Quebec willing to contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador link Couillard

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec is willing to contribute financially to the building of a link connecting Labrador to the island of Newfoundland, Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday.“Not only are we willing to participate but because of the nation-building character of this project, we believe it would be natural for the federal government to be partnering with us,” Couillard told a news conference alongside Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball.The Quebec premier said it’s too early to say how much the province would give to a project that a study released Wednesday estimates would cost about $1.7 billion and take 15 years to complete.The proposed link would offer increased mobility to Labrador’s 27,000 residents and potentially bring more tourism dollars to communities around Yankee Point in Newfoundland, as well as saving travel time for truck drivers crossing from Quebec.Couillard’s “nation-building” reference came a day after Ball made a similar comment and said the project would benefit all Canadians.On Thursday, Ball repeated that sentiment.“I can imagine a corridor that when you drive from St. John’s, Newfoundland, into Vancouver, going through Route 138 (in eastern Quebec), it’s a significant piece of the infrastructure that would be required to make that work,” he said.“Route 138 would be an important piece of that investment for us and, feeding into a fixed link, would indeed be a nation-building project.”On Wednesday, Ball compared the potential link to P.E.I.’s Confederation Bridge, which was built in the late 1990s.Also on Thursday, Ball and Couillard announced a partnership to develop a mineral-rich area that straddles the provinces’ border.The partnership is aimed at developing the mining potential of the Labrador Trough, a 1,200-kilometre geological belt that holds major deposits of iron and other minerals.Under the agreement, the provinces will collaborate in such areas as geological mapping, transportation infrastructure, telecommunications and labour.Ball said the provinces want to create high-quality jobs and help the region compete for global mining investment dollars.The premiers announced the beginning of talks on co-operation last July.last_img read more

Stars To Help Feed The Homeless At LA Mission Thanksgiving Event

first_imgHomeless men, women and children will gather at the Los Angeles Mission for a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, November 27 from 8am.Sponsor Wells Fargo Bank will drive its iconic stagecoach to Skid Row to deliver their donations. Los Angeles Christian Health Centers will provide free foot care and exams at the event.Chef Michael Voltaggio will lead a team of Los Angeles’ top chefs to create the menu. Joining him will be Suzanne Goin (The A.O.C. and Lucques), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Steve Samson (Sotto), Ray Garcia (FIG), Josef Centeno (Bäco Mercat) and Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes). Neil Patrick Harris is scheduled to help in the kitchen from 9:30-10:30am.Celebrities, political leaders and chefs listed above and other notables will be there to serve the homeless and support the Mission. Scheduled to appear: Bella Thorne (Shake it Up), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets Girl), Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing), Robert Davi (The Profiler), Lindsey McKeon (Guiding Light), Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives), Landry Bender (the Sitter), Rick Schroder (NYPD Blue), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Susan Yeagley (Parks and Recreation), Jen Lilley (Days of Our Lives), Brandon Molale (Granite Falls), Allie Gonino (The Lying Game), Emma Kenney (Shameless), Chrissie Fit (Teen Beach Movie), Kristian Alfonso (Days of Our Lives), Della Reese (Touched by an Angel), Kelli Goss (Big Time Rush), Savannah Jayde (Big Time Rush), Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives), Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of OC), Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff (Baywatch), GG (The Shahs of Sunset), Mary Beth Evens (Days of Our Lives), Aeriel Miranda (Pretty Little Liars), McKinley Freeman (Hit the Floor), Arianny Celeste (Overhaulin’), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Jo Frost (Supernanny), Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Police Chief Charlie Beck are also exected.Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th Street (Corner of Fifth and Wall St.) Los Angeles (Skid Row) CA 90013last_img read more

