Trans Mountain fight will be bigger than Clayoquot Sound says environmentalist

first_img(Back in the 1990s, logging in Clayoquot Sound launched massive protests with nearly a thousand people arrested. Photo courtesy: The Wilderness Committee)The Canadian PressVANCOUVER – Outrage over the federal government’s announcement about buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure it gets built could fuel protests bigger than those over logging in Clayoquot Sound, says a prominent environmentalist who was at the forefront of British Columbia’s so-called War in the Woods in the 1990s.Tzeporah Berman was cleared of aiding and abetting protesters at the Clayoquot blockade and is now an adjunct professor of environmental studies at York University in Toronto.Canadians are angry the government is shelling out $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline rather than investing in clean energy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change promises during the 2015 election and his later commitment to the Paris climate accord, she said.“My experience is that people are motivated by betrayal, they’re motivated by a lack of fairness, they’re motivated by a sense of shared common purpose and outrage,” said Berman.“In this case, we have all of that.”Berman said the Liberal government “made a very big mistake” by backing Kinder Morgan’s project and alienating voters to create “a perfect storm” that would prompt people to take action.“I think a lot of us who knocked on doors for the Trudeau government really believed them when they said they were going to bring evidence-based analysis and science and democratic process back to pipeline reviews.”Berman is a director of Stand.earth, one of the groups that organized an anti-pipeline protest in Vancouver on Tuesday after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the government’s plans for the pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.Another protest is planned in Victoria on Thursday.“My expectation is that the outrage is going to grow and we’re not just going it see it here in British Columbia but we’re going to see it nationally and internationally,” she said, adding social media makes it possible for activists to connect in ways that didn’t exist at the height of anti-logging protests in 1993.“We didn’t have email, we didn’t have cell phones. It was a remote location that took most people five to seven hours to get through. This is a pipeline project that runs through urban centres,” she said of Trans Mountain.Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation council member who goes by his first name, said the federal government’s decision to pursue completion of the pipeline expansion threatens Indigenous communities if there was a spill of bitumen from increased tanker traffic in B.C. waters.“Trudeau had promised during the election that he would create a new environmental process that would protect Indigenous rights and that the Kinder Morgan project would be included and sent back to be done through the new process, and on both those counts he’s failed completely,” he said.Along with multiple legal challenges involving the pipeline, the Squamish Nation and five other First Nations are involved in a Federal Court of Appeal case that targets Ottawa’s approval of the project.“The protesters and the opposition, and the civil disobedience is probably going to increase,” Khelsilem said.“Our mandate from our people is to continue to defend our rights as a people and to protect our territory, not just for us but for future generations. We’re going to continue to stand with our allies that support our Indigenous rights and change the story of Canada, that Canada is no longer a country that disregards Indigenous rights.”last_img read more

Church services in SL to resume from May 5

first_imgColombo: Public mass in the terror-hit Sri Lanka would resume in certain Catholic churches from May 5 and no bags will be allowed inside as part of the tight security measures, according to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. All public church services were cancelled after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that ripped through three churches and high-end hotels, killing 253 people and injuring 500 others. The prelate said on Monday that vigilance committees formed by the residents of the parish would be responsible to identify individuals who enter their respective churches and parishioners will have to confirm their identity before entering a church. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe cardinal, who conducted a private memorial mass on Sunday fearing repeat of the Easter attacks, told media that bags will not be allowed to be taken inside the churches owing to security measures. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s had also attended the private memorial mass. Commenting on Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s statement that the bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act been in force, he said that amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is better than bringing in a new piece of legislation to counter terrorism, the Daily Mirror reported. It is easier to amend the existing legislation rather than bringing in a new one. Effective measures should be taken to apprehend the individuals and groups responsible for these attacks in order to prevent people from taking the law into their hands,” he said. The religious leader said a new government comprising all parties should be appointed.last_img read more

