25 days ago​Bruce slams Newcastle players for ‘total surrender’ in Leicester thrashing

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bruce slams Newcastle players for ‘total surrender’ in Leicester thrashingby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle manager Steve Bruce laid into his players in a furious tirade after their humiliating 5-0 loss to Leicester City.The Magpies were a man down and laid down tools in the second half as Leicester overran them.And Bruce, who wants to instill defensive solidity into the team, was very disappointed by the effort shown by his players.After the match, Bruce said to reporters: “It was a complete surrender and happened too quickly, too easily.”I’ve only been at the club two or three months and I certainly haven’t witnessed what I witnessed here. Too many felt sorry for themselves.”It was nowhere near what’s required. If you have 10 men or nine men, the one thing you can show is a bit off resilience. Determination, a bit of fight or courage, whatever you want to call it.”We simply haven’t done enough to put anything right.”That’s the disappointing thing for myself, resilience is the only thing I really genuinely, demand from them – to play in a certain way – but we didn’t see that here.” last_img read more

Report Maria had 43B impact on Puerto Ricos economy

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory’s economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.The report by the Puerto Rico Planning Board takes into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.The report says the capital of San Juan was among the six most affected cities on the island after the Category 4 storm hit in September 2017.Economist Jose Caraballo said Monday that federal aid and insurance payouts so far have covered only 24 per cent of the losses reported.The Associated Presslast_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

Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgMorrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says. CALGARY, A.B. – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as the frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.last_img read more

India finish with 16 gold medals at Asian Airgun Cships

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian shooters continued their dominance claiming five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships to sign off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei. India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze. On the last day of the competition, Yash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each. Yash finished on top in 10m Air Rifle men’s junior event. He then clinched the yellow metal in Team competition with his partners — Keval Prajpati and Aishwary Tomar. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Yash scored 249.5, while Keval and Aishwary shot 247.3 and 226.1 for silver and bronze respectively. Earlier Vardhan and Shreya combined to win the Mixed Team Rifle junior event. Shreya won the gold in the 10m Air Rifle women’s junior event. She also won the Team gold along with Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Chakkaravarthy. Shreya’s gold winning 24-shots ended on an impressive 252.5, while Mehuli settled for individual bronze with an effort of 228.3. Kavi was fourth. Indian shooting’s next assignment is scheduled at Al Ain, UAE where the ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage two commences on April 5.last_img read more

Factory worker dies after his head gets stuck in Shahdaras factory lift

first_imgNew Delhi: In a tragic incident, a factory worker died after his head got stuck in the lift, inside taps making factory, in Shahdara’s Seemapuri area on March 20. Police have registered a case in this regard and investigation is going on.Meanwhile, the complainant in the case has told police that the lift was not working properly. “We have told the owner about the lift but he pays no heed which resulted in the incident,” the complainant told the police. According to the investigating agency, the incident was reported on March 20 when the deceased, identified as Punit, was taking out goods from the lift when it suddenly started to run and his head got stuck in the lift. A rickshaw puller was at the spot who alerted everyone after the lift suddenly started to run. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All the other workers reached the spot and took Punit to the hospital where he was declared brought dead,” police said adding that he had joined the factory two and a half months ago. The police were told that the labourers had complained about the lift to the factory owner. “The lift used to stop or sometimes run. No safety gears were given to the labourers,” the complainant told the police. The city police had registered a case under sections 287 (Negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 304 A (Causing death by negligence) in Seemapuri police station. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe deceased hails from Bihar. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Ved Prakash Surya said that they are probing the case and soon arrest can be made. Machine taking lives Last year, four construction labourers were killed after a hydraulic lift malfunctioned and collapsed at a construction site in outer Delhi’s Narela. In another case, a 27-year-old man was crushed to death due to an alleged malfunction in the lift he had taken in a factory in Rohini district’s Narela area. A woman in her late 50s died after her saree came in contact with the machine in Narela area of Rohini district. Police claimed that the head was severed during the incident.last_img read more

