Construction Trades 11 Course Launches in Nova Scotia

first_imgA new group of students will be picking up hammers, nails and drills this year as Construction Trades 11 launches in six schools across the province. The course builds on the material taught in Skilled Trades 10 with students expected to construct four full-sized motel rooms by semesters’ end. “Construction Trades 11 gives teens the opportunity to work in a hands-on environment and develop the skills necessary to begin a career in the trades,” said Minister of Education Marilyn More. “It’s an excellent example of how we can help prepare and encourage more young people to stay, work and build a life here in Nova Scotia.” During the 110 classroom hours, students explore six different facets of trades: carpentry, plumbing, construction electrical work, lathering, painting and decorating and floor covering installation, and the roles and responsibilities of each job. The course curriculum is centred on a process that allots time for classroom instruction and applying what is learned, and time for students to present that knowledge. This allows students to develop the necessary hands-on, oral and written skills to join a construction trades workplace. “At the department, we worked closely with trades people to develop a course that fits the school curriculum, in terms workplace preparedness, and that also allowed for all students to explore the trades as a viable career option,” said John Drish, co-ordinator of trades integration for the Department of Education. Because students are developing specialized workplace skills, the departments of Education and Labour and Workforce Development have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing students who participate in skilled trades courses taught by a recognized Red Seal journeyperson to count classroom hours toward their apprenticeship. “The memorandum of understanding provides trades students with a head start,” said Ms. More, who is also Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “The special agreement to have academic hours count toward apprenticeship encourages students to begin their successful careers right here in Nova Scotia.” Construction Trades 11 is an academic high school course open to all Nova Scotian students who have successfully completed Skilled Trades 10.last_img read more

Focus on reforms reviving investments will return Indian economy to expansion mode

first_imgSingapore: For the Indian economy to return to its potential growth rate, the government has to focus on timely rollout of reforms and reviving investments while taking proactive efforts to guard against rising external risks, a DBS report says. According to DBS, India currently enjoys an ideal mix of political stability, a credible central bank, reform-centric focus and catalysts for growth to recover. “We reckon time is ‘RIPE’ for growth to climb out of the current slowdown and return towards its potential rate over the next two-three years,” Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep According to DBS, timely rollout of R’eforms, jumpstarting I’nvestments and ‘P’roactive efforts to guard against rising external risks will return the economy to a healthy and steady E’xpansion mode. Regarding reforms DBS said, rather that rollout of another bunch of fresh reforms, there is value in ensuring efficient and effective implementation of the already announced measures. “Even in the absence of fresh ‘big bang’ reforms, smoother execution and implementation of already rolled out reforms will benefit the economy,” it said and cited examples of already announced reforms like Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Another key focus area should be reviving the investment climate, which has been moderating for the past five-six years, Rao said. Besides the domestic agenda, authorities will be required to take proactive efforts to guard against rising external risks. Multiple headwinds have emerged over the course of first half of 2019, led by a rising protectionist tide across economies as US-China trade dispute escalates, moderating in in G7 growth, sluggish global trade, Brexit-led uncertainty, volatile oil prices and slower China, the report said. “Developments on the US-China trade dispute and other protectionist policies, present both a challenge and opportunity for India,” it added. According to Rao, return to faster expansion mode for the Indian economy is on the cards. “India’s macroeconomic vulnerabilities have improved sharply vs 2013 taper tantrum and better than 2018. Current account deficit is primed to stay below 3 per cent of GDP for the seventh consecutive year in 2019,” the report said. The structural need to raise potential growth to provide for the economy’s rising employment needs, higher savings rate and in turn, boost investment capacity through domestic resources, should remain a priority. Hence as highlighted in this report, the combination of effective reforms and improved productivity, are crucial ingredients for the economy to return to potential growth and accelerate further, the report added.last_img read more

Supreme court clears Chardham highway project

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for the Chardham highway project, which will connect four holy places in the hills of Uttarakhand through 900-km all-weather roads, by modifying an NGT order to constitute a fresh committee to look into environmental concerns.It ordered the Ministry of Environment and Forest to form the high-powered committee (HPC) by August 22. NGO Citizen for Green Doon had petitioned the apex court, after the National Green Tribunal on September 26 last year gave its conditional approval to the connectivity project in view of larger public interest, saying the project would cause an irreversible damage to regional ecology. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The NGT had constituted a committee headed by a former Uttarakhand High Court Judge to monitor the project. On Friday, hearing the NGO’s petition against the project, the apex court bench comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Surya Kant only modified the September NGT order by constituting a fresh high-powered committee (HPC). In addition to this, the court added representatives from Physical Research Laboratory under the government’s Department of Space, Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, MoEF (from Dehradun regional office) and Defence Ministry to the HPC. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe top court asked the committee to submit its recommendations within four months. The HPC shall hold quarterly meetings thereafter to ensure compliance and may suggest any further measure after each review meeting. “The committee shall consider the cumulative and independent impact of the Chardham project on the entire Himalayan valleys and for that purpose, the HPC will give directions to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH),” it said. The HPC should consider whether revision of the full Chardham project should at all take place with a view to minimize the adverse impact on the environment and social life, it said. It will identify the sites where quarrying has started recommend measures required to stabilise the area and for safe disposal of muck. It will also assess the environmental degradation loss of forest lands, trees, green cover, water resources etc. on the wildlife and will direct mitigation measures, it said. In Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone (Gangotri to Uttarkashi), the HPC will make special provisions in its report keeping in mind the guidelines given under the notification of the Bhagirathi ESZ to avoid violations and any environmental damage, the court said. The HPC will also suggest the areas in which afforestation should be taken and the kind of saplings to be planted, it said. In case of non-survival of any sapling, further plantation should be done and compensatory afforestation should be ten times the number of trees cut, the court said.last_img read more

