Exercise Caution in Flooding Cleanup


first_img After the water recedes, homeowners are encouraged to check on-site septic systems and contact the local environment office if it is not working. Homeowners should also ensure oil tanks are secure. Anyone in need of financial assistance to meet basic needs can apply for income assistance by contacting the local Community Services office. Requests are assessed on an individual basis to determine need. If a person is not eligible, staff can advise of other community supports that may help. Mr. Landry applauded the efforts of local responders. “I want to commend all of the municipal and provincial support staff, as well as the emergency first responders, for their professional and compassionate handling of this event. They planned well and were prepared,” he said. In the coming days, information on the extent of the damages caused by the storm will be gathered. For more details on flood clean up and safety, visit http://emo.gov.ns.ca . The province is urging residents to make safety the priority as waters recede, roads are repaired, bridges inspected and clean-up efforts continue today, Sept. 11, in Colchester County. “Monday was a tough day for Truro residents. I saw that for myself,” said Ross Landry, Minister for Emergency Management. “As the premier said this morning, the province will meet soon with municipal officials and experts to develop an action plan that addresses the growing issue of flooding in central Nova Scotia.” There have been no new reports today of flooding in the Truro area, and many roads reopening. Residents are advised to check road conditions before travelling. “Please be careful today and continue to help each other as everyone works to clean up properties and communities,” said Mr. Landry. All provincial beaches, day-use and camping parks will reopen by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, with two exceptions. The Shubenacadie wildlife Park will reopen at its regular 9 a.m. time, and McNabs Island Provincial Park will be inspected by Department of Natural Resources staff. Updates will be provided at www.novascotiaparks.ca . EMO is reminding homeowners and residents: To contact insurance agents as soon as possible if there has been damage. Make a list and photograph or videotape all damages and items that had to be discarded Keep a record of flood-related activity, such as time spent cleaning, and keep copies of all invoices and receipts Do not use flooded appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker panels until they have been checked by local utilities. Arrange for qualified workers to reconnect gas, pump or electrical supplies Leave and contact the gas company immediately if there is a smell of gas Rinse away contamination inside the home and dispose of the rinse water Clean and dry out the house and salvageable possessions as quickly as possible Household items contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations Some food that has come into contact with flood water must be discarded. Canned food can be cleaned. First, remove labels, then clean cans using a mixture of one tablespoon of bleach to one litre of water. Then label clean cans with a marker. Throw out any cans that are bulging, damaged or opened. Homeowners with private wells for drinking water should test the supply and not drink the water until they are certain it is safe to drink. Test kits are available at the Department of Environment district offices. The department is working with municipalities to have test kits available at municipal offices.last_img read more

Louisbourg Comes to Government House


first_imgPeople will have a chance to listen to unique insights about the Fortress of Louisbourg at the next event at Government House in Halifax, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. A.J.B. Johnston, author and former Parks Canada historian at the Fortress of Louisbourg, will share his knowledge of the fortress and insights into the people and events that helped shape the history of Nova Scotia. Mr. Johnston’s presentation, Louisbourg and the Twists of Time, is part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Evenings at Government House free public event series, which celebrates civic and cultural excellence in the province. “As North America’s largest historic reconstruction project, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a treasure trove for anyone with an interest in history,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “I invite everyone to join Mrs. Grant and me for this fascinating evening at Government House.” Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca or call 424-7001 for more information.last_img read more

