Thank you for giving back Help pours in for evacuees firefighters in

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for firefighters and thousands of evacuees grappling with more than 200 intense wildfires raging across British Columbia.About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick started to arrive Monday to help relieve the pressure on roughly 1,000 B.C. crew members battling the blazes.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spoke with Premier Christy Clark as well as premier-designate John Horgan on Sunday night and the Canadian Armed Forces have sent aircraft and personnel to support the emergency response.Residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., who had to flee a massive wildfire last year, have also sprung into action by collecting donations of supplies, driving them to B.C. and offering support and advice on social media.Christopher Seguin, vice-president of advancement at Thompson Rivers University, said terrified evacuees arrived at a Kamloops reception centre with nothing, having “lost everything and having lost it quickly.”He said four tonnes of supplies arrived from Fort McMurray including wrapped and sealed water, Gatorade and baby supplies. Volunteers were making sure the Kamloops food bank receives and distributes them.Seguin expressed his gratitude to the residents of Fort McMurray.“Thank you. Thank you for giving back and thank you for going to an extraordinary effort to making sure we get exactly what we need at exactly the right time,” he said.Provincial authorities said Monday that more than 215 fires were burning, with 29 breaking out on Sunday. The fire has scorched about 400 square kilometres of land and more than 14,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.The entire District of 100 Mile House, a community of roughly 1,800 people, was ordered evacuated Sunday night.Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District, said the last evacuees from 100 Mile House left around 2 a.m. Monday on a bus to Prince George to receive emergency assistance. Others headed to the Lower Mainland, he said.Some nearby communities were under evacuation alert and residents were told to prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC said there were no accidents or injuries as people rushed to flee 100 Mile House. He praised the “nimble and flexible” response and ongoing co-operation between the province, Ottawa and First Nations.“Generally, we’re still looking at a deteriorating situation,” he added. “We are looking at many weeks to come of a very challenging environment and public safety will remain the overriding priority of government.”Turner said the agency has been in regular contact with its counterpart in Alberta and has also closely studied reports that were written after the Fort McMurray fire to make sure B.C. is applying lessons that were learned.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said B.C. requested 3,000 cots and 3,000 blankets from federal stockpiles and they have been delivered to Prince George.The province also asked for air support from the Canadian Armed Forces, which will be used for emergency evacuations and to move firefighters, emergency officials and equipment around the fire zone.“It’s a relatively small number at this moment but we are in very early days here,” Goodale said in Regina.BC Hydro said the fires have caused significant damage to electrical infrastructure in the Interior and have left thousands without power. The utility was actively working Monday to restore electricity.Nearly 70 public parks were closed and campfires were banned provincewide, apart from Haida Gwaii and the west coast of Vancouver Island.The largest blaze, covering more than 60 square kilometres, was burning near Ashcroft, an Interior community about 90 kilometres from Kamloops.Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta has said the fire between Ashcroft and Cache Creek destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at a regional airport.Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, said structures had definitely been lost in multiple fires across the province, but the assessment of how many was still underway.Gusty winds and hot, dry conditions are expected to continue for days, said Skrepnek. Some lightning was anticipated, bringing rain but also the potential to ignite new fires.“Unfortunately, in terms of the weather forecast, we’re not really seeing any reprieve in the immediate future,” he said.— By Laura Kane and Elizabeth Leighton in Vancouver, with files from Jennifer Graham in Regina.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said firefighters and support staff were also coming from Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Residents in southeastern BC to return home as wildfire conditions ease

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Conditions have eased around a wildfire sparked nearly two weeks ago in southeastern British Columbia, prompting the Regional District of Central Kootenay to rescind evacuation orders and alerts.Officials say residents would be allowed to return early Tuesday evening to nearly 40 properties that were evacuated Aug. 12 as an aggressive wildfire flared 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo.The fire closed Highway 6 leading to the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Nelway, and the regional district says both the highway and the border crossing were also scheduled to reopen Tuesday evening.The B.C. Wildfire Service website shows the blaze had scorched about four square kilometres of bush and was 50-per-cent contained.Wildfire officials reported 135 fires around B.C. on Monday and Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said calmer and cooler conditions helped firefighters.There was concern about an approaching storm forecast to bring gusty winds and lightning to the central Interior by Thursday, challenging crews trying to contain a nearly 4,700-square-kilometre wildfire that formed last week when 19 smaller fires grew together west of Quesnel.last_img read more

