Transportation of Liquor Addressed in Legislation


first_img Responsible drivers in Nova Scotia will not be prosecuted forhaving unopened liquor in any area of a motor vehicle. The change is the result of amendments to the Liquor Control Actintroduced today, April 19, by Ernest Fage, Minister responsiblefor the Liquor Control Act. “We wanted to clarify this piece of legislation to ensure thatthe real issue is addressed, and that is the issue of havingopened liquor in the passenger compartment of a vehicle,” saidMr. Fage. “Sealed, unopened liquor is allowed in any area of avehicle.” As a result of the changes, previously opened liquor, which hasbeen recapped or recorked, may be transported in the trunk oranother part of a vehicle designed for carrying baggage or goods;behind the rear seat of vehicles that do not have a trunk (suchas vans, hatch-backs); or in an exterior compartment, such as thebed of a truck. Further, liquor may be transported under alicence or permit that is issued under the act. The changes also outline how liquor is to be transported on amotorcycle, off-highway vehicle and other recreational vehicles.Specifically, the Act will now allow previously opened liquor tobe transported in a baggage compartment or otherwise inaccessiblearea. The opened liquor cannot be readily accessible to the driver orpassengers. Cases where liquor is open — the cap or cork is removed — in amotor vehicle will continue to be prosecuted. Additional changes to the Act include permitting thetransportation of liquor to any location where a person ispermitted to have or consume liquor. Previously, liquor couldonly be transported to a place of residence. N.S. LIQUOR CORP.–Transportation of Liquor Addressed inLegislationlast_img read more

Uflex staff shot dead by 2 bikeborne assailants


first_imgNoida: An 28-year-old employee of Uflex company in Sector 60 of Noida was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants outside his office on Monday early morning.Cops ruled out the possibility of a robbery attempt and are investigating covering a love angle or property dispute to be a reason behind the crime. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Imran Ahmed, a native of Mawana area in Meerut district. “He was killed around 8 am outside Uflex Company where he worked as a project supervisor,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPeeyush Kumar, Circle Officer-II in Noida said that around 8 am he was going to his home after completing his night shift. “Imran was attacked by two bike-borne assailants outside his office campus. The accused persons opened indiscriminate firing on him and he received bullet injuries in his neck. Police received the information through a PCR call and upon reaching the spot the victim was rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said Kumar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice have ruled out the possibility of a robbery attempt. “Police have got the deceased’s mobile phone and wallet which indicates that it is not a case of robbery. The victim was unmarried and police are investigating the matter covering all possible angles. So far we have not received any inputs about any dispute at work which could have led to the incident.” “However, Preliminary investigations pointed towards a love scene or property dispute to be reason behind the crime. We are further investigating the case and are expecting to make a breakthrough soon,” added Kumar. Meanwhile police have lodged a case under the section of 302 (punishment for murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at sector 58 police station of Noida against two unidentified persons. “Police are trying to trace the culprits by checking the cctv footage of the Uflex company and nearby area. We are also contacting the family of deceased to get some more leads into the case,” the officer further said.last_img read more

