Government is supporting three new sustainable transportation projects in the Lunenburg and Mahone Bay areas that help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living. Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Aug. 19, that local sustainable transportation projects will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. “I am thrilled to see these projects that enhance sustainable transportation in our region moving forward,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “The project teams have shown great dedication and worked hard to promote active living by using our beautiful landscape.” With a $4,500 grant from Connect2 and additional funding from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Dynamite Trail Association will upgrade the Dynamite Trail. “The Dynamite Trail runs from Martins River to Mahone Bay. The trail needs a higher level of maintenance to give cyclists a better experience,” said Sandy Hamilton, chair of the Dynamite Trail Association. “This trail is used by residents as an alternate route to Mahone Bay for work or shopping and as an exercise trail for runners, hikers and cyclists. We are very excited to improve this busy trail.” Queen’s Rails to Trails Association is receiving $5,000 from Connect2 and additional funding from the Department of Communities Culture and Heritage to help with the Summerville Trail project. The project will create a new rail to trail to allow residents to safely and actively commute in an area where a narrow roadway and road shoulders make it dangerous for active transportation. The project will link the villages of Hunts Point, Summerville Center, White Point, and the Summerville Beach Provincial Park. “With Highway 3 being narrow and winding, it’s unsafe to walk on the shoulder of the highway,” said Kevin Traynor, vice president of Rails to Trails. “Along the highway is an abandoned rail bed giving both ocean and woods views, and we are looking forward to creating a safe connection for the residents using this route.” The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is receiving $50,000 to widen the shoulders and resurface Pine Grove Road to create an active transportation route. This will connect residents to community facilities and schools, with connector points to Bridgewater. “An active transportation route is essential for this growing community,” said deputy mayor of Lunenburg Claudette Garland. “This will provide residents and visitors a way to connect with the business and employment district of Osprey Village, and with the neighbouring school, Centre Scolaire de la Rive Sud, the Pinegrove Outdoor Play Association Park, as well as local connectors such as the LaHave River Trail, the Arthur Young Trail and the Centennial Trail.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening some as-yet-undefined international tax that has revived fears he might be contemplating new American import penalties.The U.S. president made the remarks at the White House on Monday while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S.He mentioned one directly to America’s north.”Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” Trump said.”We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.”It’s unclear what he was referring to. In the past, he has complained about Canada’s dairy controls and softwood lumber. Administration officials have also expressed anger over Canada’s wide-ranging attack at the World Trade Organization on the U.S. system for imposing duties.Meanwhile, the White House downplayed the tax threat Monday and various U.S. media outlets said there was nothing imminent.Trump did promise more clarity on a new tax. More details could be coming this week, he suggested.”We are going to charge countries outside of our country — countries that take advantage of the United States,” Trump said. ”Some of them are so-called allies but they are not allies on trade. … So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax and you’ll be hearing about that during the week and the coming months.”It’s unclear what type of tax he’s referring to. Earlier this year, the administration dropped the idea of a border-adjustment tax in its since-passed fiscal reform, because of widespread opposition on Capitol Hill.The confusion was compounded by several factors:—In the U.S., Congress sets tax rates — not the president. And the Congress, which just completed a major tax reform, has shown little inclination to hike taxes.—Tariff rates, meanwhile, are negotiated at the WTO.—The idea wasn’t even mentioned in the White House’s 2018 budget proposal — which was released Monday.The most specific clue Trump offered involved motorycles.He complained that the U.S. brings in products tariff-free and other countries sometimes charge more than 50 per cent tariffs on the same product: ”Harley-Davidson. They’re treated very unfairly in various countries. You know the countries I’m talking about,” Trump said. ”So we’re going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax.”Those motorcycle tariffs are highest in Asia — they don’t exist in North America.Several trade experts contacted Monday confessed to some confusion about what the president was threatening. Dan Ikenson of the Cato Institute said the only action he could think of might violate international trade law.It involves a rarely used retaliatory measure from a 1974 U.S. trade law.”Could be anything, but nothing he could do, while remaining true to the trade rules,” Ikenson said.”Presumably, he could invoke Section 301 (of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act) and threaten to impose taxes to mitigate, countervail, reverse foreign practices that he finds unfair. (That) could pass muster with U.S. law, but not WTO rules.”
