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Alaska Highway Cemetery Tour

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join staff and volunteers of the North Peace Museum for a guided tour of the Fort St. John Cemetary.Friday, July 26th, 2019 from 7 pm to 8 pm at the Fort St. John Cemetary on 100 Avenue. Tour is $10/person and can be paid at the cemetery gate prior to the tour. The Alaska Highway has shaped the lives of residents of the North Peace over the last 77 years. Learn about those who helped with the highway’s construction as well as entrepreneurs, lodge owners, ambulance drivers, and more.To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERElast_img

Tackling human rights issues vital for Nepals peace process – outgoing UN

Richard Bennett, the head of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal), discussed the linkages between the human rights situation in the country and the peace process with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal in the capital, Kathmandu. Mr. Bennett, who will soon wrap up his assignment in Nepal, has consistently called on the Government and the Maoists to honour their commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed in 2006 and ended a decade-long civil war that claimed some 13,000 lives in the South Asian nation.OHCHR has monitored and reported on human rights and provided training and technical assistance to state institutions and civil society since it was established in Nepal in 2005. The 2006 peace agreement also requests OHCHR to monitor the human rights provisions of the pact.In today’s meeting, he voiced appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts on issues such as tackling gender violence and addressing the concerns of marginalized communities, according to a news release issued by OHCHR.At the same time, Mr. Bennett voiced his deep concerns over the lack of progress on issues of accountability and the continuing impunity in the country, and encouraged the Nepalese leader to move forward in a number of areas, including setting up transitional justice mechanisms.“The Prime Minister recognized these concerns and acknowledged and appreciated OHCHR’s role in Nepal,” the news release stated.Mr. Bennett also briefed the Prime Minister on the timeline for the closure of OHCHR’s field offices, and on plans to continue its programmes from Kathmandu.In June OHCHR agreed to the Government’s request to reduce its presence in Nepal, given the end of the conflict and the progress the country has made towards a peaceful political transition.The Office will continue to enjoy unrestricted freedom of movement and will continue to exercise its mandate throughout the country with access to all sectors of government and to all official documentation.It will also continue its cooperation with the National Human Rights Commission and other national human rights institutions, and work to build up civil society organizations’ ability to strengthen the national human rights protection system in the country. 5 August 2010Addressing human rights issues and ensuring accountability for abuses is vital for the peace process in Nepal, which is trying to rebuild after a decade-long civil war, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

Canadian energy company named in California climaterelated lawsuit

A Canadian energy company is named in three large lawsuits that attempt to link damages from climate change to industry’s alleged attempts to hinder action to address it.In the latest of a growing number of such lawsuits around the world, Calgary-based Encana is one of 20 energy majors and their subsidiaries facing claims from three California communities. They allege the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at least partially responsible for related damages such as shoreline erosion.“Defendants … have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate,” says the lawsuit filed by the City of Imperial Beach.“They have nevertheless engaged in a co-ordinated, multi-front effort to conceal and deny their own knowledge of those threats, discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence, and persistently create doubt in the minds of customers, consumers, regulators, the media, journalists, teachers, and the public about the reality and consequences of the impacts of their fossil fuel pollution.”Encana (TSX:ECA) has not responded to requests for comment.The lawsuits, filed Monday in California, draw on legal precedents used against tobacco companies, which reached a U.S. settlement of $368.5 billion in 1998.“The plaintiffs have an uphill battle, but these are plausible claims,” said Michael Burger, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.Burger said that, like tobacco companies, the energy industry knew its business was creating problems. Reports quoting documents from Exxon’s archives suggest its management was told by its own scientists about greenhouse gases and climate change as early as 1977.Instead of addressing the problem, the lawsuits allege, industry deployed think tanks, lobbyists and other means to obscure the science and resist regulation — much like the tobacco industry.“You have a similar history of corporate malfeasance,” said Burger.But the climate lawsuits will have a much tougher time linking specific damages to industry actions, he said.“To get from pulling it out of the ground all the way through the chain of manufacture, marketing, combustion — and through the climate change reality and then to sea-level rise causing specific impacts in these places — is a much longer chain of causation.”Similar lawsuits have been thrown out.Vic Sher, the lawyer handling the litigation, said his lawsuits avoid conflicts with federal law that disallowed earlier attempts.Fresh reports have made industry attempts to block change much clearer, he said. As well, research now allows scientists to make direct links between greenhouse gases, sea-level rise and individual producers.“That causal connection we can now tie to particular companies.”The claim alleges the defendants are collectively behind about 20 per cent of total CO2 emissions between 1965 and 2015.“It’s an enormous volume and a substantial contribution to the problem,” Sher said.Kate Sears, supervisor for Marin County just north of San Francisco, said her communities are already suffering.Previously rare flooding tides now occur about 15 times a year, she said. The only roads in and out for some coastal communities have been submerged.A county assessment concluded in April that within 15 years, tidal flooding could threaten at least $15.5 billion in public and private assets, from homes to schools to wetlands.“Climate change is not a theoretical problem for us,” Sears said. “It’s very, very real.”Martin Olszynski, a University of Calgary law professor who has published research on similarities between climate change and tobacco liability, said the cases are highly relevant to Canada as different court systems try to deal with the issue.“Everyone’s watching to see what different courts are doing, especially countries that share that common law tradition,” he said. “There’s a cumulative effect — you start to see more and more of these.”A report in March for the United Nations counted 654 cases in 24 countries that dealt with the science of climate change and mitigation efforts.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