Madjer Moroccos last minute decision to postpone CAN 2015 unacceptable

Rabat – Former Algerian international player Rabah Madjer said that Morocco’s request to postpone the 2015 African Cup of Nations at the last moment is unacceptable, pointing at the same time that the Moroccan national team of football was the victim following the exclusion from the African tournament by the Confederation of African football (CAF).In an interview with Reuters agency on Sunday, Rabah Madjer, who is widely remembered for his famous back-heeled equalizer during the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in 1987, said that Morocco knew that requesting to postpone the tournament at the last moment will bring harsh sanctions to Moroccan football, adding that each party shall bear its responsibilities and that Morocco is “well aware of the reasons for not willing to host the African competition.”Commenting on his country’s chances to lift the African prestigious trophy, Madjer said that Algeria’s journey in the finals set to take place in Equatorial Guinea is difficult, mentioning the weather as one of the factors that could stand between Algeria and the African glory. “All things are possible for Algeria. But it is difficult because Algeria had never done this thing even in the years of the eighties when we had a great team. We reached the final in 1980 but lost three goals against Nigeria,” he said.He emphasized that it is always difficult for Arab national teams to play in Africa.“Things will be very difficult for Algeria and Tunisia in equatorial Guinea because of climatic factors such as high temperature and extreme humidity,” he added. read more

Peace talks to continue in Darfur after weekend elections AUUN official stresses

8 April 2010The joint African Union-United Nations chief mediator for Darfur confirmed today that negotiations aimed at generating a comprehensive peace deal to end the ongoing conflict in the western Sudanese region will continue after Sudanese vote in national elections starting this Sunday. “The Mediation earnestly calls on the parties to fully comply with the declared ceasefire with a view to promoting confidence among the parties, improving the security and humanitarian conditions in Darfur, creating an environment conducive to negotiations and alleviating the sufferings of the population in Darfur,” Djibril Bassolé said in a statement released jointly with Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Qatar. In the statement, Mr. Bassolé and Mr. Al-Mahmoud welcomed the Framework Agreement signed between the Sudanese Government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in late February in Doha, Qatar. They also welcomed the Framework Agreement and Ceasefire Agreement between the Government and another rebel group, the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), signed last month.The signing of the agreements represents a “quantum leap” and a “crucial phase of the ongoing Doha peace process,” the statement noted.Last month, Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), described the agreement with the LJM as “another important milestone” on the path towards a comprehensive peace pact in Darfur and said it would have an important impact on the security of people on the ground. Darfur, a region roughly the size of Spain, has been torn by war since 2003, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 300,000 people and the displacement of 2.7 million others. In addition to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan face tensions between its northern and southern regions.The upcoming elections, the first of their kind in 24 years in Sudan, are seen as a benchmark in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed in 2005 to end the long-running north-south civil war. Voting is due to start on Sunday.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which works independently of UNAMID, has been providing technical and logistical support to the Government and the National Elections Commission (NEC) to enable timely conduct of the elections. read more

North American stocks down in latemorning trading loonie edges lower

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower in late-morning trading, weighed down by losses in the industrials sector and energy stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 5.77 points at 16,496.65.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 41.35 points at 27,294.28. The S&P 500 index was down 7.72 points at 2,996.32, while the Nasdaq composite was down 11.95 points at 8,210.85.The Canadian dollar traded for 76.60 cents US compared with an average of 76.62 cents US on Tuesday.The August crude contract was down 36 cents at US$57.26 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up 1.8 cents at US$2.32 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up US$10.50 at US$1,421.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.69 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

