Constitutional challenge may help NDN CAR ride again

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Bruce Spence of Winnipeg was forced to hand in his vanity plate after someone complained. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsBruce Spence is not going to give up his NDN CAR vanity licence plate without a fight.Spence has agreed to be part of a legal challenge by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).The JCCF was in a Winnipeg courtroom this week defending another Winnipeg man whose Star Trek-inspired ASIMIL8 plate was revoked by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI).The provincial Crown corporation said it received complaints from members of the public who found both licence plates “offensive” and ordered them off the road.But Spence, a producer at APTN News, disagrees.“I don’t know how NDN CAR could possibly be offensive,” he said, noting he applied for the wording seven years ago to honour his Cree heritage and a song of the same name by musician Keith Secola.“I know CAR isn’t an offensive word so it must be NDN. And that’s a contraction for Indian, which is a legal term. Besides, this car is driven by an Indian.”Spence said he received nothing but “thumb’s up” from other motorists and requests from pedestrians to pose next to the plate. He said the demand to turn in his plates in February shocked him.Spence said JCCF, a Calgary-based legal advocacy organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law, is representing him at no charge.“I was going to try and do this on my own anyway,” Spence said Wednesday, “and they approached me after seeing the APTN story.”Winnipeg’s Nick  Troller launched a legal challenge after his plate was revoked.JCCF founder John Carpay said he couldn’t let Spence’s battle slide.“Ultimately, all these cases boil down to this: in a free country we do not have the legal right to not be offended,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.“One person’s right to express him/herself has to outweigh another person’s claimed right to be offended.”Spence doesn’t know who complained about his plate and was irked he couldn’t respond.“I was hoping for an appearance before some sort of board,” he said, adding that’s something he hopes the judge in his case agrees with and orders MPI to introduce.“Some sort of show-cause hearing” for losing a plate that was initially approved.MPI has said licence plates are its property and it gets to decide what’s written on them and when to revoke them. It has not revealed who complained about Spence’s plate.Carpay is a former Alberta provincial director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and a former candidate of the federal Reform Party and provincial Wildrose Party. He said his group is not-for-profit and relies on private donations.“We’re making an argument that this violates the (Canadian) Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) Section 2(b) freedom of expression,” he said. “Our mission is to defend constitutional freedoms of Canadians from violation by government…or governmental authority.”Carpay, a lawyer, said freedoms are lost by “small encroachments.”“Say, with these licence plate cases. If we don’t win them we move closer to a society where people have a legal right not to feel offended which means that there’s less freedom of expression.”The judge in the ASIMIL8 case reserved his decision. Spence does not have a court date yet.last_img read more

UN hitting the target towards deployment of hybrid peace force in Darfur

7 August 2007The United Nations is on target to deploy a mainly African hybrid peace force in the war-wracked Sudanese region of Darfur on schedule, but needs more offers from countries on critical capacities such as aviation and ground transport, a senior UN peacekeeping official said today. Jane Holl Lute, acting head of the new Department of Field Support, told reporters that “we are hitting the target of a predominantly African force,” outlined in last week’s Security Council resolution authorizing the creation of the hybrid operation, to be known as UNAMID.The hybrid operation with the African Union, the first of its kind, will become the largest peacekeeping force in the world, with almost 26,000 troops and police officers and nearly 5,000 civilian staff when it reaches full deployment. It will have an initial mandate of 12 months and will incorporate of the existing AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS).Ms. Holl Lute said the UN has already received enough offers from Member States to meet the required numbers of troops and police officers, but “we still are missing some pledges for key enabling capacities in the area of movement, for example, and in the area of aviation.”Troops or police officers have already been pledged by Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. Those offers, however, are not final.Ms. Holl Lute said UNAMID’s headquarters will be established in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, with a series of sector headquarters and other deployment locations spread across the three states of Darfur, an arid and impoverished region nearly as large as France.She warned that the mission faces daunting logistical challenges because of Darfur’s climate, terrain and remoteness. There are few water sources and little transport infrastructure, and the nearest port through which supplies can be sent is 2,200 kilometres away.Despite its aridity, Darfur can face intense floods during the annual rainy season, which can run from April to October, while sand storms are also a regular threat.Water will have to be rationed carefully by the mission, Ms. Holl Lute said, adding that the UN was working with experts to see whether an apparent underground “mega-lake” in North Darfur exists and can be utilized.In response to a reporter’s question, Ms. Holl Lute said early estimates indicate UNAMID will cost more than $2 billion a year to operate, on top of the initial start-up cost.She stressed that the UN was working towards meeting the benchmarks set out in last week’s Security Council resolution, especially that by October UNAMID is scheduled to have its management, command and control structures in place. As of the end of the year, the new mission should be ready to take over operations from AMIS. Since fighting erupted between rebel groups, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias in 2003, UN officials have repeatedly described Darfur as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and the scene of widespread human rights abuses. More than 200,000 people have been killed and the conflict has spilled into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