NewsAlert 11yearold Ontario girl subject of Amber Alert found dead police

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say an 11-year-old girl has been found dead after she was allegedly abducted by her father.Peel regional police issued an Amber Alert for Riya Rajkumar at about 11 p.m. Thursday after she was not returned to her mother.Police say the girl was found dead at a residence in Brampton, Ont., and her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, has been arrested.More to come.The Canadian Presslast_img

Saskatchewans child advocate apologizes for harassment that led to suspension

first_imgThe Canadian PressSaskatchewan’s advocate for children and youth has apologized following his resignation over harassment allegations.“I would like to apologize to my family, friends and the children of Saskatchewan and to the staff members of the advocate’s office,” Corey O’Soup said in a statement.The legislature’s board of internal economy said O’Soup had been suspended following an investigation. He then tendered his resignation.Details of the harassment complaints were not released. A statement from the legislature said: “O’Soup’s suspension is the result of an investigation into multiple complaints of harassment.”A statement from O’Soup’s office said the behaviour involved him and one other individual in the office. The statement, written by media relations consultants, said it “primarily consisted of inappropriate electronic communication and was not physical in nature.”O’Soup’s statement said he regrets the pain he may have caused.“He believes all workplaces should be safe and free of all harassment and is ashamed by his actions.”The board said the investigation was done by an independent investigator with extensive experience dealing with harassment complaints.Interim advocateProvincial ombudsman Mary McFadyen has been appointed interim advocate.“Harassment cannot be tolerated in any workplace, and certainly not in the office of a statutory officer of the assembly,” Mark Docherty, Speaker of the legislative assembly, said in a release.“I want to assure the staff members of the advocate’s office, and of all statutory offices, that we support their right to work in a safe and respectful environment.”The advocate for children and youth speaks up for their rights, interests and well-being. O’Soup, a member of the Key First Nation, became Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous advocate when he took the job in 2016.He said in the statement that he will continue to fight for the rights of Indigenous children in Saskatchewan.A biography on the advocate’s website said O’Soup, married with five children, previously worked as a teacher and an Indigenous advisor for the province’s Ministry of Education.In 2016, he helped lead the province’s response to a deadly school shooting in the northern community of La Loche. Later, as advocate, he said he would work to find ways to reduce the number of Indigenous children in care and improve mental health services, especially in the north.last_img read more

Lebanese official says steps needed after rating downgraded

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s finance minister says a report by Moody’s Investors Service that downgraded the country’s long-term investment ratings reflects the need for quickly forming a new government and implementing reforms.The statement by Ali Hassan Khalil came in a tweet Tuesday after Moody’s downgraded the Lebanon’s issuer ratings to Caa1 from B3. The outlook was changed to stable from negative.Moody’s said its decision reflects the heightened risk that the government’s response to increased liquidity and financial stability risks will include “a debt rescheduling or other liability management exercise that may constitute a default under Moody’s definition.”Lebanon’s economy has been under pressure with a debt of $85 billion equal to 150 per cent of its GDP and little growth.Making things worse, the country has been without a government since May.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral lauds push to hasten phaseout of ozonedepleting compounds

