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Canadian dairy farmers accuse Trump of trying to drive them out of

first_imgOTTAWA – After enduring months of withering fire from Donald Trump’s bombastic Twitter feed, Canada’s dairy industry waded into the fray on Monday by accusing the U.S. president of wanting to put Canadian farmers out of business.Yet even as it did so, some in this country were calling for major reforms to the very system of protections for Canada’s dairy, egg and chicken farmers that first ignited — and has continued to sustain — Trump’s anger: supply management.Trump’s most recent salvo came in a series of tweets from Singapore late Sunday, where he again blasted Canada for charging a 270 per cent tariff on U.S. dairy imports, and levelled more personal attacks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Dairy Farmers of Canada president Pierre Lampron, which represents Canada’s roughly 12,000 dairy producers, fired back Monday by blasting Trump’s “personal attacks on our prime minister” and defending its supply-managed system.“Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home,” Lampron added.The comments came as MPs from various parties followed what has become a tradition in Canada: declaring their unwavering support for farmers and the oft-maligned supply management system, which was first established in the 1970s.Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was grilled by the NDP during question period after Trudeau indicated on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last week that the government was open to relaxing the system as part of a new NAFTA deal.“Our government strongly supports and is fully committed to maintaining the supply management system,” MacAulay replied. “The prime minister has indicated this clearly … and our negotiators at the NAFTA table have also indicated this clearly.”Yet some say it is past time to phase out the system, which limits dairy, egg and chicken production in Canada and imposes steep tariffs on foreign imports beyond a certain amount to keep the market from becoming saturated.For dairy products, which has been the focus of Trump’s anger, those tariffs range from nearly 300 per cent for excess imports of butter and cream to 270 per cent for certain dairy powders to 240 per cent for cheese, whole milk and yogurt.“No one wants to look like they’re conceding anything to Trump,” said Martha Hall Findlay, a former Liberal MP and leadership candidate who is currently president of the Calgary-based Canada West Foundation and a longtime advocate of ending supply management.“But this is a huge opportunity. We should actually move beyond supply management. It’s good for Canada, it’s good for the dairy industry.”Proponents of the system as it stands say it protects Canadian dairy, egg and chicken farmers from damaging price fluctuations in a manner that’s comparable to the way other countries support their agricultural sectors with subsidies.Critics like Hall Findlay say it is a barrier to successful free-trade deals such as NAFTA, and increases the cost of dairy, eggs and chicken for consumers, which has an unfairly disproportionate impact on low-income families.Yet there is also a tacit acknowledgment of the reality that virtually all federal political leaders face when it comes to supply management: the farmers who benefit are grouped in key ridings, particularly in Ontario and Quebec.In his forthcoming new book, Conservative MP Maxime Bernier suggests that his opposition to supply management was one of the reasons — if not the main reason — that he lost last year’s Conservative leadership campaign to Andrew Scheer, who supports it.The Harper Conservatives planned to ease restrictions on foreign dairy imports in 2015 as part of its plan to sign onto the Trans Pacific Partnership, an 11-country free trade agreement.But the Harper government was uniquely positioned, said Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in that it had money to compensate farmers, few seats in Quebec and a massive trade deal to sell at the time.For Trudeau, “there are fewer things he can get in exchange, there isn’t money to splash around to get farmers who have a quota to give it up and this is an important issue in Quebec, which provides many seats for the Trudeau government.”Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute, which has long opposed supply management, nevertheless suggested it is potential winner for Canadians — and any party brave enough to take a stand.“If we had a federal leader who’s willing to stand up and say: ‘Yes, I’m willing to lose those seats in Ontario and Quebec because this is a national issue and we need to reduce prices on staple goods for all Canadians, particularly the poor,’ I think there would be resounding support for that policy.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the Harper government planned to eliminate supply-managed dairy.last_img read more

Vehicles appear to cause more pollution than firecrackers SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked why people were “running after” the firecracker industry when it seems vehicles are a “bigger” source of pollution. The top court has asked the Centre if there is any comparative study on the “proportion of pollution” caused by firecrackers and automobiles. It observed that people involved in manufacturing of firecrackers have lost jobs and said the court does not “wish to generate unemployment”. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobile? “It seems you are running after firecrackers but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” a bench of justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who is appearing for the Centre. The bench was hearing a plea which has sought a complete ban on the use of firecrackers across India on the ground that it gives rise to pollution.last_img read more

