Ontario government rejects federal tax changes on passive investment income

first_imgOTTAWA — The Ontario government is refusing to follow the federal Liberals’ lead with a controversial tax change related to passive investment income in personal corporations.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office has maintained the change was about ensuring wealthy people didn’t start tiny corporations just to get a better tax rate than people in the middle class.The federal tax change was part of Morneau’s package of reforms last year, which he eventually watered down following a backlash from small-business owners and incorporated professionals, such as doctors and lawyers.In its fall economic update today, the province’s Progressive Conservative government says it will introduce new legislation to reverse a plan by its Liberal predecessors to parallel the federal changes in Ontario.Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s fall update says implementing the measure in the province would increase taxes on small businesses by about $160 million per year by 2020-21.Other provinces have also been skeptical about Ottawa’s plan. Last summer, finance ministers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan said they intended to press Morneau to find out how complicated it would be if their provinces ultimately decided against implementing Ottawa’s plan.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince William Jackie Chan Yao Ming And David Beckham Join WildAid For

first_imgAs government leaders gather in London to discuss new measures to counter wildlife trafficking, WildAid and conservation’s top stars released two new messages as part of the world’s largest campaign to reduce the demand for endangered species products.WildAid’s Whole WorldCredit/Copyright: WildAidOne message, “Whole World”, features The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, NBA great Yao Ming, and a crash of rhinos courtesy of GreenScreen Animals. The other, “Tools of the Trade”, co-produced with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), features action star Jackie Chan, Spike a white rhino, and a computer-generated rhino made of weapons.Yao Ming, Prince William and David Beckham behind the scenes of WildAid’s Whole World MessageCredit/Copyright: Kristian Schmidt – WildAidLast year, Chinese media including CCTV, Xinhua, and Sina.com, donated over US$100 million of media space to the campaign and, together with a government ban, is attributed with reducing China’s shark fin consumption by 50-70%.“Sadly all the wild rhinos in the world can [fit into Wembley Stadium] with room to spare,” said The Duke in WildAid’s latest message. “Together we can save our wild rhinos. When the buying stops, the killing can too.”“Whole World” asks viewers to imagine the world’s entire rhino population fitting inside Wembley and how we could increase their numbers by stopping trade in rhino horn.“Ask your friends and family never to buy rhino horn,” said David Beckham.WildAid ambassador and former NBA star Yao Ming has seen the poaching first hand on two visits to Africa while filming an upcoming documentary with WildAid. “We can fill [Wembley] and many more [stadiums] if we can stop the illegal trade,” Yao says in the new message.Jackie Chan – WildAid’s Tools Of The TradeCredit/Copyright: WildAidLongtime WildAid ambassador Jackie Chan came to London to urge government officials to redouble their efforts to stop illegal wildlife trafficking. “If you are buying rhino horn you may be paying for more than just the horn,” said Chan in a new message. “You’re paying for guns, bullets, poisoned arrows, chainsaws, axes, and machetes to hack off the face of the rhino. And you are paying for the life of a beautiful creature.”In “Tools of the Trade” Chan dodges weapons as a ‘rhino’ is built of the tools of the poaching trade. After the ‘rhino’ is assembled, it collapses under its own weight, and the 6,300-pound Spike rises from the pile of weaponry. The message closes as Chan appeals to viewers not to buy rhino horn products. It will be screened extensively in conjunction with a billboard campaign in China and Vietnam.South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs recently announced that poachers killed 1,004 of the country’s rhinos in 2013, compared to 13 in 2007.“Just as with the drug trade, traditional focus on enforcement in producing countries has not worked – we must address the demand side if we are to save these animals,” said WildAid’s Executive Director, Peter Knights, who is speaking at this week’s International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium at London Zoo.“From our vantage point on the ground in Africa, law enforcement alone cannot protect Africa’s wildlife from the demand of millions of consumers,” explained African Wildlife Foundation CEO Dr. Patrick Bergin, who is also attending the wildlife symposium in London. “As a global problem that demands a global solution, we need the voices of Jackie, Yao, and others to help draw attention to this crisis in consumer countries like China and Vietnam before it’s too late.”A recent survey from WildAid, AWF, Horizonkey, and the Yao Ming Foundation indicates a large portion of China’s population is unaware that rhino horn products come from poached rhinos, yet a greater number of residents support government enforced bans.To learn more about this campaign and ongoing efforts to stop the demand for rhino horn please visit www.wildaid.org/rhino or www.awf.org/sayno.WildAid wishes to thank the production teams that created and produced these new messages including Homestead Productions for “Tools of the Trade” and Rebel at Outsider for “Whole World”.last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP continue to investigate following charges laid in property related

