Two days before campaigning was to end for the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypoll, the Congress and the NCP workers were a dejected lot. The NCP workers were complaining about the lack of resources and the Congress workers were unhappy with the “half-hearted efforts” of the local NCP leaders. Meanwhile, the BJP was upbeat as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari were leading their campaign.Such was the BJP’s enthusiasm that it organised a meeting in Amgoan town of Gondia district, which falls under the neighbouring Gadchiroli Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP had 70 vehicles at its disposal while the Congress-NCP combine had just one.The BJP campaign targeted NCP candidate Madhukar Kukade and labelled him an “old, low-profile, dummy, scapegoat, temporary candidate”. There were also rumours of senior NCP leader Praful Patel reaching an “understanding” with the BJP, which Mr. Patel later denied.While Mr. Kukade was from the Kunbi community, the BJP fielded former MLA Hemant Patle, who belonged to the Powar community. A senior Congress leader from Kunbi community at a meeting in Gondia said, “They are calling Madhubhau [Madhukar Kukade] a weak candidate. Are we weak? Do we not have the power to get our own man elected? Let’s come together and show the BJP what we are capable of.” This speech charged the Kunbi community, the largest in the constituency with over four lakh votes.Congress’s Maharashtra unit vice-president Nana Patole, a member of the Kunbi community whose resignation had necessitated the bypoll, roped in fellow community members — Congress MLA from Nagpur district Sunil Kedar and senior Congress councillor from Nagpur Praful Gudadhe — for the campaign. While Mr. Patole looked after Lakhandur-Sakoli area, Mr. Kedar camped in Gondia. Mr. Gudadhe headed the campaign in Bhandara.Meanwhile, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar came to the constituency in the last leg of the campaign and arranged “resources” for the NCP and the Congress workers. By 1 p.m. on voting day, large-scale complaints of EVM malfunctioning were reported and created a negative atmosphere against the BJP.Mr. Kukade, 67, a former MLA from Tumsar assembly segment in Bhandara district, was with the BJP until 2014. He is known as “108 Ambulance” in his area for reaching anywhere within minutes after being called and being simple, down to earth and accessible.A local NCP leader said, “Due to murmurs of an understanding between Bhayaji [Praful Patel] and the BJP, Madhubhau secured the public’s sympathy. His clean and soft image also contributed to his success.” The BJP was also banking on caste equations in the constituency. The saffron party’s election managers remained assured of support from the Powar community, which has the support of around 2.50 lakh voters in the constituency.The BJP also hoped that the Teli community, with a strength of around two lakh votes, would support it. Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, a Teli, also campaigned in the constituency to consolidate the Teli votes.The saffron party also hoped that the presence of Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasang candidate would divide the Congress-NCP’s secular votes. The large crowd at Mr. Ambedkar’s rallies and the absence of the Shiv Sena from the poll battle increased the BJP’s confidence.With vast resources and administrative machinery at their disposal, the BJP leaders were confident of their victory in the constituency. In the last election, the BJP had won by around 1.50 lakh votes. However, the low turnout at around 53% on polling day only added to the BJP’s woes.‘Negative sentiment’Reports of EVM snags, the clean image of Mr. Kukade and the consolidation of Kunbi votes spoiled the BJP’s chances. A BJP leader from Gondia said, “The anger among farmers and rising prices of petrol and diesel created a negative sentiment against the BJP. That’s why the Teli community, which usually don’t go along with Kunbis, voted against us.” Mr. Patle, the losing candidate, said, “The Bahujan Samaj Party was not contesting this time which is why there was no division of votes. Heatwave resulted in low turnout and it was the BJP versus all fight. That is why we lost.” The results showed that Mr. Kukade secured a lead in rural parts and trailed slightly in two urban assembly segments. A visibly surprised Congress leader Praful Gudadhe termed the BJP’s defeat as the mandate of the common man.Mr. Gudadhe said, “Although we were working for the NCP candidate, the BJP was defeated in this election by the public. The common people of Bhandara-Gondia fought against an arrogant BJP and showed them that arrogance has no place in the people’s court.”
