The ears and eyes of railway safety

first_imgWhen Hitendra Baishya and Vikram Mishra stand across each other on the two platforms of the Changsari railway station, about 25 km north of Guwahati, their ears begin filtering out ambient sounds to concentrate on an approaching train.As their eyes follow the train zooming past at 60-100 kmph, their ears “look out” for a hammering sound that appears indiscernible from the clickety-clack of steel wheels on iron track and the screech of the locomotive horn. “No flat tyre,” Mr. Baishya, the station master, says after the blinking red tail lamps of the train fade into the horizon. Mr. Mishra, the pointsman, has a similar ‘aural report’. Their informal visual reports are in agreement too; the Delhi-bound North East Express had no hanging parts.“The wheels or a running train make a rhythmic sound that may be off-tune if any wheel has a flat tyre. One needs to have highly developed senses to detect this amid the sounds that a train makes,” says principal chief safety officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) M.K. Agarwal.Practical trainingThe sense is developed through practical training for 20-30 days. A passenger coach has eight wheels and a locomotive 12. One or more of the wheels may develop flatness due to friction. The railways allow up to 50 mm of flatness. “If the flatness is within 50 mm, the wheel gets back the circular shape because of friction. If the flatness is more, the wheel makes a hammering sound. A train is then stopped, its bogie or locomotive detached for replacing the defective wheel,” says Mr. Agarwal.Mr. Baishya and Mr. Mishra, along with other staff, scan an average of 40 pairs of passengers and mail express trains that pass through Changsari every day. The drill to detect unusual sounds towards preventing accidents is the same at other stations and level crossings along the route.“A train gets scanned, with naked eyes or gadgets, every 10 km by a team of more than 600 people in the zone. It includes section engineers and gangmen, who ensure no screw or bolt is out of place,” says Mr. Agarwal.Some railwaymen have learnt to sniff ‘potential disaster’ too. S. Ray and Mohammed G. Ali, gatemen at a level crossing on the western edge of Guwahati, have developed their olfactory senses to smell elephants from afar. The level crossing is on a track that runs between the Rani Reserve Forest and Deepor Beel, a major wetland designated as a Ramsar Site.“There are certain sounds elephants make while making their way through the vegetation to come to the wetland. We have also learnt to smell them from a distance for sounding an alert,” says Mr. Ray.NFR spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma says accidents due to human error happen when there are multiple failures. “Many departments work in tandem. There are various layers of safety checks, and it requires all units or sections to fail together for a disaster to happen,” he says.The likes of Saef Ali, a welder at NFR’s Rangiya Division headquartered 65 km north of Guwahati, are vital cogs in the safety wheel. The railways had a month ago awarded Mr. Ali for executing 793 rail welds since April 2017. These welds were tested ultrasonically and found to be defect-free.last_img read more

Familiarity with Desiderio key in stopping UP, says Macaraya

first_imgLATEST STORIES Vital to the 64-51 win, Stags head coach Egay Macaraya said, was San Sebastian’s familiarity with Paul Desiderio.READ: Filoil: San Sebastian blasts UP for sixth straight winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Desierio is practicing at San Sebastian also because of Café France, and the players know and see how great of a player Desiderio is,” said Macaraya as they improved to 6-1. “They tried to stop Desiderio and that was the key in the win today.”The person tasked with dogging Desiderio around was the 6-foot-2 forward Jason David who held the husky Maroon guard to two points on 0-8 shooting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. French Open: Nadal wary of Thiem’s ‘huge potential’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ David, for his part, finished with 13 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals, and a block.He also shot a respectable 5-of-11 from the field.“Coach just told me to play defense and that will help us to win,” said David. “Our defense is the only weapon we have here.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Paul Desiderio puts the ball on the floor during the Fighting Maroons’ game against the Adamson Falcons. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian and University of the Philippines were both jockeying for a top spot in Group B of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.Both teams each had one loss prior to the Wednesday, and it was the Stags who walked away with their sixth straight lossADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Dravid has put us on right track: Aravind

