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first_imgFriday night saw Hollywood’s elite come together for a Valentine’s Day spectacular – all to raise awareness and show united support for MendingKids.org.The who’s who of the music and entertainment world joined forces at the world-famous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to kick-off the inaugural “Mending Kids International – All Star Concert for Children Worldwide” event.Raising an estimated $5 million from contributions and donations for charity, the event benefited MendingKids.org, a non-profit organization that provides critical surgeries for free to children in need across the globe. Broadcast live on AXS TV and hosted by acclaimed illusionist Penn Jillette, the sold-out event featured a bill of powerhouse performances and appearances from a star-studded lineup of legendary musicians and entertainers. Due to the success of the evening, Mending Kids are happy to announce that the benefit will become an annual event and will continue to bring together celebrities and influencers to raise money for children worldwide.Kicking-off the night with an introductory speech from Jillette, blues rockers Vintage Trouble opened the show followed by jazz artist Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band. Grammy nominated blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd took the stage with a memorable performance followed by pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield who got the crowd going with “Purple Rain” and “Unwritten.” Legendary pop crooner Tom Jones delivered soulful renditions of his songs “Hard to Handle: and “Kiss.” Headlined by 2014 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, KISS, the iconic band unleashed an epic battery of their biggest hits and fan-favorites including “I Wanna Rock n’ Roll All Nite,” bringing the invitation-only audience to their feet. Broadcast live on AXS TV, the three-hour concert also featured humorous commentary from late-night TV host Arsenio Hall, along with special appearances by Nick and Sophie Simmons.VIP’s then headed to the exclusive after party in the House of Blue’s Foundation Room where Paris Hilton took to the DJ booth to kick-off the party. Spinning a dynamic mix of pop and dance music throughout the evening, Hilton also performed her new single “Good Time” featuring Lil Wayne. While taking a break from dancing, attendees munched on gourmet comfort food, including lobster macaroni and a full omelet bar.The evening also featured a multi-million dollar collection of original art by celebrated abstract expressionism painter, Matt Lamb, which was donated to the event by his daughter Sheila Lamb. One piece, a 1994 tapestry measuring an astonishing 11 feet wide by seven and a half feet tall long entitled “The New Beginning” was featured alongside the red carpet and signed by celebrities who attended the event. Lamb, a passionate peace activist throughout the world during his life, created the piece to express his belief in a new world where all aspects and species of life are intertwined and come together peacefully. The donation of the painting to MendingKids.org enabled the Lamb family to honor his vision for a better world for children everywhere.In the last eight years, MendingKids.org has provided more than 1,500 children from 54 countries, including the United States, with life-changing surgical care to correct serious medical issues such as congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Additionally, MendingKids.org offers training and research to assist surgeons in developing countries to create self-sustaining surgical programs providing access for more children to longer, healthier and happier lives.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement OMNI Regional will not necessarily be renewed after the interim period. An application will have to be submitted in order to be considered in the competitive public process.Quick FactsRogers submitted a request to operate a multilingual, multi-ethnic service as part of its licence renewal application.Programming on OMNI Regional will be divided in four feeds, representing the programming in which OMNI has local stations: British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. The fourth feed, distributed in the province of Quebec, will be supplied by ICI Quebec.The CRTC is welcoming applications for a new national multilingual and multi-ethnic service until August 18, 2017.When evaluating applications for mandatory distribution, the CRTC takes into consideration a variety of specific criteria including whether the service:serves to safeguard, enrich and strengthen the cultural, political, social and economic fabric of Canada.is drawn from local, regional, national and international sources.reflects and contributes to Canada’s linguistic duality and ethno-cultural diversity, including the special place of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The CRTC published today its licence renewal decisions for all of the large television groups.Quote“Canada’s ethnic and third-language communities do not have access to enough news and information programming in multiple languages from a Canadian perspective. By approving the licensing and mandatory distribution of OMNI Regional, we are addressing a pressing need. However, our standards for nationwide mandatory distribution are high. Rogers will have to remedy the shortcomings of their OMNI service and compete with other applicants to have the privilege of reaching Canadians across the country.