Flood Precautions Advised

first_img For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo . Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off the electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been declared safe to use. Contact local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476 with questions about safe drinking water. The Emergency Management Office is reminding Nova Scotians that flooding can occur at any time after heavy rain and melting snow. With significant rainfall expected overnight, on top of recent rains and melted snow, EMO is advising Nova Scotians living in flood prone areas to take appropriate precautions. Homeowners should move furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, secure property that might be swept away or damaged by a flood, and pile sandbags along shorelines bordering property. Residents should also ensure they have access to drinking water in case their regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated. In the event of a flood:last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Yarmouth County

first_imgYARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 101 Sections of Highway 101, from Exit 33 at Richmond Road to the Yarmouth/Digby County line, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Oct. 31. Motorists should be prepared to stop. Cyclists use caution because of a low shoulder. -30-last_img

BJP ahead in Balurghat glare on VVPAT tally

first_imgBALURGHAT: BJP candidate from Balurghat LS seat Dr Sukanta Majumdar is ahead of Trinamool Congress candidate Arpita Ghosh by about 30,000 votes, an official source of district administration said. According to the source, the final result will only be declared after tallying of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips as per guideline of Election Commission of India. “Probably we will be able to declare the result late on Thursday night,” said an official. The poll was conducted for the Balurghat seat on April 23. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIn the last 2014 LS poll, Ghosh had won the Balurghat seat with a huge margin of 1,06,964 votes by defeating Left nominated RSP candidate Bimalendu Sarkar. BJP’s Biswapriya Roy Choudhury had secured third position. It is clear from the counting trend that the BJP captured the vote banks of Left Front. In 2009, RSP’s vote share was 44.38 percent and the Trinamool’s vote share was 43.79 percent. In 2014, Ghosh’s vote share was 38.53 percent, a decline of 5.26 percent was witnessed if compared to the 2009 vote share. RSP’s vote share reduced drastically by 15.91 percent from 44.38 percent in 2014. The BJP’s vote share increased from 6.82 percent in 2009 to 20.98 percent in 2014. In 2019, the increasing trend of BJP’s vote share with the declining vote share of RSP continued.last_img read more

Evacuees start heading home to Pelican Narrows in northern Saskatchewan

first_imgSASKATOON – Residents of Pelican Narrows in northern Saskatchewan have begun returning to their homes after being forced out of the community by wildfires at the end of August.Buses loaded up residents at the Travelodge hotel and Henk Ruys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon on Thursday morning to start the journey home.Others headed out in their personal vehicles for the five-hour drive.Theola Dorion said she has been grateful for the help the people of Saskatoon have given to the evacuees.Betty Custer, who was also preparing for the return, was thanking the Canadian Red Cross for their assistance.The provincial government said Wednesday that the fire threat to Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay had abated, leading the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation to lift its evacuation order for the area.However, people with health issues and families with children under the age of two were being held back due to continuing wildfire smoke.Residents of Jan Lake and Birch Portage also remained away from their homes, as flames still threatened the communities. About 300 personnel are still fighting that fire.The plan right now is also to open the school on Monday in Pelican Narrows.With the new school year underway, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has been trying to provide instruction to children evacuated to Prince Albert and Saskatoon.(CKOM, CJWW)last_img read more

NewsAlert Altria investing 24B in Cronos cannabis producer

first_imgThe Canadian Press Canadian cannabis producer Cronos Group says it will receive a $2.4 billion equity investment from Altria Group, one of the biggest tobacco companies in the world.The maker of Marlboro cigarettes would acquire a 45 per cent ownership stake in Cronos under the initial investment.Altria can also invest up to a further $1.4 billion to increase its ownership stake in Cronos to 55 per cent, under the arrangement.More cominglast_img