Boston Tree Marks Halifax Explosions 100th Anniversary


first_imgIn the 100th anniversary year of the Halifax Explosion, Nova Scotia’s annual Christmas tree gift to Boston is coming from Cape Breton. The tree is given as part of the annual thank you to Boston for the help the city sent Nova Scotia after the 1917 devastation of north-end Halifax. Bob and Marion Campbell and their family from Blues Mills in Inverness Co., are this year’s tree donors. “This annual tradition represents our ongoing gratitude to Boston for their assistance in our time of great need, a century ago,” said Margaret Miller, Minister of Natural Resources. “I thank the Campbell family for their generous donation of their beautiful tree which will become our provincial Christmas gift to Boston in this special anniversary year.” The 16-metre (53 feet) white spruce will be celebrated at a public cutting ceremony beginning at the Campbell’s property at 10:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This is the first private donation of a Boston tree from Cape Breton. Last year’s tree was taken from Crown land in the same county. In 1917, Boston sent medical personnel and supplies when nearly 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more left injured and homeless by the historic Halifax Explosion. “This tree represents something very special to our province and its relationship with Boston,” said Mr. Campbell. “We have been blessed to have a tree worthy of donation in recognition of the speedy and compassionate response by the people of Boston to the Halifax explosion. “Our family is thrilled to be part of the Nova Scotia tradition of honouring Boston’s relief efforts especially on the 100th anniversary of this tragic event.” Several hundred school children will attend the tree-cutting ceremony from the Whycocomagh Education Centre, the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School, and the Inverness Education Centre. The minister will be joined by Chief Rod Googoo and Tiny Cremo of Waycobah First Nation, television meteorologist Cindy Day and Santa Claus. There will be a performance of traditional Mi’kmaw drumming by We’koqma’qewiskwa, a drum group from the Waycobah First Nation. Cape Breton fiddler Kyle MacDonald will also perform. After the ceremony, the tree will be trucked to Halifax. At the Grand Parade, 1790 Argyle St., at Halifax City Hall, there will be a final public farewell at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The province will then transport the tree 1,117 kilometres to Boston. For more information and important dates regarding the Tree for Boston, visit www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston . and follow Tree for Boston on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

BJP urges Baijal to intervene as AAP govt stops funding to 28


first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta urged Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to direct the AAP government to withdraw its directive to stop the funding of 28 DU colleges, fully or partly funded by it. Gupta, leader of opposition in the Delhi assembly, met Baijal along with a delegation of National Democratic Teachers Front (NDTF).The delegation submitted a memorandum to the LG requesting him to direct deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to withdraw his letter dated April 16 to the Secretary, Higher Education stating that no funds should be given to the 28 colleges till they form their governing bodies. Gupta claimed that the LG assured them that he would take up the matter with the Delhi government to resolve the impasse at the earliest. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarFollowing Sisodia’s letter to the Delhi University vice-chancellor, on 23 April, the varsity wrote to the Directorate of Higher Education asking it to finalise the names to be nominated for the governing bodies of the colleges. Responding to the letter, Sisodia said the university should have sent at least 400 names to the panel instead of just 188. He also asked whether the names were cleared by the varsity’s executive council and advised that the term of the existing governing bodies be extended. A total of 12 colleges of the varsity including the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College and the Maharaja Agrasen College are fully-funded by the Delhi government. On Thursday, a DU official said that the Delhi government has to first shortlist the names and send them back to the varsity which will then be vetted by the University’s EC.last_img read more

4 Indian crew of Iran oil tanker freed on bail without charge


first_imgLondon: Four Indian nationals arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into an Iranian oil supertanker seized off the Spanish coast last week have been freed on bail without charge, the Royal Gibraltar Police said on Saturday. The local force for Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, said the investigation was going on and the oil tanker Grace 1 remains in detention. “All four crew members of the Grace 1 arrested by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP)have been bailed without charge,” an RGP spokesperson said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”The investigation is still ongoing and the Grace 1 continues detained under the provisions of the Sanctions Regulations 2019 which are born out of the Sanctions Act 2019,” the spokesperson said. The Master, or captain, and the Chief Officer of the vessel were arrested on Thursday and two Second Officers were arrested on Friday as a consequence of the investigation into the suspected breach of European Union (EU) sanctions on Syria. All four Indian nationals have now been granted “police bail with conditions”. The local police had earlier said that the crew members had been granted full legal assistance, telephone contact with their families and access to their consular authorities.last_img read more

