Ian Somerhalder Joins Rally For Climate Action And Clean Energy

first_imgHundreds of clean energy and climate action supporters – including Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder – rallied in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean, homegrown energy solutions like solar power and energy efficiency.“President Obama said we have a moral imperative to take bold action to address climate disruption,” said Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is Western North Carolina’s largest source of carbon pollution that causes climate disruption. Phasing out this plant will clear the path to power Asheville with clean, local energy that will strengthen our vibrant community. Hundreds of supporters rallied today, representing thousands more across the region, and called for a clean energy economy for Asheville now.”Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is the largest source of climate pollution in Western North Carolina, pumping out as much carbon as 500,000 cars on the road every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant also produces huge volumes of toxic coal ash waste which is stored in unlined ponds; these ponds sit directly above the French Broad River. Conservation groups like the French Broad Riverkeeper have documented groundwater contamination of toxic chemicals and heavy metals from these coal ash waste ponds.“In addition to huge amounts of carbon pollution, Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is dumping coal ash waste into unlined holes in the ground, and toxic chemicals from those pits are contaminating our groundwater and polluting the French Broad River,” said Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper with Western North Carolina Alliance. “Continuing to burn coal means more toxic coal ash waste. You can’t clean up coal ash while you’re still burning coal.”The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign represents more than a dozen organizations, including rally co-sponsors Western North Carolina Alliance, French Broad Riverkeeper, 350.org Asheville, Transition Asheville, Southwings, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign launched in April 2012, and since then more than 2,000 area residents have taken action, such as signing a petition, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean energy. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign calls on Duke Energy to protect its local workers in the transition period from coal to clean energy.Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Sierra Club activist Ian Somerhalder, Reverend Thomas Murphy of All Souls Episcopal Church, Drew Jones of Climate Interactive, and Dr. Richard Fireman, a former emergency room physician and volunteer leader with Interfaith Power & Light, joined Hitt and Carson on stage. The rally featured several musical acts, including CaroMia and local musicians Daniel Shearin (River Whyless), Alexandra Tressler, Tyler Herring, and Scott Murray of Southbound Turnaround. The Asheville Beyond Coal: Rally for our Future finished with a flash mob and choral performance by more than 50 singers, performing “Do You Hear the People Sing,” from Les Miserables.last_img read more

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Exploring the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions impact on the country

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s public testimonies that took across the country allowed survivors of the Indian residential school system to share their stories and grief.But was it enough to bring change to individuals and communities?APTN’s Jaydon Flett has this Perspectives report on what impacts the TRC had on the country.last_img

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Headquarters Agreement on Moroccos COP22 Organization Signed in Bonn

Bonn – The headquarters agreement marking the official commitment of Morocco to organize in Marrakech the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP22, was signed on Monday in Bonn.The agreement was signed, during the Bonn Conference on Climate Change (May 16-26), by chairman of the COP22 steering committee and foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Executive secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres.The event comes following the signature by the EU and 176 countries in New York of the Paris Agreement which pledges to curb global warming at 1.5-2 °c. On May 10, the development of the Bab Ighli site (COP22 village) was launched in Marrakech.Built as an environment-friendly village, this site which is constructed over 223,647 square meters will be carbon neutral and will be ready for use on Oct.With MAP read more

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Canada is one of four Aaa countries at risk of housing correction

TORONTO — Moody’s Investors Service has released a report that identifies Canada as one of four Aaa-rated countries that are exposed to a potential housing market correction.In addition to Canada, the report lists New Zealand, Sweden and Australia as countries that have seen the largest increases in home prices and household debt among advanced economies over the last three years.Moody’s says a housing downturn could involve material spillovers to the broader economy for Canada and New Zealand, where residential construction accounts for approximately 7.5 per cent of GDP in both countries.If you want to blame someone for Canada’s housing bubble (and you will) blame, Mark CarneyHow Kathleen Wynne can cool Toronto’s market by cutting tax — not raising itCanadians want to cash in on hot property, but where to go next?However, Moody’s says that unless reversals in house prices are accompanied by other long-lasting negative shocks, they would not fundamentally undermine the sovereigns’ credit profiles.The debt rating agency says all four countries have strong banking systems with high capitalization levels, conservative business models and strong liquidity.The housing sector has been identified as a risk for the Canadian economy as housing prices have marched higher, fuelled by low interest rates. read more

