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first_imgThe standoff between Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi escalated Wednesday night with Narayanasamy staging a sit-in outside Raj Nivas late at night.Wearing a black shirt and black dhoti, Narayansamy sat on dharna with ministers of the union territory demanding that Kiran Bedi accord sanction for 39 government proposals, including a free rice scheme.His protest came after Kiran Bedi hit the road two days ago and advised two-wheeler owners to wear helmets. While Kiran Bedi wanted the helmet rule for two-wheeler riders to be implemented at one go, Narayanasamy wanted the implementation in phases.Puducherry CM V Narayanasami leads protest against Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi outside the Raj Nivas against her interference in day to day functioning of government.#UserGeneratedContent (@Lokpria)More Videos: https://t.co/FAHzdk9TO8 pic.twitter.com/FjSWBD9lkK India Today (@IndiaToday) February 13, 2019Speaking to media, he accused Kiran Bedi of working on orders of the Centre to disrupt the functioning of his government, “She has no power at all, she has to only be a post office and sign papers which have been sent by the council of ministers. She has no right to touch cabinet decisions…she is vetoing decisions. She is being encouraged by the PM to create problems for our government.”In a tweet, Kiran Bedi said: “Sad to see when a CM sends a letter to Lt Governor and within a week demands a reply by force of a ‘dharna’/ blockade of Raj Nivas. Also makes unfounded allegations, misleading people in Puducherry. He openly dares violation of MV Act on wearing of helmets to prevent fatal accidents.”advertisementLetters sentThe Chief Minister’s action invited a sharp response from Bedi, who shot off a letter to him, terming his protest as ‘unlawful’.”Instead of waiting for my response to your February 7 letter, you have come to Raj Nivas, demanding a reply in this unlawful manner,” she said.”This method (sitting in dharna) is unheard of from a person of your position,” the Lt Governor said in the letter, which was hand-delivered to the chief minister.Kiran Bedi has invited Narayanasamy for a detailed discussion on February 21 at Raj Nivas. The Lt Governor said all the issues Narayanasamy had mentioned in his letter needed examination for a ‘considered response’ and claimed that nothing was pending at the Raj Nivas, as alleged.She noted that the Chief Minister had never said in his letter that he and his colleagues would begin a dharna in front of Raj Nivas unless a reply was obtained by February 13.Narayanasamy replied to the letter, calling upon the Governor to give up her autocratic style of functioning and change the style of undemocratic day to day governance. He called the protest a democratic right and a reflection of the people’s movement against undemocratic and unlawful activities.He also said that the protest will continue until his demands are addressed.Netas sport blackAt night, police barricaded Raj Nivas and surrounding streets to prevent unauthorized persons from entering protesting area.Puducherry: Police has barricaded Raj Nivas (Governor’s residence) & surrounding streets to prevent unauthorized persons from entering protesting area. CM V Narayanaswamy along with his cabinet ministers is sitting in front of Raj Nivas in protest against Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi. pic.twitter.com/MdJlOpY2hj ANI (@ANI) February 13, 2019Narayanasamy was seen clearing official files at the venue of the agitation. He was joined by the Speaker as well as Congress and DMK MLAs. Sporting black shirts, they squatted on the road outside Raj Nivas, protesting against Kiran Bedi’s ‘negative stand’ in rejecting files on various matters sent to her for approval.’Bedi delaying proposals’The chief minister told reporters that they took strong exception to the “continued rejection of government proposals to ameliorate the lot of the poor and have-nots”.Narayanasamy also said that Kiran Bedi’s recent decision to make helmet wearing mandatory without generating awareness among two-wheeler riders, as proposed by the government “is a clear case of her going her way and causing harassment to the people”.He alleged that the Lt Governor had not approved 39 government proposals, sent to her for approval since the last few weeks.He cited various instances, including implementation of the free rice scheme, grants to privately managed educational institutions, the sanction of funds for government undertakings and implementation of various welfare schemes for Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and OBCs which were stalled by the Lt Governor though funds were earmarked in the budget for them.”Kiran Bedi should mend her ways and sanction her approval to our decisions. If she wants, she can contest an election in Puducherry”, the Chief Minister said.advertisementNo discussions: CMNarayanasamy insisted that they would leave the venue only after getting a positive reply from the Lt Governor that she would concede to all their proposals.Asked if he would hold discussions with Bedi, he shot back “Why should we? Let her come here and hold talks with us”.Kiran Bedi and the government headed by Narayanasamy had been at loggerheads over various issues ever since she assumed office in May 2016.(with inputs from PTI)READ | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM NarayanasamyREAD | Puducherry parties to protest Kiran Bedi’s interference in administrative affairs at Jantar MantarWATCH | Kiran Bedi is a law breaking LG, says Puducherry CM Narayanasamylast_img read more

first_imgOklahoma State’s true freshman tailback Justice Hill’s emergence has catapulted him into an elite group. In Saturday’s game against TCU, he launched himself to No. 1 in rushing yards among OSU true freshmen, passing hall-of-famer Thurman Thomas in the process. He did so with this run.Here is the list of freshmen rushing leaders for OSU.Mike Hamilton (961 yards)Justice Hill (943 and counting)Jamaal Fobbs (928 yards)Thurman Thomas (843 yards)And here’s the list of true freshmen:This seems pretty good. pic.twitter.com/dSyAS8p3lf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 19, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgShare on Messenger Lionel Messi seals Barcelona’s defeat of Chelsea with double dose of sorcery Read more That is a deeply frustrating situation for Conte to find himself in, as he made clear when asked to assess the importance of winning the FA Cup. “A lot of times we compare good season, bad season, if you win something. You have to know which is our level now,” he said. “Last season we did a fantastic job. Also in this season we are doing a fantastic job. But you have to understand which is your position in this moment, which is your level.”Asked to explain what he meant by “our level”, Conte went on to claim that by winning the title last season, his players overachieved: “They performed 120%, maybe 130%.” This is not the first time he has done this during the current campaign and once again the inference was clear: the manager does not believe he has a squad capable of consistently winning major honours.Conte has made no secret of his displeasure with the club’s transfer dealings during the summer, leading to a severely strained relationship with Chelsea’s board and the widely held expectation that the 48-year-old will leave at the end of the season with 12 months of his £9m-a-year contract unfulfilled. Should that prove the case, Conte will no doubt want to sign off at Stamford Bridge with one more trophy to his name, although he was quick to insist winning the FA Cup would mean little to him on a personal level.“It’s not important if I add another trophy in my career. For me the most important thing is to work hard, to try to improve the club and the players,” he said. “I’m very satisfied for my job, for the work we’re doing. Me, the staff, my players. We’re doing a fantastic job, also in this season.”On a somewhat lighter note Conte was asked for his views on Lionel Messi having watched the player score twice against Chelsea at the Camp Nou on Wednesday and, in the immediate aftermath of the 3-0 defeat, describe him as a “super, super, super top player”. Did Conte feel there were any players in England who compared with the Argentinian?