24 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed this weekend’s agreement by the signatories to the Montreal Protocol – the United Nations-backed treaty to curb the release of harmful substances into the atmosphere – to accelerate the freeze and phase-out of a chemical compound which accelerates both ozone layer damage and climate change. Participating countries, meeting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Protocol, signed up to halt the production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in 2013 and push forward their elimination by ten years.The acceleration may also assist in restoring the health of the ozone layer – the high flying gas that filters out damaging levels of ultra-violet light – by several years. The compound emerged as replacement chemicals in the 1990s for air conditioning, some forms of refrigeration equipment and foams, following an earlier decision to eliminate older and more ozone-damaging chemicals known as CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons.“The Secretary-General is pleased that this historic agreement was reached on the eve of the High-Level Event on Climate Change convened by him on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly,” his spokesperson said in a statement, referring to today’s largest-ever gathering of world leaders on the issue.Mr. Ban stressed that global efforts to protect the ozone layer and to address climate change are mutually supportive.He also pointed out that this weekend’s agreement includes a commitment to sufficient fund the strategy of phasing out HCFCs, and voiced hope that Member States will tackle the issue of greenhouse gas emissions with the “same urgency and boldness.”In a related development, the Secretary-General said today that time is running out in halting climate change, which he has identified as one of his top priorities.Global warming’s “impact, if unchecked, could be devastating if not catastrophic over the coming decades,” he wrote in an op-ed published in the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore and elsewhere. “We know what we have to do. We have affordable measures and technologies to do it. We must begin to attack the problem right now.”The high-level dialogue on climate change he convened today is “a political call to action, a time for all countries, big and small, to grasp the moral imperative of tackling climate change with a new urgency, and to begin to understand our mutual self-interest in doing so.”While industrialized countries – responsible for creating a bulk of the problem – have the greatest responsibility to reduce emissions, developing countries must be encouraged to join the effort while simultaneously stimulating economic activity and wiping out poverty, he said.That is why decisive action is crucial, he noted. “Business as usual will not do,” he stated.At the upcoming major summit in Bali, Indonesia, in December, “governments must work with urgency and creativity to put a negotiating framework in place,” he said. “We need a new and comprehensive multilateral accord on climate change that all nations can embrace.”The Bali meeting seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012.Mr. Ban has emphasized in the past that a successor pact must be ready for ratification three years before that date to allow countries to make it law in time. “For all of us, this is a defining moment,” he said in today’s op-ed. “We all have a historical responsibility to future generations. Our grandchildren will be our judges.” read more

Small Business Saturday helps grow local economy

Small Business Saturday helps grow local economy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s back for a third year.Shop The Neighbourhood on Small Business Saturday encourages support for the local businesses in your community – and technology is offering a helping hand.The day picked is no accident — strategically placed between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.And it’s also using technology to help you find deals just steps from your home, as a way keep business close to home.You’ll need the Yellow Pages App, according to spokesperson Fiona Storey.“One of the apps that we have called YP Shopwise specifically focuses on deals that are geo-localized, so deals in your neighbourhood close by,” explained StoreyAnd it’s for the good of Canada’s economy.“Last year’s event saw about 750,000 Canadians spending roughly $89 million at local retailers across Canada on that day.” Thinkstock by 660 NEWS Staff and Kayla Butler Posted Nov 28, 2015 9:05 am MDT read more

Gaza Ban condemns latest deadly attack near UN school as moral outrage

“The attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law, which clearly requires protection by both parties of Palestinian civilians, UN staff and UN premises, among other civilian facilities,” declared Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York. “United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones,” the Secretary-General’s statement continued, adding that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites. “This attack, along with other breaches of international law, must be swiftly investigated and those responsible held accountable. It is a moral outrage and a criminal act.” The UN chief’s strongly worded statement comes after the collapse two days ago of a humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the United Nations and the Unites States, and in the wake of two earlier reported attacks near schools managed by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). As the brief pause faltered and attacks in Gaza escalated, UN humanitarian officials yesterday said that weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the enclave “on the verge of collapse,” warning that a health disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding. Mr. Ban’s statement today expressed “profound dismay” over the appalling escalation of violence and loss of hundreds of Palestinian civilian lives since the breach of the ceasefire. The resurgence in fighting has only exacerbated the man-made humanitarian and health crisis wreaking havoc in Gaza. “Restoring calm can be achieved through resumption of the ceasefire and negotiations by the parties in Cairo to address the underlying issues,” said the statement, adding: “The Secretary-General repeats his demand to the parties to immediately end the fighting and return to the path of peace. This madness must stop.” Mr. Ban’s strong condemnation was echoed in a statement issued in Jerusalem by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, who also expressed dismay at reports of a strike in the immediate vicinity of the UNRWA school, which was sheltering some 3,000 civilians displaced by the ongoing violence. “It is simply intolerable that another school has come under fire while designated to provide shelter for civilians fleeing the hostilities,” said the statement, which underscored the Secretary-General’s call on all parties to respect the inviolability of UN premises and protect civilians. Mr. Serry in his statement deplored the escalation of violence over the past 48 hours, particularly in the Rafah area. “This shocking violence underscores the urgent need, despite recent setbacks, for a ceasefire and negotiations between all parties in Cairo addressing the underlying issues.” In the statement, Mr. Serry called on all parties to cooperate with ongoing international efforts to find a way out of this crisis and prevent the loss of more human lives. Meanwhile, UNRWA announced today that since 20 July, nine of its staff members have been killed, humanitarian workers struck down by the “pitiless conflict.”“These were people who had dedicated years or decades to serving the Palestine refugees of Gaza”, said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl. “Many of them were educators, inculcating in children the hope of a brighter future and supporting them through the most difficult of times…The cruel ways in which they lost their lives has devastated families they leave behind and all of us in UNRWA,” he said. read more

