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Swelling Ganga brings a spate of trouble to people of U.P.

first_imgSunita Mallah could only salvage a pair of clothes, two little cots, a buffalo, a plate, a spoon and a tumbler. Though the water level had been constantly rising for days, slowly but steadily, she did not anticipate that, by Saturday evening, her semi-pucca hut would get submerged in the swelling Ganga.‘Everything drowned’“The water rose swiftly and, while we still deciding on evacuation, it reached chest-high. We could not take out anything. Everything we had, drowned. Only our lives were saved,” says Ms. Sunita, sitting on a cot, her children, two of them still in their school uniform, by her side.After escaping the flooded Devipurva village in Unnao on a boat along with her family, Sunita, who belongs to a community of traditional boatmen, a Backward Class, took shelter on a bridge connecting the district to Kanpur’s Bithoor. All that they, along with dozens of other families, have for shelter are makeshift tarpaulin tents. With little or no cash, they are surviving on relief material and food packets provided by the administration, even as the river remains in its swollen state.“The last time we saw such was situation was in 2011. We had to evacuate to another area. There is nothing to shelter us except for this tarpaulin. If it rains heavily again, we won’t have anything to protect us,” says another Mallah woman, also named Sunita. The flood damaged all her crops, mattresses and clothes. Depressed by the annual flood situation along the Ganga, she lashes out at the government for failing to provide a permanent solution.“Every time there is a flood, they provide us food packets, that’s all,” she says.80 deadThe recent bout of heavy rainfall has caused havoc in parts of U.P., with at least 80 persons dead since September 1, and over 2,000 houses and huts damaged or submerged, with territory of over 1.12 lakh hectares affected.According to the Uttar Pradesh Disaster Management Authority, on Thursday evening, there were still 153 marooned villages and 805 flood-affected villages in the State, directly impacting over 5 lakh people. On Thursday, 18 deaths were reported, with four each in Unnao and Faizabad, and two each in Rampur and Gonda, and 158 homes were damaged.According to Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar, till 5 p.m., 47,470 people had been evacuated to safe spots, while 21,629 were living in 170 relief camps across the State.In Unnao alone, 32,453 persons were rescued from 17 villages and more than 12,000 people are currently living in 32 relief camps. “I don’t know how long we will carry on like this. I have nine animals to take care of. Two calves have already taken ill and cannot walk any more,” says Ram Janaki of Babu Bangali village.Suresh Mallah, who is listening to the conversation, adds that the waters damaged all his vegetable crops and animal fodder, and drowned two goats. “The wall of my house fell and my goats panicked and jumped out, only to drown,” said Mr. Suresh.Temporary relief The administration is shifting rescued persons to the nearest temples or schools for temporary relief. Videos of affected areas shared by the villagers showed many homes submerged completely. Many rivers across the State continued to be swollen. The Ganga was flowing over the danger mark in Naraura in Bulandshahr, Kachlabridge in Budaun, Fatehgarh in Farukkhabad and Ballia, while the Ghagra had crossed dangerous levels in Barabanki, Ayodhya and Ballia.In Shahjahanpur, the Ramganga was also above the red mark, so was the Sharda in Lakhimpur Kheri and Kuano in Chandriphat in Gonda.last_img read more

 

Ant-sized radio runs on radio waves

first_imgResearchers have created a radio so tiny that almost seven would fit on the face of a penny. The device runs without a battery; instead it uses “power harvesting,” a process by which it recovers and uses energy from the same waves that carry signals to its antenna. Even if the radio chip did need a battery, a single AAA battery has enough power to run it for more than a century, researchers reported at the 2014 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Digest of Technical Papers. Many components of the radio had to be scaled down to fit onto the tiny silicon chip; the antenna, for example, is one-tenth the size of a Wi-Fi antenna—and yet, it runs at a fast speed of 24 billion cycles per second. The tiny radios cost only a few cents to manufacture, the researchers say, and such devices are key to the next wave of wireless devices; eventually they could link together gadgets like smart phones with everyday objects, which will then be able to make decisions with minimal human intervention.last_img read more

 

