No firefighting mechanism at Nandaram Market reveals audit

first_imgKolkata: The firefighting measures at Nandaram Market are not up to the mark, a fire audit conducted by the Fire and Emergency Services department mentioned on Monday.A fire broke out in the market on July 13, following which the Fire and Emergency Services department conducted a fire audit and found that the firefighting mechanisms are not up to the mark. The electrical wiring has not been changed for decades and there is no reservoir to meet any emergency. Despite repeated requests, the traders put the wares on the corridor and not inside their shops. There are no firefighting gadgets as well. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere have been several incidents of fire since the market complex was inaugurated in the early 1980s. In 2008, a devastating fire broke out in which goods worth crores of rupees were destroyed. Again, in 2018, a fire broke out in the building. Every time a fire breaks out, the Fire and Emergency Services department conducts a fire audit and detects that the firefighting gadgets are not in place. The recommendations of the Fire and Emergency department are flouted but the market is not closed down on humanitarian grounds, said a senior official. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA senior KMC official said the main reason for not having any proper firefighting arrangement is the unplanned construction of the building. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) had given clearance to set up a six storeyed market building in the late 1970s. Flouting the plan, the owners went ahead with the construction and erected 12 more floors. The KMC moved the High Court in the mid-1980s and the court had ordered demolition of the illegally built floors. However, the order could not be carried out as the KMC did not have the specialized hammer needed to pull down the structure. Also, it was found that demolition of the illegal portions would affect the adjacent structures. Taking advantage of the KMC’s inability to pull down the illegally-built portions, the owner went ahead with the construction and sold out space.last_img read more

Fords victory in Ontario spells both good bad news for PM Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Doug Ford’s resounding victory in the country’s most populous province is bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the federal-provincial relations front — particularly on the climate change file where the two are on a “collision course,” as one veteran Liberal MP candidly admitted Friday.But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad news for Trudeau politically. Indeed, history suggests the ascendancy of Ford’s Conservatives in Ontario may actually turn out to be good news for Trudeau’s federal Liberals.First, the bad news for the prime minister.With Thursday’s decimation of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals, Trudeau has lost a dependable and trusted ally on any number of federal-provincial files, including climate change. Instead, he’ll have to deal with Ford, a bombastic populist who represents the antithesis of pretty much everything Trudeau stands for.“Clearly, Mr. Ford’s agenda is not the same agenda as Mr. Trudeau’s and so I think federal-provincial relations will be a bit more challenging,” long-time Toronto Liberal MP John McKay said Friday.Ford won a commanding majority on a platform that included a pledge to scrap Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon pricing system. And he’s vowed to join Saskatchewan in challenging any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon price on the provinces, going all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.Under federal legislation, all provinces have until the end of this year to enact carbon pricing plans and, if they don’t meet federal standards, a national price will be imposed on them — which, as McKay conceded, puts Trudeau “on kind of a collision course” with Ford.“You can’t sugar-coat this one … we are committed to pricing carbon, period, end of story.”Sarnia Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu said Ford’s victory should be a “wake-up call” for Trudeau, warning him that Canadians think his carbon tax is “just a tax grab for the government.” She pointed out that Alberta could be next to drop out of the pan-Canadian carbon pricing plan if United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney defeats Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP next May.However, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, a fellow Conservative, injected a note of caution. He warned “there’ll be tremendous complexity in dismantling” Ontario’s membership in a cap-and-trade market with Quebec and California and that it will cost “billions of dollars in expense for the government of Ontario to unwind that system” of auctioning off greenhouse gas emissions allowances.Ontario’s fourth auction last November alone generated more than $422 million in proceeds, which by law are to be invested in programs to reduce carbon pollution.Still, federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer expressed his satisfaction at gaining an ally in the fight against Trudeau’s “carbon tax.” And just as Ontarians rejected Wynne’s deficit-driven, big spending policies, he predicted they’ll reject her policies (that is, Trudeau’s) at the federal level in 2019.If so, they’ll be bucking historical trends.Since Confederation, Ontario voters have almost always opted for a different party federally than the one they’ve chosen provincially — even when that’s meant electing a premier and prime minister guaranteed to be at each other’s throats.From 1995 to 2002, Conservative Premier Mike Harris and the Liberal prime minister of the day, Jean Chretien, were openly at war with each other. Yet, in two federal elections during that period, Chretien managed to sweep almost every seat in the province.Trudeau and Ford both appear to be taking pains to get their relationship off to a collegial start. The prime minister called Ford on Thursday night to congratulate him and Ford said he told Trudeau he stands united behind him in his fight against U.S. President Donald Trump’s imposition of crippling tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports.But Liberal MPs’ reaction demonstrated the potential for that relationship to quickly sour.In pondering the lessons for the federal Liberals from the Ontario result, McKay said they need to ask “why would people embrace such a manifestly obvious unqualified candidate for premier; what is it that drives people to make those decisions that many of us would regard as almost irrational?”And fellow Toronto Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, asked about Ford’s reluctance to talk about LGBTQ rights, commented acerbically: “I’d be surprised if he knows the other 26 letters in the alphabet too.”But just as Chretien ran against Harris, Trudeau may find the polarizing Ford to be a useful foil for demonstrating his progressive values in the next federal campaign.As well, Ford’s own history and penchant for controversy could bite his federal Conservative cousins, which may explain why Scheer has kept a bit of distance thus far.Straight-laced Scheer got a taste of that earlier this week when he was asked how he feels about being associated politically with someone who allegedly dealt drugs in his youth and whose family members, notably late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, have struggled with drug addiction. Scheer awkwardly talked about how he’s always had compassion for people struggling with substance abuse.However, in the short term at least, Scheer may be right in hoping that Ford’s success will rub off on federal Conservatives. For that matter, Andrea Horwath’s strong showing, vaulting the NDP into official Opposition status in Ontario, may also give a boost to federal New Democrats.But, as former NDP leader Tom Mulcair can attest, the spill-over effect from provincial elections can be ephemeral.In the weeks immediately following the NDP’s stunning 2015 breakthrough in Alberta, Mulcair’s federal party vaulted into the lead in national public opinion polls, riding Notley’s coattails. Once voters focused on the federal election campaign a few months later, however, that lead evaporated. Mulcair’s NDP wound up placing a distant third.last_img read more

