Preparing for Hurricane Season as Hurricane Bill Gains Strength

first_img Maintain an emergency kit, including food water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight, battery or crank-powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, extra prescription medications and copies of important papers Have cash on hand in case of a prolonged power outage. Prepare freezer packs by placing water-filled soda or plastic milk containers in deep freezers. These can be used to help keep the freezer and/or refrigerator cold in the event of a power outage. Choose a family shelter area away from windows. A basement, storm cellar or closet beneath the stairs can provide a good shelter in a severe storm. Choose a meeting place for family members and set up some form of communication to notify each other of whereabouts and safety. Make arrangements to help a senior or other people in the neighbourhood that may need help. Secure objects that could be torn loose or blown around. Protect homes as much as possible from heavy rains and floods. Refrain from going to coastal areas to watch a severe storm. It can be very dangerous. Visit the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo for more information on emergency preparedness. The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is advising the public to take necessary precautions as Hurricane Bill gains strength in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 500 kilometres off St. Martin in the Caribbean as of 1:30 p.m. today, Aug. 20. “Environment Canada indicates that this storm will maintain its hurricane status as it heads north,” Ramona Jennex, Emergency Management Minister, said. “While we know that hurricanes are unpredictable, this is an opportunity to remind all Nova Scotians that the best way to keep our families safe is to be prepared.” EMO is monitoring the storm closely to ensure the most current information is available to the public. “The most important things individuals can do is keep informed by listening for updated weather information and public safety bulletins and act accordingly,” said Dennis Kelly, acting deputy head and CEO of the Emergency Management Office. Other ways to prepare for a weather-related emergency are: last_img read more

Précautions relatives aux inondations et à leau de puits

first_img En cas d’inondation majeure, le gouvernement provincial peut offrir un programme d’aide financière en cas de catastrophe. Le fait de prendre note des dommages vous aidera lorsque viendra le temps de faire une réclamation. Faites une liste et incluez des photos des dommages et des articles qui ont dû être jetés après l’inondation. Conservez un dossier des activités liées à l’inondation, par exemple le temps passé à nettoyer, et conservez des copies des factures et des reçus. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les mesures de préparation en vue d’une inondation, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité de l’eau de puits, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp. -30- Certains articles doivent être jetés après une inondation. Les objets tels que les matelas, les oreillers, les sofas et les meubles rembourrés qui ont été trempés ne sont plus sécuritaires et peuvent contenir des bactéries nocives. Tout aliment qui a été en contact avec les eaux de crue doit aussi être jeté, y compris les aliments frais ou congelés, les aliments en boîte, les boissons en bouteille et toute boîte de conserve qui a été endommagée. En cas de panne d’électricité, les représentants du ministère de l’Agriculture encouragent les consommateurs à faire preuve de prudence en ce qui a trait aux aliments réfrigérés ou congelés. Les aliments se conservent généralement pendant plusieurs heures dans un réfrigérateur, même sans électricité, particulièrement si la porte reste fermée. Ils offrent les conseils suivants sur la sécurité alimentaire : Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment fermer l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 ou 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. N’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. L’eau de puits doit être vérifiée pour s’assurer qu’elle ne contient pas de bactéries. Communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476 si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable. Tout aliment périssable qui reste à la température de la pièce pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté. Jetez également tout aliment qui est chaud au toucher ou qui présente une odeur ou une couleur inhabituelle. Tout aliment dans un congélateur plein est bon pendant un délai de deux jours après une panne d’électricité. Tout aliment dans un congélateur à moitié plein est bon pendant un délai d’une journée après une panne d’électricité. Les détaillants alimentaires sont avisés de conserver les aliments à une température de moins de 4 C (40 F). Tout aliment périssable conservé à une température supérieure pendant plus de deux heures doit être jeté immédiatement. Écoutez la radio pour obtenir des instructions. Les bureaux municipaux indiqueront aux gens à quel moment il est sécuritaire de retourner à la maison. Ne tentez pas de traverser des routes inondées. Les eaux de crues présentent le plus grand risque juste après une tempête. Il ne faut que six pouces d’eau à débit rapide pour renverser une personne. Ne rebranchez pas l’alimentation en gaz ou en électricité. Faites appel à des professionnels qualifiés pour inspecter et rebrancher ces services. Si vous sentez une odeur de gaz, quittez la maison et communiquez immédiatement avec votre fournisseur de gaz. Vérifiez bien votre maison pour trouver tout dommage, verre brisé ou autres débris. Après une inondation, les deux principales préoccupations sont la sécurité et l’assainissement. Voici quelques lignes directrices pour assurer un retour à la maison en toute sécurité : Le Bureau de gestion des urgences (BGU) rappelle aux Néo-Écossais que des inondations peuvent se produire en tout temps après des pluies abondantes. Selon Environnement Canada, à 8 h aujourd’hui 7 novembre, la région de Yarmouth avait reçu environ 174 millimètres de pluie, et d’autres régions de la province avaient reçu plus de 100 millimètres de pluie. Des précipitations supplémentaires de 30 à 60 millimètres sont prévues en Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences a activé son Centre conjoint des opérations d’urgence et continue de surveiller la tempête. Les agents de planification de la gestion des urgences signalent que des inondations se sont produites dans différentes régions de la Nouvelle-Écosse et que le niveau d’eau est élevé dans de nombreuses rivières et de nombreux ruisseaux. Les précipitations supplémentaires prévues pourraient causer d’autres inondations dans certaines régions. On encourage les Néo-Écossais à se préparer en vue d’inondations dans leur région en éloignant les meubles et autres biens personnels des zones qui peuvent être touchées par les eaux de crue et en attachant les objets qui risquent d’être emportés ou endommagés par une inondation. Il est également recommandé que les résidents s’assurent d’avoir accès à de l’eau potable en cas de contamination ou de non-disponibilité de leur source d’approvisionnement régulière. En cas d’inondation :last_img read more