Chandigarh, Feb 21 (PTI) The impact of ongoing pro quota Jat stir in Haryana is being felt on Punjabs industry and traders who are facing shortage of raw materials and a halt in dispatches of finished products to other states, causing heavy financial losses.”We are feeling the pinch of Jat reservation agitation in Punjab here. Almost all verticals of the industry have been adversely impacted,” United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association, President Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma told PTI.The Jat job reservation agitation has crippled the road and rail network through Haryana and destined to neighbouring states, including Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Chandigarh.Travel in the region remained disrupted with authorities cancelling bus and train services on most routes in the wake of continuing blockade at several places.Punjabs prominent industry verticals like cycle and cycle parts, ready made garments, iron and steel, auto parts are hit due to scarcity of raw material and disruptions in supply of finished products to buyers in other states.”We have not been able to get raw material like iron and steel material for making bicycles. Moreover inventory of our finished products are pilling up because of hampering in supplies to other states due to blockades,” Singh said.In the wake of insufficient supplies of iron and steel, its prices have gone up by Rs 2,000-3,000 per tonne, he further said.Bulk of raw material comes from other states through road and rail network which are almost paralysed in view of Jat agitation going in neighbouring Haryana.advertisementIndustry also feared losing buyers including overseas ones for not being able to supply goods to respective destinations. “Our export commitments will get disturbed if we fail to supply our finished goods to our buyers,” he said.”Most of factories have cut down their production supplies in the wake of disruptions in dispatches of finished goods,” another Ludhiana based industrialist said.Punjab is a major producer of bicycles, ready made garments, hand tools, auot parts, hosiery goods, among other items. PTI CHS AKA SA read more
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rochdale in talks for Man Utd pair Hamilton, Pooleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is in talks with Rochdale.The Daily Mail says Hamilton is in talks over a loan move to League One Rochdale.The 20-year-old Scot has been a regular in Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side and has had interest from Scottish Premiership clubs.However, United see a spell at League One Rochdale, under manager Keith Hill, as being good for his football education.Rochdale had also expressed interest in United defender Regan Poole, as have Newport County.
Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho shuts down Serie A talkby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Italy.Mourinho has not had a job in football since he was sacked as Manchester United’s chief last December.The three-time Premier League winner enjoyed one of the most impressive two seasons of his career at Inter Milan.”My future? I don’t think it will be in Italy,” he said on Italian TV show Tiki Taka.”Inter is my home, my family. [Massimo] Moratti is a friend, my president. The story of the treble was fantastic.”After [the final in] Madrid, if I returned to San Siro to celebrate, I would never leave Inter. When you say goodbye to a family it’s a hard thing to deal with. “That night I already knew I was leaving, I couldn’t say no to Real Madrid for the third time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Redskins release RB Samaje Perine per source.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 31, 2019It’s a tough blow for the former Oklahoma star, but he’s likely to pop up on another roster before the regular season kicks off.Perine saw the field in just five games for the Redskins in 2018. He racked up just 32 yards while backing up Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.He made a few starts late in the 2017 season, and wound up with 603 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and another 182 yards and one score through the air.Perine suffered an ankle injury in the preseason before the 2018 season which prompted the team to sign Peterson. With former LSU star Derrius Guice healthy, the Redskins decided now was the right time to move on from from Perine.Over 1,000 NFL players will be cut heading into the regular season as teams cut their rosters down to 53.Stay tuned for the latest NFL news. NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 10 : Oklahoma Sooners helmets lined up during warm up before the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks September 10, 2016 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Warhawks 59-17. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption ***Former Oklahoma star running back Samaje Perine received some tough NFL news on Saturday afternoon.According to a report from ESPN NFL reporter John Keim, the Washington Redskins decided to part ways with for former collegiate star.Perine battled a crowded Redskins backfield for a few seasons, but couldn’t make the roster heading into the 2019 season.Here’s the news from Keim. read more
Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The tactical glove is a vital piece in the arsenal of many professionals. Whether you’re scaling a pole to fix your community’s electricity in a storm, acting as an EMT or First Responder, or are a part of Law Enforcement, these gloves are something many public service workers cannot do without.High School entrepreneur and frequent visitor to The Manual, Cade Cassidy, has taken premium tactical, utility, and work glove designs to the next level of functionality and effectiveness.Video Playerhttp://s3.amazonaws.com/themanual-uploads-prod/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Tactical-Lites-video-788042-h264_high.mp400:0000:0002:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By adding a form-fitting, padded, and breathable material, as well as removable LED lights for crystal clear illumination, this new and improved innovation not only strives to make great gloves even better — it’s main incentive is to aid in life saving events.Cassidy recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Tactical Lites to the market, and is currently about a third of the way towards his $10,000 goal with nearly a month left.“The basic premise of my idea was to reinvent the tactical glove to help Law Enforcement and the Military,” Cassidy said, “which later lead to me designing gloves for industrial workers and mechanics. I really believe in these and feel they could be a life saver. You’ll see the multi-function LED removable lights and all the thought put into the actual gloves.”Tactical Lites/FacebookEach pair is designed to serve a particular purpose, based on what the professional needs respectively, but all of them are equipped with LED lights, ample padding, and breathability. And they even have touchscreen capabilities, so you can keep your gloves on and get the job done swiftly.The gloves start out at $40 pledge, and can reach up to $50 if you’re looking for something a little more heavy duty. Cassidy’s website for Tactical Lites will be up and running later this month, but more information on the gloves and their features can be found on the Tactical Lites Facebook page.And hell, if you’re hiring, Cassidy will be graduating high school soon! 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter read more
New legislation will create an independent process to set salaries for Nova Scotia’s justices of the peace. Justice Minister Lena Diab introduced amendments to the Justices of the Peace Act and Provincial Court Act today, Dec. 5, that will set out a new tribunal structure for determining compensation. The amendments will also align the timing of salaries and benefits tribunal reports for judges and presiding justices of the peace with government’s budget process. “Justices of the Peace perform important tasks like issuing subpoenas and emergency protection orders to free up judges’ time,” said Ms. Diab. “They believe their salaries should be set by an independent body, and the court agrees. That’s why we’re introducing these legislative changes–to create a new structure that is objective, efficient and fair.” In February, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruled that an independent process was needed to set compensation for presiding justices of the peace. The Department of Justice was given 12 months to make these changes. Under this new process, the chair of the judges’ compensation tribunal will also act as a one-person tribunal for the presiding justices of the peace. This model is used in Saskatchewan. read more
A unique approach to supporting parents with culturally relevant programs is being developed with African Nova Scotian families and government. Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and African Nova Scotian Affairs Tony Ince, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced today, Feb. 25, initiatives to include knowledge of African culture and values into services for parents. “The community has long recognized the need for cultural competency and sensitivity,” said Mr. Ince. “Increasing resources to develop culturally relevant programs is a good start. We’re hopeful that this will benefit parents and children moving forward.” The East Preston Family Resource Centre is developing a culturally relevant Parenting Journey program for African Nova Scotian families in partnership with the Department of Community Services. It is a home visitation program for families experiencing complex family, social and economic challenges. Another initiative announced is The Nurturing Strong African Nova Scotian Families program. It will train facilitators from African Nova Scotian communities who will then offer programs for parents around the province. The first training session for 12 facilitators is expected to begin in May. “We are excited to build on our success with the Parenting Journey program in the African Nova Scotian communities, with the support of our elders and all community members,” said Trina Fraser, executive director of the East Preston Family Resource Centre. The province’s largest African Nova Scotian population live in the communities of East and North Preston, Cherrybrook, Lake Loon and Dartmouth East. The resource centre will work with the communities and the department to develop more culturally competent approaches, such as including spiritual leaders as partners along with school and health professionals. Elders who have raised successful families will be available to give advice and guidance for young parents. “I’m pleased that we will be working directly with the community to identify solutions and strengths,” said Mr. Ince. Funding is part of the $1.2 million announced in November for Stronger Families NS, which is designed to strengthen early intervention and prevention programs. Culturally relevant programs are also being created with Aboriginal and Acadian communities. read more
While its filming industry isn’t as big as Toronto’s or Vancouver’s, Montreal’s offers a variety of architecture that isn’t found elsewhere, he says.In particular, the architecture of parts of Old Montreal allows it to pass for parts of Europe, while other sectors of the Old Port and downtown are more reminiscent of New York.Patricia Durocher, a location manager who works mostly with Quebec or Quebec-Europe co-productions, said she used Montreal and its suburbs in her latest movie to represent a number of U.S. states, including Kansas, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.The Hummingbird Project, a story about two entrepreneurs building a fibre-optic line, is to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.“A lot of production in the past couple of years is representing the States in general, especially suburbs, and the background in Quebec is really, really similar,” she said.But her biggest challenge, she said, was trying to find interior scenes to represent the Middle Eastern country of Jordan while filming Denis Villeneuve’s 2010 Oscar-nominated drama Incendies.