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Two killed one injured in Kilinochchi

The police said that a husband and wife who were in the three-wheeler were killed in the accident. The bodies of the two victims were taken to the Kilinochchi hospital. The victims were identified as 66 year old Vishwalingham Deivendrakumar and his 58 year old wife. Two people were killed and one person was injured following an accident at Kilinochchi this morning, the police said.A three-wheeler heading to Kilinochchi from Nedunkerni collided with a private bus heading towards Vavuniya from Vishwamadu near the 155th mile post at Kilinochchi. The driver of the three-wheeler sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the Kilinochchi hospital and then transferred to the Jaffna hospital for further treatment. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical moral issue

“The Secretary-General reaffirms that humanity has a significant obligation to care for and protect our common home, the planet Earth, and to show solidarity with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society who are suffering most from climate impacts,” declared a statement issued earlier today by a UN spokesperson. “The Secretary-General therefore urges governments to place the global common good above national interests and to adopt an ambitious, universal climate agreement in Paris this year.”According to the statement, the encyclical’s findings acknowledge the “very solid scientific consensus” showing significant warming of the planet’s climate system and that such warming is “mainly a result of human activity.”In addition, the Papal declaration describes climate change as a critical moral issue requiring respectful dialogue with all parts of society. “The Secretary-General welcomes the contributions of all religious leaders and people of influence in responding to the climate challenge and in strengthening sustainable development,” the statement says. “He looks forward to welcoming Pope Francis at the United Nations in September to address the UN General Assembly,” the statement concludes looking ahead to the Pontiff’s visit to the UN during the high-level opening of the world body’s 70th anniversary session.Speaking to reporters in New York after the statement was issued, the Secretary-General said that he and Pope Francis agree that climate change is a moral issue that requires collective urgent actions. “It is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics,” continued the UN chief, urging the international community to “do far more to help the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, who are suffering most from climate impacts yet had least to do with causing the problem.”Mr. Ban deeply thanked Pope Francis for taking such a “strong stand” on the need for urgent global action. His moral voice is part of a growing chorus of people from all faiths and all sectors of society speaking out for climate action. read more

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Brock Media Clips for Friday Dec 7

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Could Huawei CFO arrest trigger technological cold war? Brock Political Scientist Charles Burton weighed in on the arrest of Huawei CFO Meg Wanzhou in Vancouver  Wednesday. He was interviewed by Global National, as well as by a reporter for Reuters, which ran a story in more than 130 newspapers around the world.Lake in Canada could mark the beginning of human-influenced age: Al Jazeera’s Canadian network covered the story of Crawford Lake, and its importance in Earth’s geological timeline. They interviewed Brock researchers Francine McCarthy and Martin Head for the story.21 tips every first-year student should know: Education Studies Assistant Professor Nicola Simmons was part of a feature article in Maclean’s Magazine offering advice to incoming university students. Simmons advice? Take time to make connections.Exceptional year in grants for the Niagara Community Foundation: The St. Catharines Standard and 610 CKTB wrote stories about the inaugural David S. Howes Foundation grant recipients, which includes Brock University receiving funding for student mental health.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

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Mens soccer Ohio State prepares for firstever game against Lehigh

