first_imgJenny Cooper is a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life, and keep it together enough to move on in her job as Toronto’s new coroner. And really, who among us can’t relate to that? Aren’t we all just constantly trying to keep it together and make it through the day? For Jenny, it’s proving to be much harder than anticipated though, especially since she recently discovered that her husband left behind all kinds of money issues for her to deal with. In last week’s premiere episode of Coroner, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC, Jenny could be seen dealing with those issues, as well as her problems with anxiety, as she listened to self help tapes and took a prescribed medication. By showing this side to Jenny, as well as her ongoing sessions with a therapist, Coroner is depicting a struggle faced by many, and in the process helping to end the stigma around mental health.“Mental health is an ongoing battle and is something most people struggle with in one capacity or another. The problem is that it’s so stigmatized and people just hear ‘oh, you’re crazy!’ No, hold on,” Jenny’s portrayer Serinda Swan recently told The TV Junkies. She says that similar to a lot of people, trauma brings a lot of Jenny’s problems to the surface. “With the death of her husband, it starts coming out in very bizarre ways like by seeing a dog, or having to rely on Ativan and go see a therapist.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

TRC ready to again take residential school document fight with Ottawa to

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says he will again take the battle over historical Indian residential school documents to the courts if Ottawa continues to resist its “obligation” to turn over the full archive.Sinclair spoke to APTN National News Tuesday following the release of the spring Auditor General’s report earlier in the day.The report found that nearly three years after the work began and with a year left before the TRC’s mandate ends next year, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the historical documents, who will pay for it or what materials are even “relevant” for the project.The TRC was created as a result of the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement and part of its mandate includes compiling and preserving the historical record.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs had failed to find “common ground” on the transfer of historical documents from Ottawa’s vaults.Sinclair, however, said the report was an “endorsement” of the TRC’s continued battle with Ottawa over the release of the historical material.“It’s their legal obligation, it’s not their discretion. They don’t have a choice in this, they are legally obligated,” said Sinclair..If the federal government doesn’t comply, then the TRC will again take Ottawa to court.“The matter will be back in front of the judges who approved the settlement agreement, who continue to have a supervisory role with respect to the conduct of the parties and we won’t hesitate to take it back to them if necessary,” said Sinclair.In Ottawa, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt defended his government’s handling of the Indian residential school documents.Valcourt said during question period that the federal government has already handed over 3.5 million documents to the TRC and that he met with Sinclair in Montreal last week.“Our government is committed to a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian residential schools,” said Valcourt, after facing questions from the NDP. “This is an ongoing process and we are committed to continuing working with the commission.”NDP MP and Cree politician Romeo Saganash, whose brother who died in residential school, demanded during question period that Valcourt commit to releasing all documents requested by the TRC.“Will the minister rise today and solemnly commit and send the commission all the documents they request?” said Saganash, who also attended residential school.Valcourt, however, did not directly respond to the question, but repeated his prepared line about the 3.5 million documents.“Who is talking about politicizing the issue? That is what he is doing by ignoring the facts. The fact is that the government’s commitment is clearly reflected in the work of the Commission,” said Valcourt.The Auditor General’s report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who would pay for it all.“The scope of the undertaking is still undefined. Canada and the Commission need to cooperate in order to assess what has been accomplished, what remains to be done, how long this will take and what resources are required,” said the report.The issue has already hit Federal Court once. On Jan. 30, 2012, the court ruled that Canada’s obligation included documents held in the vaults of Library and Archives Canada.The department had taken the position that Canada’s responsibility did not include searching for additional archival documents and federal departments did not have to go digging at Library and Archives Canada.The department effectively transferred that responsibility to the TRC which “strongly disagreed” and held to its claim that the federal government’s responsibility included finding archived documents.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Canadas top court dives deep into duty to consult issue

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Monday that may change the way laws are made if the court agrees governments are required to consult First Nations over new legislation.“The reality is right now … governments can pick or choose whether they consult about legislation, so it could be a law that directly hit reserves, a law that directly hits hunting or trapping rights, fishing rights,” said Robert Janes, lawyer for Mikisew Cree First Nation.Seven Indigenous groups had their voices heard, while five provincial attorney generals argued on the side of the Crown.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