Gunasekera said that one suspect, from Wattala, had in his possession 25 fake Indian 1000 rupee notes and the other suspect, a resident of Muttur, had in his possession 156 fake 1000 Indian rupee notes.Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested two people for printing fake Indian currency notes.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the two suspects were arrested in Ja-Ela based on information received by the police.
Scores of pro-Tamil activists were detained at the Marina in Chennai when they tried to hold a memorial for Tamil victims of the last leg of the Sri Lankan ethnic strife as the famed seashore is out of bounds to hold protests, the Press Trust of India reported. According to the Chennai City Police provisions, which is in force, Marina beach is not a designated place to stage protests and hold demonstrations.Police had already warned that anyone trying to stage protests or hold demonstrations in violation of this order would be arrested. The activists of pro-Tamil outfits such as ‘May 17 Movement’ and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) were detained, Police said. They had earlier assembled at the Marina to hold the memorial event, with many of them turning up in black shirts, a symbol of mourning. The city has other designated spots for these purposes, police added.A heavy posse of policemen under senior officials was posted along the Marina, where traffic was regulated.
Canada needs LNG export options to avoid decline in natural gas production: CAPP CALGARY – Canada’s natural gas production will decline by about 10 per cent from current levels unless new export routes to Asia are opened, says a report released Wednesday by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.The oil and gas industry group says Canada needs options for exporting liquefied natural gas by ship if the country is to avoid a decline in production over the coming years.Greg Stringham, the association’s vice-president of markets and oilsands, said Canada needs to find new markets for its gas because the traditional markets of Central Canada, the U.S. Midwest and U.S. Northeast are being supplied by new, abundant sources of shale gas.He said Canada needs to act fast to build export capacity because countries like Australia and the United States are also rushing to build capacity to supply global markets.“There’s this window for Canada to be able to step into, but it is a fiercely competitive window,” said Stringham. “It’s barely open, and the lucky part is we have several projects that are advancing. For somebody starting brand new, that window is almost closed.”The report estimates that projects being developed on Canada’s West Coast could add about 3.5 billion cubic feet per day of production and help turn around Canada’s declining production.If those LNG export routes open up, CAPP says Canadian production could recover to current levels of 14.5 billion cubic feet per day by the end of the decade and then climb to 17 billion cubic feet per day by 2030.But if no export routes are opened, CAPP’s latest outlook estimates natural gas production would decline by about 1.5 billion cubic feet per day over the next 10 years to a low of 13 billion cubic feet per day, and then remain flat until the end of the report’s forecast period in 2030.Stringham said provincial and federal governments have been timely in their political and regulatory decisions to encourage natural gas exports, but they need to maintain that commitment.“They have been doing it, we just need to know that in this window over the next five years that needs to continue,” said Stringham.“Probably the last key elements for some of these projects is just getting a final approval from the Canadian government on their Canadian environmental impact assessment.” by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2015 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks the planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The plan allows drilling to go forward in Alaska’s Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage.The blueprint for drilling from 2017 to 2022 can be rewritten by President-elect Donald Trump, in a process that could take months or years.Besides Cook Inlet, the plan also allows drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, long the centre of U.S. offshore oil production. Ten of the 11 lease sales proposed in the five-year plan are in the Gulf, mostly off the coasts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama.Confirming a decision announced this spring, the five-year plan also bars drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.“The plan focuses lease sales in the best places – those with the highest resource potential, lowest conflict and established infrastructure – and removes regions that are simply not right to lease,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.“Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry’s declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward,” Jewell said.The decision follows an announcement last year by Royal Dutch Shell PLC that it would cease exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas after spending nearly $7 billion. The company cited disappointing results from a well drilled in the Chukchi and the unpredictable federal regulatory environment.Despite that, industry representatives reacted bitterly to the latest announcement, calling the decision blatantly political.“The arrogance of the decision is unfathomable, but unfortunately not surprising,” said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association, an industry group.