Smoking rates in Nova Scotia continue to decline. The annual Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, released today, Thursday, Aug. 11, shows that the 2004 smoking rate in Nova Scotia was at 20 per cent in 2004, a decline from 30 per cent in 2000 and from 22 per cent in 2003. The numbers represent about 78,000 fewer Nova Scotians smoking in 2004 than 2000. “This is good news,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “In 2006, with the introduction of the 100 per cent ban on smoking in public and work places, we expect smoking rates will go down even further.” Nova Scotia Health Promotion officials say the steady decline in smoking rates can be attributed to the comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy. The plan uses a multi-pronged approach to address smoking rates in the province, and its success is due in large part to the participation of many stakeholders. The strategy will continue its work on community-based programming, cessation programs, youth prevention, and social marketing. Although the 2004 report shows that smoking rates in Nova Scotia have declined by two percentage points since 2003, the number is not considered statistically significant. The survey also shows that the number of cigarettes Nova Scotians smoke each day is steadily declining — from an average of 17.7 a day in 2000 to 14.9 a day in 2004. The average number smoked in 2003 was 15.1. For more information on the tobacco control strategy, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/tcu/default.htm .
If we all make some changes to the way we use energy, we could make a significant difference to the economic and environmental future of Nova Scotia. That means more money in all of our pocketbooks and a greener future for Nova Scotians in every part of the province. The EnerGuide for Houses program includes expert advice and rebates for upgrades to new and existing homes, and includes help for low-to-modest income homeowners. Through this and other energy-efficiency programs, we are keeping our commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and making life better for families in every region of the province. Conserve Nova Scotia offers a variety of rebates, as well as financing programs to help homeowners save energy and money, and protect our environment. Nova Scotia Power also offers rebates and financing options for those planning to build or who have an existing home heated with electricity. Natural Resources Canada recently discontinued its ecoEnergy Retrofit-Homes Program for new entrants. As a result, homeowners entering the province’s EnerGuide program after March 31 are not eligible for federal rebates. I realize that this change is frustrating for many Nova Scotian families that intended to access this program to reduce their energy use and take action on climate change. It may also leave some people wondering if they can or should do an energy efficiency evaluation on their home if the federal rebate is no longer available. The answer is yes. If you’ve registered after midnight on March 31, 2010, you can still have an initial assessment completed on your home, and can access provincial rebates of up to $1,500. Rebates of up to $4,200 are also available from Nova Scotia Power for energy efficient upgrades to electrically-heated homes. Financing options are available as well. Anyone registered by midnight March 31 can still access federal, provincial and Nova Scotia Power rebates. As well, our solar program offers a combined $2,500 rebate from Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power for residential water heating projects that can be financed through the EnerGuide program’s interest-free loan. Energy efficiency evaluations are completed by certified energy auditors employed by service providers throughout the province. The $150 evaluation fee is a smart investment that will pay for itself over time. It provides valuable information to help homeowners reduce their energy and water use and provides an opportunity to save money on fuel and utility bills. If you own a home, I encourage you to call a service provider in your area to book an EnerGuide evaluation today. Take advantage of this great opportunity to save energy and money, increase the comfort and value of your home, and reduce your impact on the environment. For more information on EnerGuide programs for new or existing houses, visit www.itstartswithme.ca or call the EnerInfo line at 1-800-670-4636. -30-
Kolkata: The state government will not allow Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) to clear the debris and further construction until it submits a certificate from a competent authority to the government saying that no subsidence of land is taking place in Bowbazar, where houses have been damaged due to construction work of East-West Metro.The decision was taken at the meeting conducted by the high power committee chaired by Chief Secretary Malay De at Nabanna on Thursday. The KMRCL is yet to arrest the land subsidence in Bowbazar. During the meeting, the agency deliberated on the technical efforts that have been put forward. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt also complained that the situation could not be brought under control despite experts being brought from Hong Kong and Singapore. The situation has further aggravated as the adjoining areas of B B Ganguly Street have also been affected. Mayor Firhad Hakim has already instructed the building department to conduct regular surveys of the buildings in Bowbazar. After the meeting, Hakim said on Thursday: “KMRCL will provide us a soil stability certificate, following which we will give permission to clear the debris. The issue of reconstruction of buildings does not arise before it.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The local councillors and the officers-in-charge of the concerned police station will prepare a list of the affected families and councillors will issue certificates to them on the basis of the FIRs lodged by the family members. On the basis of the FIRs, the banks would be requested to arrange the documents. Some family members have failed to recover documents from their houses,” he added. It may be mentioned here that KMRCL has decided to provide Rs five lakh to each of the affected families, acting upon Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s request. It would get the damaged structures rebuilt and will also provide alternative accommodation for the affected families until their houses are reconstructed. Those who have lost their shops will also be compensated, but the amount will be determined by KMRCL authorities, Hakim maintained. The Chief Minister has also laid stress on the compensation to those who have lost their shops. KMRCL has agreed to pay Rs 5 lakh to each family within the next couple of days. The councillors and local officers-in-charge are identifying the list of affected persons. The process will take some time as some more people may be displaced, Hakim said. “The state government has assured all kinds of help to Metro authorities. During the meeting, they have been asked to expedite rehabilitation and relocation work,” Hakim said, adding: “We have delivered 200 water tankers from KMC to the agency, as they claimed it would help cover the cracks.” Meanwhile, the Chief Minister, while addressing teachers at Netaji Indoor stadium, said that her government is with the Metro authorities and is providing all assistance. The Bengal government does not criticise the Centre only for the sake of Opposition, she said. KMRCL and police officials on Thursday allowed the residents to enter their damaged houses to collect their belongings. Two representatives of each family were allowed inside.
The total weight of the cocaine discovered from a container yard in Peliyagoda is said to be 300 kgs, the police said.The cocaine, concealed in a sugar container, was earlier believed to be 274 kgs. However investigations have now found that the total weight of the cocaine is 300 kgs with a street value of almost Rs. 4500 Million. (Colombo Gazette)
by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 8:13 am MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian stocks mixed as investors await Fed meeting minutes FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Wall Street is etched in the facade of a building in New York’s Financial District. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as investors return from the holiday weekend in a buying mood. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) SEOUL, South Korea – Asian stock markets were mixed with subdued movements on Wednesday, getting little push from the Wall Street’s record high overnight, as investors awaited the Fed’s latest meeting minutes due later in the day for clues about the U.S. central bank’s views on interest rates.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.2 per cent to 19,345.12 while South Korea’s Kospi added 0.2 per cent to 2,106.18. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 0.8 per cent to 24,154.38 and Shanghai Composite Index inched down 0.1 per cent to 3,250.25. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.1 per cent to 5,797.80. Stocks in Southeast Asia were mixed.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Given the dearth of data release, FOMC minutes ought to be the main focus for markets that have a penchant for line-by-line dissection and de-cryption,” Mizuho Bank said in a daily commentary, referring to the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee. Last week, Fed chief Janet Yellen indicated the Fed is likely to speed up the pace of interest rate rises if the job market remains healthy and inflation stays on track.WALL STREET: Wall Street again broke records Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 118.95 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 20,743. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 14.22 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,365.38. The Nasdaq composite gained 27.37 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 5,865.95. All three indexes are at record highs after rising nine times in the last 10 days. U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 21 cents to $54.54 per barrel in New York. The contract rose 55 cents to close at $54.33 per barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 29 cents to $57.05 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 113.41 yen from 113.57 yen. The euro rose slightly to $1.0547 from $1.0546.
