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Oct
22

Atlantic Environment Ministers Meet

first_imgAtlantic Environment ministers have agreed to work together toprovide regional leadership and co-ordination on the developmentof a national wastewater effluent strategy. The decision wasreached at a meeting on Friday, Sept. 10, at White Point BeachLodge, in Queen’s County. Nova Scotia has been actively working on a national strategy as a part of a development committee established in December 2003through the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME).While Nova Scotia will still continue to participate on thecommittee, Environment Minister Kerry Morash believes a regionalapproach is critical. “We face many similar issues when it comes to managing municipalwastewater effluent. Coastal protection, financing newinfrastructure, and serving rural populations just for starters.Regional co-ordination is one way to ensure we’re sharing bestpractices, providing the best services, and ensuring the greatestmeasure of protection for our environment,” said Mr. Morash. The ministers’ agenda also included a number of other issues thatrelate to the need for a more collaborative relationship withagencies of the federal government that share responsibility withthe provinces for environmental protection. These includedupdates on the review of the Canadian Environmental ProtectionAct, federal Bill C-34 Marine Pollution/Enforcement, and Atlanticsolid waste issues. The meeting was attended by the ministers and deputy ministersfrom all four Atlantic provinces. The next CCME meeting isscheduled to take place in early November 2004.last_img read more

Oct
17

Man scared straight as teenager gets 175000 in damage award from BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — A man who was required to visit a notorious British Columbia prison as part of a “scared straight” program has been awarded $175,000 in damages for a sexual assault that happened during the tour.The man, only identified by his initials in the judgment, was 14 in the late 1970s when he was placed on probation for breaking and entering.The B.C. Supreme Court decision says as part of his probation he was required to take a tour of the now-closed Oakalla prison and was sexually assaulted after a corrections officer forced him into a cell with five inmates.The man’s lawsuit named the British Columbia government and Roderic MacDougall, a former prison guard who was convicted for indecent and sexual assaults against prisoners.Justice Jennifer Duncan ruled the sexual assault took place and the province is liable, but the plaintiff couldn’t establish that MacDougall was the officer who facilitated the attack.She awarded the man, who is now 54 years old, $150,000 in damages and $25,000 for the cost of future care, plus his legal costs.“The structure and operation of the youth tour program in 1978 left a great deal to be desired from a modern perspective, to put in mildly,” Duncan said in her ruling posted Wednesday.“The officers were left to choose the inmates they felt were appropriate to interact with the youth” said the judge, who noted that the youth could have been exposed to inmates facing sex charges.“The youth were subjected to catcalls and verbal abuse by inmates, but that seemed to depend on whether the youth appeared suitably chastened by the experience. The purpose of the program was, after all, to scare children into disavowing a life of crime.”Several successful civil court lawsuits from other prisoners were filed against MacDougall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
12

Moroccan actress mimics the Qurans recitation sparks controversy

first_imgRabat- On his weekly show “Mais Encore” broadcasted by Moroccan TV 2M, Hamid Berrada, the show’s host invited Moroccan actress, Latifa Ahrar on Monday, December 25. The show’s host started by talking about Latifa’s Kaftan controversy in December 2011 when she appeared with a Kaftan that showed her legs semi-naked.Then the show took another direction when the actress started talking about one of her shows of 2010 called “Capharnaum”. The spectacle shows the spiritual journey of a woman in loneliness and solitude, and includes a spiritual choreography. When the host asked Latifa to give a sample of the poems of her spectacle, she started describing the doomsday in what it looked first like a poem, then it swiftly turned out to be a mixture of altered Quranic verses in a humorous and ironic way.The video where the controversial artist appears mimicking the Quran went viral on social media with many Moroccans expressing their displeasure to see a Moroccan artist mocking their sacred religious book.“If you want to become famous, it is enough to attack Islam and provoke Muslims”, Eanas Karzal commented on Latifa’s video as it was posted on Facebook.“She is really stupid,” Salma Nour, a Moroccan young female, said on Facebook page.“I’m speechless!!!!,” said Arbia Tebai.“She was n ever an artist and she will never be,” Nada Jalil, another young Moroccan, said about the video.The video was also harshly criticized by a number of Moroccan newspapers. Latifa Ahrar’s move was condemned by Atajdid and Al Alam newspapers, as well as by some Moroccan politicians. Mohamed Najib Boulif, Minister Delegate for General Affairs and Good Governance and member of the Party of Justice and Development, denounced such type of Art, labeling it as “dirty Art” that must be forbidden.In her response, Latefa, said that there “is no dirty or clean Art, there is only one Art.”This is not the first time that Latifa Ahrar sparks controversy. In December 2011, she was harshly criticized for her appearance on the Marrakech Film Festival’s red carpet dressed in a traditional Moroccan dress that showed her legs.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Oct
12

