CARAS Announces New Board Members

first_imgJulie Adam: Senior Vice President Radio, Rogers CommunicationsBruce Allen: President, Bruce Allen ManagementJoel Carriere: Owner, Bedlam Music Management/Dine Alone RecordsShane Carter: President, Sony Music Entertainment CanadaJeff Craib:  President, The Feldman AgencyPhil King: Senior Vice President Distribution, Canada, Sony Pictures TelevisionChristina Litz: Senior Vice President, Marketing & Content, Canadian Football LeagueMeghan Symsyk: Vice President, International Marketing & Management, Entertainment OneJennifer Walsh: Country Manager, iTunes, iBooks, App Store, Apple CanadaRob Zifarelli: Agent, Paradigm Talent AgencyJennifer Dettman (Observer): Executive Director, Unscripted Content at CBCWebsite: www.junoawards.caTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwards LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today the appointment of its new members joining the Board of Directors. About CARAS:The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académiecanadienne des arts et des sciences del’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 47th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), please visit Joining the board are:Julie Adam: Senior Vice President Radio, Rogers CommunicationsJennifer Dettman (Observer): Executive Director, Unscripted Content at CBCChristina Litz: Senior Vice President, Marketing & Content, Canadian Football LeagueMeghan Symsyk: Vice President, International Marketing & Management, Entertainment OneRob Zifarelli: Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency“We are so fortunate to have a talented, dedicated and passionate collection of board members at CARAS,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “The Canadian music industry continues to grow and evolve due to the enthusiasm and energy of those within the business and those who support it across the various verticals of the entertainment industry. We are privileged to have the expertise from industry leaders to support CARAS’ goals and initiatives in a forward direction.”CARAS acknowledges the commitment of all its board members who continue to proactively champion Canadian music and offer their knowledge and guidance to the CARAS organization. CARAS would like to thank its outgoing board members for their dedication and service.The Complete List of the CARAS Board of Directors:Chairman:             Mark Cohon, Executive Chairman, Georgian Bay Spirits Company1st Vice-Chair:      Steve Kane, President, Warner Music Canada2nd Vice-Chair:     Erik Hoffman, President Canada, Live NationSecretary:             Jeffrey Remedios: President & CEO, Universal Music Canada Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Metro train services delayed on Red line

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Metro commuters had a tough time on Sunday evening as train movement on the Red Line slowed down during peak rush hour due to some issues, which affected the train operation.The commuters complained that the trains were crawling and taking stops for a long duration at stations. Moreover, some of the commuters complained that the trains took over 20 minutes to go from one station to another. Metro officials said the there was Track Circuit (TC) drop between Seelam pur and Shastri park section on ‘UP’ line ( going towards Kashmere Gate) from 5.30 pm to Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles6.45 pm. As s result, the train were passing in manual mode in this segment, resulting in little bunching for successive trains during this period, a senior official, DMRC said. Later, the services were retored, he added. “Stranded Metros on the Metro network have become a regular sight,” said Rajesh Kumar, a daily commuter at Pragati Maidan metro station. The train were running on snail pace and it was distressing moments as I was getting late to my work zone, but could not help. After sometime, there was an announcement that train is being delayed due to the technical fault. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”I reached my office 30 minutes late due to slow service,” Rajesh Kumar rued. However, commuters said that there was a delay of more than half an hour in reaching their destinations. “I have been waiting here for last 30 to board on the metro, but the service has been affected due to some technical snag. We are not sure when it will be normalised. I have to reach at Kashmiri Gate metro station, but there is no clue regarding this,” said Mohan Singh, a daily commuter.last_img read more

