first_imgAt the X-Blades National Youth Champs in September in Coffs Harbour, Tony El Takchi and Jason Stanton entertained the crowds with their antics.To see this and other footage from NYC, click on this link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Florida Gators versus South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier this year, Hurricane Florence rocked the East coast. In addition to the damage caused to the surrounding areas, Florence also had a major impact on the college football season.Teams such as Nebraska, South Carolina and East Carolina were forced to cancel games outright as the hurricane drew near. Now, teams are scrambling to add another game in the hopes of winning that coveted sixth game – enough to become bowl eligible.Among the teams adding games late are the Gamecocks. South Carolina made a late addition to its schedule on Friday afternoon when it was announced the Gamecocks will host Akron.The game is set for December 1.Akron and South Carolina add a Dec. 1 game in Columbia to make up for previous cancellations this season— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 2, 2018South Carolina’s contest against Marshall was canceled earlier this season. The Gamecocks sit at 4-3 on the season and have games at Florida and Clemson remaining on the schedule.The addition of Akron to the schedule gives South Carolina a very winnable game. Can the Gamecocks become bowl eligible?Stay tuned.last_img read more

first_imgLast week, the seventh edition of two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash’s popular charity soccer match, The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown, took place at New York City’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park.Steve Nash In Action At The Steve Nash Foundation ShowdownKicking off at 6:30pm, the best players of the NBA and soccer gathered to compete at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side (at Forsyth and Stanton Streets). Showdown featured professional soccer players and NBA giants in a 7-a-side game to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation’s programs for underserved children.Steve Nash Plays At The Steve Nash Foundation ShowdownThe game was a friendly yet competitive match, complete with high kicks and courageous goals; top class talent was on display. The action on the field was commentated by lead CBS sportscaster, Spero Dedes and had fans cheering on from the on-field seats, standing room access, bleacher seating, along the adjacent sidewalks and park space, and against the surrounding fence.In its seventh year, Showdown again produced fantastic results. Although the black team led the red team 4-0 in the first half, the red team was able to make a quick comeback, but was unable to hold the ultimate lead. As the final buzzer rang, the black team declared an 11-7 win over the red team. The game was a suspenseful thriller with lead changes, equalizers and show-stopping moves at each end, yet also resembled a street pick up game: players from a host of teams and leagues finding a common love of the beautiful game.Key players coached both teams, Hasan Salihamidzic (6-time German Bundesliga champion, Bayern Munich) and Charley Ludi (Novara Calcio) for the red team and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) for the black team.Showdown NY’s team players included:Team Black: Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Steve Nash (Showdown Co-Founder and LA Laker), Alessandro Noselli (NY Cosmos), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew & L.A. Galaxy), Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), Richie Williams (U.S. Men’s National Under 17 Coach), Bobby Perez (Steve Nash Foundation Prizeo Winner), Enrico Zanus, and Giovanni Bartolli.Team Red: Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets), Jean Paul Pineda (Rangers Chilean Premier League), Jason Kreis (New York City FC), Tomas Pina Isla (Villarreal CF), Miles Joseph (New York City FC), Mike Quadrino and Marc Stein (ESPN’s Soccer Today).At the beginning of the game Giuseppe Rossi was presented with a JEANRICHARD Aluminum Terrascope for the Spirit of Showdown Award in honor of his successful soccer career and repeated contribution to Showdown over the years. While all the players performed with effortless expertise and great passion, Dirk Nowitzki set himself apart as an all around greatathlete, earning himself the JEANRICHARD Most Valuable Player Award and receiving one of the brand’s new Aluminum Terrascope timepieces as well.This year’s Showdown was sponsored by Cyber Dust, Umbro, JetBlue, Major League Soccer, Jawbone ®, Microsoft Windows, JEANRICHARD, ESPN NY and Phebe’s Tavern & Grill.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Cree Nation of Mistissini and Stornoway Diamond Corporation are set to work together on a new diamond mine on Mistissini traditional territory, ten hours north of Montreal.Their agreement, called the Mecheshoo Agreement, will see the Crees of Mistissini supply 50% of the workers for the Renard diamond mine. As well, a share of profits from the diamond mine will also go to the First Nation.It’s being heralded as a new way of working with First Nations, and as APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette reports, it could bring another boom to an already booming town.last_img read more