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 20 (PTI) Crediting coach Rahul Dravid for instilling positive thinking in the team, Karnataka seamer Sreenath Aravind, who has been included in the national T20 squad for the upcoming South Africa series, today said that the legendary batsman has put the India A players on right track. The left-arm pacer, who can also bowl spin, bagged three wickets in the opening unofficial ODI against Bangladesh A and then picked up two crucial scalps today to play a key role in India As 2-1 victory in the series. The Bangalore player credited Dravid for the teams success. “He is a legend and most of the time he is positive in the dressing room and also outside,” Aravind told reporters. “He (Dravid) keeps encouraging us even when the chips are down, and that is the main factor we won the ODI series against Bangladesh A,” he added. Aravind, 31, also talked about his role models Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan and getting vital tips from Australias Mitchell Johnson. “My role model has been Wasim Akram and then Zaheer Khan and now Mitchell Starc, who gave me some vital bowling tips,” Aravind said. “I learnt from Starc how to bowl yorkers over the wicket. Also I got valuable tips about having Plan A and Plan B to get into the skin of the batsmen,” he added. Asked about the influence of IPL in his performance, the Royal Challengers Bangalore player said the T20 tournament helped the Indian youngsters to rub shoulders with many established international stars, who are adept at handling different match situations. “Yes, IPL was helpful for us, because we get to play with so many international players who play at different situations well,” he said. A shy Aravind admitted that he was surprised at his call-up in the India T20 squad. “I was surprised and was not expecting it for I was concentrating on my game (against Bangladesh A),” Aravind said. PTI BDN FK PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 1st Indian to take 5-wicket hauls across formats, turns 29

first_imgIndia seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar turns 29 today. India’s premier swing bowler has had a mixed year since his last birthday but he continues to be an important cog in Team India’s wheel across formats.Bhuvneshwar just finished his one-day assignment in New Zealand where he was India’s fourth best bowler on show with 7 wickets in the five matches at an average of 24.42 but it was his control and ability to choke the runs from one end which came in handy for the team.Bhuvi was quite successful in picking up wickets at the start of the innings and was miserly with his economy rate in the death overs.A right-arm medium who relied heavily on swing burst on to the international scene as a new ball bowler in limited-overs cricket. However, in a little over six years, the Uttar Pradesh bowler has developed himself into a potent medium fast bowler who is equally effective at the start of a match and in death overs. He has shown that he can bat also.Last year however, Bhuvneshwar endured his worst 12 months in one-day cricket after making a comeback from injury. He played 14 ODIs in 2018 and picked up 11 wickets at 48.81. He only played 2 Tests but returned 10 wickets at an average of 20.30.Here’s wishing our swing king @BhuviOfficial a very happy birthday. May you continue adding more wickets to the tally #TeamIndia #HappyBirthdayBhuvi (@BCCI) February 5, 2019Earlier this year during the first ODI against Australia, Bhuvneshwar reached the milestone of 100 wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.advertisementBhuvneshwar on reaching the 100-wicket mark, became the fourth slowest Indian to reach the milestone in ODIs. Bhuvneshwar reached the mark in his 96th ODI, with the likes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Ravi Shastri having managed the feat in more matches.Ever since he came back from injury after the Asia Cup last year, Bhuvi has been slowly but steadily getting back to his best in limited-overs cricket.The last two series against Australia and New Zealand saw him play more of the supporting role to both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.With the loss of the prodigious swing that he used to get earlier, Bhuvi himself said that he looks to be more consistent when the conditions are not in his favour.”When it comes to swing, yes I am a swing bowler. But if the conditions are not swing-friendly, I try to bowl as straight as possible to make the batsman make a mistake and give me the wicket,” Bhuvneshwar said.This year has been fruitful so far for the Meerut-born pacer as he already has 15 wickets from 8 ODIs at 20.66. But with Shami’s outstanding performance in the last two ODI series, it remains to be seen if Bhuvi joins Bumrah in the playing XI for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England in June.last_img read more

Kane: I never want to leave Spurs

first_imgTransfers ‘I want to spend my whole career at Tottenham’ – Kane downplays Madrid rumours Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:56 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane Tottenham 18112017 Getty Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Borussia Dortmund Premier League UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Primera División Harry Kane The 24-year-old striker has attracted attention from the European champions, but would be happier staying with the club that made him Harry Kane has said he intends to spend his whole career at Tottenham despite reported interest from Real Madrid.The striker’s goalscoring exploits for club and country since his breakthrough at Spurs have earned attention from the Champions League holders, but chairman Daniel Levy is said to be demanding £200 million for him.11/5 for Brighton & Stoke to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already beaten Madrid this season and sit three points ahead of them in their Champions League group amid a bright start to their season.Having been at the club since the age of 11, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner says he is in no rush to leave a promising Spurs team and feels he could hang up his boots as a one-club man.”My goal is to play my entire career only for Tottenham,” he told Bild am Sonntag. “We have a fantastic team, a great coach, a professional training centre and we’re getting a new stadium. At the moment, everything suits me here and I’m happy.”Tottenham continue their European campaign on Tuesday when they take on Borussia Dortmund, who have just two points from four games in the competition.Pochettino’s men beat their German counterparts 3-1 when they met at Wembley in the first game and Kane is confident of getting the better of them despite identifying two key players.Harry Kane Tottenham 2017Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Real Madrid v Tottenham“Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both caused the a stir for many in Europe in the past few years,” he added.”Dortmund have a lot of pressure now and have to win both matches to get a chance to progress. “We are not afraid, we have found our style, we are now also winning away from home and we are cleverer.”last_img read more

