Film review: Endhiran

first_imgHappy Diwali, folks Rating: RobotDirector: ShankarStarring: Superstar Rajinikant, Aishwarya Rai BachchanAishwarya is pocketing a cool Rs 6 crore for Endhiran, making her the highest paid actress in the country.Okay, how do we know Rajinkant is a superstar? Well, because the opening titles misspell Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s surname, and the Bachchans haven’t boycotted the film. Because he is the only who can have 112 missed calls from such a beautiful woman. And because only he can shoot with his finger.A Rajni film is not just a two dimensional experience. It’s a 360 degrees experience which involves getting plugged into the energy source. There are three Rajni’s for the price of one, well actually, a 100 in the extended climax. This is a film that makes Bollywood look puny in both its imagination and intent. It has special effects that have never been seen before on Indian screens–a shape shifting giant, a snake, a human train. Just think, and Shankar does it.It also has powerful emotional scenes, surprisingly involving the scientist and his creation, Chitti, who can dance like Prabhudeva, fight like Bruce Lee, and love like Rajni. There’s a big moral dilemma at the heart of the film, about man and machine, and what makes us human (love, of course, especially if the object of our affections is Aishwarya Rai).We know Rajni is the rational, thinking scientist, because he reads Freakonomics and Stephen Hawking, because he speaks in English when he gets angry (irresponsible idiots, shocking surprise, he says) and because he doesn’t have time to reply to Aishwarya Rai’s emails (silly man).advertisementRajni can do anything. He wears big wigs and short wigs, goes bald and sports a white streak, dances and plays the guitar, gets kissed by Aishwarya and has her kissing him back. The robot is a delight–unlike the rival Danny’s robot, he doesn’t confuse a bun with a gun. Little wonder then that Aishwarya calls him her toy friend, not boy friend. But my personal favourite is the third Rajni, the one who can float like the Green Goblin and fight like Darth Vader. He snarls, clones, laughs madly and grabs Aishwarya as if she was a luscious fruit (she looks particularly beautiful here, a fitting queen for a king).So anyway, Rajni walks sideways, runs on trains, flies, sprouts wheels, even talks to mosquitoes. He also tells us in a wonderful scene what humanity is all about. There’s a me too 3 Idiots scene involving the birth of a child and lots of wasteful footage involving giving of roses and showering of praise, but the film’s climax is worth the wait. Rajni tells us why robot sapiens are superior to homo sapiens. It also tells us that it’s Happy Diwali, folks.Enjoy.last_img read more

Mouser and Microchip kick off Ultimate Arduino Challenge at embedded world

first_imgMouser Electronics is teaming up with Microchip to present the Ultimate Arduino Challenge. The global contest announced at embedded world 2019 by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi at the Mouser stand, invites engineers around the world to create Arduino-based projects and submit them to the Supplyframe landing page.  The Ultimate Arduino Challenge is divided into three categories: Data Collection, Industrial IoT, and Anything Goes. The Data Collection category tasks engineers with collecting data using an Arduino board and various sensors, while the Industrial IoT contest tests engineers’ skills in designing a product that connects to the environment around it. Finally, the Anything Goes category is just that: Engineers can submit any sort of Arduino-based design with a description and system diagram.Supplyframe community members will vote for their favorite projects throughout the four-month contest, and a panel of judges will determine the top three winners.Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platforms based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino prototyping platforms are intended for artists, designers, beginners, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous TI: Ethernet PHYs simplify design and optimize network performanceNext Cypress: Bluetooth MCUs deliver mesh networking with ubiquitous smartphone connectivitylast_img read more

Kerala Police exam topper held for stabbing college student

first_img P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThiruvananthapuramJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 21:38 IST On Friday, a third year BA student, Akhil, was allegedly stabbed by SFI unit officer bearers. (Representative Image)HIGHLIGHTSKerala Police exam topper was arrested for stabbing a college studentThe incident of stabbing happened on FridayA third year BA student, Akhil, was allegedly stabbed by SFI unit officer bearerThe cantonment police in Thiruvananthapuram have arrested two students of the Thiruvananthapuram College, who are rank holders in Kerala Public Service Commission, for allegedly stabbing a college student. One of the two has also topped the police exam.The two accused are also office-bearers of the Student Federation of India (SFI). A total of six students have been arrested in connection with the matter, and all of them are SFI office-bearers.The incident of stabbing happened on Friday.Sivaranjith topped the police selection test, while Naseem ranks 27th. Both were taken in custody on Monday. The arrests took place after clashes erupted in the campus.According to the police, Sivaranjith and Naseem are the first and second accused, respectively in the case.On Friday, a third year BA student, Akhil, was allegedly stabbed by SFI unit officer bearers. Sivaranjith allegedly stabbed Akhil, while Naseem held him from behind. The police had earlier issued lookout notice against eight students in connection with the incident.The police team has recovered empty and written bundles of Kerala University answer sheets from Sivaranjith’s house in Thiruvananthapuram. The police team has also recovered a seal of Physical Education Director, Kerala University, along with the answer sheets. This has raised suspicion about Sivaranjith’s academic track record as well.Sivaranjith came first in the police selection test conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission. His sports performance gave him an edge. The university administration, after a preliminary inquiry, has confirmed that they have not lost any seals from the physical education department. This has raised questions on whether Sivaranjith has made fake seals and certificate to procure extra marks.Kerala University Vice-Chancellor VP Mahadevan Pillai has ordered an internal inquiry about the answer sheets and seals recovered from Sivaranjith’s home. The inquiry will be conducted by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Controller of Examinations. The inquiry team will also probe into the role of college administration and staff who might have helped the accused procure the materials.advertisementALSO READ | Govt official stabbed to death in DelhiALSO WATCH | UP BJP leader thrashes police officer in MeerutFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Kerala Police exam topper held for stabbing college studentOn Friday, a third year BA student, Akhil, was allegedly stabbed by SFI unit officer bearers. Sivaranjith allegedly stabbed Akhil, while Naseem held him from behind.advertisementlast_img read more

