13 mineral blocks to go under hammer next month

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first_imgNew Delhi: The government will auction 13 mineral blocks, including Bunder diamond mine in Madhya Pradesh, next month. The Bunder diamond mine in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh has reserves of around 34.20 million carats of diamond, according to the mines ministry. Two gold blocks, Chakariya mine at Singrauli and Imaliya gold block at Katni in Madhya Pradesh, are also among the 13 mines to be up for auction, it said. The government also plans to auction mines of limestone, base metal, bauxite and graphite, it said. According to the latest data, the government has so far auctioned 68 mineral blocks which are likely to accrue an estimated revenue of Rs 1.99 lakh crore to state governments over a period of 50 years. Industry body FICCI had earlier in April called for expediting auctions of mineral blocks with known or explored reserves.last_img read more

Maracle Tootoo Jackson and Guest just four of many who received honours

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first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsSylvia Maracle, Jordan Tootoo, Tom Jackson and Jacqueline Guest were just four of the big names who were at Rideau Hall receiving various honours on Monday.A total of 29 people were honoured in various ways for their efforts advancing Indigenous issues.ORDER OF CANADASylvia Maracle, O.C.Toronto, OntarioOfficer of the Order of CanadaSylvia Maracle has been a leader in shaping the urban Indigenous experience in Canada. As the executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, she has transformed the organization from a handful of reception hubs for migrating Indigenous peoples into more than two dozen culturally grounded centres of community building. An in-demand consultant, speaker, social activist and cultural-based practitioner, she is actively involved in diverse initiatives supporting the well-being of Indigenous peoples across Canada.Gord Downie, C.M.Toronto, OntarioMember of the Order of CanadaFor over 30 years, Gord Downie has been the frontman for The Tragically Hip and is considered one of Canada’s most beloved artists. He is renowned for his memorable performances, his songwriting and his lyrical references that create a sense of what it is like to love, and live in, this country. His charitable contributions and social activism continue to have a significant impact. He is devoted to promoting dialogue, raising awareness of the history of residential schools and moving the country along the path to reconciliation.Jacqueline Guest, C.M.Bragg Creek, AlbertaMember of the Order of CanadaJacqueline Guest has been a staunch advocate of youth and adult literacy in Canada and abroad. An author with strong Métis roots, she has penned numerous novels that have inspired a love of reading among children and teenagers while showcasing Indigenous culture and teaching readers to overcome obstacles. Over the course of her career, she has also served as a guest speaker and educator in Canadian, American and Tanzanian schools and libraries, where she has promoted literacy and emphasized the importance of storytelling in Canadian history.MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (CIVIL DIVISION)Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, M.S.C.Iqaluit, NunavutMeritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)The founder of Unikkaat Studio Inc., Alethea Arnaquq-Baril inspires Inuit communities to reconnect with their ancestral values and lost traditions through her many films. Considered one of Canada’s top female directors, she uses her films to document the Inuit language and culture in communities throughout Nunavut.J. Wilton Littlechild, C.M., A.O.E., M.S.C, Q.C.Hobbema, AlbertaThe Honourable Murray Sinclair, M.S.C.Winnipeg, ManitobaMarie Wilson, C.M., M.S.C.Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesMeritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson shouldered the responsibility for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada with fortitude, compassion and perseverance. Over six years, they led the examination of the Indian Residential School system, combing through myriad documents and witnessing the courage of survivors who shared their stories. Their final report invites all Canadians to confront the inequities of the past, and calls on governments and individuals alike to move forward, with greater understanding, towards reconciliation.The Meritorious Service Cross awarded to the Honourable Murray Sinclair will be presented to him at a later date.Stanley Vollant, C.Q., M.S.C.Pessamit, QuebecMeritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)To promote Indigenous cultural heritage, Dr. Stanley Vollant set out on the Innu Meshkenu(My Innu Path), a 6 000-km walk that passed through Indigenous communities across eastern Canada. This initiative inspired a multitude of Indigenous and non-Indigenous walkers to join him, but more than that, it encouraged an entire generation of young people to stay in school and pursue their dreams.Elder John Elliott, M.S.M.Victoria, British ColumbiaElder Elmer Seniemten George, M.S.M.Brantwood Bay, British ColumbiaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Elder John Elliott and Elder Elmer Seniemten George translated the Douglas Treaties of themid-1850s into the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN First Nation languages. Their translation sheds light on the lack of understanding that existed between Colonialists and First Nations when the treaties were first signed. It also provides a foundation for reconciliation and lasting relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians of today.Hovak Johnston, M.S.M.Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesMarjorie Tahbone, M.S.M.Nome, Alaska, United States of AmericaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Hovak Johnston and Marjorie Tahbone created the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project tore-establish an Inuit art form that was on the verge of being lost. Traditionally, tattoos were given to women by women as a rite of passage and to represent their family’s heritage. The project’s first six-day event in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, reconnected more than two dozen women with their culture and inspired a new generation to carry on this tradition.The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Marjorie Tahbone will be presented to her at a later date.Tina Keeper, O.M., M.S.M.André Lewis, M.S.M.Mary Richard, O.M., M.S.M. (posthumous)Winnipeg, ManitobaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Fulfilling the vision of the late Mary Richard, Tina Keeper and André Lewis producedGoing Home Star–Truth and Reconciliation. Performed across the country by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, it tells the story of a young Aboriginal couple confronting a painful