‘Raje govt. stalled water purification projects’

first_imgRajasthan Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has accused the BJP government of playing with the lives of citizens by stopping the projects for supply of clean drinking water. He said that water-borne diseases have registered an increase because of the State government’s “indifference”.Mr. Pilot said on Friday that even though Rajasthan faced a severe problem of polluted drinking water, the BJP regime had stopped the previous Congress government’s scheme for installation of reverse osmosis plants and had failed to utilise budgetary allocations for ensuring the supply of clean drinking water.“Rajasthan has seen two Water Resources Ministers in the last four years, but both of them turned a blind eye to the corruption prevailing in the department which has led to the collapse of the water supply infrastructure,” said Mr. Pilot.The PCC chief demanded initiation of a new project to make drinking water free of pollutants such as fluoride, nitrate and arsenic, which were affecting people’s health and causing dental ailments, cancer and bone deformities among large sections of the population.last_img read more

Gujrat in a new avatar

first_imgAt Shaam-e-Sarhad, resort in KutchIndia’s longest coastline, splendid beaches, shore temples and forts, the country’s first marine national park, Harappan citadels more than 4,000 years old, ancient Buddhist caves, last habitats of the Asiatic lion, bird sanctuaries, handlooms and handicrafts trails… sounds like a tourist paradise? Gujarat has every reason to feel like one though it has never been much on the radar of travellers, Indian or foreign, with the label of an industrial state with no real tourism initiatives worth talking or writing about.This looks set to change. The growing corporate lifestyle is beginning to reap a bumper crop of upmarket hotels and international restaurants, spas and golf courses, art galleries and cultural complexes. The change over the last five years is dramatic-a state where golf courses were restricted to army cantonments now has golf clubs, corporate golf courses and even golf housing complexes. The corporate groups too are investing in heritage restoration and handicraft promotion as part of their social responsibility.Craft meets contemporaryA rural artisan at Rann Riders finds a customerA classic example of this new trend in tourism is the HM Craft Park, which draws visitors to the village of Bhujodi near Bhuj. Designed to resemble a traditional village in Kutch, this sprawling complex is all about a maze of rooms where artisans practise their art. From carpenters to woodcarvers-who turn out perfectly proportioned miniature dhows and bullock carts-to blacksmiths creating metal bells, this craft park is a journey through the colourful repertoire of all that Gujarat has to offer to the lover of arts and handicrafts.Says Bhojraj Dhoriya, a weaver specialising in mashru, a combination of silk and cotton threads used to make a fabric, “Handicrafts have been part of the life and culture of Kutch for centuries… Thanks to corporate support and NGO intervention we have more platforms such as the HM Craft Park, the Crafts Resource Centre at Kukma, the outlets of NGOs like Shrujan, Qasab and Kala Raksha.” Even more emphatic is Samat Tej Singh, who weaves carpets, rugs and blankets from camel and goat hair. “As we live in villages like Kuran which are very close to the Indo-Pak border, artisan communities like ours can hardly hope to have visitors. These new initiatives have helped us to know our markets,” he adds.Rural livingA young member of a Kutchi tribeKutch is an example of a fast-changing Gujarat. Along the road from Anjar to Kandla are a string of sprawling resorts that offer 3-4 star facilities, plush rooms, conference halls, sports and recreational areas, and party lawns. These are often booked for weddings, receptions, parties and corporate events.Of greater interest to travellers is Shaam-e-Sarhad in Hodka, one of the villages in the Banni grassland region, known for its high concentration of craftswomen. The drive to Hodka from Bhuj goes through the grasslands where you can see men and boys herding camels, sheep, goat and other livestock. On the way you can visit villages like Sumrasar Shaikh and Bhirendaria for a glimpse of a variety of embroidery styles.You enter Shaam-e-Sarhad through a reception area decorated with handicrafts. The highlight here is the interpretation of the village architecture of Kutch in the form of cottages that resemble bhungas (roundhouses), complete with mud-plastered walls decorated with mirrors and finger paintings. Each cottage comes with a patio overlooking the countryside. The resort employs people from the village, trained in housekeeping and understanding modern guest requirements by hospitality professionals, with much of the revenue going for community welfare projects.Beaches go boldHM Craft Park at BhujodiBesides crafts-based tourism, Kutch has also signalled the birth of beach tourism in Gujarat with the resort in the palace estate of Mandvi. This palace estate, which has been the location for Bollywood blockbusters Lagaan and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, has the majestic Vijay Vilas Palace as its centrepiece and a privately-owned beach. The Maharao’s nephew has started a resort here that is themed on the Raj-era camps that were set up during hunts and weddings at princely states. The 10-tent cluster offers direct access to the beautiful private beach facing an unending view of the deep-blue Arabian Sea waters. Beachside amenities include a thatched-roof restaurant open on the sides where you can enjoy the meal while savouring the breeze and views of the sea.Hip AhmedabadA vintage car at the Auto World DastanWhile rural tourism has taken Kutch by storm the city of Ahmedabad has mushroomed malls, hotels, restaurants, sports and spa facilities over the last decade. Among the most recent additions to Ahmedabad’s list of attractions is the Auto World at Dastan, the private estate of art connoisseur and car collector Pranlal Bhogilal. As you get to the estate, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from the city’s airport, the first impression is of greenery. The museum has an open-sided pavilion dedicated to American cars from the Twenties and the Thirties while the larger pavilion after this has pre-World War models. A highlight of the collection is the large number of cars that Bhogilal has acquired from Maharajas and Nawabs that have beautifully finished custom coachwork, ornate and personalised interiors, and rich tapestries. This includes coach-built 1920s and ’30s Rolls Royce from the erstwhile princely states of Himachal, Rajasthan and Gujarat, and a superb Hispano Suiza from Alwar.There are also cars from wealthy families like a 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Sedanca Deville from the Jewish Gubbay family of Kolkata. Ulrich Schmid-Maybach visited the museum to see the 1937 six-cylinder Maybach SW38 designed by his grandfather Karl Maybach, and Christie’s international director rated the thematic display of the museum among the best he has ever seen.Another unique aspect of Ahmedabad is the Heritage Walk, which is perhaps the only walking tour in India that has operated successfully for a decade as a daily departure except on a few public holidays. The tour begins from the Swaminarayan Temple, near the railway station at Kalupur, and takes you through parts of the walled city that are not accessible by car. This is a good way to explore the old quarters called pols which comprise narrow lanes lined by three-storey havelis with ornate facades, wooden balconies, carved brackets and exquisitely carved doors. The walk ends at the Jamma Masjid, a 15th-century mosque in the Indo-Saracenic style with a fabulous arcaded facade and the prayer hall with rows of domes. The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel, offers audio-guided tours with an MP3.Golf greensThe 18-hole course at Kensville Golf and Country ClubFor those who want to stay in a golf resort the Kensville Golf and Country Club in Ahmedabad offers upmarket rooms done in pleasing colours and motifs that go with their location in a golf course. The 18-hole golf course has a Jeev Milkha Singh signature hole, rolling greens and water features, and flower beds. Kensville is a good base to visit Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is about 15 km from the clubhouse.Wildlife watchAsiatic wild ass at Little Rann of KutchEven more interesting for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts is the Wild Ass Sanctuary covering about 4,900 sq km of the Little Rann of Kutch and neighbouring villages in Surendranagar, Mehsana and Kutch districts. A vast expanse of salt-encrusted plains with patches of vegetation, the Little Rann is the abode of the highly endangered Indian wild ass, not seen elsewhere, besides the endangered Indian wolf, desert and Indian foxes, chinkara gazelle and a variety of bird species characteristic of scrubby desert habitat. There are wetlands here as well where you can see thousands of flamingos, hundreds of pelicans, massive flocks of cranes, and a variety of ducks.A good place to stay near the sanctuary is Rann Riders at Dasada, 90 km from Ahmedabad, which started as a small four-room camp and has grown over the last few years to become a sprawling resort. The owners maintain a fleet of open vehicles for the desert safaris in the sanctuary. A special feature of the resort is the area given over to artisans to exhibit their skills and sell their wares. You can watch weavers at work on rare weaves like ikat and tangaliya, Rabari women doing their distinctive style of embroidery, and the Mir girls making beaded bangles.Another wildlife reserve that has been getting much attention from resort owners recently is the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the last remaining habitat of the Asiatic lion. Gir also has a healthy population of leopard making it one of the best big cat sighting reserves in all of India.The Gir Birding Lodge has an enviable location in a fruit orchard at the very edge of the wildlife sanctuary with its mangoes, berries and stone fruits bringing in birds from the forests. The main lodge has the dining and sitting rooms overlooking a part of the sanctuary. Some guests have claimed to have sighted a lion or leopard over morning or afternoon tea on the balconies. Another good resort is the Lion Safari Camp, which has plush tented accommodations among palms and mango trees. A more contemporary-style resort at Gir is the Gir Jungle Lodge, which offers 36 rooms in a garden setting with a swimming pool, ayurvedic centre, spa and gym.With a successful blend of tradition and the modern, Gujarat, indeed, has reinvented itself in the last decade.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact fileHM Craft Park Near Bhujodi Village (about 20 minutes drive from Bhuj Airport); tel (02832) 240 495/496; www.hmcraftpark.comShaam-e-Sarhad Hodka (about one hour drive from Bhuj airport); tel: (02803) 296 222; www.hodka.inBeach at Mandvi Palace Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch; tel: (02834) 295 725; www.mandvibeach.comAuto World at Dastan Dastan Estate, Kathwada, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Ahmedabad; tel: (079) 2282 0699Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad Call CRUTA Foundation for bookings; tel: (079) 3982 4116, 2657 4335; timings: 8a.m. to 10.30a.m. dailyKensville Golf & Country Club Bavla-Nalsarovar road; tel: (079) 4000 2900, 2692 5729Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary 90 minutes from Ahmedabad via Sanand. Forest department office tel: 079 372 3500Rann Riders Dasada village, District Surendranagar; tel: (02757) 280 257; www.rannriders.comGir Birding Lodge At Bambaphor Gate, Sasan Gir; tel: (0)98240 72075; e-mail nwsafaris@hotmail.comLion Safari Camp Hirneshwar Temple, Village Balcheel, Sasan Gir; tel: (079) 4026 3333; e-mail: ahmedabad@palacesofindia.comGir Jungle Lodge Sasan-Junagadh Road, Sasan Gir; bookings tel: (011) 2585 4147last_img read more

