Mobile app developer kills self

first_imgPune: A 21-year-old IT student, who developed an emergency mobile app that helped connect with thousands of people marooned during the 2015 Chennai floods, was found hanging in his house in Applewood Society in Khodenagar area of Nashik district on Wednesday afternoon.Police said, Kaushal Bag, a second-year Computer Science student of K.K. Wagh Arts, Commerce, Science and Computer Science College, was alone at the time of the incident. The motive remains unknown. Bag’s father, Yogesh, who has a travel agency, and mother, Deepa, an LIC employee, were at work. The body was found by his younger brother who returned home in the afternoon. Bag was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead. Bag made news with his mobile app Helping Hands, an offline cellular system application for emergency services. The app helped people make emergency calls in the absence of network connectivity and contributed in rescuing nearly 20,000 people stranded during the Chennai floods. Many people used the app to send SMSes, which Bag and his colleagues routed to their server to identify the location of the stranded people. NGOs working on ground were immediately informed and rescue teams were sent. The app was a result of Bag’s desire to help people without internet connection in their mobile phones reach out to friends in an emergency. A big hitThe app, in its initial stage, was also used during the 2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela to send automated SMSes to emergency numbers already saved on phones. The app was circulated through a free download link, but was not available on Google Play Store. In January 2016, Bag launched as a women’s safety app, which he developed with three colleagues. The app received an overwhelming response with more than 24,000 downloads across the country. Bag’s innovations also drew praise from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. The tech giant had also offered Bag a job as a Product Manager. Last year, Bag applied for a patent for his innovation and in a tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 20, 2016 he expressed his desire to ‘to donate my application to all the sectors of India’.Last month, Bag used Facebook Live to draw attention to a half-marathon organised by the Nashik Police. District Police Commissioner Dr. Ravindra Singhal felicitated Bag after the run.last_img read more

Dead fish in Indrayani river: State Pollution Control Board seeks explanation from Dehu Gram Panchayat

first_imgThe Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has sought an explanation from the Dehu Gram Panchayat for the thousands of dead fish found floating on the Indrayani River last week. “We have sent a notice to the Dehu Gram Panchayat on Wednesday, directing them to submit their response about the dead fish incident within the next 48 hours,” said Dilip Khedkar, regional officer, MPCB.Mr. Khedkar further said that the MPCB would take action if the villagers failed to furnish an explanation for the incident in which around 4,000 fish, a majority of them being the Mahseer, were found dead.“The cause of this unfortunate incident was the release of untreated sewage, which resulted in the depletion of the oxygen levels in the river. We believe 2-2.5 million litres of untreated sewage were been released into the river per day by the village,” he said.The fish were spotted floating on the Indrayani River in Dehu, 30km from the city on Sunday last week, sparking panic among residents in the area.The dead fish included the mrigal carp or white carp fish, rated as ‘vulnerable’ as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), and a large number of Mahseer fish, which holds significant spiritual value among the local people.“We have sent the collected water and fish samples for analysis and expect the results in a few days,” said Mr. Upendra Kulkarni, sub- regional officer, MPCB.According to Dr. Sachin Punekar, founder president of the environmental NGO Biospheres, the sub-standard rate of dissolved oxygen and eutrophication were likely to have caused the death of the fish.“The continuous inflow of untreated sewage from the Dehu village has resulted in depletion of dissolved oxygen. Foul play by individuals cannot be overlooked as well,” he opined.According to the MPCB officials, a sewage treatment plant (STP) with the capacity of 3 MLD (million litres per day) is expected to be constructed by the end of June.The construction of this STP will help treat the sewage and can also be used for irrigation and agricultural needs, said authorities. According to Dr. Punekar, the MPCB must take immediate action as the deteriorating quality of the river water could prove to be fatal during the upcoming ‘wari’(the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Vithoba in Pandharpur made by ‘warkaris’ carrying palanquins bearing footprints of the two saints).Meanwhile, the Zilla Parishad has banned the usage of water from the Indrayani.The Mahseer fish, known as the dev matha by the villagers, is said to travel along with the ‘Wari’ all the way until Pandharpur.This is not the first time that the toxic river has claimed animal or marine lives. Last month, 19 sheep allegedly died in Chikhli after drinking the waters of the Indrayani.last_img read more

Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP; Sebastian Vettel second

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (center) leads into the first curve at the start of the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (Photo by DARKO BANDIC / AP)SPIELBERG, Austria — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas made a great start from pole position to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in second to extend his championship lead over main rival Lewis Hamilton.Bottas did just enough to hold off Vettel’s late charge, as the German driver crossed the line 0.6 seconds behind.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo showed great ability to defend third place from Hamilton, who almost passed the Australian driver on the last two laps but had to settle for fourth.Bottas clinched the second victory of his career – both have come since he joined Mercedes from Williams this season. His first career podium was on the same Spielberg track, when he finished third for Williams in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHamilton started from eighth on the grid on Sunday.The British driver had the third fastest qualifying time behind Vettel and Bottas, but was demoted five places for an unauthorized gearbox change after the last race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, which Ricciardo won. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Creamline grounds Air Force for 3-0 start LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

Raptors fever runs hot across Canada during NBA Finals

first_imgToronto Raptors fans watch Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors in the fan area known as Jurassic Park, outside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday, June 2, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — It was just past midnight Monday morning, and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri decided it was time to go see the people.So he headed outside — to the line of fans waiting to get into Jurassic Park, a group of die-hards who had been in line for hours and hours and hours already. And this was with Game 5 of the NBA Finals still 21 hours from tipping off.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Warriors: Kevin Durant’s status vs. Raptors a ‘game-time decision’ MOST READ Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Raptors lead the series over the Golden State Warriors 3-1, with the clincher possible Monday.“3 down, 1 to go,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter. “Bring it home, Raptors.”Here’s a far-from-complete list of places where “Let’s Go Raptors” chants have broken out in the last couple of days:At a Blue Jays baseball game in Toronto, the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, on an Air Canada flight heading into Toronto, and among spectators at the PGA’s Canadian Open in nearby Hamilton, Ontario. After Rory McIlroy won that tournament, he drew cheers as he waved and wore a red Raptors jersey bearing Kyle Lowry’s name and number 7.“Raptors in five!” McIlroy yelled.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too They were ready for this moment.All of Canada, it seems, is ready as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Best fans in the world,” Ujiri said as his new best friends cheered.It is Raptors Fever, and it is running hot all across Canada as the country’s lone NBA team is one victory away from its first championship. From Halifax on the east coast to Vancouver out west and all places in between, the excitement is beyond palpable. Hockey season is still going on, but in Canada, more people are watching the NBA than the NHL right now — and the viewership numbers on Monday night are expected to set another record. LATEST STORIES The craze is crossing cultures, too. Before the National Ballet of Canada performed in Toronto Friday, the same night as Game 4 of the finals, the Raptors logo and “We the North” slogan were projected on the theatre curtain while the crowd took their seats. Performers in that show even taped a “Let’s Go Raptors” message and sent it to the team as the finals were getting started.After the Raptors won Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead, two of the fans who had been cheering in Jurassic Park — the place where Raptors fans gather near the arena in downtown Toronto to watch games on big screens — immediately started the line for Monday’s Game 5.Angie Taylor, 33, and Tyler Seaton, 31, were more than prepared. They told The Canadian Press they had a tent, a portable grill, and some groceries to get them through Game 5.“I understand where they’re coming from,” Lowry said. “We want them to be excited. We want them to be happy. We want them to be energetic. But we still got work to do.”One more Raptors victory over Golden State would give Toronto its first major sports championship since baseball’s Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. That second Blue Jays victory came a few months after the Montreal Canadiens lifted the 1993 Stanley Cup. No Canadian-based team has won a championship in baseball, basketball or hockey in the years since, although Toronto FC of Major League Soccer did win the MLS Cup at home in December 2017.Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard said the team is very aware of the countrywide support.“I think we have been embracing it this whole time,” Leonard said. “Just enjoying the support and the energy that they’re bringing to the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PH Blu Girls advance after close win over New Zealand in Olympic qualifying

first_imgP11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Chelsea Suitos singled a ground ball to right field allowing Siera Lange to run for home from third base in the bottom of the eighth inning.Philippines takes the lead in the 8th!!!!! 😬 😬FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40📺— WBSC Softball #RoadToTokyo (@WBSCsoftball) September 26, 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “Yes we are lucky but we worked hard to earn this victory and we showed character to beat a higher ranked team,” said Blu Girls coach Venerando Dizer, who was in tears after the victory.The Philippines nearly lost the game in the top of the sixth inning when Arianne Vallestero fumbled on a left field hit from the Sox’ Makea Merean that saw her reach second base.“We recovered each time when we made an error, we proved to people back home that we are a team to be reckoned with,” said Dizer. “We came here to make the Super Round and now that we made it, we are going for broke. We have nothing to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Philippines on pace for 3×3 Olympic qualifying tourmanent Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Philippine Blu Girls pull off dramatic win. WBSC PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines advanced to the Super Round after taking a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Thursday at Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center.The Blu Girls, who are ranked no.13 in the world, finished the group stage with a 2-1 record while no.11 New Zealand finished third at 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Davis Cup: India to host Spain under flood-lights