BC government says demand safety behind longawaited riding hailing plan


first_imgVICTORIA — Ride-hailing companies could begin operations in British Columbia by next fall under legislation introduced today.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says the government’s bill strikes a balance between meeting consumer demand and protecting public safety.Among other things, the bill would give the Passenger Transportation Board the power to accept applications and set terms and conditions for licences covering taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.It would also set rates and determine the number and coverage areas of the services.The legislation would see the creation of a legislative committee to review and make changes to the system as well.Green Leader Andrew Weaver says the NDP’s bill is a step forward, but he questions why the government has chosen to require driver training and class five licences rather than class four, which he says have been used successfully in Quebec.Trevena says the experience of other jurisdictions has been used to develop British Columbia’s legislation, which is aimed at preventing gridlock, maintaining ridership on public transit, and reducing accidents caused by unsafe or inexperienced drivers.Vancouver is one of the few major cities in Canada that does not permit ride-hailing.The New Democrats, Liberals and Greens promised to bringing in ride-hailing during the 2017 provincial election campaign.An all-party committee of the legislature made 32 recommendations last February to help pave the way for ride-hailing.The report highlighted five key areas that needed to be considered when establishing regulations for the industry including pricing, insurance, licensing, and public safety. The committee also recommended updating legislation that regulates the taxi industry to “allow for equitable and fair competition.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ramadan Group Calls on Tourists not to wear Bikinis on Moroccos


Rabat – On the third day of Ramadan, a group of young Moroccan surfers launched a campaign with a view to prevent foreign tourists on a beach in Agadir from wearing bikinis during the holy month of Ramadan.The group displayed big posters on the beach that read “Respect Ramadan, no bikinis.”“It seems that a number of Moroccans do not appreciate that that there is a separation between their personal life and the lives or choices or others,” a local resident who works in the tourism sector told MWN on the condition of anonymity. “It should remain so, especially when it comes to tourists who visit Morocco and contribute to the economy of the country,” he added.“This kind of initiative might discourage those tourists willing to visit Morocco from booking their flights, further deepening the crisis in the Moroccan tourism industry,” he concluded.In an interview with the Moroccan weekly magazine Finance News on June 11, the Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad said that the tourism sector is facing one of its most serious crises in two decades due to the political instability affecting North Africa and the Middle East. read more

Religious dialogue needed to promote mutual understanding – Ban


Faith communities have a crucial role to play in fostering mutual understanding and in promoting consensus on common values and aspirations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message addressed to the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid.“There have been few periods in history when the need for dialogue among world religions has been greater,” Mr. Ban said in the message to mark the three-day event in the Spanish capital, which is bringing together more than 200 religious leaders, politicians, academics and others from around the world.While many conflicts appear to be rooted in religion, Mr. Ban said, they often have their origins in political rivalries, territorial ambitions or competition for natural resources.“This unique gathering of religious leaders can help debunk the dangerous myth that religion, even when properly understood, inspires violence,” he said.The Secretary-General called for action in three areas.“First, we should reach out to young people, particularly those who feel alienated and powerless, and who, having lost faith in the future, are often vulnerable to extremist ideologies,” he said.Secondly, Mr. Ban said that the role of religious leaders as peacebuilders had to be reinforced.“From Indonesia to Sierra Leone, from Nigeria to El Salvador, from Kosovo to Sudan, religious leaders have played and continue to play a prominent role in helping to initiate dialogue between warring parties, in providing emotional and spiritual support to communities affected by conflict, and in facilitating the process of reconciliation,” he stressed.Finally, he called for the creation of platforms for engaging religious leaders at the international level, citing the example of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, which, with several UN agencies, is promoting partnership and frank discussion of cross-cultural concerns. 16 July 2008Faith communities have a crucial role to play in fostering mutual understanding and in promoting consensus on common values and aspirations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message addressed to the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid. read more

