BC Assessment makes presentation to Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scott Sitter, Assessor of the Northern B.C. Region for BC Assesment made a presentation on the Basics of Assesment to Council.In the presentation Sitter explained the formula in which BC Assesment formulates their values they use in assessments of properties.In 1974 British Columbia became a Crown Corporation in which changes were made that distributed the tax base fairly. In B.C., assessment and taxing are run by different departments. Sitter shared, the B.C. assessment and tax system rank top 6 worldwide.Sitter spoke to Council at the end of the presentation in regards to the OSB Plant. He shared when BC Assessment gets notification of potential for a major industrial property to curtail its operations or go into closure, BC Assesment provides the best estimate at the time.In terms, if the OSB Plant is going to be down permanently the assessment on their building will drop to a 90 percent depreciation rate. Dependent on their current assessment will drop to 10 percent of the replacement value.The land will stay the same, the classification stays the same unless they start removing equipment then the classification changes and the method of evaluation changes. Sitter shares, once you change it from a major industrial property, now you’re into regular property classes.He goes on to share it is a huge building designed for a specific industrial purpose and who is going to buy the building for that purpose, yet more than likely an alternative purpose.Sitter shares he has not seen a reaction in the markets yet so he does not know how the markets will react with the plant’s closure yet as soon as BC Assesment knows they will keep close contact with the municipality.last_img read more

UN refugee agency presses States to aid 49 refugees stranded on Mediterranean

More than 2,240 people have either died or disappeared at sea in this stage of the route in 2018, despite an overall decrease in the number of arrivals in Europe.New measures targeting irregular migration in the central Mediterranean have limited access to ports and resulted in higher death rates.With the absence of a collaborative approach to Mediterranean Sea crossings, rescue vessels face uncertainty over designation of a safe port for disembarkation.Those who make it to Europe directly or by routes through Libya have recounted horrors of multiple forms of abuse, and are sometimes witnesses to death along the way.For the 49 migrants and refugees waiting to dock safely, “decisive leadership is required, in line with fundamental values of humanity and compassion,” UNHCR Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean, Vincent Cochetel, said.“Negotiations on which States will subsequently receive them must come only after they are safely ashore.”Echoing a call to put lives before legislation, the agency’s Europe Chief, Pascale Moreau, has said “this is no longer a test of whether Europe can manage the numbers, but whether Europe can muster the humanity to save lives.”UNHCR commends the work of NGO search and rescue vessels for their “critical role towards preventing the death toll from being far higher.”In the coming year, “there is a crucial need to end the current boat-by-boat approach,” the agency said, urging for States to implement arrangements that would provide clarity on where to disembark refugees and migrants stranded on the Mediterranean. An NGO (non-governmental organization) Vessel called The Sea Watch 3 has been carrying 32 people since 22 December, while another 17 were rescued by the Sea Eye on 29 December.With rough seas expected “in coming hours” as of Monday morning, the agency reported that conditions on the boats are likely to deteriorate in this situation where “time is increasingly of the essence.”The harrowing journey across the Mediterranean is one that thousands make in a desperate attempt to successfully reach Europe, in hope of a better life. According the latest numbers from UNHCR published in September, the rate of fatalities has gone up since 2017, with one in 18 people crossing to Europe between January and July going missing. read more

Have kids will travel

Two young mothers hit the road with a van full of toys and kids in the upcoming Centre for the Arts play Summer of My Amazing Luck.Winner of the 2005 Sterling Award for outstanding new play, Summer of My Amazing Luck will show at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. It will be performed by Shameless Hussy Productions.The play is based on the debut novel of Miriam Toews, who won a Governor General Award for her work. The story involves the misfortune of Lucy, who has lost her mother and is now pregnant. She’s in Have-A-Life welfare housing for single mothers until she and friend Lish load the kids into a beat-up van for a luck-changing journey.Established in 1992, Shameless Hussy Productions is a British Columbian company of self-producing theatre artists with a mission to tell provocative and inspiring stories about women. The Brock performance is directed by Stephane Kirkland and starring Renee Iaci, Daune Campbell and Thomas Jones.Tickets for Summer of My Amazing Luck are $39, or $20 for post-secondary students and $5 for high school students. All ticket holders are invited to attend a post-show artist chat with Shameless Hussy company members, moderated by Pablo-Felices Luna, artistic director of the Carousel Players.To order:www.arts.brocku.ca905.688.5550 x3257 / 1-866-617-3257Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. read more