US strikes Assad targets Canada mum on abrupt Syria shift

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A ghastly chemical attack pushed the Syrian civil war toward a dramatic turning point, with the new U.S. administration launching a missile strike against the regime of Bashar Assad in a sudden shift in policy.American warships launched dozens of rockets at a military air base in central Syria after a nerve-gas attack that killed scores of civilians including children, U.S. officials said late Thursday.The strike came hours after the new Trump administration signalled a reversal of policy with respect to Assad: that the Syrian leader had lost the legitimacy to govern, he had to go, and an international coalition was being assembled to oust him.President Donald Trump explained why he ordered the military strikes in a statement that did not elaborate on his longer-term political objective for Syria.“Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children,” President Donald Trump said from his Florida residence.“It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.”The administration said it took steps to avoid damage to third-county targets, suggesting Russian officials were given a heads-up aimed at averting conflict.Speaking earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered little hint about Canada’s role in any effort to remove the Syrian strongman. Yet he expressed horror over the suspected sarin attack, which killed more than 80 people.“This is a war crime and the international community must stand firmly against such things,” Trudeau said Thursday after a day of meetings in New York.“We condemn in the strongest of terms (these) heinous attacks against civilians, children, by chemical weapons.”He promised Canada would be involved in the United Nations process to investigate and punish the perpetrators of the chemical attack that killed civilians, as seen in grotesque images that have shocked the world.The Trump administration was already assigning blame.After repeatedly expressing disinterest in removing Assad, and frequently declaring that America’s sole interest in Syria was defeating terrorist groups, not toppling its oppressive government, Trump’s team signalled its course correction earlier Thursday.Trump’s secretary of state went further.Rex Tillerson said a coalition-building effort has already begun, with the aim of ousting Assad. He did not specify whether the effort would be primarily diplomatic, military, or both — but he made clear it’s underway.“There would be no role for (Assad) to govern the Syrian people,” Tillerson said, reversing his own statements of a few days earlier.Asked whether he was organizing an international coalition, he replied: “Those steps are underway.”That was an apparent flip-flop from his statement a few days earlier that Assad’s fate was up to the Syrian people. That was before gas was dropped on the city of Khan Sheikhoun, one of the few remaining rebel strongholds.Some of Tillerson’s critics blamed his laissez-faire statement for emboldening Assad. Yet the Trump administration also blamed past president Barack Obama, who famously declared chemical weapons a red line not to be crossed — then backed down.It’s unclear whether something else has changed since Obama’s presidency: Russia’s role.The Kremlin convinced the U.S. in 2013 not to attack, on the promise that it could collect the Syrian chemical arsenal. It has continued to support him, consistently holding off international efforts at regime-change.That may be eroding — perhaps.The Kremlin is still sending mixed messages. On the one hand, the Russian government says its support for Assad is “not unconditional.” On the other hand, a spokesman says he’s Syria’s legitimate leader; also, Russia Today reports that President Vladimir Putin has said it would be unacceptable to make “groundless” accusations about Assad’s role, without proof.Trudeau was asked whether he doubted this was Assad’s work — he didn’t reply directly; he said simply that it’s important to have all the facts before moving ahead.The prime minister was in New York on Thursday for meetings with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Antonio Guterres, the new secretary general of the United Nations. He also participated in two roundtable discussions and a public interview with media executive Tina Brown.The backdrop of his visit: the annual Women In The World Summit. At one discussion with female business leaders, he touted the idea of getting more women into corporate boardrooms.“It’s not just about doing the right thing around equality and pay equity, it’s about understanding that that actually is the smart thing to do. . . . It leads to better outcomes,” he said.It’s the prime minister’s fourth U.S. visit of 2017. He’s recently visited the White House, attended an energy conference in Houston and took in a Canadian-themed Broadway play in the company of dignitaries including Trump’s daughter Ivanka. by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 1:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. strikes Assad targets; Canada mum on abrupt Syria shift read more

