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Working Together to Improve Services

first_imgThirteen projects across the province are receiving grants to provide victims of sexual violence with the support they need. “We need to make sure survivors and their families can get the help they need no matter where they live,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “These approved projects are taking a collaborative and coordinated approach to address sexual violence across the province. They are an important step to help prevent and address sexual violence. “We know, and have heard that there are gaps in services for victims of sexual violence. Today’s funding will help community organizations strengthen their network to improve sexual assault services and provide a better future for families through projects like these.” In May, the province announced $200,000 in grants to support collaboration between organizations that address sexual violence. Organizations can use funding to expand upon partnerships, or to support proposals for potential demonstration projects being announced in September. “Today’s project funding will enable us to build more robust collaborative linkages with existing services for victims,” said Paula Marshall, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, Eskasoni office. “This is a positive step to help us move from passively serving aboriginal women to a more active and engaged stance.” The grants are part of the province’s $1.1 million investment to address sexual violence. It builds upon the emergency funding some community organizations received in May, when they experienced an increase demand for their services. “Over the past three months there has been a collective determination to do things differently – and it’s happening,” said Ms. More. “From working differently together to ensuring services are developed in under-served areas, we are helping more survivors get support and we are taking steps to help change the culture around this issue, recognizing we still have a long way to go to end sexual violence.” More information, visit read more

Only I can pen Sahir Ludhianvis biopic Javed Akhtar

first_imgMumbai: Veteran lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar has said only he can translate the life and journey of the late iconic poet Sahir Ludhianvi on the big screen. The screenwriter opened up about sharing a close bond with Ludhianvi, who was his family friend. “He was a friend of my father and my mamu’s (maternal uncle) friend. He used to meet with a lot of love and affection. I shared a great bond with him. “If anyone can make a film on him or his life, it is only me because no one knew him that well as I know him. Those who did know him are not alive,” Akhtar told reporters when the subject of the biopic was raised on Tuesday. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Asked who would be apt to play him on screen, he said any good actor would be the right fit. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been planning to make a film on the life of Ludhianvi for some time. Names of several actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra had cropped up for the project but nothing is finalised. Recently, there were reports about Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starring in the project. Akhtar was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of a chat show “Shemaroo Me Living Legends” with Komal Nahta. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna He believes people always yearn for older days to come back but do not take any lessons from those times. “We have an interesting relationship with nostalgia and it is not just the film industry but the entire country. We often praise the olden days as if everything was just amazing then. But at the same time we do not respect the old times.” However, he said the quality of filmmaking has improved a lot over the time. “Even in the ’50s, ’60s and even in ’70s bad films were made the fact is that by and large the standard has improved today,” he added. Shabana Azmi, who was accompanying Akhtar, said the industry has started giving importance to casting directors. “I believe a lot of changes have happened in Indian cinema and people have realised content is king and a lot of importance is given to writing. I am happy that today even the (art of) acting has changed. “Also, today casting directors play a crucial role in getting the right cast. Earlier we had stock actors who were meant to do only certain kind of roles,” she said. Film personalities like Jeetendra, Bindu, Moushmi Chaterjee, Jaya Pradha, Poonam Dhillon, Ameen Sayani, Kamini Kaushal and Satish Kaushik were also among the attendees.last_img read more

Lily Tomlin Writes To Summer Wind Farms

first_imgEarlier this week, actor and Detroit native Lily Tomlin sent a letter on behalf of PETA to Summer Wind Farms (SWF) Sanctuary urging CEO Charles Vanneste to retire all animals at the notorious roadside zoo in Brown City to reputable sanctuaries.“The animals at SWF have complex needs that simply can’t be met at your facility or any other roadside zoo, but you now have an opportunity to give something back to the animals who provided you with revenue for so many years,” writes the Emmy-winning actor and comedian.The letter comes as the facility has been slapped with numerous federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) citations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for having filthy enclosures, failing to provide animals with clean water, denying veterinary care to three ailing lemurs, and confining a tiger to a cramped cage in a basement.During an inspection in February, the USDA further warned that the “amount of animal husbandry issues at the facility” indicates “a lack of adequately trained employees,” which “can result in facility and animal conditions that result in unnecessary animal suffering.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — also notes that these new citations follow January’s formal complaint by the USDA alleging nearly 90 willful violations of the AWA documented at SWF between November 2012 and October 2015 — the first step in a disciplinary process that could result in license suspension or revocationlast_img read more