Power cut warning for Britain as south east and London brace for

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The heavy rain is likely to reach southeast England and parts of East Anglia later today and then spread north and west overnight, reaching much of eastern, central and southern England by Monday morning and then expected to last much of the day.“Many areas will see between 25 and 40 mm of rainfall with isolated pockets perhaps seeing as much as 50 to 70mm [which is well in excess of the whole month’s average].”This could increase the risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions. The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force northerly winds – the unusual direction could increase the likelihood of localised impacts from wind too, with some damage to trees for example and likely closure of some bridges. “Lastly it will be an unseasonably cold day – perhaps cold enough to produce some wet snow on high ground although this seems unlikely to settle.” Britain has been issued a power cut warning as the London and the south east is set to be hit by a barrage of torrential rain, gales, closed roads and flooding.The Met Office warned temperatures will drop to 4C on Monday, but  a wind chill in the air will leave it feeling as cold as -1C, and there is also the possibility of snow appearing in high areas.Meteorologists are predicting gale-force winds and around two-and-a-half inches of rain starting Sunday night and could lead to major travel disruptions across the south and east of England.Severe flooding and sudden power cuts could strike Monday, with a yellow weather warning in place from midnight through to Tuesday.Several flood warnings and alerts have been issued Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds expected in many southeastern areas of England, London and the South East on Monday.The East Midlands, East Anglia and Yorkshire and Humber are also expected to be affected.Flooding and spray on roads is likely to lead to hazardous driving conditions and even some road closures, as well as delays or cancellations to train and bus services, the Met Office say.Homes and businesses also could be flooded, causing damage to buildings, along with power cuts and transport services hit. Trees and other structures could also be damaged, leaving roads and bridges closed, experts warn.Officials at the Environment Agency warned residents to be “prepared” for the possibility of flooding on the River Kennet and the Lower Avon in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.After temperatures hit 26C earlier this month, next week is predicted to not rise above 5C in most of the country. The heatwave of last week will become a distant memory as the temperature plummetsCredit:Hugo Michiels/London News Pictures 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 heatwave of last week will become a distant memory as the temperature plummets read more

WC 2011 Final French Experts ready to break Wilbeks playstation Sunday 17h

The website of IHF doesn’t function for the last two days, so in advance we are out of relevant informations, that would announce the great final of this 22nd World Championship in Sweden. In the final of this championship will meet, France and Denmark, a game scheduled for 17h. Like two years ago in Zagreb, we’ll have a final between the most powerful teams, France and of course the team can be considered the home team, Denmark, as Danish fans will come in huge numbers from Copenhagen.The Danish team will have its first opportunity to become world champion. They only had the chance once, in long 1967, but then they lost to Czechoslovakia. On the other hand, France have experience in winning titles, as they won three times (1995, 2001, 2009).On this tournament, Denmark managed to get all 9 wins so far. Among the teams they beat are Croatia, Sweden, Poland, and in the semifinal Spain fell too. The Danish will again rely a lot on their two best players, Niklas Landin (22), and of course the left back, Mikkel Hansen (23) with 58 goals so far the topscorer on this tournament, and probably the best player so far too. Danish play very fast handball, with superbly-organized counter-attacks and ball-giving, which sometimes presents a problem to the cameras too…The French on the other hand, are razing everything in front of them. Only the Spanish managed to get a point from them (28-28), but only after they had a big lead. But that didn’t shake even a little the “experts”. In the semifinal they played only “as much as necessary” and didn’t let the atmosphere in the hall shake their game. The main stars are Omeyer, Karabatic and Bertrand Gille, but also the defence with Didier Dinart seems unbreakable. They play routinely, computerly precise and without wasting too much energy. From that they produce great counter-attacks through Guigou and Abalo, and when there is a problem, there’s always Karabatic and Fernandez in the attack to prove their individual worth.What we will see from that on “Gerflor” hall in Malmo, we will know tomorrow, sometime after 18 hours and 15 minutes… ← Previous Story Hungary secure place in Olympics qualification tournament Next Story → WC 2011’s ideal lineup chosen – Karabatic MVP read more

DENMARK 2015 – DAY 3 France VS Korea Russia against Spain

Day 3 at the Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark will bring some interesting matches in Group C and D. South Korea against France, but also Russia VS Spain will be the highlights of the day.Group C:16.00 DR Congo-Brazil18.15 South Korea-France20.30 Germany-AgentinaGroup D:16.00 Kazakhstan-Romania18.15 Russia-Spain20.30 Puerto Rico-Norway ← Previous Story Sweden beat Poland in GROUP B thriller Next Story → EHF CL: Eastern power to fight for TOP 16 with Skjern and La Rioja Denmark 2015 handballKorea Handball

Lunchtime Fix 5 things you need to know

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. ANGLO executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer have been charged over an alleged fraud of €8 million. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland2. LARGE-SCALE rioting and looting took place in Missouri overnight following the shooting dead of an unarmed black man by a police officer. 3. GARDAÍ have renewed their appeal for missing Louth man Ken Fagan who hasn’t been seen since last Wednesday.4. METEOR has told its customers to be careful of any suspicious text and offers being sent to them. The scam begins when you get a text saying you have been sent flowers, with a link for you to click on. Source: Dead Flowers via Shutterstock5. AS violence in Iraq continues, Irish oil and gas firm Petroceltic has evacuated staff members from the Kurdistan region. Petroceltic’s interests in Iraq Source: PetrocelticCatch up on the rest of today’s stories> My edit from #Ferguson riots, crazy night pic.twitter.com/qY42MklOLh— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 11, 2014center_img Source: David Carson/Twitterlast_img read more