“All of our architecture is so different from over there,” she said. Advertisement MONTREAL—In almost 25 years as a location manager, Pierre Blondin has helped to transform Montreal and its suburbs into New York, part of Europe, New Jersey and New England cottage country.Foreign filming in the city has been booming of late, spurred on by tax incentives, varied architecture, an endless appetite for online streaming, and the presence of several top studios and visual effects companies specializing in post-production.Last year, foreign investments in shooting and audiovisual production investments totalled $645 million in the province, including from the 23 foreign productions that filmed in the province, many in Montreal, according to Quebec’s film and TV council. Advertisement “The light switches on the wall are different, and the construction materials they use, we don’t have here.”In the end, she said, the illusion was achieved through a mixture of imagination and creative work on the part of the art department.And if a match isn’t perfect, there are always visual effects, which can be used to erase a couple of trees or add storeys to Montreal’s buildings, which are shorter than New York’s.As location managers, Blondin and Durocher are involved at every stage of a production, including scouting locations, negotiating with property owners, setting schedules and ensuring everything is left in perfect shape.And while the filming boom has given them plenty of work, both say it doesn’t come without certain downsides.Durocher says the big-budget American productions have pushed the price of location rentals so high that Quebec’s homegrown French-language film and TV sector can barely afford to pay them.“(The Americans) want something and they just buy it, whatever the cost is,” she said.“But when you need that same place, you’re doing a local production, Mr. and Ms everyone doesn’t understand the difference and want the same price.”She says American productions are also sometimes less respectful of the neighbourhoods they shoot in, which makes citizens reluctant to allow subsequent shoots.But at the same time, she says the issue isn’t black and white, because the local productions are also benefiting from the skills of crew members who have gained valuable experience on American sets.Blondin, who works mainly with American productions, notes for his part that it’s becoming more and more difficult to find locations willing to accommodate the growing size of a production, which can include 20 trailers and more than 100 crew members.He’s gone to great lengths to ensure local businesses and residents aren’t bothered by filming, including ordering high-end gift baskets for every one of a hotel’s guests, hiring shuttles to transport residents who have temporarily lost parking, and agreeing to do electrical repair work for a school that was being rented as a film set.In the end, he said, citizens generally enjoy the process, but it’s getting harder to convince them ahead of time.Blondin says that while he gets a lot of help from a team of workers at the City of Montreal and Quebec’s film and television council, permits are getting harder to obtain over worries about parking, street closures or inconvenience.For that reason, he says, it’s unlikely that Montreal will ever film a major action movie such as Terminator or Mission: Impossible, because many authorities are too reluctant to agree to major street closures or the use of certain infrastructure.He says he’s hoping people will remember that, in the end, film and TV shooting results in a product that is enjoyed by millions, and that each production provides hundreds of jobs to Quebecers.“You have to remember we’re feeding families,” he said.“You have to be willing to make sacrifices for the economy, so people can make a living.”By MORGAN LOWRIE | The Canadian Press Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement While few of the productions are actually set in the city, Blondin says it’s been common for decades to “cheat” one location for another, usually for budget or scheduling reasons.“The cheating is large scale … but you get away with it, because what matters in a film is the action,” said Blondin, 61. “If you’re watching a film and looking at the background, it’s because the storyline is very boring.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Film and television location manager Pierre Blondin poses in Montreal, Saturday, August 4, 2018. 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Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement During tonight’s awards show, Stephan James was recognized with the inaugural Radius Award, presented by MADE | NOUS, which was presented by his brother, Shamier Anderson. The Kids in the Hall received the Academy Icon Award, presented by Eric McCormack. The Academy honoured Mary Walsh with the Earle Grey Award, presented by Jonny Harris and Susan Kent. Deepa Mehta received the Lifetime Achievement Award.Dominique Provost-Chalkley was named the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award winner, presented during the live show by two past winners, CARMILLA stars Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis. 7,752,418 number of votes were cast to determine the winner of this award.“It’s been a fantastic week embracing and celebrating homegrown talent, and their ability to engage audiences,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “As another Canadian Screen Week comes to an end, we are proud of the unique opportunity we have to introduce incredible Canadian film and television to a broader audience. The Canadian Screen Awards puts a spotlight on the talented content creators and storytellers in our own backyard and on the world stage.”