Kinder Morgan says Trans Mountain project could be a year behind schedule

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays.The estimate is three months further behind from the company’s last estimate in December, and now potentially puts the $7.4-billion project in service by Dec. 2020 depending on regulatory, permit and legal approvals.Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) said it has scaled back spending in 2018 to focus on securing needed final approvals for the project, which faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.Steven Kean, chief executive of American parent company Kinder Morgan, said on an investor call that the company will hold back on major construction spending until it has more confidence in the reliability and timing for getting permits for the project that would close to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain system.“We’re not going to get all the permits before we would begin construction, but we do need to see that there’s a process in place and we can count on it.”The company scored a victory for its project in early December when the National Energy Board ruled in its favour, allowing it to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C., that were found to be obstructing the project.The regulator has not, however, made a decision on establishing a process to deal with potential future permitting delays for the project, as requested by the company.Kinder Morgan Canada repeated in its earnings results that if the project continues to face unreasonable regulatory risk the company may not be able to proceed with the project, but Kean downplayed the chances on the call.“We don’t expect to find ourselves in an untenable position, but we’ve made that point in the filings seeking the relief that we’ve asked for from the regulator — and so we’ve said the same thing to our investors that we said to the regulator.”Kinder Morgan Canada, which also operates the existing Trans Mountain pipeline as well as other oil and gas transportation and infrastructure, reported net income of $46.4 million for the three months ending Dec. 31, up from $17.8 million a year earlier.last_img read more

BlackBerry reports Q2 profit higher sales from software and services

BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen touted the company’s progress in its strategic shift away from its legacy handset business after it reported record software and services revenue on Thursday, sending its shares up as much as 17 per cent.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company reported US$19 million in net income for its fiscal second quarter, a big swing from the loss reported during the comparable period last year.Its software and services revenue for the quarter ended Aug. 31 hit a high of $185 million, comprising roughly three-quarters of the total for the period.BlackBerry CEO John Chen said Thursday this metric, as well as the company’s improved margins, is a reflection of “our compete transformation to a software company.”“We made great progress in all our key growth initiatives… all of these accomplishments position us well for future growth,” he told analysts on a conference call this morning.Shares of BlackBerry in New York were up as much as 17.3 per cent to US$10.83 in intraday trading. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s shares in Toronto were up as much as 16.8 per cent to $13.47.BlackBerry has made a strategic pivot in recent years away from manufacturing its namesake smartphones to producing mainly software and services as its devices lost market share to Apple Inc.’s and Samsung Electronics Co.BlackBerry’s revenue for the three months ended Aug. 31 was US$238 million, down from $334 million in last year’s second quarter but up $3 million from the previous quarter ended May 31.The company’s profit in the latest quarter amounted to four cents per basic share, reported in U.S. currency. That compared with a year-earlier loss of 71 cents per basic share, or US$372 million in total.Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity based in Minneapolis, said the upside this quarter was “more one-time in nature,” helped by some non-recurring licensing items. Still, BlackBerry’s latest results show it is making headway on its long-term goals, he added.“The company’s definitely making progress on longer-term objectives, and putting up another strong quarter relative to consensus easily explains why the stock’s up,” Walkley said Thursday.Chen also upgraded BlackBerry’s outlook for the fiscal year, which ends on February 28, 2018. The company expects revenue in the range of US$920-million to US$950-million for the full year, Chen said, above analyst consensus of US$919-million. Chen also reiterated the company’s expectation that software and services revenue will grow in the range of 10- to 15-per cent for the fiscal year. The company also expects to be profitable for the full fiscal year, he added.BlackBerry also announced Thursday that it signed a new licensing deal, the first for BlackBerry Secure, its mobile-security platform designed to help companies manage and secure a variety of connected devices.The company said it signed a licensing deal with Yangzhou New Telecom Science and Technology Company Ltd. (NTD), an electronics design firm based in Yangzhou and Beijing which develops and manufactures smartphones and connected devices. Under the agreement, NTD will develop devices that will be branded by manufacturers, carriers and local smartphone brands and marketed under BlackBerry Secure.This deal comes days after BlackBerry QNX, its automotive division, announced a partnership agreement with U.K.-based Delphi Automotive PLC to provide the operating system for its autonomous driving system. Also on Sept. 20, BlackBerry said it entered a reselling partnership with Fleet Complete, a U.S. fleet-tracking solution company. Fleet Complete will integrate BlackBerry’s Radar, its trailer and other container tracking solution, into its tracking product.Growth in the latest quarter was helped by the higher software and services revenue, said BlackBerry’s chief financial officer Steve Capelli, on a call with analysts. Much of that growth was driven by licensing, which has the highest margins, he added.Chen said that expects licensing will continue to be a strong driver of growth in the second half of the fiscal year, but over time it will be an equal contributor alongside its enterprise software business.“I don’t see a limit to my ability to license both our software technology, our know-how, as well as our IP (intellectual property),” Chen said during a call with reporters on Thursday. read more

