Government Invests in New Bedford Arena

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Halifax Regional Municipality residents are closer to enjoying a new four-rink arena in their community. The province confirmed today (November 17th) a two- million-dollar commitment to fund a new four-rink arena in Bedford. The arena is scheduled to be completed next year. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Maureen MacDonald says the project will provide more opportunities for local residents to live healthier and more active lives. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection will provide the funding from its Building Facilities Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. Under B-FIT, the province has committed over 63-million-dollars to 36 major infrastructure projects, generating more than 200-million- dollars worth of construction. -30- Halifax Regional Municipality residents are closer to enjoying a new four-rink arena in their community. The province confirmed today, Nov. 17, a $2-million commitment to fund the four-pad arena in Bedford, on the Hammonds Plains road. It is scheduled to be completed in 2010. “I am pleased the province is able to contribute to this new facility,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “The arena will provide more opportunities for local residents to live healthier and more active lives.” Halifax Regional Municipality requested funding from the province to help pay for the $42-million complex. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection will provide the funding from its Building Facilities Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. The program, launched in 2007, provides funds to replace, and upgrade recreation facilities in Nova Scotia. Under B-FIT, the province has committed more than $63 million to 36 major infrastructure projects, generating more than $200 million worth of construction.last_img read more

Nelson If the Iranian trip wasnt right chief tell me whats your

first_imgAPTN National newsFormer Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson’s trip to Iran created controversy in Canada.During his trip, Nelson spoke on Iranian television comparing reserves to concentration camps and claimed North America denied a “holocaust” was committed against Indigenous people.Nelson sat down with APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie to discuss his trip.Nelson: If the Iranian trip wasn’t right, chief tell me what’s your planlast_img

Ontario retailers acting rationally to minimum wage hike CoucheTard CEO

first_imgMONTREAL – Most Ontario retailers are acting rationally in response to January’s large increase in the minimum wage and not cutting hours of operations, the CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said Tuesday.“Maybe it’s a bit early to call it, but we think economics are prevailing and that these costs are being covered by increased sales and margins in Ontario,” Brian Hannasch said during its quarterly conference call.Even though the nearly 21 per cent increase in the province’s minimum wage was the largest he’s seen in his career, Hannasch said the company is working on strategies to offset those costs and remain competitive.The Ontario government’s decision to boost its minimum wage to $14 per hour this year and to $15 in 2019 has been criticized by business groups that claim it will force employers to hire less and increase automation.Couche-Tard’s shares sustained the largest decrease in at least two years after the convenience store operator widely missed analysts earnings expectations as its third-quarter results were hurt by lower U.S. fuel profits and the lingering impact from last fall’s hurricane Harvey.The shares closed down 6.45 per cent to C$59.60 in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That exceeds the 6.02 per cent decrease in February 2016.The Quebec-based convenience store retailer, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said its net earnings attributable to shareholders surged about 62 per cent to $463.9 million as acquisitions and a $182.2 million net tax benefit from the U.S. corporate tax cut offset challenges in the quarter.That equalled 82 cents per diluted share, compared with 50 cents per share or $287 million a year earlier.Excluding the tax benefit and other one-time items, its adjusted profit increased marginally to $304 million or 54 cents per share.Revenue for the 16-week period ended Feb. 4 totalled $15.79 billion, up from $11.42 billion.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 74 cents per share and revenue of nearly $15.63 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.Hannasch said its network in Europe, Canada and the acquired CST Brands sites experienced improving trends from higher same-store fuel volumes, merchandise revenues and in-store gross margins.But the U.S. fuel margin decreased 17 per cent to 15.66 cents per gallon driven mainly by the volatility from a rapid rise in crude oil prices particularly in Arizona and Texas.“So we view that as an anomaly,” he told analysts.“Could it recur? Yes. But over longer periods of time we think we’ve got a very competitive cost structure in the southwest part of the United States and that will fare well for us over longer periods of time.”Same-site fuel volumes declined 0.4 per cent in the U.S. as Texas was impacted by stores still recovering from hurricane Harvey. Increased pre-tax expenses caused by hurricanes totalled $1.8 million.Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity attributed 17 of the 19 cents per share earnings miss in the quarter to softer-than-expected fuel margins.He estimates that the decrease in the 2019 U.S. corporate tax rate to between 17 and 19 per cent could add four- to eight-cents per share to its full-year EPS estimate.While tepid U.S. gas volumes and margins were the biggest surprise in the quarter, Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets remains positive about Couche-Tard, “particularly given the tailwind of recently closed CST and Holiday Stationstores acquisitions.”The company said it has converted more than 2,500 stores in North America and more than 1,450 in Europe to its new Circle K brand. It has started to convert the Mac’s brand in Canada. The brand will be featured everywhere except Quebec, where the Couche-Tard name will remain.Alimentation Couche-Tard has 12,750 stores and 15,970 locations, including those licensed under the Circle K brand and those that are part of last year’s merger with wholesale fuels distributor CrossAmerica Partners LP.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)last_img read more