Olympic bid postmortem with Mayor Nenshi

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) –It has been just over a month since city council shuttered the 2026 Olympic bid, and supporters are continuing to scratch their heads over what went wrong.It’s a question that Mayor Naheed Nenshi tries to answer in his year-end interview with 660 NEWS. During the interview, he blames several factors including misinformation shuttled and spread by social media.“I do think it was about information. For the better part of two years, I worked really hard on this file, but I was trying not to be an advocate. I was trying to say ‘I’m an advocate for Calgary, not for the Olympics’.”READ MORE: Calgary City Council officially cancels 2026 Olympic bidHe also points to the poor timing of reaching a funding deal with other levels of government.“We got that great deal 11 days before the plebiscite. It’s not enough time to engage Calgarians in a conversation,” he said.“I wish we had more time to really have a more thoughtful discussion, like the 2010, or the 2013 election was, about the differing visions for future of the community.”While the Olympic discussion seemed to divide the city, he says people still love living, working and raising their kids in Calgary.READ MORE: Calgary Olympic bid survives council votelast_img read more

Shania Twains Now grabs No 1 on Billboards US album chart and

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rose to No. 2 with a greatest hits compilation that was buoyed by the singer’s death last week. Other new albums from Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus also reached the top 10. It marked the third-largest sales week for a country album this year and the largest for a woman in nearly two years, according to Billboard. The Timmins, Ont., native’s return eclipsed a number of other strong performers on the U.S. charts. Facebook In the United States, “Now” sold 137,000 equivalent units with a large majority of those sales — about 134,000 copies — from traditional album purchases, rather than streaming on services like Apple Music and Spotify. Advertisement The five-time Grammy Award winner’s latest release “Now” rose to the peak position on both the U.S. and Canadian Billboard album charts in its debut week. Advertisement “Now” was solely written and co-produced by Twain and marks her first album release since 2002’s “Up!”In the years between her projects she battled Lyme disease, which she said led to dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that forced her to stop singing. She dedicated her time to writing a 2011 autobiography and divorced her husband and longtime producing partner Robert (Mutt) Lange. TORONTO — Shania Twain is back on top of the charts with her first studio album in 15 years. Twain’s album also grabbed the top spot on the U.K. charts by edging out British band Wolf Alice by a mere 764 copies, according to the Official Charts David Friend Shania Twain performs at the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. Twain is reclaiming a position atop the charts with her first studio album in 15 years. THE CANADAIN PRESS/AP-Invision-Charles Sykes Sales in Canada were the strongest one-week performance for an album since Drake’s “Views” debuted in May 2016. Twain’s album moved 73,000 equivalent units, which include a calculation of the album’s digital streams. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Chinas ambassador to Canada hopes for achievements during NAFTA talks

