NRC is political vendetta of BJP wont allow it in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear in the state Assembly on Friday that she will not allow the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Bengal and termed it as a tool on the part of the BJP to divide Hindus and Muslims and people who speak diverse languages. Banerjee’s remark assumes significance as the BJP has been insisting on the implementation of the NRC in the state.”The BJP-led government at the Centre wants to initiate NRC in Bengal as part of political vendetta. They want to divide people. We will never let BJP implement the NRC in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister while participating in a discussion on the subject in the Assembly under Rule 185. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsShe also informed the House that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also made his stand clear on the issue and has asserted that he would not allow the exercise in his state. Banerjee further argued that the Supreme Court had directed the NRC exercise in Assam because it was part of the Assam Accord. “What is applicable for Assam can’t be extrapolated for the entire country,” she maintained. Coming down heavily on the saffron party over the recent developments in Assam, she said: “They went for the NRC in Assam with the intention to exclude Muslims from the NRC list. So, 41 lakh people were excluded from the primary NRC list. Later, when they found that they have not been able to fulfil their objective, the figure came down to 19 lakh and they insisted on incorporating the dropouts. Most of the dropouts in Assam are Bengalis. They have also excluded about one lakh Gorkhas,” she claimed. Banerjee then turned to the earmarked seat for Darjeeling MLA and said: “Where is our Darjeeling MLA? You voted for the BJP and see what BJP did for you,” she said. She told the House members that the NRC authorities in Assam did not even recognise the refugee cards that were handed over to those who came from East Pakistan during Partition and settled in Assam. Continued on P7last_img read more

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Highlights from the Ontario budget unveiled on Wednesday

first_imgOntario Finance Minister Charles Sousa has unveiled the Liberal government’s last budget before the spring election. Here are the highlights:____MULTI-YEAR DEFICITSAfter a year of balanced books, the Liberals are projecting a deficit of $6.7 billion for the coming fiscal year.The shortfall is largely due to big-ticket spending promises from the Liberals aimed at “making everyday life more affordable” for Ontarians.The Liberals project shrinking deficits over the medium term, with a plan to balance the books again by 2024-25.That assumes they’d be able to form a government not only in this year’s election on June 7, but in the next vote as well.____NEW DRUG AND DENTAL PLANMany of the big promises included in the budget were announced ahead of time, but one major program unveiled Wednesday promises drug and dental support to those who don’t have other health coverage.The Ontario Drug and Dental Program will reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible expenses for those without other coverage.The plan will cover $400 per person, $600 per couple and $700 for a family of four.The program takes effect in summer 2019, and will cost the province roughly $800 million over its first two years.____SUPPORT FOR SENIORSThe budget contains several perks for seniors, including a new benefit for those living at home and full prescription drug coverage.Under the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program, those age 75 and over will receive up to $750 a year to offset home maintenance and other costs.The new plan will cost over $1 billion over three years, starting in 2019-2020.The province is also expanding its OHIP+ program, which currently serves those under 25, to make prescription drugs free for people over age 65 and over at a cost of about $1 billion over three years.____BIG SPENDING ON CHILD CAREParents with young children stand to save in the future, with the province promising to make preschool free for kids aged two-and-a-half and up.The Liberals say the program, which takes effect in 2020, would save the average family with one child $17,000.It’s expected to cost roughly $2.2 billion over three years.The government also plans to add 100,000 new child-care spaces, and provide before- and after-school programs in most elementary schools.____BOOST FOR HOSPITALS, MENTAL HEALTHThe province is spending big on health care, with roughly $19 billion earmarked over the next decade for hospital construction and renovation.That includes $2.4 billion for redevelopment of Toronto’s SickKids hospital, and a $1.8 billion project at the Ottawa Hospital.The government is also pledging to provide “better and faster” mental health service through more than $2 billion in new funding over four years.The money will increase access to free psychotherapy, provide high schools with mental health supports and create a new fund to support LGBTQ and other under-served communities.____SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLEThe Liberals are promising to continue what they call a “commitment to reconciliation,” with several budget measures to support Indigenous people.The biggest pledge is aimed at improving on-reserve child care, with the government promising $40 million over three years in new operating funding.It’s also committing $290 million over six years in an effort to double child-care capacity on-reserve.Other measures include targeted funding for mental-health care and $1 million to help provide healthy food to remote communities.____RAMP UP TO CANNABIS PROFITSThe government predicts it will take some time for the province’s legal cannabis regime to start turning a profit.With the federal government planning to legalize recreational pot this year, Ontario will set up a Crown corporation to handle distribution.The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a subsidiary of the LCBO, is projected to lose $40 million in its first full year of operation.But by the 2020-21 fiscal year, it’s expected to bring in a net income of $100 million.____TOBACCO TAX CONTINUES TO CLIMBSmokers will pay about two cents more per cigarette starting March 29, as the province tries to get more people to kick the habit.Continuing a plan announced in last year’s budget, the price of a carton of smokes will go up by $4 per carton.That follows a $2 per carton bump in 2017, with another $4 increase coming in 2019.The province hopes to achieve the lowest smoking rate in the country, and reduce the estimated 16,000 deaths attributed to smoking each year.____NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT GETS A BOOSTThe Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, which supports job creation across northern Ontario, is getting a boost from the provincial budget, to the tune of $85 million over three years.The new money will bring the corporation’s total budget to $150 million by the 2020-21 fiscal year.The government says the aim is to create jobs and foster “productivity and innovation in the north.”The Liberals are also pledging to support the forestry industry in the face of uncertainty over U.S. trade policy on softwood lumber.____OPPOSITION LEADERS REACTDoug Ford and Andrea Horwath don’t agree on much, but they found common ground in what they both call the “good news” in the latest Liberal budget.In separate speeches Wednesday afternoon, the Progressive Conservative and NDP leaders promised it would be Kathleen Wynne’s last budget as premier.Ford accused Wynne of making big promises with taxpayer money, while pledging that a Tory government would find enough efficiencies to balance the books.Horwath said the Liberal government leaves too many people behind, falling short of her goals of universal pharmacare and dental coverage.____last_img read more