Local Films to Premiere at Festival in Trinidad

first_img The five new Jamaican short films were selected through a blind process and were produced over the summer period with financial support of $500,000 each, from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. The projects are ‘Code’ by Sarah Manley; ‘Fever Dream’, Nile Saulter; ‘Mango Wars’, Kyle Chin; ‘One Patty’, Gay Magnus and ‘This City of Mine’ by Danielle Russell. Story Highlights Five local films will premiere at the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), slated for September 19 to 26 in Port-of-Spain.The projects are ‘Code’ by Sarah Manley; ‘Fever Dream’, Nile Saulter; ‘Mango Wars’, Kyle Chin; ‘One Patty’, Gay Magnus and ‘This City of Mine’ by Danielle Russell.The opportunity came from the Propella Initiative, a thrust by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA), to support the talent of Jamaican film-makers and garner international exposure for the culture through film.Speaking with JIS News, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO, Renée Robinson, explained that Propella is a script-to-screen programme that nurtures Jamaican content creators and enables them to tell their stories cinematically by providing funding and technical support.Ms. Robinson noted that the five new Jamaican short films were selected through a blind process and were produced over the summer period with financial support of $500,000 each, from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.“We did not know who we were selecting… . It was based on the merit of the project, and after that process was completed, we had a series of interviews to ensure that the finalists were at the production stage where they could deliver the project, and that is how we came up with the top five,” the Film Commissioner said.The film-makers underwent capacity-building boot camps on scriptwriting, directing, pitching, festival strategy and distribution.“This festival is an excellent platform for regional film-makers to meet each other to create collaboration opportunities and also a starting point for many of these projects to identify partners, executive producers or future distributors,” Ms. Robinson said.She announced that come February 2018, the five film-makers will journey to France to participate in the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. It will be the first time that a delegation from Jamaica will participate in the festival.The Commissioner said that JAMPRO has partnered with JAFTA to discover and cultivate an annual cohort of Jamaica’s top film talent and will work at having a stronger presence at international film festivals. Five local films will premiere at the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), slated for September 19 to 26 in Port-of-Spain.last_img read more

Cairns Port Not on the Priority Ports List, Dredging Allowed

first_imgzoom Australian government is planning to amend the Sustainable Ports Development Bill 2015 next week to give priority status to major industrial ports in Queensland.According to Australian politician and current Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, these will include the ports of Gladstone, Abbot Point, Townsville and Hay Point/Mackay.The port of Cairns, Port North, on the other hand, would be left out from this list.However, State Development Minister, Anthony Lynham, said that Ports North would in turn be dredged as part of the continued port development project.Lynham added that the port “will be allowed to remove a maximum of 50,000 cubic metres of material for a single project, and up to 150,000 cubic metres in any four-year period.”“These limits will protect the Great Barrier Reef and the 70,000 jobs it supports and meet our commitments under Reef 2050.”After a four-year period, the limits would be reviewed to see how they are affecting the port and the Great Barrier Reef, he commented.Ports Minister Mark Bailey added:“The Cairns Shipping Development project is still able to continue through the Environmental Impact Statement process as it was underway before the legislation was introduced.”The Cairns Shipping Development Project aims to enhance port capabilities to meet the world’s growing cruise itineraries and to accommodate the new class of cruise vessels known as mega class ships.Queensland ports play a crucial role in the growth of the Queensland economy with 11 trading ports operating adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA). These are located at Gladstone, Rockhampton (Port Alma), Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Townsville, Lucinda, Mourilyan, Cairns, Cape Flattery and Quintell Beach.Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

Govt has intimidated country through ED CBI says Gehlot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said there is an undeclared emergency in the country and the Centre has intimidated the entire nation through ED, CBI and Income Tax Department.His comments came shortly after senior Congress leader D Shivakumar said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to him. The agency asked the former Karnataka minister to appear before it in Delhi on Friday in a money laundering case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are also probing INX Media money laundering and corruption cases against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. “Those who win elections should work with a big heart. Everyone should work together. Is Modi’s government doing it? They have frightened the whole country through Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and CBI be it industrialists, businessmen, bureaucrats or anyone else,” Gehlot told reporters at the Congress state headquarters here. The chief minister claimed the people of the country are living in fear. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is an atmosphere of an undeclared emergency in the country. The new generation has to understand this,” he said. Gehlot claimed the country is going through a recession and the Centre is not doing enough to tackle it. “There is a period of severe recession in the entire country. People are committing suicides. Earlier, only farmers used to commit suicide. Now businessmen, industrialists, small and big ones, have started committing suicide,” he said. “One million people in the automobile sector have lost their jobs. A well known company in the country making biscuits has fired 10,000 people due to the imposition of GST,” he said. “This central government does not understand anything. The exemptions which were announced recently are not enough. They are late and they are not enough. So they have to think how to get the economy back on track,” he added. The chief minister also claimed that the law and order situation is deteriorating due to people losing their jobs. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading people with his speeches, Gehlot said the truth is different from what people are being told. “The new generation will have to understand who is right and who is wrong. The reality is different. Modi ji, who specialises in speaking, speaks such words that people are misguided and misled…,” he said.last_img read more