first_imgHALIFAX – China’s ambassador to Canada says his country hopes the U.S., Canada and Mexico can “make achievements” in ongoing NAFTA talks.Speaking to reporters after meeting with Nova Scotia’s cabinet, Ambassador Lu Shaye said that China has taken “close notice” of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.“NAFTA is very effective to regulate the trade relations between these three countries,” Lu said through a translator.He sidestepped a question about what China was learning about U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade approach through the NAFTA talks, saying his country will always seek multilateral trade, “No matter what kind of trade policy the U.S. government adopts.Still, he said his country recognizes free trade is under a growing threat: “While China will follow this ideology to develop friendly relationships with all the countries in the world, protectionism is rising in some parts of the world.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has been seeking deeper trade relations with China despite suggestions the initiative could risk upsetting the Trump administration during the NAFTA renegotiations.Others have also warned about potentially rejecting a $1.5-billion bid by Chinese state-owned company CCCC International Holding Ltd. to take over Canada’s Aecon Group Inc. construction firm.They say rejecting the deal on security grounds would anger China.Lu was asked Tuesday whether such a move would jeopardize potential trade talks between the two countries.“We will respect any decision made by the Canadian government in this regard (Aecon),” he said.The discussions with Premier Stephen McNeil focused on areas such as seafood, education, tourism, and energy, as well as the recent friendship agreements between Nova Scotia and the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Guangdong.Lu made note that McNeil also made it known that he would like to see a direct air link between China and Halifax. The ambassador said that he would work to “promote and make it happen.”McNeil said getting direct air access would help build the momentum the province has been building in getting its own access to Chinese markets.“When I was in China the last two times I met with different airlines,” he said. “We have a number that would be looking at it and we hope Air Canada does as well.”He said the preferred entry point from the province’s perspective would be Guangdong province, where “they consume an awful lot of our seafood product.”China is Nova Scotia’s second largest trading partner after the U.S. According to the province, total exports jumped to $495 million in 2016, an increase of 17 per cent from 2015.Seafood exports alone were valued at $255 million.McNeil was asked how important a formalized free trade deal with China would be for his province.“We’re a trading province. We’re not waiting for a formalized one (deal), we are going in and making a commitment, but the Prime Minister obviously is working hard to achieve that for the country.”last_img read more

Outsourcing Torture: Denmark and Lebanon’s Secret Deal

By Kevin KriedemannAl Jazeera speaks to three Danish citizens of Arab origin, two of whom say that when they refused offers to work for the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET), they were arrested and tortured in Lebanon. They allege Lebanon was acting on Danish orders; a new form of rendition, an outsourcing of torture.Al Jazeera understands these are just three of dozens of Danish citizens of Arab or Muslim origin who were approached by PET between 2001 and 2010. Ali Ibrahim, one of the victims, explains how he was first incentivised to co-operate and then threatened when he refused. “The officer told me: ‘We will pay you money and you will be happy with us.’ I asked, ‘What happens if I say no to your offer?’ He said: ‘If you reject our offer, we will make you come to the station and sign every week.’ I told him, ‘I will then leave the country.’ He then asked: ‘Where do think you will go? We have friends all over the world. Do you want to go to Lebanon? We have friends there too.’”After his several arrests in Lebanon, Ali says he was kept in solitary confinement for almost a year before being placed in a cell with others. “Only then did I realise that the brutal torture I received was not the worst. Some experience much harsher torture methods. I consider myself lucky. Others were raped.”In telling the remarkable story of three men caught in the dark web of Danish and Lebanese intelligence services, Outsourcing Torture exposes a Denmark at odds with its image as a world leader in the fight for human rights, a Denmark with secret military and intelligence ties with the US, and a quiet role in the so-called war on terror. read more

Ford hopes revamped Escape can recapture lost SUV buyers

DETROIT — In the auto industry, it’s pretty well known that if you don’t revamp your vehicles every few years, buyers will flee to companies with newer models.Ford learned that lesson again with its Escape compact SUV, which just six years ago was the second-biggest player in the fastest-growing part of the U.S. market. In 2013, the Escape captured just over 16% of all compact SUV sales with nearly 296,000 leaving the lot, beaten only by Honda’s CR-V.But by last year, as the current outdated version of the Escape hit its sixth model year in what has become the largest vehicle segment in the U.S., its share had tumbled to just 6%. The company is counting on an all-new version of the SUV due out in the fall to reverse that trend.To be sure, the competition has heated up. Six years ago there were only 17 compact SUVs available nationwide. That has nearly doubled to 30 this year, according to LMC Automotive, a forecasting firm.“In this competitive environment, new product wins,” said Jeff Schuster, a senior vice-president at LMC.The 2020 Escape gets four new engine-transmission combinations including a plug-in gas-electric hybrid that can go 30 miles on electricity. There’s also a conventional hybrid and two turbocharged four-cylinder engines mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions.The new Escape, unveiled Tuesday, is sleeker and appears more aerodynamic. It’s shed 200 pounds because Ford is employing more light, high-strength steel. It also has sliding second-row seats for more legroom. Price and gas mileage have not been released.It’s going up against new market leaders including last year’s top-selling Toyota RAV4, the CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and the Nissan Rogue. All have been revamped in the past few years in a segment that has replaced the midsize car as America’s most popular vehicle in 2015.If Ford neglects to update the Escape again for an extended period of time, it risks losing an even greater share of a U.S. market that only continues to grow. LMC projects compact SUV sales will rise 7.4 per cent over the next five years, to more than 3 million annually.“There’s going to be a pretty pronounced push from other manufacturers into this segment, because this is the No. 1 segment,” Schuster said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