“I strongly condemn these vicious killings and attacks, which were committed in particularly horrifying circumstances, and which have involved dismembering people, including children, while they are still alive,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a press release. Since late January, four attacks were reported – three involving children, one as young as seven months old.Authorities are investigating three of the cases, but according to the news release, successful prosecutions are rare. Out of the 72 murders of people with albinism documented in Tanzania since 2000, only five cases were prosecuted. “I urge the Tanzanian authorities to strengthen their legal response to such crimes and increase their efforts to bring perpetrators of attacks and killings to justice,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that the Government has the primary responsibility to protect people with albinism.According to the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR), the killing and mutilation of people with albinism is often linked to witchcraft. Some practitioners allegedly also believe that the witchcraft is more powerful if the victim screams during the amputation, which explains why the body parts are often cut from live victims. “These crimes are abhorrent. People with albinism have the right to start living, like anyone else, without fear of being killed or dismembered,” Ms. Pillay noted. She also urged the Government to guarantee the victims’ right to redress, and to provide them with medical and psychosocial treatment, as well as legal support.“I am deeply alarmed by the general discrimination and social exclusion many people with albinism suffer, as a result of their skin colour, not just in Tanzania but in other countries as well,” Ms. Pillay said, noting that families of children with albinism frequently neglect their education. Those who do attend school often suffer from severe bullying, and many are forced to drop out of school and live in poverty.
Redshirt-junior 1st baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse (left) tags the runner during a game against Eastern Michigan April 8 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-1.Credit: James Grega Jr. / Lantern reporterOne of the most important things a team has to do to succeed is win the games they are supposed to win.The Ohio State baseball team has done that all season long, and Tuesday was no exception in its game against Eastern Michigan.OSU (19-13, 2-7) won its ninth straight non-conference game against EMU (10-19, 1-8) defeating the Eagles, 8-1. While the win was good for the team, coach Greg Beals said after two straight weekend sweeps losing against Indiana and Nebraska, he would still like to see his team play at a higher level.“I told the guys afterwards that I don’t think we played a whole lot better than we played over the weekend, we got more hits but you’re playing a Tuesday mid-week game, you’re going to get more hits than against a weekend rotation pitcher,” Beals said.The Buckeyes’ starting pitcher freshman Zach Farmer threw 7.0 innings, only allowing two hits and one run and tallying three strikeouts. The win gives Farmer a team-best fifth win of the season.“I just settled down and threw what I knew I had, I went through my mechanics slowly and I just threw fastballs in there for strikes,” Farmer said. “Everything was really on point today.”Although Farmer’s game isn’t perfect, Beals said he is pleased with the progression of his young pitcher.“He’s one of the best left-handed pitchers in the state of Ohio and that’s why we brought him here and we were fortunate to get him here,” Beals said. “He continues to develop, he still needs to work on controlling the running game, he still needs to work on just being a little more efficient, but other than that his stuff is dominating.”A leadoff triple by redshirt-sophomore utility infielder Nick Sergakis initiated a massive third inning to get the Buckeyes’ offense going. OSU produced five runs in the inning, including an RBI single by junior outfielder Pat Porter to score Sergakis.The offense did not let up in the next inning, scoring two more in the fourth after a two-run RBI single to right-field by redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel, bringing the score to 7-1 in OSU’s favor.Porter, who had an impressive diving catch in right field in the ninth inning to accompany his three hits and one RBI at the plate, said he felt good about his performance against EMU.“I’m starting to finally get comfortable, I felt real comfortable tonight I just have to keep grinding it out,” Porter said. “My swings felt good all year, really it’s just seeing the ball up, taking advantage of mistakes and I did that really well tonight.”Beals said Porter’s effort showed – diving for the ball is exactly what he wants to see from each of his players.“I don’t care how many hits he got, I’ll take that catch in the ninth innings of a seven-run game because that tells me how he’s playing, that tells me where he’s at— he’s locked in and he’s playing the game,” Beals said.After Leffel’s single, both teams’ bats got quiet – neither team would post a run until sophomore first baseman Zach Ratcliff hit an RBI single to give the Buckeyes their final run of the night.Freshman pitcher Curtiss Irving entered the game in relief of Farmer in the eighth, throwing two scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. against Dayton at Bill Davis Stadium.