OSU then-freshman defender Hunter Robertson (21) dribbles a ball during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-1) will welcome Lehigh to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday evening for what will be the first-ever matchup between the two teams.With no past experience against the Mountain Hawks (1-1), coach John Bluem said the team will rely more heavily on scouting reports from some of the games Lehigh has played earlier this season rather than just drawing from past experience against them.“We’re going to see what we can find out about Lehigh, see if we can get a scouting report on them from some of the teams they’ve played so far,” Bluem said. “That’s pretty much what we do for every opponent, scout them and then change out game a little bit because of strengths and weaknesses that our opponent has.”Expectations for Lehigh heading into this season were low, as the team entered the season ranked only seventh in the Patriot League preseason poll. “What I’ve learned from the past three years, no matter who you’re playing you can’t really think you are going to stomp all over them so hopefully we can keep the right mindset and play just as hard as we would against maryland or any top ten team,” defender Hunter Robertson said.The Mountain Hawks pulled off a win in their first game against Rider, riding a hat trick from forward Mark Forrest to a victory, but they could not muster a goal in their second game in a 1-0 loss to George Washington.The two stars for Lehigh pose quite the threat to the Buckeyes, but Robertson believes his team has the chance to keep the players contained if they play solid defense.“When you have two special players like that we’re definitely going to keep an eye on them, double if we need to,” Robertson said.Like Lehigh, the Buckeyes are also coming off a 3-0 loss to Florida International after a 1-0 opening day win over Pittsburgh.Midfielder Brady Blackwell is not dwelling on the loss, but instead the team’s first loss as motivation.“We’re coming off not a great result on Sunday, so we’re definitely working extra hard to get it back,” Blackwell said.This is the third game of a four game homestand to start the season, which will end Monday when the Buckeyes host Wright State at 7 p.m. read more

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Football Barrett Lewis make preseason honorees list

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) pushes past Michigan defenders during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win on Nov. 26. Credit: Lantern File PhotoCHICAGO — Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were named to the preseason conference honorees list Monday before the start of Big Ten Media Days.Barrett made the list for the second straight season along with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Lewis, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, earned his first honors.Other East Division honorees include Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Indiana linebacker Tegray Scales.Barrett, a preseason candidate for conference offensive player of the year, enters his fourth season overall and third full season as a starter at Ohio State. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 2,555 yards and ran for 845 yards with 33 total touchdowns in 2016. He was named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year last season.Lewis registered 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks last year, finishing first in both categories on the team last season. read more

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UKs first electric bicycle death as female pedestrian dies in hospital after

Speaking at the time of the crash, Detective Constable Darren Case said it was a “shocking incident”. Sakine Cihan died in hospital after being hit in east London Dalston’s Kingsland Rd. closed off to pedestrians right now close to Overground pic.twitter.com/JWxULKYk36— Bríd Stenson 📺📻🎧 (@bridstenson) August 28, 2018 Sakine Cihan died in hospital after being hit in east London Last year, cyclist Charlie Alliston was jailed for 18 months at the Old Bailey for killing mother-of-two Kim Briggs while riding an illegal Olympic-style racing bike which had no front wheel brakes.Alliston was cleared of manslaughter, but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton and furious driving”.A review designed to reflect public concern over safety on the roads has prompted MPs to consider introducing a new offence of causing death by careless or dangerous cycling.Department for Transport figures show that between 2007 and 2016, pedestrians killed in collisions involving cyclists represented 0.6 per cent of total casualties on UK roads at 29.Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at the national charity Cycling UK, said: “The statistics show cyclists, whether on a conventional or e-bike, present a minimal danger to others.”Given the limitations and current laws governing e-bikes, Cycling UK does not believe there is any reason to suggest their use poses any greater risk to the public than a normal pedal cycle.” Police said at the time that the male cyclist initially stopped after falling off his bike, but then left the scene and dumped the dark red motorised “e-bike” a mile away.A spokesman said on Wednesday: “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.”The woman was taken to hospital where she sadly died.”A man has been arrested by detectives from the roads and transport policing command and has been released under investigation. A woman is believed to have become the first pedestrian to die in Britain after being hit by an electric bicycle in a suspected hit-and-run.Sakine Cihan was attempting to cross a road in east London when she was struck by an electric-assisted “mountain bike-style” pedal cycle.The 56-year-old later died in hospital. The Metropolitan Police said they believe it was the first such death to occur.So-called “e-bikes” do not require a licence and have a legal power-assisted speed of up to 15.5mph. However, they often reach much higher speeds if the rider also pedals.Police were called to Kingsland High Street at just after 5pm on Tuesday, August 28 to reports of the collisionMs Cihan, from Dalston, had been attempting to cross the road, said Scotland Yard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Alevel exam reforms favour middle class former chief examiner says