Governments are installing the Internet but not using it much UN study

The study, called “UN World Public Sector Report 2003: E-Government at the Crossroads,” was released at the Fifth Global Forum on Reinventing Government in Mexico City, Mexico.”While sweeping vision can propel digital development, a too-grandiose approach may result in failures or expensive white elephants, and despite the Internet’s reputation for economy of operation, new systems can be costly,” the report says.”Because of a high rate of failure of specific e-government projects in developed as well as developing countries, bricks-and-mortar public services need to be maintained even as digital applications are increasing.”Security and privacy issues can discourage potential users and disadvantaged groups, like the poor and, in some cases, women, lack access to computers. Even among those with Internet access only one in five, or fewer, engages in online communication with a government, the report says.In that regard, the United Kingdom tops the list of countries where the government has opened itself up to interaction over the Internet with its citizens. The others, in order, are the United States, Canada and Chile (tie), Estonia, New Zealand, Philippines, France and the Netherlands (tie), Australia, Mexico and a three-way tie between Argentina, Ireland and Sweden.Only 15 governments so far have put up online services for public comment on policy issues, it says.”Many governments turn to Internet-based services as a way to cut red tape, or to spread digital infrastructure,” Jose Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said at the launching of the report.”But we also see the Internet as a means of advancing and consolidating transparency and democracy into the overall practice of public administration. For that reason, we attach great importance to the category of ‘e-participation’ in our global survey and analysis.”The other category is e-readiness, the provision of government services and products online, combined with extensive telecom infrastructure and public education. The top 10 countries, in order, are the United States, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Britain, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Finland. read more

Security Council urged to strengthen efforts to protect civilians during war

Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the Council that not enough progress has been achieved in the past decade in establishing what Secretary-General Kofi Annan has previously labelled as a “culture of protection” towards civilians. Mr. Egeland outlined a grim picture for civilians enduring many of the world’s armed conflicts, highlighting the obstruction or denial of humanitarian access, the dangers – often deadly – faced by humanitarian workers in providing relief, the particular vulnerability during conflicts of women and children, the plight of refugees and internally displaced people, and the climate of impunity surrounding human rights abuses. Sexual violence continues to be a weapon of war, and many conflicts have become “forgotten emergencies,” dropping off the radar of the foreign media and the governments of Member States, he said. Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said this year’s 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda “provides a chilling impetus for us to reflect on ways to better protect vulnerable civilian populations in the height of crises and in their immediate aftermath.” He made the comments as he presented the Secretary-General’s fourth report on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts to the Council, which was holding a debate on the issue. Mr. Egeland said the time is now right for the Council to adopt a resolution showing it will maintain an aggressive stance on protecting civilians, pointing out the Council’s last resolution on the subject was issued four years ago. “We need to find better ways to provide humanitarian assistance quickly and efficiently, as soon as the security situation on the ground allows, whenever civilians are in desperate need,” he stressed. Mr. Egeland said he was especially concerned by the current situations in the Darfur region of western Sudan, and northern Uganda, but added he was also disturbed by events in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Liberia, Colombia, Chechnya, Guinea, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Iraq, the occupied Palestinian territory and Somalia. After Mr. Egeland’s briefing, more than two dozen speakers addressed the Council, with many stressing that individual States must bear the primary responsibility for ensuring the safety of their civilians. Several speakers indicated that some improvements have been made in the past decade in setting up formal mechanisms to protect civilians, but they said the international community should be more flexible in finding the right solutions to helping civilians caught up in different conflicts. Video: – Morning session [2hrs 58mins] – Afternoon session [1hr 58mins] read more

TransMountain pipeline protesters take to streets in Vancouver

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko with files from the Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 7:37 am MDT TransMountain pipeline protesters take to streets in Vancouver (Bruce Claggett/NEWS 1130) Despite Ottawa’s rubber stamp, stiff opposition will come from B.C. over the TransMountain pipeline.Protesters quickly took to the streets in Vancouver Tuesday, following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement approving the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s line from Alberta’s oilsands to the B.C. coast.Bob Chamberlain with the union of B.C. Indian Chiefs was among the protestors and says the approval will hurt the Liberals at the ballot box come the next election.“Everybody’s going to remember all the hollow rhetoric and the empty words and promises that they made and they forgot to say that they’re ‘just kidding,’” he said.Chamberlain also expects to see more court challenges, protests and civil disobedience.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson took to Facebook to voice his displeasure, calling it a huge step backwards for Canada’s economy, as well as the environment and climate change.He says the pipeline is a direct threat to Vancouver’s economy and environment, and he will continue to fight against the completion of the project. read more

