Santa Claus parade tonight in Fort St John

first_imgIf you can’t make the parade, Moose FM and will stream the parade to their Facebook pages starting at around 5 p.m.  The video stream is sponsored by the City of Fort St. John.Schedule of Events3:30 pm – Parade Marshalling begins5:00 pm – Parade begins5:30 pm – Park Festivities begin (hot dogs, hot chocolate, bonfire, etc.) at the vacant lot at the corner of 96 Ave and 100 Street6:15 pm (this time may vary depending on when the parade ends) – Opening Remarks 6:30pm – Tree Light-up Ceremony (countdown)6:35 – Santa Visits (Santa will try to see as many children as possible but visits may be cut short in the event of cold temperatures)The following locations will be offering specials before and during the parade: FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The Annual FSJ Santa Claus parade will happen Saturday night, December 1st at 5 pm and starts on 100th street and 108 Avenue.The community is welcomed to come and observe the public participated parade that includes a variety of Christmas floats that come in all different size, shapes and forms.The City would like to remind the Public to remember ‘Safety First’ and ensure everyone attending remain on sidewalks as it will be dark and visibility will be a concern. You are welcomed to wear reflective clothing or glowsticks to make yourself more visible. More tips are on the link below.center_img North Peace Cultural Centre – serving FREE hot chocolate and host of the annual Gingerbread House contestMJ Cafe Crepe – 30% off decadent and specialty hot chocolates that day on all 30 flavours and 40% off drip coffeeNorth Peace Savings & Credit Union – Will be handing out free popcorn for parade spectators in front of their branch just before parade start timeSubway – Free hot chocolate and cookies from 4-6pm at the 100 St locationNot only is there the Santa Claus Parade this evening, but visitors also have the opportunity to head to the Park, the open lot at 96 Ave and 100 Street (where the old Visitor Centre/A&W used to be) for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and the opportunity to see Santa.Rotary Club will be serving complimentary hot dogs and McDonald’s will have the McCafe trailer out serving free hot chocolate.For more information on this event CLICK HERElast_img read more

Tangier to Host EuropeOrient Documentary Film Festival

By Chaimae BoulifaRabat – The city of Tangier is currently preparing to host the fifth edition of the Europe-Orient Documentary Film Festival which will be held September 19 to 23, offering its inhabitants and visitors a chance to enjoy a variety of documentary films.The festival, taking place in the Boukmakh cultural center, aims to shed light on the culture of the documentary films and develop Moroccans’ artistic and aesthetic taste for cinema through conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and projections of films, according to the event’s press release. Ten Arab and foreign documentary films have been selected to take part in the festival’s official competition, hoping to obtain five prizes: Ibn Battota Grand Prize, Ibn Battota Directing Award, Ibn Battota Scenario Award, Ibn Battota Uniqueness Award, and The National Company for Radio and TV (SNRT) Award.A meeting with the well-known Dutch filmmaker Robert Hof is also scheduled at the event as a master class workshop, as well as other celebrities in the field of documentary production.The event, intending to engender cultural communication between the organizers and those interested in documentary films, will honor numerous Moroccan and international filmmakers contributing to the improvement of the field.The fifth edition, under the theme of ‘For a Windows Common Living’, is organized by the Moroccan Association for Media Studies and Documentary films, in partnership with the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM), the Council of the Moroccan Community Living Abroad (CCME) , the National Company for Radio and TV public-broadcasting (SNRT), and supported by the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Prefecture, urban municipality of Tangier, Tangier-Asilah Provincial council, and the county of Meghogha, Bny Makada, and Tangier Medina. read more

Value of Canadian building permits rises for third straight month

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $6.5 billion worth of building permits in March, up 8.6% from February.The federal agency says March provided the third consecutive monthly advance, which came mostly from the non-residential sector in Ontario and Alberta.The value of non-residential building permits rose 19% to $2.8 billion, a second consecutive monthly gain.In the residential sector, the value of permits increased 1.7% to $3.6 billion after an 8.1% decline in February.In the institutional component, the value of permits more than doubled to $980 million in March, following a 28.1 % increase in February.The value of permits issued in the commercial sector totalled $1.4 billion, down 9.6% from February.Canadian Press read more

Wigneswaran rallies for support at Saturdays protest

Defying a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stand, Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran called on Tamils in the North to support a mass rally set to take place on Saturday.The protest is against what some claim is the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees. The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) led by Wigneswaran is leading the demonstration, which has also garnered the support of some constituent members of the TNA and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajen Ponnambalam. “Tamil speaking brothers and sisters, I urge you to participate in the demonstration,” a letter by Chief Minister Wigneswaran said. “Even though promises have been made about sharing power with the Northern and Eastern Provinces, not a single Government has delivered on this promise. This demonstration is being held to pressure the Government to release private citizens’ land held by the military, the release of political prisoners and finding the disappeared,” Wigneswaran’s letter said.According to the Tamil People’s Council, the Government has systematically settled some 10,000 Sinhalese families in Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mullaitivu where such settlements had not existed before. (Colombo Gazette) read more