Restore hope that peace will come to the Middle East UN negotiator

“The urgency of the situation that we face on the ground is really desperate – Gaza can explode any minute,” underscored UN Special Coordinator Nikolay Mladenov, briefing the Security Council.“We have a humanitarian responsibility to react but we must understand that it cannot be solved only on the basis of humanitarian action…It must be solved with a political perspective to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict and we have a responsibility to support the parties.”In his briefing, Mr. Mladenov spoke of Israel’s continued military occupation of Palestinian territory; uncertainties about the future of the peace process and the two-state solution; Hamas’ continuing hold on Gaza and its militant activity, as developments which continue to complicate the situation on the ground.“No steps have been taken during the reporting period to cease settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” he said, reiterating that settlement activities are “a violation of international law and a major obstacle to peace.”We must overcome the current impasse and refocus our efforts on ultimately returning to meaningful negotiations to end the occupation and bring a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Nikolay MladenovViolence, acts of provocation and inflammatory rhetoric – both by Hamas and Israel – also continued during the reporting period, he added, noting that on at least three occasions the situation “escalated dramatically” and calm was restored only after Egypt and the UN intervened to de-escalate tensions.On the humanitarian side, of most concern is the power crisis in Gaza and, with the UN running out of funds for emergency fuel, critical health, water and sanitation facilities are at “immediate risk” of shutting down. Levels of critical medicines are also running dangerously low.The crisis is being further exacerbated by the serious cash shortfall – due to the withdrawal of US funding – confronting UNRWA, the Organization’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, he said, calling for urgent funding to allow it to continue its vital services.Concluding his briefing, Mr. Mladenov reminded the Security Council that twenty-five years have passed since the Oslo Accords were signed in the US capital, Washington D.C.“It was a historic moment that captured the world’s attention and filled Palestinians, Israelis and the region with hope that a genuine peace could be realized. Sadly, that courageous vision of a lasting peace now lies in tatters,” he said.“We must restore that hope – the alternative is perpetual cycles of violence. We must overcome the current impasse and refocus our efforts on ultimately returning to meaningful negotiations to end the occupation and bring a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”Ahead of the Security Council meeting, France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (EU member countries with a seat on the Council); Belgium and Germany (incoming Council members in 2019) and Italy (a Council member until last year) issued a joint statement urging Israeli authorities to reconsider its decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, as well as highlighting the importance of a negotiated two-State solution. read more

