NDP prepares to name new face to lead federal party into next

first_imgOTTAWA – One of four NDP hopefuls could become the federal party’s new leader as early as Sunday. Here’s a look at those running for the party’s top job:Ontario legislature member Jagmeet SinghSingh, a 38-year-old turbaned Sikh, holds the provincial riding of Bramble—Gore—Malton. He was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2011 and served as his party’s deputy leader from 2015 up until his May decision to run for the federal leadership. Before entering political life, Singh worked as a criminal defence lawyer. He is also a mixed martial arts fighter and a fashion enthusiast. As part of a criminal justice platform, Singh has called for a federal ban on racial profiling. He says he knows first-hand what it’s like to be racially profiled during arbitrary street checks, often known as “carding.”Ontario MP Charlie AngusAngus, 54, has represented the federal riding of Timmins—James Bay since 2004. He has spent his political career advocating on social issues including workers’ rights, the need to improve education and services for Indigenous children and a national palliative care strategy. He also served as the national caucus chair for the NDP until he stepped aside to consider running for the leadership. He has called for the creation of a federal ombudsman who would have the legal authority to order government departments to comply with policies aimed at improving child welfare.Manitoba MP Niki AshtonAshton, 35, was first elected as the MP for her Churchill, Man., riding in 2008. Since then, she has served in various critic portfolios including Aboriginal affairs, status of women, post-secondary education and youth and jobs and employment. She is well-known for her advocacy on so-called “precarious work” and how it affects millennials. Ashton has also been vocal about the need to improve living conditions for northerners and Indigenous Peoples. She was born and raised in Thompson, Man. During the race, Ashton has put forward proposals including the need to expand the Canada Health Act to include dental care.Quebec MP Guy CaronCaron, a 49-year old former economist, worked for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada before he launched his political career. He was elected in the Quebec riding of Rimouski-Neigette—Temiscouata—Les Basques in 2011. Caron has said he is well-positioned to rebuild support in his home province, where the NDP holds 16 seats. He has also pitched policies including a taxable supplement that would help Canadians whose income levels fall below a standard minimum threshold, determined in part by the size of their family and the city they live in. He says the idea is designed to complement existing provincial and federal social programs, not replace them.last_img read more

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BC Oil and Gas Commission warns Coastal GasLink over pipeline construction

first_imgCoastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to a liquefied natural gas export facility at Kitimat.On Thursday, the provincial government said it is undertaking a process with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en focused on the First Nation’s title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s $40-billion project, which led to the arrests of 14 people at a blockade last month. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en who alleged that Coastal GasLink engaged in construction without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents.A letter from the commission dated Thursday says Coastal GasLink didn’t submit the required notification on Jan. 22.last_img read more

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Dhoni liked my version of helicopter shot says Hardik

first_imgNew Delhi: Hardik Pandya has already emulated M S Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot and the Mumbai Indians all-rounder says the veteran keeper-batsman liked his version of the innovative stroke. Pandya has looked in ominous form this IPL, scoring 218 runs at a strike rate of 194.64 in nine matches. He used the shot to good effect against speedster Kagiso Rabada in their game against Delhi Capital Thursday night. The 25-year-old smashed 32 off 15 balls to power Mumbai Indians to 168 for five, a total which Delhi Capitals found too stiff to chase, going down by 40 runs. His inning comprised two boundaries and three massive sixes, including the helicopter shot — a stroke made famous by Dhoni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt was in the second ball of the 20th over when Hardik had played that shot, sending a Rabada delivery across the ropes between long-on and deep mid-wicket position. The all-rounder had played the helicopter shot in front of Dhoni during a game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which Mumbai won by 37 runs at the Wankhede. “I never thought I would play the helicopter shot in a game. I’ve been practising that in the nets. I went to Dhoni’s room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good,” said Pandya. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAdjudged Man of the Match for his crucial innings, Hardik said he has been hitting the ball well. “Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me,” he said. “I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard. “I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season.” Agencieslast_img read more

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China seeks equal treatment in ties with Lanka