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Doug Ford says Boris Johson will do great job as Britains next

first_imgLUCAN, Ont. — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says Boris Johnson will do a “great job” as Britain’s next prime minister.Ford praised the new leader of Britain’s Conservative Party at a news conference in Lucan, Ont., this morning.He says Johnson is “a no-nonsense type of person” who will “get the job done.”The premier says he would like to meet Johnson if he ever travels to the United Kingdom.Johnson overwhelmingly defeated rival Jeremy Hunt in a vote of party members.He is also set to succeed Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sharon Stone And James Cromwell To Tackle CyberBullying In The Principle

first_img“One of the greatest ways to capture the attention and teach our world about the devastating effect of bullying is through film. One healing film that goes viral can quickly impact more hearts and minds than one million classes on the subject,” says John Viscount, creator of the powerful new screenplay The Principle.International Award-Winning filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign for this new transformational short film starring Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone and directed by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell.“The Principle” is the second film from Viscount and ONE Film Company. It’s a modern dramatic parable that deals with the devastating plague of the digital age — cyber-bullying. Tragically, the global reach and 24-hour accessibility of today’s internet and social media platforms make cyber-bullying an even greater problem than traditional bullying because it affects more people and is more rapidly spreading — 43% of kids have been bullied online and one in four has had it happen more than once.

Viscount has also adapted “The Principle” into a hybrid three-act play that merges profound philosophical teachings, high drama and social activism. The debut production will be directed by Barry Brodie at the Sho Art, Spirit & Performance in Windsor, Ontario.Viscount’s first film, “Admissions” stars Academy Award nominee James Cromwell. He leads a culturally diverse cast in a tragic and hopeful story that tackles directly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reveal at its heart, a profoundly human struggle. To date, “Admissions” has won 26 awards on four continents and has been screened for world leaders and governmental bodies. Additionally, the film is translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Farsi, and has been broadcast to over 80 million people. 

After viewing “Admissions”, Ms. Stone proclaimed it her favorite film of the year and reached out to Viscount. She asked him to write a script for her addressing the issue of cyber-bullying and agreed to be the spokesperson for the film. Stone and Viscount plan to introduce the film into school curriculums across the globe with a classroom discussion guide.“By examining humanity’s intractable problems in a very modern and dramatic context, the purpose of these short films is to do more than just spark a conversation – the hope is to inspire real action,” stated Viscount.John Viscount is co-founder of PeaceNow.com, a one billion person, online signature campaign to enact a United Nations Global Resolution that creates Departments & Ministries of Peace in governments worldwide.

PeaceNow.com is a 501c3 non-profit organization that to date, has signers from over 190 countries. In July 2015, Sharon Stone, global humanitarian, activist, actor and mother of three children, joined the Board of Directors.

John Viscount is also the author of Mind What Matters, A Pep Talk for Humanity.last_img read more

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Giant Beach Ball Installation Announced for Redpath Waterfront Festival presented by Billy