Afghanistan top UN envoy voices concern over mounting civilian toll

31 December 2009As the United Nations investigates a joint raid by Afghan and international forces in which 10 people – mostly students – were killed, the world body’s top envoy to Afghanistan today appealed to all groups, both government and insurgent, to step up efforts to distinguish between civilians and combatants. Details surrounding the 27 December incident, in which the 10 civilians were killed in northeast Afghanistan, are still unclear, but according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), there is strong evidence pointing to insurgents having been in the area at the time. “I appeal again to all of the armed actors to make every effort to minimise harm to civilians and want to underline the importance of taking all precautionary measures to distinguish between civilians and combatants,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a statement. “Greater efforts must be made to reverse current trends so that civilians are spared the worst effects of armed conflict in the coming year.” Mr. Eide, who also heads UNAMA, said that the world body remains concerned about night-time raids since they are often deadly and local authorities are frustrated when operations are not coordinated with them. For safety and cultural reasons, evening raids are distressful to families directly affected by them, as well as to communities throughout Afghanistan, he added. “UNAMA is equally concerned about the risks posed to civilians by insurgents living or operating in residential areas,” the envoy said. “They account for the majority and an increasing proportion of civilian deaths.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Companies in the news:CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Up two cents to $1.72. The Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer is returning products from CannTrust Holdings Inc. after Health Canada suspended the company’s licences to produce and sell pot. The AGLC would not confirm the amount or value of the on-hold product to be returned to the Vaughan, Ont.-based company, citing contract confidentiality. The move comes one day after CannTrust disclosed that it received a notice from Health Canada indicating its authority to produce and sell cannabis had been suspended. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. also said Wednesday it is no longer selling CannTrust products and it plans to return the product it is holding at its distribution centre.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Down 61 cents to $97.27. Tim Hortons will stop offering its Beyond Meat alternative protein products at thousands of Canadian locations, just three months after introducing them. Parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. says it is pulling vegetable-based Beyond Burgers nationally and breakfast sandwiches from all locations except in B.C. and Ontario, where the “positive reaction” means customers can continue to enjoy them. The company announced in May it would test its three Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at some stores.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Down 61 cents to $43.40. A new report finds that Air Canada lags behind other global airlines in revenue from passenger fees, but is poised to catch up after its recent purchase of the Aeroplan rewards program. The report from airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany says the country’s biggest airline took in US$1.45 billion in so-called ancillary revenue last year, or about US$28.54 per passenger. The per-passenger figure didn’t break the top 10, with U.S. competitors United Airlines Inc. and American Airlines Inc. and Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. reaping between US$35 and US$42 per traveller in ancillary income.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Up 10 cents to $81.07. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. wants to be one of the “key players” in the North American cannabis market by using its position in Canada, where recreational pot use is legal, to achieve this goal. But the expertise to be developed by the operator of convenience stores and gas stations will have to be done outside of Quebec because of provincial rules governing the sale of marijuana, company founder and executive chairman Alain Bouchard said following its annual meeting. Unable to penetrate the Quebec market, it has invested in Alberta retailer Fire & Flower. TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,800.29, down 34.46 points.)Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 18 cents, or 2.62 per cent, to $6.69 on 9 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Materials. Down 19 cents, or 2.77 per cent, to $6.67 on 7.4 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up two cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $6.07 on 6.5 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down 50 cents, or 2.09 per cent, to $23.40 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down one cent, or 0.45 per cent, to $2.20 on 6.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down six cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $24.18 on 5.9 million shares. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.The Canadian Press read more

Chelsea Flower Show garden will be taken to NHS hospital to help

first_imgA Chelsea Flower Show garden will be given to the NHS to help people with mental health problems, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has said.The RHS has joined forces with the health service as it celebrates its 70th anniversary to promote gardening, gardens and green spaces as good for health, happiness and well-being.The campaign involves a contest to relocate the RHS “Feel Good” garden, focusing on health and well-being, to one of England’s NHS mental health trusts after it has featured in the Chelsea Flower Show.The garden is designed by the twice-winner of the RHS/BBC people’s choice award at the world famous show, Matt Keightley, to provide a contemporary and therapeutic space focusing on health and well-being.English NHS mental health trusts are being invited to enter a competition to win the garden, and Mr Keightley will redesign it after the show to best suit the space and needs of the winning trust and provide a space for staff and patients to garden, relax and get closer to nature. The final day of the Chelsea Flower Show in central London Saturday May 27, 2017 Visitors flocked to the Chelsea Flower Show last year Credit:Christopher Pledger for the Telegraph 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. To raise awareness of the positive impact horticulture can have on mental health and promote how gardens can be relaxing and rehabilitative spaces, the RHS will also be providing advice and toolkits to NHS organisations and staff.TV gardener Monty Don said: “I know from personal experience how gardening helps heal mental and physical ills.”When you are sad a garden comforts. When you are humiliated or defeated a garden consoles.”When you are consumed by anxiety it will soothe you, and when the world is a dark and bleak place it shines a light to guide you on.”A Kings Fund report on gardens and health, funded by the National Garden Scheme, found that the mental health benefits of gardening were broad and diverse, with reductions in depression and anxiety and improved social functioning, emotional well-being and physical health.RHS director-general Sue Biggs said: “Gardeners have known about mindfulness for generations and, with increased pressures through things like social media, now more than ever we need to get outside, moving and loving nature to calm us, get exercise and be kind to ourselves.”Tim Kendall, national clinical director for mental health at NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “Gardening provides physical exercise and can foster social connections making it an effective way that can potentially help people who are suffering with mental illness, are depressed or stressed.”This incredible gift by the RHS of this fantastic garden will be an early birthday present for one of our mental health trusts, their patients and staff.”last_img read more