Afghanistan Brahimi heads to Kabul for meetings with political leaders


In Kabul, Mr. Brahimi is expected to hold talks with Burhanuddin Rabbani, Mohammad Yunus Qanooni and Abdullah Abdullah, according to spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva. “He also hopes to meet with Hamid Karzai, designated head of the interim administration,” the spokesman told reporters in New York.The UN envoy arrived in Islamabad today following a meeting on Sunday in Rome with the former Afghan King, Mohammed Zaher Shah, and the Italian Foreign Minister, Renato Ruggiero.”During his meeting with the former King, Mr. Brahimi discussed the transfer of power – which according to the Bonn agreement is due to take place on 22 December 2001 – the convening of an emergency Loya Jirga and his visit to Kabul,” said Mr. de Almeida e Silva. While in Rome, Mr. Brahimi told the press that the King was “satisfied” with the Bonn agreement. “I think he and us, and I believe the rest of the world, are looking forward to how this is going to be translated on the ground,” he said. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General, in a report on the situation in Afghanistan released today, said the events of 11 September had made it easier to realize international objectives for Afghanistan. “The international community’s renewed focus on Afghanistan after years of neglect, and the realization that a military campaign to root out terrorism from Afghanistan required a simultaneous political process leading to the formation of a legitimate Afghan government, offer renewed hope to the Afghan people that they may at last get the kind of government to which they have long aspired.” “The challenge that faces us now is to speed up the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Afghans, to help chart a path that will lead to a stable and unified Afghanistan and rebuild a country shattered by over two decades of war,” the report states. read more

Woman who helped peer compile the Animal Welfare Act admits string of


A woman who helped a peer compile the Animal Welfare Act has admitted a string of cruelty charges involving horses, tropical birds and rabbits.Sara Ross, who was assistant to Lord Houghton when he piloted the protection Bill through the Commons, ill-treated animals at a sanctuary she ran in Buckinghamshire.Some of her staff were so appalled by the condition of the animals that they blew the  whistle on her and called in the RSPCA.On Friday 54-year-old Ross appeared before a District Judge and reversed her earlier “not guilty” stance and admitted more than a dozen charges involving abuse and neglect.A co-defendant and former assistant, Hayley Poturici, aged 25 years, accepted a caution from the RSPCA and no evidence was offered against her.After leaving the House of Lords following the death of Lord Houghton of Sowerby, Ross set up her own animal sanctuaries and charity shelters before the mistreatment, including failing to provide shelter and adequate protection, was exposedAmong the list of animals that were neglected were six horses, seven dogs, four cats, four rabbits and nine topical birds ranging from Cockatoos to Macaws.The sentencing of Ross, from Lake End Road, Dorney, Bucks., will take place on Wednesday (June 27). 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

Trafo transforming mobile process plant operations at Sierra Leone mine


first_imgTrafo Power Solutions says four of its dry-type transformers have been proving their worth on a mobile process plant at a Sierra Leone mine since last year.The dry-type transformers have been so successful in powering the process plant that the customer has ordered six more for its recent phase two upgrade.Trafo Power Solutions Managing Director, David Claassen, said: “The mine required a solution that would withstand the demanding conditions of a mobile process plant needing to be moved frequently over rugged mining terrain – as often as once a month. They could not risk using a conventional oil-cooled transformer as they needed to avoid any risk of fire or oil leaks. They also needed a product that would require little to no maintenance.”The second contract was a repeat of the initial order and comprises two 800 kVA units, one 1,600 kVA unit and one 2,000 kVA unit as well as a further two transformers – 1,600 kVA and 800 kVA – which will replace two existing oil filled transformers.The company said: “Demonstrating its flexibility in meeting specific customer requirements, Trafo Power Solutions designed the solution to cater for the mine’s unusual voltage levels of 13.2 kV/480 V at 60 Hz.”The transformers are installed in a 6-m-long E-house on the mobile process plant, which is moved around the site on skids as required by the mining plan.“We were able to customise the design of the transformers for the customer’s specific application,” Claassen said.“This required a special reinforced frame to accommodate the constant vibration of the working plant, as well as the bumping motion when the skid-mounted plant is dragged to a new location. The design also included anti-vibration damping on the transformer feet, to further mitigate the impact of the vibration.”The entry of Trafo Power Solutions dry-type transformers to the African market coincides with a growth in the use of modularised sub-stations, according to the company. “Due to the absence of oil as a coolant in dry-type transformers, they are suitable to be used in confined spaces without any of the conventional infrastructure usually necessary to protect the environment from possible oil spillage,” Trafo said.Claassen said: “Modular and mobile sub-stations are growing in popularity for applications all around Africa, as they can be fully prepared under workshop conditions, reducing the work required on site.“In terms of the installation of the transformer, for instance, we ensure that the temperature control relays are fully programmed and tested in South Africa, along with the fan system – making it ready for action on site.”In the unlikely event of any further attention being necessary, Trafo Power Solutions can mobilise service support to any of the sites it supplies, it said.last_img read more