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are continuing to investigate a robbery that took place in the Toms Lake area.On September 22, RCMP received a report of a stolen UTV in the Toms Lake area.According to RCMP, frontline officers attended the scene, located the stolen UTV, and arrested the two occupants. Upon further investigation, police say they uncovered evidence connecting suspects to two other stolen vehicles and a stolen trailer which were located nearby.Police say a subsequent investigation has since linked the suspects to several other vehicle thefts and property thefts in the Peace region.Charged and in custody are 25-year-old Ryan Bumstead, 28-year-old Chelbi Hiebert, 28-year-old Hayden Raposo, and 21-year-old Lyric Grey.If you have any information related to these crimes, you are being asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Assembly President honoured for efforts in promoting UN antipoverty goals

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today was honoured for his work in pushing for progress in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.Mr. Kerim, who has made reaching the Goals a priority, said he was accepting the MDG Award both as President of the Assembly and on behalf of the body, “as it is a recognition of the importance of the work the General Assembly has done so far” on development.He called for “more dedication and more commitment” to achieve the targets, stressing the importance of the participation of the private sector and others. “Without their partnership, I don’t think the results will be satisfactory,” he told reporters at a press conference at UN Headquarters.The Assembly President stated that during the body’s 62nd session, he has also sought to reach beyond Member States to build support for the MDGs.“I regard this Award also as the acknowledgment of the potential power of the General Assembly to be not just the venue for political commitments but also a catalyst for creative partnerships.”Also addressing the press were Ambassador Francis Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic, Ambassador Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy of Madagascar, actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Danny Glover and Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.“The time is running short. We need to kick-start this effort” to achieve the MDGs, Mr. Glover said. 12 September 2008General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today was honoured for his work in pushing for progress in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. read more

Afghan wheat sale marks UN agencys largest local purchase ever

WFP will purchase some 13,000 metric tons of wheat through the pilot Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, through which it buys surplus from local farmers for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations. “We are relieved and excited that these landmark purchases will let us continue providing food assistance to Afghanistan’s neediest families, and do so with food produced here in the country,” said Louis Imbleau, WFP’s Representative in Afghanistan. Buying the wheat locally enables WFP to distribute it to those who need it more quickly, reducing the impact of the shortage that threatened winter assistance to a million Afghans following flooding in neighbouring Pakistan earlier this year. The agency noted in a news release that the food pipeline for its Afghanistan operation was disrupted when supplies of wheat were lost to floodwaters while in transit through Pakistan to landlocked Afghanistan. WFP plans to feed roughly 7.3 million needy Afghans in 2011. But it still faces significant funding shortages for this effort, and urges donors to provide the $132 million needed to continue life-saving assistance through the end of July. 22 December 2010In a groundbreaking agreement, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will buy enough wheat directly from farmers in Afghanistan to help feed more than 500,000 people in the country for three months, marking the largest local purchase ever by the agency. read more

Security Council members condemn killing of Russian soldier in Kosovo

The current President of the Council, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, said in a press statement that Council members condemned the “tragic” shooting, which had taken place yesterday. He added that the Council members, who had extended their condolences to the Russian delegation during consultations this morning, were “very interested in an investigative follow-up and in action being taken against the perpetrators.”According to the international force in Kosovo (KFOR), the Russian soldier came under small-arms fire from unknown attackers while conducting a demarcation operation along the Kosovo-Serbia boundary, north-west of the Kosovo village of Zuja. The killing was also condemned by the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Hans Haekkerup. In another development, UNMIK announced today that Kosovo’s citizens would be able to surrender their weapons without fear of prosecution during an amnesty period from 1 May to 3 June.”We want to see rifles, automatic guns, assault rifles, grenades, mines, bombs, rocket launchers — all the paraphernalia of war — off the streets, out of the houses, out of the barns, out of the haystack, out of the concealment in the forest and all the rest of it,” said UNMIK Police Commissioner Christopher Albiston.Promising that the amnesty was a “good faith offer,” he stressed that those who turned in weapons would “not be asked for names and addresses, they will not be asked details about the weapons, they will not be subjected to some kind of intelligence operation or forensic analysis or anything else which is designed to place them in an awkward position.” Persons found with unauthorized weapons after the deadline could face prison sentences of up to 10 years. According to UNMIK, the amnesty programme is part of a larger anti-crime effort aimed at taking out of circulation the huge quantity of weaponry which remains in Kosovo nearly two years after the conflict. read more