Lightning storms across BC raise tension as wildfire danger climbs

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Lightning storms that swept across British Columbia are being blamed by the Wildfire Service for many of the blazes that started this week across the province including one that threatened Kootenay Park Lodge on Wednesday.Spokesman Ryan Turcot said more than 300 wildfires have started since Tuesday, with dozens recorded in the last few days in the Cariboo region, the area hard hit by last year’s record-breaking fire season.Unstable weather began Saturday but there were hundreds of lightning strikes Tuesday, said Turcot. Storms were expected to continue through the week.The lodge in Kootenay National Park, near the Alberta boundary, was one of two backcountry resorts that were evacuated in southern B.C. because of fires. The lodge in Cathedral Provincial Park, south of Princeton, was also evacuated.Flames from a 15-square-kilometre fire crept closer to the lodge in the provincial park and could cut into the single road leading to it, said Cameron Baughen, the emergency operations spokesman with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.“There are people who hike through that area, the hiking trails are magnificent, some of the best in our area, so people could be as far as a day or two away from the lodge and not be aware that there are changing conditions,” he said.Flames and heavy smoke prompted the closure of Highway 93 between Radium and the Alberta boundary through Kootenay National Park because of two wildfires that were burning in the Vermilion Valley, just off the road.“Once they started, they were very active, fast moving and aggressive right from the early onset,” said Jed Cochrane, a Parks Canada fire and vegetation specialist who’s the incident commander on the fires. “We did have helicopters and crews on scene almost immediately after they started.”The two fires, which were estimated to be between 100 and 200 hectares each in size, were also close to the lodge, he said. The lodge and a second building, the Parks Canada facilities at Kootenay Crossing, were being protected with sprinklers, Cochrane said.The two fires were close to each other in a mature forest, which Cochrane estimated hasn’t seen fire for about 100 years.“There is a fairly substantial buildup of forest fuels,” he said. There were two previous wildfire burns nearby, which he said could serve as fire breaks.Cochrane said five attack crews and six to seven helicopters were working on a total of five fires in Kootenay and Banff national parks. The other three fires were contained, he said.Smoke was heavy in the area and a fire ban is in effect in Kootenay National Park. Trails and other areas in the park were closed.Wildfire activity prompted an evacuation order late Wednesday about 100 kilometres east of Kitimat. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako said the order covers the east end of Nadina Lake, including the Nadina Lake Lodge and recreation site.Increased wildfire activity also led to evacuation alerts for separate wildfires burning east and west of Quesnel in central B.C., while an evacuation alert was expanded to cover nearly 900 properties in the Keremeos and Cawston areas.The wildfire service listed 10 fires of note burning across five of B.C.’s six fire centres and Turcot urged extreme caution.“We are dealing with a lot of new lightning-driven activity. The last thing we need right now is human-caused fires to divert critical resources away from the fires we are responding to right now,” he said.Cooler weather and some rain is in the forecast for the upcoming long weekend, but Turcot called the shift a double-edged sword.“When you get instability, you also get a little bit more wind, and wind can drive fire activity as well.”— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver, with files from Colette Derworiz in Edmonton.last_img read more

Strength in numbers Alberta town wants all smokers to butt out for

first_imgCOCHRANE, Alta. — There’ll be no need for ashtrays in one Alberta town on the weekend if residents take up a retiring pharmacist’s call for all smokers to butt out for 24 hours.Kelly Kimmett persuaded the town of Cochrane, about 40 kilometres west of Calgary, to proclaim Saturday “Cochrane Quits Smoking Day” Kimmett, who has served the community for 30 years, is hoping a day without tobacco could encourage some smokers to stop for good. Cochrane officials say many smokers fail to quit because they try to do it alone, but could feel empowered if the whole town is behind them.The mayor and council are asking non-smokers to show their support by refraining from their own vices such as soda pop, sugar or alcohol.Things kick off Saturday with a pancake breakfast and registration, followed by presentations on programs and products to help smokers kick the habit.People who attend the event will be entered to win an airline ticket, and will receive an extra entry for all full packages of tobacco they hand in. (CTV Calgary) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Charges against Rainbow Tobacco band politicians looming RCMP