BAI Presenters medical cards for Africans monologue lacking in impartiality or objectivity


first_imgA COMPLAINT BY a listener over an on-air monologue by Cork radio presenter Neil Prendeville has been partially upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.In his regular weekday programme on Cork’s 96FM in May, Prendeville read out a long pre-prepared statement on the state of the country, covering everything from cronyism in politics to the public service and its staffing and cuts in social welfare.It included the following passage:“We provide medical cards to Africans while Irish children go sick because their working parents can’t afford a doctor’s visit or prescription.“We provide social welfare to former Russians and children’s allowance to kids living in eastern Europe.”A complaint submitted to the BAI contended that the lengthy speech included “vile accusations, laced with prejudice and with no veracity in reality whatsoever”.The listener also contended that the presenter “puts non-Irish members of society at risk by associating them with what has taken place in this country over the previous five years”.The complaint continued: “This is nothing more than a racist accusation which belies the reality of the situation”.In a ruling today, the BAI’s Compliance Committee found that the pre-prepared statement by Prendeville “was evidently lacking in impartiality or objectivity and was not counterbalanced by an alternative perspective on the presenter’s statement”.The second part of the complaint, contending that the remarks would support discrimination, was not upheld, with the BAI stating:While the presenter’s remarks about non-Irish members of society may have offended some listeners, the Committee did not agree that they would support or condone discrimination contrary to the requirement of the Code of Programme Standards in the manner suggested by the complainant.The authority also found that the complaint hadn’t been handled properly by the radio station, as it wasn’t dealt with according to their established Code of Practice, even though it was sent to the correct email address for complaints. Cork’s 96fm will have to air the BAI’s decision on the complaint in the coming days.A spokesperson for the authority told TheJournal.ie that it was standard in such cases to broadcast the finding of the complaints committee at around the same time of day as the airing of the initial content.Prendeville presents the high-profile 9am – midday weekday slot on the Cork station.The presenter made national headlines three years ago after complaints that he had exposed himself on an Aer Lingus flight.Read: No charges brought against Cork DJ Neil Prendeville >last_img read more

Roy Keane on shortlist of five to 10 candidates for managers job


first_imgWatch the video interview here But Peter Lawwell said this morning that Keane is just one of a number of potential new managers the Scottish champions are looking at.“We are looking at a number of exceptional candidates and we’re going through a process. Hopefully it won’t take too long but I’m sure you’ll understnad there’s not too much more we can say,” he told STVsport. “Clearly we want to do it as soon as we possibly can but these things you can’t put a time on it you ust have to do your work properly and hopefully we’ll get it done as soon as we can. Source: Jeff Holmes“As soon as we do that we will let our supporters know. You don’t want to get it wrong by going too fast, you need to take your time and make sure you get the right guy.”Asked what makes Keane an ideal candidate, Lawwell said: “Well Roy’s played here, he’s a Celtic supporter, he’s a first-class guy like the others, there’s a lot of great candidates and we’ll just wait and see.”Ireland forward Andy Keogh signs for Glory in A-LeagueO’Neill denies Keane was being nudged towards Ireland exit as Celtic consider swoop ROY KEANE IS on a shortlist of up to 10 candidates for the Celtic job, according to the club’s chief executive.Roy Keane was thought to be on the brink of leaving his position as Ireland assistant manager to succeed Neil Lennon.Martin O’Neill took yesterday’s Lansdowne Road press conference in Keane’s place when bookies made the Corkman the favourite for the Parkhead job.The Ireland manager admitted that Dermot Desmond had contacted him to enquire about Keane’s availability.last_img read more