Iraq Military effort to quell insurgency must be backed by political process

“We have consistently urged for the need for national dialogue, for unity, and, very importantly, for the full participation of the Sunni community in the political process, without whom that process will not be complete,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq as he briefed journalists in New York via video from Baghdad.The elements of the crisis caused by the advances of the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) and its allies must be addressed militarily, he said, explaining that the success of any military operation hinges on cooperation between Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, and Erbil, the seat of the autonomous Kurdish region. The military plan must also be Iraqi-led and reflect a certain level of national agreement for consensus between the various communities, underscored Mr. Mladenov, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).At least 900 civilians have been killed since 5 June, when ISIL/ISIS and its allies began their sweep across the country, and 650 have been wounded in fighting in Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Diyala, he said, citing updated figures. UNAMI and the UN human rights office (OHCHR) yesterday said that at least 757 civilians were killed in those cities and 599 were injured. Overall, at least 1,300 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,250 injured in the two weeks.The advance on Baghdad appears to be “stalled”, given the saturation of Iraqi army forces in the area, Mr. Mladenov said. “For anyone to attempt to take over Baghdad would be extremely difficult.” However, a military solution alone “would not be possible,” he cautioned. The Sunni community has put forward a number of demands over the past couple of months that need to be addressed through a political process. There is a continuing impasse with the Kurdish Regional Government over budgetary issues, oil and gas revenue sharing, and other such matters that also need to be addressed quickly. In addition, a number of issues, particularly related to poverty among some communities in the Shiite parts of Iraq, also must be addressed.This, as the country faces a political situation that Mr. Mladenov described as “murky”, with the first of July as the target date for the recently elected Parliament to begin forming a new government. The first step in that direction occurred last week, when the Iraqi federal court ratified the results of the 30 April parliamentary election. “It is vital to stick to the Constitutional framework and the democratic political process,” Mr. Mladenov stressed to journalists today. “UNAMI’s focus has been on keeping the political process in Iraq alive and revitalizing it with the pending meeting of the new parliament.”Turning to the humanitarian crisis in the country, he said the situation continues to be “very dramatic”, with two million people internally displaced, including one million seeking refuge there as a result of the Syrian conflict and previous conflicts. “The Government’s capacity to mount a response, both at the central level and the regional level, is completely stretched, and the UN has been called to assist on a number of occasions,” he noted.Some UN staff have relocated to Erbil, where the bulk of refugees who fled Mosul three weeks ago are located, however humanitarian needs in other parts of the country are growing. Shelter, food, water, and health items continue to be very important in the displacement areas, but the general public is increasingly facing problems with supplies of electricity and water. “We anticipate a funding envelope of over $300 million to meet the most critical needs,” Mr. Mladenov said, appealing to the international community to provide financial and other assistance on behalf of the UN family.Speaking on behalf of UNAMI and the UN agencies in the country, Mr. Mladenov said as the environment becomes increasingly sectarian, the UN’s approach to dealing with the humanitarian conflict becomes very vital. “Our assistance continues to be provided in an impartial manner to all,” he underlined.In Kirkuk and Erbil, UN human rights teams have interviewed 125 individuals whose families have fled the fighting as part of UN’s monitoring effort to better understand the consequences from the human rights perspective of the conflict. He also noted that UNAMI has received reports of rape taking place in Mosul and is working to verify those accounts. “I want to use this opportunity again to urge the Iraqi authorities to swiftly carry out their obligation to thoroughly investigate these, and any other, reported summary executions and all other violations, and to make a concerted effort to bring all perpetrators to justice,” Mr. Mladenov said. In the report released yesterday, UNAMI and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) cited alleged abuses by both the Iraqi security forces and ISIL/ISIS, whose militants have purportedly posted more than a dozen videos showing beheadings and shootings of hors combat soldiers and police officers, as well as apparent targeting of people based on their religion or ethnicity, including Shia and minority groups such as Turcomans, Shabak, Christians, and Yezidis. “That is an increasingly important concern, as the minority groups fall right in the pathway of the conflict in the north of this country,” Mr. Mladenov today said. read more