past. Harnessing a traditional European art form to connect with First Nations’ culture, this emotional production sheds light on the significant impact of residential schools on our history and helps to establish new relationships among Canadians.The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to the late Mary Richard will be presented to her granddaughter, Ms. Ashley Richard.William MacLeod, M.S.M.Mistissini, QuebecMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)William MacLeod is a leader in economic development for northern Quebec. In a single decade, he made the Cree Construction and Development Company one of the top construction companies in Quebec. His economic achievements have since inspired Cree youth, motivating them to take on leadership roles in their communities while remaining true to their roots.Meikaleigh McDonald, M.S.M.Fort Smith, Northwest TerritoriesMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Meikaleigh McDonald competed in 10 Arctic Winter Games (AWG), where she won numerous medals and set records in the Alaskan high kick and the triple jump. Now a member of theAWG International Committee, she continues to promote traditional sports in northern Canada and abroad, inspiring a new generation of athletes and helping to reconnect northern youth to their culture, their elders and their community.Julie Pellissier-Lush, M.S.M.Summerside, Prince Edward IslandMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Founding member of the Mi’kmaq Legends theatre troupe, Julie Pellissier-Lush preserves the legends of her ancestors through her work as a writer, actress and mentor to young performers. Dubbed the “Mama Bear” of the group by her fellow cast members, she is the glue that holds them together as they combine drama, storytelling, music and dance to share tales of the past with today’s youth.Percy Sacobie, M.S.M.Fredericton, New BrunswickMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Percy Sacobie built the Take a Break Lodge, a sweat lodge on St. Mary’s First Nation, to help people on their journey to recovery from mental illness and addiction. Having experienced the benefits of the traditional sweat ceremony himself, he wanted to give the greater Fredericton community access to a safe and welcoming place to practice self-reflection, to reconnect spiritually and to recover from their ailments.Jordin Tootoo, M.S.M.Coquitlam, British ColumbiaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Jordin Tootoo uses his star power as an NHL hockey player to promote healthy lifestyles in Canada’s North. Through the Team Tootoo Fund, he encourages conversations about addiction and suicide, and inspires youth to stay in school and pursue their dreams.POLAR MEDALAnn Maje RaiderWatson Lake, YukonAnn Raider has demonstrated exemplary dedication to community healing and enhanced safety. As the executive director of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS), she was instrumental in the creation of the Together for Justice community safety protocol which, in collaboration with the RCMP, established a framework that profoundly strengthened community-police relations in Watson Lake, Yukon. This protocol has since been adopted by communities throughout northern Canada and has achieved similar successful outcomes.Darlene ScurveyWhitehorse, YukonAs an early childhood educator at the Duska’a Head Start Family Learning Centre,Darlene Scurvey actively promotes the preservation of traditional language and culture. With the assistance of elders, she provides preschool-age children with a range of culturally relevant learning experiences that incorporate social interaction and language instruction.SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERSBarbara BernardScotchfort, Prince Edward IslandA community builder and organizer, Barbara Bernard has served nearly a decade with the Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island, and has generously shared her knowledge and teachings with young people from across the province.Pauline BuschFort Qu’Appelle, SaskatchewanPresident of the Aboriginal Women of Manitoba for 10 years, Pauline Busch championed several important initiatives to eliminate family violence and crimes against Indigenous women and girls. She has also demonstrated a passionate commitment to restorative justice through her involvement with Indian Residential Schools Resolutions Canada.Anita CampbellThompson, ManitobaA dedicated supporter of the Métis people, Anita Campbell has worked with the Manitoba Métis Federation and the Métis Women of Manitoba for several years. She has helped to deliver vital services and programs to members of her community and has inspired others to follow in her footsteps.William CranmerAlert Bay, British ColumbiaDedicated to the preservation of Indigenous culture, Chief Bill Cranmer was instrumental in repatriating potlatch artifacts that were confiscated by the Canadian government in the 1920s, and in founding two cultural centres in British Columbia to preserve and exhibit these sacred items.Pamela Glode-DesrochersHalifax, Nova ScotiaPamela Glode-Desrochers is the executive director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. She has worked for 40 years to reduce poverty and crime, and to promote the personal and community well-being of Halifax’s urban Aboriginal population.Daryl Dancing Buffalo KootenayMorley, AlbertaDarryl Kootenay has rapidly become a leading force for change in the world through his work with such organizations as Canada World Youth and Canada Bridges. He is also committed to helping youth in his own community, and is noted for founding the first Stoney Nakoda Youth Council.Jarret LeamanToronto, OntarioA dynamic volunteer and community leader, Jarret Leaman has generously given of his time to numerous causes in support of Indigenous youth, entrepreneurs and LGBTQ issues.Opolahsomuwehs Imelda PerleyFredericton, New BrunswickTeacher and Maliseet speaker Imelda Perley has committed much of her time to teaching language, storytelling and other traditions in Indigenous communities. Her efforts have fostered greater understanding and tolerance among the citizens of St. Mary’s, Kingclear and Tobique.Odelle PikeStephenville, Newfoundland and LabradorA prominent advocate for Indigenous women and seniors, Odelle Pike has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of her people through her involvement with numerous provincial organizations, including the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network and the Newfoundland Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.Marilyn SarkLennox Island, Prince Edward IslandMarilyn Sark has dedicated her life to supporting Indigenous communities in Prince Edward Island by taking on several leadership positions, notably with the Aboriginal Nurses’ Association of Canada and the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI. She has also brought essential health servicList and description courtesy Rideau Halllast_img read more