Conflict conundrum: Rahul Dravid asked to depose before ethics officer on September 26

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 15:24 IST Rahul Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the NCA Director and also employed as vice-president of India Cements group. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI ethics officer asked Rahul Dravid to depose in Mumbai on September 26Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the NCA Director and also employed as vice-president of India Cements groupThe notice sent to Dravid did not go down well with the likes of greats like Sourav Ganguly,BCCI ethics officer DK Jain has asked cricketing great and NCA head Rahul Dravid to depose in Mumbai on September 26 over the conflict of interest allegations leveled against him.Earlier this month, former Supreme Court judge Jain had asked Dravid to respond in writing after receiving a complaint from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta.According to Gupta’s complaint, Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the NCA Director and also employed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold one more than post at the same time. Jain confirmed to PTI that Dravid has been given a hearing to explain his case on September 26. BCCI employee Mayank Parikh, who too faces of conflict of interest allegations, will also depose on the same day.In his written reply, it has been learned that Dravid has defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from employers India Cements and he has nothing to do with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. India Cements own the M S Dhoni captained franchise.The notice sent to Dravid did not go down well with the likes of greats like Sourav Ganguly, who went to the extent of saying “god help Indian cricket”. Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh too had backed Ganguly.”New fashion in Indian cricket …..conflict of interest…Best way to remain in news …god help Indian cricket ……Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer,” Ganguly had tweeted.advertisementThat development led to an extensive meeting between the former players and Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket. The likes of former captain Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel and Rohan Gavaskar attended the meeting in person while Ganguly joined in via skype.After the meeting, it was decided that a white paper will be prepared on conflict of interest and the Supreme Court will decide on the contentious issue.”Till the time Supreme Court doesn’t decide on the matter, the existing conflict of interest rule in the constitution stands,” a BCCI official told PTI.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Tim Paine, Justin Langer admit Australia’s DRS failure after Leeds defeatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Next Conflict conundrum: Rahul Dravid asked to depose before ethics officer on September 26According to Sanjeev Gupta’s complaint, Rahul Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the NCA Director and also employed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.advertisementlast_img read more

Three Cumberland County Paving Projects Scheduled

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Public Works has scheduled three paving contracts worth $4,595,223 that will have Cumberland County motorists driving on almost 20 kilometres of stronger, smoother roads. Major construction will start in early August on a $2,238,643 contract awarded to Chapman Bros. Construction Ltd. for repaving on Route 302 from the intersection of Athol Road, north for 8.8 kilometres to the intersection of Trider Road. Also included in the contract is paving on the following streets in the Village of Maccan: Riverside Road, Station Road, Hillside Road, and Rink Road (a total of about 1.5 kilometres). Preliminary work has started on another contract awarded to Dexter Construction. The $1,390,620 contract is for repaving on Route 209, east of Fox Point Road, for about six kilometres. The majority of the work will take place in August. Also scheduled for August is work on a $965,960 paving contract awarded to Cumberland Paving and Contracting Ltd. It is for repaving on Trunk 2 from the intersection of Fort Lawrence Road for 3.6 kilometres to the Amherst town line. “Upgrading the province’s highways is a top priority with this government,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This year we are spending $177 million in road construction.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Australia vows to deepen defence ties with India increase engagement in Indian

first_imgMelbourne: Australia has said that it will work towards forging deeper defence ties with India and focus on the strategic Indian Ocean, where China is “rapidly” expanding its footprints. Addressing the Western Australian Indo-Pacific Conference in Perth on Monday, Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said, “The Indian Ocean has not always received the same level of attention in our strategic thinking as the Pacific Ocean. Australia has tended to see itself as a Pacific Ocean state.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLike the Pacific, the Indian Ocean was increasingly characterised by “rising strategic competition” and “intensifying great power rivalries”, she said. The minister said there is a proliferation of naval activity and a race to secure access to strategic ports right across the Indian Ocean rim, which afford both economic and strategic advantage. “India has emerged as an economic powerhouse and is demonstrating leadership in a way that reflects its size and democratic values. China has rapidly expanded its Indian Ocean footprint establishing its first overseas military base in Djibouti in 2017,” Reynolds said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”So amid this back drop of rising opportunity and increasing risk, what are Australia’s defence interests in the Indian Ocean?” she questioned. Reynolds said Australia was “committed to work more closely in the Indian Ocean by cooperating with key regional partners, including India and Indonesia”. She said Australia’s relationship with India has “flourished” over the past 10 years. “In 2014, we conducted 11 defence activities together. By 2018 this had more than tripled to 38 bilateral activities,” she said. “There is scope to further increase the depth and complexity of our (defence) co-operation on land, at sea and in the air domain,” the minister said, adding that she has extended an invitation to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh to visit Australia later this year to “advance these discussions”. Pointing to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 to signify how little is known about the Indian Ocean, Reynolds said, “We cannot moderate behaviour in our region, without being able to monitor and track what is occurring above and below its surface.” Australia, she said, cannot do it alone. “We particularly welcome India’s recent leadership in this regard. The establishment of an Information Fusion Centre for the Indian Ocean Region will help shed light on areas currently unseen,” she said.last_img read more