Force not the solution in violenceridden eastern DR Congo top UN envoy

Fighting resumed in North Kivu province on Saturday evening between Government forces (FARDC) and the militia known as the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), led by former general Laurent Nkunda.MONUC is intervening to thwart the CNDP’s attempt to attack the province’s capital Goma and other population centres, according to Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.Acting under its mandate to support FARDC in defending civilians, the UN mission has opened fire and used helicopters on CNDP positions, he said today, speaking to reporters in New York via videolink from the DRC.“What we’ve said all along is that this isn’t a question of winning or losing,” Mr. Doss emphasized, underlining that force is not the solution. “What we want is for the CNDP to enter a process and stay in the process and remain committed to agreements they have signed.”There have been incidents of protesters throwing stones against UN property as well an attempt to get into a MONUC base, he said. Shots were fired into the air and he expressed his deep regret that this resulted in one death.“Every time that happens we explain to the population that you are in fact slowing our efforts and impeding our efforts,” the official said, calling on the Government to assist in sensitizing the population to the blue helmets’ mandate.Tonight the Security Council strongly condemned the resurgence in fighting and its impact on the civilian population and urged all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire.In a press statement read out by Ambassador Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the rotating presidency this month, Council members also called on all sides to adhere to their commitments under two peace accords – one reached in Goma near the start of the year and the other in Nairobi in late 2007 – that were supposed to end the fighting.As many as 250,000 Congolese have been made homeless since August because of the violence, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu number around 850,000, stressing that a constantly-evolving situation means that these figures are only estimates.Fluctuating “difficult” circumstances on the ground also mean that MONUC must constantly take action to prevent further attacks on civilian areas and protect aid workers and UN staff, the Representative said.The majority of the 17,000 MONUC forces in the vast country are stationed in the volatile east, but in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda, “we have about just a little less than 6,000” troops, he noted.But boosting the number of blue helmets is not enough to resolve the problems in the region, the official said, calling for increased capacity on the ground, including special operations, and for greater peace support.Responding to reports of criticism that the UN is not doing enough to protect civilians, Mr. Doss, who met with DRC President Joseph Kabila today, said that ensuring their safety is “the number one priority, but there are limits to what we can do with what we have.”Shelter, food, water and sanitation, health and protection are the key needs identified by OCHA, which, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has launched rapid response measures to address immediate needs. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is monitoring the situation regarding the need for food.The UN refugee agency said it is struggling to prepare for the arrival in Goma of some 30,000 IDPs forced to flee recent heavy fighting.To get ready for a possible influx of the IDPs, a team from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) travelled yesterday to Kibati camp, north of Goma, which already shelters 15,000 others.Tens of thousands are believed to be escaping southward from conflict, according to agency spokesperson Ron Redmond.“Many more could be on the way from areas further north that have been affected by the fighting in recent days,” he told reporters, with fighting reported near Rutshuru, 100 kilometres north of Goma, where another UNHCR office is situated.In the capital, agency staff characterized the situation as tense after demonstrations on Sunday reportedly left five people dead.Yesterday, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in the DRC’s far east, where rebels have fired rockets at UN peacekeepers. 28 October 2008The top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has stressed that diplomacy – and not military action – is the only solution to the fighting that has engulfed the volatile far east of the country, as the UN humanitarian wing voiced concern over the impact of the latest violence on civilians. read more

General Assembly President outlines strategy for steppedup implementing UN 2030 Agenda