Picture of Selena Gomez in Abu Dhabi Mosque Stirs Controversy

Rabat-  American actress and singer Selena Gomez has caused outrage and anger on social media after posting on Instagram an offensive photo showing her ankle inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The photo, which has since been taken down, shows her posing in a black Abaya, the special dress for Gulf women, with a man wearing Arabian clothing.The American singer has been under fire following the‘disrespectful’ photos she posted on her Instagram with her friends, as part of their celebration of the New Year in Dubai.  The pop star also posted a video showing her and some friends eating an Arabian traditional dish, with a statement that reads, “this is how we eat here.”According to TMZ, the mosque leaders found the pose “disrespectful,” adding that the American singer did not respect the Mosque rules, which prohibit “laughing and smiling.”The leaders of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque said that “modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing” are among the requirements to visit the mosque, adding that women must wear modest clothes that are “ankle length.” read more

California city approves 25cent fee on disposable cups

SAN FRANCISCO — Patrons of restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, California, who don’t bring a reusable cup for their beverage will have to pay a 25-cent fee for a disposable cup as part of an ordinance approved by city officials to eliminate restaurant waste.Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the fee on single-use cups, which will take effect January 2020.“The goal is to transition Berkeley from throwaway to reusable food ware, to incentivize people to bring their own cup,” said Councilwoman Sophie Hahn, who proposed the ordinance with Mayor Jesse Arreguin.Restaurants would keep all proceeds, and it would be up to them to decide what to do with the extra money, Hahn said. She said it could be invested on more environmentally friendly food ware.The ordinance also requires restaurants to provide takeout containers that are compostable by mid-2020 and to provide only reusable plates and utensils for those eating in. It also says other disposable items, like lids and stirrers, can only be offered when requested.The single-use cup fee is the latest effort in the socially forward city to reduce waste. Bans on plastic bags received support in the city of 100,000 long before California imposed its own ban in 2014.Berkeley pioneered recycling in the 1970s, but that alone is no longer enough, Hahn said.“We were the first city in the U.S. to do curbside recycling, and people thought we were crazy,” she said “But we pioneered that, and it has become the norm across the world.”Berkeley voters also became the first in the country to approve taxing sodas to curb consumption, after costly campaigns by the soda industry helped defeat similar taxes in more than 30 other cities and states in recent years.___Information from: KNTV-TV.Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press read more

Kariyawasam reelected to UN Committee on Migrant Workers

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the USA, Prasad Kariyawasam, who has been a member of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers since its inception in March 2004, and the first Chair of the Committee , was re-elected for the fourth time at the Election held at the UN in New York on 28 June 2017, at the 8th Meeting of State Parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.The 51 States Parties to the Convention voted yesterday to select 7 members to the Committee, out of 11 candidates, for the period 2018-2021. The 11 candidates were from Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Mali, Niger, Philippines, Senegal and Sri Lanka. Ambassador Kariyawasam’s re-election to the Committee for successive terms signifies the endorsement by the States Parties of his competence and contribution to the work of the Committee in promoting the human rights of migrant workers, and recognition of Sri Lanka’s role in this regard as well, on the international stage.Today, migrant workers account for a substantial component of the world’s approximately 250 million international migrants. Migrant workers around the world make a significant contribution to the growth and development of their countries of destination, and also to the improvement of the economies of their countries of origin through remittances. However, migrant workers are often vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. The Convention seeks to prevent and eliminate the exploitation of migrant workers throughout the migration process and promote a rights based approach to migration with a view to protecting the rights of migrant workers and members of their families. Sri Lanka’s candidate, Prasad Kariyawasam, was re-elected, securing the third highest number of votes, along with candidates from Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Senegal, and Niger. The UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), consisting of a total of 14 elected members, as its main responsibility, monitors the implementation of the Convention, which is the most comprehensive international instrument that deals with the rights of migrant workers. The Convention which came into force in 2003, is an important component of the core international human rights treaties in the UN Human Rights Treaty System. read more

Pothole menace angers motorists creates business for repair shops

MONTREAL – An annoying sign of spring — the dreaded pothole — is testing the patience of Canadian drivers this year while also creating a financial bonanza for auto repair shops.Extreme fluctuations in early spring temperatures along with lots of rain have unearthed a high number of potholes that are exposing motorists to hefty repair bills.“It’s probably the worst year I’ve seen in the last 10 to 15 years,” Ben Lalonde, president of My AutoPro service centres in Ottawa, said in a recent interview.Business is up as customers are showing up with bent wheels, punctured tires, misalignments and wrecked suspensions. Repair bills can range between $200 and $500 depending on the force of impact and the type of damage, Lalonde said.Spring is a lucrative period for repair shops, says Jack Bayramian, owner of Montreal’s Decarie Garage, who adds that repairs stemming from pothole damage makes up about 30 per cent of his year’s revenues.There’s no tally for the cost of dealing with the aftermath of potholes in Canada, but a poll of U.S. motorists by the American Automobile Association suggests they spend an average of US$3 billion a year dealing with pothole repairs. The Canadian Automobile Association is in the process of conducting its own poll.While repair shops welcome the extra business, they also say it can cause customers to pare back spending on preventative maintenance.“I know having bad roads is good for business but I think it’s (temporary) … because a lot of people end up neglecting their cars, and at the end it could be a safety concern,” James Bastien, manager of an OK Tire in the nation’s capital.Most motorists tend to pay for repairs out-of-pocket unless damage is well above insurance claim deductibles, or they can beat the odds and win a claim from a municipality.Several large Canadian municipalities are struggling this year to keep up with the menace that is consistently among the top sources of angry complaints from residents.“This year has been fairly bad,” says Bryden Denyes, area manager of core roads for the City of Ottawa.The city has filled 51,000 potholes so far this year, up substantially from 20,200 at the same time in 2015, but down slightly from two years ago. Compared to last year’s almost relentless bone-chilling cold, Ottawa has faced 28 freeze-and-thaw cycles versus just 11 a year ago.The capital spends $5.4 million a year filling potholes and repairing roads, compared to the nearly $7 million to fix major and arterial roads in Montreal. Toronto spent $6 million in 2014 to fix 360,000 potholes.Lionel Perez, a councillor responsible for Montreal’s infrastructure, said it’s a constant struggle to plug the holes, especially because of decades of under-investment.The challenge is even bigger in Edmonton, which over the last nine years has faced an average of 455,000 new potholes a year. A warmer winter and less snow has given the Alberta capital somewhat of a reprieve this year.In addition to filling potholes, municipalities have to contend with damage claims submitted by residents.Very strict rules limit compensation in Quebec. Payouts are also low in other provinces.Ottawa paid out only 10 per cent of claims last year, while Edmonton’s annual payout ratio is about 16 per cent. Toronto, meantime, paid out about half the 2,376 claims filed in 2014, the city said in its latest report. Pothole menace angers motorists, creates business for repair shops A pothole is seen on St. Paul street Friday, March 18, 2016 in Montreal. An annoying sign of spring — the dreaded pothole — is testing the patience of Canadian drivers this year while also creating a financial bonanza for auto repair shops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 28, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football The difference in Ohio States offense moving forward could be Mike

