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Food safety training program cancelled

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The food safety training program scheduled for, this Saturday, March 9, has been cancelled.The course was a food handling, sanitation, and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers.For future events, be sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation on Facebook. For more information, you can call 250-787-8178 or email pool@fortstjohn.ca.last_img

Pakistan Prime Minister seeks stronger defence ties with Sri Lanka

Speaking on the occasion, the Sri Lankan army chief said that appreciated the huge sacrifices of the Pakistani nation and armed forces in the fight against terrorism.Senanayake said that Sri Lanka was keen to further strengthen its ties with Pakistan in the areas of security and defence. (Colombo Gazette) Abbasi further expressed satisfaction over security cooperation between the two countries. The Prime Minister called for a greater cooperation and sharing of expertise in the field of defence between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka want peace in the region, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.He said this at a meeting with Sri Lanka Army Chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake who called on him at the Prime Minister’s Office today (Monday). read more

Toronto stock market little changed amid mixed earnings from corporate Canada

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as traders sorted through a mixed run of earnings reports from some of Canada’s biggest corporations.The S&P/TSX composite index was off 5.68 points to 12,755.92 while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 5.61 points to 1,206.11.The Canadian dollar finished the session down 0.25 of a cent to 100.2 cents US as the greenback strengthened against other currencies, particularly the euro, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pledged to keep a close eye on the recent rise of the continental currency. Some of the region’s leaders worry the advance has the potential to weaken the region’s economy further.The dollar also fell amid a worse than expected report from the housing sector and ahead of the January employment report coming out Friday morning.Statistics Canada said that Canadian building permits fell by 11.2 per cent in December. That was much worse than expectations for a 2.5 per cent rise.U.S. indexes were negative amid data showing productivity contracted at an annual rate of two per cent in the October-December quarter, the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2011. Other reports showed lower jobless insurance claims and a positive reading on same-store sales from American retailers.The Dow Jones industrials lost 42.47 points to 13,944.05, the Nasdaq composite index was 3.35 points lower at 3,165.13 and the S&P 500 index edged down 2.73 points to 1,509.39.Markets have moved largely sideways this month following a strong start to the year, with the TSX gaining two per cent and the Dow jumping six per cent in January.“Overall, I think the market run-up is probably one of the best Januarys we have seen in years, especially in the U.S.,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“The January effect hopefully will work again this year. As goes January, so goes the rest of the year and that’s correct 80 per cent of the time.”On the Canadian earnings front, Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) was a major drag on the TSX even as the miner reported earnings for the latest quarter were $354 million or 61 cents per share, 13 cents above the consensus estimate. But its shares fell $2.19 or 5.98 per cent to $34.45 as Teck also warned that copper production is expected to fall to 340,000 to 360,000 tonnes in 2013, compared with 373,000 tonnes in 2012. It cited declining output at the Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile and lower ore grades at Highland Valley Copper in Canada.In the meantime, improved economic performance in China, reflected in recent data showing stronger expansion in the country’s manufacturing sector, should help the miner in the future.“Teck is going to move a lot with respect to China and as China grows, so will the share prices at Teck,” Small said.“Teck will continue to have challenges moving forward (but) over the long term, it will be fine because China will continue to get better but there will be ups and downs.”Telecom BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) said adjusted earnings rose at a more moderate 4.8 per cent to 65 cents per share, a penny short of analyst estimates. BCE also raised its dividend by six cents to $2.33 per common share annually and its shares dipped nine cents to $44.43.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) gained 14 cents to $14.55 as the insurer’s net profit soared to $1.06 billion in the fourth quarter, more than double analyst expectations. However, Manulife’s core earnings were disappointing at $537 million or 28 cents per share in the quarter, which was four cents below the consensus estimate. All-in revenue, including investment and other items, was just under $7.2 billion, $2.5 billion below analyst estimates.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) edged a penny lower to $2.44 as the carrier posted a fourth-quarter profit of $8 million, or three cents per diluted share, reversing a year-earlier net loss of $60 million. Operating revenue rose to $2.84 billion from just under $2.7 billion.The metals and mining sector was the leading decliner. It was down almost two per cent, reflecting Teck’s decline, while March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange gave up early gains and was down one cent at US$3.73 a pound. Elsewhere in the sector, HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) declined 35 cents to C$11.22.The energy sector dropped 0.42 per cent with the March crude oil contract down 79 cents at US$95.83 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) lost 48 cents to C$32.90.The tech sector was the leading advancer with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 93 cents or 5.82 per cent to $16.91, reflecting high hopes for the new Z10 smartphone and an upgrade in the stock to outperform from market perform from U.S. bank Wells Fargo.Consumer staples stocks gained 0.45 per cent with Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) ahead 46 cents to $42.10 after Canada’s largest pharmacy retailer reported its net income was $175 million in the fourth quarter, or 85 cents per share, down slightly from $176 million in the year earlier period. Shoppers is also raising its quarterly dividend by 7.5 per cent to 28.5 cents per share.The gold sector was up about 0.4 per cent as April bullion finished the session down $7.50 to US$1,671.30 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 24 cents to C$36.06. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2013 4:33 pm MDT Toronto stock market little changed amid mixed earnings from corporate Canada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