Miami Heat Beats Atlanta Hawks 9287 in Preseason Game

Getty Images/File Dwyane Wade said he didn’t play Monday night because he has “a bigger picture in mind.”Chris Bosh dropped 21 points and LeBron James scored nine, as the two-time defending champion Heat opened the preseason with a victory over the Hawks on Monday night in Miami.Dwyane Wade took the night off, explaining he was erring on the side of caution. He was originally in the lineup to play.“He wants me to do what’s best for my body,” Wade said, referring to head coach Erick Spoelstra. “I’ve been practicing very hard, going very hard. I could play, but I just think it’s smarter that in consecutive days of going so hard, just be smart today, rest a little bit, let my legs recover.”Bosh scored 21 points and as always, his shots were smooth and efficient. Bosh began the game with nine consecutive points. He had 19 points in the first half and finished the game 7 of 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line.With the exception of Bosh’s excellent performance, it was a typical preseason game –  it was sloppy and the Heat led by as many as 22 points in the second half.In the Heat’s first game of the 2013 NBA preseason, they beat the Hawks 92-87.Checkout the highlight of Monday’s game in the video below. read more

Number of coaches and wrestlers defend Jim Jordan

Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter accusations last week that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was aware of and kept quiet about alleged abuse by former Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss, many players and coaches have come forward to defend the former assistant wrestling coach.The statements defending Jordan began Monday with a joint statement by six former coaches, including former Ohio State wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson. The defense of Jordan continued with a joint statement by 15 wrestlers on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday.“I am frankly pissed off at what they are doing to Jim Jordan. This is hysteria and politics running the narrative,” Hellickson told The Hill earlier this week. “If they are attacking him, why aren’t they attacking the 30 or 40 other coaches at OSU?”Statements being sent out defending Jordan have been put out through the public relations firm Shirley and Bannister, a conservative firm based out of Alexandria, Virginia. The wrestlers that defended Jordan on Tuesday said the alleged abuse was not as widespread as it is being made to seem, with one telling the Associated Press he knew nothing of any alleged abuse until claims arose this year.Following the joint statement on Tuesday, two more wrestlers spoke to CNN in defense of Jordan.One of the wrestlers, George Pardos, told CNN he had many interactions with Strauss and never experienced any attempted abuse.“If you’re sitting there saying everybody had the same experience with Dr. Strauss, that’s just not true,” Pardos said. “People are trying to assume this was a widespread problem.” read more

NHS must offer transgender men egg storage so they can be parents

first_imgLast year 202 actual sex swap operations were carried out at a cost the NHS of £9 million – up 23 per cent on figures from five years ago.Melanie Davies, Department of Woman’s Health, University College Hospitals London: “I think five years ago we would not have been talking about treatment of transgender.“Some CCGs say they will only fund for cancer. What I would like to see is equity. Yes we should be funding it.” In new guidelines presented today at the Fertility 2018 meeting in Liverpool, healthcare experts called for ‘equity’ across the NHS, to allow ‘transfolk’ to freeze eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue.Dr James Barrett, lead clinician at the Gender Identity Clinic at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The number of people coming forward with gender dysphoria has increased rapidly over the past decade.“But the consistent provision of NHS funding for fertility preservation for this group is yet to catch up.  “This is medical. It’s people whose fertility is impaired as a result of actually NHS mandated treatment for a well-established condition that has been treated by the NHS for the last 50 years.” Experts also warned that transgender and cancer patients were being denied fertility preservation treatment because clinics were using IVF criteria, which rules out patients who are overweight or too young. Women transitioning to men must be offered egg storage on the NHS, because they have the right to become parents too, the British Fertility Society said as it published new guidance today.Gender reassignment surgery has been available on the NHS since 1999 and the numbers of people choosing to change sex has grown considerably in the last decade, with some London clinics now handling nearly 2,000 referrals a year.However many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) currently do not fund fertility preservation for transgender people, even though hormone therapy and surgery destroys the chance of having children. Egg storage costs around £3,000 to harvest eggs than £300 a year to store  Although Wales and Scotland both allow fertility preservation for people who are transitioning to a different sex, experts said availability in England was still ‘patchy.’Fertility doctors said it was crucial to end the postcode lottery of funding.“We are currently in the really peculiar position where I can have two patients one after the other in the clinic, one of whom was funded to have her sperm stored where the next one in would not be solely on the basis of where they lived,” added Dr Barrett.“They could be on opposite sides of the same street. And that doesn’t feel very sensible.”center_img Egg storage costs around £3,000 to harvest eggs than £300 a year to store  In 2013, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended that IVF criteria should not be used for fertility preservation, but many CCGs have ignored the guidance.“There are quite a few CCGs add the rider that you have to meet the eligibility criteria for their IVF contracts, so they then will exclude people who are not of the correct body weight, or are young,” added Dr Davies.“Usually IVF funding is only given to women who are over 23. Many will apply IVF criteria, but it’s a different ball game.”Egg storage costs around £3,000 to harvest eggs than £300 a year to store. The new guidance was drawn up by fertility experts from University College London Hospitals, Imperial College, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the Medical Research Council, Edinburgh University, and Leeds Beckett University.However critics said the NHS should be spending money on ‘basic healthcare’.Josephine Quintavalle, from Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: “The cash-strapped NHS should be concentrating on offering good basic healthcare to women or helping them beat their cancer, and not get side-tracked with these kinds of novelties.“Egg freezing is an invasive procedure and the outcomes are far from clear.” The cash-strapped NHS should be concentrating on offering good basic healthcare to women and not get side-tracked with these kinds of novelties.Josephine Quintavalle, Comment on Reproductive Ethics, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

