Nova Scotians Rally Around Military

first_imgNova Scotians sent a clear message of support to the men, women and families of the Canadian Forces today, Nov. 8, at a Military Appreciation Rally in front of the provincial legislature. “Our young men and women in the Canadian Forces make our communities strong, and they help make our world safer so that people can remain free,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald, host of the event. “Each and every day, they stand ready to deliver. Our duty is to never take for granted the men and women who are willing to take the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, on our behalf.” The Military Appreciation Rally was an outpouring of pride, featuring Nova Scotia Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Shearwater Pipes and Drums, Glace Bay High School Marching Band and remarks from Premier MacDonald; Rear Admiral Dean McFadden; Murray Scott, Minister responsible for Military Relations; Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality; military mother Carol Eisnor; and George Aucoin president of the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. “We have many reasons to be proud of our contribution to Canada’s military,” said Mr. Scott. “We are proud of Cpl. Jason Lamont of Greenwood and his Medal for Military Valour. We were proud when the crew of HMCS Fredericton sailing off the coast of Africa assisted in preventing more than 22 tonnes of hashish from reaching Canadian streets. We are proud to bring safety to the Afghan people so they can enjoy simple freedoms like sending their kids to school.” Most Nova Scotians have family and friends who are attached in some way to the more than 14,000 Nova Scotians who are military personnel, reservists, or civilian military employees of the armed forces stationed in Nova Scotia, in Canada, or abroad. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Reserves carry out difficult work that calls on them and their families to make sacrifices. Nova Scotians recognize all that they do and want to continue to show support.last_img read more

Nova Scotia election Aboriginal candidates historic bid falls short

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man has lost his historic bid to become the first Mi’kmaq elected to the provincial legislature.NDP candidate Trevor Sanipass came in a strong third in Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.Before polls closed, Sanipass told The Canadian Press that the excitement around his candidacy extended well beyond his riding, with aboriginal people around the province cheering him on.“Having that (aboriginal) voice really is important, because right now, we’ve never had one,” Sanipass said. “We need more representation at all levels of government.”Sanipass, a 41-year-old member of the Eskasoni First Nation, said he decided to run for office for one of the same reasons he became a correctional officer: The overrepresentation of aboriginal offenders in Canada’s prisons.“I just can’t sit back and not do anything,” said Sanipass, who is also a nationally recognized arm wrestler. “I wanted to be part of whatever change is need.”Sanipass said he campaigned to represent all constituents of his riding, but had he won, he wouldn’t have shied away from aboriginal issues.“If it’s matters reflecting anything with the aboriginal and indigenous communities, I’ll voice my concerns,” said Sanipass. “If it changes the decision-making in some way just by me being there, I’m good with it.”Sanipass said he hoped his campaign would make history for all Nova Scotians, but more than that, he longed for a day when aboriginal politicians won’t be a novelty.He said he hopes other members of the Mi’kmaq community will try their hand at politics.last_img read more

Crystal Castles songwriter being investigated by police sex crimes unit

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say musician Ethan Kath, the producer and songwriter for the band Crystal Castles, is being investigated by the Sex Crimes Unit.Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says she can’t share any further information about the investigation, aside from the fact that it is ongoing, to protect the accusers’ privacy.Legal counsel for Kath, whose birth name is Claudio Palmieri, said in a written statement that Kath never “engaged in acts with anyone under the age of consent.”Shane Bernard says in the statement that the accusers are spreading lies “motivated by their own self interest and financial gain.”Kath’s former bandmate Alice Glass posted a lengthy online message to fans in October, alleging she was abused by him, though police wouldn’t confirm whether it was related to the investigation.She wrote on her website that Kath abused her dating back to when she was 15 and he was 25.She alleges he was manipulative and controlling during a relationship that included non-consensual sex and physical and emotional abuse.Glass says she was inspired to post the statement based on “the many courageous women” who have recently spoken out about their experiences with being abused.“Leaving Crystal Castles was the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made — that band was everything to me. My music, my performances and my fans were all I had in the world. I gave that up and started over not because I wanted to but because I had to,” Glass wrote.“As difficult as it was, I knew that leaving was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has taken me years to recover from enduring almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control. I am still recovering.”last_img read more