CRCMining looks at true continuous drilling in underground coal

first_imgThe fall in coal prices in recent years has placed immense pressure on industry to maintain production and high levels of safety whilst dramatically reining in costs. Operational improvements and rationalisation has allowed many operations to reset their cost base, however those operations which wish to thrive in the current oversupplied market will need to embrace innovations which lead to a step change in both productivity, cost, and safety.Drilling is an essential activity in coal mining, and forms a critical cost component in both mine development and mine operation. Current CRCMining projects are addressing the following challenges by incorporating continuous drilling methods and technology.The requirement to safely pre-drain gas from mining operations has resulted in extensive Surface to In-Seam (SIS) drilling ahead of underground developmentMore conventional degassing practice involves fan patterns of 400-500 m long holes drilled into the seam from within the underground roadway while the mine is being developedUnderground roadway development on the other hand requires 8 m holes drilled into the roof of the roadway for installation of roof-supporting cable bolts“Considering the current state of drilling technology for these three applications, the fundamental practice of adding screwed sections of jointed drill rods has changed very little for over a century, although improvements such as the ability to directionally steer in real-time have been developed more recently.”CRCMining says that an absence of viable alternatives has forced industry to accept the inherent limitations of jointed drill rods, namely; (1) low productivity associated with frequent rod changes, during drill advance and drill-string extraction; and (2) safety hazards associated with intense manual rod-handling and man-machine interactions. The ubiquitous nature of jointed rod drilling is in itself a barrier to realising alternative concepts, which may offer step-change productivity improvements, according to CRCMining’s Program Leader Scott Adam.“The concept of continuous drilling involves drilling the entire target hole length in one continuous pass, as opposed to the stop-start advance with conventional jointed rod drilling. In this case a flexible and continuous conduit is the key enabler,” Adam said. “If rate-of-penetration (ROP) can be maintained, continuous drilling systems promises step-changes in drilling productivity by eliminating drill-rod change down times during both drill advance and drill-string extraction. Hazards associated with manual-handling of rods are also negated, greatly reducing the risk profile of the drilling activity. Continuous processes are potentially easier to automate, which brings with it a host of benefits in terms of operational efficiency.”Recognising the benefits of continuous drilling, CRCMining researchers are also assessing if a new water-jet drilling tool can drill a borehole in a rapid, consistent, and self-regulated manner. The cutting action is performed by water-jets on a rotating drill head, and the drill tool itself is deployed using a continuous reel of flexible high-pressure hose (the flexible conduit). Water pressures for drilling typically reach 900 bar.Continuous cable-bolt drilling techniques have the potential to dramatically improve the current roof support installation process for underground mining. Drilling for cable bolt installation is an essential requirement, yet it is a time-consuming ground-control activity for underground mining. It presents a costly bottleneck in the cycle of roadway development of underground mines, and is a major obstacle to the vision of rapid roadway expansion. Rock bolt drilling is considered high-risk with operational issues associated with rock falls, manual handling injuries, and incorrect operation of bolting machines. CRCMining has been examining a new continuous cable bolt drilling technique in partnership with ACARP.The prototype developed, uses a flexible hose for continuous drilling of small <45 mm holes of varying lengths up to and over 8 m holes. This essentially negates the need for manually handling drill rods. Moreover, the continuous nature of drilling is highly compatible with automation and remote controlling, potentially removing operators from working near hazardous rock mass environments. “The ultimate vision of this technology is to provide a safer and more productive means of developing roadways and thereby accessing the orebody more efficiently. This new technique has the potential to reduce manual handling currently used for cable-bolt roof support installation,” Adam said.This year CRCMining engineers conducted capability tests of the prototype and continuous drilling techniques at the Peabody Wambo mine, 30 kilometres west of Singleton in New South Wales. “The results demonstrated positive benefits of continuous cable-bolt drilling techniques through various strata conditions, although further developments are still required. Trials also revealed the need to stiffen the flexible drilling conduit to enable more effective penetration and reduction of conduit buckling through long-hole distances.”This experiment led to solutions being identified by CRCMining engineers to re-design the system component to be integrated into future versions of the continuous drilling equipment. “When automated the new technology will improve productivity, reduce operator risks and has the potential to replace the manual drill-rod handling system. Knowledge gathered from this project will be applied to other continuous drilling technology projects planned later in the year.”last_img read more

Les nappes phréatiques en large baisse dans le monde

first_imgLes nappes phréatiques en large baisse dans le mondeDes scientifiques allemands et californiens ont démontré que les nappes phréatiques sont en baisse permanente, tout particulièrement dans les zones arides et dans des régions où l’agriculture se développe massivement.Il ya dix ans, la NASA et le centre aérospatial allemand ont lancé la mission GRACE (Gravity recovery and Climate experiment) afin de pouvoir évaluer le niveau des nappes souterraines de la planète. En effet, auparavant, il était impossible de pouvoir faire des estimations sur l’état des eaux souterraines, principalement en raison de la difficulté d’accès. Cette mission a ainsi permis de constater la forte baisse des nappes phréatique, principalement dans certaines régions telles que la Chine, l’Argentine, la Californie, l’Inde, le Proche-Orient ou encore les Etats-Unis et l’Australie. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Pour parfaire les résultats de la mission GRACE, des hydrologues californiens du centre de modélisation hydrologique de l’université d’Irving ont utilisé deux satellites, Tom et Jerry, qui s’avèrent être encore plus sensibles aux variations de gravité souterraines. Les mesures effectuées par les deux engins ont ainsi pu confirmer la baisse et démontrer, par exemple, que le niveau des nappes phréatiques diminue sans cesse de 6 ou 7 centimètres par an dans les régions nord-est de la Chine. Un déclin majoritairement dû à la pratique d’une agriculture intensive : de nombreux pays en développement comme développés surexploitent les réserves d’eau souterraines sans que celles-ci aient le temps de se régénérer.A plus petite échelle, en France, l’Observatoire régional de l’environnement a rendu sa note de synthèse le 15 décembre et a annoncé que la “situation est préoccupante à l’échelle régionale”. Ses données révèlent en effet que près de 90 % des sondes dans les nappes “indiquent des niveaux inférieurs ou très inférieurs aux niveaux moyens habituellement observés”. Le 4 janvier 2012 à 14:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HBO Reveals Game of Thrones Season 8 FirstLook Photos