China hopes ties with Sri Lanka can result in deeper economic cooperation and trade on the basis of equal treatment.Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the practical cooperation between the two sides is based on equality and mutual benefit. “China and Sri Lanka are close neighbors enjoying traditional friendship. The practical cooperation between the two sides is based on equality and mutual benefit, and has contributed to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka. We hope that the two sides can deepen economic cooperation and trade on the basis of equal treatment and win-win results so as to deliver benefits to the two countries and two peoples,” she said. Hua Chunying was responding to comments made by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake where he had expressed his apprehension about the burden being inflicted by loans from China and hoped to renegotiate these loans so as to lessen the impact on Sri Lanka’s economy. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sears Canada gets court approval to begin soliciting bids for its sale

TORONTO – An Ontario judge has given Sears Canada the green light to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it’s under creditor protection.Ontario Superior Court Justice Glenn Hainey approved the motion for the sale and investor solicitation process Thursday, following hours of discussions between lawyers representing the company, its lenders and retirees and laid-off employees.According to the decision, the national retailer and its court-ordered monitor, FTI Consulting Inc., can select one or more successful bids by Oct. 25.In separate documents filed by Sears Canada’s lawyers prior to Thursday’s hearing, the retailer’s chief financial officer said it’s “crucial” to begin liquidation sales of inventory no later than July 21 and to complete them by Oct. 12. Hainey is expected to hear that motion Tuesday.Sears Canada announced in June that it planned on closing 59 locations across the country and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs as part of a restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.The department store owner wants to shutter dozens of stores in the coming weeks while it negotiates with potential buyers who might acquire some or all of the company’s remaining assets, pending court approvals.“I’m in total shock this happened,” said Zobedida Maharaj, who was one of dozens of former employees who packed an overflowing Toronto courtroom to hear Thursday’s proceedings.Maharaj, 53, said she had worked at Sears Canada for 28 years before she was laid off at the end of March when her store was closed.The senior manager of operations and merchandise said she was initially told she would get eight weeks of severance and benefits, but was cut off June 22 when the company secured temporary court protection from creditors.“It’s like getting slapped in the face,” Maharaj said.Earlier in the day, Sears Canada struck a deal over benefit and pension payments to retired employees. The retailer had initially asked the court for permission to immediately halt payments for pension, health and dental benefits for laid-off employees, retirees and surviving spouses due to a severe cash crunch, but later agreed to continue payments to retirees until Sept. 30.Many former employees said the company’s compromise on temporarily paying retiree benefits and pension compensation has them cautiously hopeful.Pina Rupa, 58, from Vaughan, Ont., said outside the courthouse that she hoped Sears Canada, where she worked for nearly 40 years, would reinstate her benefits and severance which she said were worth tens of thousands of dollars.“I was such a loyal employee,” said Rupa, who was laid off from the company’s head office.Employment lawyer Susan Ursel, whose firm represents more than 17,000 non-unionized former and current employees, said her law office is filing motions to ask the court to reinstate benefit, severance and pension payments to the workers who were laid off. It is also asking to set up a temporary hardship fund for those who are in dire need of cash and health benefits.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said her government is paying close attention to the situation but there isn’t a role it can play at this point.Follow @LindaNguyenTO and @DavidPaddon on Twitter. Sears Canada gets court approval to begin soliciting bids for its sale Peter Myers, brother of actor Mike Myers, speaks with the media as disgruntled Sears employees gather at the Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Lawyers for Sears Canada employees are asking an Ontario judge to have the struggling retailer reinstate or continue their health benefits until October as the company restructures under court protection from creditors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn by Linda Nguyen and David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2017 6:58 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Gary Neville questions why Sam Allardyce would deserve payoff after losing job