G8 nations must lead efforts to combat global water and sanitation crisis

The Group of Eight (G-8) developed nations should spearhead an urgent global action plan to resolve the world’s growing water and sanitation crisis, which causes nearly two million child deaths every year and holds back countries’ development, especially in Africa, according to the 2006 Human Development Report released today by the United Nations. Across much of the developing world, unclean water is an immeasurably greater threat to human security than violent conflict, warns the UN Development Programme (UNDP) report, entitled Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis.“National governments need to draw up credible plans and strategies for tackling the crisis in water and sanitation. But we also need a Global Action Plan – with active buy-in from the G-8 countries – to focus fragmented international efforts to mobilize resources and galvanize political action by putting water and sanitation front and centre on the development agenda,” says Kevin Watkins, lead author of the report. “When it comes to water and sanitation, the world suffers from a surplus of conference activity and a deficit of credible action. The diversity of international actors has militated against the development of strong international champions for water and sanitation,” adds Mr. Watkins, who is also the head of the UNDP’s Human Development Report Office.Each year, the authors report, 1.8 million children die from diarrhoea that could be prevented with access to clean water and a toilet; 443 million school days are lost to water-related illnesses; and almost 50 per cent of all people in developing countries are suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by a lack of water and sanitation. To add to these human costs, the crisis in water and sanitation holds back economic growth, with sub-Saharan Africa losing 5 per cent of GDP annually – far more than the region receives in aid, the report states, adding however that unlike wars and natural disasters, this global crisis does not galvanize concerted international action. “Like hunger, it is a silent emergency experienced by the poor and tolerated by those with the resources, the technology and the political power to end it,” the report says, warning that with less than a decade left to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this needs to change. The MDGs are a set of ambitious targets agreed by world leaders in 2000 that seek to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and other social ills all by 2015. “I fully support the call for a Global Action Plan to tackle the growing water and sanitation crisis,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis. “As the 2006 Human Development Report highlights, each one of the eight Millennium Development Goals is inextricably tied to the next, so if we fail on the water and sanitation goal, hope of reaching the other seven rapidly fades. “Either we take concerted action now to bring clean water and sanitation to the world’s poor, or we consign millions of people to lives of avoidable poverty, poor health and diminished opportunities, and perpetuate deep inequalities within and between countries. And we have a collective responsibility to succeed,” he said. As well as creating a Global Action Plan, the report also recommends the following as crucial to dealing with the crisis: Make water a human right – and mean it: “Everyone should have at least 20 litres of clean water per day and the poor should get it for free,” says the report. Draw up national strategies for water and sanitation: Governments should aim to spend a minimum of one per cent GDP on water and sanitation, and enhance equity. Water and sanitation suffer from chronic under-funding, with public spending typically less than 0.5 per cent of GDP. Research for the report shows that this figure is dwarfed by military spending. For example, in Ethiopia, the military budget is 10 times the water and sanitation budget – in Pakistan, 47 times. Increase international aid: The report calls for an extra $3.4 billion to $4 billion annually: Development assistance has fallen in real terms over the past decade, but to bring the MDG on water and sanitation into reach, aid flows will have to double, it says.The report estimates the total additional cost of achieving the MDG on access to water and sanitation – to be sourced domestically and internationally – at about $10 billion a year. “The $10 billion price tag for the MDG seems a large sum – but it has to be put in context. It represents less than five days’ worth of global military spending and less than half what rich countries spend each year on mineral water,” it says. read more