first_img Game of Thrones won’t be back for another two months, however, HBO just teased cool photos of all the characters we’ll see in the show’s eighth season.On Wednesday, Game of Thrones‘ Twitter account teased the photo gallery, which shows Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and other key protagonists bundled up in warm attire. Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season on April 14, 2019.+ View new photos from #GameofThrones Season 8: https://t.co/ApqiW05D2w(Photos: Helen Sloan/HBO) pic.twitter.com/6WyIhQco3e— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) February 6, 2019We’ll have to wait until April to see the highly-anticipated showdown between Winterfell and the White Walkers, however, you can feast your eyes on Game of Thrones Season 8’s first look images below.View as: One Page Slides1/141. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO2. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO3. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO4. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO5. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO6. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO7. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO8. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO9. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO10. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO11. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO12. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO13. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO14. ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First LookPhoto Credit: Helen Sloan/HBOMore on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Hijacks Bud Light Super Bowl Ad‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Teaser Hints at Gloomy Fate for the Starks‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Footage Teases New Alliance Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

Portlands 53yearold Der Rheinlander restaurant to close next year

first_imgPORTLAND — Der Rheinlander, the 53-year-old Northeast Portland German restaurant, will close early next year, the restaurant confirmed.Guten Foods, which owns the Rose City Park restaurant as well as German restaurant chain Gustav’s, sold Der Rheinlander’s distinctive Northeast Sandy Boulevard building to Venerable Properties, the company responsible for redeveloping Washington High School into Revolution Hall, among other projects.The restaurant will stay open until early 2017. After the closure, employees will be offered new jobs at Gustav’s in Portland, Tigard, Ore., Clackamas, Ore., Keizer, Ore., Vancouver and a still-in-development Cedar Hills Crossing location planned for late next year.The Rose City Park restaurant was founded in 1963 by chef Horst Mager, a native of Weisbaden, Germany, who would later host an early and long-running cooking show on KOIN TV. Together with his daughter, Suzeanne Mager, the duo opened the first Gustav’s — a spinoff of Der Rheinlander’s adjacent beer garden — in 1994.“This decision didn’t happen overnight; we’ve been discussing it for a long time,” Suzeanne Mager said in a statement. “I have bittersweet feelings about it, of course. But I feel it’s the right thing to do, especially considering today’s Portland food scene. It has been evolving, and so must we.”Der Rheinlander will remain open until “at least December 31” at 5035 N.E. Sandy Blvd.last_img read more

Council for Homeless gets 30000 grant

first_imgThe Carter Family Fund donated $30,000 to Council for the Homeless, which said it will be used to “provide follow-up and support to families housed through the agency’s diversion efforts.”The Carter family has supported the nonprofit for many years and hopes their gift inspires other people to donate during Council for the Homeless’ annual luncheon Sept. 27 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.“Council for the Homeless is very grateful for this generous gift,” Adrienne Strehlow, board president, said in a news release. “It will inspire giving at our September luncheon and expand our capacity to make sure households remain stable in their homes, once housed.”last_img read more

Guns N Roses To Play 2019 Louder Than Life Festival

first_imgNews The reunion run continues, as the group confirms they will play the Kentucky rock fest in SeptemberNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 4, 2019 – 11:31 am Hard rock heroes Guns N Roses are the first act announced for the 2019 Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Ky., set for Sept. 27-29 at KY Expo Center. Guns N’ Roses To Play Louder Than Life Festival guns-n-roses-play-2019-louder-life-festival Facebook Email center_img Guns N’ Roses To Play 2019 Louder Than Life Festival Twitter “There are only a handful of bands through the years whose music not only resonates with fans, but changes the entire face of rock ‘n’ roll. Guns N’ Roses is one of those true icons,” Louder Than Life producer Danny Wimmer said. “Every year we want to come back bigger and better, and we can’t wait to welcome Axl, Slash, Duff and the rest of GN’R to the Louder Than Life stage.”With this new performance announcement, the GN’R reunion that began in 2016 continues with original singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan along for the ride. The group’s Not In This Lifetime… Tour became one of the highest grossing tours in history, with its impressive run between April 2016 and December 2018. Earlier this year, McKagan even teased that the band is working on a new album.The full lineup for Louder Than Life will be announced Monday, Apr. 8, with tickets going on sale the same day at 9:00 a.m. ET.Duff McKagan Teases New Guns N’ Roses Album: “Oh, It’s Real”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 5 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Northern Essex

first_imgHAVERHILL, MA — Dr. William Heineman, vice president of academic affairs, Northern Essex Community College, is pleased to announce the following Wilmington students named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 term:Jennifer AssenzaScott FerreraJoan GlewSamantha O’LearyKatelyn RichardsonTo be included, students must attain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher within the term, carry six or more credits within the term, and be matriculated in a degree program.About Northern Essex Community CollegeWith campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, more than 6,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Northern Essex Community College.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Northern Essex Community CollegeIn “Education”5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Northern Essex Community CollegeIn “Education”6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Northern Essex Community CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Suspect in Sitka shooting charged with assault

