Mother son pulled out to sea by strong current on PEIs north

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – A P.E.I. woman and her 12-year-old son were enjoying the beauty of an Island sunset and wading in the shallow waters of a beach she knew from her childhood when she said the sand suddenly fell away underfoot and the pair was swept out to sea in a matter of seconds.Beth Johnston said she and her son, Charlie Ross, were standing in thigh-deep water near Savage Harbour on the Island’s north shore on Saturday shooting video with the young boy’s Go Pro camera when they lost their footing as a rip current pushed them quickly away from the shoreline under a darkening sky.The 45-year-old mother of two young sons said Monday that she realized they were in trouble when Charlie said he couldn’t touch bottom, was scared and too tired to keep swimming, as waves smashed down on top of them and pushed them under.“It was truly terrifying that something could happen that quickly in such a familiar place, that you could be in such danger within a matter of 30 seconds,” she said from her home in Charlottetown.“When I saw the terror in his face I thought, ‘OK, we’ve got a really bad situation here.’ It just hit me, we were in trouble because we’re really far offshore and he needs help and I can’t help him.”Johnston, who grew up spending half the year on the north shore, said she kept reaching out to her son telling him to hold her hand as they drifted further out to sea, but she had little strength left to push him closer to the beach.“You’d swim as hard as you could to get ahead of the wave and then the wave would crash on top of you and suck you back, so you were back further than when you started,” she said. “It felt like swimming on a treadmill.”As she fought, she was calculating how long it would take a boat from a nearby harbour to reach them. The timing didn’t look good, she said, as it would be difficult to find the pair in the dark with no one on shore able to hear or see them.Johnston said she wanted to tell her story to warn people about the risk of rip currents and urge them to learn what to do if caught in one. She said she did exactly the opposite of what is advised by trying to swim right into shore. She said there was little discernible sign of the trouble in the water at the time, but has since learned that an electrical storm the night before had created ideal conditions for rip currents.Environment Canada recommends that a swimmer carried seaward by a rip current “should not struggle against it, but swim across it, parallel to the beach. Once out of the narrow rip current, the waves will tend to carry the swimmer shoreward.”She estimated they were about 30 metres from shore before they started making progress against the forceful current, which claimed the life of a 52-year-old New Brunswick man hours earlier after he got caught in the powerful tide and waves in the same area.Johnston, who swims regularly on that stretch of shore, said her son made it back to the beach first after about 20 minutes in the water, but it took her another 10 minutes to do the same.Charlie said when he finally got onto the beach, expecting to see his mother beside him, he was terrified when he found himself alone.“I rolled over and I was going to talk to my mom and I realized she was still out as far as when we started, and I was like, ‘No, no, no, no,’” he said.“I was going to get my phone and call 911, but my phone was way down the beach and I didn’t want to lose an eye on her.”Charlie said the pounding of the waves and pushing of the water was exhausting.“It was like when you got sucked underwater, you’d come up for a big breath and then you’d get crushed by a wave and you’d get a mouth full of salt water,” he said. “It was a kind of traumatizing experience.”– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

A bythenumbers look at the federal governments new social finance fund

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian government is promising almost $800 million for an experimental way to pay for charitable work, charging into the world of “social financing” to help charities and non-profits find new, and potentially cheaper, ways of delivering social services. Here are some figures to explain the pledge in this week’s economic update.$755 million: Combined value of federal spending over 10 years for the social-finance fund.$121 million: Actual hit the Liberals expect against government books from administrative costs and expected investment losses over the next five years.$500 million: Funding a government panel recommended this summer for the fund.$436 million: Capital managed by a similar fund in the U.K., adjusting for population and size of economy, according to government calculations.$50 million: Additional spending over two years the Liberals promise to help smaller groups build know-how to access money through the new fund.3-5: Range, in percentage points, of returns to private investors the government believes will help double or triple the pool of capital available for social-finance initiatives.$2 billion: Estimated economic activity the Liberals hope to generate from the decade-long program.100,000: Estimated number of jobs the Liberals hope to maintain or create over the next decade as a result of the spending.$13 billion: Amount the federal government spends annually on grants and contributions to non-profit organizations.(Sources: Fall Economic Statement 2018; Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Spy Movie 355 Makes its Way to Morocco