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex go headtohead for first sporting challenge

* Sign up here for our new bulletin, Your Royal Appointment, and keep up to date with everything royal. * The Duke and Duchess go head-to-head Community outreach project of the year, graduate of the year, mentor of the year, educator of the year and apprentice of the year are among some of the awards which are to be handed out. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, roots for her teamCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess of Sussex attends the Coach Core awards at Loughborough University No hard feelings: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wait to see who has wonCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph Meghan told young coaches: “My husband has devoted so many years to Coach Core and in the past year of my being in the UK to be able to see not just the impact but the incredible inspiration and sense of purpose that this instills in people is astounding.” The Sussexes saw  masterclasses from world record holder Paula Radcliffe, tennis player Laura Robson and England netballer Eboni Beckford-Chambers, while  apprentices showing off their skills in a series of drills and team games.They then presented the prizes in the Coach Core Awards at Loughborough University, before the Duke delivered a speech. As they finished and awaited the final scores, which saw the Duke’s team win 3-2, they embraced in a hug before setting off to learn more about the programme. One of Prince Harry’s team mates, 7ft 1in former basketball player David Robinson, suggested that he may have made an elementary mistake in winning, joking: “You’ve always got to put your wife centre stage. They are newly married, so he is learning that.”The couple had travelled to the university by train for an awards ceremony honouring graduates of Coach Core – an initiative using sport to empower those not in education or employment. The Duchess joined in gamely despite being dressed in a top by Oscar de la Renta, trousers by Altuzarra and stiletto heeled shoes, while her husband wore a casual jacket, shirt and trousers. The Duke and Duchess go head-to-headCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph Meghan and Harry meet their match in basketball player David Robinson He added: “Sport does not discriminate. But lack of support and barriers to access do, which is why the role of Coach Core fostering this raw talent is absolutely vital.“Sport can inspire and invigorate, and as we have seen today, with the right opportunity, the right mentoring and the right focus, lives can be changed.” The Duchess’ team featured the gymnastics coach Scott Hann, tennis star Laura Robson and had the added bonus of England netballer Eboni Beckford-Chambers.The Duke, meanwhile, shot hoops with marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, former England batsman Mark Ramprakash, ex-England rugby player Ugo Monye and ex-US basketball star David Robinson. The Duchess of Sussex joins netball training Presenting the award for Coach Core graduate of the year to Sebastian Vidal, the Duchess said that the “incredible inspiration and sense of purpose” that Coach Core instilled in people was “astounding”.The Duke said in a speech: “Being a coach isn’t just about helping an individual get active, or training the next person who’s going to become a world record holder. “It’s so much bigger than that. It’s about being a role model; it’s about being professional, relatable and inspiring.” The Sussexes join in at Loughborough University Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, roots for her team No hard feelings: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wait to see who has won The Duchess of Sussex joins netball trainingCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Sussexes join in at Loughborough UniversityCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have gone head to head for the first public sporting challenge of their marriage, as they join youngsters for netball training.The Duchess, who was wearing sharp high heels, readily joined in the game which saw her pitted against her husband to practice their netball skills at Loughborough University.Joining two teams made up of teenagers on the Coach Core programme for a masterclass, they threw and caught netballs in a fast-paced game to help their new team mates score. The scheme, set up by The Royal Foundation in 2012 to use the power of sport to help change lives, trains hundreds of young apprentices and puts them in touch with the biggest sports clubs in the country.The apprentices, who are not in education or employment, get tuition, a wage and hopefully a chance to become the next generation of sports coaches. The Duchess played in high heels and a trouser suitCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph The Duchess of Sussex attends the Coach Core awards at Loughborough UniversityCredit:Reuters The Duchess played in high heels and a trouser suit The royal visit came as Sport England awarded the Royal Foundation a £995,500 National Lottery grant to double the reach of its Coach Core programme by adding 10 new sites in England over the next three years.The activities see them follow in the deeply competitive footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have famously exhibited their sporting rivalry regularly over their seven years of marriage. Meghan and Harry meet their match in basketball player David RobinsonCredit:Karwai Tang read more