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Business applauds Alberta consideration of private cannabis retailing option

first_imgCALGARY – Business leaders are welcoming Alberta’s decision to not decide yet whether recreational cannabis will be sold through private or government owned retail shops when it becomes legal next year.Richard Truscott, B.C. and Alberta vice-president for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, says he’s pleased that Alberta hasn’t followed Ontario in excluding the private sector from retail sales.He says selling cannabis only in government-run shops would be “going back in time” to the way alcohol was sold before Alberta privatized its liquor retailing system in 1993.Mike Rintoul of Calgary-based Good Earth Pharms, which wants to set up private franchises for recreational cannabis sales in Alberta, agrees but says time is short to set up retail shops before legalization next July, regardless of whether the stores are run by the government or entrepreneurs.Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says there are pluses and minuses to both options while introducing draft regulations and inviting Alberta residents to give feedback over the next three weeks.She says it would be more costly for government to build a retail chain of shops from scratch but it could miss out on tax revenues down the road if it isn’t in on retailing pot from the start.last_img read more

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Trudeau thanks Edmonton police officer in person who was injured in attack

first_imgEDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised an Edmonton police officer for his “exemplary” actions during an attack in which he was run down and then stabbed.Trudeau met with Const. Mike Chernyk on Saturday during a visit to the Alberta capital and thanked the officer for his efforts, which the Prime Minister said helped save lives.“It is a testament to his strength, but also to his training and just to the excellence of first-responders right across this country that he was able to keep a cool head in the most chaotic and violent of circumstances,” Trudeau said.Chernyk had been working crowd control outside a Canadian Football League game at Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 30 when he was hit by a car that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying through the air.The driver then got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Chernyk, who fought back as he was lying on the ground.Hours after Chernyk was injured, a cube van with police cars in pursuit drove down Jasper Avenue and hit four pedestrians.“On the morning after the attack I was, like so many Canadians, watching online in disbelief the footage of him being flung across the road and then viciously attacked,” Trudeau told reporters shortly after meeting Chernyk and his daughter at Edmonton’s police headquarters on Saturday.“His actions at that moment were exemplary, and I told him so.”Chernyk, a 10-year-veteran, suffered stab wounds to the face and the head but was released from hospital relatively quickly.He is now back on the job.Over the last couple of weeks Chernyk has been honoured at both CFL and National Hockey League games in the city.“I know that the terrorist attack earlier this month hit Edmonton and Edmontonians hard. I also know that the people who live here are good people. We look out for our neighbours. They offer a hand to those in need and they stand united against those who promote fear and seek to divide us,” said Trudeau, who met earlier in the day with community representatives at a multicultural centre for newcomers.Police Chief Rod Knecht on Friday credited Chernyk’s recovery to his being “a real resilient individual.”Knecht said he has recently met with the last of the four to remain in hospital, Kim O’Hara, who suffered a skull fracture.He said her family is optimistic about her progress.A suspect, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old Somali refugee, faces 11 charges including attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was scheduled to next appear in court on Nov. 14 to face the allegations.Police said an Islamic state flag was found in one of the vehicles involved. Initially police said terrorism charges were expected but none have been laid.last_img read more

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No furniture no after care at inquiry former employee says