From a slow learner to principal of Stewarts Academic Institute

Donrico StewartOnce labelled as a slow learner; now the holder of a Bachelors in Education among other accomplishments, Donrico Stewart became a teacher to provide a responsive and conducive learning environment for those who, like himself, struggled to pursue their secondary education.“I was a slow learner during my time in secondary school and though I was passionate about learning, I was sometimes overlooked. I made the decision one day to become a teacher and assist all students regardless of their learning ability or potential,” Stewart recalled.Currently teaching Principles of Accounts (POA), Office Administration (OA) and Social Studies at the Kingston Secondary School, ‘Sir Stewart’ said that teaching is a passion that cannot diminish but grow as it is his hope to make a difference in young people lives.“There are academic needs which need to be fulfilled by students and I see myself as that individual who is motivated to inspire, to encourage, to push and to enable students to realize their true potential. So, I believe that I have what it takes to help students achieve their goal where education is concerned, especially those attending secondary schools,” he noted.Every student deserves an opportunity to gain a sound education regardless of their learning ability. This is the mantra that Stewart used to push himself to pursue and complete his studies at Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).Stewart said his passion for teaching and dedication to ‘slow learners’ led to the establishment of Stewart’s Academic Institute (SAI), now located at 33 Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge in October 2014. A decision that he does not regret as it provides him with the opportunity to not only teach his full-time students but school dropouts, including those who were not successful in completing their secondary education.From its early roots, of offering extra-curricular studies to both young and old, the institute has grown over the years.“It (SAI) starts with ensuring that the quality, delivery of education in the classroom meets the required standards and the teachers are able to work with any category of student or learner. I believe that our goal of making this institute a premier secondary school is hard work and that is what we have been doing since 2014. We will continue to work hard, motivate, encourage and we will continue to ensure that there is efficient and effective teaching and learning at this institute,” Stewart assured.The institute has added new subjects among them Human and Social Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Additional Mathematics to its curriculum since the start of the new school year.Michael Lawrence, who wrote six subjects at SAI, said he was seeking additional assistance to pass his business subjects at the CXC level.“I was not au fait of where else to seek help, so when I came here, I came with the intention of only studying three subjects. However, I quickly changed my mind and took on additional subjects,” Lawrence recalled.He said that Stewart quickly became his support system and would not change his experience. “I want to be a teacher and that certain quality I expected to see in a teacher, that is what I saw in Sir Stewart,” Lawrence added he is returning to complete studies in Economics.After dropping out of school, Dhashiel Walks said she learnt of Stewart and SAI from a friend. “It was challenging I came out of school eight years ago and since then I never picked up a book again. So, it was challenging for me because most of the students at SAI were either still in school or have completed school… But Sir Stewart was really good. Sometimes if I did not grasp what was taught in the class, he would take the time after class to further tutor me until I understood the subject,” Walks said.Over the years, SAI has achieved an overall pass rate in excess of 90 per cent, including in the two core subjects – English Language and Mathematics. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSix-yr-old Antiguan girl kicked out of school for being ‘slow learner’September 7, 2016In “latest news”Jamaica announces seven-year high school policy to start next monthAugust 23, 2016In “latest news”President Granger presents Award, $100,000 to top student of private school  October 12, 2015In “Business” read more