first_imgSam Allardyce, pictured outside his home, said he made an ‘error of judgment’ and had ‘paid the consequences’Credit:Dave Howarth/PA Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate, the England football team’s new caretaker manager, has admitted he works in an industry “that at times I don’t like”.Southgate said the “business side” of football could be unsavoury at times, as he spoke for the first time since being put in charge of the national side. “You have to ask why [there was a pay-out] if it was inappropriate behaviour.”Speaking on a Sky Sports podcast, he said Allardyce’s departure had been a “moral issue”, adding: “When you take the moral exit route, particularly when you’re talking about the national game, you have to see it through.” 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. Sam Allardyce Gary Neville has questioned why Sam Allardyce would deserve a pay-off after losing his job as England manager following a Telegraph investigation.The former England assistant boss described Allardyce’s behaviour as “clumsy” after he left his job last week, having been in charge for just one match, amid the disclosures.He had been filmed by undercover reporters giving advice on how to get around Football Association rules and negotiating a £400,000 personal appearances deal.Allardyce reportedly received a £1million pay-off when his contract was terminated by mutual consent after he was covertly filmed less than three months in charge of the national side.  It came as John Motson, the country’s best-known football commentator, said the greed of some people had become a “cancer” infecting the game.Southgate – who has been given the England job for the next four games, but hopes he can impress the FA enough to make him the permanent choice – said: “I have to say I’m involved in a sport that I love and an industry that at times I don’t like.”He said he did not have “the detail” about the latest revelations, so could not comment in detail but added: “There’s lots about the industry of football that I don’t like but it’s a sport I love, representing my country was something I loved and they’re the bits I have to focus on.” The 61-year-old said he made an “error of judgment” and had “paid the consequences”.Commenting on the investigation, Neville said: “The question that needs asking more than anything is that the FA cited ‘inappropriate behaviour’, yet reports suggest there has been a pay-off of a £1m.  The former England defender, 46, has been in charge of the country’s under-21 team for the past three years after a three-year stint managing Middlesbrough.Giving his first press conference ahead of England’s World Cup qualifying match against Malta at the weekend, he said football was the sport of his dreams “as a kid” but with the “business side of the game” there were “many many different areas that I don’t particularly like”.last_img read more

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Those tapes are trying to sow division Minister dismisses abortion sting job

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said the government will not rush agreement on proposed abortion legislation, stating it could take “another week or two”.Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week in Politics, the Fine Gael deputy said there would be a “clearer view” on the issue after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.He said he has held a “number of private conversations” with the Minister for Health to put across his opinions, adding that he shared “practically all of Lucinda’s [Creighton] views on the issue”.Asked about today’s Sunday Independent front page – which revealed transcripts from taped conversations with two Labour TDs who both indicated the legislation could be used as a stepping stone for less restrictive regimes in the future – the Minister dismissed the reports.“Those tapes are trying to sow division,” he said. “They are also conversations that took place a year ago…It was some kind of sting operation to catch people out. That is not the basis for a sensible discussion on the issue to try and find a compromise for people to live with.”RTÉ has reported that the coalition parties are close to an agreement on proposed abortion legislation following last week’s row over the number of doctors that would need to be consulted in the case of a termination request where the woman is suicidal.“We are legislating essentially for the status quo whereby terminations would happen in rare circumstances when there is a measurable and real threat to the life of the mother,” continued Coveney. “And there is going to be a maintenance of the protection of the life of the unborn.”There is no surprise that people have varying views on the circumstances of where termination should be available. Those views are deeply held. It is not difficult to catch someone out on this issue.A compromise legislation will almost certainly see fewer than six consultants on a panel. Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who is one of five ministers involved in high-level talks, told TheJournal.ie this week that six “is clearly too many” for such a decision. It is understood that there will be a two-pronged process for any woman seeking an abortion as a result of suicide ideation.According to RTÉ, the Protection of Maternal Life Bill 2013 will only allow for terminations in defined circumstances and prohibit the licensing of clinics.Labour TDs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Anne Ferris have been contacted for comment but were not available at time of publication.Laws will make abortion ‘pervasive’ in Ireland: Warning from pro-life TDsChildren’s Minister: ‘Six doctors is clearly too many’ for abortion panellast_img read more

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PlayStation 4s New Licensed Pro Controllers Arent Very Eye Pleasing

first_imgThe Nacon Revolution has:46° amplitude dual analogue sticks, enhanced with innovative firmware for advanced eSports accuracy and reachFour extra shortcut buttonsEight-way directional padFour custom profiles – all configurable via the companion PC application, enabling players to: re-map buttons, assign macros to the four shortcut controls, and adjust analog and trigger sensitivityTwo internal compartments with six additional weights – for a tailored balance and feelCompatibility with all PS4 systems via the 3m-long secure connection USB cable – detachable for easy storageBoth controllers will be available this holiday season. As of now, they are only slated to be released in the European market. Hopefully they will be released in North America and other parts of the world in the future. They may be ugly, but I’m sure competitive-minded gamers would find the controllers to be very useful. PlayStation 4 fans have been asking for pro and elite-type controllers for quite some time, and it appears that their wishes are about to come true. Sony has just announced two new officially licensed “Pro” controllers that have more functionality than the standard DualShock 4 controller. However, this looks like a case of “be careful what you wish for” as these two controllers aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye.These Pro controllers come in the form of the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution. Razer and Nacon are known for making eSports peripherals and have used their expertise in this field when creating these controllers. Basically, the Raiju and Revolution are tailor made for competitive and pro gamers and feature extra buttons and features not found on the stock DualShock 4.The Razer Raiju features:Two extra bumpers and two extra detachable triggersBuilt-in control panel on the front of the controllerTrigger-stop switches and hair trigger mode for ultra-fast trigger responsesTwo custom profiles which you can instantly switch between and modify3.5mm headset jack and dedicated headset volume and mic mute controlsDetachable analog stick rubber caps which provide extra grip during intense gaming sessionsCompatibility with all PS4 systems via the braided 3m-long USB cable – detachable for easy storagelast_img read more