first_imgEDITOR’S NOTE: APTN National News has edited this video posted to our Facebook site on November 2. The new version removes the names of the children to protect their identity and has been posted to APTN’s Facebook and at aptn.ca/news. All other aspects of the video remain intact. APTN National News will continue to follow this story. APTN National NewsWINNIPEG–The Winnipeg police is reviewing an online video that captured the raw emotion of a Cree woman after child care workers arrived at her home to seize her children.The video uploaded onto APTN National News Facebook page shows the woman, who can’t be named because child services is involved, twice being confronted by Winnipeg police officers while recording them.The video has been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook and has nearly 4,000 hits on YouTube.The woman told APTN National News that police handcuffed her and put her briefly into a police cruiser before releasing her without charges.A spokesperson for the Winnipeg police said the “matter was being reviewed.” The spokesperson said the woman can contact the police’s Law Enforcement Review Agency “if she feels police members acted improperly.”The nearly four minute long video begins in her home with an officer at the door. They say they are there for her children.“This has gone on too long with these people taking our children because of … their ignorance. It’s pretty ignorant that I have to be treated like this,” the mother says.She then gets a telephone call and says the police are there to take the children but says to the caller the children aren’t home.The police then ask for the children by name and that they are there to “apprehend” them.Police said they explained to the woman what’s going on.Two more officers appear and one seen clearly on the video approaches the woman and appears to reach for the camera and asks her to move to the side and tells her to stay calm.There appears to be a bit of a struggle as he tries to move the woman for unknown reasons.“Don’t fight,” the officer says.“I’m not fighting I’m going next door,” the woman yells. “I’m going next door. I’m not fighting.”“Enough. Enough,” the unidentified officer says.“No,” she says.“Enough,” the officer replies.“Let go of me,” she screams.“She hasn’t done anything. Let her go,” another woman says.The woman then walks over to an SUV parked next to the police cruisers and asks a child services worker in the driver seat repeatedly why police are doing this.“You know I take care of my children. I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. What’s your problem?” the woman asks. “What is it? What is it?“You can explain it to the judge,” the child care worker replies.“You can explain to all First Nations that you are stealing children,” the woman says.Then the woman is approached by a male officer who isn’t seen. A struggle ensues.The officer tells her to put her hands on the car and the demands she put them behind her back while the woman screams she didn’t do anything.“Please don’t do this to me,” she says and the video ends.The woman, who says she is a traditional healer, told APTN National News the moment police put their hands on her she felt and understood the pain of residential school survivors who had come to her for healing.“I felt it in my heart all in one shot,” she said. “I felt it personally….I never thought this would still be happening.”last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – Finance Minister Carole James has received a task force report that recommends eliminating British Columbia’s homeowner grant, taxing non-alcoholic drinks and introducing a value-added tax similar to the rejected harmonized sales tax.James was not available for comment Thursday, but her ministry issued a background statement saying the return of the HST is not under consideration and neither is changing homeowner grants, the discount on property taxes for those who live in their home.The ministry statement says it regularly receives reports from experts on public policy, but makes no mention of accepting the report’s recommendations, other than thanking the task force members.Former B.C. New Democrat finance minister Paul Ramsey; Prof. Lindsay Tedds, at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy; and Prof. David Duff, a tax law expert at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at University of B.C., produced the report.James formed the task force last fall to provide advice on how to eliminate medical services premiums in B.C. and replace the estimated $2 billion loss in annual revenues, but before receiving the report she introduced MSP reforms, including an employers health tax.The task force report also recommends taxes on sugary drinks and increasing the income tax credit to ensure low-wage earners don’t end up losing the benefits of a boost to the minimum wage.The report says moving towards a value-added tax in B.C. could be difficult, but tax credits and other initiatives could gain public acceptance.“We recognize the difficulty with introducing a value-added tax in B.C. or undertaking any significant PST reform that is similar to a value-added tax, after the HST was rejected by the public in 2011,” the report says. “However, with appropriate low-income tax credit increases and base-broadening, we feel that the tax system could be made more progressive and fair in the context of changes that enhance business competitiveness.”last_img read more