Morinho Claims Hes Still the Best Manager following Everton Heavy Defeat

Rabat – In a pure Morinho style, the FC Chelsea manager has lashed out at his critics following a 3-1 defeat at Everton this Saturday, saying no manager could match his records at the Stamford Bridge.Everton sent Chelsea crashing to their third Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday as striker Steven Naismith scored a hat-trick, in a 3-1 win.The result left the champions with only four points from their opening five matches, marking their worst start since 1988. This is the worst start to a season by any side defending the English Premier League title since its inception in 1992, British media reacted to Chelsea’s defeat.Meanwhile, Mourinho said he was still the champion and that there was no manager who could do a better job at Chelsea than him.BT Sports quoted Morinho as saying that Chelsea played for more than they got today and deserved a far better result.  But because things aren’t going their way right now, his players are short of confidence and are being punished for every mistake they make right now.“I know that now it’s easy for everybody to criticise me and the players and [say] ‘everything is wrong’. I completely disagree,” he argued.“I am the champion, the players are the champions. The way they are playing is not so bad as the results. ““I don’t think there is a better manager than me to come to Chelsea and to do my job. That’s as simple as that. I’m the man for the job,” Morinho concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Unalaska expects record number of cruise ships

UNALASKA, Alaska — A record number of cruise ships are expected this year in Unalaska, in the Aleutians.Carlin Enlow, executive director of the local convention and visitors bureau, says 20 ships are scheduled, a big jump from past years. There were eight last year.Alaska’s Energy Desk reports the first ship is scheduled to arrive May 6. The season extends through September.The challenges of more visitors include co-ordinating buses from the port, extra pedestrian traffic and managing greater demand at stores and restaurants.Enlow says there also is a lack of infrastructure to handle a large influx of people and that the visitors’ bureau doesn’t solicit ships.The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association has invested in local ventures that would provide bike rentals and offer tours and recreational equipment.The Associated Press read more

GMOA says it will compile a traitors list of journalists

“We have created a point scheme. In Psychiatry, there is a method to identify people who betray the country. We are going to launch this list and keep it online with the materials you publish. So we can display that you are carrying out a contract,” he told a journalist of the newspaper. The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has said that it will compile a ‘traitors’ list of journalists.President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association, Dr Anuruddha Padeniya has told The Sunday Observer newspaper that the trade union was currently in the process of compiling a ‘traitors’ list of journalists working against the interests of the motherland. The journalist reported that the article had not even been published yet, but Dr Padeniya responded that there was ‘no point’, because journalists at the Sunday Observer were supportive of selling the country. “You should be ashamed of doing such a job. If I were you, I would stay home and cultivate rather than work for a paper like yours,” the GMOA president charged during the conversation. “I know you must be recording this. That is good. Let others in your newspaper also listen to this,” Dr Padeniya added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Magistracy has jurisdiction to hear extradition proceedings High Court Judge rules

….as Lawyers for US fugitive accused of murder to appeal decisionJustice JoAnn Barlow on Friday ruled that the Magistrate’s Court has the authority to proceed in the extradition case of Troy Thomas which is to continue there (Providence Magistrate’s Courts) on June 26.Accused: Troy Thomas (file photo)Thomas, of South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, who is accused of murdering Keith Frank on December 11, 2011, in the US, was earlier in this year arrested in Guyana by ranks of the Guyana Police Force.At the High Court on Friday, attorney for Thomas, Nigel Hughes requested a three weeks stay in the matter at the High Court which would allow him time to appeal the judge’s decision.This was objected to by Solicitor General, Kim Kyte Thomas who stated that their is no merit for the appeal.The stay was denied by Judge Barlow who stated that the time leading up to the continuation date is sufficient enough for Hughes to make his appeal.Thomas’ lawyers ( Nigel Hughes, Darren Wade and Bernard DaSilva) had moved to the High Court in a bid to block his extradition case on the grounds that the Magistrate’s Court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.Attorney-at-Law Wade had disputed that the extradition treaty between the United States of America (USA) and Guyana was never introduced into local law, and therefore it would have no effect, alluding to several cases in the past.Thomas was being hunted by the New York Police Department, and a wanted bulletin was issued for him in connection with the murder of Frank after an altercation outside of a South Richmond Hill party.It was then disclosed by US law enforcement agents that Thomas had fled the country to Canada within hours of his alleged crime.Shortly after, the man reportedly traveled to Guyana before the wanted bulletin which was issued by the US had reached Interpol. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2011 US murder: Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction to hear case- Lawyers for the accusedMarch 27, 2018In “Court”Guyanese man wanted for murder in US extraditedApril 24, 2019In “Crime”US fugitive wanted for murder remanded as extradition proceedings to beginMarch 20, 2018In “Court” read more