March registrations put spring into new car market

March new car registrations up 3.1 per cent to 449,287 units on 2006Second highest March registrations ever since the twice-yearly plate changeDiesel demand up 7.8 per cent to 264,186 units in the first quarterSupermini demand remains strong, up 6.6 per cent in the first quarter ‘Growth in diesel and supermini cars shows that fuel efficiency and greener motoring are now critical concerns for buyers,’ said SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan. ‘The industry has been working hard to improve its environmental profile too. CO2 from tailpipes has reduced dramatically across all bar one of the sales segments since 1997 showing a net 12 per cent reduction of CO2 across the whole market. The recent DfT “Act on CO2” consumer campaign is a welcome further step in a more integrated approach to sustainable motoring.’ DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Disclosure failures result in Russian roulette with defendants lives says lawyer as

Failures in disclosure are resulting in the criminal justice system “playing Russian roulette with defendants’ lives and liberties”, a lawyer has said after a man was cleared of rape following the discovery of 30,000 Facebook messages.The young man, who has been named only as Cameron, was charged with rape and six counts of sex with a girl under the age of 16, who he had met on Facebook.But the charges against him were thrown out at Taunton Crown Court after new social media evidence came to light.Cameron, whose full name is not being used to protect the identity of his accuser, lost his job with a blue chip company as a result of the allegations, which were first investigated nearly three years ago when he was 19 years old.Last year a review into rape and sex assault cases was ordered when it emerged that detectives had failed to disclose important evidence from digital devices like mobile phones, tablets and laptops.Police chiefs have warned that forces are struggling to cope with the vast quantities of electronic material.Cameron’s barrister, Ian Kelsey, blamed cuts for the disclosure failures. “I believe our criminal justice system is in a state of utter collapse,” he told Channel 4 News. He said the system was playing “Russian roulette” with people’s lives, as defendants were going to court “not knowing whether the matter has been robustly investigated or not.”Cameron said it was an “overwhelming relief” to be able to “move on” with his life.“I have been waiting for almost two years and nine months now to actually have this resolved and all this time I’ve known I was innocent, but the whole time I’ve felt like I was treated as if I was guilty until I was proven innocent.”In January it was discovered that 30,000 Facebook messages had not been or examined by police.Avon and Somerset Police and the CPS said that it was only during a review of the case in January that the complainant disclosed additional evidence to them. Taunton Crown Court heard an application to dismiss the case and Cameron was cleared.Judge David Ticehurst said it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the resource difficulties.Avon and Somerset Police’s Superintendent Marie Wright said: “This case involved an allegation of rape from a woman towards Cameron which allegedly took place in 2013/14.“Following a thorough investigation, a postal requisition for the charging of Cameron was authorised by the CPS on March 30 2017 for him to appear at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court on May 3 2017. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “During a review of the case, on January 28 2018 the victim disclosed additional evidence that involved some 30,000 private messages on a social media account.“Following an extensive examination of these messages, new evidence emerged that was disclosed to the CPS, who decided based on this new information that a successful prosecution was no longer viable and as such offered no evidence at a hearing on May 21 at Taunton Crown Court.“We will always carry out thorough reviews of our cases at any stage if needed and take any further action when necessary.” read more

Collision avoidance now embedded in Hexagon Minings fleet management system

first_imgMine vehicle operators face numerous distractions. Busy pit traffic, blind spots, poor visiblity because of bad weather, fatigue and the monotony of a 12-hour shift can all conspire to divert a driver from their task. The last thing an operator needs on top of all that is a cabin cluttered with display panels.In keeping with its commitment to help mines with a digitally integrated strategy, Hexagon Mining now embeds collision avoidance technology into its fleet management system: one solution that allows heavy and light vehicles to be seen and heard, no matter their location in a mine.The integration means an improved user experience, greater oversight for dispatchers, and quicker communication of vital safety and operations data. Client demand for data about safety incidents and their effect on productivity, contributed to Hexagon Mining‘s release of a consolidated system. “It makes sense for safety and operations data to be in a single repository. Now customers can quickly make sense of that data for greater insight into how operator behaviour, environmental conditions, and road conditions affect mine safety and productivity.”“It’s one more way we are helping customers to run safer, more productive mines using digitally integrated technology. The latest version of our FMS system informs controllers of the location of all vehicles equipped with our Collision Avoidance System, (CAS) and of alerts if, for instance, visibility is poor. Controllers can warn operators to pay more attention, or enforce a lower speed limit to improve safety.”CAS is used in more than 25,000 mine vehicles in over 55 mines worldwide. Besides CAS anti-collision alerts, the latest version also alerts for rollovers, potential obstacles, and over-speeding. CAS symbols are integrated into the Jigsaw platform so that users of both systems require minimal training during the transition.“Additionally, vehicles equipped with just CAS are visible in our FMS – one controller, one FMS- CAS system. For instance, now a contract light vehicle equipped with CAS is visible in the FMS. The controller’s life becomes much easier when tasked with monitoring so many types of vehicles.”last_img read more