GuySuCo sells off large swaths of land worth G2B to offset

A cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), by the end of today (Thursday), is expected to conclude the sale of large portions of land in order to meet with its immediate G$2B requirements to, in part, meet wages and salaries.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThe sale is being executed between the Corporation and the Government’s Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).The sale of the lands was confirmed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who, on Thursday, in providing a Post Cabinet briefing, told media operatives that the matter had been ventilated by the Council of Ministers which met on Tuesday last and was chaired by Prime Minister, performing the duties of President, Moses Nagamootoo.Minister Harmon reported that the decision was taken following a Cabinet deliberation focused on the financial position of the sugar corporation which was presented by Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma.According to Minster Harmon, “Cabinet considered the report and authorised the Minster to assist with the management of GuySuCo with their ongoing discussions with Central Housing and Planning Authority to finalise the sale of lands and to facilitate payments for such lands to GuySuCo urgently.”Minster Harmon, when questioned by this publication, conceded that the G$2B to be raised by GuySuCo by selling off some of its lands will not be enough to meet the requirements of the corporation and indicated the entity will require more money before the end of the year.He told media operatives “GuySuCo requires more monies, this is an emergency intervention…as you know, sale of lands was always a part of the diversification process of GuySuCo.”According to Minister Harmon, there was a request for G$2B and assured that the monies to be had through CH&PA would cover this request.“Government has suggested that Junior Finance Minister assist CH&PA pay for lands which have been identified,” Harmon disclosed.He explained that the lands will now be put under the purview of the Central Housing & Planning Authority and “will be available to the Guyanese public.”The Minister was at the time unable to identify precisely where the lands identified for sale are located except to say, “those are matters which are within discussions of GuySuCo and CH&PA but what I can say is that the G$2B will be made available.”He told media operatives the transaction between CH&PA and GuySuCo, with the assistance of the Junior Finance Minister—currently acting in the substantive position—“will be completed on Thursday.”The financial state of affairs at the corporation had reached a point where there had been significant delays in payments of wages and salaries.This, among other factors, led to an emergency meeting on Monday last ahead of the Cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Nagamootoo, GuySuCo’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clive Thomas and Chief Executive Officer, Errol Hanoman, to discuss “urgent cash flow relative to wages, salaries and other payments at GuySuCo.”Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing divestment of the assets belonging to the beleaguered GuySuCo, Minister Harmon also announced that Colvin Keith-London has been appointed as head of the Special Purpose Unit (SPU).That unit has been tasked with the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets inclusive of its lands, and according to Harmon, Keith-London will be based at the Kingston Headquarters for the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).That unit was first announced by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, when in recent months he presented a Policy Paper to the National Assembly on the future of the sugar industry.That unit was allocated some G$130M “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry” when the Government in July last requested a Supplementary request to tap the national coffers. The National Assembly has since approved the monies for the unit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t eyes repossession of private developers’ lands for its housing programmesMarch 2, 2017In “latest news”GuySuCo gets new CEO, Board to be installed soon- HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “Business”Unions say privatisation possible option for sugar industry-HarmonJanuary 27, 2018In “Business” read more

Early morning shelling kills 16 at UN school shelter in Gaza

first_imgSource: Lefteris PitarakisISRAELI BOMBARDMENTS EARLY today killed “dozens” of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict.A shelling shortly after 5.30am (2.30am GMT) killed 16 people at the UN school being used as a shelter for those displaced by the war, a UN official told AFP. A Palestinian man grieves the death of his relative following an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: Khalil HamraGaza’s emergency services spokesman put the death toll at “dozens”, after giving an initial count of 20. A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: Khalil HamraA shelling earlier in the northern Gaza Strip killed an 11-year-old girl who had a disability, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with a subsequent shelling in the centre of the small coastal territory killing a 16-year-old girl. Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: Lefteris PitarakisA strike shortly afterwards in the southern city of Khan Yunis killed 10 members of a single family, Qudra said, including one child who could not immediately be identified.A middle-aged man was killed early in the morning in the southern city of Rafah. Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Sgt. Barkay Shor, who was killed in the fighting in Gaza Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe deaths brought Wednesday’s Palestinian toll to at least 29, with the total count from an Israeli operation to stamp out militant rocket fire to nearly 1,260, according to Qudra’s latest figures. Israeli soldiers work on their armored personnel carrier near the Israel Gaza border Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the Israeli side, militant fire, including cross-border rocket fire, has killed 53 Israeli soldiers in addition to three civilians inside Israel.- © AFP, 2014Read: “Over 100″ Palestinians killed as Israel ramps up attacks on Gaza>last_img read more

LiPhone 4 victime dun problème de conception

first_imgL’iPhone 4 victime d’un problème de conception ?États-Unis – Au lendemain de la sortie du nouveau smartphone d’Apple, les premières critiques commencent à s’élever. Un problème de réception semble laisser croire que l’appareil souffre d’un problème de fabrication. Steve Jobs s’est déjà exprimé sur le sujet.Une perte de signal est constatée lorsque l’on presse l’iPhone 4 sur la gauche avec la paume de la main, position pourtant naturelle lorsque l’utilisateur téléphone. Après avoir éliminé la possibilité d’un défaut logiciel, c’est la conception du produit qui est visée. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dans un communiqué, Steve Jobs a tenu à répondre à ces accusations : “Tenir n’importe quel téléphone entraînera une atténuation des performances de son antenne. Certaines prises en main aggravent la situation selon la position de l’antenne. C’est une réalité concernant n’importe quel téléphone sans fil.” Ainsi, le PDG de la firme à la pomme insiste pour signifier à ces clients de changer le positionnement des mains lors d’une conversation téléphonique. L’achat d’une housse serait également une solution.Le 25 juin 2010 à 11:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Monsoon flooding death toll climbs to 164 in South Asia