first_imgJagmeet Singh and the NDP are fighting to maintain their status as a distant third-place party, locked in a potentially existential battle with Elizabeth May’s Green party.The Greens — buoyed by breakthroughs in provincial elections in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and by doubling their federal caucus to two after a byelection win last spring — are the only national party that’s shown much in the way of momentum. But even that seems to have stalled lately.Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party, meanwhile, registers as barely a blip in most polls.Coletto suspects part of the apparent lack of enthusiasm is due to the fact that a big chunk of the electorate has not been paying attention to federal politics. That’s unusual at the start of a campaign. What makes this one particularly hard to analyze, however, is that the opposition leaders are simply unknown to many voters. OTTAWA — The political axiom that campaigns matter may prove especially true this time around.Canadians don’t seem very enthusiastic about their choices at the ballot box come Oct. 21, polls suggest — a collective shrug that puzzles even some pollsters.“There’s something going on,” says Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque. “It’s kind of a weird one.” Whereas the 2015 campaign, from the outset, focused on the thirst for change after 10 years of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, and the 2011 campaign was about the desire for stability after three consecutive minority governments, Bourque admits he can’t figure out the underlying narrative for this one.Neither can David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.“I don’t think it’s going to be a Seinfeld campaign,” he says. “I mean, it’s not going to be about nothing. I just don’t know what it’s going to be about yet.”Bourque notes that all the economic indicators suggest Canadians are doing better than they were four years ago and that normally bodes well for the party seeking re-election. Instead, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are entering the campaign essentially tied with Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, with neither party within reach of a majority.The Liberals have recovered somewhat from the SNC-Lavalin affair last spring, when support for the party and its leader plunged to new lows. But the ethical cloud seems to have sapped whatever was left of the enthusiasm progressive voters once felt for Trudeau. Many of them were already disappointed that he had not lived up to their expectations on a host of issues, from reneging on his vow to end the first-past-the-post electoral system to buying a petroleum pipeline.Yet, despite the Liberals’ troubles, the Conservatives have not been able to expand their support much beyond their traditional base, suggesting some popular discomfort with Scheer.center_img “It sounds like a cliche — campaigns matter. But campaigns particularly matter when people don’t know who their choices really are and won’t really assess them until they see them more,” Coletto says.On that score, Bourque gives the first round to the Liberals, who had Scheer on the defensive for more than a week over his socially conservative views on abortion and gay rights — not exactly the ground on which the Conservatives would have preferred to introduce their leader.It was, Bourque says, “a classic example of your enemy defining who you are.”That episode aside, both Bourque and Coletto suspect the Liberals have an edge as the campaign begins. Regional poll results before the writ drop suggested they were in position to make gains in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec to help offset expected losses elsewhere, whereas the Conservatives’ national numbers were inflated to a degree by overwhelming support in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where they already hold most of the seats.Still, it wouldn’t take much to upset the Liberals’ apple cart.Once voters start paying attention, Scheer could impress them as a reasonable guy, not the Harper throwback and social conservative threat the Liberals are trying to make him out to be.Singh or May could catch fire, as the NDP’s Jack Layton did in 2011, and gains by either party would largely be at Liberal expense. While both parties’ lack of resources could ultimately hold them back, recent provincial elections — last year’s victory of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, an upstart party created just seven years earlier, or the Greens’ vaulting into second place in P.E.I. last spring — suggest a certain volatility in the electorate, a willingness to take a flyer on something different.In Quebec, where Liberals are hoping to cash in on the apparent collapse of NDP support, Bourque says even a small increase in support for the Bloc Quebecois could “spoil the party” for Trudeau.The Liberals could fall because young people, Indigenous voters and other progressives who turned out in droves to back them last time simply stay home, too dispirited to bother voting for anyone. Any drop in voter turnout will help the Conservatives, whose committed base can be counted on to turn out come what may, says Coletto.On the flip side, an increase in support for the People’s Party could cost the Conservatives in ridings where they are in tight contests.As happened in 2015, progressive voters could be stampeded to the Liberals again to stop the Conservatives. Singh has tried to insulate the NDP against that by declaring his party would never prop up a Tory minority — a tactic some New Democrats fear amounts to conceding defeat before the writ was even dropped.May, meanwhile, has said the Greens are prepared to bring down either a Liberal or Conservative minority and force Canadians back to the polls to get a government that’s more committed to fighting climate change — a threat that may yet backfire among voters who don’t relish instability.In other words, pretty much anything could happen once voters tune in and start assessing the performances of the leaders on the campaign trail.