“Once again, we see the attitude that Washington knows best — an attitude that contributed to last week’s election results,” Luthi said, referring to Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.More than 70 per cent of Alaskans, including a majority of Alaska Natives, support offshore drilling, Luthi said.The state’s three Republican members of Congress also blasted the decision.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was “infuriated” that Obama “has once again ignored our voices to side with the factions who oppose” offshore drilling in Alaska.“Arctic development is one of the best ways to create jobs, generate revenues and refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline,” said Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Why the president is willing to send all of those benefits overseas is beyond explanation.”As he prepares to leave office in two months, Obama has worked to build an environmental legacy that includes a global agreement to curb climate change and an ambitious plan to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. He also has imposed stricter limits on smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.All of those accomplishments and others are at risk from Trump’s presidency. Trump loathes regulation and wants to increase oil and gas drilling and the use of coal.Trump has said he believes climate change is a hoax and has vowed to “cancel” U.S. involvement in the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming. While he has been vague about precise policies, Trump is likely to seek to weaken or kill the Clean Power Plan, a cornerstone Obama policy meant to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants as part of an effort to combat climate change.The decision to block Arctic drilling follows a decision this spring to block drilling in the Atlantic. Republican governors in North and South Carolina back drilling off their states’ coasts, as does the Democratic governor of Virginia.Jacqueline Savitz, senior vice-president of Oceana, an environmental group, hailed the Arctic announcement and praised Obama and Jewell for “protecting our coasts from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling.”Rejection of drilling in the Artic and Atlantic “demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing common sense, economics and science ahead of industry favouritism and politics as usual,” Savitz said.Nearly 400 scientists signed a letter this summer urging Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling.___Follow Matthew Daly: https://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 11:18 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Skye is one of the few places in the world where fossils from the middle Jurassic period can be found and it has been referred to as “Scotland’s dinosaur island”.Dr Nick Fraser, keeper of natural sciences at National Museums Scotland, said: “The Storrs Loch monster highlights the rich fossil heritage of Skye.”Collaborations between scientists at National Museums Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere in the UK are beginning to shed new light on the middle Jurassic of Skye – a time when dinosaurs were dominant on land but mammals were also diversifying.”The fossil was discovered on a beach near the SSE Storrs Loch power station by the facility’s manager Norrie Gillies, who died in 2011 aged 93.Once analysis of the fossil is complete, it will go on display at a number of locations, including SSE’s new visitor centre at the Pitlochry dam.Martin Pibworth, managing director wholesale SSE, said: “The fossil was found 50 years ago by Norrie Gillies who, like his son Allan, are both proud SSE company men and were determined it should receive the public attention it deserves.”SSE hopes this fossil will indeed prove to be a ‘crown jewel’ in Scotland’s Jurassic history and thanks to the foresight of the Gillies family, enjoyed by generations to come.” The fossilised skeleton of a Jurassic sea creature from the Ichthyosaurs family found on Skye in 1966 has been unveiledCredit:Rich Dyson Ichthyosaurs like the Storr Lochs monster ruled the waves while dinosaurs thundered across the land.Dr Steve Brusatte Experts say the fossil is from the ichthyosaurs group and the reptile would have been around four metres in length with a pointed head and hundreds of cone-shaped teeth used to feed on fish and squid.It is said to be the most complete skeleton of a sea-living reptile from the age of the dinosaurs that has ever been found in Scotland.Palaeontologists hope it will help to reveal how ichthyosaurs evolved during the middle Jurassic period. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A predator that ruled the seas 170 million years ago has finally been unveiled by scientists half a century after it was discovered.The fossilised skeleton of the dolphin-like animal – named the Storr Lochs monster – was found on the Isle of Skye in 1966 by a local power station manager.It had been preserved in National Museums Scotland’s storage facility for 50 years but a partnership between the museum, the University of Edinburgh and energy company SSE has now enabled the fossil to be extracted from the rock, creating a clearer picture of the dinosaur. Dr Steve Brusatte, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, said: “Ichthyosaurs like the Storr Lochs monster ruled the waves while dinosaurs thundered across the land.”Their bones are exceptionally rare in Scotland, which makes this specimen one of the crown jewels of Scottish fossils.”It’s all thanks to the keen eye of an amateur collector that this remarkable fossil was ever found in the first place, which goes to show that you don’t need an advanced degree to make huge scientific discoveries.”