first_imgSitka police arrested man Saturday evening after a two-hour manhunt for allegedly shooting another man.Listen nowNathan Leask, 35, was charged with one felony count of first-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault.The victim, whose name has not been released, was medevaced to Seattle for treatment.The Sitka Police Department received a call at 5:40 p.m. Saturday that a shooting occurred on a commercial fishing boat in Eliason Harbor.Officers arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound to the thigh and an uninjured woman.Armed with a handgun, Leask entered the vessel occupied by the victim, according to an police department news release. An altercation occurred and Leask’s firearm was discharged during the fight. Leask then fled the scene.An hour after the initial call, Sitka police received word that the shooter was inside the Blatchley Middle School pool area — though that later proved to be untrue.School staff received information from a third-hand source that a shooting had occurred, Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt said. Staff activated a lock-down procedure and evacuated the school as a precaution.Police arrived at the scene and searched the area, but Leask was not there.At no time was there a man with a gun in the school, according to the release.Officers searched multiple locations over the course of two hours, and imposed a city-wide lock-down. They advised all residents to stay indoors. They ultimately zeroed in on Leask at an undisclosed home address.Ankerfelt said Leask surrendered to officers after negotiations over the telephone and was in police custody by 7:30 p.m.Leask is currently being held in Sitka Jail with bail set at $100,000.last_img read more

Forest staff seek modern weapons to combat with red sander

first_imgKadapa: Staff of Forest department in Kadapa district have been facing life threat from the red sander smugglers due to lack proper weapons. On the other hand the red sander smugglers are utilising highly sophisticated weapons during exchange of fire. As a result, the Forest officials have been tasting bitter experience from the smugglers during combing operations. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us There are several instances in which the forest staffers were killed and some of them sustained serious injuries while they were fighting against illegal transportation of red sanders from forest areas in the district. Last year, a forest staffer was brutally killed by Tamil Nadu wood cutters during combing operation held in Lankamalleswara forest under Sidhavatam mandal. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Though the Forest and police personnel have been adopting different methods to curb the axing of red sander trees and the illegal transportation, they were not able to succeed in their attempts as they do not possess modern weapons to combat with smugglers. The red sanders smuggling has been continued due to ineffective laws, political patronage and shortage of forest staff. There are no effective measures to prevent the entry of wood cutters into the forest. “About 1,500 wood cutters were arrested during the last couple of years, but the entry of cutters into the Seshachalam forest continues unabated. Advertise With Us “The smugglers were having highly sophisticated weapons, we were not able to prevent them in a better way. Previous government proposed to provide drone cameras to identify the culprits in the forest. But it was not implemented due to various reasons,” said an official. During TDP rule, a GO was issued by allocating Rs 1.77 crores for purchasing 250 sophisticated weapons such as Pump Action Single Barrel Guns (PASBG). But it was not materialised. Officials hope it will be implemented in the present government. Forest area spreads in 5,050 sq km in Kadapa district marking 32.87 per cent in district area. Reserve forests are spread in rocky hill areas of Rayachoti, Pulivendula, Sidhavatam taluks in the district.last_img read more

Geopolitical issues Q2 results to set equity market course

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters file [Representational Image]With the impending US sanctions on Iran, as also the ongoing quarterly earnings season and the upcoming festival of Diwali, the Indian equity market is likely to witness a short but eventful trading week ahead.Among the global factors, the US reimposing sanctions on Iran from Monday (November 5) is seen as a major depressant for global investor sentiment, which would eventually reflect on the Indian market.”The coming week is truncated on account of festivities in India, but (dotted with an) important series of events within and outside the country. The week will begin with the global blockade against Iran followed by the US legislative elections, apart from ongoing corporate earnings in India,” said Rahul Sharma, Senior Research Analyst with Equity99.”While the mood will be cheerful due to Diwali, these events will dictate market movement and investors should follow a cautious approach during the three-day trading week,” he added.Trading at stock exchanges, however, won’t take place on November 7-8 on account of Diwali, other than the brief traditional muhurat trading on Diwali day.Meanwhile, the US has temporarily allowed eight countries to continue buying oil from Iran, and India features in the list, according to media reports. This would most likely soothe Indian market sentiments.Another geopolitical matter that the markets would follow is the US-China trade talks. Trump last week said his conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping laid “heavy emphasis on trade” and also described it as “long and very good”.Further, the ongoing quarterly earnings would also influence the stock market in the next few trading days, analysts believe. Corporate results were a major factor for the substantial gains made by both key equity indices during the week ended Friday (November 2).For the week under review, the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex gained 1,662.34 points, or 4.74 per cent, to close at 35,011.65.The 50-share Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) advanced 523 points, or 5.21 per cent, to settle at 10,553.Investor sentiments also improved with the downward movement in crude oil prices.”The benchmark Brent crude fell six per cent this week and 16 per cent since the beginning of October to $72.91 a barrel as fears of oil shortage faded,” said Sharma.Analysts are of the view that value-buying by investors after the fortnightly loss also supported the Indian equity market in the week gone by.Provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold shares worth Rs 5,706.24 crore during the week, whereas domestic institutional investors bought Rs 6,377.02 crore worth of stocks.Figures from the NSDL showed that foreign portfolio investors divested Rs 4,232.05 crore in the equities segment during the week ending November 2.On the technical outlook for the upcoming week, Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities, said the NSE Nifty50 would witness resistance at 10,710 points and is likely to receive support at 10,460 level.last_img read more