Winning streak ends for Ohio State field hockey in blowout loss to

OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) runs with the ball during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday when Miami University’s Henni Otten and Bea Dechant each scored twice to bring the Redhawks a 5-0 victory.Despite being outshot 18-4, the offensively driven first half gave OSU sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro a chance to shine with seven saves at the cage. Combined with the second half’s four, Tamburro finished with a season-high of 11 saves and 49 total for the season. The first goal was scored nearly 23 minutes in as a breakaway goal from Otten, with an assist from junior midfielder/forward Carla Romagosa. Seven minutes later, the Redhawks struck again when Dechant scored through a backhand shot, bringing the game to 2-0.The lead became three goals early in the second half when Otten scored her second goal of the game nearly five minutes in.OSU was unable to break through the opponent’s balanced defense for a goal during the remainder of the game, and Miami scored again at the 52- and 70-minute marks, closing the game in its favor, 5-0.Miami’s strong defense caused the Buckeyes to come out with a season-low tally of four total shots, three of which were on goal. Junior midfielder Paige Hamilton shot two of them, and the remaining two were by junior forward Brooke Hiltz and sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile. OSU is set to hit the field again for a noon game Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania, to face off against Big Ten competitor Penn State. read more

Marianos great opportunity due to Benzemas absence

first_imgWith Karim Benzema injured for the next month at least, it’s time for Mariano Diaz to step up and earn that spot he always wanted at Real Madrid.The most recent results from Real Madrid in all competitions have been extremely worrying, the lack of goals point directly at Karim Benzema and Mariano Diaz needs to take advantage of the Frenchman’s new injury during the club’s next two matches.According to a report from Real Madrid’s official website, Karim has suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out of competition for at least two weeks.This means that Mariano Diaz will have the opportunity to play Los Blancos’ next two matches against Levante in La Liga and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, a unique opportunity that chance has given the Dominican striker to take Benzema’s place for El Clasico that will take place at the Camp Nou by the end of October.A crucial match that is happening a bit sooner than we are used to, as it used to take place in December in previous years but La Liga’s new schedules have programmed it like this.Mariano is eager to get those two chances by manager Julen Lopetegui, who for some reason hasn’t used his most recent transfer as he maybe should’ve because Karim Benzema had a privileged position in the squad.Estamos listos, podemos hacerlo, juntos a por la victoria #HastaElFinalVamosReal pic.twitter.com/XAdh6hTdiv— Mariano Díaz Mejía (@marianodiaz7) October 6, 2018The French striker started the season with all his might, he scored five goals in the first four matches in all competitions and made us all believe that we were about to experience a new Karim Benzema.However, the striker soon went back to his old ways and started being completely irrelevant in the most important matches of the season.Karim’s low form has been a major reason why Los Blancos haven’t really performed lately, they strictly depend on his and Gareth Bale’s goals now that Cristiano Ronaldo is gone and he has let everyone down.With this new injury he just picked up, it’s Mariano’s golden chance to prove to Lopetegui that he can be the top scorer in the squad.It all depends on him, the man has been getting ready for this chance and it’s highly unlikely that he will let it pass that easily.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mariano left Lyon with the sole reason to become Real Madrid’s top offensive player, but he has been frustrated with the lack of opportunities that manager Julen Lopetegui has given him since he arrived.Listo para otra jornada de #Champions 💪 Esta noche nos espera el @pfc_cska #UCL#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Qp6cTseVNS— Mariano Díaz Mejía (@marianodiaz7) October 2, 2018In fact, there have even been reports of the Dominican striker being really angry towards the manager.When Mariano Diaz had a verbal agreement to play with Sevilla this season, it was Julen Lopetegui the one who convinced him to break that deal and play for Real Madrid.The Spanish manager promised him to have a titular role in the squad, a promise that Julen never honored with the player so far and this is what has Mariano very disappointed with the boss.His anger grows even further because the squad is getting poor results lately, and the manager had to get the news of an injured Karim Benzema in order to start looking at the Dominican striker as the option he had left.But the player wants to prove his worth regardless of how they have treated him, he knows that playing his best football will be more than enough to change Lopetegui’s mind, and leave Kari Benzema on the bench once and for all.The French player has always enjoyed a privileged position in the team, even during the times when he hasn’t been at his best like right now. But Mariano wants to change that for good, he believes the next two matches are his best opportunity yet.💪⚽ Our preparations for Saturday’s trip to @Alaves are underway! #RMCity pic.twitter.com/Oca1Jzsulg— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 4, 2018Do you think Mariano can change Julen Lopetegui’s mind and take the starring role from Karim Benzema as Real Madrid’s main striker? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

