first_imgMayann Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will be the special guest speaker at an event this weekend that will celebrate an international symbol of pride and freedom. Marcus Garvey Days will be held at the historic U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association) Cultural Museum, 35 Jessome St., Glace Bay, Thursday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 19. Daily events will begin at 8 a.m. Lt.-Gov. Francis will speak Friday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. “Marcus Garvey promoted the ideals of pride, freedom, self-reliance and education, ideals all Nova Scotians can aspire to,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “These are certainly principles that have been the foundation on which success and growth in the African Nova Scotian community have been built upon.” Jamaican born Marcus Moziah Garvey founded what is commonly known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1917. Mr. Garvey thought people of African descent would be respected only when they were economically strong and that obtaining a broad education was a good start to realizing this goal. In an effort to unify the people he established more than 1,100 branches of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in more than 40 countries, including halls in Glace Bay, Sydney, and New Waterford. “The Glace Bay U.N.I.A. Cultural Museum was founded in 1918 and is the only U.N.I.A. left in Canada,” said Theresa Brewster, executive director, Glace Bay U.N.I.A. Cultural Museum. “It is a centre for community activities and celebrations and also honours Cape Breton County’s African Nova Scotians.” Mr. Garvey visited the hall in 1928. For a list of events see the website at .last_img read more

first_imgMore than 35 small businesses in Nova Scotia are more competitive with help from the Nova Scotia Business Development Program. The program encourages small business start-ups and helps existing businesses expand. A total of $250,000 was contributed to businesses in every region of the province this year. “Helping businesses become more globally competitive, more innovative and to provide workers with the right skills for good jobs, will help grow the Nova Scotia economy,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The Business Development Program, through jobsHere, is helping us achieve that goal.” Rebates for approved services are 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $10,000. Pro Poly Cushioning Products started out as a single-product seat-cushion comfort line. It quickly diversified to meet a wider range of clients and markets and now produces everything from insoles to motorcycle seats to horse blankets. “With the help of the business development program, we are able to greatly expand the market for our Yarmouth-based business,” said Patrick Surette, owner, Pro Poly Cushioning. “The program allowed us to hire a consultant to help us develop and implement a comprehensive regional and national marketing plan.” The funds help businesses with things such as: “With rapid industrial growth there is increasing reliance on safety training protocols,” said Brian MacArthur, principal, Cape Breton Business College. “We saw an opportunity to develop a new program targeted at ensuring Nova Scotia workers are ready for major projects like the recently announced shipbuilding initiative in Halifax and the Lower Churchill energy project.” “The business development program funding is extremely helpful in enabling us to capitalize on this growth opportunity.” For more information on the Nova Scotia Business Development Program visit . improving operational efficiencies identifying new markets and commerce opportunities helping export internationally developing online marketing strategies business succession planning market research and business plan development advertising and promotional plans fiscal management toolslast_img read more

first_imgMAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Several pipeline protesters were released from a British Columbia jail on Sunday, a few days before their weeklong sentences were set to end.Seven protesters in all were sentenced to a week in jail on Aug. 15, after pleading guilty to contempt charges in B.C. Supreme Court.Five who were released on Sunday issued a joint statement, saying they were imprisoned because of their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.In the statement, the five women — who include anti-poverty activist and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson — said they are not criminals, but “political prisoners.”Swanson said in a phone interview that her four days spent at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge, B.C., had not deterred her in what she said is a fight against climate change.“I don’t know how anyone can look at the sky in Vancouver today and say global warming is not an issue,” said Swanson, in reference to the smoke and particulate matter from wildfires hazing the skies in southwestern B.C.“We need to do something, we need to stop the insanity.”From her perspective as an anti-poverty advocate, Swanson said the Trans Mountain pipeline ties the issues of homelessness, poverty and climate change together.“For all those billions and billions of dollars, governments could actually create jobs building renewable energy … Governments could end homelessness, they could put clean and safe water on Indigenous reserves.”In May, the federal government announced its intent to acquire Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan Canada.According to recent documents filed with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, the sale could cost as much as $1.9 billion more than the initial quote of $4.5 billion.The documents also suggest the project could take another 12 months to finish.More than 200 activists have been arrested for demonstrations against the Trans Mountain project since March.Those released on Sunday also included former B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert.last_img read more