Trump congratulates Turkish president on controversial referendum win

first_imgTrump congratulates Turkish president on controversial referendum win The ruling Turkish leader won the referendum by 51% to 49%. Short URL By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 7:02 AM 11,350 Views 23 Comments Image: Susan Walsh Image: Susan Walsh Apr 18th 2017, 7:02 AM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3344754 DONALD TRUMP CALLED his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on winning the referendum boosting his powers.The call was first reported by Turkish state media, one day after Erdogan won over 51% in Sunday’s vote.“Trump called Erdogan tonight (Monday) and congratulated him on his success in the referendum,” Turkish presidential sources said, quoted by the government-run Anadolu news agency.The reaction from Trump contrasts with EU leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory while monitors expressed concern over the “unlevel playing field”.CongratulationsThe White House in a statement later yesterday said that the two leaders discussed a range of topics in addition to the vote in Turkey.“President Donald J Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory and to discuss the United States’s action in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on April 4th,” the White House statement said.“President Trump thanked President Erdogan for supporting this action by the United States, and the leaders agreed on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable,” the statement continued.“President Trump and President Erdogan also discussed the counter-ISIS campaign and the need to cooperate against all groups that use terrorism to achieve their ends.”Read: ‘I don’t want waiting lists’: Judge rules ‘with a heavy heart’ for kids to remain in foster care >Read: Pregnant mother of four soon to be homeless as landlord is selling home >last_img read more

Saturns Rings Are Younger Than the Planet They Orbit

first_img Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemTonight: See Saturn at Its Best and Brightest for the Year Stay on target Before plunging to its death in Saturn’s atmosphere in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took one final probe of the planet’s unique rings.Now, data from the mission’s grand finale is giving scientists insight into the extensive system, and it’s potential age.Precise measurements of Cassini’s ultimate trajectory suggest the rings are a relatively recent addition, having originated between 10 million and 100 million years ago.Estimates of the age of Saturn’s rings vary widely.During the Grand Finale, Cassini passed between the inner edge of Saturn’s D-ring and the cloud top (via NASA/JPL/Caltech)Some believe they formed along with the planet 4.5 billion years ago, from icy debris remaining in orbit after the formation of the Solar System.Others maintain the bands are much younger; that Saturn captured an object from the Kuiper belt or a comet and gradually reduced it to orbiting rubble.As one of Cassini’s last acts, NASA programmed it to perform 22 dives between Saturn and its rings, to probe the planet’s gravity field. Earthbound radio telescopes then measured the spacecraft’s velocity to within a fraction of a millimeter per second.These calculations, led by Philip Nicholson of Cornell University and Luciano Iess from the Sapienza University of Rome, put to rest “a long-running argument among planetary scientists, according to the University of California, Berkeley.Saturn’s interior is composed of three primary layers: a deep, inner rocky core made mostly of heavy elements, enveloped by liquid metallic hydrogen, and surrounded by a thick layer of gaseous molecular hydrogen (H2) (via NASA/JPL/Caltech)The new mass value fits earlier estimates, which suggest that lower mass equals younger age. Initially bright and made of ice, the bands over time become contaminated and darkened by interplanetary debris.In fact, they may disappear as quickly (very, very slowly) as they appeared.NASA recently confirmed that the gas giant is losing its iconic brims due to “ring rain,” a phenomenon in which particles and gases fall into the planet’s atmosphere.“These measurements were only possible because Cassini flew so close to the surface in its final hours,” UC Berkeley professor Burkhard Militzer said in a statement. “It was a classic, spectacular way to end the mission.Findings were published this week in the online edition of the journal Science.More on Geek.com:Cassini Data Reveals ‘Ring Rain,’ Other Mysteries of SaturnDust Storms Spotted on Saturn’s Moon TitanCassini Data Shines Light on Saturn’s Famous Hexagonlast_img read more

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 15 Recap Just Get to the Songs

