first_imgAfter pondering for months whether it should contest the Assembly polls, and going silent for days in the wake of party chief Raj Thackeray’s questioning by the Enforcement Directorate, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) finally seems to have decided to enter the fray.At a meeting called by Mr. Thackeray on Friday, party workers from Mumbai demanded that the MNS contest the polls, unlike the general elections. The MNS did not field any candidates in the Lok Sabha elections, but Mr. Thackeray campaigned across the State against the Bharatiya Janata Party. According to party sources, the MNS is likely to contest more than 40 seats in the Assembly polls. “Cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nasik and Aurangabad are on our radar, but we will be targeting rural parts as well,” said one MNS leader. When asked if the party will form an alliance with the Congress or Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), he said no such decision has been taken.MNS general secretary Anil Shidore said Mr. Thackeray is taking constituency-wise views from local leaders. “We are not in a hurry. Let the Election Commission announce the poll dates. We will open our cards at the right time. We are not aiming only at the 2019 Assembly polls; the Mumbai civic polls and the 2024 Assembly polls are also on our mind. We will take a decision best suited for the party and its future growth,” he told The Hindu. Mr Thackeray had been at the forefront of anti-EVM protests in the State and had even united opposition leaders to demand paper ballots for the polls. He fell silent, however, after the ED called him for an inquiry in the ongoing investigation of Kohinoor mill case. His opposition to EVMs had given rise to suspicion that the party may boycott the Assembly polls. “We are meeting again on Saturday. If we contest, we will put in all our strength and even if we decide not to contest, our strategy will be different,” Mr. Shidore said.last_img read more

first_imgRohan threw his school bag on his bed, freshened up and grabbed an apple, lifted his cricket kit and stormed out in a hurry. This took a total of 10minutes while his mom parked the car and was catching up with the friend next-door.”Keep drinking water, play well and come back as soon as the practice?” The elevator shut by the time she could complete her instruction. This was a daily drill for Rohan and he shook his head while battling with a series of emotions.How does Rohan feel?”My parents are great, but why do they always tell me what to do? It stresses me out.””Why does mom keep a tab on every minute of mine? She is over-scheduling me though I know that she wants me to focus on studies too.””It is like I’m never quite good enough; I can’t fully please my parents, either in sports or studies.”Rohan’s mom has her own set of thoughts:”By the time he is home, he will again be too tired to finish his homework.””What if he doesn’t turn out to be a good sports person and lags behind in studies too?””I hope he understands one day, that I am doing this for his own good!”Many children (and parents) go through similar emotional turmoil on a daily basis while trying to balance studies and sports. Chasing school project deadlines, finishing homework and keeping up with studies are the most strenuous forms of exercises that many students engage in while passionately honing their sports skills.advertisement”The mind wanders when doing essays, but if you develop a focus and use your time efficiently then it’s a very transferable skill,” says Stephen Baddley, Director of sport at the University of Bath. It had boasted 25 student competitors in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Trivia: If Bath University was a country, it would have ranked 11th overall in the same year).There are many research findings which highlight that children dabbling with both sports and academics are better focused, as discipline, concentration, and time-management learned through sports come handy.A research study conducted on Slovak athletes, strived to gain an understanding of the athletes’ attitudes towards education as well as perceived difficulties and supporting elements in pursuing dual career. The athletes experienced dual career as manageable as long as they were assisted, were provided with flexible arrangements and were supported by parents and peers (Geraniosova et al., 2014).Giving physical education and sports the requisite weightage in the school curriculum is not an easy task and the stakeholders (school principals, parents etc.) take time to accept sports at par with academics for their children.Often, having students involved in extracurricular activities like sports can pose a catch-22 situation as the benefits of sports for students comes with the demand for their time, thus sacrificing the time meant for “academic rituals”.Finding a balance between sports and academics is essential for the modern student, and our EduSports’ programmes and coaches, along with the teachers and parents, can play a pivotal role in providing the required support.Varsha Varman, a member of the Indian Shooting Team is gunning for the Rio Olympics, 2016 while balancing her academics at the prestigious Harvard University and she vouches that studies and sports go together for her. “I have found that I perform better when challenged to my maximum, and that comes through pushing myself in both Sports and Academics,” says Varsha. She acknowledges that her alma mater, St. Joseph’s Co-Ed School, Bhopal, played a great role in identifying her field of interest and shaping up her goals. Varsha Varman is one such emerging champion who has found her balance!How you can help students find the right balance:By introducing and implementing time-saving tips and their staunch support, parents, coaches and teachers can aid in finding the balance, not only in school and on the playing field, but in life. The following points should be noted in this regard:Help them prioritise: As with everything else in life, help