Hunters face fines after 50 dead caribou found in Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsOfficers with the Northwest Territories department of natural resources say the remains of at least 50 caribou have been uncovered.It’s believed they were left behind after a recent hunt.The remains included meat suitable for food, including legs above the knee, rumps and ribs.The caribou were found near the small community of Gameti, a popular hunting spot.The officers are asking for the public’s help in finding the hunters who may face fines.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,452.64, up 44.98 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up seven cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $3.73 on 17 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 72 cents, or 6.64 per cent, to $10.13 on 12.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 0.53 per cent, to $9.41 on 6.9 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 36 cents, or 8.39 per cent, to $3.93 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $13.79 on 5.3 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 58 cents, or 2.71 per cent, to $20.81 on 4.6 million shares.last_img

Deadly sea exodus from Somalia to Yemen gains momentum UN reports

28 September 2007The deadly drama involving people-smuggling across the Gulf of Aden continues apace, with at least 89 confirmed deaths and 154 missing and presumed dead so far this month as traffickers reportedly stabbed passengers, beat them with iron bars and plastic tubes and threw some overboard, the United Nations refugee agency said today. Between 1 and 26 September, 50 smuggling boats, nearly two a day, arrived on Yemeni shores from Somalia with 4,741 people, mostly Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing conflict and drought – an increase of 70 per cent over last year when 30 boats arrived with 2,961 people for the whole of the month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. UNHCR is strengthening its operations to deal with the crisis with plans to open a second reception centre along the Yemeni coast to provide medical care and other support. Several new arrivals reported that Yemeni armed forces opened fire when they spotted the boats, shooting a 70-year-old Somali man in the heart and killing him, she said. Since the beginning of the year, 13,897 people have arrived in Yemen after making the perilous voyage across the gulf, while at least 356 have died and 272 remain missing and are presumed dead. The exodus eased off in the summer due to rough seas but resumed again at the beginning of September. Five boats arrived on Wednesday alone with 600 migrants. Four Ethiopians died in the hold of one of the boats due to asphyxiation, while 18 people were thrown overboard while still at sea, passengers said. “Survivors told us that they had been violently treated by the smugglers, who beat them with iron bars, belts and plastic tubes and stabbed them with daggers,” Ms. Pagonis said. Two boats arrived last Sunday with 98 Somalis and 135 Ethiopians, she added. Two Somalis died during the voyage in the hold of one boat from asphyxiation and two drowned while trying to reach shore from deep water. UNHCR is discussing the shooting incidents with Yemeni authorities, who have expressed their concern that some smugglers arrive with weapons and drugs, and later this month will provide training to Yemeni coast guards and immigration officials on refugee law, humanitarian law and rescue at sea. The second reception and registration centre UNHCR is planning along the Yemeni coast will include a health post run by the non-governmental organization Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF) and more staff and vehicles from the agency and its partners to speed up support for new arrivals. MSF has also set up three out of four planned health posts along the coast and UNHCR also intends to have two registration centres in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, and Aden. The agency at present has 61 staff in Yemen and plans to bring in reinforcements in the months to come. Somalis registered at the UNHCR’s reception centre say they left due to conflict, arbitrary killings, threat of detention, drought and lack of work. Somalis account for half the migrant flow and most have fled conflict in southern and central parts of the country, including Mogadishu, the capital. There are nearly 90,000 registered refugees in Yemen, almost all of them Somalis. read more