Haryana says Delhi HC has no jurisdiction over water sharing row with


first_imgNew Delhi: The Haryana government has claimed that the Delhi High Court does not have the jurisdiction to decide on its dispute with Delhi over sharing of the water from river Yamuna. Haryana has contended that the Upper River Yamuna Board (URYB) is the appropriate body to decide the water sharing dispute between the two states and has urged the high court to decide the jurisdiction issue on “priority” basis. It has also contended that the high court “has failed in its duty to decide the issue of jurisdiction before proceeding further in the matter”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The submissions by the state were made in an affidavit filed in a PIL by lawyer S B Tripathi seeking sufficient water supply for Delhi. In its reply filed before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar, the state of Haryana has also objected to the findings of a court appointed committee which was set up to inspect whether ‘bunds’ have been put in the canals carrying water meant for Delhi. The state government has urged the court to reject the committee’s report which found that large scale mining was going on in the river bed of Yamuna and the Haryana government had not disclosed any information regarding the activity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The committee had also said that the mining activity was not obstructing the flow of water, but was also causing environmental pollution. Haryana has contended that the report was filed after a single inspection and without consulting it. The high court had set up the committee on DJB’s application claiming that bunds had been built in canals supplying water to Delhi and this was affecting the water requirements of the national capital. Apart from the committee’s report, the neighbouring state has also opposed the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) applications raising apprehensions of water shortage in the national capital during the lean season. Haryana has claimed that the flow of water in Yamuna was excellent throughout the lean season which ended on June 30. Moreover, Delhi was receiving double or more of its raw water requirement and bunds had not impacted the water flow to the national capital, it added. Haryana also claimed that DJB was unnecessarily raising the apprehension of water shortage in the national capital and was using the PIL to get the water distribution issue decided by the high court when it does not have the jurisdiction to do so. The state government has also objected to DJB monitoring the flow of water in the river Yamuna. It has said that its Irrigation Department has “gauge systems” in place at various points in the river and accurate discharge data was being maintained.last_img read more

NB man dies after single wasp sting had no idea he was


first_imgFREDERICTON – A 43-year-old New Brunswick man has died after being stung by a wasp, although his family says he had not previously displayed signs of an allergy.Daniel Koch was looking under a table to locate a wasp’s nest at his property in Maple Grove, N.B., on Friday when a wasp flew out and stung him on the face.His father, Terry Koch, said Daniel collapsed within minutes.The family keeps bees on the property, so EpiPens were on site, but the reaction came on too quickly. Daniel died en route to the hospital after Terry administered an EpiPen and performed CPR.The coroner told the family that Daniel, a father of one, died from a “severe allergic reaction to a sting,” causing his air passages to close.Terry described him as a quiet, thoughtful man who put others’ needs before his own — he was looking for the wasp nest because his mother was stung earlier in the week.But Terry said his son was in good health, and despite being stung by a wasp as recently as last year, Daniel had never shown signs of a severe allergy to stings.“Actually, when the rest of us got a cold, we’d go to the doctor. When he got a cold, he’d fight it and he always won. I always thought his health was pretty good,” said Terry.Stories like Daniel’s are uncommon but not unheard of. In 2014, Lucie Roussel, the mayor of La Prairie, Que., died after being stung at least 15 times in the garden of her home, despite never being diagnosed with an allergy.Allergy specialists say it’s rare to have a fatal allergic reaction without previous symptoms, but it’s not uncommon to develop allergies at any stage of life.David Fischer, president of Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, said about one per cent of the population is at risk of an allergic reaction to insect stings.Cases like Koch’s are rare, as many patients have experienced hives or other signs of an allergy before.“It is unusual to have the reaction the way it’s described … but certainly one per cent of the population could have a reaction to their next sting. The problem is you can’t really do any screening for that,” said Fischer.Allergies can appear at any age, but Fischer said most cases of fatal or near-fatal reactions to insect stings involve adults over 40, when people are more likely to be on heart medications like beta blockers, or have an underlying narrowing of the coronary artery.Dr. Donald Stark, an allergist and professor at the University of British Columbia, said the location of the sting can escalate the reaction. In Daniel Koch’s case, the wasp may have inserted the venom into an artery in his face, making him react more rapidly.There is an effective allergy desensitization treatment for reactions to insect stings, and Stark said the treatment can be 95 per cent effective.But there have been recent manufacturing problems for the treatment, making it difficult for patients to access.Stark said this shortage, combined with the current shortage of adult EpiPens in Canada, puts patients with severe insect allergies in a bind, especially during a month when wasps are particularly active.“It’s a double whammy because if you don’t have the desensitization we said ‘Well, you’d better carry an EpiPen so you know how to treat yourself,’ and now we’re having a hard time getting those as well,” said Stark.“It is a big problem, and I’ve certainly got a lot of anxious patients.”– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