Companies tout renewable energy projects for Massachusetts

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt. – Some entrepreneurs hoping to provide renewable energy to Massachusetts electricity customers are touting their projects in the run-up to the decision, expected in late January, about which company could be chosen to help provide clean power to the Bay State.The stakes are potentially huge for the dozens of companies that have submitted proposals, some of which are proposing major infrastructure projects that would carry Canadian electricity produced by wind or hydro power across Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine to reach Massachusetts.While there are a variety of projects vying to be chosen by Massachusetts in the current round, even if they’re not selected, it’s likely there will other calls in the future for projects to provide more renewable power to southern New England.Last week, the backers of New Hampshire’s Northern Pass project, which would run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg on the Canadian border to Deerfield, carrying enough hydropower to about a million homes, were optimistic.Despite a vow of continued pressure from people who object to the Northern Pass project, the backer of the project Eversource expects to receive final regulatory approval in both the United States and Canada, allowing it to begin construction in April. Northern Pass claims it will be ready to transmit power by 2020.“We feel we have submitted the most mature project,” said Eversource spokeswoman Kaitlyn Woods. “We are confident it will be selected.”National Grid, the backer of the project known as the Granite State Power Link, is running online advertisements promoting its project. The company announced last week it had filed for a presidential permit, the first regulatory step needed for it to bring 1,200 megawatts of power to southern New England.The project would be built alongside an existing line that enters the United States at Norton, Vermont, and connect with an upgraded power line at Monroe, New Hampshire. It’s unclear when that project could be ready for construction.“I think we’re well positioned to win because ultimately we are the best options for customers,” said National Grid’s Joe Rossignoli. In addition to the Granite State Power Link, National Grid is backing a smaller project that would bring power from new wind and solar projects from upstate New York to Massachusetts.Another proposed project, the New England Clean Power Link, would carry power 154 miles down Lake Champlain from the Canadian border and into Vermont, where it would connect to the grid and feed Massachusetts’ demand for clean power. The project is backed by TDI-New England.“In addition to meeting all the Commonwealth’s requirements, TDI-NE believes the New England Clean Power Link is the right turn-key project for Massachusetts,” said Donald Jessome, president of TDI-New England. “Our project is fully permitted, enjoys wide spread support up and down the line and offers a fixed price bid.”In 2016, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law requiring the state to solicit contracts for 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy, including hydropower, onshore wind and solar power, along with at least 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind energy.Last summer, dozens of companies filed proposals — large and small — to meet that goal for the onshore supply of power. The timeline calls for the “selection of projects for negotiation” on Jan. 25 with the contracts being approved by late April.In Maine, the utility Central Maine Power has proposed working with two Canadian energy suppliers to move Canadian electricity along more than 90 miles of existing CMP corridors and 51 miles of newly purchased rights of way in western Maine.“We think these are the two best ideas,” CMP President Sara Burns said last summer when the proposals were released.last_img read more