An unintended consequence of the revamped A-levels is that “negotiability” has returned to the system, according to Dr Tony Breslin. Exam reforms favour the middle class, a former chief examiner has said as he warns that the decline of AS levels leaves the system open to manipulation. This summer is the third year of students to take the reformed qualifications, where modules were axed in a bid to toughen up courses and better prepare students for university. Dr Breslin said that the AS level was a “valuable staging post”, but its decline has led to a renewed emphasis on predicted grades. Parents who are familiar with the system may demand that teachers give their children higher predicted grades…

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Microdrones are real heres the horrorinducing video to prove it

first_imgThe good old United States Air Force has been toiling away on a project that is just as likely to inspire awe and amazement as it is to incite nightmares and “what if?” scenarios. They’re called Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), but you can also refer to them as tiny self-sustaining death machines.There’s been a lot of talk in the news over the last couple of years about military drones. People usually hear that term and envision giant air missiles taking out specific targets. But what the Air Force has been working on is something with far more intelligence and — potentially — far more wide-reaching implications.Imagine if one of those little remote control flying helicopters from Brookstone was infused with military technology, and you have the basic concept of MAVs — capable of navigating small spaces, flying around inconspicuously, and filled with deadly intent. Oh, and if you think that these little guys are pretty limited once they’re out in the wild, think again. They can draw power from environmental sources, like sunlight or wind. They can supposedly even latch on to man-made power lines to get a recharge.That’s not all they can do. They can be equipped with fly-like “smart wings,” which can detect when there are oncoming wind gusts, allowing the drone to shift its balance to remain airborne. Other technologies are also embedded in the small fliers, like “Optic Flow,” which allows for signal communication even in terrains where things like GPS are unavailable.MAVs can even work in tandem with one another, whether it’s using one drone as bait and then allowing the others to complete a mission, or multiple MAVs working together to create a more comprehensive understanding of their surroundings. And once they reach their target, they can use any number of potential attacks — incapacitating liquids, combustible payloads, explosives, or good old-fashioned precision shooting.MAVs don’t have to be used for offensive purposes, of course. They might even be more effective as reconnaissance devices, and could even be used to scope out areas for signs of nuclear or other chemical threats.The best part of all is that they are sustainable. So one MAV could be used to carry out several missions. Obviously the implications of such technology becoming widespread are vast. It’s the 2010s — nuclear warfare is so passe. It’s all about drones now, as a recent National Geographic feature points out, and MAVs just might be the catalyst that starts to spread true fear.last_img read more

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Les neurones communiquent comme sur un réseau social

first_imgLes neurones communiquent comme sur un réseau socialUne équipe de scientifiques est parvenue à mettre au point un moyen permettant à la fois d’identifier et d’observer des neurones particulièrement actifs. Ces neurones communiquent entre eux un peu comme sur un réseau social tel que Facebook.La revue Neuron du mois dernier présente les travaux d’une équipe de chercheurs. En mettant un marqueur fluorescent sur un gène lié à l’activité neuronale, ils ont pu observer chez des souris quels neurones étaient à l’origine du fonctionnement cérébral. Grâce à des technologies d’imagerie médicale, ils ont pu observer les neurones qui s’allumaient lorsqu’ils s’activaient. Ils ont également réussi à isoler les neurones en activité et à l’enregistrer.À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireLa métaphore employée par les scientifiques est très parlante. En comparant les neurones actifs aux membres des réseaux sociaux tels Facebook, il devient beaucoup plus simple de comprendre la découverte qui vient d’être faite. Ils expliquent que certains amis de notre réseau sont très peu connectés et interviennent peu. D’autres, au contraire, sont souvent connectés et mettent très régulièrement à jour leur statut et les informations les concernant.Les neurones, comme ces derniers, sont beaucoup plus connectés à d’autres ; de plus, tout en échangeant davantage d’informations et de données, ils sont aussi plus susceptibles d’en recevoir d’autres de neurones (ou de membres), eux aussi particulièrement actifs.Grâce à ces résultats, les scientifiques espèrent parvenir à comprendre pourquoi certains neurones sont plus actifs que d’autres et ainsi déterminer le rôle éventuel qu’ils jouent dans le système de l’apprentissage.Le 15 janvier 2011 à 16:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gulf Coast braces for impact as Alberto approaches