first_img Though FP Jones certainly has his suspicions about his estranged wife’s plans in Riverdale, he’s certainly happy to have her and his daughter home for his 50th birthday. And hey, she has a big surprise in store. She’s bought the family a house. Betty’s house, to be exact. That’s the anonymous buyer Alice mentioned. She’s not even bothered by the fact that Betty tried to burn it down, leaving one very scorched wall. FP certainly has his reservations, especially considering he had a relationship with Alice before Gladys rolled into town. A relationship he puts a hard, immediate end to.After some thought, FP can’t resist having an actual house for his kids. He says as much when Jughead’s trying to suss out information to include in a speech for FP’s 50th birthday. FP can finally provide food and a roof for his kids. It took him until age 50 to be able to say that. That’s a powerful draw that can get you to overlook a lot of fishy things. How much? Well, we’re about to find out very soon. With Jughead moving into Betty’s house and offering to let Betty stay in her own room, Veronica feels compelled to share what she knows. She doesn’t want Betty getting mixed up in anything dangerous. Veronica admits that Gladys is taking over Riverdale’s drug trade. Betty knows immediately has to tell Jughead. I just have to say, I’m so happy we’re seeing even this moment of friendship between Betty and Veronica. They’ve spent so much time in their own separate stories this season, it’s a relief to see them still supporting each other like this.Lili Reinhart as Betty and Camila Mendes as Veronica — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWJughead reacts… well, surprisingly calmly, all things considered. He doesn’t quite believe it at first, asking Betty to reveal her source. She can’t tell him that, but he realizes she wouldn’t have said anything if she didn’t trust her source. He sends some of the serpents to find out what they can about a new player moving in on the Fizzle Rocks trade. They confirm what Betty says, and Jughead immediately confronts his mom. She’s not shy about admitting what she’s doing. She realizes Jughead knows the truth and, unhappy about it though she is, there’s no point in lying to him. Instead, she threatens her son. Because even the Riverdale parents who haven’t set foot in the town in years are the absolute worst.She tells Jughead that his dad is so happy she and Jellybean are back, he couldn’t handle knowing the truth. She knows Jughead won’t tell FP because the truth would kill him. There’s more than a little implication there that she will if the truth doesn’t get the job done. Holding her husband hostage to keep her son quiet. Cool. The show effectively mines some tension from the question of what Jughead is about to do at his dad’s 50th. As satisfying as calling his mom out in front of the whole town would be, he decides he can’t ruin his dad’s birthday party like that. Instead, he makes a passionate speech about how proud he is to be a Jones and that the family will always have his dad’s back. It could have been really corny, but the acting between Cole Sprouse and Skeet Ulrich sells it. The tears in FP’s eyes feel like they come from a real place. The moment being as understated as it is makes it so effective. Then Riverdale gets back to its ridiculous family infighting. As the episode ends, Jughead promises to run his mom out of town. Love the wholesome family relationships on this show.Lili Reinhart as Betty, KJ Apa as Archie, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWIt’s a busy episode for Jughead as he’s also helping his best friend avoid an RPG cult out to kill him. He figures out there are multiple “Kill the Red Paladin” quest cards, meaning someone had to have printed them up and distributed them. Archie knows exactly who. He visits Hiram Lodge, who admits that he printed up 12 of those cards back when he was trying to have Archie killed. God, the fact that that’s all water under the bridge now is exactly what makes this show such beautiful trash. Though they have a truce now, this isn’t a genie Hiram can easily put back in the bottle.Betty, Jughead and Archie try to figure out what to do about this whole thing, and finally Jughead says what we’ve been thinking all season. “So continues our nerdiest mystery yet.” Yes! Somebody realizes how ridiculously nerdy it is that all this murder and drug trafficking revolves around dollar store Dungeons and Dragons. We aren’t the only ones. They realize there’s no way anyone will accept a cancellation of the quest, but they can accept a modifier. Jughead recruits some Serpents in gargoyle masks to distribute new instructions: Defeat Archie in a three-minute boxing match (in an abandoned gym conveniently provided by Hiram), and complete the quest. Gotta get KJ Apa shirtless at least once per episode, huh?KJ Apa as Archie — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWJughead’s bet that a bunch of RPG nerds won’t be able to actually fight a semi-trained boxer is mostly right. Archie easily defeats most of the challengers that come to face him. The only trouble is by the end of it, he’s tired, bruised and bleeding from a couple of cheap shots (and bites). That sets up an acceptably dramatic final fight set to a song and intercut with a scene of Cheryl and Toni working out their relationship troubles with a good bang on the speakeasy floor. It’s one of Riverdale’s favorite tricks and it rings kind of hollow here. There’s no sense of culmination or of anything going on below the surface level. Even the song feels like it’s here because the scene needed a song. In the past when the show has employed this device, everything happening felt urgent. Even the songs in the past felt like they had to be sung. Here, it was all perfunctory. That kind of sucked any tension out of the scene.In the end, Archie wins the fight (of course), and Hiram Lodge lets him keep the gym as an apology. So Archie owns a boxing gym now. If his past story arcs are any indication, this will be a thing for three episodes tops, then fade into the background until the show remembers it sometime next season. But hey, I could be wrong, Riverdale wouldn’t be such a beloved show if it didn’t subvert expectations every once in a while. By the way, where is Josie in all this? I hoped that with her and Archie dating, we’d see more of her in the story, but she’s strangely absent while her boyfriend almost gets himself killed. All I can say is she better have a big role in next week’s musical episode.Casey Cott as Kevin and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CWThe relationship drama mostly went nowhere this week, but at least it set up what’s sure to be amazing. Veronica and Reggie’s relationship fizzled out before we ever got a chance to care about it. Veronica buys his car back and he washes his hands of the business. Next. The Toni and Cheryl drama is a little more interesting only for what it leads to. Cheryl is mad that Toni is spending all her time running her new gang, so she very obviously tries to rob the Speakeasy under Toni’s watch. She gets caught, which both find pretty hot. A therapeutic screw can’t fix everything though, and the two break up anyway. In her anger, Cheryl decides she needs an angry musical to let out her emotions. She demands Kevin change this year’s school musical from the farm-sponsored Godspell to Heathers.As a certified Broadway nerd with a theatre degree and the crippling debt to prove it, I just want to say thank God! (Pun not indented.) I like most Stephen Schwartz just fine, but as long as I live, I’ll never understand why people love Godspell so much. Heathers is better in every way and it’s what we’d all prefer to watch the Riverdale cast perform. Last year’s Carrie episode put the biggest smile on my face of anything she show’s done before or since. Expectations are high for next week’s musical special, and I have no doubt this perfect cast will be able to pull it off.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3 Episode 14 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 13 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 12 Recap Stay on target ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 last_img read more

WWE Superstars visit pediatric patients Thursday in Brooklyn for Connors Cure

first_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Before SummerSlam this Sunday at the Barclay Center, WWE Superstars Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews, current Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, along with Dana Warrior visited pediatric patients Thursday for Connor’s Cure at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.  Big Show attended the Connor’s Cure night at the Brooklyn Cyclones Minor League Basketball game.WWE posted pictures on their Instagram which can be seen below:center_img Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 7 Suspected Drug Activity Person Living In Woods