Emergent Technology Holdings LP is pleased to announce its first industry partnership with Yamana Gold Inc. Yamana, a global precious metals mining company, is the first to license Emergent’s blockchain technology supply chain solution, which traces the provenance of Conflict-Free Gold from mines to refineries, and through to vaults. The solution uses blockchain technology to administer smart contracts among the parties involved in the delivery of gold-bearing material, including miners, refineries, logistics providers and insurance companies.Yamana, Emergent and leading industry and blockchain technology partners developed the solution in an effort to simplify and automate supply chain traceability of the conflict-free gold it delivers to refineries. This new platform will provide refiners with a transparent and irrefutable system by digitally collecting and maintaining information for each lot of gold-bearing material that is refined. In addition, the platform consolidates existing high standards of diligence among supply chain participants.“Yamana is committed to mining metals ethically and responsibly. One element of this is our commitment that all of our gold can be verified as conflict free,” said Peter Marrone, Yamana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While our conformance with the Conflict-free Gold Standard is independently attested to each year, we see significant efficiencies, value and potential for greater assurance by tracking title and provenance of gold on a blockchain data network throughout the gold value-chain. We began working with Emergent in early 2016 and the platform they have developed proves provenance, assuring buyers and investors that the gold they buy is from responsible sources. A digitized supply chain process will improve efficiency and transparency.”Emergent’s Responsible Gold™ platform is the only permissioned blockchain that tracks responsibly sourced gold from its origin to vault. Miners, including Yamana, and other supply chain participants will use Emergent’s mobile application that scans smart chips in tamper-proof seals and records transfer of custody and other data on the Responsible Gold blockchain.“We are delighted to be working with Yamana on this initiative,” said Emergent’s Chief Administrative Officer, Andrew Parsons. “We have created a connected record across each stage of the supply chain that is immutable, irrefutable, auditable and transparent.“Our platform was developed by the world’s top minds in blockchain technology and delivers absolute confidence that all the gold in our ecosystem is 100% responsibly sourced. Financial institutions, corporations, jewelers and individual investors are all set to gain as we drive demand for conflict-free gold,” said Parsons.Emergent Technology is also launching G-Coin™, a digital token backed by physical gold sourced from the Responsible Gold supply chain platform. Yamana has also made an investment and is a founding partner in Emergent. Yamana expects G-Coin will enhance and expand the benefits of the Responsible Gold platform by providing a credible investment product to investors and individuals.G-Coins will be available as a means of exchange and a new investment class in the second quarter of 2018. “A digital gold currency – G-Coin – that is 100% backed by responsible gold is both economically and socially responsible. Our decision to invest in Emergent was heavily influenced by the responsible gold supply chain ecosystem backing G-Coin,” Marrone also stated. “Promoting the use of or investment in responsible gold is important to Yamana. It reinforces our commitment to respect human rights and discourage unlawful armed conflict in areas where precious metals are mined. Responsible gold is emerging as a new asset class, which we are proud to support and advocate to buyers of and investors in gold alike.”