Coast Guards offshore oilspill response obsolete or outdated internal audits

VANCOUVER — Internal government audits of the Canadian Coast Guard’s capacity to monitor and respond to a marine oil spill found a system that was outdated, disorganized and in need of an overhaul.But many of the substantial recommendations in the reports have languished, despite pressure on Ottawa to deal with concerns over a potential increase in oil tanker traffic off the British Columbia coast.Two 2010 audits “each found a number of significant deficiencies in the program’s preparedness capability, and questioned the capacity of the (Canadian Coast Guard) to respond to a significant marine pollution event,” said a March 2012 draft report for the federal Fisheries department.In particular, the report, obtained by The Canadian Press using Access to Information, found that about 83 per cent of the oil spill response equipment across the country is ready to use, but most of it is outdated.“Although operationally ready to respond, most of the assets held by the (emergency response) program average 25 or more years in service and have either become obsolete or are coming to the end of their useful life,” said the report of the Environmental Response Capacity Definition Project.“Maintenance is increasingly difficult as technical support and availability of parts are compromised.”Last week, the British Columbia government came out formally opposed to Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, saying the project didn’t address its concerns, including those involving a potential marine oil spill.In Canada, polluters are legally required to pay for clean-up, and the shipping industry funds the Canadian Marine Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime. The Coast Guard oversees clean-up, and maintains its own capacity for oil spill response.But the lack of dedicated funding has meant the Coast Guard has not been able to “properly life-cycle” equipment, the authors found.“This has eroded response capacities and has raised questions on the current condition and overall effectiveness of (Canadian Coast Guard)’s response equipment,” said the report.The B.C. government has estimated the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would deliver oilsands products to a tanker port in Kitimat, B.C., for export to Asian markets, and Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of its existing TransMountain pipeline into the Port of Metro Vancouver, could increase tanker traffic by more than 1,000 annually off the Pacific coast.The largest of the vessels, VLCC tankers, can carry up to 200,000 deadweight tonnes of oil.Canadian regulations require shipping companies, who bear responsibility for responding to an incident, to have the capacity to clean up 10,000 tonnes of oil. Federal briefing notes claim the Canadian Coast Guard has a pollution response capacity in the Pacific region of 8,000 tonnes.But the audit found that number is substantially less. The national capacity, in reality, is slightly less than 6,900 tonnes due to storage limitations in all regions, the report said.The authors of the report had difficulty even finding out what the capacity was across the country, as there is no national co-ordinator or national inventory, and records collected from region to region varied from paper to obsolete electronic documents.The report said that as an organization, the Coast Guard has not even defined an appropriate level of response capacity to meet its mandate.Ivan Giesbrecht, spokesman for the Enbridge, said the Calgary-based company has made commitments beyond those required under Canadian law.“Our marine spill response plan will improve existing safety and response readiness on British Columbia’s coastline. Naturally, this is something we hope can improve confidence and public support for our project,” Giesbrecht said in an email response to questions.Those commitments will become requirements that will be tracked by regulatory agencies, he said.“The commitments that Northern Gateway has made will not be voluntary after project approval.”In March, Transport Minister Denis Lebel announced a tanker safety expert panel that is to make recommendations on improvements, among other measures aimed at assuaging public concerns in B.C.The government announced it would also establish a Coast Guard incident command system.Melanie Carkner, spokeswoman for Fisheries and Oceans, said in an email that the changes were “the first steps towards the development of a world-class Tanker Safety System for Canadian coasts that will strengthen the safety of Canadians and better protect the environment.”But Will Horter, of the Dogwood Initiative, a vehement opponent of any increase in oil tanker traffic off the B.C. coast, said a spill is inevitable with the amount of tanker traffic that would ply the Pacific coast.“Even a ’world-class’ system doesn’t prevent the kind of risks that British Columbians are concerned about,” Horter said. “British Columbians would bear the burden.”© Thomson Reuters 2013 read more

Merkel Pope wants her to fight to save Paris climate deal

Merkel: Pope wants her to fight to save Paris climate deal by Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2017 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for photographers on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Saturday, June 17, 2017. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP) VATICAN CITY – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the historic Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal from it and shared her goal to “bring down walls” between countries, not build them.Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes Saturday in the Apostolic Palace, focusing on the Group of 20 summit that Germany is hosting in Hamburg on July 7-8.The Vatican said the talks centred on the need for the international community to combat poverty, hunger, terrorism and climate change.Merkel told reporters she briefed the pope on Germany’s G-20 agenda, which she said “assumes that we are a world in which we want to work together multilaterally, a world in which we don’t want to build walls but bring down walls.”Francis has consistently called on nations to build bridges not walls — including in reference to the border wall that the Trump administration wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico.Merkel said Francis encouraged her to fight for international agreements, including the 2015 Paris climate accord, which aims to curb heat-trapping emissions.“We know that, regrettably, the United States is leaving this accord,” Merkel said.As he did when President Donald Trump visited last month, Francis gave Merkel a copy of his environmental encyclical, “Praise Be,” which casts fighting climate change and caring for the environment as an urgent moral obligation.Francis issued the encyclical ahead of the Paris climate deal in hopes of urging a global consensus on the need to change “perverse” development models that he said had enriched the wealthy at the expense of the poor and turned God’s creation into an “immense pile of filth.”Francis appeared in unusually good cheer Saturday during the meeting, smiling broadly and laughing during both the formal portrait and the casual banter with Merkel. In contrast, Francis often looks glum during many formal state visits, including when Trump and his family visited.The audience began with Francis expressing his condolences over the death of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. In his formal note, Francis called Kohl a “great statesman and convinced European” who worked tirelessly for the unity of his homeland and the European continent.Francis said he was praying that the Lord gives Kohl “the gift of eternal joy and life in heaven.” read more