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) In its endeavour to bring more fans to the stadium for watching the Indian Davis Cup team in action against formidable Spain, the DLTA has decided to conduct the World Group Play-off tie this month under flood-lights with singles matches starting at 5 in the evening. The two singles matches on the opening day of the crucial tie on September 16, will begin at 5pm while the doubles rubber will start at 7pm, the next day. The two reverse singles on the final day of tie will again start at 5pm in the evening. The decision was taken at a recent DLTA Executive meeting. The singles matches during the World Group Play-off tie against Serbia, held in September 2014, had begun at 3pm, so it can easily be said that this will be Indias first ever tie, where the matches will begin so late in the evening. “We want fans to come and cheer for the Indian players. We deliberated upon the idea how to bring more people to tennis stadium. We have kept those people in mind who have to attend offices during the day. They should not miss this opportunity to watch Indian as well Spanish tennis stars in action,” a DLTA official told PTI. “Also its going to be very humid. The evening start will help players play to their best abilities. We spoke to players to discuss the idea and only after they agreed to it, it was decided to have matches in the evening,” the official added. The tie has already generated interest after Spanish icon Rafael Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, stated that the India visit is on his schedule. Although Nadals availability for the tie would depend on how he performs at the US Open, the DLTA has done well by taking this decision. The dwindling attendance at the cricket stadiums during the five-day Test matches had worried the sports administrators and organisers across the world are keenly experimenting with the idea of hosting Day/Night Test matches. BCCI, for the first time, is hosting its domestic Duleep Trophy with pink ball under lights. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni not the same finishers anymore, says Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin said Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni are indeed not the same finishers they were few years ago.”They can’t be (the same finishers). They have been playing cricket for 14-15 years and playing consistently is not possible. Yuvraj Singh’s game is not conducive to England he hasn’t done so well since that hundred against England earlier this year,” Mohammad Azharuddin said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017.Yuvraj made his debut in the second Champions Trophy in 2000. He played it again in 2002 when India won, 2004, and 2006 then missed the rest for one reason or another.Yuvraj was dropped from the ODI team in 2013 on form, but his hunger for the game and a successful domestic season brought him back into the team this year.In the second match of his comeback in January, he scored 150 against England at Cuttack with 21 fours and three sixes. It was his first ODI century in almost six years.Now he’s helping to prop India’s middle order alongside captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni, and offering a little left-arm spin on the side.Former Australia captain, on the other hand, said he would prefer Yuvraj over Ajinkya Rahane in India’s playing XI.”I’d go with the two most experienced players in Yuvraj and Dhoni. This is their time to really stand up. You do need the mix of youth and experience in the team. But if I have to pick between Yuvraj and Rahane, I would go with the experienced player,” Clarke said.advertisementFormer Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said the Dhoni factor will be key for India at the Champions Trophy starting on June 1.”MS Dhoni has been a bedrock of support for Steve Smith in Rising Pune Supergiant and for Virat Kohli in the Indian team,” Sangakkara said.Dhoni stepped down from Indian team’s captaincy in January and handed over the mantle to Kohli. He was later removed as Rising Pune Supergiant skipper ahead of the the Indian Premier League season 10.He, however, played a key role in RPS team’s rise in Smith’s captaincy as the franchise reached the final of the cash-rich T20 league in their second season. They finished seventh in their debut season last year.Also playing his first series since giving up Indian team’s limited-overs captain, Dhoni struck a scintillating century in the Cuttack ODI against England during a three-match series.”With MS as a wicketkeeper, he brings so much to the Indian side. His role in his own team in the IPL is also very similar to his role in the Indian team. He’s not the captain anymore in both sides,” Sangakkara said.Clarke said Dhoni still capable of winning matches.”MS Dhoni for me is a no-brainer. You have got to pick him. He was outstanding in the IPL and still capable to win matches for the Indian team,” Clarke said.India begin their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.Clarke picked England, Australia, South Africa and India as the semi-finalists. The other three – Azharuddin, Sangakkara and Smith agree with Clarke’s picks.last_img read more

