Kwispaa LNG files submission with provincial and federal environmental regulators

first_imgThe filing of the Project Description with the EAO and CEAA will allow those regulators to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project. Extensive First Nations and community engagement by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.“We are incredibly proud of the special co-management relationship that we have formed for Kwispaa LNG,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Steelhead throughout the environmental assessment process to ensure that this project achieves world-leading outcomes for the environment and our people for generations to come.”“We at Huu-ay-aht believe Kwispaa LNG represents a new model for economic success on significant projects in Canada,” said Huu-ay-aht Councillor and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Chairperson John Jack. “This project will create meaningful revenues, jobs, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht Citizens and our neighbouring communities, as well as generate ongoing tax revenue at a local, provincial, and federal level.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The partnership looking to build a floating LNG export terminal on the west coast of Vancovuer Island has entered the next phase of the project’s development.Kwispaa LNG, which is being developed through a co-management relationship between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG, announced today that it has made a submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.“From the beginning, we have believed in developing LNG projects in Canada that emphasize relationships with First Nations and respect their role as stewards of the environment,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “The Project Description that we have submitted to regulators reflects our shared commitment with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to provide Canadian natural gas to global markets in a way that generates long-lasting benefits to First Nations, local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”last_img read more

Australia insists ties with Lanka strong

“Australia and Sri Lanka have and will continue to work closely to detect, disrupt and return people smuggling ventures and combat other transnational crimes,” Dutton said.Former President Mahinda Rajapakse was known to have had a very close relationship with Australia which resulted in Australia supporting Sri Lanka against international pressure on the human rights issue. (Colombo Gazette) However Dutton said that on the contrary he was warmly welcomed by the Prime Minister and they had discussed deepening and expanding its ties in various fields including on the people smuggling issue.Hundreds of Sri Lankan had fled to Australia by boat during the country’s 30 year civil conflict but the numbers reduced following coordinated efforts between the two countries. Dutton, the first Australian Minister to visit Sri Lanka since the January 8 Presidential Election had met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed ties between both countries. Wickremesinghe had earlier been quoted in some media as saying that he will not warmly welcome the Australian Minister as Australia had very strong ties with the former Sri Lankan government. The Australian government today said that its relationship with Sri Lanka has not changed despite a new government taking office in January this year.Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton who just concluded an official visit to Sri Lanka said that Sri Lanka and Australia will continue to coordinate in fighting human smuggling. read more

Hotels expand amenities and costs for pets as more travellers bring their

This May 15, 2015 photo provided by Carol Bryant, shows herself with dog Dexter at Mather Point on the Rim Trail in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. (Darlene Bryant/Courtesy of Carol Bryant via AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them.A bed-and-breakfast she visited north of New York City wouldn’t let her pooch Benny trot around in the main house, among other troubles. Ochman, a Manhattan Internet strategist, has since discovered Audrey’s Farmhouse, a B&B in Wallkill, New York, that caters to dogs and doesn’t charge pet fees that can top hundreds of dollars.“Dog-friendly means your dog is welcome,” she said. “If the dog is welcome, he shouldn’t cost extra money. Of course, I am a dog owner, not an innkeeper.”Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travellers who bring along their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. What started as a basic, one-time pet fee has blossomed into a per-night charge at many places and costs that can total hundreds.Some properties offer amenities from patches of grass to chew toys, designer bowls and in-room massages — usually for an additional price — while others simply levy cleaning fees, whether your dog makes a mess or not. Those hotels often don’t offer extras or permission for pooches over a certain weight, locking out larger pets like Ochman’s.“There is a huge difference between pet-tolerant and pet-welcoming,” said Carol Bryant, a pet industry public relations strategist from Forty Fort, Pennsylvania.She’s been travelling with dogs for decades and says hotels that simply tolerate animals don’t offer services such as bowls and beds, so dogs might be sleeping on thin carpeting.Perks such as organic treats usually cost more, but “I never forget when businesses extend themselves to my dog,” Bryant said. “Does my dog know? Probably not, but I do. And I do the spending.”Hotels charge a range of prices for pets. More than 120 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the U.S. charge a maximum $75 nonrefundable fee used for cleaning, said Maggie Giddens, director of public relations for the hotels.Many chains charge differently by city. In San Francisco, flat fees are common, with the Radisson charging $75; the Marriott, $50 to $100; Holiday Inn, $75; and the Hyatt, $100, according to, a pet travel services website. But the InterContinental requires $50 a night there.Many properties have no fees, including Motel 6, Studio 6, Red Roof Inn, La Quinta and Kimpton, which has 67 hotels nationwide, said Cindy Dahlen, marketing director for New York-based charge per night, including Rodeway Inn and Westin hotels at $10-$15; Best Western and Travelodge at $20; and Extended Stay America at $25.Bryant said the highest fee she’s faced was a one-time $250 cleaning charge at the Trump SoHo New York. Dogs staying at the luxury hotel also have to be under 25 pounds.Other pet policies, which exclude service dogs, vary by hotel and can include:— Rooms on designated floors, allowing other customers to avoid pet dander.— Restricting dogs from getting on furniture in rooms and lobbies.— When dogs must be leashed.— Where they can go on the property.— Bans on certain breeds, which generally match the city’s laws.For Ochman, bed-and-breakfasts beat out hotels, because they’re more distinctive and usually have fewer restrictions on pets.“People approach travel in different ways,” she said. “We are just looking for a pretty place where we can relax and take the dogs.” Hotels expand amenities and costs for pets as more travellers bring their dogs along on trips by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2015 8:44 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN hails groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling to decriminalize gay sex in India