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Poloz speaksBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will give a speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal on Thursday. Poloz kept his key interest rate target on hold in January at 1.75 per cent. The central bank’s next rate announcement is set for March 6.Hydro OneHydro One Ltd. reports its results before markets open on Thursday. The utility called off its merger with Avista Corp. last month after regulators in Washington state and Idaho shot down the deal. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Hydro One was required to pay Avista US$103 million in termination fees.Economic dataStatistics Canada is expected to release wholesale trade results for December on Thursday followed by retail trade data on Friday. The results cover a soft spot for the economy at the end of last year.Royal Bank resultsRoyal Bank of Canada will be the first of Canada’s big banks to report their first-quarter results when they come out Friday. RBC posted a record annual profit of $12.4 billion in its 2018 financial year helped by rising interest rates and U.S. tax reforms.Trans Mountain deadlineThe deadline for the National Energy Board to complete its report on the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is Friday. Ottawa ordered the NEB to reconsider parts of Trans Mountain’s application after a court overturned approval of the project citing insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and a failure to assess the environmental impact of additional oil-tanker traffic. The Canadian Press read more

Oct
11

Tajik quake victims receive further UN aid as focus moves to reconstruction

“On the world scale this emergency may be small and therefore easily overlooked, but for the people affected it is very real and they need all the support they can get,” Gabriella Waaijman, the head of the Central Asia sub-office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on a day when the world’s attention was focused on the massive earthquake that has devastated Haiti.Today’s consignment is the final batch of humanitarian goods needed for the victims of the quake, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, which shook the Central Asian country on 2 January in the Vanj district of the mountainous Gorno Badakhshan region. Damage to power transmission lines and other key infrastructure including health facilities, schools, roads and administrative buildings has been reported.The Government has now asked that priority be given to risk reduction by supporting the reconstruction of seismically-resistant houses in the region.Shortly after the quake, the Government requested help from the UN and the wider international community, including tents, mattresses, blankets, clothes, kitchen sets, hygiene sets, fuel, food, medicines and heaters. A first batch of 100 winter tents that were pre-positioned in Red Crescent and UN warehouses reached the area on 8 January and blankets, basic food, health kits and water purification tablets were also distributed. 13 January 2010A further relief flight of United Nations aid comprising 100 winter tents, stoves and 600 blankets arrived in Tajikistan today for the victims of an earthquake earlier this month which destroyed over 140 houses and partially damaged more than 950 others, affecting some 7,000 people. read more

Oct
8

The onetime champion of peak oil now says the oilsands doesnt need

TORONTO — A new report by the Centre for International Governance Innovation is questioning the need for new pipelines to carry oilsands production to tidewater for export.Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at the centre and a former chief economist at CIBC, says in the report that the claim that additional pipeline capacity to tidewater will unlock higher prices is not corroborated by either past or current market conditions.Rubin says overseas markets pay even lower prices for bitumen than in North America, so there is no economic case for additional pipeline capacity to tidewater or expanded oilsands production. He says international commitments to reduce global carbon emissions over the next three decades will also reduce the size of future oil markets.The report follows a move by TransCanada to ask the National Energy Board to put its application for the 4,500-kilometre Energy East pipeline on hold after the regulator said it would consider indirect greenhouse gas emissions in evaluating the pipeline.Rubin recommends the National Energy Board consider a rapidly decarbonizing global economy as the base case when modelling future oil demand and use the heavy oil price benchmark Western Canadian Select when evaluating projects.His report also noted that pension plans need to stress test their long-term investments in the oilsands against expected declines in global consumption. read more