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTCRelated ProductsBroadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-152 – OMNI Regional – National, multilingual multi-ethnic discretionary serviceBroadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-154 – Call for applications for a national, multilingual multi-ethnic television service offering news and information programmingAsk a question or make a complaintStay ConnectedFollow us on Twitter @CRTCengLike us on Facebook www.facebook.com/crtceng GATINEAU, QC, May 15, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a competitive call for applications for a new television service offering national multilingual and multi-ethnic programming including news and information. If licensed, this service would receive mandatory distribution on the digital basic service starting in 2020.The CRTC recognizes, however, that there is an exceptional and immediate need for Canada’s ethnically diverse communities to have access to multilingual programming, and in particular news and information programming, made from a Canadian perspective, without having to pay for additional services and packages.As an interim measure, the CRTC has approved the licensing and mandatory distribution of OMNI Regional, a multilingual, multi-ethnic service, on all digital basic television packages in Canada. The CRTC is concerned, however, that this service as proposed by Rogers Media will not fully meet the needs of Canadians. For this reason, OMNI Regional is receiving mandatory distribution for a three-year period only.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A media monitoring company is cheating Fox News out of revenue by failing to pay for some content it resells, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a decision closely watched in the news broadcasting industry.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against TVEyes Inc., a Fairfield, Connecticut-based company distributing television clips and snippets of transcripts to its customers.“The success of the TVEyes business model demonstrates that deep-pocketed consumers are willing to pay well for a service that allows them to search for and view selected television clips, and that this market is worth millions of dollars in the aggregate,” the appeals court said.It said TVEyes was depriving Fox of licensing revenues and it should be left up to Fox whether it wants to create a similar service itself or license it to others.“At bottom, TVEyes is unlawfully profiting off the work of others by commercially redistributing all of that work that a viewer wishes to use, without payment or license,” the 2nd Circuit said.Attorney Dale Cendali, who represented Fox News, called it “a significant win in the field of fair use law.”“We cannot emphasize enough the practical effect this win should have for content holders of all stripes,” Cendali said.In a statement, TVEyes said it was disappointed by the ruling and was evaluating it and considering its options.“We continue to believe that TVEyes offers an irreplaceable public service to its customers, including elected officials and government agencies, the military, law enforcement and the news media itself, within the bounds of the law,” the company said.The appeals court said the company, which enables customers for about $500 monthly to sift through large quantities of television clips to find what interests them, was unlawfully profiting off the work of others because its product was only modestly transformative, not enough to be considered fair use of the television content.However, the appeals court noted that Fox News did not challenge the media monitoring company’s creation of a text-searchable database. The company’s clients include journalists, government and political organizations, law enforcement, the military, for-profit companies and nonprofits, the court said.The written appeals ruling from a three-judge panel said some claims by TVEyes were similar to those made by Google Inc. when it successfully defended its creation of a text-searchable database of millions of books. But the 2nd Circuit noted that it was testing the boundaries of fair use when it ruled that Google’s service was “transformative” — a legal requirement that enables a user of content to overcome copyright objections.“We conclude that defendant TVEyes has exceeded those bounds,” the panel said.It said Google’s snippet function was designed to ensure users viewed a tiny piece of a book’s contents while TVEyes enables customers to see 10-minute long segments, likely allowing them to access all the Fox programming they seek.As the appeals court described it, TVEyes records all television broadcasts as they happen, drawing from over 1,400 channels around-the-clock. It then enables a client to search video clips no more than 10 minutes long for mentions of a particular term. The 2nd Circuit said the service enables clients to measure the frequency of discussion of a subject or to learn for marketing or public relations purposes how a product is mentioned in the media.Attorney Dale Cendali, who represented Fox News, called it “a significant win in the field of fair use law.”“We cannot emphasize enough the practical effect this win should have for content holders of all stripes,” Cendali said.last_img read more