Rabat – The spy film, which was met with enthusiasm from buyers at the Cannes film festival last year, hit a roadblock when one of its stars, Fan Bingbing, was involved in a tax avoidance scandal her native China. The film’s female-led cast announced at Cannes this year that Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez will be joining the stars already involved in the project.The pair join Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Fan in the action thriller about a group of 5 female spies who must work together to prevent a disaster which could push the world into all-out disarray. They form a group code-named 355, a reference out to the famed female covert operative in the American Revolution of the same name. Marion Cotillard, who joined producer and star, Jessica Chastain, last year in Cannes to introduce the film, has since dropped out of the project citing personal reasons. The movie, which was bought by Universal Studios and will be directed by Simon Kinberg, is set to start filming in Paris in July. London and Morocco will also serve as locations for the new spy franchise.The team has high hopes for the film and looks forward to shooting in Morocco. read more

UN steps up assistance for Peruvian quake victims

24 August 2007The United Nations is bolstering its assistance – through the release of almost $10 million from an emergency fund and an appeal for nearly $40 million to be launched next week – to victims of the major earthquake which rocked Peru on 15 August, one of the world body’s top humanitarian officials announced today. The United Nations is bolstering its assistance – through the release of almost $10 million from an emergency fund and an appeal for nearly $40 million to be launched next week – to victims of the major earthquake which rocked Peru on 15 August, one of the world body’s top humanitarian officials announced today. The UN has already approved the release of $9.6 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) “to ensure that the resources are available,” UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström told reporters in New York. The CERF is a landmark fund established by the world body in 2006 to speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, when people are most at risk. An official UN appeal for $38 million will also be launched next week, Ms. Wahlström said. “There has been enormous outpouring, I would say, of assistance from countries in the sub-region, from regional banks, from NGOs [non-governmental organizations],” she noted. “Everyone is being supportive of this effort.” Efforts are still in progress to improve hygiene and water sanitation, Ms. Wahlström said, adding that debris clearing will also be introduced shortly. Emergency employment schemes will be initiated so that “people will both get a job with some income and at the same time the rubble of all the collapsed buildings will go away.” Assessments conducted by both the UN and the Government are also expanding to rural areas to ensure that “the organization of relief is progressing well,” she said. To this end, Peru is also conducting a local census to determine correct population figures. To collect data in support of the appeals for assistance, a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has conducted assessments in Canete, San Luis, Chincha, Ica and Pisco, primarily to examine the shelter situation. So far, 513 people have been confirmed killed and about 1,000 people reported to have been injured in the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. Its epicentre was 161 kilometres south of Lima, the capital. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) until now has focused its efforts in the water and sanitation sector and has delivered chlorine, water containers and tanks and water-purification tablets. It will now begin to address latrine and water supply needs in schools and shelters, and will also assist the Government by providing 47 tents to serve as nurseries as well as provide psychological support and educational materials for children. In a related development, Ms.Wahlström also announced today that the UN will issue an appeal for funds early next week to help flood-beleaguered residents in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where 221 people have been killed and 400,000 affected in 92 counties. The UN appeal “will only focus on food, emergency medical and emergency water and sanitation areas,” she said. “Anything else that goes beyond that will be dealt with later on in a different format.” read more

Onex sells remaining stake in Spirit AeroSystems ending nineyear investment

TORONTO — Onex Corp and its affiliates have sold their remaining 8.4 million shares of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., a former Boeing manufacturing unit that makes major structures for commercial, military and business jets.Based on the Thursday closing price for Spirit’s shares at the New York Stock Exchange, the Onex Group’s shares would be worth US$304 million but the stock was sold at a slight discount — a common practice when large volumes are sold at once.Spirit AeroSystems were down 1.68% at US$35.60 on the New York Stock Exchange Friday. The company said the shares owned by the Onex Group were sold for $35.90 — a discount of 31 cents per share.In Toronto, Onex shares were down slightly Friday by 0.44% at $62.97. They hit a 52-week high of $63.54 on June 2.Toronto-based Onex is a highly diversified company, which invests on behalf of itself and partners in various industries. A significant portion of its profits come from the purchase and resale of companies after a period of control.Its sale of the remaining stake in Spirit AeroSystems follows the sale of The Warranty Group in a deal valued at US$1.5 billion to an affiliate of TPG Capital and an agreement to buy York Risk Services Group in a deal valued at US$1.325 billion.Onex and its affiliates originally acquired Spirit AeroSystems in June 2005.Over the following nine years, Onex and its affiliates have received US$3.2 billion in proceeds from the investment.Onex said Thursday that its own original investment in Spirit was US$108 million and its share of the proceeds since 2005, including $118 million of interest, totalled US$975 million.The sale was announced in Toronto by Onex senior managing director Seth Mersky and by Spirit from Wichita, Kan., where its main operations are located.Spirit said current and former members of its management would also be part of the secondary public offering of nearly 8.56 million class A common shares for $35.90 each.The Canadian Press read more