Manoj Tiwari holds roadshow in Delhi

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari, who is re-contesting from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, on Saturday held a massive roadshow here. Tiwari, who is pitted against Delhi Congress chief and three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Aam Aadmi party’s Dilip Pandey, kicked off the 15 km-roadshow from MIG flats in north east Delhi to Loni road, covering areas like Shahdra, Jagatpuri and Mansarovar park. Hundreds of BJP supporters participated in the roadshow and raised slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims The traffic in the area came to a standstill as people thronged on the streets to get a glimpse of the Bhojpuri actor and singer. Tiwari had held a similar roadshow in his constituency while filing his nomination earlier this week. The elections on all the seven seats in the national capital is scheduled on May 12, in the sixth phase of polling. The BJP, which won all the seven seats in 2014, is facing a triangular fight in the city as the talks of alliance between the AAP and Congress failed.last_img read more

Moroccans Accuse Human Rights Minister of Breaking Election Promises

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Rabat – After some Moroccans mocked and criticized Minister of State in charge of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid for not fulfilling his promise to help slum residents, the minister took to his Facebook page to defend himself.Ramid is caught in the middle of a new controversy as some social media users have shared a photo collage showing the minister standing in front of an elderly woman’s house in a slum during his election campaign in 2007. The second photo shows the woman standing alone with a caption reading, “2018 and she’s still waiting for those promises.” The minister shared the same photos, next to which he wrote: “The two photos below show how much hatred some [people] bear, to the extent of photoshopping the second photo.” “No, you slanderers…this shantytown no longer exists…look for a different [photo],” he added.Ramid explained that the woman and all those who lived in the slum located in Hay El Farah in Casablanca moved to “decent” residences more than ten years ago.This is not the first time that Moroccans have criticized Ramid. The human rights minister’s reference to homosexuality as a “perversion” that “disgusts the public opinion” in 2017 sparked outrage among several local NGOs and some of the public.The minister’s polygamous marriage has also been the reason for national and international controversy since Morocco pledged to apply the “Ban on Polygamy” in 2012. read more

RussiaGermany gas pipeline seeks new route in Baltic sea

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COPENHAGEN — The developers of a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany have applied for a third route south of Denmark’s Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, as they try to overcome objections from the country.The Danish Energy Agency says Nord Stream 2 has applied for an alternative route in the seas south-east of Bornholm in Denmark’s exclusive economic zone.The agency could not say Monday when a permit might be granted but said only one permit can be granted.The Switzerland-based company confirmed submitting a new route on top of two others around Bornholm that are currently pending with Danish authorities.The Baltic pipeline has come under fire from the United States and some European countries claiming it could increase Europe’s dependence on Russia as a supplier of energy.The Associated Press read more

UN General Assembly focussing on current and future development agenda its president

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Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly, told journalists in New York that he is putting a lot of my time and energy into working with the different UN actors and uniting their efforts on the MDGs “so that the way is paved for the General Assembly in the next 1,000 days to come to a single holistic and comprehensive sustainable development agenda.”“That is in my opinion possibly the most important piece of work for the General Assembly for the next 1,000 days,” Mr. Jeremic added. Among the high-level events related to the MDGs, Mr. Jeremic noted plans are underway for a “landmark” conference on 25 September to coincide with the high-level opening of the General Assembly in New York.The event, Mr. Jeremic said, would be the last big conference aimed at marking the transition from the MDGs to a sustainable post-2015 development agenda. Among other efforts, Mr. Jeremic said he appointed the ambassadors of Norway and Kazakhstan to help structure a group of 30 experts on financing for sustainable development, following on the General Assembly’s thematic debate yesterday on global economic governance. Also appointed were two co-facilitators, Brazil and Italy, to help create the high-level political forum that would replace the Commission on Sustainable Development, and which would be tasked with monitoring and observing the fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals once they were crafted and adopted. Looking ahead, Mr. Jeremic said he is finalizing plans now for a high-level event on the ‘Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts in Africa’ to be held on 25 April to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity, the predecessor to the African Union. “I very much hope that a declaration is going to come out of this thematic debate in celebration of the organization of the African Unity,” Mr. Jeremic said noting that invitees include heads of state and government from African and non-African Member States.In May, the General Assembly will focus on climate change, green energy and sustainability, the head of the UN body said. “I strongly believe that the issue of climate change should be discussed in the General Assembly,” Mr. Jeremic stressed, acknowledging that the topic has geopolitical aspects that merit inclusion on the General Assembly’s agenda despite other UN venues designated for such discussions, such as the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “I believe that world diplomats will benefit from this event being held,” he stressed.In the summer, the General Assembly will hold an event on culture and its relation to sustainable development organized with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), A thematic debate on social inequality, with a particular focus on Latin America, is planned in July with the Organization of American States. Also in July, a special event “not branded as a thematic debate” will be held on the role of education in the future sustainable development agenda, with a special view on how well the goal had been fulfilled in the MDGs. United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown is a primary participant in that event, according to the General Assembly President.“So in front of us we have Africa, climate change, culture, social inequality and education, these are the main topics for the rest of the year,” Mr. Jeremic noted. read more