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More freezing fog possible Thursday

first_imgSeven of the 10 school districts in Clark County were closed Wednesday due to a dense, freezing fog that made driving treacherous.A similar scenario could be repeated today. Freezing fog is forecast before 10 a.m. The National Weather Service predicts an 80 percent chance of freezing rain.Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing later in the day, with precipitation turning to rain after 1 p.m. Today’s high is expected to be near 38.School district officials throughout Clark County say that because of the unpredictable weather, they’ve been making — and changing — their schedules on the fly.Wednesday’s icy roads prompted early-morning decisions by school superintendents to first announce late starts, then, when roads did not improve, to close schools in Battle Ground, Evergreen, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver and Washougal. Schools were delayed by one or two hours in the Camas, Green Mountain and Woodland school districts.“Tuesday night at 6 p.m., our first information was the freezing fog would lift around 8 a.m., but it didn’t lift,” said Mick Hoffman, who directs transportation for Vancouver Public Schools. “We checked the roads and found a mess. It didn’t clear like we thought it would. You can always make up a school day. We’re always going to put the kids’ safety a priority.”last_img read more

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Alaska Airlines Ravn Air Group Announce Codeshare Agreement

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Airlines and Ravn Alaska announced on Thursday a new partnership that will allow Alaska communities one-stop check-in, the ability to earn miles on the other airlines, and smoother flight connections. Dave Pflieger, Ravn Air Group President & CEO: “Through the expanded codeshare, our valued customers will benefit from unprecedented connectivity both in and out of the state. With a continued focus on safety, operational excellence, customer service, and employee pride, we look forward to a long and successful partnership to advance Alaska air travel.” A codeshare is an agreement where an airline can sell space on another airline’s flights. In a release from Ravn, with the new codeshare agreement, customers flying on Alaska Airlines and Ravn Alaska and PenAir will enjoy:Seamless reservations and online shoppingOne-stop check-in, with baggage checked to final destinationSmooth flight connectionsThe ability to earn miles on the other airlineOutstanding customer servicecenter_img Ravn announced in December that it had purchased the assets of Peninsula Airways, and created a “new” PenAir that is officially a member of Ravn Air Group. Effective on April 1, Ravn Air Group subsidiaries Ravn Alaska and PenAir will have Alaska Airlines codeshare on flights to 15 markets: Aniak, Bethel, Cold Bay, Dillingham, Homer, Kenai, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, McGrath, Sand Point, St. Mary’s, St. Paul, Unalakleet, and Valdez.last_img read more

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Court Dismisses Three Counts in Reed Espionage Case Against McGrawHill Construction

first_imgA New York U.S. District Court judge has ruled in favor of McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge to dismiss three of the counts brought against it last year by competitor Reed Construction Data alleging corporate espionage, among other things.Specifically, the ruling dismisses the counts alleging violation of the New York General Business Law consumer fraud statute, violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and conspiracy to violate RICO. The ruling was filed on September 14. The litigation concerning the remaining eight counts is ongoing.“We are very pleased with the judge’s ruling dismissing the RICO claims and state law consumer fraud claim and remain confident that we will prevail on the merits with respect to the remaining counts in the litigation,” McGraw-Hill Construction says in a statement e-mailed to FOLIO:. “It should be noted that the judge’s decision to dismiss these claims was based on technicalities in the law, and is in no way a reflection of the substantive allegations in RCD’s complaint or the merits of RCD’s remaining claims,” Reed says in a separate statement. “RCD will continue to aggressively pursue its claims against McGraw-Hill to seek redress for the injuries that it has suffered as a result of McGraw-Hill’s actions.”McGraw-Hill’s original motion for dismissal, which was filed in November, requested the court throw out a total of five counts named in Reed’s complaint. The complaints that were not dismissed claim “misappropriation of confidential information,” and “tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.” McGraw-Hill’s motion also did not request the dismissal of other counts alleging fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, monopolization, and others.Reed filed its original complaint last October. In December, the company expanded the complaint, alleging that Dodge also used access to RCD’s database to misappropriate its construction information by downloading hundreds of project-related documents.last_img read more