SerbiaSlovakiaRomaniaRomaniaSwitzerland Group AGroup BGroup CGroup AGroup B HungaryUkraineNetherlandsPolandSpain GermanyNorwayGermanySwedenSwitzerland RussiaSerbiaRussiaUkraineCroatia Exactly 56 teams have registered for the Beach Handball EURO 2017, turning the event into the biggest EURO since the first championship took place in 2000.29 teams, 14 men’s and 15 women’s squads, will be part of the senior event, while 27 teams, 15 men’s and 12 women’s, will participate in the under 17 EURO.The juniors take to the court from 16 to 18 June 2017, followed by the seniors from 20 to 25 June. Event location is the popular Jarun Lake in the south of Croatia’s capital Zagreb.The senior championship will be played with two groups of seven teams each in the men’s event and three groups of five teams each in the women’s event. MenWomen In both events the first four teams of each group qualify for the main round, meaning that this stage of the men’s competition will be played with two groups of four teams, while it will be two groups with six teams each in the women’s event.The first four teams of each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The group distribution for the juniors event is as follows. GermanyPolandRussiaHungaryPortugal MenWomen SpainPortugalItalyNetherlandsSpain NetherlandsFrance Spain CroatiaHungaryNorwayItaly SwitzerlandHungaryNetherlandsGermanyCroatia DenmarkSwitzerland PolandSwedenDenmarkFranceGreece UkraineBulgariaCroatiaPolandRussia Group AGroup BGroup AGroup BGroup C UkraineLithuania ← Previous Story BALKAN CLASSICO FOR LAST 16: RK PPD Zagreb or RK Celje Pivovarna Laško? Next Story → The 5th tournament “Handball is my future” in Bugojno
(Ando22RE/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDIt’s Glenn Close’s birthday today so here are 11 reasons we think she’s awesome and you should too.This incredibly insightful 9-year-old on the meaning of life: (Zia Hassan/YouTube) Crowds gather in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today for Pope Francis’ inauguration mass (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP).HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CYPRUS: Members of Parliament in Cyprus have voted overwhelmingly to reject a draft bill that would have helped the country qualify for an EU bailout with 36 votes against and 19 abstentions. The controversial bill would have seized part of people’s bank deposits and now the government must come up with an alternative plan to raise money.#NICOLA FURLONG: Richard Hinds has been found guilty of the murder of Irish student Nicola Furlong in Japan. The 19-year-old will spend a minimum of five years in prison. Responding to the sentencing, Furlong’s parents said that Nicola’s life “was worth more than that”and they were “not really” satisfied with the verdict.#POPE FRANCIS: Huge crowds of nearly 200,000 pilgrims gathered today for the inauguration mass of Pope Francis. In his address, the newly elected pope promised to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity and said that his would be a “lowly, concrete and faithful” papacy.#SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Labour has published legislation that would allow civil marriage for same-sex couples ahead of the examination of the issue at the Constitutional Convention next month.#KILKENNY: A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection with the death of Anthony Barrett at a house in Fatima Place in Kilkenny on 7 March. The man was arrested in Kilkenny City at around 11am.A monkey walks past Indian soldiers waiting for the start of a ceremonial reception of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India (Saurabh Das/AP).THINGS WE LOVEDHas your first day back in work after the long weekend made you dream about the many ways you could get yourself the sack so you can sit around in your pants all day reading TheJournal.ie? Well Buzzfeed have some ideas on how you can do just that… We still haven’t recovered from number 9.These images taken by photographer Mike Brody during the years he spent travelling on freight trains.This video of a bridge implosion. It’s particularly impressive in super slow motion:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:new home, North caicos, social services New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – Social Services is busy looking for a new family for the three year old boy who was taken into their care following the arrest of his parents. The husband and wife were arrested on Friday in connection to the death of their five year old son, Joas St Louis on September 30. Reports are the boy was living with an uncle for the past few days, but that is not a long term solution. Magnetic Media is also told there are two North Caicos families which have expressed an interest in taking in the younger son.Time is of the essence as background checks are conducted on the potential adoptive families; Social Services will have to send the child back to Haiti if no suitable home can be found for him here in TCI. Social Services may also be considering strengthening policies when it comes to school officials and how they deal with suspected cases of child abuse. Agriculture Police consultation meeting announced