Marta Zderic to RK Buducnost Podgorica

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← Previous Story RK Partizan wins Serbian Cup! Next Story → Kresimir Kozina joins HC Alpla Hard Croatian goalkeeper from RK Podravka Marta Zderic (23) signed two years contract with Montenegrian RK Buducnost Podgorica. She will help Clara Woltering between the posts in achieving the highest goals which have the former EHF CL winner.Croatian NT goalkeeper spent six years in Podravka Koprivnica. Poor financial situation forced the best players to leave the team as Tatari,Damnjanovic… handball transfersMarta ZdericRK Buducnost Podgorica

Marinopoulos stores to be sold

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first_imgStores of the Marinopoulos supermarket chain are set to go under the hammer next month, in a bid to help curb the negative impact the delays of streamlining have had on the property market.The time consuming process has also affected the landlords of buildings housing the supermarkets, as they continue to struggle with accumulated debts from 18 months ago, reports Kathimerini. The drop in property values together with delayed rent payments by Marinopoulos has seen APN Funds Management Ltd’s Zenon Properties SA, who own 16 of the stores and storage spaces, face the prospect of bankruptcy for some two years. They have now decided to sell their portfolio in a tender scheduled to take place next month on February 10. Delays in rent repayments began in 2014, resulting in debts of €2.4 million and increased significantly to €7 million by June 2015. While the exact amount owed is unclear, in a recent agreement Zenon Properties accepted a 40 per cent hair cut off the remaining repayments. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Centrale de Tsuruga les autorités japonaises confirment que le réacteur se trouve

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first_imgCentrale de Tsuruga : les autorités japonaises confirment que le réacteur se trouve sur une faille activeL’autorité de régulation nucléaire (NRA) du Japon a confirmé qu’un des réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire de Tsuruga se trouvait bien au-dessus d’une faille sismique active. De fait, le site ne devrait plus jamais redémarrer.Après une enquête poussée réalisée par plusieurs spécialistes du secteur, il s’avère que le réacteur n°2 de la centrale nucléaire de Tsuruga se trouve bel et bien au-dessus d’une faille sismique active. La NRA a approuvé les conclusions des experts et cette centrale devrait donc ne plus jamais redémarrer en raison des risques qu’elle présenterait en cas de séisme.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si cela se confirme, il s’agirait d’une première depuis la création de la NRA, suite à la catastrophe de Fukushima en mars 2011. Il est donc fort probable que la demande de redémarrage de la compagnie exploitante, la Japan Atomic Power, soit rejetée, et ce malgré que le gouvernement japonais de Shinzo Abe soit pro-nucléaire. La Japan Atomic Power vend chèrement sa peau en arguant que la faille n’est pas active. Quoiqu’il en soit, elle sera contrainte et forcée d’étudier le démantèlement du réacteur. Construit en 1987, celui-ci aurait en principe pu fonctionner 15 années de plus.Par ailleurs, six centrales japonaises sont suspectées d’être placées au-dessus de failles actives. Il s’agirait entre autres du complexe d’Ohi (où deux des quatre réacteurs fonctionnent actuellement) et la centrale de Higashidori.Le 22 mai 2013 à 16:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