Les élèves se préparent aux stages professionnels en pensant à la sécurité

first_imgMatt Williams, élève de 11e année à l’école secondaire Citadel, est l’un des presque 5 000 élèves néo-écossais qui recevront cette année une formation en cours d’emploi dans le cadre de programmes d’enseignement coopératif et d’autres cours. Mais avant que M. Williams ne se rende sur place pour son stage, lui et ses camarades de classe apprendront l’importance de la sécurité au travail. « Mes stages vont m’aider à acquérir l’expérience de la vraie vie, une expérience pratique, et me donneront un avant-goût de la carrière que j’ai choisie, a dit M. Williams. Et ma formation en santé et sécurité me donnera les connaissances dont j’ai besoin pour être en sûreté sur mon lieu de travail. « J’ai appris que la sécurité au travail est la responsabilité de chacun, et c’est donc ma responsabilité. J’ai besoin de savoir comment me protéger du danger et je dois aussi être vigilant pour que les autres ne soient pas en danger. En réalité, il s’agit simplement d’être intelligent au travail. » La sécurité au travail figure dans beaucoup de cours à partir de la 7e année. M. Williams est confiant que le stage et la formation en santé et sécurité amélioreront son employabilité et feront de lui un meilleur travailleur. « Les employeurs verront que j’ai une bonne expérience qui peut contribuer à rendre le milieu de travail plus sûr pour tout le monde », dit-il. La ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, indique pour sa part que dans le cadre d’une éducation de qualité, les élèves sont de mieux en mieux préparés en vue des emplois de demain en acquérant une expérience concrète des impératifs d’un milieu de travail sûr. « En amenant le milieu de travail dans la salle de classe, nous donnons aux élèves les connaissances et les outils dont ils ont besoin pour des carrières réussies », souligne Mme Casey. L’éducation et la formation sont des éléments essentiels de la stratégie provinciale sur la sécurité au travail. « Quand le milieu de travail rencontre la salle de classe, il est important que la sécurité fasse partie de la conversation, précise Stuart MacLean, président et directeur général de la Commission d’indemnisation des accidentés du travail. Un investissement dans l’éducation et la formation en santé et sécurité produira des milieux de travail plus sûrs pour nos élèves et nos travailleurs, aujourd’hui et à l’avenir. » Les initiatives conjointes du gouvernement et de la Commission visent à améliorer la sécurité des travailleurs; on y trouve entre autres des programmes destinés à enseigner aux jeunes travailleurs des méthodes de travail sûres. « La sécurité au travail est une chose importante à enseigner à nos jeunes pour les préparer à entrer dans la population active et c’est un élément essentiel d’une carrière réussie, précise Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. En comprenant l’importance de la sécurité quand ils sont jeunes, nos élèves seront le moteur du changement qui s’impose pour que la sécurité devienne une habitude dans tous les milieux de travail. » Apprenez-en plus aux adresses suivantes : workplacesafetystrategy.ca ou worksafeforlife.ca Sites en anglais seulement. On trouvera à cette adresse, (workplacesafetystrategy.ca ), des renseignements supplémentaires et un aperçu de la formation en santé et sécurité au travail pour les élèves.last_img read more

One held in connection with Chakdah murder

first_imgKolkata: A person has been arrested on Sunday morning in connection with the BJP worker shot dead at Chakdah in Nadia on Friday. The accused has been identified as Bharat Biswas.On Friday night, the victim identified as Santu Ghosh (22) was spending time with his friends at Goupara in Chakdah, when all of a sudden a few miscreants shot Ghosh and fled. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. According to sources, Ghosh used to be a Trinamool supporter and had joined BJP recently. Before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, he was seen working for the saffron party. On Friday before Ghosh was shot, Biswas went to meet him. The incident took place after Biswas left. According to police sources, after arresting Biswas sleuths have found a jeans trousers from him, where signs of blood could be traced. Also at the incident spot, a sandal was found on the day of murder which is suspected to belong to Biswas. Sources informed that Biswas has admitted to the crime. Sleuths are trying to know if others are connected with Ghosh’s murder. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Saturday morning, some BJP workers put up a rail block protesting Ghosh’s murder, which disrupted the railway services for a long time. BJP workers also sat on railway tracks at Badkulla and Birnagar in the Kalyani-Ranaghat-Krishnanagar section. As a result, passengers had to face immense harassment. BJP workers also put up a road block on National Highway 34. It was withdrawn following the intervention of senior police officers of the district.last_img read more