Slowdown in market eases as scrappage scheme impacts

· New car registrations fell 15.7% in June to 176,264 units · June’s decline was the smallest since July 2008, although year-to-date demand fell 25.9% · Scrappage scheme is now beginning to deliver registrations to the market · Market shift to smaller cars continues, with mini and supermini segments doing well · These shifts helped take average new car CO2 emissions to a new low of 152.3g/km “We are now beginning to see the positive impact of the scrappage scheme translate into new vehicle registrations,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “SMMT expects the pace of improvement to increase in the coming months, but we can already see the industry making steady progress on the long road to recovery.” Full details can be downloaded below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Health time bomb of 22000 children who are severely obese at 11

More than 22,000 children will leave primary school dangerously obese this year.The number of 10 and 11-year-olds classed as severely obese, the most overweight scale, in the final year of primary school is also nearly double that of those in reception.More than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in Year 6 are classed as severely obese, a significant increase on the 15,000 four and five-year-olds in the category.The Local Government Association (LGA), which obtained the figures, said this showed children were gaining weight at a drastic rate as they went through school. The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, warned that the severe child obesity rates were contributing to a “multi-billion-pound ill-health time bomb”. But it added that this work, including the ability of councils to provide weight management services for children and adults, is being hampered by a £600 million reduction in councils’ public health budgets by central government between 2015-16 and 2019-20. The LGA is calling for reductions in public health grants to be reversed by the Government and for further reforms to tackle childhood obesity. This includes councils having a say in how and where the soft drinks levy is spent, better labelling on food and drink products, and for councils to be given powers to ban junk food advertising near schools.Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said the figures represented a “further worrying wake-up call”.“Unless we tackle this obesity crisis, today’s obese children will become tomorrow’s obese adults whose years of healthy life will be shortened by a whole host of health problems including diabetes, cancer and heart disease,” she said. “Cuts to councils’ public health grants are having a significant impact on the many prevention and early intervention services carried out by councils to combat child obesity.” A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Our childhood obesity plan is among the most comprehensive in the world – our sugar tax is funding school sports programmes and nutritious breakfasts for the poorest children, and we’re investing in further research into the links between obesity and inequality.“However, we have always been very clear that this is the not the final word on obesity, and we have not ruled out further action if the right results are not seen.” Severe obesity rates are highest in children living in the most deprived towns and cities, and those from BME groups, which the LGA suggested shows a need for more targeted interventions.Despite budget reductions, it said councils were spending more on running effective prevention schemes to help children stay healthy, which is key to tackling the child obesity crisis and reducing future costs to hospital, health and social care services. Severe obesity puts people at serious health risks, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Severe obesity can also shorten a person’s life by 10 years – an equivalent loss to the effects of lifelong smoking. In adults, a BMI of 40 or above means a person is severely obese, at least 60 per cent higher than the upper healthy weight BMI limit of 24.9.The first data of its kind for 2016-17, obtained by the LGA and supplied by the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), show that a total of 22,646 out of 556,452 10 and 11-year-olds (4.1 per cent) are classed as severely obese. For children aged four and five, reception class age, the figure is 14,787 out of 629,359 in total (2.35 per cent). 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. read more