Oct
7

Two senior Canadian Forces members charged with sexual assaults

OTTAWA — Military police have laid sexual-assault charges against two senior members of the Canadian Armed Forces, including a lieutenant-colonel working as a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces’ recruiting group in Ontario.Lt.-Col. Daniel Mainguy is facing one charge of sexual assault and another of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline in relation to what military police allege are two unrelated incidents involving fellow military personnel at Canadian Forces Base Borden.A 35-year veteran of the military, Mainguy had been working as a marketing and advertising officer in the recruiting group but has been temporarily assigned to another position, according to the Department of National Defence.Military police have also charged Master Warrant Officer John MacPherson with two counts of sexual assault in relation to two alleged incidents during a military course at CFB Gagetown, N.B., in 1998.An investigation was launched after the alleged victim of the two incidents filed a complaint in April 2016, according to military police, but it was suspended due to lack of evidence.Military investigators reopened the file two years later, however, at the request of the alleged victim. New information was subsequently uncovered and charges laid against MacPherson, a regular-force member with the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre in Kingston, Ont.“The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service seeks to investigate and where appropriate lay charges based on factual evidence regardless of when the offence is alleged to have been committed,” said Lt.-Col. Kevin Cadman, commander of the military’s investigative unit.“Much care is taken to investigate all matters of this nature, historical or otherwise.”Both cases are now proceeding through the military-justice system.The Forces has spent the past four years wrestling with how to eradicate sexual assaults and other inappropriate behaviour by establishing new support services for victims, educating service members and promising severe consequences for perpetrators.The moves followed a series of devastating reports several years ago that uncovered a highly sexualized culture where misbehaviour was ignored or hidden. read more

Oct
6

Annan utterly condemns suicide bombing in Indiancontrolled part of Kashmir

“This act of senseless violence underscores the need to eradicate terrorism from whatever quarter,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in a statement, which also conveyed the Secretary-General’s condolences to the bereaved families. Looking to the broader context, the Secretary-General said Monday’s “tragic incident once again underlines the need for a political solution to the longstanding dispute over Kashmir,” the spokesman said.The Secretary-General recalled the unanimous adoption last week of a Security Council resolution deciding, among other measures, that all countries should refrain from providing any form of support – active or passive – to terrorist groups, according to the statement. read more

Oct
2

Malnutrition could jeopardize Zimbabwes development UN official warns during visit

Food insecurity featured high on the agenda of Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who arrived on Wednesday in Zimbabwe, where 2 million people are now food insecure, according to the latest assessments. It is estimated that at this point of the lean season – the pre-harvest period when many families have depleted their own-produced stocks – one in four people in rural areas is having problems meeting food needs, WFP stated in a news release.“Food security and nutrition are vital for Zimbabwe’s development, and high levels of malnutrition could hold the country back from reaching its full potential,” said Ms. Cousin. “Grain prices are much higher than they were this time last year and some communities have no food stocks left following last season’s bad harvest.”WFP had planned to be assisting 1.8 million of the most vulnerable at this time but, due to funding constraints, is only able to meet the needs of 1.2 million people. Most of these are receiving reduced rations and WFP’s relief activities are being scaled back in all but the worst-affected areas, the agency said.It added that while there is “guarded optimism” about next month’s harvest due to recent rains, excessive rainfall in some areas has resulted in flooding and crop damage. Ms. Cousin urged both the Government and the international community to ensure that the most vulnerable continue to be assisted, and to provide means for communities to build resilience.“We know donors have to make tough decisions with so many simultaneous humanitarian emergencies in the world but we also ask that the less visible crises, like that in Zimbabwe, not be forgotten,” she stated.Among WFP’s efforts in the country is a health and nutrition programme, run in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and aid agency partners, which is currently assisting more than 200,000 malnourished pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of five years. The agency also implements resilience-building activities in which people are supported while they work on community projects including irrigation and water harvesting schemes.All these programmes will have to be cut back unless more donor funding is secured, WFP warned. read more

Oct
2

Syria UN relief agencies appeal for more funding as winter freeze sweeps

“Winter has brought more hardship to Syrians already struggling to find safe shelter and ways to feed, clothe, and protect their families from illness and exposure to risk,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, said in a press release. The official’s comments come as many Syrians continue to reel from the brutal winter storm that has battered large swathes of the Middle East, dumping snow and rain on the region and lowering temperatures below freezing. In preparation for the cold season, the UN and its partners had launched a $206 million winterization plan in October 2014, targeting some 3.3 million people inside Syria with blankets and warm clothing, fuel, winter kits, and cash assistance. Nevertheless, the winter plan remains underfunded by $70 million, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“After four years of crisis, people’s ability to cope is extremely stretched, and the needs continue to grow,” Mr. El Hillo continued. “Though the international community has been generous, funding has not kept pace in the face of growing needs.” Against that backdrop, efforts to provide tens of thousands of Syrian families trapped in the besieged neighbourhood of Al-Wa’er in Homs are making headway as UN convoys carrying food for 75,000 people approach the heavily shelled city. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs explained that, following extensive negotiations, a first convoy carrying 8,500 family food rations was delivered on 15 January to support some 42,500 civilians. The remaining 6,500 family rations, which would support 32,500 people, would be delivered in two additional convoys over the coming days, she said. The WFP spokesperson added that conditions in Al-Wa’er had deteriorated over the past month amid an intensification of shelling and fighting which prevented all access for humanitarian deliveries. In addition, she noted, the heavy snowstorms which hit the region fuelled concerns over worsening humanitarian conditions for the estimated 250,000 residents trapped inside the neighbourhood. Ms. Byrs echoed Mr. El Hillo’s appeal for additional funding, stating that the WFP alone urgently required $214.5 million for its operations in Syria and the region out of which $112.6 million was needed to meet food assistance needs for the next four months. read more

