Privileges Committee summons activist

first_imgThe Committee on Privileges of the Goa Assembly has issued a notice summoning Right to Information (RTI) activist and State government officer Kashinath Shetye to appear before it on Monday.The notice has been issued by Ligia Godinho, Under-Secretary, Legislature, on November 16, in connection with an alleged breach of privilege motion raised by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nilesh Cabral against Mr. Shetye.Mr. Cabral had raised the matter during the monsoon session of the Assembly, after a starred question was allegedly leaked by the activist on Facebook before it was raised in the session.The complaint had been referred to the Privileges Committee by Speaker Pramod Sawant, who had also filed a police complaint and asked the Chief Secretary to investigate the leak.On July 12, Mr. Shetye, who is also a junior engineer with the State electricity department, had uploaded a photograph of Mr. Cabral’s legislative question, prior to it being answered in the Assembly. Mr. Cabral had said Mr.Shetye had not behaved like a government servant.Mr. Shetye had said that he had filed various petitions in the past as a private citizen, and that the Assembly question was an open document sent to various departments, including his.last_img read more

Clarity of Voice and Vision

first_imgTell us about your writing as “discovery”.I write from images, characters, or scenes that lure me on to discover more about them. In “The Girl on the Bench,” for example, I was haunted by the memory of a young woman I’d seen in India years before and had to write her story to discover what she meant. In the process of writing, a good story rises above its original historical details and has its own necessity and significance. I do my best to express them.Picasso made a statement that has always intrigued me, “I do not seek. I find.”How has Raja Rao, as both mentor and friend, influenced your writing? David InglehartMost importantly, he showed me the richness of India’s traditional, living culture. In his way, he’s been utterly fearless in life, and he’s always stressed the importance of finding truth through his writing. His understanding of writing as a sadhana, a spiritual discipline, is a goal to live up to.He also introduced me to the rasa theory of aesthetics, which is the best explanation I know of for what happens in the best moments of fiction, when we lose ourselves through powerful, generalized emotions of unlimited significance. And since I knew better than to try to imitate him, I was forced to create a style of my own.The tone of your short stories is wonderful, crisp and to the point, not at all excessive or overdone. How much crafting do your stories go through to achieve this effect? How do you know when a story is finished?I usually write many drafts, focusing at first on the overall flow of the story and polishing after that. A few stories need very little revision. Some I’m afraid I’ll never finish. A story is finished when it feels right, when it produces its necessary, significant emotion in me as my own reader. When Mozart was a child, his mother is supposed to have gotten him out bed by playing a scale but leaving off the last note. He couldn’t stand the effect until he supplied the right sound.Your interactive website, www.storiesofindia.com is, unlike other author websites, not just about yourself, in that you actually encourage the participation of your readers experiences of India by inviting them to submit stories, photos, reviews, etc. Why is this “sharing” aspect important to you as a writer?Many people have been kind enough to read my work and offer helpful criticism. It seems natural to host other writers in return. And I love to hear the stories and voices of people from around the world who write about India. My life’s much richer because of them.How would you respond to the criticism that a white American male could never begin to understand the Indian psyche? Conversely, it can be pointed out that when Vikram Seth wrote An Equal Music, nary a review thought his being an Indian male put him at a disadvantage in imagining the life of a white man, and a woman for that matter.After one of my stories was posted on Indian website, I was vehemently attacked by a small number of readers for being a “white boy trying to write about India.” And a publisher in New York told my agent that they would never publish fiction about India that hadn’t been written by an Indian. These positions are ill conceived. The very nature of fiction is to see through others’ eyes.How can the scope of the imagination be limited? The majority of the Indian readers who’ve responded to my work have said that it put them in touch with their own roots, which I find very satisfying because I’m interested in those roots. A few have said they couldn’t believe at first that I wasn’t an Indian, though I wasn’t writing in disguise.Finally, tell us what you are currently working on, and if India figures in this new effort.I’m writing a novel tentatively called A Torch in the Night. It’s about a young American who loses someone in the World Trade Center disaster, withdraws to India, and reawakens to life through a school, a woman, and a man in a banyan tree.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Benfica Ends Champions League Campaign with 1-0 Win over AEK