Human rights must figure prominently in tackling financial crisis UN summit told

The top United Nations rights official has joined several of the world body’s independent experts in calling on delegates attending a high-level General Assembly summit to prioritize human rights in formulating a response to the global financial slowdown.Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development that a human rights perspective brings tremendous value in developing national and international responses to a crisis.“It identifies critical vulnerabilities due to multiple forms of marginalization and inequality, including discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and nationality,” she said. “Government responses to economic hardship that do not seek to address such asymmetries of power and status by levelling the playing field are both short-sighted and unjust.”She noted that the economic crisis, in addition to those relating to food and fuel, are not only crises of development, but of human rights as well. “Undoubtedly, their negative impact is disproportionately being felt by the already marginalized sectors of the population in many countries where the enjoyment of human rights, including the right to work, housing, food, health, education and social security, is severely curtailed or undermined altogether,” she told the gathering in New York, which is set to conclude tomorrow. In spite of the recent focus on the economic meltdown, the crisis posed by high food prices must not be forgotten, said Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, calling on those attending to take decisive action.“Just like the collapse of large banks, widespread hunger entails systemic risks. Less wholesome and less nutritious diets create an economic liability for the future development,” he said, citing a recent projection by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that the number of people on the brink of starvation is set to reach a record high of 1 billion in 2009.“The right to food is not the right to be fed after an emergency,” the Rapporteur noted. “It is the right to access the means to produce food or the means to an income that enables the purchase of adequate food.”The current crisis has underscored how neglecting the right to social security has resulted in millions of people worldwide being mired in poverty, said Magdalena Sepúlveda, the Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty.Although $18 trillion has been allocated around the world to rescue financial markets, that sum is in stark contrast to the “continuous failure to honour long-standing commitments to reduce poverty and inequality,” she added.In a briefing note to the Assembly summit, which is being attended by representatives from nearly 150 Member States, Ms. Sepúlveda appealed to States to create long-lasting social protection systems in a move towards debunking the myth that they are “unaffordable and unworkable in low-income countries.”For his part, Cephas Lumina, the Independent Expert on foreign debt, warned that countries already struggling to carry out their rights obligations will be further thwarted in their goals due to dwindling national funds and increasingly stringent loan contract conditions.“States must address the indebtedness of low- and middle-income countries as a matter of urgency and support the establishment of an international debt dispute resolution mechanism, as part of a longer-term solution to the debt problem,” he said in his paper to the meeting, which was organized by General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto.Speaking at a news conference in New York today, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who chairs an expert panel convened by the Assembly President on reforms of the international monetary and financial system, stressed that the fact that the summit is being held in the first place shows how developing countries – who are among “the innocent victims” – have been deeply impacted by the crisis.The current turmoil has affected even those poorer nations with sound regulation, he said.Mr. Stiglitz added that the UN gathering is complimentary to the efforts of other bodies, including the Group of 20 (G20), to address problems.But the world body’s meeting is both “more representative and more inclusive” than the G20 meeting, in that the latter confers on tax evasion and other matters that are not the primary concerns of developing countries, which are more concerned over corruption and secret bank accounts, he pointed out. 25 June 2009The top United Nations rights official has joined several of the world body’s independent experts in calling on delegates attending a high-level General Assembly summit to prioritize human rights in formulating a response to the global financial slowdown. read more

Man rescued from collapsed Wellawatta building dies

The Army and Air Force was sent to the area to assist the fire brigade and police in the rescue operations.Several vehicles were also damaged in the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The injured were admitted to the Kalubowila hospital and Colombo National hospital.The five storied building which was partly under construction is located near the Savoy cinema in Wellawatta. A man rescued from the site where a building collapsed in Wellawatta today, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.At least 20 people were injured when a building in Wellawatta collapsed today, the police said. read more

International security forces needed to stabilize FYR of Macedonia UN agency

“Introducing an international presence to fill the security vacuum is the only way to prevent further violence,” Eric Morris, the agency’s special envoy to the region said in a statement issued today in Skopje. “UNHCR cannot suggest what form or size the security arrangement should be, but this has to happen now – before NATO ends its mission – to ensure not only safety for civilians but also to help create conditions for the safe return of refugees and displaced people.”NATO troops, who are in the country to collect arms from the Albanian rebels, are due to complete their work before the end of this month.Despite the signing of the peace agreement on 13 August, tension remains high in conflict-affected areas in the north-western part of the country, UNHCR says. Displaced Macedonians have blocked two main roads leading to neighbouring Yugoslavia used by returning ethnic Albanian refugees. In a counter protest, ethnic Albanian women and children set up their own blockade last week on a road near Tetovo, demanding the release of relatives allegedly kidnapped by Macedonian security forces. While more than 30,000 ethnic Albanian refugees have returned from Kosovo, ethnic Macedonians do not yet feel safe to return to their homes where they are a minority. Meanwhile, as Albanian rebels surrender arms to NATO, Albanian civilians fear the presence of Macedonian security forces, particularly on the road between Tetovo and Jazince along the border with Kosovo, according to UNHCR. “Both communities have legitimate fears and security concerns that prevent them from returning to their homes or moving freely between villages and towns,” Mr. Morris said. “Unless we can address the fear, distrust and the increasing polarization between the communities, returns of refugees and displaced people will never be safe.” UNHCR has increased its presence in the past two weeks in war-affected villages, in order to create confidence in the implementation of the peace agreement. Despite the agency’s earlier appeals to governments for larger deployment of international observers to help reverse fears among returnees and civilians in isolated villages, the number of international monitors remains low. read more

UN agency looks to expand cooperation with Libya in battle against drugs

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will start his three-day visit to Libya tomorrow. While there, he plans to hold talks with the country’s most senior leaders and administrators from the city of Tripoli, as well as to visit detention facilities and drug treatment centres.”We will explore ways to expand our cooperation with Libya, especially in light of the country’s announced commitment to fully contribute to international efforts against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism,” Mr. Costa said today. “Libya can play a prominent role in these efforts both in North Africa and in the Arab world in general.”Libya is party to all UN conventions against drugs, and has ratified the UN treaty against organized crime as well as all 12 universal instruments for the prevention and suppression of international terrorism. Last December, the country also signed the new UN Convention against Corruption.”UNODC stands ready to assist Libya in fighting corruption, which has been the government’s priority. Trafficking in human beings is another problem we would address together,” Mr. Costa said. “We strongly support Libyan leadership’s commitment to face the threat of drug abuse.”Voicing “serious concern” about HIV/AIDS, he also pledged to work with the authorities to reduce its impact.Vienna-based UNODC has been working in the country since 2001, running an ongoing project worth $2.8 million – funded fully by Libya – to provide training to 85 drug law enforcement officers. Several prevention workshops and seminars have taken place to increase awareness among youth and to train policy makers.In addition, equipment and other types of assistance have been provided to the border control officers, forensic laboratories, and drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation centres. The Office is also carrying out an assessment of the prevalence of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in order to develop a national drug demand reduction strategy.The National Postal and Telecommunication Authority has decided to join forces with UNODC in combating illicit drug trafficking and money laundering. A new, $1.4 million specialized technical assistance project is being designed to strengthen the national postal control and inspection systems in Libya. read more