Hopes of finding anyone alive dwindle in mudstricken town


first_imgMONTECITO, Calif. — More than two full days after mudslides ravaged this coastal town, the search for the missing became an increasingly desperate exercise Thursday, with growing doubts about whether anyone would be found alive. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight others were unaccounted for.“They’re not going to find survivors anymore. They’re going to find bodies in the mud,” said David Weinert, who feared two of his neighbors were among the dead and turned out to be right in at least one case. “It’s emotional for me to say this, but I think they’re gone.”The air smelled of sewage and ash as more than a dozen firefighters climbed through rubble in the backyard of a mansion that had been ripped in half. Some rescuers used poles to probe the muck for bodies, while others waded chest-deep in the mire. Two search dogs swam around, trying to pick up any scent.“At this moment we are still looking for live victims,” said Santa Barbara fire Capt. Gary Pitney. But he confessed: “The likelihood is increasing that we’ll be finding bodies, not survivors. You have to start accepting the reality of that.”He noted that one survivor pulled from the muck earlier in the week was suffering from hypothermia after just an hour.Crews marked places where bodies were found, often far away from a home, and used that information to guess where other victims might have ended up as the surging mud carried or buried them.last_img read more

Germany unhappy with Ozil


first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low is understood to be unhappy with Mesut Ozil’s work-rate during their training sessions as they prepare for the defence of their World Cup, reports FazThe playmaker is expected to play a prominent role for Germany in this summer’s World Cup in Russia and will likely play for the national side in Saturday’s friendly against Austria after missing Arsenal’s final Premier League games this season due to a back injury.But reports in Germany have emerged that Low is feeling frustrated with Ozil’s lack of application at the team’s training ground in South Tyrol.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We expect him to challenge himself in training to build up his resilience. Mesut is always receiving treatment,” said assistant coach Bernd Schneider.Ozil was heavily criticised for his lacklustre performance in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and provoked further frustration among the club supporter’s after missing Arsene Wenger’s final games in charge.The 29-year-old signed a new deal with the Gunners back in January for a reported £350,000 per week salary.last_img read more

Most commented stories on Columbiancom last week


first_imgReaders weighed in with thoughts on employers using the E-verify program to eliminate doubts about their workforces’ eligibility.Bill and Peggy Zimmerman, who are considering the E-verify program for their farm, discussed some of its challenges:“One of the big problems with E-Verify is the “false positives” you can get. If you actually deny work because of the result of E-Verify to someone who is legal, you are then open for a lawsuit for discrimination. Employers can find themselves between a rock and a hard place.”James Edmondson examined how E-verify could play a part in immigration reform:“To say, “…E-Verify would eliminate 70 percent of the state’s agriculture workforce…” is to admit the failure of our current immigration system. Rather than institutionalize that failure or crate a path to incentivize new illegal immigration, we need to let the market adjust wages to current pressures and then we can re-evaluate our immigration needs. We need to slow all immigration until we establish a baseline and only then can we intelligently reform immigration.”Note to readers: Columbian staff have been posting the most read stories on Columbian.com each week since July. We’ve noticed, however, that the stories that received the most traffic don’t necessarily reflect the most important issues to our community of readers.last_img read more