Love and death in child welfare Kanina Sue Turtles last days

first_imgJolynn Winter, left, with Kanina Sue Turtle days before Kanina’s death in October 2016. Jolynn would also die by suicide about two months later. Facebook photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsJust over a year after Kanina Sue Turtle died by suicide in a Sioux Lookout foster home, the regional coroner said in his final report on her death that it didn’t appear anything could have stopped it from happening.“In this case, the final stress does appear to have been an interpersonal conflict. It is not clear what interventions would have made a difference,” wrote Dr. Michael Wilson Nov. 27, 2017.Wilson wrote this about 21 days after he requested that Kanina’s crisis intervention counsellor in Sioux Lookout send him all of her records.APTN News has those records and they make up a large part of this story, one that APTN has been investigating since February.Kanina died on Oct. 29, 2016 inside a foster home owned and operated by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.The records show missed appointments with Kanina’s counsellor before she died and how the counsellor struggled to talk to people at Tikinagan to find out why.APTN has already reported that Kanina was “chronically suicidal”, had hundreds of new self-inflicted cuts all over her body, made multiple hospital visits before her death and had the bruised outline of a noose around her neck that was clearly visible in a Facebook live video posted on her account.She also filmed her death on her iPod.That video showed Kanina was left alone for 45 minutes before anyone came to check on her. She had already been motionless for 40 minutes.But the records from Kanina’s counsellor at the Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services, detail portions of the child’s last days alive that have gone unreported until now – much like the coroner’s report into her death that family just received in August despite multiple meetings with the coroner’s office.And still, after all this time, her parents, Barbara and Clarence Suggashie, don’t know why she was left alone the day she died.They didn’t get answers from a report released this week into Kanina’s death and 11 other children that perished in child welfare. That report, organized the by Ontario’s chief coroner, Dirk Huyer, found no one person was to blame for any of the deaths but the system as a whole had failed each and every one of the kids. Eight of them were Indigenous.As APTN reported Thursday, Kanina’s parents are suing Tikinagan for $5.9 million alleging her death was preventable. They also hope it will finally give them the answers they have been looking for.‘They don’t give a lot of information about the place she stays’Violet Tuesday was Kanina’s counsellor but had difficulty reaching her in the days before she died.Tuesday’s case notes show missed appointments and unreturned calls by Tikinagan when she tried to find out why.Information pulled from the records for this story are published exactly how they were written by Violet Tuesday, including the misspelling of Kanina’s name.“I called Intake of Tik to let her know that Kenina never called or her escort (house sitter) they were to call me today for her apt.,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017, five days before Kanina died. “The Intake was going to find out where she is/also her worker is Ashley.No one from Tikinagan called back.The next day Kanina was a no show, again.“Intake never called today or the sitter of the place where Kenina stays. They don’t give a lot of information about the place she stays. Waiting for them to call,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 25, 2017, four days before Kanina died.The next day Tuesday spoke to a Tikinagan worker at the hospital but didn’t recognize the girl sitting with the worker.It was Kanina.Kanina with her mother Barbara in April 2016 during a visit home. Facebook photo.“I saw her sitting in the waiting room with a girl (Tik worker) but I didn’t know it was her because she had her long hair down with red streaks,” wrote Tuesday Oct. 26, 2017, three days before Kanina died.“I saw her briefly. She has been cutting again. I asked her if shew as suicidal/stated no. I told her I was sorry for not recognizing her. The last time I saw her she really want to go home/her father wanted her to come home. I think she was frustrated/lonely.”They made an appointment for the following day.Again, Kanina didn’t show up.Tuesday called Tikinagan twice before Kanina’s worker called her back.“I called Tik Intake to ask about Kenina. I was told to call Ashley. I told her she doesn’t pick up her phone. Intake called Ashley. Ashley did call back,” Tuesday wrote Oct. 27, 2017, two days before Kanina died.Ashley explained that Kanina was not doing well and that she had taken off with a friend.The friend was Jolynn Winter, Kanina’s girlfriend.“Her friend was only 12 years old/suicidal together,” wrote Tuesday. “They got caught kissing each other. She stated she told Kenina she could get charged doing this to 12 year old.”In a video posted on Kanina’s Facebook both of the girls are giggling that day behind a building and kiss a couple times. APTN has reviewed that video and at one point a bruised outline of a noose is clearly visible across Kanina’s neck.Tuesday asked why Kanina didn’t show up for her appointment.“She is very angry/upset at everyone. She doesn’t want to come Nodin,” wrote Tuesday. “Ashley stated they are going to send her into treatment.”Tuesday said to bring Kanina for a counselling session the next day at 10 a.m.At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday called Tikinagan to see where Kanina was.Tikinagan told Tuesday they were taking Kanina to Dryden, about an hour from Sioux Lookout.“I asked her how she was doing now. She described Kenina as calmed down/talking now. She was going to bring her in for a few mins to see me but I told her to bring her Monday at 10 am for counseling,” wrote Tuesday on Oct. 28, 2017, one day before Kanina died.That same day Kanina tried to kill herself in a wooded area.She appears panicked and looks over her shoulder as though she thinks someone is looking for her.“I don’t know what to do anymore,” Turtle says in the short video. “I’m sorry for what … umm… I’m going to do.”Kanina was found dead the next day.After her death, Nodin’s files were reviewed.“The assigned counselor had considerable difficulty contacting the client as indicated on 4 case notes. One of those notes explains how the (Tikinagan) home staff took her to Dryden rather than come in for her session,” the review states.Love and DeathAPTN reported earlier this year that Kanina and Jolynn Winter were close but left out details of their relationship.They had met while in a Tikinagan treatment centre in Cat Lake several weeks before Kanina died.APTN reported that Tikinagan suspected both were suicidal and had separated them in the days before Kanina’s death. That included turning off the Wifi at the home Kanina was being kept at.This infuriated her. The day she died she ran away from the home and the Ontario Provincial Police apprehended Kanina and returned her to the home according the coroner’s records.Jolynn was hospitalized after Kanina’s death for over two weeks. Her grandmother told APTN she had tried to kill herself.In January 2017, Jolynn did die by suicide.Kanina Turtle, in the small screen, with Jolynn on Facetime a couple days before Turtle’s death.Both of their deaths were part of a so-called expert panel review of 12 deaths of kids in child protective services.But the panel didn’t dig into individual cases looking to hold any person or agency accountable, rather it reviewed files looking for systemic problems.Overall, it found the child welfare system was failing children.The panel highlighted the relationship between Jolynn and Kanina.“In the weeks and days prior to (Kanina’s) death, the two were together on a number of occasions. Although this relationship is referred to in various documents, there was no evidence of supportive discussions around Kanina’s sexual identity,” the panel wrote. “Additionally, it appears that staff indicated to her that she could be arrested for engaging in a sexual relationship with Jolynn, as a result of Jolynn’s age.“While this is accurate from a legal perspective, this position does not demonstrate responsiveness or recognition of the needs Kanina was endeavouring to meet.”When Jolynn was hospitalized after Kanina’s death she spoke to staff about their relationship.“There were no records suggesting that Jolynn’s sexual identity was ever discussed with her while in hospital or by staff of other organizations including (Tikinagan),” the panel wrote.There were no mental health treatment beds available when the hospital discharged Jolynn. So, Tikinagan sent her home to her father on an “extended visit” in Wapekaka First Nation. Her grandmother previously told APTN it was the first time she had ever been home.“A safety plan was agreed to by the hospital, (Tikinagan,, the family and Jolynn. There was, however, no evidence of active therapeutic intervention during the seven weeks she was in her father’s home,” the panel wrote.“At the age of 12, Jolynn died by suicide in her father’s home. Kanina’s death by suicide is felt to have been an influencing factor in Jolynn’s suicide.”The panel said Kanina left a note for Jolynn and her various members of her family but Kanina’s mother said they have never seen any letters.Suicide PactAfter the deaths of Kanina and Jolynn another person close to them was struggling.Her name was Amy Owen, who was also from Poplar Hill but living in groups homes in the Ottawa area.She was transferred to Prescott, Ont. just a few days before Kanina died.The owner of the home told APTN Tikinagan said she was in a suicide pact. The panel also found that Amy was in a suicide pact with two other youths but didn’t name them.APTN previously connected Amy’s death to Jolynn and Kanina.Amy Owen’s death was mourned by many people who knew her. Some of them made this collage of her.Amy was transferred to an Ottawa group home after an altercation with staff at the Prescott home. The owner also thought she would be safer in Ottawa as Amy kept trying to run to nearby railway tracks.It was during that transfer that she learned of Jolynn’s death.After repeated visits to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Amy died by suicide in the Ottawa group home.She was supposed to be placed under 24-hour supervision but, according to the coroner’s report into her death, a specialized home for that type of care was at capacity.All three girls were under the care of Tikinagan and each one was suspected of being suicidal before they died.In the Suggashie lawsuit against Tikinagan, it alleges that the Indigenous child welfare agency is incapable of caring for Indigenous kids.“(Tikinagan) failed to adequately monitor Kanina,” the claim alleges. “Its employees or agents had no or improper training, qualifications, education and experience to supervise and/or assist Indigenous children suffering from mental health issues, including Kanina.”Tikinagan has not responded to requests from APTN to address the lawsuit.APTN asked Ontario’s chief coroner if he agreed with the conclusion reached by his regional coroner that it didn’t appear anything could have prevented Kanina’s death.“The Expert Panel has provided their perspective about the system of care available to the 12 youth who were subject to their review.  They have identified many concerns about the system and provided a number of recommendations to inform change,” wrote Huyer in an email.APTN also asked if his office should have been subjected to the panel review.“We do not provide care to youth–unfortunately we are only involved after a death has occurred,” he said.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