Security Council approves 5500 UN peacekeepers for Chad Central African Republic

14 January 2009The Security Council today unanimously approved the deployment of some 5,500 United Nations peacekeepers to replace European troops in strife-torn areas of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 March 2010. The Security Council today unanimously approved the deployment of some 5,500 United Nations peacekeepers to replace European troops in strife-torn areas of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 March 2010.The UN Mission in CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) is scheduled to take over from the European Force on 15 March and the Council largely followed the suggestions made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the issue last month.Eastern Chad faces an acute humanitarian challenge with over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur war, more than 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a further 700,000 individuals among host communities in need of food, water and health care. Northern CAR has also been affected by a spill-over from the Darfur conflict as well as by other armed groups.In its resolution, the 15-member Council stressed that the multidimensional presence in Chad and military presence in the CAR is intended to help create the security conditions conducive to a voluntary, secure and sustainable return of refugees and displaced persons, by boosting security protection, facilitating the provision of humanitarian aid, and promoting reconstruction and economic and social development.Some 4,900 troops and police backed by helicopters are to be deployed in eastern Chad and 500 troops will be stationed in northern CAR to provide force protection for one consolidated site, project limited longer range patrols, maintain a quick reaction force and undertake air field maintenance at Birao.The resolution empowers MINURCAT to “take all necessary measures, within its capabilities” to contribute to protecting civilians in danger, particularly refugees and IDPs, facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid and the free movement of humanitarian personnel, and protect UN personnel, facilities, installations and equipment.It calls on the Governments of Sudan, Chad and CAR to ensure that their territories are not used to undermine the sovereignty of others and to cooperate in putting an end to the activities of armed groups in the region and their attempts to seize power by force.It sets MINURCAT’s maximum strength at 5,200 military personnel, 300 police officers, 25 military liaison officers, and an appropriate number of civilian staff. read more

Study advocates raising commercial freezer temperatures

A research project has found raising commercial freezer temperatures could lead to significant electricity savings without affecting food safety.Since the early 1960s, provincial regulation required frozen food in commercial freezers to be kept at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius.On July 1, new regulation comes into effect eliminating the standard temperature set-point and only requiring that food be kept in a “frozen state.”“Frozen is frozen, and there is no public health risk to warming standard freezer temperatures slightly,” said James Alden, a developer of the research project.“For Ontario, this decision will support efforts on climate change, and if adopted more broadly on a global basis, will have a major impact on reducing the electricity use of the over 1.5 billion commercial freezers worldwide.”The study looked at the internal freezer temperature and energy consumption over an eight-week period in 30 commercial freezers across Toronto.It found at a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius, there was an average unweighted energy savings of 10 per cent per freezer without compromising food quality of safety.The research was conducted with funding from the Conservation Fund of the Independent Electricity System Operator and organizations including Toronto Hydro, Toronto Public Health, and the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association. read more

Vaping impacts blood vessels even without nicotine

(Reuters Health) – Healthy young people show signs of impaired blood vessel function after just a few puffs of an electronic cigarette, even without nicotine, new research shows.“We essentially found that using e-cigarettes is not equivalent to inhaling water vapor; in fact, it can exert acute, detrimental effects on (blood vessels) even when the liquid does not contain nicotine,” Dr. Alessandra Caporale of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, the study’s first author, told Reuters Health in an email.Evidence is mounting that vaping, sometimes touted as a safer alternative to smoking, is not risk-free, Dr. Caporale and her colleagues note in Radiology. In a previous study, they found that vaping nicotine-free e-cigarettes increased signs of inflammation and a form of tissue damage known as oxidative stress, which returned to normal levels in one to three hours.Big U.S. tobacco companies are all developing e-cigarettes. The battery-powered devices feature a glowing tip and a heating element that turns liquid nicotine and flavorings into a cloud of vapor that users inhale.In the new study, the authors used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take several measurements of blood vessel function in 31 healthy adults who had never smoked, before and after they took 16 three-second puffs of an e-cigarette containing propylene glycol, glycerol and flavoring but no nicotine.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.After vaping, study participants showed several changes indicating that “vascular reactivity,” which is the ability of healthy blood vessels to widen when necessary, was “considerably and significantly impaired,” Dr. Caporale noted.These changes were temporary, but if repeated over a long period of time could cause inflammation and deterioration of blood vessel health, the researcher added. “We are far from suggesting that a single episode of vaping translates immediately into atherosclerosis.”With funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which also supported the current research, Dr. Caporale and her team are planning a study that will look at inflammation, oxidative stress and circulatory changes in e-cigarette users, cigarette smokers and non-smokers over time.Dr. Irfan Rahman, a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center who researches the effect of e-cigarettes on health, reviewed the study for Reuters Health. “The study is interesting and has some insights into long-term consequences of electronic cigarette vapors in cardioneurovascular disorders,” he told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.But the findings don’t confirm an association and shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that e-cigarette users will develop these health problems, he added.SOURCE: Radiology, online August 20, 2019. read more