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State shouldn’t have needed a 30-point loss to a team that just lost at home to Purdue to know it needed to run the ball more.The Buckeyes have two of the best running backs in the Big Ten, and for some reason it took an embarrassing loss at Iowa for head coach Urban Meyer to figure out that J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber should touch the ball 30-plus times combined each game.It wasn’t surprising the Buckeyes went back to the ground game after being trounced against an inferior opponent, but Weber’s play has been surprising, and it’s what makes Ohio State’s offense even more dangerous moving forward.“If you can get the running game going, put a guy on a guy and execute pretty highly,” center Billy Price said, “then our running backs are lights-out speed, get out in open space, then good things happen.”Weber started the scoring against Michigan State with a 47-yard touchdown run, then topped that with an 82-yarder. The thought was: Maybe Weber is finally healthy and this is a running back that can hit long runs for scores.He scored twice Saturday in a 52-14 drubbing of Illinois. One was another long touchdown run of more than 40 yards.That thought of “Is this a new Mike Weber?” has additional supporting evidence, which would give Ohio State two legitimate homerun threats at running back.So why wasn’t he running like this before?“Weber is just 100 percent healthy,” Meyer said. “We were bragging about him all summer and then had the tough injury. But he’s doing very well.”Meyer said last week that Weber’s hamstring injury was severe enough to consider surgery. So maybe he truly is finally healthy and that’s what is making the difference in his game and perceived improved quickness since the Iowa game.No one has really been able to figure out Ohio State’s colossal conundrum against the Hawkeyes.“What just happened,” has been a repeating question for three weeks. Meyer raised it after a fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State. Fans and media asked it following a complete collapse against Iowa the week after, then it came up again in an annihilation of Michigan State the week after that.Still, no one really has a good answer for the Iowa game, especially after the blowout of a ranked Michigan State. Maybe fans can just chalk it up as an unexplainable letdown and hope that Ohio State team doesn’t show up again because this Ohio State team that clobbered Michigan State and kicked the snot out of a terrible Illinois team is pretty good — maybe playoff good.Weber is a major part of that.“If we get the running game going, everything else opens up,” Price said.Meyer and the offensive coaching staff have talked all year about the possibility of playing both Weber and Dobbins in a formation. That’s now possible. And what a better week to do that than against Michigan.Weber is averaging 13.5 yards per carry the past two games and has gained more than 100 yards in each. The offensive line has been making its case as one of the best units in the country, but the running backs are doing their job, like they have been all year.Weber’s production in the past two games is unequivocal to the first nine games, and it’s a welcomed addition.Meyer and the coaching staff somehow didn’t see the writing on the wall that the running game was always the team’s identity. But that gaffe by the staff might not matter because Ohio State is in the playoff picture, and if Weber’s performances the past two games are an indicator of a new Weber, he can make this offense College-Football-Playoff good. read more

Pothole related breakdowns soar following harsh winter

first_img 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. “While RAC patrols saw the third highest quarterly share of pothole-related breakdowns in the first three months of 2018, the figure was not as high as we had been expecting, probably due the fact that the weather hit relatively late in the quarter.”For this reason we feel we are likely to see more vehicles suffering pothole damage in the second quarter of 2018 compared with recent years.”The Government has made additional funding available through yet another emergency pothole fund, but at best this will only allow councils to patch up roads that in many cases are in desperate need of longer term preventative maintenance.”A Local Government Association spokesman said: “When exceptional weather occurs, the impact on local roads can be significant.”It’s essential this is measured and that funds are provided for serious repairs so that traffic can move freely through our communities, and local economies and businesses aren’t impacted.” Pothole related breakdowns have doubled in the space of three months following the harsh winter, the RAC has revealed.The breakdown rescue firm said the proportion of call-outs caused by issues such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels reached 2.3 per cent between January and March.This is almost double the rate during the previous three months and equates to 5,540 cases.Since RAC records began in 2006, only two three-month periods – January to March in both 2015 and 2017 – saw a higher proportion of pothole-related breakdowns.A better indicator of the true state of the UK’s roads is expected to be revealed in figures for April to June as the Beast from the East brought snow and freezing weather towards the end of the previous quarter.RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “Anecdotally, few would disagree that the harsh cold weather experienced over the last three months has led to a further deterioration of road surfaces.last_img read more