North Caicos man jailed for incest violates own daughter

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 16, 2017 – The Prosecutor’s Office and Police have secured a conviction for a 53 year old man who has confessed to the most sickening of crimes; incest and buggery of his own 8-year old daughter.John Lightbourne of North Caicos this morning confessed to sexually assaulting his primary school aged child in July 2016.   The 53 year old, who is a fisherman and carpenter, lives in North, the child is a resident of Provo and while he could have gotten life for the crime, he was sentenced to a mere eight years and is now jailed at Her Majesty’s prison in Grand Turk.The two charges – incest and buggery – will run concurrently.  The sentencing was handed down by Robert Schuster, Supreme Court judge.#MagneticNewsMedia#JohnLightbourne Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Related Items:#JohnLightbourne, #MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Local orphan puppy wins spot for Puppy Bowl XV

first_imgLocal orphan puppy wins spot for Puppy Bowl XV KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 20, 2019 January 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – PUPPY BOWL XV superstars joined us in house this morning from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UBM Has No Plans to Shut Down Canon Titles

first_imgEven after shrinking its print magazine operation by some 35 titles over the last two years, United Business Media says it has no plans to close down any of the 24 print publications it purchased late last month in the $287 million acquisition of Canon Communications.Last week, UBM formed UBM Electronics, a new company it says combines UBM’s existing EE Times Group portfolio with Canon’s electronics related products, including the EDN brands and Test & Measurement World. A UBM spokesperson says Canon’s non-electronics magazines will be managed “using the same approach as we use to manage all the other UBM titles” under the UBM Canon publishing group, which is headed by Canon’s Ron Wall as senior vice president.Since the beginning of 2009, UBM has continued to reduce the size of its magazine publishing operation, having shut down 31 titles in 2009 and four more through the first half of 2010. (No titles were closed during the third quarter.) The reductions, however, have resulted in profit increases. While print sales are down 15.3 percent to approximately $163.7 million through the third quarter this year, adjusted operating profit grew to about $5.6 million from $2 million during the same nine-month period last year.As of September 30 (prior to the close of the Canon deal), UBM published a total of 106 print magazines in the U.S. and abroad.last_img read more

Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018

first_img Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018 Following “secret” talks, all five Spice Girls are reportedly onboard for a reunion celebration in ’18Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 10:46 am Slam your body down and wind it all around, ’90s style!According to multiple reports, including NME, the Spice Girls — Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown  (Scary), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Emma Bunton (Baby), and Geri Horner (Ginger) — are planning to reunite for some big projects in 2018, including a celebratory reunion TV special and new album.”The five of them have been locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion,” a source told The Sun. “As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls — and getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”Horner hinted at a possible Spice Girls reunion in October. “I really pushed to get everyone back together,” she told Red magazine. “I still love the girls and there are other bits and bobs in the pipeline.”The quintet last appeared together to perform their hits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The group released their last studio album, Forever, in 2000.’The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack: 25 Years After Whitney Houston’s Masterpiece Twitter Facebook News Email Spice Girls To Reunite In 2018 spice-girls-reunion-victoria-beckham-planned-2018last_img read more

Rohingya still fleeing violence persecution in Myanmar UN

first_imgMuslim Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes by soldiers and Buddhists, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final remarks to the Human Rights Council before stepping down on Aug 31, questioned a top Myanmar official’s assertion that the government was committed to defending the rights of all, not those of any one community.”In my four years as High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity,” Zeid said. “Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.”The Myanmar official, Kyaw Moe Tun, director-general of its foreign ministry, did not reply to Zeid’s comments which closed the two-hour debate. After the session he could not be reached for comment.Earlier, Kyaw said during the debate that Zeid’s report contained information that was “distorted or exaggerated”. He blamed the violence on militants who attacked Myanmar government forces.”The root cause of the tragedy was terrorism and terrorism cannot be condoned under any circumstance,” Kyaw said.So far this year, 11,432 Rohingya have reached Bangladesh, where more than 700,000 have fled since an August military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, Zeid said.”No amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts. People are still fleeing persecution in Rakhine — and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape,” he said.Many Rohingya refugees also report being pressured by Myanmar authorities to accept a national verification card that says they need to apply for citizenship, he added.The citizenship issue is at the core of discussions on their status, Zeid said, adding that the cards “mark the Rohingya as non-citizens, in keeping with the government’s characterisation of them as foreigners in their own homeland”.Authorities in mainly Buddhist Myanmar deny carrying out large scale human rights abuses, which the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing. Authorities say a crackdown in Rakhine is a necessary response to violence by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militant group, which attacked Myanmar security posts.Kyaw said a top priority for his government was to find a “sustainable solution” in Rakhine. It had agreed with Bangladesh in January 2018 that repatriation of refugees would be completed within two years, he said.last_img read more