Killybegs to be cheered on by Seamus Coleman as they chase county

first_imgTODAY HE’LL BE in action in Goodison Park in Liverpool while playing for Everton against Hull.And tomorrow afternoon his focus will be on MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey while supporting his native Killybegs against Glenswilly.It’s a unique sporting weekend for Seamus Coleman but the Ireland international’s interest in Sunday’s county senior final is a recognition of his roots to his home in the fishing town on the Donegal coast.David Conwell is a key defender in the Killybegs side and was a neighbour of Coleman’s when the pair were growing up.“Seamus only lived across the road from me”, Conwell told ”His brother Frances played underage with me all the way up in GAA.“Seamus was three years younger than me and we played a wee bit of senior football together. He’d the same mentality as what you’re seeing now with Everton and Ireland.“He was full hearted, very committed and what you see is what you get. He played in the full back line but was dynamic enough to be in the half back line as well.“I played more soccer with him for the local team St Catherine’s. He was no different than most of the lads around here who all grew up in the housing estates. We played five a side soccer games and that’s where you created your character.”YouTube: JacksonsmediatvColeman was home a fortnight ago to cheer on Killybegs as they claimed a Donegal county semi-final win over Malin.Then last Friday night, the people of Killybegs cheered Coleman on as he captained Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Germany in Cologne.“Without doubt it was a big thing for the town”, says Conwell. “It meant a lot for the people that know him. It’s not often you get to know someone who has that honour.“As far as I know he’s coming in to watch us tomorrow. He wouldn’t want to miss it. I know he’d love to be out there with us because he’s a great supporter of Killybegs.”Big DayFor the Killybegs players the focus is on attaining silverware. Three years ago they were left disappointed in the final against Naomh Conaill.This year they have shown their resilience. Killybegs have amazingly lost all 15 of their Division 1 football league games in Donegal this year. But the championship has been a success story.“It’s a strange one alright”, laughs Conwell. “The way we look at is that we get ourselves up more for championship games. We were also short players who were in the States for various league games this year.“And we’d a lot of guys who were playing soccer at the start of the year as well. Killybegs breed championship players and our boys have stood up this year when it matters.“The build up for the game is within the people in the town. We’re a wee bit more laid back. Hopefully we’ve learnt a lesson from 2010.“We got swamped by hype then but we’re focused now. We’re playing a very good team in Glenswilly who have an exceptional player in Michael Murphy. But I’m a confident player and I’m really looking forward to it.”Michael Murphy celebrates Glenswilly’s county final win in 2011.Pic: INPHO/Kieran Murray VIDEO: Seamus Coleman celebrates Killybegs county semi-final win6 Talking Points before this weekend’s GAA club actionlast_img read more

Poll Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution

first_img Yes (6593) Nov 23rd 2016, 8:46 AM Poll: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution? The Independent Alliance wants a free vote on a bill proposed by Sinn Féin. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 8:46 AM 21,590 Views By Michelle Hennessy No (4173) Share499 Tweet Email YesNoI’m not sureVote Short URL Image: Poll Results: Defence Forces conduct a mission readiness exercise in preparation for peacekeeping deployment in the Lebanon. SINN FÉIN HAS proposed a Bill that would see neutrality enshrined in the Irish Constitution.The Irish Times reports Independent Alliance ministers have sought a free vote on the bill, as both Shane Ross and Finian McGrath previously voted in favour of a similar bill.However, the Taoiseach has insisted they observe Cabinet responsibility and vote with the government. Leo Varadkar told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland there was a “robust discussion” about it and that the government would reaffirm Ireland’s commitment to neutrality.We want to know what you think of Sinn Féin’s bill: Should neutrality be enshrined in the Irish Constitution? I’m not sure (604) Defence Forces conduct a mission readiness exercise in preparation for peacekeeping deployment in the Lebanon. Image: 203 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poll Are you going to a religious service today

first_img Short URL Poll: Are you going to a religious service today? Like Christmas, today is a day when mass attendance is higher than usual. By Sean Murray Image: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/PA Images 156 Comments 30,308 Views Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 8:30 AM YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote No (12340)center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll Results: Yes (6114) Apr 16th 2017, 8:30 AM TODAY IS EASTER Sunday.Celebrated by Christians as the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, it is one of the most important days in the religious calendar.Like Christmas time, Easter Sunday is a day when attendance at churches across the country is higher than usual.So, today we’re asking you: Are you going to a religious service today? Share Tweet Email No interest/No opinion (461) Image: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/PA Imageslast_img read more

Rilakkuma Is Getting His Own Netflix Series

first_imgStay on target If you’re a big San-X fan, there’s no doubt you already know who Rilakkuma is. If you don’t, prepare to get acquainted, because Rilakkuma is getting his own TV series by way of Netflix.The series doesn’t have much of a title right now, going by “Rilakkuma Series” for now, but it will be 13 episodes long and will run for 11 minutes per episode. It’ll be animated via Dwarf Studio, who will be utilizing stop-motion animation to bring the cute little bear to life. Currently, it’s targeted for a release on Netflix in over 190 countries as of 2018, and it’s meant to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 15th anniversary.Rilakkuma is an adorable little bear that’s part of San-X’s stable of characters. San-X is a different company from Sanrio, so let’s get that out of the way first. Rilakkuma is an important part of the stationery creator’s stable, a bear with a portmanteau of the words “relax” and “bear” in Japanese. The bear’s story is an intriguing one, as he randomly appears in an office lady’s apartment one day. He’s not really different from a regular bear other than a special zipper on his back. When you unzip him, you can see a light blue polka dot pattern. It’s not clear why that zipper is even there.It’ll be an absolutely adorable show, that’s for sure. We’ll have to wait a little while before we can comment on it, but there’s no doubt it won’t be lacking in cuteness. Just look at how cute its subject is. Hello Kitty Heads to Hollywood With Her First Film DealAdamTots Presents: Deepmind Sanrio last_img read more