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto, gained strength as it approached the northern Gulf Coast, emptying out beaches in Florida ahead of Memorial Day.The storm disrupted long holiday weekend plans from Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle to Miami Beach on Florida’s southeastern edge. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and dangerous conditions.It also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Sunday that a mandatory evacuation has been issued in Franklin County for all barrier islands there and those in the county living directly on the coast in mobile homes or in recreation vehicle parks.Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn’t officially start until June 1. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and Mississippi to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” according to National Hurricane Center in Miami.Gusty showers were to begin lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding.At 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Alberto was centered about 195 miles west of Tampa and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph — up from 50 mph earlier.Forecasters said Alberto has most recently taken a north-northwest track that would bring it over the northern Gulf of Mexico during the night and make landfall on or in the vicinity of the Florida Panhandle on Monday.last_img read more

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Kenai On Track To Prohibit Onsite Consumption Of Marijuana

first_imgThe ordinance to prohibit onsite consumption of marijuana and marijuana products at retail stores requiring an onsite consumption endorsement is up for public comment on their meeting on Wednesday. At their meeting on May 1, the council voted down an amended ordinance that would have allowed restricted onsite consumption of marijuana within city limits. If that ordinance had passed, a retail marijuana store could sell marijuana and marijuana products, excluding concentrates, to customers in a consumption area separated from the rest of the store. In a memo from the sponsors of the ordinance council members Glenese Pettey and Jim Glendening: “We feel this ordinance is necessary to protect public safety and welfare. Because this Ordinance requires a change to the City’s zoning code, requires a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission. We request it be pulled from the consent agenda and be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration at their May 22, 2019 meeting, and be brought back to Council for a public hearing at the first meeting in June.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will once again look at an ordinance that would prohibit onsite consumption of marijuana and marijuana products at retail stores requiring an onsite consumption endorsement. According to City Attorney Scott Bloom further action will now need to be taken by the city to disallow onsite consumption within city limits entirely: “If this fails it doesn’t prohibit onsite consumption in the City of Kenai. We would need to bring back further legislation and that would either  be adopting code provisions that prohibit it, or doing a moratorium. A no vote does not prohibit it at this time further action will need to be taken if that is the councils wish.”last_img read more

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KCR KTR cheated oustees MLA Jeevan Reddy

first_imgRajanna Sircilla: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and the TRS party working president KT Rama Rao cheated the oustees who handed over their native place and lands for Mid-manair Dam to the government, said the Congress party senior leader and MLC TJeevan Reddy here on Wednesday.The oustees of Mid-Manair along with the leaders of opposition parties took out a massive protest rally here in Siricilla town demanding the government to do justice with them. Even the villagers of the Kodurupaka, the KCR’s wife native place also participated in the rally. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Jeevan Reddy said that the oustees are the people who sacrificed their fields, lands, houses and their native place for the sake of future generations. In Vemulawada, on the temple premises of Sri Rajarajashwara Swamy, KCR promised the oustees that he would allot double bedroom houses and give Rs5 lakh as ex gratia but did not keep his promise till date. From the past 13 years onwards, the oustees are urging the government to give compensation for the fields and houses they lost under Mid-manair. But CM KCR and his son KTR are deceiving the people with words. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Whereas his relative and Rajya Sabha member Santosh Kumar took initiation for giving compensation to his relatives ignoring others. CM KCR showered many things including Rs10 lakhs for each family of his native place Chinthamadaka, where as he did not show any affection to Kodurupaka, the village of wife’s native place. The government must sanction the compensation to the oustees to all those who crossed 18 years of age under Mid-manair like that of oustees of Mallannasagar along with providing employment opportunities by releasing a special gazette, he demanded. If the government behaves negligently in sanctioning of compensation to the oustees of Mid-manair, the Congress party along with other opposition parties would lay siege to the Assembly in the coming days, he warned.last_img read more