first_imgGAUHATI, India — The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has climbed past 160 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday.At least 90 people have died in Nepal and 62 in northeastern India’s Assam state over the past week. A dozen have been killed in flooding in Bangladesh.Shiv Kumar, a government official in Assam, said 10 rare one-horned rhinos have died in Kaziranga National Park since the Brahmaputra River burst its banks, flooding the reserve.Some 4.8 million people spread over 3,700 villages across the state are still affected by the floods, though the frequency of rains has decreased in the past 24 hours, the Assam Disaster Response Authority said. The authority said the bodies of 12 residents from different areas were recovered on Saturday.More than 2.5 million people have been impacted by flooding in northeastern India’s Bihar state.A young woman gave birth to her first child on a boat in floodwaters early Friday while on her way to a hospital in Assam’s flooded Gagalmari village. The newborn girl and her 20-year-old mother, Imrana Khatoon, were brought back to their home without getting to the hospital.last_img read more

Genoa boss had no plans of selling Krzysztof Piatek

first_imgGenoa boss Cesare Prandelli claims there was never a plan to sell top goal scorer Krzysztof Piatek, he, however, admits the club were forced to make amends.Piatek was not featured in Genoa’s 2-0 defeat to AC Milan on Monday yet he appears to be ready to swap clubs.“No fans? We must try to get back all our strength,” he said after the game via Football Italia“If we all stick together, we can do well in the second round of the season. I’m convinced of it.“It’s perhaps the first time that I’ve been involved in a game on a Monday afternoon: there was a peculiar atmosphere and it certainly affected us.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Piatek? When I arrived there were no plans to sell him, but then the club weighed things up.“He was at the stadium today, but I have to think about training the lads I have available, trying to convey to them the right mentality for this club.“We’ve created a lot but nothing materialised. We were very compact, but in the second half, after we conceded an avoidable goal, we had to come out and conceded our second goal on the counterattack.“However, it remains a good performance. We just have to take away all the negativity.”last_img read more

Columbus Day closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed today for Columbus Day:• FEDERAL OFFICES AND COURTS: Closed today, one of 10 federal holidays.• STATE OFFICES: Open.• COUNTY OFFICES: Open.• MAIL: Most post offices closed. No home delivery except for Express Mail.• COLLEGES: Clark College and Washington State University open.• GARBAGE: Collection on regular schedule.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Open.• LIBRARIES: Open.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet on regular schedules.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Open.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Open.• VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Test stations open.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• BANKS: Most closed; some branches will be open. Check your bank for details.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets open.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open.last_img read more

Daimler to pay to settle claims at Portland plant

first_imgPORTLAND — Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company’s Portland plant.Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, announced the deal on Thursday. His office said the monetary settlement is easily the largest in the history of the agency’s Civil Rights Division. The investigation began last year and included interviews with 60 current and former employees.“We know that some of the incidents that were occurring stretched back over a decade, but the significant thing as well is that it was continuing right up until recent months,” he said. The complaints against the subsidiary of German automotive giant Daimler AG included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose and said he’d drag the man behind a truck. Among other complaints, employees said they were called names such as “boy,” “buckwheat” and the N-word, and the company allowed intimidating graffiti, including a swastika, to remain in the bathroom.Meanwhile, a Native American worker said he faced harassment and his supervisor pushed him against a truck while challenging him to a fight. A black employee who is gay said he was repeatedly harassed because of his race and sexual orientation.last_img read more