Outdoor matches suspended at Australian Open due to heat wave and blackouts

first_imgScorching temperatures suspended play at the Australian Open tennis grand slam in Melbourne on Friday, expected to be the hottest day in a decade, as a week-old heat wave brought power outages and left streets bare in the business district.Firefighters went on alert as the mercury crept towards an expected maximum of 44 degrees Celsius (111 F), the highest since Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 that killed about 180 people in the southeastern state of Victoria.”Glam Slam and Australian Tennis Championships matches have been suspended on all outside courts at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve,” tournament organisers said on social media.It was the second day that heat had affected play, after the roof at the Rod Laver arena was closed on Thursday for the women’s semi finals match.But the blistering heat did not stop the world No. 4, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, from taking to the practice courts early, ahead of Saturday’s women’s final, where she faces the world number 6, the Czech Petra Kvitova.Crowds were only expected to gather later in the day for the men’s semi finals between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Lucas Pouille of France, ranked 31.Fire officials in the state’s north set the danger rating to “extreme,” while bushfires raging out of control around eastern Timbarra prompted an emergency warning to campers.In the southern island state of Tasmania, officials issued eight emergency warnings.”We’ve got a lot of fire in the landscape,” state fire official Andrew McGuinness told broadcaster ABC. “Some of those fires are quite large. And already, we’re seeing quite nasty fire weather conditions.”advertisementIn Victoria, home to 4 million people, rolling power outages of two hours each could hit about 60,000 homes, after blackouts on Thursday in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, which saw temperatures hit 46.2 C (115.16 F), surpassing a record set in 1939.Australia’s power operator again ordered industrial users to ease back and reduce pressure on Victoria’s overburdened grid, including an aluminium smelter owned by Alcoa in the town of Portland.Only a few people sat under the umbrellas outside Melbourne cafes that are usually heaving by midday, while ice cream melted slowly in the open-air store front of a Ben and Jerry’s that had no customers.Still, some businesses were banking on more patrons as temperatures cool ahead of a long weekend anchored by Saturday’s national holiday, Australia Day.”Days like this attract more customers for us,” said Charlotte Jobling, of the Ice Bar in the trendy Fitzroy district.”Although the streets are a bit quieter, people who are out and about are more likely to come inside. We are hopeful for a full-on evening tonight.”Also Watch:last_img read more

House Approves Emergency Powers Regulations for St. Catherine North

first_img The Emergency Powers (No. 2) Regulations (Continuance) Resolution, 2018, which will govern the operations of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North police division, was approved in the House of Representatives on April 3.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared the State of Public Emergency on March 18.In his remarks, Mr. Holness addressed a recommendation from the Opposition that the competent authority, as provided in the regulations, should act as a composite body, as well as concerns regarding the power of the Security Minister to have someone placed under house arrest.“To deal with the matter of the detention orders, the Act requires that the Minister must satisfy himself, which means that the Minister would have to consult with a competent authority, in this case the Commissioner of Police or Chief of Defence Staff. So it is not a power that the Minister could exercise in an arbitrary of indiscriminate way,” he pointed out.Regarding the issue of a competent authority acting as a composite body, Mr Holness said that this would not be practical.Under the regulations, the competent authority includes the Governor-General (GG), Minister of National Security, Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police or the senior police officer in each parish, and the members are appointed by the GG.“From a practical standpoint, if action is needed to be taken and the law were to treat the idea of competent authority as a composite, it could significantly restrict the authority vested in the individuals by law. In fact, you could run up into a conflict,” Prime Minister Holness argued.“You could have a situation where the Commissioner of Police, who sees a clear and present danger, who is empowered by law to do something, for example, have a curfew declared or do some operational things to move the forces around, would be obliged by virtue of having this composite competent authority to, instead of acting immediately, would have to now wait on and consult.That would not be practical given how a state of emergency operates,” he noted further.Prime Minister Holness further added that “whilst we understand what it is that the Leader of the Opposition wants to achieve, which is to have greater consultation before action is taken, that consultation could in fact limit or at the worst case, result in a conflict of responsibilities”.The Constitution provides that a period of Public Emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the GG is satisfied that action has been taken by any person or persons that has threatened or is deemed as a threat to citizen security and public safety.The Emergency Powers Act refers to the existence of a State of Public Emergency and empowers the GG to make regulations during a period of Public Emergency.The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such following a similar declaration in St. James in January. “To deal with the matter of the detention orders, the Act requires that the Minister must satisfy himself, which means that the Minister would have to consult with a competent authority, in this case the Commissioner of Police or Chief of Defence Staff. So it is not a power that the Minister could exercise in an arbitrary of indiscriminate way,” he pointed out. The Emergency Powers (No. 2) Regulations (Continuance) Resolution, 2018, which will govern the operations of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North police division, was approved in the House of Representatives on April 3. Story Highlights In his remarks, Mr. Holness addressed a recommendation from the Opposition that the competent authority, as provided in the regulations, should act as a composite body, as well as concerns regarding the power of the Security Minister to have someone placed under house arrest.last_img read more