.2019 Canadian Screen Awards Film WinnersBest Motion PictureA Colony | Une colonie – Fanny Drew, Sarah ManneringPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThéodore Pellerin – Family First | Chien de gardePerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleÉmilie Bierre – A Colony | Une colonieAchievement in DirectionJasmin Mozaffari – FirecrackersTed Rogers Best Feature Length DocumentarySponsor | Rogers Group of FundsAnthropocene: The Human Epoch – Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky.2019 Canadian Screen Awards Television WinnersBest Comedy SeriesSchitt’s CreekCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, Ben FeiginBest Drama SeriesAnne with an ECBC (CBC)(Northwood Entertainment)Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-BeckettBest Reality/Competition Program or SeriesThe Amazing Race CanadaCTV (Bell Media)(Insight Productions)John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Catherine PetersenBest Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited SeriesCardinal: Blackfly SeasonCTV (Bell Media)(Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.)Billy CampbellBest Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited SeriesCardinal: Blackfly SeasonCTV (Bell Media)(Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.)Karine VanasseBest Lead Actor, ComedyLetterkennyCrave (Bell Media)(New Metric Media)Jared KeesoBest Lead Actress, ComedySchitt’s CreekCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Catherine O’HaraBest Lead Actor, Drama SeriesBad BloodCity (Rogers Media)(New Metric Media, Sphere Media Plus Inc.)Kim CoatesBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesAnne with an ECBC (CBC)(Northwood Entertainment)Amybeth McNultyBest Writing, ComedyLetterkenny – Letterkenny Spelling BeeCrave (Bell Media)(New Metric Media)Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney.Special Award CategoriesAcademy Icon AwardThe Kids in the HallLifetime Achievement AwardDeepa MehtaEarle Grey AwardMary WalshRadius AwardPresented by MADE | NOUSStephan JamesCogeco Fund Audience Choice AwardDominique Provost-ChalkleyVisit www.academy.ca to view the full list of winners from tonight’s Gala.About the Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit academy.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – (March 31, 2019) – A spotlight was shone on the country’s best in film and television this evening, as 2019 Canadian Screen Week concluded its festivities with the biggest night of celebration at the Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala. The awards show was broadcast live from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.A total of 20 awards were presented to Canada’s best screen talent throughout the evening, with highlights including:· Best Drama Series – Anne with an E· Best Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek· Best Motion Picture – A Colony | Une colonie· Achievement in Direction – Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers)· Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary, presented by Rogers Group of Funds – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch· Best Reality/Competition Program or Series – The Amazing Race Canada read more
The Canadian PressOTTAWA – The premier of the Northwest Territories doesn’t see climate change as a ticking time bomb _ in his part of the country, it’s already gone off.Canada’s North is at the forefront of climate change and its effects can be seen with the naked eye on a daily basis, Bob McLeod said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Warmer temperatures have led to a host of changes, including a shifting tree line, problems with the territory’s winter road network and significant impacts on the caribou population, McLeod said.“I could go on and on,” he said. “We have permafrost … that’s melting. It is affecting our buildings and our housing so we have to change our building techniques.”Climate change has also contributed to the disappearance of certain fish species, McLeod noted. “We are seeing wildlife species foreign to this area … moving further north from the south like cougar and whitetail deer.”He also suggested the territory is at the mercy of outside efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“We are doing our part, but I mean, in the larger scheme of things, we are very small emitters of CO2 (carbon dioxide) gases,” McLeod said.“Obviously we are dependent on national and international actions to reduce the overall emissions of greenhouses gases.”McLeod said he looks forward to participating in upcoming discussions with the federal government as it prepares to hammer out a national climate change strategy along with the provinces and other territories.“From all accounts, the prime minister has indicated that the government of Canada is going to take a much more active leadership role working … closely with the provinces and territories, so I was heartened by that,” he said.“I was also heartened by the fact that Canada contributed significantly to help developing countries to deal with climate change. We are hopeful he will take the same approach with developing territories to help us deal with the effects of greenhouse gases that are largely not our own doing.”The annual average temperature has increased 1.6 degrees C, or twice the global average, since 1948, according to briefing documents prepared for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Canada’s North has warmed by about three times the global average _ a boost of 2.2 C, the documents note.“I remember 20 years ago, I had the opportunity to make a presentation to a Senate committee on climate change,” McLeod said. “I look back to some of things I talked about. Most of it has come true.”McLeod recalled a senator asking if he would be happy to see warmer temperatures in the North.“I said ‘No, the reason we live up here is because we like the cold weather and we like our four seasons,” he said.“So it is unnerving to … have temperatures in the single digits in January … you wonder what the world is coming to.”— the Canadian Press read more