the child to first make a list of her priorities. If her interest in sports is as strong as her interest in academics, then establish that she would have to give up on watching her favorite TV program and other things so that she has ample time to complete her homework and her academics do not take a backseat.For example, if there’s a test tomorrow and this afternoon’s team practice isn’t critical, that extra time can be utilised to study. However, if there’s an important athletic event the next day, studying can be postponed for the following night.advertisementHelp them in planning: Guide your child to get a grip on his time table or course schedule and help him answer the questions as he plans:How many hours will you need to finish your task?Can you catch up with studies during breaks or while travelling?Will you have enough free time to participate in other activities?There are some useful tools like a hard copy Planner or time management app to help him map out his sports and study schedule.Communicate and engage with them: While maintaining the importance of sports, help your child develop a positive attitude toward school and learning. Talking and listening play major roles in children’s school and sports success. Allow them to believe that they have a scope to commit mistakes and praise them when they deserve it; it will keep him motivated.Help your child answer questions that invariably bother him: How much is too much? Have I set high standards of achievement or am I setting unreasonable expectations?What should I enroll for and still balance academics and extra-curricular activities?Watch out for the warning signs: Sometimes balancing sports and academics becomes too difficult for the children even if they are willing to stretch themselves. Encourage them to take breaks, from both studies and sports, as it is also important for children to have unstructured time to just be kids.Remain alert and save the children from burn-outs if you come across signs such as:Sudden drop in gradesLack of motivation or poor attitude in the sportMaking excuses to skip practice or schoolPhysical illness when it’s time to participate in the sportAt their core, sports are fun for children but if the children stop having fun, it’s time to re-evaluate whether they should consider a new sport or stop altogether.Striking the right balance between academics and sports can be a thorn in the flesh and would require a team approach to achieve it. With the right help, guidance and communication from all parties involved, children can benefit from playing a sport, while still enjoying a quality academic experience by prioritising their interests and steering their lives in the right direction.If one were to tally the benefits from sports and academics, one would acquire organisational skills worthy of any professional manager through sports while academics would help in shaping up the fundamentals of one’s lifelong knowledge base.Balancing sports and academics is difficult, but it is possible. And it is totally worth it! After all, one should rather look back and say, “I can’t believe I did that” instead of saying, “I wish my life had interesting stories to tell.”Article authored by Saumil Majmudar, Co-founder and CEO, EduSportslast_img read more

first_imgLewis Hamilton has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for next year’s Formula One championship, with the Mercedes driver also a 4/1 shot to be knighted in Britain’s New Year’s honours list.Hamilton became Britain’s most successful Formula One driver after clinching his fourth title in Mexico on Sunday.Bookmakers William Hill have Hamilton as 15/8 favourite for the 2018 drivers championship, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at 3/1 and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at 10/3.Verstappen won Sunday’s race, the third triumph of the 20-year-old’s career.Formula One has driver knights in Stirling Moss, generally regarded as the greatest never to win a championship, and triple world champion Jackie Stewart. Team principal Frank Williams and co-founder Patrick Head also have the honour.Hamilton has the MBE, a lower rung of the multi-tiered British awards system, and went to Buckingham Palace to receive it from the Queen.When asked about the chances of a knighthood, the 32-year-old winner of 62 races said he had always wanted to go back to the palace.”That would be the greatest honour, to firstly be invited back,” he said. “I try to represent England in the best way I can. If that at some stage is recognised by the Queen then I’d be incredibly honoured.”Hamilton wrapped the British flag around him as he celebrated on Sunday and has made much of his journey against the odds from an under-privileged background in the commuter town of Stevenage, north of London.His paternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Caribbean island of Grenada.advertisement”I wonder what the people who were at my school are thinking. There’s a couple of teachers who said you’re never going to amount to anything so I wonder what they’re thinking now,” he had mused on Sunday.”I wonder if they’re thinking ‘I helped that young lad’. Or are they thinking ‘you know what, I regret what I said. And I’ve grown from it’? I hope that’s really the case.”Olympic athletics gold medallist Mo Farah and Wimbledon winner Andy Murray are also sporting Sirs but the Scot has emphasised he still wants to be called by his first name.Hamilton joked he would be the opposite, if such a situation ever happened.”I would enforce it. To everyone. To friends, everyone. I think it’s such an honour,” he laughed. “I’ve got friends who are Sirs and I call them Sir. When I get a text, I’m like ‘Yes Sir.’ It’s unique and why not live it in all its beauty?.”last_img read more