British tourist sues tour operator over accident in Sri Lanka

The 42-year-old recounted the terrifying incident, saying: “I was dozing in the sun with my eyes closed and the next thing I knew I had this excruciating pain in my legs. The woman had booked her holiday through Thomson and travelled there on a Thomson Jet, with it a First Choice Holiday. The woman, from Sittingbourne, Kent, said: “My legs were bent down in a V shape where the sun lounger had broken and when the men managed to get the tree off, my legs looked deformed with my feet going in different directions.“I will never get that vision out of my head. I thought my legs were gone.“Everyone was running around panicking and I was trying to avoid looking at my legs as they were such a mess.” “I remember seeing the tree and screaming, ‘Get it off me’, as the pain was nothing like I’ve ever experienced.”Looking down at her legs, that had been left looking “deformed”, the commercial insurance broker said that all she could think was that her legs were gone. Claire Saywell said that she had been relaxing at the four-star Club Hotel Dolphin resort when the 50ft tree crashed down, shattering her legs. She said that it took 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, with a second Brit tourist also hurt when the giant tree came crashing down in February.Mrs Sawywell, who had been holidaying with her husband Darren, had to be transferred to Colombo for treatment.There, she had titanium pins inserted in her legs, staying in hospital for 12 days before being able to fly home on a private jet. A British woman has decided to sue a tour operator after an accident in Sri Lanka where a palm tree fell on her legs.The British woman has spoken out of her terror that she would never be able to walk again after she was crushed by a palm tree while sunbathing in Sri Lanka, The Sun reported. Mrs Saywell, who is now taking legal action, said she ended up with two broken legs, and suffers nightmares, flashbacks and a fear of going abroad.She said: “Personally I would take down all of the palm trees around where people sunbathe to prevent this happening again.“We’ve been offered a free holiday but I don’t want to go back.”Larry Shaw, of law firm Slater and Gordon, which represents Mrs Saywell, said: “It is crucial that holiday resorts and tour operators ensure trees are properly inspected and maintained to avoid incidents like this happening again.”TUI has been contacted for comment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Police blotter Credit cards cash stolen in Turkey Point

Norfolk OPP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men wanted for questioning in connection with a theft in Turkey Point this weekend.Police were notified Sunday evening that cash and credit cards were removed from an unlocked vehicle earlier in the day on Ordnance Avenue.“It was determined that an unlocked vehicle had been entered while the owner worked nearby,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Once inside, unknowns removed credit cards and a large quantity of Canadian currency. It was later determined that the stolen credit cards had been used at a nearby business located in Turkey Point.”Images of the suspects were captured on a surveillance camera and passed along to the Norfolk OPP.Anyone with information related to the identity of the two men is asked to share it with the force at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.Thief takes advantage of seniorA thief took advantage of a senior in Delhi this week.Monday evening, a senior told Norfolk OPP that a male youth pinched her purse from the front carrier of her mobility scooter while she was travelling down Main Street.“The suspect was described as a male youth, wearing a black shirt and carrying a back pack,” Norfolk OPP said in a news release. “Investigators are continuing to investigate and are reviewing security surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the male responsible.”Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be shared anonymously with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Laptop taken from garageA Toshiba laptop computer was reported stolen from an unlocked garage in Simcoe in recent days.The theft on Sunset Drive occurred sometime between July 30 and Aug. 2.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Money stolen while residents sleepSomeone broke into a home in Simcoe this week and stole money while the homeowners were asleep.The theft occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday on Norfolk Street South. The money was taken from a purse that had been left in the living room.Norfolk OPP remind everyone to lock all windows and doors before turning in for the night. Anyone seeing suspicious activity in their neighbourhood after hours is asked to contact the local force at 1-888-310-1122. read more