“Don’t joke,” he replied. “Not only in England but in history. Maybe only Maradona and Pelé [compare with Messi]. Players that can change the final result.“I marked Maradona when I played with Lecce. We lost 3-2 and I scored one goal. It was very difficult to mark him. When you played against these [type of] players, you had to mark man-to-man.“Before, football was totally different. Now you must be strong, fast, prepared physically. Talent is not enough to be a modern player. You can see when Messi goes for a tackle, he’s very strong. He’s not tall but he’s very strong. He’s fast.” Share on Facebook FA Cup The Observer Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Antonio Conte has appeared to direct more thinly veiled criticism at Chelsea’s hierarchy when he claimed his team had found their level by being in a position where the FA Cup is the only trophy they can win this season.Chelsea take on Leicester in a quarter-final tie at the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon and Conte has indicated he will pick his strongest possible side as he looks for an immediate response to being eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona in midweek. The FA Cup has taken on particular importance for the Italian given his side also languish 25 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League and, with eight games remaining, stand no chance of retaining their status as champions. Reuse this content Topics Antonio Conte Chelsea news Share on Twitter Leicester City Share via Email Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgTopics Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Leicester City Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn news Read more Share on Messenger That match will be rescheduled but though many at Leicester remain in a state of shock and bewilderment it was felt an away game at the weekend probably represents the best opportunity to begin the return to normality, even if emotions are still raw.Cardiff were involved in conversations with Leicester and the Premier League over the best way to approach Saturday’s game.“Following Saturday evening’s terrible events at the King Power Stadium the thoughts and feelings of Leicester City are at the forefront of our minds,” the Cardiff executive director, Ken Choo, said. “We will be offering our support to Leicester in any way necessary in respect of this weekend’s fixture.”Leicester’s city hall and county hall will light up in blue as part of the tributes to Vichai and the other four victims, Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare and the pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.The club have opened a marquee near the stadium where fans and people from the wider community can add their names to a book of condolence. It will be open daily from 8am to 10pm “for the foreseeable future”. Anyone unable to visit the King Power can leave a message in an online tribute via the club’s website.Investigations into the cause of the accident are continuing. Cardiff City David Squires on … Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and Leicester City Leicester have made the difficult decision to play their Premier League game at Cardiff on Saturday, following the death of their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in the helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium.A minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off at Cardiff – as well as at all other Premier League grounds this weekend – and the players will wear black armbands in honour of those who died when a private helicopter carrying Vichai, two members of his staff and two flight crew came down and exploded after Leicester’s match against West Ham.The tragedy close to the King Power Stadium – the helicopter had been booked to ferry the 60-year-old Thai billionaire to Luton airport – led to the outside of the ground becoming a sea of scarves and floral tributes and the decision was taken to cancel the home Carabao Cup tie against Southampton on Tuesday. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgThe other day, in a personal discussion, a well-respected ideologue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) told me about his concerns of the consecutive actuality of ‘shrinking space’ in India for the debate by common individuals. I was astonished to hear him say, “Bhai Sa’ab, governments will come and go and politicians of every shade will always try to paint their constituencies with the colour they like, but the real danger to the democracy will never emerge from the activities of one individual ruler of any particular political party, it will arrive with rapidly diminishing physical and mental space for deliberations on real issues. Therefore, we all, every political and social outfit of any constitutional shade, must fight against any efforts by any government to support such policies as a result of which this space is shrinking.” Also Read – A special kind of bondConditioning of my mind propelled me to microscopically look for butterflies in his statement, but ultimately, I found his apprehensions honest. He felt that after liberalisation, the space for public debate is falling off quickly, not because of the governments heavily influenced by this or that ideology, but because of the reason that capitalist market forces want a world where public discourse is totally absent, where there is no scope for any argument and where no ambit is available for commoners’ views. As a result of this, most of our debating haunts have lost somewhere in the process of making a new India. Also Read – Insider threat managementI recall my school days when long internecine discussions on social issues and local problems were a daily affair at the village meeting place—Choupal. I recall my university days when college corridors and hostel canteens were full of fierce debates on socio-political topics in my town. I also recall my introductory days in Bombay and New Delhi when from office canteen to art galleries, from nearby dhabas of Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg to Coffee House at Mohan Singh Place, from Mandi House to the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University and from trade union offices to the Press Club of India, there were various evening stands where everyone was free to assert his/her viewpoint, no matter in what ideology s/he believed in. Things have entirely changed in the past two decades. Our coffee houses where on an affordable cup of coffee and a plate of sambhar-vada one could have taken a world tour of current affairs for hours have been swallowed by unaffordable CCDs located in celebrity markets and malls where commoners find themselves misfit. Our vibrant tea stalls, where on ‘two into three’ or ‘one into two’ cut chai, one was free to give his opinion on from Washington to Moscow and Beijing to Jerusalem have disappeared to give space to green tea clubs. Our dhabas where sitting on a charpai and having the satisfying daal-roti-lassi, everyone from truck drivers to scholars felt empowered to discuss the follies of a prime minister to the tricks of exploiting common people by Tata-Birla-Ambanis have gone with the wind of modernisation and converted themselves into roadside ‘resorts’. McDonaldisation and PizzaHutaisation have gulped most of the urban and semi-urban head-rooms that were accessible for healthy debating. Consumers of new market corners have different topics to be discussed—girlfriends and boyfriends, bikes and cars, mobiles and gadgets, night bars and foreign vacations. Most of them are far from the originals and have no interest in the fundamental national and global issues. Their fairy determination for contributing to social causes is confined to FaceBook posts, WhatsApp chats, Instagram photos and TikTok videos. Netflix is their world. Unproductive late-night phone conversation discussing useless thesis is their life. Their total revolution is limited to the transient pleasure of candle marches. Seminars and round tables are held in gated institutions, think tank premises and centres where no entry pass is available for insignificant