Praise for citys decision to use Golden Hall as temporary homeless shelter

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 Praise for city’s decision to use Golden Hall as temporary homeless shelter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Preparations are underway for turning Golden Hall into a temporary homeless shelter for 150 women and children.A group of San Diego philanthropists and business leaders said the decision was a step in the right direction.At a news conference, the Lucky Duck Foundation and its charity arm, the Tuesday Group, applauded Mayor Kevin Faulconer for opening up Golden Hall as a short term shelter. It was the Lucky Duck Foundation that came up with the idea for the bridge tents in downtown San Diego three years ago and paid for two of the tents.The women and children currently living at the tent run by Father Joe’s Villages will have to move at the end of April, as the non-profit makes way for the construction of a new 14 story affordable housing project, which will be a permanent home for 550 people. A new tent will go up a few blocks away about 6 to 8 weeks later, but in the meantime, the women and children sheltered in the tent will be moved into the second floor of Golden Hall for about 3 months.While the use of the city owned building adjacent to the City Hall administration building is only temporary, members of the Lucky Duck Foundation said it could be a bellweather and a sign that the City is ready to make stronger commitments in the future.Dan Shea, a Foundation board member, said there are other city owned properties that could also be used for shelter, including the old Central Library in the Gaslamp Quarter. Shea said the City came up with one reason after another to reject the idea of turning the abandoned library into a shelter. “The point is, they find reasons – none of them is really credible. What I see from this announcement about Golden Hall is it’s time to open up the transparency of all this. They never provide information that demonstrates how it is. We’ve heard no credible reasons,” Shea said.Last year, each of the nine City Council members said they would add 140 low income housing units in their district.The business and civic leaders who have poured millions of dollars into the tents and other projects to ease homelessness said they will wait for city leaders to make good on that promise.Peter Seidler, the general partner of the San Diego Padres and a member of the Lucky Duck Foundation said, “There’s no teeth to it, unless the private citizens put the teeth to it.” Updated: 7:56 PM Sasha Foo center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, February 18, 2019last_img read more

Wife defends soldier accused in Afghan rampage

first_imgSEATAC (AP) — The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians said her husband showed no signs of PTSD before he deployed, and she doesn’t feel like she’ll ever believe he was involved in the killings.“I don’t know a lot about the symptoms of PTSD, so I wouldn’t know,” Karilyn Bales told NBC’s “Today” show. “He doesn’t have nightmares, you know, things like that. No dreams,” she said.She defended her husband, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, in a weekend interview with Matt Lauer that aired Monday. Officials say Bales left his base March 11 in southern Afghanistan and killed eight Afghan adults and nine children.The wife of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier said the accusations are “unbelievable to me.”“He loves children, he’s like a big kid himself,” she said. “I have no idea what happened, but he would not … he loves children, and he would not do that.”He was formally charged Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder and other crimes, and is being held at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.last_img read more

Anil Ambani to sell BIG FM 927 Indias largest radio network to

first_imgAnil Ambani is facing worst time of his business career.Credit: ReutersAnil Ambani is hoping to get himself out of the debt burden by selling BIG FM 92.7 radio channels, which operate under the Reliance Broadcasting Network (RBN), to the Jagran group. The Kanpur-based group owns Dainik Jagran newspaper and Radio City FM channels. The deal comes after an earlier bid to sell the stakes in RBN to Zee Group which had acquired two TV channels owned by Anil Ambani for Rs 300 crore.”Together with the stake sale in Reliance Nippon Asset Management for Rs 6,000 crore and other ongoing monetisation plans, we expect Reliance Capital’s debt to reduce by around Rs 12,000 crore (nearly 70 per cent) in FY20,” Amit Bapna, Reliance Capital CFO, told Business Standard.The acquisition by Jagran group’s Music Broadcast Limited (MBL) worth Rs 12,000 crore will be phase-wise with 24 per cent of the Big FM radio channel networks being purchased first. This is in tandem with the government guidelines that a radio station cannot sell its majority stake for the full license control in the first three years of its inception. Anil Ambani’s BIG FM currently has 59 stations. MBL will acquire 49 channels of Big FM first and the remaining 14 will be bought once their lock-in period expires in March 2020. The deal will result in the formation of India’s largest private FM radio network when Radio City and Big FM come together after the approvals. AZ Research Partners data.Raghavendra NAnil Ambani is reportedly selling the Big FM channels at a considerably cheaper price than the earlier proposed deal with Zee group that was valued at Rs 1,872 crore. The cheaper deal may be due to Anil Ambani’s efforts to pay off the debt by selling his businesses across entertainment and investment divisions. Also, the radio and entertainment businesses since the RBN-Zee group’s deal seemed to have witnessed a decline which accounts for the lower valuation.Anil Ambani’s tryst with the entertainment businesses began way back in 2005 when he acquired the majority stake in Adlabs Films, a media entertainment company and soon launched BIG FM all over the country amid evolving radio businesses. However, like his other businesses, Big FM radio stations also witnessed a revenue decline and was on a lookout for an active buyer since 2013.last_img read more