first_imgLONDON – British police say they have released a man and a woman who had been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London’s Gatwick Airport that had disrupted holiday plans for tens of thousands of travellers.Sussex police said Sunday the two had co-operated with police and were no longer considered suspects. They had been arrested late Friday in a town not far from the airport.There have been no reported drone sightings at Britain’s second-busiest airport since Friday evening and flights are operating normally.The drones first appeared on Wednesday night, causing chaos at the airport that handles 43-million passengers a year.last_img

AltaGas to purchase half of Black Swan Aitken Creek processing facility

first_imgAltaGas is pursuing, total propane supply from it’s North Pine C3+ facility of 40,000 bbl/d, up from the current 10,000.  The propane supply will then feed the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.“Over the next few years our gas business will continue to be a large driver of growth and an area of significant investment,” continued Mr. Cornhill.  “We continue to see strong interest in our integrated gas processing and energy export solution and look forward to partnering with other Northeast B.C. producers in the liquids-rich Montney region,” concluded Mr. Cornhill.The long-term processing agreement for use by Black Swan of AltaGas’ processing capacity at the Aitken Creek Processing Facilities will be underpinned by a reserve dedication and area of mutual interest encompassing approximately 30% of the Black Swan Montney lands as well as a priority of fill arrangement for AltaGas capacity ownership in the facilities. Black Swan will continue to operate the North Aitken Creek Processing Facilities.The transaction is anticipated to close in early October 2018, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.Raw gas processingUnder the terms of the commercial arrangements, AltaGas will acquire 50% ownership in the existing 110 MMcf/d North Aitken Creek Gas Plant and in Black Swan’s 100 MMcf/d Aitken Creek Gas Plant which is currently under construction. AltaGas will have the option to participate in two additional plant phases including the potential for enhanced liquids recoveries which could more than double the NGL output of the Aitken Creek Processing Facilities.The investment in the Aitken Creek Processing Facilities includes $136 million in 2018 and an estimated $50 million in Q4/2019. The Aitken Creek Processing Facilities will have an estimated 210 MMcf/d (gross) operational capacity with the potential for future expansions to increase processing capacity up to 360 MMcf/d (gross). Liquids handling and field fractionationBlack Swan will enter into an arrangement that includes existing, and new AltaGas owned and operated infrastructure.  The existing infrastructure that will be utilized by Black Swan includes AltaGas’ liquids pipelines from Townsend to North Pine and fractionation and terminalling at North Pine. The new infrastructure will include liquids pipelines from North Aitken Creek to Townsend and liquids handling at Townsend that will require a capital investment of $40 million in 2019.Energy exportsBlack Swan will also enter into marketing arrangements with AltaGas pursuant to which more than 50% of Black Swan’s propane produced at North Pine will be exported through RIPET and will receive premium Far East Index pricing under a long-term arrangement. The marketing arrangements also include optionality for Black Swan to increase the term and/or volume of its RIPET commitment throughout the term of the upstream processing arrangements. CALGARY, A.B. – AltaGas will purchase 50 percent ownership of Black Swan’s Aitken Creek processing facility.AltaGas will spend $230 million on the acquisition and new infrastructure for the project.  Once the purchase is complete, AltaGas and Black Swan will enter into long-term processing, transportation and marketing agreements that also include new AltaGas Liquids handling infrastructure.“This joint venture with Black Swan further strengthens our position and capture area in one of the most prolific natural gas basins in North America and showcases our competitive position in gas processing and export,” said David Cornhill, Chairman and interim co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “It expands our liquids handling capabilities in Northeast B.C. and reflects the strong demand we are seeing for our integrated gas strategy and propane export solution.”last_img read more