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica finished its Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over AEK Athens on Wednesday.Both teams were out of contention for the knockout stage, and Benfica had already secured third place and a spot in the round of 32 of the Europa League.Alex Grimaldo scored the winner in the 88th minute with a well-struck free kick over the wall.“We had a good match, deserved the win,” Grimaldo said. “We tried until the end, I am happy that we did it.”Bayern Munich won Group E with 14 points, two more than Ajax. Benfica finished with seven points, while AEK Athens had zero after losing all of its games. Bayern and Ajax drew 3-3 in Amsterdam on Wednesday.With nothing at stake in Lisbon, both teams took risks in what was an entertaining match at the Stadium of Light. The teams created several chances back-and-forth in the second half, with the hosts coming closest to scoring.Haris Seferovic hit the crossbar with a header in the 70th, and about 10 minutes later Gedson Fernandes entered the area free from markers but had his shot saved by AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas.AEK went a man down in the 86th when Kostas Galanopoulos pulled Fernandes’ jersey and was shown a second yellow card. Coach Marinos Ouzounidis was sent off a few minutes later after complaining excessively.“We knew beforehand we were the minnows of our group and unfortunately we were constantly reminded of it in every match,” Ouzounidis said.Benfica had won 3-2 in Greece.AEK’s Niklas Hult, 2nd form right, argues with referee Robert Madden as Benfica’s players celebrate after scoring their die opening goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between Benfica and AEK Athens at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo shots from free kick to score his side opening goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between Benfica and AEK Athens at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo shots from free kick to score his side opening goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between Benfica and AEK Athens at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mumbai is India’s most expensive city for expatriates: survey

first_imgNew York, Jun 26 (PTI) Mumbai is the most expensive city for expatriates in India, according to a global consulting firm’s cost of living survey released today, with Hong Kong topping the list as the world’s costliest city to live.Mumbai has moved up two spots and is listed 55th, higher than the famous cities like Melbourne (58), Frankfurt (68), Buenos Aires (76), Stockholm (89) and Atlanta (95).New Delhi is ranked 103, Bengaluru is at number 170, Chennai at 144 and Kolkata stands at 182, according to the 2018 Cost of Living Survey by Mercer, a New York-based global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers.”While cities such as Melbourne and Buenos Aires have fallen in their rankings, Mumbai’s jump in ranking is also attributable to continued surge in prices of food, alcohol and domestic supplies,” it said.”Costs of sporting, leisure related activities have also played a role to rising prices, followed in part by transportation costs, which includes taxi fares and cost of registration and road taxes. Real estate prices in Mumbai remain among the highest in the world for residential purposes,” the survey noted.The 2018 survey ranked 209 cities across five continents, measuring the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location including housing, transportation, food and clothing.Hong Kong leads as the world’s costliest city to live in, surpassing Angola’s capital Luanda which came sixth.Only two European cities, Zurich (3) and Bern (10) are among the top 10 list of most expensive cities.Asian financial hubs dominate the list with Tokyo figuring at second place, Singapore at fourth, Seoul at fifth, Shanghai at seventh and Beijing at ninth place.advertisementOutside of Asia, European and African cities were among the priciest cities for employees.Mercer’s widely recognised survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation strategies for their expatriate employees.For this survey of global rankings, New York City is used as the base city for all comparisons, and currency movements are measured against the US dollar. PTI MRJ AKJ MRJMRJlast_img read more