first_img(Photo: Workers sorting cigarettes inside Rainbow Tobacco’s factory. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Alberta prosecutor is expected to decide soon on whether to lay charges in connection with the seizure of 14 million cigarettes on the Montana First Nation reserve, according to the RCMP.Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission agents along with the RCMP seized the cigarettes on Jan. 5 because they were not licensed for sale in the province. The federally stamped cigarettes were manufactured and shipped by Rainbow Tobacco, a company in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal.British Columbia and Saskatchewan authorities, with the help of the RCMP, have also recently seized three separate shipments from Rainbow Tobacco.Hobbema RCMP Staff Sgt. Robin Alexander said he believes the prosecutor will sign off on charges against the company and possibly the band council politicians involved with the shipment.“There is no dispute Alberta tax was not paid and I do know it is a violation of the Tobacco Tax Act. Unless there are reasons I can’t imagine, I believe charges will be laid in relation to that,” said Alexander.Alexander said a provincial prosecutor is currently reviewing the case, including statements from witnesses and documentation obtained from Rainbow Tobacco.“We expect that (a decision) will be reached in the near future and we will deal with that when it comes,” he said.Alexander said Rainbow’s cigarettes were properly licensed at the federal level and the RCMP has concluded that aspect of the investigation. He said the Canada Revenue Agency now has the file to review whether all its regulations were properly followed by Rainbow in its shipment.Calls to Alberta Justice were not returned.A spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said she could not confirm whether charges were imminent.“All I know is that our investigation is ongoing. I have no idea where (Alexander) is getting his information from, but I can’t confirm that at all,” said Christine Wronko.Carolyn Buffalo, the chief of Montana First Nation who is currently fighting a suspension, said she was told by another RCMP sergeant that Rainbow was likely to face a charge or charges. She said the officer also told her she could be facing charges along with band Coun. Len Standingontheroad.“What (the officer) told me is that Rainbow is going to be charged for sure under the Alberta Tax Act,” said Buffalo, in an interview with APTN National News Friday. “And that somebody in Montana has to be held accountable and charges could be laid against me and Coun. Leonard Standingontheroad.”Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson called the RCMP’s decision to reveal their belief that charges were imminent an act of “intimidation.” Dickson said the company is also reviewing its legal options.“It is intimidation. We are fighting for our economic lives and they are intimidating and they are acting like thugs on behalf of the province,” said Dickson. “There is so much poverty in the West…it is disgusting, the government actions being taken.”Rainbow Tobacco, a federally licensed cigarette manufacturer, states that provincial governments have no jurisdiction over trade between First Nations which are exclusively federal jurisdiction.Rainbow Tobacco, along with Montana First Nation, recently launched a lawsuit against Alberta over the seizure claiming $1.499 million in damages for lost business and defamation.Montana First Nation’s continued role in the lawsuit, however, remains unclear.Buffalo was suspended after the seizure by a group of three councillors. Two of the councillors continue to aggressively oppose her in an increasingly bitter feud.RCMP officers forced Buffalo to leave the band office Thursday after she showed up for a planned press conference by her opponents.There is talk of holding a community referendum in March to determine whether a new election should be held.An Indian Affairs spokeswoman in Ottawa said Montana First Nations is under custom code which means it is up to the community to determine who leads. The department however has received no indication of a change in leadership, the spokeswoman said.Buffalo said she has obtained legal opinion that her suspension was illegal and broke the band’s own rules. She said her opponents called the Jan. 7 meeting to suspend her knowing she would be in hospital with her nine-year old son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, for a scheduled operation.“Everyone knew that I was going to be there with my son,” said Buffalo.She is asking for an apology from the RCMP for threatening to arrest her if she did not leave the band office Thursday. Buffalo said she will launch a formal complaint if no apology comes.“I am asking all the chiefs across the country, ‘Is this okay for a duly elected chief to be told to leave her own office under threat of arrest and charges by the RCMP?’” said Buffalo. “Is this okay?”Trouble began on Jan. 3 when Buffalo called the RCMP to investigate a break-in at the Quonset holding the cigarettes.Noticing the large quantity of cigarettes, the RCMP officers on the ground decided to tip off Alberta authorities, triggering the seizure days later.Now, the scene is being set for a legal battle that could reach the Supreme Court.The cigarettes were meant as an initial shipment from Rainbow Tobacco to establish an on-reserve distribution network.Montana First Nations was to become a distribution hub for Rainbow Tobacco products which would then be shipped throughout the province. Rainbow also had plans to establish distribution links throughout British Columbia and Saskatchewan as part of the same plan.Buffalo said she decided to back dealings with Rainbow as a means to kick-start the local economy of her severely impoverished community. Tobacco has been an economic boon for communities like Kahnawake and Western chiefs are looking to replicate the success.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Nunavut boycott attempted against North West Company

first_imgAPTN National NewsNorthern food activist attempted a boycott Saturday of the North West Company, the biggest retail outlet in the North.APTN’s Iqaluit team stopped by the Northmart to see if the boycott worked.last_img