first_imgJaydev Unadkat again fetched big bucks in the IPL Auction Live 2019, when he was sold back to the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 8.40 crore.Unadkat was the costliest Indian last year when he was sold to Rajasthan for Rs 11.50 crore, but after sub-par performances in the league, he was not retained.Rajasthan let him go only to buy him back for a ‘profit’ of Rs 3.10 crore.Once a Royal, always a Royal @rajasthanroyals welcome back @JUnadkat #IPLAuction #JoinTheFamily Royals (@rajasthanroyals) December 18, 2018Earlier, Axar Patel became one of the costliest Indian players when he was bought for Rs 5 crore by Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Patel matched West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite’s price, who went to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore.Kings XI Punjab and Delhi were engaged in a bidding war for the India cricketer and the player finally went to Delhi after an intense round of auction which saw Yuvraj Singh going unsold in the first round of bidding.Axar was one of the high-profile Indian player to be sold in the auction after India all-rounder Hanuma Vihari. They both will play for the Delhi Capitals in the 2019 season.Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were engaged in a bidding war for Vihari, who had a base price Rs 50 lakh and finally Delhi placed the winning bid.A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the foreign players.last_img read more

first_imgEngland became only the 3rd team after India and Australia to win the World Cup on their home soil. India had won the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium while Australia lifted the Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2015.Sri Lanka, the co-hosts of the 1996 World Cup, had won the title in Pakistan after defeating Australia. On Sunday, England completed a hat-trick for host countries winning the World Cup at Lord’s.England ended a long wait. They reached the final of the World Cup for the first time since 1992. In 2015, they were knocked out of the group stages. Several experts felt this was England’s best chance of winning the World Cup and the hosts did not disappoint.England became the 6th team after West Indies, India, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to win the World Cup.Australia have won the World Cup 5 times while West Indies and India have won the trophy twice each. Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the World Cup once each.This was the 4th time England were playing the World Cup final. They had lost to West Indies in 1975, Australia in 1987 and Pakistan in 1992.Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, England captain Eoin Morgan said his team has developed a lot since 2015.”This has been a 4-year journey.. we’ve developed a lot over those years, particularly the last two.”To get over the line today means the world to us. The guys in the middle keep us cool, the way they play, the experience.”It’s calming at times. Not a lot between the teams. Just delighted we’re lifting the trophy,” Morgan said.advertisementAlso Read | England win World Cup 2019 despite tied Super Over vs New ZealandAlso Read | Why England won the World Cup 2019 even after Super Over tie?last_img read more

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Francis Xavier Anopuechi v. Atlantic Private Protection Services and Christopher Sandeson is scheduled to begin Monday, May 4. Mr. Anopuechi alleges Mr. Sandeson, a security officer employed by Atlantic Private Protection Services, discriminated against him while he was shopping based on his skin colour and race. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m., in the Banook Room, Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. The board chair is Eric Slone, who is independent of the commission, which is representing the public interest at the inquiry. -30-last_img

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Netflix has given a series order to Trinkets, based on Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith‘s young adult novel. Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, Tragedy Girls), Kiana Madeira (The Flash, Sacred Lies) and Quintessa Swindell are set as the three female leads of the show from Viacom’s Awesomeness.  (Kiana is represented by Ambition Talent)Rounding put the cast are Larry Sullivan (Big Little Lies, Scandal), Brandon Butler, (13 Reasons Why), Odiseas Georgiadis (The Stand-In), Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why). October Moore (Baskets, Grimm) and Larisa Oleynik (Mad Men, Hawaii Five-O). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Written by Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer and Smith, Trinkets centers on three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria — Elodie (Hildebrand), the grieving misfit; Moe (Madeira), the mysterious outsider; and Tabitha (Swindell) the imperfect picture of perfection — who find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, and an unlikely friendship forms. They will find strength in one another as they negotiate family issues, high school drama and the complicated dilemma of trying to fit in while longing to break out. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgUPDATE #2 – The Amber Alert for Noah Ducharme has been cancelled. Noah and his mother were located in Calgary at 5:30 am. Noah is unharmed. Thankyou to everyone who shared the information about the Amber Alert. #yeg #yycUPDATE as of 11pm pacific – They are now believed to be travelling in a 2002 Buick Century with Alberta plate M A E 9 0 3 in the Calgary, Alberta area. It is believed that Noah is in imminent danger. ORIGINAL STORY – EDMONTON, A.B. – Edmonton Police have issued an amber alert for 8-year-old Noah Ducharme. Police say he was taken from Waverley Elementary School in Edmonton at 2:50 p.m. mountain time.  Noah is described as age 8, male, 4 FT., 70 lbs, short brown hair, wearing a dark green hoodie, light coloured jeans, yellow and black Nike prescription glasses.Police believe Noah was abducted by his mother Brianne Hjalte described as age 31, Indigenous female, 5 FT., 7 inches, 180 lbs, dark shoulder length hair, wearing a dark jacket, dark pants.They left the area on foot westbound on 89 avenue.Police say they are travelling in a 2008 Silver, Jeep Patriot with Alberta plate Z W K 8 4 4. It is believed that Noah is in imminent danger.Do not approach the suspect. Please call the Edmonton Police at 780-423-4567 if you have any information.