US stock indexes mixed in early trading Oil falls

US stock indexes mixed in early trading; Oil falls by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 8:30 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower in early trading Thursday, giving up some of their gains from a day earlier when the market surged to its latest record high. Materials stocks were down the most. Energy companies also fell as crude prices headed lower. Utilities were up the most. Investors were sizing up the latest batch of company earnings.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 5 points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 21,108 as of 10:18 a.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,389. The Nasdaq composite index slid 16 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,887. The stock market was coming off its biggest single-day gain in nearly four months.UNAPPETIZING OUTLOOK: Kroger slid 3.3 per cent after the supermarket operator said business conditions in the first half of 2017 will remain difficult due to low food prices. The stock fell $1.06 to $31.01.SHAKEN UP: Shake Shack was down 3.9 per cent after the restaurant chain’s sales at established locations and its revenue outlook fell short of Wall Street’s forecasts. Its shares lost $1.42 to $34.70.SAD ENDING: Barnes & Noble tumbled 7.3 per cent after the book seller reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings and sales of its Nook e-book reader. The company also said business worsened in late January and into the current quarter and forecast a bigger decline in sales at established locations. Its shares slid 72 cents to $9.18.ENERGIZED: Monster Beverage jumped 15 per cent after the company’s latest quarterly earnings and revenue exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. The stock climbed $6.31 to$48.32.FED IN FOCUS: Several Federal Reserve officials, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen, are scheduled to speak this week ahead of their next policy meeting later this month. Earlier this week, New York Fed President William Dudley said the case for raising interest rates had gotten stronger. That’s helped fuel speculation that the central bank will raise interest rates again this month.JOBLESS CLAIMS: The Labor Department said unemployment benefit claims dropped last week to 223,000, the lowest level since March 1973. The four-week average, which is less volatile, fell to 234,250, lowest since April 1973. Overall, 2.07 million Americans are collecting unemployment benefits, down more than 7 per cent from a year ago.MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany’s DAX was flat per cent, while France’s CAC 40 was 0.2 per cent higher. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat. Earlier in Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 stock index rose 0.9 per cent, while the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong added 0.5 per cent. The Kospi in South Korea climbed 0.7 per cent.OIL: The price of U.S. crude fell 83 cents, or 1.5 per cent, at $52.99 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was down 87 cents, or 1.6 per cent, at $55.49 a barrel.TREASURY YIELDS: Bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 2.49 per cent from 2.46 per cent late Wednesday.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 114.45 yen from 113.71 yen on Wednesday. The euro weakened to $1.0510 from $1.0544. read more

Canadian researcher and former diplomat named as new head of UN University

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed David M. Malone of Canada as Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, following consultations with the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.Mr. Malone will be the sixth Rector of the University, which is an international network of scholars that serves as a think tank for the UN system. He will take up his post on 1 March 2013, succeeding Konrad Osterwalder, a Swiss physicist who has served as UNU Rector since 2007.Mr. Malone is “strongly committed to research excellence and to forging closer collaborations with UN system organizations and with other research institutes, governments, civil society and private sector actors around the world,” stated the announcement of his appointment.Currently, Mr. Malone is President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency supporting policy-relevant research in the developing world. He has previously served in a number of diplomatic postings for the Canadian Government.Since the launch of its academic work in September 1975, UNU has grown to become a global research and teaching organization with 15 institutes and programmes in 13 countries worldwide. read more

UMKC takes control to beat Purdue Fort Wayne 9073

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Rob Whitfield scored 23 points, distributed six assists with four rebounds and three steals and UMKC erupted after halftime for a 90-73 win against Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday.The Kangaroos (2-7) have won both their games when scoring 90 or more. UMKC has won two of three after dropping six straight to start the season.UMKC led 36-32 at halftime before scoring 54 second-half points. Matt Holba’s layup brought the Mastodons (5-5) within 52-48 with 13:49 left. Brandon McKissic followed with a layup and that started a 12-0 run in which Jamel Allen scored half the points. Purdue Fort Wayne never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.Xavier Bishop scored 20 points with seven rebounds and five assists for UMKC, Danny Dixon scored 14, Jordan Giles, 11 and Allen 10.Kason Harrell led Purdue Fort Wayne with 21 points, John Konchar added 17 points and 12 rebounds, Dylan Carl had 14 points and Jarred Godfrey, 10.The Associated Press read more