Canadian Mayor draws flak for Sri Lanka sistercity move

Last October, Jeffrey signed an agreement to initiate the process to formalize economic, social or cultural relations with the Portuguese city of Ribeira Grande.Martin Medeiros, the councillor who spurred on that process, said the Vavuniya agreement would follow along the same lines as the arrangement with Ribeira Grande.However, some councillors said they were caught off guard by the mayor’s announcement, and wonder how the initiative escalated to talk of sister-city status without a formal report detailing potential benefits.“I am concerned that it appears that council direction is being ignored,” said Coun. Grant Gibson.Sandhu said staff is working on a report for council to consider.“It is our hope, after all due diligence has been completed, that we are able to explore economic development opportunities between our communities.” (Colombo Gazette) The mayor’s camp was quick to put water onto the flames Tuesday, stating that such an agreement is still in its infancy and that council would ultimately make the final decision. At the December 7 Economic Development Committee meeting, councillors debated a request that would link Brampton and Vavuniya via a ‘friendship relationship agreement’. “I don’t believe the mayor has the authority to bypass council and she would be foolish doing so,” said Regional Coun. John Sprovieri, reacting to a recent announcement from the mayor stating her intention to formalize relations with Vavuniya, a community of about 70,000 inhabitants in northern Sri Lanka. Although several councillors expressed some skepticism about the benefits of such an agreement, committee members agreed to wait on a staff report before making a decision.However, in a move that has irked many of her colleagues on council, Jeffrey issued a media release in late December announcing she would meet with Sri Lankan dignitaries in Brampton this month to formalize a sister city agreement with Vavuniya. “We acknowledge there may have been some confusion — there are many steps prior to any agreement being signed,” said Jaskaran Singh Sandhu, the mayor’s new press secretary.This, despite a December 20 media release that clearly describes Jeffrey’s plans to sign an agreement that “would strengthen existing economic and cultural ties while encouraging commerce and the exchange of goods and services between Brampton, the Greater Toronto Area and Vavuniya.”Brampton has formal relationships with several cities and international organizations around the globe, including the Chinese city of Xuzhou, Plano Tex., Miami Beach Fla., and Brampton, Cumbria, England. The Mayor of Brampton in Canada, has drawn flak for a proposal to enter a ‘sister city’ agreement with a Sri Lankan municipality without council approval.Linda Jeffrey’s foray into foreign affairs has managed to sour relations at home after councillors voiced concerns that the mayor is moving ahead with the plans, the Brampton Guardian reported. On January 11, members of Brampton’s Tamil community held a reception at Brampton city hall that also hosted C.V. Wigneswaran, chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.Brampton’s Tamil community numbers approximately 20,000 people.The mayor, who has been largely at odds with her council colleagues, is on vacation and did not attend the ceremony. However, local politicians were disturbed that the mayor opted to act without council’s blessing. read more

Viet Nam UN sends assessment teams to regions struck by typhoon

According to local authorities, 30 people were killed and 269 others injured when the typhoon made landfall on Sunday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. More than 6,250 houses were totally destroyed, over 785 boats were sunk or damaged, and total loss is estimated at some $625 million.Although no international assistance has yet been requested, the UN agencies sent the assessment missions to Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam so that an action plan can be drawn up in consultation with the Government. OCHA remains in close contact with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Hanoi.