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA — The Saskatchewan government says the federal carbon tax is killing jobs, but experts and even the province’s trade minister say it’s not that easy to calculate.The government reports that jobs are down in the oil and gas sector by about 1,400 and by another 1,500 in mining compared with July 2018.The province brought in its own tax on excess emissions from heavy industry in January, but consumers became subject to the federal carbon tax in April, because Saskatchewan did not have its own pricing deemed acceptable by Ottawa. The province is taking its challenge of the federal tax to the Supreme Court. At the same time as Saskatchewan voices its concerns, the province reports an increase of more than 12,000 mostly private-sector jobs in the last year.Harrison says job growth and the carbon tax’s effect on employment are not “mutually exclusive.”“The fact that we’ve been creating private-sector jobs outside of the energy sector, outside of the mining sector, speaks to a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit in the province.”Trent Wotherspoon, finance critic for the NDP Opposition, says the government is playing “fast and loose” with an important file and didn’t even factor in potential costs of the carbon tax in its last budget. “You’re not going to be able to directly link exactly to the carbon tax,” Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.“It is killing jobs because it’s making us less competitive.”One of Premier Scott Moe’s arguments against the tax is that it costs jobs.Harrison concedes job losses in the energy sector are not the result of any sole factor, but a confluence of different issues.He points to a lack of new pipelines as well as to federal legislation that overhauls how large energy projects are approved and restricts tankers off the British Columbia coast. He says those things put Canada at a competitive disadvantage compared to other jurisdictions.The carbon tax is another layer, says Harrison, although he adds it’s hard to measure its immediate impact over a short period of time.center_img Alberta comes at the numbers from a different position.The NDP there brought in a provincial carbon tax when it was in power, but Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives got rid of it not long after they won the April election.An email from the Environment Department says economic modelling estimates the repeal will create 6,000 new, full-time private-sector jobs and increase GDP by $1.3 billion.Alberta is also challenging the federal tax, which Ottawa says it will apply to the province in the new year.Some experts say not enough time has passed and not enough research has been done to know what impact federal carbon pricing is having on jobs.Trevor Tombe, an economics professor at the University of Calgary, points to two studies published in recent years that examine British Columbia’s carbon tax.One study concludes the province’s revenue-neutral tax doesn’t hurt employment. It says while jobs in “carbon-intensive and trade-sensitive industries” were affected, employment rose in clean industries.The other study reports between one to two per cent increases in unemployment rates among men with low to medium education levels.“It’s not at all clear that B.C. has had employment losses. Maybe it has if you look in certain specific areas, but it’s not an economy-wide issue,” says Tombe.“Looking at the question in a black-and-white way is probably not the right way for these particular leaders to go about doing it.”He adds that the carbon tax is likely to result in a lower rate of economic growth until it reaches its maximum of $50 a tonne in 2022. He says any action to reduce emissions comes with an economic cost in terms of GDP growth.Brett Dolter, an economics professor at the University of Regina, says statements that the carbon tax is “job-killing” need to be tested.“Any analysis of the impact … would need to consider that 90 per cent of the revenue raised through the carbon tax is returned to households through rebates on their income tax returns,” he wrote in an email.“People will still have money to spend, but they may spend it on goods and service that pollute less, and jobs will shift accordingly.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toshiba buys Hamilton-based manufacturer of custom electric motors by The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2013 10:36 am MDT HAMILTON – Toshiba International Corp. has agreed to buy the assets of Elettra Technology, a manufacturer of custom industrial electric motors that was born out of a former Canadian subsidiary of Westinghouse.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.Elettra’s current employees will operate the business, which will be renamed Toshiba Industrial Products Canada and relocate its manufacturing to a larger, recently renovated plant in Hamilton, the companies said Thursday.Toshiba International of Houston is an 1,800-employee subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp..Elettra makes industrial motors and generators as well specialized motors for harsh conditions.The Canadian company was founded in 1996 by two former Hamilton-based employees of Westinghouse Motor Co., Carlo Di Pietro and Joe Aiello.Di Pietro, who is ETI’s president, said the deal is good for both companies.“ETI has a history of excellence in one-off specialty electrical motor production which will enhance Toshiba’s product line, while Toshiba has the efficiencies of a large operation that will improve opportunities here,” Di Pietro said in a statement.Mike Ayers, a senior vice-president of Toshiba International and general manager of its industrial division, said that the deal will “better serve both ETI’s and Toshiba’s customers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