High-profile murder trials currently set to begin Nov. 22 will likely be postponed.The two defendants are accused of shooting and killing a Vancouver man in December 2009. Both are charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.Justin Tyler, 22, and Derik L. Maples, 23, both residents of the Vancouver-Portland metro area, will be tried separately, said Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik.Judge John Wulle’s judicial assistant said late last week that the trials may be postponed because of a scheduling conflict.Tyler and Maples are implicated in the Dec. 1, 2009, death of 45-year-old Clement Adams.Adams was shot while sitting in a sedan parked outside the S&S Mart in the Rose Village neighborhood. The attempted murder charge relates to Adams’ passenger, Tyshaun Foreman, who was not injured.The shooting was a result of a drug deal gone bad, prosecutors have alleged in court documents.According to court documents, Adams and Foreman drove to the S&S Mart to meet the two men to score some drugs at about 5 p.m. Police said Adams tried to pay for powder cocaine with counterfeit bills, triggering a confrontation with Maples.When Adams tried to drive out of the parking lot, having failed to get the cocaine, Maples allegedly shouted to Tyler, who was hiding in a nearby alley, to “Dump, Dump, Dump!” according to court documents. Four or five shots were fired, shattering the Chrysler sedan’s rear window, police said.The sedan continued about 100 feet south, where it crashed into the front steps of a home at 1909 E. 33rd St. Authorities found Adams’ body in the home’s yard.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Major League Baseball umpires working Tuesday night’s Miami Marlins game spent the day giving out stuffed animals at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.Kids got to pick their own Build-A-Bear stuffed animal and outfit them in clothes.One of the umpires. Laz Diaz, is a Miami native.“Giving these kids a Build-A-Bear, a smile, and give them a moment of being away from the chaos that they are in is very fulfilling to me,” Diaz said.MLB umpires have hosted 119 children’s hospital events since 2006, handing out more than 10,000 stuffed animals.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“If they didn’t make it, how are the rest of us going to do it?”That was a thought Twittered by a journalism industry veteran after JPG, the crowdsourced magazine I ran, went under three months ago.In a time when many magazine business models have hit a dead end, the efficiency of user generated content seemed like a viable solution to many—including the investors who brought JPG back this month. As an editor who’s spent most of her time with community created content, here’s what I think about user generated content as it applies to magazines: It has its place, which varies from publication to publication. Virtually all periodicals have some form of it, whether it’s letters to the editor, caption contests or photos-of-the-month. And virtually no magazines feature entirely crowdsourced content, though JPG came the closest with all content having been submitted through jpgmag.com and subsequently edited. So what does this mean for the average magazine publisher? That a mix, probably, is ideal. There are many more avenues for receiving and encouraging content than there were in the past. It’s time to move beyond letters to the editor. Easier said than done, right? I’ve spoken with countless traditional magazine editors who say that they’ve tried encouraging reader content through online contests and callouts, but that the magazine readers don’t go online and the Web site users don’t read the magazine.No problem! They’re not supposed to. Web sites should be used to extend your brand and engage a new, larger audience. People are much more likely to check out a magazine after reading its Web site than vice versa. Besides, your content creators won’t always be the same as your readers.Laura Simkins, our former VP of circulation, called this the Joe Francis theory. Francis founded Girls Gone Wild, which is a perfect example of a situation where the content creators are not the same people who would pay to view it.Back to encouraging engagement and great content through your Web site: It won’t happen overnight, but there are some basics that will make a big difference.• Personal stories, of any kind, are the best thing to have crowdsourced. Trying to find expert opinions from amateurs is barking up the wrong tree, and fact-checking can be a nightmare. But think of the possibilities available with personal insight. Embarrassing stories sent in to teen magazines or the marriage section of the newspaper are just the beginning—ask the right questions and you can get quality information about our culture and others, like Studs Terkel did in his oral histories.• People love to share/contribute if they feel like they are part of a good conversation, or have an audience. So give people a chance to make friends, or feature some of the best submitted content prominently, or both.• Ask specific questions that encourage unique answers. You may not get as many responses, but the results will be better, and more interesting to compare.• Partner with hobby groups on the internet who share the same interests. Usually the creators of these groups will be honored to be involved with your publication. Plus, this is a great way to build your member base.• Understand internet trends, or work with someone who does, and follow them. Internet phenomena happen because people are in to them. Go with the flow!• Do it for the right reasons. Act out of anthropological curiosity and love for your subject matter, and create something truly enjoyable. People can usually tell if you are just trying to make, or save, a buck off of them.With a little good old fashioned journalistic ingenuity, there’s hope for all of us.