Column Considered and informed debate about a DNA database is vital

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Justice Alan Shatter has published the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database) Bill, which legislates for the creation of a DNA database in Ireland. The creation of such a database has long been on the political agenda but a combination of political lethargy and unexplained delays (which have in part been driven by relevant European case law and resource constraints) have hampered progress in this area.On publishing the Bill the Minister observed: “The intelligence generated will be invaluable to the Gardaí in relation to identifying prolific offenders involved in volume crime such as burglary but also in relation to serious offences against the person, such as homicide and sexual offences. It will contribute to the move towards more effective, targeted and smarter policing and will also facilitate cooperation with other police forces in relation to mobile criminals.”A phenomenal toolIt is difficult to dispute the Minister’s remarks. In theory, the concept of a DNA database is a phenomenal tool for the criminal process; ranging from its ability to rapidly include and exclude individuals in an investigation, to its ability to provide a genetic silent witness to another wise seemingly unsolvable case, to its increasing ability as a ‘liberator’ in exonerating those who have been a victim of miscarriage of justice.However it is vital that we do not let this phenomenal potential ‘overbear’ or ‘steam role’ the serious issues that are concomitant with the creation of a DNA database. Due to the sensitivity of the actions involved (ie allowing the state to access and retain an individual’s genetic information), the collection, retention and use of such information creates a myriad of human rights, due process, and ethical concerns (notably around privacy and presumption of innocence).Lack of informed public discourseHowever the purpose of this article is not to embark upon a ‘rant’ in favour of human rights and due process values. On the contrary, its purpose is to promote a sense of rationality and reason to a potentially volatile and often manipulated debate. One of the major problems that have stifled and maligned DNA database debates since the establishment of the first DNA database in the United Kingdom in 1995 (there are current approximately 60 operational DNA databases internationally), is the lack of informed public discourse on this issue.When debate does occur, two archetypical viewpoints tend to come to the fore those in favour of its establishment and those who vehemently argue against. Those in favour often focus upon the databases theoretical benefits and proffer sensationalistic success stories (for example, see the ‘DNA Saves’ campaign that is currently advocating in favour of expanding the scope of DNA databases in the United States) or tend to cherry pick and provide ‘favourable’ statistics (which are often distorted and take out of content) from other jurisdictions who have an operating database.In contrast, those opposed to the creation of such a database will argue that the retention of our DNA by the state (described as our ‘blue-print to life’) is an unjustifiable intrusion and rebalancing of the relationship between the individual and the state.Their arguments tend to adopt a scaremongering methodology, often equating the creation of such a database as the first step towards a Gattica (ie a genetic deterministic) type of society. The concern is that such protagonists often neglect to highlight that the genetic material that is predominately retained consists of a DNA profile which only contains a snap shot of an individual’s DNA as such it does not give rise to the same ethical issues surrounding the retention of a DNA sample.Open, transparent, informed debate is vitalThe difficulty is that both sides often adopt defensive postures for their particular positions, which results in an impasse in lieu of progressive debate and discourse. To avoid this impasse and avoid the subsequent debates becoming dominated or ‘bogged down’ in misleading or underdeveloped supposition and policy, it is important that upcoming deliberations surrounding the 2013 Bill remain relevant, informed and constructive.For example, concerns should focus on, inter alia, locating clear empirically identified justifications for the retention of an individual’s DNA on a state database, developing appropriate and organic safeguards and governance mechanisms to ensure those targeted by the state remain adequately protected and the range of uses to which the retained material may be utilised (for example, should databases be limited to a ‘match no match’ basis or should the state be allowed to ‘dig around’ in an individuals retained DNA (such as familial DNA searching) in the aspiration of developing an additional line of inquiry).Given the sensitive nature of the material involved, to ensure public confidence (which will be vital for the success or failure of the database) key stakeholders involved (notably the government, the human rights watchdogs, the national Forensic Laboratory and the media) need to avoid the use of generalised rhetoric and instead engage with the public in an open, transparent, informed and dispassionate debate on the type of database necessary from an Irish perspective.David O’Dwyer has recently been awarded a PhD in Law from the University of Limerick, entitled ‘DNA and the criminal process – Striking the Right Balance: The case for a ‘reflective approach’, for which he was awarded a Government of Ireland Scholarship. David also holds a BA in Law and Accounting from the University of Limerick and an LLM in Criminal Justice from University College Cork.last_img read more