first_img(What appears to be an empty office of the national MMIWG inquiry in Winnipeg. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Kathleen Martens APTN NewsA former manager at the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls says there is no treatment plan for hurting families.“There is no aftercare plan; not that I’ve seen,” said Morene Gabriel, who was fired as the Inquiry’s community relations manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.The care plan is supposed to be a major plank in the foundation of the Inquiry to ensure families are coping, after emotional and often gut-wrenching testimony.Commissioners even delayed the long-awaited schedule of hearings to make sure they were following a “trauma-informed” process.But Gabriel told APTN that she was not allowed to refer people for professional help.“My concept of after-care is intense therapy, not check-in calls,” she said. “When a family went into crisis, I was on the phone for four hours with them on a Friday night and again the next Saturday morning.“Everyone was gone for their weekend, the health manager was away. There was no support internally to give me direction on what to do.”Gabriel said she did her best to look after people with the limited instructions she was given.She said she developed her own health framework and got to work.“I’ve had to deal with the tough stuff. I’ve been called out, yelled at, but I gained their respect.”Gabriel is one of three people fired in the last week. Another two employees resigned in protest.The inquiry did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.It is scheduled to hear from families in Saskatoon next week and Gabriel is worried about them. She says she checked in with families after she was fired.“There’s no governance document, no policies, and procedures, no human resources. I don’t know why I was fired.”Gabriel shared the letter offering her the job to start June 5, 2017.She also showed APTN News the email telling her she was no longer needed.“I was never given a reason,” she said, adding co-workers she left behind now tell her they fear for their jobs.“It was a toxic workplace and this makes it worse. There was lateral violence, gossiping, nepotism, favoritism.”Gabriel said she sent an email to Chief Commissioner Marion Buller seeking an explanation. She said Buller sent it on to executive director Debbie Reid.Gabriel says she worked from home because there was no furniture in the office the inquiry has leased in downtown Winnipeg.She said a smartphone she received did not come with a charging cord.For that she blames “backlogs” with the federal government – something commissioners have complained about since they were tapped by Ottawa to lead the two-year probe into ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.Sue Caribou blamed those same backlogs for why she stepped down from the National Family Advisory Circle Wednesday.“This is hurting families,” she said, near tears. “The prime minister has to stop this.”According to a statement provided by a spokesperson at the Privy Council Office, the non-partisan wing of the prime minister’s office the provides support and advice to cabinet, the government is up to date with any invoices it has received.“The funds are fully accessible by the Commission and payments are made once approval from the Commission, along with the appropriate supporting documentation, is received,” the statement said.“I can’t do this anymore,” said Caribou. “The grandmothers have not been paid, families have been stranded in airports. I’m waiting to be reimbursed for travel.“It’s all too much.”Caribou said a recent conference call with circle members from across Canada and the commissioners ended in tears.She said the stress is more than she can handle.Both Caribou and Gabriel have lost family members to violence.They said what started as a way to help others has become an emotional roller coaster.“I’ve encouraged my former co-workers to speak out. This is such a toxic culture.”Gabriel said she tried to help by making recommendations based on feedback she received from families her suggestions were rejected.Caribou said she was similarly frustrated. “They ask us for advice but they don’t listen to us,” she said. “There is no support, no communication.”Caribou, who testified at the Winnipeg hearings, says she wants the Inquiry stopped. So does Gabriel, who is worried about the mental health effects on families.“This could do some real damage,” Gabriel said.last_img read more

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Canadian staff at digital media company BuzzFeed file for union certification

TORONTO — Canadian staff at digital media company BuzzFeed Inc. have filed for union certification, saying they want to secure their working conditions and improve transparency through collective bargaining.The Canadian Media Guild, the largest local of media union CWA Canada, said Tuesday it is filing with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board after a majority of BuzzFeed’s 10 staff members in Toronto signed union cards.A news release from the union says the move comes at the same time as BuzzFeed workers in the United States and Germany seek certification, which is part of a wave of recent unionization in digital media after VICE Canada joined CMG and CWA Canada in 2016.BuzzFeed did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The company laid off 15 per cent of its workforce, or about 220 people, across the United States and at international bureaus last month.Staff at BuzzFeed Canada say in a statement that the ongoing volatility of the industry makes it necessary for workers to have a voice.“Our move to unionize is not born from a lack of trust in BuzzFeed’s leadership, but rather as a move to build a sustainable relationship that’s mutually beneficial,” the statement says. “We believe that collective bargaining is the best means to achieve that goal.” The Canadian Press read more

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US economy grew at 26 per cent rate in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of last year to an annual growth rate of 2.6 per cent, the slowest pace since the beginning of 2018, as various factors including the government shutdown took a toll on growth. Economists believe growth has slowed even more in the current quarter.The Commerce Department says growth in the gross domestic product in the October-December quarter was down from a 3.4 per cent gain in the third quarter. The government says that slower consumer spending was the biggest factor in the slowdown. The 35-day government shutdown shaved an estimated 0.1 percentage point from growth in the fourth quarter.GDP growth for all of 2019 came in at 2.9 per cent, the best showing in three years.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Woman arrested for fraud

Following the arrest, the police recovered several fake appointment letters and other documents.Based on a confession made by the woman the police arrested a man who had worked as her accomplice in her fraudulent operation. The woman was remanded while the man was released on bail. A woman was arrested in Badulla after she duped several people to the value of over R.s 2 Million, promising them jobs overseas.The police said that there were 26 complaints against the woman since the first police complaint was lodged against her earlier this month. read more

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Sri Lanka calls for end to violence in Occupied Palestinian Territory

“It is important that the security of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory receive the utmost consideration and their human rights are upheld and protected at all times. Violence has a self-generating capacity. It brings in its wake further violence and retaliation thereby eroding public trust and weakening the resilience of the larger society,” Sri Lanka said. Sri Lanka has called for an end to violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and for dialogue.In a statement at the 28th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Sri Lanka noted with regret that the Special Session of the Human Rights Council has had to convene against the backdrop of death and destruction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as well as violence and mayhem in the region. The Sri Lankan delegation said that in its view, dialogue remains the viable option to seek resolution of prevalent challenges, if peace were to return to all peoples in the region. Sri Lanka noted that diplomacy and political leadership still have immense potential to carry dialogue through to success if pursued diligently, having regard to the fundamentals of a Two State solution. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka called for an end to violence and violation of the right to life and dignity of all persons as well as respect for International Law. read more