Kashmiris queue for twominute phone access

first_imgMembers of the American Muslim community stage a demonstration to protest what they say is the Indian government`s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state within India, outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on August 10, 2019. Photo: AFPOutside a guarded government office in Indian Kashmir’s main city, an interminable queue forms every day for a near-priceless opportunity: a two-minute phone call to the outside world.Residents of Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley have been starved of phone and internet use for a week as India snuffs out opposition to its military lockdown in the Himalayan region.Only two mobile phones with an outside line are on offer in the deputy commissioner’s office, but so desperate are people to contact families in the rest of India and overseas that they come from across Srinagar and beyond to wait in line.Under the watchful eye of Indian paramilitaries, the calls and conversations are tightly controlled, and simmering frustrations often boil over.One 56-year-old woman, who had walked miles and was stopped at dozens of checkpoints along the way, became embroiled in an argument with security forces outside the office after she was turned away.”They stopped me from entering because they don’t have a female police of?cer to frisk me,” the dejected woman, who was hoping to call her two children studying abroad, told AFP.”I am worried about my daughters but they would definitely be more worried about us,” she said, declining to be named.In the end, she was left with no choice but to give her childrens’ numbers to a stranger in the queue and plead with him to try and contact them.Silent punishment India deployed tens of thousands of additional troops to back its move last week to strip Muslim-majority Kashmir of its autonomy, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not indicated how long the communications blackout and lockdown will last.A crippling curfew has been eased ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday, but there is still a massive security presence on the streets.The government has issued a few hundred satellite phones to police and top bureaucrats, while dozens of other officials have mobile and landline numbers linked to a private network.The deputy commissioner’s office began offering its mobile service on Thursday.Each day, the queue builds up early and jostling starts when an official emerges from a poorly lit corridor to take the names and numbers to be called in a register.”We are trying to help people to connect with relatives abroad,” the of?cer said on condition of anonymity.He reads out names of the lucky callers and hands over the mobile phone to each one. He also times each call, waving his hands when the 120 seconds are nearly up.Mubashir Hussain’s excitement turned to frustration when his call to a brother in the United States went unanswered.”He must be away from his phone or sleeping. There is a time difference,” the 44-year-old businessman said as he handed back the phone.Back to the ‘stone age’ A three-decade insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir has left tens of thousands dead, and communication clampdowns are nothing new.According to the Software Freedom Law Center, a New Delhi monitoring group, there have been dozens of internet shutdowns this year alone.But the current restrictions — affecting the mobile network, landlines and cable TVs — are on a different scale.”We are being literally pushed into stone age. Cutting communication is a violation of basic human rights,” said Hussain.Shakeel Ahmad Khan said he had to plead with troops at several checkpoints to let him pass so he could try to contact his elderly parents who have been on the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia since last month.”I saw my mother in a dream last night and she said they are ?ne,” he said as he waited.last_img