Sony PlayStation Phone plays PS1 games on video

first_imgSony Ericsson’s long rumored PlayStation Phone is looking very likely to make a debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as the XPERIA Play, and now we’ve got even more evidence to add to the pile.First, there’s this report by Android.TGBus, which managed to spend some time with the PlayStation Phone prototype, and not only took the above picture of it lying atop many of the past variations in the PSP and XPERIA lines, but even got a third-party Android PlayStation 1 emulator running on it.According to Android.tgbus’ findings, about 70% of the games they tried worked on the PlayStation Phone… which is surely more of a limitation of the third-party emulator than the hardware itself. In truth, though, all this proves is that the PlayStation Phone is an Android phone… it doesn’t really show us any of the PlayStation Phone’s native gaming abilities, including the answer to the big question: will the PlayStation Phone just run emulated PS1 games, as seen in the video above, or is it going to be compatible with the PSP library? We’ll have to wait until MWC in February to find out.Read more at Android.tgbuslast_img read more

Le papier toilette tue 27000 arbres chaque jour

first_imgLe papier toilette tue 27.000 arbres chaque jourSelon un article publié sur le site de l’institut Worldwatch, 270.000 arbres seraient abattus chaque jour pour la production de papier : 10% d’entre eux serviraient à produire exclusivement du papier toilette.Finie l’époque où l’on utilisait des feuilles, des algues, de l’herbe ou des journaux après s’être soulagé. Dorénavant, le papier toilette est la star. De plus en plus de pays connaissent une amélioration de leurs conditions d’hygiène, mais aussi une augmentation de leur population : ces deux facteurs combinés conduisent généralement à une utilisation plus importante de papier toilette. À lire aussiUn vieux sous-marin échoué est en train de répandre des matériaux radioactifs dans l’océan AtlantiqueCe changement, qui n’a l’air de rien, pourrait pourtant s’avérer dramatique à l’échelle planétaire. En effet, ce ne sont pas moins de 27.000 arbres qui seraient évacués chaque jour par la chasse d’eau ou bien dans la nature, après avoir connu un bien triste sort.La consommation moyenne de papier toilette par habitant au niveau mondial est de 3,8 kilogrammes par an. Les États-Unis occupent la première place : 23 kilos par an. Loin derrière, les pays d’Afrique consomment en moyenne 0,4 kilo. La consommation va en augmentant dans de nombreux pays ; on note ainsi des hausses de 5% pour la Chine ou l’Europe de l’Ouest et de 3% pour le Japon et l’Afrique. La solution pourrait être le papier recyclé. En effet, le recyclage de 909 kilos de papier permet d’éviter le gaspillage de 1.682 kilos de bois et de plus de 90.000 litres d’eau. Ce système utilise 64% d’énergie de moins que les productions à partir de matériaux nouveaux et 50% d’eau en moins. La pollution de l’air engendrée est plus faible de 64%, et dix-sept arbres sont ainsi épargnés. En plus de cela, il crée cinq fois plus d’emplois. Pourtant, les usines sont réticentes à fabriquer du papier toilette à base de papier recyclé, la préférence des clients s’orientant davantage vers des produits ultra-moelleux, ultra-absorbants et ultra-confortables.Le 25 avril 2010 à 19:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Power outage affects 6000plus customers

first_imgMore than 6,000 Clark Public Utilities customers lost their electricity Sunday morning after a squirrel got into a nearby substation, causing the outage.The problem started around noon and affected people in the Hazel Dell and surrounding areas, utility spokeswoman Erica Erland said.In all, 6,269 customers lost power.Within an hour, power had been restored to all but 90 customers, Erland said. By 1:30 p.m., those 90 customers also had their electricity back.last_img

Babcock employees at RAF Valley awarded a 5 pay rise

first_imgAround 350 staff employed by engineering and infrastructure organisation Babcock at the Royal Air Force Valley (RAF Valley) station in Anglesey, Wales have been awarded a 5% pay increase for 2019.Under the one-year pay deal, negotiated with trade union Unite, Babcock employees who are responsible for the maintenance support and servicing for the RAF IV Squadron and the XXV (F) Squadron, primarily working on T2 Hawk planes, will receive a 5% pay rise. This equates to an annual pay increase of £1,139 for an average employee.Daryl Williams, regional officer at Unite, said: “Unite has negotiated a significant boost in pay for the skilled workforce on the ground who support the RAF squadrons in the air.“The deal is clear proof of the benefits of having Unite in the workplace to power [employees’] pay.”Babcock declined to comment.last_img read more