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. BBC backs Laura Kuenssberg over ‘absurd’ social media claimsShe has more than a million followers on Twitter yet today the BBC has defended their journalist Laura Kuenssberg over accusations about a tweet she shared on the platform. The corporation said it was “absurd” to suggest she maliciously shared details of a father who confronted Boris Johnson at a hospital, who happened to be a Labour activist. Read on for details. Here is Charlotte Gill’s take on the bitter attack on Ms Kuenssberg. And Glenda Cooper asks if she really is “the most divisive woman on television”.Players will bare tattoos during World Cup despite mafia linksEngland will be hoping to make their mark on the Rugby World Cup in Japan but it is marks that have already been made which are catching attention.Players will bare tattoos during the tournament despite body art’s link to Japanese mafia gangs. Click here to see the tattoos of some of the squad. And here is a team-by-team guide to the tournament, which kicks off tomorrow.News briefingQueen and Scotland vote | Palace’s ‘displeasure’ at Cameron’s commentsPensioner power | Watch 81-year-old Doreen tackling cash machine ‘thief’Rights crackdown | Country poised to ban consensual sex outside marriageTyrants can tweet | Twitter says murderous dictators can stay on its serviceChildren’s meals | Burger King announces plans to ban plastic toysVideo: Trudeau apologises for ‘brownface’ pictureCanada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologised today for wearing brownface makeup at a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to his re-election campaign. Time magazine published the picture one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau’s Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer. Watch him apologise after the image emerged – as two more damning pictures come to light. CommentTom Harris | Clause 4? 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The Telegraph’s writers pick their teams for the clash in Sapporo.Injury worry | Loosehead prop Joe Marler a doubt for England openerTragic death | Former Burton defender shot dead in Amsterdam, aged 32Lack of ‘maturity’ | Harry Kane bemoans Spurs’ Champions League drawAnd finally…’Guilt-free’ food | Many of us are looking for ways to help the environment. Today, a peer has said restaurants should put invasive species on the menu to help Britain’s natural world. Here are the animals Lord Randall had in mind. If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp.Former prime minister wades in as Supreme Court battle closesSir John Major has said Boris Johnson’s reasons for proroguing Parliament cannot be true, in an intervention on the final day of the Supreme Court challenge. The former prime minister, represented in court by Lord Edward Garnier, says the PM had “ulterior motives” and accused the Downing Street press office of misleading journalists. Yet Mr Johnson’s lawyers have urged judges not to order him to recall Parliament even if it rules the suspension is unlawful. Here is why. Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, said it’s hoped a ruling will be given early next week. You can follow the blow-by-blow account of today’s hearing in our politics liveblog. Aside from all this, the Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay, has said the EU is not ready for a no-deal Brexit and warned it would cripple one country in particular. Here are the latest odds on Britain leaving without an agreement and the chances of a general election.In these tumultuous times, the one thing politicians may be feeling happy about is the retirement of John Humphrys, who presented his last Today programme this morning after 32 years on the show. 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(CNN) Actor Bill Paxton, whose extensive career included films such as “The Terminator,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61.“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said.Bill Paxton“A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”Moments after news of Paxton’s death broke, social media lit up with tributes to the versatile actor.In addition to more than 90 acting credits, Paxton was also a director on films such as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” and “Fraility.”Screenwriter Brian Lynch said Paxton was a talented director.“RIP Bill Paxton. great in everything, was the highlight of every movie he was in,” Lynch tweeted. “Underrated director too.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89May 23, 2017In “Entertainment”Sylvester Stallone ‘flattered’ by Donald Trump job linkDecember 19, 2016In “World”Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dies at 79December 4, 2017In “Entertainment”