Proper packing becomes more important as mushers kick off from Fairbanks

first_imgFairbanks volunteers prepare for race start on banks of Chena River (Photo by Ben Matheson, KNOM)Mushers are on the rivers heading out of Fairbanks right now, as the 45th Iditarod starts in earnest. This is the second time in three races that the restart has been in Fairbanks. And a lot of the mushers have vivid memories of the 2015 race, so this year, they’re trying to pack accordingly.Listen nowIt was chilly in Fairbanks, with overnight lows dipping toward 30 below. But by the time mushers were harnessing dogs and running through checklists the clear weather was easing toward a balmy zero degrees.Though not running the race this year, four-time winner Lance Mackey was on hand, and said this year’s serious winter in the Interior may prove strong factor to content with.“The wind has been blowing all winter,” Mackey said. “It snows when least expected. I’ve said many times – if these people haven’t tried their snowshoes on they’re gonna be hurtin’. ‘Cause I think this is the year you might need ‘em. Even to get off the trail to camp.”Trailbreakers have been adding passing lanes to the early part of the route heading toward Tanana where the snows have been the heaviest. The long stretches in the first leg of the race will require most mushers to stop for rest between checkpoints, a break to feed and rest the dogs. All around the parking-lot that’s been converted to a dog-yard, mushers are attaching bails of straw to their sleds. Some on the baskets. Others, like veteran Pete Kaiser, were piling it into trailers hitched behind the sled.“This just gives a little extra room for some of these long runs between checkpoints where we’re gonna be stopping on the trail and camping, and requires a little more gear,” Kaiser said.What will not be hauled in a trailer this year is dogs. A controversial rule change bars mushers from carrying dogs in trailers, throwing a wrench in many people’s strategies from year’s past, which involved regularly rotating animals through rest along runs. But many people are experimenting with a work around, most notably, returning champion Dallas Seavey.“So without being able to carry dogs in trailers, we had to find a way to bridge that gap,” Seavey said. “So we just made a bigger sled.”Seavey is standing over what looks like the Batmobile of dog-sleds. It’s almost totally black, and instead of an external frame with a bag suspended from supports, this looks more like a plastic shell. It’s about 10 percent bigger than a regular sled. He had it custom built from Kevlar and carbon-fiber, and mounted to the runners behind where the musher stands is another heavy duty cube that could hold supplies or dogs. Because according to the rules, as long as it’s safe and fixed to the structure of the primary sled, you can use it for an animal.“There’s many sleds here that have the ability to carry just as many dogs as I do in the same way, they just don’t have hard sides,” Seavey said. “I like the hard sides because it helps protect the dogs, so that if there’s just a piece of fabric between them and the great big world it’s a little less than carbon fiber and Kevlar. I’ve got them in a little cocoon in there.”Hundreds of people took buses from the Carlson center to view the event at Pike’s Landing. Spectators lined the long shoot clapping as mushers rushed below celebratory arches, down onto the Cheena River, and on toward Nome.last_img read more

No one killed Khan Alwar sessions court acquits all six accused in

first_imgAnguri Begum, mother of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan along with her family members stage a sit-in demonstration to demand justice for him in New Delhi, on April 19, 2017IANSAlmost two years after Pehlu Khan was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes, the Alwar sessions court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the case, giving them the benefit of doubt.The judgment was announced in the court of Alwar additional district and session judge number-1, Dr Sarita Swami.The hearing of the case ended on August 7 and nine people were held accused in the case which also included three minors who were out on bail.The family of the victim produced 44 witnesses.Khan’s advocate Kasim Khan said the case has not been investigated properly and that the police produced a charge sheet under political pressure. “We shall study the judgment and will chalk out our strategy,” he said.Pehlu Kahn (55) was a resident of Nuh (Haryana). On April 1, 2017 he was thrashed by a mob when he was transporting cattle in a pickup van on suspicion of smuggling cows from Rajasthan to Haryana, which led to his death on April 3, 2017, in a government hospital.The incident was recorded on camera too. It showed Pehlu Khan being beaten by an aggressive crowd.The court was apparently not satisfied with the video evidence.In 2017, the Rajasthan police had given a clean chit to the six people named by Pehlu Khan in his dying statement.The remaining three accused are minors and are being tried in a juvenile court.last_img read more