UN experts urge Nigeria to make areas freed from Boko Haram truly

They also called for camps, both formal and informal, for internally displaced persons (IDPs), to be adequately protected, and stressed that all returns should be voluntary and coordinated.The experts’ appeal came after a series of brutal attacks by Boko Haram on villages in north-eastern Nigeria that included an attempt to storm an informal IDP settlement near the village of Dalori, where more than 90 people, predominantly women and children, are believed to have been killed.In addition, according to reports, two female suicide bombers have attacked the site for internally displaced Nigerians at Dikwa, located some 90 kms west of the Borno capital, Maidugiri, killing more than 50 people and injuring dozens.“We call on the Nigerian Government to plan carefully for any IDPs return, given the relentless attacks by Boko Haram in ostensibly safe areas,” said Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur on sale of children, who two weeks ago visited the Dalori camp, together with Urmila Bhoola and Dainius Pûras, the UN Special Rapporteurs on slavery and on health respectively to examine the efforts to reintegrate and rehabilitate women and children abducted and abused by Boko Haram.“These attacks put yet another strain on already depleted resources to cater for the need of the existing displaced individuals and add enormous anguish to women, men and children who are already traumatized by the horrendous abuses and unspeakable cruelty at the hands of Boko Haram which has caused immense suffering,” Ms. de Boer-Buquicchio said, underlining the IDPs’ extreme level of vulnerability.“We urge the Nigerian authorities to do more to stem the wave of recent violence,” she underscored.While noting the Government’s announcement to reinforce security measures around IDP camps and civilian sites, Chaloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, condemned the cynical attack on people who have already lost so much, stressing that they must not be returned to areas lacking adequate security.Child rights expert Benyam Dawit Mezmur, who currently heads the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, reminded the Nigerian authorities that they must ensure the safety and security of civilians on its territory, and to address human rights abuses by third parties.“The Nigerian authorities are legally obliged under international human rights law, in particular under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which it has ratified, to take all necessary steps to respect, protect and fulfil the right to life of children, as well as ensuring their right to safety and security which among others, entails protecting them from violence, intimidation, sexual abuse and slavery,” Mr. Mezmur said on behalf of the Committee.The UN experts also stressed that countering terrorism and addressing the Boko Haram threat will require more than military action, and urged the authorities to publicly pledge to hold to account all those who have committed human rights violations – including, but not limited to, Boko Haram.The conflict in northeast Nigeria, including Boko Haram attacks, has in recent years forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes, including more than 2.1 million displaced within the country. About 10 per cent live in camps and the rest with host families.About 1.6 million of these internally displaced people are in Borno, where many live in sites like Dikwa, which is home to 70,000 displaced people. Dikwa, one of the hardest hit of the 27 local government areas of Borno, has so far remained inaccessible to the UN refugee agency and partners because of insecurity. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more

Crayfish plague may be to blame as large numbers of the crustacean

first_img Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 6:10 AM By Hayley Halpin File photo Image: parasolia via Shutterstock 22,504 Views File photo ‘Crayfish plague’ may be to blame as large numbers of the crustacean die in Westmeath Over the past number of years, many Irish crayfish has been impacted by the crayfish plague. Jun 19th 2018, 6:11 AM center_img 9 Comments Share50 Tweet Email2 Short URL AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) into the death of large numbers of white-clawed crayfish in Co Westmeath.The crayfish found at Lough Owel were reported by several visitors to the lake and the NPWS is now working with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Waterways Ireland and the Marine Institute to establish the cause of death.Lough Owel supports a large and, until now, healthy population of endangered white-clawed crayfish.In a statement, the Department of Culture and Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which runs the NPWS, said: “Unexplained mortalities of crayfish have previously been reported on Lough Owel but as crayfish plague is present in Ireland, this would seem the most likely explanation.”The white-clawed crayfish is a globally threatened species and Ireland holds one of the largest surviving populations in the world. It is the only freshwater crayfish species found in Ireland and is present in lakes, rivers and streams over much of the country.Over the past number of years, many Irish crayfish has been impacted by the crayfish plague which spread to Europe with the introduction of North American species of the fish.Until 2015, Ireland was considered free of the disease. However, an outbreak was confirmed in Cavan in 2015 and again on a stretch of the River Suir in May 2017.Samples of the crayfish have been collected by Waterways Ireland staff and these will be tested by the Fish Health Unit of the Marine Institute. It is expected the results will be available in a few days.Tests on dead crayfish found near the lake earlier in the year proved negative for the plague.OutbreaksMany American crayfish species are resistant to crayfish plague but can act as carriers of the disease which is “rapidly fatal” when passed to the white-clawed crayfish, according to the department.“The combined impact of the introduced crayfish species – which may out-compete the smaller native crayfish – and crayfish plague have completely eliminated the white-clawed crayfish from much of its European range, leaving Ireland as the last stronghold of crayfish,” the department said in its statement.The species is protected under Irish Law and the EU Habitats Directive, and it is illegal to introduce any non-native species of crayfish to Ireland.“If crayfish plague becomes established there is a high probability that the white-clawed crayfish will be eliminated from much of the island,” the department said.“Furthermore, if non-native crayfish are found to be established in Ireland, this could have a severe impact on habitats and other freshwater species, such as salmon and trout fisheries. However, there is no evidence to date that non-native freshwater crayfish have been introduced to Ireland.”Warning to water users All water users who have been on Lough Owel in recent days are being asked by the Department of Culture and Heritage and the Gaeltacht to observe the check, clean and dry protocol and thoroughly clean their equipment before using it again.This is especially the case if they are moving to another like or river, the department said.It added that all wet gear should be checked for any silt or mud, plant material or animals. It should then be cleaned and finally dried.Disinfectant or hot water (over 40 degrees) should be used to clean all equipment followed by a 24-hour drying period.A drying period of at least 24 hours is needed to ensure that the boat is clear of infectious organism. Image: parasolia via Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Prothèses mammaires PIP le procès souvre aujourdhui à Marseille