WILMINGTON, MA — State Rep. Dave Robertson and Mary Ann Nay from Senator Bruce Tarr’s office joined Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Directors & Members on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Partners In Rehab PT to the Wilmington Business Community.Owner Joseph D’Angelo and Director of Physical Therapy Kristin Pallis were eager to welcome us to their newest location at 50 Concord Street in Wilmington.(NOTE: The above information and photos are from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives ‘Welcome Bags’ To New ResidentsIn “Business”15th Annual Wilmington Half Marathon Set For September 29In “Community”Wilmington Residents Invited To Opening Of Tewksbury Splash Pad On June 21In “Community”
Chakraborty is now the divestment department secretary and was overseeing a series of privatisation efforts of the government. TwitterIn a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Modi-led BJP government has shifted the current Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg to the Power Ministry. Atanu Chakraborty, who is the current Secretary for Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will be the next Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, a coveted position in the finance ministry.Chakraborty will replace Subhash Chandra Garg. The changes would come into effect immediately.Garg will replace Ajay Kumar Bhalla as the Power Secretary. Bhalla has been appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.The secretaries are the top bureaucrats and are placed next to ministers in the hierarchy.Chakraborty is now the divestment department secretary and was overseeing a series of privatisation efforts of the government, including the sale of Air India.One of Chakraborty’s biggest challenges in his new post will be to launch India’s first sovereign overseas bond this year, expected to worth about $10 billion. The move has been criticised by some prominent economists.Garg was on the six-member panel deciding on the transfer of “excess reserves” from the Reserve Bank of India, or central bank. Sources said Garg had opposed the panel’s move to transfer a smaller amount to the central government.However, this is not the first time the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has made such major changes. Back in 2014, after the Modi-led government took charge for the first time, the government transferred the then Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram to the tourism department.(Inputs from agencies)
Logo of fire IllustrationThe fire that broke out at a lubricant warehouse at Nandalalpur in Fatullah upazila of Narayanganj on Saturday was extinguished after around five hours of frantic efforts, reports UNB.Nine firefighting units from Dhaka and Narayanganj fire stations brought the flame under control around 5:00pm, said duty officer Kamruzzaman of Narayanganj Fire Service and Civil Defence station.The fire broke out at the lubricant warehouse of RM Level around 11:15am. The warehouse was used to storing highly flammable lubricant. That is why, the fire spread swiftly, said the fire service official.At least eight workers who were working inside the warehouse fell sick inhaling smoke and were taken to a local hospital.The fire might have originated from a spark at the nearby re-rolling factory, said Mamun Mahmud, assistant director of Dhaka Fire Service and Civil Defense.
Chowdhury Naiab Yusuf, the eldest daughter of BNP vice-chairman Chowdhury Kamal Yusuf, was released from Faridpur Jail on bail on Wednesday three days after her detention, reports UNB.Naiab Yusuf was arrested following a case filed over the killing of a local Awami League leader during an election campaign, a few days ahead of the 11th parliamentary election held on 30 December.Judge Helal Uddin of Faridpur District and Sessions Judge’s court passed the order after her lawyer Shahidulla Jahangir filed the petition seeking her release.According to the case statement, local AL leader Yusuf Bepari was severely injured during a scuffle between his men and local BNP leaders and activists over sitting on a bench at a tea stall at Goldangi village in Sadar upazila on 11 December.Later, the AL leader succumbed to his injuries at Faridpur Medical College Hospital.Following the incident, brother of the deceased, Sohrab Bepari, filed the case accusing 38 people including Naiab Yusuf with Kotwali police station.The court granted permanent bail to Naiab Yusuf after the plaintiff admitted no objection on her bail plea.