Man arrested after baby seriously assaulted in Louth

first_img Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 8:12 PM A MAN HAS been arrested in connection with the assault of a 10-week-old girl who is in a critical condition.The infant is currently in a Dublin hospital where it is understood she is being treated for serious head injuries and a number of broken bones.She received her injuries in an incident at a house on the Bridge Street Road in Ardee, Louth on Monday. Gardaí are investigating whether the baby suffered them as a result of a fall.Earlier, they had sought to speak to the parents about the circumstances leading up to the baby’s injuries.The mother of the child, believed to be a teenager, is currently being comforted by family members.Searches of the home were carried out by gardaí and CCTV in the area is being examined.A garda spokesman said: “A 10-week-old girl from Louth was removed from a local hospital on Monday. She was transferred to a Dublin hospital where she remains in a serious condition. The circumstances around how she got the injuries [are] now under a garda investigation. No arrests have been made.”The man was arrested in the Dublin area this evening and is detained at a station in Louth.Read: A titanium ring stuck around a Dublin man’s penis was removed using an angle grinder >Read: This is the number of ‘current smokers’ in Ireland today > http://jrnl.ie/3289551 Man arrested after baby seriously assaulted in Louth The baby suffered serious head injuries in an incident at a house in Ardee. Bridge Street Ardee Short URL Mar 16th 2017, 8:12 PM Share Tweet Email center_img By Garreth MacNamee No Comments Bridge Street Ardee Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps 41,601 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Du zinc pour aider les bébés à guérir dinfections bactériennes

first_imgDu zinc pour aider les bébés à guérir d’infections bactériennes ?Selon une récente étude indienne, donner un peu de zinc aux nouveaux-nés les aiderait à guérir de certaines infections bactériennes en dopant l’efficacité des traitements antibiotiques par exemple en cas de méningite ou de pneumonie.Oligo-élément indispensable de l’organisme, le zinc intervient dans de nombreux processus métaboliques des protéines, des glucides comme des lipides. Or, si l’on savait déjà qu’une carence en cet élément pouvait conduire à l’apparition de certains troubles, c’est un effet intéressant que mettent en évidence des chercheurs indiens dans la revue The Lancet. Donner du zinc à des nouveaux-nés permettrait de les aider à lutter contre certaines infections bactériennes.Pour arriver à cette conclusion, le professeur Shinjini Bhatnagar du Translational Health Science and Technology Institute et son équipe ont donné un complément de dix milligrammes de zinc par jour à 332 bébés mis sous traitement antibiotique dans des hôpitaux de New Delhi. Parallèlement, ils ont suivi un second groupe de 323 enfants également traités par des antibiotiques mais à qui ils ont donné un placebo (substance neutre) à la place du zinc sous forme de sirop ou de comprimés solubles. Au total, l’étude a duré pas moins de trois années et a inclus des bébés âgés d’une semaine à quatre mois.En comparant les résultats, les médecins ont alors constaté que le groupe d’enfants ayant reçu les compléments de zinc avaient présenté 34 cas d’échec de traitement contre 55 dans le groupe non traité. Selon les explications fournies dans l’étude, un “échec de traitement” indiquait soit qu’un second traitement antibiotique avait été nécessaire, soit que le bébé était passé en soins intensifs, soit qu’un décès était intervenu. Ainsi, le recours au complément de zinc aurait également réduit le nombre des décès, mais de manière non significative, précisent les chercheurs.Un élément peu coûteux et facile à faire ingérer À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Sur le million de morts néonatales survenant chaque année en Inde, plus d’un quart sont attribuées à des infections bactériennes graves comme des pneumonies, des infections généralisées (septicémie) et des méningites”, soulignent encore les auteurs de l’étude. D’où l’importance de cet effet bénéfique du zinc qui contribuerait à la guérison de diarrhées et de pneumonies chez des enfants de moins de cinq ans. Un effet d’autant plus intéressant que cet élément est peu coûteux et facile à faire ingérer.Néanmoins, le mécanisme de cet effet bénéfique n’est pas clairement déterminé. D’après les hypothèses, il pourrait éviter ou modérer un excès d’inflammation préjudiciable au patient mais ce mode d’action reste à confirmer par des recherches supplémentaires. Le 2 juin 2012 à 13:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Klopp admits Liverpool have been lucky