Feces-filled capsules treat bacterial infection

first_imgClostridium difficile infections kill approximately 14,000 Americans every year, often because the diarrhea-causing bacteria are highly resistant to standard antibiotics. Now, scientists have found an unusual way to combat the bugs: human feces in pill form. Doctors have used so-called fecal transplants since the 1950s to combat various types of infections. The treatment is thought to work by restoring the gut’s natural balance of bacteria, which can outcompete the invading microbes for resources. Typically, physicians insert the donor feces rectally through a colonoscopy or a plastic tube running into the nose or mouth and down to the stomach. While these procedures are both relatively safe, they are not entirely devoid of risk. In the new study, published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers show that frozen fecal matter encapsulated in clear, 1.6 g synthetic pills (not pictured) was just as safe and effective as traditional fecal transplant techniques at treating C. difficile. Within 8 weeks or less, 18 out of 20 participants saw a complete resolution of diarrhea after consuming 30 or 60 of the feces-filled capsules. “It’s probably not the best experience of your life,” says team leader Ilan Youngster, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Harvard University. “But it beats getting a tube stuck down your throat or a colonoscopy … or having C. diff.”last_img read more

 

Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo Shunned, Loved

first_imgHe’s the toast of two towns – Milwaukee and Athens – and now the sports world, and the children and barely teen fans of their adored NBA hero Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t know as they line up for autographs that when he was around their age he was selling cheap goods on the streets in Greece, ducking racist thugs and hoping for some food.You wouldn’t know it from his Gamma Ray Burst smile that can light up an arena, or from his humility and grace and the unfettered love he has for his adopted homeland Greece, but his beginnings were a hardscrabble life, his Nigerian parents and fellow migrants near pariahs.From a few euros or cents in his pockets as a skinny kid and teen himself, Antetokounmpo now has a contract of $24.16 million to play for the once-downtrodden Milwaukee Bucks who he has almost single-handedly elevated into a power in the league, carrying his team on his back past the celebrated Boston Celtics into the Eastern Final.It’s the first time the Bucks have gotten that far since 2001 and what they were hoping for when they took Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick in the first round in 2013, seeing the promise in his slim frame and dragon-like wingspan and tenacity.But The New York Times’ Peter Goodman, in a feature article titled Giannis Antetokounmpo Is the Pride of a Greece That Shunned Him, recounted just how tough it was for Antetokounmpo to reach the pantheon and already being compared to NBA All-Time greats after scraping and scrapping to survive on the mean streets of Sepolia, the lower-income Athens neighborhood where he was discovered by coach Spiros Velliniatis.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots during the first half of Game 2 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Working for the junior squad of a so-so team in amateur basketball, Velliniatis began walking neighborhoods full of African immigrants looking for children who appeared likely to fill out and grow tall. But he was most interested in body language.“The most important thing is to have perception, street smarts,” Velliniatis said. “I look at people’s eyes. Are they active and engaged? This is my scouting report.”That’s what he said he saw in Antetokounmpo when he was 13, watching him and his brothers playing: the embryo of stardom.“I could see that Giannis had real skills in changing direction,” Velliniatis told the paper, noticing Antetokounmpo’s huge hands and a frame that looked poised to grow. “It was like something stopped me from the sky. The moment I saw him, lightning struck me.”Antetokounmpo did fill out and so did his game, to the point that other awesome players get out of the way when he’s soaring through the air for a crushing slam dunk or to pick off a rebound above their leaping hands like a hawk scooping up prey.He’s called “The Greek Freak” in admiration for his freakishly-good game but it took that prowess for the Greek government to give him citizenship – denied to many other migrants and refugees who were born in Greece, speak Greek, and grew up Greek as much as their native heritage.CITIZEN A.“He was given Greek citizenship in order to prevent him from traveling to New York as a Nigerian,” for the NBA draft, Nikos Odubitan, the founder of Generation 2.0, an advocacy group that helps second-generation immigrants gain legal status in Greece told Goodman.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won, 131-114. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Now officially Greek-Nigerian – but disdained by the ultra-extreme right Golden Dawn party in Greece and haters who don’t want any foreigners in Greece – Antetokounmpo gets reminders from them that he’s not loved by those who shunned him.His parents gave him a Greek first name and he kept his middle names for his heritage – Sina Ougko. When a Greek TV sports commentator called Giannis’s older brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who plays for one of Greece’s premier basketball teams, a “monkey,” Giannis spoke out about his heritage.“My brothers and I are Greek-Nigerian,” he wrote in Greek. “If anyone doesn’t like it, that’s their problem.” He can write it in Greek too, and speak it, because he’s fluent and so proud of Greece that when he was drafted he stood in the stands in New York waving the flag.If he has any bitterness over the discrimination, he faced he doesn’t show it. “He has become the ambassador for Greece,” Odubitan said. “Of course, we are all proud of what happened. But this is not what it takes to be a Greek citizen. We have engineers, doctors, all kinds of professionals, and the Greek state does not recognize them. Why does it take being a basketball talent?”So while Greeks celebrate him, as do his American fans and those around the world, in Greece other children of African immigrants and other ethnic groups are denied citizenship, health care and basic rights at a time when the country is trying to handle asylum applications from most of the 70,000 refugees and migrants detained in camps.“They put him on a pedestal,” said Jackie Abhulimen, 27, the Greek-born daughter of African-born parents. “But the same person cheering Giannis could swear at me on the road. There’s still a very big sense of invisibility, of not being recognized as existing.”“What Giannis represents is important for the younger kids growing up now,” Abhulimen continued. “But I do feel slightly disappointed in how certain histories and certain identities have been put aside. He hasn’t publicly identified as a black Greek.”The court in Sepolia where he played is painted with the image of Antetokounmpo in his green Milwaukee Bucks uniform holding a basketball skyward on the way to another unstoppable in-your-face Wilsonburger dunk.At 6-11, with the ball handling skills of a point guard, the elevation of Elgin Baylor, David Thompson and Dr. J, he can blow past the best of defenders or jump over them and look down at their baffled faces, almost hearing, “Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane…It’s… Antetokounmpo!”Chris Iliopoulos Odoemelam, who played hoops with Antetokounmpo when they were kids, remembers more than basketball.WHERE HE CAME FROM“He was just a guy you would see in the street, hungry and looking for food,” Odoemelam said of Antetokounmpo, who sold DVDs and sunglasses on the streets of Athens to support his family. “He didn’t have anything. He had one pair of shoes that he had to share with his brothers. And now he’s a millionaire. It’s crazy.”Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks over Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during first-half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Thursday Jan. 31, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)“We are proud of him,” Justina Chukwuma, an immigrant from Nigeria, said as she watched her Greek-born 10-year-old son, Great Chukwuma, practice layups at his after-school basketball program. “Everyone from Africa, they are looking up to him. They want to be like him, especially the boys. They are motivated by his achievement.”When he comes back to Athens – his home is Milwaukee, but it could have been Boston, which passed on him in the draft – he’s surrounded by people looking to take selfies and get his autograph and just to touch the man they wanted to avoid when he was a kid.He remembers those who were kind to him, visiting a cafe across the street from the basketball court in Sepolia to see Giannis Tsiggas, who used to give sandwiches and juice to Antetokounmpo and his brothers, knowing they were hungry.Antetokounmpo brought Tsiggas the jersey off his back: from the 2018 NBA All-Star game, valuable memorabilia that showed while he knows the sweet smell of success he hasn’t forgotten the odor of the streets or how to repay a kindness.“It’s wonderful for Greece,” said Tsiggas. “We are all proud of Giannis. We all say he is our kid, even the people who didn’t like him back when they said, ‘He’s just a black boy.’” Make that man. Nigerian. 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Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap Yadav to foray in Bollywoood

first_imgPatna, Jun 27 (PTI) Former Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav will soon be seen making a foray into Bollywood in a film titled, “Rudra: The Avatar”.The 29-year-old ex-minister, who is the elder son of former Bihar CM and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, today shared the poster of the film on Twitter.In a blue tint poster, Yadav can be seen sporting a pair of sunglasses and the title of the film is written in Hindi.The tag line also reads: “Coming soon”.This will not be Yadav’s first stint before the camera as earlier he played the role of Bihar chief minister in a 2016 Bhojpuri Film, “Apaharan Udyog”. PTI RDS BKBKlast_img

 