James Anderson creates history for England with sterling Lord’s show

first_imgJames Anderson has become the first Englishman since Ian Botham in 1980 to breach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test Player RankingsAnderson, who ripped through the Indian batting line-up at the Edgbaston and Lord’s Tests, became the seventh England bowler to achieve the landmark after Sydney Barnes (932), George Lohmann (931), Tony Lock (912), Ian Botham (911), Derek Underwood (907) and Alec Bedser (903).Anderson, who has so far taken 13 wickets in the ongoing five-match Test series against India, has reached 903 points to join the elite group of players and breach the coveted mark since Botham touched 900 points in August 1980.Anderson on Sunday also became the first bowler to claim 100 Test wickets at Lord’s. Anderson now leads second-placed South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada by 21 points in the bowlers’ list. He is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests with 553 scalps.Also read – James Anderson first bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord’s903 @jimmy9 is just the seventh @englandcricket bowler, and first for 38 years, to breach 900 points in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings!https://t.co/GXVFVoJ3rb pic.twitter.com/9tcb3hNfkTICC (@ICC) August 13, 2018Anderson is overall the second bowler to take 100 wickets at a single venue after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who has taken over 100 wickets at three separate venues in Test matches. Muralitharan has taken 166 wickets at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo, 117 wickets at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy and 111 wickets at the Galle International Stadium in Galle.Anderson took 23 Test matches to reach the landmark and has a career-best of 7/42 at the Home of Cricket. He also has also taken six five-wicket hauls at Lord’s.advertisement@jimmy9 celebrates the moment he joined Muttiah Muralitharan as the only players to pick up 100 Test wickets at a single venue.#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/kpf0yL9tylLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 12, 2018Anderson now has the most number of wickets in an India-England series with 96 scalps to his name. India’s Bhagwat Chandrasekhar is second with 95 and he is followed by Anil Kumble (92), Bishan Singh Bedi (85) and Kapil Dev (85).last_img read more


first_imgLocal law enforcement will be better able to respond to medical needs in emergency situations thanks to a donation from Mercy Medical Center.Spokesman Dave Smetter says the hospital has donated trauma packs to the Sioux City Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/TRAUMA.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….VERY IMPORTANT. ;18The Trauma Packs include a tourniquet, compression bandage, gauze, gloves and a safety cutter.Police Sgt. Judy Kellen says the trauma packs have been invaluable to officers in the field:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/TRAUMA2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….this equipment. ;10The Police Department has 150 trauma packs and the Sheriff’s office has 80.County Sheriff Dave Drew says the trauma packs are especially needed by deputies in rural areas because of time and distance to obtain medical aid:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/TRAUMA3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..one of our own. ;23The trauma packs were presented at the Sioux City National Police Training Center,last_img read more