first_imgProthèses mammaires PIP : le procès s’ouvre aujourd’hui à MarseilleAujourd’hui 17 avril, s’ouvre à Marseille le procès du scandale des prothèses mammaires PIP. Jean-Claude Mas, le fondateur de la société est accusé de “tromperie aggravée” et d'”escroquerie”. Près d’un an et demi après le début du scandale, c’est un procès très attendu qui s’est ouvert au Parc Chanot à Marseille : celui de Jean-Claude Mas, fondateur de la société Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), fabricant des prothèses mammaires du même nom et de quatre de ses collaborateurs, son ancien bras droit Claude Couty, la directrice de la qualité Hannelore Font, le directeur technique Loïc Gossart et le directeur produits Thierry Brinon. Accusé de “tromperie aggravée” et “d’escroquerie”, Jean-Claude Mas est arrivé ce matin sous les yeux de centaines de personnes parmi lesquels avocats et victimes.  Assise au premier rang, Angela Mauro, 47 ans, venue de Metz pour les trois premiers jours est l’une d’entre elles. Ses prothèses avaient été posées en 2003 après une perte de poids liée à la pose d’un anneau gastrique. Elles se sont ensuite percées deux fois, occasionnant souffrances, arrêts de travail et changement d’emploi. “J’attends qu’on soit considérées comme victimes et pas seulement comme des femmes qui ont voulu mettre des prothèses”, dit-elle citée par l’AFP. C’est la première fois que l’homme de 74 ans se retrouve face aux victimes qu’il a accusées, lors de son audition par les gendarmes, de porter plainte “pour le fric”. Dans ce procès, elles sont quelque 5.250 plaignantes, françaises pour l’essentiel, sur environ 30.000 porteuses de la marque Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) en France et bien plus encore à l’étranger. Un nombre tel qu’il a généré un déploiement inédit à Marseille, où un centre de congrès a été mobilisé pour installer, sur 4.800 m2 et pour 800.000 euros, le prétoire et ses salles attenantes, rapporte l’AFP. Le procès devrait durer un mois. Les prévenus encourent une peine de cinq de prison Jusqu’au 17 mai, le tribunal correctionnel étudiera ainsi comment PIP a pu remplir pendant dix ans ses prothèses d’un gel de silicone industriel non autorisé, déjouant les contrôles de TUV, son certificateur, et ce jusqu’à sa liquidation judiciaire en mars 2010 après une alerte de l’Agence des produits médicaux (ANSM). Il se penchera sur les responsabilités de chacun des cinq prévenus qui encourent tous une peine d’emprisonnement de cinq ans. Durant sa garde à vue, Mas a reconnu avoir fraudé sur le gel pour des raisons financières (un million d’euros de gain annuel, selon l’enquête), tout en niant nuire à la santé.Son ancien bras droit, M. Couty plaidera coupable, relevant l’influence de Mas, indique son avocat Christophe Bass. La directrice Mme Font, “très éprouvée” selon son conseil Jean Boudot, reconnaît aussi les faits, mais sa défense devrait disputer la notion de dangerosité. Selon l’ANSM, sur l’ensemble des prothèses retirées depuis le début du scandale, un quart étaient défectueuses (enveloppe rompue, écoulement de gel), provoquant notamment des réactions inflammatoires – sans que les autorités relèvent un risque accru de cancer.À lire aussiApple et Proview Technology vont-ils trouver un accord au sujet de l’appellation iPad ?Aussi, parallèlement à ce procès, les cinq prévenus sont également mis en examen pour “blessures involontaires” dans un autre volet judiciaire toujours à l’instruction à Marseille. En outre, M. Mas et son ex-DG sont mis en examen dans une enquête en cours sur le sort des fonds générés par la fraude.Plusieurs requêtes à examiner Mercredi, le tribunal devrait commencer par examiner plusieurs requêtes en nullité de procédure et questions prioritaires de constitutionnalité (QPC) présentées par les avocats de la défense. Parmi les griefs invoqués, figurent le fait que les différents volets judiciaires aient été disjoints, impliquant trois procès pour de mêmes faits. Ou encore le fait que ce volet pour “tromperie” n’ait pas fait l’objet d’une information judiciaire, impliquant des droits moindres pour la défense.Il n’est de plus pas à exclure non plus que des parties civiles puissent faire valoir des nullités, tant certaines ont critiqué aussi la procédure, regrettant également de ne pas voir parmi les prévenus d’autres protagonistes (chirurgiens, pouvoirs publics, TUV…), précise l’AFP. L’examen de tous ces recours pourrait bien prendre deux jours, selon une source au TGI.Le 17 avril 2013 à 13:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

first_imgWASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.Spicer’s daily press briefings had become must-see television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has largely taken over the briefings, turning them into an off-camera event.Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee before helping Trump’s campaign in the general election. He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications shop.Priebus told The Associated Press that he supports Scaramucci “100 percent,” despite reportedly trying to prevent the financier from getting multiple administration positions.last_img read more