General Assembly President Peter Thomson briefed United Nations Member States today on the implementation strategy for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the transformative 17-point framework for ensuring peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet. He spoke of transforming our world by eradicating poverty and generating collective prosperity, addressing inequalities – particularly with regards to gender and the advancement of rights for women and girls, creating a safer and more just world, and combatting climate change and protecting the natural environment.The 2030 Agenda “was grounded,” he said, “in the principle of ‘leaving no-one behind,’ ensuring human rights for all, and engaging young people.”Mr. Thomson, briefing Member States informally, reaffirmed the commitment he made when he took the Oath of Office in June of this year, which he says is “rooted in my deep belief that only through the attainment of sustainable development will sustainable peace and human rights be realized for all.”“And in turn,” he added, “sustainable development will only be achieved by sustaining peace and the full realization of human rights.” Mr. Thomson announced that in order to motivate actors at global, regional, national, and community levels, he had appointed an SDG implementation team, to be led by Special Adviser Ambassador Dessima Williams along with experts from the UN Secretariat and secondees from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank Group, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Member States. Ambassador Macharia Kamau will serve as the Special Envoy on SDP Implementation and Climate Change.The team will focus on three key tracks: Raising the global public’s awareness of the importance of SDG implementation; Strengthening momentum in the implementation of each of the 17 SDGs; andSupporting the UN and related agencies in making their maximum contribution to SDG implementation at all levels. Source: UN in collaboration with Project Everyone The President of the General Assembly acknowledged that while responsibility for implementing the SDGs lies primarily with Governments, the UN has a central support role in order to see that the Goals are put into action.“Part of that role,” he explained, “is to activate and align all relevant partners in the universal and integrated pursuit of the SDGs – international financial institutions, multilateral bodies, regulatory authorities, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, civil society, women’s organizations, academia, local authorities, and people everywhere.”“Dedicated workshops, meetings and events, at both expert and high levels, will be organized throughout the session,” he added.In order to ensure that the first track – which seeks to raise awareness – is met, Mr. Thomson and his team advocate including the SDGs in school curricula around the world, maximizing online communication, working with young advocates, and promoting high-level advocacy through events and workshops in order to engage the public and attract new stakeholders to the movement.The second track aims to strengthen the momentum of implementing each goal, for which Mr. Thomson outlined specific objectives and strategies to accompany each of the 17 goals. For example, he spoke of collaborating with the private sector, organizing new meetings, promoting new technologies, securing commitments from new actors, convening leading thinkers and academics, promoting local leader participation in international agenda-setting, and more.The second track will focus efforts in the six specific following areas: Aligning increased private investments and capital flows with the SDGs, including through “greening” the financial system and its regulatory mechanisms;Strengthening domestic resource mobilization capacity;Convening a joint meeting with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on global economic governance;Mobilizing young innovators including on the margins of the ECOSOC Forum on Science Technology and innovation;Fostering further work on South-South and Triangular cooperation, and;Collaborating with partners in the margins of the UN Statistical Commission on how concrete and targeted assistance can help countries improve their data-systems and overall capacity in this area.Finally, track three, supporting the UN and its agencies in order to ensure a maximum contribution to the SDGs at all levels, will be achieved by convening regular briefings with the new Secretary-General, Member States, and the members of the UN Chief Executive Board as well as maximizing the role of the General Assembly in SDG implementation and strengthening the UN’s engagement with civil society, the private sector, and other important stakeholders.“I hold myself accountable to this Strategic Plan,” said Mr. Thomson, who will report on the progress in July 2017.To the General Assembly, he said, “I welcome cooperation, partnership, and positive input towards the fulfilment of this Strategic Plan, by and from all those who believe in the need for real momentum to be achieved for the Sustainable Development Goals.”“A universal effort is required if our world is indeed to be transformed towards a sustainable future for human kind,” he concluded. read more