Fast Furious 6 speeds past The Hangover Part III to finish first

‘Fast & Furious 6’ speeds past ‘The Hangover Part III’ to finish first at weekend box office AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2013 2:41 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After a lacklustre start to the year, the movie industry enjoyed its most robust Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office, with “Fast & Furious 6” speeding to the top spot.The record-breaking four-day weekend generated estimated receipts of $316 million.“Over $300 million for Memorial Day weekend has never happened before,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of “This proves that when you have a great selection of films, audiences will line up at movie theatres in record numbers.”The sixth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise debuted at No. 1 with $120 million, making it the biggest opening weekend for a Universal Pictures release, according to Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, the muscle-car action romp took in an additional $158 million internationally.Fans turned out because filmmakers upped the ante, said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s head of distribution.“The creative team, the filmmakers and the studio put their heart and soul into making it bigger and better,” she said. “When you have this many films in the franchise … you have to take it in a new direction.”The street racers battle both a tank and a plane in the film.“It is the very definition of the summer popcorn movie,” Dergarabedian said. “You suspend disbelief, buckle up and go along for that ride.”“The Hangover Part III,” starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, opened in second place. The final chapter in the Warner Bros. raunchy comedy trilogy collected $51.2 million.Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” which opened last week, added $47 million to its domestic ticket sales, landing at No. 3.Fox’ animated “Epic,” the only non-sequel among the weekend’s five top-grossing films, opened in the fourth spot with $42.6 million.“We did see a hole in the release schedule that said this is the perfect time to launch an animated film,” said Fox president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson. “It can be challenging to launch an original-content movie in such a competitive weekend, but this is a very special movie: A family movie as well as an all-audience movie.”Now in its fourth week of release, “Iron Man 3” — which had the biggest opening so far this year — hung onto fifth place with $24.4 million.The record-breaking weekend take bodes well for the summer movie season, Dergarabedian said: “This Memorial weekend is exactly what the industry needed and this momentum will carry forward.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.1. “Fast & Furious 6,” $120 million ($158 million international).2. “The Hangover Part III,” $51.2 million ($19.2 million international).3. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $47 million ($13.1 million international).4. “Epic,” $42.6 million ($23.1 million international).5. “Iron Man 3,” $24.4 million ($17.4 million international).6. “The Great Gatsby,” $17 million ($24.4 million international).7. “Mud,” $2.5 million ($400,000 international).8. “The Croods,” $1.6 million ($5.8 million international).9. “42,” $1.6 million.10. “Oblivion,” $1.1 million ($2.3 million international).Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada) through Sunday for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:1. “Fast & Furious 6,” $158 million.2. “The Great Gatsby,” $24.4 million.3. “Epic,” $23.1 million.4. “The Hangover Part III,” $19.2 million.5. “Iron Man 3,” $17.4 million.6. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $13.1 million.7. “The Croods,” $5.8 million.8. “Oblivion,” $2.3 million.9. “Evil Dead,” $2.2 million.10. “Only God Forgives,” $1.5 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen on Twitter at .___Online:Homepagehttp://www.rentrak.com___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