India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a key section of a colonial-era law which made specific sexual acts between adults illegal.“Today is a day of gay pride, a day of celebration, a day when respect and dignity was finally restored in India for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a statement.“I hope this decision sets the trend and is followed by similar decisions in other countries that remove unjust laws criminalizing homosexuality.”UN Secretary-General António Guterres also welcomed the decision by India’s highest court, applauding the verdict of the Chief Justice, who said that discrimination and prejudice are always “irrational, indefensible, and arbitrary.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said: “This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights. With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality.” She added that she hoped other courts elsewhere in the world where gay rights are being infringed, would follow suit.The UN system in India expressed hope that it will boost efforts to stamp out stigma and discrimination against LGBTI people, which violates their human rights. The UN office in Delhi issued a statement which stressed that “focus must now be on ensuring access to justice, including remedy; effective investigations of acts of violence and discrimination; and effective access to economic, social and cultural rights.”Mr . Sidibé, the UNAIDS chief, explained that besides being a human rights violation, criminalization of consensual same-sex relations, hinders people from accessing and using services related to HIV prevention and increases their risk of acquiring the virus.He said that in India, HIV prevalence among gay men and other men who have sex with men is nearly three per cent, while the rate among transgender people stands at just over three per cent.  Meanwhile, the national average among all adults is just 0.26 per cent.“Around three out of ten gay men and four out of ten transgender people in India who are living with HIV do not know their HIV status. Many LGBTI people living with HIV do not have access to HIV treatment,” he added.With gay men accounting for 18 per cent of all new HIV infections worldwide. UNAIDS is calling on countries to ensure the human rights of all people are respected, regardless of their sexual orientation. read more

