The ice basin challenge

first_imgWhen snow blocks the main road from Kargil to the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh for a month from January as temperatures drop 15 to 35 degrees below zero, another route opens up for the villagers and the trekkers who come for the thrill and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Zanskar river, flowing through the wide, deep canyons of the Himalayan ranges, freezes on the upper reaches, leading to the formation of Chadar, or blanket of ice.The “frozen river trek” is not just about walking on ice. It’s the same route through which the villagers ply their trade. With weather changing ever so frequently and water flowing rapidly beneath the ice, the challenges multiply. The ice formation changes by the hour. Many trekkers break the frozen surface as they walk with their spike shoes, making the walk treacherous. They slip and topple. It’s not for the faint-hearted.The growing reputation of the toughest, wildest frozen river trek in the world, on social media, has started attracting more tourists than serious trekkers here. Rampant commercialisation threatens the region’s culture and the fragile ecosystem. At another level, the trek is about oneness of mind, body and soul — summing up the essence of Buddhism practised here. The numb fingers, frostbite, pain from fractured limbs and swollen toes are trophies from the journey, cherished mementos of a harsh trek.”This is my third visit and every time I come here, I discover something unique. The landscape is brutal and stunning and you can see different shapes the ice takes,” Ramida Vithoonsaritsilp, a trekker says.last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to Sachin Tendulkar: I’m your fan. Here’s what the Master Blaster replied

first_imgTwo legends from different fields turned fan boys on social media and confessed their admiration for each other, leaving hundreds of thousands of their fans awestruck.Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is set to release his next movie Fan in April, took to Twitter to tell Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar that he was a fan of the legendary batsman.Sachin: Aila @sachin_rt Umpire kuch bhi kahe, mere liye toh u wil always b not-out! I am ur Fan. Jai Maharashtra! https://t.co/Cgy1mR8OAd Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 22, 2016Khan, who co-owns IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders and Caribbean Premier League team Trinbago Knight Riders, is admittedly a major sports buff. Therefore, it was not surprising when his public confession struck the right chords with other Tendulkar fans.The Little Master, for his part, replied with typical grace and humility.Out or Not out is part of the game, but support from fans is permanent! Looking forward to enjoying Fan in April. https://t.co/quln4s6g74 sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 23, 2016Tendulkar retired in 2013 as the only man to play 200 Tests and the highest scorer in both Tests and one-day internationals.last_img read more

Bodies of Brazilians killed in Colombia crash expected back on Friday

first_imgThe bodies of Brazilians killed when a plane carrying Chapecoense soccer team crashed in Colombia have all been identified and are being prepared for transport by military aircraft back to Brazil, club Communications Director Andrei Copetti told reporters. (Also read: Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)Copetti said the coffins will arrive in Chapeco by midday on Friday at the earliest and will be taken directly to the club’s stadium where a collective wake will be held, with Brazilian President Michel Temer expected to attend. A spokesman for Temer said his schedule had not been decided yet.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio gets whacked in the face by volleyball. Thank you for being like us, says Internet