Behind Pino Clippers take game two

On an overcast afternoon at Huntington Park, the Columbus Clippers were able to win their second-straight game over the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday, 6-3.Following a 13-2 win on Saturday night, the Columbus offense came out firing on all cylinders early in Sunday’s contest.After Columbus starting pitcher Yohan Pino made quick work of the Chiefs’ top order, the Clippers’ offense picked up where it left off Saturday night plating two quick runs in the first inning and three more in the second.Despite a Michael Brantley groundout to start the bottom of the first, RBI singles from Shelley Duncan and Brian Buscher resulted in an early 2-0 Clippers lead.In the top of the second, Pino struggled to find the command he started the game with, but a strong throw to home plate from left fielder Brantley after a Chief’s double curbed the Chiefs’ offensive push at one run.In the home half of the second, the Chiefs’ Collin Balester once again had trouble finding the strike zone and after two walks, Jason Donald made him pay with a two out, two RBI triples that pushed the Clippers lead to 4-1.“We took advantage of the guy falling behind in counts,” Donald said. “Once he started falling behind in counts he gave us some good pitches and we started driving them.”Catcher Carlos Santana got in on the second inning fun as well, doubling off the wall in right center to score Donald before Duncan’s fly out to left ended the offensive surge at 5-1.Pino responded to the offensive help received from his teammates, shaking off his second-inning struggles and settling in on the mound.Over six innings of work, Pino held the chiefs to three runs on seven hits to push his undefeated record this season to 4-0.“He did a good job of not backing down and going after hitters,” Donald said. “He did a great job today just pounding the zone and continuing to throw strikes.”After adding an insurance run on a Jose Constanza RBI blooper to centerfield in the sixth, Pino was pulled in favor of reliever Frank Hermann, who continued Columbus’ strong performance from the mound.Pitching two innings of no-hit baseball in the seventh and eighth, Hermann gave way to closer Jess Todd in the ninth, who sealed the victory for the Clippers with his second save of the year.Clippers Manager Mike Sarbaugh said overall he was pleased with his team’s performance.“We scored some runs to separate ourselves for the lead and we were able to hold it,” Sarbaugh said. “The bullpen, especially Frank Hermann, threw the ball well today.”The Clippers will return to Huntington Park on Monday with a chance to lock up the series win in the third game of their four-game stand with the Chiefs.“I think our goal going in is always to try and win a series, but we just have to take it one game at a time,” Sarbaugh said. “Each day is a new day and we just have to go out and play hard and hope good things happen.”With Sunday’s win Columbus now sits three games ahead of the Toledo Mud Hens for the International League’s Western Division at 16-9. read more

Royal Mail reveals online drug dealers are using postal system at local

Royal Mail has detected a rise in Dark Web dealers sending drugs through one of its sorting offices, police have revealed.A number of Christmas and greetings cards containing cannabis have been intercepted in recent days at Royal Mail’s office in Swindon, addressed to destinations nationwidePolice were alerted by staff who could smell the Class-B drug through the envelope.Inspector David Tippets, from South Swindon Police, said the force had identified around 30 similar packages in Swindon over the last six months.”It’s normally cannabis, because it’s got such a strong smell, if it’s in an envelope and there’s an obvious lump it gets easily identified,” he said.”Some dealing must go on online but in Swindon we deal with the more traditional methods of dealing, with a customer being supplied directly or by a runner as a cash business. “Certainly the birthday card we found is still effectively supplying controlled drugs. Money doesn’t have to change hands for it to be an offence.”Generally what we do is seize the item at the sorting office and it gets destroyed and we record it as intelligence.”Police can have difficulty in tracking down the senders of drugs by post. A postal worker sorting cards and lettersCredit:Joe Giddens/PA It has has become a popular method among dealers who use encrypted online market places to sell and deal drugs which are then concealed in harmless-looking packages and cards.Around  800 cases of posted drugs are thought to have been reported in the past year.A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Royal Mail understands the tremendous harm that illegal drugs cause in the community.“We work closely on the ground with law enforcement agencies, including the police for domestic mail and with Border Force for international mail.“We support these agencies to stop the carriage and delivery of illegal drugs that are ordered on the dark web, We also encourage our postmen and women to report to their managers any suspicious items which we then promptly refer to the authorities.” 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. A postal worker sorting cards and letters read more

Wilbek still waiting for Knudsen

Denmark HandballMichael KnudsenUlrik Wilbek Ten days before beginning of World Cup 2011 in Sweden, Danish national coach, Ulrik Wilbek still has doubt about playing, for a year, best national line player, Michael Knudsen. Knudsen, well known as a quality attacker, but also as a player, who has a lot of problems with injuries, still isn’t totally fit from his last surgery. That is why media in Denmark prognosis is that Wilbek has 14 names and to with “?”, Michael Knudsen and right back, Kasper Søndergaard.Goalkeepers: Niklas Landin, Søren RasmussenLeft wings: Lars Christiansen, Anders EggertRight wings: Hans Lindberg, Lasse Svan HansenLine players: Jesper Nøddesbo, René Toft HansenBack players: Mikkel Hansen, Lasse Boesen, Bo Spellerberg, Thomas Mogensen, Mads Christiansen, Kasper NielsenDenmark will play at the “home court” in Malmo. In Preliminary round, European champions from 2008 will play against Algeria, Australia, Serbia, Croatia and Romania. ← Previous Story Glandorf ready for WC 2011? Next Story → Swedish legend, Peter Gentzel: “Best WC ever” read more