Port city in disarray with shabby roads

first_imgVehicles move with difficulty in the dilapidated Arakan Road in Chittagong city’s Moulvi Pukurpar. Photo: Jewel Shil Chittagong city’s roads invariably deteriorate once monsoon arrives and such reality has now been the destiny of the port city.The Chittagong City Corporation on an average spends almost Tk 1.25 billion every year for road repairs and development.However, this still does not save the city dwellers from damaged roads.Almost 300 kilometres of road under the city corporation was damaged over just the past two months due to heavy rain and waterlogging.The city corporation’s engineering department said this year the roads are in the worst condition in the last four years.The business community thinks bad road conditions of the port city will have an adverse effect on the expansion of trade in the city.Vice president of Planned Chittagong Forum, engineer Subhash Barua, said the roads are still damaged despite billions being spent on repairs. This proves that the money is going to waste, he added.Subhash Barua said the lack of good governance is the reason for this situation. The management is in a poor shape due to the absence of good governance. The concerned authorities are spending as they wish, with no accountability.Almost 30 per cent of the port city’s roads were severely damaged during the continuous rains on 31 May, 12 June, and then on 3, 4, 23, 24, and 25 July this year.There is a total of 1,066 kms of roads in the city. Of this, 300 kms constitute the main road and the rest are small streets and alleys.Chittagong City Corporation mayor AZM Nasir Uddin issued a letter to the LGRD minister on 3 July, seeking Tk 5 billion for the reconstruction of the roads in the port city.According to the engineering department of the city corporation, a total of 100 kms of roads of the port city were damaged in 2014 during the monsoon. The damage was 150 km in 2015 and 110 kilometers in 2016.According to the budget and annual report of Chittagong City Corporation, a total of Tk 5.01 billion was spent in four fiscal years (from 2013-14 to 2016-17) for the maintenance and development of the roads. Almost 377 kms of road was repaired at the time.A total Tk 1.9 billion was spent for the reconstruction and development of old roads in the last fiscal 2016-17.  This is estimated to be more than Tk 4.62 billion this fiscal. The expense is increasing every year.A total of Tk 10.2 million was spent to build the Mariners road constructed on the banks of Karnaphuli River, which was opened for transport on 23 July 2014. Just three years on, the road is full of potholes. The Muradnagar-Oxygen road, inaugurated in 2013, is in the same condition. WASA diggning worsened the condition of the roads.Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) civil engineering department professor Mahmud Omar Imam said there is a lack of proper water drainage system in the port city which causes waterlogging on the roads.Heavy vehicles use the waterlogged roads that cause damage, he added.Mahmud Omar Imam also said that the road construction is not up to standard, which is another reason of the bad condition of the roads.  The roads will last up to 10 years if certain standards are maintained, he added.Ctg mayor AZM Nasir Uddin meanwhile said that there are no technical faults in the road repairs. Speaking to Prothom Alo, the mayor said excessive rain and waterlogging caused great damage to the roads all around the country. Chittagong is no exception. Meanwhile, different utility services are also digging in different parts of the city, causing further damage.Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) spent almost Tk 250 million for the repair and development of 6.3 km Arakan Road in 2013. The road presently has no pitch.CDA is also building a ramp on the Bahaddarhat flyover part.WASA is digging up another side of the road to install water pipes. The city corporation authorities said WASA has dug a total of  34 roads in the city for the installation of water pipes including in areas like Bayezid Bostami road, Arakan road, Hathazari road (Muradnagar-Oxygen), and CDA Avenue.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda.last_img read more

Six coaching centres licence revoked

first_img.Dhaka North City Corporation on Tuesday cancelled trade licences of six coaching centres being operated in the capital’s Farmgate area.The centres were punished not for following the authorities’ order to remove illegal signboards, posters, and festoons.The coaching centres that were stripped off licences are University Coaching Centre (UCC), UniAid, Icon, Icon Plus, Omega and Paragon Coaching Centre.”The six coaching centres had long been continuing outdoor publicity using billboards, graffiti, brochures, banners and posters, in violation of Graffiti and Poster Campaign Control Act,” the chief revenue officer of DNCC, Rabindrasri Barua, told Prothom Alo.The DNCC officer said they requested the authorities of the coaching centres to remove all such advertisements. But, they did not comply with the official order, he added.The city corporation’s waste management department earlier requested the coaching centres to remove the illegal advertisements.last_img read more

US bomber suspect kills self as police close in

first_imgMembers of the media and onlookers surround Austin assistant police chief Ely Reyes as he addresses the media regarding an incident that law enforcement personnel said involved an incendiary device in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, US on 20 March 2018. Photo: ReutersA 24-year-old man suspected of a series of deadly bombings around Austin, Texas, blew himself up early on Wednesday on the side of a highway as police closed in on him, police officials said.Police had tracked the suspect to a hotel near Austin, the state’s capital city, and were following him when he pulled to the side of the road and detonated a device, killing himself, Austin police chief Brian Manley told reporters near the scene.“The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle,” Manley told reporters. He said the suspect was white, but declined to provide his name.Two Austin police officers were approaching the vehicle when the suspect set off his device. One officer fired at the vehicle and the other sustained a minor injury when the bomb went off, Manley said.Police had urged residents of the area to treat packages with suspicion during the bombing campaign, and Manley warned residents not to let their guard down yet, since investigators were not sure whether the suspect had placed or sent more bombs.Two people were killed and more injured by a string of bombings in Austin, Texas’s capital city, earlier this month.The bombings began with parcels left on doorsteps, then continued with a bomb apparently set off by a tripwire on Sunday and two packages that detonated at FedEx Corp facilities on Tuesday.last_img read more