Younger people more likely to get the H1N1 flu strain

first_img 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 Centers for Disease Control has identified the virus that is causing most of the flu cases in San Diego County and around the nation this year. H1N1 is affecting more young people this flu season.The San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services has reported more than 1,700 cases of influenza so far, with H1N1 comprising ten times the number of seasonal H3N2 cases. H1N1 is the same sub-type that was known as the pandemic “swine flu” in 2009.This year, H1N1 is striking again and the largest number of cases is occurring in people who are under the age of 40. Last year, most of the flu cases involved the H3N2 subtype and affected people who were older. Most of the deaths occured in people over the age of 65.However this season, about two-thirds of the people who are contracting the H1N1 virus are young and middle aged adults. Dr. Eric McDonald, the medical director for the County’s Epidemiology program said there are several reasons why younger people are more susceptible to the H1N1 virus.McDonald said people in those age groups have not had as much exposure to the virus as older adults. He said a second reason is that younger people have lower vaccination rates.“I think it’s just an issue of convenience and not thinking about it,” McDonald said, Of the nine deaths reported in San Diego County through December 29, 2018, two people were in their 40’s.One of those deaths was a confirmed case of H1N1. McDonald said it’s not too late to get a flu shot.If a person can’t visit a doctor’s office, he recommended going to a local pharmacy or one of the County’s public health centers.For more information on where to obtain the flu vaccine, you can call 211 or go online to the County’s immunization program website at Sasha Foo January 3, 2019 Sasha Foo, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Younger people more likely to get the H1N1 flu strain Posted: January 3, 2019last_img read more

UPDATE Fire causes minor damage to house

first_imgA woman attempting to burn personal files in the kitchen sink started a minor fire in a Truman neighborhood house late Thursday, officials said.Vancouver firefighters responded shortly before 11 p.m. to a house fire at 4204 N.E. 47th Ave. The fire was contained to the kitchen sink and was under control by 11:03 p.m., according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The woman was able to leave the home through the front door but a boy was taken out of a second-story window by firefighters, said Capt. Scott Willis, Vancouver fire spokesman.The woman was treated by firefighters for minor smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.The woman told a Battalion Chief on the scene that she was trying to burn personal papers in the sink, Willis said. “It got a little bit out of control.”The cabinets were a little black from soot and heat and the house was damaged by smoke.The house is owned by William and Marianne Winters, according to county property records.last_img read more

Try This Sheep dogs on the clock

first_imgEric Albios, 8, left, of Vancouver, and Keoni Jones, 9, of Vancouver, practice dribbling skills Friday August 17, 2012 at a kids clinic as part of the kick off for the weekend-long Hoops on the River, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial will feature top herding dogs and their handlers as they compete to quickly herd and move a group of sheep through a timed course. There will be a public announcer on hand to explain the action on the field for spectators. Lawn chairs and binoculars are encouraged. The finals will take place Sunday to crown the top dog.When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: Johnston Dairy Farm, 104 N.E. 252nd Ave., Camas.Admission: $5, free for ages 12 and younger. Web: www.lvsdt.comThe sheep dog trials are among many options for getting out and about this weekend. Here are some other suggestions:2. Cream cheese and loxCongregation Kol Ami presents Bagel On! Jewish Fun Fair featuring Jewish food, Israeli dancing, traditional music and songs, storytelling and guided tours of the new congregation building. There will also be a crafts area and demonstrations from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Marshal’s Office.When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Where: Congregation Kol Ami, 7800 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver.Admission: Free.Telephone: 360-696-8088.Web: Esther Short shootoutThis year, Hoops on the River has moved to encompass Esther Short Park with plenty of three-on-three basketball action on 21 courts. There will also be a 3-point shootout, slam-dunk contest, celebrity basketball games, vendor and a youth wellness fair. Proceeds benefit One Team Kids Foundation and Share Vancouver.When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Sunday.Where: Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.Admission: Free.Telephone: 360-921-2429.Web: www.hoopsontheriver.org4. Rail time funChelatchie Prairie Railroad’s regular scenic trips will be tinged with a bit of steam and Old West danger. Pulled by the railroad’s restored steam engine, a gang of train “robbers” will attempt to steal passengers’ coins before the sheriff arrives during the 12-mile round-trip ride through North Clark County. Passengers will also travel a 330-foot-long tunnel with a stop to visit the local waterfalls. Reservations recommended. When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday.Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.Admission: $20, $19 for seniors, $15 for ages 5 to 12, $13 for ages 2 to 4. Telephone: 360-686-3559.Web: www.bycx.com5. Price of perfectionJonas (Brenton Thwaites) lives in a city-state whose citizens aspire to perfection by predictable sameness, with the Receiver of Memory (Jeff Bridges) as the only one who remembers mankind’s past. When Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) hands out appointed roles to Jonas and his peers, he learns he will inherit the Receiver’s role. “The Giver” is rated PG-13.last_img read more