2 killed as minibus turns turtle on ECD Highway

Two women were on Sunday morning killed when the minibus in which they travelling collided with a motorcar and toppled several time before crashing into a median at Success Public Road, East Coast Demerara. Several others were injured as a result of the collision.Dead are 58-year-old, Denise Cully of Lot 89 Vigilance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) who was reportedly flung out of the bus and  Patricia Ellis, 59, of Lot 30 Haslington, East Coast Demerara (ECD). She died while receiving medical treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Corporation (GPHC).Those injured are Jaden Miffatt, 7, a student of Golden Grove Primary School, East Coast Demerara (ECD), Laffanna Williams, 22, of Lot 175 Haslington, June Abel, 60, of Lot 8 Good Hope, Wayne Blair, 38, of Lot 38 Fernandez St. Golden Grove and Jordon Beaton, 17, of also of Golden Grove.<<>> understands that at about 7:30h, the minibus BTT 4910 was proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the Success Road when a motorcar which was attempting to overtake slammed into the left rear of the bus causing the driver, to lose control crashing into a medium bar.The minibus then turned onto its side reportedly landed on Cully. The vehicle then skidded for some distance before coming to a halt.Public spirited persons assisted by turning over the minibus on its wheels when Cully’s lifeless body was pulled from underneath. Several other passengers were rushed to the hospital where they are being treated, Ellis died while receiving treatment.Beaton who reportedly lost several fingers in the accident was rushed the Woodlands hospital where he underwent surgery. A breathalyzer test conducted on the driver showed no trace of alcohol on his breath. He was however, taken into Police custody where he is assisting with investigations.Investigations into the accident is continuing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDriver remanded after women die in bus crashMarch 5, 2019In “Court”Two injured in accident on Golden Grove public roadFebruary 1, 2018In “Crime”Man dead, US based brother critical in ECD smash upJuly 5, 2014In “Crime” read more

Samesex marriage in Utah put on hold by US Supreme Court

first_imgTHE UNITED STATES Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue.The court issued a brief order this afternoon blocking any new same-sex unions in the state.The order follows an emergency appeal by the state for a ban after the December 20 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples’ constitutional rights.More than 900 gay and lesbian couples have married since then.The high court order will remain in effect until the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to uphold Shelby’s ruling.Immediate haltLate last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was considering Utah’s request to put an immediate halt on gay marriages in Utah.It followed legal arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court about the state’s previously overturned same-sex marriage ban have focused heavily on whether gay and lesbians can be suitable parents, provoking a debate on family values in the Mormon state.Lawyers for the state set the tone for the debate in a 100-page filing with the high court this week that made several references to their belief that children should be raised by straight couples.An attorney for same-sex couples says the state’s argument has no scientific backing and that denying gays and lesbians the right to marry actually causes severe harm to their children.Read: Gay marriage was legal in Utah for the weekend but a ban could return today >More: Coca-Cola Ireland in hot water on Twitter for removing gay marriage scene from Irish advert >last_img read more

Old Boy hero honoured

first_imgOn Sunday 25 October 2015, the co-ordinating committee of Pontian Associations for the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos organised an expedition to Ballarat in order to lay a plaque and plant an olive tree at St Patrick’s College in honour of George Treloar.George Treloar, a former student of St Patrick’s College, had been instrumental in assisting more than 100,000 Greeks of Pontos to settle in northern Greece after their uprooting from Pontos as a result of the 1922 Asia Minor disaster.In its journal The Shamrock, Volume 14, December 2015, St Patrick’s College published the following account of the above-mentioned event under the title ‘Old Boy hero honoured’, with the accompanying photographs.“One of Ballarat’s greatest unsung World War I heroes has finally been honoured in his home town with the installation of a plaque and the planting of an olive tree in his honour at St Patrick’s College.George Devine Treloar was a Military Cross medal winner for his heroic actions on the Somme and at Ypres, yet it was his post-war deeds for which he has been remembered across the world as a man who saved hundreds of thousands of lives.At the end of World War I Major Treloar (SPC 1900) dedicated his time to working with the British Mission, helping resettle displaced families. Major Treloar worked voluntarily for two years assisting Russian, Armenian and Assyrian refugees and was awarded several prestigious Russian military honours for his efforts.Then, from 1922-1926, Major Treloar was appointed as a representative of the League of Nations High Commissariat for refugees in northern Greece and was responsible for the resettlement of 108,000 Pontian Greek refugees.For his humanitarian efforts, he was awarded the Order of the Redeemer (gold cross) and the Greek village of Thrilorio has been named in his honour. Australian-based descendants of the Pontian Greek community have this year sought to honour the man they consider the hero of their people and contacted St Patrick’s College to ensure the Ballarat community was aware of Major Treloar’s incredible deeds.On Sunday October 25, around 70 descendants of refugees who were saved by Major Treloar attended a luncheon at St Patrick’s College and participated in a plaque-laying and tree-planting ceremony.Chairman of the Commemoration Committee for the Pontian Greeks Mr Kostas Antoniadis announced at the ceremony that an annual scholarship of $500 would be presented in Major Treloar’s honour to a St Patrick’s College student who worked tirelessly for the good of the wider community, as George Treloar had done a century ago.“Such men are sculpted with such strong convictions from a young age and Major Treloar’s schooling must have played a major role in making the man he became,” Mr Antoniadis said.“He has since passed on but his alma mater still exists and we wish to pay respects to him and St Patrick’s.”St Patrick’s College headmaster Mr John Crowley said the college was delighted to be able to honour such an esteemed Old Collegian and hoped the laying of the plaque would help inform the wider Ballarat community about George Treloar’s bravery and community compassion.“At St Patrick’s College our aim is to raise fine boys to the status of great men and it is clear that Major George Treloar was indeed a great man,” Mr Crowley said.“He is a hero of many nations, a man responsible for saving thousands of lives, all done with compassion and care for the individual.“We are delighted to welcome to St Patrick’s College descendants of those who Major Treloar cared for, and are excited that his name will live long in the history of St Patrick’s College through the initiation of the George Treloar Scholarship.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Stabbing Draws Attention to People Living in Balboa Park