Leona Lewis Named Ambassador For MTV Staying Alive Foundation

first_imgMTV Staying Alive Foundation recently announced that its newest celebrity ambassador is the multi-award-winning and Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter Leona Lewis.“It is a great honour to be working with MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation as an ambassador,” she said. “I’m eager to raise awareness of the ongoing global HIV crisis. By empowering young people with knowledge about the disease – particularly women and girls who are disproportionately affected – we can help treat it and ultimately prevent it altogether.”Leona’s support for MTV Staying Alive comes at a pivotal time in the fight against HIV/AIDS, when millions of young people are at risk of infection and millions more face barriers to their sexual and reproductive health. While reports continue to laud the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the data actually shows that young people, specifically young women and adolescent girls, are still at great risk.“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the extremely passionate and talented Leona Lewis join our ranks this year,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation. “Aside from her awesome voice – which we’ll be hearing later in the year – Leona is deeply committed to improving the lives of young people worldwide and especially those most vulnerable which of course includes adolescent girls.“Currently 90% of new infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa occur in girls. Leona’s role as ambassador to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation could not come at a more crucial moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We’re really looking forward to working with Leona throughout 2017 to raise awareness of HIV and the devastating impact it continues to have on millions of young people globally.”AIDS is still the biggest killer of adolescents in Africa and the second biggest worldwide. In 2015 alone there were 2.1 million new infections and 7,500 women aged 15-24 became infected per week.Young girls are being hit particularly hard by the epidemic – in sub-Saharan Africa, 90% of all new infections among adolescents occurred in girls. That’s why, within the 37 youth-led HIV organisations MTV Staying Alive is working with in 2017, they are supporting some projects with a specific focus on women and girls.last_img read more