Web radio on the go

first_imgFrom inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?As a Network Services Manager working for Telstra’s Internet and IT Products division in the mid-1990’s, I realised very early on that the world as we knew it was rapidly evolving; the digital age was fast approaching. It was clear to me that, eventually, every consumer electronics product -regardless of what it was – would one day be connected to the Internet – either wired or wireless.In addition, every product would need access to digital media content of some description. Audio and video were the two most obvious content categories which would one day “stream” over the Internet instead of the traditional terrestrial or satellite services. In 2003 I founded the miRoamer business to take advantage of this opportunity.Today our international multi-award winning miRoamer product is recognised as a global market leader in the Internet radio space. Our corporate headquarters are based in Doncaster Melbourne, and we recently opened an office in Hong Kong. Our European office is due to open next month, and we plan to open our USA office later this year. Our Company successfully listed on the Frankfurt Open Market in Germany in November 2009.Web radio for cars is an unusual medium; why have you decided to move into this area?Roughly 40% of radio listening is consumed whilst in the car. In the USA for example, approximately 94% of all drivers listen to radio every week whilst driving to and from work, so the penetration and consumption rates are quite high. By providing a method to access tens of thousands of radio stations in the car, drivers can choose what stations they want to listen to live from anywhere in the world.In addition, they can select from dozens of high-quality dedicated music genres including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Dance, Metal, Country, Symphony, 80s, 90s etc.Is this considered a highly competitive market?The digital media content market is quite immature and extremely fragmented. The landscape is constantly evolving due to the entry of new technologies and competitors. miRoamer positions itself as the premiere digital media platform in the market. We therefore specifically target large multi-national “Tier 1” organisations, predominantly in Europe, USA and Asia.By taking this position, we effectively “reposition” our competitors; consider the brand comparison between a Mercedes Benz versus a Hyundai. Through our extensive marketing and public relations campaigns, along with our continuous participation at major international trade shows and exhibitions, miRoamer has built a solid brand recognition within the consumer electronics and automotive industry.How is business currently?Business is fantastic! After our partnership announcement with Blaupunkt at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we recently announced our membership to the GENIVI Alliance, an exclusive automotive infotainment community which includes companies such as Intel, BMW, General Motors, Texas Instruments and Wind River.A deal with a large multinational mobile handset maker is on the cards, and we are working with several automotive companies to integrate miRoamer as the default standard into a number of vehicle makes and models. What is your vision for the future of your business?Our expansion plans into Europe, USA and Asia in 2010 will provide a solid sales and business development footprint across these important regions. Moreover, South East Asia and the Subcontinent markets will become extremely important to our business over the coming years.The Automotive, Mobile Phone Handset, and Consumer Electronics product segments are of greatest importance to us in the next 24 months. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Coronado removes church directory that only displayed Christian churches

first_img Posted: March 5, 2019 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) – More than a year after Coronado was threatened with possible legal action, the city replaced a church directory sign that had been displayed on public property for decades.The directory displayed the names of 10 christian churches in the Coronado area .Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey said the city would remove the sign to avoid potential first amendment legal challenges and in the interest of efficient use of public resources.The directory was replaced with a larger sign that displays the same 10 Christian churches, as well as civic organizations and one non-Christian religious group.KUSI contributor and legal analyst Esther Valdes joined KUSI to discuss why the city council decided to replace the sign KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:52 PM Coronado removes church directory that only displayed Christian churchescenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, March 5, 2019last_img read more

Clark County at Work Earthworks Excavating Services

first_imgBusiness name: Earthworks Excavating Services.Each week, The Columbian offers a brief snapshot of an interesting Clark County business. Send ideas to Mary Ricks:; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Owners: Matt Wiard.Address: 11000 N.E. 117th Ave.What the business does: Earthworks specializes in new and existing sewer and septic system construction and replacement. The company also does any work related to excavation, including all phases of residential, commercial and light industrial site development.Steps to build your business: Owner Matt Wiard said he is focusing on getting new customers through networking and word of mouth, which he thinks is the best way for him to build his business. He will maintain existing relationships with loyal clients. Wiard is expecting a fair volume of new customers in coming years as the economy continues to improve.Greatest challenge: Wiard said trying to keep ahead of a busy work schedule with a crew that focuses on safety, while staying in control of products and customers, is a challenge. Earthworks meets with each customer personally on site to make sure everyone gets what they are promised. When customers need emergency work, making time in an already busy schedule can be difficult.What’s ahead: Wiard wants the company to continue to stay diversified and not depend on one sector or field within the excavation industry. He said the business is holding steady for the immediate future.last_img read more

Meeting slated May 15 on Willapa Hills elk herd plan

first_imgLONGVIEW — A public meeting on the draft Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan will begin at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Cowlitz County PUD,961 12th Ave.The plan is available online at comments can be submitted online to or mailed to Willapa Hills Elk Herd Plan, Wildlife Program, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 98501.The Willapa herd is made up of an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 animals from Grays Harbor to the Columbia River and Interstate 5 west to the coast.The draft management plan calls for developing more precise information about the size and characteristics of the herd, along with maintaining its size, improving habitat, minimizing crop damage and addressing disease.The herd is one of two in Washington affected by hoof disease.A final version of the plan is expected this fall. It will mark completion of formal management plans for all 10 elk herds in Washington.last_img read more