OLPC CTO Windows 8 on XO a Possibility

first_imgThe folks from One Laptop Per Child were on-hand at this year’s ces, courtesy of the organization’s hardware partner, Marvell. I had the opportunity to chat up OLPC’s chief technology officer, Edward McNierey, who was showcasing a forthcoming version of the company’s flagship XO laptop.The new system, due out later this year, is the organization’s first to be built around an ARM chip. In light of Microsoft’s announcement earlier this week of a new version of Windows capable of running on an ARM processor, I had to ask whether the company had any plans to partner with Microsoft on a future system.McNierey joked that the company had finally managed to create a version of hardware that couldn’t run a Windows OS, adding that the organization’s head, Nicholas Negroponte had predicted that Microsoft would soon issue an ARM compatible OS, prior to the recent announcement.  Asked whether OLPC is open to such a partnership, McNierey told Gearlog, “They’ve got to finish and ship it first,” adding that, ultimately such a decision is, “not really up to us. We have an open system and open firmware approach. We provide Linux on all of our systems. If someone choose to install an open operating system–some users have done pilots and prototypes with Windows XP before. That’s okay.”If Microsoft wants its OS to be on future XOs, the implementation will ultimately be up to Redmond to execute, as the company has done in the past, when it participated in the Give One, Get One promotion, sending dual boot (Windows/the standard XO Linux) to India and developing nations in Africa. Of the two million XO systems out there, OLPC know of at least 7,500 running Windows. There are most likely even more–after all, the systems have a USB slot, allowing users to load any applicable OS they want on the device.If Microsoft actually ships Windows on ARM and someone chooses to install that operating system, that’s okay. We expect that country to work with Microsoft to do the actually implementation, just like Microsoft did the implementation to get Windows XP to run on the original XO laptop.And as for that upcoming touchscreen tablet the company is hoping to design for less than $100 in parts (the current XO is almost twice that), OLPC is gunning for a 2012 release date. “The first step is to get an ARM version of the XO laptop before the end of the year, said McNierey. “We’re then going to use that same platform to launch a tablet version. That’s probably not going to be until next year, because we need an unbreakable display. Maybe things will happen, maybe we’ll get lucky, but we really expect to it come out next year.”last_img read more

Synology announces DS411slim compact 4disk NAS

first_imgToday Synology announced the return of their four-bay slim NAS unit. Their previous product, the DS409slim was lauded for its small size and quiet operation but it was pricey and capacity was limited. The new DiskStation DS411slim will also support four 2.5-inch drives, meaning minimal size, volume, and power consumption but this unit can still handle up to 4TB (4x1TB) and has twice the RAM of its predecessor.The unit measures in at just 120mm x 105mm x 142mm (4.7 x 4.13 x 5.6-inches) so it will fit in a number of places where a standard four-disk NAS (that uses 3.5-inch disks) cannot. An added perk of the small disks is that power consumption is kept very low, ranging from 9W (idle) to 16W (operating). Despite the small package the DS211slim runs a 1.6GHz processor and packs in 256MB of RAM so performance should be reasonable despite its emphasis on size.AdChoices广告As with Synology’s other NAS devices the DS411slim runs DiskStation Manager 3.0 for backend controls. Its feature set will be on par with devices like the DS211 and the DS411, even exceeding those in some areas thanks to the inclusion of an eSATA portYou can expect to see the DS411slim for sale in Mid-February at e-tailer like Amazon.com and Newegg.com for under $370 (diskless).Read more at Synology.Synology Announces Its Newest Small Form-factor DiskStation, the DS411slim; Now, iPad® App ReadyRedmond, Washington- Synology America Corp. today announced the release of its latest DiskStation for home and small office use, the DS411slim.  Using 2.5” drives, the compact form-factor DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise.   Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can easily create redundant volumes up to 3TB.The energy-efficient DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use, and a scant 9.6 watts in hibernation.The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim, and more RAM (now 256MB).  These enhancements allow users to do more with their DiskStation and do it more quickly.  Like its predecessor, it can still fit in the palm of one hand.Bundled with Synology’s renowned DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim is a feature-rich network attached storage solution, offering numerous tools to home users.  In addition to the expected file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to effortlessly stream music and videos to compatible media players.“Don’t let the small size fool you.  This is a full-fledged NAS server,” said Jason Bonoan, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America Corp.  “From the breadth of integrated features to the ease of remote access, this comprises an incredible suite of solutions that mere DAS devices just can’t match.”Surveillance Station 5, Synology’s included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users quickly turn their DiskStation into a surveillance system.  Compatible with over 750 models of IP camera, Surveillance Station 5 makes it easy for home users to monitor their homes when away, for either protection of the premises or as a nanny-cam.In addition to the depth of features currently offered in DSM 3.0, the upcoming DSM 3.1 (now in public beta) will further expand the capabilities of the DiskStation.  Among the enhancements will be:DS File for iPhone- a new app to ease file accessDS Photo+ and DS Audio are released for iPad to manage photos and stream your entire music collection from the DiskStationAirprint support- allows wireless printing from iPad/iPhoneFor more information, please visit: http://www.synology.com/us/products/DS411slim/index.phpAvailability:  The DS411slim is scheduled to be available for purchase in mid-February.  The price will be announced at its release.last_img read more