Apple HomePod arrives in China on Jan 18

first_img Share your voice Smart Speakers & Displays Audio • Earlier this month, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold. At CES last week, Google said the Assistant is expected to be built into 1 billion devices by the end of the month. (Of course, many of the devices with Assistant built in are Android phones, which come with the software installed by default.)Read: All the new Google Assistant products from CES 2019In the near term, Apple will have at least one hard-won advantage over Amazon and Google in China — Siri supports both Cantonese and Mandarin. Alexa and Google Assistant do not.Beyond language, however, China is a dynamic and challenging region for foreign companies. Though Amazon dominated the virtual assistant market in that country as recently as 2017, Google has since overtaken it, according to reporting by Axios. But Chinese companies such as Alibaba and Xiaomi are making inroads, as well. And the Chinese government is known to prefer local manufacturers and has a track record of impeding non-Chinese operators with regulatory hurdles.  James Martin/CNET Like Amazon and Google, Apple will be challenged to navigate China’s complicated political environment. At CES, the company hung a massive sign near the Las Vegas Convention Center to remind attendees about its privacy protections for consumers — and implying that other companies lack its standards. It may have a trickier time occupying the moral high ground in China. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it How to decide on a smart speaker Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: reading • Apple HomePod arrives in China on Jan. 18 15 Photos Tags Applecenter_img Since debuting in the US in February last year, the HomePod has incrementally expanded its geographic reach to the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. On Friday, we’ll add China to that list. The smart speaker will sell for 2,799 yuan (roughly $415, £320 or AU$580) in white and space gray. Read: Apple’s smart home is still way behindThe HomePod delivers high-quality audio and strong integration with Apple’s Siri virtual assistant and the company’s universe of products. But it lags far behind Google and Amazon, both of which have their own vast lineups of smart speakers — in addition to a burgeoning ecosystem of third-party devices that support the company’s respective virtual assistants, Google Assistant and Alexa.  Comment 1 See All 1:08 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Our 10 favorite products of CES 2019: The absolute best of CES 2019Complete coverage of CES 2019: Read CNET’s comprehensive coverage Apple HomePod plays music, controls your smart home Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more

Tongass in transition An uncertain future for Alaskas last big mill

first_imgBryce Dahlstrom says he’s been working on the floor of his family’s sawmill for as long as he can remember. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk.)In the spring, the last sizable timber mill in Alaska considered turning off the saws for good. Viking Lumber on Prince of Wales Island cuts large trees like Sitka spruce and yellow cedar. It buys most of those old growth trees from timber sales in the Tongass National Forest. But those sales could become a thing of the past.Listen nowThe timber industry in Southeast Alaska is a shadow of its former self. But looking around the lumberyard at Viking, you wouldn’t know it. The ground trembles with heavy machinery.There’s a smell — sweet and woodsy.In the distance, you can see rows of old growth trees stacked nearly two stories high.Logs are funneled into a warehouse, where a saw the size of a hot tub slices through the tree’s bark and rounded sides.The mill produces around eight truckloads of lumber a day. It’s barged and then shipped to 40 states to be turned into door frames, crown molding and sound boards for pianos.“You try to stay in what you know and you do it well,” Bryce Dahlstrom, one of the owners, said.Dahlstrom’s family has operated the mill for about the past twenty years. But today, he says he would be reluctant to pass it on to his son.“If he would have showed interest in the sawmill I think I would have discouraged it. Because it doesn’t look like there’s a future here a lot of the times,” Dahlstrom said. “To be a logger anymore is frowned upon.”The saws at Viking Lumber have to be sharpened by an employee up to four times a day. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Back in the 1980s, the timber industry in Southeast Alaska was booming, and families like Dahlstrom’s saw the state as a land of opportunity.In the Northwest, tensions were ratcheting up between loggers and environmentalists. More federal protections for the spotted owl added new limits on what areas could be clear cut.Dahlstrom grew up going to the pro-logging rallies with his parents in Washington state. He says the prospects looked better farther north.“Alaska at the time had pulp mills. A big timber industry… Shortly thereafter things took a dive here,” Dahlstrom said.Viking Lumber bids on regional timber sales to supply the mill. Most of the sales are from the Tongass National Forest. In the past, the U.S. Forest Service has allowed large scale industrial logging in the Tongass — damaging salmon streams and deer habitat. That’s led to tighter environmental regulations through the years, which has meant less of the Tongass is available for harvest. Dahlstrom says there have been fewer timber sales, too.“We’ve fought and we’ve fought and there’s been a lot times since the late 90s that if we didn’t get that next timber sale, we weren’t going to have any wood,” Dahlstrom said.Viking’s log yard is stacked with trees from the Big Thorne timber sale and a smaller state sale. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Then last year, the forest service made a monumental decision. It would move away from selling old growth trees in the Tongass altogether, phasing it out entirely after 15 years. Dahlstrom says it looked like the plan would finish off the mill for good. His employees have come up to him with concerns, worried about the future.“You know, they just bought a house, and they just bought a car, and they got a baby on the way,” Dahlstrom said. “And they’re like, what are we going to do?There is one option: the forest service can sell young-growth trees.But Dahlstrom says those trees are much different than the tight-grained, high value wood they process at Viking. He says the market for young growth just isn’t there. Plus, he’s skeptical the sales would be frequent enough since so much of the national forest is already off limits.Dahlstrom says with younger trees, it’s a numbers game. You need many more of them to turn a profit.A short drive down the road from Viking Lumber is the largest community on Prince of Wales Island. About 1,200 people live in Craig.My tour guide is Dennis Watson, the city’s former mayor of more than 20 years. In his white van, we pass lodges that cater to sport fisherman in the summer.Watson says the community was bustling with loggers when he arrived here a few decades ago. For a while, he worked at the mill. But today, the economy has shifted mostly to commercial fishing. That’s what Watson does.Even so, Watson says logging still plays an important role.“If you took timber away from this place right now, the impact on this town would be huge,” Watson said.Dennis Watson says he moved to Craig in the 1980s because there were plenty of timber jobs and he wanted to get out of California. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Only 40 people work at Viking Lumber. But the mill is the local electric utility’s biggest year-round customer, and it offers some of the few jobs available in the off-season.Watson says he’s traveled to Washington D.C. to try to explain that to federal agencies. But on those trips, he’s walked away feeling ignored. He hopes President Donald Trump can turn things around.“Like anyone else, I just roll my eyes at some of the things he does. But I couldn’t have voted for Hillary Clinton if somebody had a gun at my head.” Watson said. “I thought that if Clinton had been elected, we’d be pushed aside and our communities would start drying up here in Southeast Alaska.”Still, not everyone in town thinks there’s a timber industry worth saving here. Bob Claus has lived on the island for decades. He’s also a member of conservation group that’s argued for more environmental protections in the Tongass.Claus says he knows loggers who have successfully transitioned to a new job in Craig, and he thinks the town can survive just fine without Viking Lumber.“I think the logging era is over in Southeast Alaska and nowhere else in the national forest system do people even contemplate logging old growth,” Claus said. “And I think it’s a mistake to be logging the last bits of it on the Tongass.”But Bryce Dahlstrom, the owner of Viking Lumber, says in the past year, he’s started to think the mill may have a future on Prince of Wales Island.A federal watchdog agency recently decided Congress will have the chance to weigh in on what happens in the Tongass National Forest. Cutting old growth trees could still be on the table.Still, Dahlstrom’s not exactly optimistic. And he says if his community is going to turn into a tourist town, he doesn’t plan on sticking around.“I guess to see one of my employees in a grocery store after we weren’t able to keep them working would be pretty tough,” Dahlstrom said.Dahlstrom says no one wants to be on watch when the last big sawmill in the state shuts down.Tongass in Transition is a series about trees told through the stories of people. Reporting for this was made possible by an award from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.Wood chips spill onto the ground at the Viking Lumber yard. Later, they’re be compressed into flammable bricks and sold to start fires. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)last_img read more