Turner Townsend wins key role in asbestos mine rehabilitation in South Africa

first_imgGlobal programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend is providing quantity surveying expertise as part of a government program to close and rehabilitate 660 abandoned asbestos mines and shafts in South Africa. The rehabilitation program falls under the Department of Mineral Resources, which appointed Mintek, the supplier of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services, to provide the professional project management.SRK Consulting has taken the engineering design lead on these projects over the past three years, as a sub-contractor to Mintek, delivering the conceptual design, final design, quality control and project management. Chosen for its international track record and world-leading expertise, Turner & Townsend has been selected by SRK as one of the teams supporting the on-going government program.So far, Turner & Townsend has provided quantity surveying services for nine abandoned asbestos mines across the region with three of them now closed, and is involved with further six sites, and more potential projects are in the pipeline. Gordon Bulmer, Senior Quantity Surveyor for Turner & Townsend, said: “It is a privilege to work on projects of this nature and scale, which will make a difference to the health and safety of communities and the environments surrounding the mines. Apart from the well-researched health issues of asbestosis, a chronic lung disease, some of the mines are located next to water courses which pose further environmental and health risks.”He added: “The projects vary in complexity, therefore a key requirement of being awarded the bid for the asbestos mines was our ability to provide the highest standard of quantity surveying expertise in a flexible and agile way. SRK Consulting’s confidence in our professionalism is testimony of our global reputation in this field. While each mine site is different, the quantity surveyor in this particular government rehabilitation program plays a key role– both in terms of advance planning as well as control or containment of costs throughout the projects.”last_img read more

After 7 years and almost €7 million super banana will face its

first_imgA SUPER BANANA genetically engineered to contain extra vitamins and help improve the lives of millions of people in Africa is to have its first human trial.Researchers in Australia, who have been given almost $10 million (close to €7 million) by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have been working since 2005 on creating a banana enriched with pro-vitamin A.While the banana looks like any other banana on the outside, the inside is a whole other story.“The banana flesh… is orange rather than the cream colour we are used to and in fact, the greater the pro-vitamin A content the more orange the banana flesh becomes,” said Professor James Dale, who is leading the research.The scientists say that the goal is to see farmers in Uganda growing the banana by around 2020.People in many countries in East Africa use a cooking banana as a staple food, but it has low levels of micronutrients, particularly pro-Vitamin A and iron. It has been estimated that around 700,000 children every year die from pro-vitamin A deficiency with at least another 300,000 going blind. Professor James Dale Source: QUT“Good science can make a massive difference here by enriching staple crops such as Ugandan bananas with pro-vitamin A and providing poor and subsistence farming populations with nutritionally rewarding food,” said Professor Dale.The bananas have already been harvested from a field at the Queensland University of Technology and will be transported to the US for the human trial, which will last for six weeks.The results of the trial will be known by the end of the year.“We know our science will work,” said Professor Dale. “We made all the constructs, the genes that went into bananas, and put them into bananas here at QUT.“Hundreds of different permutations went into field trials up north and we tested everything to make sure our science worked here in Queensland.“Now the really high-performing genes have been taken to Uganda and have been put into field trials there.”Legislation to allow genetically modified crops to be commercialised in Uganda is currently at committee stage in the Ugandan parliament.Read: Two scientists spent six hours locked in a public toilet in the name of research > Read: Herpes infected humans before we had even evolved into humans >last_img read more

Author says ebook piracy is wrong but she downloads pirated music

first_imgNorwegian author Anne Birkefeldt Ragde, has made a bit of a fool of herself over her anti-piracy standpoint during an interview with news publication DN.no.Ragde is known for her children’s and young adult books, but when it comes to piracy she believe a lot of money has been lost:Piracy scares the hell out of me. I do not know what to say. I lose sleep at night over it. I have figured out that I’ve lost half a million kronor ($72,500) on piracy of my books, maybe more. She then goes on to talk about music specifically, saying:I can not stand the thought of someone stealing something. I look at Norwegian musicians who have to do live concerts. We have nothing to live on other than the physical product. So she’s an author against piracy, but then it turns out she is a pirate herself. As well as admitting to buying Prada handbags that weren’t official, her son also spoke out against her music piracy:You have a pirated MP3 collection. We copied the first 1500 songs from one place and 300 from another. She admitted to her son’s claim, but has since made it clear that it was her son who downloaded the music, and she has promised to delete it all next time she turns on her iPod. Apparently she buys all her music.Read more at TorrentFreakMatthew’s OpinionIf you are going to take a stand against piracy, then you can’t have a double standard when it comes to content outside of your own field. Ragde has 1,800 music tracks on her iPod illegally, if it wasn’t for her son speaking up they would probably remain there indefinitely.If the music industry is hell bent on tracking down all pirates, then Ragde should now be on the list for openly admitting to it. She will face a lawsuit claiming compensation for each track illegally downloaded, and I suspect the $72,500 she states she has lost through e-book piracy will be a small drop in the ocean to what the compensation demand is for the music she stole.But that may never happen. She may never remove the tracks from her iPod and we wouldn’t know. Hopefully, she’ll never try and take a stand against piracy again, she’s clearly in no position to judge others.last_img read more