civilians. Participants there make every attempt to terrorise others present in the conference room with the bullets of their intellectual tone, vocabulary and quotes. This has become a more nuanced and convenient way of only talking about the problems of exclusion and repression faced by political, social and civil rights movements and practically doing nothing more than to publish a paper. Academicians and scholars have failed to realise how directly harmful is the absence of any contemporary discourse. The size of massively de-politicised civil society is increasing with an alarming rate, not only in India but everywhere in the world. The freedom of association, assembly and expression mostly remains on papers now. Where are the physical fields which can promote the harvest of alternative consideration? Where is the support base against intersecting dynamics that limit an individual or collective ability to organise around pertinent matters? ‘Shrinking space’ is a part of a wider struggle. Neo-liberalism is sparing no stone unturned to marketise the state. It wants to hollow-out the democracy. It desires to reduce opposition by redefining the established contours. It is hell-bent on installing a new mode of governance where civil society has to negotiate both with the state and private corporations. Gatekeepers of mainstream political spaces are playing the role of conduits of neo-riches in this game. The failure of Indian civil society, worker’s unions and individual activists have paved the way for the demonisation of causes that address the nerve of any established power. It is because of the liberal elites that common people are bearing the brunt of a new authoritarianism. I agree with my RSS ideologue friend that the problem of ‘shrinking space’ cannot be solved merely by lip-service. We need a better response from all the concerned corners to tackle this question. We need to first define the problem in a perspective where the politics of clampdown and its relationship to neo-liberalism trying to gain control on everything. We need to rediscover genuine solidarity that resurrects the proposition that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Why can’t we create a chain of ‘Chaai Choupals’ across the nation to provide a highly modest platform to commoners to routinely discuss and debate the real issues? Why can’t our union and state governments, corporate-owned think tanks and NGOs support such move to free the flow of expression from the clutches of gated communities? Why can’t this be done with the help of extensive crowd-funding? Why can’t there be a national framework for people’s participation in shaping their country? Why can’t we formulate a national civic charter that serves as a reference point for people claiming their civic and political rights? If we commit ourselves to fight for local, national, regional and global issues, we must have a pan-Indian network of civic participation. Everything cannot be left to the whims of a few individuals comfortably sitting in the ruling dispensation of the time. It is high time that we properly address the long-lamented paradox of ‘closing space’. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgAndy Samberg and Sandra Oh (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) Advertisement With that in mind, here were some of the show’s funniest moments.1. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh “Roast” Celebsvia GIPHYThe amicable actors aren’t known for being sharp-tongued, but they didn’t stop that from letting them bring some serious burns for the Globe attendees!Among them:Spike Lee: “Well if it isn’t Spike Lee, Mr. Do the Right Thing. Well, I’ll tell you who does the right thing,” said Samberg. “You, as a director. Lifetime fan, can’t wait to see what you do next. Bam!”Jeff Bridges: “Hey Jeff! I wish you were my dad!” Samberg exclaimed.Lady Gaga: “It just proves, and I’m just coming up with this now, that there can be 100 people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you, and you just need one who does, and that was Bradley Cooper,” Oh claimed, teasing Gaga for the interview story she’s told several times while promoting A Star Is Born. Samberg added, “I couldn’t agree with you more. I was just thinking, totally off the cuff, there could be 100 people and you just need one who does, and that, quite frankly, was Bradley Cooper.”Alright… they actually got Gaga pretty good. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook That’s a wrap!Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh proved the perfect pairing to host Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, showing just the right amount of charisma and charm to keep Hollywood’s booziest awards show running smoothly. And while the ceremony was in no shortage of emotional high points, the duo did provide just the right atmosphere for there to be quite a few laughs.It wasn’t all on the hosts, either. From Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph to Olivia Colman and Jeff Bridges, there was plenty of comedy to go around. And sure, the Golden Globes are supposed to be about recognizing the best and brightest in movies and television, watching teary-eyed speeches and seeing some show-stopping fashion, but it really, really helps if it’s funny, too. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe fight over Kapyong Barracks could soon be over.This would pave the way for a possible urban reserve at the site in Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has more on the story.last_img

first_imgKolkata: The organisational weakness of the state BJP surfaced once again, with the party changing its nominee in Ranaghat just 19 days before the election. The election for the Ranaghat Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 29.BJP has fielded Jagannath Sarkar, president of the Nadia North unit for the seat, replacing Dr Mukut Mani Adhikary. Earlier, BJP had fielded Adhikary and accordingly, wall graffiti in his name had been put up in several places. Adhikary is a doctor in a state-run hospital. He has tendered resignation, which has not yet been accepted by the state Health department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolitical experts said the state leaders should have examined all the documents before nominating him for the seat. They felt that it is a bad precedent, as it reflects the organisational weakness of the party. BJP workers are whitewashing the graffiti now to put up Sarkar’s name. It may be recalled that the state BJP had announced the names of the candidates for the Purulia and Burdwan–Durgapur seats, after all the parties had fielded their respective candidates. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySS Ahluwalia is contesting from Burdwan-Durgapur, while Jyotirmoy Mahato is contesting against Mriganko Mahato of Trinamool Congress in Purulia. Trinamool Congress had fielded Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj who was murdered in February, from the Ranaghat (SC) seat. Left Front has fielded Rama Biswas, while Congress has nominated Minati Biswas for the seat. There will be a four-way fight in Ranaghat. There will be a four-way fight in Burdwan-Durgapur as well, where Trinamool’s nominee is Mamtaz Sanghamitra, the sitting MP. CPI(M) has fielded Abhas Roy Chowdhury, while Congress and BJP have nominated Ranajit Mukherjee, son of former Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee and Ahluwalia respectively for the seat.last_img read more