Tuam babies Next steps in finding the truth behind their deaths

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie Up to coroner to decide on whether to engage gardai #tuam @thejournal_ie— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) March 3, 2017 Possibility of an inquestCoroners – who are either qualified doctors or lawyers – look into the circumstances of a sudden, unexplained, violent or unnatural death. Their investigation helps determine if the death was through natural or unnatural causes.The coroner will also determine whether an inquest is due into any of the deaths at the Tuam mother and baby home.If a death may be due to unnatural causes, than an inquest must be held by law.The gardaí liaise with the coroner in the case of an inquest being called. If an inquest into any of the deaths in the mother and baby home takes place, it will be held in public.Inquests can be held with or without a jury. But while a coroner or jury can make a “general recommendation designed to prevent similar deaths”, the Justice Department notes:they do not decide whose fault it was or whether there was a criminal offence.At today’s press conference, Minister Katherine Zappone said that the coroner’s results would determine the direction of the investigation into the remains. She said that the commission will determine if other sites need to be excavated, including another part of the Tuam site.In a statement, she outlined the next steps that will be taken in this case:The Commission will continue its work under its terms of reference, including such matters as post-mortem practices and procedures, reporting and burial arrangements for residents of Mother and Baby HomesThe Coroner for North Galway will take the steps he deems necessary under his independent statutory functionsGalway County Council will engage with the commission in relation to the immediate next steps on the siteGalway County Council will engage with local residents and other interested parties on what should happen next in relation to the remainsThere will be an information line for factual information, and a service for those who feel personally affected by the news.When contacted, the Commission of Investigation said it would not be adding anything more to Minister Zappone’s statement today.In 2014, the Minister for Justice ordered a report from An Garda Siochána to establish how much information it holds about the revelations.Fitzgerald said at the time that decisions about any criminal investigation will be up to the gardaí.TheJournal.ie has contacted the Justice Department to see when, or if, that report was furnished to the department.Read: Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home> Tuam babies: Next steps in finding the truth behind their deaths A significant amount of human remains were found in sewage chambers at a site first located by researcher Catherine Corless. 16,270 Views Image: RollingNews.ie 71 Comments Friday 3 Mar 2017, 1:47 PM Short URLcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3268601 Mar 3rd 2017, 1:47 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry Share170 Tweet Email THE BODIES OF a “significant” number of babies and children were discovered in sewage chambers on the grounds of a mother and baby home in Tuam, it was confirmed today.The findings vindicated the work of researcher Catherine Corless, whose discoveries about a mass grave at the site of the home, run by the Bons Secours Sisters, were made public in 2014. She uncovered the death records for 796 children – ranging from infants to children up to the age of nine – from the home.But what she couldn’t find were records of their burial in any graveyards. Corless’s research, coupled with stories of local boys finding bones in a septic tank on the site, led her to believe the bodies were all buried in that one area.The death rate of babies at the home was significantly higher than that at other homes around the country – double the rate, in fact. Figures from the National Archives showed that 31.6% of babies under the age of one at Tuam died over the course of one year.In other homes, that rate was 17%.Causes of death included bronchitis, convulsions, and congenital syphilis. Source: Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes via Department of Children and Youth AffairsNow that the presence of human remains on the site has been confirmed, what happens next?That all hinges on two things: What the coroner determines, and what the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation decides to do next (which will in large part be determined by what the coroner says).How the remains were discoveredA test excavation was undertaken by the Commission of Investigation on the Tuam site in 2015. Further excavations took place at the end of 2016 and January/February 2017.These discovered two large structures, one of which appears to be a large sewage containment system or septic tank filled with rubble and debris, and the other a long structure divided into 20 chambers. Again, this is thought to be related to sewage containment.“Significant quantities” of human remains were found in these chambers.The results of remains that were tested showed they belonged to children aged 2-3 years and of approximately 35 foetal weeks.The Commission of Investigation said that it is “shocked” by the discovery.In a statement, it outlined its next steps:It is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this wayIt has also asked the relevant State authorities to take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remainsIt has notified the coroner Source: ❄️Aoife Barry/Twitterlast_img read more

Greek PM Budget a contract to reconquer our credibility

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou underlined his government’s determination to social and economic reform as he wrapped up the five-day debate which saw Parliament pass the 2010 budget. He also pledged transparency in all the government’s actions, stressing the need to restore the trust of ordinary citizens in the Greek state and the country’s credibility in the eyes of its European partners.The budget was passed 160 for and 139 against.The main features of the 2010 budget include the following:On the revenue side it includes:A total increase of 4.5 billion euros in government revenueAbout 1.2 billion euros of this would come from cracking down on tax evasion and settling taxpayers’ overdue debtsAn increase in tobacco, alcohol and real estate taxesA one-off corporate taxReintroduction of a progressive tax on large property holdings, inheritances and bequestsAbolition of tax exemptions and a current, flat-rate tax regime for certain professional groupsIntroduction of capital gains tax and effective taxation of offshore companiesOn the spending side it includes:Government spending cuts of 2.3 billion euros1.4 billion euros of savings by not repeating one-off 2009 payments to settle state hospital debts457 million euros of savings would come from defence spending cutsA 26 percent decrease in Ministries’ operating costs, in areas such as travel expenses and power billsA freeze on public sector wages above 2,000 euros a month. However, civil servants making less than that amount would receive pay rises above inflationSpeaking after the vote, Prime Minister George Papandreou said the budget was “a contract to reconquer our credibility”“We shall prove our capacity and determination to change this country, to ourselves and to any foreigner who puts in doubt our will,” he continued.“Those who seek to downgrade our great institutional reforms regarding the state should ask themselves why our efforts failed in the past,” Papandreou said in his address to MPs.“We should, all together, prepare a strict timeframe regarding necessary reforms,” Papandreou said.He went on to cite transparency, a fairer tax system leading to a more equitable redistribution of wealth and reliability as the key principles that would govern the government’s budgets in the future.Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras opposed the budget and accused the government of not coming to the House in order to pass “a budget of emergency but of gaining time until you understand where you are.”According to the ND leader, the effort for stabilising the Greek economy should include measures such as enlarging the tax base instead of suffocating the market with new taxes and the adoption of objective consumption criteria.Regarding state expenditures, Samaras said that the state should contain the public sector’s extravagance something that could save around 5 billion Euros.He also said that he waas opposed to any increase in fuel prices.Samaras also called on the government to “take drastic measures, something you do not do. The markets are punishing you, they are continuously downgrading Greece.” George Papaconstantinou, the finance minister, has set next year’s budget deficit target at 8.7 per cent of GDP, banking on a mix of spending cuts and revenue-enhancement measures to do the job.Mr Papaconstantinou said last night: “Fiscal year 2009 is closing and the 2010 fiscal year will be the first in a four-year effort for fiscal stability and growth.”Additional budget measures will also be included in an triennial Stability and Growth Plan which will be announced in January.These include:A 10 percent cut in additional, supplemental public sector wagesA hiring freeze for permanent public sector jobs in 2010, excluding health and education, and the hiring of one new civil servant for every five retiring from 2011 onwardsA one-third reduction of all short-term employment contracts in the public sector in 2010A 10 percent reduction in social security expenditures in 2010A 50 percent cut in board members’ pay at public enterprises in 2010; managers’ pay in state-run firms would be capped and cut by at least 10 percent; no bonuses would be paid to managers of state-controlled banks, and bonuses for private bank managers would be taxed at 90 percentlast_img read more