first_img Posted: August 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The fatal stabbing of a man in Balboa Park has drawn attention to the people who are sleeping in San Diego’s most famous park and calling it home.Michael Klausing knows where the homeless live, because he’s one of them. He showed us the part of the park where the stabbing occurred and said he also knew the victim and the man accused of killing him, because like him, they were also living in Balboa Park.People who need more shelter aren’t just living on city streets. They’re also taking up residence in the city’s most beautiful park, under the trees and in the canyons.The open space is one attraction. So are the public restrooms that are open 24 hours a day. They’re a necessity for people who don’t have any other access to a toilet or a sink where they can wash up and try to keep themselves clean. Keeping the restrooms clean is another matter. Michael was as disgusted as we were to find a toilet in one restroom, clogged and overflowing with waste. Crews who work for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation told us they routinely clean the park bathrooms four times a day, but clogged toilets are a daily occurrence. Maintenance workers said it was common to find the toilets stuffed with too much paper, cans or even clothing.Some visitors to the park have taken note. On the travel website “Tripadvisor,” 95% of the reviews of the park were positive, but we did find a few postings like this one; “I found there were a lot of homeless people hanging around and people exchanging drugs.”Camping in the city park is against the law, but it appears many people are living there, either in tents or under tarps. When we asked Michael, why did he think so many people were settling in, he told us, “I don’t know why more and more people are coming here Because they think it’s easier to stay here? I don’t know.”We asked the San Diego Police Department and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to talk to us about the challenges of managing unsheltered people who are living in the park. A spokesperson for the Parks Department sent us a statement regarding the recent stabbing. The statement reads, “In light of the recent incident in the park this past weekend, rangers and park staff will remain diligent and continue to patrol park grounds and facilities and notify SDPD of any public safety concerns that may arise.” Sasha Foo, August 6, 2018 Sasha Foo Stabbing Draws Attention to People Living in Balboa Park Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Teen Play Explores The Complexities Of Date Rape

first_imgJuneau-Douglas High School seniors Robert Newman and Brita Fagerstrom star in the play “Hush.” (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Five Juneau teens star in a play about the complexities of date rape. The show is called “Hush,” but the teens hope the audience do exactly the opposite.Download Audio“And I could’ve said something, you know. I mean, I said no, but I could’ve said something else or fought harder or fought even more or, I don’t know, something like that …”Brita Fagerstrom rehearses the role of Kim Tuesday night at Juneau-Douglas High School. Kim’s been raped by her boyfriend and consequently deals with depression and getting her life back together.Fagerstrom hopes the message about consent in the play is clear.“No means no. It shouldn’t have to be a struggle. It shouldn’t have to be some crazy loud act. Even just saying no in a whisper, anything like that,” she says.Demaris Oxman, who acts the roles of a parent and therapist, says the play explores how consent often gets muddled in a relationship.“Rob, Kim’s boyfriend in the play, says, ‘We were fooling around and she may have said that she said no, but I knew what she really meant.’ And I feel like it kind of shows that some people in our culture really do think that somebody has a right to do whatever they want if they’re already together, like that’s a form of consent, but it’s not,” Oxman says.Robert Newman plays Rob, a character confused about what he’s done and isn’t sure how to deal with the guilt or losing his friends. Newman says Rob isn’t a monster.“It’s any person, any person who doesn’t listen to their partner can fall into this role. And that’s something we really got to teach our generation,” Newman says.Ashleigh Watt and Max Blust play the Kim’s best friends in “Hush.” (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)For a group of actors who are used to performing in musicals and comedies, “Hush” was challenging and personal.Oxman says she had to sub in as Kim’s best friend during a short performance last weekend.“It was very intense because I had to think about how would I react if this happened to my best friend or to me, and then it became very real,” she says.Ashleigh Watt, who plays the best friend, says people sometimes don’t realize they’ve been raped or are in denial.“We see things like this all the time, where to some degree something like this happens, and a lot of times people just ignore it and that’s not OK,” Watt says.Director Michaela Moore says as a teacher and a parent, she’s heard and dealt with a lot of heartbreaking things having to do with partners not being respectful.“I just really hope that kids will come [to the play] so they can begin to talk about these things, and girls, especially, can realize it is their right to give consent or not give consent, and that they need to stop letting boys have such power over their life,” Moore says.She hopes the play makes people feel uncomfortable. Fagerstrom says it will make an impact.“This show is kind of jarring. It’s putting it in your face and the reason it’s called ‘Hush’ is because it’s a topic you don’t talk about, but this show is about talking about it. It’s about opening up a conversation with the community about it,” Fagerstrom says.Everyone needs to part of the conversation — children, teenagers, adults — so it’s out in the open. If not, she says, then sexual assault and date rape will continue to happen.“Hush: A Play About the Complexities of Date Rape” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. @360, 360 Egan Drive.last_img read more