UN relief agency estimates 18 million Haitians have been affected by Hurricane

Initial data collected by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showed Hurricane Sandy, which ploughed through the Caribbean country before hitting the eastern coast of the United States, killed 60 people and significantly damaged critical infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals in addition to destroying thousands of homes.“Floodwater had been receding since Sunday but more than 18,000 homes have been flooded, damaged or destroyed,” an OCHA spokesperson, Jens Laerke, told reporters in Geneva, adding that food security remains a main concern as the country is now struggling with the combined impact of hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, which hit in August, as well as drought.Preliminary data estimated that food security had been severely affected, Mr. Laerke said, with up to two million people at risk of malnutrition. In addition to food insecurity, OCHA said it is concerned about the nearly 350,000 people that are still living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of a devastating earthquake which hit the country in January 2010. Mr. Laerke noted that while most vulnerable IDPs in camps that had been evacuated before the storm have returned home, some 1,500 people remain in 15 hurricane shelters.Because of the impact of the hurricane, OCHA said it is now considering an emergency revision of the Consolidated Appeal (CAP) to accommodate increased needs.During the same briefing, a spokesperson for the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that access to health services and restocking supplies was limited as rivers had become impassable and roads had been obstructed. It also warned that poor sanitary conditions could increase the risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera, which is still endemic in the country.The WHO spokesperson said there has already been an increase in cholera alerts, especially in the south, and added that field teams are monitoring the situation closely. WHO is also working with the Government in the area to ensure that health supplies could be delivered to treatment centres that had been damaged by strong winds and flooding, he added.Cuba was also severely affected by the hurricane, OCHA’s Mr. Laemke said, with power cuts affecting more than 890,000 people and nearly 200,000 homes damaged by the storm.In addition, 375 health centres and several hospitals were damaged, as were 2,100 schools. Crops have been damaged and remote communities are cut off because of road and bridge damage. UN humanitarian agencies are working closely with national and local authorities, donors and emergency organizations to support national efforts. An emergency cash grant of $100,000 has been approved and a request for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund is under preparation. Launched in 2006 and managed by OCHA, CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors. read more

New year new look for wine grape preharvest monitoring program

Jim Willwerth, a viticulturist with Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, checks the grapes in a Niagara vineyard recently. CCOVI’s preharvest monitoring program launches this week. The grapes of Niagara’s 2012 vintage will be ready for harvest sooner than those of previous vintages say researchers at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Tracking the maturation of grapes in the Niagara region is the focus of a popular preharvest monitoring program that CCOVI launches again this week. The program, now in its third year, has a new look thanks to a website that allows growers and winemakers to track the progress of grapes while being able to compare this year’s data to that of previous harvests.“Fruit maturity levels at this point in time are close to that of 2010, which some say was the best vintage in Ontario history,” says Jim Willwerth, CCOVI viticulturalist, who oversees the project.From now to the end of harvest, Willwerth will sample at four sites across the Niagara Peninsula each week tracking key indicators of fruit ripeness for the four most popular Niagara varieties – Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The data measuring sugar levels, titratable acidity, pH and volatile acidity is posted to the website every Tuesday.The 2012 growing season didn’t start unusually early, but has progressed quickly from bud-break on. Grapes are generally one of the last major fruit crops to bud, which allowed most grapes to miss the frost damage many other tree fruit experienced this year. Bloom dates across Ontario were 10 to 14 days ahead based on a 10-year normal. This earliness has continued through to beginning of fruit ripening.“I have never seen a year like this where we come out of the start so quickly and have not slowed down a single step, even at sites with record low rainfall and extreme heat in the season,” says Kevin Ker, CCOVI Professional Affiliate. “We now move into the critical period where the vines begin to mature the fruit and develop the wonderful complexities we find in top flight wines.”Local grape growers appreciate the data the program provides.“It is great that Brock wants to be at the forefront of what is going on in this industry,” says grape grower Bill Schenck. “As we go forward, the more information we have with past history, we can pretty much judge the quality of the crop for the upcoming year.”To find out more about the pre-harvest monitoring system and to view the data, visit initiative is supported by funding through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Developing Innovative Agri-Products initiative and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation’s (MEDI) Ontario Research Fund, which support industry-led research and innovation. This project is a collaboration between AAFC, MEDI, the Grape Growers of Ontario and Brock’s CCOVI. read more