Governments urged to do the hard work to better manage global migration

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, set to be formally adopted in December in Marrakech, Morocco, comprises 23 objectives covering all aspects of migration, including enhancing availability of legal pathways, promoting ethical labour standards, combatting trafficking and facilitating dignified returns.“We all know that for this Compact to have its intended effect, you – each UN Member State – must do the hard work to create the laws and conditions that are safe and equitable for everyone who enters your borders,” said Monica Ramirez, founder of the organization known as Justice for Migrant Women, during an event held on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level session.We must all work together to foster a climate that welcomes migrants and celebrates the ways that they make our world better – activist Monica RamirezMs. Ramirez shared the stories of three women whose stories reflect some of the factors that drive migration globally – safety, opportunity and prosperity.Dolores is a migrant woman who fled her country after years of suffering gender-based violence at the hands of her husband and who would later experience sexual harassment and abuses in the new country where she ended up living.Marisol was given the opportunity to travel on a temporary work visa with the promise of good pay and good conditions. But she found herself a victim of human trafficking without the possibility of visa portability in the country where she was working.Edith travelled as a migrant on a student visa, intent on pursuing the American dream. Fortunately, she became a successful entrepreneur with a very different migration experience than her counterparts because of her education and socio-economic strata.“Migrants like Dolores, Marisol and Edith offer so much to the cultural and social fabric of the nations where they’ve migrated, not to mention their significant contributions to those economies,” stated Ms. Ramirez.She added that without shared goals and norms, there will continue to be a disparity in the treatment of migrants. Individuals will be at risk for violence, human trafficking and exploitation, including the estimated 50 million migrant children who are vulnerable to abuse.“Their stories drive home so clearly why the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is so important.” There are an estimated 260 million migrants in the world today. Migrants work, pay taxes and spend 85 per cent of their income in the local economy. They send to their home country an average of 15 per cent of their income in the form of what are called “remittances.” Last year, these remittances to developing countries amounted to some $450 billion – 3 times the amount of official development assistance that is given.The President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, said the Global Compact would save lives, protecting the most vulnerable and putting an end to the deaths of thousands of women, children and men.“It would help put an end to trafficking; smuggling networks; the mistreatment of migrants and to the separation of migrant families,” she added. “The road to Marrakech is therefore the road of hope.” Migration, said Secretary-General António Guterres, is a historic and multi-faceted phenomenon involving humanitarian, human rights and demographic issues. It has deep economic, environmental and political implications, and generates many different, legitimate and strongly-held opinions.“Unfortunately, it is also an issue that has often been misrepresented and exploited for political gain,” he noted. “Unregulated, unmanaged migration has created false and negative perceptions of migrants that feed into a narrative of xenophobia, intolerance and racism.”“That makes agreement on the text of this first-ever Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration a particularly difficult, but at the same time, extremely important achievement.” read more

New car registrations better than expected in robust September market

Important plate change month sees new car registrations grow 8.2% to 359,612 units, exceeding expectations by more than 26,000 cars.The market has increased 4.3% to 1,620,609 units in the first three quarters of 2012, up 67,515 units.Since this time last year, the new car market has enjoyed quarter-on-quarter growth vs the previous year, culminating in a 7.5% gain in Q3 (the best non-scrappage impacted quarterly growth since 2001).For the year-to-date, the average new car emitted 133.4g/km of CO2, down 3.4% on the 138.7g/km from the same period in 2011.“The important September plate change market outperformed expectations with new car registrations increasing more than 8% on last year to 359,612 units,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Although the economic outlook remains challenging, we are starting to see a tentative return of consumer confidence as motorists explore new products and the latest fuel-efficient technologies.”Click through to download the full September 2012 new car registrations news release and data tables.September 2012 new car registrations data 73 Series7,72673 Series34,340 2012359,612174,303180,6094,700177,242161,85120,519 Mkt share ’1149.9%48.9%1.3%43.0%51.7%5.3% 102086,7411050026,480 2011332,476160,449167,2204,807155,144156,63420,698 5Golf9,2705Astra47,125 2Corsa17,0892Corsa72,475 September 2012 and YTD best sellers 1Fiesta18,6511Fiesta88,747 4Astra9,8644Golf50,142 Mkt share ’1250.4%48.2%1.4%46.0%49.6%4.5% September market betters expectations, up more than 26,000 units on forecast and 27,000 on a year agoThere were 359,612 ’62’-plate cars registered in September, an 8.2% rise on a year ago. September is the second busiest month for new car registrations representing around 18% of the annual market, second only to March – which recorded 372,835 units.During January-September the market increased 4.3% to 1,620,609 units. Registrations in Q3 rose 7.5%, increasing the rate of growth seen in Q1 (0.9%) and Q2 (4.8%). This represents the best, non-scrappage impacted, quarterly growth since 2001. However the market remains well below pre-recession levels – in 2007 1.94 million cars were registered in the first nine months of the year.New car registrations have grown every month in 2012 bar one, and September volumes were 26,112 units or 7.8% above SMMT’s forecast for the month.The growth is likely to be market specific, given wider economic concerns, boosted by attractive offers and enticing new models that offer significant fuel efficiency gains to UK motorists.Registrations of small and dual purpose cars saw the biggest rises in the month, but almost all segments saw growth.The Ford Fiesta was the best selling new car in September and also for the year-to-date.Towards the end of October, SMMT is due to revise its full year forecast, currently at 1.97 million units as set in July.Click through to download the full September 2012 new car registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Mkt share ’1248.5%50.2%1.3%49.3%45.0%5.7% Year-to-date % change4.3%5.6%2.9%11.0%11.4%0.1%-11.7% 8Qashqai7,4718Polo33,987 20111,553,094774,377758,85119,866668,490802,92881,676 % change8.2%8.6%8.0%-2.2%14.2%3.3%-0.9% 20121,620,609817,436781,11322,060745,018803,45872,133 6C-Class7,9486Qashqai35,865 3Focus13,8373Focus64,521 Mkt share ’1148.3%50.3%1.4%46.7%47.1%6.2% 9Polo7,2919C-Class29,772 SeptemberTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Best sellersSeptember read more