“Sometimes elections go the way we expect, the way voters expect. Sometimes they don’t,” says Coletto.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The HIV/AIDS “Training of Trainers” course, which is also being provided to the Eritrea Defence Force, is designed to strengthen the capacity of UNMEE’s contingents and field headquarters to carry out behaviour change interventions for the mission’s military and civilian personnel. The week-long programme, which began on Monday, also has the goal of increasing access to and use of male and female condoms for all UNMEE staff, and building the mission’s capacity to provide HIV/AIDS counselling and testing services. “We are aiming at a behavioural change intervention in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS,” said Lt. Col. Mike Munywoki of UNMEE, the course coordinator and chief training officer.While the current effort involves UNMEE and Eritrea, Lt. Col. Munywoki predicted that the training would soon be extended to Ethiopia. “A liaison officer from the UNMEE office in Addis [Ababa] is expected to join the programme in due course,” he said.The joint effort announced today is part of a major UN push to ensure that the issue of HIV/AIDS is addressed within peacekeeping operations. With Secretary-General Kofi Annan having made the fight against AIDS a personal priority, the UN has been increasingly frank and committed to the battle against the pandemic, which is especially severe in Africa, where more than 25 million people were living with the disease by the end of last year. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin capped a strong week Friday by announcing an oil services contract in the Persian Gulf region and having its AltaLink subsidiary win approval for a $1.5-billion transmission line extension in Alberta.The Montreal-based engineering giant said its offices in Saudi Arabia and London have been awarded a five-year contract to perform a number of engineering, procurement and construction management support services for onshore and offshore hydrocarbon and industrial projects in the Persian Gulf region.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) didn’t provide a value for the contract from Khafji Joint Operations, a joint venture between the Aramco Gulf Operations Co. and the Kuwait Gulf Oil Co.“We’re very pleased to secure this contract, which further extends our hydrocarbon footprint with Aramco and provides a first opportunity to work with the Kuwait Gulf Oil Co.,” said senior vice-president and general manager Ric Sorbo.“Our track record in the offshore upstream sector was a key reason for this success.”Sorbo was appointed acting head of the hydrocarbons and chemicals group following the resignation this week of Andy Mackintosh after a little more than a year in the job. The division accounted for 15 per cent of SNC-Lavalin’s revenues last year.Alberta’s utilities regulator also approved AltaLink’s application filed in March to build a 500-kilovolt, direct-current transmission line that will nearly double its rate base.SNC-Lavalin is expected to perform the engineering, procurement and construction portion of the project.The approved Western Alberta Transmission Line will run 350 kilometres from Genesee, west of Edmonton, to Langdon, east of Calgary.Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets called the approval in Alberta “another important win for SNC.”He said it reinforces the $7 per share value he assigns to SNC-Lavalin’s ownership interest in AltaLink and the view that the company is “well-positioned to secure lucrative new contracts.”“Recent contract awards convey the importance that clients place on the firm’s strong track record and its capacity to execute large-scale projects,” he wrote in a report.Lacroix said the approval caps a week when SNC-Lavalin consortia were selected to build the $2.1-billion light transit rail line in Ottawa and a power plant that will produce 463 megawatts of power in Poland. SNC-Lavalin’s share of the European contract is estimated to be worth nearly $184 million.The analyst also said SNC is very close to booking a $650-million to $750-million services contract tied to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project under development by Nalcor and Emera Incorp. The high margin, low-risk contract is expected to be approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador government in the coming weeks after Ottawa gave a loan guarantee for the $7-billion Lower Churchill hydro project.The string of new contracts comes a week after the company’s former CEO, Pierre Duhaime, and jailed former senior executive Riadh Ben Aissa were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and utter false documents in connection with a contract pertaining to the multibillion-dollar McGill University Health Centre.Duhaime was “relieved” of his duties earlier this year after an independent review conducted by the company discovered he signed off on $56-million worth of payments to undisclosed agents, breaching the company’s code of ethics. His departure was classified as a retirement.Maxim Sytchev of AltaCorp Capital said SNC’s backlog replenishment is strong but predicted the company’s shares will remain volatile because of an inquiry into Quebec’s construction industry and the arrests of former employees.Some have suggested that SNC could be precluded from bidding on contracts in Quebec. But the analyst said this would be difficult to do because no one wants layoffs at the province’s largest engineering company.As well, companies named in corruption and bribery investigates in other countries have seldom been excluded from participating in government contracts.Only Alcatel-Lucent was not allowed to bid on contracts for a year in one jurisdiction, Sytchev wrote in a report.