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, April 7, 2019:Police received report of a party living in the woods off of Main Street. Police were unable to locate any party or camp. (11:14am)An Oakdale Road resident reported harassing phone calls from an unknown number. (12:43pm)A caller reported ongoing issues of cars parking by her house on Harold Avenue and parties walking into the woods. She’s found needles in the area in the past. A male party walked into the woods just prior to her calling. Police responded, but individual left prior to police arrival. (3:18pm)A Pouliot Place caller reported her neighbor is making threatening gestures towards her dog with landscaping equipment. Police responded. (3:40pm)A boat battery was found at Silver Lake and brought to the station. (6:17pm)Police notified Mass Highway that the red light facing Wilmington Crossing on Main Street is out. (10:11pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

New oil estimate for NPRA Its HUGE

first_imgImage: USGSCongress just passed a law to allow oil development in the northeastern Arctic, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now, the Interior Department has announced a new assessment of the northwestern Arctic, in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It suggests a “HUGE” increase in oil and gas resources in NPR-A. The government press release has that word in all caps: “HUGE.” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has called for more energy production in the reserve, and today’s announcement could serve as a marketing brochure.Listen nowThe U.S. Geological Survey says NPR-A, along with land and water just outside the reserve, have a mean estimate of 8.7 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil. That’s far more than was calculated in the last assessment in 2010, although the two estimates aren’t directly comparable. The new assessment is based in part on new exploration and 3-D seismic work.Petroleum geologist Scott Montgomery said the report isn’t really a surprise for those aware of the new discoveries on the North Slope. He said the U.S.G.S. scientists who wrote the assessment are top-notch. But Montgomery says the Interior Department’s press release oversells the report.The press release quotes Sec. Zinke saying the assessment is a “big step” toward the goal of American energy dominance: “​Thanks to the incredible work of scientists … we know what’s available and what our potential is.”Montgomery, who teaches energy geopolitics at the University of Washington, was struck by the last part.“That is false,” Montgomery said. “We do NOT know what’s available.”Montgomery said the scientists, using the data available to them, acknowledged an unusually large degree of uncertainty.“The uncertainty is huge,” Montgomery said. “If you wanted to use that word, you could use it in two ways.”Melanie Smith, director of conservation science at Audubon Alaska, said the announcement seems to paint a bullseye on the protections in the current management plan that prohibit development in the biologically rich Teshekpuk Lake wetlands.“That most certainly is a concern for the vast wildlife resources that are in that region,” Smith said.Smith said Audubon will fight to keep the current management plan because the wetlands are important for caribou and polar bear and they are a vital nursery for birds.“It’s part of America’s bird superhighway,” Smith said. “Between the Arctic coastal plain, both in the National Petroleum Reserve around Teshekpuk Lake and in the Arctic Refuge, that is just pumping out many millions of fledglings each year.”So while Congress ended one skirmish in the the battle between Arctic oil development and conservation, the conflict is sure to continue.last_img read more

Flyover collapses in Indias Kolkata

first_imgPeople stand next to the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a bridge that collapsed in Kolkata, India, on 4 September 2018. Photo: ReutersRescue workers were working to see if anyone was trapped in the debris after a bridge collapsed on Tuesday in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, government officials said.Cars were seen among the rubble and a large portion of the bridge was destroyed, but as yet it was not known if there were casualties.“We are trying to assess if there are people trapped beneath the debris,” Sovan Chatterjee, the mayor of Kolkata, who visited the accident site, told Reuters.Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, said in a televised address: “We are still assessing the gravity of the situation and we cannot talk about the deaths right now.”Indian commuters onlookers stand on a segment of Majerhat bridge after the bridge suddenly collapsed in Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal on 4 September 2018. Photo: AFPAll India Trinamool Congress, the West Bengal state’s ruling party, said on Twitter the bridge was 40 years old.There were no more immediate details of the cause of the collapse.In March 2016, another bridge collapsed in the city, killing more than two dozen people.last_img read more

Vertus Hardiman A Man With Courage

first_imgThe victim of an unethical secret U.S government radiation experiment in 1928, Vertus Hardiman did not let a severe deformity prevent him from living a full life.His remarkable story was told in a documentary, “Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed.” According to the film, Hardiman was born on March 9, 1922 in Lyles Station, Ind., known as one of the earliest Negro settlements in the United States. Growing up in era of racial segregation, he found comfort at Lyles Station Consolidated School.When Hardiman was five years old, he was one of nine children that took part in a terrifying medical experiment. At a local county hospital, the children took part in a misrepresented treatment that was supposed to cure scalp fungus, according to the The Root. Instead, the ringworm fungus was a ploy to get access to operate on innocent children.At the time, many human radiation experiments were funded by the United States Department of Defense and United States Atomic Energy Commission. Experiments included feeding radioactive food to disabled children, inserting radium rods into schoolchildren and injecting pregnant women and babies with radioactive chemicals. The studies were classified until 1986, when they were released in the report entitled “America Nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three Decades of Radiation Experiments.”The treatment on his Hardiman’s skull left him with progressive necrosis of the scalp throughout the rest of his life. The disfigurement of his head was so severe that he always wore hats and wigs to disguise his scalp. Hardiman faced intense criticism from friends who had no idea what he was hiding, and for nearly 80 years he kept his disfigurement secret from the public.Despite his obstacle, he graduated from Lincoln High School with honors in 1941. In 1945, Hardiman traveled to the West Coast in search of a job. After a year, he gained employment with the Los Angeles County General Hospital, where he was known as a loyal employee and was honored for his perfect attendance record.Later in life, Hardiman lived in Altadena, Calif. and attended First AME Church of Pasadena. He befriended Wilbert Smith, a church member who was also a writer and producer. Hardiman broke down one day in tears and told Smith of the tragedy he faced early in his life. His story was turned into the documentary, released in 2009.“It was God’s grace that helped and kept me here this long,” Hardiman said in the film. “I think he wanted this story told to show the magnitude of his mercy.”Hardiman died on June 1, 2007 at age 85.last_img read more