first_imgIn terms of identity, Good Housekeeping has long presented itself as a relentless consumer advocate. A brand-within-a-brand, the Good Housekeeping Seal has served for more than a century as the gatekeeper of household products that live up to their marketing claims, and is one of the earliest and best-known examples of media brand licensing.But a new century brings with it new challenges and responsibilities for manufacturers of consumer products, as evidenced by the introduction, in 2009, of the Green Good Housekeeping Seal—bestowed upon products whose claims of environmental sensitivity have similarly been vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute.Now, the magazine is leaning further into its efforts to promote sustainability in the household goods space, announcing the first-ever Good Housekeeping Sustainability Awards, reflecting the brand’s stance that most consumer products are over-packaged, exacerbating waste and harming the environment.“Good Housekeeping has always been about consumer protection and advocacy, helping guide consumers to make the best possible decisions for themselves,” says deputy editor Laurie Jennings, who heads up the Good Housekeeping Institute. “Everyone knows about the importance of recycling, but recycling isn’t the solution; it’s more the solution to a symptom. Packaging feels like the next area where we can focus in a massive way to help solve this problem facing our planet.”To encourage manufacturers to adopt a less wasteful, more minimalist approach to packaging, as well as the use of more recycled and recyclable materials, this year’s jury—consisting of the GH team as well as TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky and Brown and Wilmanns Environmental managing partner Mike Brown, who helped develop the Green seal—will examine submitted products against criteria such as recyclability and the ratio of product weight to packaging weight. Laurie JenningsIntended to become an annual franchise (“We are 110-percent committed,” says Jennings), this year’s awards will examine products from the cosmetics/personal care and household care/cleaning sectors as well as toys—categories where the issue appears to be most critical—with plans to expand to other types of products in the future.“We get tons of products coming in all the time [at the Institute], and we see the waste that comes from the excess packaging,” she adds. “There’s room for improvement without ignoring things that are necessary for safety or efficacy.”While there exist design- and industry-focused packaging award programs, Jennings says there aren’t many award programs in the U.S. devoted to sustainable packaging, and Good Housekeeping seized an opportunity to make a measurable difference.Asked why, in an age of heightened corporate consciousness, wasteful packaging is still such an issue, Jennings says the answer is complicated. Companies need to work within the confines of their supply chain, and shifting to sustainable packaging can be costly. In other cases, they may fear turning off consumers who prefer or are accustomed to existing packaging.“At the same time, I feel like there’s a move toward simplicity and going back to basics,” she continues. “If we can help guide companies toward learning from others to improve the planet and help people, then that’s a real win for us.”Health advocate Phil Landrigan addresses attendees at the 2nd annual Good Housekeeping “Raise the Green Bar” summit.From a business standpoint, the awards are tied to the brand’s “Raise the Green Bar” summit, an annual event launched last year in response to heightened interest in sustainability among Good Housekeeping readers in recent years. Supported by major sponsors including P&G and Danone as well as the mission-driven cosmetics company Alaffia, the second annual summit, held last week at Hearst Tower, featured talks from journalist Carey Gillam, pediatrician and leading children’s health advocate Philip Landrigan, and actress-turned-environmental activist Alicia Silverstone.Like other franchises, the awards and winners will be promoted online as well as in the magazine’s print issues, with entries due February 28 and winners announced ahead of next year’s green summit.“We have a massive audience of consumers who look to us to help them make decisions,” Jennings adds, “and this is an area where we feel we can help wake up other companies to the fact that this matters.”last_img read more

first_imgDozens of residents turned out to provide public testimony at the Feb. 27 Homer City Council meeting.(Photo: Shahla Farzan / KBBI)Homer City Council heard a resolution on Monday that would have officially expressed the town’s commitment to fighting discrimination and maintaining a safe, inclusive city.Listen nowOver 100 people packed into Cowles Council Chambers and overflowed into the lobby, waiting to testify on a controversial resolution promoting inclusivity.The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Council Members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis, cited recent violence targeting religious groups, minorities, and the LGBTQ community.It also officially rejected discrimination against any group with regard to “race, religion, ethnicity, gender, national origin, physical capabilities or sexual orientation” and expressed a commitment to creating a safe, inclusive community.The Council rejected the resolution in a 5 to 1 vote, with Council Member Reynolds voting in favor.“I have witnessed people who live in our community who have already had to endure an increase of hate and bullying,” Reynolds said. “When you aren’t [on] the receiving end of abuse because of religion or skin color or sexual orientation, it’s easy to think it doesn’t happen here. But it does happen here.”Before voting, the Council heard three and a half hours of public testimony from just over 90 people. The majority strongly opposed the resolution.