Idle No Mores thunder heard through walls of Prime Ministers Office


first_img(Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and delegation of First Nations leaders. Photo/PMO handout)APTN National NewsWhile Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo sat in the meeting room of the high-security Langevin Block building flanked by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan and Treasury Board President Tony Clement he could hear the sounds of the Idle No More protest that had shut down the streets outside.Atleo, who attended the meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday despite heated pressure from Manitoba, Ontario and some Saskatchewan chiefs, said the sounds of the protests gave the meeting added weight.“Listening to the power voices of the Idle No More rally that was surrounding the Prime Minister’s Office, it added a sense of strength, that we are in a moment we can’t go back from,” said Atleo. “That our people will stand up for the land, the water, the air.”Atleo led a delegation of about 16 First Nations leaders to meet with the prime minister and several cabinet ministers.During the meeting, thousands of people marched down Ottawa’s Wellington Street which separates Parliament Hill from Langevin Block which houses the Prime Minister’s Office. Rallies also unfolded across the country, from Whitehorse to Halifax, Yellowknife to Winnipeg, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal to Fredericton, thousands of people rallied under the banner of Idle No More. Nova Scotia also saw a rail blockade by members of Millbrook First Nation.There were over 200 Idle No More related events around the world, from London, England, to Texas, to New Zealand.A massive round dance also framed the lawn of Parliament Hill at one point and the drums shook the air.“I am blown away, I am filled with pride, I am just standing here trying to take this in,” said Molly Peters, a Mi’kmaq Idle No More organizer from Nova Scotia, who was standing on the steps of Parliament Hill watching the round dance slowly turn on the lawn below.“I came for unity,” said Stacie Landon, from Neyaahiinigmiing First Nation in Ontario. “I am here for my children’s future.”Janice Trudeau, from unceded Wikwemikong First Nation, said she took the streets in Ottawa in solidarity with other Indigenous people.“I came in solidarity with other Anishinabe people to form a united front against Harper,” she saidAnd while the grassroots flooded the streets of Canada with round dances, songs and drums, fissures developed between First Nations chiefs over the meeting with the prime minister.A few hours before the meeting began, chiefs from Ontario and Manitoba stated they would not be participating and warned that they would be initiating economic disruptions on Jan. 16.“We can’t live in poverty anymore while Canadians live this great life,” said Grand Chief Gordon Peters of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. “We’ll stop it the only way we can stop it…Stop the roads, stop the rails, stop the transportation of goods.”Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, who marched Friday morning along with about 150 others, including Ontario and Saskatchewan chiefs to the door of the Langevin building, said Manitoba chiefs would be standing with the grassroots.“Across the tables in this room and across the street paper crosses hands and artificial laws are made to control us. We are saying no more,” said Nepinak as he stood at the gates to Parliament Hill and across the street from Langevin.Nepinak and Peters were among a number of chiefs who opposed the meeting. They wanted Governor Genernal David Johnston to appear along with the prime minister and the chiefs wanted it to be held in a larger venue. Many said they also supported Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who has been on a liquids-only fast since Dec. 11. Spence had said she’d end her protest if the governor general and the prime minister met with First Nations leaders.