Real life superheroes fighting crime on the streets

first_imgIt’s fair to say that superheroes are modern mythology – as our ancestors entertained themselves with larger-than-life tales of Hercules, Zeus, and other supernatural figures, we do the same with Batman, Spider-Man, and the rest of the four-color fantasies. And comic books are bigger than ever, with movie adaptations of their stories breaking box office records left and right.But superheroes couldn’t exist in the real world, right? It’s just too dangerous out there for a lone man or woman in a fancy costume to go up against the forces of crime.Or at least that’s what they want you to think. All over the world, brave men and women are taking inspiration from comic books and becoming heroes of their own. Some fight crime the traditional way – with fists and feet – while others exist as symbols of the ordinary Joe’s fight against injustice. Here are eleven examples of superheroes in the real world. Crimson Fist1/11Standing just five and a half feet tall, Georgia’s Crimson Fist doesn’t present the most imposing figure. But his dedication to the community he lives in proves that it’s about the size of the fight in the dog, not the size of the dog in the fight. On his first outing in costume, Crimson Fist stumbled across a mugging and, without any thoughts to his own safety, charged in to break it up. The two assailants panicked at the sight of a real-life superhero and fled. His exploits since then have been less dramatic – mostly handing out bottled water and supplies to city homeless – but no less helpful.<><>last_img read more

Headmaster teacher fight before students in Gandipet ZP School

first_imgGandipet: The teachers who teach students how to be keep patience, lost their own patience and fought with each other in front of hundreds of students and created ruckus in the school by throwing cell phones at each other.The shameful incident occurred at Gandipet Zilla Parishad Government School on Monday. According to police, the argument began between the school Headmaster Ramulu and the teacher Manorama, when she came late to the prayer. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us When the prayer was over, she went straight to the headmaster and questioned him why he started the prayer before she and other teachers could reach the school. Gradually the argument over time snowballed into a full-fledged fight between them and losing patience both started accusing each other in front of students and, lastly, they hurled their cell phones at each another. While the they were fighting and creating ruckus and tension in the school, police reached arrived and tried to solve the issue amicably. But both reached to an extent to lodge a complaint against each other. After registering the complaints police are enquiring.last_img read more

American firm Herman Miller to make designer chairs in Karnataka plant

first_imgUS-based global office furniture major Herman Miller on Wednesday opened its hi-tech plant at Bidadi on the city’s outskirts to make designer chairs in India for the country’s growing domestic market.”As India is one of our fastest growing markets in Asia, we have set up a production facility at Bidadi to make designer products like chairs to our customers faster,” Herman Miller Asia Pacific vice-president Jeremy Hocking told reporters here.Bidadi is about 40km from Bengaluru on the state highway towards Mysuru.The Michigan-headquartered $2.2-billion global firm operates in over 100 countries worldwide, with production facilities in the US, Britain, China and Italy and sells its products and services through a global dealer network.”We have chosen Bidadi for the plant as it’s strategically located to reach target markets in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune, besides Sri Lanka for exports, as proximity reduces product lead-time,” Hocking said on the occasion, but declined to mention how much the company had invested in the facility.The company’s India facility is the third in the region (Asia Pacific) with other two being at Ningbo and Dong-guan in China.”We have started production in August and adopted a lean manufacturing system to reduce lead time and improve reliability to ensure same quality as elsewhere,” the company’s international operations vice-president Richard Scott pointed out.The company plans to ramp up its production capacity and manpower to 200 people by March.Interestingly, the nearly century-old company’s famous designers Charles and Ray Eames came calling to India in 1958 at the invitation of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.”The interaction with Nehru led to the government setting up the National Institute of Design at Ahmedabad in Gujarat in 1961,” Hocking recalled.last_img read more