StrawberryPicking Robots Will Definitely Take Your Job

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first_imgStay on target Another day, another step toward the robot revolution.Harvest CROO Robotics recently demonstrated an automated strawberry-picking machine, hell bent on replacing people in the fields.As described by NPR reporter Dan Charles, the computerized robotic optimized obtainer (CROO) is big as a bus, and wide enough to “straddle a dozen rows of strawberries at once.”Driven by autonomous technology, the contraption relies on high-definition cameras to detect berries, and a lineup of robotic claws to pick them.“Nobody’s telling it what to do,” Paul Bissett, chief operating officer at Harvest CROO Robotics, told the network. “It’s remembering its path down the row. It’s remembering where all these plants are.”A super-accurate GPS ensures the machine doesn’t trample the crops; when it reaches a vine, lights flash and cameras spin as computers capture stereo images of the strawberries.For all its pomp and circumstance, the vehicle doesn’t collect many fruits. But that is by design, according to Bissett, who claims that for their demonstration, the machine was programmed to grab just one berry per plant.Operating at normal conditions, the robots can find and pick more than 50 percent of the ripe berries—less than the 60 to 90 percent achieved by a typical work crew.The strawberry-picking robot awaits its turn (via Dan Charles/NPR)“You kind of learn, when you get into this—it’s really hard to match what humans can do,” Harvest CROO Robotics co-founder Bob Pitzer admitted.A former development engineer for Intel, Pitzer reasons that “it was a lot easier to make semiconductor chips” than program strawberry-picking bots.As with most industrial robots, though, there are advantages: The apparatus can work through the night (when berries are cooler and less fragile, NPR said) and pick up to eight acres in a day.Still in the prototype phase, the harvester is forecast to fill fields within two years: Good news for farmers, bad news for farm workers. The Harvest CROO Robotics website expects each machine to replace at least 30 pickers.“It could happen. Put a man on the moon, didn’t we?” harvester Jose Santos told NPR, oddly optimistic about robots taking over his job.The crew leader is convinced that picking strawberries will always require human intervention. After all, who’s going to fix the vehicles when they break down? Besides, a little automated help never hurt anyone.“You could afford to give people a day off, you know,” Santos said. “Afternoons off, holidays off. If you have machines behind you.”In September, R&D company Octinion unveiled a next-generation strawberry-picking robot, able to cull one piece of fruit every three seconds. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

BPA shows power line plans in Camas

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first_img? What: The next open house on a proposed transmission line.? When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.? Where: Amboy Middle School, 22115 N.E. Chelatchie Road, Amboy.? More info: Meetings, comments, information on proposed BPA project.CAMAS — As the Bonneville Power Administration continues to hone plans for a high-powered transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, plenty of residents made it clear Thursday they feel the agency has more work to do.More than 100 people turned out for an open house meeting in Camas, which sits in the path of the proposed 79-mile line. Only 14 signed up to speak during a formal public hearing. But many more took the chance to study detailed maps and chat with project officials.The gathering was the first such forum since BPA announced its preferred route for the project last fall. Five more sessions will follow.“I thought I should come down and look at it,” said Charles Farrell, who lives in the Camas-Washougal area. “You want to know just how close this is going to be to you.”Farrell said his property isn’t affected by the transmission line. But for those who are, he said, “I feel for them.”Thursday’s crowd was smaller than some previous meetings on the topic. But their worries were no less urgent — many cited familiar property and health concerns. One resident said she feels “held hostage” by the project, unable to do anything with her property with the specter of a new power line hanging over it.The BPA first proposed the transmission line in 2009 as a way to ease a strained Northwest power grid and support growing energy demands across the region. The project would stretch a 500-kilovolt line between Castle Rock and Troutdale, Ore., connecting substations in those cities. The line would cross the Columbia River at Camas.last_img read more

Lakeside North Harbour launches wellbeing initiative for 5000 staff

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first_imgBusiness office campus Lakeside North Harbour has launched a new wellbeing initiative for the 5,000 employees based at its Hampshire site.The #workwell initiative, implemented in April 2019, has been designed to provide Lakeside North Harbour-based organisations with a range of tools to help support employees’ physical and mental wellbeing while at work.Karen Tyrrell, head of marketing and client services at Lakeside North Harbour, said: “As the south coast’s leading business campus, we are passionate about bringing life and soul to our surroundings, creating a great place for people to work and supporting our occupiers with their own workplace wellbeing strategies.”The initiative launched using an on-site seminar for 30 campus staff and senior managers responsible for HR, health, safety and wellbeing on Friday 26 April 2019. The seminar featured speakers such as Emily Pountney, vice principal, curriculum, teaching and learning at Portsmouth College and Sarah Blake, health and safety training adviser at Peta Training and Consultancy.The #workwell programme will include a schedule of free classes running throughout May and June, such as laughing yoga, singforce, kamilla yoga and Tabata fitness classes, provided by ITri Coaching. Employees will also be able to participate in free activities like a Segway day, stand up paddleboarding and kayaking.There will also be free sports events, walks, talks and seminars that staff can attend, to encourage businesses to utilise the amenities and facilities available at Lakeside North Harbour.Lakeside North Harbour also has a series of planned events: a health and wellbeing walk on Thursday 9 May 2019 with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust; a Mental Health Awareness Week from 13 May 2019 with Solent Mind, Tonic Music for Mental Health, Natural Solutions Hypnotherapy and Little Calm Seated Massage; a Men’s Health Week, in association with Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex, from 17 June 2019; and Health Information Week from 1 July 2019 with Life Effect Chiropractic, Natural Solutions Hypnotherapy and Little Calm Seated Massage.Activities and events will be communicated to employees using the campus app, email bulletins, social media feeds, the campus magazine and on-site noticeboards situated in shared spaces. Organisations at the business site also have regular forums to cascade information back to teams.More than 100 organisations are based at Lakeside North Harbour, including Capita, Babcock, Douglas Stafford, Handelsbanken, Hippo, Lead Forensics, Molex, Transas and Verisona Law.Tyrrell added: “Wellbeing in the workplace is a key theme for us this summer and we’ve created an exciting and varied programme to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing for all those who work here at Lakeside [North Harbour].”last_img read more