Is the new book Trans Teen Survival Guide a missed opportunity

first_imgTrans Teen Survival Guide by Fow Fisher and Owl Stefanía | Photo: Jessica Kingsley Publishers How my grandmother helped me realize I was trans – completely by accident India’s transgender population still at risk after gay sex decriminalized Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… And I am equally grateful that the progress those people have facilitated, means we are now at a point in time where a book like Fox Fisher and Owl’s Trans Teen Survival Guide can be published.Unfortunately, this book is far from the ‘survival guide’ I would have hoped for as a trans teen.Ambitious and ultimately a well-intentioned bookThe Trans Teen Survival Guide offers a decent grounding for teens who have already understood their trans identity. It offers help on understanding the rhetoric of the community and the ongoing politicisation of trans experience.Regrettably, despite its many positives, I feel the authors have missed an opportunity to create something that had the potential to be truly special.I worry that a book emblazoned with the words ‘Trans Teen Survival Guide‘ is the first big barrier.‘Coming out’ as trans is difficult. Something that should not be precipitated before one is ready by the inadvertent discovery of a book like this, even if it is hidden away.This isn’t a major issue of course. Teenagers have been hiding more questionable rags under their mattresses for years.But to me, it is the first symptom of a rift between the authors’ idea for the book and the book’s ultimate realization.[embedded content]Where the Trans Teen Survival Guide succeedsThe book itself covers all the basics: including what it means to be trans.The 200+ pages of words, which may be new to those finding their feet, as well as numerous stories and affirmations to you being valid and trans enough – are great.And it succeeds in offering practical advice and information for those navigating the early stages of transition. Good examples of this include the section with coming out stories. This is always affirming to read.The information regarding how to navigate your trans body and – while I take some issue some of the assertions that are made – what clothes you may choose wear, is definitely useful.Equally, the instructions for administering shots, for example, is the sort of handy reference material that I would of found myself flicking to repeatedly, just to make extra sure I was doing it right.But there is really not enough of this.Trans Teen Survival Guide by Fow Fisher and Owl Stefanía | Photo: Jessica Kingsley PublishersIs it too general to be helpful?Statements such as ‘some people think…’ or ‘depending on where you live…’ are rife at the weaker points in the book.These highlight an inconsistency in tone making it unclear who exactly this book is aimed at.At times the authors’ writing seems to offer a generalized guidance for trans people no matter where they live.Other points (for example, an invaluable section about changing your name) seems to be instead primarily written for trans and non-binary folk living in the UK. Transphobia peaks in despicable bathroom political ad in MassachusettsTarget restores the terms ‘queer’ and ‘transgender’ after website censors LGBTI wordsMinister for women slammed by LGBTI groups over transgender commentsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-teen-survival-guide/ GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) If this book is for UK readers, where is the help on how to navigate the NHS? And if it hopes to be international, why aren’t there more examples from all over the world?[embedded content]Too much rhetoric, too little historyHuge swathes of the book are dedicated to discussing rhetoric around gender.The primers on what sex, gender and being non-binary are will also be useful reads for any parents, friends of young trans people and allies looking to beef up their knowledge.Equally, there is a value in explaining all the words and acronyms currently used in the fight for trans rights.It also arms new young trans voices with asking, ‘where the fight is at now?’That only works, if trans voice understands that actually, our identities aren’t new. This isn’t a ‘new trend’ or even a new fight.We have always been here.Trans Teen Survival Guide by Fow Fisher and Owl Stefanía | Photo: Jessica Kingsley PublishersTrans stories from history, are our greatest strength todayHistory has shown time and again that trans people have always been a part of our society. And contrary to our contemporary understanding, society’s reaction to us hasn’t always been negative.Between 1919 and 1933 Berlin’s Institut für Sexualwissenschaft produced groundbreaking research and promoted acceptance of trans people.Beyond this there are countless examples of trans, genderfluid, and non-binary folk who lived their lives either quietly or openly. Their stories are our greatest strength today.So to anyone else writing for young trans people I call on you to take the opportunity to share the historical significance and societal perspective on those whom, had they lived today, might have identified as trans and non-binary, rather than relying on terminology alone to inform.Trans and non-binary identities have a rich history.And if we all, as we were understanding our identity had somewhere to read about this – we’d all be much more affirmed in our identity than some rhetoric words about being trans enough.Trans Teen Survival Guide is available from 21 September.Read more from Gay Star News:Trans teen confronts Aussie PM over anti-trans tweet, live on national TV I have nothing but praise for the work of those who have spoken up on behalf of trans and non-binary people.last_img read more