Its Okay to be White posters an educational opportunity say professors

first_imgBut at the University of Manitoba the posters were just one the latest displays of racism faced by Indigenous students and faculty, says U of M’s Vice Provost for Indigenous Engagement Lynn Lavallee. Letterhead-sized pages with the words “It’s Okay to be White” appeared Halloween night around the campus at the same time posters with the same message also appeared in Ottawa, Halifax and New Westminster, B.C.   Regardless of those circumstances though, they “become part of a settler colonial population,” and that by “stepping into the settler colonial social group you are gaining an unearned privilege. An anonymous person using the alias ‘Martin Luther’ and claiming to be a University of Manitoba student emailed media after the posters went up. “It’s not the actual contents of the message that’s the issue, it’s their meaning,” Balgord explained. “I’m absolutely trying to get away from the politics of guilt,” he said, explaining he instead asks students to think about their place in society in the context of responsibility. Last Friday University of Manitoba President David Barnard said in a statement the university “unequivocally condemns this and any other racist actions,” and that “there is no tolerance for hate and discrimination.” “Given the climate of anti-Indigenous racism happening to students and staff regularly, this is just another onslaught. So it’s had an impact. Students are very, very tired.” “There’s this fear that somehow understanding the full and complete history, with all its warts, is in some way going to make one a bad citizen or make one not love their country,” she continued..Cary Miller, an Anishinaabe historian and Head of the University of Manitoba’s Department of Native Studies, says students often struggle when learning Indigenous histories that challenge the “origin stories or mythologies” they grew up with. Submitted photo..“If we know this is where our country was, and if we look at the civil rights [movement], or if we look at the truth and reconciliation [efforts] and the amazing changes that people are trying to make in society—and we celebrate that and look at that as an amazing collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations—then we’re celebrating the evolution of European thinking toward a kinder and more honest [way to think] about themselves and about us and about the nation.” Evan Balgord of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network said the posters were originally intended to provoke backlash to the alt-right, giving white supremacists grounds on which to argue that anyone opposing the posters “must hate white people because they hate these posters that say it’s ok to be white. “And make no mistake, the alt-right is simply a rebranding of neo-Nazism. They just differ a bit in their message and in their recruitment base, but the ideology is exactly the same. They say hate women—they particularly hate women—LGBTQ+ persons, Indigenous folks, anybody who is not white they hate. And their ultimate goal is to build a white ethno state by any means possible. That means they want a state for white people governed by white people that would be 99 percent white, 96 percent white — something like that.” Miller, who is Anishinaabe and transferred to the university from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee last year, said she believes the poster campaign is indicative of a “broader agenda against any course work—and there’s a lot in the Faculty of Arts—that talks about…what privilege is and how it works in society.” “There has been ethnic cleansing in Canada with Indigenous peoples,” he said. “So to say a business has to hire an Aboriginal executive member to me does not qualify anywhere close to that standard.” “It’s a structural thing,” he said. She said “you can almost see young people go through the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining and sometimes guilt instead of depression—before coming out to acceptance. Balgord said in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting last month, the Halloween poster campaign “is a show of force put on by a movement that has killed people. “What they’re saying is, we’re still out here, we’re still doing this, look at us all do this at once: we are a force to be reckoned with.” “Just another onslaught” of racism for Indigenous people On the claim that professors at the University of Manitoba teach that “white people are guilty of possessing ‘unearned privilege and power,’” Kulchyski said he teaches “about settler colonialism rather than [about] white people,” and that non-Indigenous people in Canada—of European descent and also people of colour—have ended up here for a variety of reasons and under various circumstances. They cite “mandatory enforced diversity” policies as an example of the latter and say it amounts to “ethnic cleansing.” Responding to the allegation that professors teach that white people “are inherently, by their very existence, oppressing ‘people of colour’,” Kulchyski said that people don’t inherently oppress others. Miller said students who have their beliefs or understandings of history challenged when they learn about Indigenous histories “in some ways go through a process whereby they almost have to grieve for the loss of this beautiful, shining identity that they thought was the case before they move to a place of acceptance of what actually is.” “None of this is penance for colonialism; this is just historical forces that capitalism and business itself has created with their move towards globalization.” The professor, who has authored books on colonialism and Aboriginal rights, said he’s “Polish and Ukranian in origin” and therefore among the “dominant ethnicities” in Canada, which he says are European. “Structurally, anyone who is a part of the settler colonial majority population of Canada is in a position where they’re either working to support it or working against it.” “You’re gaining access to a land base, in some way or other—through your employment or through social programs–or tax revenues come from that that’s been taken from Aboriginal people–often without permission.”.Native Studies Professor Peter Kulchyski (left) says the posters that appeared on the University of Manitoba campus are a “sign that some of the processes of reconciliation are having some success and are starting to get some people’s backs up.” Justin Brake/APTN file photo..While the anonymous alleged student claims professors teach students white people are “guilty” of possessing that privilege, Kulchyski rejects the use of guilt to teach students anything. “With each historical moment we have to determine how we’re going to deal with that backlash. In some cases it might mean ignoring it, in some cases it might mean confronting it directly.” Lavallee said “when things like this happen we come together and do ceremony on our own just to regroup.”.The University of Manitoba campus in Winnipeg is just one of several locations across Canada where the posters were discovered after Halloween. Photo: University of Manitoba / Facebook..Cary Miller, an historian and head of the department of Native Studies at the university, said following the poster campaign her department received “hate emails over the weekend from a couple of different individuals” that were “directed to members of our department, to members of the university administration.” But both also said properly addressing the alleged student’s claims present an opportunity for the public to think more critically about the poster’s message and the alleged student’s claims. “Everyone’s responsibility is at a very different level depending on their situation and their social circumstances,” he explained.  It’s not the words, it’s the meaning behind the words: advocate While “people might have biases about me or my social group,” as a member of the privileged groups in society, he explained, “whatever biases expressed toward us tend to be more benign or don’t have the kind of virulent social impact that biases expressed toward disempowered people have.  “Students go through that at different rates. Sometimes they take a Native Studies class and jump to acceptance quickly. But some of them get stuck, especially if they wander into some kind of an online forum where they can dig in with people who think like them and reinforce their false beliefs. “So I don’t usually use the term racism to describe anti-European sentiments.”center_img Between 50-100 of these posters were reportedly found on the University of Manitoba campus on Nov. 1. Photo: Niigaan Sinclair / Twitter..Justin BrakeAPTN NewsFaculty members from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Native Studies say racist posters put up around the university’s campus in Winnipeg last week are an opportunity to educate the public. The advocate and journalist, who also serves as the Canadian Association of Journalist’s vice president, closely monitors alt-right activity in Canada online. “The individuals leveling these extremist accusations of hidden meaning and intent have only been able to support their vitriolic claims by attempting to tangentially associate the benign message on the flyers with random ideologies such as ‘Neo-Nazism’ or vaguely defined groups of individuals such as the ‘Alt-Right’, neither of which I have any affiliation with in any capacity whatsoever,” they said in the statement. Miller and Kulchyski both said they’ve seen this kind of response to social progress before. “Giving up your power doesn’t imply that you’re submitting — it implies that you’re treating people as equals.” “I’ve never found so-called ‘white guilt’ to be a very useful, empowering, strategic thing to accomplish or use. I’m trying to give people a strong sense of the history and social dynamics so they can be ethical historical agents, rather than acting out of shame or guilt.” There are “easily hundreds” of individuals associated with a number of groups in Canada who identify as alt-right, Balgord explained. In their email to media the anonymous alleged student who claimed responsibility for the posters specifically took issue with “the horrifying reality…that many professors explicitly teach in their courses that it is in fact NOT okay to be white.” Responding to the claim that “white people must accept becoming a minority demographic (and thus lose their right to self-determination) in their own countries as penance for ‘colonialism’,” Kulchyski pointed out that “Europeans are becoming a minority demographic because of birth rates to a large extent, at least as much as [due to] immigration.  “In Canada the class elite is largely dominated by Europeans,” he said, adding that the anonymous alleged student is mistaken in suggesting that relinquishing power amounts to submission. He also refuted the anonymous alleged student’s claim that professors are teaching that white people “must submit to people of colour by giving up their power.” Kulchyski believes that “the less hierarchy we have in society, I think the healthier society is,” but that so long as hierarchies do exist they should represent the diversity of peoples in Canada. They allege that U of M professors “teach that white people: are guilty of possessing ‘unearned privilege and power; are inherently, by their very existence, oppressing ‘people of colour’; are born ‘racist’ and are the only racial group capable of being ‘racist’; must submit to ‘people of colour’ by ‘giving up their power’; [and] that white people ‘giving up power’ involves reducing the proportion of white people in business organizations and government.” They also say that “white people must accept becoming a minority demographic (and thus lose their right to self-determination) in their own countries as penance for ‘colonialism’.” He said if the person who put up the posters does not identify as a member of the alt-right or any white supremacist group, that merely “speaks to the success of their campaign…if they get people who aren’t explicitly part of their movement [to] put up the posters and spread their propaganda.” Posters an educational opportunity “To me it’s a sign that some of the processes of reconciliation are having some success and are starting to get some people’s backs up,” Kulchyski said. Kulchyski took particular issue with the anonymous alleged student’s use of the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe diversity policies in business and government institutions. The posters, which reportedly originated on the online politics forum 4chan by white supremacists and have since been embraced by neo-Nazi and other far right groups, have also appeared in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Moving beyond historical mythologies “We need immigration to have people who are willing to do jobs that the white coming minority doesn’t really want to do,” he added. Kulchyski, a non-Indigenous professor who has taught at the university for almost 20 years, said while there “are no curricular guidelines that force professors to teach one thing or another,” he is not aware of any professors teaching what the anonymous person claims: that it’s not okay to be white. He addressed each of the anonymous person’s allegations, one by one. On the idea that white people are “born racist” and are the “only racial group capable of being ‘racist’,” Kulchyski said people aren’t born with biases–such as racial biases–and that “racism is a socially produced virulent ideology” that “deserves being combatted.” Miller said over the years she’s watched as non-Indigenous students are subjected to new information that challenges the “origin stories or mythologies” they’ve been taught “as histories” about their countries before they reach university. Those narratives, she said, are “based in some truth, but glorify and exaggerate certain points and completely ignore others. Miller and Native Studies professor Peter Kulchyski were both reluctant to do an interview about the posters, citing fear the media attention would facilitate the spread of hateful messaging. “There are going to be, with any socially progressive step forward to deal with the legacy of settler colonialism, virulent reactions on the part of a very small and uninformed minority. The Winnipeg Police Service told APTN News Thursday they are reviewing information and a request to investigate the incident but have not yet assigned the case to an investigative unit. “Unless we recognize our true histories, embrace them, recognize the unintended contemporary outcomes of real historical moments and the narrative myths that we’ve created around them, then we can’t address the real problems in modern society.” The person, who would not confirm their identity with APTN, alleged in the email that they put up the posters “in protest of racially discriminatory ideology that is taught at the University of Manitoba that targets white individuals.” APTN offered the anonymous alleged student the opportunity to do an interview on the condition they reveal their identity.They chose not to out of fear of legal and academic repercussions.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