Look who’s trending

first_img Next Simi Kuriakose October 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 11:44 IST Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan (Image Coutesy: SpotBoye.com)STUNNING IN BLACK AND WHITE For a recent film festival in Mumbai, Kareena Kapoor Khan wore an outfit from Judy Zhang’s Resort 2020 collection. The structured shoulder on the neck-plunging bodice gives this ensemble a power punch. In fact, if she’d opted for the tried-andtested bold lips and high ponytail styling formula, not only would it give her out-and-out girl boss’ vibes but we would also be highly disappointed. Thankfully, Kareena’s stylist has softened this look with that multi-layered neckpiece featuring cute charms, as well as a pink pout and side-parted tresses. We love this look!BEIGE ISN’T ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL With every new league of actors, we expect a few of them to turn into the It-girls and boys and impart us major styling lessons. Sadly, we can’t name even one from the current crop of stars who do not refrain from playing it safe. Case in point: Ananya Pandey. Her tux-esque Ulyana Sergeenko beige mini dress with a belt-like detailing on the waist and embroidered sleeves is nice overall. But we can’t say the same about the styling midparted hair, ankle-strapped heels and a bright pop of lip colour. Let’s hope she experiments with her looks soon.KEEPING IT RETRO While attending a film festival in Mumbai, Deepika Padukone was seen in a one-shouldered polka dotted dress with an open slit by Egyptian designer Marmar Halim. We love how retro the overall vibe is. The centre-parted hair that’s tousled at the ends and back-combed as well as the eyeliner traced till the end of the upper lash line. Nothing to complain about here honestly, though the voluminous dress just looks too much for a casual event like this festival. We must mention that it’s nice to see Bollywood stylists sourcing from global designers who not many of us have even heard of.advertisementALL BLACK AGAIN If we earned a penny for every single time an actor worked an all black everything’ look in Bollywood, we’d be millionaires by now. Of course, that doesn’t go against the fact that Mrunal Thakur wearing a Massimo Dutti pleated A-line skirt and a turtle-neck top looks nice here. We think the new hairdo gives her quite an edge. That said, the look would have been better with a pair of less-chunkier heels.RUFFLES & SHIMMER In another all-black sighting, Alia Bhatt was seen in an Osman ruffled leather top that she paired with a pair of metallic spot trousers from Topshop and semimesh black back-strap sandals. We think Alia looks great as far as the makeup and hair is concerned. But we have to mention our dislike for that pair of ill-fitting trousers. Also, while the top would have looked great with a skirt, it just seems a bad match with these trousers.THIS IS POLKA SEASONSporting a Lovebirds’ polka-dot dress in blue that she teamed with a pair of open-toe flats, Kangana Ranaut was seen at the airport. We love that despite the outfit being so casual, Kangana amps up the look with not just her styling but also her demeanour. Also, she was spotted in the same dress in April during a visit to our city. It is nice to see celebrities turning more relatable by not just sporting homegrown labels but also by ditching the will wear it only once’ approach.SHE EXUDES POWER We love a nice pantsuit, but this one by Parineeti Chopra falls in the segment titled outdated’. With the stark gold belt that she’s cinched her waist with, and the excess sheen of the pantsuit, we think Parineeti looks like she’s gone back to the bad side of the ’80s. Must we add that the smokey eyes are doing no good to this look at all!SIMPLE YET PRETTY You can count on Sonam Kapoor to either give you a dramatic look or one that’s simple yet stunning. This time she was spotted in a pistachio Jodi skirt that she teamed up with a white top. She’s accessorised it perfectly with a pair of white slingback heels and a quilted Chanel bag. Love the chunky retro cat-eyed sunglasses and how she’s tied that sleek scarf to her low ponytail.FALLEN OFF THE SKY Star motifs are so long gone we don’t remember anyone wearing it in a long time. By all means these are cute, but pairing it with a metallic mini skirt calls for a major fail. Along with the white pumps and the barrettes, Janhvi Kapoor’s look brings back memories of birthday dressing during school. Cute back then! Definitely not cool when a twenty-something’s sporting it.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Look who’s trendingOur weekly report on which celebrity fared better on the sartorial chartsadvertisementlast_img read more

Epicoa’s Portable Wonder Grill

first_img 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time This Fall say goodbye to the days of the kettle grill at the football game. Tailgating just got easier, and healthier, with the new portable Epicoa Rotisserie Grill. This suitcase size grill can go anywhere from the football game to the family BBQ. It all packs into its own briefcase style shell. Each shell is customizable with any color combo you’d like, whether its your favorite team or not.The battery-powered rotisserie system allows you to skewer more than seven different items at once – also keeping juices on your meat and away from the bottom of the grill. This means keeping carcinogens at an all time low (aka healthier) because they aren’t dripping to the bottom of your grill only to char up.As Epicoa puts it, their product sets out to “free the grillers”. Free them from grilling, flipping, but not looking damn good while doing it. The automated skewer system allows you to walk away from the grill and enjoy your people. No more “flip anxiety” as Epicoa puts it!  But with a wicked grill like this you will all probably be standing around it anyway. One more perk is it’s extremely easy to clean. You can disassemble, pour out the charcoal and then clean out the shell. Everything goes back inside and you’re ready to go for your next event.This fine piece of machinery will run you about $700 for the seven-skewer model. They also have a smaller five-skewer version for about $550. Visit Epicoa for more info. Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Province Commits to Forensic Audit Funds to Southwestern Economy