Tower Light providing safe lighting for the worldwide mining industry

first_imgTower Light manufactures what it says is “the world’s largest range of lighting towers.” It has introduced a new range of lighting sets made specifically for mining. It says “the Tower Light vertical mast systems are becoming more and more popular with mining, principally because the lighting towers currently used on some mining projects are the old style, hazardous, horizontal-vertical mast.Tower Light was the first company to introduce the vertical mast system, which immediately improved efficiency and safety for operators – this milestone innovation was formally recognised with a series of industry awards. The vertical mast of these lighting towers contributes to greater operational safety, yet remains competitively priced.They can be fitted with efficient, bright, metal halide lamps and at an extended height the mast will always guarantee sufficient illumination for a wide working area. A high capacity fuel tank ensures extended use of the lighting tower without the need for frequent refilling and with a robust, tough finish helps to reduce downtime. Tower Light can supply lighting sets that are fitted with an advanced light detection sensor and auto stop/start mechanism that automatically switches on the unit when the ambient light has descended to a predetermined level. In reverse, the sensor will close down the lighting set when sufficient brightness rises. This completely alleviates the need to employ a team of operatives, travelling around a mine manually starting and stopping each individual lighting set, at night and in the morning, saving both manpower and fuel.Also available are lighting sets fitted with LED lamps instead of metal halide floodlights. Environmentally beneficial LED lighting guarantees greater financial benefits as less fuel is consumed and maintenance is lowered because LED lamps can operate for up to 70,000 hours with replacement. In addition, the lamps are sealed inside a plexi-glass box ensuring that contaminates are unable to enter the floodlight casing giving a high resistance to breakage and explosion. An added benefit of using LED lamps is that unlike metal halide, LED lights will restart whilst hot.last_img read more

Paris Mayor calls for ban on controversial comedian accused of antiSemitism

first_imgTHE MAYOR OF Paris has joined France’s interior minister in calling for comedian Dieudonne, whose vitriolic brand of humour targeting Jews has caused outrage, to be banned from the stage.Dieudonne has been part of France’s comedy scene for years, but while he started out with a Jewish comedian in sketches that mocked racism, he gradually veered to the far-right and alienated some fans with anti-Jewish comments his latest being a joke about gas chambers.Speaking on Europe 1 radio, Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe likened Dieudonne to a criminal who “defends crimes against humanity”.“We must ban the performances (of the comedian),” he said, echoing recent comments made by Interior Minister Manuel Valls.Dieudonne has been fined several times for defamation, using insulting language, hate speech and racial discrimination, and a provocative arm gesture he makes has been described as an upside down Nazi salute.Dieudonne argues that the horrors of the Holocaust are given too much focus to the exclusion of other crimes, like slavery and racism, and says his “quenelle” gesture merely represents his anti-establishment views.The gesture has landed several personalities in hot water, including footballer Nicolas Anelka, who used it to celebrate a goal.“SOS Racisme”, an organisation that fights racism, announced on Sunday it would take to court anyone who spread pictures of or did the “quenelle” in locations such as synagogues or Holocaust memorials “that leave no doubt” as to the anti-semitic nature of the gesture.Valls, meanwhile, has said he is examining options to ban performances by a man he brands as a “little trader of hate”, outraged by Dieudonne’s latest jibe against Jewish radio presenter Patrick Cohen.“When I hear Patrick Cohen speak, I tell myself, you know, the gas chambers… A shame,” Dieudonne had said in comments filmed secretly at a show and then aired on French television.Valls has also asked Dieudonne to pay some €65,000 euros he has run up in fines.Officials in several cities where Dieudonne is set to perform during a nationwide tour this month have also said they are trying to ban his show.And veteran Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld have called for a protest on Wednesday at a theatre in the western city of Nantes, where Dieudonne is due to perform.The controversy comes at a sensitive time for France, where racism has shot to the fore after the country’s black justice minister was the victim of a series of racial jibes — prompting President Francois Hollande to pledge intransigence on racism in his New Year’s address.© – AFP 2014Read: Anelka defends ‘quenelle’ gesture, says he’s not anti-Semitic >last_img read more