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the team have had their fair share of luck so far this season as they remain unbeaten in the Premier League.Ahead of their game against Manchester City, the Reds should have lost the reverse fixture at Anfield as Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty with the scores at 0-0, but Klopp feels that luck is required to win titles.“You can’t go unbeaten so far if you don’t have luck,” he said, according to Goal.“You need luck.”“We have had much in the years before and not much this season, but we had these moments when Mahrez missed the penalty and then there was the goal we scored against Everton.”“But I would say that even then we deserved to win against Everton and we deserved the point against Man City – and that’s because of the consistency in the performances so far.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The boys are completely focused. The one time you are not focused, even if you’re at 99%, you will slip. You fail. That’s how it is.”Speaking about his team’s title credentials, Klopp said:“We’re a different team. We’ve improved since last year, as we had to. These boys are of a different level and quality, that’s true. I trust them 100 percent.”“We’re all in this situation, we’re all in the same mood 100%. That’s the mood in which we go to City.”last_img read more

Restrictions Planned For Northwest Alaska Caribou Hunters

first_imgMale caribou running near Kiwalik, Alaska. (Photo: Jim Dau)For the first time in 30 years, hunting restrictions are planned for Northwest Alaska caribou.Download AudioThe Western Arctic and Teshekpuk herds lost half their numbers in the past decade. But this caribou crisis has spurred a unique collaboration, where user groups across the state chose to share the burden of hunting reductions.The Alaska Board of Game recently considered a proposal to actively manage Western Arctic and Teshekpuk caribou herds. And in a surprising turn, Northwest Alaska hunters pushed for greater restrictions, which were ultimately adopted by the Board.Caribou biologist Jim Dau with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game says it was a highlight of his career.“That’s the way resource management is supposed to work,” Dau said. “Not having government force things down the public’s throat to conserve a resource—it’s the public stepping up and saying ‘we care enough about this resource that we’re willing to take a hit.’ I think that’s really impressive.”And it is a serious hit. The Western Arctic Herd, in particular, spans from Barrow south to the Yukon River, cutting from the Koyukuk River westward onto the Seward Peninsula. It’s the state’s largest herd — 235,000 animals as of July 2013, less than half its peak of 490,000 in 2003 — and caribou is a primary food source for over 40 villages that fall within its range.The new regulations will go into effect July 1, and will impact resident and non-resident hunters by lowering bag limits and reducing the length of the hunting season. Charlie Lean is chair of Fish & Game’s Northern Norton Sound Advisory Committee. He says it wasn’t an easy decision.“This is a hard pill to swallow but it’s a matter of sharing the burden of conservation between all areas and being proactive before it reaches a real crisis,” Lean said.That willingness to share the pain is what Dau says sets this scenario apart from the last caribou crash in the 70s.“That 1970s Western Arctic Herd population crash may have been one of the most serious wildlife management debacles in the history of the state,” Dau said.Dau says the state responded by completely closing caribou hunting for everyone, with little input from local users. Here’s Jacob Ivanoff with the Southern Norton Sound Advisory Committee.“The Board of Game at that time just said, ‘you guys gotta quit.’ That’s basically what they said,” Jacob Ivanoff, with the Southern Norton Sound Advisory Committee, said. “They did not give them the opportunity to express their opinions as we were able to at this last meeting.”For the past 10 months, regional advisory committees have been assessing the population data and deciding how to react, ultimately opting to restrict their own opportunity for the good of the herd. The Western Arctic Herd traverses a variety of state, federal, and private land holdings, and overlapping state and federal regulations often confuse hunters. Ken Adkisson, with the National Park Service in Nome, says it would be ideal for the state and feds to pass similar regulations.“Especially as it reduces confusion in the hunters’ minds where they don’t have to worry about whose land they’re on and whether the harvest limit changes,” Adkisson said. “I mean, the caribou don’t really care much where those boundary lines go and when you’re migrating all the way from the North Slope maybe almost to the Yukon, you’ve got a lot of boundary lines to cross.”The question still on everyone’s mind is what’s causing the population decline. Data points in part to low calf-survival rate, and users almost unanimously blame predation. But Dau says implementing an effective predator control program will be complicated by land ownership boundaries. And while state and local groups lean toward supporting intensive management, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Park Service remain opposed.“There are several guarantees with predator control: it’s always controversial, it’s always expensive, and it’s never guaranteed,” Dau said. “And all those things are going to be considered before the state does anything.”The adopted state regulations are likely just step one in addressing the caribou decline.The Department of Fish & Game will be conducting another population survey this year. The full text of new regulations can be found online.last_img read more