Sep
21

Coast guard intensifies Aegean crackdown

first_imgThe Hellenic Coast Guard is intensifying its crackdown on people-smuggling rackets in the Aegean ahead of what is expected to be a difficult summer when it is feared that large numbers of would-be migrants will attempt the crossing from neighboring Turkey.Following a three-day investigation, coast guard sources said on Tuesday that they had traced three suspected smugglers who are believed to have organized the transfer last Friday of a group of migrants from Turkey to Rhodes, in the Dodecanese. The attempted crossing was thwarted by Greek coast guard officers who subsequently launched a search for the smugglers.Officers intercepted 13 migrants off the coast of Chios on Tuesday after stopping two boatloads of immigrants off Samos and Kos last week. Those came at the end of a busy month with 51 cases of attempted people-smuggling recorded by the coast guard in April. In 31 of these cases, the smuggling vessels were spotted while still in Turkish waters and in several instances the migrants were rescued by Greek authorities before being handed over to their Turkish counterparts.The Greek coast guard wants to foster a closer cooperation with its Turkish equivalent, which is often accused of failing to honor a bilateral repatriation treaty with Greece.Expecting a larger influx of migrants from Syria and other strife-torn countries in the coming months, authorities on Lesvos are planning to open a second reception center.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep
20

8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old SciFi Flicks

first_img Retro sci-fi flicks have a special place in our hearts, so why not celebrate them in nostalgic board game form?From the ’60s to the ’00s, there have been a myriad of sci-fi movies and TV shows spanning from intergalactic adventures to dinosaur experiments. Thanks to board game companies like Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers, we can enjoy the culture of these classic motion pictures and series years later. From Lost in Space to Jumanji, these sci-fi flicks are featured in old-school board games that provide hours of fun play.Read on for the top eight nostalgic board games based on old sci-fi films and TV shows. We can’t promise that you’ll *not* gift yourself or a friend one of these vintage beauties from eBay.Planet of the Apes Board GamePhoto Credit: eBayIt’s humans vs. hominoideas in the sci-fi flick Planet of the Apes. And, this theme continues with the 1974 edition of the Planet of the Apes Board Game. But, be warned: this isn’t your typical “go around in a circle” type of board game. According to the eBay seller, the cage and trap door mechanism will require assembly. (Yes, no kidding here!) The aim is to not get captured by the evil armed gorillas when you play.Buy it HereBlade Runner Board GamePhoto Credit: eBayHarrison Ford looks super dapper as a Replicant Hunter in the film Blade Runner. Thankfully, you can celebrate his legacy with this rare Blade Runner Board Game. The eBay owner said this 1982 game is super hard to find, because the company stopped producing it after it hit shelves. But, it can be yours for a couple hundred bucks. Plus, it’s still sealed in the box.Buy it HereE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Board GamePhoto Credit: eBay“E.T…Phone…Home.” We all remember this famous quote from the movie, E.T., and in this board game, you can actually help the little guy get back to his birthplace. This 1982 edition by Parker Brothers comes with a vibrant game board, thin pieces, and easy instructions for an out-of-this-world game night experience. Just make sure to get to the space ship landing site ASAP.Buy it HereJumanji Board GamePhoto Credit: eBayStalking lions. Charging rhinos. Jumanji can make all our safari animal dreams come true, and thankfully, you can take part in the thrilling adventure with this 1995 Jumanji Board Game. Players can find “a way to leave their world behind,” by rolling the dice and getting through the dangerous jungle.Buy it HereStar WarsPhoto Credit: eBayWe’ve heard much Star Wars news lately, but R2-D2 hasn’t had much time in the spotlight. Why not celebrate the cute astromech droid with this 1977 Star Wars Adventures of R2-D2 Game? The groovy game board takes you on a journey from Leia Organa Solo programming R2-D2 to R2-D2 preparing for battle. Whoever makes it to “The Hero” circle first wins! Buy it HereJurassic ParkPhoto Credit: eBayJurassic Park isn’t a place for Barney and his dinosaur friends, but if you’re all about the thrilling, blood-thirsty T-Rex appearances in the movie, you’ll love playing this 1992 Jurassic Park Game. Using one of the 16 Jurassic Park figures, you’ll have to attack opponents, escape deadly dinosaurs, and make it to the finish line to, as the game says, “escape their jaws and claws.”Buy it HereBattlestar GalacticaPhoto Credit: eBayBattlestar Galactica is one of the most memorable sci-fi movies of the ’70s. And, you can relive the space adventure all over again in this 1978 Battlestar Galactica Board Game. Your mission? Capture a disabled Cylon Raider and take it to the Battlestar Galactica. No pressure, right? If you avoid an opponent’s Force Field attack, you’re good to go.Buy it HereLost in SpacePhoto Credit: eBayLiving beyond Earth’s atmosphere is no easy feat, as shown in the ’60s TV series Lost in Space. If you’re crazy about this classic sci-fi show, you’ll adore this old-school Lost in Space Board Game. You’ll travel from Cyclone Canyon to the Alpha Sea in this intergalactic board game. Just beware of the giant cyclops in the middle.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Best Board GamesBest 2-Player Board Games5 Best Horror-Themed Board Games for Your Halloween Game Night Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sep
10