Outgoing UN peacekeeping chief praises reduced cost of operations as agility increases

“It’s a lot of money at face value, but it’s 0.4 per cent of world military expenditure,” Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told journalists in New York during his final briefing in this post.“No other army has done what the United Nations has done over the past six years,” he added. The price for UN peacekeeping operations is currently $7.2 billion, down from $8.2 billion in 2011. “We diminished the cost per peacekeeper by 16 per cent without any diminution in the level of equipment.” Comparing UN costs with the price tag for similar operations done by Governments alone, Mr. Ladsous said the UN operation cost was one-quarter of such operations. Even as the costs have decreased, the agility and capacities of UN peacekeeping has strengthened, Mr. said Ladsous.For example, the UN will shortly have a permanent capacity to deploy a vanguard brigade within 30 to 60 days, a “very useful” improvement over the current six to eight months to deploy a unit. Technological advances, such as surveillance drones, balloons and cameras, are helping to bring “peacekeeping into the 21st century”Another example of progress cited by Mr. Ladsous is the work under way to create a framework policy on intelligence which will save lives and allow peacekeepers “to do a better job.” Technological advances, such as surveillance drones, balloons and cameras, are helping to bring “peacekeeping into the 21st century,” Mr. Ladsous added. The geographic makeup of the peacekeepers is also changing, with an increased number of units from the so-called Global North, which incorporates countries from North America and Europe, as opposed to the Global South, which consists of South America, Asia and Africa. “When I can in in 2011, 95 per cent of peacekeepers were from the Global South,” said Mr. Ladsous. “Now we have more countries from the Global North, from Europe, the European Union, in Mali and in Central Africa.” Another key aspect of change in peacekeeping is their ability to adapt to the situation in each country and in creating exit strategies “because missions are not eternal,” Mr. Ladsous said. He noted that three peacekeeping operations – in Côte D’Ivoire, Haiti and Liberia – are expected to close down this year. ‘Peacekeeping is about political solutions’Despite the evolution of peacekeeping, its operations are often hampered by ongoing challenges, Mr. Ladsous noted. These include deployments to countries where there is no political process. “Peacekeeping is about political solutions. The visible part is the soldiers, the uniforms, the policemen, but the reality is that we’re there to serve a political solution and quite often, it was the case in Mali initially, it was the case in CAR [Central African Republic] initially, there was no political solution in sight,” he said. The Security Council “is not always as supportive as it should be” in such circumstances, nor in instances where UN ‘blue helmets’ should be sent. One of the greatest challenges, however, is managing expectations of UN Member States, donor countries and other actors. “The heart of the mandate is about protection of civilians. This is an extremely difficult issue. Yet we cannot have a peacekeeper behind every single citizen in the theatre,” said Mr. Ladsous. While it is difficult to quantify, UN peacekeeping saves lives, the outgoing chief said. Pointing to South Sudan, where he just visited with the incoming chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Mr. Ladsous said the UN saved at least 220,000 lives in South Sudan alone. Among other issues discussed in his final press briefing was the recent sexual exploitation and abuse report, asymmetrical attacks on peacekeepers, and uncooperative Governments hosting peacekeeping operations. read more

Franks Elleby help Washington St beat Idaho 9070

PULLMAN, Wash. — Robert Franks scored 22 points as Washington State beat Idaho 90-70 on Wednesday night.Freshman CJ Elleby had 20 points and eight rebounds for Washington State (5-2) and Ahmed Ali added 14 points in 18 minutes.Trevon Allen scored 17 points with seven rebounds for Idaho (3-5).Elleby scored 10 of the last 13 first-half points, giving the Cougars a 45-40 halftime lead.The Cougars went on an 11-0 run in the first four minutes of the second to push their lead to 16 points.Idaho trimmed its deficit to 62-52 but WSU hit four 3s in a 14-2 run that made it 76-56 with eight. Ali started the run with a 3, followed another by Viont’e Daniels. Franks drove the lane for an easy bucket and hit a 3 on the next possession before Ali ended the run with another trey.BIG PICTUREWashington State: The Cougars stay undefeated at home and will stay in the state of Washington for their next three games and then head to the Las Vegas Classic before returning home to face Santa Clara on Dec. 29. The Cougars, who finished 11th in the Pac-12 last season, open conference play at Rival Washington on Jan. 5.Idaho: The Vandals completed their road trip and will head back home for the next two contests looking to get back to .500 on the year.UP NEXTIdaho plays CSU Bakersfield on Saturday.Washington State plays Montana State on Sunday in Kennewick, Washington.Ricky Hester, The Associated Press read more