Mutuelle santé 70 des Français semblent satisfaits malgré laugmentation des tarifs

first_imgMutuelle santé : 70% des Français semblent satisfaits malgré l’augmentation des tarifsFrance – L’Institut français d’opinion public (Ifop) est à l’origine de l’enquête “Les Français et leur mutuelle santé”. Il ressort de celle-ci que les habitants de l’Hexagone subissent les augmentations sans trop changer leurs habitudes.En 2010, les assurés subiront en moyenne une hausse de 5% de leurs cotisations mensuelles. L’Ifop a voulu connaître leur opinion : une enquête a ainsi été réalisée du 2 au 4 février dernier sur 1.000 personnes âgées de 18 ans au minimum.Il en ressort que 89% des interrogés ne comptent pas changer de mutuelle malgré cette augmentation, non pas par fidélité mais parce qu’ils “n’ont pas le choix”. Seul 1% d’entre eux pense la résilier par peur de ne pas pouvoir la payer mais 6% pensent abandonner certaines garanties de leur assurance (hospitalisation, dentaire…), notamment les personnes aux revenus modestes (9%) ainsi que les moins de 35 ans (8%). Les jeunes n’hésitent pas à souscrire à une mutuelle bon marché afin de faire des économies, 11% des moins de 35 ans le font et ce chiffre atteint 16% chez les 18-24 ans.À lire aussiAssurance maladie : une réforme pour économiser 2,2 milliards d’eurosDans l’ensemble, les Français sont satisfaits de leur mutuelle et de son efficacité, à défaut de l’être de son prix. 94% des sondés sont assurés, parmi lesquels 17% se déclarent “très satisfaits” et 70% “plutôt satisfaits”. Les personnes bénéficiant d’une mutuelle d’entreprise étaient plus nombreuses à être “très satisfaites” que celles couvertes par une mutuelle individuelle (23% contre 13%).Face à cette augmentation des tarifs, les Français sont de plus en plus nombreux à se fier aux comparateurs de prix, en service sur le net. Actuellement, 6% des sondés en font un usage régulier et 42% pensent que c’est un concept intéressant. Le 24 février 2010 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE Smackdown premieres on the USA Network on 1716