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Menkes is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this unique concept, which really embodies the spirit of the festival and celebrates Toronto’s Waterfront,” said Peter Menkes, President, Commercial/Industrial. “With two significant development projects underway (Sugar Wharf and Waterfront Innovation Centre), this sponsorship is particularly meaningful as it further supports our ongoing commitment to the waterfront. We’re sure this installation will add a fun and playful element to this remarkable event.”HTO Pendulum Wave has been partially funded by the Government of Ontario’s Celebrate Ontario enhancement grant program, which is helping to support 328 festivals and events across the province in 2018.Construction of the installation is underway and more details will be released as they become available. HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes is named after HTO Park, the urban beach where it will be displayed during the festival. The name is also a play on the word H2O, an ode to Toronto’s vibrant and beautiful waterfront.Other Fast Facts about HTO Pendulum WaveThe entire installation will be 22′ tall, 42′ wide and 12′ deepThe entire installation will weigh approximately 19,000 lbsMore than 130 sq. ft of PVC material is being used to create the beach ballsVisitors will be able to interact with the installationThe Redpath Waterfront Festival bounces onto the waterfront June 22-24 with a variety of programs including: Aqua Cirque – an H20-themed circus show, the Waterfront Artisan Market, Wine & Spirit Festival, a Family Fun Zone and now an unforgettaball installation.Redpath Waterfront Festival 2018 partners include: Redpath Sugar, Billy Bishop Airport, Menkes, Waterfront BIA, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, Westin Harbour Castle, Cision, Porter Airlines, Bell Media and Toronto Star.For details and updates visit towaterfrontfest.com and follow @towaterfrontfest on Facebook and Instagram and @towaterfest on Twitter.ABOUT MENKES DEVELOPMENTSMenkes Developments Ltd. is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial, retail and residential properties. Founded in 1954, the company is one of the largest private developers in Canada, with a primary focus in the Greater Toronto Area. Menkes is known for its innovative, multi-disciplinary approach and particularly for its expertise in large-scale, mixed-use development. Past projects include the Empress Walk entertainment, shopping and residential complex in North York City Centre, and two landmark projects in Toronto’s South Core district, 25 York (TELUS House) office tower and the two million square foot One York commercial retail complex. The company’s latest project Sugar Wharf is a proposed waterfront community on an 11.5 acre site in downtown Toronto, which will be anchored by a new two-acre park. For more information about Menkes, please visit menkes.com and follow us @MenkesLife.ABOUT DECOR & MOREDecor & More is Canada’s largest event decor firm, designing and executing more than 400 events every year. Part of the North American event landscape for over 25 years, their team has the talent to combine fine art, craftsmanship and technology, defining some of the most progressive and innovative event designs in the country. www.decorandmore.comABOUT REDPATH WATERFRONT FESTIVAL, presented by Billy Bishop AirportThe Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is an annual summer event providing on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food and nautical entertainment, the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes majestic Tall Ships to Toronto. www.towaterfrontfest.com TORONTO – The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is pleased to announce it will be bringing another incrediball installation to Toronto’s waterfront. Though not quite as large as last summer’s rubber duck, the festival anticipates this year’s activation will make just as big of a splash.Relive your best beach memories with HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes. The waterfront activation, custom-made for the festival by Canadian event design firm Decor & More, is made up of six 6.5′ tall beach balls. Inspired by science’s popular instrument, the pendulum wave, the beach balls will be suspended from a large truss frame and will swing back and forth like a pendulum.Menkes Developments Ltd. has signed on to be the presenting partner of HTO Pendulum Wave.   Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will be bringing a giant beach ball installation to Toronto’s waterfront. (CNW Group/Water’s Edge Festivals & Events) Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Winnipeg in midst of a crystal meth epidemic frontline workers

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsGrassroots organizations in Winnipeg are calling on the province to address what they are calling a “meth crisis” in the city.This comes following a fire set at a transitional housing complex by a client in the throes of a crystal methamphetamine addiction.On Jan. 7 around 12:30 a.m. a man barricaded himself in a room on the top floor of the Morberg House and set a mattress on fire.A look at the room that was set on fire in the Morberg House. PHOTO: Brittany Hobson/APTNThe man was in the middle of a crystal meth psychosis according to Marion Willis, founder of Morberg House.“We know this person and, believe it or not this person is actually quite a nice guy,” said Willis.“He would never do anything like that except that he had a big slip and the slip was with meth. He entered a deep level of psychosis and that was the outcome.”Staff and founder of Morberg House. PHOTO: Brittany Hobson/APTNThere were about 15 people in the house at the time. No one was injured but Willis said the incident, along with the death of Windy Sinclair , 29, in December, show the extent of the growing crystal meth problem in the city.Sinclair was struggling with a meth addiction at the time her death. Her body was found frozen in a downtown back lane. The mother of four was two-months pregnant at the time. A cause of death has yet to be announced.“The level of meth use in this city has reached an epidemic. The meth psychosis is reaching a crisis that is beyond measure right now,” Willis said.Willis isn’t alone in voicing her concerns. Bear Clan Patrol founder James Favel said the group has seen a significant increase in meth use on the streets.“In our first year of operation, between June and November when the snow fell, we found 12 to 18 needles. The second year we found 300. This last year we’re over 4,000 already.”According to Willis and Favel, accessibility and cost are to blame for the increase. Costs can be as low as $10 for one hit or roughly a quarter of a gram and the high can last for up to 15 hours.Ruth Dixon knows first hand the devastating effects of addiction. Her 28-year-old son started using meth a year ago.“He wasn’t the same after that,” she said. “Once he took it he wasn’t the same. He’s not the son that I knew before.”Dixon works with youth in Winnipeg’s North End. She said the effects from inter-generational trauma are still embedded in the community and kids are seeking ways to self-medicate.“They turn to drugs for comfort, for a way out; to escape. It’s devastating to see our people in that condition,” she said.“Alcohol and marijuana are no longer the painkillers. It’s now stronger drugs.”Winnipeg police are also struggling to address the issue. They say they’ve seen an increase in crystal meth use within the past three years. Adding it’s fueling property crime, violent crime, and dangerous interactions with officers.So far the province has done little work with organizations to combat the crisis, said Willis.“We are the ones that can inform a strategy. We are the ones that can mobilize people and we are the ones that can act quickly, and yet we are invisible to this provincial government,” she said.She wants the province to fund the creation of a drug stabilization unit.Earlier this year the province increased the budget to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba by $985,500.In a statement to APTN, the office for Minister of Health Kevin Goertzen said, “building upon our experience with opioid addiction, Manitoba’s work with methamphetamine will focus on the development of processes and team work to address challenges with withdrawal management, detoxification and treatment, in order to reduce risks to clients and staff who are working with these individuals.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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AlarmForce fires CEO Joel Matlin after strategic review