Massive Gary Kirsten Ashish Nehra sacked as RCB coach new management named

first_imgIn a major overhaul to their scheme of things, Royal Challengers Bangalore have sacked Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra as the batting and bowling coach respectively. Instead, they have reinstated Mike Hesson as director of cricket and Simon Katich as head coach. Both Nehra and Kirsten were part of the leadership group and the side finished last in 2019 which prompted this change in the top management. As per Sanjeev Churiwala, the Royal Challengers chairman, this move was mandated as the franchise wanted to achieve “high performance”.”RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team,” he said in a media statement.New structure to be put into place Gary KirstenReutersAs per Churiwala, both Hesson and Simon Katich have the necessary experience to create a winning culture at Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB have been perennial underachievers in IPL – they have never won the title and have only reached the final on one occasion.”We believe that Mike’s extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon’s powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture. As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model.”RCB too issued a statement in which it informed that Hesson’s responsibilities will also include being responsible for “defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in best practices throughout all aspects of the RCB’s cricketing pathway”. Mike HessonIANSAlso, the former New Zealand coach will work closely with the Kohli and Katich on all cricketing issues. “This is a new position created within the franchise. Mike Hesson brings with him strong cricketing experience of being head coach and mentor to the New Zealand team with a focus on T20 and has earned an international reputation as a leader who achieves results without sacrificing on culture,” the statement, released by RCB, said.”Simon Katich as head coach will inculcate the high-performance culture in the team. Simon has strong credentials in T20 cricket format as a head coach and captain who has won multiple championships.”It needs to be noted here that both Hesson and Katich had left their previous stints with Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders. It remains to be seen whether this move bears fruits with Royal Challengers Bangalore.last_img read more

ACC to sue 6 over embezzling Tk 3667m from AB Bank

first_img.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the filing of a case against six people, including Biswas Fashions Limited managing director Taslim Ahmed, for allegedly misappropriating Tk 366.7 million from the Kakrail branch of AB Bank Limited. The decision was taken after a two-member ACC team — assistant director Mohammad Sirajul Haque and Deputy assistant director Sahidur Rahman — investigated the complaints and found those to be true, ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told UNB on Sunday.The other accused are director of Bits Fashion Limited Shamima Ahmed, Fair Trade Group MD Jasim Ahmad, former senior assistant vice-president and Kakrail branch manager of AB Bank Ltd Mohammad Saiful Islam who is presently serving as the senior vice-president and head of credit, administration and monitoring of the bank, former senior principal officer of the branch Md Al Amin Miah, former SA, VP and in-charge, credit administration monitoring, Azad Hossain. During the investigation, it was found that between 2012 and 2018, they embezzled the money from the bank. A case will be filed very soon against the alleged people, Pranab said.last_img read more