Province Making Final Disbursement to Northern Pulp Under Nowclosed Jobs Fund

first_imgThe province is making the final disbursement to Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. under the now-closed Jobs Fund. In April 2013, government committed $21.7 million in loans and earned incentives to the company for capital projects to improve air quality and efficiency, including a new precipitator, wood chip plant construction and natural gas conversion. The final disbursement of $13.7 million includes about $12 million for the precipitator and $1.7 million for the natural gas conversion. The company has met the terms and conditions of the agreement signed in April 2013 for the purchase and commissioning of equipment. Northern Pulp had two other Jobs Fund agreements, $15 million for working capital in 2009 and $75 million for land purchase in 2010. All Jobs Fund agreements to Northern Pulp under the previous government, totalling $111.7 million, have now been fully disbursed.last_img read more

Cover up tattoos Everything you need to know

first_imgGetting a new tattoo might be a good idea but there is a great chance of it going wrong – sometimes because of the poor quality of ink while the other times because a plain ugly, bad tattoo happened unwantedly.Disappointment of getting a bad tattoo is terrible and makes you feel helpless. It seems like you would never get rid of this mistake…but hey, hold on! There is a solution. Celebrity Tattoo artist and expert Vikas Malani– Co-Founder of BodyCanvas Tattoos suggest to redesign your unpleasant tattoo. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveHere are a few thing which you need to keep in mind to avoid repeating the mistake. Read on: How to get a Cover Up tattoo? So, when you have decided to get a tattoo from a professional tattoo artist you must know that the pigment of the new ink will not go on top of the old tattoo’s pigment. However, you will be amazed to see that these two colours get combined and create a new colour. For example, blue and red together turn into purple under your skin. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painProcedure for a cover-up design Firstly, your tattoo artist will begin to trace new tattoo design over the previous tattoo. The artist will put the outline under the light and place another thin piece of tracing paper on its top. The cover-up process will start via working on the traced outline of your old tattoo to conceal that area. How much does Cover Up cost? The cost will be based on the design, expertise of a tattoo artist, and the amount of rework required. We are sure that you spent a certain amount on old tattoo without any research but this time you shouldn’t think before spending on a tattoo to rectify it. Things to keep in mind before getting Cover up Tattoo TATTOO SIZE: New Cover up Tattoo will always be bigger than the older one. You will have to compromise on size, so take advantage of it and get better tattoo this time. Discuss the size of your tattoo with an artist. TATTOO COLORS: Ask your artist what shade of colours they will be using as to hide the old tattoo – colour ranges from blues to browns to blacks. So opt for bold and dark colour options to cover up your previous one. DARK COLOR MIGHT SEE-THROUGHIt is seen, even after Cover up Tattoo is done, the old tattoo colour is easily visible. For this reason, the tattoo artist uses excess dark ink to achieve the effect they want.Inks like blue or black will appear on the cover-up tattoo as compared to the shades of white or yellow. So, before you start to Cover Up the tattoo ask your new tattoo artist about the colours they will be using to hide old one. Myths and Misconceptions about Cover up Tattoo Tattoos are painful, tattoos are only for hippies, and that they are still considered a taboo in some parts of society are some common perceptions. Can’t donate blood: It’s only the first three months that you cannot donate blood. After that, you can donate blood. A tattoo cannot be removed: Tattoo can be removed through a laser treatment leaving no scars behind. A tattoo will fade when you get old: Tattoo needs maintenance. You need to moisturise your tattoo at least once in a day. Skin allergy and blood poisoning: People have a mindset that getting a tattoo can lead to skin allergies. With the right artist and proper hygiene, allergies don’t come up as a problem. People who are below 18 years cannot get a tattoo: You can surely get a tattoo even if you are not 18. Getting a tattoo will not have any health hazards if you below the mentioned age.last_img read more

Trudeau takes aim at racist rallies urges trust in immigration system

first_imgMONTREAL – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians should maintain confidence in the immigration system even as thousands of asylum seekers continue to pour into the country.He stresses that all those walking across the United States border won’t receive any special advantage and must go through the usual security checks and immigration evaluations.Federal authorities say that through the first two weeks of August, more than 3,800 people walked over the border into Quebec, compared to the the 2,996 who similarly crossed the border throughout all of July.Trudeau’s comments come hours before an expected rally in Quebec City involving anti-immigration and pro-diversity protesters that had the province’s premier voicing concerns that things could get out of hand.Right-wing group La Meute is organizing a rally in a yet-to-be determined location in Quebec City against the flow of illegal entries into the province from the United States.The prime minister is condemning the demonstrations organized by a small minority of racists who Trudeau says don’t get to change the country’s openness to immigrants.last_img read more