Chinese send fake Trump tweets as jokes New Year wishes

BEIJING, China – In China, Twitter is blocked but fake tweets by @realdonaldtrump look set to become the latest internet sensation.Users are flocking to websites that let them generate images of fake tweets that look just like those sent from U.S. President Donald Trump’s distinctive personal Twitter account — replete with his avatar and a real-time timestamp.— @realdonaldtrump would like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year, says one, referencing the holiday that falls this year on Saturday.— @realdonaldtrump thinks Shanghai Jiaotong University is better than its crosstown rival.— @realdonaldtrump wants to buy a jianbing (typical Chinese street food) and wants Mexico to pay for it.— @realdonaldtrump’s “favourite boy band” is the South Korean group GOT7: “They are so cute!”Jike, a Shanghai-based startup running one such website, said Thursday that in just four days, users have created more than a million fake @realdonaldtrump tweets in Chinese and English, often mimicking Trump’s tone and fondness for exclamation marks. They are being shared on Chinese social networking sites to crack jokes, tout online goods and send Lunar New Year greetings.The fake Trump tweets circulating on Chinese social media reflect how Trump’s use of Twitter is even seeping into the popular consciousness of a country where Twitter has been blocked by censors for years.Although Trump’s comments on trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea have raised concerns in Beijing, there is a certain fascination about Trump among some young Chinese who see him as a symbol of American showmanship but overlook his anti-China rhetoric, at least for now.“For young Chinese people, Trump has an extremely iconic image,” said Lin Hang, a co-founder of Jike. “His Twitter content can easily spark conversations in China. His language style is very recognizable. So when netizens put their everyday life musings or roasts in his voice, it provokes a certain reaction, a certain resonance.”Jike, founded by Chinese who studied at the University of Michigan and worked at Google, rolled out the website on Sunday, Lin said. Employees at the startup, which mainly produces a personalized news app, started sharing it with their friends that night as a joke.It spread quickly from China’s highly educated, English-speaking internet circles to other social groups and smaller cities, Lin said.Despite tight government controls over online discourse, particularly surrounding sensitive domestic news, China’s 700 million internet users have a freewheeling web culture that churns out a running stream of commentary, memes and wisecracks about international news.Along with Twitter, other foreign social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube are also inaccessible within China. But many Chinese use software to circumvent the ban and are aware of foreign services like Twitter even if they do not log on regularly.Trump’s tweeting habits have also been widely covered in the Chinese media. In a commentary this month, the official Xinhua News Agency warned against Trump’s “obsession with Twitter foreign policy” after he criticized China in a series of tweets about Taiwan, North Korea and trade.Vincent Zhang, a 37-year-old employee at Jiayuan, a Chinese online dating site, said the flurry of fake Trump tweets he saw his friends sharing showed that many young Chinese had a relatively neutral view of Trump and saw him as a showman.“Now it’s a lot of jokes because the trade issues don’t feel like they affect our ordinary lives,” Zhang said. “If he made it much more difficult to get U.S. visas, then you will see a lot of people insult him.” Computer screens display the fake tweets that online users can self generate at a Chinese website in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Online users are flocking to a new Chinese website that lets them generate images of fake tweets that look just like those sent by President Donald Trump’s distinctive personal Twitter account_ replete with his avatar and a real-time timestamp. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) Chinese send fake Trump tweets as jokes, New Year wishes by Gerry Shih, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2017 3:44 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New UN report calls for economic inclusivity to drive growth in AsiaPacific