The Latest US adds just 130K jobs boosted by Census hiring

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the August jobs report (all times local):8:30 a.m.U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that global economic weakness and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China may have begun to slow hiring.The job gains were lifted by the temporary hiring of 25,000 government workers for the 2020 Census. Excluding all government hiring, businesses added 96,000 jobs, the fewest since May.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, near the lowest level in five decades, for the third straight month. The rate was flat for a positive reason: Americans surged into the workforce, lifting the proportion of adults working or looking for work to its highest level since February.Job gains have averaged 150,000 a month for the past six months, down from 223,000 for all of last year.___12:01 a.m.U.S. employers are expected to have hired at another healthy pace in August, a trend that could power the economy through a rough patch stemming from a global slowdown and the Trump administration’s trade war with China.Economists have forecast that businesses and governments added 160,000 jobs last month, nearly the same as July’s 164,000 gain. That pace is more than enough to keep up with population growth and over time could reduce the unemployment rate, now near a 50-year low of 3.7%, even further.The rate of job creation is significant because at a time when the economy is slowing, additional steady hiring — and higher pay — would fuel consumer spending, the primary driver of growth. Unlike consumers, many businesses have slowed their spending and delayed expansion.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Kosovo Serb sides differ in UNsponsored talks on decentralization

The fourth round of direct talks between the two sides, held in Vienna under the auspices of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the future status of Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, centred on the creation of new municipalities, particularly those with a Kosovo-Serb majority, and their boundaries. “I am an optimist by nature; it doesn’t mean that I am naïve,” Mr. Ahtisaari’s deputy Albert Rohan, who chaired the talks, told a news briefing when asked how he felt the negotiations were progressing. “I think we have to be optimistic. We don’t only believe in the intelligence of people but also in the wisdom of people and therefore I am realistically optimistic.” Decentralization is only one of many issues in the talks. Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Serbia rejects independence and Kosovo’s Serbs have been boycotting the province’s provisional institutions.Mr. Rohan said the delegations found “some range of agreement” on the issue of municipalities, but while the Kosovo side proposed three new municipalities and the extension of an existing one, the Serbians wanted 14 new ones and the extension of five existing municipalities. “We have to continue to work with the two sides on these two proposals,” Mr. Rohan said, noting that the issue would no longer be discussed at the Vienna talks. “There are many open questions and we are going to resume the work directly with each side separately and try to get compromise solutions.”To that purpose he will lead a delegation to Belgrade, the Serbian capital, on 16 May, and then go on to the Kosovo capital of Pristina on 18 May. The next direct talks in Vienna scheduled 23 May will focus on the protection of cultural and religious sites. One of the complicating factors on decentralization is how to include possible return of scores of thousands of Serbian who fled earlier violence but have not yet come back. “On the one hand nobody wants to create ‘ghost municipalities’ in the hope that somebody may come,” Mr. Rohan said. “On the other hand, there is a very real possibility – and it is the hope of the international community – that the maximum of people will indeed return.” read more

Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes rises to highest in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes rises to highest in 3 years in April WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to growth in home sales in the coming months.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 0.3 per cent to 106. That’s the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit inflated sales.Signed contracts have jumped 10.3 per cent in the past 12 months. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale.Home sales and prices began to recover last year and have been buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates.Sales of previously occupied homes rose in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million, a 3 1/2-year high. Sales of newly homes also rose in April, to nearly a five-year high.Still, the supply of homes on the market remains low and that could keep sales from accelerating later this year. The number of available homes for sale rose in April, the Realtors’ group said last week, but was still down 14 per cent from a year earlier.Fewer homes for sale may be holding back sales in tight markets out West, such as Las Vegas and Phoenix. In those cities, many homeowners still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.The trend showed up in the April pending home sales report. Signed contracts to buy homes soared 11.5 per cent last month in the Northeast and 3.2 per cent in the Midwest. But they fell 7.6 per cent in the West and 1.1 per cent in the South.Still, the tighter supply is also pushing up home prices. That could encourage more people to put their houses on the market. The Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller 20-city home price index this week said prices rose in March nearly 11 per cent over the past 12 months. That’s the fastest pace in seven years.And a limited supply of homes has made builders more willing to ramp up construction. Applications for building permits rose in April to the highest level in nearly five years.Mortgage rates, meanwhile, jumped this week to their highest levels in a year. That means potential homebuyers are facing higher costs.Still rates remain relatively low by historical standards. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.81 per cent, up from 3.59 per cent last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. The record low of 3.31 per cent rate was reached in November.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber . by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2013 10:08 am MDT read more