first_img SearchSearch inCandidateDistrict AreaVotesElected CandidateDistrict AreaVotesElected Nicole SoontiensRural Area of Dawson Creek89 Travis JonesRural Area of Dawson Creek115X Darcy HearttRural Area of Dawson Creek95 Kim EricksonRural Area of Dawson Creek110 Chad AndersonRural Area of Dawson Creek222X Tamara ZiemerDawson Creek1071X Andelina SchurmannDawson Creek819 Jennifer LalondeDawson Creek1108X Andrea SmithChetwynd220 Crystal HilltonChetwynd360X Jessica FairfulChetwynd79 Becky BortonChetwynd364X Roxanne GulickTumbler RidgeX Jennifer Lalonde and Tamara Ziemer were elected in Electoral Area III, while Angelina Schurmann was not elected.In Electoral Area IV, newcomers Chad Anderson and Travis Jones were elected to those two seats. Incumbent Nicole Soontiens was not re-elected, and neither was Darcy Heartt or Kim Erickson. School District 59center_img DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Here are the school trustee election results for School District 59.Incumbent Electoral Area I trustee Crystal Hillton was re-elected, along with newcomer Becky Borton. Incumbent trustee Andrea Smith lost her re-election bid, along with Jessica Fairful.Roxanne Gulick was acclaimed in Electoral Area II, which represents the Tumbler Ridge area.last_img read more

In a presidential statement read out by Ambassador Leslie K. Christian of Ghana, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the Council joined its voice with that of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke out against the blasts in a statement issued Thursday.The Council today underlined the need to bring to justice the “perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism,” which took place just after the former Prime Minister returned to Pakistan after several years in exile, and urged all States to cooperate with the country’s authorities toward this end. “The Security Council expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of this heinous act of terrorism and their families, and to the people and the Government of Pakistan,” the 15-member body said.The Council also reaffirmed its longstanding position that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” 22 October 2007Strongly condemning last Thursday’s attacks on the convoy of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi, the Security Council today said those behind the “reprehensible act of terrorism” must be brought to justice. read more

He said that Pillay now had the opportunity to see for herself the ground situation and reach a conclusion accordingly. Addressing the media today the Minister said that several allegations had been raised against the government but the government was not shaken. The government says it has nothing to hide from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and it was fully transparent in dealing with her during her ongoing visit.Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that she was given all that she asked for during her visit and the government hopes the visit will be an eye opener for her. The Minister also said the government hopes Pillay will give a fair and balanced report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva following her visit to Sri Lanka.He was of the view that her impression on Sri Lanka should be positive from what she sees on the ground. Pillay was invited to visit Sri Lanka by the government and following a tour of the north yesterday she traveled to the east today and will be having meetings in Colombo tomorrow and on Friday. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ethiopian state media said more than 30 nationalities were on board flight ET 302.They included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; four each from India and Slovakia, among others. (Colombo Gazette) There are no Sri Lankans on the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed while en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa.None of the 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday morning had survived. It crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement. The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, took off at 08:38am (05:38 GMT) and lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes later. read more