The zombies from ‘Walking Dead’ may be frighteningly closer to reality than you’d like to imagine. Australian researchers have observed human bodies moving for more than a year after death, a finding that can greatly change how post-mortem investigations are conducted, they say. Researchers at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), informally known as a body farm, used a time-lapse camera to take overhead pictures of a corpse every 30 minutes during daylight hours for 17 months. “What we found was that the arms were significantly moving, so that arms that started off down beside the body ended up out to the side of the body,” medical scientist Alyson Wilson told ABC Australia.   While the team expected some post-mortem movement in the early stages of decomposition, the length at which they observed the body moving was a surprising find. Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.These findings could “significantly” impact unexplained death investigations she added. Previously, forensic scientists assumed that the position of a discovered body was the position at time of death — if there was no evidence proving that the body was moved. “We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out,” she explained. Wilson could not immediately be reached for comment.However, Shari Forbes, director of Canada’s first body farm — and former director of AFTER — said the finding isn’t all that uncommon. “It’s well-known to researchers but not conveyed to police investigators,” she said, namely due to the lack of facilities around the world, outside of the U.S.The reasons for prolonged movement aren’t all that mystifying either, she added. It could be a number of things — insect larvae, shrinkage of body tissue, scavenging. Why forensic science isn’t really science and how it could be killing innocent people Canada’s first ‘body farm’ to open in Quebec — and people are already signing up to be donors Wilson also found, over the course of three years, that corpses left outdoors would mummify — the process by which the skin and flesh of a corpse is preserved — under the right circumstances.“We used to think it could only happen in a hot-and-dry environment or cold-and-dry — the key word being dry,” explained Forbes. However, the research reveals that natural mummification isn’t necessarily dependent on environmental factors and could be due to anything drawing moisture out from the body such as insects, dry soil, solar radiation.It would differ around the world, added Forbes. For example, the process of mummification in Canada could result in two extreme scenarios — the body would freeze during winter leading to some degree of mummification or rapidly decompose during the warm summers.Wilson’s research also confirmed the value of a time-lapse camera to study the decomposition rate of a human body in any environment. In a study published last month, she used the camera to test whether a scientific equation used to estimate a body’s decomposition in the northern hemisphere could apply to an Australian environment.“Until we had AFTER, most of the science on how bodies decomposed was based on the northern hemisphere, where the climate is different, the weather is different and even the insects can be different,” she said.This is the “first time” such photos have been recorded, according to Dr. Xanthe Mallett, a forensic anthropologist and criminologist at the University of Newcastle. “Previously, if the police had asked me if a set of human remains were found and they were mummified, I would have said it’s likely that that person was left outside in autumn and winter,” added Mallett. The new data “opens up the entire year for mummification in the correct circumstances, and it stops us from going down the wrong path.” read more

Speaking to reporters in New York, the Secretary-General said he reviewed various regional hotspots during talks this morning with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, who is at the UN for a meeting on Liberia’s reconstruction.Also attending that event is United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had a scheduled lunch with Mr. Villepin – a development Mr. Annan called “positive.””Governments are putting the divisions over Iraq behind them,” he said. “Everyone understands that we have many issues to cooperate on besides Iraq.”The Secretary-General said that during recent talks with US President George W. Bush the two agreed on the need to cooperate not only on Iraq but also “on other conflicts in Africa, on the fight against poverty, HIV/AIDS, and a whole range of issues.”He noted that European leaders, who he met with earlier this year, “were also ready to put the issue behind them.” The planned lunch between Secretary Powell and Minister de Villepin “is not surprising at all – it’s an evolution in the right direction, and it’s natural in the scheme of things,” he said. “I think we should all pool our efforts and work together [to] stabilize Iraq and confront our other challenges.”Asked about reports of nuclear technology transfers in Pakistan, Mr. Annan said “proliferation is alive” and called for support to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to contain the problem.He added that President Pervez Musharraf had told him last month that Pakistan will work to combat trafficking and deal firmly with those involved. On the Middle East, Mr. Annan said he had a “very frank and long conversation” this morning with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. “He did tell me that he fully respects the Road Map, and that they expect the Quartet members also to play their role in working with the parties and in taking steps to ensure that there is an end to terror.”The Road Map is an outline for achieving a two-State solution put forward by the Quartet, which comprises the US, UN, Russian Federation and European Union. Video of remarks to reporters [17mins] read more

MONTREAL – The BC Lumber Trade Council and provincial government said Monday they will try to convince American consumers, politicians and lumber buyers that an equitable softwood lumber deal is needed to avoid the damage that will result from import restrictions into the U.S. and higher prices.Susan Yurkovich, the president of the council, and B.C. Forests Minister Steve Thomson said no budget has been set for the lobbying effort, though they expect fees covering legal, consulting and advertising costs will add up.“It’s a very expensive undertaking and it’s unfortunate that we’re doing this,” Yurkovich said from Ottawa after she and Thomson met with federal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.If the past is any indication, such a campaign can be expensive.Mike Apsey, a former deputy minister in B.C. and forestry sector official, wrote in a book published in 2006 that the lumber industry spent $40 million on lawyers, lobbyists and consultants in the 1990s to defend its interests in a previous softwood dispute, not including public funds.Yurkovich said the Canadian industry would rather work co-operatively with the U.S. sector to grow the lumber market and find a resolution to the softwood lumber dispute, which has become an increasing irritant in trade relations since efforts late last year to renew a past agreement failed.She said restricting Canadian lumber supply will cause house prices in the U.S. to spike, pushing home ownership out of the reach of some Americans. The U.S. industry can’t currently meet lumber demand on its own, she said, adding that the U.S. supplied about 32 billion of the 47 billion board feet it needed last year.“The message we’re bringing here is that it’s also critical for the U.S., if they want to build their economy, they need our lumber,” added Thomson.Forestry companies throughout Canada have said hundreds if not thousands of sawmill jobs are at risk if the U.S. imposes duties on Canadian softwood.The U.S. Lumber Coalition, which launched a complaint with the U.S. Commerce Department over the softwood lumber dispute, says thousands of U.S. jobs could be created if Canadian lumber weren’t unfairly subsidized.“If investors could be confident that subsidized imports are being addressed, the more U.S. milling capacity will be developed to utilize abundant U.S. timber resources,” said spokesman Zoltan van Heyningen.The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to decide on the imposition of preliminary duties as early as late April or early May. It has asked four Canadian lumber companies to prove that they deserve free and unencumbered access to the U.S. market.Concerns about layoffs in the forestry sector, an important economic driver in Quebec, prompted Premier Philippe Couillard to commit to providing loan guarantees to help producers pay duties if the federal government doesn’t.Thomson said B.C. is reviewing how to help its producers adjust if the U.S. introduces duties.