Where BillsJets Ranks Among The NFLs Worst Division Rivalries

RIVALRYPRIMARY DIVISIONTOTALSHARE WITH ABOVE-AVG. ELOSAVG. ELO Cleveland v. CincinnatiAFC Central8514.1%1470 Chicago v. Green BayNFC Central9122.01504 Chicago v. DetroitNFC Central9111.01474 GAMES PLAYED New Orleans v. AtlantaNFC West9214.11474 And perish the thought that both would be good at the same time — only two Bills-Jets matchups have ever seen each team come in with an Elo of 1550 or better (think a solid 9- to 10-win team).All that said, Thursday night’s game does fall into the category of better-than-average Bills-Jets matchups, somehow. Although Buffalo and New York each dropped their Week 1 games, Elo still thinks they’re both decent teams, with ratings propped up by a pair of nonlosing seasons last year. In fact, 2015’s regular-season finale (which Buffalo won to spoil the Jets’ playoff hopes) also saw both teams enter the game with above-average Elo ratings, making Thursday’s matchup only the fifth time in the rivalry — and the first time since 2000 — that each was above the 1500 Elo mark in back-to-back games.So if you find yourself watching a couple of teams dressed in kitschy uniforms fight over Rex Ryan’s pride Thursday night, remember that things could be so much worse. In the grand scheme of the Jets-Bills rivalry, this is just about as good as it gets. Includes all games through Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season.Source: pro-football-reference.com Kansas City v. San DiegoAFC West9329.01506 After kicking off the NFL season with a Super Bowl rematch, Thursday Night Football is a little less exciting in Week 2. First of all, it’s one of those annoying “color rush” games, the NFL’s excuse to sell a few extra jerseys by dressing teams up in garish monochrome duds. (But hey, at least people with red-green color blindness will actually be able to follow the action this year.) More importantly, it’s also Jets vs. Bills — the NFL’s fourth-worst division rivalry of the post-merger era.At least, that’s according to our Elo ratings, which gauge the strength of each NFL team at any given moment in time. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, 29 pairs of teams have played at least 85 games against each other while belonging to the same division,1Why use 85 games as the cutoff? Because after those 29 pairs, the list of most frequent post-merger division rivals drops sharply from 85 matchups to 66, as we start to delve into pairings that haven’t happened since the NFL re-aligned in 2002. and the Jets and Bills are among the most frequent of those pairings, having played as division rivals in every season but one since the merger. (They didn’t face off in the strike-shortened 1982 campaign.) Unfortunately, they’re also both among the NFL’s losingest teams over that span; the Jets have the league’s sixth-worst winning percentage since 1970, and Buffalo has its 10th-worst.Even when the Bills and Jets have actually been good, it’s seldom come at the same time. Neither team did especially well in the 1970s, and although the Jets had their moments in the early 1980s — they made the playoffs four times between 1981 and 1986 — they’d already faded by the time the Bills assembled their great AFC dynasty of the 1990s. Both teams made the playoffs in 1998, but the Bills started wandering through the wilderness shortly afterwards, while the Jets have been about a .500 ballclub in the 21st century.So if we average together New York and Buffalo’s Elo ratings at the time of each matchup, they come out to 1475.7, the fourth-lowest average out of the 29 pairs of division rivals I mentioned above. (Only the Bears and Lions, Bengals and Browns,2Treating the old Browns (before they became the Ravens) and the new Browns as one entity. and Saints and Falcons were worse.) They’ve also simultaneously boasted pregame Elo ratings above 1500 — the mark of an average team — only 15.2 percent of the time, also fourth-worst since the merger. Buffalo v. New EnglandAFC East9116.51505 Detroit v. MinnesotaNFC Central9122.01496 NY Giants v. PhiladelphiaNFC East9636.51506 The NFL’s worst division rivalries (1970-2016) Detroit v. Green BayNFC Central9416.01488 Buffalo v. NY JetsAFC East9215.21476 read more

Mens OG 2012 Round 3 Scandi derby Croatia VS Hungary…

← Previous Story Women’s OG 2012: All quarter-finalists are known from Group B! Next Story → Sesum replaces Markovic in Serbian squad! Six matches of the Men’s Olympic Tournament Round 3 in London are on the way:SPAIN – KOREA (9.30)FRANCE – TUNISIA (11.15)CROATIA – HUNGARY (14.30)GREAT BRITAIN – ARGENTINA (16.15)SERBIA – DENMARK (19.30)SWEDEN – ICELAND (21.15) Handball in Londonlondon 2012Olympic handball

Rudds stand on Greek issues

first_imgThe Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is no stranger to the Greek Australian community or to Greece. In November 2008 as Prime Minister he welcomed a delegation of Greek Australian community leaders, where he confirmed Australia’s continued support on the Macedonian and Cyprus issues. In February 2011, as Foreign Minister he visited Greece and he held discussions with the Greek government aiming amongst others at improving the bilateral relationship. During his state visit to Greece Kevin Rudd supported publicly the economic reform program of the then Prime Minister George Papandreou, and referred to the Cyprus issue saying that: “We believe there are great opportunities for new agreements to be reached… we would encourage both Greek and Turkish Cypriots to seize the opportunities which now present themselves to them.” He also acknowledged the strong historical bonds between the two countries stating: “The relationship between Australia and Greece has always been close and it will be close into the future.” Furthermore, he referred to the importance of the Battle of Crete and other battles on the Greek mainland “where many Australian troops fought and died” as “one of the ties that bind our two great democracies”. During that visit he also thanked Greece and the Greek people for their willingness to help Australia face various natural disasters, he was received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and he addressed the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research in Athens where he talked about Australia’s foreign policy in relation to the Arab spring. Last month, as it was reported in Neos Kosmos, he took part at the 37th Paniyiri of the Greek Community in Brisbane at Musgrave Park. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Obésité infantile les dessins animés montrés du doigt

first_imgObésité infantile : les dessins animés montrés du doigtUSA – Une étude de l’American Academy of Pediatrics met en évidence l’influence des héros de dessins animés sur les habitudes alimentaires des jeunes enfants. En Mai 2008, une étude française accusait la télévision d’être partiellement responsable des problèmes de surpoids constatés chez les enfants. La publicité et certains dessins animés étaient tout particulièrement dénoncés. Ainsi, si Popeye encourage à la consommation d’épinards, Scoubidou popularise plutôt celle des hamburgers. Les chercheurs appelaient donc à une responsabilisation des producteurs de dessins animés, d’autant qu’en France la création dans ce domaine est importante. Néanmoins, ils soulignaient également la difficulté d’une telle démarche : la production étant financée par les annonceurs publicitaires, majoritairement alimentaires.En Juin 2010, par des procédés différents, les chercheurs de l’American Academy of Pediatrics arrivent à la même conclusion et aux mêmes critiques. L’expérience est la suivante : des enfants entre 4 et 6 ans sont amenés à déguster les mêmes produits, certains sans emballage particulier, d’autres bénéficiant de l’image d’un héros populaire. Les résultats sont significatifs : les enfants trouvent que le goût de leur goûter est meilleur lorsque l’emballage est amélioré d’un sticker. On notera que l’effet est néanmoins moins important lorsqu’il s’agit de carottes. Par conséquent, là encore, les chercheurs estiment qu’il faut responsabiliser les producteurs de dessins animés, notamment en leur demandant de prêter leur image à des aliments sains et non à de la junk-food.      Le 6 juillet 2010 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lonavalas famous Maganlal Chikki goes off shelves after failing FDA drug test