People on the Move


first_img Jennifer Prandato recently joined the team as a freelance iPad/iPhone/print designer. She was previously a design intern at The Boston Globe and worked as a graphics reporter for the Chicago Tribune during the Olympics. Group editor Clare McHugh has added Sunset and This Old House to her existing portfolio of Health and All You. Carrie Gee recently started as a senior art director and will help shape upcoming redesign efforts. She was most recently the design director of AdWeek. Timothy Clark joins as a full-time contributor. He had served as editor-in-chief, publisher and president of Government Executive previously, and will continue in his role as editor-at-large at the publication while contributing to Route Fifty. Time added a few new additions and promotions to their art department: Eric Markowitz joins as senior writer for the technology team. He will cover the deep web, the sharing economy and the issues surrounding the intersection of technology and society. Brad Dunn was named SVP, chief digital officer for Athlon Media Group/Parade. Dunn had been executive editor of Parade when it was owned by Advance Publications, and had been serving as a consultant for Athlon since the group was purchased from Advance in September. IBT Media announced additions to its’ newsroom: The Competitor Group announced new senior leadership: Chelsea Kardokus has been promoted to assistant art director. She came to Time in 2013 and has since art directed the Smart Home special issue, 2015 Future Issue and is in the midst of this year’s TIME100. Owen Davis joins the business team as a financial writer covering Wall Street and its connections to everyday financial concerns such as retirement planning. Mashable has hired two reporters for new beats at the company: Atlantic Media’s new local government publication, Route Fifty, has hired three editorial staffers ahead of its spring launch:center_img David Yi was named Fashion Reporter. He’d worked as a regular contributor to GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Fashionista, and had been a writer at WWD. Josh Furlow was named president, overseeing all of CGI’s global business. Furlow was previously the executive VP of events and he joined the CGI team back in 2011 as VP of operations. Bill Lucia was hired as a reporter. Lucia had been with the Inside U.S. Trade newsletter. Miriam Kramer was named Space Reporter. She’d been a staff writer at Space.com previously. Wendy Godoy joined the executive team as CAO and CFO. She previously served as senior VP and CFO of Terramar Retail Centers and has more than 30 years of financial management experience. Sid Evans will deepen his involvement with the day-to-day operations at Coastal Living, working closely with Marcoux in her new role. Steele Marcoux is the new editor of Coastal Living. She will be focused on expanding the brand across digital, social and video platforms as well as leveraging the power of the brand’s audience. Dave Nyzcepir was named news editor. He had most recently been writing for the Desert Sun newspaper. Allison Duda was promoted to associate art director. She has been at Time since 2012, and started as an art department intern several years earlier. Time Inc. announced that Coastal Living’s Editor-in-Chief Antonia van der Meer is leaving to pursue new opportunities. Several new staff changes accompany her departure: Cole Stangler joins the business team as staff writer. He will cover labor and the workplace, focusing on the nature of the changing workplace.last_img read more