Facebook said to be developing new messaging app called Threads

first_imgFacebook is reportedly developing a new messaging app for Instagram. Getty Images Facebook is reportedly developing a new messaging app aimed at helping users share more information more often with their closest friends. The app, called Threads, is meant to be a companion to Instagram, The Verge reported Monday.Threads is designed to automatically share intimate details such as “location, speed and battery life,” as well as other typical social media posts like as photos and text, The Verge reported. The app is intended to be used with your “close friends” list on Instagram and is currently in testing at Facebook, according to the report.There was no word on when Instagram expects to launch Threads. Facebook declined to comment. Earlier this year, the photo-sharing social media behemoth ended support for Direct, a camera-first app that had more than a passing resemblance to Snapchat. Unveiled in 2017, the app was tested in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay but was canceled before a worldwide release occurred.Facebook announced plans in January to merge the services of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, allowing users to send messages to one another without switching apps. The apps will remain separate, but they’ll be brought together under a single messaging platform or protocol. Internet Services Applications Facebook Instagram Tags 0 Share your voicecenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 4:29 How to get your Instagram account back from hackers (The… Post a commentlast_img read more

AK Are invasive Kodiak crawdads eating their salmon neighbors babies

first_imgCrayfish. Photo by coniferconifer / flickrAn informal sport fishery has popped up in Kodiak. For crawdads.They’re crustaceans that look like little lobsters, and they’re native to the Pacific Northwest. But in the last few years, they’ve been found scuttling along the bottom of a popular fishing area near Kodiak, in the Buskin River watershed, mainly in the lake. In 2002, local groups noticed the invasive species in local waters.Now, a local tribal organization is studying their movement, distribution and diet.Listen nowThey are concerned the crawdads could be snacking on fry and disrupting salmons’ natural environment.Next to Buskin Lake, four guys pull on neoprene wetsuits and snorkeling masks. They’re gearing up for the hunt.“Man, I’m ready to slay some frickin’ crawdad right now,” Ryan Gabor said.Gabor and some friends have put aside the day to snorkel for the mud-colored crustaceans.They’re called a variety of names throughout the world including: crawfish, crawdads and crayfish.Kelly Krueger, tribal biologist with the Sun’aq Tribe, calls them by their proper name: Signal Crayfish. She says they’re not certain how the crawdads came to Kodiak, but she says people started catching them as early as 2015.“And I think it was because the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District and Blythe Brown, she was putting up signs that if you know of anything let us know, and then people just started looking for them and once people found out that they were in that southeast corner of the lake, then it kinda just exploded, and people have been snorkeling for ‘em, setting traps, and even scuba diving for ‘em,” Krueger said.The more people removing the crayfish from the Buskin, the better, Krueger says.Day trips to snorkel for crawdads are fun in the Kodiak summer, but the Sun’aq Tribe is concerned about the long-term effects on salmon and their habitat.In 2016, the Sun’aq Tribe and the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District teamed up to determine just how much of a presence crawdads have in the Buskin River. The Sun’aq Tribe has since taken the lead on the project, which is funded with a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Krueger says the Buskin is a popular subsistence salmon fishing stream along the road system.“So, on a year like this year where the salmon runs are really low, the tribal members are really concerned about it,” Krueger said. “And so the main question is how are the crayfish impacting the salmon resources? Are they are eating the eggs? Are they eating the carcasses? Are they eating the smolts? We don’t know.”Hypothetically, Krueger says, people could have shipped them up for a crawdad boil or as pets and then released them.One female can bear hundreds of babies in her lifetime.The Sun’aq Tribe is turning to locals to get a sense of the problem.Staff posted a sign up by Buskin Lake asking for people to report the number of the crawdads they catch and how many females with eggs they capture.It would be hard to make a dent in the population, according to one crawdad hunter, Miguel Zarate.“I don’t know,” Zarate said. “Every time I go there, I get a lot and then I go back to the same spots and I see still a ton of them.”)Zarate was in a local store, Scuba Do, when Ryan Gabor and his friend dropped by to rent their gear. While there, the gang also picked up a plastic raft. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake because the Buskin is on Coast Guard land, and it’s also the source of drinking water for Base Kodiak.The raft carries the cooler and serves as a tender where the snorkelers can dump their stash of crawdads.Out on Buskin Lake, the gang dives down with bags made from nets and cinched at both ends. Once they filled the bags with crayfish, they pop back up to the surface and empty the crayfish into the cooler.The crayfish are fast. They’ll use their tails to propel away if they can. But Pearson Brodie says he’s having success.“I started finding them quite a bit once I started flipping over all these rocks,” Brodie said. “You try to get ‘em as soon as the mud stirs up and everything.”They’re only out there for a couple of hours before they have a large cooler full of crayfish. Brodie swims over to the raft and lifts the cooler lid. He sees hundreds of crayfish writhing around inside.The group meets Kelly Krueger with the Sun’aq Tribe and some of their local partners back in the parking lot.Krueger says in September, the Sun’aq Tribe will look at whether crayfish have also spread into deeper areas of the lake — trying to learn more about them in order to find a long-term solution.In the meantime, Kruegar says they can use all the help they can get from people like Ryan Gabor and his friends.Later that day, the guys gather at Brodie’s house, where they set up a pot of boiling water and drop the crayfish in by hand.They break out the cocktail sauce, and Gabor cracks a bright orange crayfish shell open with his fingers over a baking sheet. He says he aims for the tail, one of the fleshiest bits:Kind of tastes like crab to be honest,” Gabor said. “Like a real small version of crab, delicious.”last_img read more