“It’s important for both of them to be there at the same time with all leaders, not just some,” Spence told reporters early Friday outside her Victoria Island compound where she’s spent most of her days in a teepee.Spence has said she’ll continue to abstain from solid foods.Yet, despite this opposition, Atleo led chiefs from the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan into the meeting with Harper.The AFN released a list of points they planned to discuss with the prime minister and Duncan, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Clement and senior bureaucrats.Atleo said the meeting lasted from about 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it was done with a tone of “respectful dialogue.”Atleo said he felt the chiefs who attended the meeting managed to convince Harper that he needed to personally take charge of the issues between Canada and First Nations.“The ability now to have direct prime ministerial engagement on matters of great concern for our people…including unilateral legislative development…We now have a forum…that we did not have before,” said Atleo, in an interview with APTN National News. “It is incumbent and the responsibility of the prime minister and the Crown to honour and implement the treaty relationship with First Nations. It will require a lot of work.”Atleo acknowledged that many of the chiefs from Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were against the meeting because they wanted to stand behind Spence.Spence is expected to continue her fast because the prime minister and the governor general did not appear together at the meeting.Atleo said he understands the chiefs’ position, but he has been pushing to meet Spence’s demands which appeared to shift.“On Dec. 31, on New Year’s Eve, we had a national conference call with 50 or 60 chiefs on the line and that if we were to secure a meeting with the prime minister and governor general, that Chief Theresa Spence would end her hunger strike,” said Atleo. “It turns out we all either didn’t understand or there was miscommunication. Twenty-four hours later, I had had chiefs saying we need to go sit with Chief Spence and she said she would continue until there was a meeting with the prime minister and the government general.”On the Conservative government’s side, Duncan said he felt the meeting was “constructive,” but he wouldn’t go into specifics about some of the demands the chiefs had like resource revenue sharing.However, he did say that although it was discussed, Bill C-45 and Bill C-38 would not be repealed as requested by many First Nations across the country.“We’re quite comfortable that we have met our constitutional obligations with those bills and we believe there is every reason to proceed,” said Duncan.The Prime Minister’s Office issued a release saying that Harper had a “good, frank dialogue with First Nations.”The prime minister says both sides did not agree on all matters, but First Nations brought “serious and important proposals to the table.”Harper says he will debrief his cabinet onFriday’s meeting and committed to meeting with National Chief Shawn Atleo in the coming weeks to “review next steps.”The Prime Minister was initially going to attend only at the beginning and end but took part in the entire meeting, which went two hours longer than planned.Serpent River Chief Isadore Day, who opposed Atleo attending the meeting, said many chiefs were “shocked” the meeting occurred.Day said Atleo had no “business” talking about treaties at the meeting.“I’d like to denounce the national chief even discussing treaties when the majority of the treaty communities weren’t even at the table,” said Day.Day warned Atleo earlier in an email earlier in the day Friday that if he went to the meeting he could face a motion of non-confidence from chiefs.“The talk is that a lot of people aren’t happy, obviously, you know people are shocked, folks are saying that the best thing for people to do is take a bit of a step back and go home and do something thinking,” said Day. “How could in one day, the national chief say we are united and that we are all standing behind Chief Spence and in the next day, take this entourage to a meeting. That is not sitting well with the majority of the chiefs in assembly.”Former National Chief Matthew Coon Come who was one of the first to arrive to the Langevin offices told reporters earlier that it would be a lost opportunity if chief didn’t take advantage of the meeting.*Note APTN National News has changed the terminology of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s protest to a liquids-only fastlast_img read more