Huawei scientists reportedly banned from reviewing IEEE science papers

first_img Preview • Huawei’s Windows 10 tablet packs a stylus with a frickin’ laser pointer built in Review • Huawei Matebook review: This Surface wannabe falls flat — literally Share your voice News • What the Huawei Matebook X Pro tells us about Nvidia MX250 graphics Comments The ripple effect from the Huawei ban keeps extending across the US. Angela Lang/CNET The saga of Chinese phone maker Huawei continues, with its scientists now reportedly banned from reviewing science papers from US-based publisher the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The IEEE told its editors that it fears “severe legal implications” if they continue using Huawei scientists in the journal vetting process, according to Science Mag. The IEEE has 422,000 members across 160 countries and publishes around 200 journals and magazines. It bills itself as being “the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.” The IEEE said in a statement that it must comply with legal obligations as a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization registered in New York. “IEEE complies with US government regulations which restrict the ability of the listed Huawei companies and their employees to participate in certain activities that are not generally open to the public,” the IEEE said Wednesday night. “This includes certain aspects of the publication peer review and editorial process.” Huawei had no comment. Read: Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Earlier this month, the US blacklisted networking gear from Huawei, and President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government, a charge the company has repeatedly denied. Following the US government’s actions, Google last week locked Huawei out of its Android updates, but the US Commerce Department granted Huawei a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on the company’s access to US components and software in its phones. Hardware and software vendors are continuing to flee Huawei, with reports coming out Friday that Amazon Japan is no longer selling Huawei devices, and the Wi-Fi Alliance and the SD Association cutting ties with Huawei. Microsoft also reportedly removed Huawei’s MateBook laptops from its online store. Huawei could technically survive without Android, with CEO Ren Zhengfei on May 21 saying the company is “well prepared.” More than a year ago, CNET sister site TechRepublic reported that Huawei had been working on its own OS since 2012, in case it got banned from Android. CNET’s understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, which may be called “Hongmeng,” and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers. Last Friday, Trump reportedly told the press that he could use an offer to reverse the blacklisting of Huawei as leverage in the escalating trade tensions between China and the US. Huawei filed a motion in US court Tuesday to have US legislation that bars federal agencies from buying its products ruled unconstitutional. Read: Huawei can’t unseat Samsung without US software and chips Originally published May 29, 4:49 p.m. PT.  Update, May 30: Adds comments from the IEEE. 3 Huawei Matebook Mobile Software Tablets Security Phones Tags Amazon Google Huawei Microsoft Samsung Donald Trumplast_img read more