Protests continue against Rohingya persecution

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first_imgNearly 400,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last three weeks. Photo: UNBDifferent political, social and religious organisations across the country on Thursday staged demonstrations protesting at the persecution of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.In Chandpur, a religious organisation, Bangladesh Chhatra Hizbullah, formed a human-chain at Faridganj in Sadar upazila around 12:00pm protesting at the mass killing, torture and harassment of the Rohingya people in Rakhine.The speakers at the human-chain urged the global Muslim community to lend their helping hand towards the Rohingya refugees.The journalists of Sunamganj Reporters’ Unity held another human-chain at traffic point of Sadar upazila condemning the arson attacks, rapes and barbarism committed by the Myanmar security forces.In Sherpur, different cultural and social organisations held a human-chain at district central Shaheed Minar in Chawkbazar in the afternoon.District human rights commission, Mahila Parishad, Udichi, Rabindra Sangeet Sommilon Parishad, Human Rights Defender Forum, Women Blood Donation Association, Alor Misil and students of different schools and colleges attended the human-chain.In Dinajpur, progressive teachers’ forum of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University formed another human-chain in front of the campus on Dinajpur-Dhaka Highway around 12:00pm.The speakers at the human-chain said Myanmar is trying to eradicate the Rohingya community by committing genocide, rape and arson attack.They also asked the Bangladesh government along with global community to put pressure on the Myanmar Government to take back Rohingyas and provide them national identity.last_img read more

Sylvia Garcia Discusses Role of Congress Immigration And Health Care

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first_imgListen 00:00 /20:22 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia talked to Houston Matters about the role of Congress in American politics, immigration and health care, as part of a series of interviews with candidates running in important races in the November 6 midterm elections.Garcia is a Democrat who represents District 6 in the Texas Senate and has a long trajectory in local, regional and state politics. She served as Controller for the City of Houston, as well as Harris County Commissioner, and she is now running to represent the Texas 29th Congressional in the U.S. House of Representatives.The Senator highlighted the checks and balances function of Congress and said “it is appropriate that we hold the other two branches [of government] accountable when necessary,” although she added there is no need to “obstructionists.”Garcia also addressed the work that still has to be done in Congress to accomplish a full recovery from the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused last year in Texas.For the State Senator, the Texas Congressional Delegation must make sure that “Houston and our whole region and the state gets all the dollars we need for full recovery, not just recovering some parts of town, not just for flood mitigation projects, but recovery to put people back in their homes and make sure their homes are back to where they were pre-Harvey.”Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaTexas State Senator Sylvia Garcia (D-District 6), who is running for Congress, was interviewed on Houston Matters on September 4, 2018.Garcia also advocated for an equitable distribution of recovery funds that should be used to meet housing needs, as well as flood mitigation infrastructure.Regarding immigration, the Senator said she supports a comprehensive reform and noted that immigration is a broad subject that is “too hard to piece meal because it’s so inter-connected.”For Garcia, undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements, including having a clean criminal record, deserve a path to citizenship. She also addressed the Trump administration’s zero tolerance at the border policy, which led to family separation, and called it “heartless.”When asked about health care, she said it must be made “more affordable and more accessible” and underlined the need to have more health care facilities in east Harris County. She also expressed her support for increased funding for federally qualified clinics and for not making any cuts to Medicare nor Medicaid.Garcia, who took questions from listeners, addressed the rights of transgender persons and assured that she is “fully committed to ensuring that no one is discriminated and that we protect all our rights.”The Senator also talked about the controversy surrounding her resignation from the State Senate and contended a letter she sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott this summer “was a resignation letter as a matter of law.”Houston Matters interviewed Phillip Aronoff, who is Garcia’s opponent, last month. last_img read more

VIDEO Savage spring league player trolls Johnny Manziel with money sign following

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first_imgJohnny Manziel made the money sign famous, but yesterday he had his signature move thrown back in his face after getting picked off by unknown defensive back Cleveland Williams in a spring developmental league practice.Williams isn’t the first to troll Manziel with his own move, but it’s still amusing. JFF may be a changed man, but the money sign is still going to be waiting for him every time he screws up for the rest of his career.Straight savagery!Cleveland Wallace (@CWallaceiii) picks off @JManziel2 and throws up the money sign afterward @TheSpringLeague pic.twitter.com/CyY1hvihP8— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) April 3, 2018last_img