first_imgIt’s a cruel summer so far for Leonardo DiCaprio and seems like apart from Leo, everyone is enjoying it.The 44-year-old actor was recently spotted playing a game of beach volleyball in Malibu, and while playing, he was hit in his face by the ball.And like all things fun and hilarious, the snapshot of Leo getting whacked by the ball has become the newest joke on the internet.Though Leo survived unscathed, the incident (and Leo’s choice of volleyball fandom) has inspired hilarious memes.The picture of Leo was first posted on Twitter by a user called @vilvaraja, with the caption, “Here’s a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio getting hit in the face by a volleyball that I just thought I really should put out there for whoever else needs it #Tubthumping.”Here’s a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio getting hit in the face by a volleyball that I just thought I really should put out there for whoever else needs it #Tubthumping pic.twitter.com/DRKB72mrAnVilvaraja (@vilvaraja) June 25, 2019Leo got right back into the game after the volleyball face splat, but surely it must have been a painful moment.So, after the pictures of the actor getting hit right in the face went viral, Twitter served us all with the best memes.Hits me hard! #LeonardoDiCaprio pic.twitter.com/Ww4Lxdd1KUYash Saboo (@YashSaboo7) June 26, 2019pic.twitter.com/KbqeIXlJYEAnna Rose Iovine (@annaroseiovine) June 25, 2019i’d like to thank @LeoDiCaprio for being v relatable … pic.twitter.com/bNZrgl4hE1advertisementMegan Boardman (@GoodMegan) June 25, 2019Here is a volleyball misbehaving with Leo.#LeonardoDiCaprio pic.twitter.com/OaWCMWyyaiManjul kaushik (@kaushik_manjul) June 26, 2019just want to set the record straight here: yes i AM in cahoots with the volleyball that hit leonardo dicaprio in the facehunter harris (@hunteryharris) June 25, 2019put these photos in a museum, any museum, all of them if possible https://t.co/Gds6M51V3pBrian Grubb (@briancgrubb) June 25, 2019Leo: pic.twitter.com/1fzfHj1AlfThe People’s Champ (@heath_day) June 26, 2019Me getting rid of my problemskaran (@agentpena09) June 26, 2019#NeverForget pic.twitter.com/SBQKSOsNs2Angela Monson (@angmichaud) June 26, 2019Leonardo DiCaprio is known for being in love with the sport and was snapped enjoying a game of beach volleyball last summer too.ALSO SEE | Once Upon A Time In Hollywood reviews: What foreign media says about new Leonardo DiCaprio-Brad Pitt filmALSO WATCH | Titanic to be remade in 3Dlast_img read more

COUNTY SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE FORUMS ON OPEN LINE

first_imgKSCJ WILL BEGIN AIRING CANDIDATE FORUMS FOR THE EIGHT PEOPLE SEEKING A SEAT ON THE WOODBURY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TODAY ON OPEN LINE.THE FIRST DISCUSSION IS WITH THE CANDIDATES SEEKING THE DISTRICT 5 SEAT…REPUBLICAN ROCKY DE WITT, DEMOCRAT BRUCE GARBE AND INDEPENDENT GARY NILES.THURSDAY WILL BE REPUBLICAN KEITH RADIG AND DEMOCRAT JACKIE SMITH WHO ARE SEEKING THE DISTRICT ONE SEAT.FRIDAY ITS REPUBLICAN BRIAN MILLER, INDEPENDENT MARK MONSON AND DEMOCRAT MARTY POTTEBAUM, THE DISTRICT THREE CANDIDATES.THE FORUMS WILL AIR BETWEEN 10AM AND 11AM.last_img read more

Oklahoma Quarterback Austin Kendall Is In The NCAA Transfer Portal

first_imgOklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Austin Kendall #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 66-33. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Yet another major quarterback name has reportedly appeared in the NCAA transfer portal: Oklahoma’s Austin Kendall.That is very interesting news for the Sooners.Assuming Kyler Murray leaves for either the NFL or to start his baseball career, Kendall is the most experienced play on the roster, and a highly-touted player in his own right.It is funny to think about now, but he gave Kyler Murray a real run for the starting job during the off-season.Murray wasn’t named the starter until August 22, and went on to an historic Heisman season.Oklahoma is at the center of numerous transfer rumors for other players, like Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, and brings in the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in Spencer Rattler in its recruiting class, so there’s a chance that Kendall becomes the odd-man out.Austin Kendall has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal.From the Tulsa World:Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall is entering the transfer portal to explore his future options, a source close to the situation informed the Tulsa World on Friday afternoon.Kendall has spent the past three seasons on the Sooners’ roster. As a true freshman, he was OU’s backup quarterback to Baker Mayfield. After sitting out a redshirt season, Kendall held the same role for Kyler Murray in 2018.Kendall was the primary back-up for Baker Mayfield in 2016, and Kyler Murray this fall. He took a redshirt year in 2017, so he should have two years of eligibility remaining. He is also set to graduate, so he would be immediately eligible.The transfer portal doesn’t mean that a player will definitely leave, and if Oklahoma doesn’t bring in another veteran, Kendall will be the favorite to start for the Sooners, since Rattler will be a true freshman and isn’t set to arrive on campus until the summer.Still, the fact that he is considering it at all is quite telling.[Tulsa World]last_img read more