CSeries doesnt need immediate federal funding says Quebec premier

by Alexandre Robillard, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:53 am MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CSeries doesn’t need immediate federal funding, says Quebec premier FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom – Quebec’s premier says Bombardier’s CSeries program doesn’t require immediate federal financial support but he still expects Ottawa to come through with US$1 billion in additional funding.Quebec has already made a US$500 million first payment towards its US$1-billion commitment to the CSeries.“There is enough liquidity in the company to advance the program to fill all orders that are before us,” Couillard told reporters Sunday after taking a promotional flight on the CS100 at the Farnborough air show southwest of London.Couillard said the program is on track with a full pipeline of 370 firm orders.“The additional funding will be needed to ensure more flexibility in the future, identify new markets, develop new models,” he said during the first event of a trade mission to Europe.“It’s up to Ottawa to make its decision. We have taken the decision. And if this decision was not taken, we would not be here today.”The federal government has said it’s still considering a request for a matching US$1 billion.Navdeep Bains, the federal economic development minister, is scheduled to make an announcement about the Quebec aerospace sector at the air show on Tuesday, although details weren’t immediately available.Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare has said he expects to meet with Bains this week.Couillard has said Quebec’s intervention in the CSeries was key to securing orders from Air Canada and Delta Air Lines.Quebec will receive a 49.5 per cent stake in the commercial jet program once the second US$500-million instalment is made on Sept. 1.Bellemare praised Quebec’s decision to invest in the CSeries program, which he said supported its efforts to win the latest orders.“A year ago, people wondered if the program was going to be there. Today we have an order book that will allow us to produce exactly what we had planned a year ago,” Bellemare said.Meanwhile, Bellemare said additional CSeries orders won’t be announced at the air show.Couillard rejected criticism from Brazilian rival Embraer, which is threatening to challenge Quebec’s support at the World Trade Organization after saying the Delta order would have been impossible without Quebec’s investment.“There is not a dollar of subsidy in the support we have given to Bombardier, it is only a trade agreement,” he said. “And I know of no place on the planet, including competitors Boeing and Airbus, that have not received major government support.”Bombardier announced Monday that it’s received Transport Canada certification for CS300, the larger model of its CSeries passenger jet. The first CS300 will be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year.The smaller CS100 model has previously been certified by Canadian and other aviation authorities and goes into service with Swiss International Air Lines on Friday.The first CS300 plane, which can carry more passengers than the CS100, will be delivered to airBaltic of Latvia.The CSeries program is 2 1/2 years behind schedule and at least $2 billion above cost estimates but Bombardier says its size and fuel efficiency will enable it to operate on routes that were previously not profitable for airlines. read more