Two Months After Harvey Buffalo Bayou Sees Beginning Of Cleanup

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:02 Davis Land Houston Public MediaWorkers stage cleanup equipment along Buffalo Bayou two months after Harvey.Two months after Hurricane Harvey, cleanup on Buffalo Bayou is now underway with water levels finally low enough to remove debris. But even with easier access, working on the bayou presents a unique set of challenges. Dumpsters, garbage trucks and other heavy machinery are normal fare for a cleanup operation, but on Buffalo Bayou (and waterways around Harris county), these tools must be perched precariously on top of barges.“It’s very simply explained, yeah, we just go get the debris out, but the physical process of doing it is much more involved than that,” said Jeff Jowell of the Harris County Flood Control District.Cleanup is a tricky thing to do, but it’s necessary. The debris — large trees, brush, and the remnants of some structures along the bayou —impacts the bayou’s ability to transport water downstream, creating blockages.“Small blockages turn into bigger blockages and that artificially raises the level of the bayou,” Jowell said.Debris can damage sewer lines or other pipes that cross the bayou. Bridges and other infrastructure are also put at risk by stray debris. If not cleaned up before the next rain event, the bayou may not function as it should, creating more potential for flooding and damage.Jowell said it’s hard to estimate when the cleanup will be done. It just depends on how fast water continues to drain and if the Army Corp of Engineers needs to make releases from reservoirs upstream.last_img read more

Did San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr Break The Law To

first_img Share Photo via San Jacinto County Sheriff’s OfficeMugshot of San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr.Why did San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr., the elected leader of a small county north of Houston, enter his own county clerk’s office after hours last July, allegedly committing a misdemeanor and two felonies?It seems that maybe he was running late.County commissioners have to publicly post agendas 72 hours ahead of their meetings — it’s the law. Here’s how it was usually followed in San Jacinto County: Lovett brought the agenda for Tuesday’s meetings to County Clerk Dawn Wright; she, or one of her deputies, signed and stamped it; they made copies and posted it outside well before Saturday morning, the deadline for public notice.But on Friday, July 7, 2017, it was after 5 p.m. and Wright had yet to receive the agenda. Her office, she said, closes at 5 and isn’t open on weekends. She left around 5:15 p.m.About 15 minutes later, records say, Lovett entered the office using his master key and stamped the agenda with Wright’s signature and the time: 5:31 p.m. He told a local news station days later that he needed to post it for public viewing. He triggered a silent alarm that alerted authorities. Wright called for an investigation into the break-in. And then, nearly 10 months after the incident, Lovett was arrested Monday on charges of burglary, forgery and tampering with a governmental record. On Thursday, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced that it had suspended him without pay until further notice.Lovett has said he had the authority — and the master key — to enter Wright’s office.“It would’ve been a very easy fix for [Wright] to just stay a few minutes after 5 o’clock and accept that filing,” Lovett said last year, adding that Wright had been “derelict” in her duties. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.Local officials said a hearing date for the criminal charges has not yet been set. Wright said the commissioners will meet Monday to decide what to do in his absence. The irony, Wright said, is that the agenda “doesn’t have to be stamped before it’s posted.”“It’s just a good practice,” she said.last_img read more

Study shows people rarely express gratitude to those closest to them

first_img Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Simeon Floyd et al. Universals and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180391AbstractGratitude is argued to have evolved to motivate and maintain social reciprocity among people, and to be linked to a wide range of positive effects—social, psychological and even physical. But is socially reciprocal behaviour dependent on the expression of gratitude, for example by saying ‘thank you’ as in English? Current research has not included cross-cultural elements, and has tended to conflate gratitude as an emotion with gratitude as a linguistic practice, as might appear to be the case in English. Here, we ask to what extent people express gratitude in different societies by focusing on episodes of everyday life where someone seeks and obtains a good, service or support from another, comparing these episodes across eight languages from five continents. We find that expressions of gratitude in these episodes are remarkably rare, suggesting that social reciprocity in everyday life relies on tacit understandings of rights and duties surrounding mutual assistance and collaboration. At the same time, we also find minor cross-cultural variation, with slightly higher rates in Western European languages English and Italian, showing that universal tendencies of social reciprocity should not be equated with more culturally variable practices of expressing gratitude. Our study complements previous experimental and culture-specific research on gratitude with a systematic comparison of audiovisual corpora of naturally occurring social interaction from different cultures from around the world. Explore further Frequency of expressions of gratitude after successful requests (928 cases). Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180391 © 2018 Citation: Study shows people rarely express gratitude to those closest to them (2018, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Saying “thank you” when someone does something for you is a way of expressing gratitude. It is also generally considered the polite thing to do—but mostly only in public conversations, the researchers with this new effort found.To learn more about expressions of gratitude as part of social interactions, the researchers installed microphones in the homes and community gathering places of volunteers. In all, the team recorded 1,057 conversations from which they counted instances when someone offered thanks to the other. They did this for people living on five continents using eight languages.In analyzing their tallies, the researchers found that people say “thank you” far less than might be assumed—at least when talking with family or close friends. They also found that there were differences among different groups. Those speaking English, for example, tended to offer thanks approximately 14.5 percent of the time. Those speaking Italian were close behind at 13.5 percent. But in other countries, it was much lower, such as just 2 percent for Polish speakers. Overall, the average was just 5.5 percent. The researchers suggest what they found is not an example of people feeling freer to be rude to family, but an example of a basic standard of reciprocity. This suggests, they note, that the default answer is “yes” when asked for something in a family situation. The expectation is that the person receiving the request will do it. And it happens a lot more than most might think. The researchers found that during normal conversation, people make requests of others approximately every 1.5 minutes, on average. They also noted that when thanks were not expressed, the other person was not upset—and, indeed, rarely even noticed it. It was only when the other person said “no” that the person asking responded in a meaningful way. And it was the same for the person being asked—they only felt the need to explain themselves when turning down a request. An international team of researchers has found that people around the world rarely say “thank you” to those closest to them. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of expressing gratitude and what they found. What we mean when we ask for the milk This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Getting practical in the capital