A new partnership between BioLinc and Hamilton-based startup QReserve will give Brock researchers a new way to connect, collaborate and innovate.QReserve is a platform that connects institutional equipment databases across Canada, allowing anyone to explore available equipment and services at Canadian universities and to connect directly with laboratories and researchers.BioLinc, the Goodman School of Business’s on-campus business incubation facility, is spearheading the inventory of campus resources with the goal of increasing the visibility of research facilities and promoting collaborative research at Brock University.The easy-to-use QReserve website makes it simple to form new collaborations with colleagues both on campus and beyond, says Dan Lynch, manager of BioLinc.“A quick search on the website is all that is needed to discover new research equipment and services,” he says. “You can easily see the lab or facility that is located closest to you and directly contact the researcher.”Innovators and entrepreneurs in the community and from across Canada can also search the database and make requests for equipment or facility use. This opens opportunities for fee-for-service relationships.Lynch adds that a listing in the database does not mean you have to provide access to equipment or provide services.“Even if your equipment or lab is not available for outside use, you should still have a listing on QReserve. The listing helps showcase what is available at Brock University and can also help to develop internal or external research collaborations.”“We have many researchers located across the campus – the tool you need may be in a colleague’s lab in another building.”So how can Brock researchers sign up for QReserve? QReserve Campus Ambassadors will be contacting faculty throughout this term and can be contacted directly at those looking for a hands-on approach to managing their listing, researchers can create their own user account online and add lab and equipment through an easy to use web-interface at: about the new partnership can be directed to read more

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (7-1) trailed No. 14 Stanford (4-3) for the first 35 minutes, but recovered to defeat the Cardinal 94-82 in overtime and win the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas Saturday night.Ohio State preseason All-American senior guard Kelsey Mitchell hit a jumper with eight second remaining to break the tie and give her team a 76-74 lead. But with four second remaining, forward Alanna Smith hit a layup to tie the game and send it into overtime.The Buckeyes dominated the extra period and held an 18-6 edge in overtime. They scored the final 13 points of the contest to clinch the victory.Mitchell set her season-high with 37 points on 8-of-22 shooting. She did most of her damage from the free-throw line, where she hit 19-of-20 shots. Mitchell scored 31 of her points in the second half and overtime.She only hit 2-of-7 3-pointers, highlighting an area of weakness for her team. Ohio State made 8-of-26 triples, while Stanford drilled 8-of-21 3s. The Buckeyes forced Stanford to commit 23 turnovers and picked up nine steals. Ohio State turned the ball over just nine times, though, and had eight assists.Guards Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss each added 15 points for the Buckeyes. Calhoun went 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. Smith and guard Anna Wilson were the only players in double-figures for Stanford. Smith led the team with 33 points and Wilson added 21 points.Ohio State played a condensed rotation of just seven players despite playing its third game in as many days. Stanford played 10 players at least seven minutes. The Cardinal held a 27-5 edge in bench points.This was Ohio State’s second victory against Stanford of the season. The Buckeyes defeated the Cardinal 85-64 on Nov. 10 to kick off both teams’ respective seasons. In the matchup, redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga scored 23 points and pulled down a program-record 26 rebounds. She had 10 points and nine rebounds against Stanford on Saturday.Ohio State will be back in action against Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m. Thursday in Durham, North Carolina. read more

first_imgAtlas Copco has introduced the latest in its Drillmaster (DM) line. Designed to fill the gap between the DML and the Pit Viper 275, Atlas Copco’s DM75 is now available in non-Tier 4 markets. Manufactured in Nanjing, China, the DM75 is suited for rotary drilling of 229 to 270 mm holes, with low and high pressure compressor options. The component layout and spacious electric over hydraulic cab are taken directly from larger drills in the DM line.Having already been put to the test in Eastern Europe, the DM75 is described as “ideal for drilling in hard rock applications such as iron ore and copper.” In its first test in such an application, the DM75 has averaged a controlled 8,000 to 9,000 m drilled per month at a 95% availability rate. Offering 34 t of pulldown, the DM75 has a maximum depth capacity of 51.2 m. With a weight ranging between 68,000 to 85,000 kg, the DM75 offers a smaller overall footprint than its PV275 counterpart.The first drill configured for export was a standard machine sent to a customer in Eastern Europe. In March 2014, the DM75 began production drilling 8,000-9,000 m per month, which was a controlled depth by the contractor and mine. During this test, the DM75 averaged 600 engine hours per month with an availability of 95%. The DM75 is available with either an electric or diesel engine. This particular machine had a diesel engine, and averaged about 80-90 litres of fuel per hour. Depending on need, customers can order the DM75 with an 1,800 CFM (52 cubic metre per min) compressor for the electric model and a 1,900 CFM (52 cubic metre per min) compressor with a diesel. A high pressure version for DTH drilling is also available for both power groups.“Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions established manufacturing in Nanjing, China with a goal to develop a world class, affordable product for the mineral extraction industry,” said Mark Stewart, Marketing Manager for Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions in Nanjing, China. “We are well positioned with service and parts available from our Nanjing distribution center to support the DM75 in all corners of the world.”last_img read more