Advocates Call Attention to Chemical Contamination of Minority Communities

first_imgAs the nation ruminates on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement this Black History Month, environmental justice activists are calling attention to what they say is the new frontline of the human rights struggle: chemical contamination of communities of color. “When corporations decide where to build chemical plants, landfills, or water treatment plants where chemicals leach, they most often choose low income communities of color,” Richard Moore, a long-time civil rights and environmental justice leader with the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, said in a statement. “This is the next frontier of the Civil Rights Movement,” Michele Roberts, co-coordinator for the alliance, told the AFRO. “People of color and the poor have borne the brunt of exposure to toxins and have a disproportionate share of health issues because of the prevalence of chemical sites in their communities. You even have people migrating because they are losing their communities.” Roberts pointed to Mossville, a town just outside Lake Charles, La. that was built by Black freedmen in the late 1700s, and now faces a corporate buyout because “they are surrounded by 14 of the most toxic facilities ever.” The environmental justice movement began in the 1960s when farm workers organized by Cesar Chavez fought for workplace rights, including protection from toxic pesticides in California fields, and when African-American students took to the streets of Houston to oppose a city dump that claimed the lives of two children. But the movement truly took off in 1982 when residents from Warren County, N.C., a poor, rural and overwhelmingly Black jurisdiction, fought to block the dumping of 6,000 truckloads of soil laced with toxic PCBs in their community. “For us, environmental justice is about protecting where we live, play, work and pray,” Roberts said. She added of the history, “Grassroots communities came together to form the environmental justice movement. They looked at what Dr. [Martin Luther] King said about creating the ‘Beloved Community’ and honed in on that to say that we must have environmental remediation and policies in those communities.” Those early efforts led President Bill Clinton to issue Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,” in 1994. But activists complain that Clinton’s executive order and other laws, such as the General Duty Clause of the Clean Air Act which requires facilities that produce, process, handle or store hazardous substances to take proactive measures to prevent accidental releases, are not being implemented. Despite strides in legislation and executive actions, “communities continue to experience disasters,” Roberts said. “What we now need are standards and regulations to enforce these laws and protect these communities now and for future generations.” On Jan. 9, a West Virginia chemical spill contaminated the water supply of nine counties, leaving 300,000 people without drinking water. On Dec. 20, an explosion at the Axiall plant near Mossville, La., sent several people to the hospital. In August, an explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant killed 15 people. On June 13, a chemical explosion in Geismar, La., killed one person, injured at least 75 others and released a plume of toxic fumes across the area. President Obama’s Executive Order 13650, “Improving Chemical Safety and Security,” mandates “listening sessions” across the country, with the next scheduled for Feb. 27 in Newark, N.J. At the meetings, stakeholders who live and work near chemical plants have the chance to express their concerns. Roberts said the move signals new momentum in the thrust for chemical policy reform and the environmental justice movement. “I really believe we have a very strong chance because we’re getting more and more people involved” including the United Steelworkers, health advocates and more, Roberts said. “If we work collectively together, especially in the waning years of this administration, we would be able to get the reforms we need to protect our communities.”last_img read more

White Principal Sorry for Slur in Black History Month Speech

first_imgBy The Associated PressHYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A white principal at a private school near Washington says she regrets using a racial slur referring to black people during a Black History Month assembly.Citing a release from New Hope Academy Principal Joy Morrow, news outlets report a keynote speaker had canceled just before the school’s annual assembly, so Morrow decided to give a talk she gave 25 years ago about what Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings meant to her.New Hope Academy (Courtesy Image/Logo)A native of Dubuque, Iowa, she says she warned the children in grades 6 to 12 that she would use the slur to explain what she “experienced growing up in an all-white, racist community.”She said the word inadvertently distracted some students, so she regrets using it. The school has since held discussions with students and faculty.last_img read more

The Wayward Sisters Anthology is Live on Kickstarter Now

first_img Comics from Canada are some of my all-time new favorites. Toronto produces some of the coolest comics and creators that tell the stories we want to hear. For the spooky season, TO Comix Press presents Wayward Sisters. WS is an anthology collecting stories to celebrate lady and non-binary monsters. This collection brings forth new kinds of monsters that break the mold in every way.I don’t think I can officially put into words how remarkable this anthology is. I love any types of monsters. Seeing a collection of stories from creators that embrace the unusual, original and unique variety of monster sets my heart on fire.From their official website: “From mermaids hunted for their meat to a ghastly beauty pageant, Wayward Sisters celebrates lady and non-binary monsters who are indelicate, impolite, and irrepressible. Inside you’ll find tales of undead motivational speakers, vengeance demons compelled to hunt family, and a gentle T. Rex who just wants to be loved. This collection of full-colour comics stars thirty-eight intersectional creators who identify as women or gender-nonconforming.”via Kickstarter / Wayward Sisters / TO Comix PressWayward Sisters launched their Kickstarter October 11th. You still have plenty of time to support this fantastic anthology until November 10th. Lead editor Allison O’ Toole (The Pitiful Human-Lizard and Life, Death & Sorcery) with editor M. Blankier (Marvel, Kids Can Press, Knopf/Random House Canada) were “both bored by monster stories where women are only victims, romantic interest, or sexy monster hunters.” They sought out a different kind of monster stories. With that, they called for pitches, and Wayward Sisters was born.Wayward Sisters contains 25 stories from both female-identifying and non-binary/non-conforming creators. Backers for the Kickstarter will be able to receive digital downloads, physical copy of Wayward Sisters, limited edition prints by artists, original artwork, an exclusive pin and so much more.via Wayward Sisters / TO Comix PressTO Comix Press has maintained successful and exceptional campaigns for their comic funding. They’re going above and beyond to make Wayward Sisters a reality. With the anthology 73% funded, there are a lot more rewards to grab. The support will allow the book to launch Feb 2018. If you love monsters, uniquely different types of monster, you’ll want to back Wayward Sisters today. You can find out more and follow them on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetlast_img read more