first_imgSeoul: North Korea on Sunday described the February raid on its embassy in Madrid by a dissident group as a “grave terrorist attack” and urged an investigation into the perpetrators. A group of armed men burst into Pyongyang’s Spanish embassy last month and roughed up employees before fleeing with documents and computers. The incident came just days before a high-stakes nuclear summit in Hanoi between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump that ultimately failed to reach an accord. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn its first official comment on the raid, North Korea suggested the possible involvement of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and called on Spanish authorities to bring the “terrorists and their wire-pullers to justice”. “A grave terrorist attack occurred on February 22, where an armed group assaulted the DPRK Embassy in Spain,” a spokesman for the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, using the acronym for the North’s official name. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We are following the rumours of all hues now in the air that FBI of the United States and the small fry of anti-DPRK ‘body’ were involved in the terror incident,” it added. “We expect that the authorities concerned in Spain… carry out an investigation into the incident to the last in a responsible manner.” An investigation into the raid is already underway in Madrid. On Wednesday, a Spanish court named Mexican national Adrian Hong Chang as leader of the group who contacted “the FBI in New York five days after the assault” with information related to the incident in the embassy. According to investigating judge Jose de la Mata, two of the assailants took the embassy’s commercial attache to an underground room and urged him to defect, which he refused. Speculation over the identity and motive of the assailants has swirled in the media since the murky raid, with some suggesting links to the US Central Intelligence Agency and FBI. Hours after the court statement, the Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) — a dissident group believed to include high-profile North Korean defectors — claimed responsibility for the raid. It said the raid had no links to the Hanoi summit — which ended abruptly with no agreement — and that no other governments were involved until after the event. “The organization shared certain information of enormous potential value with the FBI in the United States, under mutually agreed terms of confidentiality,” the CCD said in a statement posted on its website last week. The group — which offers to assist people attempting to defect from North Korea — emerged in 2017 when it posted an online video of the son of the North Korean leader’s assassinated brother, saying it had guaranteed his safety. Last month the group declared itself a government-in-exile for the North called “Free Joseon”, using an old name for Korea.last_img read more

Strasbourg – President of the North-South Center of the Council of Europe Jean-Marie Heydt commended, on Wednesday in Strasbourg, the choice of Morocco to host the second World Human Rights Forum.Speaking to MAP, Heydt said the Forum has made a step forward in choosing an African country that accomplished considerable economic and human progress, notably with regards to women rights and the participatory process.In line with the aims of the Forum, Heydt highlighted the North South Center’s engagement for the promotion of the civil society actions. More commonly known as the North-South Centre, the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, was established in Lisbon in May 1990 with the purpose of promoting dialogue between North and South, fostering solidarity and raising awareness of global interdependence.The second World Human Rights Forum (Marrakech, Nov. 27-30) will bring together more than 5,000 participants from 94 countries including decision makers and NGO representatives. read more

MONTREAL — Flight training company CAE Inc. topped expectations as it reported higher fourth-quarter profit and revenue compared with a year ago.The Montreal-based company says it earned $122.3 million attributable to shareholders or 46 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a profit of $82.3 million or 31 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $1.02 billion, up from $720.9 million.The increase came as civil aviation training revenue totalled $593.4 million, up from $395.5 million a year ago, while defence and security revenue climbed to $387.9 million from $290.5 million. Health care revenue rose to $40.7 million from $35.1 million.Excluding specific items, CAE says it earned $127.5 million or 48 cents per share for the quarter, up from $82.3 million or 31 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 43 cents per share and $945.2 million in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:CAE) The Canadian Press read more