The Future is Rising Youth strike from school for climate change

first_imgStudents of all ages strike from school to protest the lack of action on climate change. They are a group called “Future Rising Ottawa” and they are raising awareness for the environment and asking adults to protect their future. Shelby Lisk/APTNShelby LiskAPTN NewsToday students of all ages, in Ottawa and Gatineau, took a strike from school to protest the lack of action on climate change as a part of #FridaysforFuture. Fridays for future is inspired by Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, who is leading students to strike for climate around the world.The rally is run by youth and adults are invited but the structure is “youth out front – adults behind” echoing the sentiment that adults need to support and listen to the youth, the leaders of the future. The students are using their voices to demand leaders and all adults take action to ensure they have a safe and clean future and demanding they take responsibility for the earth they have given their children.Ottawa’s first #FridaysForFuture strike was Jan. 11, 2019, continuing throughout the school year and culminating in the most attended strike on March 15, in support of the Global Climate Strike. Over 500 students and supporters protested on Parliament Hill.Today’s event may have had fewer students but just as much spirit.(Mia Beijer chants “whose future? OUR FUTURE” to students gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Ottawa. Shelby Lisk/APTNMia Beijer, 16 years old, from Gatineau“We are gathered here today because we are terrified for our futures. We are terrified because adults and past generations have not changed the system that’s killing us. We are here because the water that feeds us is dying and no one is stopping it. We are here because our land, our home and our earth is dying. What gives us life is dying. As adults I want you to reflect on this moment of silence and I want you to apologize to the youth in your life.” (Parisa Anonby and Kate Martens stand with their sign at the youth climate march. Shelby Lisk/APTN)Kate Martens, 16 years old, from Ottawa“Our earth is really important to us, and our government, all they care about is money and capitalism. We’re just wanting to show that there will be no place for money if we don’t have a sustainable earth to live in. It’s important that they understand that because we are the future voters and future leaders of this planet.”Parisa Anonby, 17 years old, from Ottawa“Some of us, our parents didn’t let us go but we came anyway. It’s the kind of thing where are just going to do anything to bring awareness. We are sacrificing our education to be here and sometimes that’s the only way to bring change.”(Toby Guillemette, 15 years old, Findlay Henderson, 5 years old, Penny Henderson, Zander Henderson, 3 years old, and Sonia Wesche came out as a family to support the Fridays for Future initiative. Shelby Lisk/APTN)Tony Guillemette, 15 years old, from Ottawa“I think what’s happening needs to change and we have to do something because they’re innocent and they deserve the best life, my cousins.”Sonia Wesche thought it was important to bring her family to the climate march because her kids are the future. She was there with her two sons, their grandmother and her nephew.“The future of our planet is at stake and we need to be doing something. I think the time is right. There’s political motivation, there’s leadership to some degree. We need to be pushing for action. We’re in a climate emergency and we need to be doing something about it,” says Wesche.Future Rising Ottawa’s Facebook page says their goals are to become too connected to fail, to help youth secure a livable world and to have fun.Future Rising Ottawa can be found on Parliament Hill every Friday raising awareness for the environment and asking adults to protect their future. The biggest strike yet is set to happen next week, September 27th, for the Global Climate Strike and will include youth, adults and all people and organizations interested.@shelbyliskphotolast_img read more

Fuel prepayment mandatory starting June 1 in Alberta

first_imgStarting Friday, new Occupational Health and Safety rules will take effect and make fuel prepayment mandatory at all gas stations in the province.“Fuel prepayment saves lives,” said Minister of Labour Christina Gray. “These new rules will improve safety for fuel and convenience store workers by preventing violent gas-and-dash incidents. “While it may take a few extra minutes, paying before you pump is worth it to make sure all workers go home safely to their families at the end of the day.”Over the past four years, Alberta has seen a number of convenience store robberies and gas-and-dash incidents result in the deaths of five workers and serious injuries to three workers across Alberta.last_img