EC set to introduce health kits in polling booths

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move, the Election Commission is all set to introduce health kits at the polling booths in the state on election days.The health kits will contain all the essential medicines and other medical items. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, seeking permission for the same. The ECI has given an approval in this regard and hence all the polling booths will have health kits. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official of the CEO’s office has officially unveiled the health kit, which will eventually be delivered to all the polling booths across the state. If the voters or any polling personnel need any medical intervention, the kits would come handy. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that the Income Tax department has confiscated a huge amount of money from the state. The matter was reported to the Election Commission. The I-T department is now conducting a probe to ascertain if the money was supposed to be used in the election process. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe commission has taken a stand on fair and clean polling in view of the Lok Sabha elections. A couple of days ago, the EC had confiscated more than Rs 54 lakh from four people in Alipurduar. Apart from I-T, various other election machineries like state police and flying squads are constantly on the lookout and also conducting raids at various places across the state. The commission has also recently recovered more than 59 weapons, ammunition and 6,757 kg of ammonium nitrate and 2,676 kilogram of gelatine stick powder from different districts of the state. Around 3,782 litres of liquor was also recovered.last_img read more

Start Now to Create a SXSW Game Plan for Next Year

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read This column is part of a series formed from a partnership between Entrepreneur and NFL Players Inc. Click here to see the other columns.I have attended South by Southwest (SXSW) for several years and, like most things, practice makes perfect. The Interactive portion of SXSW allows the who’s who in the tech world to descend upon Austin, TX, as the opening act to one of the best music festivals in the country. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend circling dates on your calendar now to attend next year. You won’t be sorry. And to help you have a winning experience if you do attend, here is my tried-and-true game plan to get through the week.Preparation: Those who don’t plan, plan to fail. This includes:Accommodations–Don’t make the rookie mistake of waiting until the last minute. Book your hotel and airfare now! If you plan on attending the conference, be very strategic about the speakers you wish to hear. No need to try and hit all the sessions, just focus on what is relevant to you and your company.Essentials–Be sure to pack an extra battery for your cell phone. You’ll want your phone fully charged to use the handy SXSW app. Make your schedule in advance but always have a Plan B in mind, because there are a lot of concurrent activities. Have cash in case you need to flag a pedicab to get to your next session. Also, bring mints. You will meet a lot of people, so you’ll want to have good breath.Gear–Jeans are a no brainer, proper walking kicks, no need for a suit (or anything that resembles a corporate look) and your best button up for the evening festivities. You are going to be busy, if you do it right, so there might not be time to change.Morning plans (9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)Don’t skip breakfast! This is not a time to ignore what our parents told us when we were kids. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and you never know when you will have time to sneak in a meal before dinner. This is also a good time to schedule meetings. The key is to always leave a 30-minute window to take an impromptu meeting with someone you meet while you are in town.Related: How to Survive South By SouthwestAfternoon plans (12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)Mix in a few networking events with a few sessions. During the day, a number of companies and VC firms will host pool parties, BBQ gatherings and networking fiestas, which are a great place to meet people. Whatever event you plan to attend, find out if there is guests list ahead of time. Otherwise, be polite to the folks working the door and if you don’t mind waiting in a line, you will eventually get in to join the fun. More importantly, don’t forget your business cards because you will go through them fast.Late afternoon/early evening plans (4:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.)This is a great time to find one last session, or catch up on emails and possibly take a few more meetings. I like to set up shop at the Four Seasons, either outside, weather permitting, or in the lobby bar. The Four Seasons is in the heart of the action; especially for the SXSports track this past year. Everyone that’s anyone will roll through the lobby at some point.Related: My, SXSW, How You’ve ChangedFreshen up and dinner plans (7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.)If you can, find a few minutes to rest your mind before a long night of action. If you are on a solo mission, use this time to take a quick nap and grab a bite to eat at a dive spot, off-the-beaten path. If you have trouble deciding, you can’t go wrong with BBQ. If you are with your wolf pack, co-workers or new friends from the conference, plan a dinner at a cool foodie restaurant. Austin is full of great spots with excellent food, just make sure to make a reservation.SXSW Evening Fun (10:00 p.m.- whenever)One thing you can count on is a several great parties to choose from each night at SXSW. Pick a spot and own it! Rainey Street and Sixth Street are full of parties. They will all be tempting, but if you try to get to them all you are going to miss out on just being in the moment. If you find yourself at a dud, don’t be afraid to call an audible. You can always find another party because, if there is one thing I have learned about SXSW Interactive, it’s that the tech world knows how to have a good time late into the night. So you can go home early or throw a Hail Mary and find a SXSW after-hours venue. Just remember you have to get up and do it all over again.So if you haven’t been, I highly recommend registering for next year. It is a good event to learn from peers, make solid business connections and have some fun. Just make sure you have a game plan like I do!Related: The 3 Coolest Things I’ve Seen at SXSW Interactive 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 8, 2015 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