first_imgFDA [Representational image]Reuters fileA small hill station around 60km away from Pune is extremely famous for its Chikki that no trip to Lonavala is complete without buying Maganlal Chikki.Earlier this week, the Maganlal Chikki, a Lonavala landmark was forced to pull off its products from the market after a team from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) found it had no quality control measures in place to prove its products were fit for human consumption. It is to be noted that Maganlal Chikki dominates the sweet manufacturers’ segment all across Maharashtra.A raid was carried out at the manufacturing and packaging unit of Maganlal Food Products by food officers from FDA’s Pune branch on December 11 and found out that the manufacturer was involved in violating several rules of the Food Standards and Safety Act, 2006.Hindustan Times reported that the unit lacked quality-check system, its food safety standards lacked national accreditation, and there were hygiene lapses in the manufacturing process.The report filed by Food Safety Officer of the Pune region, RR Kakade, revealed that there is no assurance on the product being manufactured by the company that it is fit for consumption. The company has never carried out a food quality test in any laboratory approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India or accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).One of the owners of the company, Mangesh Agarwal argued that the allegation made by the FDA was entire “documentary in nature”. He further said that “The fact is, there is no food adulteration or spurious substance. There were small packaging and technical errors against which the FDA took action.”One of the co-owners Ashok Agarwal said all the compliances would be done at the earliest. He added that “We have completed the process of sending products to a NABL accredited laboratory. We have also started hiring a technical person to supervise the products. ..in two days, our factory will start functioning again.”last_img read more

Road crashes kill 425 in Jan NCPSRR

first_imgAt least 14 people were killed and 31 injured on an average 13 road crashes a day across the country in January this year, reports UNB.At least 425 people, including 54 women and 30 children, died and 950 others injured in 403 road crashes in the last month between 1 January and 31 January.A regular monthly survey and observation report of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, revealed it on Friday.The report was prepared on the basis of 22 English and Bangla national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.Some 28 people, including four children, were killed and 11 others injured in 32 train accidents and six people were killed and five others injured in waterway accidents during the same period.The fatal accidents took place on the several roads, highways, national roads, inter-district and regional roads across the country in January.The NCPSRR said that lack of proper supervision of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Department of Shipping, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and Bangladesh Railway are mainly liable for these situations in three transport sectors.The authorities concerned should take some steps urgently to lessen the accidents and casualties. Those are: taking strict steps against movement of faulty vehicles and vessels, creating public awareness, including vehicles and vessels workers, imposing existing laws strictly on all roads and waterways and lastly increasing supervisions on all railway crossings.last_img read more

9 protesting students freed on bail

first_imgStudents, who have been released on bail, are with their family and relatives on 19 August, 2018. Photo: Iqbal Hossain, KeraniganjNine students, arrested on charges of vandalism and attack on police during their recent demonstrations for safe roads, have been released from jail on bail.Dhaka Central Jails additional jailer, Zahidul Alam, told Prothom Alo that nine students got out of jail gate around 7:30pm on Sunday.Another 13 students will walk out of jail tomorrow, Monday, he added.Following criticism and demand from various civil rights groups, some 25 students were granted bail in cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the recent demonstrations for safe road in the capital and elsewhere in the country.Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted the bail upon hearing petitions.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddiqi granted bail to 15 students while chief metropolitan magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero granted bail to ten students after hearing their separate bail petitions.The bail petitions were filed with the court today, Sunday. The hearing was held between around 11:00am and 12:00pm.The lawyers in favour of the bail petitions said there were no specific charges against the arrested students. Their names are not mentioned in the case statement.The lawyers also argued that the students were detained on suspicion.According to the court officials and police, a total of 99 people have so far been arrested in 51 cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the demonstrations demanding safe roads. Among the detainees, 52 are students.Of 14 detainees, 10 students were granted bail in the case filed with Badda police station.They are: Noor Mohammad, Zahidul Haque, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Redwan Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, AHM Khalid Reza, Reza Rifat Akhlaq, Rashedul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahman.Nine students got bail in the case filed with Dhanmondi police station.The students are Sohad Khan, Masriqul Alam, Tamal Samad, Omar Siam, Mahmudur Rahman, Mahbubur Rahman, Iqbal Hasan, Minhaj Rahman and Naimur Rahman.Those, who got bail in the case filed with Bhatara police station, are Mashad Mortuza Bin Ahad, Sakhawat Hossain, Shihab Shahriar, Azizul Karim Antor, Mahedi Hasan and Foyez Ahmed Adnan.Some 14 students were detained for vandalism in Aftabnagar, and 8 others for vandalism at Basundhara.On 7 August, the court put 22 students on a two-day remand for each.Akhtar Hossain, the lawyer for Zahidul Haque and Nur Mohammad, said he was very happy securing the bail of his clients.Family of the detained students expressed their satisfactions over the bail. Many of them crowded the court area since morning.“It’s a happy day for me. None will understand the pains I’ve undergone since my son was arrested,” Mehedi Hasan’s father MA Masud Khan said.“I’m very happy as we would observe the Eid festival together,” said Mabia, Nur Mohammad’s sister.Several court officials said the court may hold hearing on bail petitions for others on Monday.The students of different schools, colleges and universities took to the street across the country demanding safe roads after two of their fellows were killed in a road crash on Airport Road on 29 July.last_img read more