Former JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake is to replace Sarath Chandra Mayadunne in Parliament on the JVP National List.Former Auditor General Sarath Chandra Mayadunne announced yesterday that he had decided to resign from his National List seat in Parliament. Accordingly the JVP says it has decided to nominate former JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake to the seat. (Colombo Gazette)

Financial crisis in Spanish handball making a lot of troubles to the teams. Stabil member of ASOBAL, Guadalajara has lost two important players in last three weeks due economical reasons. Serbian right back and line-player, Obrad Radulovic and Milan Rasic left the team after Qatarian teams payed release clause (10.000 EUR).– I have changed six teams in my career, but I have never meet such a good people as here in Gudalajara – said for Marca.com ex-team captain, Milan Rasic who added that “only financial reasons” forced him to leave Spain.He will play for Al Ahli from Qatar. Al AhliASOBAL crisisMilan RasicObrad RadulovicQatar handball ← Previous Story Wisla Plock fans demand 400 tickets or no-go to the derby game in Kielce Next Story → End of Saga: Wisla Plock fans travel to Kielce, given 400 tickets read more

first_imgLe chat vidéo de Skype bientôt sur Facebook ?Un développeur a trouvé par hasard des lignes de code rappelant la fonction vidéo de Skype sur le site Facebook. La conversation vidéo, la prochaine option du réseau social ? Un développeur s’est aperçu que des lignes de code évoquant la fonction vidéo de Skype se trouvaient sur Facebook, alors qu’il travaillait sur une application pour un autre site. Les informations révélées par ce développeur évoquent également la possibilité de se connecter sur le réseau social grâce à des identifiants Skype. Un fil d’actualité Facebook est déjà disponible sur Skype 5.0 et les deux entreprises n’en sont pas à leur première collaboration. Il semblerait que le réseau social souhaite développer sa branche “communication” en y intégrant la VoIP. Skype devrait contribuer à cette opération tout en adaptant son interface aux commandes de Facebook. Mais pour le moment, Facebook n’a pas souhaité commenter. Le 30 novembre 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAprès Noël : quelle solution écolo pour son sapin ? La décoration du sapin est un passage obligé pour les fêtes de fin d’année. Mais après Noël, que faire de l’arbre défraîchi ? Le mieux serait de rendre à la terre ce qu’elle nous a prêté. Et pour cela, il existe plusieurs solutions.Noël terminé, il sera bientôt temps de se séparer du beau sapin qui a accueilli à son pied vos cadeaux… mais que faire de lui ? Malheureusement, les gens sont encore trop nombreux à adopter la solution de facilité : abandonner l’arbre dans la rue. Une place totalement inadaptée pour l’arbre encore chargé d’éléments nutritifs et capables de se décomposer de lui-même. A l’heure où la déforestation planétaire a atteint un taux critique, “13 millions d’hectares de forêts disparaissant chaque année”, selon la FAO, Noël représente donc une très bonne occasion pour penser écolo. Mais tout va dépendre de l’arbre pour lequel vous avez opté. Si le sapin est coupé, il ne peut pas être replanté mais il peut très bien être composté. Si par contre, vous possédez un arbre non coupé, optez donc pour sa replantation. Un geste qui aura l’avantage de vous éviter la course au sapin de Noël pour l’an suivant. Le principe est simple : il s’agit de creuser un trou d’une cinquantaine de centimètres de profondeur afin d’y replanter l’arbre et ce, en évitant les jours où il gèle. Il faut ensuite faire attention à bien tasser la terre et à arroser abondamment la plantation. Néanmoins, tout ceci nécessite évidemment d’avoir un jardin ou un coin de terre où replanter l’arbre.Si ce n’est pas le cas, tout n’est pas perdu pour autant, car plusieurs mairies proposent chaque année des ramassages de sapins de Noël et se chargent elles-mêmes de leurs replantations ou de leurs compostages. C’est pas exemple le cas à Paris, où 15.000 sapins ont été collectés de cette manière en 2007-2008 et 29.000 en 2010-2011. Lundi, la ville a ainsi annoncé que cent points de collecte ont été installés dans les jardins parisiens et seront maintenus jusqu’à fin janvier. Des sapins réutilisés dans les espaces verts À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasLes sapins récupérés seront “broyés puis répandus au pied des massifs et sur les sentiers dans les espaces verts parisiens” permettant de “limiter l’apparition d’herbes folles et de réduire l’évaporation”, a indiqué la mairie précisant que “seuls les arbres naturels et non floqués sont concernés. Le sapin de Noël doit être apporté nu, sans décoration