first_imgThe province today, Sept. 20, announced it will begin a forensic audit into the South West Shore Development Agency. “Municipalities and local businesses are concerned about what happened to the money given to SWSDA,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This is an attempt to find out where that money went and why so many good local businesses and municipalities are left with significant unpaid bills.” The audit process will begin within the next month. In addition, to help mitigate SWSDA’s negative impact on the region, the province committed that any money it receives as part of the SWSDA bankruptcy proceedings will be invested in the region for community and economic development. “Our greatest concern right now is the impact on local unsecured creditors,” said Mr. Paris. “I’m very concerned about the treatment that businesses and municipalities received from SWSDA. The province will work very hard with people to help manage the impact of these actions. Every cent that comes to the province from the bankruptcy is invested back into the region, over and above normal spending.” The province has accepted a recently revised proposal from trustee Grant Thorton Ltd. to remain as a secured creditor. This secured status ensures any of the funds the province receives will be invested in the affected communities. The province stands to receive up to $475,000 if the property sells for at least $1.075 million. “People and small businesses in Southwest Nova deserve answers, and they deserve to not be the ones left holding the bag. This forensic audit will get to the bottom of what went on at SWSDA,” said Mr. Paris. “We will help benefit the communities by re-directing any funds to them. And using existing options, we will work with the small unsecured creditors through the department to help mitigate SWSDA’s bankruptcy impacts.”last_img read more

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal I would have signed a better

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is opening a new front in his party’s fight against the revamped NAFTA deal, saying he would have done better than Justin Trudeau.The United States is measuring its success in the newly revised North American Free Trade Agreement by what it gained, Scheer tweeted Sunday. The Liberal government, on the other hand, is defining its achievement by what it didn’t give up.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland swiftly fired back, accusing the Opposition leader of showing “a lot of Monday morning courage.”Scheer’s broadside comes as Parliament prepares to resume sitting after the Thanksgiving break, offering a glimpse of how the Conservatives will try to persuade the public they could have wrested a superior deal from the Trump administration.Scheer argues his party would not have had to sign the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because it would have negotiated a more attractive one for Canadians.“Would I have signed this deal?” Scheer asked in his tweet. “I would have signed a better one.”He offered no details about those improvements, and his spokesman indicated he was not immediately available for an interview, having just returned from a trip to India to promote trade with Canada.However, Scheer has accused the Liberals of gaining no new ground in the USMCA deal and making concessions in the auto, dairy and pharmaceutical sectors.The pact’s ink was barely dry when the Conservatives began portraying the Liberal performance at the negotiating table as a fumbling misplay that will cost Canadian businesses, consumers and workers.“The Liberals would like Canadians to believe that this is somehow NAFTA 2.0,” Scheer told the House of Commons earlier this month. “In reality, this is NAFTA 0.5.”The Tories have also pointedly reminded the Liberals that punishing U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place.The Liberals say the new agreement, which still faces implementation hurdles, will protect billions of dollars of daily trade, supporting millions of Canadian jobs.Freeland has touted several provisions as Canadian wins, including removal of a clause that undermined energy sovereignty and the scrapping of a dispute-settlement mechanism that allowed companies to sue Canada for millions.“Andrew Scheer is showing a lot of Monday morning courage,” she said Sunday in a statement to The Canadian Press. “He and Stephen Harper argued repeatedly that Canada should drop our demands and rush into a bad deal. We refused to capitulate, we held out, and we got a good deal for Canadians.”The NDP has echoed many of the Conservative criticisms of the deal, saying it will hurt dairy, poultry and egg farmers and producers.As part of the implementation process, the new deal is likely to be presented to the House of Commons for discussion.The New Democrats say the Liberals owe it to Canadians to explain the pact and how it will affect their livelihoods.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Debate swirls around Ottawas prostitution bill

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome of members of Parliament stepped away from summer recess for a special debate in Ottawa Monday.The House of Commons justice committee began examining the government’s proposed prostitution bill.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.last_img

12yearold girl sexually assaulted in park

first_imgNew Delhi: A 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted inside a park in Shahdara’s Seemapuri area on Thursday. Police said they have launched a manhunt to nab the accused in the case. The investigating agency stated that the girl is in trauma and not able to talk properly. Police said that the incident was reported on Thursday morning after the victim’s mother alerted them about the crime with her daughter.At the time of the incident, the victim had gone to the park to play and there was no one in the house as her mother works as a maid. “In the evening when the girl’s mother came to the house and did not found her daughter, she started searching,” police further said. Later, the mother found her sitting on the pavement on the street. She reached there and asked about her whereabouts. The minor was not able to walk properly and she was in pain. The mother came to know about the incident and alerted the Seemapuri police station. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said that the case is being investigated and no one has been arrested in the case. “The girl is in shock after the incident,” DCP Yadav said. According to the police officer, they have launched a manhunt in different parks connecting to the area. Police staff of two police stations are working in the case. “Questioning is going on with several people including drug addicts and other suspicious persons who roam around the area,” police said. A case under appropriate IPC sections and POCSO Act registered in Seemapuri police station. Recently in another case, a 30-year-old man has been arrested for raping a 61-year-old mentally challenged woman in a park near Lajpat Nagar metro station in Southeast Delhi. Last year, three persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl and attack on her male friend in a park in Northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area on December 16, 2018.last_img read more