“To enhance well-being, countries need to go beyond just focusing on ‘inequality of income’ and instead promote ‘equality of opportunities,’” said Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on the launch in Bangkok today of the 2015 economic and social survey of the region, Making Growth More Inclusive for Sustainable Development. In the report’s preface, she notes that as the international community transitions globally from the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to a more ambitious path of sustainable growth and development, inclusiveness must be integrated and mainstreamed in policymaking. Indeed, ESCAP’s 2015 Survey for the region underscores the need for the adoption of policies necessary for inclusive growth, which is both a prerequisite for meeting the outstanding MDG commitments and critical for effective implementation of an ambitious sustainable development agenda in the post-2015 era. Ms. Akhtar stressed the need to promote quality growth and shared prosperity, calling on regional policymakers to integrate and mainstream inclusive growth. Inclusiveness, she said, requires continued stability and sustainable growth. “Adopting ESCAP’s new multidimensional Index will assist policymakers to better review and monitor progress on inclusive growth,” Ms. Akhtar explained, referring to the Commission’s newly introduced Index of Inclusiveness, which provides indicators on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development and seeks to enable a more comprehensive analysis of inclusiveness. According to the report, the Asia-Pacific growth trajectory, while encouraging in some areas, lags behind in others, and is in a process of adjustment in major economies of the region. Augmenting and enhancing inclusiveness will only be achieved if accompanied by a multidimensional strategy that recognizes the need for simultaneous advances in the economic, social and environmental aspects of development. Despite the challenges, the Survey shows developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region will continue to perform well compared to the rest of the world. Growth in the region’s developing economies, at 5.9 per cent, will remain at a similar rate in 2015 compared to 2014, when the figure was 5.8 per cent, while inflation should remain low thanks to low international oil prices. According to the report, the region stands out for its economic growth achievements, albeit in a somewhat uneven manner. Real incomes per capita in developing economies of the region have doubled on average since the early 1990s. Particularly impressive is a seven fold increase in real income per capita in China since 1990, as well as its tripling in Bhutan, Cambodia and Viet Nam over the same period. Besides other policies, this economic growth performance has helped lift millions of people out of extreme poverty– ahead of the 2015 MDG deadline – and reduced by half the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day. The Survey found significant reductions in extreme poverty alongside rising income inequality, particularly in urban areas of developing countries, while growth in the availability of productive and decent employment would remain low. Progress was also needed in boosting equality of opportunity, especially for women and girls, by broadening access to quality education and adequate health care. The report also highlighted some of the critical policy issues for subregions, including excessive dependence on natural resources and worker remittances for economic growth in North and Central Asia, as well as employment and climate-related challenges in Pacific island developing countries. Macroeconomic imbalances and severe power shortages are key concerns in South and South-West Asia, along with weaknesses in infrastructure and skilled labour shortages in South-East Asia. As illustrated by the recent earthquake in Nepal, which provided a fresh reminder of how natural disasters can reverse economic and social gains, with massive loss of life and livelihoods, the region would remain susceptible to risks and uncertainties. As well as the danger posed by natural disasters, fresh bouts of financial market volatility, delays in addressing structural impediments, and political disruptions also posed threats. In pursuit of such inclusive growth, Ms. Akhtar also urged Asia-Pacific Governments to focus on domestic resource mobilization, from national budgets to the private sector. “While traditional sources of finance such as tax revenues and official development assistance are important, in order to bridge the wide financing gap, efforts to deepen the region’s capital markets and engage the private sector must be intensified,” she said. read more

Marvel Cinematic Universe 10disc box set rescheduled for April 2013

first_imgEveryone who is a fan of the recent Avengers movie should know that there were several Marvel movies leading up to that film. What they may not be aware of is that Marvel had plan to release all of the films in a giant, briefcase-shaped box set with a glowing Tesseract inside. After months of uncertainty, Marvel has finally announced that the delayed box set will be released in April 2013 to anyone still willing to shell out $140 for the set.Originally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One box set was due to be released shortly after The Avengers was released to DVD and Blu-ray. The set was to include both of the Iron Man films, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk in a 10-disc collection. The set is designed to look just like the briefcase from the beginning of The Avengers that held the Tesseract cube, which acts as a centerpiece for the collection. Unfortunately, Marvel’s quest for cinematic accuracy left them in a nasty legal quarrel with premier briefcase manufacturer Rimowa. The replica briefcase to be used in the box set came a little close to looking exactly like Rimowa’s iconic design, so Marvel had to go back and re-design the briefcase.Now, months later, Marvel is re-announcing the availability of the set. The new briefcase looks great, replacing the original design with a smooth case that focuses on the glowing SHIELD logo in the center of the briefcase. Photos of the case open reveal that all of the content is the same. If you were one of the few who pre-ordered through Amazon and kept your order after the delay was announced, the boxed set now reflects the April 2nd ship date. New order are now also being accepted at, where previously the delay had caused the purchase option to be pulled. If you’re looking to prove that you are the biggest Marvel geek you know, the Phase One box set is probably a pretty good way to make that clear.via Marvellast_img read more

South Australia remains top destination for oil and gas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram South Australia’s ranking as a world-class destination for oil and gas exploration has been confirmed with bids worth $142 million, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said. Five bids, including one from an international company, submitted to access the Cooper and Otway basins, have been received for the latest petroleum acreage release. The bidding period, which closed at the beginning of April, attracted three bids for the 392 square kilometre Cooper block, and two bids for the 5,657 square kilometre Otway block. Minister Koutsantonis said this competitive bidding for these two blocks reflects South Australia’s international standing as a destination for investment in exploration. “South Australia attracted combined spending in mineral resource and petroleum exploration of more than $600 million in 2012,” Mr Koutsantonis said. “Almost half of that total was spent on petroleum exploration in this state. These latest bids show South Australia continues to attract strong interest from explorers,” he said. The Cooper Basin is Australia’s largest onshore oil and gas province, while the Otway Basin is the state’s second most prospective onshore oil and gas province. The two successful bidders will be announced after formal offers are accepted and assessed, based on the selection criteria.last_img read more