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously stated that Canada supplied about 32 billion of the 47 billion board feet of softwood that the U.S. industry needed last year. B.C. government and lumber industry to launch softwood lobbying campaign by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 6, 2017 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Standing on the convocation stage in Ian Beddis Gymnasium, Sayuri Gutierrez (BA ’16) was thinking about her grandmother.In particular she thought about her grandmother’s battle with cancer, and the phone conversation they had the last time they spoke. It was 2010 and Sayuri, attending high school in St. Catharines at the time, was unable to travel back to her native Mexico to visit her dying grandmother because of unresolved immigration issues with the Canadian government.“We said our goodbyes through the phone,” she recalls, “and she made me promise that I would continue my studies and graduate from university.”Nobody from the family had ever graduated from post-secondary education, but that wasn’t what nearly caused Sayuri to break the promise she made to her grandmother.Problems had started when her father Hermelindo — who had come to Canada as a seasonal agricultural worker — developed kidney disease that kept him from working. Then, the day after the rest of the family came to visit him, Sayuri’s brother was hit by a car while riding a bicycle, and ended up in a coma for weeks.The family stayed in Canada and Sayuri and her siblings went to high school as the Gutierrez family sought asylum on humanitarian grounds. In 2010 the family couldn’t return to Mexico to visit her dying grandmother, or they wouldn’t be allowed to come back to Canada.Then in 2012 they were deported anyway.“When I thought I wasn’t going to be able to fulfil that promise I made to my grandmother, it made me sad and disappointed.”The family’s plight made national headlines and caught the eye of the migrant advocacy group Dignity for Agricultural Migrant Workers, along with Brock professors Richard Mitchell and David Fancy, former Vice-Provost Kim Meade, Director of Student Awards Rico Natale and the Brock University Students’ Union.The Brock group organized an award for children of migrant workers, and Sayuri was its sole recipient. The result was her four-year education fully paid for through the generosity of others.That grassroots response was enough to turn the tides of deportation, and the family was allowed to stay in Canada.“A few weeks later we received news that our permanent status had been approved,” she said. “It was amazing. You have no idea.”Mitchell, the Child and Youth Studies professor who helped engineer the scholarship, said graduation day was a very special moment.“The network of supporters for this project was considerable,” he recalled, “and as Sayuri passed by to receive her degree, I was reminded of commitments in our Strategic Mandate Agreement to these kinds of transdisciplinary projects — the sharing of University resources with community partners to address the complex issues of the 21st century.“Brock’s partnership in support of Sayuri’s education has already given Niagara — and the country — huge dividends, since her family are now living here and on their way to becoming full citizens.”The past four years weren’t easy for Sayuri, who plans to continue her education with the ultimate career goal of helping children of other farm workers.“It was very challenging and overwhelming,” she said, “but I found a lot of people to help me through the years, and there were always people supporting me.”When her name was announced at Convocation in October, a huge cheer went up from her parents, siblings and fiancée. For everyone it was a mission completed, a promise kept.“After so much our family has been through, it’s a feeling that is hard to describe,” Sayuri reflected. “It was like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”As for next steps, her grandmother would be very pleased to know that Sayuri is now working to save money so she can return to Brock to obtain a master’s degree. read more

Arachnophobes beware – urban-dwelling spiders are becoming less fearful of light, scientists have found.  Most spiders prefer to build webs in dingy nooks and crannies while householders will have seen the creatures freeze mid-scuttle across the floor when a room light is turned on.  But scientists at the University of Regensburg, Germany, gathered spiders from urban and rural locations across Europe to test whether their fear of the light is changing.They found that while spiders from the countryside still have a healthy dislike of light, those from cities are happy to build their webs in illuminated areas.The shift in habits is likely evolutionary and results from a search for food, according to the study.Dr Tomer Czaczkes, a biologist at the University of Regensburg in Germany who led the study, was inspired to look into the phenomenon after noticing spiders displaying uncharacteristic behaviour and making their webs on lights during his night-time walk home from work. “I was walking down a road one night, looking at all these fats spiders in their webs on lights. I wondered if they were evolving to like light.”Dr Czaczkes and a team of researchers at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, and Aarhus University in the Netherlands gathered spider egg sacs from urban and rural locations across Germany, France, Italy and placed the hatchlings that came from them into boxes that were exposed to light on one side and kept in the dark on the other. “We found that rural spiderlings avoided the light side and liked building their webs in the dark,” said Ana María Bastidas-Urrutia, a biologist at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and co-author of the study.”The urban spiderlings really didn’t care where they built their webs. The light didn’t seem to bother them.”The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal The Science of Nature, believe the shift in behaviour to be an evolutionary change likely precipitated by a search for food.Insects like moths, which the spiders prey upon, are often attracted to artificial lights, also making them an ideal location to build a web.Because the spiders used in the study were gathered before they hatched scientists are convinced that the behaviour is due to genetic changes as they would not have had the time to learn to exploit the increased amount of prey found in light areas. The study focussed on the Steatoda triangulosa spider – more commonly known as the false widow spider.  Commonly found in southern Europe, the false widow’s encroachment on to UK has caused concern in recent years, with reports of children and animals suffering painful bites and in some cases schools having to close when infestations were discovered. Akin to other spiders in the Steatoda genus, the false widow can be easily identified by its web, which – unlike the neat orb-shaped webs of other species – is shaped as a seemingly formless tangle often found in the corners of unused rooms and attics. Dr Czaczkes and his team believe similar adaptations to light may well also be occurring in other species of spiders found in urban areas.Lawrence Bee, from the British Arachnological Society, said that he agreed it was likely that the spiderswere adapting to illuminated conditions as there was more prey around those areas at night.”Lights attract quite a community of insects at night, so it is not a real surprise that spiders might adapt to that sort of thing. At this time of year they are generally more active in the home so homeowners might be encountering them more, but it is hard to say if that has anything to do with them losing any fear of light,” he said. Dr Maxime Dahirel, an ecologist at Ghent University in Belgium who has studied spiders and urbanisation, added: “The responses to light will likely depend on the species.””A recent paper showed that increased exposure to light led to reduced survival in another spiderspecies. There may be some positive effects for some species but likely negative ones for many others.” 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. read more