SSB jawan killed in encounter with Maoists in Jharkhand

first_imgDumka: A Sashastra Seema Bal jawan was killed and four others were injured in an encounter between the security forces and Maoists in Dumka district of Jharkhand early Sunday, police said.At least five ultras also suffered bullet injuries in the encounter, but they retreated into the forest of Taldangal where a search operation has been going on, Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh said. The Maoists fired on the joint team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and local police around 3.30 am after noticing the personnel, who also retaliated. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCDuring the shootout, five SSB personnel suffered bullet injuries and one of them identified as Niraj Chetry, a resident of Sonitpur district in Assam, died. Of the four others, Rajesh Kumar Rai and Karan Kumar were airlifted to Ranchi for better treatment, while Sonu Kumar and Satish Gujar have been admitted to the Dumka Sadar Hospital, a statement by SSB said. Chief Minister Raghubar Das paid his tribute to the deceased jawan and said the entire state is with the bereaved family. He said the state is committed to root out the Maoist menace.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 24

first_imgThe Canadian Press Five stories in the news for Monday, Dec. 24———THOUSANDS STILL WITHOUT POWER IN B.C.Crews continue to repair broken transformers and retstring hydro lines after last Thursday’s fearsome windstorm in southwestern B.C., but officials say some customers will remain without power for several more days. Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands were among the hardest hit areas and hundreds of downed trees have left some roads impassable, which means BC Hydro hasn’t been able to complete full damage assessments. As of early Monday morning more than 25,000 hydro customers were still waiting for reconnections to the power grid.———STANDOFFS PROMPT RCMP ‘CALL FOR ACTION’ IN IQALUITMounties in Nunavut have issued a “call for action” asking people to secure their guns after two recent standoffs, including one where a man opened fire on officers. Iqaluit RCMP say a man barricaded himself in a home on Saturday, and during an ensuing three-hour standoff opened fire on police and vehicles passing by. The standoff ended with the arrest of a suspect, and no one was injured. But police say it’s the second critical incident in Iqaluit in a week, and they’re urging gun owners to take immediate action to secure firearms and ammunition.———SINGH PLANS A JANUARY FULL OF CAMPAIGNINGIt will be a busy January for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh as he looks to get a much-needed seat in the House of Commons. Singh plans to hunker down next month in the B.C. riding of Burnaby-South as he tries to check “elected” off his to-do list for a critical campaign year ahead. The byelection, expected in February, will mark Singh’s biggest political test to date while he also tries to calm party fears about weak fundraising, slumping poll numbers and a growing list of veteran MPs who say they won’t be running in 2019.———PEOPLE’S PARTY RUNNING FULL SLATE: BERNIERThe People’s Party of Canada says it has reached its goal of setting up 338 riding associations as it focuses on being a force in the next federal election. In an email to supporters, leader Maxime Bernier says attaining the goal amounts to a “gift of hope” for Canadians seeking to bring back freedom, responsibility, fairness and respect to the country. Bernier was a Conservative MP for more than a decade before he left to launch his own party. He says his one Christmas wish is for members of his new party to fill its coffers with financial contributions.———INVASIVE SPECIES COST ECONOMY BILLIONSFor two decades experts have been nursing a community of endangered northern leopard frogs in B.C.’s Kootenay region. But invasive bullfrogs and fish threaten to muscle in, potentially swallowing years of work. Bullfrogs are native to parts of Central and Eastern Canada, but they have overtaken parts of southern B.C. and are known to eat native fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds and turtles. Experts say the plight of the spotted frog is one of many examples of how invasive species can leave a lasting scar on the landscape, at a huge cost to Canada’s economy.———last_img read more