Sep
9

Sitka herring fishery closes early 8300 tons short of quota

first_imgThe Sitka sac roe herring fishery takes place every spring in Sitka Sound. (Emily Russell/KCAW)The Sitka sac roe herring fishery has shut down early this year, falling 8,330 tons short of this year’s guideline harvest level. This is the fourth time in six years the herring fishery has shut down before meeting the quota. Early closures also happened in 2016, 2013, and 2012.Listen nowThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game made the closure announcement over VHF radio at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, after aerial surveys failed to spot herring schools of marketable size.Area management biologist Eric Coonradt said the decision was made in consultation with processors who found the fish too small for market standards. Processors buy herring from the fleet and harvest roe for sale to Japan.“We’ve had some attrition of the fleet that’s in town. We’ve had some attrition of processors that are in town. It just seemed like the writing was on the wall,” Coonradt said.The fleet has been on standby since March 20th. At the start, the six processors involved – including the local Silver Bay Seafoods and Sitka Sound Seafoods – wanted herring that weighed an average of 125 or 130 grams. ADF&G forecasted the average weight for the biomass would be 106 grams, so already below market standard.Coonradt said there was one chance to catch herring of that size on March 25th, during the first opening of the fishery.“[The herring] stayed deep until they spawned. We had one shot at the larger fish and gave a second opportunity the next day [March 26th]. The fish gradually got smaller as the opening went on, so we closed the fishery. We just weren’t able to find any marketable fish at that point,” Coonradt said.A week and many aerial surveys later, most of the fleet has left town.The Sitka sac roe herring fishery has come under intense scrutiny by local subsistence harvesters in the past fives years. Sitka Tribe of Alaska sought conservation measures at this year’s Board of Fish, but no changes were made to the formula for determining the quota.Coonradt said he didn’t have concerns about the management model ADF&G is using in light of this fishery falling 8,000 tons short.No. It’s bound to happen in some years,” Coonradt said. “We’ve got time and we’ve got area working against us. It’s a short time frame that we’re trying to harvest these fish. Some years, we’re bound to not catch it all, especially when market standards are a pretty high bar to achieve. We could have easily harvested the quota, but it would have required market standards to be much lower.Now that management of the fishery has come to a close, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will continue aerial surveys to gauge just how many fish returned to Sitka this spring. So far, they’ve measured 13.3 nautical miles of spawn. Last year saw 62.3 nautical miles.last_img read more

Sep
6

Visually impaired Civils selectees felicitated

first_imgSerilingampally: Despite being visually challenged, Neelam Lalitha, Aditya, Chaitanya Reddy and K Simhachalam have been selected to IAS. These candidates and Dr Satish Reddy, Gungala Raghavendra Reddy, Dr Kiranmayi, besides Sampath Kumar and Anji Babu, who got selected as assistant commandants in CRPF, were jointly felicitated by the Kakatiya Seva Samithi and Deeksha Academy. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Durga Prasad, the former Director-General of CRPF, attended the programme as the chief guest. Among those present were local MLA Arekapudi Gandhi, who is also the Samithi president, Sankalpa Samithi organisation founder and retired IAS officer Dr Umamaheswara Rao, Deeksha Academy president and retired IPS officer Umapathi and TRC Bose, retired APSEB officer. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The officials, while complimenting the candidates selected to the Civils, expressed happiness over the felicitation. They said the Civil Service jobs offered high positions that bring name and fame and provides an opportunity to serve society as also the country. The speakers advised the candidates to act with discipline, relentless efforts, honesty and dedication to do well in their efforts and earn a good name for themselves besides their parents and also the country. Advertise With Us The successful candidates shared their experiences and gave advice to those interested in pursuing Civils exam on the topics to be chosen and how to ace the exam system. Those present included the students being coached for the Civils, their parents and Kakatiya Seva Samithi vice-president Dasari Rajendra Prasad, Treasurer RV Subba Rao, General Secretary C S Das, Secretary of Samanvaya Samithi Adusumilli Venkateswara Rao.last_img read more

Sep
5

Amul expects turnover of Rs 50000 crore in 4 years

first_imgAmul, the flagship brand of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), is eyeing turnover of Rs. 50,000 crore by 2020, buoyed by rising demand for milk and milk-based products. The dairy cooperative’s turnover increased 11 percent to Rs. 23,005 crore in the financial year 2015-16.Amul’s turnover has risen nearly threefold in the last three years. The “Taste of India” company took into consideration the continuous rise in demand for its products before estimating the 20 percent growth in turnover over the next four years, Press Trust of India reports.”So now, we have set a target of Rs. 50,000 crore turnover by 2020 on the track of the expected growth in sale of both value added products and milk,” RS Sodhi, managing director of GCMMF, was quoted as saying by the agency.GCMMF procured 1.86 crore litres of milk everyday in 2015-16, up from 1.48 crore litres in the previous financial year. About 50 percent of the company’s turnover comes from sale of milk, while the rest comes from value-added products.”Value-added products’ sale has been showing tremendous growth. The sale of beverage products like Amul Kool, fermented products like curd and butter milk has risen sharply. So all these are pushing our growth rate,” Sodhi further said, PTI reports.The brand Amul, which is the largest milk producer in the world, started operations in 1965 in a small town called Anand in Gujarat (its current headquarters). GCMMF sells milk, cheese, bread spread, butter, ice-cream, paneer and chocolates, among various other things under the brand name Amul. It has about 40 processing plants in Gujarat and is associated with about 36 lakh farmers, according to its website.Amul advertisment boards are extremely popular and in line with the present trends:[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Sep
5