We couldnt do it without agents St Vincent The Grenadines to surpass

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travelweek Group Posted by These ‘mistakes’ led many neighbouring islands to be overwrought with tourists, something that St. Vincent and The Grenadines is at no risk of. With virtually no crowds, it’s the perfect place for total relaxation.Botanic Gardens (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) Wednesday, July 24, 2019 “We’re not an area of mass tourism, which sets us apart from most of the other islands,” says Shelley John, Director of Sales – Canada for the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office. “With the lack of an international airport prior [to the new terminal built in 2017], we’re lagging behind a little, which is a good thing since you won’t find any crowds.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOf course, this could all change in time as more airlines offer service to Argyle International Airport (SVD), a US$250 million facility that debuted in February 2017. Air Canada Rouge was the first global airline to launch flights to SVD, a point of pride for Beache, a Canadian native.“This airport has been a game-changer for us,” he said. “Our big issue has always been access to the destination, and now that we can have direct flights it has changed the way a lot of people in the industry now look at St. Vincent and The Grenadines.”The airport, added Beache, has ushered in a wave of investments in the next few years, including a highly anticipated 250-room hotel by the Library Hotel Collection, the same group behind Toronto’s Hotel X. A 99-room Holiday Inn Express is also in the works, as well as a 250-room, all-inclusive resort from a major hotel brand that Beache said will be announced in the next couple months.“The interest is there right now, we’re very excited about everything that’s coming on stream. Our partners, particularly those in Canada, have done a great job,” he said.It’s no surprise that the island has seen increasing interest from Canada. Air Canada Rouge’s weekly year-round service from Toronto was so successful that the carrier launched a second weekly flight during the peak 2018-2019 winter season. It will once again operate a second weekly Sunday nonstop flight for this winter starting Dec. 15.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe increased lift has resulted in big visitor numbers. This year, the destination has seen a 16.9% increase from the Canadian market, which means St. Vincent is on track to surpass 10,000 visitors from Canada for the first time ever.“We’ve seen a jump of over 40% in the past eight years or so from Canada,” said John, “and the most recent jump is definitely because of our new direct flights with Air Canada Rouge. They’re getting more people down and we’re sure that’s going to get bigger and bigger.”Canouan Mandarian Oriental Villa (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) John is also counting on travel agents to help get the word out that St. Vincent and The Grenadines is for everyone – and not just high-end travellers as many would believe. The island’s approximate 2,200 hotel rooms range in price and preference, and with 32 islands and cays in total, there’s something for everyone.“We couldn’t do it without travel agents, which is why they are one of our main focuses throughout the year,” said John, who also noted that product launches and road shows will take place in October in Ontario (Kitchener, London and Toronto) as well as Vancouver. “We’re definitely focused on engaging travel agents and trying to get them down themselves and build more awareness of the destination.”For more information go to discoversvg.com. For details on upcoming roadshows and product launches email svgta.ca@discoversvg.com. TORONTO — As the famous tale of the Tortoise and the Hare goes, sometimes a slower approach is best. Just ask Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, who says that the destination’s late entry into the tourism industry was actually a blessing.“We’re one of the last in the Caribbean to get into the industry; it wasn’t until 1993-94 when tourism overtook agriculture as our main source of revenue,” he said at a media luncheon in Toronto yesterday. “Obviously in the world of marketing, it’s always best to be the first on the scene to get your product out there. But because we weren’t first, we were able to look at some of our neighbours and make sure we didn’t make some of the same mistakes.”Union Happy Island (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) “We couldn’t do it without agents”: St. Vincent & The Grenadines to surpass 10K Canadianslast_img read more