ni sac d’emballage”. La liste des points de collecte est disponible sur le site de la ville de Paris. Pour les autres villes, n’hésitez pas à consulter les sites de votre mairie. Pour en savoir plus les sapins, vous pouvez également consulter le site de l’Association française du sapin de Noël naturel.Le 26 décembre 2011 à 17:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!There’s been sex in video game since the beginning of the medium. You’ll be shocked how erotic those pixels can get. But we’re arguably living in an age of Peak Video Game Horniness, especially because that horniness is cropping up in places you wouldn’t expect. You wouldn’t think the discourse surrounding games about pigeons, colorful superheroes shooting each other, and Japanese squid teenagers would be super sexual. But go check out the communities for Hatoful Boyfriend, Overwatch, and Splatoon.We’re also in an age of Peak Dad in video games. Some have lamented the so-called “Dadification of Video Games” or games in which you play as gruff troubled men taking care of innocent children (usually girls). From BioShock Infinite to The Last of Us to the upcoming God of War reboot, many critics see this movement as aging game developer patriarchs attempting to stay relevant in a medium that prizes youth. It’s like the Dad Bod phenomenon but with AAA budgets.So it shouldn’t be surprising that these gaming trends, horniness, and dadiness, have now collided. The result is the breakout PC gaming hit of the summer, and this week’s Game of the Year, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator.Dating simulators are nothing new, and Dream Daddy is fairly representative of the genre. You pursue potential romantic partners, go on dates with them, listen to what they have to say, and try to continue your courtship through your words and actions. It’s adventure game stuff but the puzzles are about trying to figure out another digital human’s needs and desires, the most perplexing puzzles of all.But as the name implies, in Dream Daddy you and all of your suitors are hot fathers. In-between dates, you’re also trying to be a good dad to your teenage daughter Amanda. The seven daddies you date come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors, from chubby fishing dad Brian to spooky goth dad Damien. But they’re all equally beautiful in both body and soul so take your pick. There are also a ton of customization options for crafting your own daddy, which players have been eager to share online.The premise sounds like a joke, and the game thankfully doesn’t take itself super seriously. Also, Dream Daddy was developed and published by popular gaming YouTubers Game Grumps. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Game Grumps streams. Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson is an especially talented animator, voice actor, and parody rapper. But given the group’s past affiliation with famous hatemonger JonTron, I was wary of how the game’s explicitly LGBT themes would be treated.Fortunately, Dream Daddy is super sweet and earnest and legitimately progressive. It’s cyber-twee. It doesn’t kink-shame anyone for being into dads. It lets you play as a trans man dad with different chest binder options. I’m definitely not an authority on the relationship between daddies and sexuality, but from a distance writers, Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray seemed to have grappled with the material in an appreciated, respectable way that hasn’t alienated marginalized fandom.So hop on Steam and find the father you’ve been waiting for with Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, the Game of the Year. I want to meet that dad.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!View as: One Page Slides1/51. Dating is fun, but being a good dad is its own reward.2. Date dads of all shapes and sizes and colors.3. Create and play as the dad of your dreams.4. Different dads have different ways to their heart.5. Thankfully, Dream Daddy respectfully treats its LGBT themes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Three matches announced for tonights WWE 205 Live in Fresno

first_img Terry Branstad Reason Behind Antonio Browns Drama With The Steelers May Be Revealed Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Videos Articles MMAjunkie Radio recap: Rob Font ready to get back into win column WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Google+ Twitter Wilbur Ross WWE 205 Live takes place tonight on WWE Network from Fresno, California.Matches advertised for tonight live on the WWE Network is Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar, TJ Perkins vs. Lince Dorado and Drew Gulak vs. Mustafa Ali.Wrestleview.com will have a recap of 205 Live later tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCommerce Secretary Ross Says U.S. & China Miles And Miles From Trade DealVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:50/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 70.40%0:04Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes) WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next Commerce Secretary Ross Says U.S. & China Miles And Miles From Trade Deal WWE 205 Live Results – 8/27/19 (Lorcan vs. Carrillo fight in a #1 Contender’s Match)last_img read more