No panic from Trudeau government as USimposed NAFTA deadline auto tariff threats

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Despite no signs of a pending agreement, the Trudeau government doesn’t appear to be worried as the U.S.-imposed NAFTA deadline quickly approaches.“We are not going to be rushed into signing a bad deal,” Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary on U.S. relations, says, adding conversations continue between Canadian and U.S. officials and that it remains to be seen what could happen over the weekend.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.However, Canada’s transport minister is dismissing the October 1st cutoff as just a creation of the U.S.“There is no deadline on this, as far as we are concerned, we want a deal that is good for Canadians, and that’s the bottom line,” Marc Garneau, who also chairs the cabinet committee on U.S.-relations, says.President Donald Trump has threatened auto tariffs if there is no agreement, however, Leslie says Ottawa is prepared if that happens.“One of the options which relies, and will remain open to Canada, is to respond in kind much akin to that which we did for steel and aluminum,” Leslie says.While there is no indication of any formal high level meetings before the Monday deadline, Leslie adds anything is possible.“It means that we’re going to stay calm. We’re going to remain focused in trying to get a good deal for Canadians and protect our jobs and workers. We’re not going to be distracted from that imperative.”He adds if a deal is not struck by the 1st, it will just be the status quo since the current NAFTA will remain in place.Latest U.S. NAFTA deadline not firm but Canada’s window closing, say insidersWith the release of the text of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement expected any day, the political pressure is mounting on Canada to join a new North American Free Trade Agreement.Analysts and insiders say the latest American-imposed deadline for Canada to join by Monday is not set in stone, and that there is still time for the Liberal government to negotiate with the Trump administration after that.But they caution the window is closing and Canada’s time may be running out.The release of the formal text will come ahead of its formal presentation to U.S. Congress by month’s end, so the lawmakers can approve it by Dec. 1 before the new Mexican government takes power.U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada. He has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do that for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the 232 tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.last_img read more

Enbridge racks up 264000 in National Energy Board penalties this month

CALGARY — The National Energy Board has slapped pipeline builder Enbridge Inc. with $264,000 in penalties, with most of that sum stemming from safety and environmental hazards related to maintenance work on an oil pipeline in Manitoba last summer.An inspection in July revealed numerous problems along a stretch of Line 3 around Cromer, Man. Landowners in the area complained to the NEB about open excavations, improper handling of topsoil and several other concerns.Line 3 carries crude from Alberta to Wisconsin and has been in operation for nearly a half century. Enbridge announced plans last year to replace Line 3 in its entirety — a $7.5-billion project.The penalties deal with maintenance work on the existing line, not the larger replacement project, which has yet to receive NEB approval.Work on the pipeline was ordered halted for more than a month last summer before the federal energy watchdog was satisfied it could continue safely.The NEB imposed two fines earlier this month each worth $100,000 connected to Line 3. Separately, the regulator also fined the company $64,000 related to design changes made to a storage tank in Regina that were not approved.Enbridge spokesman Graham White said the company was reviewing the penalties to determine its next steps.Enbridge Inc finishes year in the black, boosted by new pipelines to key U.S. marketsOil prices are in the dumps, but Enbridge is still feeling the pipeline squeezeOne of the Line 3 penalties was for “failure to ensure that the construction activities do not create a hazard to the public or the environment” and the other for “failure to comply with a term or condition of any certificate, licence, permit, leave or exemption granted under the NEB Act.”On the first, board spokesman Darin Barter said it was mainly an issue of how erosion was dealt with during a period of heavy rains.“There was flooding at the time and because of the open trench lines, we saw a real hazard in the area,” he said.The second fine was imposed because Enbridge did not follow through on environmental protection commitments it had made, said Barter.According to details of the penalties provided by the NEB, when work on Line 3 dragged further into 2014 than Enbridge had initially planned, the board asked for an update to the company’s environmental protection plan. But Enbridge’s response in March “provided inconsistent status statements to what inspectors would later observe on site in July,” the board said.What resulted were “numerous non-compliances observed both on and off the construction (right-of-way) causing environmental damage to wetlands and property damage to a substantial amount of agricultural land.”Barter says the “administrative monetary penalties” are a relatively new measure for the NEB, having started up less than two years ago. The amounts Enbridge has racked up are the highest so far.“When the NEB grants an approval, we take it seriously and we want to make sure that the company is following all aspects of that approval,” said Barter.“What we’re seeing in several of these monetary penalties is the companies making design changes or not following through on their commitments and we take that very seriously and we continue to enforce against that.” read more