Indian truck rams rickshaw 12 dead

first_imgA speeding truck ploughed into a rickshaw in eastern India killing at least 12 passengers, police said Monday.The dead were returning from a Hindu festival late Sunday when the truck rammed the vehicle on a highway in Jharkhand state’s Gumla district, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) from state capital Ranchi.A hunt is on for the truck driver who sped away from the accident, Gumla police chief Anshuman Kumar told AFP.He said four other passengers were in hospital with serious injuries.India has some of the world’s deadliest roads. More than 150,000 people are killed each year with most accidents blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.Last December at least 32 people were killed after their bus swerved off a bridge and plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.last_img read more

Mass migration politics reshape globe

first_imgThis 12 June 2018 photo released Wednesday, 13 June 2018 by French NGO `SOS Mediterranee` shows migrants being transferred from the Aquarius ship to Italian Coast Guard boats, in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the days-long voyage to Spain, after the new populist government refused them safe port in a dramatic bid to force Europe to share the burden of unrelenting arrivals. Photo: APLined up before dawn, dozens of migrants outside a government office in Italy jostled to be one of the handful allowed inside to request asylum Wednesday.The journeys that brought them to Rome and the sleepless nights wondering if they would be allowed to stay was being repeated in cities and countries around the world on World Refugee Day as millions of people sought to flee persecution, violence, war and poverty.The Rohingya Muslims forced out of Myanmar to Bangladesh; teenagers from Mexico and Central America seeking safety in the United States; Syria’s war refugees; men from South Sudan and Nigeria crossing the Mediterranean Sea to feed their families – they are among the human wave roiling every continent.”The international community must work with shared and long-term political choices to manage a phenomenon that involves the entire world,” Italian President Sergio Mattarella, whose country is on the receiving end of Europe’s immigration front line, said in a World Refugee Day message.While migration to the world’s 35 richest countries dropped slightly last year for the first time since 2011, asylum claims rose by 26 percent in the United States, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which represents the wealthy nations.Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency reported this week that nearly 69 million people were forcibly displaced in 2017, a record for the fifth straight year.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria insisted that since migration is here to stay, countries need to work to integrate newcomers and to prepare their native-born populations to welcome foreigners instead of resent them.He noted that while “fears about the impact of refugees on jobs in OECD countries are simply at odds with the facts,” young men with limited educations in places like Germany and Austria could be disproportionally affected by an expanded labor force and deserve attention and training.”The absence of the policy is what’s creating this cacophony,” Gurria said.In a sign of the continued divisions, Hungary marked World Refugee Day by approving measures making it harder to obtain asylum and threatening a prison sentence for those who help asylum-seekers.In the United States, the Trump administration said “new actors” must step up in the global response to refugees. The statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not mention the administration’s forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents. The U.S. reversed that policy on Wednesday, though families already separated have yet to be reunited.In Europe, leaders of European Union member countries are trying anew to come up with continent-wide solutions to a mass migration crisis that has pitted nations and politicians against each other.The interior minister in Italy’s new populist government, Matteo Salvini, refused a port of entry this month to a rescue boat operated by two aid groups that carried 630 people who were picked up while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya.Italy has been the arriving place of the bulk of migrants who attempt the dangerous sea crossing for a variety of reasons – as seen in the discouraged line outside the Rome immigration office. Salvini is pressing other EU members to share the burden.Pope Francis urged people not to “let fear get in the way of welcoming our neighbor in need.”Migrants and refugees who were swept off the streets of Paris in recent weeks now occupy a gymnasium, all of them wishing Wednesday to be somewhere else.Nasir Ahmad, an Afghan living in the Paris gym, spent a year in Germany and then two years waiting for the documents he needed to make France his home. Now, Ahmad has refugee status, but no job.”I have good energy. I have good energy to do for the work, but nobody used me,” he said. “Nothing changed. Only I changed. I get old.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces constant criticism and mounting pressure over her decision to open Germany to refugees in recent year, said how to handle the sheer number of people fleeing violence and persecution is “a central global question of our time.”Some 700,000 Rohingya fled brutal attacks by government forces and mobs last year in Myanmar, pouring across the border into crowded makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh. Monsoon rains have begun sweeping through the camps, often leaving the refugees to wade through rivers of mud and water.At the Kutupalong refugee camp outside of Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, more than 100 Rohingya marched Wednesday to highlight their suffering, demanding that international organizations hold the Myanmar government accountable for the attacks that drove them into exile.Many wore T-shirts and paper hats proclaiming they are “Not Bengali.” In Myanmar, the Rohingya are often derided as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Abdu Shukkur, a 44-year-old refugee, denounced the Myanmar government for refusing to recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic minority and for denying them “the right to citizenship and its privileges.”In Lebanon, Syrian refugees have begun building lives in similar camps intended to be temporary way-stations. Turkey remains the country with the largest number of Syrian refugees, but tiny Lebanon holds the highest concentration per capita of refugees in the world.Em Mohammed, a Syrian refugee from Idlib, supports her three children working as a tailor in Lebanon.”I won’t return because here there is assistance, there are many camps, I can sew, and I can sustain myself,” she said. “There (in Syria), there are no camps, no people and they have no money to buy. They don’t even have places to sleep there.”last_img