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Air Force Signs Deal to Privatize Water Wastewater Systems at Vandenberg AFB

first_imgA $299 million, 50-year contract the Air Force has signed to privatize water distribution and wastewater collection at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., is expected to save about 1.1 billion gallons of water over the contract’s lifespan.American Water Operations and Maintenance, a private utility company based in Voorhees, N.J., will reintroduce potable water into the utility system during fire-hydrant flushing instead of dumping the water into storm drains, reported Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Public Affairs. To eliminate stagnant water that is vulnerable to growing contaminates, utilities typically flush it through fire hydrants. American Water instead will draw the stagnant water from the lines, provide chemical treatment and recycle the water back into the system.In the first three years of the contract, the utility plans to invest about $11 million in Vandenberg’s water systems.“Maintaining utility systems is no longer a core competency of the Air Force,” said Rick Weston, head of the AFCEC Utilities Privatization program management office. “Private industry does it day in and day out, so they can normally do it cheaper than we can,” Weston said.Over the past 17 years, the Air Force has privatized 167 systems, helping the service to save $511 million. Sixty utility systems — including electric, natural gas, water and wastewater — are in various stages of the solicitation process to be privatized, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Puri Jagannadh willing to let go of bitter past with Chiranjeevi offers

first_imgDirector Puri Jagannadh, who is basking in the success of iSmart Shankar, is willing to let go of the bitter past with Chiranjeevi as he has offered to prepare a new script for the megastar in just five days.iSmart Shankar has become a big hit by recovering its distributors’ investments and huge benefit share for them in just six days. The Ram Pothineni starrer has not brought back the fallen glory but also got a new lease of life to Puri Jagannadh, who suffered a big setback with back-to-back flops. The director is now fully charged up and ready to bounce back.Puri Jagannadh is one of the popular directors in the Telugu film industry. He has directed films with leading Tollywood actors including Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun, Prabhas, Ravi Teja, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, Gopichand, Nithiin and Ram Pothineni. But he has never worked with Chiranjeevi.In fact, Puri Jagannadh had the opportunity to work with Chiranjeevi in two films. One of them titled Auto Johny was even launched as the 150th movie of the megastar, which marked the actor’s comeback. But it was shelved after the actor did not like his script. Since then the director has been nursing his dream to direct Chiru. In a recent interview, he once again evinced his interest to work with the latter.Talking about his wish to work with Chiranjeevi, Puri Jagannadh said that he has missed chances to direct Chiru at least on four to five occasions. “A couple of projects with Chiru even had their muhurtham ceremonies before being shelved. Even today, if Chiru calls me for a project, I’ll finish the script in just 5 days and be ready to direct him,” the director said.However, Puri Jagannadh-Chiranjeevi’s shelved film Auto Johny had created ripples in the media for various reasons in 2015. It was rumoured that Nayanthara and Anjali were roped in to play the female leads and Amitabh Bachchan, who is very close to Chiru and Puri, had promised to play a role.Auto Johny had also courted controversy after scriptwriter Vasu Dev Varma made plagiarism charges against its makers. Vasu had said that he had written the story for Krishnam Raju’s Okka Adugu and then gave it to writer Gopi Mohan to spice up its entertainment quotient. But BSV Ravi learned about the story from Gopi and used the main plot for the film, which was touted to be Chiru’s 150th flick. Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Puri Jagan at premiere show of Bbuddah hoga tera BaapTwitter RelatediSmart Shankar box office collection: Puri film beats lifetime record of Nenu Sailaja in 5 daysPuri Jagannadh confirms the sequel of iSmart Shankar, RGV all set to party with the teamAishwarya Rai to be roped in for Koratala Shiva’s next movie with ChiranjeeviAfter Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Shetty to enact Rani Lakshmi BaiChiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy brings new headache for Ram Charan [Video]last_img read more