Scientists Find Tiny Fragment of Comet Inside a Meteorite

first_imgStay on target Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists A meteorite was holding a secret: Researchers recently discovered a tiny, ancient piece of the building blocks from which comets formed encased inside a meteorite, like an insect in amber.The finding, published in Nature Astronomy, could offer clues to the formation and evolution of our Solar System, researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science said.The meteorite, the LaPaz Icefield 02342, was discovered in Antarctica’s LaPaz Icefield in 2002 and is a type of meteorite called a carbonaceous chondrite, which are rarely found on Earth.Meteorites were once part of larger bodies, asteroids, which broke up due to collisions in space and survived the trip through Earth’s atmosphere. Their makeup can vary substantially from one meteorite to the next, reflecting their origins in diverse parent bodies that formed in different parts of the solar system.Illustration how a sliver of cometary building block material was swallowed by an asteroid and preserved inside a meteorite. (Image Credit: Larry Nittler and NASA)The LaPaz Icefield 02342 is a particularly pristine example with minimal weathering since its landing on Earth’s surface.Asteroids and comets both formed from the disk of gas and dust that once surrounded the young Sun, but they aggregated at different distances from it, which affected their chemical makeup. Compared to asteroids, comets contain larger fractions of water ice and far more carbon, and typically formed farther from the Sun where the environment was colder.Inside the LaPaz meteorite, Nittler’s team found a very carbon-rich slice of primitive material that bears some striking similarities to extraterrestrial dust particles that are thought to have originated in comets that formed near the Solar System’s outer edges.The LaPaz Icefield 02342 meteorite contains a surprise: a carbon-rich fragment of a comet, formed in the outer Solar System, transported inward and finally captured by a C-type asteroid. @LarryNittler et al.:— Nature Astronomy (@NatureAstronomy) April 15, 2019Approximately 3-3.5 million years after the Solar System formed, but still long before Earth finished growing, this object — about one tenth of a millimeter (about four-thousandths of an inch) across — was captured by the growing asteroid from which the meteorite originated.Using chemical and isotopic analysis of the material, Nittler and his team determined that the encased material likely originated in the icy outer Solar System along with objects from the Kuiper Belt, where many comets originate.“Because this sample of cometary building block material was swallowed by an asteroid and preserved inside this meteorite, it was protected from the ravages of entering Earth’s atmosphere,” Nittler said. “It gave us a peek at material that would not have survived to reach our planet’s surface on its own, helping us to understand the early Solar System’s chemistry.”More on Blazing Fireball Turns Night to Day in BrazilWatch: ‘Human Meteor’ Streaks Above Los Angeles During the SupermoonNASA Detects Giant Meteor Explosion Over Bering Sealast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Monday, October 9, 2017 will be observed as National Heroes Day.   As a result, stores wishing to do so may open for business on this holiday during normal business hours.Further, employers are to note that employees who are normally not required to work on holidays and do so on National Heroes Day must be paid wages in accordance with section 10 (a) of the Employment Act.Press Release: BIS Related Items:last_img read more