Trini who faked kidnapping granted permission to spend Christmas with family

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrinidadian who allegedly faked his own kidnapping remanded to prisonOctober 31, 2017In “Court”Trinidadian who faked own kidnapping to know fate soonMay 24, 2019In “Court”‘Fake’ kidnapping allegation: Trinidadian further remanded as Prosecution not readyNovember 17, 2017In “Court” The Trinidadian who faked his kidnapping earlier this year “will be home for Christmas” after all, as Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore granted him permission on Friday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Sawak Maraj, 33, was however ordered to return to Guyana in February of 2019 for continuation of his trial.The permission was granted when his attorney Benard DaSilva made the request noting that his client is willing to pay $150,000 on each charge brought against him to ensure his return.Despite opposition from Police Prosecutor Dominic Bess, Magistrate Azore granted the request.Maraj faked his kidnapping in October but was later found by police alone in a room at the Madewini Resort on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.He had requested ransom from his family back in Trinidad to the tune of US $700,000.Detectives went down to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), where they obtained CCTV footage of Maraj entering a taxi.The driver of the car was tracked down, and took investigators to the resort where he had dropped the men off.Inews understands that the driver told detectives that he was hired by two Trinidadians at the airport whom he took to the resort, where they indicated to him that they had another person to pick up two days later, which he did.Maraj was involved in a similar incident back home in 2001, where his family had to pay alleged kidnappers $200,000 (Trinidadian dollars) for his release.He was later placed before the Court and subsequently granted bail in the sum of $1M. read more

Bundesliga Round 16 Flensburg dominant in Balingen tops the table

Flensburg-Handewitt is the new leader in the German Bundesliga after Ljubomir Vranjes‘ team won with confidence away at HBW Balingen. Flensburg took the lead from the beginning and went with +3 at half time, while with even better place in the second half, won in the end 32:24.THW Kiel beat Lubbecke at home in a goal-show game with 37:30. The “Zebras” are now third in the Bundesliga, but with a game less which would potentially put them first if it was a victory. BundesligaFlensburgLjubomir VranjesTHW Kiel ← Previous Story HSV at TOP 16 – Gorenje wins in Sweden! Next Story → Third time lucky for Sydney Uni – thanks to overseas students?

Multiterabyte 500MBsec memory card format proposed by Sony SanDisk Nikon

first_imgGadget-lovers everywhere rejoice, a high-speed, high-capacity memory card format is being tabled by Sony, SanDisk, and Nikon that would eclipse anything we use today.Taking into account the growing popularity of HD content capture, the three companies have realized future gadgets require a faster way of storing and transferring data. Not only that, but the ability to store a lot more data too. So the new format being proposed tackles both those problems.AdChoices广告The transfer speed of the memory card format is stated as 500MB/sec (maximum). That has been made possible by switching away from Parallel ATA (max: 167MB/sec) and selecting PCI Express as an interface instead. As for the amount of storage available on the cards, a specific limit has not been set, but “beyond 2 terabytes” has been stated as a goal.The new cards will be comparable in size to current CompactFlash cards while remaing very low power during use. There’s no word on a release window yet as the new format has only just been submitted to the CompactFlash Association.Read more at the joint press release, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionAnyone attempting to capture HD video, or use their DSLRs for continuous mode shooting, relies on having fast and reliable storage in their device. But I think we are at a point where a new super-fast format would allow for a new range of gadgets to be released allowing for much higher quality content to be captured at the consumer-device level.The CompactFlash Association already has a workgroup for the proposal, and has signaled it realizes the new faster format is needed, so hopefully it won’t take too long to materialize as an actual product we can buy. Gadget manufacturers will also want it pushed through quickly so they can sell us a new range of premium devices.I think if we start seeing memory cards on the market with 2-8 terabytes of storage, and super-fast transfer speeds, it could change a few of the devices we use today. Some manufacturers will liekly dump the internal storage on PMPs and just ship their devices with a slot for one of these cards. It’s going to be a while before you need more than 2TB in a portable player, and even then you can always buy a second card.last_img read more