Best In Show: Outdoor Retailer Winter 2016

first_img Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More 1. BEST IN SHOW: OUTDOOR RETAILER WINTER 2016 2. ARC’TERYX PROCLINE CARBON SKI BOOT 3. MONTANE FEATHERLITE DOWN PRO PULL ON 4. SMARTWOOL PHD OUTDOOR MOUNTAINEER SOCKS 5. PIEPS MICRO AVALANCHE BEACON 6. HELLY HANSEN ELEVATION SHELL JACKET 7. MAMMUT ULTRALIGHT REMOVABLE AIRBAG 3.0 8. PRIMUS WINTER GAS 9. NUDOWN TAHOE MID LAYER 10. VIBRAM ARCTIC GRIP 11. PETZL NAO± HEADLAMP 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors center_img We spent the last week at Outdoor Retailer, the biggest trade show in the outdoor industry. Between whirlwind appointments to check out the latest gear innovations, getting some on snow testing done, and enjoying some excellent cocktails after, we pored over our notes, compared new gear, and got our hands on every conceivable innovation. After a few days of complete gear overload, we’ve picked ten stand out items at Outdoor Retailer that will define the market this fall when they hit shelves. Read on for our Best In Show Awards.Related: Ski Season Preview | Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015Arc’teryx Procline Carbon Ski BootArc’teryx is a titan in the ski and climbing communities. Whether you’re looking for the best GORE outerwear or bombproof climbing harnesses, they are the go-to brand for serious adventurers around the globe. With such a share of the ski soft goods market, and a newly hired footwear director, they tried their hand at a ski boot. The results are superb. We skied the Procline at Solitude Ski Resort during the on-snow demo, and were floored at how well a lightweight, uphill travel focused ski boot performed. If your goals next season include serious human powered ascents on skis, accept nothing less than the Procline.Montane Featherlite Down Pro Pull OnMontane’s alpine apparel line is carefully curated with design input from famed big wall climber Andy Kirkpatrick. The all new Featherlite Down Pro Pull On (we know, it’s a mouthfull) carries the brand’s climbing DNA in every stitch. Using a new fabric from Pertex called CS10, it is highly abrasion resistant. Hydrophobic down from Allied Feather and Down keeps it ultralight, and it packs into a kangaroo pocket to double as a travel pillow for when you’re tucked into your sleeping bag at night. This is the insulation layer we’ve been dreaming of.Smartwool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer SocksConrad Anker needs no introduction in the outdoor world. Having led serious expeditions on every continent, his credentials for gear design and review are beyond what most of us can imagine. When he came to Smartwool earlier this year asking for an extremely abrasion resistant mountaineering sock, they built a revolutionary wool-nylon hybrid knit that hits all the right notes. Not only will it be in the Outdoor Mountaineer sock, but in every pair of their top level PhD sock line moving forward. We expect to be wearing our pair for years to come.Pieps Micro Avalanche BeaconWeighing in at 5.2 ounces, the Pieps Micro is the lightest avalanche beacon ever built. With three separate antennas, bluetooth connectivity to a phone, and a foolproof switch from passive to search mode when removed from its protective holster, the Micro redefines ease-of-use in the beacon category. This is the beacon we want to carry every morning as we check the avalanche forecast for the mountains around Salt Lake City.Helly Hansen Elevation Shell JacketExpanding on their 3-layer, air permeable Hellytech membrane, Helly Hansen launched the Elevation Jacket with big mountain free skiers in mind. Featuring their award winning H2Flow liner, the Elevation combines serious weather protection with inner micro-climate regulation. Design touches like integrated Recco Advanced Rescue reflectors, a jacket to pants connection system, and a multitude of pockets ensure this shell will be the choice of skiers when the snow gets deep.Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0Keeping with the fast and light trend, Mammut’s latest avalanche safety pack is the lightest avalanche airbag we’ve seen hit the market (and also one of the cheapest, coming in under $500 retail for a full airbag pack). At less than four and half pounds, it is significantly less weight than competing packs. This twenty liter version is perfect for short ski tours out of resort bounds, or helicopter or snow cat skiing where you won’t be needing to pack an entire day’s worth of gear.Primus Winter GasUsing a specially designed paper liner called Vapour Mesh in their gas canisters, Primus’ Winter Gas achieves a level of efficiency in extreme cold that regular propane-butane mixes never could. The paper helps provide extra surface area for the compressed gas to evaporate, allowing campers to use it down to -7°. What does this mean? Faster boiling with less gas, so you can bring fewer cans of fuel on your next winter camping trip.NuDown Tahoe Mid LayerNuDown’s innovative air chamber insulation is simply remarkable. Depending on how much it is inflated, you can tune your jacket’s warmth. The all new Tahoe Mid Layer features new fabrics for the air chambers that are thirty percent lighter than previous efforts. Combined with Polartec fleece in the sleeves and back, this mighty jacket is an excellent option for high aerobic activities in the cold.Vibram Arctic GripIcy sidewalks and trails are treacherous. No matter what shoes or boots you wear, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before you are going to get dumped on the ground, that is, until now. In a partnership with Wolverine Worldwide, Vibram launched a new rubber compound called Arctic Grip at Outdoor Retailer. Using a process they will only detail as the “Advanced Fill System”, Vibram is able to provide grip on wet ice that far surpasses any other sole technology on the market. We had a chance to test a pair of Arctic Grip shoes at the launch event, and can testify to their marketing claims. On wet ice it felt like we were wearing crampons with every step.Petzl NAO± HeadlampThe current version of the NAO features an adaptable lighting system that adjusts beam brightness and distance calibration. To build on that capability, Petzl built in bluetooth connectivity, so your headlamp can be a smart device. Depending on your needs, you can select different lighting profiles and even program in morse code messages to flash from the headlamp from your phone. At 750 lumens, the NAO+ is a veritable spotlight. Fall Foliage Forecast: Where and When to See the Leaves Change in 2019 A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentialslast_img read more

Habitat Conservation Projects Approved

first_imgThirteen wildlife conservation projects are approved for fundingunder the Habitat Conservation Fund, Natural Resources MinisterRichard Hurlburt announced today, June 22. The money for the fundis generated through the required purchase of a $2 wildlifehabitat stamp on all hunting licenses in Nova Scotia. “Non-government organizations and individuals can receivefinancial support for work they are carrying out to sustain ourwildlife and wildlife habitat,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “All of thefunds collected are used directly for habitat conservation.” The total amount of funding approved for projects in 2004 is$114,645. The program was initiated in 2001 and almost half amillion dollars has been directed to wildlife conservation. Theproject applications are reviewed and recommendations made by anindependent board of directors consisting of members fromhunting, naturalist and academic associations. “The hunting community supports the fund and the conservationwork that is carried out,” said Tony Rodgers, executive directorof the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “Theseprojects benefit our wildlife species through on-the-ground work,research and education related to their habitat.” The primary goal of the fund is to assist with projects thatprotect and enhance wildlife habitats. They may be funded up to75 per cent or $25,000 on a cost-shared basis. The projects mustfall into one of four categories: purchase of land for thebenefit of wildlife, habitat improvement, wildlife habitatresearch and related education programs. Successful recipients of funding for 2004 and their projects are: Making Nova Scotia’s lakes loon friendly (Year 4), Bird Studies Canada Benefits and Risks of Agro-ecosystem Management to Grassland Birds in Nova Scotia (Year 3), Joseph Nocera Coastlines Natural History Column (Year 3), Ecology Action Centre Distribution and Behaviour of Bats in Nova Scotia (Year 2), Hugh Broders Small Marsh Restoration in the Agricultural/Urban Landscape, Ducks Unlimited Canada Adopt-a-wetland Education Program, Ducks Unlimited Canada King’s County Riparian Fencing Project, Friends of the Cornwallis River Microhabitat Selection of Northern and Southern Flying Squirrels in Nova Scotia, Amanda Lavers Conservation of Critical Lakeshore Habitat in the Tusket River Watershed, Sara Good-Avila Mercury in River Otter, Sarah Spencer An Examination of the Ecological Effects of Porcupine Feeding on Acadian forests, Joseph Mudge Securement and Stewardship of the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora in Southwest Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Nature Trust Conserving Critical Wood Turtle Habitats Through Community Stewardship, St. Mary’s River Association. Applications for 2005 can be submitted to the Department ofNatural Resources Wildlife Division between Dec. 1, 2004 and Jan.31, 2005. Submission guidelines and application forms can beobtained from any Department of Natural Resources office or onthe website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/habfund . Informationon the 2004 and past projects is also available on the departmentwebsite.last_img read more