North American stocks tumble as USChina trade war escalation looms

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit decline in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets also tumbled ahead of a possible escalation in the U.S.-China trade war.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 120.68 points at 16,276.72.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 387.62 points at 25,579.71. The S&P 500 index was down 35.67 points at 2,843.75, while the Nasdaq composite was down 109.84 points at 7,833.48.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.14 cents US compared with an average of 74.26 cents US on Wednesday.The June crude contract was down 89 cents at US$61.23 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 3.7 cents at US$2.57 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$4.40 at US$1,285.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 2.7 cents at US$2.75 a pound. read more

Turkey UN agency deeply regrets deportation of Iraqi refugee

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed “deep regret” over Turkey’s deportation of an Iraqi, although the agency had accorded him refugee status and issued him the relevant documentation.“UNHCR urged the government of Turkey to allow the refugee to remain in Turkey,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva, noting that the refugee, who was deported on 3 March, came from violence-wracked central Iraq. “Regretfully, the Government did not respond to our letter or other attempts to communicate with them on this case.”UNHCR has advised governments that Iraqis from southern and central Iraq should be favourably considered as refugees under the 1951 Convention, given the high prevalence of serious human rights violations, and has called upon States not to forcibly return any Iraqi from those areas.“UNHCR appeals to the Turkish authorities to refrain from any such deportations and to all governments in the region to keep their borders open for Iraqis fleeing persecution,” Ms. Pagonis said.UNHCR estimates that some 4 million Iraqis have fled their homes fearing generalized violence and targeted persecution. Of these, 1.9 million are displaced inside Iraq, while some 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries such as Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey.As of 1 January, UNHCR Turkey had registered 2,719 Iraqi refugees, most of them living in Istanbul and provincial cities in Central Anatolia where the authorities assign refugees and asylum-seekers. The agency believes the actual number of Iraqis in Turkey may be much higher. 13 March 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed “deep regret” over Turkey’s deportation of an Iraqi, although the agency had accorded him refugee status and issued him the relevant documentation. read more