403 landslide caused by broken watermain

(Updated)The latest on the mudslide on the 403 in Hamilton Friday that crippled traffic in the surrounding area for more than 12 hours today.The area has now been cleared, but crews are still looking into what happened, and why.We’ve had a number of accidents on the 403 that have snarled traffic in the past. But no single instance has tied up the city as badly, or for as long, as the mess we had today. And the fault didn’t belong to anyone who was driving.It was the most un-natural — natural disaster:A massive mudslide — caused by a massive water main break. A man-made flood.Dan McKinnon, City of Hamilton: Clearly the slope was saturated with water over the longer term and it just got to the point where it failed and made its way on to the highway here.And ‘here’ was one of the worst possible spots it could have happened, in a busy, and often bottlenecked traffic corridor, that was now completely plugged.The result was spectacular — and arresting.The resulting traffic chaos, tied up the central core for hours, and turned routine trips into expeditions.And while drivers fumed, work crews scrambled to clear the mud and debris that clogged the major artery. But the city was already in a kind-of ‘car’-diac arrest.There were no alternate routes to fall back on. Every one of them, was jammed.Twelve hours after the initial closure of the highway, the city’s main streets began to get back to normal, and the 403 was finally open once more.The city water main is still shut off — but the Royal Botanical Garden is the only area without service.City engineers are still inspecting the hillside where the break occurred to assess what needs to be done to stabilize the soil, and repair the main. That process may take a few days. But for now — most of the city is glad, that this particular day on the roads, is finally over. read more

Annan asks traditional leaders to back UN efforts to restore calm in

Through his spokesman, Mr. Annan appealed to all traditional and political leaders in the country, as well as the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) “to urgently intervene and support the United Nations’ efforts to restore calm as soon as possible.”In a statement, the spokesman condemned the violence, which has resulted in deaths and the destruction of property. “The Secretary-General appeals to the people of Liberia to strictly comply with the curfew and to cooperate with the authorities and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),” the spokesman said. read more

Barrett among three Buckeyes named to national award watch lists

OSU then-redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball against Michigan on Nov. 28. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe turnover of the roster from 2015 to 2016 has been the sweeping storyline in the offseason for Ohio State’s football team. Despite new faces bound to hit the field come September for coach Urban Meyer, three returning starters are receiving preseason notoriety.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt junior defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis were named to offensive and defensive player of the year watch lists, respectively.Barrett was named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award honors the nation’s player of the year and often is a predictor for the winner of the Heisman Trophy.Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry went on to win the Maxwell and the Heisman Trophy last year. Eddie George was the last Buckeye to win the award in 1995, who also won the Heisman.This is Barrett’s second nomination for the watch list in consecutive years. He was joined by former Buckeyes Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller on last year’s preseason watch list. Barrett was the backup quarterback behind current Buffalo Bill Cardale Jones to start the 2015 season. Following the victory over Penn State on Oct. 17, Barrett was named the starting quarterback. The 2014 National Freshman of the Year and Big Ten quarterback of the year threw for 992 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2015. He also ran for 682 yards on 115 attempts.McMillan and Lewis were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award which is given to the nation’s defensive player of the year. OSU also had two players on the 2015 Bednarik watch list with former defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Joshua Perry. OSU has never had a Bednarik Award winner.As first-year starters last season, McMillan and Lewis both impressed along side the NFL talent on those units. McMillan will be expected to be the leader for the Scarlet and Gray linebackers in 2016 as the only returning starter from the year before. The Georgia native led the Buckeyes with 119 total tackles contributing four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.Lewis quietly made his presence felt on the same line as No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa and fourth-round selection Adolphus Washington. Lewis led the defensive line with 54 total tackles, second behind Bosa with 14 tackles for loss and led with eight sacks in 2015.The Buckeyes begin the 2016 season on Sept. 3 at noon versus the Bowling Green Falcons. read more

Meticulous fanmade 3D Star Wars models inspire awe

first_imgIn the world there are Star Wars fans, and then there are Star Wars fanatics. Want some serious proof of their existence? It’s illustrated above in the form of an Allegiance-class heavy Star Destroyer that was meticulously rendered by an artist named Ansel Hsiao. Going by the name FractalSponge on several forums and sites, Hsiao shows an astounding attention to detail and canon in his recreations of Imperial space vehicles and weaponry.The level of realism built into his models can be seen above, where another artist inserted one of Hsiao’s Star Destroyer models into a cityscape, making it look like the Imperials decided to rebuild the Empire by starting with an invasion of Earth.Hsiao first 3D model was that of an Executor-class Star Dreadnought, pictured above. While he calls it a “simplistic 3D model,” on his site, it’s way better than normal mortals can achieve! It took him over a year to complete, with the intentions of it being used in fan-made films and games. On a side-note, he states that the model is best suited for long shots and medium close-ups (although I think his perfectionism shows when saying that).To create his works of art, Hsiao uses Autodesk’s 3D MAX software which is also impressive. The suite of tools for 3D rendering and modeling isn’t an easy to use program, but is incredibly powerful once a person masters it, as Hsiao obviously has. Before you run out to try to pick up a copy, be warned that the retail price starts at $4,995!One of the most impressive things about Hsiao is that he puts his work out in the public for free. Meaning you can download his models off of various sites for use in your own creations. All he asks is that you give credit, and not to change the artwork without permission. Pretty generous considering some of his models have taken years of work to complete.More at Fractalsponge.netlast_img read more