Met predicts wet weekend in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi is likely to witness rains in the next three to four days, with the axis of monsoon trough shifting towards north, the weather department said on Friday. One or two spells of intense rains are also predicted on Monday and Tuesday. “At present, the axis of monsoon trough lies south of Delhi. It is gradually moving towards north. Also, a low pressure area is developing over the Bay of Bengal. It will enhance rains over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh,” Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Light rains are likely in Delhi on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, moderate rains along with one or two intense spells are predicted,” he said. The city has not witnessed a single spell of heavy rains this monsoon season. Though the IMD had issued an alert for intense showers on July 25 and 26, vast stretches of the city remained dry. Another prediction of heavy rainfall at isolated places in the city on August 1 went the opposite way. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn July 22, the Safdarjung observatory recorded 50.2 mm rainfall, the heaviest in the monsoon season this year. The weather station at Palam gauged 61 mm precipitation on July 18. More than 65 mm precipitation at any place is considered heavy rain. Palawat said a combination of weather systems leads to heavy showers. “Heavy rains take place when a western disturbance, cyclonic circulation, easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal or southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea combine with the monsoon trough,” he explained. On Friday, large swathes of Delhi reeled under sultry weather though a few places recorded light rains.last_img read more

Feds launch tourism strategy designed to boost sector 25 per cent by

first_imgOTTAWA — Tourism Minister Melanie Joly says a federal new tourism strategy can boost international visits to Canada during non-peak seasons by more than a million people.The strategy includes $58.5 in funding to help communities create or improve tourism facilities and experiences.The fund is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths and expand tourism beyond major cities in summertime.Joly says the new tourism measures are tooled to help tourism revenues grow by 25 per cent — to $128 billion —by 2025.The government also hopes to create 54,000 new jobs directly related to tourism.Joly says the federal government knows that tourism helps every part of the country, adding it has seen many examples of communities transforming and diversifying their economies by attracting visitors.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement .Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Fort YorkThe Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is kicking off its opening weekend at Fort York with Thelma & Louise, who set out on a weekend getaway before things go horribly wrong. The next day you can enjoy Misery, Rob Reiner’s psychological horror about a famous author who is rescued from a car crash by his “#1 fan.” Don’t miss out.When: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16Where: Fort York National Historic Park.Christie Pits Film FestivalChristie Pits Film Festival will kick off its new season on Sunday, June 30, though the film list has yet to be announced. The film festival will conclude on August 25, and if you’d like to stay ultra up-to-date with the movie pickings, you can keep tabs on the festival’s newsletter. As part of the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, you can anticipate movies of the “Dynamic Duo” theme this year.Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.When: Beginning June 30 and runs until August 25Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West.Bell Manor ParkFor the first year, the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will be offering screenings at Bell Manor Park. The Dynamic Duo theme stretches to this location as well, and a full list of films is soon to be announced.When: Beginning August 8 and runs until August 22Where: Bell Manor Park, 1 Bayside Lane.Corktown Common ParkThis marks the fourth season of outdoor films at Corktown Common Park and this summer, also under the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show umbrella, the public is invited to enjoy a series of films focusing on Dynamic Duos at this location, too!When: Thursday evenings, July 5 to 26 (Scheduled rain date August 2)Where: Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Avenue.Open Roof FestivalOpen Roof Festival will be back for its tenth season this June, and the festival will enjoy its second year at a new venue. Starting June 19, Open Roof Festival will feature live music and film screenings with food and drinks. And remember: the event has moved from Sudbury Street to Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle near the new site of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).When: Beginning June 19 and runs until August 22Where: Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle (the lot adjacent to 158 Sterling Road).Regent Park Film FestivalStarting in July, Under The Stars returns to Regent Park for the sixth year in a row, showing widely-loved films that prominently feature Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour on screen. Each week, there will be a pre-show before the film with family-friendly activities that change week to week.When: Beginning July 10 and runs until August 14Where: Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East.Movie Nights in The Beach VillageMovie Nights are back for 2018! Join The Beach Village for Movie Nights in the Park every Wednesday starting July 4 – August 29. Movies screenings will rotate between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park. As always, admission (and popcorn!) is FREE! Come out and experience movies under the stars.When: Wednesdays in July and AugustWhere: Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park.Sorauren Park Free MoviesToronto’s Sorauren Park will be hosting free movie screenings this summer, with showings happening the fourth Saturday of every month from June to September. Last year, attendees enjoyed pizza dinners before each screening from the Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. Fingers crossed the same happens this year!When: Fourth Saturday of the month, June 22 to September 28Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave.stackt Market Outdoor Movie ScreeningsNew to the city this year, Toronto’s shipping container market stackt will be screening outdoor movies on their grassy lawn. Peruse through the shipping container shops, enjoy some Belgian Moon and then enjoy a free film, starting with John Wick 2 on May 14.When: Beginning May 14, running dates TBAWhere: stackt, 28 Bathurst St.Union Summer MarketEvery Wednesday from June 5 to July 24, the Union Summer Market will be hosting movie screenings at its outdoor licensed garden patio. The screenings will begin with Bohemian Rhapsody and end with A Star is Born. Bring tissues.When: Beginning June 5 and runs to July 24Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West, Toronto.Unconfirmed (but hopefully returning this summer)CityPlace Fort York BIA Movie Night SeriesIn previous years, CityPlace Fort York BIA began hosting a movie night once a month up until September. Hopefully, the monthly gathering returns this summer! We’ll be sure to update you once the dates are confirmed.When: TBAWhere: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd.Free Flicks at Harbourfront CentreHumpdays in the city were always a little sweeter with Free Flicks. The popular Harbourfront series has previously run from June until August, but no announcements have been made regarding this year’s event at this time.When: TBAWhere: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay WestBy DailyHive Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Grab your blankets, snacks, and bikes, and get ready for outdoor movie season, Toronto!Across the city, screens are ready to go up for annual free movie viewing experiences. The summer series fall on different days and in different locations, but we got you covered.All the nights below are free and ready for your enjoyment. Laura Rossi Photographylast_img read more

Ford to invest 1 billion hire 500 at Chicago factories

CHICAGO — Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1 billion and add 500 jobs at its plants in Chicago as the automaker launches three new SUVs.Ford announced at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday that they will expand capacity to produce a new Ford Explorer, new Police Interceptor Utility and new Lincoln Aviator. Work will be finished this spring. The new jobs at the two Chicago facilities will bring employment at both to about 5,800.The Chicago plant will stop making the one-time top-selling Taurus sedan as it meets rising demand for SUVs. The Chicago factory is Ford’s longest continually operating vehicle assembly plant. It started producing the Model T in 1924.The Aviator is due in showrooms this summer and the Interceptor is the top-selling police vehicle in the country.The Associated Press