9 injured as man deliberately ploughs car into Tokyo crowds

first_imgPolice inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early 1 January 2019. Photo: AFPNine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year’s Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said Tuesday.With an “intent to murder”, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo’s fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight, a police spokesman told AFP.According to national broadcaster NHK, Kusakabe told police he was acting in “retribution for the death penalty” without giving more precise details.NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances.One witness told NHK it was a “ghastly scene.””I saw some guys collapsed on the street. As I walked closer toward the scene, many more people had fallen on the ground. By the time I reached the exact place, paramedics were already there helping people,” he said.Another witness who runs a clothing shop in the area said: “I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street.”Police immediately cordoned off the street, which was packed with people celebrating the New Year.One college student suffered serious injuries during the attack and was undergoing surgery, the police spokesman told AFP.Kusakabe was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.According to local media, Kusakabe hit a total of eight people and assaulted another on the street, which was closed to car traffic at the time as revellers packed the area to celebrate New Year.Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of international tourists every day.Unlike in other major cities, New Year in Tokyo is a relatively muted affair.There is no major fireworks display and no central point where drunken revellers gather to see in the New Year.Instead, Japanese people tend to see in the New Year with families and quietly go to the shrine to pray for good fortune in the year to come.last_img read more

Bengal sees huge response in India BPO promotion scheme bidding

first_imgKolkata: Bengal received a positive response in the recently concluded bidding of the India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS), much to the delight of the state Information Technology (IT) & Electronics department and the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), the nodal agency of the union ministry of IT and Electronics for this scheme. Bengal has applied for as many as 500 seats, nearly an increase of 2.5 times. Last time, out of a total of 48,300 seats, the state had accounted for only 200 seats. “A company based in Krishnanagar, Nadia has availed 400 seats while another in Siliguri has applied for 100 seats,” a senior official of the state IT department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe IBPS, envisaged under the Digital India Programme, seeks to incentivise the establishment of 48,300 seats in respect of BPO/ITES operations across the country, with a focus on Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 493 crore and aims at creating capacity building in smaller cities in terms of infrastructure and manpower. Bengal has an allocation of 1,700 seats in this scheme.Officials of STPI in Bengal feel that stringent eligibility criteria had been a major factor in Bengal’s lukewarm response to the scheme. “It should be noted that most of the state’s activities take place in Kolkata Metropolitan Area, where this scheme is not applicable. Hence, the response was not positive last time. However, the response has been satisfactory this time,” a senior STPI official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA senior IT department official felt that lack of awareness regarding a financial assistance of upto Rs 1 lakh per seat, which can be sought under the scheme, had also been a reason for the poor response.At a workshop organised by STPI in the city on April 20, state Additional Chief Secretary IT Debashis Sen had urged people working in the IT sector to spread the word around through tweets, Facebook and other social media channels. “This has contributed in the rise of seat applications,” an IT official said. The state IT department has adopted a two-tier approach in the IT sector. Apart from holding knowledge sharing workshops on emerging technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics etc at the state level, it is also holding workshops at the district level in collaboration with Nasscom, Webel and local chambers to enable people to have an idea of the facilities offered by the state government and STPI, if somebody wants to set up a BPO or other IT start ups.last_img read more