Jabariya Jodi movie review and rating by audience Live updates

first_imgAfroj Hussain @AfrojHussain6 AlwaysBollywood @AlwaysBollywood #JabariyaJodi – is a cliched comedy film which fails to make audience laugh. First half is decent with mediocre entertaining moments but 2nd half doddery screenplay & writing plays the spoilsport. Sid & pari acts well though in parts. Rating- ⭐️⭐️ #JabariyaJodiReview Dialogs are great! So is the supporting cast. @SidMalhotra & @ParineetiChopra look great. This is a fun, engaging watch. Perfect for a fun evening out. The #Bihar references are too funny! #JabariyaJodi #JabariyaJodiReview .#JabariyaJodi Review. Totally entertaining and the most I’ve laughed, this year! ❤️ And desi @SidMalhotra is oh-so-sexy, good luck resisting his charm! Watched #JabariyaJodi at the screening today. A sweet little tale involving love between @SidMalhotra and @ParineetiChopra which also gives out a nice message regarding ‘forced marriage’. Watch it guys. ❤ 3/5 from my end. #JabariyaJodiReview #JabariyaJodiReview : The first half of #JabariyaJodi hits all the right notes. The script and the dialogues are deftly written and you get a nice taste of Bihari humour.” Jabariya JodiTwitterDirector Prashant Singh’s Bollywood movie Jabariya Jodi starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, has received positive review and rating from the audience in the preview shows in foreign countries.Jabariya Jodi is a romantic comedy film. Sanjeev K Jha has written the script and dialogues for the movie. Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Shailesh R Singh have bankrolled it under Balaji Motion Pictures, Karma Media & Entertainment and ALT Entertainment. The movie has received a U/A certificate from the censor board and its runtime is 2.18 hours.Jabariya Jodi movie story: The film is based on the tradition of kidnapping groom prevalent in Bihar. The movie is about a thug named Abhay Singh, who helps kidnap grooms in order to avoid paying out dowries for their marriages. The film is roller-coaster ride of his adventures.Performances: Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra have delivered good performances and their chemistry is the highlight of Jabariya Jodi. Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Aparshakti Khurana, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Neeraj Sood and Arfi Lamba have done their jobs well and they are among the assets of the film, say the audience.Technical: Jabariya Jodi has good production values and songs and background score, picturisation, dialogues and costumes are the attractions on the technical front, add the viewers.Jabariya Jodi movie review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter. Continue to see the audience’s response.Sumit kadel @SumitkadeI Masala! @masalamagazine Pranav12 @Moviecritics3center_img #JabariyaJodi is a light hearted easy-breezy entertainer by @balajimotionpic. It doesn’t aim to be exemplary and does ride on Bollywood cliches. What shines most is @SidMalhotra, a balanced act without going overboard despite a colourful character. One ⭐️ just for him. #JabariyaJodi review: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2… First half is full of fun & second half is full of enjoyable drama… @SidMalhotra is very convincing as a goodhearted lovable rogue and @ParineetiChopra is cute as a Desi feisty girl…. Go for it, we guarantee you full of entertainment… Joginder Tuteja @Tutejajoginder So finally watched #JabariyaJodi . I have been waiting to see @SidMalhotra on big screen from a long time and guess what he makes a smashing comeback. The movie has some hilarious dialogues, Outstanding performances and clever writing and direction. 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️. The Film is set in Bihar and Showcases the force marriage problem there. The first half is very engaging with funny dialogues. 2nd half showcases the love story between Pari and Sid. It’s an interesting love story. Overall watchable movie . #JabariyaJodi Vijayalakshmi N @tweetfromvj Sidians World ᴶᵃᵇᵃʳᶦʸᵃ ᴶᵒᵈᶦ @Sidians_World Subhojit Ghosh (Sunny) @subhojitghosh25 Movie Review : #JabariyaJodi Outstanding story, the performance of @SidMalhotra is Speechless , first half is phenomenal but 2nd half bit a slow. Rate – (3.5/5)*** FULLY ENTERTAINING ***last_img read more