Annan alerts General Assembly of July crisis if spending cap not lifted


UN Controller Warren Sach told the Assembly’s Fifth Committee yesterday that some UN programmes might have to be cut back even earlier due to the situation, which stems from a December decision of Member States to adopt a budget for the 2006-2007 biennium but to limit spending authorization to six months, pending significant progress on UN reform.Mr. Annan has recently expressed optimism that the cap, backed by the United States and other major donors, will be lifted since progress in UN reform is ongoing and the Organization is involved in too many crucial operations at the current time for the world to allow them to stall.At yesterday’s meeting, the 132-Member bloc of developing countries known as the “Group of 77” and China, said it was ready immediately lift the spending cap without restriction, while most donor nations, including the US, Austria (speaking on behalf of the European Union) and Japan, stressed that more time was needed to come to a consensus agreement.The Committee will continue its consideration of the spending cap on Friday. read more

Protesters stop Kinder Morgan survey work on possible mountain route of pipeline


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protesters stop Kinder Morgan survey work on possible mountain route of pipeline by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2014 11:17 am MDT BURNABY, B.C. – Angry protesters stopped crews from conducting pipeline survey work on Burnaby Mountain Wednesday, forcing the company to reassess how it will finish work needed for a National Energy Board decision.RCMP officers watched as some protesters confronted a Trans Mountain survey crew, yelling “go back to Texas,” while another protester crawled under a survey crew’s SUV, wrapped himself around the front tire and refused to leave.Stephen Collis, a spokesman for the protesters who call themselves the Caretakers, said they plan to hunker down.“We’re currently occupying the space that they have identified that they need to work in. Since we’re on public land, we have every right to be here,” he said. “They can’t really work in a space that’s filled with dozens of people. That’s the intention.”The plan worked, at least for the day.Workers left in another vehicle, and one man carried several signs under his arm that read No Entry Until Further Notice and Field Testing Area Under Order of the National Energy Board.Greg Toth, senior director for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project, said all survey work on the mountain was stopped, although other crews were still working around Burnaby.He wasn’t yet sure if the company would ask for an injunction preventing protests.“We have to reassess, based on today’s activities,” said Toth. “It’s quite a vocal protest. Our priority is the safety of our crews and the general public. So we’ll retrench and look at what options are available.”The demonstration comes in the midst of a bitter battle over the company’s plans to expand the pipeline through Burnaby.The National Energy Board granted Trans Mountain access to the sites so it can complete work through Burnaby Mountain, it’s preferred route for the pipeline. The NEB ruled the City of Burnaby can’t prevent the activity because the work is needed for the board to make a decision on the expansion application.The City of Burnaby announced it will appeal the NEB ruling.Mayor Derek Corrigan said he didn’t believe the regulator has the authority to consider constitutional questions concerning city bylaws.Toth said the National Energy Board and the Federal Court have given the company every right to do work needed to support the decision-making process.He said it’s ironic that crews haven’t been allowed on Burnaby Mountain, considering the company and city residents have determined the route is the least disruptive option.“It’s really in response to strong feedback from the local residents and the general public in the area for the alternative routing, which would have been through the streets,” he said.In July 2007, a geyser of oil covered more 100 homes, after a crew accidentally pulled up the pipeline, spilling 250,000 litres.The cleanup cost about $15 million.The 5.4-billion dollar expansion plan would come close to tripling the capacity of the existing pipeline between Alberta and B.C. to about 900,000 barrels of crude a day. read more

IHF treasurer Sandi Sola is back to handball after three months prison


Croatian Handball Federation President and IHF treasurer Sandi Sola is officialy got back to handball after three months in prison in Croatian capital Zagreb. As we wrote, Sandi Šola is charged with fraud and embezzlement in Karlovacka Bank between 2007 and 2012 when he played active part in the bank, and together with other family members damaged the bank of up to 85 million kunas, or 11 million euros.Sola has been in Sarajevo during the final match at Junior World Championship between Sweden and Spain. He was accompained with IHF President Hassan Moustafa and other IHF representatives, but he left the hall before closing Ceremony.PHOTO: Stephane Pillaud/IHF ← Previous Story Big problems for HSG Wetzlar – Valo and Harmandic seriously injured Next Story → Pick Szeged starts preparations IHFSandi Šola read more

Illinois Senator to introduce Internet sales tax bill


first_imgIn a time where some states are struggling with deficits leading to budget cuts and tax increases, there seems to be momentum around the notion of addressing the last frontier when it comes to retail taxes. Of course, by the last frontier I mean collecting sales tax on online purchases such as those from Amazon and Overstock.com.A bill called the Main Street Fairness Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Delahunt, was introduced in the House in July of last year. The bill would allow states who are members of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement to collect state taxes for online sales. The agreement is an attempt to simplify tax collection and administration in an effort to make the ability for online merchants to collect state taxes more realistic.CNet is now reporting that the House bill may be getting some assistance in the Senate thanks to Dick Durbin, a senator from Illionis. Durbin plans to introduce a bill by the same name as the House bill soon after Tax Day. It’s not surprising a Senator from Illinois would be introducing such legislation. In March, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state’s Main Street Fairness Bill which would require any online retailer with affiliates in the state to collect state sales tax for remote purchases. As a result of the new Illinois law, Amazon killed its affiliate program in the state.If the Main Street Fairness Act makes it to the President’s desk and is signed into law, online retailers like Amazon wouldn’t be able to avoid the collection of state taxes by simply killing affiliate programs. The bill would make tax collection for those states who are part of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement the law of the land.Read more at CNetlast_img read more