REVIEW Chers new album Dancing Queen is here to save 2018

first_imgCher is back back back | Credit for all photos: Machado Cicala eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ah, the fascinating polarity that is the covers album. Occasionally, they’re incredible: Bowie’s Pin Ups, Joss Stone’s The Soul Sessions, or more recently, Ryan Adams’ rocky reimagining of Taylor Swift’s 1989. More often than not, they’re abysmal. Think every album cobbled together for the poor Susan Boyle, or any number of talent show winners.Let’s get one thing straight. With Dancing Queen – Cher’s TWENTY-SIXTH studio album and her first entirely of covers – the icon isn’t attempting to push artistic boundaries. As such.If she’d approached this collection of ABBA re-recordings with the seriousness of, say, George Michael on the excellent Songs From the Last Century, she’d have been in big trouble.Instead, Dancing Queen is about fun, entertainment, dizzy abandonment. She knows how to please a crowd, while also acknowledging the desires of her die-hard fans.It’s also about reintroducing some of these songs to the casual ABBA listener, of which there are many in the US. (Only four of their singles ever reached the top 10 there.)Music snobs will try and dismiss Dancing Queen as tacky, disposable rubbish. Most without actually listening to it, of course. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s actually a razor sharp concept here, a sort of ‘nostalgia squared’, the genesis of which is plain to see. The idea came to Cher herself, she says, after she rediscovered ABBA’s back catalogue while filming this year’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.[embedded content]As such, you’ll no doubt be familiar with her booming, yearning take on Fernando, the essence of the movie. You might also have heard the album’s powerhouse first single Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), plus the broadly similar, recently-released SOS.Dancing Queen is simply an extension of these ideas. And what an extension. The title track opens the album, that piano glissando and the angelic ‘aahs!’ in the background pretty similar to the original, save for clearer, sharper production. Then Cher starts singing. It’s a wall of sound. No joke, when I heard her belt out that first line – ‘YOU can dance!’ – I jumped. Her vocal is utterly arresting, rising above countless (probably digital?) instruments and backing harmonies to command your attention.This is no mean feat, given these songs are typically performed by two people. Anni-Frid’s underrated mezzo was always a crucial counterpart to Agnetha’s soprano, but Cher’s personality is big enough to make up for the subtraction.Of course, she has some help. Vocoder is applied liberally, particularly on Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, SOS and Mamma Mia itself. At the climax of The Winner Takes It All, it reaches new levels of ridiculousness. But I don’t care.[embedded content]Some mistake Cher’s penchant for processed vocals as a matter of reliance rather than stratagem. (A recent think-piece called Cher’s Glorious Cyborgification of ABBA makes the case for the latter). When, actually, she doesn’t need a machine to make her voice sound good. She just does it for fun.‘Chiquitita is one of the loveliest and least theatrical moments on the album’She proves this point on Chiquitita, one of the loveliest and least theatrical moments on this album. Here, Cher sings softly and elegantly around an acoustic guitar, as she reaches out to a struggling friend. I’m always a sucker for songs about friendship, and Cher’s made me reassess what a beautiful song this is.She meanwhile channels a vulnerability so hushed on The Name of the Game that I barely recognized her voice. In fact, I had to check it wasn’t a guest artist. She’s also soft and exposed on track 10, one of the few true surprises on the album, previously teased on Twitter in typical Cher style as ‘!?’The song is in fact One of Us, a sad, second-tier ABBA song released at the tail-end of their heyday. A slow, low key closer, Cher bows out with a solid, elegant vocal, tempering the flamboyance of some of the earlier tracks. It’s a wise move, and one that saves the record from being oversaturated in camp.I would love for Cher to release an album of original material next. But for now, hers is a gloriously smoky, husky voice that sounds good singing anything, and these are near-perfect pop songs. Oh, and she’s taking them on tour. Really, what’s not to love?4/5Dancing Queen is out 28 SeptemberGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Betty Who, Trace Lysette, and more fabulously lip-sync in Cher’s SOS videoCher’s epic new album cover has us gagging – take a look for yourselfCher reveals her mother’s favorite song from the ABBA album and it’s adorableRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Long kryptonite to superheroes the Oscars begin t

first_imgLong kryptonite to superheroes, the Oscars begin to relent FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, previous Oscar winners, from left, Joel Grey, Kevin Kline, Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken and Cuba Gooding Jr., present the best supporting actor Oscar to the late Heath Ledger for his role in “The Dark Knight,” during the 81st Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Aside from the posthumous Oscar awarded to Ledger and best animated film for “The Incredibles,” no superhero film has ever penetrated the top categories of the Academy Awards. At this Sunday’s awards nominated for best adapted screenplay is the script for “Logan,” James Mangold’s acclaimed final chapter of Wolverine, the long-clawed “X-Men” character played by Hugh Jackman. The nod, which Mangold shares with co-writers Michael Green and Scott Frank, is the first screenplay nomination for a superhero film. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aside from the posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and best animated film for “The Incredibles,” no superhero film has ever penetrated the top categories of the Academy Awards.Though regular honorees for their bombastic visual effects or thunderous, wall-to-wall sound, comic-book movies have been denied the upper reaches of achievement. Marvel Studios — one of the most dominant pop-culture juggernauts the movies have ever seen — hasn’t won a single Academy Award.But there are signs that the deep freeze for superheroes is thawing. “Logan,” James Mangold’s acclaimed final chapter of Wolverine, the long-clawed “X-Men” character played by Hugh Jackman, is nominated for best adapted screenplay at Sunday’s awards. The nod, which Mangold shares with co-writers Michael Green and Scott Frank, is the first screenplay nomination for a superhero film.That could be read as a sign that the film academy is finally starting to give in to the era’s most bankable box-office force. Last year, “Deadpool” seemingly came just shy of scaling the Dolby Theatre walls after a quixotic awards campaign netted the hyper-violent and hyper-verbal R-rated film two Golden Globe nominations. This year, Patty Jenkins’ female empowerment blockbuster “Wonder Woman” was considered a definite contender but came up short despite a nod from the Producers Guild.A tide may be turning just as the sensation and acclaim of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has positioned the Marvel release to be a potential heavyweight at next year’s Academy Awards. A decade after Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” was denied a best picture nomination — an omission that sparked the academy’s expansion of the best picture field from five films to up to ten — “Black Panther” is poised to score the first best-picture nod for a superhero film, not to mention potentially a host of other categories including directing, costume design, visual effects, production design, score and, maybe, Michael B. Jordan as supporting actor.Any shift for the academy, though, may be less about changing tastes than the rising ambitions of filmmakers — like Coogler, Jenkins, James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Mangold — who are expanding the possibilities of the genre.“It’s people opening up to consider something that might have been seen wholly as a money-making effort to see that in some cases these films might constitute more ambition than previously imagined,” Mangold said of his nomination in an interview. “It’s a stepping stone and it won’t be the last.”Mangold is a veteran of star-led but naturalistic character-driven dramas (“Walk the Line,” ”Cop Land”). In “Logan” he endeavoured to, like a revolution launched from within, invert most of the genre’s conventions. Its title bares no sequel-signifying numbers, just a simple, unadorned name. “Logan” connects to no future installment but, after a 17-year run for Jackman’s character, has the finality of death. Where other superhero films are all heroism and invincibility, the violent, R-rated “Logan” — styled after a Western — is filled with pain and vulnerability. It’s a human-sized movie in a supersized genre.“I wanted to make my own kind of commentary about this kind of film, the comic-book film if you will, where there’s huge amounts of casualties but they are largely unfelt by the audience,” said Mangold. “Cities fall. Planets explode. Extras fall and topple. But the actual ending of lives is not felt. In a quest for scale, lives become cheap.”Mangold speaks with both optimism for super-hero movies that can take the mould of any genre (“There’s infinite possibility”) and derision for the assembly-line product that Hollywood has often favoured that give a filmmaker little room for personal expression.“At the point you’re locked into all the design, casting and story choices that have already been made, you’re hamstrung,” said Mangold. “It’s why films like ‘Guardians’ or ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ where they break free of some of the narrative-lock and style-lock that was coming from the previous films that I think you get the biggest sense of freshness.”“Logan” grossed $616.8 million, vindicating the risk that Mangold and 20th Century Fox took in deviating from formula. It was relatively cheap by superhero movie standards with a production budget of $97 million. The film opened all the way back on March 3, after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, with little expectation of being remembered in Oscar season.Disney’s “Black Panther” may do even better at next year’s Oscars for many of the same reasons. It largely stands apart from Marvel’s cinematic universe. It eschews many of the typical beats of a superhero film. And it’s identifiably the work of a filmmaker.“If it gets in, it has more to do with Ryan Coogler than it does with any of the phenomenon around it,” said Glen Weldon, author of “The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture.” ”This film feels like the third film that a guy named Ryan Coogler would make. Though it’s part of this arc, it does feel very personal. It does feel like it’s about something.”With Academy Awards ratings falling in recent years, the broadcast could certainly benefit from welcoming the most popular movies on the planet into the show. That would be quite a turnaround for the Oscars, where the closest a superhero film has come to winning best picture was when Alejandro Inarritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” took the award in 2015. But that movie, starring Michael Keaton as a former superhero star, vilified the genre as a scourge for art.“When people tell me — and they tell me very often — ‘I hate superhero films and they’re all same,’” said Weldon, “I tell them, ‘Yes, they have been but they don’t have to be.’”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: full coverage of awards season, visit: by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 10:36 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Rita MacNeil waves to the audience as she accepts