Man accused of punching police officer in face at Chicano Park protest

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez Ashlie Rodriguez, Posted: February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The man accused of punching a police officer in the face could spend more than nine years behind bars.Federick Jefferson, 39, was arraigned in court Wednesday.His arrest comes after a violent incident Saturday, Feb. 3, when a white nationalist group attempted to storm into Chicano Cark and put up an American flag. For decades the park has celebrated Mexican history and culture by waving the flag of the Raza.The move sparked tension, anger, and in one case violence.Police said as officers were attempted to keep the two groups apart, Jefferson allegedly punched a police officer in the face. It’s not clear why or what group he represented. They said the officer suffered multiple facial fractures and Chief Shelly Zimmerman called the injury “significant.”Jefferson is charged with multiple felonies, including assault on an officer and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty. His bail is set at $250,000.  If convicted Jefferson faces nine years behind bars. Man accused of punching police officer in face at Chicano Park protest pleads not guiltycenter_img February 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:21 PMlast_img read more

Rural sanitation survey launched Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019’, which will be three times bigger in scale than the previous edition of the rural sanitation survey. Around 700 districts and over 17,000 villages will be covered under the survey that will be conducted across 34 states and Union Territories. In the first edition in 2018, the survey covered over 6,000 villages across the country. This year, the focus of the survey will be solid waste and plastic waste management, taking the previous year’s exercise centred on making villages open defecation free (ODF) a step ahead, Shekhawat said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “As we head towards an open defecation free India, the journey does not end here. We need to sustain this momentum to ensure effective implementation of a number of ODF-Plus initiatives across the country,” he said. The ODF-Plus programme has four verticals — biodegradable waste management, plastic waste management, greywater (household wastewater) management and faecal sludge management, said Parmeswaran Iyer, secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us All 698 districts and 17,475 villages in 34 states and union territories will be covered under the survey, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation officials said. The field survey will be held over 45 days at over 87,000 public places, including panchayats, anganwadis, marketplaces, primary health centres, in 30 villages of every district, they said. Advertise With Us Five public places in each village will be surveyed under the exercise which will conclude on September 30, they added. “It’s not just a survey but an opportunity to encourage behavioural change and take sanitation to the secondary level, beyond the concept of open defecation free villages,” Shekhawat said. The minister stressed on employing artificial intelligence to bring more people into the survey’s fold. He said the use of technology will ensure accuracy in the exercise. Shekhawat also launched a mobile app through which people can give feedback about the survey. A third-party evaluation of the survey will be done by a private entity, ‘Ipsos Research’, selected through competitive bidding, the minister said. The participating states and districts will be ranked using a weightage methodology based on service level progress and citizen feedback, 35 per cent each, and direct observation, 30 percent, the officials said. The government aims to use the survey to reach out to as many as 3 crore people, encouraging them to participate in the survey to create widespread awareness about improved levels of sanitation in the rural parts of the country, they said.last_img read more

Motu Patlu join Salman Khan Katrina Kaif Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena

first_imgMotu Patlu at Madame Tussauds Delhi.TwitterMuch loved Indian comic book characters Motu Patlu have been waxed at Madame Tussauds Delhi at their Connaught Place outlet. Fans of the lovable Motu and Patlu will now be able to meet them, or their waxed selves, alongside Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Diljit Dosanjh, Shahid Kapoor, Sonu Nigam, and Sunny Leone, amongst others.Madame Tussauds Delhi opened the wax statues of Motu Patlu for the public on June 4, 2019. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli also finds a place in the Delhi Madame Tussauds, and so do prominent Indian personalities like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and revolutionary Bhagat Singh. International celebrities from the music world like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and football star David Beckham, to name a few, can also be seen on display in their waxed avatar.Owned by the Lotpot Group, Motu Patlu is one of the iconic pairs of comic book characters in India. The characters also have a television series running successfully on Nickelodeon (Viacom18), produced by Cosmos-Maya, the company founded by filmmaker Ketan Mehta. Motu Patlu are as popular as Laurel and Hardy in India and abroad, if not more. Motu Patlu at Madame Tussauds.TwitterNina Elavia Jaipuria, Head – Hindi Mass Entertainment and the Kids TV Network at Viacom18 said in a statement, “Motu Patlu since its television debut on Nickelodeon seven years ago has gone on to be a global phenomenon, much loved and adored by kids. Taking the characters out of television screens into theatricals, consumer products, games have all added to the allure of the characters and helped forge an everlasting bond with kids.”PK Bajaj, Editor and Owner of Lotpot Group, said, “It always feels very nice to see and experience the love and affection people have for our characters Motu Patlu. We are happy now that the fans of Motu Patlu can meet and see their heroes in person.”Aman Bajaj, Publisher and Owner of Lotpot Group said, “The figures have come out very nice. They look so alive as if they will start talking. We cannot wait to see kids’ reactions when they will see their heroes in person. Great job done by Merlin team (of Madame Tussauds).” Shah Rukh Khan at Madame Tussauds Delhi.                          Madame TussaudsAccording to Cosmos-Maya, Motu Patlu are all set for a European adventure in the TV series, where they will visit Madame Tussauds London and other locations in Europe.”Currently we are working on Motu Patlu’s European sojourn. The world is our oyster. As IP creators and brand custodians of Motu Patlu’s highly popular and iconic audiovisual content, it is our endeavour to take the brand to the next level and push the boundaries of animation quality as we take the brand further,” Ketan Mehta said in a statement. The series will be called The Adventures of Motu Patlu in Europe.Get ready for unlimited joy and madness with your favourite cartoon jodi!Doors open on 4th June 2019, 2:00PM onwards! Book online & get 35% OFF: #TussaudsDelhi #MotuPatlu #MotuPatluatTussauds #WaxFigure #launch #MadameTussauds #Cartoon #Jodi #kidsspecial— Madame Tussauds (@tussaudsdelhi) 4 June 2019And the adventures of Motu Patlu begin!!Dance with joy or pose around with the duo, make sure you don’t miss the craziness at Madame Tussauds!Book tickets online & get 35% off: #TussaudsDelhi #MadameTussauds #MotuPatlu #MotuPatluatTussauds #kidsspecial— Madame Tussauds (@tussaudsdelhi) 5 June 2019This Eid, we hope you receive happiness & joy in abundance! Celebrate this Eid with your friends & family at Madame Tussauds, world’s most famous wax attraction!#EidMubarak #TussaudsDelhi #Celebrity #MadameTussauds #WaxFigure #Eid2019 #EidMubarak2019— Madame Tussauds (@tussaudsdelhi) 5 June 2019last_img read more

RCom to sell DTH arm Reliance BIG TV to reduce debt

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReutersAnil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) is the news for quite some time now, but for all wrong reasons. In the latest development, the debt-ridden company said that it is all set to sell its direct-to-home (DTH) subsidiary Reliance BIG TV to Pantel Technologies and Veecon Media and Television.Reliance Communications has entered into an agreement where the companies will acquire the entire shareholding of Reliance BIG TV with business on an “as-is, where-is” basis, according to a filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The company further said that, following the change of ownership, services to its 1.2 million subscribers and continuity for about 500 employees of Reliance BIG TV, won’t be interrupted in any manner.”The transaction will help reduce the liability of unsecured creditors, benefitting all stakeholders, including lenders and shareholders of RCom. The transaction is in consonance with RCom’s stated objective to focus on B2B businesses,” said the statement.The Anil Ambani-owned company has the smallest market share (2 percent) in the DTH space, according to a report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).RCom’s move has been primarily triggered for two reasons — one, debt mounted and was affecting the company’s operation, second consolidation in the DTH industry. Last year November, Dish TV announced the merger of its business with Videocon d2h.”The DTH market is at most a three-four player market. Having said that, the consolidation and sale of assets is a combination of market share consolidation and difficulties in funding the growth capital needed to sustain the businesses in the long run. Overall, DTH has a positive outlook in the long run and there is a merit in consolidation in terms of synergy of resources,” Girish Menon, partner, media and entertainment at consulting firm KPMG told the business daily Mint.Speaking on the acquisition, Vijender Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Pantel Technologies said, “Pantel Technologies is a young Information technology and communication devices company, selling innovative Tablet PC(s) under the brand name of Penta T-Pad in the Indian, South-East Asian, GCC and African markets.Earlier this week, China Development Bank filed insolvency case against the company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The Chinese lender lent close to Rs 11,570 crore ($1.78 billion) to RCom. The bank filed the insolvency petition before the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).last_img read more

Keep watch on pollstime govt Oikya Front tells editors

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leaders while exchanging views with the editors of print media in a city hotel on Friday. Photo: UNBMain opposition, Jatiya Oikya Front, has urged the media to keep an eye on the polls-time government for holding a free and fair election. The leaders of Oikya Front made the call while exchanging views with the editors of print media in a city hotel on Friday.“The Front will keep trying so that the election truly becomes free and fair. We’ve identified many steps of the government (over holding the election). The Front expects the newspapers will keep a close watch on them,” said Front leader Kamal Hossain told newsmen after the meeting.“The editors think that we all have to work together to ensure that the people would be able to cast their votes without any fear,” he added.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that they sought cooperation from the editors of national newspapers in ensuring a free and fair election. Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, News Today editor Moslemuddin Ahmed, bdnews24 editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Holiday editor Kamaluddin Ahmed, weekly Saptahik editor Golam Mortaza, among others, were also present.Apart from Kamal and Fakhrul, BNP senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president Abdur Rab, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, attended the programme.last_img read more