Berbice businessman on 1M bail for causing teens death

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to a technical glitch we had inadvertently posted the wrong photo of Sultan Iyube. We immediately deleted the photo as soon as it was noticed and offer our sincere apologies for the error.   …arrested 3 months after  hit-and-run accident By Andrew CarmichaelPolice ranks in Berbice have been able to locate the car which was involved in a hit-and-run accident at Number 55 Village Corentyne back in September and have also arrested the driver.Reports are that police got the breakthrough with the aid of a close relative of the suspect.It was the man’s son-in-law who reportedly provided the information to the police almost three months after the accident which killed 19-year-old Trishan Sahai also called ‘Star’, of Number 57 Village Corentyne and injured his 28-year-old friend Mooneshwar Jairam also called ‘Bodo’, of the same village.Reports are that after the driver’s daughter and her husband encountered some marital problems, he told the police that it was his father-in-law who was involved in the September 17 hit-and-run accident at Number 55 Village in front of a bar.One of the persons’ police immediately arrested was the man’s wife, Roshnie Iyube, in whose name the car is registered.The woman said that she had no knowledge that her car was involved in a hit-and-run accident. According to her, she was led to believe that her husband had hit an animal and it was not until six weeks after that the car was fixed. During that time it remained in the garage. The woman told INews that, last Friday evening, a party of police officers visited their bath settlement home.“When I come out they ask me who is my husband and I told them Sultan lyube and they say that is not the name they have for him and then they ask for my name and after I give them they told my husband that he is under arrest for some accident and then they told me that I am under arrest too,” the woman said.They were initially taken to the Fort Wellington Police Station and then to Central Police Station in New Amsterdam. The suspected hit-and-run driver was eventually detained at Reliance while his wife went to Sisters Village. During the investigation, the suspect took investigators to the scene and pointed out where it was that he hit the two men.The car allegedly involved in the hit and run accident in SeptemberHe also told investigators that he thought it was an animal but related that in his rear view mirror he could see persons rushing to where the object was that he had hit.According to Roshnie lyube, when her husband arrived home on the night in question, he told her that he had damaged the car after hitting something on the road. “When I look I see the headlamp break on the left side and the rearview mirror on the left side break and the bumper have a little scratch and I told him once there is life we can always fix that,” the woman said.Back in September, a motor car with an unknown registration plate was proceeding north along the Corentyne Highway at a fast rate of speed and struck down Sahai and Jairam who were walking across the Highway at Number Naught Village.Dead, Trishan Sahai also called ‘Star’Sahai was pitched some 30 feet away from impact while Jairam landed on top of a motor car breaking the windscreen and rear view mirror in the process. The car was parked at the time. However, the speeding car did not stop. Both men were taken to the Skeldon Hospital where Sahai was pronounced dead while Jairam was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital. lyube says following the accident her husband was unusually quiet for several days. The damaged car was fixed six weeks after the accident. During that period it remained parked in the garage.Meanwhile, the dead man’s stepfather Haroon Hamid says he is happy that the police have been able to crack the case.“When we get that news we felt a little relieved to know that after a while the police were still trying and now they get to apprehend him. We must give thanks and compliment the police for doing such a wonderful job. We hope that justice will prevail,” he said.Meanwhile, mother of 28-year-old Mooneshwar Jairam who was injured in the accident expressed gratitude saying she had given up hope.On to now he is not well as he was before. He still cries out for his head and his shoulder that is paining up to now,” she said.Sultan Iyube, 48, of Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice appear at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga to answer four charges.The West Coast Berbice businessman was placed on $1M bail and ordered to lodge his travel documents after he was slapped with four charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.Iyube was not required to plead to causing the death of Tristan Sahai on September 17. He was also charged with failing to stop following an accident, failing to render assistance and failing to report an accident on the same day.Bail was granted in the sum of $1M. He will have to return to court on December 27. 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Jinzhao Mining Peru will invest 1500 million in Pampa de Pongo iron

first_imgAfter completing feasibility studies last year, Jinzhao Mining Peru is now focused on optimising the Pampa de Pongo project. The iron complex that is located near Arequipa and was acquired in 2009 will require an investment of at least $1,500 million, including related infrastructure, including a long overland  conveyor and the port, announced its CEO, Tang Xiaohuan in a recent interview. Tang said that since the project was acquired, the company has invested $80 million in its progress and expects to begin production in late 2016. Pampa de Pongo includes, in addition to the operation of the mine, the construction and use of a port terminal on the coast at Sombrerillo in Arequipa, province of Caravelí. This port terminal will be used to ship the iron concentrate obtained from the mine to various parts of the world. “We do not concentrate only in China, we will sell to other countries depending on market needs,” he said. “The exploration phase, which was completed in 2012, determined the existence of 3,500 Mt of iron with a little copper and gold content.”Now Jinzhao Mining expects to achieve in the first phase of production at between 10 and 11 Mt/y of iron, which in turn could be expanded to between 20 and 22 Mt/y at a later stage. The current design of the project gives an estimated lifetime of 30 years.“We believe this is one of the largest deposits of iron ore in Latin America,” Tang said. Jinzhao Mining expects later this year the approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA), which would be presented in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, the Chinese company is already doing social work and projects in the area, Tang explained.last_img read more