first_img Rita MacNeil waves to the audience as she accepts her Juno Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in Toronto, March 18, 1990. Rita’s Tea Room, the small-town attraction that once drew tens of thousands of visitors a year on the star power of singer Rita MacNeil, is closing six years after her death. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2019 7:08 am PDT BIG POND, N.S. — Rita’s Tea Room, a small town Cape Breton attraction that once drew tens of thousands of visitors a year on the star power of owner and singer Rita MacNeil, is closing six years after her death.A post Wednesday on MacNeil’s Facebook page thanked everyone for more than 30 years of patronage, but said the time was right to close the seasonal tea house in Big Pond, N.S.The former schoolhouse had once been MacNeil’s home.The Facebook post said a new space has been secured in downtown Sydney, N.S., where McNeil lived later in life, that will offer a “unique though different experience.”MacNeil — a famously shy singer-songwriter whose powerful voice explored genres from country to folk and gospel — died following complications from surgery in 2013 at the age of 68.She recorded more than 24 albums during her career and won the first of three Junos in 1987 at the age of 42 as Most Promising Female Vocalist.MacNeil is an Order of Canada and Order of Nova Scotia recipient, and along the way became something of a queer and feminist icon.Her personal story of resiliency and strength — she scrubbed floors and waited tables in Toronto and Ottawa in the ’60s and ’70s, many of those years as a single mother raising a daughter — helped her build a unique connection with her fans.The Facebook post said the Sydney space will include some of the Rita displays, a gift shop and seating for tea and desserts.“Your support has been instrumental in keeping my mother’s original business venture alive,” the post said of the decision to close Rita’s Tea Room.“While an extremely tough decision, especially knowing how wonderful all the folks visiting have been, we feel it the right one at this time.”In 1994, the Nova Scotia government contributed $86,000 toward a $620,000 expansion of Rita’s Tea Room to include an exhibit area and gift shop featuring MacNeil memorabilia, local culture and history.At the time, the tea room attracted 30,000 visitors a year, and the expansion was expected to draw an additional 30,000.“An increasing number of people from outside this region want to know more about Rita MacNeil, her music and her Cape Breton roots,” Ross Bragg, Nova Scotia’s economic renewal minister, said at the time.MacNeil’s songs had a deep impact on her listeners, in particular “Flying On Your Own,” her anthem of personal independence, and “Working Man,” her ode to the miner’s life.Along the way, the red clapboard house became a mecca for fans who bought millions of her albums, causing traffic jams and long lines.”Strangely enough, it attracts a great deal of people,” MacNeil said in 1993 of her 60-seat tea house.”It was the house where I spent a number of years with my two children, and it was originally built in 1937 as a one-room schoolhouse. When I got the idea to turn it into a tea house, it was certainly on a meagre scale — just thinking a few people would come by. I’ve always invited people to drop by for tea.”The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Iconic Rita’s Tea Room closing, 6 years after beloved singer’s deathlast_img read more