Tivo Unveils New Bolt Over the Air DVR for Cord Cutters

first_imgThe utility of free over-the-air TV hasn’t been lost on the rest of the industry. A number of companies has been trying to reinvent the DVR for a new generation of consumers used to streaming. This includes startups like Tablo and Plex, as well as big players like Dish and its AirTV offshoot, and most recently Amazon with its new Fire TV Recast DVR.Asked about the competition, Malone argued that Tivo was benefitting from its experience. “We’ve been building OTA DVRs for 19 years,” he said. “We have the DVR feature set down.”At the same time, Malone had to admit that some of those newcomers were undercutting Tivo. Amazon, for instance, doesn’t charge consumers any service fees for its new DVR. “Will it be more expensive? Yes, we are a little bit more expensive,” Malone said.The company is trying to appeal to cord cutters and other price-conscious consumers by reducing the monthly fee it is charging for the use of the TiVo Bolt OTA. Instead of the regular $14.99 service plan, Tivo is charging OTA customers just $6.99 per month. The device itself costs $249.99.Malone admitted that some consumers may opt for cheaper options, but he also argued that his company was targeting subsets of cord cutters not well served by other solutions. This included people who had cancelled cable but felt like they were missing something, as well as consumers still hanging on to their pay TV subscription because they’re used to their cable DVR. “Some people really like that pay TV-like experience,” he said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 DVR pioneer Tivo isn’t ready to cede the cord cutting market to Amazon and its new Fire TV Recast: The company is releasing a new version of its Bolt DVR this Friday that’s squarely aimed at people without cable television.The new Tivo Bolt OTA is capable of recording up to four programs at the same time, and stores up to 150 hours of recordings on its internal hard drive. The device is solely made for recording over-the-air (OTA) television from networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and won’t work with cable subscriptions.Just like other models from the company’s Bolt line-up, the Bolt OTA is also offering access to streaming apps from companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. It ships with a voice-enabled remote, and supports streaming to mobile devices out of the box.“There is a lot of growth opportunity in the OTA market,” said Tivo’s vice president of consumer products and services Ted Malone in an interview with Variety. He added that recorded over-the-air broadcast TV was a great addition even for consumers who get most of their programming from streaming services, thanks to the availability of local sports as well as uncompressed HD picture quality. “There are some cases where OTA is really the best solution,” he said.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