TORONTO — AlarmForce Industries Inc. said Tuesday it has “terminated” chief executive Joel Matlin after a strategic review of the company.“The board and management of AlarmForce wish to thank Mr. Matlin for his dedicated years of service and numerous contributions,” the company said in a statement.Matlin, who holds a nearly eight per cent stake in the company, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters, will continue to serve as a company director.The home security company said it has started a search process to find a permanent replacement. Chief financial officer Anthony Pizzonia will serve as interim president and chief executive.AlarmForce completed a nearly year-long strategic review, including a possible sale of the company, earlier this month without a deal.The company said at the time it would focus on growing its business.Acumen Capital analyst Brian Pow said it’s possible the move is related to the company’s failure to find a buyer.“Joel’s been the face of the company since inception,” Pow said.“I’m certainly surprised by this at this point. Hopefully we’ll get some clarity from the board at some point.”The Toronto-based company said a growing subscriber base and a reduction in marketing helped it nearly double its net income in the quarter ended Jan. 31.But Pow said the company has been shifting its focus to south of the border, where earnings have been stronger lately.“Overall, the Canadian numbers a little bit weaker than they’ve been trending historically, but the U.S. numbers are picking up,” said Pow.“That’s where really where the game plan is going forward. At least it was until today. We’ll have to see what happens.”Shares in AlarmForce, which were halted pending the announcement, were down 20 cents at $9.60 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.AlarmForce, which has operations in Canada and the United States, provides security alarm monitoring, personal emergency response monitoring, video surveillance and other services.The Canadian Press read more

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Ontario cannabis lottery winner disqualified for breaking the rules

TORONTO — Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission has disqualified one of the winners of a lottery held to apply for cannabis retail licences.The agency says the entity has been removed for breaking a rule that prohibits someone from changing the name of the person on an application or the corporate structure of the company operating the store.The disqualified entity had won the right to apply for a cannabis retail licence in the Greater Toronto area.The commission selected 25 winners through the lottery process last month.Those selected had five business days to turn in their applications along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit, with the first private stores set to open April 1.The licences are being divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself. read more

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Lightstream Resources asset sale to creditorowned firm wins court approval

Lightstream Resources asset sale to creditor-owned firm wins court approval CALGARY – Oil and gas producer Lightstream Resources Ltd. says it has court approval to sell its assets to a new company that will be owned by its creditors.The sale to newly created private firm Ridgeback Resources Inc. is to close by Dec. 29 and represents the final act of the company which will then be wound down.Its creditors will be issued shares in the new firm based on how much Lightstream debt they hold.Lightstream, struggling under close to $1.2 billion in debt, moved to a court-supervised sale this fall after it was unable to reach a settlement agreement with debt holders.The Calgary-based company’s stock has been delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Its assets are focused on light oil production from the Bakken and Cardium formations, which underly several states and provinces including Saskatchewan and Alberta. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 4:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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No 1 Alabama No 4 Georgia return to scene of thriller