Freddie Starr dies aged 76 Tributes paid as comedian found dead in

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. The story claimed Starr placed the small creature between two slices of bread and ate it at a friend’s home after returning from a performance in Manchester.But in his 2001 autobiography Unwrapped, Starr said the incident never took place.During the 1990s, he starred in several TV shows including Freddie Starr (1993-94), The Freddie Starr Show (1996-98) and An Audience with Freddie Starr in 1996.He took part in the 2011 series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here but dropped out due to ill health.A meal of fermented egg and a camel toe forced comic Starr to leave after he suffered an allergic reaction and had to be taken to hospital.Medics advised Starr to drop out of the competition in case his illness flared up again. I’ve just heard that Freddie Starr has died.He was the funniest man I have ever seen.I’m so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie. 💔— Bobby Davro (@BobbyDavro1) May 9, 2019 Freddie Starr, the comedian who rose to fame in the 1970s, has reportedly died at the age of 76.Starr was found dead at his home in Spain, The Sun said, while a post on Facebook and Twitter pages claiming to belong to Starr appeared to confirm the news.A post said: “This is Freddie’s manager. Just to confirm Freddie has passed away. R.i.p to our greatest comedian of all time.”Starr’s fellow comic Jim Davidson was among those paying tribute.He tweeted: “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.”Actor Bobby Davro said on Twitter that Starr was “one of our greatest comedy talents”. He wrote: “I’ve just heard that Freddie Starr has died. He was the funniest man I have ever seen. I’m so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie.”TV presenter Amanda Holden said she hoped Starr was “remembered with a smile”.Writing on Twitter, she said: “Sad to hear of Freddie Starr passing today. His style may have fallen out of comedy fashion & favour-but it’s important to recognise his once huge popularity& fame.”Britain’s Got Talent host Holden, 48, said Starr’s parodies were “outrageous and edgy” adding she hopes he is “remembered with a smile”. Merseyside-born Starr was the lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s and rose to national prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks.He was known by fans for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour.In 1986, he was famously at the centre of one of the best known newspaper headlines when The Sun splashed with: “Freddie Starr ate my hamster.” Freddie Starr’s pet-eating antics led to The Sun’s most famous headline https://t.co/RuviHDDzbX pic.twitter.com/UQGsj9umhb— The Sun (@TheSun) May 9, 2019 read more

LNH Montpellier beat Aix in seasons opener

← Previous Story WITHOUT STERBIK: Veszprem put Csurgoi KK on 17 goals Next Story → Future SC Magdeburg star Filip Kuzmanovski leaves RK Metalurg and joins HC Eurofarm Rabotnik Montpellier handballVid Kavtičnik Montpellier:Vincent GÉRARD : 10/32 saves dt 0/2 pen, Nikola PORTNER : 1/2 7-m., Diego SIMONET : 3/7, Théophile CAUSSÉ , Jonas TRUCHANOVICIUS : 1/3, Mathieu GRÉBILLE : 2/5, Fredric PETTERSSON : 4/4, Melvyn RICHARDSON : 6/11 dt 1/1 pen., Vid KAVTICNIK : 6/12 dt 3/4 pen., Baptiste BONNEFOND : 0/1, Jean-Loup FAUSTIN , Valentin PORTE : 4/9, Arnaud BINGO , Benjamin AFGOUR , Mohamed SOUSSI , Mohamed MAMDOUH : 0/1 AIX: Joze BAZNIK : 9/18 saves dt 0/1 pen., Wesley PARDIN : 8/25 dt 0/3 pen. Hugo CABANES,,Juan ANDREU : 2/3, Iosu GONI-LEOZ : 4/7, Inaki PECINA : 2/3, Tim DALHAUS : 0/3, Martin LARSEN : 2/5 dt 0/1 pen., Morten BJORNHAUGE , Philip STENMALM : 2/3, Simon DOISEL : 1/1, Aymeric MINNE : 4/6, Jordan CAMARERO : 2/3, Matthieu ONG : 4/4 dt 3/3 pen., Théo DEROTLNH 18/19: Rampant PSG beat local rival Ivry Montpellier began season in the best possible way by winning “Champions Trophy”, while premiere in front of home fans was also successful for the reigning VELUX EHF Champions League winners. The team of Patrice Canayer had serious contender for the first points in the season – Aix of Jerome Fernandez, but at the end, home team prevailed – 26:23.Slovenian right back-wing Vid Kavticnik scored six goals for the winners. read more