Dishing out superlatives for Ohio State teams

Then-junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorNearly every year, the Ohio State athletics program sends several teams out to compete for national championships. Just as often, it seems those teams come home with those titles. Last season, both the men’s volleyball team and synchronized swimming team proved to be the best in their respective sport, and each secured a championship. However, with so many teams around campus, it can be challenging for students to know which teams to keep an eye on throughout the year. So The Lantern created a list of eight superlatives that match Ohio State teams to help students know which to follow in 2017-18.The juggernaut: Synchronized SwimmingNo school has dominated the sport of synchronized swimming over its history quite like the Buckeyes. The sport has existed since 1977, when it was hosted by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women until it was taken over by the NCAA in 1983. And over that 40-year stretch, Ohio State has come away with 30 national championships, followed by Stanford, which has won eight. That trend continued in 2017 when the Buckeyes won the national title again — their 30th — with 100 points over Stanford’s 88 points in the overall team standings. The only match the Buckeyes were outscored in was the Trio Finals, where they lost to Stanford by 0.5 (84.1667 to 83.6667). The Scarlet and Gray will lose Solo Finals champion Emma Baranski, and Elizabeth Davidson, who was Baranski’s partner on the Duo Finals, but two members of the Trio Finals group will be returning (seniors Alyssa Hoying and Monica Velazquez-Stiak). Eleven members from last season’s national championship team might be leaving, but there is nothing to indicate the Buckeyes won’t be title contenders again in 2018.Team at its peak: Women’s BasketballThe Buckeyes return four of their top five scorers, including two-time conference player of the year senior guard Kelsey Mitchell. But in her three years at Ohio State, her team has failed to advance past the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament despite being seeded No. 3 (in 2016) and No. 5 twice (in 2015 and 2017)Ohio State then-redshirt junior Linnae Harper takes the ball up the court against Purdue in a Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThis upcoming season will be her final opportunity to advance far in the tournament, and it might be her team’s last chance for a couple of seasons. The Buckeyes have just nine players on the roster and five will be seniors, including four projected starters. To make matters worse, two promising freshmen — forward Tori McCoy and guard Kiara Lewis — decided to transfer away from Ohio State in the spring. The Buckeyes do not have any incoming freshman or transfers. Mitchell, a ball-dominant, fast-break-happy guard, will be complemented by forward Stephanie Mavunga (11.4 points, 10.8 rebounds per game last season) and guard Sierra Calhoun (9.5 points per game, 38.6 percent 3-point shooter last season) this season.Team on the rebound: Men’s BasketballOhio State endured its worst season under the guidance of Thad Matta in 2016-17, finishing with a 17-15 record. But with Chris Holtmann now taking the reigns of the team after he took Butler to the Sweet 16, things are looking up for the Buckeyes. Not only will the Buckeyes be bringing in a new head coach, but they also are bringing in three four-star recruits: forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young and guard Musa Jallow. They also will return a healthy redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who played in just nine games for the Scarlet and Gray a season ago.And though the team saw Trevor Thompson, Jaquan Lyle and Marc Loving depart after the end of the 2016-17 season, the team’s leading scorer from a year ago, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, will be returning, as will the team’s second best 3-point shooter, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams.Youngest team: BaseballThe Ohio State baseball team lost five seniors and a junior at the end of the 2017 season, but the team will be retaining a promising young core of players, including its two leading hitters from a season ago, outfielder Dominic Canzone and infielder Conner Pohl. It is expected that the starting rotation will feature just one senior, and the field will be comprise mostly of sophomores and juniors, with only three seniors on the offensive side of the team.Several of Ohio’s top recruits will join the team as freshmen, including No. 8 catcher Dillon Dingler (Massillon Jackson), No. 15 pitcher Alex Theis (New Riegel) and No. 26 outfielder Jake Ruby (Bishop Hartley).But there might be no bigger addition to the team than southpaw Seth Lonsway. Not only was Lonsway ranked as the top recruit in Ohio by Perfect Game, but he appeared on MLB Pipeline’s top 200 draft prospects as the 148th-best player. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round of the MLB Draft with the 557th overall pick, but opted not to sign.Team on the rise: Women’s LacrosseLast season, Ohio State’s women’s lacrosse team endured an uncharacteristically subpar year, finishing 6-11. Since coach Alexis Venechanos arrived in Columbus seven years ago, the Buckeyes had only finished below .500 once. But there is reason for optimism.Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe Buckeyes retain much of their talent for 2017-18, including their top seven point-scorers. Senior attack Molly Wood led the team in points (48), goals (42), shots (97) and shots on goal (70). She will be joined by sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez, who likely would have led Ohio State in points had she not suffered a knee injury nine games into the season. Must-watch team: Men’s VolleyballThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team doesn’t just win, it dominates. Last season, Ohio State finished 32-2 and won the NCAA championship for the second year in a row. It carried a win streak into the season and extended it to 42 wins — the third-longest in NCAA history – before dropping a match to UC Irvine. When the team reached the NCAA tournament, it swept its semifinal match against Hawaii and its title match against BYU. Though Ohio State will have to deal with the key losses of setter Christy Blough, middle blocker Driss Guessous and opposite hitter Miles Johnson to graduation, it returns 2017 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson. The Buckeyes will attempt a rare three-peat in the spring. Most well-rounded team: WrestlingThe conference-champion wrestling team features a talented mix of upperclassmen — led by senior heavyweight NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder – with the help of select underclassmen.Sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorAll four individual Big Ten champions – redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello (133 pounds), redshirt senior Bo Jordan (174 pounds), redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore (197 pounds) and Snyder — return for another season and will be favorites both in their conference and in the country. That quartet will be joined on the mats by junior 184-pounder Myles Martin, who won the national championship at 174 pounds his freshman year, All-American 149-pounder Micah Jordan, who is a redshirt junior, and sophomore 141-pounder Luke Pletcher. Just a season removed from winning the 2016 NCAA championship, Ohio State possesses a deep, talented roster capable of making a run at the 2018 title.Biggest Sleeper: Men’s GolfThe Ohio State men’s golf team did not have the season it had hoped for, finishing ninth in the Stanford Regional. On a promising note, however, a pair of then-sophomores Will Grimmer and Daniel Wetterich placed 12th and 27th, respectively, out of 75 golfers. Both golfers would be recognized after the season with All-Midwest honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America.Each of the team’s top four golfers — Grimmer, Wetterich, sophomore Jeg Coughlin III and junior Caleb Ramirez — will return to compete for a title in 2017-18. The Buckeyes also have two golfers — Grimmer and sophomore Caden Orewiler — who qualified to play in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship. So while the team did not end 2017 at the top, it still returns its top performers and are well-positioned for the 2017-18 season. read more

Football Defense wins championships Ohio States was championshipcaliber against Penn State

Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer couldn’t believe what he was looking at on the podium during his postgame press conference.It was the stat sheet from No. 6 Ohio State’s dramatic, come-from-behind 39-38 victory against No. 2 Penn State in front of 109,302 people at Ohio Stadium Saturday. The paper said the nation’s top running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner Saquon Barkley was limited to 44 rushing yards on 21 carries.“Is this right?” Meyer asked. Yes, it was. And it was the performance Ohio State’s defense had to have against the country’s premier playmaker. In a night where so many calls didn’t go the Buckeyes’ way, the defense bent, but never broke and ended up being the force that broke the hearts of the Penn State sideline.“We were shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of the times, so we definitely knew that it wasn’t those guys beating us,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said. “It was really just beating ourselves.”Two second-quarter pass interference penalties turned into touchdowns on the next play for Penn State. Junior cornerback Denzel Ward’s third-quarter interception in the end zone was overturned for a Penn State touchdown on the most pivotal play at that point in the game. Through all that, the Ohio State defense lit its own light out of darkness.Ohio State trailed 35-20 entering the fourth quarter and couldn’t afford any mistakes. On the first drive, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the ball in Ohio State territory, dimming the outlook of any possibility of a comeback.The next play, redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker tackled Barkley for a 7-yard loss on first down and the Buckeyes eventually forced the Nittany Lions into a three-and-out. That’s when the defense created its own break. Ward rushed the punter unblocked, stuffing the kick and Booker recovered the kick in Penn State territory, dramatically shifting the momentum.Penn State nearly put the game away on its next drive, marching down to the Ohio State 7-yard line. At a make-or-break point in the game, Ohio State’s defense came through with a goal-line stand, forcing a field goal when a touchdown likely would have dashed the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff aspirations.Still down 38-27 with 5:37 on the clock, Ohio State’s offense was only going to have a shot at winning the game if the defense forced two straight three-and-outs.That’s exactly what happened.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard met Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley at the mesh point for a 7-yard loss on first down, recording one of nine tackles for loss on Barkley to pin the Nittany Lions back to their own 8-yard line and force a punt. Once Ohio State regained the lead with 1:45 remaining, the defense had to make another stop with Penn State starting its drive on its own 41.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked McSorley on second down and the once-undefeated Nittany Lions didn’t gain a single yard.“That last four plays really sums up what we got, four of the best D-linemen in the country,” Hubbard said. “We knew if we got them in that situation, we were going to close the game.”The Buckeyes held Penn State to 4-of-9 passing for 50 yards and 14 rushing yards on 10 carries in the fourth quarter. Ohio State recorded 13 tackles for loss in the game, including five in the fourth quarter.To win, the Buckeyes could not allow Barkley to beat them. He had his impact on special teams, but his impact on the ground was annihilated outside of his 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Barkley’s 2.1 yard per carry average was his lowest of the season. He entered the game averaging 6.2 yards per carry.Meyer said he was worried about Barkley’s catching ability. The Buckeyes held him to 23 yards on four receptions.“We basically wanted to hit Saquon basically every play,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said. “We knew that give him any type of daylight, if you don’t build that wall, as you seen on the long run he had, don’t build that wall and he’s going to get in the open field and nine times out of 10, score. He capitalized off that and after that, we didn’t give him much. The big thing was stop that.”The defensive line stalwarts of Hubbard, Holmes, Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones exposed a Nittany Lion offensive line that couldn’t protect its versatile quarterback or invaluable running back. Ohio State made the late-game defensive stops with immense pressure on McSorley, showing that the defensive line’s dominance can subdue any deficiencies the Buckeyes have in pass coverage.The game was far from perfect, but the defensive performance when it counted most was nearly flawless. read more

Brothelkeepers guilty pleas welcomed by PSNI

first_imgDETECTIVES IN NORTHERN Ireland have welcomed the guilty pleas by three men to offences linked to human trafficking.The PSNI Organised Crime Branch investigated a Czech-based crime gang involved in the trafficking of women into Northern Ireland for the purposes of sexual exploitation.Three menUnder Operation Bundaleer the three men, Bronislav Rybensky, Lyle Lamont and Ferhat Ekici, were identified and have pleaded guilty to their parts in the criminal operation.Between May and August 2011, detectives conducted searches at three premises believed to be brothels controlled by this group and recovered four potential victims of trafficking who had been offering sexual services.The women had all travelled to Northern Ireland via Dublin from the Czech Republic. They had to give most of their earnings to Rybensky and had to pay him for the cost of flights and advertising.Home They could only return home once they had earned enough to pay for a return flight.Whilst some of the women accepted they had travelled to Northern Ireland to work as escorts, they claimed they were mistreated and exploited by handing over most of their earnings.Other women claimed they had been lured into coming to Northern Ireland for photo shoots but were then told they would have to have sex with men to pay for return flights. Most of these women did not speak English.Rybensky was arrested in August 2011 and during a search of his property a large number of mobile phones and sim cards were found along with other items used in relation to escort advertising. Rybensky pleaded guilty earlier this month to trafficking into the United Kingdom, controlling prostitution, brothel keeping and possession of criminal property.Brothel Lamont was arrested in June 2011 after he was found inside a suspected brothel in Belfast along with three potential victims of trafficking. Subsequent enquiries established that he had rented this apartment and another one for use as a brothel. Lamont pleaded guilty last week to brothel keeping.The bedroom in the Belfast apartment used as a brothel. (PSNI)Both Rybensky and Lamont will be sentenced in January.The third defendant, Ferhat Ekici, pleaded guilty today to brothel keeping and possessing criminal property. He was fined a total of £500 and had to surrender £670 in cash which was seized during a search of a Belfast property being used as a brothel.Money found in the bedroom of a Belfast apartment used as a brothel. (PSNI)The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Grant said:This was a complex investigation into an organised crime group moving between different jurisdictions, luring and exploiting women in the sex industry. The group profited from the exploitation of the sex workers and trafficked victims, the majority of whom were in a strange country, unable to speak English.The final guilty plea today is welcome. It is an indication of the strength of the Organised Crime Branch investigation and case against the defendants.I would appeal to anyone who has information or suspicions about trafficking or sexual exploitation to contact police so that we can continue to make Northern Ireland a hostile place for organised crime groups to operate in.Read: Appeal for witnesses to early morning attack in Dublin’s city centre>Read: Liam Adams ‘laughs with prison guards’ as he is sentenced to 16 years in prison>last_img read more