first_imgA Portland man accused of robbing a Vancouver pharmacy at gunpoint and stealing more than $20,000 in cash and prescription drugs had been released from prison less than a year before the June incident, according to prosecutors.Keith B. Woody Jr., 24, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree robbery and on an outstanding warrant in a separate case. Police believe Woody may be involved in a series of armed robberies at pharmacies in the Portland area, according to a probable cause affidavit.On June 7, two men entered the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2903 N.E. Andresen Road and pointed handguns at a pharmacist while demanding money and prescription medications, the affidavit states. They reportedly left with $975 in cash and $19,176.45 in medication, court records said.Store surveillance footage shows one of the men sat on the pharmacist while waiting for the time delay on the safe to elapse so he could grab the medication, according to court documents.The Vancouver Police Department has been working with the Portland Police Bureau on the case. Portland detectives found a vehicle believed to have been used in one of the Portland robberies and found Woody’s identification inside, as well as a sweatshirt that was worn during the Vancouver robbery, court records said. DNA on the sweatshirt later came back as a match to Woody, the affidavit said.last_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview’s lawsuit claims the state Department of Ecology violated federal and state laws when it denied the project a water quality certification last month.The lawsuit filed in Cowlitz County Superior Court alleges the denial was based on “biased and prejudiced decision-making.”The company also appealed the decision to a state shoreline hearings board.Millennium, owned by Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, has sought to build a facility along the Columbia River to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year.Trains would carry the coal from Montana, Wyoming and other states, which would be loaded onto ships headed to Asia. It would be one of the largest in North America.“Today’s filings demonstrate Ecology invented special rules in a unique and unprecedented process in the evaluation of Millennium’s project,” company CEO and president Bill Chapman told reporters in a call Tuesday.last_img read more

The sleepless city sleeps

first_imgThe picture was taken from Rampura, Dhaka, on 2 May by Abdus SalamDhaka city has taken on a look in this weeklong stretch of holidays.The city that every morning wakes up like the Paul Kelly song “and the sleeping city just about to wake” with the usual traffic jams, rickshaws bells, all sorts of vehicle noises, hawkers calling out on the footpaths along with beggars on the street, seems to be in a slumber.Mominul Haque, who lives in the the city, is rather awestruck, having reached his sister’s house in Kalabagan in under 10 minutes from Karwanbazar. This usually takes 45 minutes, he said.Mahbub Hossain from Mirpur-10 said, “It took only 20 minutes by motorbike to reach Motijheel. I was surprised to find the Mirpur intersection free.” He said the trip is normally inordinately long because of the metro rail project work and several traffic congestion points.The Kazipara, Shewrapara and Agargaon roads are nearly empty. For about a year, due to the metro rail project, vehicles move very slowly along these routes.The picture was taken in Banglamotor, Dhaka on 2 May by Abdus SalamThe traffic man at Metro rail project, Selim Hossain said, everyday there’s a huge traffic pile-up here from 6:30am. But there is no pressure today.This long trail of holidays started from 27 April as 27, 28 April were weekends and 29 April a public holiday for the Buddhist festival Buddha Purnima. Monday was a working day but many took the day off. Tuesday, that is, 1 May, was a public holiday, and Wednesday is a public holiday again for Shab-e-Barat.Thursday is not a holiday, but many have taken the day off to avail a long vacation of nine days at a stretch.After the night-long prayers of Shab-e-Barat Tuesday night, people are resting instead of going out. So the roads, shops and transport are unusually free, very uncommon scene for the bustling city. Traffic constable Shameem has been on duty in from of the Tejgaon Womens’ College. He said, “The road was clear yesterday, and it’s clearer today. The other days, there is a lot of hassle, because of the office goers and students. But, today there is no jam here.”Shameem added, “It’s become a habit to manage the traffic jam always. Today it seems abnormal, seems like I have no work.”Traffic constable at another crucial traffic point Karwanbazar, Anis, shared the same feeling, “I’ve come because it’s my duty, but there’s no stress of work now.”The picture was taken in Shewrapara, Dhaka on 2 May by kamol Zoha KhanRickshaw puller Monir Hossain’s rickshaw is empty. He said, “I just dropped a passenger at Shewrapara from Dhanmondi. Now I’m getting no passengers because of last night’s Shab-e-Barat.”Bijoy Sarani, Farmgate, Shahbag, Kakrail–the busy roads are seeing easy going traffic today. Nurul Islam, at the traffic control from Chandrima Udyan, said, “Many have left the city earlier and now after the Shab-e-Barat, even in the morning, many are going to their village homes.”Farmgate traffic constable Abdur Razzak is in a good mood, “The other days, I would be running from one end to another, today there’s nothing, no man nor cars.”*This report published in Prothom Alo online, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