PlayStation Network les pirates vendraient les données bancaires sur le web


first_imgPlayStation Network : les pirates vendraient les données bancaires sur le webAprès le vol par des pirates de données personnelles d’utilisateurs du PlayStation Network de Sony (comme les mots de passe ou adresses physiques et électroniques), les joueurs craignent que leurs données bancaires aient également été dérobées. Aujourd’hui le New York Times indique que ces dernières auraient été mises en vente sur Internet.Plus de deux millions de joueurs seraient concernés par le piratage du PlayStation Network. Et Sony doit certainement commencer à s’inquiéter des rumeurs qui enflent sur la Toile concernant la nature des données volées sur le réseau par les hackers, et leur éventuelle utilisation. Plus grave encore, le New York Times dévoile que les pirates informatique seraient en train de revendre les données bancaires des comptes utilisateurs pillés sur la Toile. Le journal reprend les informations d’experts en sécurité qui auraient eu des contacts avec des pirates sur des forums. Ils proposeraient la liste complète pour 100.000 dollars et auraient même pris contact avec Sony pour lui faire une offre… Chose que le groupe nippon dément.Aux Etats-Unis, un particulier a déposé une plainte, qui pourrait être convertie en class action. Chez nous, dans l’Hexagone, la Cnil a décidé de prendre le problème en main. “Nous allons nous rapprocher de Sony pour analyser différents éléments : combien de personnes sont concernées en France ? Quelle est la nature des données ? Quelle a été la faille exacte de sécurité ? Les données étaient-elles suffisamment chiffrées ? Quelles informations ont été envoyées aux personnes victimes ?”, a déclaré le président de la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, Alex Türk, au journal économique Les Echos. Le 29 avril 2011 à 16:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Weekend slowdown hurts Macau Golden Week growth


first_img Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August The slowdown was primarily influenced by arrivals from mainland China, from where Macau enjoyed a 70.3% increase to 116,608 on Thursday but only 3.5% growth on Friday to 111,341. Saturday’s 84,895 mainland Chinese visitors represented a 15.2% year-on-year decline.Despite the falling visitation over the weekend, overall tourist numbers through the first six days of Golden Week combined remains 11.8% higher than last year at 812,452, including an 18.9% increase from mainland China to 677,078.Golden Week concluded on Sunday with final visitor numbers for the holiday period to be released by the Public Security Police Force on Monday. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Visitor numbers to Macau slowed considerably over the weekend to put the brakes on a strong start to the city’s National Day holiday period.Having enjoyed a 51.8% year-on-year increase in tourist numbers on Thursday to 138,122, Friday’s numbers declined to 135,853 – representing just 1.6% year-on-year growth – before Saturday saw another fall to 114,298, down 12.1% on the same day in 2017. RelatedPostslast_img read more