Instacart to expand Toronto office into tech hub hire 200 people

first_imgCanada’s major grocery chains looking to boost their e-commerce offerings to stave off the impact of Amazon’s entrance into the crowded industry are partnering with companies to give shoppers the option of home delivery.Companies offering a range of home delivery solutions are now expanding across Canada, building robotics-filled warehouses, adding hundreds of jobs and hoping to prove their method is the best at serving a vast country with a relatively small population.“There’s no shortage of headlines. Every day, there’s a new company making a new announcement,” said Sarah Joyce, senior vice-president of e-commerce at Sobeys Inc., who has been in the newly created position for about three months.Instacart, a California-based online grocery app company founded by a Canadian, announced Tuesday it will transform its Toronto office into a tech hub and add 200 employees over the next several years. The office is set to open sometime next year and will be the company’s second location to focus on research and development, with the first in San Francisco.Last week, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc., a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Spud, announced it partnered with Walmart Canada to deliver groceries to customers in the Vancouver area. The big box store is Food-X’s first major partner for its new warehouse designed to reduce the environmental impact of delivering groceries by reducing food waste and minimizing truck trips.Sobeys, for its part, revealed earlier this year a partnership with the British Ocado Group to build a customer fulfillment centre in the Toronto area filled with robotics that can pick and pack customer orders. The centre will start delivering customer orders in the spring of 2020.The influx of announcements came after Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, which now has 14 Canadian locations, last year. The move sparked speculation the company would bring its checkout-free store concept and AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to Canada.That pushed the country’s major grocers to introduce or ramp up delivery services of their own, with many choosing to partner with companies already operating in this niche rather than build expensive in-house services.“That says a lot about where we are at as an industry and about this new era of strategic partnerships,” said Daryl Porter, vice-president of omni-channel operations and online grocery at Walmart.The company has opted for two different partners in different cities, a conscious decision that Porter said comes down to what value proposition providers offer customers.Walmart’s participating in a one-hour delivery pilot with Instacart in Toronto and soon-to-be in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, it opted for a next-day delivery method with Food-X.“This is models, right,” said Peter van Stalk, Food-X founder.He’s convinced the company’s strategy, which includes people picking the food items to fulfil orders and focuses on reducing the environmental impact, can win more big-name partners. Food-X’s technology can withstand Canada’s cold winters, he added, and can service low density areas.But Sobeys believes it’s better to wait a little longer to launch, but offer a mostly automated experience.Sobeys anticipates having up to four such warehouses in the country, which could cover about 75 per cent of Canadian households.Both Joyce and van Stalk admit their models don’t offer one-hour delivery, but could do that or close to it in the future.Quick delivery windows are Instacart’s advantage and the company’s partnered with Walmart and Loblaw to offer one-hour timeframes already.“(Customers) don’t want to plan too far ahead for when they’re going to have their groceries delivered,” said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s chief business officer.Before Instacart, “groceries really lagged the rest of e-commerce,” he said, but “the magic of Instacart” allowed people to open their fridge door, see what’s missing and order online rather than rush to the store.It’s unclear which model will dominate Canada’s online grocery industry, but for now retailers seem content to leverage the experience of the niche operators.“We can learn from them,” said Walmart’s Porter, “and we are learning from them.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:EMP.A) (TSX:L)last_img read more