Juul opens store in Toronto amid outcry about rise of teen vaping

TORONTO — E-cigarette maker Juul is opening its first retail store in Canada amid mounting concern about the brand’s role in the rise of teen vaping.The Juul store in Toronto’s west-end, which opens to customers Monday, marks the California-based company’s first brick-and-mortar location in North America.Upon entering, Juul says all visitors will be asked to provide identification to prove they meet Ontario’s legal age of 19 to purchase vaping products before they can pass through the glass doors concealing the vaping products from public view.Those who gain entry will find Juul’s devices and cartridges laid out on tables in the sleek showroom style of an Apple store. Patrons can interact with the devices, but not test them, because vaping is prohibited indoors.At a media preview on Monday morning, Michael Nederhoff, general manager of Juul Labs in Canada, said the store was designed to be an “educational venue” for adult smokers looking to learn about vaping.But as Juul has emerged as Canada’s leading vaping brand, critics say the company is at risk of creating a new generation of nicotine addicts in light of recent research suggesting that the prevalence of teenage vaping has nearly doubled.In May 2018, Ottawa formally legalized vaping, opening the door for international vaping brands such as Juul to enter the Canadian market.Since then, Juul has captured a 78 per cent share of Canada’s vape market, with its products available at more than 13,000 vape shops and convenience stores across the country, said Nederhoff.Nick Kadysh, Juul’s director of government relations, said the company sees youth vaping as “completely unacceptable” and has taken steps to prevent its products from getting into the wrong hands.He cited efforts such as using third-party age verification for online sales, and sending secret shoppers to check roughly 150 stores per month to make sure they’re carding customers and following Juul’s restrictions on bulk purchases. He said retailers who don’t comply may either be “blacklisted” or reported to Health Canada.But David Hammond, a public health professor at the University of Waterloo, said Juul and other e-cigarette makers need to go further to stem the 74-per-cent surge in vaping by Canadian teens that his research suggests.Hammond led a study published in the British Medical Journal in June based on online surveys of Canadians aged 16 to 19 in 2017 and 2018.The researchers found that the number of Canadian teens who said they had vaped in the last month increased to 14.6 per cent in 2018 from 8.4 per cent in 2017.Hammond said the 2018 surveys straddled the month before and after Juul hit stores in Canada, and within weeks of becoming available, the brand had surged to become the third most popular among Canadian teens.He said the brand’s soaring sales in Canada are particularly alarming in light of trends in the U.S., where researchers found the increase in Juul use accounted for more than two-thirds of the overall rise in youth vaping.Last week, Juul executives were called before U.S. Congress to field questions from lawmakers about whether the company tried to market its products to youth.House members pointed to internal documents indicating that Juul planned to push its products on social media and offered funding to schools for anti-vaping education in a program that was quashed after the company learned that big tobacco had backed similar anti-smoking efforts decades earlier.Juul executives in Canada said neither of those strategies were attempted in Canada, and the company has even advocated for Ottawa to ban social media marketing of vaping products.Earlier this year, Health Canada proposed new measures to ban the promotion of e-cigarettes in public places, stores and media where young people are likely to encounter them, including point-of-sale advertisements.Kadysh said the restriction would hinder Juul’s ability to reach adult smokers when they’re buying cigarettes at their local convenience store and encourage them to switch to what is believed to be a less harmful alternative.For Hammond, this reluctance speaks volumes about Juul’s commitment to preventing youth vaping.“I think it is (disingenuous) at best for any company to suggest that those types of ads don’t reach kids when it is literally inches from the candy,” he said.Hammond credits Juul’s popularity among youth in part to the technology the brand uses to deliver a high concentration of nicotine without irritating the mouth or throat.Many competing e-cigarette brands have also adopted this technology, which he believes puts young people at greater risk of becoming addicted to nicotine.He said this may have contributed to the dramatic rise researchers found in rates of daily or weekly e-cigarette use by Canadian adolescents.Another factor in Juul’s youth appeal may be the minimalist design of the devices, which resemble a flash drive and allow for discrete use without the telltale smell of conventional cigarettes, Hammond added.Last month, San Francisco banned the sale of e-cigarettes in a bid to curb underage use. But Hammond said he doesn’t think a similar prohibition would be feasible or desirable in Canada.“We can actually control these products more by having them regulated than just trying to push them under the blanket,” he said.“I think it would be a shame if we had to ban them outright because of their potential to help with adult smokers, but we need to find some way of reducing access to kids for sure.”—With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press read more

As conflict rages in southern Lebanon UN to send more convoys of

“Those convoys, which are being organized by the World Food Programme (WFP), are to go to the towns of Jezzine and Sidon, and we also hope to go deeper into the south in the following days,” Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.With more than one fifth of Lebanon’s 3.8 million population believed to have abandoned their homes to escape the conflict, WFP said in a news release that it plans to increase the number of people targeted by its contribution to the emergency operation.Yesterday’s UN relief convoy, which carried supplies from WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), passed thousands of displaced people on the road heading for safe havens. According to one WFP staff member, the towns and villages that these people have abandoned resemble “ghost towns.”WFP is responsible for providing logistics support – trucking, warehousing and communications – to the UN relief operation in Lebanon and has deployed 20 staff to Beirut in response to the escalating crisis, while support structures have been established in Damascus, Syria and Larnaca, Cyprus.Almost 360 Lebanese have been killed in the conflict so far with an estimated 1,500 injured, the great majority civilians, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report, highlighting that 42 Israelis have also died in nearly two weeks of fighting.“The conflict continues to cause enormous damage to residential areas and key civilian infrastructure with hundreds of bridges and road networks, mainly in the south [of Lebanon], systematically destroyed, leaving entire communities in the south inaccessible and hampering relief operations,” OCHA said.Out of an estimated 800,000 people affected by the violence, around 700,000 have fled their homes, with 125,000 or so staying in schools and public institutions in Lebanon and 150,000 estimated to have crossed the border into Syria, it added. read more

BlackBerry receives key US security clearance for its enterprise software

BlackBerry receives key U.S. security clearance for its enterprise software WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) says the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency has approved BES 10 secure work space software for use by government workers on devices that run the Android operating system or Apple’s iOS software.The company says the DISA approval provides additional confidence for government agencies that are considering a more open mobile environment with a selection of devices and operating system.BlackBerry has been lost market share in recent years to Apple’s iPhone, iPad and similar Android smartphones and tables from various manufacturers.Under BlackBerry chairman John Chen, BlackBerry has been focusing on the business and public sector segments of the market, while highlighting the security features of its products and services.A company memo last week said that BlackBerry has reached the end of a reorganization that began three years ago and it’s ready to make strategic acquisitions, such as the purchase of Secusmart, a German anti-eavesdropping firm. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 11:58 am MDT read more