Garage fire displaces two in East Vancouver

first_imgA garage fire displaced two people from their home Saturday night in east Vancouver.Vancouver firefighters responded to a call at about 9:30 p.m. near the 4000 block of Northeast 141st Avenue in the Burnt Bridge Creek neighborhood.Neighbors called to report a fire in the garage, Capt. Raymond Egan of the Vancouver Fire Department said. When firefighters arrived, the garage was fully engulfed.Egan said firefighters immediately attacked the fire to contain the blaze and with more units arriving soon afterward, the fire was brought under control.The flames did not reach the living space of the home, Egan said, but extensive smoke damage forced the two residents to find temporary shelter.No one was injured, but Egan said there was a dog and cat reported missing initially. It is unknown if the animals were found.last_img read more

More than 100 teens participate in SDFD Girls Empowerment Camp

first_img Dave Scott Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 14, 2018 Dave Scott, More than 100 teens participate in SDFD Girls Empowerment Camp Posted: April 14, 2018 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) — More than 100 teens participated in the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s second Girls Empowerment Camp.The free two-day event started Saturday at the SDFD Training Facility and was open to teens 14 to 18 years old.Attendees learned a breadth of firefighter and lifeguard skills, including use of firefighting equipment such as chainsaws, axes and ropes; search and rescue drills; basic first aid and hands-only CPR. Campers will also participate in a typical firefighter workout.Interim SDFD Chief Kevin Ester said youth programs such as the camp are vital.“The kids will learn valuable skills and get a glimpse of what firefighters do. The organizers of GEC have done an outstanding job putting together fun and meaningful activities for the campers,” he said.Participants arrived at 7 a.m. to receive their safety gear and engine company assignments. Campers rotated between various activities throughout the day, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited at 12:30 p.m.The camp is organized and run by firefighters from SDFD and the Los Angeles, Poway, San Jose, Federal, Chula Vista and Tijuana fire departments. It was created after the Los Angeles Fire Department hosted two female SDFD firefighters at their own event.Another camp takes place in May. last_img read more

Pedestrian hit by truck seriously injured

first_imgA 50-year-old Vancouver man was seriously injured Tuesday morning when he was hit by a truck at the intersection of Grand and McLoughlin boulevards in Vancouver.Victor O’Malley was crossing the intersection on foot with his dog when the collision occurred at about 9 a.m. He was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to a news release. By 8:30 p.m., his condition had been upgraded to satisfactory, according to the hospital. The dog was not injured.Vancouver firefighters and police responded to the accident.The driver, Bryan Sutherland, 56, of Vancouver was cited for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, according to the Vancouver police.last_img

Bajaj Discover 125 Launched in India Price Features Details

first_imgBajaj Auto Ltd on Friday launched yet another Discover bike in India, dubbed as Discover 125 with a price tag of ₹ 48,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).The Dicover 125, the latest offering of Bajaj packs 125 cc 4-Valve Patented TwinSpark DTS-i engine which can pump in a power of 11.5 PS and a torque of 10.4Nm.The company claims a fuel efficiency of 76kmpl.The bike which shares similarities with the Bajaj’s 125ST will be pitted against the Honda CB Shine, Hero Glamour and Hero Passion Pro in the domestic market.Talking of the features of the Discover 125, it accommodates dual nitrox charged rear shock absorbers, sharp edged headlamps, alloy wheels and petal disc brake. “Many consumers are tired of the regular commuter bikes which offer only around 8 Ps Power. They would ideally wish to upgrade to sportier, attractive bikes with superior technology and features. However barriers such as price and mileage deter them to move on to the 125cc segment. The all new Discover 125 offers equivalent mileage of a 100cc and comes with exciting performance and features all at an attractive price. We want the Indian commuter to live life to the fullest and “Jiyo Dana-Dan,” said K Srinivas, President – Motorcycle Business.The bike will be available in six colours in the country: Electron Blue, Wine Red, Charcoal Magenta, Charcoal Green, Silver Blue and Silver.With the launch of the new bike, Bajaj, one of the largest two wheeler manufacturer in the country hopes to expand its market share and reach in the sub-continent market. Currently, Bajaj Auto holds 22 percent market share in the two wheeler segment.In February, Bajaj Auto posted a decline of 6 percent in domestic sales for February 2014.The Company sold a total of 273,323 motorcycles as against the 291,297 units last year.(Edited by Gopi Chandra Kharel)last_img read more