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Football Lattimore Conley gone depth still present at cornerback

OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out to the field before the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn April 27, Ohio State will watch its top cornerbacks from the 2016 season, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, learn their NFL destinations in the first round of the NFL draft. But the task of replacing those corners was set in motion when the season ended.The team has lost its top pair of corners, but cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the position has the most depth he’s seen since his arrival at OSU in 2012.“I’m extremely excited about the totality of the room,” Coombs said Wednesday.He added that he is not sure exactly who will play. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette are all in the mix, as are sophomore Rodjay Burns and freshmen Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is unsure of how the younger corners will perform, and that while the team knows what to expect from of Sheffield, Ward and Arnette, there is an element of mystery with some of the younger players.“There’s so many responses that we don’t know yet, because they haven’t been in that position with us,” Schiano said. “How will they respond when they get beat for a touchdown? How will they respond when they have an issue in class or an off-the-field issue that distracts them? Will they be able to come out here and block it out? Those are all things you learn about newcomers that we have to wait and see.”The perk of having such depth at the position is that there does not always have to be a bonafide set of starters downfield. Last season, though Lattimore and Conley were deemed the starters, Ward frequently rotated in with the pair and, in the end, received nearly the same number of snaps as the two future first-round corners. Arnette, though he participated in fewer snaps compared with the other three, also found himself in on the action for much of the season.The strategy of rotating the corners to keep all of them fresh for nearly the whole game proved successful. But Schiano said there is no guarantee the defense will use that same game plan next time, though he and the rest of the coaching staff would like to try it out.“I could see that happening again this year, but it really depends on the development of our corners and how they do,” Schiano said. “We’re very, very hopeful between our incoming guys, between our guys who were here, that we will be able to have that rotation at the corner spot.”One important piece to the cornerback puzzle will be the development of Sheffield, who was rated as the No. 1 junior college cornerback transfer by ESPN before landing at OSU, and was considered a five-star prospect before enrolling at Alabama and later Blinn Community College.Sheffield was highly sought after by OSU out of high school, Coombs said, and that once Sheffield decided he was going to transfer from community college, the coaching staff knew they were going to push hard to add him to the team.“As soon as I found out that he was becoming available again  — I can’t remember exactly how, if it was internet or whatever – I reached out immediately,” Coombs said. “I began the process of recruiting him at Blinn right away really hard, and thankfully, he chose to become a Buckeye.”The oldest of the newcomers, Sheffield brings in an element of experience that many of the younger cornerbacks lack. As a junior college transfer, he had time playing in game situations, and Schiano said the key for him will just be to get the hang of things the more he participates.Freshmen might be counted on quite a bit in the defensive backfield in 2017 with no one player really standing above the rest of the pack.If those four incoming freshman are going to find success, they will not only need to familiarize themselves with OSU’s defensive style, but also work on making the transition from pure athletes to specialists at their respective positions.“In high school, you can get away with just being a great athlete. You can do it the way you’re coached, or maybe you can do it another way and still get away with it,” Schiano said. “Here, the people they’re going against are so good that if they don’t do it exactly the way they’re instructed, it’s hard to be successful.” read more

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Royal College to review opposition to legalising cannabis despite concerns over mental