RJD releases manifesto, promises reservation

first_imgPatna: The RJD on Monday released its manifesto, titled ‘Pratibadhta Patra’, promising reservation for SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs in proportion of their population in the private sector and the higher judiciary. The ceiling – a 50 per cent cap – had been broken after giving 10 per cent quota to the weaker sections among the general category so the people belonging to these categories (SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs) should be given reservation on the basis of their population, party leader Tejashwi Yadav said while releasing the manifesto here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The apex court had fixed a cap of 50 per cent on total reservation and the Centre last month justified in Supreme Court its recent law granting 10-per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality”. Advocating extension of quota for them in higher judiciary and the private sector, the manifesto also vowed to carry out caste-based census in 2020-21. Pointing out that the RJD, also agrees with the Congress manifesto, it said, the party “completely endorses” the ‘Nyay’ scheme of the Congress, which would be beneficial to states like Bihar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Tejashwi Yadav was accompanied by Rajya Sabha member and party’s national spokesman Manoj Jha, Bihar RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve and others at the release of the party’s manifesto. The RJD also demanded from the Centre to make public the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, carried out by the UPA government. Releasing the manifesto, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, also the leader of the opposition in the state, said that “it is not the manifesto of RJD, rather it is a ‘pratibadhta patra’ (commitment document) of the party”. A helpline number would be launched and a help centre set up in major cities of the country for the people of Bihar living outside the state, the manifesto said. The party would ensure that six per cent of gross domestic product be spent on education and four per cent on health, he said. “If our (party’s) government is formed in Bihar, then we will remove the ‘illegal’ tag on toddy and make it ‘legal’….The move to make toddy illegal has rendered many belonging to economically weaker sections jobless. “My father Lalu Prasad, when he was the chief minister, had abolished tax on toddy,” the RJD leader said. Replying to a query on his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav’s recent activities, Tejashwi evaded a direct reply, saying “the press conference has been organized for releasing the manifesto today”. According to the seat-sharing formula for the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar announced by the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’, 20 seats will be fought by the RJD and nine by the Congress. Of the 20 constituencies, the RJD has left the Ara seat to the CPI(ML) Liberation. Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikasheel Insan Party (VIP) will field candidates on five and three seats respectively. Former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) has been given three seats. The seven-phase election in Bihar is scheduled from April 11 to May 19.last_img read more

Crude oil hits 5month low near 93 a barrel amid expected rise

Crude oil hits 5-month low near $93 a barrel amid expected rise in US supplies by The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 1:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil sank two per cent Tuesday, hitting a five-month low, as the market anticipated another increase in domestic supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $2.10, or 2.2 per cent, to close at US$93.04 a barrel in on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has dropped about nine per cent in the past month.Expectations for another increase in U.S. crude supplies weighed on prices.Data for the week ended Nov. 8 is expected to show an increase of 1.8 million in crude oil stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. That would mark the eighth straight weekly increase.Markets also digested reports from the International Energy Agency and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.The Paris-based IEA said China and India would turn Asia into the world’s main driver of energy demand in coming years, while the United States is expected to be able to meet its energy needs from domestic sources by 2035.OPEC, headquartered in Vienna and representing some of the world’s largest oil exporters, including Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria, kept forecasts for demand for its crude this year and next unchanged from a month ago but warned there were still risks to growth.“Although the global economy continues to improve, the pace of growth remains sluggish and near-term developments will need close monitoring,” OPEC said in its monthly report.Brent crude, the international benchmark, slipped 64 cents to US$105.54 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline lost one cent to US$2.59 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil slipped four cents to US$2.85 a gallon and natural gas advanced four cents to US$3.62 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