AK Petersburg High graduate with cerebral palsy ready for new challenges

first_imgZack Christensen helps his uncle Lars Christensen weed the strawberry patch at their house on South Nordic Dr. in Petersburg. (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK)High school graduates from all over the state are taking the first steps into adulthood, whether that’s furthering their education, entering the workforce, or just exploring life. But one Petersburg graduate has had to overcome challenges to get to this point.Listen nowZack Christensen is helping his uncle Lars garden. The lanky 18-year-old lives with his uncle on Petersburg’s main highway.They’ve pulled speakers out onto the concrete front steps to listen while they work. In the corner of the yard near the road, there’s a strawberry patch that’s overrun with weeds. Zack leans over and pulls out handfuls of green grass. He’s no stranger to manual labor. Staying active is actually the doctor’s orders for his cerebral palsy.“[I] work hard so my body will build up a little bit there,” Christensen said. “Keep the muscles I need strengthened.”Zack also goes to the gym to weight lift.“Through my life I’ve learned that I just got to keep proving people wrong, that I can do all these things that I want to do and go places,” Christensen said.When he was growing up in Petersburg, Zack Christensen participated in the Polar Bear Plunge. (Photo courtesy of Mali Christensen)Zack has big plans. He wants to start a life in Northeast Montana where his extended family lives. The town is Marion, with about 300 residents.“I’m not a big fan of big crowds, big cities, or anything like that,” Zack said. “Just ask my mom. When I got to go through crowds, I just turn into a horrible person.”Zack’s mom, Mali Christensen, agrees.“He’s an outdoors boy, he doesn’t like the city,” Mali said.When Zack was born, doctors told her he might not be able to do things like other children.“He may not walk, he may not ever talk, he might be a vegetable,” Mali said. “And he ended up defying all the odds.”Zack Christensen poses with his mom, Mali Christensen, when he was a boy. (Photo courtesy of Mali Christensen)But it hasn’t been an easy road. Zack had seizures for the first six months of his life before medication ended them. Fine motor skills remain difficult, like writing. He’s relied on typing, and in school, he had an aide that he could dictate notes to.“Carrying a plate, having a drink in his hand, anything that requires dexterity has always been a huge challenge for him,” Mali said.Growing up, Zack had all kinds of therapy — physical, occupational, speech. And in a town of 3,000, that therapy wasn’t always close to home. In the eighth grade, his mom flew him to Portland, Oregon every week for nearly a year. They’d fly down on Sunday, see doctors Monday, and return to Alaska on Tuesday.“That was a really crazy year,” Mali said. “Zack got real burned out with flying.”“It got pretty old,” Zack agreed.Mali decided that traveling from Petersburg, where she had family support and Zack had friends, was better than moving for temporary medical care. And in the end, the therapy set him on a path to being more physically independent. He wrestled and played baseball as a teenager. He says the Petersburg school has been very supportive. And it showed at graduation, the day he got his diploma. The crowd cheered loudly when his name was called.Zack Christensen poses with his mom, Mali Christensen, at Petersburg High School graduation, May 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Mali Christensen)“I really appreciate it, I might not always show it, especially with Ms. Fry. She’s always on my back a lot about grades but I’m graduating high school, probably thanks to her,” Zack said.Cindy Fry has worked with Zack in the high school for three years through the special education department. She says Zack has a tenacious determination, not letting his disability get in the way of being successful.“Zack does not let anything really stop him,” Fry said. “He gets his mind on a goal and he’ll make it happen.”Zack’s goal now is to move to Montana as a diesel mechanic. He’s enrolled in a 10-month vocational technical school– AVTEC – in Seward. Zack says he enjoyed tearing apart and rebuilding a lawnmower in his high school shop class.“I’ve just always loved vehicles and working with my hands,” Zack said.Fry has been in contact with the vo-tech school about Zack’s needs and says they have resources for him, like iPads for typing notes. He’ll also bring wrist weights for helping with stabilization.Fry says the bigger challenge will be Zack advocating for himself.“Part of the message as they get to seniors is, ‘Okay, so how are you going to advocate this as an adult? What are you going to do? What are you going to say? Who are you going to go to?’ and that’s one of the things that we work on,” Fry said.Zack Christensen poses with friends at a school dance. (Photo courtesy of Mali Christensen)Zack’s mom thinks he’ll do just fine.“He started off life almost losing his,” Mali said. “When he got it back that gave him a determination to thrive and live.”Back in the garden, Zack says after he finishes weeding he’s going to pack for a three-day camping trip with friends.“You know, every kid needs to spread his wings, figure out where he’s going,” Zack said. “I’m excited, man. I’m ready to get out into the world, start the next chapter, see where life will take me.”Zack will have some familiar company at AVTEC. Another Petersburg graduate is joining him there. This summer though, Zack will be making money at a cannery in Kasilof. With a laugh, he says he’s going to be the official tote washer there.last_img read more

Three members of West Bengal family charred to death

first_imgJalpaiguri(WB): Three members of a family were charred to death and another was injured after a fire broke out in their house in Alipurduar district, police said on Tuesday. Neighbours alerted the fire brigade after noticing smoke billowing out of the house of one Dilip Burman at Hashimara in the early hours of Tuesday following which two fire tenders arrived at the spot to douse the blaze. The fire could be extinguished after three hours, police said. The deceased were identified as Gita Burman, her daughter Susmita Burman (11) and son Dipu Burman (11), the police said adding Dilip Burman was admitted to hospital with burn injuries. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, they added.last_img read more

Mozilla and Google Chrome refuse to support Gabs Dissenter extension for violating