Recession Causing Lower Carbon Emissions

first_imgGood news! Carbon emissions are down! The number dropped from 31.2 billion tons to 30.8 billion tons, from 2008 to 2009. Why the reduction? Are corporations finally taking the initiative to reduce what is generally considered the chief cause of global warming? Nope. The numbers have apparently dropped because of the recession.This marks the first drop since the late 90s. Emissions dropped 6.9 percent in the US, 8.6 in the UK, seven percent in Germany, 11.8 percent in Japan, and 8.7 percent in Russia. The worldwide drop was only 1.3 percent, however, thanks in part to increases in China and India, which rose eight percent and 6.2 percent, respectively.last_img

Like Angry Birds Prepare for angry candy

first_imgUnless you absolutely love Angry Birds, you are probably growing tired of the constant barrage of advertising and products surrounding the brand. As well as the games you can buy the toys, there’s a boardgame coming, you can get the logo or characters printed on just about any object you can think of, and even make your own slingshot for playing the game with. But now Rovio has decided to take Angry Birds in a new direction you probably hand’t considered: confectionery.Finnish food production company Fazer (pronounced Fatser) has been working on a new range of candy that both looks like and carries the Angry Birds name. You can see the teaser video for the candy above, and the introductory video below:It looks as though there will be two packs of candy/sweets to choose from. One will contain the birds, the other the pigs. There also seems to be building block candy in the packs alongside the characters. As the production line woman in the video demonstrates, if you buy enough bags you should be able to construct an entire Angry Birds level out of candy.Will it sell on release this summer? Probably very, very well. I also don’t think it will take long after release before YouTube is full of time-lapse builds using the candy for level recreation.What next, Minecraft candy? Wait, that actually sounds like a really good idea. Someone tell Notch.Sign up to be notified as soon as sweet Angry Birds (or pigs) are available to chew over at the Fazer Angry Birds pagelast_img read more

New migrants from Greece to meet in Oakleigh on Saturday

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 20,000 people are expecting to visit Oakleigh’s Warrawee park this weekend, to take part at the annual Glendi, one of the most successful and popular Greek events in Melbourne’s calendar.A free, two-day celebration of cultural diversity with an emphasis on Greek culture through music, performance and food, Glendi features an annual commemoration of the official Greek National ‘OXI’ Day, and the Patron Saints of Sts Anargiri.Organized by the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh & District and Oakleigh Grammar, Glendi attracts foodies from all around Melbourne, eager to have a taste of the vast array of Mediterranean and Greek food on offer.The event also features  free entertainment with music and dance performances catering for everyone – which makes it the perfect setting for a meeting of newly arrived migrants from Greece.In fact, the ‘Ε.Ν.Α. – Έλληνες Νεομετανάστες Αυστραλίας 2010+’ Facebook group are planning to have their next meeting during the event. The group issued an open invitation for all members and friends who would like to meet and connect. The meeting will take place at Warrawee Park on Saturday 3 November at 6.45pm – the exact spot (probably near the main stage) will be announced either on the same day or the previous one, through a post on their popular Facebook page.The group has been the point of reference for new migrants, who have established a network, exchanging information, placing ads, offering advice and valuable input regarding life in Australia.last_img read more

Klopp reveals he had to lift dull atmosphere at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he had to improve the ‘depression-like’ atmosphere at the club with his high-pressing style on his arrival at the club.Klopp insists the Reds needed a lift when he arrived in 2015 and that approach has set the platform for their title challenge this season.The former Borussia Dortmund manager replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October 2015, leading the club to an eighth place finish in the 2015/16 season as well as reaching the finals of the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League.Klopp admits to changing his style this season and the weaknesses of his philosophy during his early years in charge of the Merseyside club.However, the German insists the initial style of play was necessary to lift the mood around the club and has ultimately benefited the club in the long-term.“Of course, we had to develop. That’s what we do since I came in,” Klopp told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“First, because it felt a little bit like a depression here. I think it made sense to be extremely lively. Yes, to make mistakes, but be very lively, very direct, very energetic.”“It was not perfectly organised. In a few parts we were pretty quick with organisation, but it was only the offensive pressing pretty much. All the other departments we were a bit random, I would say.”“That, of course, improved a lot, so we are now working together with big parts of the squad for more than three years, which is brilliant. And all the other players which we picked, they adapted pretty well because of different reasons. One is only quality and the other thing is that they have played similar styles of football in the club they were in before.”“It was clear, we have to become more stable. That’s what we try to do. It was a big thing in the summer obviously and the boys did the job so far. That’s why we could get the results we could get.”last_img read more