“Overall, we continue to urge investors to focus on SNC-Lavalin’s pristine balance sheet, very valuable concessions and SNC’s ability to score new contracts,” he said, adding he’s not concerned that the company is sacrificing margin to win the new contracts.SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, working in some 100 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, SNC’s shares were up 78 cents at $37.639 in midday trading Friday. SNC-Lavalin wins contracts for Alberta transmission line and Persian Gulf oil by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2012 11:54 am MDT read more

Luxury retailer Holt Renfrew to close Ottawa and Quebec City stores in January by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2014 10:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Holt Renfrew is closing its stores in Ottawa and Quebec City while expanding elsewhere in Canada as the venerable chain strives to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded luxury retail market.The company, founded in 1837, says the stores will close at the end of January 2015. The Ottawa store has 72 employees and the one in Quebec City has 85.The company said it had explored a number of options in the Ottawa and Quebec City markets and that the stores had performed well.“It was ultimately concluded that Holt Renfrew’s enhanced speciality luxury business model requires a significantly larger store footprint in any target market and a deep assortment across a wide array of its core brand partners,” the company said in a statement.Company president Mark Derbyshire described employees at the two stores as having been “devoted through many successful years,” adding “we are dedicated to supporting them through this transition.”Meanwhile, the company also announced it is planning $300-million in expansion projects in key markets in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.Craig Patterson, an analyst who runs the online news magazine Retail Insider, said the company is consolidating stores in anticipation of losing market share to U.S. luxury retailers.The first Nordstrom in Canada is set to open next month in Calgary, while Saks Fifth Avenue, which was acquired by Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) last July, will open a new location in Toronto’s Eaton Centre.Patterson says Holt Renfrew’s planned expansion is likely a direct response to the impending arrival of Saks Fifth Avenue, which carries similar merchandise.“Saks really plans to up its game in Canada. When it builds its Canadian . . . (stores) it says its going to be more luxurious than their current American locations,” Patterson noted.Among the scheduled projects, Holt Renfrew said it would add a new 120,000-square-foot store at Square One in Mississauga, west of Toronto, to open in 2016. It will expand and renovate its Bloor Street store in Toronto, including the addition of a new facade. The flagship stores in Vancouver and Calgary will also be updated.A new 220,000 square-foot concept store in Montreal will be complete by 2017.Despite the increased competition, Patterson says the company has a good chance of survival. The chain has been successful in attracting high-end vendors — recent examples include Dior and Miu Miu — and its lucrative personal shopping service has been a boon to the chain.“I think that Holt Renfrew has two things going for it. It’s got a strong brand awareness among many wealthy Canadians and brand loyalty. And it does have some vendors that (others don’t) have and probably wouldn’t be able to keep,” he said. read more

EE is planning Britain’s first commercial trial for a 5G network 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. The roll out of 5G could be hacked by “terrorists and hostile states”, the head of GCHQ has warned. Allowing other forms of new technology, such as artificial intelligence and “the internet of things”, to go ahead unchecked will leave Britain vulnerable to cyber-attacks, Jeremy Fleming said.He added that China’s lead in 5G technology could pose a security risk to the UK’s vital infrastructure.Writing in The Sundy Times, Mr Fleming said: “We have entered a new technological age, one that will fundamentally change the way we live, work and interact with each other.“This new digital landscape will transform lives and economies as data analysis, artificial intelligence, 5G, the internet of things, quantum computing and many other technologies still being developed permeate all areas of human endeavour.”He said these changes will bring huge benefits to society, including the transformation of healthcare and the creation of energy efficient cities.   