Chiefs tell Ottawa to slow down Indigenous rights negotiations

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsChiefs at a special rights forum hosted by the Assembly of First Nations in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa spoke with a single voice in telling the Trudeau government that it must slow the process to enact its inherent rights framework.The federal government says it wants to bring in legislation called Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework in the fall.But many feel the negotiations are being run from the top down rather from the communities themselves.On Wednesday morning, the Chiefs of Ontario announced that it would not support the process and called for a “hard reset.”

Development cooperation tops agenda of upcoming UN meeting for Africa

Finance and planning ministers from 11 African countries – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda – are scheduled to attend the so-called Big Table, which will get underway in Addis Ababa on Saturday.The Big Table is an initiative designed by ECA to promote frank, constructive dialogue between African finance ministers and their OECD counterparts. The format and agenda are designed to allow for maximum interactive dialogue, with no formal statements.This year’s discussions will focus on approaches to monitoring the performance of Africa and its partners towards meeting shared goals in the context of mutual accountability.The notion of mutual accountability is a hallmark of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and a manifestation of its appeal for a new “compact” between Africa and its external partners. This compact calls for African countries to undertake the political and economic reforms needed to place their economies on a path towards sustainable growth. In turn, external partners would invest – through aid, debt relief, and market access – the resources needed to help African countries in this effort. read more

As Syria deadline nears OPCWUN mission focuses on swift removal of remaining

Given that the 30 June 2014 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme will not be met, the focus now is on the immediate removal of the remaining materials, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) said today.“The deadline will not be met,” Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag told reporters, referring to the destruction of the full arsenal of the country’s chemical weapons in line with the decisions taken by the UN Security Council and the OPCW Executive Council.The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States, by which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.The removal of the chemical agents out of the country involves transporting them to the port of Latakia, where they will be shipped on commercial vessels provided by some Member States. They will then be loaded onto a United States ship and destroyed at sea using hydrolysis.Speaking after a closed-door briefing to the Security Council, Ms. Kaag stressed that what is important is that all material is out of harm’s way and destruction can begin as soon as possible aboard the US ship. At the same time, she underlined that “significant” progress has been attained over an “impossible” period of nine months in dismantling most of Syria’s declared chemical weapons programme. The focus now is on the urgency of the removal of the remaining 7.2 per cent of the declared chemical weapons material, which is still held at one site, and is made difficult owing to the volatile security conditions. “We have an indication from the authorities that as soon as security conditions permit, removal from the site will happen; additional indications are that this is expected to be soon,” she said. “The security considerations have been assessed as reasonable,” she noted. “However, that doesn’t mean that additional delays can be incurred.”The Joint Mission has also spoken to Member States with influence over the parties to the conflict in Syria to assist in this regard. “We call on all Member States to exercise their influence to ensure the immediate removal of the remaining chemicals… the urgency, the time, the pressure to remove the remaining 7.2 per cent is very, very critical.”The Special Coordinator also discussed with the Security Council the residual activities of the Joint Mission, as well as how it will continue its work and possible successor arrangements when the OPCW Executive Council and the Security Council determine that its mandate has been completed. “When we speak of residual activities, it doesn’t mean that they’re any less important,” Ms. Kaag said in a separate interview with the UN News Centre. “It is really the remainder of important tasks of the chemical weapons programme that still need to be completed.”She said these are: the immediate removal of the remaining 7 per cent of chemical weapons material; an ongoing conversation with the authorities on areas of work in the initial Syrian declaration to the OPCW that still need to be addressed; and the destruction of hangars and tunnels that form part of the production facilities. “But in this context, if you look back at the tremendous progress that has also been attained since the establishment of the chemical weapons elimination programme – the production and mixing facilities, the specialized equipment, the closure of storage sites, the rendering inoperable of a large array of facilities that normally form part of a chemical weapons programme, as well as the start of elimination of all the chemical weapons material – tremendous progress has been achieved and now the final push is to really address all the other areas,” she stated. “Ultimately, it’s up to the State parties [of the Chemical Weapons Convention] and the Security Council to determine that Syria’s chemical weapons programme has been eliminated and compliance has been attained.”Ms. Kaag added that she sees the work of the Joint Mission as a “modest, but hopefully meaningful” contribution to peace and security in Syria and the wider region.“We can only hope that whatever we have done will benefit the people of Syria and the region, and that it is an enabler for the big, urgent humanitarian track, and of course for the political process to continue or be re-started.” read more