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Study suggests global warming causing changes to the pitch of frog calls

first_img Narins and a group of students visited Puerto Rico in 1983-84 and recorded frog calls (and frog body size) along a path that led up into the mountains. At the time, Narins noted that the frog calls changed in pitch in relation to the elevation at which they lived. The higher up they lived, the bigger they got and the lower the pitch of the calls. Narins and a new group of researchers visited Puerto Rico again in 2006, and repeated the exercise, following the same path and making recordings and measuring frogs. In so doing, they report that the frog calls have changed dramatically as has their average body size.More specifically, Narins and his team found that it was the second syllable of the call that was most impacted. Prior research has shown that the first syllable is generally aimed at warding off other males, the second is directed at females. Over two decades, the second syllable has grown higher in pitch and lasts for a shorter amount of time. The team noted that some of the calls from higher elevations in 2006 were nearly identical to calls from frogs in lower elevations in 1986, suggesting a definite link between frog calls and changes in air temperature. Further analysis revealed that the amount of change in pitch could be mapped to the changes in temperature, which happened to also correlate to the actual average air temperature increase experienced by Puerto Rico over the same time span. The team also reports that average frog size has decreased as well.Frogs are cold-blooded of course, which means they are more susceptible to changes in air temperature. The problem with changes in male frog calls is that quite often it means directing them at females that are unable to respond to them, or in some cases, hear them at all. That of course could lead to rapid population decline, or possibly extinction. © 2014 Phys.org US lists tiny Puerto Rican frog as endangered Explore further (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers has published a paper in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, describing field studies conducted by lead Peter Narins and others. He and colleagues have found that the pitch of male coqui frog calls in Puerto Rico has changed over the twenty two year period between 1984 and 2006, which appears to correlate with the amount of air temperature increase the frogs have been exposed to due to global warming. More information: Climate change and frog calls: long-term correlations along a tropical altitudinal gradient, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 9 April 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0401AbstractTemperature affects nearly all biological processes, including acoustic signal production and reception. Here, we report on advertisement calls of the Puerto Rican coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) that were recorded along an altitudinal gradient and compared these with similar recordings along the same altitudinal gradient obtained 23 years earlier. We found that over this period, at any given elevation, calls exhibited both significant increases in pitch and shortening of their duration. All of the observed differences are consistent with a shift to higher elevations for the population, a well-known strategy for adapting to a rise in ambient temperature. Using independent temperature data over the same time period, we confirm a significant increase in temperature, the magnitude of which closely predicts the observed changes in the frogs’ calls. Physiological responses to long-term temperature rises include reduction in individual body size and concomitantly, population biomass. These can have potentially dire consequences, as coqui frogs form an integral component of the food web in the Puerto Rican rainforest.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A Common Coquí (Eleutherodactylus coqui) from Puerto Rico. Credit: United States Department of Agriculture Citation: Study suggests global warming causing changes to the pitch of frog calls in Puerto Rico (2014, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-global-pitch-frog-puerto-rico.html 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.last_img read more

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Its Not Your Salary That Counts – Its How You Spend It