Kia Mohave Masterpiece concept previews a future offroading SUV

first_imgAt the Seoul Motor Show on Wednesday, Kia released two very different concepts hinting at the future of the company’s crossovers and SUVs. The first is the Mohave Masterpiece, a boxy off-roader, while the second is a smaller model called the Signature. They’re intended to give us an idea as to what Kia SUVs will look like over the next few years, with the models said to inspire the company’s future design language.The Kia Mohave Masterpiece may be intended to go off-roading, with its high ground clearance, bulky proportions, skid plates and running boards, but it also looks plenty flash for the suburbs. The concept wears lots of brushed-metal trim and chrome, with highly stylized LED headlights in the grille and multielement LED taillights.Enlarge ImageThe Mohave Masterpiece is intended for more rugged use cases. Kia The name, of course, references the existing Kia Mohave SUV that is sold overseas. The model was briefly offered in the US, under the name Borrego, but only from 2008 through 2010. This concept is clearly intended to show a future version of the Mohave, not only based on the name but also given Kia’s statement that the car “hints at how the brand could adapt its latest designs and features for the large off-road SUV segment.”As to whether a new Mohave/Borrego would come to the US, we’ll have to wait and see. After all, the model seems like it could overlap with the new Telluride within Kia’s American lineup.Kia Signature conceptEnlarge ImageThe Signature concept previews a production model that’ll debut later this year. Kia Kia’s other Seoul introduction is the Signature concept, which is at the other end of the spectrum to the Mohave in both size and purpose. A modern-looking compact crossover with smart lines, Kia says the Signature previews an upcoming model aimed at “young trend-setters.” The production model will be revealed later this year.With ultrathin headlights that connect to Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille design, a beltline that kicks up behind the rear door and abundant brushed-metal trim breaking up its surfaces, the Signature concept is certainly a stylish crossover. There’s no word yet on whether the production model is headed to the US, but Kia does say the vehicle is intended for “global markets.”Kia Signature conceptEnlarge ImageThis car builds on an earlier crossover concept that Kia showed in India. Kia 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment Review • 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow More about 2020 Kia Telluride 0 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of Share your voice SUVs Concept Cars Crossovers Preview • 2020 Kia Telluride first drive: A big, bold SUV with great value Kia Tags Kialast_img read more

After 3 Failed Attempts Freeride Holds Haines Competition

first_imgSkier Lorraine Huber gets ready for her run.The fourth time was a charm for the Freeride World Tour in Haines. The big mountain ski and snowboard competition made three attempts to hold the event, but cancelled each one because of weather.Download AudioThe ten-day permit the Haines Borough granted the event ended on Sunday, but the borough manager gave permission to extend the window two more days. On Monday, the conditions were right for about 30 athletes to take on the Haines mountains.“Welcome to the Freeride World Tour,” Commentator Ed Leigh said before the competition. “It’s a five-stop journey around the world, that challenges the best skiers and snowboarders to descend some of the most technical and intimidating mountains on the planet.”This was the Freeride’s first ever stop in Alaska and it hasn’t been smooth sailing. After failed attempt after failed attempt, the organizers decided to try one more time on Monday. And sunny, clear skies welcomed the skiers onto a steep mountain face called “The Venue.”“We have sat out 12 days waiting for these conditions,” Leigh said. “And the snow up here is just phenomenal.”The competition on began around 9:30 a.m. with men’s snowboarders. American Sammy Luebke started out the competition strong. Judges gave him a score of 90 points out of 100, which put him in first place in his category.As athletes from around the world took on the mountain, Haines locals watched the competition through an online livestream at various locations around town. About 20 people sat around a big screen at the public library.“I’m the person going ‘Ohh! Oh my gosh that’s scary!’” said librarian Debbie Gravel.The library’s IT guy and local skier Erik Stevens was watching too.“It’s just been amazing to watch people open up this face,” he said. “The big error are nailbiting, they’re exicitng to watch.”Over at the Haines School, about 25 students crowded around a screen in that library. 9th grader Seth Waldo says he got out of math class to watch.“We’ve been asking all of our teachers about it. They’ve said no,” Waldo said. “We finally got one teacher to buckle under peer pressure.”Two more Americans topped the rankings in the men’s skiing and women’s snowboarding categories. 21-year-old rookie George Rodney gained a score of 87.75. Shannan Yates earned 79.5 points.As Stevens watched the competition, he said the more athletes who carve tracks in the snow, the more difficult it gets.“The face just gets more and more tracked up with every run,” he said. “It’s gonna be harder for them ’cause there’s less powder and bumps from the other tracks. That really messes you up when you’re going fast.”That turned out to be true for the women skiiers, who went last.“Boom! Oh no! She got caught up on the landing and she’s still tumbling,” commentators Leigh and Martin Winkler reacted as Alaskan Hazel Birnbaum fell.Birnbaum was one of three female skiers to wipe out and lose her skis, meaning she wasn’t able to finish her run. But there were a couple women skiiers who made great impressions.Austrian Eva Walkner was one of them. She scored 76.75 points.“That was a worthy run of a champion,” Leigh said.Walkner’s lead is big enough that she can already be named Freeride champion in her category, even though the final Freeride competition in Verbier, Switzerland is yet to come.The Freeride in Haines ended on a low note when skier Jaclyn Paaso took a harsh tumble and had a doctor rushed to her side before she skied down to the finish line. There were a lot of impressive runs, but there were also some frightening falls. It doesn’t look like anyone was seriously injured.As the event wrapped up, commentator Ed Leigh said the competition was worth the patience and hard work that went into making it happen in Haines.“This is one for the history books,” Winkler said. “The first time Alaska, Haines, Freeride World Tour. Unbelievable efforts have been taken to make this happen.”last_img read more