Main parties campaign on health care jobs at start of Week 2

Main parties campaign on health care, jobs at start of Week 2 of B.C. election NDP Leader John Horgan arrives at a house for a campaign stop in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, April 17, 2017. A provincial election will be held on May 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 11:47 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BURNABY, B.C. – New Democrat Leader John Horgan took aim on Monday at the Liberals’ failed pledge to match every British Columbian with a family doctor by promoting his party’s strategy to build team-based urgent care centres.The centres would be open evenings and weekends and would allow patients to see the care provider that fits their needs, whether it’s a doctor, nurse practitioner or counsellor, Horgan said at a campaign stop ahead of the May 9 election.Horgan said Christy Clark’s Liberals are letting down patients, who are waiting for hours at walk-in clinics or emergency rooms. The NDP said 700,000 people don’t have a family doctor, with 200,000 still looking for one.“It’s a fundamental right in Canada to access our public health care system. I will defend that to my last breath,” Horgan said.The NDP leader made the promise in Burnaby, flanked by two local residents who can’t find a family doctor. Sky Belt said her friend visited walk-in clinics several times for pain and was told she had anxiety before she was finally diagnosed with cancer.“Those months that she spent not having a family doctor have made her situation very critical,” Belt said.The Liberals estimated in 2013 that 200,000 British Columbians didn’t have a family doctor. They campaigned in 2010 and 2013 on providing a family doctor to every resident who wanted one by 2015, but conceded two years ago they would not meet their target.The website for the “GP For Me” program says 178,000 people who did not have a family doctor were able to get one by 2016. But B.C.’s population also grew by 162,600 between 2013 and 2016.The Liberal platform includes $2.7 billion for new hospitals, 500 additional long-term care beds and 5,500 more hip and knee surgeries.Campaigning in Campbell River, Clark highlighted her government’s record on helping business, such as phasing out the provincial sales tax on electricity that she said would save businesses $160 million a year, including pulp and paper companies on north Vancouver Island.Vancouver Island has been a stronghold for the NDP but Clark said the island has a successful economic record because of Liberal policies. She said the unemployment rate on the north island is half what it was under the last NDP government.“More people are working and our jobs plan has worked for British Columbia,” she said.“We’ve supported the private sector in creating thousands of jobs here and I don’t think people, whether in the south island, the mid-island or the north island, want to give up that prosperity. We want to keep this going.”Horgan’s promise was short on details, with no specific number of urgent-care centres an NDP government would build or a cost estimate. He said the party would shift priorities to make room in the existing health budget.“We want to assemble those teams in a cost-effective way,” he said.Later, Horgan visited Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital, a shuttered mental-health institution, where he has promised to reopen some residential care facilities. The NDP would also establish a Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to help people get timely and effective treatment.Green party Leader Andrew Weaver, who is campaigning on a promise to “do politics differently,” unveiled his party’s platform on democratic reform in Victoria.He said his party would establish a public watchdog to oversee government advertising and communications, block cabinet ministers from engaging in partisan fundraising, ban corporate, union and out-of-province donations, and place limits on individual contributions that would be in line with current federal limits.The Liberals, and to a lesser extent the NDP, have faced intense scrutiny over lavish fundraisers and unlimited donations. The NDP has promised to ban corporate and union donations if elected, while the Liberals would convene a panel to make recommendations. The Greens banned corporate and union donations in September.Weaver also promised to introduce proportional representation.“British Columbians have lost trust in their government — and rightfully so,” he said in a statement. “We have a duty to regain that trust and to demonstrate through action that the government is there to serve British Columbians — not politicians.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

Brock community rolls up its sleeves

Karen Belfry, a first-year Biomedical Sciences student, chats with Joe Kenny, Brock’s head athletic therapist, at the blood donor clinic on Nov. 5.Faculty, staff and students rolled up their sleeves on Nov. 5 for Brock’s first on-campus blood donor clinic in a decade.Donors at a clinic in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium contributed to Brock’s goal of collecting 100 units of blood this year. The goal is part of a student-led blood drive offered in partnership with Canadian Blood Services.In recent years, there has been a problem finding space to hold an on-campus blood clinic, said Kristen Smith, manager of Student Life and Community Experience.But blood drive volunteers are used to being mobile. On the first Wednesday of every month, a shuttle transports students to the local Canadian Blood Services office to give blood. The shuttle leaves at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Participants can sign up at the Welcome Desk in the Schmon Tower. As always, potential donors can always call 1-888-2-DONATE.Regular faculty, staff and student blood donors who give outside of the drive are asked to tell Canadian Blood Services that they are from Brock so their donation will contribute to the university’s total.Canadian Blood Services recognized Brock’s efforts at the annual Honouring Our Lifeblood recognition ceremony in May.Sam Shannon, a first-year Psychology student, gives blood. read more

Cold case sexual assault unit expanding with 14 million federal rant

In 2018, the office hired a victim advocate, investigator, prosecutor and a SAKI coordinator and established a Cold Case Unit after receipt of a nearly $3 million grant. The original funds also allowed for the testing of an additional 1,424 SAFE kits not previously identified, the hiring of a cold case investigator for Kentucky State Police (KSP), a University of Louisville backlog research project and the formation of a SAKI task force.With the new grant funds, they will hire another investigator, permanently detailed to the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), and a crime analyst for the Cold Case Unit. In an effort to assist in the identification of a suspect in the cases in which a DNA profile has been developed but there is no identified perpetrator, funding will support specialized DNA testing for up to 50 kits. The funding will also support overtime for KSP lab personnel working to crack these cases. Related Article: Harrison County awarded $340,000 for pavement improvementsKentucky is only one of the few states that has tested every backlogged SAFE kit. Grants Image via MGN Online FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ) – Attorney Generals Office has been awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to expand its Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit and further investigate and prosecute sexual assault cold cases, many of which resulted from the state’s Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) kit backlog discovered in 2015.They say the three-year Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice is the second grant they have received.- Advertisement – read more