EE, owned by BT, said it will test 5G signals on 10 mobile masts in East London in October in preparation for a wider deployment next year.Smartphone manufacturers plan to make the first 5G handsets available to operators around the same time and EE will also test so-called “fixed wireless” technology to replace traditional broadband in homes and businesses.Three is poised to sign a 5G equipment contract to begin updating its network across the country in the first half of 2019. Consumers will be offered new smartphones and fixed wireless routers in the second half of the year. Mr Fleming said: “It is also increasingly clear that as the world becomes evermore networked, we need to work even harder with businesses, technology companies, academia and privacy groups to protect the public from real-world and online harm. “We need to consider early, robust and fair solutions to the global challenge of balancing investment, trade and security.”His warning comes as mobile operators gear up for 5G battle, as the race to build the new networks gets underway. EE is planning Britain’s first commercial trial, while its rival Three has said it will use the technology as an opportunity to be more aggressive on pricing. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with Britain’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt Credit: Andy Wong EE is planning Britain’s first commercial trial for a 5G network “But they also bring risks that, if unchecked, could make us more vulnerable to terrorists, hostile states and serious criminals,” he said.5G is expected to be a faster and more responsive network, with much greater capacity to meet rocketing demand for mobile video.Mr Fleming said it is “increasingly likely” that critical technology, such as 5G, will come from China.  “We must ensure that processes represent industry best practice so as to avoid real risk to the UK’s CNI [critical national infrastructure],” he said. “We need honest, mature conversations about the impact that new technologies could have on society.“This needs to happen while systems are being developed, not afterwards. And in doing so we must ensure that we protect our right to privacy and maximise the tremendous upsides inherent in the digital revolution.”Earlier this year, it emerged that the UK spy agency was working with phone networks to patch up flaws that have left communication lines open to intrusion from hostile ­nation states.Ahead of the 5G roll out, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), an arm of GCHQ, said that it would work closely with companies such as BT and Vodafone to ensure that a flaw in the software used to service networks is fixed. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with Britain's Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt  read more

first_imgToday we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage.Download AudioHOST: Ellen LockyerGUESTS:Anne Hillman, KSKAAustin Baird, KTUUKSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgA skipjack tuna, another warm water fish, has been observed in Alaska waters.Download Audio“It was interesting to find it,” said Gary Johnson, a fish buyer for Yakutat Seafoods.Johnson said he and some friends were driving along the beach, looking for glass balls and beachcombing during their day off on Sept. 7. He spotted the 5-pound tuna as they headed toward Seal River, a little over 10 miles west of the Tsiu River and over a hundred miles northwest of Yakutat.“I drove past it at about 45 miles per hour and knew exactly what it was when I seen it,” Johnson said. “So, I turned around. Another friend of mine drove up. We picked it up. It was still bleeding from the gills. So, we thought, ‘Well, that was weird. It must have just died.’”Johnson said they were curious about how it died and wondered if the recent trend of warmer ocean temperatures was a factor.Wait, that’s not a salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Nicole Zeiser, sport fish guide Terry Wheeler, and commercial set gillnet fisherman Kaytlynn Graber pose with a nearly 80-pound yellowfin tuna found near the Tsiu River in 2013. Zeiser says Graber and her husband Brant Graber found the tuna lying dead on the beach. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Zeiser, Alaska Department of Fish and Game)He said they took the tuna back to their camp at the Tsiu River fish buying station. But someone else — rather, something else — had other ideas.“Eventually, we were going to eat it,” Johnson said. “But then a bear came and got to our cooler. And he had some fresh tuna.”Nicole Zeiser, assistant area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Yakutat, said she took a few pictures of Johnson’s fish before it disappeared.This yellowfin tuna was caught near the Tsiu River about 100 miles northwest of Yakutat in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Zeiser/Alaska Department of Fish and Game)“Strangely enough, this is the second one since I’ve been up there on the river,” Zeiser said. She also has pictures of a much larger yellowfin tuna was caught two years ago closer to the mouth of the Tsiu River. Zeiser said she didn’t see any hook marks in the mouth.“It strange enough that they are that far north. I have no clue,” Zeiser said. “But a good guess or theory would be that maybe they’re getting hooked up in the trolling lines and then breaking off and then dying, washing ashore or something. There’s some big surf out there, too. So, if they are struggling or weak, then they could easily get pounded on the shores by the surf.”Zeiser said the yellowfin tuna may have weighed 80 pounds.