As Trudeau spoke, a small group of protesters were heard shouting “Build KM” and “Build that pipe.”The $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project would triple the flow of heavy oil products from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. Texas-based Kinder Morgan has warned it will pull the plug by month’s end if hurdles to expanding the pipeline through British Columbia remain.Trudeau would not say whether he had meetings planned with any Kinder Morgan executives while he was in town. The company’s Canadian division was to hold its annual shareholder meeting in Calgary on Wednesday.“I am very confident that all of our officials and our finance ministers and the folks involved in direct discussions with Kinder Morgan are extremely engaged with all necessary parties,” he said.“As I’ve said many times, we continue to work very, very hard, both visibly and behind the scenes, and when we have something to announce, you guys will be the first to know.”Trudeau said his government is looking at legislative, legal and financial avenues to get the project moving, but added he won’t negotiate in public. Trudeau’s government approved expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it. Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the end of this month that the expansion will proceed.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he’s spoken with Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley several times about the pipeline and believes their support for the project is sincere.“I’m confident that what you’re hearing is actually true, that both the federal and provincial governments are absolutely committed to getting this done and will use every tool in the toolbox they’ve got to make it happen,” he said.“I’m super impatient, as we all are. I want to see shovels in the ground. But every time someone says to me they need to be doing more, I always say: ‘What exactly? What are you looking for? Is throwing Elizabeth May in jail enough for you?”May, the federal Green party leader, was arrested in Burnaby earlier this year while protesting the project, along with Kennedy Stewart, the NDP MP who is stepping down to run for Vancouver mayor. CALGARY, A.B. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are some critics who will never be convinced that he’s doing enough to ensure the Trans Mountain expansion project goes ahead, but he adds his government is working hard as a deadline imposed by pipeline builder Kinder Morgan fast approaches.“Let’s be honest about these things. I don’t think there is anything that I can say that would reassure some of my critics who have such little faith in my government getting anything done for Alberta,” Trudeau said in Calgary on Tuesday after he reaffirmed Ottawa’s $1.5-billion commitment toward a light-rail transit project in the city.“I don’t think there’s any magic phrase I can say that will have critics and skeptics put down their criticism and say, ‘You know what? The prime minister reassured me today.”’ read more
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today welcomed the unanimous adoption at the end of the latest review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of a document which, among other things, contains steps towards achieving a nuclear-free Middle East. The final document of the five-yearly gathering, issued on Friday, called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the co-sponsors of a 1995 resolution proposing a Middle East free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to convene a conference to be attended by all States in the region. Director General Yukiya Amano said he was “delighted” that the conference “gave full support to all the areas of work of the IAEA that are relevant to the three pillars of the NPT: preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, the promotion of safe and secure use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and nuclear disarmament.” He noted that the month-long gathering’s success “is particularly important as it can enhance confidence in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, which in turn will provide the IAEA with a stronger basis for its work in all areas.” In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Friday, Mr. Ban hailed the “strong spirit of compromise and cooperation” that has “delivered a significant agreement to build a safer and more secure world.” The action plan adopted by nations lays a solid foundation to further strengthen the treaty and address the challenges that lie ahead, he said. 31 May 2010The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today welcomed the unanimous adoption at the end of the latest review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) of a document which, among other things, contains steps towards achieving a nuclear-free Middle East. read more
In his address, President Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana said that it was important to recognize that developing countries are not the main parties responsible for climate change, although they paid a heavy price. Madagascar is systematically suffering from the consequences of climate change, which often destroyed efforts social and economic progress.Ahead of the Paris conference, he said the Government had announced its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 14 per cent and to increase its absorption capacity by more than 30 per cent by 2030.“A new era is opening before the world; a new hope is being built with the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he continued, stressing that the Goals should not just be a reference point to fight against poverty, but shoudkl aim for larger-scale sustainable human development. Human capital, both the actor and the beneficiary of the SDGs, must be at the heart of all the world’s actions. The security of peoples in all its forms — from wars, crises and insecurity — is the root cause of the systematic violations of human rights, and peace and security remained the Achilles heel of all development strategies. Because of that, his country was perusing its own path towards democracy and sustainability. read more