Fishermen suffer for fishing ban in Sundarbans

first_imgAmid a 65-day-ban on netting fish in the Bay of Bengal, the authorities imposed a fresh ban on all kinds of fishing in rivers and canals that flow through the Sundarbans. Photo: UNBAmid a 65-day-ban on netting fish in the Bay of Bengal, the authorities imposed a fresh ban on all kinds of fishing in rivers and canals that flow through the Sundarbans.In a prohibitive order, the forest department banned fishing in 13 rivers and 450 canals inside the Sundarbans for two months starting from 1 July. The step has been taken to ensure safe breeding and conservation of aquatic animals and prevent poisoning in the river.Fishermen of the area are already facing another ban imposed on fishing in the Bay of Bengal. That ban, which started on 20 May, will continue till 23 July.In such circumstances, those who earn their livelihoods by fishing got frustrated as they will have to sit idle during the entire period. The authorities did not bother to provide any alternatives for them to earn their way. Hundreds of fishermen are now jobless and without an income.Obviously this affects repayment of their debts with local money lenders. Although they are jobless, they have to repay their loans with the same rate of interest.Ishaq Gazi, a fisherman of Khulna’s Koyra Upazila, said after Cyclones Sidr and Aila, most of the residents in Koyra area are dependent on the Sundarbans to manage bread and butter. He also earns his livelihood by fishing here.”But the authorities imposed ban on fishing for next two months. As a result, I along with family members have to go through severe financial hardship during the period,” Ishaq said.Another fisherman of Shyamnagar, Raees Molla, demanded financial assistance from the government as they have to sit idle during the period. Eight members of his family are fully dependent on fishing in the Sundarbans for earning livelihood.”We are looking for another way of income,” he added.According to forest department, 13 large rivers, including Bhola, Baleswar, Shal, Pashur, and 450 canals stream through the largest mangrove forest. In these rivers and canals, there are 210 species of white fish, 24 species of shrimp, 14 species of crab, 43 species of molluscs and lobster. In addition to these, there are 6 species of dolphin, including nearly extinct Irawaddy Dolphin.July-August is the breeding season for these fish. In order to ensure safe breeding, netting fish has been prohibited here.Chandpai Range officer (ACF) of Eastern Sundurbans Md Shahin Kabir said fishermen of the area have already been informed about the ban order.But the forest department will allow limited fishing in big rivers, he added.Apart from the surveillance of forest department, members of the management committee of the forest, CPG, VTRT and Wild Team have been employed to enforce the prohibitory order.Md Mahmudul Hasan, Departmental Forest Officer (DFO) of Eastern Sundarbans in Bagerhat, said fishermen get permission for fishing after paying a certain amount of revenue.But some fishermen enter illegally and net fish indiscriminately.In the breeding season, a huge amount of fish gathers in the rivers and canals of the Sundarbans. Taking the opportunity, some dishonest fishermen spray poison in canals of the area with a lure to get extra profit.Consequently, all species living in water die being affected by the poison. This practice causes adverse effects on the biodiversity of the area.To avoid this, the authorities have taken the step to ban fishing.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target 10 Classic Nickelodeon Episodes on NickSplatLooking Back at ’90s Nick: Rocko’s Modern Life Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Last weekend I took my family to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Morgan Neville’s brilliant documentary about the life and work of Fred “Mr.” Rogers. As a true early 80s kid, it hit me right in the feels and I low-level cried throughout. But it also left me thinking about how Mr. Rogers would fit in the present day, and what kind of legacy he left behind.The movie makes a lot of hay about how different Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was to the children’s programming of the day, which was fast-paced, heavy on slapstick and light on any kind of emotional or intellectual connection. By welcoming you into his home and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Fred Rogers made a personal link to the young minds watching his show, and the