Gothenburg is painting its trams in rainbow colors for Pride and we

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first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Public transport company Västtrafik has invited young artists to repaint six of Gothenburg trams – one for each stripe of the rainbow flag. Different tram line numbers, going from the red #5 to the purple #8, represent the colors.A tram for each color of the rainbow flag. | Photo: VästtrafikThe trams will go through Gothenburg on Pride dayThe trams have been unveiled ahead of the parade and are part of a dedicated exhibition called Proud Trams. The whole rainbow train then will be going through the city during EuroPride, taking place on 18 August.‘Public transport embodies diversity and equality. Everyone is welcome, no matter who you are, where you’re from, what you believe in or who you fall in love with’, said Lars Backström, CEO of Västtrafik.‘With the art exhibition Proud Trams, we want to support the rights of the LGBTI community and at the same time celebrate Pride.’What does Pride mean? Gothenburg’s rainbow trams will parade across the city on 18 August. | Photo: Västtrafik/Gothenburg Pride Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gothenburg shares the honor to host EuroPride with Stockholm this year. For the annual event, the city has decided to celebrate the LGBTI community by painting its trams in rainbow colors. Read more about Prides:Here are 21 of the happiest EuroPride Stockholm pictures because we deserve nice things Ebba Chambert, Linnéa Teljas Puranen, Oscar Andersson, Nathalie Ruejas Jonson, Gustav Gigi Sandin, Linden Carter and Mira Cederwall Victorin all participate in the call for action.To me, Pride is about everyone’s right to the city, to the public space,’ says Linnéa Teljas Puranen.‘Pride means to me that I get to be my whole artistic, Latin American queer self,’ says Nathalie Ruejas Jonson.‘[It] is a celebration for everyone who has been fighting for LGBTI rights and those who are still fighting today,’ says Oscar Andersson.One of the rainbow trams in the making. | Photo: Västtrafik Artists at work ahead of the parade. | Photo: VästtrafikVasttrafik has asked six young LGBTI artists to explain what Pride means to them. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) t.A.t.u.’s Lena Katina and Saara Aalto will perform at EuroPride Stockholm5 reasons why Sweden is the perfect EuroPride hostFrom Vienna With Love: the sweetest pictures of Rainbow Parade 2018Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gothenburg-pride-trams-rainbow/last_img read more

Costa Rica prepares for a blast of music its firstever Nrml Festival

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first_imgThe Nrml Festival is coming to Costa Rica for the first time.Organized by Epicentro, a Costa Rican musical platform for the promotion of original and alternative music created last year, Nrml will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal in San Antonio de Belén, Heredia. The Nrmal Festival has been taking place annually in Mexico since 2010, and has become an important way for emerging Latin American artists to gain traction.Costa Rica is the first country outside of Mexico to host this musical phenomenon, and the Costa Rican bands Las Robertas, Monte, Ave Negra and 424, as well as Mexican duo Shiro Schwarz, all of whom have participated in previous Nrml editions in Mexico, recently announced the lineup. During the conference, Ave Negra members spoke about the environment of accessibility and freedom that characterizes Nrml, felt by both the musicians and the audience.The first artists announced by Shiro Schwarz were Costa Rican musicians Raido and The Wiesengrund Project. Raido’s music consists of a rich combination of experimental electronica, funk and hip hop. The Wiesengrund Project, carried out by Sergio Wiesengrund, is an experimental music project that explores the drone, shoegaze, post-metal, and electro acoustic genres. Wiesengrund won the 2013 National Music Composition Aquileo J. Echeverría award.Monte then announced two other performing artists: Venezuela’s Algodón Egipcio and Ecuador’s Helado Negro. Algodón Egipcio is defined by its distinct sound with the blending of shoegaze and folk. Helado Negro’s experimental electronica pop ballads will make you want to dance slowly to splendid Latin rhythms.Other artists will include legendary U.S. rock band The SONICS, with garage rock roots from the 1960s; Costa Rican electro acoustic music group aUTOPerro, which uses both analog and digital synthesizers, live amplification and distortion; Chilean artist Gepe, who will offer a mixture of folk, pop, and experimental music; underground Mexican artist AAAA, techno and experimental electronica; Puerto Rican, Brooklyn-based duo Buscabulla; and Costa Rican artist Hijos, who blends pop, experimental rock and trip hop.For more information, visit Nrmal Festival’s Facebook page or website. Related posts:San José’s El Sótano catches a serious case of the blues Costa Rican band 424 caps off year with new single, video and concert PHOTOS: Sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s first Nrmal Festival Radio Hit announces new plans for 2016 Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Lenders Heres How to Attract FirstTime Homebuyers

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first_imgFirst-time homebuyers, including millennials, are slowly but surely making their way into the housing market and lenders need to be prepared to grab their attention and keep it.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the share of first-time buyers remained at 32 percent in January for the second consecutive month and is up from 28 percent a year ago. First-time buyers in all of 2015 represented an average of 30 percent, up from 29 percent in both 2014 and 2013. During pre-crisis years, first-time homebuyers averaged 40 percent or more of the market.Freddie Mac’s VP, Danny Gardner, said that low mortgage rates, stabilizing housing markets, and the nation’s 86 million millennials and rapidly growing immigrant communities, are expected to produce about 1.2 million new households a year for the next ten years, based on statistics from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Collingwood Group.Gardner noted that more first-time homebuyers can be welcomed into the housing market if they are provided more information. “As an industry, we have to drive a stake through a few stubborn myths that are draining life out of the market. These familiar myths lead potential buyers to overestimate the credit, income and downpayment savings they need for an affordable mortgage,” he said.In addition, lenders can produce more sales to first-time buyers by getting myth-dispelling information into the hands of families who don’t know how ready they are to buy their first home and to families who gave up trying after being rejected for a mortgage once, according to Freddie Mac.Source: Freddie MacThe American Enterprise Institute (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk found that the share and volume of first-time homebuyers increased year-over-year in December.According to AEI’s First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI) released Tuesday, first-time buyers accounted for 56.7 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee in December 2015. This number is 1 percent above the December 2014 share of 55.5 percent.AEI credits “improvements in the labor market, riskier mortgage lending, and continuing low mortgage rates” for the spike in first-time buyers.“On a year-over-year basis, first-time buyer demand increased in December, continuing the trend of the last 14 months,” said Edward Pinto, Codirector of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk. “Strong demand, in combination with shortness of supply, is driving home prices up faster than incomes and inflation.” March 14, 2016 500 Views Lenders: Here’s How to Attract First-Time Homebuyers in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img First-tome Homebuyers Freddie Mac Lenders 2016-03-14 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