Filipe Luis doubts Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or claim

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo ‘Ronaldo did nothing until the last two months’ – Filipe Luis doubts Real Madrid star’s Ballon d’Or claim Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 22:41 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(114) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Granada La Liga Ballon d'Or Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Roma v Atlético Madrid Real Madrid v APOEL Roma Atlético Madrid APOEL UEFA Champions League The Atletico star spoke of his admiration for Lionel Messi as a man but revealed that he’s never asked for the Argentine’s shirt Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is not worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or again this year.The Real Madrid attacker has claimed the individual prize on four occasions previously, including in 2016, and is red-hot favourite to lift the award once again after helping his side to the Champions League and Spanish titles in 2016-17.Neymar 9/2 to win 2018 Ballon d’Or Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, the Brazilian left-back has suggested that there are more consistent candidates than the Portuguese, who failed to help his side to Confederations Cup success in Russia during the summer.“The Ballon d’Or is a subjective matter,” he told Panenka. “Cristiano hasn’t done anything until the last two months.”Meanwhile, he also spoke about the challenge of playing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and had words of praise for the 30-year-old.“I admire Messi, he’s never complained to me in any game we played but I’ve also never asked him for his jersey and never would. I came to win, not to say I played against Messi,” he said.Filipe’s Atletico Madrid team-mate Antoine Griezmann came third in the 2016 edition, placing behind the Portuguese and the Argentine.last_img read more

 

Microguide: Cooperstown

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App center_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider 1. The Cooper Inn 2. The Butcher’s Burger at the Hawkeye Bar & Grill 3. Ommegang Brewery 4. Abner Doubleday’s Doubleplay Vodka from the Cooperstown Distillery Cooperstown, New York may be known for being the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but this charming Upstate New York town has more than just baseball offer. Its mix of eateries, breweries and hotels makes it an ideal place for a weekend getaway. STAYThe Cooper InnLocated in a federal-style mansion, this hotel is a mere two blocks away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Travel back in time thanks to classic furnishings that come complete with contemporary amenities.15 Chestnut StreetCooperstown607-547-2567EATHawkeye Bar & GrillTry a number seasonal favorites at the Hawkeye Bar and Grill, where you can dine on regional specialities and comforting classics, like pan-seared rainbow trout and New York strip au poivre. They’re also known for having one of the best burgers in town.The Otesaga Resort Hotel60 Lake StreetCooperstown607-547-9931DRINKBrewery OmmegangTry a number of Belgian-style beers at Brewery Ommegang, including the award-winning Witte, Abbey and Hennepin.656 County Highway 33Cooperstown607-544-1800Cooperstown DistillerySample a selection of Cooperstown Distillery’s handcrafted artisanal spirits, like the Abner Doubleday Doubleplay Vodka, the Classic American Whiskey and the Bean Ball Bourbon.11 Railroad AvenueCooperstown607-282-4246RELAXHawkeye SpaGet some well deserved R&R at this new spa, which features a number of facials, massages and treatments.The Otesaga Resort Hotel60 Lake StreetCooperstown607-547-9931last_img read more

 

Polar Cruising Safer with Depth Sounding Data Sharing

first_imgzoom The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association for Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), in cooperation with Lindblad Expeditions, have found a way for cruise operators to share years of depth soundings from the Arctic and Antarctica.Existing crowdsourcing systems make sharing of depth soundings possible from the day you install the system. The challenge has been to find a way to share historical data. Cruise vessels that have been operating in Antarctica and the Arctic for decades have been accumulating large files of depth soundings. It was crucial that this project found a way to exploit these valuable data.Captain Leif Skog of Lindblad Expeditions said: “It has taken considerable work and time to set up this system but now ten years of continuous, historical, hydrographic data are available, including hundreds of mud maps from the Arctic and Antarctica covering most expedition destinations.”In some areas of Antarctica and the Arctic, official sea-charts are limited and these historical crowdsourcing files are considered extremely valuable add-ons to the official hydrographic charts.For this new initiative, coverage includes areas in the Antarctic Peninsula, Svalbard, Greenland and some other Arctic areas.“Arctic operations cross borders and cover a huge area. We are very glad that the industry can add to the national efforts on sea- chartering in this way,” said Frigg Jørgensen, Executive Director of AECO.Sharing of historical depth soundings is available to members of AECO and IAATO, as well to relevant authorities. Press Release, October 08, 2014last_img read more