Heres how this bus could change homeless peoples lives

first_imgSource: Lava Mae/YouTubeBEING HOMELESS MEANS that you may lack access to what the rest of us take for granted: a bed to sleep on, a toilet to use, a shower to wash under.Now an innovative organisation in San Francisco has turned a decommissioned bus into mobile shower and toilet facilities.The company, Lava Mae, aims to have four buses on the road by 2015, providing over 2000 showers a week.Lava Mae received a $100,000 grant from Google as part of its Impact Challenge for the Bay Area.Here’s more about how it turned the bus into a mobile shower: Source: Lava Mae/YouTubeThe project comes from Lava Mae’s belief that:Everyone has the right to be clean. With hygiene comes dignity and dignity, opportunity.There are only seven locations in San Francisco where if you’re homeless you can take a shower – and there are over 3,500 people on the city’s streets who are homeless.While there aren’t plans for a franchise, Lava Mae is “committed to open source sharing of everything we’ve learned and created from the budget to the bus design”, its founder Doniece Sandoval told, adding that they have already been contacted by people from Ghana to Egypt.What do you think of Lava Mae?Read: ‘The government needs to act now’: Demand for homeless service up 25%>last_img read more

Honouring the diggers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Hellenic Memorial will commemorate ten years of the building of the memorial on the 25 September. And to celebrate, all the names of the Australian soldiers who lost their lives in Greece, will be read out on the day. The 840 soldiers will be honoured during a service held at the memorial in the beautiful Domain Gardens in Melbourne. The Australian Hellenic Memorial symbolises the respect and love of Greek Australians towards the children of Australia who remain forever under Greek soil. The memorial was built to remember the faith and dedication of Greeks and Australians to the ideals of democracy and freedom. It also symbolises further bonds of blood and friendship developed on the battle fields, aiming to teach future generations the importance of cooperation and mutual respect between the two countries – Australia and Greece. The Australian Hellenic Memorial has been built with the support of the Australian, Hellenic and Victorian Governments.last_img read more

Des images inédites montrent à quoi ressemblera notre Soleil à sa mort

first_imgDes images inédites montrent à quoi ressemblera notre Soleil à sa mortL’astrophotographe Bill Snyder a photographié la Nébuleuse de l’Haltère (Dumbbell en anglais), un nuage de débris qui donne une idée de ce que deviendra plus tard notre propre système solaire.La nébuleuse de l’Haltère est située à 1.360 années-lumière de la Terre. Elle est pourtant assez facilement visible avec un télescope amateur. Découverte par hasard en 1764 par l’astronome Charles Messier, elle constitue le 27e objet qu’il avait répertorié, d’où son appellation de M27.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAOr, cette nébuleuse en forme d’haltère donne une idée de ce à quoi ressemblera notre propre système solaire quand, dans 65 milliards d’années environ, le Soleil explosera en une nébuleuse qui formera un gigantesque nuage de débris. C’est ce qu’explique Bill Snyder, l’astrophotographe qui a pris des clichés inédits de la nébuleuse de l’Haltère et qui explique : “tous les gaz et les poussières en expansion sur cette image se trouvaient auparavant dans l’étoile”. Selon les données actuelles, M27 a commencé à exploser il y a entre 3.000 et 48.000 ans, plus 1.360 années le temps que la lumière de M27 nous parvienne, rapporte le Daily Mail. Mais de nombreuses questions se posent encore, notamment pour comprendre les forces qui ont pu détruire les couches externes de l’étoile, laissant une naine blanche derrière elle. D’après les observations, la nébuleuse de l’Haltère s’étend sur 4,5 années-lumière, soit plus que la distance entre notre Soleil et sa plus proche étoile.Le 28 décembre 2011 à 13:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

REPOST Baseball is dead but admissions tax may not be

first_imgA proposed 5 percent admissions tax for a baseball and multiuse stadium died Tuesday at the hands of the Clark County Board of Commissioners. But that doesn’t mean the tax is off the table, at least within Vancouver’s city limits.Read the original story here.last_img

Meredith Reports Fiscal 2008 4th Quarter Losses

first_imgDuring the fourth quarter, Meredith recorded an after-tax special charge of $16 million, related primarily to the repositioning of its book publishing business and selected reductions in force, the company said. In June, Meredith cut 60 jobs, about 20 of which came from its magazine operations.Meredith attributed the losses to lower advertising demand, a soft retail marketplace in its book operation and paper costs.”We believe current economic trends are cyclical in nature and not structural as they pertain to our industry or Meredith in particular,” president and CEO Stephen M. Lacy said in a statement. “We possess great brands, sound growth strategies, strong management and a committed and talented workforce. I’m confident we will emerge from this cycle in an even stronger and more competitive position.”Meredith said it is executing a “three-pronged” plan to increase performance, including the creation of special sales incentives and new marketing programs, “aggressive” expense management and several revenue diversification initiatives. Meredith Corporation today reported fiscal 2008 revenue was $1.58 billion down about two percent from $1.61 billion in 2007. Net earnings, however, were $134.6 million, down 17 percent from $162.3 million in 2007.Fiscal fourth quarter revenue was $385.1 million, down about 10 percent from $428.4 million during the same period in 2007. Meanwhile, net earnings for the quarter were down 63 percent, reaching only $19.1 million from $51.5 million during the same period last year.Operating profit for Meredith’s publishing division fiscal 2008 was $190 million, down about 12 percent from $216 million in 2007. Fourth quarter operating profit was $26 million, plummeting 63 percent from $70 million during the same period last year.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Associate Director, IT Platforms at Charles River LabsFull-Time Business Acct Exec 3, SMB Direct Sales at ComcastFull-Time Toddler/Preschool Teacher at Abundant Life Christian Learning CenterFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Logistics Coordinator at RigakuFull-Time Shipping & Receiving Associate at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Delivery Driver at PODSFull-Time Buyer II at SymboticFull-Time Mgr 2, SMB Direct Sales (Advanced Svcs) at ComcastFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at Response Team 1(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Unpopular AMP tests to be replaced