documentary shows that was on purpose. He wanted to create an atmosphere of acceptance and gentleness to give kids space for their imaginations to flower and their emotions to express themselves healthily. He wanted to be seen as a friend, not just an entertainer.There’s a scientific term that brain researchers use to describe this: “parasocial relationship.” It’s defined as a situation in which a person extends emotional energy towards someone who isn’t aware they exist. Obviously Mr. Rogers wasn’t communicating directly and exclusively to each and every viewer on the other side of the TV, but he says in an interview that when he’s working in the Neighborhood, he pretends that behind the camera is just one person that he’s speaking directly to. That kind of performance – eschewing theatrical traditions of playing to a broad audience in favor of something more focused – helped him communicate subtle ideas and emotions and bonded him to his viewers.I obviously haven’t watched Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood since I was a smol bean, but the movie and his directness still had me catching feels. The parasocial relationship that I developed with this Pennsylvania Presbyterian was potent enough that it stuck with me for decades.What’s interesting about Mr. Rogers’ exploiting this mental tendency is that he always did it with the well-being of his viewers in mind. He knew that children form powerful attachments with caregivers, and he wanted to be a responsible and helpful one. His shows were always trying to give kids the tools and strength they needed to handle their challenges kindly and morally. It was quite an achievement – he used the parasocial bond to serve as a mentor to millions.It’s easy to see the modern expression of this technique. Just click over to YouTube, and you’ll have your choice of vloggers of every variety looking right into the camera and welcoming you to their channel. You can build parasocial relationships left and right, and today’s youth are. In a 2017 survey commissioned by Google, 40% of millennial YouTube watchers said that their favorite vloggers understood them better than their real-world friends did.YouTube vloggers and celebrities, though, are leveraging their one-way emotional connections for very different reasons than Fred Rogers did. For the most part, they’re not interested in the emotional development or wellbeing of their viewers. While Mr. Rogers was working for publicly-funded PBS and didn’t need to worry about Nielsen ratings, these YouTubers live and die by their view count. The incentive is for them to get as many clicks as they possibly can.Also, the boundaries on consumption are very different. For children watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, they had 28 minutes five days a week to bond with Rogers and his world. But streaming media has made it possible for you to spend nearly as much time as you want, whenever you want, absorbing content from vloggers. That’s further eroding the barriers that prevent unhealthy attachment from developing.And those unhealthy attachments are already visible. There’s a great Kotaku article about fans taking their attachment to streamers too far, from showing up at their homes unannounced to SWATting them. There’s obviously something deeper happening here that our brains haven’t evolved a way to process yet. There’s a concept in neuroscience called “Dunbar’s number” that postulates that the human brain can only maintain around 150 stable social relationships. Parasocial interactions can replace real one-to-one mutual friendships with these one-way interactions.It’s important to note that there’s nothing innately unhealthy or unnatural about parasocial relationships. People develop them all the time to sports teams, celebrities, et al. But typically those relationships are fairly shallow simply due to the nature of interactions – when you’re emotionally invested in your team, you’ll watch a few games a week maybe from a distance. But YouTubers let you seem much closer.There are plenty of reasons I wish Fred Rogers were still alive and working in the modern world, but the most potent is that I’d want to see what he’d make of this environment where his style of direct, one-to-one communication has been so thoroughly hijacked for selfish purposes. I think it’d be one of the rare things that made him angry, and if you watch Won’t You Be My Neighbor you’ll see that he was incredibly effective when something made him angry.The genie’s out of the bottle on parasocial interaction, and there’s no turning back. But if even a fraction of today’s YouTubers and vloggers brought the kindness and consideration for their viewers that Mr. Rogers did, the world would be a better place.Watch MovieBob’s review of Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Take it all the way back with Bob’s review for Christopher Robin too. Relive other favorite childhood shows with these 10 classic Nicktoons on NickSplat. Or just ruin your childhood with the Arthur Comic Creator. Follow all the nostalgia here. last_img read more

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