first_imgMore than 700 people have signed a petition calling for cuts to top Washington State University administrators’ salaries in light of pending budget cuts.University President Kirk Schulz announced cuts in October in an effort to reduce the university system’s $30 million annual deficit by $10 million every year until the deficit is eliminated. But Associate Professor Desiree Hellegers and Clinical Assistant Professor Elizabeth Siler, who launched the petition Nov. 20, believe those reductions should come from what they described as bloated administrative salaries, not from instructors or academic programs.“What we are aware of is a long-standing pattern of the lowest paid workers at the university being most impacted by these cuts,” said Hellegers, who teaches English at WSU Vancouver.The petition calls for pay cuts to 70 administrators whose salaries exceed $100,000, ranging from a 10 percent reduction for those making between $100,000 and $199,999.99, to a pay reduction of 30 percent for those making more than $300,000. That includes WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer, whose 2016 salary was $364,000, according to Washington State Fiscal Information.Schulz called for 2.5 percent budget cuts across the board. In Pullman, WSU is eliminating its Performing Arts department, eliminating temporary positions in the Office of Multicultural Student Services and trimming graduate stipends for students in the College of Engineering and Architecture.“There’s a lot of poverty (in Whitman County), and this is a proposal that addresses making the problem worse by throwing people out of a job,” said Siler, who teaches in Pullman.last_img read more

first_imgA conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the agencies’ decision to allow exploratory drilling in the upper Green River Valley at Goat Mountain, near the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.The BLM in December found mining company Ascot Resources Ltd.’s proposal to do exploratory drilling ahead of mining would present no significant environmental impact. The decision granted the Canadian mining company two hard rock prospecting permits within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.The company’s plans call for drilling up to 63 roadside exploration holes, measuring 2 to 3 inches in diameter, to look for copper, silver, gold and molybdenum on a mining claim in the upper Green River Valley at Goat Mountain. The drilling area is about 12 miles northeast of Mount St. Helens and adjacent to, and extending northeast from, the boundary of the volcanic monument.In February 2018, the U.S. Forest Service gave its consent to the exploratory mining.The Cascade Forest Conservancy filed its lawsuit late last week, challenging both permitting decisions.Both agencies “failed to recognize that mining cannot interfere with the outdoor recreational purposes for which the land was acquired,” the conservancy said in a news release Monday announcing the lawsuit.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The United Way of Miami-Dade County has dedicated a flagpole to a South Florida man because of his selfless service for veterans.Mission United honored Miguel B. Fernandez, the Chairman and CEO of MBF Healthcare Partners, Tuesday morning.A new flagpole erected in his name will be displayed outside the United Way Empowerment building at the 3000 block of Southwest Third Avenue in Miami. Drum roll….to mark the completion of the United Way #Empowerment Building the flag monument is dedicated to Miguel B. Fernández for his unparalleled support and service. #ThankYou #StrongerMiami 💪 #MissionUnitedMiami— United Way Miami (@UnitedWayMiami) January 29, 2019Fernandez, who served in the U.S. Army, humbly accepted the honor in the name of those who protect us.“It’s a great day that we’re able to dedicate this flag and this building to the people who serve our country, individuals who have given their time, their blood and their sacrifice so the rest of us can enjoy the life that we live today,” he said. Fernandez gifted Mission United $885,000 in 2017, which helps veterans re-adjust to civilian life after service.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgMcGuirl, who has overseen the production launch of O, The Oprah Magazine, and the print processes and quality control of all Hearst titles including Food Network Magazine, has been integral in further testing for fully compliant PDFX4 files, which improves system and process times. Another initiative he finds important is to ”raise the awareness among the ad community about the importance of including the ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip on their supplied proofs for better print predictability.”VITAL STATS: Hearst Magazines’ manufacturing and production efficiencies have seen $1 million in realized savings from 2005-2006; since then, McGuirl says they have continued to see “significant savings” in their advancement of workflow technologies. In the early part of the decade, Hearst Magazines recognized the necessity of rebuilding its workflow.These new workflow implementations included assigning each magazine a digital imaging specialist, creating a color-managed environment, providing basic color-theory training for all of its art and production departments and analyzing each department’s workflow, along with other changes.William McGuirl, who has been with Hearst Magazines for more than 15 years, was key in implementing these upgrades, which ultimately resulted in a realized savings of $1 million within a year from when the 2005 efficiencies were put in place. When in 2006 McGuirl took over the role as director of quality assurance, he cites continued “significant savings” from these processes.Hearst Magazines was one of the forerunners to use a completely virtual K4 workflow for all of its titles to create post-production, press-ready digital files, has eliminated pre-media proofing. “Hearst is currently involved with virtual proofing and we are testing the waters with three printers: Quebecor World, Brown and Quad,” says McGuirl. The publisher hasn’t incurred huge costs by implementing the technology, he says.last_img read more