first_imgAlaska Measures of Progress [AMP] test scores released last fall disappointed many school districts. Now, state education commissioner Mike Hanley says he’s eliminating the tests for 2017 while beginning a requests for proposals process for a replacement for the student assessment exams.Download AudioIn a surprise statement late Tuesday night, Alaska education commissioner Mike Hanley said the Alaska Measures of Progress tests would be dropped for the 2016-2017 school year while the state considers “new assessment structures.”Hanley says the new federal law, the Each Student Succeeds Act, [ESSA] allows changes in annual testing procedures. He said Friday that those changes could work for Alaska.“With ESSA, which isn’t in effect yet, with ESSA it allows us to have either a summative, or a series of interim assessments which can be combined into a summative. If that’s where we choose to go, that works for me as well.”The state had contracted with Kansas-based Achievement and Assessment Institute in 2014 to develop and administer the computer-based tests. Glitches within AAI caused long delays in delivering last year’s test scores to the state.Test scores released last November showed about half of the Alaska students tested in spring of 2015 did not meet new standards for English language and math. And educators across the state complained that the scores did not indicate in which areas of the curriculum students lacked proficiency.The outcry has resonated in Juneau, with one bill, HB 232, aimed at eliminating the tests entirely.Rep. Jim Colver, a Palmer Republican and sponsor of the bill, is claiming victory on hearing the Department of Education’s announcement. Colver says elimination of the AMP test requires the education department to build an assessment model from the bottom up.“So I think that that is the most important takeaway. Whatever language we use in statute, meaningful information on an assessment and quick results,” he says.Colver says computer-based tests should require immediate results.“That was one of the first red flags that went up. Six to eight months later, we finally got the data, ” Colver says.The legislator calls the AMPs a “pretty expensive experiment” at a cost $67 dollars per student. He says his bill gives voice to school districts that were concerned about AMP’s failings, but now legislative action is not needed. He did not say he is withdrawing the bill.Commissioner Hanley says it is too late to change AMP testing for the current school year.  The tests are scheduled for March and April, and are mandated under federal and state law.Hanley says that standards tests are necessary to shed light on the students in need of help. He says he fears going back to a time when failing schools were not recognized, and students that were not doing well were hidden. He says the education department will begin work immediately to determine the assessment approach that will work best for Alaska’s students while beginning the requests for proposals process.last_img read more

World Bank Projects Indias GDP to Surpass Chinas by 2017

first_imgThe World Bank on Tuesday said that the Indian economy is witnessing a slow recovery, aided by improved export momentum and a steep decrease in inflation, which could allow for a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The World Bank has projected the Indian economy to grow at 6.4% in 2015-16 from an estimated 5.6% in 2014-15. India’s GDP is expected to surpass that of China’s by 2017. World Bank President Jim Young Kim (L) and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands before their meeting in New DelhiReutersWorld Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report cited weakening global oil prices, currency depreciations and the lagged effect of monetary tightening to have contributed to keeping inflation in check. It added that a part of the decline in inflation could also be attributed to the favourable base effect, allowing for moderation in food price in the later half of the year despite a poor monsoon.November factory output posted a 3.8% increase and retail inflation for December stood at 5%, fuelling hopes of an RBI rate cut.Growth EnablersWith India’s major trading partner US seeing demand rise, export momentum is likely to gather pace in the coming months.The NDA government’s reform agenda and a factorable current account deficit, helped by the fall in oil prices and decrease in gold imports, should see India break away from the low-growth phase it has registered over the past few years.However, the report cautioned that India’s fiscal deficit and the government debt ratio continue to remain high.Fiscal ConsolidationThe report also added that successful fiscal consolidation would depend on long-term reforms to expenditure management, especially subsidies. Tax reforms must also be implemented at the earliest, as India has an extremely low tax to GDP ratio, when compared to its peers. Addressing these issues would ensure fiscal sustainability and increased resources for critical poverty reduction programmes.Fiscal deficit is expected to gradually go down as the government revenue increases on the back of subsidy rationalisation and shedding government stakes in state-run organisations.Reforms and deregulation is expected to lift FDI flow. Investment, which accounts for about 30% of the GDP, should strengthen and help expand the economy by 7% by 2016, read the report, if reforms push continues steadily.Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday noted that the NDA government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has initiated many reforms in the past seven months it has been in power.At the pre-budget consultative meeting with economists, Jaitley noted that the macro-economic stability has improved, helped by economic growth picking up and by limiting inflation. However, he cautioned that the global economy continues to face challenging times, with recovery not still in sight.The World Bank report noted that India’s reform momentum has picked up, after the NDA government started implementing measures to cut red-tape, improve infrastructure climate, deregulate key parts of the economy, while continuing with its plans to limit the government’s role.If the reforms are successfully implemented, it would back the recovery under way by bolstering confidence and private investment.last_img read more