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Hello again, Georgia and Alabama.For the second time in less than 11 months, the two Southeastern Conference powers are set to meet at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a championship on the line in a mentor-versus-protege coaching showdown. Tua Tagovailoa’s back, too, this time as anything but an understudy.Kirby Smart’s fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) get another crack at Nick Saban and No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0) on Saturday in the SEC championship game. They put on quite a show in an overtime thriller with a national title on the line back in January.Tagovailoa came off the bench to lead a second-half comeback and returns as perhaps the Heisman Trophy front-runner.A rematch almost seemed inevitable with both teams clearly the cream of their divisions. But Smart says the Alabama rematch couldn’t be a focal point because “certainly both teams had to win some football games to get to it.”That future-oriented mentality wouldn’t fit The Process, Saban’s acclaimed methodology that Smart absorbed as his longtime assistant at Alabama, LSU and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.“I’ve never been around really good teams that are focused on other teams,” Smart said. “The good teams I’ve been around are focusing on whoever they play that week. And it’s really not been different for us this year.“We’ve really tried to hone in on what we’ve got to do and what we’ve got to do to get better. Our concern can’t be with ‘Bama all year. We wouldn’t be here. It’s a concern now because we’ve got to go play them.”Both teams dispatched their in-state rivals with relative ease leading up to this game. Georgia raced to a 38-7 halftime lead in a 45-21 win over Georgia Tech . The Tide struggled in the first half but ran away from Auburn, 52-21.But they’ve known this meeting was coming since Nov. 3, the earliest the title game matchup has been set. Really, they’ve been on a collision course since that national title clash.Saban called the Bulldogs “probably one of the most complete teams in the nation in terms of offence, defence, special teams.”“This will be the most challenging game that we have all year,” he said. “I’m really proud of our guys for what they’ve been able to accomplish this year. Why guys come to this school is they get to play in games like this against great teams, and this will be a great challenge for us.”Alabama has won every game since the national title game by 20-plus points, a 12-game streak that is the longest to open a season in NCAA history. The previous record of 10 consecutive 20-point wins at any point during a season was set by Boise State in 2002.Alabama has reached the 12-win mark for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.The Bulldogs haven’t had that kind of sustained success, but they’ve been awfully good the past two years.They have won five straight by 17-plus points since dropping a similarly lopsided game to No. 12 LSU.The reward: An Alabama rematch.The January meeting ended with Tagovailoa’s winning, second-and-26 touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime. Now, Tagovailoa could perhaps cement the Heisman if he’s as good for four quarters as he was for two on that last visit. He wasn’t particularly interested in talking about either the Heisman or the end of last season after Saturday’s win over Auburn.“That was last year,” Tagovailoa said. “For me, I just want to enjoy this win with my team, with that 24-hour (celebration) rule. And coming back into the office on Monday, we want to focus on Georgia.”Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, likewise, resisted the temptation to talk about ‘Bama after the Georgia Tech game.“I’m not supposed to,.” Fromm said.There’s no getting around it now, guys.___AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Athens, Georgia, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Zenor, The Associated Press read more

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Proposal to research trans regret rejected by university for fear of backlash

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A general view of the Royal Courts of Justice  The case was heard at the Royal Courts of JusticeCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images Mr Caspian had applied to study an MA at Bath Spa universityCredit:Jay Williams The City of Bath A psychotherapist who wanted to research reverse gender reassignment claimed that he had his academic proposal rejected because his university was scared of backlash from trans community, the High Court heard.James Caspian, 59, planned to study the experiences of people who have detransitioned as part of an MA at Bath Spa University, but his idea was rejected because it was “too ethically complex for a piece of research at master’s level”.When Mr Caspian proposed the project, the university’s ethics subcommittee said: “attacks on social media may not be confined to the researcher but may involve the university.” On Tuesday, Mr Diamond told the court: “That is not academic judgment, that is terror on the streets of our universities.”Mr Caspian’s barrister, Paul Diamond, argued that the Bath Spa had rejected the proposal on the grounds that “engaging in a potentially politically incorrect piece of research carries a risk to the university” and was seeking a judicial review of the process. However, the judge, Michael Kent QC, quashed their case, saying: “I entirely accept that there are important issues of freedom of expression. I just do not accept that, on the facts of this particular case, there is an arguable case made out.He added that the application was brought too late after the university’s decision, and said: “I accept that it could be said that this is pedantic and it is far removed from the underlying decision, but I can’t see any way round that.”Speaking afterwards, Mr Caspian told The Telegraph: “I think this sets a dangerous precedent in that research into sensitive areas will not be carried out because universities don’t want to take ownership.”Mr Caspian was described by his barrister as “a psychotherapist with an esteemed reputation in the field of gender transition and gender dysphoria”, and as a “highly qualified and experienced professional” who is “clearly objectively qualified to do research on this subject matter”.“He’s not a spotty-nosed adolescent student. He’s the real McCoy,” said Mr Diamond.He argued that “research in this complex field is needed as there are pressing social pressures on wider society to commence the procedure of gender realignment”, but added: “There is an atmosphere of fear in the academic community on researching this phenomenon.” The psychotherapist had worked with transgender patients for eight years when he enrolled for the MA at Bath Spa University, and was a trustee of the transgender charity the Beaumont Trust.He previously told BBC’s Radio 4 that he was “astonished” at the university’s decision to stop him studying people who regret changing their gender.”I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research – dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful,” he said.Since 2017, when his case first gained public attention, more than 50 people have approached Mr Caspian after deciding to reverse their gender reassignment surgery.Now, having failed in his bid for a judicial review, he says: “I will be discussing with our lawyers the next steps which may include going to the court of appeal.” read more

