘fingerprint’ of a city. Using a simple hierarchical clustering method, these fingerprints can then serve as a basis for a typology of cities. We apply this method to a set of 131 cities in the world, and at an intermediate level of the dendrogram, we observe four large families of cities characterized by different abundances of blocks of a certain area and shape. At a lower level of the classification, we find that most European cities and American cities in our sample fall in their own sub-category, highlighting quantitatively the differences between the typical layouts of cities in both regions. We also show with the example of New York and its different boroughs, that the fingerprint of a city can be seen as the sum of the ones characterizing the different neighbourhoods inside a city. This method provides a quantitative comparison of urban street patterns, which could be helpful for a better understanding of the causes and mechanisms behind their distinct shapes. © 2014 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. Citation: Study using OpenStreetMap and mathematics reveals there are only four unique city topologies (2014, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

5 questions for Costa Rican animator Julián Gallese – Everything in life

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for a Costa Rican painter: How a prison sentence sparked a passion for art 5 questions for Costa Rican painter Milo Gonzales 5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for a Costa Rican designer Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at Facebook Comments Julián Gallese, 23, creates his own world through hand-drawn animations. Gallese studied architecture at the University of Costa Rica and Veritas University before transferring into digital animation, eventually winning a scholarship to the Vancouver Film School in Canada. At the age of 18, Gallese landed his first solo art exhibit at the gallery Des Pacio in San José. He has also had collective exhibits at the galleries Equilátero and Artflow, located in Escazú, and last year animated Costa Rican band Magpie Jay’s music video,“Today’s Conversation.”Gallese has also participated in various international animation festivals such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Slovakia), and the GIRAF Animation Festival (Canada). He continues to live in Canada, working at an animation studio and developing new projects.The Tico Times spoke with Gallese about his life and work. Excerpts follow.Why and how did you immerse yourself into the art world?I never chose it. It’s something I’ve always done. I don’t even remember when I started drawing; my parents have videos of me showing them my work when I was little. I feel very comfortable doing it. I drew too much while I was in high school, instead of paying attention during class. I always kept the drawings I liked, ripping pages out of my notebook… my first art exhibit, at Des Pacio, was those notebook drawings. I’ve had more exhibitions, not solo exhibits, but that one was the first thing that led me into the art world. It was surreal. Looking back, I should’ve taken more advantage of it. It was great. Someone saw my art and one thing led to another.Why do you like traditional animation, and how does it differ from digital animation?The fact that it’s done on paper is what draws my attention. I don’t like digital animation; it’s become a very industrialized technology that [has nothing to do with] knowing how to draw. It uses a lot of software; 3D modeling, illumination, rendering… a bunch of computer software technicalities. It’s great, but it is not what I enjoyed doing. I like everything to be as hand-drawn as possible. That’s what I enjoy the most, but it’s not sustainable for the industrial field because of the time it takes to create it, and people are not willing to pay for that.Which your process to create an animation?First, I’ve got the idea. I observe life. It’s always a bit different. The technical process is to draw all the movement and key poses at first. From then on, you know, more or less, how much time it’s going to take. During that moment it looks very cut off because it jumps from one drawing to another. When you’re happy and satisfied with that, you draw more and more until it becomes fluent. The quantity of drawings for each animation depends on its duration. For one second it’s, more or less, between 12 and 24 drawings, so you have to be very patient. I work to gain money and be able to eat, but what I want in life is to not work in the sense of being able to do the things that I love. I want to be able to have a job that’s not a proper job and live off of it.My animations are not solely focused on one character. It’s more about the world I’ve created. I don’t know which world it is. [Laughs]. That’s what I like; not knowing what I’m doing. I like the more subtle stories. They’re not stories that go from point A to point B. It’s more of a subtle narrative. Everything in life is a narrative. You can be looking out the window during a bus ride and nothing’s going on, but there’s actually something happening. There can also be a man standing on the street and nothing happened. He stood there for 30 minutes. That can be a story. I like to make that into something interesting with my drawings and visual style.Why are there so many cyclical repetitions in your work?I’ve always liked cycles. It occurs in our daily lives, in music and nature. Everything spins around. For example, you’ve got the four seasons in nature, and they repeat themselves. For animation, these cycles are called loops. It’s something that I naturally do. I don’t know why, but I always end an animation with the frame with which it started. It rotates over and over and you don’t know where it begins and ends. It’s like the myth of Sisyphus. My animations are full of micro-loops. It also saves you a lot of time and work because I can draw three seconds of animation and leave it there for 20 seconds. It’s a resource I like to use and I find it very interesting. If I animate three minutes with 24 drawings per second, I would never finish, but there are also parts in which the drawings aren’t looping.How do you choose the music for your work?I like to do the music myself. The audio part is as important as the visual part. Maybe I have OCD, but I enjoy creating the music and controlling it. I don’t like to leave that job to someone else. Besides, whom am I going to delegate that job to? I also don’t like to search for music on the Internet. If I don’t do it myself, I like to do it with someone who I know. I specifically ask for what I want. Music for me is as important as the drawings. About 40% to 50% of the experience of an audiovisual is its sound. A poorly done sound can ruin a great animation.I’ve got a lot of instruments. With those, and with my computer, I create the music. I don’t consider myself a sound engineer, but I enjoy this. I use my keyboards and synthesizers to create the sounds I want. [He proceeds to show me the synthesizer and makes weird sounds.] I also record samples using different computer programs.Check out Gallese’s piece “Menagerie”:last_img read more

EU No Iran nuclear deal without UN probe of past

first_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories VIENNA (AP) — The European Union is telling Iran to cooperate with a stalled U.N. probe of suspicions that it worked on atomic arms if the country wants a nuclear deal that will see removal of sanctions.The cautionary EU statement comes ahead of a June 30 target date for such an agreement. It was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its delivery at a meeting of the U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency that opens Monday. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Iran denies any work on — or interest in — nuclear arms and has fended off IAEA demands for cooperation with its investigation. The EU statement says getting to the bottom of the allegations “will be essential” to a nuclear deal.Iran also would have to accept limits on its present nuclear activities.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Accors future focus on Asia Pacific

first_imgAs Accor celebrates the successful launch of several high-end hotels across Asia Pacific, the group has moved its marketing operations from Paris to Singapore.This move connotes the importance of Asia Pacific for Accor as Asian consumers now account for almost half of global luxury hotel sales.Michael Issenberg, chairman and CEO of Accor Asia Pacific has said that Accor decided that a move to Singapore would bring new insights into luxury and upscale hotels“Asia Pacific’s economic development has been remarkable and has made travelers more affluent,  making this region the fastest growing luxury market in the world,” Mr Issenberg said.Following these news, Accor also announced it will open, on average, a new luxury and upscale hotel in Asia Pacific every month for the next five years.“Accor has a long history in luxury and upscale hotels and our credentials in this segment continue to grow with our expanding pipeline in this sector.”With its central location, advanced infrastructure and business-friendly climate, Singapore is an ideal hub from which to manage Accor’s growth in the region.In coming years, Asia will replace North-America and Europe as the key market for travel, especially in the upmarket and luxury segments and as it seems, Accor have a firm grasp on what is next in the industry.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more