first_imgOverall, the results provide a strong indication that a big paycheck alone will not guarantee you’ll feel better about your life. Once your salary hits a certain level, you may find diminishing returns for your sense of well-being. You may be constantly striving for that big raise, hoping that a salary crossing the six-figure mark will magnify your sense of contentment and security. But the salary itself may not be the formula for being high on life; what you do with the money may play an even stronger role, a psychological study indicates. Brown, G.D.A., Gathergood, J. (2019). Consumption changes, not income changes, predict changes in subjective well-being. Social Psychological and Personality Science, doi.org/10.1177/1948550619835215Lee, J.C., Hall, D.L., Wood, W. (2018). Experiential or material purchases? Social class determines purchase happiness. Psychological Science, 29(7), 1031–1039. doi.org/10.1177/0956797617736386.Matz, S. C., Gladstone, J. J., & Stillwell, D. (2016). Money buys happiness when spending fits our personality. Psychological Science, 27(5), 715–725. doi.org/10.1177/0956797616635200 Those conclusions expand on other recent findings about purchases and subjective well-being. Scientists from the University of Cambridge concluded from their 2016 study that people who spend money on purchases that mesh with their personality traits—as measured in a standardized psychological tests—report being more satisfied with their lives. What’s more, the researchers found that this effect was stronger than that of total spending and income. (Critics of the study, however, say the spending effects on well-being are too minimal to significantly affect people’s lives.) Brown and Gathergood also tried to identify the types of consumption that might boost life satisfaction. Previous research has suggested that consumers glean more happiness from experiential purchases such as vacations and theater performances than they do from buying material goods like home furnishings, clothing, or consumer electronics. Brown and Gathergood looked for this experiential advantage in their own analysis, as well, but found no evidence that either type of spending yielded differing effects on life satisfaction. Scientists have long examined the link between people’s income and their sentiments about their own lives, often referred to as subjective well-being. Over the last decade, researchers have pegged the minimum annual income for happiness as anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000, with higher amounts having no discernible effect on happiness. Studies have also made various attempts to distinguish day-to-day emotional well-being from overall life satisfaction—the latter of which could include, for example, your feelings about the direction your career or marriage is heading. center_img Their analysis of the data indicated that changes in consumption, not income, correlated with changes in life satisfaction. The researchers also found evidence that increased conspicuous consumption (e.g., spending on clothes, vacations, hobbies) had the strongest effect. But two social scientists in the United Kingdom recently began questioning those findings and conclusions. Psychological scientist Gordon D.A. Brown of the University of Warwick and economist John Gathergood of the University of Nottingham suspected that the previous research largely ignored consumption patterns, even though household spending doesn’t always correspond with household income. A family spending lots of money at the supermarket may be living on food stamps, for example, while a highly- paid executive will save a substantial amount of income instead of spending it. Moreover, a household income of $100,000 provides a lot more comfort in lower-cost cities like Milwaukee than it does in Manhattan. Other studies have uncovered some nuance to that so-called experiential advantage. A 2018 study, for example, found that while people with more wealth were indeed happier with buying experiences versus tangible goods, people with lower incomes reported as much as or even more happiness from material purchases compared with experiential buys. References To examine how consumption mixes with income to drive life satisfaction, Brown and Gathergood turned to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), a massive survey of US households that includes complete data on consumption, broken down by categories. The PSID includes participants’ reports on their own sense of satisfaction with life over time. Brown and Gathergood considered households in the top 1% and bottom 1% income brackets to be outliers and excluded them from their final data sample. They ended up with a pool of 5,660 individuals, more than 70% of whom were men. The participants’ average age was 46. Half were married or partnered, two-thirds had at least a high school education, and slightly more than 60% owned their home. last_img read more

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Book Paradise Helicopters new Volcanoes Waterfall Swim package