Sewage discharged into the Niagara River

About 14 million tourists take in The Falls every year. The views are breathtaking and people from all over the world come to see it, but this past weekend visitors were in for a surprise as a wastewater treatment plant unloaded sewage right into the Niagara River turning the water near the base of The Falls black.The discharge happened near the Maid of the Mist attraction on the U.S. side of The Falls.It took several hours before the smell and discharge dissipated.According to the Niagara Falls Water Board “the substance discharged is a result of the routine maintenance of one of the water board’s wastewater sedimentation basins.”It says the plant does this twice a year and says the black coloured water contained accumulated solids and carbon residue and everything released was within permitted limits.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating, while the Niagara Parks Commission says it is following up to assess the impact on the environment. read more

Iraqi leader appeals to UN Assembly for help to defeat terrorists rebuild

Luis Ernesto Derbez, Foreign Minister of Mexico, told the Assembly that the decade-long push to reform the Security Council had failed because it focused too much on the number of seats, how they should be allocated and whether they should have permanent status. “The fundamental questions that have largely been ignored are what kind of collective security system is needed by today’s international community, and what mechanisms should be used in order to face the new challenges and to prevent conflict,” he said. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen told the Assembly that “the resolution of armed conflicts is not solely the province of the UN.” He said regional organizations should have a greater role because they frequently have better local knowledge, citing the part played by the African Union (AU) in the current Darfur crisis in Sudan. But he added that there are few institutional mechanisms in place to allow the UN and regional groups to work as effective partners. Foreign Minster Patricio Zuqilanda of Ecuador said it was time for the international community and the United Nations to give absolute priority and determined political will to tackle the question of civilians in armed conflict. It was up to the Security Council to act resolutely in such “bloody and inhuman” situations, where the rule of international humanitarian law had vanished. That 15-nation body must reinforce the protection of civilians in armed conflict in order to prevent the failure of the entire international juridical structure. Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn of Luxembourg called for stepped-up international efforts to promote development – noting that the inhabitants of many developing countries, especially in Africa, remain mired in poverty, hunger and disease. Official development assistance should be increased, he said, but it was also important to encourage all countries to abide by the rule of law and practice good governance. Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Foreign Minister of Poland, told the Assembly that debate about reform of the Security Council should not centre on the number of members. “A Council of 24 States will probably not have a more powerful voice than that of 15,” he said, adding it is more important to make sure that the Council – and the rest of the UN system – has the resources and the capacity to implement what is in its mandates. Patrick Manning, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, voiced his solidarity with other small island nations in calling for multilateral trading arrangements that take into account the vulnerabilities of such countries. “It is through softer trading arrangements, increased financial flows and the consequent empowerment of our citizens that we will be able to realize the most central of all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eradication of poverty,” he said.On the environmental vulnerabilities of the countries of the Caribbean, particularly in the aftermath of the busy hurricane season, Mr. Manning said the January meeting in Mauritius to review the Barbados Plan of Action “must seek to comprehensively address the new and emerging threats to the sustainable development of small island developing States.” Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa noted that at the annual Pacific Islands Forum Summit hosted last month by his country, Pacific leaders had addressed the dangers posed to their region by terrorism, transnational crime, illicit drugs and the spread of small arms. He said the Forum was committed to collective mechanisms to help regional governments recover from national conflicts and crises. The success of those arrangements was already evident in the Solomon Islands as well as in Bougainville, where elections for an autonomous government were scheduled for the end of the year.Mr. Malielegaoi said Samoa also called on the United Nations system and the international community to provide the necessary support for the development programmes of small island developing States. Furthermore, talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) should take into full account the vulnerabilities of small island developing States with regard to special treatment for small economies. João Bernardo de Miranda, Foreign Minister of Angola, voiced concern at the instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which shared a long border with his country. Despite progress towards peace, the situation was still fragile, and the international community – particularly the UN Security Council and the African Union – must continue to devote attention to it in order to avoid a collapse of the process. He called on sub-regional organizations, the countries in the region and other parties to work and encourage the Congolese to meet their commitments under the country’s transition period. Julian Hunte, Foreign Minister for St. Lucia, said the recent devastating impact of hurricanes and tropical storms on Grenada, Jamaica and Haiti spotlighted the vulnerability of small island developing States. Their threats do not only come from nature, he said, but also from inequalities and inconsistencies in the global trading system. “Agricultural subsidies, market access, non-tariff barriers to trade, low or falling commodity prices, and special and differential treatment – all these issues beg for constructive dialogue and decisive action,” he said. Speaking at the outset of the Assembly’s afternoon session, President Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires of Cape Verde said the economic and developmental problems confronting small island States such as his were unique problems and, as such, called for similarly unique attention. He appealed for the support of the international community if success was to be assured.He said nations, especially small developing nations, while making concerted efforts to improve their conditions, were still confronted with the problem of hunger and poverty. Success in the war against hunger and poverty, he asserted, would have a positive effect in those countries, as well as for an improvement in the human condition in the world, as whole. He also called for a united front against HIV/AIDS and other pandemic illnesses. Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kassymzhomart Tokaev said Central Asia’s wellbeing depended mainly on the stabilization and economic development of Afghanistan. But he was concerned that the illicit drug trade, religious extremism, poverty and illegal migration had turned it into a breeding ground for terrorism. Mr. Tokaev offered his support for the Afghan Government’s efforts to achieve peace, security and humanitarian relief. Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr Al-Qirbi said he was convinced that “terrorism has no specific identity or particular religion,” and therefore struggles for national liberation or for ending foreign occupation were legitimate under the UN Charter. He said the correct approach for combating terrorism was to deploy all possible resources to the task, and this ranged from better security and intelligence work to spurring greater justice and economic development. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jesús Arnaldo Pérez said neo-liberalism had been an economic failure in Latin America, condemning millions of people to a life below the poverty line and feeding their doubts about the worth of democracy. He said the best method of reducing hunger was to improve democracy – by giving a greater voice to the power and by stretching the notion of democracy beyond mere politics and into the economic and social aspects of life as well. Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the scourge of terrorism will only be eradicated when there is an equitable international economic and social system, and that will only happen when the ambitious aims and programmes of action mapped out at UN conferences over the past decade are translated into practical actions. He noted the “agonizingly slow progress” towards achieving the MDGs and said it will hurt hopes for a more stable globe. Foreign Minister Ernst Walch of Liechtenstein said the world is witnessing “a dangerous erosion in the application of international law standards,” especially in the fields of human rights and humanitarian issues. Dr. Walch called for the primacy of the rule of law to be upheld domestically and internationally so that the standards can be maintained. He also supported the push for reform of the Security Council, stressing it needs to be more representative and more accountable. Iraq was now a country that respected laws, human rights and freedoms, Mr. Allawi said, and the new Government gave its people their due respect within a framework shaped by democratic freedoms. He said that elections to be held next January were vital to improving the country’s security situation and that his Government was committed to adhering to the deadline despite the obvious complexities. He expressed gratitude to the United Nations for its assistance in preparing for the elections, and said he looked forward to the return of all UN agencies in the future.Mr. Allawi underscored that the most important priority was to defeat the terrorists and extremists who were still trying to target the dream of the Iraqi people for peace as well as destroy its civilization and culture, and to bring them to justice. Equally vital was restoring economic progress and the rule of law in the country. “We need more assistance from our neighbours and the international community as whole to meet our objectives and the needs of the Iraqi people,” he urged.[At a meeting later Friday with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Mr. Allawi expressed the importance of the UN role in supporting the elections in Iraq.The Secretary-General assured the Prime Minister that the UN would give all possible support in advising and assisting the country’s Independent Electoral Commission. A UN team already was in Baghdad and additional personnel would be sent as circumstances permitted.] Geir Haarde, Finance Minister and Acting Foreign Minister of Iceland, said the Security Council must be more representative of current global concerns, particularly the spectre of terrorism, and made more efficient and effective. It was time that certain countries that had made considerable contributions to the work of the United Nations be given permanent seats on the Security Council. It was also important to ensure that the Council and the multilateral system overall understood and took into account the issues of smaller States, he said, noting that the Nordic States in the Western European and Other States Group – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – had endorsed Iceland’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the Council in 2009 and 2010. Emphasizing the importance of multilateralism, Belgium’s Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht said the UN’s credibility will depend on its efficiency and results, and therefore it was essential to stand together to reinforce the UN system and the values it serves. Mr. De Gucht said his country was especially committed to bringing peace and stability to the Great Lakes region of Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque of Cuba said the 130 or so least developed nations must build a common front to defend their interests and their right to development because the “modest objectives” of the Millennium Summit in 2000 would not be achieved. He said the General Assembly was being ignored and the Security Council pursued the agenda of a narrow group of nations and had to be expanded to include developing countries. read more