It is a treacherous journey to reach the ‘Into the Wild’ bus. But for some brave souls, it’s worth it. In May 1990, a young man named Cristopher McCandless graduated from college, donated his savings to charity, and set out hitchhiking across the American West and into Canada. Two years later, early in September, two hunters found his body in a rusted-out bus in Alaska, 30 miles from the nearest town. McCandless had been in Alaska for about four months before he met his end of starvation. When his body was discovered, nearly three weeks after his estimated date of passing, it only weighed 67 lbs. and had no discernible fat. He left behind a sketchy journal, documenting the 114 days he spent living in the bus, which was marked as Fairbanks 142, and his story generated both a widely-read book and film starring Emile Hirsch directed by Sean Penn. Those, in turn, led to the bus where he spent his final days in the Alaskan wilderness becoming an unorthodox, and even somewhat macabre, tourist attraction.Of course, all the same challenges that McCandless was faced with still exist in that location – mostly related to the terrain and the weather – making the pilgrimage there equally hazardous to the tourists who want to travel in his footsteps. A certain number of those tourists don’t make it in their attempts to reach the site.Replica of the school bus that Chris McCandless lived in, this one was used for the filming of Into the Wild. Photo by Madeleine Deaton CC by 2.0The most recent fatality was reported by Outside Online, and just recently occurred on July 25th 2019. Veranika Nikanava, a 24-year-old woman from Belarus, and her husband, were making the trek, when she lost her footing while crossing the Teklanika River, and was carried away. Her husband, Piotr Markielau, was able to get to shore and retrieve his wife’s body further downstream, then contact the Alaska State Troopers to come and get them. The couple had only been married a month.The Taklanika River runs fast and cold, and crossing it is one of the most dangerous parts of making the pilgrimage. Even though there is sometimes a rope strung across it to help hikers make the crossing, it’s easy to lose one’s footing and, like Nikanava, fall victim to the swift currents. A Swiss hiker, Claire Ackermann, drowned in 2010, in a similar manner.A group of hikers taking a break at Bus 142 along the Stampede Trail. Photo by Erikhalfacre CC by SA-3.0In the winter, when McCandless made his crossing of the river, the water is lower. In the warmer seasons, however, melting snow causes the water to rise and the current increases as a result. It was that very phenomenon that trapped McCandless and indirectly led to his untimely end. He couldn’t get back across to return to more inhabitable land. Most hikers who undertake the same trip do it in the summer.Camping inside the Fairbanks 142 bus. Photo by Paxson Woelber CC by 2.0Aside from the two unfortunate people mentioned here, there have been scores of hikers who have come to make the trip and subsequently come to grief, if of a less-lethal variety. Local law enforcement is forced to come and rescue a number of them every summer season. Some come away from the experience with bruises and scrapes, but others sustain more severe injuries.Location of Denali National Park in Alaska, the site of the bus.What is it about McCandless’s story that strikes such a deep chord with so many people from around the globe? According to the Guardian, some of those who make trip seem to view it in terms of a quasi-religious experience. It’s believed that some of those who make the trip to the “magic bus” also camp there and even deprive themselves of food.Denali National Park, AlaskaJon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, and Sean Penn’s subsequent film are largely responsible for the interest in McCandless’s experience. The book was written using only the scant and rather cryptic journal entries McCandless left behind and the various rolls of pictures that were also discovered. The end result is a rather romantically tragic work that speaks to many people’s occasional desire to break free from their social constraints and experience life at its most basic. They feel that McCandless’s striking out into the unknown with only nine pounds of rice and minimal other supplies exemplifies the quest for essential experience and self-knowledge.Others are not fans. Craig Medred, a writer for the Anchorage Daily News, sees McCandless in a shockingly different light, calling him, among other things, a scofflaw, a poacher, and a thief. Medred notes that long before McCandless made it to Alaska, he was already living as a street person, choosing to survive through panhandling and even less-legal means. In Medred’s view, he was little more than a thoughtless, entitled, and woefully unprepared young man who was also, very possibly, severely mentally ill.Related Article: Mount Everest has Claimed over 300 Lives and is Way Overcrowded TodayHe’s not the only one who looks on Into the Wild with a jaundiced eye. There are folks in Alaska who think the bus should be destroyed, or at least removed, to stem the tide of hikers who want to follow in his footsteps. The question is whether that would actually make a difference, given that for many of those hikers it’s the journey, itself, that is the real point.