AL starts issuing letters to party nominees for polls

first_imgAwami LeagueRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Sunday started issuing letters to the candidates the party nominated for the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections to be held on 30 December.On Saturday, the candidates were asked to collect their letters from the AL president’s Dhanmondi office in the capital.Primarily, Prothom Alo came to know that AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina will compete from Gopalganj-3 and Rangpur-6 constituencies while party general secretary Obaidul Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, will compete from Noakhali-5.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader started handing over the letters to the candidates from 10:00am.Besides, Mujibul Huq (Cumilla-11), speaker Dipu Moni (Chandpur-3), SM Rezaul Karim (Pirojpur-1), Saifuzzaman Shikhar (Magura-1), Sheikh Fazle Nur Tapos (Dhaka-10), home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (Dhaka-12), Sadek Khan (Dhaka-13), Aslamul Haque (Dhaka-14), Nizamuddin Hazari (Feni-2), Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (Dinajpur-2), Simin Hossain RImi (Gazipur-4), Fahmi Golandaz Babel (Mymensingh-10), Sheikh Jewel (Khulna-2), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (Narail-2), Muhibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel (Chattogram-9), Dr Abdur Razzak (Tangail-1) and Enamul Haque (Rajshahi-4) also got party tickets to contest in the polls.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the letters independently.The candidates nominated from other parties of the 14-party alliance and grand alliances are likely to be announced on Monday.Quader said he will make the final announcement of all the 300 candidates later.On Saturday night, Quader held meetings with the leaders of JaSad and Workers’ Party, components of the 14-party alliance, at AL headquarters in the capital about seat sharing.Later, he held another meeting with JaPa (Jatiya Party) leader and former dictator HM Ershad, a component of Grand Alliance, for four hours and gave hints about the seats to be shared with them.The alliance partners tried to negotiate for more seats than the AL was ready to share with them.Quader told them they will issue letters to the AL nominated candidates on Sunday and the alliance partners’ candidates on the next day.If the matter is not resolved by then, party chief Sheikh Hasina will consider the matter, he added.“The issue of seat sharing is still under discussion. All the candidates of Grand Alliance will be announced formally by two days,” Quader told newsmen after the discussion.He, however, hinted that they would share not more than 65-70 seats with alliance partners, including the JaPa.last_img read more

The Carter School of Music Annual Benefit Concert

first_imgThe Carter School of Music presents the Annual Benefit Concert on September 10 at 5 p.m. this year’s tribute is to Dr. Audrey McCallum. Admission is free however we are asking for a free will offering.last_img

Photos Superheroes and Villains Assemble at London Comic Con 2018

Stay on target Comics, games, and fantasy fans descend into London for the UK’s largest pop culture event, MCM London Comic Con, held October 26-28 at Excel London.As with other comic conventions around the world, hundreds of cosplayers attended the event dressed in elaborate costumes. Click through the slideshow to see the best cosplay from this year’s London Comic Con.View as: One Page Slides1/151. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage2. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage3. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage4. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage5. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage6. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage7. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage8. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage9. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage10. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage11. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage12. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage13. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage14. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage15. London Comic Con 2018Photo Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImageMore on Geek.com:AdChoices广告Photos: Best Cosplay from New York Comic Con 2018Most Extreme Anime Makeup Looks on YouTubeBest Moments of New York Comic Con 2018 Photos: Best Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2019Photos: Best Cosplay From Anime NYC 2018 read more