Wrestling Ohio State presents talented lineup in wrestleoffs

OSU then-freshman Myles Martin during a match against Wisconsin on Feb. 13 at St. John Arena. Credit: Lantern file photoFrench Field House played host to the one of the nation’s top wrestling programs Thursday night, where the Ohio State wrestling team provided a season preview in front of hundreds of coaches and fans alike.  The Buckeyes’ unofficial start to the season began with an intrasquad wrestle-off, where each weight class had a match to determine a varsity starting spot.  Coach Tom Ryan explained that the annual event brings excitement for the upcoming season not only for the wrestlers, but also for their supporters.“You get a sense of the energy and the passion the people have for the program,” Ryan said.  “So overall, it was a good night.”Practice officially began Oct. 10, but according to Ryan, the training is continual for the wrestlers.  “It seems like (the seasons) never end.  They roll into each other,” Ryan said.  “I think what tonight has showed is that this is the team that all summer long was staying busy.”Three freshmen had dominating match performances, starting off the season in impressive fashion.  At 125 lbs. redshirt freshman Jose Rodriquez pinned his opponent in only two minutes.  True freshman Luke Pletcher, at 133 lbs., had a commanding five takedowns and two four-point near falls to win 18-3.  Lastly, at 141 lbs., redshirt freshman Ke-shawn Hayes used five takedowns in a 19-3 victory.  Notable returning Buckeyes showed additional team and individual strength throughout the night.  Redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, at 149 lbs., rolled to victory 21-6.  At 157 lbs., redshirt sophomore Jake Ryan captured a 16-4 major decision win, scoring eight points in the first period. Sophomore Myles Martin, at 184 lbs., dominated with seven takedowns in a 20-6 final.  Redshirt juniors Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, along with Olympic champion and OSU junior Kyle Snyder, did not wrestle.OSU’s season outlook is bright, and Thursday night provided extra incentive to look forward to the upcoming months for Martin, who comes into the year as the only true-freshman for the Buckeyes to win a national title, and only the 15th in NCAA history to do such.“I’m really excited for this season because we started off in the preseason rankings, we’re ranked two in the country,” Martin said.  Martin’s focus on team success goes hand-in-hand with his personal goals, as his weight class changed, moving up from last season. “I want to win a national title,” Martin said.  “I know it’s going to be a lot harder than last year… you’ve got a returning national champ Gabe Dean (Cornell) there, so I’m excited.”Both coach Ryan and Martin shared goals of a team championship in not only the Big Ten, but also nationally.  But, this is not a primary focus in the eyes of Ryan, whereas the focus aims to better the individual in ways not connected solely to winning championships.“I think the unwritten, the unspoken truth is that there’s a standard.  The standard is to be the best in the world,” Ryan said.  “But we don’t talk a lot about that.  We talk a lot about being the best version of yourself.”When it comes to improving during the season, Ryan strongly noted that the focus is to get the most out of the wrestler, not focusing on the result of each match, but the effort put in during matches, and finding the purpose and joy in each match.  Discussing the outlook for the team and individual performance goals, Ryan does note the chase for a championship.“We’ve got a shot.  No doubt this team is in the hunt for a (Big Ten, national) title,” Ryan said.  “But there’s a lot of work to do.  We have to stay healthy, and keep moving forward.” read more

A kettle a hammer an Ouch Pouch the painful secrets of making

first_imgWE LEARNED THIS week that a lot of hard work goes into making ballet dancing look effortless.But not half as hard as knocking a pair of ballerina slippers into shape, it seems.Watch one of Ballet Ireland’s lead dancers, Zoe Ashe Brown, explain how she uses a boiling kettle, hammer and bits of elastic to make the shoe fit. And yes, there are bunions involved.It’s no Cinderella story. via VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the ballet>Photos: Dublin ballet dancers attempt a new world record>last_img