first_imgEarlier this year, Gab, the “free speech” social network and a popular forum for far-right viewpoint holders and other fringe groups, launched a browser extension named Dissenter that creates an alternative comment section for any website. The plug-in is now removed from the extension stores of both Mozilla and Google, as the extension violates their acceptable use policy. This decision comes after Columbia Journalism Review reported about the extension to the tech giants. The Dissenter plug-in, which goes by the tagline “the comment section of the internet”, allows users to discuss any topic in real-time without fearing that their posted comment will be removed by a moderator. The plug-in failed to pass the review process of Mozilla and is now disabled for Firefox users. But, the users who have already installed the plug-in can continue to use it. The Gab team took to Twitter complaining about Mozilla’s Acceptable Use Policy. When asked for more clarity on which policies Dissenter did not comply with, Mozilla said that they received abuse reports for this extension. It further added that the platform is being used for promoting violence, hate speech, and discrimination, but they failed to show any examples to add any credibility to their claims. The extension developers responded by saying that they do moderate any illegal conduct or posts happening on their platform as and when they are brought to their attention. “We do not display content containing words from a list of the most offensive racial epithets in the English language,” added the Gab developers. Soon after this, Google Chrome also removed the extension from Chrome Extension Store stating the same reason that the extension does not comply with their policies. After getting deplatformed, the Dissenter team has come to the conclusion that the best way forward is to create their own browser. They are thinking of forking Chromium or the privacy-focused web browser, Brave. “That’s it. We are going to fork Chromium and create a browser with Dissenter, ad blocking, and other privacy tools built in along with the guarantee of free speech that Silicon Valley does not provide.” Gab does not moderate views posted by its users until they are flagged for any violations and says it “treats its users as adults”. So, until people are complaining, the platform will not take any appropriate action against the threats and hate speech posted in the comments. Though it is known for its tolerance for fringe views and has drawn immense heat from the public, things took turn for the worse after the recent Christchurch shooting. A far-right extremist who shot dead 20+ Muslims and left 30 others injured in two Mosques in New Zealand, had shared his extremist manifesto on social media sites like Gab and 8chan. He had also live-streamed the shooting on Facebook, Youtube, and others. This is not the first time when Gab has been involved in a controversy. Back in October last year, PayPal banned Gab following the anti-Semitic mass shooting in Pittsburgh. It was reported that the shooter was an active poster on the Gab website and has hinted his intentions shortly before the attack. In the same month, hosting provider Joyent also suspended its services for Gab. The platform has also been warned by Stripe for the violations of their policies. Torba, the co-founder of Gab, said, “Payments companies like Paypal, Stripe, Square, Cash App, Coinbase, and Bitpay have all booted us off. Microsoft Azure, Joyent, GoDaddy, Apple, Google’s Android store, and other infrastructure providers, too, have denied us service, all because we refuse to censor user-generated content that is within the boundaries of the law.” Looking at this move by Mozilla, many users felt that this actually contradicts their goal of making the web free and open for all. A Hacker News user added, “While Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and now Mozilla may think they’re doing a good thing by blocking what they consider hateful speech, it’s just helping these people double down on thinking they’re in the right. We should not be afraid of ideas. Speech != violence. Violence is violence. With platforms banning more and more offensive content and increasing the label of what is bannable, we’re seeing a huge split in our world. People who could once agree to disagree now don’t even want to share the same space with one another. It’s all call out culture and it’s terrible.” Many people think that this step is nothing but a step towards mass-censorship. “I see it as an active endorsement of filter funneling comments sections online, given that despite the operators of Dissenter having tried to make efforts to comply with the terms of service Mozilla have imposed for being listed in their gallery, were given an unclear rationale as to how having “broken” these terms, and no clue as to what they were supposed to do to have avoided doing so,” adds a Reddit user. Mozilla has not revoked the add-on’s signature, so Dissenter can be distributed while guaranteeing that the add-on is safe and can be updated automatically. Manual installation of the extension from is also possible. 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Australia celebrated as a superior luxury adventure destination

first_imgAustralia celebrated as a superior luxury adventure destinationIn the last month, The Kimberley in north western Australia has garnered significant interest from the global yachting community reinforcing what local players have always known; it is undervalued as a charter destination.After receiving the Voyager Award at the World Superyacht Awards in Florence, The Kimberley is again front and centre as 42-metre M/Y ANDA took pole position in the Best 21 charter yachts available in remote areas.The Kimberley is over 400,000sqm, larger than England, and includes a series of limestone and sandstone canyons which are navigable by yachts.  From a yachting perspective, it is defined by its incredible water courses, pristine environment, horizontal falls from huge tidal movements, unique flora and fauna, access to Aboriginal culture and art plus privacy as it is a destination which requires local knowledge to reach and cruise properly.“We are humbled by the recognition,” explained Mr. Joachim (Jo) Howard, Managing Director of Ocean Alliance who is the central agent for M/Y ANDA and M/Y AKIKO¸ who took out third place for other charter destinations in Western Australia.  “We have just conducted, in conjunction with Tourism Australia, a familiarisation for guests, brokers and press to highlight the potential of The Kimberley and Australia as a charter destination to their international clients.  As a result, it seems the region is receiving the recognition it deserves.”“It was truly awe-inspiring.  I have been on many yachts in many locations around the world, and organised multiple charter experiences for my clients but I confidently say, I have never done anything like this before.  ANDA is a great platform for exploring this wild and often inaccessible archipelago…” said Nick Heming from London-based yacht brokerage house, Y.COThe focus on The Kimberley and Australia has also coincided with the Australian Superyacht and Marine Exporters (ASMEX) Conference held 22-24 May 2017 on the Gold Coast at which the results of an economic impact study were tabled.  “The report highlighted the exponential growth, an additional AUD$1.37 billion contribution to GDP and 10,000 jobs in five years, the industry would experience if the regulations allowing foreign yachts to charter were revised,” advised Ms MaryAnne Edwards, CEO of Superyacht Australia.Regional areas, such as The Kimberley, will be beneficiaries of the changes to the international yachts charter regulations by receiving the lion’s share of tourism dollars spent.  It was estimated by the report this was AUD$7,500 per person per day from a yacht charter guest.  This is significantly more than the AUD$4,361 per person per trip that Tourism Research Australia estimates the average international traveller spends whilst in Australia.Joachim Howard sits on the working committee who are lobbying the government to change the regulations and he, along with the other committee members, were awarded for their efforts at the gala dinner during the conference.“My fellow committee members and I were encouraged to receive the award for our efforts but there is more work to be done in educating the various government representatives on the potential which is currently unrealised.  We will continue our work until our governments see what our international media partners are acknowledging,” stated Mr Howard. Charter YachtsSource = Ocean Alliancelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Dusit Hotels and Resor