Celia Cruz Bob Marley Billie Holiday MostAnticipated Music Biopic Poll


first_img Facebook Vote: Which Music Biopic Would You Watch? celia-cruz-bob-marley-billie-holiday-most-anticipated-music-biopic-poll From Queen to Curtis Mayfield to Judy Garland, which music biopic would you be most excited to watch?Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 8, 2018 – 8:39 am For the music lover, a great biopic can show the life and career of an artist beyond what can be heard on the record. With some heavy-hitting legends slated to get the biopic treatment soon, music fans and film fans alike have much to look forward to…Polls Which legendary artist’s biopic would you be most excited to watch? Choices Celia Cruz, Bob Marley & Billie Holiday: Most-Anticipated Music Biopic | Poll Celia Cruz Twitter The music biopic has become an art form all its own, requiring the perfect combination of the actor nailing the portrayal of the artist and the director ensuring the setting of era and scene transport the viewer – it’s a tough task, no doubt. With several recent successful music biopics, such as last year’s N.W.A tale Straight Outta Compton or this year’s Christian group MercyMe film I Can Only Imagine, the stage is set for the next round of great music biographical films.Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek has a lot of steam behind it, with the movie’s trailer premiering earlier this month. The film focuses on the life of iconic Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, and Malek’s portrayal – if the trailer is any indication – is chillingly accurate. The film is set to hit theatres Nov. 2.Back in October of 2017, news surfaced of a biopic on GRAMMY winner Judy Garland featuring actress Renée Zellweger in the leading role. Earlier this year, fans got a sneak peek at Zellweger in character, generating even more buzz for the project. The film, titled Judy, is yet to see an official release date.Earlier this week, rumors of Andra Day possibly playing Billie Holiday in a new film devoted to the legendary jazz singer’s life and career began stirring. Day, a GRAMMY nominee, seems like the perfect fit to capture Holliday’s old soul and staggering talent. With Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (“Empire”) at the helm, the project seems to be in real motion.Few musical icons loom as large as the great Bob Marley. Now, Marley’s son Ziggy is working with Paramount Pictures to bring his story to the big screen. While the project is still in the early stages with no writer, director or producers attached, Marley’s name has become synonymous with the reggae genre and is beyond deserving of a cinematic telling.Last month, the film company Endemol Shine North America optioned Celia Cruz’ 2005 autobiography for a potential television series with producer/director Kenny Ortega on board. The resulting film would show the Cuban singer, known as The Queen of Salsa, in a whole new light.GRAMMY-winning legend Lionel Richie acquired rights to the life story of soul-singing legend Curtis Mayfield back in October of 2017, and a definitive biopic is in the works. With Mayfield’s widow behind the telling of his story, and Richie primed to work with his family to create an accurate and celebratory depiction, this could be one of the best music biopics yet.With so much of music and cultural history wrapped in the stories of these artists – from rock to reggae, salsa to soul – which story would you most like to see come to life on the silver screen?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Other center_img Bob Marley Judy Garland News Curtis Mayfield Email Billie Holiday Queen last_img read more

Rare earths and trade war Trump exposes Achilles heel in raging tariff


first_imgA piece of bastnasite ore, which contains rare earth elements, is shown Photo: REUTERSIf there’s one commodity that can puncture the wheels of Donald Trump’s trade war juggernaut, it’s the rare earths over which China has a brutal monopoly. Interestingly, Trump has exposed his Achilles heel even as he rolled out additional tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion.The United States did not include rare earth elements in the latest list of goods imported from China that will bear additional levies, according to Reuters.The agency reported that rare earth metals and their compounds were included in a tariff list prepared by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in July. However, they were omitted from the final list published on Monday.It’s not clear if China would use its rare earths monopoly as a bargaining chip with the US as the trade war worsens. Historically, China’s rare earth policy has been a matter of concern for industrialised nations like Japan and the US, as well as for the European Union countries.It remains to be seen if the Chinese would retaliate and use rare earths as a strategic lever, Dylan Kelly, a resources analyst at brokerage CLSA in Sydney, told Reuters. “… obviously that’s where a lot of investors have focused their attention,” he said. China’s President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working session on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty ImagesChina controls more than 90 percent of the world’s rare earth market, making advanced industrialized nations heavily dependent on it for the supply of these essential minerals. Technically viable alternatives to rare earth materials are currently not known. The US has rare earths reserves of more than a million tonnes but mining in the country has virtually stopped over the years over environmental and regulatory issues.Rare earths are indispensable for high-tech industries and are heavily in demand in defence systems, electric cars, wind generators, hard-disk drives, mobile communication, missile guidance and the like. The 17 rare earth elements are lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, scandium and yttrium.The US has been mindful of its vulnerability on the rare earths front. The government last month banned the purchase of rare earth magnets from China for military and defence purposes. The move stemmed from the forethought that any Chinese retaliation on trade front could compromise the US defence interests.last_img read more

Lightning kills woman in Sunamganj


first_imgLightning strikeA female farmer was killed after being hit by a thunderbolt at a haor in Purangaon village of Bishwambharpur upazila, Sunamganj on Tuesday morning.The deceased was identified as Shahara Banu, wife of late Hazrat Ali of the village in Dakhshin Badaghat union, reports UNB.Family sources said the thunderbolt hit Shahara while she went to the haor for bringing cattle, leaving her dead on the spot.Meanwhile, three people were injured in another incident of lightning at Hatamar village in Fenarbak union of Jamalganj upazila in the morning.last_img read more