He said he remained deeply concerned over the risks of psychosis from new high-strength strains of cannabis but accepted there were arguments legalisation could pave the way for regulations to limit the strengths, generate tax income and reduce the numbers criminalised by taking it.“We need to look at it in more detail to get more evidence. One of the arguments for legalising cannabis has been that you will get purer forms of it and you can tax it so governments benefit,” said Dr James, who as registrar is head of policy at the College.“As a forensic psychiatrist, the strongest argument is decriminalising behaviour that is widespread and avoiding people getting caught up in the criminal justice system and ending up on a conveyor belt. If you can decriminalise it as an activity, you prevent that and the stigma associated with it.”Although the college believed drug policy worldwide needed to be reviewed on the basis it “had not worked”, he said there was evidence that even in states where it was legal, high-strength cannabis still “proliferated.”   Dr Adrian James, the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ registrar who will chair the panel, said they would start with an “open mind” and review the medical evidence and the research from US states, Uruguay, Canada and Portugal where it has been decriminalised.   The Royal College of Psychiatrists is to review its opposition to the legalisation of cannabis despite its concerns over the risks the drug poses to users’ mental health.It is setting up a panel to consider decriminalisation in the wake of more countries legalising the drug and the government’s decision this summer to make medical cannabis available on prescription. The move is critical as much of the research the government has used to keep cannabis as an illegal drug has been conducted by leading researchers from the College.Its members also hold key positions advising ministers on mental health including the chairman of the advisory council on the misuse of drugs Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, an expert on addiction, although he is not on the panel.The pressure for a rethink of laws on cannabis has grown since this summer’s controversy over the confiscation of cannabis oil that was being used to treat the epilepsy of Billy Caldwell, 12.Ex-Tory leader William Hague joined some police leaders in backing decriminalisation, saying the current law on cannabis was “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date.”The Royal College of Physicians, British Medical Journal, British Medical Association and Royal Society for Public Health have also called for reform to the laws up to and including legalisation. “Our official view is that we are concerned about the health risks and we are against legalisation of cannabis on that basis but there may be arguments that outweigh the psychiatric arguments,” said Dr James.  “We will look at the arguments around legalising street cannabis and the messaging we would want to put out around that.”  The panel will also review medicinal cannabis, the use of which it supports when based on evidence of benefit.“We are always after new treatments for mental health problems,” said Dr James.Cannabis is the most commonly used drug in the UK, with 6.6 per cent of adults, equivalent to 2.2m having taken it even though possession carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Suppliers face up to 14 years in jail. Dr Trevor Turner, a former vice-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said it was “insane” to continue treating cannabis as an illegal drug when there was no evidence to show a causal link to schizophrenia, only an association, and when other ‘drugs’ such as alcohol and tobacco were legal.“It causes criminalisation and doesn’t make it possible to regulate for health and safe cannabis forms if it was to be legalised as is now being proved in Colorado, Oregon, Portugal and Canada,” he said. Despite agreeing to the prescription of medicinal cannabis, Theresa May and the government remains opposed to legalisation, arguing that there is strong scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can be detrimental to people’s mental and physical health. 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. read more

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Wisla believes in Walther and Kavas

← Previous Story Ivan Nincevic stays in Fuchse Berlin Next Story → Jonas Kallman 3 to 4 weeks out! Polish champion, Orlen Wisla Plock believes in his current squad and coach. Management of Polish team decided to prolonge contract with coach, Lars Walther, who will stay in Poland for two more years. Also, Slovenian right back, Bostjan Kavas deserved new contract until 2012.What will happen with some other players, which contracts going to the end next summer, still is under question…photo: EHF Bostjan KavasLar WaltherWisla Plock read more

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EHF EURO 2016 Qual Romania take Norwegian scalp

← Previous Story Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund interested in handball? Next Story → Du Rietz and Sjostrand on the way to Qatar? Romanian girls continued with the amazing performances after World Championship in Denmark. Cristina Neagu (10 goals) and her compatriots beat reigning planet champions Norway 25:20 (16:9) in their match of the Round 3.ROMANIA– NORWAY 25 – 20 (16-9)ROMANIA–: Cristina Neagu 10, Eliza Buceschi 3, Laura Chiper 3, Valentina Ardean Elisei 2, Oana Manea 2, Gabriella Szucs 1, Aurelia Bradeanu 1, Madalina Zamfirescu 1, Ana-Maria Tanasie 1, Florina Chintoan 1NORWAY: Nora Mørk 6, Veronica Kristiansen 3, Heidi Løke 3, Amanda Kurtovic 2, Camilla Herrem 2, Linn Jørum Sulland 1, Tine Stange 1, Betina Riegelhuth 1, Sanna Charlotte Solberg 1Belarus beat Lithuania 29:21 in away clash.STANDINGS:Romania 6Norway 4Belarus 2Lithuania 0Russia – Denmark  31 – 27 (16-12)Russia: Anna Vyakhireva 9, Ekaterina Ilina 6, Olga Akopian 4, Vladlena Bobrovnikova 3, Anna Sen 2, Irina Bliznova 2, Polina Gorshkova 1, Daria Dmitrieva 1, Ekaterina Marennikova 1, Elena Slivinskaya 1, Mayya Petrova 1Denmark: Stine Jørgensen 6, Fie Woller 4, Kristina Kristiansen 4, Anne Mette Hansen 3, Mette Tranborg 3, Stine Nielsen 2, Trine Ostergaard Jensen 2, Pernille Holst Holmsgaard 1, Anne Cecilie de la Cour 1, Louise Spellerberg 1standings:Russia 6Denmark 4Turkey 0Portugal 0The Netherlands beat Spain 31:21, while Austria had easy job in Bulgaria 33:20.STANDINGS:The Netherlands6Spain 4Austria 2Bulgaria 0Hungary won in Poland 27:24, while Slovakia beat Finland 29:15STANDINGS:Hungary 6Poland 4Slovakia 2Finland 0 Cristina NeaguWomen’s EHF EURO 2016 read more