Hundreds mourn Vancouver man at vigil

first_imgCandles lit up the end of Northeast Leverich Park Way on Saturday night as hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to James “Jimmy” Rennells, who was found dead in the area, nearly a week after he went missing.Friends, family, acquaintances and even people who didn’t know the 41-year-old Vancouver man attended the candlelight vigil to support one another.Searchers found Rennells’ body in the Leverich Park area Wednesday, by a creek near the Ellen Davis Trail.“I just don’t understand it,” Rennells’ father, Dan Rennells, said in an interview. “There was no reason for him to be out here that we can conceive.”James Rennells called family shortly before 10 p.m. Dec. 22 to say he was on his way home from work, but he never made it home.His father said it appears he died of hypothermia, though an official cause and manner of death has not yet been released by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. Dan Rennells said the toxicology results will likely take weeks.The Vancouver Police Department has not released any additional information and said the investigation is ongoing.James Rennells’ sister, Janice Rennells, said she wanted to bring everyone together to let her brother know he is loved.“He was my best friend,” she said through sobs as she hugged her niece, Kristen Belisle.Belisle, 30, of Kelso described her uncle as wild at heart and a free soul.“We are devastated, absolutely devastated. It’s such a tragedy,” she said. “I mean, look at all of these people. He touched all of these people.”last_img read more

The World Soy Foundations Farmer Leader Feature Rob Joslin Ohio

first_imgRob JoslinThe World Soy Foundation (WSF) shines the spotlight this week on Rob Joslin, a grower leader from Ohio, who is a dedicated supporter of the WSF, that was recently welcomed onto the WSF Board. Rob has been active in the American Soybean Association, where he served five years as an officer—including one year as president—representing U.S. soybean farmer interests in Washington D.C. and around the globe. In addition, Rob served on the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) including one year as board secretary.In January 2013, Rob began a six year term as Trustee at Edison State Community College. In addition, Rob is a member of his local Rotary club, St. John’s Lutheran Church and various farm organizations. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Rob returned to his family farm in west central Ohio, near Sidney. Rob and his wife Ellen manage a soybean and corn farm under long-term no-till with all operations geo-referenced. Rob enjoys sailing and riding his ’85 Harley FX for fun.The WSF is excited to have Rob join the Board and wants to thank him for his support of the WSF mission to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy! Without the support of individuals like Rob, we would be unable to continue furthering that mission.To join Rob in supporting the WSF, visit the website, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter andYouTube.last_img read more

Husband accused of attempted murder by tampering with wifes skydiving parachute

first_img(WSVN) – A British Army sergeant is accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her skydiving parachute.The BBC reports that 37-year-old Emile Cilliers offered to take his wife skydiving in 2015. She had previously gone on 2,600 skydives, and was no stranger to the sport. But prosecutors said Emile removed half of the clips on his wife Victoria’s harness, causing both her main and reserve parachutes to fail.Victoria plummeted 4,000 feet to the ground, but managed to survive with a broken pelvis, ribs and vertebrae.Prosecutors said it was the second attempt Emile had made to try to murder his wife, after he reportedly tampered with a gas pipe in the couple’s kitchen a week prior to the skydive, hoping it would cause an explosion.According to the Guardian, after Victoria smelled gas and discovered the leak, she jokingly texted Emile, “Are you trying to kill me?”Investigators said Emile had promised to start a new life with a woman he had met on Tinder. Prosecutors said he was nearly $30,000 in debt, and decided to kill his wife in order to collect a life insurance payout.Emile has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Legislators turn down request for 7M for rural school