first_img Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest USA Network sent out the following:USA NETWORK SETS JANUARY PREMIERES FOR ‘SMACKDOWN®’ AND ‘SUITS’Live Action WWE® Powerhouse “SmackDown” To Debut January 7Critically Acclaimed Drama “Suits” Picks Up After Powerful Mid-Season Cliffhanger on January 27Previously Announced New Drama “Colony” To Premiere on January 14New York, NY – November 4, 2015 – USA Network will have a white hot January with the grand arrival of the two-hour live action WWE powerhouse SMACKDOWN on Thursday, January 7 at 8/7c. The winter continues to heat up with the return of the critically acclaimed drama SUITS, which picks up from the intense cliff hanger on Wednesday, January 27 at 10/9c. The network will also premiere the previously announced epic drama COLONY, from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”), on Thursday, January 14 at 10/9c.With the arrival of SMACKDOWN on Thursday, January 7 @ 8/7c, USA becomes the exclusive cable home to WWE’s two marquee properties. Viewers can now bookend their week with MONDAY NIGHT RAW live on Mondays from 8-11p and SMACKDOWNon Thursdays from 8-10p. Consistently one of the highest-rated weekly series on cable, over the past 15 years SMACKDOWN has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns and in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. On January 7, SMACKDOWN will air its 855th episode from Laredo, Texas.The highly-anticipated drama COLONY, premiering on Thursday January 14 @ 10/9c, centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. SAG winner Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Along with Cuse and Condal, Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces.The fifth season of SUITS finishes its run with 6 new episodes on Wednesday, January 27 at 10/9c. In the wake of his arrest for conspiracy to commit fraud, Mike (Patrick J. Adams, “Orphan Black”) finds himself at the center of an investigation – led by a ruthless government prosecutor, Assistant US Attorney Anita Gibbs (new recurring guest star Leslie Hope, “24”) – that threatens to bring down the whole firm. Harvey (Gabriel Macht, “Love and Other Drugs”), having resigned from the firm in order to protect it, must tred lightly if he’s going to help Mike, or incur the wrath of Charles Forstman (returning guest star Eric Roberts, “The Dark Knight”). Together with Jessica (Gina Torres, “Firefly”) and Louis (Rick Hoffman, “Samantha Who”), Harvey must figure out how to build a defense for Mike, knowing full well that he’s guilty of the crime for which he stands accused. Meanwhile, Rachel (Meghan Markle, “Fringe”) must come to terms with the fact that her fiancé, and everyone she’s close to, could soon be in prison as Donna (Sarah Rafferty, “Brothers & Sisters”) finds herself at a crossroad.New characters this season include prosecuting attorney Anita Gibbs (Leslie Hope, “24”) and James Paulsen (Derek McGrath, “Doc”). Returning characters this season include Trevor (Tom Lipinski, “Labor Day”), Scottie (Abigail Spencer, “Cowboys & Aliens”), Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce, “The Wire”), Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson, “Drive”), Professor Gerard (Stephen Macht, “The Monster Squad”), Gretchen (Aloma Wright, “Days of Our Lives”), Jeff Malone (DB Woodside, “24”), Sheila (Rachael Harris, “The Hangover”) and Jimmy (Pooch Hall, “The Game”). From Universal Cable Productions, SUITS was created by and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh (“The Deep End”). Doug Liman (The “Bourne” trilogy), David Bartis (“Covert Affairs”) and Gene Klein (“Covert Affairs”) of Hypnotic along with Anton Cropper (“Fairly Legal”), Daniel Arkin (“90210”) and Chris Downey (“King & Maxwell”) serve as executive producers. SUITS is shot on location in Toronto.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 33.59%0:03Remaining Time -4:54 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 center_img Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook Scarlet Fu Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kalisto tries to redeem infamous promo, Vince McMahon on The Rock making Forbes list Cody Rhodes taking some time off, Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito from 2016last_img read more

New matches announced for WrestleMania 33 in four weeks

first_img During tonight’s 3/6 WWE RAW from Chicago, a series of new matches were officially confirmed for WrestleMania 33 in four weeks in Orlando at Camping World Stadium.This includes Chris Jericho defending the WWE United States Championship against Kevin Owens and Bayley defending the WWE RAW Women’s Championship in a triple threat match against Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair.The Undertaker also made his return to WWE television and teased a likely match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, giving Reigns a chokeslam.Here are the matches that are official so far for WrestleMania 33.The #Undertaker returned to @WWE #RAW to send a message to @WWERomanReigns: It’s STILL HIS YARD! @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/BkiXyBerUl— WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2017WWE Universal Championship MatchGoldberg (c) vs. Brock LesnarWWE Championship MatchBray Wyatt (c) vs. Winner of Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles on Smackdown LiveWWE United States Championship MatchChris Jericho (c) vs. Kevin OwensWWE RAW Women’s Championship – Triple Threat MatchBayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte FlairPlus, The New Day will be hosting WrestleMania 33 in OrlandoRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Daniel Bryan Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp 1 COMMENT Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns March 7, 2017 at 7:37 am Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Facebook Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live A.J. Styles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles aces Twitter Now Playing Up Next The new day hosting ? Would be better if they had a match Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) last_img read more

Broad vote on light rail gains CTran support

first_imgLeavitt renews call to study light-rail funding without sales taxA majority of C-Tran board members said Tuesday they favor a broad public vote in asking residents to help pay for light rail in Vancouver.That outcome, however, is not a sure thing.The nine-member board made no formal decision Tuesday. And the three members who stopped short of endorsing the plan — the Vancouver City Council’s three voices at the table — collectively hold veto power to spike any motion the rest of the group supports. Whether they’ll exercise that power remains to be seen.Board members who support giving C-Tran’s entire service area a say on transit changes for Vancouver offered different reasons for doing so. Most said they’ve heard loud and clear from their constituents on a topic that holds implications for the Columbia River Crossing project. Commissioner Steve Stuart suggested it comes down to simply following the agency’s past pledges.“We said we would,” Stuart said. “It’s the right thing to do.”Since last year, C-Tran leaders have repeatedly indicated that they’ll put a sales tax measure to voters in 2012 to help pay for new high-capacity transit systems in Vancouver. The revenue would cover operation and maintenance costs for a light rail extension to Clark College, planned as part of the CRC, and a proposed bus rapid transit line along the city’s Fourth Plain corridor.For months, C-Tran board members have wrestled with who should vote on that sales tax increase — the agency’s entire service district, or a smaller subdistrict, likely Vancouver and its urban growth boundary.last_img read more