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterDusit Hotels and Resorts has announced three new promotions offering leisure travellers and event planners incredible value on of its signature Thai hospitality.Bonus Night EncoreFollowing the success of its Dusit Bonus Night promotion last year, Dusit launches the Bonus Night Encore, valid from 17 April through 30 September 2016. Guests who book to stay two nights during this period at Dusit’s Best Available Rates receive the third night free at participating hotels and resorts worldwide.More for LessThroughout the period of 17 April to 30 September 2016, members of Dusit’s loyalty programme can enjoy a special offer of their own. More for Less Dusit Gold exclusive offers  members 50 per cent off for the second and consecutive nights when they book the first night at Dusit’s Best Available RatesWarm Days, Cool Rates – Meet @ DusitEvent planners are invited to take advantage of the Warm Days, Cool Rates Meet @ Dusit offer of special group rates up to 60 per cent off the Best Available Rates on select value days, plus an instant credit of 100THB for every 1000THB spent on rooms (or 10 per cent of the equivalent in other currencies), redeemable for accommodation upgrades, food and beverage or spa charges. This offer is for group stays from 17 April throughout 31 October 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Visit Napa Valley has

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVisit Napa Valley has released its list of new gourmet experiences for the Napa Valley at IPW 2016.Charlie Palmer Steak by Chef Charlie Palmer (owner of Harvest Inn and Harvest Table in St. Helena) will open at the new Archer Hotel in downtown Napa in spring 2017. Palmer and his team will oversee the culinary direction of the rooftop bar, poolside and in-room dining, as well as private events and executive retreats for the Archer Hotel.The Charter Oak, a new elemental restaurant by Chef Christopher Kostow and Nathaniel Dorn of the three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood, will open in St. Helena in 2016. The Charter Oak will be centred on a celebratory and casual dining experience.Feast It Forward Network will open its flagship experiential headquarters in downtown Napa across from the Oxbow Public Market in December 2016. Feast It Forward will offer live studio ticketed experiences with national chefs, musicians and A-listers. Guests will enjoy a cultivated garden, in partnership with Sunset Magazine, outdoor entertainment with Gibson Guitar, an epicurean retail lounge, demonstration kitchen, and tastings and educational events provided by 16 premier wineries.Slated to open in spring 2017, First Street Napa will create a walkable, high-energy gathering place for residents and visitors alike to shop and dine. Led by Zapolski Real Estate and Trademark Property Company, construction is underway on a US$100 million, 12,820-square-metre redevelopment that will add more than 40 shops and restaurants and a 183-room boutique luxury Archer Hotel to surging downtown Napa.Fieldwork Brewing Company will open a taproom in Oxbow Public Market’s main market hall by October 2016. Visitors to its Oxbow Taproom can expect an ever-changing tap list, sampler flights, beer by the glass, and fresh beer filled “to go” in growlers and Crowler cans.Stone Brewing is set to open a downtown Napa Tap Room and Pilot Brewery in the historic Borreo Building by spring 2017. The new tasting room will include a pilot brewing system, a dining experience, growler fills and Stone merchandise.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

February 7 2007 Report from 2507 continues

first_imgFebruary 7, 2007 Report from 2/5/07 continues. [from upper left] The panel was lifted into its space connecting to the north wall of Crafts III. Dave Tollas drills into the wall to provide an anchor for a brace that will support the panel. Construction volunteer Brendon Maloney slowly turns the brace to fine-tune the panels position. [Photo & text: sa] [from upper left] The brace has an internal mechanism like an extendable rod for a shower curtain, just much more solid. With very slow revolution, to extend the brace, the panel is lined up perfectly and then stabalized. Now the crane cables are disconnected and lifted away. [Photo & text: sa] [from upper left] David checks the welding connections between the panel and retaining wall. Wedges were put in place to let the panel settle into perfect alignment before it is welded into place. This report will continue on 2/19/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Bases warn of explosive demolitions

first_imgThe British forces said Tuesday they will be conduction routine explosive demolitions on Thursday at RAF Akrotiri and asked people not to be concerned.The explosions will be carried out between 9am and 4pm.“Please do not be concerned if explosions are heard in the local area. This occasionally happens when certain atmospheric conditions prevail. British Forces Cyprus remains committed to restricting the impact of military training to a minimum where possible and with due regard for the environment and habitat,” the announcement said. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more