Perception is Reality in Home Values

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first_img November 14, 2017 627 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Perception is Reality in Home Values Appraisal Home Prices HPPI HVI Quicken Loans 2017-11-14 Staff Writercenter_img According to a Quicken Loans study published Tuesday, the gap between opinions of values from appraisers and homeowners continue to narrow. The study states that according to the Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), actual appraisals were 0.99 percent lower than homeowners thought they would be. According to Quicken Loans, homeowners estimate that their home’s values rose by an average of 0.99 percent over the actual appraisal value. Quicken loans goes on to state that this finding marks the fifth consecutive month that the value opinions narrowed. Additionally, the study found that the HPPI is currently the closest it has been to equilibrium since April 2015. Overall, Quicken Loans found that the trend is for homes in Western cities to have an appraisal value that surpasses the homeowner’s estimate. Dallas is a particularly noteworthy example of this, as the study found that appraisals there were as much as 3.13 percent higher than expected. Although this is the case for the West, Quicken Loans found that the opposite is true for homes in the East and Midwest, where home values are more likely to be appraised below the homeowner’s estimate.“Based on the HPPI, it appears homeowners in the markets where prices are rising faster than the national average—like Denver, Seattle and San Francisco—are continuing to underestimate just how quickly home values are rising, so the average appraisal is higher than the homeowner estimate,” said Bill Banfield, Quicken Loans Executive Vice President of Capital Markets.Quicken Loans goes on to state that despite appraisers and homeowners still continuing to differ, that appraisal values continue to rise. For October 2017, home values are up by an average of 0.71 percent while they are up 4.76 percent compared to October 2016.This is where home value index, the measure of home value change based on appraisal data, comes in. The Quicken Loans study said that the HVI showed values increasing at a steady pace month-over-month while increasing at greater amounts yearly. The 0.71 percent jump from September to October along with a 4.76 percent year-over-year jump illustrates this. Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter It was the closest to

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterIt was the closest to an evening on the Amalfi Coast as Sydney can get. Sally Morgan of The Unique Tourism Collection and Annarita Aprea, Director of Sales & Marketing for the idyllic Italian hotel, Casa Angelina, hosted just five members of the media for an intimate dinner at Otto Ristorante on Cowper Wharf at Woolloomooloo.Over wine and the restaurant’s fresh, Italian cuisine, guests learned about this white gem, perched above the Mediterranean Sea in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano, which is only a 10-minute drive from Positano and 15 minutes from Amalfi.The property – which welcomes many Australians to enjoy all the magnificence and splendour of the Amalfi Coast and its surrounds during the beautiful European spring and summer months – operates seasonally and children from 12 years of age are welcome to visit.As a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Casa Angelina provides the timeless elegance of style and service. Accommodation includes 39 luxurious rooms and suites, as well as 4 exclusive Eaudesea rooms, almost at sea level.The gourmet restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo, showcases seasonal, locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine, while the poolside dining offers easy, healthy salads, pasta and other light dishes.Guests can dip into the heated indoor or outdoor pools and bask in the summer sun on the poolside deck.The spa offers a comprehensive range of beauty and wellness treatments, and guests can also wander down to the local beach for a drink from the seaside bar or head out on a trip on one of Casa Angelina’s private boats.The style of the hotel is distinctly contemporary and sleek, with a bright collection of modern art creating the feel of a private home. The whiter-than-white exterior and interiors come from a cocktail of 15 different shades of white, applied with exacting precision by the hotel’s painter, Peppe, who will often conduct daily touch-ups. This neutral interior allows the views to be the focus, from the sea to Capri and the town of Positano.Casa Angelina offers early booking specials for Australians ahead of its European spring and autumn 2018 seasons.The Spring Offer is available on bookings confirmed by 15 May 2018 for stays of a minimum of two nights in any room category between 24 March and 31 May 2018.The Autumn Offer is available on bookings confirmed by 15 October 2018 for stays of a minimum of two nights in any room category between 1 October and 28 October 2018.Exclusive inclusions are:15% discount on Best Available Rates (BAR)Early check-in or late check-out (subject to availability)EUR80 food and beverage credit (excluding mini-bar)Complimentary bottle of Casa Angelina Champagne and in-season fruit platter in room upon arrivalGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more