first_imgPhotoSat is in the process of accurately calculating the exact amount of tailings that has left the Mount Polley tailings dam using high resolution stereo satellite photos.  On August 4 Imperial Metals suffered a breach in the retaining wall of the tailings dam at Mount Polley in British Columbia, Canada. This sent millions of cubic metres of water and mine tailings spilling into Hazeltine Creek and the nearby lakes. PhotoSat is currently generating a highly accurate topographic survey from stereo satellite photos to estimate the volume of material spilled from the Mount Polley tailings dam and examine the structure of the remaining material. “We are uniquely positioned to address the challenge of accurately calculating the amount of material that has left the Mount Polley tailings dam,” says PhotoSat President Gerry Mitchell. “Using our 20 cm accuracy satellite topography we can calculate changes in the tailings areas within a few days of the satellite image collection. This will help mine managers and engineers more clearly understand the extent of the breach during the investigation, repair, and remediation.  Detailed topographic surveying will show the structure of the tailings that remain in the dam, and PhotoSat technology can monitor future changes.”PhotoSat produces engineering quality satellite topography for bi-weekly and monthly monitoring of tailings disposal and storage areas, mine pits, and waste dumps for all of the Alberta Oil Sands mines. The satellite surveying is used for volume measurements and operational and engineering applications. In these applications PhotoSat achieves accuracies better than 15 cm. PhotoSat also produces highly accurate satellite surveying for hundreds of other mines around the world.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Namibia and The De Beers Group of Companies have signed a new 10-year sales agreement for the sorting, valuing and sales of Namdeb Holdings’diamonds. The sales agreement is the longest ever signed between the two partners.Namibia will see a significant increase in rough diamonds made available for beneficiation as a result of the agreement, with $430 million of rough diamonds being offered annually to Namibia Diamond Trading Co (NDTC) customers. As part of the agreement, all Namdeb Holdings’ Special Stones will be made available for sale in Namibia.In addition, the agreement provides for 15% of Namdeb Holdings’ run-of-mine production per annum to be made available to a Government-owned independent sales company called Namib Desert Diamonds Pty Ltd.The agreement builds on the socio-economic contribution the partnership has made to Namibia since it was formally established in 1994. Namdeb Holdings is one of Namibia’s largest taxpayers and the country’s biggest foreign exchange generator, contributing more than one in every five Namibian dollars of foreign earnings. Obeth Kandjoze, Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Energy, said: “This new agreement cements Namibia’s position as an important international diamond player and will provide further stimulus to advance our downstream industry. De Beers and Namibia have a longstanding and successful partnership and I am pleased we will continue working together for the benefit of Namibia and the diamond industry.”Philippe Mellier, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “This sales agreement – the longest ever between Namibia and De Beers – not only secures long-term supply for De Beers, but also ensures that Namibia’s diamonds will continue to play a key role in national socio-economic development long into the future. Diamonds can have a powerful and transformative effect on a country’s prospects when effectively managed and I commend our partners in Government for their vision regarding the role of diamonds in national development.”last_img read more

first_imgThe share of renewables powering the mining industry is set to rise, according to a report from Fitch Solutions, with an increasingly favourable regulatory environment, fast-falling costs and environmental considerations moving the industry away from fossil fuels.Countries and companies operating in the Americas are best positioned to lead the way in renewable adoption, aided by carbon pricing measures and an already significant integration of ‘green’ solutions in key operations, according to Fitch.The research arm of the Fitch ratings agency expects solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind capacity to dominate the share of renewables favoured by miners, moving forward.This opinion is backed up by a number of recent announcements in the industry, including B2Gold opening a solar plant in Namibia, ENAPAC building the largest ever solar-powered desalination plant in Chile’s Atacama and IAMGOLD switching on the largest hybrid solar/thermal plant in Burkina Faso.“Despite increasing social pressure to improve environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, we believe that the price motive will remain the driving factor behind mining companies’ decision to increasingly shift their energy consumption towards renewables in the short term,” the company said.The firm’s Energy and Mines division estimates energy costs, primarily made up of grid electricity, coal, diesel or natural gas, account for up to 30% of miners’ balance sheet costs, with costs expected to increase over the coming years as ore reserve depletion leads to more energy intensive mining methods.“In an environment where miners will remain committed to keeping costs down, the use of renewables offers significant cost-reduction potential ahead as technology improvements and larger scale being achieved among equipment manufacturers lead to falling prices, while maintenance costs are negligible compared to conventional generation,” Fitch said.The flexibility of these solutions also offers grid-tied miners in locations where mining markets are immature or energy supplies are at risk extra security.“For instance, Zambia’s overdependence on hydropower resulted in a tariff dispute between the government and the country’s key copper miners last year that led to power outages and production stoppages at Glencore’s Mopani Mines, one of the country’s largest,” Fitch said.Against this backdrop, Fitch says countries already implementing widespread regulatory and policy changes in anticipation of a shift to a low carbon economy will be at the forefront of adopting renewables in mining.Chile and Canada are two such hubs that have already introduced carbon pricing schemes to incentivise miners.This has seen the likes of Barrick Gold, IAMGOLD, AurCrest Gold and Godlcorp invest in renewables/mine electrification in the latter country.Chile, meanwhile, is to remain a global outperformer in terms of the number of miners adopting renewables and the total installed wind or solar capacity, according to Fitch.“Up to nine different mining companies have installed either wind or solar-generating capacity in the country to date, including copper mining giants Codelco and Collahuasi and Antofagasta Minerals, which boasts 191.5 MW of installed solar PV capacity at its operations,” Fitch said.Chile’s Association for Renewable Energy has projected 100% of the national grid in Chile could be powered by renewables by 2050.India and China are also pushing forward with measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while Argentina and South Africa have proposed carbon trading schemes of their own.And, while secondary to cost-efficiency, ESG considerations will have a growing influence on mining companies’ decision to shift their energy consumption away from fossil fuels and into renewables, Fitch said.“We believe mining companies will intensify their investments into renewable energy, battery storage, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage in order to improve their social licence to operate over the coming years,” the company said.last_img read more

first_imgSpace. It’s an expansive cold place full of giant scarythings–huge terrifying object like these space bubbles. There are two of them,jutting out on either side of the Milky Galaxy, north and south. The twoobjects, taken together, measure 50,000 light years.The giant space bubbles weren’t discovered until recently,when astronomer Doug Finkbeiner happened upon them at the Harvard-SmithsonianCenter for Astrophysics in Cambridge,Massachusetts, thanks to NASA’s FermiGamma-Ray Telescope.AdChoices广告So, what are they? Who knows? Not  Finkbeiner. He told the press, “We don’t fullyunderstand their nature or origin.” We do know that they’re big, however–they takeup roughly half of the visible sky. Apparently we’ve haven’t seen them untilnow, thanks to all of the gamma radiation in the sky.last_img read more