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The demise of coal biggest scalp Peabody Energy

first_imgYesterday Peabody Energy announced: “Taking a major step to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt amid an unprecedented industry downturn, Peabody Energy Corp today voluntarily filed petitions under Chapter 11 for the majority of its US entities in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Through this process, the company intends to reduce its overall debt level, lower fixed charges, improve operating cash flow and position the company for long-term success, while continuing to operate under the protection of the court process.“All of the company’s mines and offices are continuing to operate in the ordinary course of business and are expected to continue doing so for the duration of the process. No Australian entities are included in the filings, and Australian operations are continuing as usual.”“This was a difficult decision, but it is the right path forward for Peabody. We begin today to build a highly successful global leader for tomorrow,” said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. “Through today’s action, we will seek an in-court solution to Peabody’s substantial debt burden amid a historically challenged industry backdrop. This process enables us to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt, build upon the significant operational achievements we’ve made in recent years and lay the foundation for long-term stability and success in the future.”In connection with the process, Peabody has obtained $800 million in debtor-in-possession financing facilities, which were arranged by Citigroup and include participation of a number of the company’s secured lenders and unsecured noteholders. The facilities include a $500 million term loan, a $200 million bonding accommodation facility and a cash collateralized $100 million letter of credit facility, and are subject to court approval as well as limitations as set out in the company’s filings. In addition to the company’s existing cash position, Peabody believes that it has sufficient liquidity to operate its business worldwide post-petition and to continue the flow of goods and services to its customers in the ordinary course.Peabody also announced today that the planned sale of the company’s New Mexico and Colorado assets was terminated after the buyer was unable to complete the transaction.The factors affecting the global coal industry in recent years have been unprecedented. Industry pressures in recent years include a dramatic drop in the price of metallurgical coal, weakness in the Chinese economy, overproduction of domestic shale gas and ongoing regulatory challenges.Still, multiple third-party estimates project that both the US and global coal demand will stabilize. Globally, thermal coal is expected to continue to fuel hundreds of existing coal generating plants as well as scores more that are under construction. Coal currently fuels approximately 40% of global electricity and is expected to be an essential source of global electricity generation and steel making for many decades to come.“A company like Peabody with safe, efficient operations will be well positioned to serve coal demand that will continue in the United States and around the world,” said Kellow. “We are a leading producer and reserve holder in our core regions of the Powder River Basin, Illinois Basin and Australia. Peabody has a new management team, outstanding workforce, unmatched asset base and strong underlying operational performance that represent a key driver in the company’s future success.”In 2015, all of Peabody’s US operations were cash-flow positive, the Australian platform earned more than the prior year despite lower prices for coal and the company’s administrative expenses and capital investments were at the lowest levels in nearly a decade.Kellow noted that, “throughout this process, the company will continue to be guided by its mission and values that include safety, customer focus, leadership, people, excellence, integrity and sustainability. The company also continues to take aggressive steps to improve the business with actions consistent with its core priorities in the operational, financial and portfolio areas.“This process does not change Peabody’s approach toward best practices in mining and its focus on sustainability to create high-quality land restoration for generations that follow. The company sees its land restoration as an essential part of the mining process, takes great pride in the work it does and has been consistently recognized for these programs. In addition, Peabody intends to continue to work with the applicable state governments and federal agencies to meet its reclamation obligations.”last_img read more

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Block 10 plan includes housing retail office space in Vancouver tower

first_imgHot on the heels of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Vancouvercenter’s fourth tower, developer Holland Partner Group is already moving forward on its next big project for downtown Vancouver: a new office and residential tower on Block 10, which would also serve as a new headquarters for the company.Holland submitted a pre-application packet earlier this month outlining its tentative plan for the block, which includes approximately 150,000 square feet of office space, 125 units of housing, structured internal parking and approximately 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.The company’s initial pitch — outlined by Vancouver Community and Economic Development Director Chad Eiken at a May 6 Vancouver City Council meeting — was an 11-story tower with about 110,000 square feet of office space that would be divided between Holland and separate tenants, plus a seven-story residential tower that would be geared toward workforce housing. The version in the pre-application packet is similar but appears to have grown larger, adding 40,000 more square feet of office space. The building’s total gross square floor area is listed at 374,192 square feet. In an email on Tuesday, Holland Development Manager Jamison Loos confirmed the new 150,000-square-foot office space number, but said that the vision for the block is still an 11-story office tower and a seven-story residential tower with workforce housing.The project will also include an “incubator” space for small startup companies and a possible flexible-use space for co-working, he said.last_img read more

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ASA WISHH Host Meeting with Kansas State University and USDAFAS

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s WISHH program hosted an integrated planning meeting in St. Louis last week with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and representatives from Kansas State University (KSU) with regard to ASA/WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project funded by USDA.  ASA/WISHH and KSU are partners on the project which extends through September 2014.  ASA/WISHH’s Pakistan Country Representative, R.S.N. Janjua, was also in attendance at the meeting.  During his visit, R.S.N. Janjua received an award acknowledging his service to U.S. soybean farmers from ASA’s CEO, Steve Censky.ASA CEO Steve Censky, left, presents R.S.N. Janjua, ASA/WISHH Pakistan Country Representative, with an award acknowledging his service to U.S. soybean farmers.last_img read more