Ebola World Bank reports economic impact in worsthit countries to exceed 500

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) commended Spain on its diligence to end transmission of the virus, and cited measures such as “exhaustive tracing of both high- and low-risk contacts, daily active monitoring of all contacts, training in and monitoring of correct use of personal protective equipment for all healthcare workers caring for the patient infected with Ebola virus.” The announcement follows Spain completing 42 days since the last person infected with Ebola had tested negative twice. Meanwhile, according to an Ebola Economic Impact Update released today by the World Bank Group, the epidemic continues to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and is projected to result in negative or contracting growth in these countries next year.“Growth estimates for 2014 in the three affected countries have been revised sharply downward,” the update reported. “With second-round effects and investor aversion, the economies of Sierra Leone and Guinea are expected to shrink in 2015, and Liberia is expected to grow at less than half the pace anticipated before the crisis.”“The total fiscal impact of the crisis is well over half a billion dollars in 2014 alone,” it said.All three countries had been growing rapidly in recent years, and into the first half of 2014, according to the World Bank update. “But projected 2014 growth in Liberia is now 2.2 per cent (versus 5.9 per cent before the crisis and 2.5 per cent in October). Projected 2014 growth in Sierra Leone is now 4.0 per cent (versus 11.3 per cent before the crisis and 8.0 per cent in October). Projected 2014 growth in Guinea is now 0.5 percent (versus 4.5 per cent before the crisis and 2.4 per cent in October).”This report, which updates the World Bank Group’s October 8 analysis of the economic effects of the crisis on the three hardest-hit countries, was issued as World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim begins a visit to West Africa to assess the epidemic’s impact and discuss what steps need to be taken to reach the goal of zero cases as soon as possible.“This report reinforces why zero Ebola cases must be our goal. While there are signs of progress, as long as the epidemic continues, the human and economic impact will only grow more devastating,” said Mr. Kim in a press release. “As we accelerate the immediate health response, the international community must also do everything we can to help the affected countries back on the road to economic recovery and development.”In October, the World Bank reported that the two-year regional financial impact could range from a “low Ebola” estimate of $3.8 billion to a “high Ebola” estimate of $32.6 billion by the end of 2015. “These estimates of the scale of impact remain valid, given that the epidemic is not yet under control,” the World Bank press release said today.In other news, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said that a meeting on building resilient health systems in Ebola affected countries would take place on 10 and 11 December in Geneva.“If this Ebola outbreak does not trigger substantial investments in health systems and adequate reforms in the worst-affected countries, pre-existing deficiencies in health systems will be exacerbated,” according to WHO. “For the foreseeable future, however, the negative economic impact on the affected countries means that substantial external financing will be needed to build stronger national and subnational health systems.”Later this week at UN Headquarters, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is convening a special meeting on Friday, 5 December, to discuss in-depth the economic and social impact of Ebola on the affected countries, the region and the rest of the world.The meeting, to be chaired by the President of ECOSOC, will bring together high-level representatives of Member States, the UN system, the international organizations, civil society, health sector experts, academia and the private sector.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), meanwhile, announced today that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, will each receive $500,000 to help curb the potentially devastating impact of the disease on food security and on the livelihoods of farmers and others in rural areas. The funds will be used over a 12-month period to assist 7,500 households – about 45,000 people – in the three targeted countries.The World Bank Group reported that is mobilizing nearly $1 billion in financing for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. This includes $518 million for the epidemic response, and at least $450 million to enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. read more

Krohne to partner with CiDRA on sales of SONARtrac system

first_imgCiDRA has entered into a strategic sales representative agreement with Krohne Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Krohne will act as a sales representative of CiDRA’s SONARtrac array-based flow monitoring systems in Asia and the Pacific, outside of Japan. CiDRA’s patented SONARtrac® flow technology has established itself as a new class of industrial flowmeter, using measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating today and is ideally suited for measuring flow in difficult applications. The addition of CiDRA’s SONARtrac® line of systems will fit well with Krohne’s strong presence in instrumentation and automation systems, providing their customers with a robust, accurate and maintenance free volumetric flow solution. “CiDRA is pleased to expand our partnership with Krohne. SONARtrac’s proven application in resource industries such as mining, and the region’s tremendous growth, presents a strong opportunity to serve customers in Asia Pacific.” says Charlie Neagoy, Managing Director of Product Line with CiDRA.Patrick Matthews, Managing Director of Krohne Australia, adds: “The sales agreement with CiDRA is a strategic partnership of high importance for Krohne in Asia and the Pacific. We have already worked together for several years in applying SONARtrac technology to difficult minerals processing applications and based on this experience, we strongly believe that the combined knowledge in flow application of our two global companies will become a real success story across multiple industries.”Krohne is a full-service provider for process measuring technology for the measurement of flow, mass flow, level, pressure and temperature as well as analytical tasks. Founded in 1921 and headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, the company employs over 2,700 people all over the world and is present on all continents.last_img read more

The new commodities boom – what are the drivers

first_imgNorton Rose Fulbright is hosting an interactive panel discussion with mining and energy industry thought leaders and partners from its global mining and resources team on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, during Mining Indaba 2018 in Cape Town. The discussion will focus on the new commodities boom and its drivers, exploring the new energy revolution and the role played by the mining industry.Panellists will provide introductory perspectives and debate key issues with active audience participation. Moderator: •                Georg Kahle, Mining industry group leader, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa. Panellists:Sebastien Ansel, CFO, Shalina Resources (DRC)Dr. Sharon Blair – Founder and CEO, HyPlat Ruli Diseko, Founder and CEO, Thakadu Resources Tshepiso Kadiaka – Manager: Mineral Beneficiation Sector | Industrial Development Zone | Gauteng Growth and Development Agency – DTIFahmida Smith, Head of fuel cell strategy, Impala PlatinumKobus van der Wath, Founder, Axis Group International & MD, The Beijing AxisMartin McCann, Global Head of Business, Norton Rose Fulbright11:00 – 11:30 Registration11:30 – 12:30 Seminar12:30 onwards light lunchWhere: Norton Rose Fulbright, 10th floor, Norton Rose House, 8 Riebeek Street, Cape TownInformation: Lesego Maela, +27 11 301 3454, lesego.maela@nortonrosefulbright.comlast_img read more