With each artist making a canvas of their own expression, the exhibition Locus Solus: Rasa comprises a collection of paintings in different medium. Fromn oil on canvas, acrylics, collage and drawing on paper, installations, mixed media on paper and sculptures they are all there. ‘Each artist has a uniqaue expression and we have colloborated this inherent meaning into this exhibition,’ said curator Elizabeth Rogers. The 12 participating artists — Akhil Arora, Carol Diver, Darrell Roberts, Los Vendaval, Louis Hudson, Manoj Kumar Mohanty, Mitali Shah, Montse Caraballo Caro, Ravi Kumar Chunchula, Santosh Kumar Pedagadi and Surajit Biswas — are a part of NIV Art Centre’s International Artist Residency 2012. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Akhil Arora’s mixed media works reveal his detachment with the modern society. Carol Diver’s works — Dis-inundated and Mirchihot — brings in colours and the visual effects of light.‘My works till date has been about how light and its reflection has an effect on colour. I like to use ambiguity and tension to explore the visual possibilities of this combination,’ said Carol. Darrell Roberts’ works using vivid acrylics on canvas — Happiness and I am in Love Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix— catch the eye because of their brightness. ‘The finished painting is a physical manifestation, or residue, of the action. Although my paintings are seemingly abstract, they are rooted in my everyday experience,’ said Roberts.LosVendaval’s installations — Celosia, Mirror home, City sky Line etc — explore spaces and cities with their surroundings. ‘We have explored spatial occupation through modular pieces using various basic elements to create infinite formal possibilities,’ he says. Go check this out.DETAILAt: Lalit Kala Academy, Mandi  House On till: 20 October Timings: 11 am to 7 am read more