Klickitat fishway project nearing completion

first_imgA $12.5 million fishway project in Klickitat County marks the latest Bonneville Power Administration-backed effort to restore fish runs in the Columbia River Basin.The Lyle Falls Fishway Passage Project isn’t the most ambitious ever pursued. But it represents one result of the Columbia Basin Fish Accords, a 2008 agreement that joined several Northwest native tribes with federal agencies to commit effort and money to salmon recovery in the region.“I think it’s one piece of a large puzzle,” said David Wilson, a spokesman for the BPA in Portland.As part of the agreement, the BPA committed more than $900 million in 10 years for various fish and habitat projects in the Northwest. The federal power marketing agency paid close to $12.5 million — in ratepayer money — to back the Lyle Falls project, Wilson said.The work has broader implications than just Klickitat County, Wilson said. Interconnected projects under the fish accords reach from the mouth of the Columbia River to its upper basin, he said.“It’s more salmon for the region, not just the Klickitat River,” Wilson said. He considers the resulting benefits to be more than the tangible.“Salmon are iconic,” Wilson said. “Salmon are a part of the Northwest. Salmon are dear to everyone’s heart who lives here in the Northwest.”last_img read more

Tata Steel raises 15 billion for refinancing debt

first_imgTata Steel’s Singapore arm, T S Global Holdings Pte Ltd (TSGH) has announced that it has executed agreements for $1.5 billion to refinance its debt even as it faces what it calls “tough market conditions.”While $750 million is in the form of a 5-year loan, the remaining carries a tenor of 6 years.In a regulatory filing with the BSE, Koushik Chatterjee, Tata Steel’s Group Executive Director (Finance and Corporate) said: The new loan facilities provide significantly greater flexibility in their terms and conditions and provide savings in cost, besides extension of tenor. This will provide greater financial headroom for the business, as it faces tough market conditions, even as overall leverage and debt remain unaffected.”The Tata Steel stock was up 2.84% on the BSE and trading at Rs 244.40 at around 12.45 pm. It closed at Rs 243.50.The $22.32 billion (FY15 sales) company has raised about Rs 4,100 crore by selling its non-core assets in the first six months of the current financial year selling its stake in Tata Motors and Titan Company.The company reported an 18% decline in revenues at Rs 29,069 crore for the second quarter ended 30 September, 2015. Net profit was up 22% at Rs 1,529 crore, year-on-year.last_img read more

Former Congressman Discusses His Change of Heart on Climate Change

first_imgrepublicEn.orgFormer U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina went from climate change denier to an advocate for conservative action on the issue.Former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina recently came to Houston to share his ideas on climate change policy. Why is that notable? Well, Inglis used to be a climate-change denier. And his change of heart on the issue may have cost him his congressional seat in the 2010 GOP primary runoff.Today, Inglis is executive director of republicEn.org, and he tours the country to talk about solutions to climate change.Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin sat down with the former congressman to talk about his message and how his family played an integral role in the evolution of his thinking on climate change.MORE:Republican Says Denial of Climate Science is ‘Courting Disaster’ with VotersThis Man Is America’s Best Hope for Near-Term Climate ActionBob Inglis: Climate Change and the Republican Party Sharelast_img read more