Obama draws fury and joy with Bering Sea protection

first_img(Photo courtesy of Bering Sea Elders Group)President Obama today issued an executive order creating the “Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.” The area covers more than 100 thousand square miles off Alaska’s western coast, from the mouth of the Kuskokwim to just north of the Bering Strait. The president’s order withdraws about 40 percent of the area from offshore oil and gas leasing. It also reaffirms an existing ban in the area on bottom-trawl fishing.Listen NowAlaska’s congressional delegation pre-reacted, before the order came out, warning the president not to close off any more of Alaska’s ocean. Sen. Dan Sullivan later said Obama imposed “a unilateral action to hurt Alaskans.”But for 64-year-old Harry Lincoln, a subsistence hunter from Tununak, this isn’t a case of the president imposing his will on distant seas. Lincoln is chairman of the Bering Strait Elders Group. He says he was stunned to learn the president has acted on the urgent request of the 39 tribes Lincoln represents.“It’s the happiest moment I ever had in my life!” Lincoln said.Native American Rights Fund attorney Natalie Landreth says it’s a historic action.“The level of presidential responsiveness to a group of some of the poorest and smallest native communities in the United States is the real story here,” she said.She says the story began, not in Washington, but in Bethel, in July of 2015, just before the president’s Alaska visit. The Bering Sea Elders were meeting and Landreth was there as their attorney. The elders, she says, were worried about the decline of sea ice and what the predicted increase in ship traffic would mean for the marine mammals they hunt.“And then somebody said — I wish I could remember who: ‘Let’s ask the president for help.’ And I said, that’s what you’d call a hail Mary. And then I had to explain what that was,” Landreth recallsThe term is applied to desperate efforts, with almost no chance of success. But, Landreth says, the elders resolved to try.“Over the past 15 months,” the attorney says, “people from rural Alaska went to the president’s office and said, ‘This is what we need.”The order, she says, mirrors a resolution the Bering Sea Elders passed in June. Landreth says it can prevent the kind of conflict seen now with the Standing Rock Sioux over the North Dakota Access Pipeline, because a main theme of Obama’s order is the early inclusion of Bering Sea tribes in federal decision making that concerns their region.“It’s not just the text of the order,” she said. “It’s the fact that the president would spend an inordinate amount of time to try to help these people. I’ve never seen that in my life. I’m not sure that we’re going to see it again.”The area the president is withdrawing from oil leasing is roughly Norton Sound, the southern strait and around St. Lawrence Island.Gov. Bill Walker issued a statement saying he supports tribal leaders in their efforts to protect their resources, but that he’s concerned about lost development opportunities for the state.Landreth says the withdrawal doesn’t harm the economy because, she says, it has been offered and explored in the past, with no results.“This is not a commercially viable area,” she said. “It just isn’t.”And now that less likely than ever. Obama used a provision of the offshore leasing act known as 12(a). Drilling opponents maintain these kind of withdrawals are permanent. Alaska Congressman Don Young says he plans to ask the next president, Donald Trump, to reverse this order. That’s legally possible, but historically, these orders tend to endure.Rachel Waldholz contributed to this story for Anchorage.last_img read more

Mini tank bunds to be developed with 12325 crore in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: Irrigation and CAD Department Superintendent Engineer G Ashok Kumar said the development of lakes with Mission Kakatiya has improved their water reserves. Of the total 4,344 tanks in Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Jagtial and Rajanna Sircilla districts, only 288 ponds have got surplus water, he said.Speaking with The Hans India, the SE informed that 2,321 tanks has 25% water only and hoped that they will get surplus water if it rains in August. 929 tanks have 25 to 50 percent water; 460 tanks have 50 to 75 per cent water and 346 tanks have 75 to 100% water. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us ’15 mini tank bunds with an expenditure of Rs 123.25 crores are being developed in the four districts, which will provide irrigation water to 4,484 acres of land. The government had sanctioned 16 check dams worth Rs 83.85 crores and the works of 15 check dams has already started. Proposals were submitted for 89 check dams and 16 were sanctioned. The remaining proposals were in pending for technical reasons. Once the technical problems are cleared, then the remaining check dams also will get sanctioned.’ Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Centre has sanctioned Rs 12.47 crores for conducting repairs of tanks. Repair works of 10 tanks were completed with Rs 4.18 crores. SE Ashok Kumar said nearly 83 per cent of the work has been completed of the four-phase Mission Kakatiya programme. In the first phase, out of the 639 tanks, 635 tanks were refurbished. 707 tanks have been upgraded while the second phase is targeted to develop 856 tanks. Only 369 of the 664 tanks were completed in the third phase. The works of the remaining tanks are in progress. During the fourth phase, out of the target of 502 tanks, works of 125 tanks were completed. The works of the remaining are in progress. Notices have been issued to the contractors concerned to complete the pending works of the four phases, he informed.last_img read more