Tourism to fuel Bengals economic growth

first_imgA post-graduate in Bangla from Calcutta University, Bratya Basu, intellectual-turned-politician subscribing to the Trinamool Congress, is one of the youngest members of  Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet of ministers steering the government of West Bengal. The young minister, who made waves earlier as a theatre director-actor-intellectual is now re-defining the state’s tourism policy in an attempt to bolster the state’s economy and also, its public image. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceDeemed to be close to chief minister Mamata Banerjee right from the days of her land movement, Basu contested from the Dum Dum constituency against CPM heavyweight Gautam Deb in 2011 and defeated him by a huge margin in the Assembly polls. Prior to his stint as Trinamool MLA and minister for education in Banerjee’s cabinet, Basu made a mark as an eminent theatre director and actor. Some of the plays written and directed by Bratya Basu are Ashaleen, Aranyadeb, Shahariyar and Chatushkon. Basu also directed films like Raasta and Teesta and also acted in the film, Kaalbela. Also Read – Turning a blind eye What’s your primary objective now? The priority of the new government is to boost tourism footfall in our state,  to explore untapped resources with tourism potential, to provide last mile connectivity to tourist destinations and develop infrastructure at the tourist spots, through the PPP model.  The new destinations are Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri, Jharkhali in South 24 Parganas, Jhargram Rajbari in Paschim Medinipur and Sabujdeep in Hooghly. We are promoting new home stay tourist destinations such as Takda, Tinchule Chimney, Sitong in Darjeeling district, Buxa, Joyanti, Murti in Dooars, home stay in Sunderbans, Mukutmonipur, Ranibandh, Susunia, Beharinath in Bankura, Joychandi, Telkupighat, Matha in Purulia, Motijhil in Murshidabad are some of the places worth mentioning. We are also providing better tourist amenities in our existing tourist destinations. The natural beauty of the state is tremendous. We are planning to maintain this through sensitizing different stake-holders and promote it through publicity and aggressive marketing it in different tourism fairs held in different states and abroad. West Bengal Tourism has been participating in major international events like WTM London, ITB Asia, ITB Berlin, and has attended many road shows organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Los Angeles, Seattle, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok. B2B meetings with travel and tour operators of our state are being held with their counterparts in those countries. Your website mentions places like Darjeeling, Digha, Dooars, Kolkata and Sunderbans as prime tourist spots. Are there new tourist facilities coming up here? What are these?We are creating tourist amenities in the Dooars mega tourism project.  We are providing public amenities in Sunderbans, Sajnekhali and Gadkhali areas. How would you rate the state of tourism infrastructure in Bengal at the moment? How can  connectivity, govt tourist lodges and amenities available be bettered?At this moment it can be said that the facilities are good. We are trying to make it even better. We are putting emphasis on last mile connectivity of the tourist spots, setting up tourist amenities centre and making a clean environment at the tourist spots.  We are also giving importance for improvement of our lodge infrastructure and other allied services. To begin with we have brought out a thorough change in utensils in our Santiniketan tourist lodge depending upon the local crafts. Are you about to promote food and festival tourism or cultural tourism in Bengal in a big way? Bengal is a foodie’s delight, isn’t it?Yes, we promote many such fairs round the year and throughout the state, like the  Bishnupur Mela, Park Street, Beach Festival, Kenduli Mela, Mati Utsav, Pous Mela and Basanta Utsav and many other district village festivals. As for promoting food festivals, the WBTDCL has recently organised Ilish Utsav in a big way on a river cruise to celebrate delicacies available in our state.  The Hooghly has been compared to the Thames and Digha to Miami. How  soon are the beaches and waterfronts of Bengal going to be developed? Development, beautification, illumination, and provision of tourist amenities are being taken up at Digha, Udaypur, Tajpur, Sankarpur and Bakkhali area. We have also taken up river front beautification work along the river Ganges’ Kolkata and Howrah banks for a total cost of Rs. 20 crore. Are you looking at private players or foreign investment in tourism? If yes, then in which projects? Yes. Under the dynamic leadership and guidance of Mamata Banerjee the hon’ble chief minister of West Bengal, there has been a sea change in the tourism industry in West Bengal. Tourism has become a major engine in the economic growth of our state. Tourists coming to our state from India and abroad are now getting all sorts of services in our state. Our chief minister has insisted on infrastructure development for tourist facilitation in our state. There are already four such projects taken up for execution in PPP model, like Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri, Jharkhali in South 24 Parganas, Jhargram Rajbari in Paschim Medinipur and Sabujdeep in Hooghly. You had a very active career in theatre and films. How do you plan to continue with it? I always put a balance between my theatre career and the portfolio. You may remember that I am here not from direct political milieu but from the cultural world. So, how can I forget my own identity? Theatre is my passion but politics is my duty under the guidance of Mamata Banerjee, the hon’ble chief minister. Does your ministry have targets and deadlines? Can you mention a few of them?We have specific deadlines on all of our flagship projects with specific deadline for completion at each stage of its execution. A few examples in this regard are Gajoldoba eco-tourism project, Jharkhali eco-tourism hub, Sabujdeep  eco-tourism project, Mukutmonipur, Beharinath, Susunia, Joychandi Pahar, Telkupighat eco-tourism projects in Bankura and Purulia, Jhargram eco-tourism project, home stay eco-tourism at Takda, Tinchuley, Chimney, Pokhiatar, Kodalbasti. What are the other things that Kolkata needs to make it like London? What is the status of the giant ferris wheel for example? It is the dream of our chief minister Mamata Banerjee to make Kolkata look like London in the spirit of the term. We have taken up many projects for beautification of Kolkata city. These are beautification/illumination of Jama Masjid, St. Paul Cathedral, Dakshineswar Temple, Shahid Minar, Kolkata Police Museum, Presidency University, Calcutta University, Calcutta Medical College & Hospital, Albert Hall, beautification of College Square, landscaping and illumination along the Ganges, beautification of Mayo Road, Eden Gardens, Outramghat and  Beleghata Subhas Sarobar.  How can a booming tourism industry help improve the image of West Bengal further? What is your vision?Under the dynamic leadership and guidance of Mamata Banerjee, there has been a sea change in the tourism industry in West Bengal. Tourism has become a major engine in the economic growth of our state.  Tourists coming to our state from India and abroad are now getting all sorts of services in our state. Our chief minister is putting emphasis on infrastructure development for tourists coming to our state. Given the geographical diversity of our state, from Darjeeling hills to Sunderbans mangroves, the natural beauty of Dooars, the heritage spots of Murshidabad and Malda, the beauty of Santiniketan and the beaches of Digha, Bengal could very well  be a unique tourist destination for the country and abroad.last_img read more