 

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for April by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in April. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.5 per cent (14.2)— Prince Edward Island 11.2 (10.3)— Nova Scotia 6.7 (7.4)— New Brunswick 8.0 (8.0)— Quebec 5.4 (5.6)— Ontario 5.6 (5.5)— Manitoba 6.1 (6.2)— Saskatchewan 6.3 (5.8)— Alberta 6.7 (6.3)— British Columbia 5.0 (4.7)last_img

 

Brothers aged 6 and 8 crash parents truck at Tim Hortons in

first_imgJARVIS, Ont. – An eight-year-old boy and his six-year-old brother escaped unharmed after they allegedly crashed their parents’ truck at a Tim Hortons coffee shop in southwestern Ontario.Provincial police say the boys took the pickup truck around 7 a.m. Thursday to go to the restaurant to get some breakfast.They say the eight-year-old, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle in the Tim Hortons’ drive-thru in Jarvis, Ont.The truck hopped the curb and veered into a field where it became stuck.Police say a Tim Hortons’ employee checked on the truck and discovered the children.No charges were laid and the boys were turned over to their parents.last_img

 

American Scientists Win 2017 Nobel Prize for Groundbreaking Biological Rhythm Discovery

Rabat – A trio of American scientists have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of the molecular mechanisms that govern human beings’ biological rhythms.Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young were awarded the prize for research that explains “how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions,” said the Noble committee.They based their research on flies, isolating the gene that governs the daily biological rhythm of living organisms. “They showed that this gene encodes a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night, and is then degraded during the day. Subsequently, they identified additional protein components of this machinery, exposing the mechanism governing the self-sustaining clockwork inside the cell. We now recognize that biological clocks function by the same principles in cells of other multicellular organisms, including humans,” explained the committee.“With exquisite precision,” the trio’s discovery revealed that our biological clock “adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day. The clock regulates critical functions such as behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism.”Jeffrey C. Hall was born in 1945 in New York. He earned his Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of Washington in Seattle and was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena from 1971 to 1973.He joined the faculty of Brandeis University in Waltham in 1974. In 2002, he became a partner with the University of Maine.Michael Rosbash was born in 1944 in Kansas City. He received his PhD in 1970 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Over the next three years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since 1974, he has been a professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, USA.Michael W. Young was born in 1949 in Miami. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. Between 1975 and 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto. Since 1978, he has been a professor at Rockefeller University in New York. read more

 

Competition will suffer if Air Canada granted pension relief says airline association