Ctg zoo sees birth of 3 tiger cubs

first_imgOne of the three tiger cubs born to tiger couple Raj and Pori at Chittagong zoo. Photo: UNBThree cubs were born to a Royal Bengal tiger couple at Chittagong zoo, reports UNB.Md Shahadat Hossain Shuvo, veterinary surgeon of the zoo, said the tigress – Pori — gave birth to the cubs on Thursday afternoon and they were now in good condition.However, the sex of the baby tigers could not be ascertained immediately, he said, adding that it will take some time.The tiger couple — Raj and Pori — was imported from South Africa at a cost of Tk 330,000 on 9 December, 2016. Meanwhile, state minister for public administration Ismat Ara Sadique along with her girl Nawrin Sadique and granddaughter Navin Ittema visited the zoo on Friday to see the tiger cubs.Deputy commissioner Md Elias Hossain, additional deputy commissioner Mominur Rashid and zoo veterinary surgeon Md Shahadat Hossain Shuvo were present.last_img read more

India flood toll rises to 357

first_imgView of a flooded area is pictured in the north part of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on 18 August 2018. Rescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain on 18 August to reach stranded villages in India`s Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead. Photo: AFPThe death toll from the worst flooding to hit India’s Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357, authorities said Sunday, with losses to infrastructure pegged at some $3 billion.The idyllic tourist hotspot has been badgered by torrential monsoon rains since the end of May, triggering landslides and flash floods that have swept away entire villages.”Since May 29, when the monsoon starts in Kerala, a total of 357 people have lost their lives until now,” a statement from the state’s information officer said, with 33 losing their lives over the last 24 hours.Some 353,000 people have taken shelter in 3,026 relief camps as thousands of army, navy and air force troops fan out to help those still stranded.Roads and 134 bridges have suffered damage, isolating remote areas in the hilly districts of the state which are worst affected.Panic-stricken people have been making appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot get through to rescue services.”According to preliminary estimates Kerala’s losses due to the floods is $2.9 billion. Actual losses can be estimated only after the water recedes,” the statement said.The state chief minister has requested more funding as well as 20 more helicopters and 600 motorised boats in order to step up the rescue efforts.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi conducted a brief air inspection tour of the state Saturday and announced an immediate grant of $75 million.last_img

Louisiana City Mayor Backtracks on Citywide Nike Ban After Facing Criticism

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports EditorA Louisiana city mayor who banned the purchase and use of all Nike products after Colin Kaepernick was signed to a Nike endorsement deal retracted his order after facing widespread backlash.According to reports, Ben Zahn, mayor of Kenner, La., a small city that neighbors New Orleans, prohibited the city’s recreational department from purchasing any Nike products. The order was issued by Zahn back on Sept. 5, following Nike’s announcement of Kaepernick being named the face of the brand’s 30-year anniversary of its “Just do it” slogan.Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn rescinds his order banning the city’s recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities, during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Veteran’s Park in Kenner, La. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)Several right-wing supporters have said they will boycott Nike for signing Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked a league-wide trend of players using their platform to protest after he first kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem back in 2016 in protest of police brutality and racism in the U.S.While many people used social media to show their disdain for Nike by cutting the brand’s “swoop” logo off their socks or by burning their sneakers, Zahn used his powers as a city official to boycott Nike.“Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any City of Kenner Recreation Facility,” Zahn stated in leaked memo, as reported by USAToday, explaining how his decision was to “protect taxpayer dollars from being used in a political campaign.”A video also surfaced on Facebook of the Kenner mayor criticizing protesters who kneel.“I’m going to ask y’all to stand for what’s about to happen. … Because this is not the NFL football players, right?” Zahn said in the interview, USAToday reported. “This is the city of Kenner. In the city of Kenner, we all stand. We’re going to be proud of that.”Zahn’s memo sparked local and nationwide criticism. Per USAToday, Kenner councilman Gregory Carroll said the order was “a direct contradiction to what the City of Kenner should stand for.”Zahn eventually backtracked on his decision, announcing during a press conference Wednesday that he would rescind his memo after taking with Kenner’s city attorney. Zahn didn’t apologize for his memo, but did acknowledge that it “placed Kenner in a false and unflattering light.”“I am passionate about my country and the brave men and women who put themselves on the front line every day in the name of protecting us all – members of the armed forces, our fire departments, our police departments actually sacrifice everything, [including] their very lives,” Zahn stated. “It is because of those sacrifices that my patriotism will not waver, but my focus needs to be on the city of Kenner and the many great projects we have in store for our city.”last_img read more