Brazils forgotten history of imprisoning citizens fleeing drought in concentration camps

first_img Fortaleza today Source: Shutterstock/Adam Gregor“The concentration camps functioned as a prison,” wrote historian Kenia Sousa Rios in the book “Isolation and power: Fortaleza and the concentration camps in the drought of 1932″.“Those who were put in could not get out. They were only given permission to leave in order to work on construction of streets or reservoirs or urban projects for Fortaleza, or to be transferred to another camp,” he wrote.Invisible historyOnly a few clues remain to testify to the episode. In Senador Pompeu, a small town about 186 miles from the state capital, there are still the abandoned buildings where guards worked and where food was kept.The last known survivor of the camps is Carmela Gomez Pinheiro. Although she is 96, the painful memories remain fresh for her.“Every day four or five people died, including children. They all died of ill-treatment or hunger,” she told AFP. 8,549 Views Feb 25th 2017, 12:30 PM Brazil’s forgotten history of imprisoning citizens fleeing drought in concentration camps Extreme droughts in the South American country in the early 20th century saw the government interning rural peasants fleeing the disaster. https://jrnl.ie/3254236 Source: Shutterstock/In ArtEVEN AS NORTHEASTERN Brazil suffers a devastating drought, few remember a grim chapter of past droughts when the government forced mass internment of peasants trying to flee dying farms.The first was in 1915 and the last time was between 1932 and 1933 when the authorities set up what they called concentration camps – a fairly common term in several countries at the time and yet to be associated with the horrors of Nazi Germany.The people they forced in were not an enemy, or prisoners of war, or even a targeted ethnic group but rather rural inhabitants desperate for help.Fearing the peasants would descend in huge numbers from their parched lands into the city of Fortaleza, the government ordered thousands of families incarcerated in camps with little food, unhealthy living conditions, and under guard.Seven such “concentration camps” were established along the rail line that the farming population was trying to use to reach Fortaleza, capital of the state of Ceara, which today is again suffering from a severe lack of rain.The authorities promised food and medical help but the unwilling population of the camps dubbed these centers “government corrals”, because they felt they were being treated just like the animals they’d left behind.The government’s worry was that there’d be a repeat of a flood of 100,000 peasants in 1877 into Fortaleza, which by the 1930s was enjoying an era of modernisation and wealth. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 12:30 PM 1 Comment Short URL The hunger was unbearable. The food was disgusting and people started getting bloated.The tragedy isn’t entirely forgotten. Every year a march is staged in honor of the victims of the drought, a living memorial created in 1982 by an activist Italian priest Father Albino.The walk ends in what they call “the cemetery of the dam”, where locals say more than 1,000 people from the camps were buried in mass graves. Marking the place today is a cross – and dozens of bottles of water.© – AFP, 2017Read: Court orders new trial for death row inmate who psychologist said was more dangerous because he is blackRead: Starving teenage boy rescued ‘by chance’ after nearly two weeks at sea without food Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Car flips multiple times during wreck on I95

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A car flipped multiple times in Hollywood, Thursday, during a rush-hour wreck.According to police, a driver clipped another vehicle, which caused it to flip many times on Interstate 95 near the Sheridan Street exit.A 7News viewer said the two cars were racing.The other driver fled the scene after the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

AMI Reports 4 Percent Revenue Bump

first_imgAmerican Media Inc., a company which until recently had difficulty filing its financials on time, today announced its fiscal 2008 revenues were $491 million, up about 4 percent over 2007. Operating income was $67 million, as compared to a $254 million loss over 2007.The celebrity magazine publisher attributes its year-end revenue increase to ad revenue gains at Shape, Star and Men’s Fitness magazines. According to the publisher, Star’s ad pages spiked by 21.5 percent in fiscal 2008, Men’s Fitness increased by 13.2 percent and Shape’s was up 10.5 percent.The results come about a month-and-a-half after executive vice president and chief editorial director Bonnie Fuller resigned. According to a WWD report, AMI paid Fuller $2.4 million in 2008, more than chairman and CEO David Pecker, whose total compensation for the year is $1.6 million. AMI’s fourth quarter 2008 revenues (period ended March 31) slipped 1 percent to $123 million from $124 million during the same period last year. The company reported an operating loss for the quarter of $8 million compared to $22 million in operating income for the same period last year.“We expect that these leading titles in two of the strongest publishing categories—health and fitness, and celebrity—will continue to generate solid performance for the company in fiscal 2009,” chairman and CEO David Pecker said in a statement.According to Publishers Information Bureau figures, Men’s Fitness ad dollars were down 4 percent to $13.3 million in the first quarter, Shape’s spiked 16.4 percent to $51.1 million and Star’s were up 1.5 percent to $45.5 million. Ad revenues at AMI’s Natural Health dropped 10.7 percent to $4.1 and National Enquirer’s fell 9.5 percent to $13.6 million.last_img read more