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has dropped the strongest hint yet that the Taoiseach will apologise to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.Shatter told the Dáil that the Government is committed to “bringing closure” for the women and said Enda Kenny will respond in a “fair and compassionate way” next week.The Taoiseach had been criticised for not immediately apologising on behalf of the State when the McAleese report into State involvement at the laundries was published last week. Some of the survivors said they were “devastated” when Enda Kenny stopped short of a full apology to at least 10,012 women who carried out forced labour at the laundries from 1922 onwards.However the head of the Magdalene Survivors Together group, which met with Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore on Monday, said the meeting was “hugely significant” and that the women were very hopeful that an apology would now be forthcoming.In response to a question from Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty about whether the Taoiseach would be apologising, the Justice Minister told the Dáil: The Government is committed to playing its full part in a healing and reconciliation process with a view to bringing closure for the women concerned. When we have a full debate in the House next week, the Deputy can be assured that An Taoiseach, who has been meeting some of the women involved, will be responding to the significant issues identified in the McAleese Report in a fair and compassionate way.The McAleese report found that the State was complicit in sending just over one quarter of the women to the Catholic-run institutions.The Dáil has set aside time to debate the McAleese report next week. It is expected that the issue of compensating the women for the work they did will also be addressed.Read: Magdalenes ‘absolutely delighted’ after meeting with Kenny and Gilmore > Read: Apology is ‘fundamentally important’ as Magdalenes meet Taoiseach today > read more
In the research published in the American Journal of Physiology, Booth and fellow research Michael Roberts put rats in cages with running wheels and kept records of how much each rat willingly ran on their wheels over the course of six days.They then bred the 26 rats which ran the most with each other, and bred the 26 rats which ran the least with each other. They repeated this process through ten generations of rats and found that the rats which originally ran the most ended up choosing to run ten times more than the ‘lazy’ rats.The scientists then found differences in the muscle cells of the rats and their body composition.“While we found minor differences in the body composition and levels of mitochondria in muscle cells of the rats, the most important thing we identified were the genetic differences between the two lines of rats,” said Roberts.“Out of more than 17,000 different genes in one part of the brain, we identified 36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation.”The scientists are planning to continue to research the effects each gene has on people’s motivation to exercise. In the meantime, you can tell yourself this when you’re questioning why you still haven’t done the washing.Explainer: Why we grunt at the gym > Read: Penis size does matter to women – researchers > LOOKING FOR AN excuse for why you spent three hours on the couch last night? Trying to figure out why you still haven’t gotten around to doing that thing your boss asked you to do?Researchers in the United States may have an answer. Scientists at the University of Missouri have found that laziness may be genetic – which means no matter how good your intentions, it may be in your DNA to be a lazybones.The scientists at the veterinary department of the university were able to selectively breed rats which were either extremely lazy or extremely active. They say that these rats show genetics could play a role in whether people are motivated to move around and exercise or not.Professor Frank Booth who carried out the research said it could help to identify people who may become obese in later life.“We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy,” he said, adding:It would be very useful to know if a person is genetically predisposed to having a lack of motivation to exercise because that could potentially make them more likely to grow obese. read more
WOODLAND — The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at the North Fork Lewis River Bridge will see a reduced speed limit starting Monday as crews begin to repaint the structure, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.WSDOT will reduce the speed limit in the area from 70 mph to 60 mph. The change applies from just north of the East Fork Lewis River Bridge to Woodland city limits, according to the agency.The speed reduction is expected to be in place for several months, until workers stop for winter weather, according to WSDOT.The entire $15 million project is expected to be complete in 2016. Workers are cleaning and painting the two spans that carry I-5 over the North Fork Lewis River to preserve and protect the structures, according to WSDOT.
Members of the Anchorage Petroleum Wives Club — soon to be the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association — pose by the Easter goodie bags they assembled for a youth homeless shelter. (Photo courtesy Holly Lee)At a luncheon at the Lakefront hotel in Anchorage this April, Petroleum Wives Club president Linnea Ward greeted members from behind a small, cardboard ballot box.Listen nowThe Anchorage Petroleum Wives Club has been around longer than Alaska has been a state. It was founded shortly after the first big oil discovery. Its purpose was to welcome the wives of the oil workers flooding in to the state. But a lot has changed since then, so the Anchorage Petroleum Wives Club decided they needed a change, too. On April 26, the club held a historic vote, and the members decided unanimously to change their name to the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association — effective June 1.Club President Linnea Ward said there are several reasons for the re-branding. One is that “Petroleum Wives” might paint a misleading picture in some people’s minds.