Voice of ScoobyDoos Shaggy and US radio legend Casey Kasem dies aged

first_imgUpdated 4.47pmAMERICAN RADIO LEGEND Casey Kasem has died.The broadcaster, who gained fame with his radio music countdown shows American Top 40, and Casey’s Top 40 and was also the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon Scooby Doo, passed away this morning aged 82 after a long battle with a form of dementia.American Top 40 was syndicated across the world, and even on Ireland’s Radio Nova.“Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken,” his daughter Kerri Kasem wrote on Facebook.Following a lengthy legal battle over who had the right to decide Kasem’s care, a judge ruled Wednesday that Kerri Kasem had the authority to withhold food and fluids from her ailing father.A ruling was reversed that stated that Kasem should receive food, fluids and certain medications until after a court-appointed attorney met with the former radio host and his doctors.Medical recordsAdditional medical records were reviewed by the judge and concluded that Kasem would endure more pain if he was given food or fluids, an attorney said.In 2013, his children filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care, alleging that Kasem was suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease and that his wife was isolating him from friends and family members.Kasem also suffered from Lewy Body Disease, a form of dementia.He was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit and began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit’s Northwestern High School. He was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.While many DJs convulsed their listeners with stunts and “morning zoo” snarkiness, Kasem would read “long distance dedications” of songs sent in by readers and introduce countdown records with sympathetic background anecdotes about the singers.Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan. Originally published 4.02pmRead: ‘Allo ‘Allo and Porridge actor Sam Kelly has died >last_img read more

Power outages accompany wet snow

first_imgClark Public Utilities crews are dealing with a dozen power outages today.Nine of the 12 outages are in the Yacolt/Amboy area of North Clark County, where enough wet snow has fallen to close schools, too.In all, 1,253 customers were without power at 10 a.m., including 1,196 in the Yacolt/Amboy zone.To report a power outage, call 360-992-8000.last_img

AK Worlds only urban king fishery has lines casting in downtown Anchorage

first_imgJared Fletcher and Bobbie D wait for bites at the Slam’n Salm’n Derby. (Henry Leasia / Alaska Public Media)Anchorage’s annual Slam’n Salm’n Derby is in full swing this week. Since last Friday, fishermen at Ship Creek have been competing to see who can hook the biggest king salmon.Listen nowDown by the Ulu factory in Anchorage, men and women slip on rubber boots, unpack their fishing tackle and begin to fill the marshy banks of Ship Creek. Everybody is trying to land a big one.Tucked between downtown and the industrial Port of Anchorage, Ship Creek is the world’s only urban king salmon fishery. It’s a place where pencil pushers can catch a 20-pound salmon on their lunch break and be back in time for their afternoon meeting.Proceeds from the derby will go to the Downtown Hope Center, an organization that offers food, shelter and other services to underserved members of the community. Volunteer Mike Hidalgo said he helps out at the derby every year because he values the work that the center does.“It’s been very successful in the sense that some of the folks that were homeless are now employed,” Hidalgo said. “They’re learning skills – baking and cooking – right there at the new facility we have.”The Bait Shack at Ship Creek. (Henry Leasia / Alaska Public Media)Across the creek from the Ulu factory is a red shack where fishermen can buy bait and tackle and rent equipment. Outside, some muddy rubber boots are being hosed down on a plastic table. Inside, Dustin Slinker watches the creek from the window as a fisherman struggles to reel in a salmon.Before Slinker opened The Bait Shack in 2011, the building had been boarded up. Running a bait and tackle shop had been a dream of his ever since he was a kid, so when he saw the space he took the opportunity to make it happen. He said Ship Creek has become a very popular destination in recent years.“You know the way it’s been fishing in the last 3 years, 4 years could be right up there with one of the best king salmon fisheries in Southcentral Alaska is also helping draw a lot of anglers with a lot of restrictions elsewhere — sizes of fish, kings that you can’t keep out of certain drainages – you know is really what’s driving this,” Slinker said. “And the quality of the fish that we’re getting back, we’re getting bigger fish each year.”Down by the creek, Jared Fletcher and Bobbie D have been fishing for hours. Fletcher has taken the day off and Bobbie D is taking some time to recover from an injury. So far, they haven’t caught anything. They say the most important thing to remember when fishing ship creek is to make sure to have a good line that won’t snap.“So if you go through all this fishing and you’re here for three hours and you get a fish on and you got bad line, you’re really wasting your time,” Bobbie D said.Fletcher said they had seen someone make that mistake moments before.“The guy right there, the one with the camo on, same thing happened to him a few minutes ago,” Fletcher said. “He was like, ‘Fish on!’ Psh, fish gone.”Henry Mitchell, a fisheries consultant, has had similar luck during the derby. He lost a fish when somebody casted over him, cutting his line. He said it can be tough to share a small stretch of creek with so many people.“There’s a certain etiquette,” Mitchell said. “You do run into situations where certain people don’t know how to cast very well and cross your lines. It gets frustrating sometimes when your own bait gets tangled up with other peoples. But, you know, that’s all part of living in an urban environment with a downtown urban fishery.”Louis Palmer fishes from the footbridge overlooking the creek. (Henry Leasia / Alaska Public)At times the fishing can be more solitary. Up on a footbridge above the creek, a man with a long gray beard and a worn blue Alaska cap fishes on his own from his electric wheelchair. 97-year-old Louis Palmer lives in the Anchorage Pioneer Home, an assisted living facility for seniors. He’s been fishing this creek for 45 years.“I raised my family up here on fish and moose,” Palmer said. “You kind of get used to having it around. And good kings and good silvers, if you take care of them and wrap them and freeze them properly, you can have them year round.”These days Palmer helps put food on the table for the other residents at his nursing home. He said that if he catches a salmon, he’ll bring it home and the staff will help cook it up for the others.As the tide rolls out, the water level gets lower and most fisherman start to pack up. A few stragglers wade out into the creek, flicking their rods in a last ditch effort to hook a big one.The derby ends at noon on Sunday. Currently the weight to beat is 32.75 pounds. First prize will receive 200 troy ounces of silver.last_img read more