Physicists investigate onset of effective mass

first_img The familiar type of mass, also called the “inertial mass” or “bare mass,” is a fundamental property of an object that is determined by an object’s resistance to acceleration when subject to a force, for example gravity.When an object’s mass is modified by putting it in a different medium, the modified mass is called the “effective mass.” Effective mass is distinctly different than bare mass, as it is not a fundamental property of an object, but changes depending on the material it is in. For practical purposes, effective mass plays an important role in electrical conductivity and electronic devices.”The effective mass description is incredibly powerful because it allows one to sweep away a lot of the complex physics, which describes the interactions between the electron and the medium, replacing it with an intuitive ‘classical’ description, while burying the details within a modified mass,” physicist Rockson Chang, currently at the Institut d’Optique at the Université Paris-Sud, told”Effective mass behavior is well established, both in fundamental science and modern electronic engineering,” he said. “An example of the latter is in the use of the semiconductor gallium arsenide (GaAs). Electrons in GaAs turn out to have a very small effective mass, just 0.067 times that of the bare electron mass. This very small mass means that when the electrons are subjected to a potential difference, they move significantly faster than outside this medium, making them ideal for high-speed electronic devices. “While working at the University of Toronto, Chang and his coauthors investigated what happens to effective mass when an external force is applied very abruptly. In the simplified theory of effective mass, which is often used in research, the assumption is that the forces are applied slowly. The researchers wanted to find out what happens when this assumption is not met.To do this, the researchers used a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC)—a large number of atoms cooled to near absolute zero temperature. These atoms were trapped in an artificial crystal made of light called an optical lattice. Although this system contains atoms rather than electrons, it exhibits many of the same fundamental properties as a semiconductor. However, because BECs exist on larger length and time scales, they have the advantage of being much more easily accessed experimentally than semiconductors. As the researchers explained, this idea of using one well-controlled quantum system to “simulate” the properties of another is called “quantum simulation.” After trapping the BEC in an optical lattice, the researchers abruptly (in about 20 µs) applied a force on the atoms with an external magnetic field. This force results in an oscillation of an atom’s motion in the crystal, and from this motion the researchers were able to extract the particle’s mass.The researchers’ most important finding was that the initial response of the atoms to this applied force is characterized not by the effective mass as expected, but by the bare mass. Shortly after this initial time period, the atoms response undergo rapid oscillations and the onset of effective mass occurs.”For over 50 years, the observed effective mass behavior has been well described by theory,” Chang said. “However, the popular and intuitive description is based on some fundamental assumptions, in particular that the external force is applied relatively slowly. In our work we probe what happens when this assumption is invalidated. Our work shows that if one were to apply a force sufficiently quickly, the effective mass description falls apart. Interestingly, the initial response of the particle is that of a particle with its bare mass—or in other words, the particle responds as if the medium wasn’t there at all. Only over longer time does the medium have a chance to catch up, again modifying the behavior of the particle and gradually returning to the usual effective mass response.”To give a loose analogy, Chang explains that the onset of effective mass is somewhat like walking through a muddy field. Because of the mud, you tend to walk slower than you would otherwise. This is like having an effective mass larger than a bare mass. However, if you started off by running into the mud, you would at first move very quickly. At this point, effective mass is still low. But as you sink deeper and deeper into the mud, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain that speed, and you eventually slow down. Likewise, it takes some time for the effective mass behavior to arise when subjected to a force.”It’s not that our work is the first observation of the effective mass,” Chang said. “Rather, our experiment demonstrates that the simple and intuitive picture of effective mass can actually break down, while revealing a conceptually very satisfying transition between two different behaviors, from a response in free space (described by the bare mass) to in a medium (described by an effective mass). Our work explores a new regime of dynamics, fast compared to the characteristic timescale of the material-particle interaction.”By showing how effective mass develops on short time scales, the results shed light on some of the most fundamental properties of solid state systems.”This regime is increasingly of interest for researchers looking to continually push the speed of electronic devices,” Chang said. “For example, there has been recent interest in using ultrafast laser pulses (femto-second and shorter) for fast electronic switches. Our results show that the speed and effectiveness of this switching may be affected since the effective mass description may no longer be valid.” Metamaterials experts show a way to reduce electrons’ effective mass to nearly zero Citation: Physicists investigate onset of effective mass (2014, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Rockson Chang, et al. “Observing the Onset of Effective Mass.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.170404 Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2014 ( —Although mass may seem to be a fairly straightforward concept, from a physics perspective it can be much more complex than weighing an object and reading off a number in grams. For instance, an object’s mass can be modified by putting it in a different medium. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more