Moodys affirms Sri Lankas B1 rating maintains negative outlook

Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has today affirmed the Government of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured ratings at B1 and maintained the negative outlook.The decision to affirm the rating at B1 reflects Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing the planned reform program, which entails fiscal consolidation and a build-up foreign exchange reserves buffers, ahead of the end of the IMF Extended Fund Facility program in June 2019, along with its moderate per capita income levels, and stronger institutions relative to many similarly-rated sovereigns. That feature dominates Sri Lanka’s credit profile. The government could face significantly tighter refinancing conditions at some point during the next few years, which would quickly lead to much weaker debt affordability and a higher debt burden, especially if the currencydepreciated at the same time.Concurrently, the local-currency bond and deposit ceilings remain unchanged at Ba1. The foreign-currency bond ceiling is unchanged at Ba2 and the foreign currency deposit ceiling at B2. Under its IMF Extended Fund Facility Program, Sri Lanka continues to advance reforms that support fiscal consolidation and attempt to reduce external vulnerabilities. Progress in fiscal consolidation and in building up of reserves buffers strengthens the credit profile by providing greater assurance of Sri Lanka’s ability to refinance its domestic and external debt at affordable costs.The government’s commitment to continuing to broaden and deepen its revenue base including through implementation of the Inland Revenue Act (IRA), which came into effect in April 2018, will bolster revenue generation. Moreover, legislative measures pursuant to changes in the Fiscal Management Responsibility Act aim to apply fiscal rules that ensure deficit and debt consolidation efforts endure beyond the conclusion of the IMF program.In addition, the planned changes to the Monetary Law Act should strengthen the credibility and effectiveness of Sri Lanka’s monetary policy, helping the central bank anchor inflation expectations and prevent fiscal dominance. If effective, this would contribute to stabilising the cost of debt at lower levels and as a result enhance fiscal flexibility. The decision to maintain the negative outlook reflects Sri Lanka’s ongoing high vulnerability to a potential tightening in external and domestic financing conditions, given relatively large borrowing needs, reliance on external funding and still low reserves adequacy. This is balanced against Moody’s expectation that the sovereign’s fiscal strength will remain very low and government liquidity and external vulnerability risk will remain rating constraints. In addition, the government plans to further diversify external funding sources through the issuance of Chinese renminbi or Japanese yen denominated bonds, as well as loans from other bilateral or multilateral lenders. The Active Liability Management Act (ALMA) will provide the government with some flexibility to smooth the timing of its debt refinancing operations within a given year. Over time, effective use of the ALMA may allow the Sri Lankan government to smooth somewhat the consecutive large debt maturities over the period 2019-2023 and to prevent the recurrence of such a concentration in future. During the next few years, however, thegains will be limited given the high frequency of debt repayments. read more

Kamloops BC radio station to be purchased by national broadcasting group

Kamloops, B.C., radio station to be purchased by national broadcasting group by The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2017 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Nova Scotia-based media company Newfoundland Capital Corp. (TSX: NCC.A) has signed an agreement to buy three radio stations in Kamloops, B.C., just two weeks after announcing the sale of one of its radio stations in Vancouver.The company confirmed it intends to sell CISL 650 to Rogers Media, and purchase NL Broadcasting Ltd. in Kamloops, including radio station CHNL-AM and its two FM stations.Both the purchase and sale are subject to approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Newfoundland Capital Corp., through its subsidiary NewCap Inc., holds 95 radio or television licenses across Canada, including three in Vancouver and one each in Kelowna and Penticton.President and CEO Rob Steele says the sale of CISL is in the best interests of shareholders, while he says NewCap is excited about entering the Kamloops market because CHNL and its FM licenses already have a strong presence.“This acquisition continues to expand our presence in British Columbia and fits well with our current operations in Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley,” said Steele in a news release.Newcap posted first-quarter financial results on Tuesday showing revenue of $35.7 million, $1.1 million lower than the same period last year, while first-quarter profits were $3 million, a decrease of 35 per cent.Steele says the first quarter was challenging, but the drop in revenue is consistent with declines throughout the radio industry and he expects that a focus on quality and cost control will allow the company to overcome the shortfall over the remainder of the year. read more

I may see you at the school gates Duchess of Cambridge meets

first_imgThe Portrait Gala fundraising dinner Greeted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, the gallery’s director, when she arrived, the Duchess was escorted up glittering golden stairs to a champagne reception.She has been a patron of the gallery since 2012.There, she was shown around an exhibition by Howard Hodgkin, entitled Absent Friends, including the last work he painted. Mr Hodgkin died at the beginning of this month. The Duchess, wearing a dark green lace Temperley gown, met artists, trustees and donors in an hour-long tour of the gallery in London.In one line-up, she met parents from pre-prep Thomas’s school in Battersea, which Prince George will attend from September, telling them: “I’m not sure George has any idea what’s going to hit him.” The Duchess was then given a lengthy tour by artist Gillian Wearing of her exhibition, Behind the Mask, Another Mask, which also includes work by Claude Cahun. PA Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school, near SandringhamCredit:The Duchess of Cambridge/PA Duchess of Cambridge speaks with artist Gillian Wearing Dr Cullinan gave a speech to guests to launch the gallery’s major fundraising project, Coming Home, which aims to loan works of art to the regions they are linked with.”It could enable sitters such as Sir Francis Drake to return to Plymouth, the Bronte sisters or David Beckham to Essex,” he said.Moving upstairs, the Duchess was shown 10 masks by artists and designers, including Philip Treacy, Maggie Hambling and Dame Vivienne Westwood, which are due to be sold to raise funds.A series of 100 new postcards, by artists who have produced the works anonymously, are also being sold for £250.  Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlottecenter_img The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA At the glamorous National Portrait Gallery gala dinner, the Duchess of Cambridge was always going to bump into a few famous faces and key figures from the art world.But last night she made a new – and potentially useful – acquaintance, after meeting a fellow parent from son Prince George’s new school. The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Portrait Gallery in LondonCredit:Beretta/Sims/Rex/Shutterstock The Duchess went on to speak to Phillip Chung, the father of television presenter and model Alexa Chung, who remarked on the collection of art he had built up, thanks to his children.She told him that she too had begun gathering her children’s artistic efforts together. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Architect Richard Found and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector, told the Duchess that it was a “great school”.”We were chatting about Thomas’s, the school George will be going to,” said Mr Found after meeting the Duchess.”We’re parents there as well. She just said, ‘I may see you at the school gates.'” The Duchess of Cambridge with artist Gillian WearingCredit:Neil Hall/Getty last_img read more