first_imgOne person can drive, and four people can drink, and publicans can make arrangements. The importance of the pub Ross told TheJournal.ie that the government may look at making arrangements for publicans such as being supported with buses and other transport.We’ll look at any suggestions, but not if it is going to be very expensive. I think it is only reasonable to look at the importance of the pub, that it is not people going out to get drunk or anything but they are just going out to have one, two, three pints and I think they should be accommodated, but I think the first step should be that they think about doing it themselves. Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 6:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3239004 Share26 Tweet Email I know the importance in rural Ireland of the pub, the social drinking – but I think if we save one life, which it can, it is not too much to ask for people to make arrangements.He said he had no patience for people who say they can drink five pints and drive home.“They are being wildly irresponsible with other people’s’ lives, it is not just their own,” said the minister.He said that disqualifying drivers who were found to be drink driving was “proportionate” and would “ultimately save lives”. Read: Taoiseach spent twice as much on photos last year compared to 2015>Read: Leo Varadkar is the people’s favourite for next Fine Gael leader> Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Natalya OkorokovaBreaking the law While Ross said he was “sympathetic” to those living in rural areas that will find it difficult to get to and from the pub, he said there is no excuse for drink-driving, no matter where you live.If you are over the limit in Dublin, you’re over the limit in other areas of the country.Ross said he would be more inclined to suggest that those affected should initially take measures into their own hands – but said he was not totally against the State intervening.I am not unsympathetic to it, but the State is certainly providing a lot of services at the moment which it is stretched on. Presumably, there are ways and means by which publicans could provide transport, including having one person driving who is not drinking. Will FF really block my Road safety Bill ? Hundreds of drivers over alcohol limit are escaping with just 3 penalty points. Stop road deaths.— Shane Ross (@Shane_RossTD) February 26, 2017 TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE ROSS is on a collision course with rural TDs and Fianna Fáil over his new drink-driving law.Ross is expected to seek permission from his Cabinet colleagues today for a free vote in the Dáil on the issue.The new law will see drink drivers automatically disqualified from driving when caught over the alcohol limit.The latest figures show there were 188 road deaths last year, an increase of 26 on 2015.A Road Safety Authority (RSA) report revealed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a contributory factor in 38% of all fatal collisions.“I was disappointed with the number, they were really bad last year,” Ross told TheJournal.ie.Ross explained that there was an exception in the 2009 Act which allowed, in certain circumstances, for people who were caught breaching the alcohol limit to pay a fixed charge and get penalty points. This law allowed drivers avoid disqualification.The minister said he was surprised to learn that in some circumstances you could drive and drink and not get taken off the road. “A lot of people were availing of it,” he said.Ross said it is his job to legislate and he found this loophole in the law to be totally unacceptable.He clarified that the alcohol limit is not being lowered – but said anyone caught in breach of it would be automatically banned.However, a number of TDs, including his Independent Alliance colleagues Kevin Boxer Moran and Sean Canney, are unhappy with some aspects of the new legislation and the impact it might have on rural communities.Last week, Ross said he expected cross-party support on the issue, but Fianna Fáil have since indicated they will not be supporting the new Bill.The minister said he would be astonished if the party blocked a law which aims to save lives.Hitting back at Fianna Fáil over the weekend, Ross tweeted: Initially they should do it themselves, but if there is a crying need or an obvious gap which the State should fulfil I am not unsympathetic to that. Transport Minister Shane Ross.center_img 8,886 Views ‘Unintended consequences’ Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy has said there will be unintended consequences to the proposed drink-driving laws.“I believe there is better scope to save lives on our road by enforcing legislation, ensuring there is greater penalties for people who blatantly abuse drink driving, who are consuming multiple amounts of alcohol and getting behind the wheel of the car,” Troy recently told Midlands 103FM.He said the new law could impact on people who are on their way to work the day after having a few drinks and who might have a residual amount of alcohol in their system. Fianna Fáil’s transport spokesperson Robert Troy. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandTroy added that the transport minister was yet to provide evidence that such a move would lower road death numbers and said the current laws are not being enforced.Publicans in the countryside are also not happy with the minister’s plans.Mike Power from The Cat’s Bar in Cappoquin, Waterford told TheJournal.ie the driving ban would have detrimental effects to the rural community.“If an emergency took place, people would be afraid to drive their car even with just one drink,” he said.Meanwhile, Alan Gielty who runs Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant in Achill Island  said:It’s going to affect every rural pub to be quite honest.This sentiment is echoed by some of Ross’ close colleagues, such as Boxer Moran and Canney.Independent Alliance’s Boxer Moran has said he will not be supporting his colleague’s new drink driving law. Source: Shutterstock/Albina GlisicFree vote The Longford-Westmeath TD said he was told there would be a free vote on the matter, telling TheJournal.ie that he got elected on the back of the commitment that we would support rural communities.He made it clear that rural TDs are in favour of tackling the issue of drink-driving, but he said he has concerns about the new law and the impacts it will have on those living in areas where there are no transport links.Minister for State at Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Sean Canney said there were certain supports put in place to aid transport in rural areas at the weekend, but more needed to be done.While he said it is common for publicans to drive their customers home in the country, many are concerned about insurance liability issues.Kerry’s Michael Healy Rae has also been vocal about stricter laws.In 2016, Healy Rae said there should be “a common sense approach in rural areas” whereby people could go out, have a glass or two of beer and drive home.