Sep
2

National Anthem Protests Hit Houston

first_img X Listen 00:00 /00:57 President Donald Trump’s recent tweets against NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem continues to ripple through the public conscience, and sports fields nationwide. In Louisiana, a high school has announced it will discipline any player who doesn’t stand for the anthem.And it’s now fair to say, what former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started one year ago, has now reach football fields in Texas.The Cy-Fair youth football league says it will stop playing the National Anthem before games. As for high schools in the area, they say it’s a non-issue.“It hasn’t been even a topic. I feel like we’re so focused. We are aware as a district that somebody may choose to do that, we won’t make any major response to it one way or the other,” says Summer Creek head football coach Brian Ford.Summer Creek high school is a part of Humble ISD. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) says it won’t require students to stand during the National Anthem. Quite possibly because legally, they can’t.A 1943 Supreme Court decision makes it unlawful for any school to require students to stand during the anthem. “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein,” reads the Court’s ruling.Brien StrawSummer Creek high school student Alexandria Chambers sits during National Anthem.Summer Creek student Alexandria Chambers explains why she sat during the anthem, last night. “Why should I stand for a flag that represents a country where African American aren’t technically free,” she questions.The Cy-Fair Independent School District replied to Houston Public Media via email that, “CFISD has no plans or comments regarding the National Anthem, other than we will continue to play the anthem prior to athletic and other school events as has always been our practice.” When asked how they would handle a student or students protesting, they responded, “We don’t plan on addressing it.”In Fort Bend County, FBISD Chief Communications Officer Veronica Sopher says an issue would have to arise before the district would consider addressing the matter or issuing a new policy. “In order for us to say we would do this, if that, then we would really need a bigger discussion about the standardization of it,” she says. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Sep
1

Rocket League has been recreated in Halo 5

first_imgRocket League has been a PlayStation 4 console exclusive since it made its debut last Summer. Its exclusivity ends next week on February 17 when it will finally be released on the Xbox One. However, that’s too long of a wait for one fan who decided to recreate the soccer car game on Microsoft’s console thanks to Halo 5‘s Forge Mode.This map was created by a user named TurbTastic who has a reputation for making impressive things in Forge. He had this to say on the game’s Forge Channel:This is my rendition of Rocket League, which is a vehicle-based soccer match where players must use their Ghost to push a soccer ball into the opponent’s goal. With some clever scripting and teleporters I was able to use CTF to award the proper team with a point when they scored, ending the round. CTF was ideal since it has good indicators for Score vs Defend. I made a Small version (2-6 players, 1 ball) and a Big version (8-16 players, 3 balls). I wanted to use Scout Warthogs, but they try to traverse the soccer ball rather than push it. Your Ghost may flip if you try to push the ball at full boost. I like to ram it once or twice to get its speed built up a bit, then start to push with full boost. Enjoy! As you can see from the video below, this is a pretty faithful representation of Rocket League. Instead of remote-controlled cars, the vehicles in this are Halo‘s warthogs. The map is a variation of Forge’s Capture the Flag, which served as an ideal basis for the game since it has good indicators for score and defend. There is a small map for two-to-six players and a big map for eight-to-16 players. While the borders around the playing field are sparse, Rocket League’s signature curved walls.According to YouTuber Ducain23 who provides us with the video, there was a previous Forge map that was inspired by Rocket League. However, since it was based off of Honor Rules, it wasn’t as true to the original as TurbTastic’s. Once players scored, it wouldn’t actually finish a round until a player jumped out of their warthog and another player killed them.If you have Halo 5 and are itching to play Rocket League, then you should definitely check this map out.last_img read more

Aug
11

Go back to the enewsletter JW Marriott Phuket Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterJW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has launched the ‘March Mellow Deals’ – a two-week Flash Sale, offering special room rates up to 50% discount and benefits. It’s the ideal encouragement for travellers to plan a Phuket holiday and fly away from the city’s chaos to relax on the pristine Mai Khao beach and spend quality time with their loved ones.Deluxe Garden View Room starts from THB 2,900+++ per room per night for room only and or THB 3,700+++ per room per night for room and daily breakfast for two.The March Mellow Deals also include a complimentary use of in-room Wi-Fi and earn Double Marriott Rewards Points when booked by 30 March 2016 for stays within 30 September 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more