AMC Series The Terror Returns Inside a WWII JapaneseAmerican Internment Camp

first_imgThe Terror: Infamy on AMC will spookily take place inside a Japanese-American internment camp. The American government’s forced internment of some 113,000 Japanese-Americans—two-thirds of whom were born in the U.S.–in isolated camps during World War II is considered a stain on the nation’s history, one that is all the more distressing because it was done under the cloak of government procedure and following a hastily enacted law. The new season of the AMC Network series The Terror: Infamy, premiering on August 12 at 9/8c, takes place in one such camp, when a series of bizarre deaths haunt the community. There were 10 camps, their locations ranging from California to Arkansas. Families were forced to live in facilities surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.The context of this shocking chapter in U.S. history can be found in how war between the two countries was declared. On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese military launched a devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, bombing the U.S. Pacific fleet. More than 2,400 Americans were killed.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe USS Arizona burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.Of course a world war had already been raging in Europe since 1939. While the majority of Americans supported the cause of England, which was fighting Germany virtually alone after the collapse of France, an astounding 95 percent of Americans in one poll said they did not want their country fighting in a European conflict. This changed virtually overnight after Pearl Harbor.Many Japanese American families lived on the West Coast, and soon government attention turned to their supposed disloyalty. No person of Japanese ancestry living in the United States was ever convicted of any serious act of espionage or sabotage during the war. Nonetheless, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066 empowering the U.S. Army to designate areas from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” From 1942 to 1945, it was the policy of the U.S. government that people of Japanese descent would be forced to live in camps.Still from AMC’s The Terror: Infamy showing people entering an internment camp. Show premieres Aug. 12When the U.S. entered World War II, the enemy powers were the “Axis”—Japan, German, and Italy. Yet no families of German or Italian descent were ever forcibly relocated. There is little question that existing prejudice against Asians was a motivation in the internments.Most of the Japanese immigrants in the U.S. had come from the countryside of Japan, beginning in the late 19th century. Most owned farms or opened small businesses. But from the start they faced hostility from some Americans. Discrimination included the creation of anti-Japanese organizations, attempts at school segregation, and violent attacks upon individuals and their businesses.Japanese people preparing to enter an internment camp. From the new season of The Terror on AMC premiering Aug. 12Some of the blame for Pearl Harbor lay in the U.S. military’s lack of precautions during a time when tension simmered between America and Japan. But instead some military authorities, feeling defensive,   scapegoated Japanese living in Hawaii or on the mainland. Frank Knox, Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Navy, outrageously blamed Pearl Harbor on “the most effective fifth column work that’s come out of this war, except in Norway.” This scapegoating led to hysterical newspaper headlines about sabotage and imminent invasion.Members of the Japanese American community were trying to establish their loyalty by becoming air raid wardens or joining the army.  But it did not deter President Roosevelt. Military zones were created in California, Washington, and Oregon—states with the largest population of Japanese Americans—and Roosevelt’s executive order commanded the relocation of Americans of Japanese ancestry.Inside an internment camp. From The Terror: Infamy on AMC premiering Aug. 12The method by which Japanese Americans were forced into these camps were harsh and brutally unfair. Families had no more than six days in which to dispose of nearly all their possessions, packing only “that which can be carried by the family or the individual.” This was defined as bedding, toilet articles, clothing, and eating utensils. Businesses had to be sold, forcing huge losses, and houses abandoned.Actor and activist George Takei, a series regular and consultant on The Terror, has given interviews about his family’s experience and helped to educate about the reality of the internment camps. Takei, best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek, was born in Los Angeles to parents also born in California. “We were Americans—we were citizens of this country,” Takei said to Democracy Now. “We had nothing to do with the war. We simply happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor. But without charges, without trial, without due process—the fundamental pillar of our justice system—we were summarily rounded up, all Japanese Americans on the West Coast, where we were primarily resident, and sent off to 10 barb wire internment camps—prison camps, really, with sentry towers, machine guns pointed at us.”George Takei in AMC’s The Terror: Infamy. Show premieres Aug. 12Takei went with his family to a camp established for Japanese Americans in the swamps of Arkansas at the age of five, and he did not leave until he was eight. At first his father told him the family was going on a vacation. “We adjusted to lining up three times a day to eat lousy food in a noisy mess hall,” he said.Initially the Japanese American families reported to centers, which had until very recently served as fairgrounds and racetracks, with buildings not meant for human habitation. Families, including young children, the disabled, and the elderly, slept in horse stall or cow sheds reeking of manure.Map of World War II Japanese American internment campsThe actual camp a family was assigned to was called a “relocation center.” In modern times, some critics have urged that all euphemisms be halted and the places be called by their correct name: “concentration camps.” Each was its own town, with schools and post offices as well as farmland for growing food and keeping livestock, but always surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers.In some of the camps, located primarily in desolate parts of the West with severe climates, families lived in buildings without plumbing or cooking facilities. Overcrowding was a crisis, with more than 20 people often forced to occupy a space meant for 4. Medical care was insufficient.Japanese-Americans from the U.S. West Coast were forcibly relocated to Amache and nine other internment camps. Photo by Joseph McClellandThe Terror is set in one such camp on the West Coast, where an “uncanny specter” menaces the Japanese American community forced to live there. “I’m deeply honored to be telling a story set in this extraordinary period,” co-creator Alexander Woo said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Check out the trailer for the new season of The Terror here:By the end of 1945, nine of the ten camps were shut down, the last year of World War II. But returning to society was very difficult.“We lost everything,” Takei said. “We had been given a one-way ticket and twenty dollars.” His family tried to return to Los Angeles, but they were denied housing everywhere and his father could not get any other job but dishwasher in a Chinatown restaurant. They lived in a Skid Row apartment. “It was a horrific, traumatic experience,” said Takei. His younger sister even said, “Mama, let’s go home,” meaning the Arkansas camp.Related Article: The Japanese ‘Schindler’ who Saved Thousands of Jews from Concentration CampsIn 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated during World War II. The legislation offered a formal apology and paid out $20,000 in compensation to each surviving victim.The new season of The Terror: Infamy returns August 12 9/8c on AMC. For more details please visit the show’s websiteNancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

New York Times lists Saskatoon as top travel destination in 2018

first_imgTags: Canada, Trend Watch The Canadian Press Share NEW YORK CITY — The New York Times has published an interactive feature listing the top 52 places in the world to visit in 2018, and the lone Canadian destination to make the list is Saskatoon.The feature selected the Saskatchewan city primarily because of the new Remai Modern Museum and its 8,000-work collection.“Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other heavyweight 20th-century artists now have a home in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, thanks to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan,” reads the article.It calls the museum “a centerpiece of Saskatoon’s redeveloping riverfront” sporting world-class modernist architecture.The article adds that art fans flying to the city will arrive at the “recently expanded and refurbished (and award-winning) airport and can soon stay in style near the museum at the 15-story Alt Hotel.”Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark trumpeted the article on his Twitter feed, writing “Welcome World! Come for the art, stay for the people.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The article’s top five places to visit in 2018 are New Orleans; Colombia; Basilicata, Italy; the Caribbean; and Vierwaldstattersee, Switzerland. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img New York Times lists Saskatoon as top travel destination in 2018 Thursday, January 11, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more