“There is nothing wrong with it,” he added.Canney said there are also other issues at play when it comes to the rise in road deaths such as speeding and phone use. “It also comes down to more enforcement,” he added.Rural transport neededTroy echoed the remarks made by the minister’s colleagues during a recent Oireachtas Transport Committee.The Fianna Fáil TD said new and innovative ideas are needed to support rural Ireland, and went so far as suggesting that those on social welfare should be allowed retain their payment if they provide local transport a couple of nights a week in their local town or village.A person in receipt of social welfare might retain that payment if they provided a transport service for a certain number of nights during the week, if there was an incentive through the local enterprise office to help with public liability insurance. The minister is right to say that we need to take this issue seriously, but we also need to put in other supports.While Ross acknowledges the new law, which he says is a priority for this government, has come up against a “certain degree of resistance”, as far as he is concerned it is a line he is not willing to compromise on.You don’t compromise when people are dying, when people are being killed. ‘If you’re over the alcohol limit, you’re over the limit’: Ross wants more support for drink-driving law Shane Ross says he hopes publicans and those living in rural areas will make the “necessary arrangements” to ensure they get home safely. Transport Minister Shane Ross. Image: Sam Boal 28 Comments Image: Sam Boal Source: Shane Ross/Twitter Feb 28th 2017, 6:00 AM By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday appealed to his new cabinet – comprising only conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK ministers following the withdrawal of Democratic Left – to focus on accelerating delayed reforms and projecting an image of political stability, which he described as “more crucial than ever.”Following a swearing-in ceremony officiated by Archbishop Ieronymos, Samaras convened his cabinet, delivering a brief address that was broadcast live on private television channels and during which he emphasized the importance of improved coordination between ministries. Insisting that the government was committed to completing the four-year term it started as a three-party coalition last summer, Samaras said there was “not a minute to lose” and appealed to his ministers to overcome their differences for the greater good.The immediate priority is the completion of negotiations with troika officials who are due back in Athens on Saturday so that the next tranche of rescue funding can be clinched, Samaras said. Other goals include continuing efforts to achieve a primary surplus this year, curbing unemployment and avoiding the imposition of new measures, he said.After the cabinet meeting, Samaras and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras met with Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis to discuss the major reforms pending in their sectors. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Stournaras echoed Samaras, telling reporters, “We have to make up for lost time.”PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who assumed the dual post of foreign minister and deputy premier, said his party and ND were determined to “proceed together with stability and decisiveness.” Venizelos said officials of the two parties were working on updating the government’s policy program.The government consists of 42 ministers and deputy ministers, with 19 new faces compared with the previous cabinet, from which 17 members departed. There are only four women in the new government and three-quarters of its ministers and deputy ministers are from New Democracy. There are nine ministries where ND and PASOK officials will have to work together.Two of the key posts, health and administrative reform, have been filled by newcomers. Mitsotakis, a 45-year-old New Democracy moderate, carries the hopes of the government for reform in the public sector. The son of former party leader and Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis will have little time to settle into his job as Greece has to confirm 2,000 public sector sackings and place another 12,500 civil servants in a mobility scheme over the next few weeks so it can receive approval from the troika for the release of the next bailout tranche of 8.1 billion euros. Outgoing Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis warned Mitsotakis not to make any “hasty and punishing moves.”Georgiadis, best known for his vociferous appearances on TV panels, pledged on his arrival at the Health Ministry that he “did not have much to say.” Outgoing Alternate Minister Marios Salmas insisted that great strides had been made to reduce healthcare spending, with the outlay on medicines falling from 4 billion euros in 2011 to 2.4 billion this year and the deficit at main healthcare provider EOPYY being slashed by 1.5 billion euros. EOPYY, however, continues to be over budget and tackling this will be one of Georgiadis’s main tasks.SYRIZA expressed doubt over whether the government would see out its four-year term and said that it had been constructed from the “worn material” of Greece’s two-party system. “The new government is determined to close hospitals and schools, to privatize every public firm of strategic importance, and to further reduce wages and pensions,” the opposition party said in a statement.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mary Helen MacKillop, mostly known as St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, is the first Australian saint, famous for her contribution to education and Catholicism. On the anniversary of her canonisation, her statue was unveiled at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. The artist behind the 3-metre high bronze and glass memorial is Jenny Steiner. The Greek sculptor managed to depict, in the most original way, St Mary’s work with children across the Sandhurst Diocese. Neos Kosmos contacted Mrs Steiner, who has successfully entwined classical elements with contemporary aesthetics, mixing different mediums to portray the diversity of the saint’s story and personality. With a background originally in interior design and numerous public art projects in her portfolio over her 20 year career, Jenny Steiner has learnt to work with all media as she needs it to fulfil the requirements of her art. For example, Mary of the Cross Mackillop is made in bronze and glass. “The glass is there because we’re not looking at Mary Mackillop as the actual nun, we’re looking at her spirit. She has left us in body, but we’re still with her in spirit; that’s why the glass is there, because it is transparent,” says Steiner. The statue stands on cement while a bronze habit is draped over her. “The bronze represents the habit and the colour of the habit the sisters of Saint Joseph had. The bronze habit itself is in four pieces, like it’s been torn, symbolising a schism, as she was excommunicated from the church, but on the back, there’s an image of children from the first school that was established by Mary Mackillop, dating back to 1924,” the artist explains. The body is made of slumped glass, and the wings bring light. The wings are glass panels, laminated and toughened. But in the centre there is a bronze cross. The cross is in the place of the heart, becoming the focal point of the artwork.“The cross was something she held very close to her heart, that’s why she is named St Mary of the Cross. The saint apparently looked to Jesus on the cross for strength, therefore the cross is the focal point of the structure, representing faith. It is in fact holding her up.” Looking back on her work, Jenny Steiner feels she is able to recreate melancholy very well, as it is an aspect of emotion always present in her art. Mary of the Cross, though, conveys a different nature of feelings. “Her expression is rather peaceful, inspiring. When you look into the face you can see a very calm look, there’s a peaceful aura about her.”Mrs Steiner is the kind of artist who enjoys constant challenge and experimentation with an array of materials that don’t seem to work together. In terms of future projects and dreams, she’d love to go to Greece again as part of an artist in residence program, or anywhere else in the world, free to create spontaneously, driven solely by raw inspiration. “This would be a complete indulgence for me because I always have to work answering to a required end, a time-frame, budgets. If I’m going to be selfish about it … to be able to do art generally, inspired by random surroundings and unexpected things, is what I’d like to do,” the sculptor tells Neos Kosmos.At the moment, she is working on another commission project, an interpretation of Jesus’ parable of the well for the FCJ college in Benalla. “It will be a two-metre diameter sculpture of a well. Jesus and the woman from the parable, water featured in blue stone, glass, metal and marine clay.” The statue will be ready by the end of this year.last_img read more