Pujo fervour grips Delhi

first_imgDelhi is a melting pot of several cultures, with all festivals being celebrated with great fervour. ‘Durga Pooja’ popularly known as ‘pujo’ is one of the most popular religious festivals in the Capital. Started by a small group of migrated Bengali’s in C R Park, Durga pooja is among the most celebrated festivals in the Captial. Majorly, there are 11 pandals, which are set in C R Park itself besides the Shiv Mandir – considered to be the oldest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMost Bengalis living in Delhi permanently/ temporarily felt that the festival was celebrated with as much enthusiasm here as it was in Kolkata.”I think Delhi celebrates pujo in a better way because Kolkata is so used to it and here in Delhi I see people putting efforts in making it a success. It is my second pujo in Delhi and I am really looking forward to the next four days,” says Arpita, a student of LaxmiBai College, Delhi University.Aneeket, who works in a corporate firm and is living in Delhi for the past five years feels that now Delhi is no different than Kolkata when it comes to celebrating Durga pooja. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFrom choosing the right theme for this year, selecting the colour of decoration, to calling the craftsmen to make the idol – different pooja committees in Delhi have been pulling out all stops to pull in pandal hoppers.Though, there are countless poojas in every corner of the city, here are a few which you would not want to miss: 1. CR Park (shiv mandir)Popularly known as ‘Kalibaari’ Durga pooja, this pooja is organised by the ‘Mela ground Durga Pooja Samiti’ and is the first and biggest event which has been happening every year for 43 years now. Talking about the preparations of the pujo, a member of the committee reveals, “It is not a one day process, it takes us almost one year to prepare for the grand show we try to put up every year.”Talking with Millennium Post, he also tells that the estimated budget of every year is around 30-40 lakhs. Though the committee manages to get proper funding every year because of its exclusive presentation of pujo, they believe that they can do even better than this.”At this moment, a lot of things are happening in Delhi. There is Ramleela, Melas, so many other Durga poojas…I think this way the sponsors are lost. They are divided, which creates a little problem for us,” a senior member elaborates. 2. Kali Bari, Gol MarketBeing the centre of Delhi, this pandal has also gained popularity with time. It is organised every year by the committee of ‘Durga mandir’ in the area.”Delhi is the best place to celebrate festivals, whether it is Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga pooja or Diwali, people in Delhi just need a reason to celebrate,” said the priest of the temple. 3. Safdarjung EnclaveOrganised by ‘Matri Mandir Sarbojanin Durga Pooja Samiti’, this pooja can be listed as the second biggest Pooja celebration in the Capital. Safdarjung being in South Delhi caters a high-class crowd every year.For celebrating the 52nd year of pooja festivities the committee has come up with new zeal and enthusiasm led by an all-women managing committee to keep up all the work on their shoulders.Talking about the food and bhog facilities at the ongoing event, a member of the samiti reveals, “This year we have prepared different menu on different days of the pujo, which will include Bengali delicacy like Khichuri, Beguni, Laabra, Payesh, Shahi Paneer, Sweets, Halwa etc.” 4. JVCC, Sector 25, NoidaThough there are many other pandals in this area, this pandal is a big one you won’t want to miss. The pooja which has held its roots in Delhi for 26 years now, will be a step ahead this year – in terms of theme and arrangement, a member reveals.Talking at the pandal on day one, a member of the committee reveals on the process of how their idol of Durga is made. “As it is a tradition, the soil for the idol is brought from the prostitute’s house in Kolkata.” 5. Lodhi Road ComplexBeautifully set in the white aura, the pandal is heavenly to enter in. This is a small arrangement by the residents of the area – who every year for more than three decades have been organising pooja in their locality.”There are different themes every year, there are competitions across the Capital around Durga pooja. We are residents of this area and we just do it for devotion. We feel blessed that ma has arrived in our home again this year and we are looking forward to next four days,” says Sidharta Banerjee, who is the head of the Durga pooja committee.last_img read more

These Subtle Smart Gloves Turn Sign Language Into Words

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals A startup that spun out of Taiwan’s University of Science is working on gloves that can translate sign language gestures into text. Such a concept isn’t new by any means, but the elegance of Yingmi Tech’s hardware deserves some special attention.The company was actually founded by a team looking to build a more elegant way to control objects inside virtual reality. But it transpired that the same hardware was sophisticated enough to identify the motion of the hands as well as bends in the fingers.Compared to other sign language gloves that we’ve seen, Yingmi’s are some of the sleekest and most elegant. The box that houses the gyroscope and batteries is pretty small, and yet each hand has enough power to run for up to eight hours at a time.There are, however, problems, such as the complexity and size of the Chinese language compared to others. I’m told that most smartphones aren’t capacious enough to hold all of the gesture data to encompass natural signed speech.In the demonstration, a user can instead speak in broken sentences, like the phrase “You want Coffee? Milk?” rather than anything more florid. As a consequence, Yingmi is looking into building a cloud-based translation platform to lessen the burden on the local device.There is, right now, no word on when such gloves will become commercially available, but the hope is that a pair will retail for less than $200.Chris Velazco contributed to this report. May 31, 2017 This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more