“The fact that this room is filled with people that are here in opposition to this resolution should be a reminder to you that you are elected officials,” John Butcher said. “As an elected official, your position can be filled in the next election cycle or sooner if you don’t do your job.”Much of the controversy stemmed from a draft resolution posted to social media, which included several clauses critical of President Trump. Those clauses were removed before Monday’s council meeting.Local business owner Coletta Walker argued the resolution would hurt the town’s image and negatively affect tourism.“You have done a great harm to this community,” Walker said. “I for one am appalled that someone thinks that they need to dictate to me how to be hospitable and community-minded. It is not the responsibility of government to dictate to its people to be kind.”The resolution emphasized the city’s commitment to cooperating with federal agencies in detaining undocumented immigrants, but a number of residents expressed concern that it appeared to be advocating for providing sanctuary.Others voiced support for the resolution, including Lindsay Martin.“I am a Korean-born citizen of the United States who is new to Homer. Positive and welcoming interactions with my fellow Homer citizens make up a majority of my day,” Martin said. “However, the negative experiences I have had are significant enough and based in my ethnic identity that I support this resolution.”Julia Person said she originally thought the resolution was unnecessary and wasn’t planning to give public testimony. What she heard in the audience at last night’s City Council meeting, however, changed her mind.“When I heard people talk about tolerance and then when the word Muslim came up and they made all these derogatory remarks, I realized the illusion of tolerance in this town is very deep,” Person said.Despite the controversy, much of the proposed resolution is already embedded in state and federal law, said Homer resident and lawyer Andy Haas.“This is a Rorschach test. We look at this and we all see different things. As a lawyer, when I look at this, I can tell you that the body of the resolution merely restates the law,” Haas said.Alaska’s criminal code does not define hate crimes as a distinct offense. However, AS 12.55.155 does allow for the possibility of a more severe sentence if a “defendant has knowingly directed the conduct constituting the offense at a victim because of that person’s race, sex, color, creed, physical or mental disability, ancestry or national origin.” Bias due to sexual orientation is not included as an aggravating factor.The next Homer City Council meeting is scheduled for March 13.last_img read more

first_imgvia Guardian Up till now, most in the field have agreed that the most recent evidence of early man hunting animals for meat to eat was at a site in Germany that showed horses being brought down with long spears, likely thrown from trees, approximately 400,000 years ago. They’ve also agreed that early man was almost certainly eating meat before this time, but only from carcasses left over from other hunters such as lions.In this new study, Bunn said that in comparing the types of animals and their ages eaten by lions and other carnivores today with the types of meat that were being eaten by early man, it’s clear that our descendants were not eating leftovers, but were instead going out and getting their own meat.When leopards and lions hunt down and eat the larger species of antelope, for example, they tend to go for the young or old, as they are generally easier to bring down. Evidence at the Tanzania site however shows that early humans were eating such animals that were in their prime. On the other hand, when the big cats go after the smaller species of antelope, they tend to capture those in their prime, while early man seemed to prefer the young and the old. These findings, Bunn said, show very clearly that the animals that early man was eating were not brought down by other animals but were killed by hunting them themselves.The evidence brought forth by Bunn could mean the rewriting of some human evolution theories regarding how it was humans developed such complex brains, and why. Some have suggested it came about as a result of the evolution of social communities and the challenges it created, with early man eating a lot of vegetative material and the odd bit of meat that could be scavenged. If early man was hunting though, that would mean he was using his brain to development new ways to do it more efficiently, particularly if it was done in groups, which would seem the most likely scenario as it generally results in the most success. Citation: Anthropologist pushes back date of first humans hunting for meat to two million years ago (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 New book further supports controversial theory of ‘Man the Hunted’ Explore further (—Henry Bunn, anthropologist from Wisconsin University, speaking at the annual European Society for the study of Human Evolution meeting in Bordeaux this year, has suggested that the date that humans began hunting down large prey for food needs to be pushed back over a million and a half years after studying evidence of carcasses of antelopes, gazelles and wildebeest left behind by Homo habilis at a site in Tanzania. He said evidence there indicates that early man was hunting in an organized fashion some two million years ago. More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal would shortly issue a notification to regulate the companies involved in direct selling of products in the state, as directed by the Central government, state Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said on Tuesday. The minister said the department would add certain clauses to the organisations involved in direct selling after thoroughly studying their product base and the line of business.”The Federation of Direct Selling Association (FDSA) had given a requisition to the government of India. The Centre has asked the