We’re not on the war path here. We’re just letting our position knownOttawa will create an unlevel playing field if it grants Air Canada’s request for a decade of relief from the $4.2-billion deficit in its defined benefits pension fund, the Air Transport Association of Canada said Tuesday.The group, which represents small regional carriers and training centres, said Ottawa should provide broad pension assistance to all Canadian companies, instead of giving a competitive advantage to the former Crown corporation.“Rather than dealing with the problem with Air Canada’s pension funds, deal with Canadian pension funds as a rule because if they (politicians) create this precedent, I can think of all the other industries that are going to line up at the PM’s door and say: ’Me too,”’ association president John McKay said from Ottawa.In a recent letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, McKay said singling out a company that has already received “immense support” not forthcoming to its competitors would seriously impact the competitiveness of the airline industry.Any relief should instead be short-term and based on annual approvals using established financial measurement tools, instead of locking in assistance over 10 years.McKay said it’s hard to predict what financial shape the airline will be in over the next few years, adding that interest rates could rise and the airline’s recent profits could accelerate as it expands its fleet and ramps up its new low-cost carrier.The country’s largest carrier wants Ottawa to put a $150-million cap on its annual solvency deficit payments for the next decade, starting in 2014. This would mean $700 million a year in relief in each of the first five years. The payments are in addition to its ongoing pension funding contributions that will total $1.5 billion between 2009 and 2013.Air Canada, which has been supported in its efforts by its unionized employees, declined to comment on the association’s position.The National Airlines Council of Canada, a group founded in 2008 to address issues affecting large carriers such as WestJet Airlines, Air Transat and Jazz, also declined to comment.However, WestJet executives met with cabinet ministers last fall to oppose its rival’s pension relief request, according the federal Register of Lobbyists.WestJet said it did not want to specifically comment about the meetings.“But at a general level, we are concerned about the impact on the state of competition caused by Air Canada repeatedly asking the federal government for financial assistance,” said airline spokesman Robert Palmer in an email.The Air Transport Association cancelled a news conference Tuesday because it didn’t want to give the impression that it was attacking Air Canada.“We’re not on the war path here. We’re just letting our position known,” McKay said.Although its membership includes smaller and newer carriers, including Sunwing and Porter, some face the challenges of funding defined benefit pension plans, albeit at a smaller scale than Air Canada.“It may not be of the same magnitude but still in this highly competitive world, you don’t come up with a solution that favours one carrier.”McKay added that he doesn’t know why Ottawa would intervene to help Air Canada when Transport Minister Denis Lebel refused to support insolvent aircraft maintenance company Aveos, claiming the government won’t help private companies.But Robert Kokonis, president of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc., believes the Conservatives will approve the 10-year moratorium request but perhaps not the cap requested by Air Canada. He said the government signalled its willingness to help the airline during its labour disputes last year with unionized employees.“So based upon that track record, I just, for the life of me, can’t see the government of Canada backing off,” he said.Kokonis said the Air Transport Association likely doesn’t have enough sway to get the government to back down fully from providing pension relief, but may be able to prompt it to carefully consider the shape and form of such relief.“I think something needs to happen but unfortunately it can’t be all things to all people.”Air Canada has said that cost savings from its recent labour agreements, startup of low-cost carrier Rouge and pension relief will help to lead the airline to sustainable profits.Failing to get pension relief will have some effect on those plans, said Kokonis.“Will it threaten Air Canada’s viability? No, I don’t’ think so. It will slow down that return to recovery,” he said.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed down one cent at $2.36 in Tuesday trading. read more

 

Map Library celebrates GIS Day

Celebrating at the GIS Day pizza lunch are, from left, graduate student Karen Cudmore, Earth Sciences professor Frank Fueten and Genevieve LePine, Geography student and Map Library staff member.Staff, faculty and students gathered at the Map Library this week to celebrate GIS Day.The annual event celebrates geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Map Library festivities on Nov. 17 included displayed maps created by the Brock community, a hands-on demonstration of GIS and miniature presentations of GIS mapping projects. There were also door prizes and a pizza lunch.GIS Day is held in conjunction with Geography Awareness Week.

 

General Assembly pays tribute to Pope John Paul II

Representatives of the regional groupings at the UN then took the floor to deliver encomiums for the man whom Ambassador Brown Beswick Chimphamba of Malawi, speaking for Africa, called the embodiment of compassion who had represented the poor, the voiceless, the marginalized, the desperate and the oppressed.On behalf of the Asian States, Ambassador Daw Penjo of Bhutan called the Pope not only the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church but a true leader for all, who had devoted his life to the cause of peace, harmony and justice.Ambassador Tiina Intelmann of Estonia, on behalf of Eastern European States, said John Paul had been a great humanist and protector of morality, who had dedicated his whole life to spiritual liberation, moral self-betterment and tolerance.Speaking for the Latin American and Caribbean States, Ambassador Philip Sealy of Trinidad and Tobago called the pontiff a genuinely charismatic figure and an enormous force for good in the world, whose influence had gone far beyond his own congregation.Ambassador Anders Lidén of Sweden, on behalf of the Group of Western European and other States, said the Pope would be particularly remembered for his role in ending the division of Europe.Speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Ambassador Baki Ilkin of Turkey said that the international community would remember the late Pope as a man of peace, humanity and compassion who personified brotherhood, tolerance, righteousness and the coexistence of all religions.Ambassador Jean-Marc Hoscheit of Luxembourg, speaking on behalf of the European Union and associated countries, recalled that almost 10 years ago the late Pope stood at the General Assembly rostrum and spoke about the human principles of dignity, liberty, respect for others and solidarity, with the UN as the moral centre of the world.Polish Ambassador Andrzej Towpik said his country was bidding farewell not only to a great man, but also to the greatest Pole in human history, whose words and deeds should remain a great guidance in efforts to make the UN a better organization.Celestino Migliore, Observer for the Holy See, recalled that during his first visit to the UN in 1979, the late Pope attached great importance to collaboration with the UN as the place best suited to addressing all the challenges facing mankind and had wanted dearly to see it develop more effective strategies than war to solve humankind’s problems. read more