Easy job for Barca in Montpellier

6. Montpellier HB11317293:320(-27)7 7. IFK Kristianstad11218319:347(-28)5 ← Previous Story EHF CL: Flensburg demolish Kiel! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Budućnost beat Gyor in biggest EURO derby! 1. FC Barcelona Lassa11812336:303(33)17 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen11713298:279(19)15 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn111010280:349(-69)2 5. HC Vardar11605313:282(31)12 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce11632338:319(19)15 2. MOL-Pick Szeged11713324:302(22)15 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona celebrated another away win which put Spanish champions ahead of the rivals in the race for the first place in Preliminary Round and direct place to the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-finals. French Montpellier were too weak to endanger reigning EHF CL champion 31:23 (15:11).Kiril Lazarov was the first shooter on the match with nine goals in the winning squad.23 – Montpellier Handball (11+12): Gerard (Siffert, m.14 a 45); Gajic (8,1p), Villeminot (3), Gaber (4), Simonet (2), Fábregas (1), Borges (1), Dolenec (1) Esteki (-), Anquetil (-), Toumí (2) y Kavticnik (1).31 – FC Barcelona (15+16): Saric (Pérez de Vargas); Gurbindo (-), Lazarov (9,1p), Syprzak (2), Sarmiento (1), Jallouz (2), Sigurdsson (4), Viran Morros (-), Sorhaindo (-), Víctor Tomás (5), Raúl Entrerríos (3), Noddesbo (4) y Ariño (1).STANDINGS: read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Nuclear Boy Black Friday First Person Mario

first_imgRebecca Black’s music video to “Friday,” a song that she selected – not wrote – has been on YouTube since February 10th. It had racked up maybe a thousand views in that time, but in the past week, it’s rocketed to close to 17 million. Why? She was featured on a couple of Web sites and variety shows that made fun of her for her admittedly not-great singing voice and the heavy use of autotune and other vocal effects in the video. That’s right – she went from 1,000 views to nearly 17 million because the Internet descended to take part in a huge collective beatdown of one girl whose singing isn’t great, but it’s not the worst I’ve heard. We’re such an upstanding bunch. Rebecca Black – Friday (Official Video) YouTube superstar FreddieW churned out another hit this week. This video answered the question: what if Super Mario Bros. was a first person game instead of a 2D side-scroller? Would those Goombas bearing down on you and the complete inability to move in more than 2 directions terrify you more? Now let’s toss in some classic FPS elements: rank, achievements, and kill counters. The result is a whole new game that’s hilarious and interesting – and that looks like fun to play. Emerson – Mommy’s Nose is Scary! (Original) Driver Films Moment His Car is Engulfed By Tsunami Earthquakes, tsunamis, and now a nuclear crisis and on-going humanitarian effort are all still clear and present in our minds: Japan has a long way to go before everything is normal again, and for thousands of people whose lives and livelihoods have been changed, things will never be “normal.” Even so, most of the attention of the past week has been centered on the nuclear issues at the Fukushima Daiichi plant on the Northeastern coast. Experts are talking about it at length on television, and people all over the world have weighed in with their opinions and interpretations. If you’re not a scientist, you want a way to understand the situation, or even better, want a way to describe the situation to young people who are paying attention to the news, Nuclear Boy – an adorable animated primer to the whole situation and the issue of nuclear power and safety–is a must-watch. You’ll understand quite a bit more after you’re done. The first thing to know about this clip is that the driver escaped, lived to tell the tale and share the video, and is doing well, although he’s minus one perfectly good car. Now that’s out of the way however, put yourself in his shoes: imagine how terrifying it must have been to just be driving in your car and see a massive wall of water come up over the embankment and sweep over your vehicle. Honestly scary, isn’t it? Now: go do your part to help relief efforts in Japan, and give some thought to disaster preparedness in your own home.  When other people near us are sick or ill and start to blow their nose, we usually notice in passing, but most people can’t really say they’ve been outright terrified of someone else’s nose-blowing. This baby, however, bears the face of sheer terror every time his mother blows her nose. Admittedly, when she stops, he’s all smiles and laughter, but when she starts again? That face right there is the face of pure fear. Oh, and you should all know how hard it was to not ditch the original video and go with the Emerson/Inception trailer instead. (Subbed) Nuclear Boy First Person Mario Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would look like as a first person shooter? Maybe you’ve watched coverage of last week’s earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan and wondered exactly how terrifying it would be to be there? Maybe you’re not quite sure about the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, and could use a primer. There are videos for all of those questions and topics in this week’s YouTube roundup.An adorable animation that describes the nuclear issue in Japan so clearly that a child could understand it (and that probably needs to be run on major news networks here in the US,) an amazing video from a driver’s dashboard camera as the tsunami comes up over the seawall next to his vehicle and engulfs him (he manages to escape,) a baby who is honestly terrified of his mother’s nose, and a video of some lady singing that no one really noticed until the Internet converged to make fun of her. Stay classy, Internet.last_img read more