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee voted on Thursday against adding $7 million in funding to replace the school in Kivalina. The additional funds were requested by Governor Bill Walker’s administration.Download AudioThe vilage of Kivalina. (APRN file photo by Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage)The committee approved the capital budget for the coming year. The Legislature would appropriate $78 million, under the plan. The federal government would provide $1.3 billion.But Golovin Democratic Senator Donnie Olson was unsuccessful in adding more money for the school.Olson says the money would settle an education lawsuit – known as the Kasayulie case. The plaintiffs argued the Legislature didn’t treat rural schools equally and the state wasn’t fulfilling its obligation.“If there’s not a remedy to what goes on … the issue will only grow more complex and expensive,” Olson said. “It will become messy. It will become difficult to go and handle.”The state initially planned to pay to renovate the school. But instead the state later agreed to pay for a new school in a different location. This would take the school away from the erosion that’s affecting Kivalina, which is on a barrier island near Kotzebue.The administration and lawmakers differ over the right amount for the school. The Legislature appropriated $43 million last year. Eagle River Republican Senator Anna MacKinnon said this satisfies the state’s obligation.“For the last decade, that we’ve argued about this issue – the adults have argued about the issue – the children of Kivalina have been in conditions that they should not be in,” MacKinnon said.The committee passed an amendment proposed by MacKinnon saying that the Legislature has met its obligation.But the administration says the state should pay $7 million more.State budget director Pat Pitney said that without the money, the state could be back in court.“The highest risk the state faces is a lawsuit, and a reopening of all of the rural school funding inequality issues,” Pitney said.The committee voted four to one against Olson’s amendment to add the additional Kivalina school money. It voted by the same margin in favor of MacKinnon’s amendment saying the Legislature met its obligation.The capital budget includes $12.5 million to purchase the Wells Fargo Bank building in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood to serve as a legislative information office. The state faces a potential lawsuit over leaving the Downtown LIO.last_img read more

Howard Students Protest Inadequate Band Scholarships

first_imgOnce again students at Howard University in Washington, D.C. are petitioning the school to be more transparent with their financial status. The current petition stems from the university’s marching band staging protests during a football game over the perceived lack of full band scholarships.“Our initial platform was about our scholarships,” said Marcus Prince, a senior band member, “but it transformed into the transparency that the university doesn’t have with the student body. We just need the university to be transparent. They can’t talk about everything, but the things that directly affect us, as far as finances go, we need them to be more transparent about.”Terrell Tiendrebeogo, also a senior, said band members are uncertain about funding in the future.“The unsure funding could be detrimental to the band going forward, because it will hurt our numbers,” Tiendrebeogo said. “In today’s world, where college is getting more and more expensive, we have to compete with other schools to recruit freshmen. A scholarship could be the difference between a freshmen coming here or going to other schools.”The Howard University SHOWTIME marching band protested against the university during a football game because of the school’s failure to honor members’ financial aid. The band wore all black during an Oct. 31 game against Savannah State University. The band also refused to perform. As a result of the demonstration, Howard reportedly has taken steps to address the band members concerns.“Funding is a pressing issue for the band because there are a lot of expenses associated with the band that not everyone realizes, such as instruments and uniform repair, uniform cleaning, travel, meals,” he continued.The Howard University “SHOWTIME” marching band showed their tenacity initially by wearing all black during an Oct. 31 game against Savannah State University and explained to the crowd — during halftime — why it was not dressed in its normal colorful uniforms.“As a band, we decided to wear all black for the lack of a budget—more specifically scholarships for the band program—and to shed light on the lack of financial support for the student body,” a band member told the crowd. “Until the university addresses these issues, we will not support this university with our musicianship.”Later during the game, the band refused to perform.  The story made news on local websites, television stations and on BET.On Nov. 2, band members silently gathered with their instruments in an administrative building.  Following the national and local embarrassment, the band members finally received the money they were promised, according to student members.“After our silent protest that Friday we got our scholarships,” said La’Vonne Tynes, a senior band member. “They did not assure us that this wouldn’t happen in the future, because it’s unsure where the money will come from in the future. However, the current band members want to keep working with the administration to ensure the longevity of our band.”School officials did not respond to AFRO inquiries on the students’ complaints before press time.last_img read more