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CPIMBJP join hands at grassroot level to fight TMC BJP describes it

first_imgKolkata: Arch-rivals BJP and the CPI(M) have joined hands at the grassroot level in Nadia district to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the upcoming panchayat polls in West Bengal. Maintaining that it was not a “formal seat sharing adjustment”, a district level CPI(M) leader said that the party had to opt for seat adjustment in many seats as several villagers wanted a one-to-one fight against the TMC. The CPI(M), with an opposite ideology to that of the BJP, never loses an opportunity to describe the saffron party as a “divisive force”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights The BJP’s north Nadia district unit president termed the development as an “isolated incident”. The bonhomie first came to light in the last week of April when both the parties organised a joint protest rally in Karimpur-Ranaghat area of Nadia district against the alleged violence of the TMC during the panchayat poll process. Cadre of both parties carried their respective flags during the protest programme. CPI(M) Nadia district secretary and state committee member Sumit De agreed that there have been adjustments at the grassroot level in many seats as several villagers were in favour of a one-to-one fight. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed It has nothing to do with the party’s policy, he added. “Yes, there have been adjustments at the grassroot level. In many seats as the villagers had wanted one-to-one fight, we had to respect it and act accordingly. But it is not that there have been several rounds of discussions between parties and it is a formal seat sharing adjustment,” De told PTI. Senior CPI(M) leader and state committee member Rama Biswas, who was present at the joint rally of the BJP and CPI(M), said that a rally had been taken out by villagers against the violence of the TMC. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh too admitted that supporters of the BJP and the CPI(M) were present at the rally “I have received information that we had called a rally against the violence of the TMC. CPI(M) workers also came and joined our protest rally as they too were attacked,” Ghosh told PTI. A senior state BJP leader who did not wish to be named, said in areas where the BJP could not field a candidate “it has given enough hints to the voters and party cadres to counter the TMC which has unleashed violence”. Agreeing that such “isolated incidents” had taken place, the BJP north Nadia district president Mahadeb Sarkar told PTI, “In some seats where we could not field candidates, our workers at the grassroot level have extended support to independent candidates”. “In most cases, these independent candidates are actually CPI(M) workers”, he said. In several gram panchayat seats of Nadia-Karimpur area, BJP candidates were asked to withdraw their nominations so that the CPI(M) could fight against the TMC and vice-versa, a district BJP leader said. In those seats, the party (either CPI(M) or BJP) which has not fielded any candidate is campaigning for the other one to defeat the TMC, the BJP leader of Nadia’s Karimpur area, who did not wish to be named, said. CPI(M) central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty said few “isolated incidents” should not to used to judge the CPI(M)’s political line against BJP. “We are the only party in India which has the most clear approach against BJP and its communal policies. We are not like the TMC which is not serious about fighting BJP. Our policies should not be judged based on isolated incidents. In panchayat poll such isolated incidents do happen. You will find it in other parties also”, Chakraborty said. The TMC claimed that the political development in Nadia only proves that the BJP and the CPI(M) are having a “tacit understanding in Bengal”. “We are not surprised at this development as we were aware of such developments in various districts. Only the TMC is serious about fighting the BJP and its anti-people policies,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. According to West Bengal SEC (State Election Commission) sources, of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, they said.last_img read more

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Mary Austin – The Woman Freddie Mercury Loved and Left Most of