Middleaged drinkers urged to have two days off alcohol each week

It comes as a YouGov poll found one in five UK adults are drinking above the chief medical officers’ low risk drinking guidelines. Middle-aged people who enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner should abstain from alcohol on certain days during the week, Public Health England (PHE) has said. The campaign has been announced despite Dame… While more than two thirds admitted they would find cutting down on alcohol harder to do than other healthy lifestyle changes such diet improvements, exercising, or quitting smoking. The warning comes as PHE and Drinkaware officials launch a new “Drink Free Days” campaign designed to help people cut down on drinking alcohol by choosing to abstain on more days. 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. read more

Tight markets for consulting and engineering expertise

first_imgInternational Mining has for some months been reporting on tight markets for both consulting and engineering expertise. Now CIC Energy, developing the Mmamabula Energy Project in Botswana notes: “The EPC market globally has continued to tighten in the last few months, and the sponsors have concluded that it will be difficult to enter into a turnkey EPC contract for this large scale project on terms and conditions that, until recently, were accepted by EPC contractors and would have enabled this project to be financed on a non-recourse project finance basis.” A cautionary tale perhaps for some who have not secured the engineering they need. This latest issue of International Mining Project News also contains significant nickel news from a number of companies, like Mincor and Focus Minerals, working in the Kambalda area of Western Australia. Following the recent news of the +$9 billion Chinese investment in the DRC come details of CMEC anticipating investing $5 billion in the Bélinga iron ore mine in Gabon. Nearby, Rio Tinto has further strengthened its position within the iron ore industry with a 2,250 Mt addition to its global iron ore resource base – the Simandou project in Guinea. Rio has also provided details of two big copper projects – La Granja and Resolution. Among the new mines coming into production are Pan Australian Resources’ Phu Kham copper-gold operation in Laos, DiamonEx’s Lerala diamond mine in Botswana and Kinross Gold’s Kupol project in the Chukotka region of the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia.Dragon Mining’s diamond core drilling program targeting the depth extensions of the Svartliden gold mine in Sweden has returned further high-grade intercepts including 4 m at 7.15 g/t Au and 6 m at 8.81 g/t Au.In Western Greenland, the wholly owned subsidiary of Angus & Ross, a zinc/lead mining company focused on re-opening the Black Angel mine, Black Angel Mining, has been awarded a 30 year licence to mine zinc, lead and silver ore from the mine.Eldorado Gold is in receipt of all permits and approvals necessary to construct its Efemçukuru mine in Turkey.Australian nickel miner Mincor Resources has continued its run of exploration success in the Kambalda region, unveiling a potential new discovery at its operating Mariners nickel mine, as well as significant southwards extensions to the recently discovered NO9 orebody at Mariners.To receive this fortnight’s full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

Morning Press Election Kimsey ChickfilA

first_imgSteve Dipaola/For The ColumbianPro-charter supporter Jan Verrinder reacts to the news the charter appears to have passed. What does the forecast look like for the weekend? Check out it out here.Here’s a look at some of this week’s top stories:Clark County backs home ruleCome Jan. 1, changes will come to county government.At least that’s the way it looks after the first election returns Tuesday, which indicated a home rule charter was passing. The charter measure has received 55.8 percent of the vote, with an estimated 45,000 ballots to be counted.At The Grant House on Officers Row, a party of charter supporters whooped and hollered as the results were announced.Nan Henriksen — the former Camas mayor and chairwoman of the county freeholders who wrote the charter — said the changes it prescribes are long overdue.“I am so excited and relieved,” she said. “We worked so incredibly hard.”Retiring Republican Sheriff Garry Lucas — one of the faces of the pro-charter campaign whose photo appeared on much of the campaign literature — said he’d had no idea how the vote would go down prior to receiving the results. Election results in state and Clark County races can be found at www.columbian.com/election.last_img read more