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Clark County salutes Flag Day

first_imgAfter the county’s smallest town made the biggest star-spangled statement, the trophy for the mayors’ tie competition will spend a year in Yacolt.Jeff Carothers earned the nod with some supersized neckwear Friday in the fourth annual Clark County mayors’ patriotic tie contest during Flag Day at Fort Vancouver.A newcomer facing a field of tie-contest veterans, Carothers said he did some scouting by watching video of the 2012 event.“We need to go big because we’re a small town,” Carothers decided.He credited Yacolt-area resident Sheri Wilson with creating the handmade tie, which features the town’s name and an image of bursting fireworks, a plug for Yacolt’s July 4 display.It was a tough competition, considering how several entrants tried to work the judges — a panel of fifth-grade students from Vancouver’s Marshall Elementary and Evergreen’s Sunset Elementary.Vancouver’s Tim Leavitt showed up with more of the gift bags that helped him win last year’s title. Woodland’s Grover Laseke passed out cupcakes. And Scott Higgins of Camas was escorted by daughter Chloe, a student at Grass Valley Elementary, in a pitch for some fifth-grade solidarity.last_img read more

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Rescuers issue stern warning to Colorado evacuees

first_imgLYONS, Colo. — As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.National Guard helicopters and truck convoys carried the admonition into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents were eager to escape the Rocky Mountain foothills. But not everybody was willing to go. Dozens of people in the isolated community of Jamestown wanted to stay to watch over their homes.Authorities made clear that residents who chose not to leave might not get another chance for a while.“We’re not trying to force anyone from their home. We’re not trying to be forceful, but we’re trying to be very factual and definitive about the consequences of their decision, and we hope that they will come down,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said.Special education teacher Brian Shultz, 38, was torn about leaving his Jamestown home.“I was thinking about staying. I could have lasted at least a year. I have a lot of training in wilderness survival,” he said, adding that he probably had enough beer to last the whole time.As he sat outside a makeshift shelter at a high school, he floated the idea of walking back into the funky mountain town.“If we hike back, I would stay there and just live. I’d rather be at our own house than staying at some other people’s houses,” he said.last_img read more

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Backpacker Unveils CarbonNeutral Project

first_imgBackpacker, the Boulder-basedmagazine for outdoor enthusiasts, has completed a six-month studyto calculate its carbon footprint. The magazine contracted with a firm calledCooler to measure how many pounds of CO2 its printing, production anddistribution operations create. Results indicate the magazine, with a 9-timesfrequency, produced about five million pounds of CO2, or 500,000 pounds perissue, in 2007. The two biggest contributors are paper and distribution, at 48percent and 26 percent respectively.”We wanted to pin down every single aspect of magazine operation,” says JonDorn, Backpacker’s editor, whocontracted with Cooler, a San Francisco-based firm that measures global warmingof consumer goods. “We knew we didn’t have the scientific or mathematicalskills to put reliable numbers on this. These guys popped up as being at thecenter of carbon footprinting for more than a decade.”Cooler worked with Backpacker toexamine the 2007 impacts of paper production and printing; distribution,including newsstand and subscription mailings; staff travel; and energy useacross the entire production cycle, including office use. “We went throughabout 10 generations of calculations until they were satisfied they had somethingthat was scientifically valid and statistically reliable,” says Dorn.The three biggest contributors, says Dorn, are paper, distribution and travel.”Paper is nearly 50 percent of it and distribution is a quarter. What was asurprise was how significant travel was, it’s the third biggest contributor.” SOURCE: Backpacker Indeed, staff travel nudged past printing and production for nine percent ofthe total. ‘Like UnderstandingWhat Goes into Sausage’Of the elements that were analyzed, distribution, says Dorn, was the mostdifficult to tally. “It’s probably the most Byzantine part of our business. Wehave more than 20,000 newsstand outlets and all the distribution companiesoverlap. It’s one of those things where you get an education, but then you’re notsure you really wanted to know-like understanding what goes into sausage.”Nevertheless, Dorn and AIM’s single-copy expert, Marcia Orovitz, had todetermine the mileage for the trucking routes for a proper measurement. “To behonest, we made some assumptions to make the calculations easier. We didn’tliterally come up with mileage for every leg of every trucking route for everyone of the 150,000 copies that goes to 20,000 newsstands,” says Dorn.Extra copies at newsstand were also measured, but Dorn says the majority ofthose are recycled. “We had information from the distributors about whatpercentage of unsold copies were being recycled versus landfilled. We foundthat almost all of the unsold copies are recycled.” Taking ActionNext is Backpacker’s actionplan. Dorn says the magazine will now work to decrease what it can of thecarbon footprint and offset the rest by investing in renewable energy projects,ultimately achieving a 100 percent carbon-neutral magazine operation. “Wedidn’t undertake this project just to understand what the impact of themagazine is, we did it so we could take action.” So far, a 12 percent reduction has been achieved through paper stock changesand moving pages from the magazine’s regional editions to the Web. A digitaledition was created with Zinio, and the Boulder office has been made azero-waste facility. Staff have also pledged to walk, bus or bike to work atleast 25,000 miles this year.”Our analysis gave us a carbon footprint of 1.12 pounds of CO2 equivalent percopy in 2007,” says Dorn. “After making these changes, we’re down to .9pounds.” The rest will be offset through renewable energy investments-a methane captureproject on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, for example. The cost of all this, says Dorn, has been very affordable. “The cuts that wemade in paper production and postage more than paid for not only the actualanalysis but also the offsets. For the offset investments, we’re looking atwell into the five figures. In fact, I was able to budget the offsets into myeditorial budget.” Now, says Dorn, the magazine industry can understand what kind of impactmagazine production has on the climate. “For the first time as magazine people,we understand the rough impact of a magazine versus another type of product. Iwould guess for most magazines, it would be in the 1-to-2 pound per copyrange.”A Comparison of Backpacker’sCarbon Footprintlast_img read more