“I don’t know if this was true, but supposedly the gossip throughout the organization was that we were approached by some reality show wanting to talk about — you know they do the ‘desperate housewives of Orange County’ or whatever,” Ward said. “And so there was an interest in doing some ‘wives’ thing of Anchorage. And that’s just not us.”The Petroleum Wives want the world to know they’re not a group of cocktail-sipping, pearl-wearing socialites — although some do get together for a “ladies night out” now and then. Take Ward, for example: her husband may work for ConocoPhillips, but she’s a Ph.D. This spring, Ward earned her doctorate in public communication and technology. She actually wrote her dissertation about the Petroleum Wives.But mainly, Ward said the group changed its name because the petroleum industry has changed. Ward said she’s one of a growing number of club members who work, too.“We’re not all these super-wealthy [people], just trying to throw money out there, or [people] trying to destroy the Earth one step at a time,” Ward said.Like everyone else, Ward said, “we’re just trying to make our way in this world, we’re trying to give back. We’re trying to find meaning.”In addition to getting together for activities like hiking, playing cards and making crafts, the Petroleum Wives also spend time volunteering and raising funds for local charities.But increasingly, the meetups have to be scheduled around the 9-to-5 workday. Ward said another reason the club changed its name is to welcome a new kind of member — members like Anna Belanger, a petroleum geologist for Glacier Oil & Gas.There are lots more women working in Alaska’s oil industry than when the club started in the 1950s. The Petroleum Wives recently changed its rules to allow oil industry workers to become president or vice president of the club. Belanger said replacing ‘wives’ with ‘women’ in the name means a lot to her.When Belanger found out about the club, she said, “I thought, ‘well, my husband is actually a fisherman — sport fishing on the Kenai river — he’s not in the oil industry. Am I able to join the organization?’”Belanger works for a small company. She said the group connects her with people across the oil industry. Belanger said she also appreciates meeting other women who understand the industry’s ups and downs.After oil prices crashed in 2015, many companies in Alaska announced mass layoffs. Member Zoe Smith’s husband was retired from BP by then, but she said during the downturn, the Petroleum Wives came together to help each other cope.“Especially the older ladies like myself, we’ve been through these cycles before,” Smith said. “And then you can share it with someone else. And it just gives support, that you maybe don’t find with your neighbor because they don’t really understand.”The Petroleum Wives kept meeting throughout the tough times — even after losing about 80 members, close to third of its membership.Today, they’re still going strong. In early April, about a dozen members got together to make Easter goodie bags for Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in Anchorage. Holly Lee organized the get-together. Lee’s husband, an oil industry engineer, was transferred from Canada to Alaska in 2012.It’s pretty common for oil companies to move employees around the country –and even the world — every few years. Lee said finding friends in Anchorage wasn’t easy at first. But then she joined the Petroleum Wives Club.“We are often, many of us, out of our own country. We’re away from our family — like so many people who live in Alaska,” Lee said. “And so this group provides a connectivity that I desperately needed.”Lee said some might argue the Petroleum Wives should have changed their name years ago. But she explained that for some members, the name represented a long tradition of women forging close friendships over shared connections to the oil industry.And in that way, the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association hasn’t forgotten its roots. read more
Anantapur: The TDP chief and former CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s escort police vehicle in convoy has overturned in Anantapur district on Wednesday. Over the TDP supremo’s district tour, the escort police vehicle has been arranged. However, while Chandrababu Naidu was returning from the tour, the escort police vehicle has overturned near the national highway at Venkatareddy Palli village in Penukonda mandal of the district. In the incident, Armed Reserve SI Ramanjaneyu, and ARCC Vijaykumar has sustained serious injuries. The injured were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.
The third season of AwesomenessTV’s “t@gged” teen social-media psychological thriller series is launching on Hulu on Dec. 7.Hulu also is currently streaming the entire first two seasons of “t@gged,” which originally ran on Verizon’s Go90 mobile video service. Verizon, which was formerly one of Awesomeness’ owners, shut down Go90 this summer. That put the future of season 3 of “t@gged” in doubt until word came of Hulu’s pickup of the show.In the first season of the show, three teenage girls try to figure out who “tagged” their social media profiles to a horrific murder online before the killer finds them. Then, in season 2, the girls are targeted by multiple stalkers known as The Zoo — and they realize that the mysterious killer who goes by the handle “Monkeyman” may not have been working alone. In season 3, the drama continues as Rowan (Lulu Antariksa) and Elisia (Katelyn Nacon) question who they can trust as they track down the real identity of KingCobra, only to realize the threat may have changed again and taken the shape of something much more sinister.“T@gged” stars Antariksa (“Legacies”), Nacon (“The Walking Dead”), Noah Centineo (“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”), Timothy Granaderos (“13 Reasons Why”), Hana Hayes (“Insidious: The Last Key”), Nick Fink (“Sweet/Vicious”), Lukas Gage (“Assassination Nation”), Fivel Stewart (“Atypical”), Braeden Lemasters (“The Romanoffs”), Rajiv Dhall, Chelsea Lopez (“Phoenix Forgotten”), Claudia Sulewski (“The Commute”), Emma Dumont (“The Gifted”), and Jc Caylen (“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween”).Viacom acquired Awesomeness this summer from NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst, and subsequently the digital-media studio and network division was hit with significant layoffs.Pictured above: Noah Centineo (left) and Chelsea Lopez in “t@gged” season 3.Watch the trailer for “t@gged” season 3: Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 read more