Nvidia walked away from PS4 hardware negotiations

first_imgEven if the focus is shifting away from consoles and on to mobile devices, the next round of hardware from Sony and Microsoft will still shift millions of units. That must be a tempting proposition for any hardware partners either company is considering, but not Nvidia.Tony Tamsai, Nvidia’s senior vice president of content and technology, has said that providing hardware for use in the PlayStation 4 was on the table, but they walked away. Having provided chips for use in both the PS3 and the original Xbox, that decision doesn’t come without experience.Tamsai told GameSpot that negotiations were underway with Sony regarding Nvidia supplying components for the PS4, but ultimately Nvidia decided against it. The reason is one of cost and resources.Nvidia didn’t want to commit to producing hardware at the cost Sony was willing to pay. They also considered that by accepting a PS4 contract, they’d have to not do something else in another sector, e.g. mobile, graphics cards, Project Shield, etc. In other words, the PS4 is not a lucrative enough platform to consider when high-end graphics cards and the Tegra line of chips hold so much more revenue potential.And that’s ultimately the problem with consoles. Typically they are sold at a loss on release and then Sony/Microsoft continually scramble to reduce costs over the life of the machine in order to eventually make it profitable. That also means they put constant pressure on partners to offer the same parts at an ever decreasing cost, meaning their profits also get squeezed.Nvidia has already gone through this process twice over two generations of machine, and clearly it’s just not worth it. Now the focus is on AMD to deliver for the PS4. And it seems likely, based on Tamsai’s comments, that Microsoft has also partnered with AMD as has been rumored.last_img read more

Disney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over antiSemitic videos

first_imgDisney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic videos Maker Studios said that it has severed ties with PewDiePie over a number of videos he posted. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 11:02 AM Feb 14th 2017, 11:02 AM 22,485 Views Share7 Tweet Email 100 Comments Image: PewDiePie via YouTube By Cormac Fitzgerald http://jrnl.ie/3238791 Image: PewDiePie via YouTube Short URL A DISNEY-OWNED studio has dropped the world’s highest earning YouTube star from its roster, over a number of videos he posted containing anti-Semitic content.Maker Studios said that it has severed ties with Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie, the hugely popular YouTube star.In a statement carried on a large number of news outlets, Maker said that it had finished its relationship with Kjellberg due to videos he posted:“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.Kjellberg is the highest earning YouTube star. According to a Forbes list he earned close to €15 million in 2015/16 and collectively his videos have generated tens of billions of views.He rose to popularity by providing voiceovers to him playing video games but has also been known to carry out pranks and has courted controversy in the past.His relationship with Maker  was a large part of Kjellberg’s empire, giving him co-ownership of the multi-channel network Revelmode, which produces videos and merchandise.An investigation by the Wall Street Journal uncovered a number of videos posted by Kjellberg over the past number of months which have included anti-Semitic content or Nazi references.One of the controversial videos involved him paying two people in India to hold up signs saying “Death to all Jews”.Other videos involved him playing the Nazi Party anthem and showing pictures of swastikas. Some of the videos in question have since been removed from his account.In a statement carried on his Tumblr account, Kjellberg defended the video but also said he understood the jokes were offensive.“I was trying to show how crazy the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online,” he said.“I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.”He said that it was not his intention to cause any offence.Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.Read: Game developer gets in trouble for paying PewDiePie and others for positive reviewsRead: Here’s how much the most popular YouTubers earned this year Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une personne sur treize aurait des pieds de singe

first_imgUne personne sur treize aurait des pieds… de singeSelon une nouvelle étude américaine, une personne sur treize possèderait des pieds avec des caractéristiques similaires à celles observées chez les pieds des singes qui sont notamment particulièrement flexibles.Si l’on savait que certaines personnes pouvaient avoir les pieds plats, on ignorait jusqu’ici que d’autres pouvaient avoir des pieds de singe ! C’est pourtant ce qu’affirment des chercheurs de l’Université de Boston, qui expliquent dans une étude publiée par la revue American Journal of Physical Anthropology, que les pieds d’un individu sur 13 présenteraient des caractéristiques similaires à celles observées chez les singes.Les primates, comme les chimpanzés ou les bonobos, passent une grande partie de leur vie dans les arbres. Pour cela, ils sont dotés de membres et d’extrémités adaptés à la vie arboricole, leur permettant de s’agripper sans souci aux branches. L’homme lui, a perdu cette capacité au cours de l’évolution, en adoptant peu à peu une vie en contact permanent avec le sol. Aujourd’hui, bon nombre de livres décrit donc le pied humain comme une structure plutôt rigide. Mais ceci ne serait pas tout à fait exact si l’on en croit Jeremy DeSilva et Simone Gill.Des pieds plus flexibles  D’après ces spécialistes, certains pieds seraient en effet à certaines endroits, toujours dotés d’une élasticité relativement proche de celle des singes. Pour en arriver là, l’équipe a demandé à 400 visiteurs adultes du Musée des sciences de Boston de marcher pieds nus devant une caméra. En observant les mouvements, ils ont alors constaté que 8% d’entre eux présentaient une sorte de flexibilité dans la partie centrale du pied. Concrètement, la rigidité du pied est due à des ligaments qui gardent les os bien serrés entre eux lorsque l’extrémité bouge. En revanche, chez les singes, rien ne maintient les os ensemble, ce qui donne une certaine souplesse et élasticité au pied. C’est ainsi précisément cette caractéristique qui a été observée chez certains participants : les os de leurs pieds restaient bien moins serrés, du fait d’un ligament plus souple. Une caractéristique qui aiderait notamment le pied à mieux se propulser. Un trait physique discret Néanmoins, les personnes qui présentent de tels pieds ne sont pas conscients de ce trait physique dans la mesure où il ne provoque aucune réelle différence dans la marche, ni dans la vitesse de déplacement. “La meilleure façon de savoir si vous possédez ce trait est d’observer les empreintes que vous laissez dans le sable lorsque vous marchez pieds nus sur une plage. Si la partie centrale laisse une crête importante, c’est peut-être votre cas!”, a expliqué Jeremy DeSilva cité par le New Scientist.Autre signe : ce type de pied amènerait son propriétaire à ramener davantage ses extrémités vers l’intérieur lorsqu’il marche. Mais encore faut-il scruter ses pieds en plein déplacement pour le déterminer… “J’étais et je continue d’être surpris par cela”, a indiqué le spécialiste qui n’est pas le seul à être arrivé à cette conclusion. Selon une étude encore à paraitre et menée par Robin Huw Crompton de l’Université de Liverpool, ce type de pied serait même encore plus commun que cela.Une caractéristique désavantageuse ? Le spécialiste estime que la plupart des pieds pourrait développer une telle caractéristique dans des circonstances spécifiques, nécessitant davantage de stabilité. “Par exemple, notre travail montre que c’est important durant un changement soudain de vitesse”, a précisé Crompton toujours cité par le New Scientist. Mais Jeremy DeSilva a une théorie différente. Il pense que le pied flexible rend la marche moins efficace, chose qu’il essaie actuellement de démontrer. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aussi, ceci représenterait un désavantage une fois que nos ancêtres sont descendus des arbres. Si tel est le cas, il est probable que ce trait soit récemment réapparu. “Mon hypothèse est que nous acquérons davantage de variations que jamais auparavant, peut-être notamment à cause des chaussures qui impactent l’anatomie de notre pied”, a indiqué le spécialiste.  Cette découverte pourrait par ailleurs, permettre de mieux comprendre l’évolution du pied et mieux interpréter certains fossiles de la lignée humaine afin de déterminer le mode de déplacement de son propriétaire.Le 5 juin 2013 à 11:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gotham Presents a Musical MixUp and Batmans Whiny Teen Years