In the latest issue of International Mining Project News Northern Dynasty has confirmed that the Pebble gold-copper-molybdenum project, in southwest Alaska, is economically robust after receiving the results of a NI 43-101 compliant preliminary assessment (PA). The PA indicates that the mine could remain in production for up to 78 years to become “one of the most important producers of the 21st century” according to Wardrop.The open pit mine, located in Bristol Bay which is believed to contain the world’s richest salmon fishery, has come under heavy environmental fire in the past. However this positive report, with peak annual recoveries of 62 Mlb molybdenum, 1.1 Moz gold and 1,096 Mlb copper, confirms Pebble’s potential and the Pebble JV partners (including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi) seem confident that the massive project will get a clean bill of health from the Environmental Protection Agency in its upcoming review of potential mining impacts on the Bristol Bay watershed.Pretium Resources has revealed significant resource increases at its adjacent Brucejack and Snowfield projects in northern British Columbia. Gold and silver resources at the combined project has increased by 64% and 33% respectively with Measured and Indicated resources now standing at 34.1 Moz gold and 191.9 Moz silver. Westgold Resources has lodged a Bidder’s statement outlining its goal to create a top 10 ASX listed gold producer within five years by combining the company with Aragon Resources. Amongst other things the combination would result in a 3+ Moz gold equivalent resource base and substantial development and exploration potential, including the “virgin” gold-copper discovery Rover 1 in the Northern Territory, where a feasibility study is currently underway, and historical mines in the central Murchison region of Western Australia which are being reopened by Aragon. Westgold sees three major underground mines at Rover 1, Big Bell and Great Fingall/Golden Crown providing the backbone to a 200,000 oz/y gold production profile for the combined entity within 5 years.After its incredible success at the Paulsens mine, in Western Australia, it is unsurprising that Northern Star Resources has agreed on an exclusive option with Sipa Resources to purchase the 668,000 oz Ashburton gold project which comprises 961 km2 of mining and exploration tenements stretching to within 5 km of the Paulsens gold mine. The company will focus on bringing Ashburton into production once the purchase is complete. Tanami Gold has yet again increased its gold resource at its Central Tanami project, located in Australia, with total (Measured, Indicated and Inferred) resources reaching 21.3 Mt at 3 g/t Au for 2.03 Moz gold.Over the past two years Tanami has regularly struck gold in its exploration activities to increase its resource by over 300% from the initial 0.5 Moz estimate. This latest increase has convinced the company to concentrate on completing a feasibility study on the CTP with an eye to restart production, using the project’s existing infrastructure and 1.2 Mt/y treatment plant, although with the granting of two more exploration licenses, and the strong potential of the Groundrush open pit, the company will hope to discover more resources in its 2011 drilling programs. Southern Cross Goldfields has also reported excellent results, from recent in-fill drilling at the Battler deposit, which will form part of a feasibility study designed to confirm and, the company hopes, extend Battler’s current, 504,000 t @ 2.3 g/t Au (Indicated and Inferred), JORC resource estimate. Battler is just one of seven deposits in Western Australia that Southern Cross plans to develop, as part of an initial 30,000 oz/y gold production strategy, so more drilling results can be expected soon.In the Northern Territory TNG Ltd has decided to follow up its recent scoping study on the Mount Peake iron-vanadium project with a second scoping study aimed at evaluating the possibilities of processing its vanadium pentoxide product into highly valuable ferro-vanadium. So far the company estimates that Mount Peake will operate for just under 24 years to produce 349,000 t V2O5, 27.18 Mt Fe and 6.46 Mt TiO2. After its $16.7 million raising Alcyone Resources has updated the market on development and exploration activities at its wholly owned Texas silver and polymetallic project in southeast Queensland. Despite freak Australian floods the company has managed to stay on track to achieve full scale silver production by Q3 2011, and has secured all the necessary supplies for a storm water dam at the Twin Hills project, where the company has already started mine construction.Brockman Resources has received the final environmental approvals for the development of its 17-20 Mt/y Marillana iron ore project in the Pilbara. Brockman can now look forward to completing its BFS on the 25 year project by Q3 2011 to generate LoM revenues of over A$60 billion at current iron ore prices. In northern Sweden Avalon Minerals is continuing intensive drilling programs, with over 15,000 m RC and diamond drilling being conducted across three open pit zones, at its wholly owned Viscaria copper-iron project. The initial results appear promising with drilling south of the ‘D Zone’ indicating far wider, higher grade, mineralisation than that previously encountered.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 50+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free trial copy.
Portuguese Sports newspaper A Bola has reported that Milan and Sporting CP have agreed terms for Carlos Bacca, but the Colombian is keen on a move to Spanish club Villareal.Sporting and Milan have already agreed terms for Carlos Bacca, according to A Bola.The loan deal will include an option to purchase that can be exercised at the end of the loan. The salary for the player will be shared between the two clubs.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The striker is left in limbo after the end of his loan with Villarreal, where he scored 18 goals in 43 matches.He returned to AC Milan training base but is not part of Gennaro Gattuso’s plans and he is running out of time to find him a new club.Both A Bola and Sportitalia reported that the 32-year-old is not entirely convinced by the Sporting Lisbon transfer and would prefer to wait for Villarreal to make a move.
Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Aug. 4, 2014. Fishing and environmental groups say the same could happen at new B.C. mines near the Southeast border. (Photo by Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)The British Columbia government has decided to not file charges in the Mount Polley Mine disaster.Listen nowCritics in Southeast Alaska say the lack of enforcement action increases their concerns about similar mines near salmon-rich transboundary rivers, which begin in British Columbia and flow through Southeast.Mount Polley’s tailings dam broke Aug. 4, 2014, sending millions of gallons of silt and water into nearby creeks and rivers.The three-year statute of limitations for filing charges is over and the province said it is taking no legal action.The central B.C. mine is owned by Imperial Metals, which also owns the Red Chris Mine in the Stikine River watershed.Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Mining Coordinator Guy Archibald said he’s very disappointed.“The Mount Polley investigation found that the contractors were not following the plan of operation for maintaining the tailings dam and that contributed to its failure,” Archibald said. “Why nobody’s being held responsible for this is very surprising.”B.C. environmental officials issued a statement Aug. 1 calling the dam collapse, “one of the worst environmental disasters in our province’s history.”Environment Minister George Heyman said the investigation is not over.Heyman promised provincial officials would work with Canada’s federal government to complete their inquiry.Archibald said he doesn’t expect federal charges to be filed, either.“Since the Mount Polley investigation, we’ve seen mines moving forward with the same failed technology as in the case of Mount Polley,” Archibald said. “Mines continue to be permitted and existing water-tailings structures are still on the books. Nothing has really changed on the ground from business as usual in the last three years.”Industry and prior British Columbia representatives have pointed to improvements in tailings-dam design and construction, saying they’re safe.
Kangana RanautSTR/AFP/Getty ImagesKangana Ranaut is one such actress who remains in news more for her controversial statements than her moves. While she generally comes up with one movie a year, the outspoken diva keeps making headlines with her bold comments.Her blunt nature has given her many fans, but at the same time scores of haters too. After her infamous fight with Hrithik Roshan, Kangana made many controversies with her statements.While most actresses choose to dodge tough or trouble-calling questions from media, Kangana is hardly seen trying to get an easy escape route. Whether right or wrong, the Queen actress is known for making her opinion heard loud and clear.So much so that she did not even think twice before speaking against almost the entire Bollywood industry. After taking Karan Johar head-on on the debate around nepotism, Kangana continued attacking him and his close allies.Despite knowing Karan is one of the biggest film-makers and has a huge hold in the industry, the 32-year-old actress did not bite her lips before accusing him of being “flag-bearer of nepotism”.Even till date, she hardly misses an opportunity to attack KJo. If that was not enough, Kangana has been targeting the industry’s top stars too lately. She levelled Alia Bhatt as Karan’s “puppet”, and slammed Ranbir Kapoor for allegedly not talking about national issues. She has even had criticised almost entire Bollywood industry on various subjects.So what exactly gives Kangana the courage to go against such big celebs and almost the entire industry?Firstly, Kangana is extremely confident about her capability. She is one of those rare Bollywood actresses who have given major box office hits single-handedly. After the success of Queen, Kangana has delivered multiple other blockbusters without the presence of any big male star.Secondly, despite attacking the industry stalwarts on regular basis, Kangana keeps getting highly promising roles. After the success of Manikarnika, the actress has already bagged three highly aspiring films – Mental Hai Kya, Panga and Jayalalithaa biopic. While she has already proven her acting skills multiple times, Kangana has also proven her worth as a director for Manikarnika. One would not be surprised if Kangana soon launches her own production house too.With so much happening in favour of Kangana, the actress certainly knows what it takes to keep shining in Bollywood despite going against the industry. At least, as of now.