Another gang rape in Unnao victim attempts immolation

first_imgUnnao: Following the high-profile Unnao rape case involving expelled BJP lawmaker Kuldip Sengar, another rape victim from Unnao and her mother attempted to immolate themselves in the office of the District Magistrate here on Thursday in protest against alleged police apathy. Though the victim and her mother were prevented from setting themselves on fire by alert security personnel, the incident has again raised questions on the working of the Unnao police. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us According to reports, the victim was kidnapped from her house in Makhi village on July 1 and raped by three men. She lodged a complaint with the police and a case was registered against the accused but no arrests were made. The victim claimed that the accused were now threatening her with dire consequences. Circle Officer Gaurav Tripathi, meanwhile, said that one of the accused had already been arrested and sent to jail while the two others are still absconding. He assured that they would be arrested soon. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Makhi village hit the headlines in the Unnao rape case in which expelled BJP MLA Sengar is an accused. Sengar hails from Makhi village and the rape victim also belongs to the same village. Sengar is presently in Tihar jail in Delhi while the victim in the case is battling for her life in AIIMS after a car crash in Rae Bareli on July 28 in which she and her lawyer were critically injured. Two women relatives of the victim died in the accident which is now being investigated by the CBI.last_img read more

Nach Baliye 9 Why Rochelle Rao considers Salman Khan her lucky charm

first_imgInstagramThe latest season of the most popular dance reality show, Nach Baliye 9, is finally here. From Salman Khan judging the show to a well-known line up of contestants, this season of the show is definitely going to rake up the TRP charts.Bigg Boss fame Rochelle Rao and husband Keith Sequiera are also a part of the show this season. Sharing a video on Instagram, Rochelle said that Salman Khan has been her lucky charm. “Another year..another show..the only thing remaining constant is us and Salman Khan..! Always good fun to work with him..! #NachBaliye #season9 #KeRoOnNach #KeRo #YinYang @keithsequeira @beingsalmankhan @starplus @banijayasia,” Rochelle wrote while sharing the video.In the video, Rao has said, “Always a good day when Salman is there. He is our lucky charm I should say.” Keith added, “He is always so much fun, full of humour and just so playful.”The couple have also shared a couple of rehearsal videos on Instagram where the two can be seen trying to match up the steps with each-other. Rochelle and Keith were one of the most loved and popular couples on Bigg Boss. The duo continued being in a relationship even after coming out of the house and got married last year.This is for the first time in the history of Indian television that ex-couples will be seen participating in a show. Urvashi Dholakia has participated in the show along with ex-Anuj Sachdeva. Talking to Pinkvilla, the actor said about dancing with his ex, It did take some thinking. But then I was like as Urvashi and I have been friends for years it was comfortable to say yes. Also, I did not think too much about the theme or what people would decipher, I just wanted to do a dance show simple as that.”The grand premiere episode of Nach Baliye 9 had producer Salman Khan introducing the contestants on the show.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra enjoys a little PDA with husband Nick Jonas on vacation

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Nick JonasInstagramPriyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas sure do look like they are in love. And it seems Priyanka Chopra wants the world to know.Priyanka Chopra was recently on holiday in Miami and she shared a few snaps to her social media. Reportedly, the gorgeous 37-year-old actress posted pics from the recent trip celebrating her birthday to her Instagram account. The pictures include her flashing the flesh in a striped ensemble and snuggling up to her pop star husband Nick Jonas.We have to say, they do make an adorable couple. Reportedly, the couple tied the knot in a lavish, unforgettable celebration in India last year, and made their union official in both Hindu and Christian ceremonies. ‘I’d never realised having a husband and a boyfriend are such different things,’ she told Elle UK recently. ‘When you say your vows, it’s like, this person is my family, and it’s the family I chose. There’s a weird responsibility to them. And a safety that comes from it. ‘We are learning about each other every day.’ Priyanka Chopra, Nick JonasInstagramNick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra sure are couple goals. She doesn’t seem insecure about her man at all. But when you’re Priyanka Chopra, trivial things like insecurity are a distant thought.Priyanka Chopra on the other hand seems to be enjoying her newly wedded bliss, Priyanka Chopra doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to return to Bollywood as she seems to be preparing to settle down in Hollywood. These pics do seem to back that observation. Is Priyanka Chopra leaving Bollywood behind? You can check out the pics here:last_img read more