Invader Zim and Rockos Modern Life TV Movies Bring Nick to Netflix

first_img 11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix MoviesWatch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Stay on target As a child of the 90s, I have a lot of loving nostalgia for Nickelodeon cartoons (or Nicktoons, as it were). Invader Zim and Rocko’s Modern Life are two shows I’m especially eager to revisit as an adult, considering that even as a kid I realized that the macabre alien invasion comedy and suburban satire went over my head. So I was pretty stoked when Nickelodeon announced that both shows were coming back as TV movie specials.The only issue is that as an adult I’m not watching much Nickelodeon on actual TV these days. Even as an older teen following the later years of The Legend of Korra, watching commercials targeted at extremely young children was starting to get awkward. And considering the real audience for both of these movies is surely grown-ups, Nickelodeon must’ve seen that was a problem.Fortunately, Nickelodeon is putting these cartoons on a place where Millennials can actually see them: Netflix. Check out new trailers for Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus and Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling both coming to the streaming TV service next month.In Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus creator Jhonen Vasquez returns to hopefully give some closure to Zim’s constant attempts to conquer the Earth. Either he’ll succeed or be thwarted by his paranoid alien conspiracy buff human nemesis Dib. Dumb robot GIR and floating meme Minimoose are also back. And Justin Roiland has been cast in an undisclosed role, which is great since Rick and Morty has similar sci-fi nihilism energy.Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling also brings back original creator Joe Murray for more skewering of contemporary culture. After missing out on two decades of advancement since his show was cancelled, Rocko struggles to adapt to modern technology while his friends Heffer and Filburt embrace it. It’s like Black Mirror but with a talking Wallaby. What’s the deal with smartphones?Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premieres August 9 while Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus releases a week later on August 16. Hopefully Nickelodeon’s willingness to give these shows to Netflix is a good sign for the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender Netflix show. And remember that there’s a live-action Dora The Explorer movie in theaters this August, too! The Nicktoons Cinematic Universe is coming along quite nicely.last_img read more

Mortal Kombat 11 Kharacter Guide Kollector

first_imgWho Are They?Kollector is Naknadan, one of many monster races in Outworld who exist to serve the will of Shao Kahn. As his name implies, he collects things. Technically this is to gather tributes for his master Shao Kahn, but really he’s just greedy to the point of obsession. And his magical little backpack can hold a surprisingly amount of treasures, weapons, and body parts.Kombat KhronologyKollector is a new character in Mortal Kombat 11. Since Goro isn’t the game, it’s kind of clever that the dude with multiple arms is scrawny and scrappy rather than big and buff. He floats along the margins of the story, but the way his arm movements flow into each other are a cool showcase of this game’s improved visuals and animation.Koolest KustomizationsKollector can wear all kind of different outfits presumably adorned with treasure he’s stolen from fallen opponents. He typically hides his face with a hood. But my Kollector is totally stripped down, like a skeleton with just a little skin, ready to snatch a new prize. He does so with an unpredictable grab bag of tricks, pulling everything from poison bottle projectiles to some straight-up swords out of his satchel. He can also lure opponents in close and wail on them with all six of his fists.How Gross Is The Fatality?Kollector’s Fatality is super brutal and super in character. He pounces on you and just starts tearing your body apart looking for treasure. He puts all your trinkets, as well as your eyes and brain, into his backpack to sell later. And once he’s done he smashes up your now-worthless remains. Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… Stay on target There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Kollector.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Microsoft wants to make Windows 7 and 81 updating easier

first_imgMicrosoft wants to make Windows 7 and 8.1 updating easier by Martin Brinkmann on May 17, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: May 17, 2016 – 46 commentsMicrosoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company’s Windows operating system today.The company created what it calls rollup packages for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which are designed to bring the operating system to the newest patched version without having to install all updates released for it one by one.While Windows 7 users can install Service Pack 1 or even buy the operating system with the service pack included, all updates released after the official release of the one and only service pack for Windows 7 need to be installed individually.All that users and administrators need to do now is to install the rollup update on the device running one of the supported operating systems to patch it completely.Additional information about it can be found on the Knowledge Base page KB3125574.This rollup package includes almost all the updates that were released after the release of SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, through April 2016. This convenience rollup is intended to make it easy to integrate fixes that were released after SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.Microsoft will update the rollup packages regularly to add new patches and updates to them. These rollups can also be integrated into installation media so that they are installed alongside the operating system.The convenience rollup package can only be downloaded from Microsoft’s Update Catalog. Please note that the service can only be accessed using Internet Explorer and no other browser (not even Microsoft Edge works currently).Microsoft plans to modernize the Update Catalog this Summer however by removing the ActiveX requirement from the site so that other browsers can be used to access the service and download patches for Windows systems.The company announced as well that it will no longer provide downloads for security updates on the Microsoft Download Center. These updates will be available exclusively for manual download via Microsoft’s Update Catalog.The third and final change concerns non-security updates for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 and the server-based operating systems Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.Microsoft will release monthly rollup packages for these versions of Windows that contain all non-security updates.A single update will be released each month that contains all non-security updates of that month.Microsoft will make these updates available through Windows Update, WSUS, SCCM and the Microsoft Update Catalog.The intention is to make updating simpler by providing just one update for all non-security fixes released in a month.Closing WordsThe announcement offers no information on whether the release of monthly rollup packages will impact the current options that users and admins have to get non-security updates for Windows.It would be problematic obviously if the company would not make individual patches available anymore but it seems unlikely that this is the case.Now You: What’s your take on the changes announced today?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft wants to make updating Windows 7 and 8.1 easierDescriptionMicrosoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company’s Windows operating system today.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Choreographer Melanie Hamrick poses with dancers a