Sanders Warren are Courting Black Pastors Millennials

first_imgBy The Associated PressCOLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are in Georgia making election appeals to thousands of Black millennial Christians.The senators are competing to be the leading progressive alternative in the 2020 contest to former Vice President Joe Biden, and younger Black voters could offer an important source of support.Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)Biden remains atop primary polls partly because of his standing with older Black votes. Younger African Americans are more divided on their opinions about the large field of candidates.Sanders and Warren will have back-to-back question-and-answer sessions Saturday with Black pastors at the Young Leaders Conference. The gathering includes about 5,000 Black millennials of faith.Sanders struggled to get enough Black support early in his 2016 presidential bid and lost key states to Hillary Clinton because of it.last_img read more

A Guy Created a Dementor to Scare His Neighbors Harry Potter Fans

first_img@ZacCrueger— marilyn ⚯͛ (@legitmarilyn) October 17, 2016We just have photos right now, but luckily, Crueger said his uncle is making a video.Essentially, it makes us want to do two things: buy a drone, and be much better at Halloween pranks. The smartest we got was leaving out a bowl for trick-or-treaters that was actually filled with fruit and dental floss. We’re not nearly this cool and we never will be. Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Yo!! Too all y’all with thick heads my uncle isn’t hanging from the drone. Smh.— crüger (@ZacCrueger) October 18, 2016It’s a pretty easy gag, with the Halloween decoration attached to a drone by a string. Since the drone is small enough and not nearly as striking as the flying terror under it, you barely notice that it isn’t real.Crueger said that his uncle is an “outside of the box” kind of thinker, so he bought a skeleton and attached it to a drone, making it look like a flying Dementor even if they don’t typically fly around in the sunlight.Crueger did say that the trick scared some neighbors. Of course, it managed to scare some people on the internet too. …so my uncle got a drone now he’s fucking with people— crüger (@ZacCrueger) October 17, 2016And no, that’s not a real person up there.center_img What’s the easiest way to freak out a Harry Potter fan? There are two ways: by saying that a new book is going to be postponed, and by showing them an actual Dementor.Yes, we know that Dementors don’t actually exist, but tell that to Twitter user Zac Crueger’s uncle, who made it real.According to Crueger, who’s from Wisconsin, his uncle attached what looks like a Dementor to a drone and flew it around the neighborhood trying to scare people. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Puja organisers use govt grant to promote road safety

first_imgKolkata: With the Mamata Banerjee government giving a grant of Rs 10,000 to each Durga Puja committee, the Puja organisers have utilised it by taking various steps to make people aware about road safety norms.In the past two years, a section of Durga Puja organisers were found taking steps to create awareness on road safety measures. But this year, almost all the Durga Puja organisers have made elaborate arrangements in and around their Puja pandals, so that people can pick up lessons on road safety while visiting the pandals with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made the announcement of giving the Rs 10,000 grant to each of the 28,000 Durga Puja committees in the state.Subsequently, the Puja committees had submitted applications for the same with the police and cheques were distributed among the Puja committees after the Calcutta High Court decided not to interfere into the matter. The state government had decided to give the grant to the Puja committees for traffic safety campaigns. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Puja organisers had started making various plans since the day the Chief Minister announced that they will be receiving the grant.The Chief Minister had introduced the statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign, which has helped in reducing the number of road accidents to a large extent.Now, with the help of the grant, the Puja organisers have taken initiatives to create awareness regarding the same. The song on Safe Drive Save Life is getting played in different pandals and is reaching people from all walks of life, including those who drive vehicles. At the same time, placards and banners carrying the message of Safe Drive Save Life have been put up at different places in and around different Puja pandals. There are many Puja organisers who have set up giant screens on which video clippings of different road accidents are being shown. Many people were found watching the video clippings ardently.A large section of the Puja committees have also left messages of Safe Drive Save Life in the leaflets that they are distributing to let people know their programme schedule during the Puja.Some have even deployed volunteers at the roads close to the Puja pandals to make people wear helmets while riding bikes. The volunteers were found wearing white t-shirts with the message of Safe Drive Save Life printed on it.last_img read more