Pakistan Army summons former ISI chief

first_imgAsad DurraniThe Pakistan Army has summoned former ISI chief Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani (retd) to explain his position on views attributed to him in a book of dialogues with former Indian intelligence chief A.S. Dulat, accusing him of violating the “Military Code of Conduct”.Durrani, who was ISI’s Director General between 1990 and 1991, has been summoned to General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on 28 May.He will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book “Spy Chronicles”, Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.”Attribution (is being) taken as (a) violation of Military Code of Conduct applicable on all serving and retired military personnel,” he added.Durrani and former Secretary of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), A.S. Dulat have participated in a book of dialogues, moderated by journalist Aditya Sinha.”Spy Chronicles,” throws light on the perspectives, assumptions and observations of the two spymasters on Kashmir; Hafiz Saeed and 26/11; Kulbhushan Jadhav; surgical strikes; the deal for Osama bin Laden; how the US and Russia feature in the India-Pakistan relationship; and how terror undermines the two countries’ attempts at talks.In the book Durrani makes an assessment that “the ISI probably learnt about” Osama bin Laden and “he was handed over to the US according to a mutually agreed process”. Dulat maintains that the assessment from the Indian side “is the same. That he was handed over by Pakistan”.However, when Dulat asks him about the deal, Durrani clarifies: “This was only my assessment”.On the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Dulat says that if he was “really a RAW spy, then it’s a pretty sloppy operation.”Durrani on the other hand believes that the revelation about Jadhav must have been done to counter the Indian threat after the January 2016 attack on the Pathankot air base.”What was the threat,” asks Dulat.”That India is looking for links between Pathankot and our establishment. So we came up with a counter-argument that we know you’ve been doing this (in Balochistan).”However, both of them maintain that India and Pakistan should have been discreet about the matter, ensuring the exchange of spies in each other’s custody.Military sources said that the army’s general headquarters had serious reservations over some of the comments in the book, terming them baseless and contrary to facts. Reports suggested that Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif had demanded an immediate meeting of National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss the contents of the book.Several other politicians in Pakistan, including former Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan Raza Rabbani, have expressed their concerns over the book.Dulat and Durrani met in cities like Istanbul, Bangkok and Kathmandu and their meetings produced a total of over 1.7 lakh words, about half of which find mention into the book.The book was released jointly by former Indian vice president Hamid Ansari, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former union minister Yashwant Sinha and other important figures from the political sphere in New Delhi on Wednesday.Durrani, in a video message, had said that he was “denied” a visa by the “Indian deep state”.last_img read more

13 Rohingyas detained in Cumilla

first_imgMap of CumillaThirteen Rohingyas, including women and children, have been held in Brahmanpara upazila.SAM Shahjahan Kabir, officer-in-charge of Brahmanpara police station, said the Rohingyas were caught by locals in Shashidal Majar area on Wednesday night.Being informed, police took them to their custody on Thursday when the detainees confessed that they fled Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp recently.They were sent back to the Rohingya camp through Cumilla Deputy Commissioner’s office.The detainees are Habibullah, 38, Rajuma, 27, Md Sohel, 9, Ashraf, 7, Samir, 4, Taslima, 2, Samia, 1, Imam Hossain, 77, Asia Khatun, 56, Monwara, 22, Rajuma, 20, Syed Alam, 25, Hamid Hossain, 25.last_img