See a kangaroo rat ninjakick a rattlesnake in dramatic slomo video

first_img Scientists connect a human brain and ‘rat cyborg’ brain together 5 life lessons we learned from #PizzaRat 18 Photos The researchers also found that some rats that weren’t fast enough were still able to avoid snakes by reorienting mid-jump and kicking the reptiles. San Diego State University biology professor Rulon Clark describes this as “ninja-style.”The researchers published papers on their findings on Wednesday in the journals Functional Ecology and the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. For more on these feisty rodents, you can check out the group’s NinjaRat website. Oh rats Share your voice Tags Onlinecenter_img If you like action movies, you’ll love the videos researchers took of athletic kangaroo rats evading rattlesnake strikes. It looks like a cross between parkour and ninjutsu. The rats are able to jump, kick and twist their way out of danger.A student-led team from the University of California at Riverside, San Diego State University and the University of California at Davis set up high-speed cameras to see how North American desert-dwelling kangaroo rats deal with rattlesnake attacks. The slow-motion footage is startling.  1 Comment “The resultant videos provide the first ever detailed look at the maneuvers that kangaroo rats use to defend themselves against a deadly predator,” the University of California Riverside says.The rats have long hind feet reminiscent of kangaroos. Those tootsies come in handy for kicking rattlesnakes and elevating the rats away from strikes with impressive jumps.   The team discovered that while rattlesnakes could strike and reach a rat in under 100 milliseconds, the rats had typical reactions times of around 70 milliseconds. That small margin is enough to escape becoming dinner.  These far-out animals fascinate and amuse scientistslast_img read more

Disney Plus will allow downloads for offline viewing

first_img 0 TV and Movies Digital Media Tags You can download your favorite Disney content anytime, as long as you remain a subscriber.  Screenshot by CNET Disney’s Netflix competitor Disney Plus will let you download unlimited titles for offline viewing so long as you’re subscribed to the service, the company said Thursday. The news came during the entertainment giant’s two-hour-plus event to unveil Disney Plus and explain the company’s wider streaming strategy. After years of putting streaming in the back seat to protect its big-budget blockbusters and lucrative TV model, Disney has made streaming its top priority this year, even restructuring the company around it. The ability to download for offline viewing may be particularly meaningful for a segment of prospective customers: parents. Disney Plus is being pitched as a hub for family-friendly entertainment. But it could put pressure on Disney’s business selling owned home-viewing formats like DVDs, Blu-rays and downloads purchased through stores like iTunes. With Disney’s animated movies and Pixar flicks destined to live on Disney Plus, people with kids are going to be weighing whether they should buy a copy of Frozen II or Toy Story 4, or instead just sign up for Disney Plus and get everything else with it.  Post a comment Disney Fox Hulu Netflix Share your voicelast_img read more

Calista region looks to Kuskokwim Bay villages for energy innovation

first_img“We have wind energy that has more than enough capacity to light the whole village. So we captured the extra energy, and we heated homes,” said Roderick Phillip, Vice-Chairman of the Chaninik Wind Group. Phillip spoke presented at an energy summit hosted by Calista in Bethel on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Katie Basile / KYUK)How can the Calista region reduce its fossil fuel use, increase energy efficiency, and use those changes to create jobs? That’s the question a group of YK Delta communities and energy organizations gathered in Bethel on Wednesday to begin answering. For direction and inspiration, the group turned to four villages on Kuskokwim Bay where those goals are already happening.Listen nowRoderick Phillip is the Vice-Chairman of the Chaninik Wind Group, a wind energy partnership between Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Tuntutuliak and Kipnuk. The group operates, maintains, and installs its own renewable energy, wind systems.“We have wind energy that has more than enough capacity to light the whole village,” Phillip said. “So we captured the extra energy, and we heated homes,”Phillip is also the General Manager of the Kongiganak Power Company. The village installed wind turbines almost five years ago. Since then about a third of the village’s electric energy has come from wind. Twenty houses in the village also have heaters fueled by excess wind power. Those homes have cut the amount of heating fuel they use in half. And 30 more homes are set to receive the heaters this year.Phillip said all those savings on heating fuel are spent on another fuel: gasoline.“To hunt, fish, gather from the land and sea to fill our freezers and put food on our table,” Phillip said.Calista shareholders listen as Roderick Philip, Vice-Chairman of the Chaninik Wind Group, describes a successful wind energy project in Kongiginak at a Calista-sponsored meeting in Bethel on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Katie Basile / KYUK)There’s another way strengthening the village’s renewable energy system has strengthened the ability to subsist— by providing jobs.“I have four wind techs, two laborers, and two operators employed,” Phillip said.These employees run the entire utility system, and together, with the other Chaninik villages, they’ll be installing wind turbines in Kipnuk next year.For other villages to get to where Kongiganak is today, Phillip said, “It also depends on our tribal leaders, and it took the four villages to get to where we are today.”The other key is autonomy: training and certifying employees in the village to run the energy systems.“By the third community, our people built the system from the bottom up,” Phillip said. “And they commissioned those wind turbines, our own people. So we’re able to build our own systems now, using our own people, and they operate and maintain our systems.”Kongiganak is set to install a lithium ion battery this year, which will store excess wind energy and be capable of powering more than 50 percent of the village’s electricity and heat.More energy projects are happening in the region. Chefornak is ordering wind turbines. Kwethluk has secured federal microloans for residents to make their homes more energy efficient. And Quinhagak is working to increase energy efficiency in its public buildings that will save the tribe, city, and village corporation $50,000 annually.The technology exists for the Delta to reduce its fossil fuel use and to eventually power itself off renewables. Multiple Delta communities are already heading in that direction.last_img read more