VIDEO Cam Newtons brother Caylin led Howard to the biggest upset in

first_img Advertisement Here’s the final play from the historic Vegas upset. Hey @BleacherReport @SportsCenter @FirstTake @undisputed make sure y’all give @CoachMikeLondon & @HUBISONFOOTBALL a shout out! pic.twitter.com/kcPl3nqCgi— Brandon London (@BrandonLondonTV) September 3, 2017center_img Cam Newton and the Panthers don’t play their first game until next week, but if his younger brother Caylin’s performance against UNLV, last night, is any indication, it could be a big year for the Newton’s.Caylin, the quarterback for Howard University, entered the game against the Runnin’ Rebels as 45-point underdogs, but pulled the outright upset with a 43-40 win. For his part, Newton finished the night with 190 yards rushing, and 140 yards passing.Our pal RJ Bell at Pregame.com said it was the largest outright upset, in terms of point spread, in college football history. A $100 bet on Howard to win would have netted a cool $55,000 for anyone that had the stones to pull the trigger. It’s appropriate the game was played in Vegas.ICYMI: Biggest Upset in CFB History!Howard +45 beats UNLV$100 on outright win paid $55,000!!Here’s the Top 10 upsets in CFB history … pic.twitter.com/RoDUd97Fh4— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) September 3, 2017last_img read more