1 killed in Old Dhaka building collapse

first_imgA team of fire service conducts rescue work in a collapsed building in Old Dhaka’s Patuatuli area on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom Alo 1 killed in Old Dhaka building collapseA man was killed and another believed to have trapped as an abandoned two-storey building collapsed at Patuatuli in Old Dhaka on Wednesday, reports UNB.However, firefighters were yet to recover the body from the rubble till filing of the report around 9:15pm.The two victims were identified as Jahidul Islam, 50, and his son Shafiqul Islam, 17. Both are banana traders. It was not sure whose body was spotted under the debris.Locals said that though the building was abandoned, several banana traders had been residing on the 1st floor of the building and using the ground floor as godowns for the last several years.Sources at the fire service central control room said the rooftop of the building collapsed totally while the ceiling of the 1st floor partially around 1:23pm.Being informed, three firefighting units rushed to the spot and started rescue operation, said duty officer Ershad.However, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station Saidur Rahman told UNB that he heard from one acquaintance of the victims that Jahidul and Shafiqul went missing in the incident.Contacted, assistant director of fire service and civil defence Salehuddin said they found a body in the debris. “We’re trying to recover the body,” he told UNB.When his attention was drawn to another missing person, Salehuddin said they were yet to trace him.last_img read more

31st Edition of India Carpet Expo begins

first_imgIn order to expose the buyers and carpet exporters to an array of carpets from around the world, Carpet Export Promotion Council is organising the 31st edition of Indian Carpet Expo from March 11-14 in NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Industrial Estate in the national Capital. The event, which is being held under the aegis of government of India, aims to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian handmade Carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’India Carpet Expo will be inaugurated on March 11 by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), government of India in the august presence of Rashmi Verma, IAS, Secretary (Textiles) and Dr K. Gopal, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and other senior government officials from the Central and State governments beside representatives from trade and media.Indian Carpet Expo is one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia with a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. It has become a popular destination worldwide on handmade carpets. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality and size as per the specifications of the carpet buyers has made it a household name in the International market. Manufacturers and exporters from Bhadhoi, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Agra, Srinagar and other key areas of India will exhibit their products.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Expo has received an overwhelming response from the Member Exporters and 266 exhibitors are displaying their products in the show. Over the years, the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a great sourcing platform for the carpet buyers from all over the globe. Around 450 Carpet importers from 57 countries mainly from Australia, Brazil, Canada, china, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, turkey, U.K, USA etc have registered themselves for attending the Expo. It would be worthwhile to mention that buyers from new countries like Bulgaria, Israel, Malaysia, Mauritius, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Serbia, Colombia and Hungary are also attending the Mega Expo.        India Carpet Expo is an ideal platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish long term business relationships.     This time Carpet Export Promotion Council is subsidising $ 800 to buyers from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Chile and all other LAC (Latin America Countries) and $ 550 to buyers from all other countries towards subsidy on air travel expenses and providing two nights complimentary stay in hotels in the Capital for attending India Carpet Expo.Chairman, CEPC is confident that the Expo will generate good business and requested the media to extend their full support for promotion of this event to encourage the participants for handsome business as the council is taking all possible efforts for success of India Carpet Expo with the active support of Committee of Administration and government of India.last_img read more

Borrowers Get Comfortable with Digital Lending

first_img What does the Borrower want? To help lenders answer this all-important question, fintech company Fiserv conducted a study to gauge the expectations and experiences of borrowers while looking for a loan or managing their wealth. Titled “Expectations and Experiences: Borrowing and Wealth Management,” the study found that if it speeds up the process, borrowers were willing to use digital technology. It found that 69 percent of the borrowers surveyed said that they would use mobile to verify identity with security questions, followed by 56 percent who would use it to e-sign loan documents.The study was conducted for Fiserv by Harris Poll among 3,095 adults aged 18 years and older who either had a checking account with a bank, credit union, brokerage firm, or other financial organization and had used that account to make a purchase in the past one month.The path towards comfort with digital lending was again led by millennial borrowers with 48 percent millennials saying that they would be comfortable using their smartphones to research loan options compared to 19 percent of their older peers. The study also found that 46 percent of the consumers surveyed said that they had accessed their loan or lease statements online, while 42 percent said they had scheduled payments through digital platforms.When it came to barriers, the study found that while most consumers were very comfortable with online loan processes, they were concerned about doing these processes on a smartphone. On the key barriers to using a smartphone for loan applications and processing, half the people surveyed said that the screen size of a smartphone was a concern, followed by data privacy concerns cited by 47 percent of the respondents. Around 38 percent of the respondents said that they preferred a personal touch for questions and 33 percent were concerned the data would be used without permission.When it came to lenders, the study found that interest rates and fees continued to be important considerations in a consumer’s choice of a lender, with 57 percent consumers with a loan saying that they were important factors. In fact, prior experience with a lender also played a key role in how borrowers interacted with their lenders, with 74 percent saying that this had a moderate influence on their interaction. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Borrowers Get Comfortable with Digital Lending Sharecenter_img Borrowers Fiserv Lenders Loan processing loans Online Application Smartphones 2018-03-06 Radhika Ojha March 6, 2018 862 Views last_img read more