Worlds largest amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

first_imgChina’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment as it adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the disputed South China Sea, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.State television showed live images of the AG600 lifting off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong, which sits on the South China Sea coast.It returned about an hour later and taxied to its stand accompanied by martial music and greeted by crowds waving Chinese flags.Xinhua news agency said the aircraft was the “protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs”.It had previously been scheduled to make its first flight earlier this year but it is unclear why it was delayed after ground tests took place in April.State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircraft, which is roughly the size of a Boeing Co 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires.However, state media has also noted its potential use in the South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei all have overlapping claims.The AG600’s chief designer, Huang Lingcai, was quoted in the official China Daily earlier this month as saying it can make round trips without refueling from the southern island province of Hainan to James Shoal, claimed by China but which is located close to Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo.Powered by four turboprop engines, the AG600 can carry 50 people during maritime search-and-rescue missions, and can scoop up 12 metric tons of water within 20 seconds for fire fighting trips, according to state media.The aircraft has received 17 orders so far from Chinese government departments and Chinese companies. It has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles) and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes.It can use conventional airports and also land and take-off from the sea.China is in the midst of a massive military modernisation program, ranging from testing anti-satellite missiles to building stealth fighters and the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, to add to an existing one bought from Ukraine.last_img read more

Celebrating Five Decades of the Anacostia Community Museum

first_imgThe Anacostia Community Museum is celebrating its 50-year anniversary on Nov. 13 at 1901 Fort Place, SE. From Nov. 13-Dec. 6, the museum will host informational workshops on its founding. The workshops will also highlight the Anacostia Community Museum’s evolution as a neighborhood museum, and the community that has shaped and sustained it. Attendees will also be able to view the exhibit that celebrates the museum’s 50 years. The informational workshops are free and offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The museum will be closed on Dec. 25 in recognition of the Christmas holiday. For more information, visit

Empowerment Temple AME Church Appoints Interim Pastor

first_imgThe Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner Fuller will serve as interim pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church for 30 days, beginning Dec. 9, while a permanent replacement is identified for the Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant who begins his pastorate, Dec. 9, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.(Courtesy Photo)last_img