Andrew Bell and the Cyanogenmod team to make appearances at the Big

first_imgThere’s some exciting news today for those of you that are hard core Android fans. Guess what it is yet? It’s the announcement from the Big Android BBQ that Andrew Bell from Dead Zebra and Steve Kondik from Cyanogenmod will be attending the event.By now you have probably heard about the Big Android BBQ, an event started three years ago by members of the Android community to create a space where people could come together and talk about Google’s mobile OS. What had originally started as an Android event for 530 people has grown into a full-fledged conference that has caught the interest of people like Bell and Kondik.You likely recognize Andrew Bell as the man behind the official Android figurine sets released by Google in support of the mobile OS, as well as other pop culture art items. Bell has announced that he will be present at the Big Android BBQ this year for a Q and A session as well as have a booth at the event with products from his Android Foundry site. Rumor also has it that Bell will also be judging a DIY Andy competition, where attendees can show off their skills in designing their own versions of the Android mascot using the “blank” white Andy’s that are available.Steve Kondik and a large part of the Cyanogenmod team will also be attending the event. With over one million devices running Cyanogenmod, it’s by far one of the most popular modifications of the open sourced mobile OS out there. Kondik and his crew of developers will be the closing keynote speakers for the event, talking about the current development of the popular Android mod as well as future features that are being worked on and discussed.The event takes place October 19th  through the 21st at the Hurst Conference Center located in Hurst, Texas. Tickets for the event start at $50 and are still available. However the word is that tickets are selling quickly, so make sure to get yours today since there is a limit to how many can be sold. See you in Texas this October!Read more at the Big Android BBQ website.last_img read more

Poor marks in university entrance exams

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This year’s university entrance exams produced their lowest grades since 2008, with almost 32 percent of senior high school students taking the tests failing to reach the pass mark.The exam results were published Tuesday and revealed a substantial drop in students’ performances. Apart from the fact that nearly a third of pupils fell short of the pass grade, the number of students getting top marks also dropped by around 50 percent.A total of 79,068 senior high school pupils sat the exams in the hope of securing places at local universities or technical colleges. As a result of the poor results seen this summer, the grades needed for entering tertiary education will drop.According to Tuesday’s results, 4,010 pupils scored 18 out of 20 (90 percent) or higher in their exams, which is just 5 percent of the total. Last year, 7,428 teenagers, which was 9.5 percent of the total, achieved these grades.The pupils are competing for some 70,000 places at universities and technical colleges, which suffered from overcrowding this year following a decision to allow students to transfer from regional institutions as part of an effort to ease the financial burden on parents.The government has slightly reduced the number of places available this year to avoid further overcrowding but has not made it clear if it will allow these transfers to continue.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Les déchets nucléaires allemands enfin arrivés à destination

first_imgLes déchets nucléaires allemands enfin arrivés à destinationLe dernier convoi de déchets nucléaires allemands en provenance de France est finalement arrivé à destination hier soir après avoir été chahuté tout au long de son trajet de 1.200 kilomètres.Il aura en tout fallu plus de cinq jours complets au convoi de déchets nucléaires allemands pour aller de Valognes (ouest de la France) à Gorleben (nord de l’Allemagne). Un record qui fait de ce convoi le plus lent des 13 ayant eu lieu depuis 1995. En effet, au cours des quatre jours de présence du convoi en Allemagne, des milliers d’opposants au nucléaire se sont mobilisés dont 23.000 présents au grand rassemblement de samedi à Dannenberg (8.000 selon la police).Les onze conteneurs de type Castor (Cask for storage of radioactive waste), avec chacun 28 tonnes de déchets vitrifiés hautement radioactifs retraités à l’usine de La Hague, transportés sur des camions sous forte escorte policière, ont finalement franchi les grilles du site lundi soir. Mais pour préparer leur arrivée, la police avait dû commencer à évacuer 1.800 militants antinucléaires qui occupaient la route menant à l’ancienne mine de sel reconvertie en site de stockage temporaire pour les déchets radioactifs. Des scènes violentes ont eu lieu et les forces de l’ordre ont eu recours à des canons à eau tandis que la police montée n’a pas hésité à charger les manifestants.L’association écologiste X Tausendmalquer a évalué à 60 le nombre de victimes d’ecchymoses, et à cinq le nombre de celles de fractures présumées parmi les manifestants écartés de la route sans ménagement, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Déjà avant cette évacuation, les services de soins mis en place par les organisateurs des actions de protestation avaient dénombré au moins 321 blessés dont quatre graves, évoquant des irritations dues au gaz lacrymogène, des contusions, des traumatismes crâniens, des fractures et même des morsures de chiens policiers.Une mobilisation plus faible qu’en 2010 À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLa police n’a pas communiqué ses propres relevés. Elle a également refusé de chiffrer le coût du dispositif mis en place pour sécuriser le convoi. Celui de l’an dernier avait été estimé à 35 millions d’euros par des syndicats de policiers. Si cette année les opposants ont été un peu moins nombreux que l’an passé (ils étaient 50.000 en 2010), pour un nombre de policiers également moindre (19.000 contre 20.000 l’an passé), ils ont fait preuve d’une grande détermination.Les militants réclament une sortie plus rapide du nucléaire que celle proposée par la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel et souhaitent que soit trouvée rapidement une solution définitive pour le stockage des déchets les plus dangereux. Ils jugent que le site de Gorleben est inadapté et accusent les autorités de minorer les mesures de radioactivité dans la région.Le 29 novembre 2011 à 13:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Highvoltage BPA lab a rare asset