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Good deed in Dublin cemetery for a stranger 4000 miles away

first_imgVia Google MapsThe original poster responded thankfully, saying they were in tears, and everyone else was mega impressed.  You can read it all here, but we particularly liked reading the grave visitor’s strategy for finding it.Via RedditWe reckon that is pretty genius, actually.Technology, eh?  Maybe it really is bringing us all closer together.The Dredge: Justin Bieber’s ex makes a holy show of him on telly>Check out the new app for people with fat fingers*> TWO DAYS AGO, someone in Canada logged on to Reddit’s Ireland page and made a relatively simple request.  He/she asked someone, anyone, to go and visit their great uncle’s grave in Harold’s Cross.Via RedditThe poster included a link to an image of the grave online, and one day later someone responded, posting this image of flowers on the grave, not asking for anything in return, simply saying that it had been a ‘bitch to find’.Can’t see the image?  Try reloading the page.  Via ImgurTo put things in perspective, here is what the cemetery looks like on Google Maps.  It’s not small.  In fact, it’s huge.last_img read more

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Ubuntu 1104 Natty Narwhal now available

first_imgToday Canonical has released the next version of Ubuntu which carries the version number 11.04 and the codename Natty Narwhal. As with all Ubuntu releases, it brings with it a number of changes that aim to push the OS, and the adoption of Linux on the desktop in general, forward.The biggest change has to be a move away from Gnome as the default desktop and the introduction of Unity. It’s a decision Mark Shuttleworth announced last year as a way of reducing the amount of resources Ubuntu uses as well as maximizing screen real estate for the user.AdChoices广告With a new interface comes new widgets to play with and a few nuances to get used to. Not that we mind, as Canonical has reinvented the scrollbar to be a lot more intelligent and therefore takes up less screen space. There’s also a new launcher that sits on the left of the screen. It drops down to reveal your favorite tools and applications, as well as storing your bookmarks and tracking open apps. It’s also easily hidden to increase screen space.Next to the launcher is the dash which allows easy searching for anything on your system including applications. It also forms an easy way to get to shortcuts quickly.Canonical has also tried to make it easier to work with multiple workspaces with a new way to look at your active workspaces. This allows you to easily move between each workspace by presenting a preview of each one as demonstrated in the image below.Some other changes have made it into the release too, including the default music player switching to Banshee, and there’s a move from OpenOffice to LibreOffice due to the recent split and uncertainty around OpenOffice.Existing Ubuntu users will be happy to hear speed is still a major concern for Canonical and 11.04 is meant to be even quicker than previous versions, especially with Unity running.Although Ubuntu 11.04 sets the Unity interface as a default, the OS will check to see if your system can run it first. If it can’t then the classic desktop is automatically used instead so it won’t just not work. And if it does work, but you don’t like it, you can easily switch to another desktop interface on the login screen.You can download Ubuntu 11.04 right now free of charge with the ISO coming in at just under 700MB.via Ubuntulast_img read more

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Goodbye cruel world weve passed the carbon tipping point