first_imgBook Paradise Helicopters’ new ‘Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim’ package Share HONOLULU — If your adventure clients are looking for a new way to explore Hawaii, tell them to look no further than Paradise Helicopters’ new ‘Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim’ tour.The package begins with an air adventure over Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Guests will then touch down in a 1,000-acre tropical fruit farm near Ka’imukanaka Falls where they’ll join Paradise Helicopter’s exclusive partner, Hawaii Forest & Trail, for a guided ground exploration of Hilo’s most beautiful waterfalls.While on this portion of the tour, guests will sample seasonal fruit and fresh macadamia nuts at a private viewing deck overlooking Anuenue Falls before swimming, kayaking or paddling under the private 120-foot Kulaniapia Falls. A fresh made lunch is also included.Priced at US$444 per person, the package – which is ideal for adults, children and seniors – includes 50 minutes of flight time and 2.5 hours of ground activities, not to mention ground transportation back to Hilo International Airport. Signature Paradise add-ons are available.Paradise serves Oahu via Turtle Bay Resort and Kalaeloa Airport, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai via the Lanai Airport, and Hawaii Island via Kona and Hilo International Airports. To book a Paradise Helicopters tour, visit paradisecopters.com. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Hawaii Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img Cassandra James is shown in this undated handout photo. Vancouver-raised Cassandra James is the first transgender actress to play a transgender role on “General Hospital.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Cassandra James by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2018 10:12 am PDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email After more than 14,000 episodes, long-running soap opera “General Hospital” is still breaking new ground with the recent debut of the show’s first transgender character to be played by a transgender cast member.But with the progress that’s being made in daytime television, Vancouver-raised actress Cassandra James says it’s time for the rest of Hollywood to catch up.“Film and TV reflects culture, it reflects the world that we live in. And if it’s not doing so accurately in terms of representation, then we have a problem,” James, 25, said in a phone interview from Los Angeles on Wednesday.“I’m happy to be changing that.”Not a regular soap-opera viewer before joining “General Hospital,” James said she braced herself for a “brave new world” of soft lights and high drama.Much of the serial’s cast, crew and devoted fan base have stuck with the show through decades of dizzying plot twists — from assassination attempts to alien encounters — over its 55-year tenure on the air.While some of the story lines may seem larger than life, James said there are elements of her “General Hospital” role that ring true to her experience as a member of the transgender community.James said she feels fortunate to have been supported by loved ones during her transition, unlike her character Dr. Terry Randolph, who struggles with acceptance by her family on the show.In one scene, Randolph tells a childhood friend that transitioning isn’t a decision she made on a whim, but rather, was a way for her to reconcile “the difference between the physical and the emotional.”One of the show’s male leads trips over his words as he tries to support Randolph, assuring her that it’s “awesome” she can finally be her true self.James said she thinks this could be a “teaching moment” for many in the soap opera’s broad audience, some of whom may have not encountered a transgender person outside the small screen.More poignantly, she said she receives messages from fans thrilled that they’re finally able to see themselves reflected on their favourite TV program.But these kinds of benefits are harder to realize when so many transgender roles are taken by cisgender actors such as Scarlett Johansson, said James.“I believe that my cis coworkers in the industry need to be doing better,” she said. “It’s just the culture that we live in. The pendulum swings, and really, visibility could not be more important than it is right now.”Johansson has been under fire over her casting as the lead in “Rub & Tug,” a biopic about prostitution ring leader Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born a woman but identified as a man.The backlash only intensified after the star’s team referred a press inquiry to representatives for Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman, all actors who won acclaim for portraying transgender characters.James said the fact that Johansson’s statement was vetted by industry professionals speaks to the need for Hollywood to increase transgender representation both in front of and behind the camera.It’s not that James believes an actor’s gender always has to be perfectly aligned with their character’s. Acting, she said, is about embodying an “imagined reality,” but in order for that reality to be rendered authentically, transgender people have to be part of the creative process.“We’re not being allowed to tell our own stories, and who better to tell our own stories than us?” she said. “It’s really about allowing us in the room.”James said she’s sworn to secrecy about what’s in store for the fictional town of Port Charles, N.Y. But at the end of last week’s episode, her character mentioned that she had a consult at General Hospital.“I’ll be back,” said James.— With files from the Associated Presscenter_img B.C.-raised transgender actress makes history on ‘General Hospital’ with castinglast_img read more

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first_imgThe Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) confirmed on Thursday that there had been a spike in false foods poisoning claims by UK tourists but said it was not so severe as to prompt consideration of the same action as Spain, which was said to be mulling the scrapping of all-inclusive hotel deals for British tourists“We won’t be shutting the doors to the British. They’ve supported our tourism market for years. We can only proceed with caution and discretion,” a CTO spokesperson told the Cyprus Mail on Thursday.British tourists making false claims of food poisoning in an attempt to get “easy money” have cost the Cypriot hotel industry over €5 million in the past two years, the Cyprus Hotels Association (Pasyxe) said on Wednesday.The comments were made on the same day the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) launched a campaign called “Stop Sickness Scams” outlining that since 2013 “there has been more than a 500 per cent increase in the number of compensation claims for holiday sickness with tens of thousands of claims in the past year.”“Yet, during the same period, reported sickness levels in resorts have remained stable and the problem is only associated with UK holidaymakers. Evidence suggests many of these claims may be exaggerated or fraudulent,” the group said.Pasyxe director Zacharias Ioannides said this was not a new phenomenon, and has been observed exclusively among British tourists, with numbers spiking in the past two years. The problem is tarnishing the industry, with hotels receiving bad reputations when no harm has actually been done, Ioannides added.According to the CTO on Thursday, the island’s reputation has not been tarnished by negative press as the claims are mostly dealt with by lawyers and insurance companies.  “Our London offices monitor this and there is a close cooperation with UK tour operators and travel agencies,” the spokesperson said.According to Abta’s campaign, the spike in travel sickness claims is a result of British legislation clamping down on whiplash claims, which were costing the UK government around £1 billion (€1.1 bn) a year, by capping legal fees law firms on personal injury cases would charge.As a result, the next trend that has come up is the food poisoning claim.As outlined in the Telegraph Travel, the typical sum paid out for a sickness claim ranges from £1,000 – £2,000 (€1,136 – €2,273). The threshold for a small claim is £1,000 where costs and legal fees are not recoverable.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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