ATTs Android market share increases as Verizons declines

first_imgBack in March, Chitika, a research arm that monitors and reports on Internet trends, published a study breaking down Android smartphone traffic share by mobile provider. At that point, T-Mobile held 16.7 percent, Sprint held 25.3 percent, and Verizon held 51.4 percent. But what about AT&T? The provider known for its allegiance to the iPhone only had 3.6 percent of the Android market share.But the numbers are slowly changing in favor of AT&T. Chitika ran the same study for the numbers in August, and found that the results were quite different this time around. Verizon still has the majority of the market, but it has decreased by about 10 percent. Verizon now holds a 41.05 percent share. AT&T, on the other hand, has increased about 5 percentage points from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent . Though that’s not a huge number, compared to Verizon, it shows that AT&T is on its way up.AT&T’s HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix were very popular among smartphone users. Though its numbers are down, Verizon still holds four of the top five Android smartphones, including the Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, and the Droid. Is Apple taking away from Verizon’s numbers thanks to its CDMA iPhone? That smartphone makes up 10.3 percent of the total iPhone market at 2.3 million. The numbers did decrease after Verizon launched its iPhone 4 suggesting it has had an impact.As for T-Mobile and Sprint, both companies have kept a steady ratio. However, the smaller companies like MetroPCS, Virgin, and US Cellular which had a total of less than 3 percent of the Android market back in March, now collectively stand at 8.75 percent of the market, which is almost as much as AT&T holds.Via Chitika, AppleInsiderlast_img read more

Découverte dun nouveau système stellaire à 6 planètes

first_imgDécouverte d’un nouveau système stellaire à 6 planètesLe télescope spatial Kepler vient de découvrir un système stellaire composé d’une étoile similaire au Soleil, autour de laquelle gravitent six planètes. Une découverte importante qui fait la une de la revue Nature.La sonde Kepler de la Nasa, lancée en 2009, a repéré un système extrasolaire composé d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil et de six planètes qui orbitent autour d’elle. Cette étoile centrale a été nommée Kepler-11 et est située à 2000 années lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation du Cygne.Un des astronomes de la Nasa indique qu’il s’agit de “la chose la plus importante dans le domaine des exoplanètes depuis la découverte de 51 Pegasi b, la première exoplanète détectée en 1995”. La particularité de ce système est d’être composé de plus d’une planète. Les cinq planètes internes possèdent une masse allant de 2,3 à 13,5 fois celle de notre planète. La sixième planète, plus éloignée, possède une masse de près de 300 fois celle de la Terre.Le journal Nature qui rapporte cette découverte indique que cinq planètes sur les six possèdent des orbites de 10 à 47 jours et que la sixième planète possède une période de 118 jours. De plus, cinq d’entre elles sont les plus petites exoplanètes jamais observées auparavant.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteCette découverte ne devrait pas permettre de trouver une vie extraterrestre car ces étoiles, très proches de leur soleil, possèdent des conditions atmosphériques extrêmes avec des chaleurs très élevées bien que leur atmosphère reste stable. L’étude doit toutefois se poursuivre car du fait de la présence de ces différentes planètes et de leur proximité, des interactions permanentes se font entre elles et leurs orbites sont sans cesse décalées et modifiées. Les chercheurs ont effectué des simulations de l’évolution de ce système sur 250 millions d’années et il semblerait que même si d’éventuelles variations se manifestaient, celles-ci resteraient minimes.Découvrez les visuels de la Nasa sur Maxisciences. Le 3 février 2011 à 12:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jamaicas Govt leveraging science and technology to build ClimateSmart houses

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Jamaica, October 24, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be leveraging science and technology to build climate-smart houses.Dr. Chang, who was delivering closing remarks at the 2017 Regional Housing Conference in Montego Bay on Friday, October 20, noted that stakeholder deliberations during the forum around the use of technology to assist in land selection, spatial planning and housing design provide impetus for the Ministry to incorporate greater scientific inputs in future developments.“Jamaica will continue to experience warmer temperatures and by 2023, a mere six years from now, our coolest day will be hotter than any in previous years.   The environmentalists across all agencies have served a clear warning to the Government that (we) must take heed and build homes that are…more suited to warmer temperatures,” he stated.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang said work undertaken by the University of the West Indies in seismic projections and research findings presented by the University of Technology on the value of designing and building homes to create safe communities, as opposed to establishing structures solely for shelter, were compelling.“The use of Geographic Information System (GIS)-based technologies and software and the research being done by our own geo-spatial professionals at the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) in this Ministry, provide useful tools to assist us in building homes that will indeed be safe and resilient,” he stated.Dr. Chang argued that stakeholders at the forum also underscored the broad considerations which are critical to governance and management of housing in Jamaica.   These, he noted, include providing safe and quality housing; financing and access to affordable homes; and environmental preservation.The Minister said consequent on the housing sector’s high dependence on cross-sectoral and non-state input, the discussions on joint financing of housing developments involving public and private sector agencies were invaluable.   Against this background, Dr. Chang said the knowledge and information garnered at the three-day conference would serve to guide the Government’s policies for future housing developments.The Regional Housing Conference, the first to be convened in the Caribbean, was hosted by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation under the theme: ‘Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation’.Participants included: representatives from the World Bank, policymakers, members of academia, technocrats and housing agencies from across the Caribbean.Among the sponsors were: the National Housing Trust, Jamaica Social Investment Fund, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Housing Agency of Jamaica and First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more