Nations protest violence against Rohingyas

first_imgNearly 90,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted in neighbouring Myanmar on August 25, according to the United Nations on Monday.Photo: ReutersPeople hold placards during a protest rally against what the protesters say are killings of Rohingya people in Myanmar, in front of Myanmar consulate in Kolkata, India, September 4, 2017. ReutersPhoto: ReutersPeople take part in a rally in support of Muslim Rohingya following the recent violence, which erupted in Myanmar, in the Chechen capital Grozny, Russia September 4, 2017. ReutersPhoto: ReutersAn activist holds a sign during a rally in support of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority during one of the deadliest bouts of violence involving the Muslim minority in decades, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 3, 2017. ReutersPhoto: ReutersPeople take part in a rally in support of Muslim Rohingya following the recent violence, which erupted in Myanmar, in the Chechen capital Grozny, Russia September 4, 2017. ReutersPhoto: ReutersMuslim women activists take part in a rally in support of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, during one of the deadliest bouts of violence involving the Muslim minority in decades outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia September 4, 2017. ReutersPhoto: ReutersPeople take part in a rally in support of Muslim Rohingya following the recent violence, which erupted in Myanmar, in the Chechen capital Grozny, Russia September 4, 2017. ReutersUpdated map of northern Rakhine state showing areas where fires were detected from satellite imagery. A total of 87,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted on August 25 in Rakhine. AFPUpdated map of northern Rakhine state showing areas where fires were detected from satellite imagery. A total of 87,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted on August 25 in Rakhine. AFPlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday September 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe judge in today’s Freddie Gray hearing decided to keep the trial of the six police officers connected to his death in Baltimore, instead of changing the venue. We’ll have a report from legal analyst Sheryl Wood,of the Wood Law Firm and AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro. Plus, more insight into the city’s decision to pay the family of Freddie Gray $6.4 million, from defense attorneys J. Wyndal Gordon and Russell Neverdon, as well as police brutality community activist Tawanda Jones. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Kolkata Metros special services for Dec 25 New Year

first_imgKolkata: In anticipation of heavy rush of commuters on Christmas eve, Christmas and New Year’s eve, Metro Railway, Kolkata, will run special services up to midnight on December 24, 25 and 31.”The first service will start at 8 am instead of 6:45 am and the last service will be available at 23:10 hours instead of 21:55 hours from both ends i.e. Dumdum and Kavi Subhash for all the three days,” a senior official of the Metro said. The official informed that on December 24 there will be 300 services, on Christmas Day there will be 224 and on December 31 there will be 300 services. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first and the last Kavi Subhash-bound services from Noapara will be on 8.17 am and 23:04 hours respectively on all the three days while the first Noapara-bound service from Kavi Subhash will be at 8:00 am. The time of last Noapara-bound service from Kavi Subhash on December 24 and 31 will be 22:05 hours and on December 25 it will be 22:07 hours. Special planning has been made for crowd management at Park Street station on these three days. From 1 pm onwards, passengers leaving the Up platform (towards Dum Dum) of Park Street station will have to exit from the Mayo Road side gate. Likewise, passengers who wish to leave the Down platform of Park Street station will have to do so by using the Museum side gate and the Kyd Street gate for the exit. The two gates on the Maidan side will be allowed for entry only.last_img read more