Trust can synchronise heart rate among two strangers

first_imgWhen people are in the process of building trust among each other, their hearts get synchronised and beat as one, an interesting study has found.Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark showed that there was a larger physiological response in the form of an increase and synchrony of the participants’ heart rates in the “trust group” compared to the control group.“The heart rate synchrony is an indicator of rapport, affiliation and the improvement of group dynamics,” said lead researcher and assistant professor Panagiotis Mitkidis. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To reach this conclusion, Mitkidis and colleagues studied the link between heart rate and trust.They had 37 pairs of participants do a cooperative task involving building Lego cars.The control group only did the lego task while a second group played an investment game in between the building sessions.The game, known as the “Public Goods Game” had the goal of including the element of trust in the experiment.“Trust is a necessary ingredient for successful cooperation and of most importance for our society,” Mitkidis noticed. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“A further indication of that is that heart rate synchrony is a significant predictor of expectations in the Public Goods Game, an indication of preferences and beliefs about the behaviour of others,” the authors pointed out.The experiment revealed that heart rate synchronisation was significantly higher in the “trust” group.Heart rate arousal was also significantly higher in the trust condition.The paper appeared in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior.last_img read more

Swar Utsav at its amazing best

first_imgThe love of classical music can be guessed as the lovers flocked to the opening of Swar Utsav 2015, the Indian music festival organised by Shree Gulab Rai Charitable Trust at FICCI Auditorium. The event kicked off with the lighting of the inaugural lamp by C R Rai, Founder, Gulab Rai Charitable Trust and R K Sinha Member of the Parliament. Indian singer and musician Anup Jalota took the center stage, as he performsed some of his Hindu devotional Bhajans and Ghazal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anup Jalota mesmerised the audience by some of his famous Ghazal and  Bhajans such as Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Apne hathon se yoon, Shamma Bujhi rafta rafta  followed by a fusion concert, Confluence, which had maestros like Pandit Debu Chaudhury (Sitar), Pandit Vishvamohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena), Vidushi Sumitra Guha (Hindustani Classical), Pt Deepak Maharan (Kathak) and many other renowned artists.  Several ministers of Government of India were invited as chief guests such as Minister of State for Textiles, Panabaaka Lakshmi, and Minister for Tourism, Subodh Kant Sahai.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe mesmerizing music &and bliss came to an end with people asking for more. Speaking about the event, C R Rai, founder, Shree Gulab Rai, Charitable Trust  said, “To promote Indian classical music, Gulab Rai, Charitable Trust regularly organises an Indian classical music programme every year by the name ‘Swarutsav’ . Swar Utsav was started  in 2010. We at Gulab Rai, Charitable Trust are proud to be reviving this grand stage and bringing the best classic music in the country together for Delhi’s citizens.” The annual music festival which won many accolades, had maestros performing and thousands of fans listening to them. Gulab Rai Charitable Trust was established in the memory of late Lala Gulab Rai ji to promote academic as well as music and cultural education.last_img read more

Empowering orphan girl child to learn and lead

first_imgShyam Sundar Co Jewellers, as an extension to ‘Kanyashree’ initiative, has taken the onus to help orphaned and bereft girl child for their education, health, and financial upliftment. ‘Durga and Friends’ – the orphan and single parent girls staying at Chitrangada orphanage celebrated their fifth year of success at Rabindra Sadan. Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co. Jeweller along with the friends of ‘Durga’ graced the occasion with their presence. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe cultural evening witnessed a performance ‘Durga’ celebrating the onset of Durga Puja and showcases the power of love and care. The noble initiative was undertaken just before the arrival of Durga, the Goddess of power and strength. A special recitation titled ‘Kashphuler Swapnopath’ was also performed by Mounita to celebrate all the poetry about the festive season.Speaking on the occasion, Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers said, “Durga and Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFriends’ is an effort conceived and designed by the company to support the orphan girl child. It is athe platform from where we are trying to give the children an opportunity to become a ‘Durga’.””We are really very happy to have been associated with Chitrangada and take the responsibility of these children and bring a smile on their faces. We are extremely happy to help these young girls who might be less privileged but are full of potential. Personally, I feel there is a Durga in every girl child. Hence, we believe this is the best possible way to serve the society by helping and empowering these embodiments of Maa Durga.”last_img read more