World’s First Android-Powered Electric Scooterwww.archos.comSmaller and lighter vehicles are always preferred by people when it comes to travel over a shorter distance. A bicycle or an electric scooter is a fun way to travel from one place to another in a city through bad traffic.Keeping this in mind, French electronics company Archos has announced the launch of the world’s first Android-powered electric scooter. The company has named the scooter Citee Connect.As per an official statement, the company will unveil the electronic scooter at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The Citee Connect is an electric scooter that comes with an Android phone built into the handlebars.The phone specifications may not be too interesting. It will sport a 5-inch display and come with 1GB of RAM along with 8 GB internal storage. Under the hood, it runs on a quad-core processor and surprisingly packs Android Oreo out of the box. www.archos.comThe Android phone is connected to the motor of the scooter, which helps users control the scooter.This scooter is smart enough to track the user’s progress and indicate the battery level of the motor. It also shows how fast a user is traveling.As it is an Android device, it’s quite obvious that users have the access to the Google Play Store, through which they can install third-party traveling apps.The phone on the scooter also has the 3G connectivity option, so users needn’t download Google Maps every time they go out. They also have the flexibility of selecting a different location on the go.The users also have access to social media apps like Facebook and Instagram on their Citee Connect, but it’s better to avoid such distractions while motoring. Archos Citee Connectwww.archos.comThe design of the scooter is impressive. It comes in all-black with some green stripes on the 8.5-inch puncture-proof wheels. The aluminum frame makes it lighter and portable to carry along, but strong enough to withstand 100kg of weight.The company claims that it can travel 25 km (about 15.5 miles) in one single charge. It comes with a 6,000 mAh battery. The Android-based scooter can go at speeds of up to 25km/h (15.5 mph).The sale of Archos Citee Connect will start from April in European markets, and it will come with a price tag of €499.99 (approx Rs 40,000). Along with Citee Connect, the company is also unveiling two scooters in its lineup that will not come with any Android phone in it.
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The 7th edition of International Theatre Festival, a six day long theatre extravaganza which was organized by Kalindi Bratyajon in Kolkata wrapped up on June 3.The closing day was made special with back to back four shows including Bratyajon’s own production, ‘Oh! Swapna…’, directed by Prithwis Rana, which was not only the first show of the day but was staged for the first time. The stage performances were followed by second play, the original story, ‘Shanibar’, written by the well-known playwright, Badal Sircar, the father of ‘Third theatre’. The drama encircled around an office employee who gets sucked by the pressure at his place of work and day-dreams his way into the world of utopia. The next show was a one act play from Tunisia. Experienced dramatist and film star, Ikram Azzouz played the role of a cleaner whose life took a turn when a time bomb was found in his trolley. The author of the play is Ahmed Ameur and is directed by Taherissa Ben Larbi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Bisorjoner Por’ was the third production of the day by playmakers. The play is written by Bratya Basu which revolves around the widower Mohitosh and his hallucination of meeting his wife regularly even after her death. Kaustav Duttagupta directed the play and it was the debut show. The festival formally came to an end with a vote of thanks from the convener of the festival, Bratya Basu. This was followed by a political satire, ‘Akdin Aladin’, also penned by Basu. It was a directional debut on stage for actor Kanchan Mallick who also played the lead role of Madhab Marik. His energetic performance in role of an aspiring politician ended the festival in a high spirit. Kolkatans will definitely cherish the memory of four foreign dramas and seven local plays for a long time. We also saw felicitation of three talented theatre artistes Joydip Bhowmick, Sourav Gupta and Bhumisuta Das during the day as a sign of recognition for contribution towards theatre by Bratyajon.
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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. October 10, 2017 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center recently released over 100,000 anonymized chest X-ray images and their corresponding data to the scientific community. The release will allow researchers across the country and around the world to freely access the datasets and increase their ability to teach computers how to detect and diagnose disease. Ultimately, this artificial intelligence mechanism can lead to clinicians making better diagnostic decisions for patients. NIH compiled the dataset of scans from more than 30,000 patients, including many with advanced lung disease. Patients at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, are partners in research and voluntarily enroll to participate in clinical trials. With patient privacy being paramount, the dataset was rigorously screened to remove all personally identifiable information before release.Reading and diagnosing chest X-ray images may be a relatively simple task for radiologists but, in fact, it is a complex reasoning problem that often requires careful observation and knowledge of anatomical principles, physiology and pathology. 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