A Look at Desktop Environments XFCE

first_imgA Look at Desktop Environments: XFCE by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on March 30, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: March 29, 2017 – 8 comments Xfce is yet another lightweight but highly customizable desktop environment many people use for GNU/Linux, and is the environment of choice for systems such as Xubuntu, and Manjaro (Although Manjaro does come in other flavours, Xfce is known as the Manjaro teams initial focus and was their primary DE for a while.). The Xfce website ( on their about page describes Xfce as, “Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. It consists of a number of components that provide the full functionality one can expect of a modern desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick among the available packages to create the optimal personal working environment.”This is the fourth part of a series. Click on these links to read reviews of KDE, Mate and GNOME.A Look at Desktop Environments: XFCEThe machine I used for this has the following specs:Intel i5-4210U8GB DDR3SSDRunning Linux Mint 18.1 XFCE 64bitCustomization and Default Appearance Xfce by default doesn’t look too terrible in my opinion, and mint in their OS has packaged quite a few different wallpapers and themes with the system so that unless you are truly a deep themer, you should be able to make your system look relatively how you’d like without much hassle. I personally prefer using a darker theme; thankfully there were a few I had available to me by default, so changing that was short and sweet. Most Xfce installs I have come across use the Whisker menu by default and Mint was no exception to that. However, as stated in a previous article, I am not a fan of the Whisker menu (to the surprise of many apparently), and so I opted to switch that menu out for a more traditional applications menu. Xfce has the ability to use GTK 2.x and GTK 3.x themes, so visiting will give the user plenty of themes available to choose from for those who simply do not like the ones packaged with their OS. However, be aware that Xfce does plan to fully shift to GTK 3.x completely in the future.Default Software Just like with pretty well any modern desktop environment available, Xfce has it’s own default software for completing the generic default tasks. The default file manager known as Thunar, is one such example. Thunar is pretty straight forward; it’s nowhere near as customizable or powerful as others such as Dolphin, but it does what it needs to do and does it well nonetheless. The interface is clean, organized and minimalistic. Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment, so you’ll find that most of the prepackaged software is minimalistic but still remaining fully functional. Don’t expect all the bells and whistles; you’ll want KDE or GNOME for that.Some other software that is included by default in Xfce are:Xfce-Terminal – a no frills terminal emulator. Nice, simple, does what you need.Xfwm – the Xfce window manager. No animations by default, but does feature compositing.Xfburn – CD/DVD/BRD burning software. Mousepad – In Xubuntu and others Distros, this is your notepad software. It’s nice and easy to use, howeve Linux Mint opted to replace it with xed, another lightweight text editor. Depending on your distro of choice, a plethora of other software will be included as well, it’s just noteworthy that Xfce does not itself actually ship with a great deal of custom software. There are others listed as well as defaults for Xfce, they can be found here. ( Resources UsedSurprisingly, Xfce used more system resources than I had expected running minimal amount of software. With LibreOffice, Terminal, Firefox with two tabs open, the system was using 1.1GB of RAM, and my CPU sat at around 7-9% utilization. All in all, nothing this laptop couldn’t handle, but surprisingly it used more resources than other environments tested. I still would recommend Xfce to be used on less powerful systems, but I was just caught off guard by the amount of RAM used.Final Words Xfce is a lovely interface. It’s simple, it’s fast, it’s no frills but still attractive, it has everything you could need for general computer usage. I highly recommend Xfce for anyone who wants a mix of lightweight and minimalism with attractiveness and a clean look to things.What about you? What’s your thoughts on Xfce? What Desktop Environment do you use?More overviews coming soon!SummaryArticle NameA Look at Desktop Environments: XFCEDescriptionMike takes a look at the XFCE desktop environment in the fourth part of the series, and analyzes software, resource use and customization options.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Art City Tour returns to San José for Chepe in the Rain

first_imgRelated posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Cities filled with art: A visit to the 10th Central American Biennial 2017 International Design Festival to feature wide range of guests 5 questions for a U.S. painter and writer in Costa Rica Don’t just hide under the covers on the couch when the rainy season gets you down. (You know, as in this 1997 portrait of Costa Rican writer and performerAna Istarú, on display on tonight’s Art City Tour.) A portrait of Costa Rican writer and actress Ana Istarú, in Paris in 1997. Daniel MordzinskiRather, get out there and sample free offerings from museums, galleries and other cultural institutions throughout San José’s Barrio Amón, Barrio Otoya, Barrio Escalante, Los Yoses and Sabana. Surrounding restaurants and design shops keep their doors open and often offer specials.The usual hop-on, hop-off shuttles will be available, or flit from gallery to design shop to restaurant on foot or by bike. The event runs from 5-9 p.m.“Grab your umbrellas and coats and enjoy this cultural night,” Henry Bastos, director of GAM Cultural, which organizes the series, said in a statement.Highlights of this edition of the popular San José tours include exhibits by Guatemalan artists Alfredo Ceibal and Moisés Barrios at the Museum of Art and Contemporary Design; the National Museum’s “Insects of the Museum,” showcasing the largest etymological collection in Central America, with more than 3 million specimens, some more than 125 years old;  and, at the Calderón Guardia Museum, more than 200 photos by Daniel Mordinski featuring portraits of giants of Spanish-language literature, including Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.The full agenda of the evening is available here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more