first_imgJeff Hildreth gave the go-ahead order, then watched as a small red light started blinking. He waited.A warning sounded about a minute later. Soon came a brilliant flash of light, a crack like a gunshot, then silence.Lightning can be hard to come by in Southwest Washington. But the Bonneville Power Administration can create lightning on demand in a little-known laboratory at Vancouver’s Ross Complex substation.It’s one way the federal power marketing agency can make sure that some 15,000 miles of power lines on the regional grid won’t succumb to the forces of nature.“Believe it or not, lightning strikes power system equipment all the time,” said Hildreth, a BPA electrical engineer. “The power system equipment has to be able to withstand that, and people want their lights to stay on.”Built in the 1970s, the high-voltage lab at Ross Complex is an uncommon asset for BPA’s research and testing efforts. There are only a handful of facilities like it in North America, Hildreth said.The lab uses high-octane equipment to push various components of the power grid to their limits. To conjure up lightning, workers use a column-shaped surge generator capable of pumping out 2 million volts of electricity.last_img read more

Winter storm hits East disrupts Super Bowl travel

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Another round of winter weather followed a day of unseasonable temperatures with several inches of snow in the eastern United States on Monday, closing schools, disrupting air traffic and snarling travel plans for people trying to return home from the Super Bowl in the New York area.Fat, wet flakes were falling at midday Monday and could total 8 inches in Philadelphia and New York, along with temperatures in the 30s, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of Maryland and West Virginia were expecting as much as 10 inches of snow. Temperatures had soared into the 50s in the region on Sunday.By midday, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported nearly 2,000 delayed flights and 1,500 canceled flights nationwide in cities including Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York. Inbound flights to Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were delayed two to three hours because of snow and ice.For Russ Louderback, of Fishers, Ind., and his 11-year-old son Mason, the Super Bowl was a triple whammy of bad luck in less than 24 hours: Their beloved Denver Broncos lost, they got stuck in an hours-long traffic jam leaving the stadium and their 3 p.m. flight home Monday was canceled.“It was so congested we couldn’t get out of New Jersey, even though we left early because our team lost,” said Louderback, 57, a hotel executive. He hopes to be on a plane Monday evening.last_img read more

BLS Houstons Mean Wages Higher Than National Average

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston skyline from southThe mean wage for Houston is about seven percent above the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS has released its annual Occupational Employment and Wages report for the Houston area.The mean wage means half earn more and half earn less. It’s often taken as the “average,” but could be an over or under-estimation because of extremes in the data. The report contains employment and wage information for 22 major occupational groups and more than 700 jobs for Houston, The Woodlands and Sugar Land.Cheryl Abbot is a regional economist with the Dallas office of BLS. “It is higher than the national — in Houston, the mean for all workers was $25.42 an hour, seven percent higher than the national average of $23.86 an hour,” she said. This is a snapshot of May 2016, and it takes a full year to crunch the numbers because the report is so detailed. “The wages ranged from $11.35 an hour in food prep. We saw $79.74 an hour for petroleum engineers,” she said.   Houston employment is more highly concentrated in five of the 22 occupational groups, including construction and extraction, architecture and engineering, transportation and material moving.center_img X 00:00 /01:13 Sharelast_img read more

Jonathan Prince Leaves Spotify for Role at Slack

first_imgPrince was also with Spotify at the time of its public sparring with Taylor Swift over royalty rates, and had been an outspoken critic of Apple Music’s “app tax,” in which the company takes a 30%  commission on every subscription sold on its App Store. Popular on Variety Jonathan Prince, the Spotify executive who helped lead the company’s ill-fated policy against “hateful conduct” last year, has left the company to join the work-flow platform Slack, according to his LinkedIn profile. A rep for Spotify did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment; the news was first reported in Music Business Worldwide.Prince’s profile states that last month he became Slack’s Head of Strategic Communications and Senior Advisor to the CEO. Since 2014 he had been Spotify’s VP, head of marketplace and content policy and vp, global head of communications and public policy.Prince, who previously held advisory roles in the Clinton and Obama administrations, was described by a source as being at the “center” of Spotify’s controversial policy against “hateful conduct” last year, which essentially amounted to banning the music of two artists — R. Kelly and XXXTentacion — from the platform’s playlists. The announcement met with immediate backlash from the media, artists, legal experts and even, according to sources, several senior Spotify executives, and was quickly walked back in the face of fierce criticism over its vaguely stated criteria, the impracticality of policing it, Spotify’s seeming hubris in making such determinations, and especially the fact that it has thus far targeted only black males who have been accused but not convicted of serious crimes.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more