Total seeks role in LNG terminal

first_imgBy George PsyllidesENERGY giant Total is looking to participate in the development of a gas liquefaction terminal, it emerged on Wednesday, as the cabinet approved a draft MoU with the French company.Reports said the MoU was approved and will be signed in the next days.Total has secured two offshore blocks in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.Cyprus has already signed a similar agreement with US oil company Noble Energy, which has discovered natural gas in an offshore field known as Block 12.Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said the terminal remained Cyprus’ strategic target.Briefing reporters about his recent visit to Israel, the minister said that on the agenda of his meetings were issues concerning the possibility of natural gas supply to Cyprus for electricity as well as an agreement to jointly exploit hydrocarbon reserves, which are located at the border of the Exclusive Economic Zones of both countries.Two days ago, the European Commission approved three projects of common interest which concern Cyprus.One of them is a feasibility study for a natural gas pipeline from Cyprus to Greece.Lakkotrypis said this was discussed last week during a visit of a Greek delegation to Israel and was also the focus of a discussion held between the Cypriot delegation that visited Israel.“We have made clear that according to our own techno-economic studies, our strategy remains the natural gas liquefaction terminal”, he said.The minister added that the possibility to have a pipeline from Israel to Cyprus and then to Greece is something that will be clarified by the project of common interest, which was approved by the European Commission.On Monday, the European Commission announced a list of 250 infrastructure projects that may qualify for €5.8 billion of funding.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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having a hot-wax spa treatment" she said laterStaker was given a mild sedative to help her relax Soothing music played in the background as the machine made multiple passes overhead working its magic with a hum that she tried to think of as reassuring"I probably dozed" she saidThe single session which would last 20 to 25 minutes would be her best hope of eliminating the small tumor lurking deep inside her brain the latest cancer threat facing the 61-year-old Fargo womanHer battle began seven years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer treated with surgery chemotherapy and radiation All was well until several years later when a chest X-ray revealed that she had lung cancerHer lung cancer was treated with chemo and radiation But life dealt her another wallop when a recent scan found the brain tumor The lung tumor appears unrelated to her breast cancer but her brain tumor had spread from her lungRather than risk brain surgery — her tumor was inoperable — her first line of treatment at Sanford’s Roger Maris Cancer Center was a technique called stereotactic body radiation therapy sometimes called stereotactic radiosurgeryThe stereo reference involves matching images mapping the tumor with the pinpoint delivery of the beams of radiation — a marriage of sophisticated scanning and radiation enabled by advanced computing powerThe pinpoint radiation technique which also is available at Essentia Health in Fargo is suitable for small tumors often in places that are inoperable including the brain lungs liver kidneys prostate and spine Because healthy tissue is spared side effects are minimal or nonexistent Patients typically receive from one to five treatments"My skin never got red" Staker said "I would not have known that I had any radiation" Better yet her oncologists consider her brain and lung cancer cured "I do feel blessed"’Like Microsoft Paint’Extensive imaging studies and planning are required before administering the radiosurgery The radiation oncologist collaborates with a team that includes a medical physicist dosimetrist and nurses"By the time we actually do it it’s easy" said Dr Miran Blanchard the radiation oncologist who treated Meredith StakerBefore the radiation treatments Blanchard uses a computer mouse to trace the area on a scanned image that will receive the radiation "Just like Microsoft Paint" he said referring to the computer painting program"You can really sculpt the radiation to funny oblong shapes" he saidThe machine delivering the radiation travels along six arcs rotating twisting and twirling delivering an "infinite number of beamlets as it travels along its arc" he said "Each of these contains an insignificant dose but when they all meet in the center it delivers a significant dose"Treatments involving the lungs or abdomen are more complex sometimes requiring hours of preparation because the patient’s subtle movements including breathing must be taken into account They are captured in a "movie" of images that are then fed into the machine that delivers the radiation so the radiation beams move in synchrony sparing healthy tissueThe four-dimensional scans required for pinpoint radiosurgery have been available for six or seven years and as techniques and equipment improve applications for the procedure expandBut the pinpoint radiosurgery has limitations It doesn’t work for cancers in bone or blood or in tubular organs such as the esophagus or intestines or for large tumorsNot long ago many brain cancer patients had treatments that subjected the entire brain to radiation causing side effects including cognitive deficits including memory lossNow with pinpoint radiosurgery only the cancer is radiated and most patients have no side effects Blanchard compares the precision to "picking weeds" instead of "spraying the whole lawn with weed killer"For three of every four patients treated with the technique the expected outcome is to cure the cancer Blanchard said "or at least buy them tremendous amounts of time"Now for instance half of patients with the most advanced form of lung cancer are eligible"Even a year ago a curative attempt wouldn’t have been made" Blanchard said For those who aren’t cured "The vast majority have improvements in their quality of life"Pinpoint radiationRussell Koenig knew something was wrong when he woke up one morning with swollen legs His doctor ordered blood work and promptly got on the phone with a kidney specialist whom he saw the same day"My kidneys were shutting down on me" Koenig said "It got worse and worse"At one point his kidney function was only 17 percent of normal — bad enough to qualify for a transplant requiring five months of dialysis The problem originated nearby in his pelvic region where scans found cancer that had spread to a lymph nodeAs with Meredith Staker Koenig was treated with radiosurgery as well as chemotherapy Along the way because of his weakened immune system he developed a severe intestinal infection But now he has rebounded 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