Reminder Do Not Plow Snow Into Roads Right Of Ways

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation issued a reminder that plowing snow from private property into local roads, ditches, and right of ways is illegal. DOT reminds residents that as the snowfall continues this winter remember it is a violation of state law to plow excess snow from your driveway and yard across state maintained roadways. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems for the traveling public and snow removal equipment. Along with the reminder about plowing, the Borough asks parents to keep children out of snow piles and berms along roadways. They say plowing snow into the right of way creates significant additional costs and delays to road crews who have to move the snow back – a cost which is eventually transferred to the taxpayer.last_img read more

Eva Saulitis to be honored Friday in Homer

first_imgEva Saulitis. (Credit courtesy of Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College)Download AudioThe community of Homer is mourning the death of a beloved writer, scientist and teacher.  Eva Saulitis died January 16th of cancer. Homer Council on the Arts will award Saulitis a lifetime achievement award, posthumously, on Friday. The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold a memorial reading in the evening.Homer Council on the Arts will make the award at their annual meeting at their office Friday, January 29th. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The memorial reading starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, with a potluck afterwards.Eva Saulitis’poems capture a snapshot of rural life in Homer where she lived. Her student, Miranda Weiss reads one of her favorites.“This poem is called The Egg Couplets: Only one egg today when I trudged out to throw slop to the hens, scatter ash on the path. It’s February. The sun’s coming back and now when he hears my voice Olaf throws his head back and crows …,” read Weiss.Saulitis was a scientist, a poet, an essayist and an instructor at the local college. She also worked as a professor through the low residency MFA in Creative Writing program at University of Alaska Anchorage. And she helped organize the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference.She’s best known for her book about whales called, Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss in the realm of Vanishing Orcas, now assigned in college classrooms. But she also wrote poetry in books titled, Many Ways to Say It and Prayer in Wind.Becoming Earth book cover. Saulitis’ final book is due out in 2017. (Credit: photo by Erin Hollowell)Saulitis is remembered for her ability to mix artistic and scientific writing and an openness that fostered creativity in her students.“I hadn’t really ever met and you know hadn’t really read much writing by somebody who was both a poet and a scientist – somebody who could write lyrically and also richly scientific and with a real keen eye to natural history,” said Weiss.Weiss says her first class with Saulitis hooked her. Saulitis lit a candle in the middle of the room and then asked the students to tell their own stories:“I imagine that these were stories that people had never written about and likely never event told anybody about – Stories from peoples’ live, the lives of the people in the class. And so she just had this way of inviting that and making that okay and inviting people to write what was important to them,” said  Weiss.Weiss went on to get an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Saulits had that effect on her students, says Linda Martin. She gave them confidence. Martin also went on to pursue an MFA in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University after classes with Saulitis.“We’re 20 years difference in age. I’m 20 years older than Eva, but I felt like she was so much older than I in poetry. Her enthusiasm for poetry itself is what got me writing poetry for real. And I just published a book in April,” said Martin.Martin says Saulitis’enthusiasm was infectious. Students could feel her authenticity, that she was completely present with them and that she really cared.“She would praise and cajole and really get into each of her students’ work. It was wonderful to see. Also I just loved looking at Eva and listening to her because she was beautiful and enthusiastic,” said Martin.Erin Hollowell is the Director of 49 Writers, a statewide writers organization, and has been Adjunct Instructor at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Hollowell began teaching alongside Saulitis. They often shared students, and Hollowell noticed something about those students.“It was always lovely because they came to me completely confident in their work. That’s what she gave them, was a real inherent confidence that their story mattered as well,” said Hollowell.Saulitis was very prolific, publishing four books in the past five years. Despite having cancer, she even blogged from her hospital bed in Seattle.“She showed us a really honorable way to do something that we don’t talk about in our communities very that much. We don’t talk about death. And she was like, I’m gonna talk about it,” said Hollowell.Saulitis’ final book – Becoming Earth, is set to come out in 2017. It starts with reflections on her recurrence of cancer and moves through the process of her anger dealing with it then ends with meditations on death. Miranda Weiss says she remembers her teacher best through that poem about her simple walk to the chicken coop and back.“Walking back, the dog waited for me. The egg was warm in my pocket. My house was there. My house was there, and I was there and the egg for my family. Death was nowhere, foraging and in the cottonwood trees. Now I kneel in front of the stove raking the ashes for a few live coals to start the evening fire. I just walked to the chicken coop and back. That was all. I placed and egg in the tray that marks a string of days, laid out like that. A life lived out egg by egg. It was pretty good,” said Weiss.Pretty good, say friends and colleagues is an understatement. And they’ll be there Friday evening to celebrate just how well Saulitis lived and died.last_img read more