first_imgMary Austin and Freddie Mercury met in 1969 when she was 19, and he was 24. Their life-long relationship proved to be one of a kind. Mary grew up in a struggling working-class household in West London, raised by two deaf parents. She dropped out of school when she was 15 and started working various jobs to support herself.Mary Austin pictured in London in January 1970. Mary Austin would go on to become the girlfriend of Freddie Mercury, lead singer with rock group Queen. Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesAt the time the two met, Mary was working in a fashion boutique and Freddie had recently graduated from art college.They quickly fell in love and started living together in a cramped flat. What would become one of the greatest bands, Queen was barely in its beginnings.Queen in New Haven, Connecticut in November 1977 Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0However, Queen’s popularity flourished in 1970, and so did Freddie’s income. During the first few years of the band, while Freddie was experimenting with outrageous clothes and was theatrically strutting, with Mary by his side, nobody questioned his sexuality. In 1973, he dedicated the song Love of My Life to her.Freddie’s mom, Mrs. Bulsara, recalled: “She was lovely and used to come to us for meals. I used to wish they had got married and had a normal life with children.”Freddie Mercury Singing 1977 Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0In a 2013 interview for the Daily Mail, Mary evoked her memories of one Christmas Day when she was 23 and Freddie gave her a big box as a gift:  “Inside was another box, then another and so it went on. It was like one of his playful games. Eventually, I found a lovely jade ring inside the last small box.” She asked Freddie on which hand should she place it and he replied the left.But they never married. Although they were together for seven years, in 1976, Freddie finally confessed his infidelities to Mary, revealing himself as a bisexual, to which she replied: “No Freddie, I don’t think you are bisexual. I think you are gay.”Singer Freddie Mercury of Queen photographed in September 1977 with his girlfriend Mary Austin. Photo by Monitor Picture Library/Photoshot/Getty ImagesThe two separated and Mary moved into a nearby flat, purchased for her by Mercury’s music-publishing company. They ended their physical relationship but remained incredibly close, frequently visiting each other.Freddie once said: “All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage…We believe in each other. That’s enough for me. I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary.”Posed portrait of Freddie Mercury, Cinzano vest and shorts. Photo by Ian Dickson/RedfernsMary had two sons with painter Piers Cameron. Freddie was the godfather of the firstborn while the second was born shortly after his death. In 1998 she married businessman Nick Holford but the marriage ended in divorce after five years.Although she made her own path, Mary Austin remained part of the band’s extended circle. During the 1980s, she often toured with Queen, working as a secretary for their publishing business.Freddie Mercury backstage at the Live Aid concert at Wembley, July 13, 1985. On the left is his boyfriend Jim Hutton. Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesWhen Freddie told Mary the terrible news of being HIV-positive, heartbroken, she devoted herself to his care. Aware of his impending death, Freddie wanted to make sure that Mary would be financially secure.He claimed that he owed her a lot as she stuck by him through thick and thin, and after his death in 1991, in accordance with Freddie’s will, Mary inherited the better part of his wealth – more than $10 million plus his 28-room Georgian palace in Kensington, London. His mother reportedly approved of his decision, stating that Mary was like family to her.The outer walls of Garden Lodge (pictured here in 2014) became a shrine to Mercury following his death in 1991. Photo by Adnergje CC BY SA 3.0Mark Blake, Mercury’s biographer and author of the book Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, says:“She got the house and a share of the publishing. He effectively left a lot to her as if he was leaving it to his widow. Mary was probably good at keeping him grounded. She had been there before the money, before the fame and she was there at the end.”The interior of Freddie’s mansion was made by Mary herself. She designed it for him, choosing the Louis XV furniture. To this day, most of the interior design remains just as Freddie liked it.In the following years, Mary launched a foundation to Mercury’s memory, the Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity organization that fights HIV and AIDS worldwide.Read another story from us: The rarely told love story of Freddie Mercury & his partner Jim HuttonAged 67, Austin lives a reclusive life behind the high spiked walls of Mercury’s palace, where fans still make regular pilgrimages.last_img read more

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Google launches new products the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Pixel