“Yeah, it was a nice fish for sure. It was definitely good quality,” Zeiser said. “It did not have rigor mortis, so it was freshly dead. Some of the guides on the river cut it up and ate it. So, it was completely edible.”She recalls that another skipjack tuna was also caught nearby in 1981, the northernmost ever spotted at the time.It’s unclear whether a developing El Niño in the equatorial Pacific is partially responsible for this year’s wayward skipjack. Scientists are also monitoring another warm water anomaly nicknamed The Blob that has persisted in the Northeast Pacific for over a year.There have been reports this year of pilot whales returning to California waters, opah off Oregon, and prickly fanfish and slender snipefish in Oregon and Washington waters. The CBC is reporting that The Blob could be responsible for recent sightings of triggerfish, butterfish, tope sharks, sunfish, and louvar off the coast of British Columbia.Sunfish and market squid have also been spotted in Alaska waters.A skipjack tuna found by Gary Johnson near the Tsiu River Sept. 7. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Zeiser/Alaska Department of Fish and Game)last_img read more

1m Rohingyas being vaccinated against cholera
first_imgRohingya refugees cook food outside their temporary shelters at Thaingkhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 14 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersA massive cholera vaccination campaign has begun at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh to prevent any potential outbreak during the ongoing monsoon season.The vaccination campaign will be conducted among both the one million Rohingyas who fled persecution in their homeland of Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh and local people living in and around the refugee camps in the hilly districts, said a press communiqué of WHO on Sunday.This is a second cholera vaccination campaign being held for the Rohingyas and their host communities.“Considering the water and sanitation conditions in the overcrowded camps and increased risk of disease outbreaks in the monsoon season, the health sector is taking all possible measures to prevent cholera and other water and vector borne diseases,” said Bardan Jung Rana, WHO representative in Bangladesh.As many as 245 mobile vaccination teams have been deployed to vaccinate all people in and around the refugee camps.The nearly week-long campaign will be led by the health and family welfare ministry, with support of World Health Organization, UNICEF and icddr,b and other partners.Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF representative in Bangladesh said, “We’ve managed to prevent the cholera outbreak since the first campaign in October last year, but flood water, heavy storms and landslides in the monsoon season could damage water and sanitation facilities in the camps, increasing the risk again of an outbreak of this dangerous disease.”The oral cholera vaccines have been made available through the Inter-Agency Coordinating Group with members from WHO, UNICEF, Médecins sans Frontières and International Federation of the Red Cross. The vaccines and supplies are financed by Gavi, the vaccine alliance.“This vaccination campaign is a part of the ongoing efforts of the government and the health sector partners to protect nearly one million people, including at least 135,000 Bangladeshis, who have been affected by the influx since last year,” said professor Abul Kalam Azad, director general of health services (DGHS), health and family welfare ministry and Bangladesh government.last_img

Two Explosions Rock Flooded Crosby Chemical Plant

first_imgArkema Inc. said in a statement on its website that the Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported two explosions and black smoke coming from the plant at about 2 a.m.Authorities have not released information on how dangerous the explosions were or whether they sparked a fire at the Arkema plant.An AP photographer at a roadblock about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the scene could see no sign of a blaze at the chemical plant as the sun rose Thursday morning.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that a deputy was taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes. Nine other deputies drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution.The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said there had been “a series of chemical reactions” at the plant and advised people to stay away from the area.A plant spokeswoman said late Wednesday that the flooded facility had lost power and backup generators due to the flooding, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises. The plant is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston.“The fire will happen. It will resemble a gasoline fire. It will be explosive and intense in nature,” spokeswoman Janet Smith told The Associated Press late Wednesday.There was “no way to prevent” the explosion, chief executive Rich Rowe said earlier Wednesday.Arkema manufactures organic peroxides, a family of compounds used for making a variety of products including pharmaceuticals and construction materials.“As the temperature rises, the natural state of these materials will decompose. A white smoke will result, and that will catch fire,” Smith said. “So the fire is imminent. The question is when.”Harvey struck Southeast Texas last week, slamming into the coast as a Category 4 hurricane, then weakening to a tropical storm that dumped record amounts of rain on the state, in particular the Houston area. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression late Wednesday.The company shut down the Crosby site before Harvey made landfall last week, but a crew of 11 had stayed behind. That group was removed and residents living within a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) radius were told to evacuate Tuesday after the plant lost power.Harris County Fire Marshal spokeswoman Rachel Moreno said late Wednesday that the 1.5-mile radius was developed in consultation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other subject-matter experts.“The facility is surrounded by water right now so we don’t anticipate the fire going anywhere,” Moreno said.The plant falls along a stretch near Houston that features one of the largest concentrations of refineries, pipelines and chemical plants in the country.Arkema was required to develop and submit a risk management plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, because it has large amounts of sulfur dioxide, a toxic chemical, and methylpropene, a flammable gas. The plans are supposed to detail the effects of a potential release, evaluate worst-case scenarios and explain a company’s response.In its most recently available submission from 2014, Arkema said potentially 1.1 million residents could be impacted over a distance of 23 miles (37 kilometers) in a worst case, according to information compiled by a nonprofit group and posted on a website hosted by the Houston Chronicle.But, Arkema added, it was using “multiple layers of preventative and mitigation measures” at the plant, including steps to reduce the amount of substances released, and that made the worst case “very unlikely.”Daryl Roberts, the company’s vice president of manufacturing, technology and regulatory services in the Americas, did not dispute that worst-case scenario but said that assumed all the controls in place failed and strong winds blew directly toward Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.“We have not modeled this exact scenario but we are very comfortable with this 1.5-mile radius,” Roberts told the AP. He added that it mostly resembled less serious scenarios that would affect a half-mile radius and a few dozen people.Roberts said the vessels containing the organic peroxide are equipped with controls to slow the release of chemicals. He said the chemicals will quickly vaporize because of the water, reducing the size and scope of the fire.___Schmall and Dunklin reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer Claudia Lauer in Dallas contributed to this report.___Sign up for AP’s daily newsletter showcasing our best all-formats reporting on Harvey and its aftermath: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb The Arkema plant in Crosby that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in extensive floods was rocked by two explosions early Thursday, the plant’s operator said.NEW: 2 explosions reported at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, 25 miles northeast of Houston https://t.co/xG15xm51po pic.twitter.com/nmQvngN8Ve— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 31, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Paint the world blue

first_imgA painting competition was organised in the Capital which saw a whopping 1000 children in the age group of 16 years and below, who turned up with gusto last Sunday morning with their parents in tow. Varied representation of water conservation was seen through their drawing. The painting competition took places across 45 cities in India. It was an attempt to create a Limca Book Record for the largest kids painting competition across the country.Organised by 92.7 BIG FM, it was the fourth edition of water conservation awareness drive — Pani Bachao, Life Banao.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking about the campaign, Ashwin Padmanabhan from Reliance Broadcast Network Limited stated, “Through this initiative, we aim to encourage and spread awareness amongst our listeners to take necessary steps to conserve water. We want children to drive the message and lead the campaign, reminding adults of the need to preserve water. We have a robust campaign across the digital medium, on-air promotions and on-ground events to drive this social cause.”last_img read more

Turkey assessing what moves could be made in Cyprus

first_imgThe Turkish side is assessing what moves could be made on the Cyprus issue following next February’s presidential elections on the island, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.Cavusoglu was speaking in Ankara after a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias.Cyprus was among the issues discussed by the two ministers. Cavusoglu said each time he meets Kotzias they discuss what steps can be taken on the Cyprus issue and when.Both men took part in the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in July this year and were present at the dinner on the final night when the negotiations collapsed.Cavusoglu said Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side were currently assessing the steps that could be taken “after the elections in the south”.“A solution of the Cyprus problem would benefit everyone,” he added.Kotzias made no comment on Cyprus during the joint statements but focussed on Turkey’s EU course.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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