MAKAUT looks at digital system to restore old heritage buildings

first_imgKolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University (MAKAUT) is working on developing a digital system for recreating the original structure of old and dilapidated buildings, persevering the heritage value.The project conceived by the university titled — ‘Heritage Site Reconstruction’ will involve buildings which are replete with historical value but do not feature in the list of heritage structures under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). “Perhaps, it will be the first time in the country when a university will reconstruct a digital replica of heritage structures which are old and dilapidated by using emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and other technological interventions. In places like the US and Italy, technology is used for restorating and preserving heritage structures,” said MAKAUT Vice-Chancellor Saikat Maitra. The idea evolved when Maitra visited Oxford in August and witnessed the latest technology of Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeheritage preservation. It may be mentioned that the V-C and other experts have visited Bishnupur in Bankura where they have come across many heritage structures and shrines that are in dire need of restoration. It may be also mentioned that the state Heritage Commission has identified around 3,500 buildings in Kolkata as heritage sites among which around 500 are in dire need of urgent renovation. MAKAUT has already formed a heritage cell in this regard comprising experts from architectural engineering and civil engineering. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Students eager to take up specialisation in civil engineering will also be roped in under this project. They will be taught how modern technology can be used for development for the purpose of restoration and preservation of heritage structures,” a senior administrative official of the university said. Elaborating on the work pattern of the system, the official said experts involved with the project will at first take a photograph of the building and then a digitally reconstructed replica of the building will be produced. The digital replica of the building will be created in such a pattern that it would resemble the structure of the building exactly the way it was constructed for the first time. The university is also planning to start a curriculum on this subject from the next academic year — both at the undergraduate as well as post graduate level. “If we can implement the project successfully, the rich history and heritage of Bengal can be presented before the public across the globe and at the same time ensure conservation of history and heritage of the state,” Maitra maintained.last_img read more

Stop Thinking Killer App and Start Thinking Killer Experience

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. David Polinchock has worked in the virtual reality (VR) and experiential advertising space since the 1990s, and he’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly for using VR and augmented reality (AR) to create marketing events and experiences. At the Propelify 2017 Innovation Festival, he gave a talk about three big ways technologists, marketers and companies need to improve their use of VR and AR to create amazing experiences in the future.Related: 3 Ways Augmented Reality Will Find Its Way Into Your Life in 2018 and Beyond1. Include elements of the real world to create a more engaging VR experience.“How many times have you seen a VR setup that includes a table, a chair and a head seat?” Polinchock asked. “Where’s the sense of falling into the story?” Instead of just focusing on the tech, Polinchock wants companies to use real-world elements in their VR setups to enhance the total experience. Polinchock offered up a few creative, low-budget ways companies could incorporate physical elements of the real world into a user’s VR experience. For example:A tourism board wants a user to experience a particular beach. Craft a VR experience where the user sits in a sandbox and smells sunscreen while wearing a headset.A VR experience that takes place in the woods? Try adding a few potted plants to the room with the VR setup, so when the user walks around, branches occasionally brush over their cheeks or arms.At a VR experience about conquering fears, users in head seats “walked on a ledge” in VR — and in actuality, Polinchock recounted. Users stood on a small ledge, a few inches off the ground, with their back to a wall, while also walking a ledge on a super-tall building in VR.Related: What Are the Legal Issues That Stare at Augmented/Virtual Reality?2. Possibilities for the future of AR.To Polinchock, AR is a totally different world than VR. The key to creating a great AR experience? “We don’t want to walk down the road and see virtual billboards jumping at our faces. But, we do want interesting information that helps us get through the day,” he said. A few exciting possibilities he sees for AR include:A building plaque that pops out diagrams and text with significant historical information about a siteWalls, statues or monuments that relay information, key dates and importance of a site or artworkFacial recognition technology that could remind you of where you met someone or of pertinent info like a birthday, job, or other details that would make networking easier3. Complete the experience.Polinchock used to work as a character actor at Disney, and he credits Disney for fully immersing their visitors at the theme parks. “Even when you’re waiting in line, you’re fully in their world,” he said.Polinchock finds companies using VR for marketing experiences often don’t give users a similarly immersive experience. “If someone doesn’t know how VR works, don’t just drop them into the room. Because then, they’ll go into an experience, don’t get the whole story, and then don’t think the tech works,” he said.Related: This Vital Storytelling Principle Is the Key to Producing Great VR and AR ContentRather than just plopping a headset on someone, Polinchock wants companies to educate users in advance on what they should expect to see, hear and feel from the VR experience — before the experience begins. By fully prepping users of the possibilities of the VR experience awaiting them, more users will have truly relevant, engaging and informative VR experiences. Watch highlights from Polinchock’s talk at the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival. What do you think about the future of AR and VR? Follow @propelify on Twitter for more on innovation and entrepreneurship. Visit our website to sign up for a complimentary Propelify Insider membership to receive future access to our full video library of incredible content and talks from innovators and entrepreneurial changemakers. 4 min read April 1, 2018last_img read more