 

UN hails Rotary International on its centennial for fighting to eradicate polio

The United Nations today paid tribute to Rotary International on the humanitarian service organization’s 100th anniversary for its commitment to ending polio worldwide as a leading member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to which it has contributed well over half a billion dollars to help immunize more than 2 billion children.“In the effort to eradicate polio, Rotary International has spurred a model private-public partnership,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook told Rotarians gathered for the centenary celebrations in Chicago.“The combined strengths of civil society, the private sector, governments and international agencies, have made enormous progress in what once seemed an impossible task,” he added of the once-widespread paralyzing disease that infected hundreds of thousands of children each year.As a key partner in the Global Initiative, the world’s largest health drive which also includes the WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rotary is the leading private-sector contributor, surpassed only by the United States Government.Since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, individual Rotary members have collectively raised $600 million and contributed countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.“Rotarians continue to be the heart and soul of the polio eradication effort,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “In addition to their own record-breaking financial contribution for polio eradication and countless volunteer hours, Rotarians have helped leverage a further $1.7 billion from governments for the cause.”The spread of polio could end this year. Just over 1,000 cases were reported in 2004, compared to 350,000 in 1988, a 99 per cent reduction. But the goal is threatened by a major funding shortfall and the initiative urgently needs $50 million dollars in 2005 and another $200 million in 2006. read more

 

Dairy research study looking for additional participants

Additional participants are being sought for a research study at Brock University examining the role dairy plays in the diet and exercise efforts of overweight teenage girls.The research team is recruiting girls from around Niagara to take part in the three-month study, led by Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Andrea Josse.“The study is currently underway and so far we have received excellent feedback from the participants involved. We are still looking to recruit up to 50 more participants before the study wraps up next year,” she said.Participants will be exercising with personal trainers three times a week and will receive personal diet counselling from a dietitian. Participants will also receive specialized devices to help them monitor their physical activity and to help with the exercise training. Some of the girls will be asked to consume a certain amount of dairy foods per day, while others will not. The research team will provide milk, yogurt and cheese to participants in the dairy group.Josse said the research study, funded by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, will specifically look at the role of dairy products in weight management.The main measures of the study will be body composition and bone health. Researchers are also assessing fitness and strength, and other cardiovascular disease risk factors such as cholesterol, blood sugars and insulin.All of the girls, whether they are in the dairy group or non-dairy group can expect to see changes including loss of fat mass, an increase in cardio fitness and strength and a greater knowledge of nutrition.The study is recruiting overweight girls who are 10-16, have menstruated, do not perform regular physical activity and consume a diet low in dairy products.They will receive an iPod shuffle or iTunes gift card along with a Fitbit, for their participation in the study.For more information, or to participate in the study, call 905-688-5550 x5826 or email ideal.brocku@gmail.com. read more

Dwight Howard Says Thanks To Orlando in Newspaper Ad

Dwight Howard had something to say to the city where he began his career.Thanks.Three weeks after leaving Orlando in a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers, the All-Star center took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Orlando Sentinel to express his appreciation for the city and the chance to play there.“To play the game of basketball in the NBA is a blessing and to have had the opportunity to play before the Orlando fans for eight years was truly a privilege and an honor,” Howard says in the advertisement, which according to a story on the newspaper’s website appears on Page C7.“Words cannot express the love that I have for Orlando. With your support we have done great things in this city from hanging banners to impacting our youth.”“Although my career with the Magic has come to a close, my love for the city and the people that make it beautiful will never end.”The complex four-team deal with the Lakers on August 10 left Orlando with new additions in guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga from the Lakers.The Lakers received Howard, guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark from Orlando. The Magic also traded guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia.The Magic also will get a second-round draft pick from Denver next year, a first-round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first-round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second-round pick from the Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first-round pick from the Lakers in 2017. Orlando also will have a $17.8 million trade exception to use over the next year.It remains uncertain when Howard will make his Lakers debut after season-ending back surgery in April and whether he will be returning to the L.A. after this season or testing the free-agent market.The Howard trade ended a saga that has badly damaged his reputation, particularly within Florida. He appeared immature and petulant after changing his mind more than once about wanting a trade, putting Orlando in a tough situation.After initially opting for another year with the Magic, Howard turned around later and told the team of his desire to be moved, specifically to the Brooklyn Nets. However, Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan turned down several offers from Brooklyn that included center Brook Lopez and three first-round draft picks, among other compensation.Howard’s antics eventually cost the job of Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy. read more