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News The Professor Pyg arc had so much promise. The TV ads leading up to the villain’s first episode promised a terrifying new threat on the streets of Gotham. Those ads turned out to be scarier than anything on the show. Pyg’s design was still unsettling. How can a man wearing a pig head not be? But the show never tried to flex its horror muscles with the character. It did a much better job of that with Scarecrow at the beginning of the season. Instead, Pyg was the catalyst for all the drama at the GCPD and now the downfall of the Pax Penguina. That’s not to say it didn’t lead to some good episodes. The one where Pyg set a trap that Bullock and Penguin walked into was fantastic, and probably one of the most important of the season. This one… wasn’t so much.Everything built up to a spectacular and disgusting finale, but the build-up wasn’t that interesting to watch. We don’t even get any scenes of Lee, Nygma, and Grundy at the fight club, or the now-independent Gotham City Sirens. Those were the stories that made last week’s episode so enjoyable and we don’t even get a check-in scene here. Instead, it’s all about the Pyg, who has expanded his targets beyond dirty cops. The opening scene sees him dressed as a rabbi, leading homeless people to a soup kitchen. The goofy nature of his performance is actually kind of chilling, especially when the people all die from poison. Why is he killing homeless people now? To punish Gotham’s wealthy, corrupt elite at Penguin’s gala for the orphanage.Robin Lord Taylor and Crystal Reed (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The episode tries to make his ultimate plan a mystery, and it doesn’t really work. If you haven’t figured out what he’s planning to do by the opening title card, you will once Gordon finds the bodies of Pyg’s victims and sees that they’re being cooked. There’s a sense that this is Gordon’s first true test as captain of the GCPD, but it really doesn’t feel like a big deal. Compared to the trap that caused Bullock’s downfall, this episode’s story feels so much smaller. Gordon figured out that insanely convoluted trap, and saved most of the captured cops’ lives. After that, this almost feels like another day at the office, even if the details are particularly gruesome. He catches up with Pyg, who complains that he’s figuring out the mystery too fast. (Hey TV shows, pointing out your own story flaws doesn’t make them go away, it just accentuates them.) So he has to be held back by Pyg capturing one of his detectives. Again, we just saw him save a bunch of cops two episodes ago. We’re pretty sure this one will be OK. Especially since Pyg took great care to miss any vital organs when he stabbed her.Despite the dull, forced mystery, it all leads to an exciting, deliciously disgusting conclusion. After Lucius Fox reads a passage from Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” he and Gordon figure out that Pyg plans to take that bit of satire literally. He killed homeless people, cooked them and now he’s going to force the rich to eat them. You probably caught onto this plan a couple of scenes ago, but hey at least Gordon got there eventually. At the dinner, the episode goes completely bonkers and becomes the Gotham we love so much. It’s theatrical, it’s just a little campy, it’s insane and it’s gruesome. Pyg presents each of Penguin’s benefactors with a meat pie accompanied by a photo of the person inside. He then uses their names to sing a twisted parody of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago. See, this is what I come to Gotham for. Although, great as Pyg’s performance is, Sweeney Todd is the musical with the human meat pies. “God, That’s Good” might have been more appropriate.Guest star Michael Cerveris (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The episode keeps Gordon locked in the kitchen just long enough for nearly everyone to get a bite of human. I don’t know if it’s the most disgusting thing Gotham has ever shown us, but it’s up there. Pyg threatens to kill Martin, the boy who became Penguin’s friend and conspirator. One of the rich old men suggests that an orphan’s life isn’t worth eating long pig and Penguin stabs him in the head. Just to make sure we get a good look at everyone choking down and gagging on people. The only person who doesn’t end up eating is Sofia. Before she can take a bite, Gordon rushes in and fight’s Pyg one on one. It’s a great fight scene. Even with the last few episodes centering on a fight club, this is the best we’ve seen in a while. It’s fast, dynamic and so well-choreographed. It’s been a while since we got to see Gordon’s scrappy hand to hand fighting style, and I’m glad we got to before Gotham goes on a two-week break.The most interesting development is more set-up for the coming Penguin vs. Sofia battle. She’s been a great addition to the season, complicating the story in some really cool ways. Gordon is now leading the GCPD and doing an admirable job of it, but he’s only there because of her. Meanwhile, Penguin runs the city, and she is manipulating him as well. She’s playing all sides and her rise to power is fascinating to watch. This week’s episode introduced one element she hadn’t counted on: Martin. For all her promises that she won’t betray Penguin again, Martin sees Sofia kissing Gordon at the end of the episode. Thanks to that kid, he knows a fight with Sofia’s coming. It may not make for immediately exciting TV, but it’s fun to see how they’re setting up the battle for Gotham between the two villains.David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Then there was the Bruce Wayne story which, while super annoying and the last thing I want to see from Gotham right now, at least gives us an interesting new character dynamic for the rest of the season. Bruce continues to go all in on partying to mask his pain after killing Ra’s Al Ghul. This storyline is a lot of Alfred trying to reach out and be a good father figure and Bruce spitting in his face. I’ve wanted to see a lot of rich kids punched over the years, but never so much as in this episode. Alfred tries to honor Bruce Wayne’s father by taking the kid on a hiking trip that became a father-son tradition. Bruce steals the car, leaves Alfred in the woods and trashes his own house partying with his awful friends. Alfred continues to be the coolest character, letting one of Bruce’s friends know just what a mistake it would be to get in his face. This just makes it hurt all the more when Bruce starts talking to Alfred like a butler instead of a friend. As painful as it is to watch, the growing divide between Bruce and Alfred is an engaging bit of drama for the rest of the season to explore. It makes the Bruce Wayne story matter in a way it hasn’t since Ra’s Al Ghul’s death.Overall, Gotham didn’t have a ton of interesting stories to tell this week. The Pyg’s finale plan was a step down compared to what he’d done before, and I’d much rather have seen what was going on with Lee, the fight club and the Sirens. In last week’s break from Pyg, those stories became the most exciting parts of the show. At least it ended with a bang. I appreciate any show that sends us into Thanksgiving weekend with images of forced cannibalism. 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