first_img Choreographer Melanie Hamrick poses with dancers at the gala of Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition, on Thursday, April 18, after the U.S. premiere of her new ballet, “Porte Rouge” (Red Door), based on classic Rolling Stones tunes arranged by her partner, Mick Jagger. The Stones frontman, recovering from medical treatment, watched from backstage and addressed the audience briefly via microphone before the show. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Noveck) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2019 8:12 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Moves like Jagger: Mick’s partner debuts Stones-themed dance NEW YORK — Talk about your “Moves Like Jagger.” The recovering rocker made a stealth appearance at the ballet, slipping backstage to support his partner, Melanie Hamrick, as she presented her new dance based on Rolling Stones songs.It was Hamrick’s first work as choreographer, with a score arranged by Jagger of three Stones classics: “Sympathy for the Devil,” ”She’s a Rainbow,” and “Paint it Black.” Hamrick created the short ballet for the 20th anniversary of Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition, in which she performed as a teenager.Jagger didn’t appear onstage or in the audience. But he did greet the crowd at New York’s Lincoln Center on Thursday night via a backstage mic.“Hi everybody, this is Mick Jagger here,” he said, congratulating YAGP on its anniversary and adding: “I hope you are going to enjoy this wonderful ballet — and the music of course.”The 75-year-old rocker recently underwent medical treatment, reportedly for a heart valve issue, forcing postponement of the Stones’ No Filter tour.Hamrick said later in an interview that Jagger was “doing great. Thank goodness!”“It was cute,” she said of his visit backstage. “He wanted to watch the piece. It was really special that he was there and able to see it. It feels good (for the dancers) when the choreographer and the person who wrote the music are watching you. It gave everyone an extra special feeling.”Hamrick, who dances with American Ballet Theater but did not perform herself in the piece, said it had been nerve-wracking presenting her first choreographic effort.It was Jagger, she said, who encouraged her to take the plunge when the idea came up, from YAGP founder Larissa Saveliev, for Hamrick to do something with Stones music.“Mick was, ‘Who better than you? You’re a professional ballerina, you come to my concerts,’” she said. “It went from there.”Hamrick, 31, noted that the scholarship program was responsible for launching her career; though she didn’t win, her performance there led to a contract to perform at ABT’s Studio Company in 2003. She joined the main company in 2004.It was Hamrick who chose the songs for the ballet, called “Porte Rouge,” or “Red Door” (as in, “I see a red door….”). Jagger arranged the songs to fit.“We worked together and he said, ‘Just trust your gut … go with what your instincts are, and I’ll help you figure out how to make the cuts.’”“I picked the songs I felt I connected with the most,” she said, “and I was like, ‘Can you make these work?’ And he took it away. He was very good, he was, ‘You do YOU.’”The dancers included six from ABT and one from New York City Ballet. But the obvious Jagger “character” appeared to be the Argentine ABT star Herman Cornejo, with even his flowing mop of hair resembling the Stones frontman.“I feel like they have the same energy,” Hamrick noted.Another standout dancer in the piece, Calvin Royal III, said he’d particularly enjoyed the experience of “bringing rock ‘n’ roll to ballet.”“I think it was just such a beautiful relationship that needed to be merged,” said Royal, a soloist with ABT. “It’s so athletic and dynamic, and it was just fun to perform.”Royal, 30, admitted he hadn’t had much previous experience with Stones music.“To be honest with you, I hadn’t heard a lot of Rolling Stones music until Melanie approached me about this project, and I went on Spotify and just started listening to a lot of their music,” he said.He did, though, get to meet Jagger. “It was great to have him on board to support us,” Royal said.Hamrick noted she’d had to strike a fine line with channeling the essence of the Stones, without imitating those moves like Jagger.“I studied some videos of his, because I didn’t want to imitate, but I wanted you to feel the essence, and I didn’t want him to tell me what to do, because I wanted it to be original,” she said.Is there a future for the piece? Hamrick said she’s planning for it to reappear as a longer piece, with more Stones songs. “Hopefully everyone will like it,” she said with a smile.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Presslast_img read more