Quader still in critical condition says BSMMU physician

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe condition of road, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader is ‘still critical and not out of danger’, said professor Syed Ali Ahsan, chairman of Cardiology Department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).He said this while briefing newsmen at the hospital on Sunday, reports UNB.Physician Ahsan said the minister’s condition is now better than the time when he was brought to the hospital. “But, his condition is still critical and not out of danger,” said the physician adding that he will be kept under intensive care for the next 72 hours.Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, was admitted to the hospital after he fell sick on Sunday morning.Senior public relations officer Abu Naser of Roads and Highways Division said Obaidul Quader, complained of breathing problem after Fazr prayers. Then he was taken to the BSMMU.Quader’s personal secretary Gautam Chandra said the minister was admitted to the CCU of the hospital around 8:30am.He said a medical board, led by BSMMU vice chancellor professor Kanak Kanti Barua, has been formed for the treatment of the minister.The board said Quader might be taken abroad for better treatment.Earlier in the morning, Barua told the media that the physicians found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram.last_img read more

Brazils presidential frontrunner stabbed

first_imgBrazil`s Senator Magno Malta talks with journalists as he arrives to the Santa Casa hospital where presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalised after being stabbed in Juiz de Fora, Brazil on 6 September 2018. Photo: ReutersBrazil’s right-wing presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed and seriously injured while campaigning Thursday, with police saying the suspect claimed to be acting on orders from God.It was the latest bizarre twist in a presidential race in which the most popular candidate, former president and leftist hero Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is trying to run from prison.The Supreme Court disqualified Lula on Thursday. First round voting is scheduled for 7 October.Bolsonaro underwent surgery for multiple wounds his mid-section and was listed in stable condition after the attack during a walkabout in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora.Images shared on social media and Brazilian television showed Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach.A witness told police the attacker held a knife wrapped up in a shirt and attacked Bolsonaro as the group hoisting him walked by.The attacker was arrested right away. He was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, and said to be a member of the left-leaning PSOL party from 2007 to 20014.After his arrest, Bispo de Oliveira said he was “carrying out a divine mission, a mission from God,” said Luis Boundens, head of a union of federal police officers.Authorities are investigating the suspect’s mental health, he added.Bolsonaro, a former military man and lawmaker, has been criticized for outbursts deemed racist, mysogynist and homophobic.Bispo de Oliveira acted “for religious reasons, for political reasons, and also because of the prejudice Bolsonaro has always shown when he talks about race, religion and even women,” said his lawyer, Pedro Augusto Lima Possa.On his Facebook page, the attacker recently posted messages criticizing Bolsonaro and supporting the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.Earlier, one of the candidate’s sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, had announced on Twitter that his father’s wounds were “superficial”, but he later wrote: “Unfortunately, it’s more serious than we thought.”President Michel Temer quickly condemned the attack and instructed his Minister of Security Raul Jungmann to reinforce security for candidates and conduct “a rigorous investigation,” a spokesman for the presidency told AFP.“It is intolerable to see that in a democratic state it is not possible to have a normal campaign,” said Temer.Brazil’s Trump -With Lula da Silva ruled out of the election, the latest polls from the Ibope Institute put Bolsonaro in a clear lead with 22 per cent compared with 12 per cent each for environmentalist Marina Silva and centre-left runner Ciro Gomes.One of his campaign pledges has been to legalise the carrying of weapons in order to combat rising violent crime.Despite being a long-serving member of Congress, Bolsonaro has successfully presented himself as an outsider, untouched by the corruption scandals engulfing so much of the political elite.Perhaps the message that carries furthest is Bolsonaro’s push for a harder crackdown on crime-in a country where police are already often engaged in low-level wars against gangs. About 64,000 people die in homicides every year.Yet he has also courted deep controversy with comments attacking women and sexual minorities, as well as for praising the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.Sometimes described as Brazil’s Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has a huge social media following of 8.5 million people.last_img