drawthisinyourstyle How Instagram got inspired by a woman holding a key


first_img Tags Post a comment Share your voice Instagram 0 Online Jo Rioux’s Instagram drawing is beguiling. A mysterious woman holds a key. She’s surrounded by ghostly hands. Her eyes are open wide. In surprise? Shock? Fear? Rioux, an author and illustrator based in Ottawa, first posted the drawing as part of the #drawthisinyourstyle hashtag. Jo Rioux #Drawthisinyourstyle is an Instagram phenomenon. A popular art exercise in which artists take each other’s drawings and redo them in their own style, it’s evolved into a worldwide art conversation that’s currently 720,000 posts deep. Images that kick off a #drawthisinyourstyle challenge are often quirky — a girl with giant anime eyes and yellow boots crouching under a pink umbrella, a woman with bangs and an hourglass figure standing in front of giant circular leaves. There’s usually something distinctive about the original drawings, some striking props or features. Artists apply their own touches, and a whole new universe is born. David Sierra Listón, a children’s illustrator based in Madrid, saw Rioux’s drawing and instantly fell in love with it.”I felt like her illustration … was telling a story,” Listón said.Listón drew it in his style, adding his version to what’s now a mind-blowing pile of more than 5,000 iterations of the key-holding Victorian lady Rioux first put out into the Instagram universe on Jan. 13.As far as these challenges go, that’s a lot.Scroll through the posts tagged with #joriouxdrawstyle (the hashtag Rioux made to corral versions of her drawing). You’ll find drawings faithful to the original and others that opt for the abstract. At times, the woman looks vacant or desperate. Hands claw at her hair and her dress. Other times, she looks like she could wield supernatural powers. The hands can be comedic antagonists, poking her or giving her rabbit ears. In one version, the woman is a cat entranced and tangled in yarn. The creations amount to thousands of little windows into the internet’s creative subconscious, letting viewers in on the darkest, funniest, quirkiest tendencies of the Instagram art community. Getting handsy Rioux’s mysterious Victorian woman, with her cryptic, wide-eyed expression, grew out of a sketch she did in October 2017 during InkTober, a monthlong challenge in which artists post ink drawings online. Upon looking at the sketch again, Rioux said it reminded her of the story of Bluebeard, a folktale about a man who kills his wives. After he marries his eighth wife, he gives her a key and tells her she can go anywhere in the house she wants except one room. Eventually, she enters that room and discovers the bodies of the seven previous wives, drops the key in blood, and thanks to a pesky enchantment, can’t clean the key to hide what she’s done. Bluebeard will find out. For Rioux, the hands in the drawing are those of the murdered wives, and the look on the woman’s face the realization of what her fate might be. Those mysterious elements — the hands, the key, the face — proved to be part of what attracted the attention of illustrators from places including the US, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and France. “I felt like I could change it a bit and make it my own,” said Jordan Stewart, who works at a graphic design agency in Provo, Utah. Stewart likes drawing fantasy characters, and he’s got a sense of humor about them. In his variation on Rioux’s illustration, the woman isn’t consumed by an impending horror. She’s about to take a giant bite out of a cheeseburger. Style and substance Artists say participating in #drawthisinyourstyle is fun and accessible. Sometimes the biggest artistic challenge is figuring out what to draw, Rioux and Stewart say. #Drawthisinyourstyle solves that. For Kelsey Eng, a Los Angeles-area animator who’s worked as an artist for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, it’s a chance to refine her own style. She realized her preference for the contrast between curves and sharp edges. She enjoyed figuring out what details to add — like black nail polish, earrings and extra ruffles on the woman’s dress. Eng also felt like it was a way to branch out, create something completely different. She talked about another #drawthisinyourstyle she did of a blue-skinned demon girl. “Usually my characters are more representative of my personality, which is quiet, but his character had more attitude,” she said. “I’ve never drawn a character with a horn coming out of her head.” Thomas La Padula, an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute and a longtime illustrator, said that while an older guard of professional illustrators might not get the idea of producing a piece for fun versus pay, anything that gets people drawing has merit. Plus, there are other benefits — engaging with other artists in what can be a solitary pursuit, showing off new work and maybe even getting a new portfolio piece. “That’s the beauty of the internet,” he said. “You can see people’s work, where before you had to see it in print.” Since Rioux’s first outing into #drawthisinyourstyle, she’s drawn six variations of other artists’ work, including a girl in front of brightly colored leaves, which in her reworked version has a soft, earthy color palette.   She believes #drawthisinyourstyle expands our notion of what’s possible. “I think everyone really enjoys seeing one idea through a thousand different lenses.”  last_img read more