state governments to accept this by adding certain clauses that suit their economic policies,” Pande said on the sidelines of a conference organised by FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”There are several companies who are interested in direct selling their products without spending on advertisements and publicity which would enable them to sell the product to the masses at an affordable cost. We have thoroughly studied the list of products provided by the companies and would issue a notification shortly,” he said. The minister announced that certain definitive clauses would be added so that the consumers do not face any difficulty in buying these products. “Earlier, direct selling was there but we did not have any regulations for the companies involved. Now that issue would be taken care of,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgDrinking water may be better for young athletes than consuming sports drinks, according to scientists who warn that energy beverages can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems in children and teenagers.Many people associate playing sports with having sports drinks as it is what they see professionals do.However, most recreational athletes do not play at an intensity or for a duration that would require their hydration to come with extra sugar and salt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Sports drinks can replenish some of what you lost during exercise, but you really need to be exercising for more than 45 minutes to an hour before you would consider that,” said Matthew Silvis, from Pennsylvania State University in the US.”Many of our kids are not doing enough to warrant it,” said Silvis.With increasing rates of childhood obesity, having kids chug sports drinks loaded with extra sugar as they exercise is not recommended, researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Kids and adolescents really should not be using these drinks. Water is the best method of hydration,” said Katie Gloyer from Penn State.Young people who sip on sports drinks as a regular drink without physical activity also run the risk of weight gain and tooth decay from the added sugar.Then there are energy drinks, which some professional athletes use to boost performance and gain a competitive edge by providing them with caffeine and other stimulants to increase focus and prolong their attention span. However, Gloyer does not even recommend those to the adult, professional athletes. For children and adolescents, energy drinks can be downright dangerous.The beverages, which are not regulated, can contain several servings of harmful products in one container and easily exceed the amount of caffeine and other stimulants that are considered to be safe.That can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems such as palpitations and arrhythmias, not to mention giving the user headaches, an upset stomach, and a general jittery or nervous feeling.Silvis said the focus really should be on water and making sure kids are properly hydrated during exercise.”If they are playing 30- or 45-minute halves, they should have a water break and maybe add fresh orange slices or a granola bar to add a bit of sugar and/or protein at an appropriate level,” he suggested.For post-workout recovery, plain old chocolate milk works just as well – if not better – than the fancy recovery drinks now on the market.”Chocolate milk has the perfect combination of fat, proteins and carbohydrates that you want to get back into your system,” Silvis said. Of course, if the goal of exercise is weight loss, water still reigns king, he said. “Otherwise you can end up drinking more calories than you burned while exercising,” Silvis said.last_img read more

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA car was been left on its side following an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road early this morning. Police confirmed they were at the scene of the collision on the A34 Southbound near Monkey Forest Island in Trentham shortly after 2.30am today (Thursday July 11). Paramedics have also attended but there are not believed to be any serious injuries at present. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “Car on its side on the A34 southbound at Trentham monkey island. “Luckily no serious injuries to the driver. “Thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service for your attendance.” As of 5am there is still understood to be debris on the road, meaning traffic should take care in the area. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

first_imgThe building power of love and the desire to empower souls with the tools of amazing grace is at the heart of evangelist Matthew Lee.So passionate is this man of God that his drive to equip people in their purpose and his zeal to uplift knows no boundaries or limitations.This was clearly evident in his campaign on Saturday in Roosboom.The outreach saw souls being fed with the word of hope, as well as nutrition. Pastor Matthew’s vision extends beyond just physical needs and this was not only appreciated but also displayed by those who were present.Pastor Matthew has given birth to his Project Cornerstone, which is one of the three daughter ministries designed by this passionate man to save souls and bring light and hope.Spearheading Project Cornerstone is Mr K Bihaspat, the ambassador who aims to impact the vision and expand the boundaries for the Kingdom.Saturday’s programme in Roosboom was driven by the needs identified by the team, and the knowledge that they can make a contribution that will erase pain and hunger.Click to receive news links viaWhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