30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and

first_imgLearn About TableauA Tico Times analysis of homicides and income levels showed no correlation between the two factors in the region. While many of the high income countries such as Chile and Uruguay also enjoy low homicide rates, others countries ranking in the top of the region on income such as Venezuela and Brazil maintained high levels of violence.Brazil, the most populous country, is also the most striking example of Serrano-Berthet’s point about economic improvement failing to reduce crime. From 2004 to 2010, average incomes soared from $3,600 per person to almost $11,000 per person. However, homicides only dropped from 22.5 per 100,000 residents to 21.On the other side, a number of low income countries reported very low homicide rates. Haiti, the poorest country in the region, with citizens making only $770 on average in 2012, reported an average of 5.8 homicides per 100,000 residents from 1995-2012. Nicaragua reported an average of 12.6 homicides per 100,000 residents during the same period, with a per capita income of $1,750 in 2012 – around half the income of some of the world’s leaders in violence, El Salvador and Guatemala.Costa Rica had an average homicide rate of 7.6 per 100,000 residents during the period, with a significant increase since 2007. The country had a per capita income of nearly $9,400 in 2012. For comparison, the United States averaged a 4.7 homicide rate. Activists release 500 balloons painted as footballs to represent the 500,000 homicides that occured in Brazil in the last 10 years, at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 22, 2013. Tasso Marcelo/AFPThe Tico Times took a statistical correlation of the region, looking at every country’s income and homicide rate for every year available (1995-2012), finding a score near zero (-.002). Correlation scores vary between 1 and -1, with scores near 1 showing a strong correlation – meaning greater economic improvement translated to reduced murder rates. A score near -1 would show the opposite. A score near zero indicates no connection.Serrano-Berthet was optimistic despite the problem’s entrenchment in the region.“The United States has more than 30 years of experience with a wide range of violence prevention strategies. There is solid evidence that many of these work,” he said.He cited government programs that visit mothers at risk of domestic violence as reducing their arrest rate by 82 percent in the U.S. He said Chicago’s “Becoming a Man” program that improves social skills of at-risk youth as reducing their violent crimes by 40 percent in one year.Read the entire interview here. Facebook Comments Despite having only 9 percent of the world’s population, Latin America and the Caribbean register more than 30 percent of the world’s homicides, according to a security expert at the World Bank.Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, the World Bank’s citizen security coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, made the statement on Wednesday, saying that economic improvements in the region have not translated into reduced crime.“Other areas of concern to Latin Americans, such as inflation, poverty and unemployment, have improved,” Serrano-Berthet said in an interview posted by the World Bank. “By contrast, the incidence of crime and violence has not changed in recent decades, and remains at very high levels, much higher than in other regions.”Serrano-Berthet said seven of the 10 highest homicide rates in the world were in Latin America, as well as 42 of the 50 most violent cities. Serrano-Berthet noted that the persistent problem in the region is not unsolvable. Most of the violence is concentrated in certain regions or certain demographic groups. For example, Serrano-Berthet said current worldwide homicide leader Honduras has 65 percent of its murders in only 5 percent of its cities. On demographics, Serrano-Berthet said focusing on at-risks groups such as young men and those of African descent in Brazil, for one instance, would help tackle the problem.Story continues below.Dashboard 1 Related posts:Honduras, Central America still lead the world in murder rates New crime index ranks Costa Rica’s most dangerous cantons, but data are from 2011 Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UNlast_img read more

Melbourne to join SriLankan Airlines global route network from October 2017

first_imgSriLankan Airlines will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing from October 29, 2017. The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking onward connectivity via Colombo to/from Australia. The Airline will be operating Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the route, offering its passengers modern in-flight comforts.SriLankan Airlines’ CEO, Captain Suren Ratwatte, said, “Our presence in Australia cements the long-standing relationship between the two countries. We recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our nations and the addition of Melbourne signifies our strategy of optimising the Airline’s network in line with our restructuring..”SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Siva Ramachandran, said, “Despite the absence of direct connections, we have witnessed a steady increase in passengers travelling between Colombo and Melbourne via various Asian connecting points such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. With the launch of the new services, SriLankan Airlines’ passengers will also have the choice of flying to other Australian cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide as well as Auckland, New Zealand.”Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bryce Hutchesson, said, “We congratulate SriLankan Airlines on the addition of a direct flight to Australia. Direct air connections between countries stimulate two-way tourism, business, trade and people-to-people exchange which are the core ingredients for a vibrant bilateral relationship. We are seeing a growing number of Australians looking to travel to Sri Lanka for tourism and business and to reconnect with family.”These operations will further complement the existing double daily services offered by SriLankan Airlines between Sri Lanka and Australia via Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with its codeshare partners, Qantas and Malaysia Airlines.last_img read more