UP villagers set madrassa on fire after claims of cow slaughter


first_imgRepresentative ImageReutersA madrassa in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur district was set on fire on Tuesday, July 13, after animal flesh was found in a nearby pond. Police officials said that residents of Behta village claimed that a cow was slaughtered in the village.Violence erupted after people from Behta and nearby villages gathered to protest after the news spread. They then proceeded to vandalise and later burn a madrassa, reported IANS.A case has been registered under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention Of Cow Slaughter Act. The police are now looking for two men named Mushtaq and Munnu Shah. Security forces have been kept on standby as tension continue to pervade in the region, an officer said.Last month, two people from Muzaffarnagar were arrested on charges of cow slaughter. They were found hiding in a jungle in Nirdhana village and were caught after an encounter with the police. A quintal of meat was also seized from them.last_img read more

Tamarindo crocodile suspected of attacking surfer will not be relocated


first_imgA Tamarindo crocodile suspected of attacking a surfer will remain in its home in the estuary on Playa Grande, officials from Costa Rica’s National Park Service (SINAC) say.While locals had hoped to remove the problem croc, the estuary is part of a national park and crocodiles cannot be removed without scientific evidence of overpopulation.“The Tamarindo Estuary that leads into the mangrove forest is a protected area,” said Rotney Piedra, the administrator of Las Baulas National Marine Park, where the crocodile lives.“We can’t remove the crocodile, but we want to work with the community to manage the issue.”SINAC met with the Tamarindo Development Association last week to hash out a plan. The meeting was set up after a crocodile left the estuary on March 6 and grabbed hold of a surfer waiting to catch a wave just beyond the river mouth.The surfer, Val Muscalu, from Canada, was able to free his foot from the croc’s jaws, escaping with a gnarly scar, a story and his life. The attack was the second in the same area in the last two years.“The first idea was to relocate the crocodile,” Urs Schmid, president of the Tamarindo Development Association, said. “But maybe with these actions we’re taking its behavior will start to change.”SINAC and the development association agreed on a four-part plan that goes into effect immediately.According to Piedra, the park administrator, SINAC will focus on preventing attacks by educating the community on crocodile behavior. This week SINAC is putting crocodile warning signs near the popular surf break at the river mouth. According to Schmid, signs had previously been posted but were stolen.The development association will circulate flyers with a phone number to call in case crocodiles are spotted outside of the river and in the community. Once out of the national park, crocodiles can be relocated if they present a danger to humans.Piedra said SINAC will also begin a comprehensive study on the river’s crocodile population. The study’s primary purpose would be to determine behavior patterns among the crocodiles that could aid in preventing attacks.Specifically, SINAC officials want to see if crocodiles frequently leave the estuary at certain times of the day to hunt. Right now, locals believe the crocodile suspected in the attacks only leaves the river in the early morning and late afternoon.The study would also determine if the river is overpopulated by crocodiles. Two years ago when the last study was done, SINAC officials found that the river contained 70 resident crocs, a healthy number for the river’s size. Piedra said it’s unlikely that the river has become overpopulated since then.SINAC and the development association also hope to change inappropriate interactions between the community and the crocodiles.“One concern is that people and tour companies are regularly feeding the crocodiles,” Piedra said. “We see that quite a bit, even in the national park.”Feeding wild animals has been illegal in Costa Rica for years. Feeding wildlife can cause the animals to rely on humans for food and turn into pests.But for big predators like crocodiles, feeding can cause the animals to become aggressive.“Our goal is not to scare people about crocodiles,” Piedra said. “We just want everyone to have all the right information. With just some small changes we can prevent future crocodile attacks.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Crocodile warning signs in Costa Rica have decreased bad encounters with tourists, Environment Ministry reports Crocodile attacks surfer in Tamarindo US surfer loses leg in Tamarindo crocodile attack Why one Costa Rican lawyer is suing the government over crocodileslast_img read more

Watchdog IRS at risk for unfairly auditing political groups


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