Quentin Crisp reflects on his own death in excerpt from final autobiography

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I don’t like the countryside now, but I might like it more if I were a woman and could live there in some kind of comfort. I don’t like nature, I like people, chiefly women. In this life I would like to have been a middle-class woman surrounded by more or less the same and to have played bridge well enough for people not to dread having me as a partner.I don’t believe I have a soul. I would say the soul is a human invention inspired by fear. It protects people from the notion that they die when their body dies. When my body dies, I don’t visualize that my soul will take wing and fly out of the window toward the sky. I think I will stay here and I shall be dead.Can one die stylishly? I think you can. You must die without trying to get the world’s pity. You mustn’t let any guilt fall on anybody. So, if you commit suicide, you must explain why you’ve done it so that nobody feels they should have stepped in or seen it coming. People are always saying, “I should have known, I should have seen the signs.” This is rubbish. People who commit suicide don’t want anyone to see the signs.Anyway, you can’t win. If you fail to commit suicide people say, “Well it’s just a call for attention,” but it isn’t. Typically those who try unsuccessfully succeed in doing so at a later date. I remember there was an actress, I forget her name, who tried to kill herself and her husband found her at it and prevented it from happening. She tried again, successfully, twenty-five years later, so she was always thinking, “I can still do it.”I would never kill myself, but I’ve thought about it. I was in touch with the Hemlock Society which sent me a book telling me everything I needed to know. It was so elaborate. I had to go to Mexico in order to buy a specific drug, then I had to get it past customs on the way back and drink it at once along with something, having taken my shoes off or something. I have never attempted suicide, so I don’t or can’t say how far I would go. When I hear of people who have however, I am filled with admiration that they managed to get away with it.Suicide seems perfectly sensible to me, if one wants to avoid being a nuisance to those surrounding us. Otherwise our friends and family feel obliged to help us throughout terminal illnesses, saying things like, “You look better today,” and the other lies that accompany bunches of flowers and boxes of chocolates. You know you don’t look better and you want to die.I don’t think it’s right to kill yourself to get out of a mess you yourself have created though. To my mind you can’t commit suicide so as not to pay your debts. I think you’re obliged to tidy everything up first before you pop your clogs. I’ve tidied up everything as far as I can. This has involved throwing away everything that’s useless in my apartment with the exception of me.I think doctor-assisted suicide is perfectly acceptable. I don’t know why people are so cross with Dr. Kevorkian. He only kills people who long for death. Why should they be made to stay alive? Just because the idea of killing them is connected with the idea of murder? This is a nonsense spread by the same fundamentalists that equate masturbation with infanticide.Of concern to me is whether or not I have a heart attack, something all too likely from what my doctors are telling me. I don’t know what that would be like, but my biggest fear is dying temporarily only to be brought back by some method of resuscitation. I would rather they leave me lying dead on the floor. I would not know any different, so a heart attack would do quite nicely. That would be dying in style.Once dead, I want to be cremated because I don’t really want a funeral service. I don’t want anyone to have to stand in the pouring rain in a churchyard around an empty hole, while someone explains how wonderful I was. That would be respectively miserable, morbid and untrue. I’ve gone and that’s that. I don’t mind the idea of a memorial service though because that might be jolly. Then everyone who ever knew me can meet in some place and talk about how awful I was.The remaining extracts from Crisp’s autobiography will be published weekly on PinkNewsShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsJulian Clary on how the late Dale Winton will live on in his memoryFamilies of Stephen Port’s victims demand justice from police but need moneyPINK NEWS- Chapter 17: My Significant DeathA significant death is a death which somehow gets into everybody’s mind so that nobody says, “Isn’t he dead? I thought he was dead.” You want to die in such a way that everyone knows and remembers your death. This means you have to die by yourself.You don’t want to die on the same day somebody of significance dies. Princess Diana died at the same moment that Mother Teresa died, and somehow it all got muddled up and they both became saints at the same moment. Had Diana died on a different day there might have been a more sensible assessment of her character.I don’t mind what season I die in or what place. People don’t seem to like it when people die alone. I remember once praising Ms. Crawford and someone in the audience said, “You praise her, but she died alone and an alcoholic.” What’s wrong with dying alone? If you die in the presence of other people you have to be polite and die. That seems to me to add insult to injury.I would like to die alone in my room. Somebody died in one of the other rooms of my building and they were found the very next day. I don’t know what caused anyone to look in their room and find them lying on the floor, but something did. I suppose if I didn’t answer the telephone people would eventually come knocking at my door and when I didn’t open it they might conclude that I was dead.The other day I received a letter saying I was a fraud. That I longed for death but kept on living. I can see their point. It’s not that I’m a fraud however, it’s that I’m not capable of the suicide that would bring my life to a close. I couldn’t inflict violence upon myself or pain.I used to know a lady who hanged herself. That must take hours to die. You tie something around your neck and then you hang it on a hook and you jump off a chair. But you don’t die for hours. It can’t be a pleasant way to go and yet that’s what she did. She was about forty, I suppose. I never dreamed she would do such a thing. I knew she was unhappy, but I didn’t know she was as desperate as that. Her suicide occurred over twenty years ago when I was living in England.I had hoped Mr. Clinton would declare a limit on the number of days we are allowed to live, but he didn’t. It seems perfectly reasonable to me that, at the age of say, seventy-five, you would receive a telegram from the White House saying, “We congratulate you on reaching your seventy-fifth birthday and hope to see you in the Forgetting Chamber at 4:30 p.m.” Then an unmarked van would arrive, you would get into it and be taken to the town hall and put to sleep the way animals are.Such certainty would enable planning. You would make arrangements regarding your possessions and money and would not have to leave anything to chance. As it is, you cling on to everything because you feel you will go on living indefinitely. I feel I’ve lived too long. I repeat myself incessantly and I take up time and space. One of the hate letters I received said I was a waste of space, and I am.I don’t believe in life after death. The idea of once more falling out of your mother’s womb with the words, “Here again.” is too much for me to bear. I never understand why Ms. MacLaine espouses the notion of reincarnation. This life alone has left me weary enough that I would gladly forgo all my future lives. I hope that death is just nothing.If we do reincarnate after this life, I want to come back as a woman. I feel I am suited to the life of a woman and have not been suited to the life of a man as I have said earlier in this book. That has been my trouble. I wouldn’t mind what sort of woman I came back as, the same class and the same nationality as I have now would do. I wouldn’t want to have a grand life. I wouldn’t want to find that I was a duchess or something. I wouldn’t want to be beautiful because I wouldn’t want to be sought after or anything weird like that, but I wouldn’t want to be hideous either. Preferably I would have a job that’s not too taxing which I could do satisfactorily while waiting for life to pass. PinkNews ExclusivePinkNews brings you the third of four exclusive extracts from the Last Word by Quentin Crisp, the final installment of his autobiography.What follows is the third of four exclusive extracts from The Last Word by Quentin Crisp, the final installment of his autobiography, written in the last years of Crisp’s life, published in Europe and North America by MB Books and available to buy on Amazon. last_img read more

Its a tax on success TTF snubs cruise fee

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. The NSW government’s decision to add a new tax for cruise ship passengers visiting Sydney has been dubbed “a tax on success” and unfair to “one of the bright spots for the Australian tourism industry”.Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said the tax is estimated to be a 14-fold increase on ship turnaround costs in Sydney from $5,000 a day to up to $70,000 by 2015.Mr Lee said it was a ‘regrettable’ decision that will make Sydney Harbour’s overnight business one the world’s most expensive. “It comes at a time when the cruise ship industry faces a 17% increase in the federal government’s passenger movement charge, so in the space of a month it has been wacked twice by governments,” he explained.”The industry recognises that the current fee structure needs reform. “It had proposed a passenger charge of around $5 per head, which better reflects the actual cost of cruise ships staying at Sydney Harbour.”The Minister for Ports has said that the success of the industry justifies imposing the charge.”What the minister is forgetting is that none of this success is guaranteed, and the industry is operating in a highly competitive environment particularly with Asian ports.”Mr Lee added that the $30 a head tax in Sydney is likely to escalate quickly and transform into passengers paying hundreds on ships that are visiting multiple ports.”TTF urges the NSW government to undertake genuine consultations with the industry before the tax commences in 2013 to devise a system that more fairly recovers costs,” he said.   “Importantly, the government should also review the efficiency of Sydney’s ports, which cost more to operate than many overseas, so that they meet world’s best practice.”last_img read more

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