Netflix series ‚Sense8 finishes its run with a t

first_img Netflix series ‚”Sense8″ finishes its run with a two-hour special that wraps up the storylines of its intrinsically connected characters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Netflix-Reiner Bajo What’s new on Netflix Canada, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video in June A monthly look at what’s scheduled to be added to the catalogues of streaming services Netflix Canada, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video:TOP PICKSWhen fans of “Sense8” rallied around the cancelled Netflix series on social media last year, it pressured the streaming giant to acknowledge their call for closure. So instead of abandoning the unfinished storylines, producers committed to tying up the loose ends with a two-hour special. The series follows a group of people living in different parts of the world who discover their mental links make them unique, but also leave them vulnerable. “Sense8: The Series Finale” debuts on June 8.Sizzling drama “The Affair” returns to CraveTV for Season 4 as its three lead characters spiral into their own tumultuous storylines and new relationships. But the past is never far behind if they can’t separate themselves from it. Sanaa Lathan joins the cast as the principal of the charter school. “The Affair” continues on June 17.Amazon Prime Video is putting its stake in the sand of professional volleyball courts with live streaming coverage of the 2018 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour season. The company is offering live feeds of the New York City Open Gold Series (June 8-10) and the Seattle Open (June 22-24). Replays of the action are available in the library catalogue as well as 15-minute recaps of each day.Here are the lists of movies and TV shows expected in May. Release dates are subject to change.NETFLIXJune 1About a BoyAnacondaBaby MamaBarbie: Video Game HeroThe Bone CollectorThe BoxtrollsThe CaveCharlie Wilson’s WarCinderella ManThe Disaster ArtistGridiron GangHail, Caesar!The Indian Detective (Season 1)JarheadJoseph Campbell and the Power of MythLock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsMonster High: ElectrifiedMonster High: Great Scarrier ReefMonster High: New Ghoul at SchoolMonster High: Scaremester CollectionThe Mothman PropheciesMy Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Nick and Norah’s Infinite PlaylistNotting HillNovember 13: Attack on Paris (Season 1)Panic RoomSavagesSense and SensibilityStealthW1A (Season 3)Welcome to Monster High: The Origin StoryJune 3Lady BirdJune 5DeliriumMarvel Studios’ Thor: RagnarokMr. D (Season 7)June 8Alex StrangeloveAli’s WeddingAll I See Is YouThe Hollow (Season 1)Marcella (Season 2)Sense8: The Series FinaleThe Staircase (Season 1)Treehouse Detectives (Season 1)June 11Lights OutThe ShallowsJune 12Champions (Season 1)June 14Marlon (Season 1)June 15Lust StoriesMaktubThe Ranch (Part 5)Set It UpSunday’s IllnessVoltron: Legendary Defender (Season 6June 16NostalgiaJune 17Club de Cuervos presenta: La balada de Hugo SanchezJune 18Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie (Season 1)June 19Kim’s Convenience (Season 2)Hannah Gadsby: NanetteJune 22Brain on FireCooking on HighDerren Brown: MiracleDesolationKaleidoscopeMarvel’s Luke Cage (Season 2)StarbuckJune 24To Each, Her Own (Les Gouts et les couleurs)The Last LaughJune 26Ghostbusters (2016)Secret City (Season 1)Star Wars: The Last JediW. Kamau Bell: Private School NegroJune 29Bullet HeadChurchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits (Season 1)GLOW (Season 2)Harvey Street Kids (Season 1)Kiss Me First (Season 1)La Forêt (Season 1)Nailed It! (Season 2)Paquita Salas (Season 2)Recovery BoysTAUJune 30Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Oblitus Copernican TheorySuburbiconCRAVETVJune 1Insecure (Season 1)Wrecked (Season 2)June 8Erik Griffin: Amerikan WarriorIf You’re Not in the Obit, Eat BreakfastThe Jim Jeffries Show (Season 2, Part 1)Just Another Immigrant (Season 1, new episodes weekly)Road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaJune 15Hard Sun (Season 1)June 17The Affair (Season 4, new episodes weekly)June 20Masterchef Canada (Season 5)June 22Killjoys (Season 3)Life Sentence (Season 1)Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Season 5)June 23Love Means ZeroJune 29Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Season 2)Doctor Who Christmas Special: Twice Upon a TimeDoctor Who: Farewell to Peter CapaldiAMAZON PRIME VIDEOJune 1All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks (Season 1)Jay Leno’s Garage (Season 3)GangstarsReal Madrid Campo de Estrellas (Season 1)June 5All NighterCarlawood (Seasons 1 and 2)Blood GlacierBaskinDraculaDreams + Memories: Where the Red Fern GrowsFrom the DarkThe NorthlanderSome FreaksTotal Wipeout (Season 5)Vine Talk (Season 1)You Bet Your Ass (Seasons 1)June 8AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: New York City Open Gold SeriesLost in Oz (Season 2)June 11TiltJune 13Death Race 2DaylightThe Eiger SanctionHopThe InterpreterThe JackalJohnny English RebornOut of AfricaPage EightSennaThe Skeleton KeyVertigoWhat Dreams May ComeJune 15Goliath (Season 2)June 18Blood and GloryJune 22AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: Seattle Open.June 25The AshramJune 26If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Season 1)center_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2018 9:05 am PDT Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

July 26 2013Alumna Samantha Rose visited London

first_imgJuly 26, 2013Alumna Samantha Rose visited London, UK and met with a few alum. The mini-reunion took place at the Samantha: “Alum Nathan Koren gave a talk at a mini conference on Infrastructure & Activism (termed “Stackvism”).  So we alums met up for lunch and attended the conference.  Nathan’s talk was on Driverless Taxi Systems and their potential for urban environments.  It was pretty fascinating.”[photos and text by alumna Samantha Rose]last_img