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The Strokes New York Rockers Early Years Revealed In New Photo Book

first_img Email Facebook News Twitter The Strokes: New York Rockers’ Early Years Revealed In New Photo Book Explore The Strokes’ First Years In New Rock Book strokes-new-york-rockers-early-years-revealed-new-photo-book Music photographer Cody Smyth’s new book will provide an intimate look into the first days of New York rockers the StrokesBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 30, 2017 – 12:10 pm New York City during the first decade of the 2000s was a wellspring of young bands eager to spit in the faces of music critics who’d been quick to call radio’s transition from the largely Seattle-based sounds of grunge and post-punk alternative into the bubblegum pop sounds of the new millennium the dying gasps of guitar-driven rock.Leading the charge during that period, the Strokes were one of the biggest of the “local” bands playing the club circuit, and also one of the first to really break out onto the global scene and sign a huge deal with a major label. This era of raucous rebellion has been recently documented in Lizzy Goodman’s fantastic compilation Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth And Rock And Roll In New York City: 2001-2011, which chronicled the various bands – the Strokes chief among them – who were central to that rising movement.A new catalogue of moments from that singular time will also arrive this October: music photographer Cody Smyth has compiled his best stories and photos from his years embedded with the Strokes into a forthcoming volume titles The Strokes: The First Ten Years. The book will be the “first authorized visual record” of the band’s early years, and is being heralded as, “a peerless window into the group through the lens of a close friend who was there before it even began.”The Strokes: The First Ten Years is due out on Oct. 10.See Prince, Amy Winehouse Like Never Before In New Booklast_img read more

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OBITUARY Carol A Costa Barrasso 76

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Carol A. Barrasso (Costa), age 76, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2018, at the Winchester Hospital.Carol was born on October 8, 1942 in Somerville, MA; she was the cherished only daughter to the late Angelo and Eleanor Costa. Carol was raised and educated in Somerville; she was very proud of her “Somerville roots” and she in turn raised her own family there.Carol married the “love of her life” Eddie Barrasso on June 2, 1963; together they raised a loving family and made many wonderful memories to be shared for generations to come. Carol was very devoted to her family; she was a wonderful wife and mother and a very special “Gram” to her grandchildren who she adored. In 2001, Carol and Eddie moved to Wilmington to be closer to their children and grandchildren; they always looked forward to spending time with them and sharing in their life’s special moments.Carol enjoyed being with her family in friends; whether it was “hanging out” at the beach or traveling to Europe, Hawaii, or “the islands”; everyone always had a great time when they were with her.Prior to retiring, Carol was employed as a Client Service Representative for the Unisys Company for many years. Carol enjoyed her job and was very good at it; she had a great personality along with terrific people skills all attributes which made her successful in her field.In her spare time, Carol, was known to be a competitive bowler, an avid Bingo player and a fierce shopper. These were all hobbies that Carol really enjoyed with her family as well as her friends.Carol was quite a lady who showered others with kindness and care; she always “had your back” no matter the situation. Carol loved her family and friends with all her heart and she will truly be missed.Carol was the beloved wife of Edward R. Barrasso, devoted mother of Edward R. Barrasso, Jr. & his wife Winifred and Terri Gemellaro & her partner Kevin Burke all of Wilmington. Loving “Gram” of Edward R. III, Emily & Meghan Barrasso and Alliy & Tori Gemellaro. Cherished daughter of the late Angelo and Eleanor (Mooney) Costa, dear sister of the late David, Charles and William Costa. Carol is survived by her nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, December 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 DAnny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Carol A. (Costa) Barrasso(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carol S. (Schweinefus) Roche, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Theresa May urges tech firms to stop spread of extremism online

first_img The British Prime Ministers UN address focused on stopping the spread of terrorism through use of the internet. Theresa May urges tech firms to stop spread of extremism online IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:08Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

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