 

Homeowners angry at parking fines for cars in their driveway

first_img“Yes I can see that it is technically breaking the regulations, but why now?”Surely common sense says this should be looked at because these drives are very short.”Cllr Packer branded it “appalling” that residents were having to face paying countless fines after being unfairly hounded.Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal admitted it looked as though the Labour-ruled authority had made a mistake.Cllr Athwal said: “We’ve had this problem before in the opposite way – cars blocking pavements were not getting ticketed.”I’ll have to give the same answer now as then.”If that vehicle is causing an obstruction, and if the pavement is narrow, then there will be a ticket issued.”But if the pavement is wide, and the back wheels aren’t on the pavement and there is only an overhang, then there shouldn’t be a problem.”Cllr Athwal, who has paid four parking fines while in office, insisted that over-zealous wardens will be retrained if necessary. Councillor Karen Packer said a residents’ only permit scheme could be set up or all ticketing be suspended until a long-term solution is found.”These residents have lived in this road for 20, 30, 40 years, and there’s never been a problem.”But now some people are getting two or three tickets a day, just for having a few inches of their car hanging over the boundary of their drive,” said the councillor for Barkingside. 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.center_img Motorists are being fined for parking in their own drives – because their cars are nudging out on to the path by inches.Dozens of tickets have already been dished out and some drivers’ cars are being hit with two or three fines a day.They are suddenly being targeted because a new enforcement officer has been told to patrol wartime Roll Gardens in Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex.And the warden’s getting tough because bigger motors just creep out on to the pavement as the drives were built in the 1940s and aren’t long enough.Irshad Nabee, Roll Gardens Neighbourhood Association chairman, told the Ilford Recorder: “It’s just stupid.”Common sense should dictate that these tickets should not be given out.”It seems like one new enforcement officer has decided to just walk up and down twice a day and ticket cars parked on their owners’ drives.”last_img read more

 

Agendas for the weeks government meetings

first_imgMondayVancouver City Council, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.4:15 to 5 p.m., workshop: mid-year financial update5 to 6 p.m., workshop: homeless issues update.6:30 p.m., council consent agenda meeting: water main replacement project, approve purchase of replacement cold milling machine, approve $662,996 for IT staff, authorize use of DocuSign electronic signature service, approve franchise to establish terms of construction for telecommunication facilities in the city’s right-of-way, amend Civil Service Ordinance to require all police and fire department employees to undergo civil service process, appointment to Aviation Advisory Committee, appointment to Downtown Redevelopment Authority, approve claim vouchers.Battle Ground Public Schools school board, Room C-21, Lewisville Middle School, 406 N.W. 5th Ave., Battle Ground5 p.m., executive session: collective bargaining.6 p.m., regular meeting: agenda includes adoption of the 2017-2018 budget.Woodland Public Schools, Room 2203, Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland.5:30 p.m., regular meeting: dual language program, 2017-2018 budget appropriations.Hockinson School District, library, Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.6 p.m., regular meeting: substitute salary increase approval, superintendent’s leave approval.TuesdayClark County council, Sixth Floor, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.9:45 a.m., hearing agenda: extension of interlocal agreement with Town of Yacolt for professional long-range services, request approval of a resolution designating a sewer purveyor for certain property in the Hockinson Rural Center, development agreement with Rock Lake Ranch Inc.Educational Service District 112 board of directors, Columbia Room, Educational Service District 112, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave.last_img read more