Acknowledging differences rejecting divisions

first_imgIt’s not every day that you get to hear how divisions in Indian society intrigued and impacted an artist so much so that he decided to bridge the gap through art.Andrea Anastasio, an award-winning designer from Milan, spent half his life in India, trying to interact with the locals and understanding social categorisation of people. “I have been coming back to India every year since 1979. Parts of my stay in this country were devoted to interacting with the locals and understanding the differences in the cultures. I always tried to understand what’s normally defined as tribal groups, tribal designs, folk art, and how these definitions always prevented us from seeing the underlying unity,” said Andrea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt was only a few months back that the Italian artist was approached by Somnath Pyne, Founder and Secretary of The Force for Rural Empowerment and Economic Development (FREED) to create an art installation with lights, along with the artists of Chandannagar. “Andrea is a light installation artist and designer from Italy. We wanted him to think out of the box and create something for the exhibition at the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre,” informed Pyne. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Considering the kind of work he does and the artists he would be needing, we could only think of craftsmen from Chandannagar,” he added. Chandannagar is a small city and former French colony located 30 kilometers north of Kolkata. This small town over a period of 300 years has a unique blend of culture and heritage. The place has long been known for its decorative lights used in Durga Puja celebration. Further, Pyne informed, “One fine day, Andrea visited the place and met the craftsmen. He later gave the creative inputs. Designs were exchanged on Whatsapp and at the end, we got a fine piece of art.” The light installation is based on the concept of ‘Civilisation without divisions and boundaries’, created by Babu Pal from Chandannagar guided by Andrea. The financial support was provided by Bose foundation. Speaking of his experience of working with 40 other artists from Chandannagar on this installation, Andrea said, “What I loved the most in the process of making it was the interaction with the artists. At a point, I realised that they were not actually fabricating but weaving the work. That was a beautiful moment in which I could see the blending of craftsmanship and conceptual approach.” Andrea, who found lights a very fascinating medium to talk about contemporary issues of our society, usually loves to combine architecture, design, and art. I believe that architecture and design can be used as languages and tools to address various issues. Even in this case, design and architecture came together to address and tackle the issues of contemporary reality,” he concluded.last_img read more

Senco launches Aham range of jewellery for men

first_imgSenco Gold & Diamonds, the fastest growing jewellery retail chain in India on April 17 unveiled ‘Aham’- the first signature men’s jewellery collection of its kind in the presence of the Kolkata Knight Riders star cricketers – Lockie Ferguson, Matt Kelly, Sandeep Warrier and Rinku Singh.Aham offers a signature collection of rings, bracelets, cuff-links, ear-studs, chains and pendants in diamond, gold and silver. The price of the collection starts from Rs 30,000 for the gold collection, Rs 2000 for silver, and Rs 40,000 for the items in diamond. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said, “We are delighted to launch our new range of Aham collection, which has been designed especially for the cosmopolitan man; urbane, dignified and grounded. The signature range can be used as part of daily wear, as well as on social occasions or for sheer power dressing by the men of honour.” “It’s a great opportunity for the brand as Bengal’s biggest and India’s fastest growing jewellery chain, to explore the trend of fashionably premium men’s accessories, which is still a signature for the men of honour going by its ancient roots, and reinforce our association with the men in action on the 22 yard – the Kolkata Knight Riders,” he added. He further thanked the star players of KKR, who graced the ocassion and wished them luck for the ongoing IPL.last_img read more

New condo hotel concept nearing approval north of Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A new hotel is in its final stages of being granted permission to build an all-inclusive concept north of Playa del Carmen.Once the hotel is granted its Environmental Impact Statement (MIA), the project, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, says they will begin construction in 2018. The final approval by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) will see the construction of a new 150-room hotel just north of Playa del Carmen.The hotel, which has been trying to gain building approval since 2015, is hoping to build a luxury complex that will include both hotel rooms and residential suites. The complex will be divided into two buildings, one beach front and the other, jungle views.Photo: Riviera Maya Garza Blanca ResortThe beach complex will be a condo hotel concept with 126 rooms divided into two buildings of eight levels. The balance of the rooms will offer a jungle view. The grounds will offer restaurants, bars and outdoor amenities such as swimming pools, a Mayan spa and green areas.The total investment is around $66 million USD and will be constructed across approximately 15 hectares of beachfront land.According to the company, they are “Currently in the advanced planning stages, construction of Garza Blanca Riviera Maya is due to start in the 4th quarter of 2018 on an exclusive part of the Caribbean coastline between Playa del Carmen and Cancun in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.“The site for the Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in the Riviera Maya is in a privileged location just 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen and about 30 minutes from Cancun International Airport.”Garza Blanca Resort has one hotel in Puerto Vallarta. Their website says “coming soon” for new hotels in Riviera Maya and Cancun.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more