Asian Paints to set up manufacturing units in AP Karnataka

first_imgIndian paint manufacturing company Asian Paints is planning to set up two manufacturing units — one each in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The investment is valued at Rs. 4,000 crore.The Mumbai-based company had completed the land procurement process in both states in the previous financial year, and has taken possession of the land. Ashwin Choksi, the firm’s chairman, had been quoted by Press Trust of India as saying in the latest annual report: “The company would be investing in both these facilities to enable it to service the future demand adequately.”The Asian Paints manufacturing unit in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh will have a maximum capacity of 4 lakh kilolitres. The investment would be Rs. 1,750 crore. “The approximate amount that would be invested by the company in phases over a period of 12 years from the date of commencement of construction, including the cost of land, would be Rs. 1,785 crore,” Asian Paints had said in its notification to the Bombay Stock Exchange.In addition, the company would also spend about Rs. 2,300 crore to set up another manufacturing facility in Mysuru in Karnataka, which would have a maximum capacity of 6 lakh kl, PTI reported.Choksi also said demand is still uncertain in the financial year 2016-17. Despite having strong domestic consumption, it remains isolated from the global economy, which continues to be weak.Asian Paints was founded in 1942. At present, it is Asia’s second largest paint company and has a turnover of Rs. 155.34 billion. It operates in 19 countries across the world.last_img read more

Schoolboy killed in Barisal road crash

first_imgRoad Accident A class III student was killed as a motorcycle hit him on Janukisingh road in Kaunia area of the city on Sunday evening, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Tanvir, son of Delwar Hossain and a student of Uttar Kaunia Government Primary School.Md Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kaunia police station, said that the motorcycle ran over Tanvir while he was returning home after receiving his result from the school in the evening, leaving him critically injured.Later, the injured was rushed to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital where physicians declared him dead.last_img

Three blasts hit Kabul 1 killed

first_imgAfghan fire fighters wash a road with a pipe at the site of a car bomb attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on 31 May. Photo: AFPOne person was killed and 17 others wounded Sunday in three successive blasts in Kabul, Afghan officials said, capping a murderous week of mayhem across the city.Among the wounded was an Afghan journalist who appeared to have been live-streaming the aftermath of the first explosion when a second bomb went off.The events started with the detonation of a sticky bomb — a growing menace in Kabul, where insurgents and criminals slap magnetic bombs on the underside of vehicles.The charge had been placed under a bus carrying officials headed to the Kabul Education University, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.In the immediate aftermath, two more bombs that had been planted by the side of the road went off, he added.”In total, one Afghan civilian was martyred and 17 others, including a local journalist and five Afghan forces, have been slightly wounded,” Rahimi said.Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar confirmed the toll.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have carried out recent blasts.According to a video circulating on social media, the journalist was hit in the leg by the second bomb.Last year, nine journalists including AFP Kabul’s chief photographer Shah Marai were killed in a secondary explosion after rushing to the scene of an initial blast.Even though the Taliban and the US are set to begin a new round of peace talks in Doha this month, violence across Afghanistan continues unabated, with civilians often bearing the brunt of the bloodshed.On Friday, a Taliban car bomber killed at least four Afghan civilians and lightly wounded four US troops in an attack on a US convoy in Kabul.A day earlier, at least six people were killed and 16 more wounded in an IS-claimed suicide blast outside a military academy in the capital.And eight Afghan police were killed Saturday and seven others wounded in a suicide attack in the eastern Ghazni city, provincial police spokesman Ahmad Khan Seera told AFP.Afghan president Ashraf Ghani had proposed a nationwide ceasefire at the start of Ramadan early last month, but the Taliban rejected the offer.Last year, the Taliban observed a three-day ceasefire over Eid and many Afghans — exhausted by decades of war and violence — had pinned their hopes on another truce this year.Taliban head Haibatullah Akhundzada said Saturday there would be no “cold water” poured on the insurgents’ military efforts.last_img read more