Papandreou cabinet a breath of fresh air

first_imgThe Cabinet announced by newly elected Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou on Tuesday combined new faces in politics with experience of working in international and European insititutions as well as experienced members of PASOK. who have been Ministers in previous PASOk governments A notable highlight is the appointment of 9 women to ministerial positions in cabinetPapandreou fulfilled his promise for “a lean and effective government”  by cutting back to 14 the number of ministries. The sweeping restructuring of government announced on Tuesday included two Ministries to deal with issues of the economy and finance.His Pasok party’s finance spokeswoman, Louka Katseli, was named to take on the economy ministry.Katseli is a 57-year-old economics professor who taught at Yale University in the United States and worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.He also named Georges Papakonstantinou, a 49-year-old graduate of the London School of Economics, to the finance ministry.Apart from the expanded economics ministry, Papandreou announced the creation of a new Ministry for Citizens’ Protection with responsibility for the police, fire department and civil protection. He appointed Michalis Chryssohoidis to the post, who previously served as minister for public order from 1999 to 2003 and is credited with catching and dismantling Greece’s deadliest urban terrorist group, November 17, during his term in office. The upgraded citizen’s protection ministry comes into effect to improve policing and fire prevention after two massive wildfire disasters in the space of two years.Likewise, Papandreou created an independent environment, energy and climate change ministry, splitting in two the previous cabinet position that combined environmental policy with public works. The public works ministry, in turn, has been combined with the previous transport ministry to create a super-Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. Greece’s other big earner, tourism, was placed under the culture ministry, which oversees archaeological sites and museums and put under Pavlos Geroulanos, a member of the prime minister’s inner circle and a close advisor.The prime minister named Evangelos Venizelos in the defence portfolio and put his old confidant, Yannis Ragoussis in charge of the interior ministry.Ragousis, a 43-year-old economist and former mayor of the island of Paros, has served as minister in several earlier governments and is a senior party member.The Ministerial ListThe Ministerial list is as follows:Prime Minister: George PapandreouDeputy Prime Minister: Theodore PangalosInterior, Decentralization and Electronic Governance Minister: Yiannis RagoussisFinance: George PapaconstantinouForeign Affairs: George PapandreouDefence: Evangelos VenizelosEconomy, Competitiveness and Shipping: Louka KatseliEnvironment, Energy and Climate Change: Tina BirbiliEducation and Religious Affairs: Anna DiamantopoulouInfrastructure, Transport and Networks: Dimitris ReppasLabor and Social Security: Andreas LoverdosHealth and Social Solidarity: Mariliza XenogiannakopoulouAgriculture and Food: Katerina BatzeliJustice, Transparency and Human Rights: Haris KastanidisCitizen’s Protection: Michalis ChryssohoidisCulture and Tourism: Pavlos GeroulanosState Minister: Haris Pamboukis Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more