Guerrilla art Graffiti adorning Kolkatas walls

first_imgArmed with spray cans and creativity, a group of youngsters is steadily turning Kolkata’s walls — for long splattered with political slogans and quack cures — into graffiti artscapes, painting the city red, blue and a variety of hues.A motley crew of young men and women, with pseudonyms as fanciful as their creations, is etching its artistic and social imagination and giving a new definition to the walls, predominantly considered a domain of the political parties in West Bengal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The otherwise mundane walls in the eastern metropolis have always been a crucial component of the animated political jargon in the state, with parties reaching out to the masses with slogans that are at times witty, satirical, assertive and even thought provoking, but also at times aggressive, contemptuous and full of hatred.But, basking in anonymous glory, the SREKs, SHAFs and the SNIKs sneak out in the middle of the night to “reclaim” their canvas — city walls covered with slogans — braving attacks from political parties and even police action. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Politics is a nuisance — be it political graffiti or the politicians themselves. Our ‘street art’ is an attempt to give colour to this otherwise mundane grey world,” said SNIK, ‘revered’ as the ‘godfather’ of Kolkata graffiti. Credited with pioneering the ‘guerrilla art’ in the city, SNIK’s love affair with graffiti began while studying in Sydney.“I mostly started off doing black books and canvases, then moved on to doing basic tags on walls. Returning to Kolkata, I met a few guys at a hip-hop jam and communicating through Facebook and jamming, we began our bid to reclaim the city walls splattered with political hatred and laughable quack cures,” said SNIK, who runs a restaurant in the city. While its origin can be traced to the cave art of the Paleolithic Age, modern graffiti is perceived as a defiance of authority and vandalism. Most street artists traditionally prefer to stay anonymous, adopting pseudonyms, fearing a backlash and police action. World famous for his satirical street art and subversive epigrams, the real identity of British graffiti artist Banksy’ still remains unknown. But for the graffiti artists, it’s a colourful medium of expression, an art and an addiction for which they are ready to risk police action — or even getting on the wrong side of activists of political parties.“Graffiti is my addiction; it takes me to a world of my own where I express myself through my colours, my scribbles…The feeling is beyond words… where you scream out your thoughts to the world and yet remain anonymous,” said SHAF, who, with his ‘partner in crime’ SREK, is one of leading ‘graffiti cru’ in the city.“While we mostly seek permission when doing graffiti on private properties, political party activists perceive our art as an invasion and there have been instances when we had to run for our lives on being chased by them,” SREK said. SNIK’s ‘cru’ partner SHOCK was caught by the police while spraying on a Metro train and tracks, but was let off with a warning. The graffiti gangs are not a bunch of aimless artists blindly aping the hip-hop culture. For them, graffiti is as much an art as a means to defy disapproving social norms. The vibrant colours symbolise their exuberance and the graffiti — the declaration of their existence to the world.“How many people can walk through a city and prove they were there? It’s a sign I was here. My hand made this mark…My existence counts…,” said SNIK, whose graffiti is not ‘mere scribbles’ but is also an “expression of the youth’s spirit of rebellion’.The advent of digital printing and the use of flexes and hoardings may have reduced the significance of political graffiti, but with the 2016 assembly polls on the horizon, the battle for the walls is all set to intensify.“As the saying goes, where there is a will there is a way. Our spray cans too will find the canvasses. Far from days when people considered us vandals and even had contempt for our art, graffiti steadily is gaining in popularity.“People now willingly allow us to etch our dreams on their walls. Polls or not, our crusade will continue,” SHAF asserted.last_img read more

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