Amino acids formed from the singleelectron activation of carbon dioxide

first_img More information: Hyowon Seo et al. Photoredox activation of carbon dioxide for amino acid synthesis in continuous flow, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2690AbstractAlthough carbon dioxide (CO2) is highly abundant, its low reactivity has limited its use in chemical synthesis. In particular, methods for carbon–carbon bond formation generally rely on two-electron mechanisms for CO2 activation and require highly activated reaction partners. Alternatively, radical pathways accessed via photoredox catalysis could provide new reactivity under milder conditions. Here we demonstrate the direct coupling of CO2 and amines via the single-electron reduction of CO2 for the photoredox-catalysed continuous flow synthesis of α-amino acids. By leveraging the advantages of utilizing gases and photochemistry in flow, a commercially available organic photoredox catalyst effects the selective α-carboxylation of amines that bear various functional groups and heterocycles. The preliminary mechanistic studies support CO2 activation and carbon–carbon bond formation via single-electron pathways, and we expect that this strategy will inspire new perspectives on using this feedstock chemical in organic synthesis. Design plan for α-carboxylation of amines with CO2. a, Carbon–carbon bond formation with CO2 has generally relied on two-electron reaction pathways with an extended π system or a strong nucleophile. Cat., catalyst. b, Single-electron reduction of carbon dioxide and its reaction with an α-amino radical to provide an α-amino acid. c, Continuous flow setup for the photoredox-catalysed synthesis of α-amino acids. The reactants were introduced via a gas-tight syringe that contained a solution of the amine substrate, base and catalyst. CO2 gas was metered into the system by a mass flow controller (MFC). These two streams were joined by a T-mixer before irradiation under an ultraviolet lamp. The pressure of CO2 is controlled by a back-pressure regulator (BPR). Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2690 Hyowon Seo, Matthew H. Katcher, and Timothy F. Jamison of Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a continuous flow system that allows for the single-electron reduction of CO2 that combines with a variety of amines to form α-amino acids. Their methodology involves the use of a photoredox catalyst and, using their flow system, optimized reaction conditions to obtain regioselective α-amino acids in high yields. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.The keys to this group’s procedure are the photoredox catalyst and the ability to fine-tune their reaction conditions using their continuous flow system. In determining the appropriate photoredox catalyst, Seo et al. tested para-terphenyl based on prior work by Yanagida’s group. This catalyst was attractive because it has an appropriately high reduction potential to reduce CO2.The photoredox catalyst served to remove an electron from the amine as well as to catalyze the reduction of CO2. These two radical molecules then combined to form a C-C bond at the benzylic C-H of an N-benzyl compound resulting in an α-amino acid. Additional experiments showed that this reaction worked well with a variety of amines including those that do not have a benzylic carbon.The second important aspect to this reaction mechanism is the continuous flow set up. Carbon dioxide gas is mixed with a liquid aspiration of amine and catalyst. This system allowed for the controlled flow of CO2, which in turn allowed for the controlled combination of the amine radical and the CO2 radical. Seo et al. were able to optimize the pressure and flow of CO2 to obtain maximum yields. An additional advantage to this set up was the short path length of light, which also helped control when it would activate the catalyst and prompt the redox reaction to occur.Using N-benzylpiperdine as their model reaction, Seo et al. tested their apparatus first using the reaction conditions reported by Yanagida’s group. They then optimized the conditions to eventually obtain the desired α-amino acid in 92% yield. Among their changes, they added potassium trifluoroacetate (KOCOCF3) base, which helped with yields and regioselectivity. While mechanistic studies did not reveal exactly how the base is used, Seo et al. hypothesized that it served as a salt stabilizer.Additionally, Seo et al. optimized their reaction using a UV filter. This prohibited the formation of unwanted by-products that resulted from short wave irradiation. In do this, they obtained 92% yield of the desired α-amino acid. Prior to using the UV filter, they would obtain two different regio isomers, but after the filter, they saw almost exclusive regioselectivity for the desired product (i.e., carboxylation at the benzylic position).Once they obtained the optimal reaction conditions, they then tried to make a variety of α-amino acids. Notably, all cases showed a greater than 20-to-1 regioselectivity in favor of the desired α-amino acid. Among their results, they found that N-benzylpiperdines with ortho-, meta-, and para-alkyl substitution worked well, resulting in the desired α-amino acids as did chloroarenes and a variety of amines. Amines with several types of heterocycles and fused rings tolerated the reaction conditions well. N-benzyl amines with electron poor arenes did not do as well, and neither did alcohols, ketals, or primary amines. However, masked versions of alcohols and ketals can be produced, and the reaction does tolerate 4-piperidone analogs as a possible bis-protecting group for primary amines. Also their reaction worked well when tested on a known pharmaceutical ingredient with a heterocycle and no benzylic C-H bond (ticlopidine).”Very interesting to us is the fundamental chemistry of the radical anion of carbon dioxide, which we’ve proposed as a key intermediate in this process,” says Professor Timothy Jamison. “Some of our ongoing efforts are directed toward using this enabling platform as a means toward this aim.” Citation: Amino acids formed from the single-electron activation of carbon dioxide (2017, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-amino-acids-single-electron-carbon-dioxide.html (Phys.org)—Carbon dioxide, an abundant greenhouse gas, is very difficult to use as a carbon source for carbon-carbon bond formation. CO2 is highly stable and unreactive, requiring prohibitively difficult or toxic reagents in order to form carbon bonds. Regioselective hydroarylation of alkynes to make ortho-, para-, and meta- productscenter_img Journal information: Nature Chemistry Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Sailo Wants to Be Your Airbnb for Yachting