20 Productivity Apps to Keep You On Task Infographic

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Apps mainly do two things: They either distract us or keep us on track. If you’re a busy entrepreneur or someone who works for one, it’s best to stick to the latter kind, at least during working hours, especially if you want to be a productivity powerhouse.   Productivity apps can give you — and, yes, your boss, too — a leg up on putting your most organized, efficient professional foot forward.  Some are built to tame your inbox, while others streamline your to-dos or track your expenses. You can also use efficiency apps to sharpen your focus before a big meeting or to communicate with your coworkers under the radar (for strictly work-related conversations, right?). And then there’s the type that bosses love the most, procrastination-preventing apps that whip you into action.Related: 10 Tools for Getting More Done Every DayIf you’re looking to crush your A-game at work, check out the productivity apps neatly packed into the infographic by global human resources consulting firm Adecco below. Go get it, worker bees.    Click to EnlargeImage credit: AdeccoRelated: Procrastinators: How to Fight Your Genes and Get Stuff Done Nowcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 7, 2015last_img read more

Quickly analyze Windows Update errors

first_imgQuickly analyze Windows Update errors by Martin Brinkmann on October 12, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: October 12, 2016 – 5 commentsIt is unclear how many Windows users and administrators run into updating issues on Windows machines regularly or occasionally.Updating issues can be frustrating, especially if the system lands in an endless cycle of downloads, installs, reboots and rollbacks that frustrate many users and system admins.The past year alone has seen several borked updates that caused issues on Windows 10 machines.  The Windows 10 updates KB3081424 and KB3194496 caused issues on PCs around the world for instance.Microsoft released the Reset Windows Update Agent, a tool designed to fix common updating errors. While that works well if Windows Update does not work correctly, the tool won’t work if the issues are caused by updates or on Microsoft’s side.Quickly check Windows Update errorsWindows keeps an update log that lists update related events. You find those logs under the path C:\Windows\Logs\WindowsUpdate. The files are Event Trace Log files that you can analyze using various tools.While that is the case, you may also use a simple PowerShell command to turn those Event Trace Log files into a single text log that you can then parse easily for errors or issues related to updates on Windows.This is how that is done:Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Shift and Ctrl, and hit the Enter-key. This opens an elevated command prompt.Type powershell.Run the command get-WindowsUpdateLog -verbose.The Event Trace Log files are parsed which takes a moment. The time it takes depends largely on the number and size of log files in the logs directory.A WindowsUpdate.log file is created on the desktop by the process. It may take up several Megabytes of space. You may load it once the process finishes in any text editor. I suggest you use a third-party editor such as NotePad++ for that and not the default Notepad application.While you may go through the log line by line, you may speed things up doing one of the following things:Since the log file is ordered chronologically, you may jump to the date and time you experienced the issues.The second option that you have is to hit F3 to open the search box and search for “error”. This jumps to log entries marked as such. This should provide you with information on why an update failed on the device.While it may take a while to go through the Windows Update log, it may be one of the best ways to find out why an update failed on a device.Now You: What do you do when an update fails or causes issues?SummaryArticle NameQuickly analyze Windows Update errorsDescriptionFind out how to quickly check the Windows Update log for update related issues or errors without using the Event Viewer or third-party tools.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Andy Cohen on poppers bottoms and why hes open about sex

first_imgAndy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live | Photo: Bravo Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I talk about poppers and about bottoms on my show,’ he adds in a new interview. ‘That’s the thing, I’m really open about who I am and am unapologetic, so I think there’s something freeing in that…’He furthermore adds in his new cover feature with Attitude: ‘I was always out in my career so there was a freedom to that, and I’ve always been outspoken, and gay people say they connect with that and it makes me happy, too.’‘I came out in 1988’Moreover, the chat show king, 50, explains things haven’t always been this way – admitting 30 years ago, he was ‘scared’ of sex. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) What it’s really like to run a clothing-optional gay resort in Palm SpringsLove, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale talks coming out on setGay men, stop hot-shaming me for going to the gymRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘I came out in 1988, at the height of the [AIDS] epidemic,’ he says. ‘I was so scared to have sex. And it’s why I’m alive today, because I was really scared.’He also added: ‘It was a scary time to be gay, it was a scary time to be sexual… It’s always kind of there in one way or another. It’s not something you can erase from your experience.’Cher is another star appearing on this month’s cover of the magazine. In the accompanying interview, the Believe singer admits she still hasn’t seen her new movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.Attitude magazine is available in print and digital now.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Andy Cohen has talked about his open and ‘unapologetic’ attitude to life and sex, admitting: ‘I’m pretty uncensored.’ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more