first_img We have passed a grim new milestone for atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, probably for good. Earlier this week Mauna Loa Observatory, a key site for keeping tabs on carbon dioxide measured 400 parts per million — a figure that some researchers have claimed would be the critical tipping point for the Earth.Numbers higher than 400 ppm have been observed a few times in the last decade, what makes this significant is that September is usually the month when global C02 levels are at the lowest.Ralph Keeling, a scientist at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography and lead on their CO2 monitoring program wrote that it was “almost impossible” that we will drop below 400 ppm in the coming months. “Brief excursions toward lower values are still possible, but it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year – or ever again for the indefinite future.”I won’t waste time debating whether or not global climate change is a thing. The overwhelming majority of scientists and researchers that cover climatologic and atmospheric science support the theory. It’s also one of the best-supported theories in the whole of science. That said, what happens next isn’t completely clear.We know, for example, that the Earth has a lot of feedback loops that can (and have) caused runaway climate change in the past. For example, when global temperatures cross certain thresholds, they trigger other effects that accelerate warming. So far, the consensus is that the oceans have taken the biggest hit, absorbing the majority of the temperature increase. They’re dark and absorb more of the sun’s heat than the ice caps, plus ocean currents can shift excess heat all around — something the hard and rocky crust can’t. But, that time may be coming to a close soon. As our planet continues to warm, more and more ice will melt. That’s really bad news. The ice caps are reflective and bounce a lot of extra heat back out into space. As they melt and become oceans, they’ll absorb more heat and melt, even more, ice. That’s just one potential scenario, but it’s emblematic of what we face as a species.We still may not see major effects for another few years, and that’s part of the problem. Any major potential solutions have to be started now. Options like new nuclear power plants can take ten years or more to build. It’s possible that crossing this threshold will scare more people into action, and help more nations to commit to lowering carbon emissions.The Paris Agreement is the first and largest step towards stopping the actual, literal apocalypse. So far more than 60 nations have agreed to the international resolution to dramatically cut carbon emissions. But together they make up just shy of 50% of global carbon output. The US, China, and loads of other major, industrialized countries need to commit to working together on one massive global project to save life on Earth. It won’t be easy; it will cost trillions and trillions of dollars, but it’ll be the best investment we can possibly make.Not cutting emissions will cost many, many times more than building out the infrastructure we need right now, especially as rising sea levels, depletion of marine life, etc. force us to find new homes and sources of food.I urge you: talk to your friends. Talk to your family. Talk to anyone who will listen. Call politicians. Send letters. Get ahold of the biggest decision makers you can and encourage them to commit to change and talk to their colleagues. There is still time, but we are running out… and fast. Stay on target This ‘Cube’ Lets You Experience the Earth’s Most Extre…Trump Admin Quietly Shutters Critical NASA Climate Research Program last_img read more

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Leonardo DiCaprios Earth Alliance Commits 5 Million to Amazon Fires

first_imgStay on target Outrage and concern have intensified over the past week after Brazil’s space research center INPE identified a record-breaking surge in fires in the Amazon forest.“The largest rainforest in the world is a critical piece of the global climate solution,” DiCaprio said in an Instagram post. “Without the Amazon, we cannot keep the Earth’s warming in check.” The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and other countries that believe Brazil’s right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect the environment, according to CBS News.In response, the Bolsonaro administration claimed — without presenting any evidence — that nongovernmental organizations could have started the fires to undermine the far-right president, the New York Times reported.Protestors gather in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 26, 2019 to denounce the environmental policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, claiming they are leading tothe Amazon Rainforest’s destruction by fire. (Photo Credit: Horacio Villalobos / Corbis via Getty Images)Indigenous leaders in the most affected regions of the Amazon have described seeing wildlife fleeing the flames.“We saw wild pigs, tapirs, armadillos, anteaters, snakes in larger numbers than we are used to,” Adriano Karipuna, a leader in the Karipuna indigenous community, told the New York Times. “We saw the forest covered in smoke, and the sky darkened. Our eyes became red due to the smoke.”The Earth Alliance was founded in July by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, and is led by an independent management team of scientists and conservationists, working to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights.More on Geek.com:UN Report: 1 Million Species Face Extinction Due to HumansBefore and After Photos: Drought Wipes Chilean Lake From the MapLandmark UN Report Urges Action on Environment, Climate Change Many environmental organizations have announced their efforts to provide aid to the affected region and indigenous communities, and Earth Alliance announced the $5 million pledge over the weekend.“We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples,” the Earth Alliance said Sunday.The foundation says 100 percent of donations will be distributed directly to local partners and the indigenous communities protecting the Amazon.center_img A new environmental foundation founded by actor Leonardo DiCaprio has committed $5 million toward efforts to fight the raging fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest.The Earth Alliance will address urgent threats against the planet, and has launched the Amazon Forest Fund, an emergency fund with an initial commitment of $5 million to focus critical resources on the key protections needed to maintain the iconic forest, also called the “lungs of the planet.” Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month last_img read more

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As DACA Deadline Passes Advocates Urge Trump To Fix What You Broke