first_img Boats are expensive to buy, expensive to store and, unless you’re lucky enough to spend your days on the high seas, they often spend most of their time unused. The flip side, though, is that they are a pretty famously good time.  That’s where Sailo comes in. The new startup in the peer-to-peer rental space is making it possible to search for available boats and rent them online. It’s like Airbnb, the accommodation rental platform, but for boats. Casual boaters can taste life on the water and boat owners make money off of an expensive asset they likely don’t use all day every day.Officially launched in November, Sailo has 150 boats available on it platform in local beach towns in New York (New York City, the Hamptons, Jersey City) and Florida (Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach).Related: Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn’t For YouThe sharing economy startup was launched by two recent Columbia Business School graduates, Delphine Braas and Adrian Gradinaru, and Gradinaru’s long-time best friend, Magda Marcu. The idea, like so many startup concepts, was born out of a frustrating experience. Gradinaru rented a boat when he was in Greece for spring break and found the process of booking a boat rental cumbersome. Sailo is an attempt to fix that problem.The online booking system depends on users keeping each other in check, much like Airbnb.“Sailo’s platform provides ratings and reviews to help encourage good behavior. Indeed, building a community of trust is key and we work hard to ensure everyone has the best experience,” Braas says.Related: This Ridesharing Service You’ve Never Heard of Has 10 Million Members and CountingIf you don’t know how to steer a yacht, fret not. Boat rentals come equipped with a licensed captain. And levels of luxury run the gamut: rentals range in price from $350 per day to $17,000 per day.Have a look at some boats available on Sailo in the images below. (Daydreamers, beware: It might be hard to get back to focusing on work after perusing these snaps.)Related: Shuddle, the Ridesharing Service for Kiddos and Grandparents, Raises $10 Million April 1, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Expresident denounces Dominican election results

first_img Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 0 Comments   Share   Mejia did not concede, but he didn’t say he would seek a recount. Nor did he call for supporters of the Democratic Revolutionary Party to protest the outcome, though police and soldiers were on stand-by in the Caribbean country just in case.The governing party’s winning candidate, Danilo Medina, a 60-year-old career politician and government official, received 51 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff. Mejia, who served as president in 2000-04, had 47 percent, according to the country’s Electoral Commission.An observer team from the Organization of American States confirmed reports that people were paid to withhold their votes but said these were isolated incidents that did not taint the overall results.The opposition’s vice presidential candidate had said his party would produce a report detailing incidents of fraud and the improper use of government resources by the governing party for the campaign but the report has not yet been released.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How men can have a healthy 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – A former president who lost his bid to be re-elected in the Dominican Republic issued a scathing denunciation Tuesday of the country’s electoral process but made no mention of any plans to challenge the outcome.Hipolito Mejia told cheering supporters that the results of Sunday’s election did not reflect the will of the people. “They are the product of manipulation and an abuse of power,” he said in a brief speech. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Residents flee shelled Somali port town

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Hundreds of residents have fled the southern Somali port of Kismayo after the Kenyan navy shelled the town ahead of an expected ground operation to capture it, officials and residents said Tuesday.Kismayo is the main remaining stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked militants of al-Shabab. The group, considered terrorists by the United States and others, is waging an insurgency against the U.N.-backed Somali government, which is being bolstered by African Union troops including Kenyan forces. Muhummed Ghelle, another Kismayo elder, said “everyone is sneaking away for his safety _ people started to leave here a week ago.”Those fleeing have mostly streamed into Jilib, a town north of Kismayo, but some have traveled to Merca, an eastern town recently seized by government troops, Ghelle said.Kenyan commanders had earlier vowed to take Kismayo by August but officials said the plan was bogged down by the need to take care of people in the towns already liberated from al-Shabab.Last week, Kenyan troops took over the town of Miido, north of Kismayo.The Ugandan military forms the bulk of the African Union forces in Somalia. Ugandan and Burundian forces pushed al-Shabab out of Mogadishu, the capital, about a year ago. Kenya and Burundi have also dispatched troops to fight al-Shabab, which neighboring countries view as a regional threat.Somalia has not had a fully functioning government since clan-based warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, but slow progress is being made. A new constitution has come into force, a new parliament and speaker were recently chosen and they are to vote in a new president by Sept. 10._____Odula contributed to this report from Nairobi, Kenya Sponsored Stories Residents say the militants have ordered them not leave Kismayo, but the prospect of being caught in a war between the militants and the Kenyan forces is outweighing whatever brutal punishment they could get for disobeying.Kenyan military spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna said seven people believed to be members of al-Shabab were killed in shelling Saturday and Monday that targeted an arms cache, a mounted gun position and a militant roadblock.Oguna said Kenyan ground troops were moving closer to Kismayo _ they are now just 90 kilometers (56 miles) away _ in preparation for a military assault.Afrah Hussein, an elder in Kismayo, said hundreds of residents have fled.“There was a gradual flood in recent days, but today more than 200 people left,” he said Tuesday. “People are being forced to stay in the town but it seems they are paying no heed to that because of their fears of war.”Another resident agreed.“We are fleeing because combat ships are coming in sight of the town and troops are on the way,” said Mohamed Ali, who was heading to the town of Barawe to the east. “We don’t want to get caught between warring sides _ it’s a confusing and scary situation out there.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonacenter_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more