first_imgYesterday, Google announced a series of consumer hardware products. This included two new variants of their flagship Pixel smartphones—Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Also launched was a high-performance tablet, the Pixel Slate and the Google Home Hub. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL The new smartphones from Google, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with artificial intelligence features. They can automatically answer calls, click powerful photos,  and provide an enhanced visual and audio experience while charging, powered by the Google Assistant. Source: Google Blog With an integration of Google Lens, Pixel 3, can scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals. It also supports Google’s Smart Compose which suggests phrases in emails to help them draft faster. Pixel 3’s on-device AI can also screen phone calls and avoid spam calls. This feature is first, starting out in English in the U.S. Pixel users in the U.S. will also get a taste of an experimental new Google Assistant feature, powered by Duplex technology. This feature will initially be available later this year in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, and the San Francisco Bay Area and will roll out to other U.S. cities in the future. Pixel 3 also supports Digital Wellbeing, which is a suite of tools to help users limit the time they spent on their phones. Users can monitor the time spend time on phones and set time limits on specific apps. Digital Wellbeing also comes with a new Wind Down mode to transition display to a grayscale screen in the night. Google Pixel Slate The Google Pixel Slate is a new high-performance tablet in the likes of Google’s popular Pixelbook. Source: Google Blog This tablet is 7mm thin and weighs 1.6 lbs with rounded edges and curved 2.5D glass. It’s Molecular Display packs 293 pixels per inch for the sharpest picture. Pixel Slate includes 8MP cameras on both the rear and front and dual front-firing speakers. It comes with three months of YouTube TV subscription and up to 12 hours of battery life. It’s Pixel Imprint power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Pixel Slate is compatible with the Pixel Slate Keyboard, and the Pixelbook Pen. Pixel Slate starts at $599 with several configurations available. Pixel Slate Keyboard is $199, and Pixelbook Pen is $99. Google Home Hub Another addition to their Home series is the Google Home Hub. This home automation device has built-in Google Assistant to traverse Google’s products —Search, YouTube, Google Photos, Calendar, Maps and more. It’s 7” screen features a floating display to naturally fit on any surface. Purposely, Google didn’t put a camera for privacy. Other features include: An Ambient EQ light sensor which allows the screen to automatically adjust to match the lighting in the room. Connection with 10,000+ types of smart home devices from 1,000+ popular brands. With live albums, a new feature from Google Photos, users can view their recent photos even while Google Home Hub is not in use. Google Hub is available for $149 for pre-order from the Google Store. Google Home Hub will also be available by October 22 at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other retailers. In the light of their recent Google+ data breach, Google has also mentioned their guiding principle. Per their website, “We respect our users and put them first. We feel a deep responsibility to provide you with a helpful, personal Google experience, and that guides the work we do in three very specific ways: First, we want to provide you with an experience that is unique to you. Just like Google is organizing the world’s information, the combination of AI, software, and hardware can organize your information—and help out with the things you want to get done. The Google Assistant is the best expression of this, and it’s always available when, where, and however you need it. Second, we’re committed to the security of our users. We need to offer simple, powerful ways to safeguard your devices. We’ve integrated Titan™ Security, the system we built for Google, into our new mobile devices. Titan™ Security protects your most sensitive on-device data by securing your lock screen and strengthening disk encryption. Third, we want to make sure you’re in control of your digital wellbeing. From our research, 72 percent of our users are concerned about the amount of time people spend using tech. We take this very seriously and have developed new tools that make people’s lives easier and cut back on distractions.” Read more about the new products on Google Blog. Read Next Google announces new Artificial Intelligence features for Google Search on its 20th birthday. Google’s Stories to use artificial intelligence to create stories like Snapchat and Instagram. Google enhances Wear OS design, adds a Google Assistant feed and much morelast_img read more

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Beer to take over Paphos Medieval Castle Square

first_imgThe Paphos Beer Festival returns for its 9th edition from Thursday to Saturday, featuring world beers, games, food and live music.“Paphos Beer Festival (PBF) is the largest and longest-running festival of Paphos,” say organisers, “and it celebrates its 9th year in 2019, returning to the most amazing location at Paphos Medieval Castle Square. With great beer, live music and family entertainment, this is an event not to be missed.”Beer will, of course, be the main element of the event ranging from local and international breweries and microbreweries. Expect tastes from Cyprus, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Bulgaria and Denmark among others. Beers will be available at the beer garden that will set up at the Square right next to the selection of street food that the organisers consider to pair up finely with the cool drink. Burgers, ribs, pizza, pulled pork and local delicacies will be part of the menu.Festival-goers will have the chance to actually learn something more about beer and its production process through an interactive setup and play beer-related games for an opportunity to win prizes. Think western fayre: raging bull, beer pong and ring toss.There will also be a children’s playground to entertain the youngsters while parents cool down with a pint. And the best part? Entrance to the festival is completely free. 9th Beer FestivalBeer fest with a wide selection of local and international beers, street food, games and a children’s playground. July 17-20. Medieval Castle, Paphos. 6pm-12amYou May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndodiscoverytheword.comGrandma Thinks She Has 3 Cats Until Grandson Notices Thisdiscoverytheword.comUndoMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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