first_img Share Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesImmigrant rights advocates, seen here at the Capitol last week, say they are keeping pressure on President Trump and Congress to act on the DACA program.Monday was supposed to be the day that DACA ended.But court rulings have blocked President Trump from phasing out the program, at least for now, and negotiations have stalled out in Congress. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation.DACA recipients and their supporters want to keep the pressure on the White House and Congress to come up with a program to replace DACA.A coalition of immigrant rights groups will march to Capitol Hill on Monday to press Congress to act. Similar actions are planned in at least eight states.The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups also launched a national TV ad campaign over the weekend, opening with one of President Trump’s past promises: “We’re going to deal with DACA with heart, because I love these kids.”The ad features images of a mother holding her crying daughter, a DREAMer in distress. In bold letters across the screen, there’s a message that reads: “Trump, time to share the love. Millions of lives are at stake. You killed DACA. Then you derailed three bi-partisan plans to fix it.”The last line is a reference to the negotiations in Congress, which failed to meet the March 5 deadline set by Trump.“There’s a concern that the March 5 deadline could die with a whimper rather than a bang,” says Faiz Shakir, national political director for the ACLU. “And by that I mean people might simply have forgotten that DREAMers were left in this state of limbo and no action was taken to save them.”Last week, the Supreme Court left two nationwide injunctions in place, preventing Trump from ending DACA while the issue is in the courts.That took the all momentum out of efforts in Washington to extend protections to nearly 2 million undocumented DREAMers who came here as young children, including the 700,000 DACA recipients.“It’s been quite a roller coaster ride of anxiety for a lot of our membership,” says Sanaa Abrar, spokeswoman for DREAMer advocacy group United We Dream. “At this point there are a few reasons why we still view March 5 as a very critical date.”For one, the government isn’t accepting new applications. Also, even though the courts say DACA recipients can apply for a renewal, they run the risk of being detained if their status has lapsed and their applications are still being processed.But forcing a quick end to the political stalemate isn’t likely, says Mark Krikorian, director Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates immigration limits.Until a new deadline is set, “neither side has leverage,” he says.Conservatives oppose DACA, saying it amounts to amnesty. Trump has said he would only grant DACA recipients a path to citizenship in exchange for reductions in legal immigration — a non-starter for Democrats.So immigrant activists are trying keep the focus on their cause, including with frequent Facebook Live events that broadcast videos of demonstrations large and small.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Arts and culture in brief the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgMetallica is back: the legendary thrash metal band returns to Costa Rica for a second visit to rockthe National Stadium on Saturday. New music may be on the menu, as the band is just days away from releasing its new album, “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct” (Saturday, November 5).Sound therapist Daniel Lara, head of Mexico’s Sound Medicine Network, will offer a workshop on meditation and Tibetan singing bowls in Pavas, in western San José, with a closing concert on Sunday, November 6 at 6 p.m. at Mezanine Studio in Santa Ana. Register in advance for the workshop at the event page (Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6).It’s an “Imperfect World” at the ArtFlow Gallery in Avenida Escazú, where photographers Karin Puschendorf and Estebán Fernández will exhibit their work beginning with an inauguration today. The exhibit explores patterns of behavior in Latin America (Friday, November 4). Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician and photographerlast_img read more

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Thomas Cook India registers a growth of 36 in festive travel

first_imgIndian travel consumers have been quick to leverage festivals and the Diwali offers, with Thomas Cook India witnessing some interesting trends in the bookings this festive season.Some of the key trends observed are,• A growth of over 36% company-wide, across domestic and international travel, has been witnessed by Thomas Cook India this festive season.• Last minute bookers have been the key drivers of Thomas Cook India’s growth, with about 60% of the customers having transacted between a 15-45 days window with only 15% travellers having booked their holidays more than 45 days prior to departure.• In international travels, short hauls have continued to be popular, with Thailand leading the way, closely followed by Sri Lanka, Singapore, Dubai, Maldives, Hong Kong-Macau. The company’s Sri Lanka ‘Ramayana Trails’ have seen a strong uptake due to the festive elements and heritage seeing apt sync for the Dussehra-Diwali period.• With IATA’s report highlighting a 23.2% increase in the domestic aviation market in August, Thomas Cook India has witnessed a significant uptake for destinations favourites like Andaman, Kerala, Himachal and Bhutan.• The increased demand from Tier II and Tier III markets has played a significant role in the festive growth at Thomas Cook India, followed by mini metros like Pune, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. Destinations such as Himachal, Bhutan and Nepal witnessed the highest demand from the South market, whereas West and North markets showed a significant growth of over 40% to Andaman. West and South markets contributed about 65% making it the key source market for Thomas Cook India’s growth in travel in this festive season.Commenting on the festive season, Rajeev D Kale, President & Chief Operating Officer – MICE, Domestic & Sports Tourism, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “Spurred by a burgeoning economy that has vastly improved their spending power coupled with declining airfares, Indians have emerged as the newest globetrotters. Leveraging the festive season and the Indian consumer’s strong hunger for vacations, our teams at Thomas Cook India had designed special packages at exciting price points to enable Indian travellers to celebrate their favourite festival at dream destinations- with their loved ones.”last_img read more

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