Four speeding drivers caught by cameras every minute

Devon and Cornwall also recorded a 204 per cent increase in six years, going from just over 14,000 to almost 43,000 last year.The other areas with the highest number of speeders last year were West Yorkshire with 174,796; the Metropolitan Police with 139,318, Thames Valley with 131,401 and Greater Manchester with 101,421.Meanwhile the West Midlands area has recorded a 55 per cent drop in the number of speeders down from 78,087 in 2011-12 to 34,966 last year.Cleveland also recorded a 46 per cent drop while Dorset was down 31 per cent and Sussex 29 per cent.The figures were collated Dr Adam Snow, a lecturer in criminal law at Liverpool John Moores University following research commissioned by the RAC Foundation.RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said the disparity between the figures in different force areas was often down to local policing priorities.He said: “It is the job of police and crime commissioners, and chief constables, to target resources appropriately, recognising the issues of greatest local concern.”Changes and variations in the numbers of offences detected will reflect not just driver behaviour but also the extent of enforcement activity in any one year.”The National Police Chiefs’ Council has defended the use of speed awareness courses insisting they are designed to reduce the number of road casualties.But the number of fatalities on the roads has remained relatively constant over the past six years going from 1,754 in 2012 to 1,793 last year.Motoring groups insist speed awareness courses are more about generating revenue for forces at a time when budgets are under pressure and there is no evidence that they make the roads any safer. The number of drivers being caught speeding has soared by more than half a million during the past six years as cash strapped police forces increasingly resort to roadside cameras to raise revenue.Last year 2,292,536 motorists – equating to four every minute – were detected breaking the speed limit on Britain’s roads.That figure is up a third on the same period six years ago when just over 1.7 million drivers were caught going too fast.The sharp rise has been put down to the continued roll out of speed cameras across the country’s road network.In some force areas the number of drivers flashed for speeding has soared by more than 400 per cent.Around half of those who are caught now pay to attend a speed awareness course rather than opting to accept points on their licence.It is estimated that around a quarter of all British drivers have now been on a speed awareness course, and the schemes are believed to generate around £50 million annually for police forces.While constabularies are not supposed to profit from the courses they are able to recoup a maximum of £45 per driver to cover administration costs.The chances of being caught speeding varies widely across the country, with some force areas massively clamping down in recent years. More than 2 million speeding drivers are caught each yearCredit:PA More than 2 million speeding drivers are caught each year The Avon and Somerset force area recorded the most speeding motorists last year, successfully catching up with just under 200,000.That figure was up from 38,654 in 2011-12, a staggering rise of 416 per cent over a six year period.Bedfordshire recorded an even higher increase of 428 per cent, going from 14,060 in 2011-12 to 74,297 last year.In both force areas 100 per cent of the drivers were caught as a result of speed cameras.Essex Police was up 269 per cent over the same period going from 25,980 in 2011-12 to 95,967 last year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

VIDEO Lichtlein gets confused by Rune Dahmke magic

The real spectacle in Dortmund, where 11.000 fans, legends, VfL Gummersbach and THW Kiel celebrated the start of the 50th DKB Bundesliga season, was followed with a spectacular goal by young Kiel’s left wing Rune Dahmke. The 23 years-old Dahmke, the kid of “Zebras” got a chance at the start of the season and for now, doing well.Look how he scored against experienced and a little bit confused Carsten Lichtlein. ← Previous Story Over 42.000 tickets sold for Women’s WCh 2015 in Denmark Next Story → Zelenovic “makes trouble” to Rojewski or Natek? Rune Dahmke

Shots fired at house in Dublin overnight

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are investigating after a number of shots were fired at a house in Rathmines overnight.The incident happened at around 12.45am when the shots were fired through the sitting room window of the house on the Upper Rathmines Road on the southside.No-one was injured in the incident.Gardaí confirmed that an investigation is ongoing. The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.last_img