first_imgOn Monday afternoon, Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry and the Environment and Energy Ministry (MINAE) announced an agreement to allow lookout posts to be installed in national parks along Costa Rica’s borders, according to a press release.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said the posts in Tortugero Conservation Area, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, and Tamborcito wetlands, among other protected areas, were not in response to recent news stories about threats against park rangers in places like the Osa Peninsula or Limón.Rather, it has more to do with Costa Rica’s panache for conservation: “For the first time, the land where we need to build these outposts is on land controlled by MINAE,” Zamora said, adding that there was an urgent need to improve security infrastructure along Costa Rica’s borders.In a press release, Zamora highlighted the need to guard the nearly 100 acres under protection from a conservation and security perspective. According to the public security minister, the outposts will be paid for out of the ministry’s budget and staffed by National Police. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgCathay Pacific strengthens commitment to Adelaide with fifth serviceBoasting picturesque wine country and beaches with crystal-clear waters, Adelaide is fast becoming a popular destination for travellers looking to escape the hustle of everyday life and create long-lasting memories.Supporting the growth in tourism, Cathay Pacific will re-commence its fifth weekly service to South Australia on 5 July 2017. The additional flight will see the airline increase its capacity on the route by 25 per cent and brings the weekly number of seats to 2,500. The airline will also add space for 15 tonnes of cargo.Richard Jones, Sales and Marketing Manager of Cathay Pacific Airways Australia, said “For over 20 years, Cathay Pacific has served passengers travelling between Adelaide and Hong Kong, and beyond to over 170 destinations worldwide. We’re delighted to expand our Adelaide services, showing our dedication to the region and our continued commitment to supporting the growth in tourism”.“It’s a great time for South Australians to be travelling, whether they want to capture a glimpse of the forever evolving skyline of Hong Kong, experience the culinary delights of Asia or explore the wonders of Europe, our fifth flight offers our passengers more choice and flexibility.” he said.Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the additional service was great news for international travellers.“Our customers have clearly shown their support for Cathay Pacific’s same-day connections to mainland China and this will provide further options for passengers as well as South Australian exporters,” Mr Young said.“The additional flight also means an increase in capacity for freight from South Australia including meat, chilled dairy and seafood being exported around the world.”Source = Cathay Pacificlast_img read more

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2018 10:34 am PDT Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘An odd balance’: Seth Rogen pairs Alzheimer’s disease with his comedy special Seth Rogen attends the LA Premiere of “Blockers” at the Regency Village Theatre on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP-Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP center_img TORONTO – Seth Rogen says it was difficult to find a happy medium between Alzheimer’s disease awareness and raunchy jokes on his new Netflix special “Hilarity for Charity.”While skits and bits are mostly his style, the Vancouver-raised comedian wasn’t simply hoping to crack up audiences, but also raise money for a crippling neurodegenerative disease that has affected his family.“I don’t pretend it’s not an odd balance to strike,” the actor says of filming the star-studded variety show, which debuted on the streaming service earlier this month.“But it’s the only one we know how to attempt to strike, really, because we’re comedians.”Rogen isn’t new to drumming up support to fight Alzheimer’s.He and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen launched the Hilarity for Charity fundraiser six years ago after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. The organization says it has raised more than US$7.5 million since it was founded.But the comedy showcase was never before recorded for broadcast, which meant bringing Netflix and its global audience into the loop would raise expectations.Rogen had to find a way to balance both sides of his personality — speaking about what matters to him, while also giving plenty of space to the stoner guy viewers have grown to love in movies like “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express.”“Hilarity for Charity” offers stage time for the cause. Rogen and his wife speak candidly about caring for her mother and their goal to help other families who are struggling to support their own relatives.But every sentimental moment is answered by joke, including plenty of weed humour which starts with an entire sketch dedicated to vape-smoking members of the male anatomy.There’s also a flurry of guests, including the Muppets as well as comedians Tiffany Haddish and Sarah Silverman who champion the cause before the night’s over.“Once me and Lauren dug an emotional hole we had to be able to find our way out of it as well,” Rogen said.“And that’s why you have Kermit the Frog around.”Rogen hopes all that star power puts Alzheimer’s in the pop culture sphere where he says it needs to be.“(We’re) hopefully making it a part of the conversation in the way it hasn’t been before, and maybe causing people to react towards it in a way they haven’t before,” he said.“Only if the culture is dictating that it is a problem that needs to be addressed will it become a problem that is addressed.”Early reaction on social media suggests his goals for this year’s “Hilarity for Charity” are being accomplished, he said.“I’ve seen an overwhelming amount of people reaching out saying they either knew nothing or now they do know something about it,” Rogen added.“Or they have it in their lives and they thought they were alone and they had no mechanism to share their experience with people. Now they felt maybe they do.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more