first_imgLon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXTSummer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – and also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town.Listen nowOn a sunny day this week, KMXT dropped by Strawberry Fields Nursery to check in with owner Lon White and see what the growing season had in store for the island.Customers catch up while the cashier rings up their purchases. It’s hot and a little humid inside the nursery. The flowers have bloomed, the herbs are ready for fostering and the vegetable plants come in many different promising shades of green.And just through the door back in the fresh air, a lady eyes a kiwi tree leaning against a wall.“And they stay alive outside?” she asked.Linda Suydam said she’s usually out fishing, but this year she’s sticking around for summer. So she’s looking into growing fruit — like cherries.“Lonnie, I wanna get that kiwi tree too,” Suydam said.Kodiak isn’t typically famed for its fruit, but trees line the walls outside the nursery. White points out the bees flying around, busy pollinating the trees.“You can see all these flowering plants,” White said. “We have a lot cherries and plums here. I probably did more fruit trees this year than I have ever before.”White said they’re also now selling pear trees, which locals have had luck with recently.“We’ve had such good weather in the spring and through the summer that it’s provided the heat that’s allowed people to successfully grow a lot more fruit than what we’ve seen in the past, so it’s kind of a new phenomena actually,” White said.White said good drainage, high quality soil, and lots of sun is vital to establishing fruit trees.As far as vegetables go, White said the garden season has just begun and rhubarb is the first arrival. He said lettuce, kale and chard will follow.But, White said with the aid of greenhouses, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and soon enough, tomato plants will be ready for harvest.last_img read more

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews As Dunleavy defends budget, nonpartisan analyst questions whether it was designed ‘to create chaos’Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauWhile lawmakers have been hearing a lot of criticism of the budget, Gov. Michael Dunleavy said he heard good things in a visit to Mat-Su Borough and Anchorage last weekend.Native Vietnam vets get another chance to claim 160 acresLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Congress passed a sweeping public lands bill that includes a provision allowing Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era apply for land allotments. Critics worry about a land grab.Maine man charged in Fairbanks cold case denies involvementAssociated PressThe lawyer for a Maine man charged with killing a woman 26 years ago in Alaska says his client “categorically denies any involvement.”Sitka senator opposes Dunleavy’s plan to sell new aquatics centerKatherine Rose, KCAW – SitkaGov. Mike Dunleavy proposes selling off a brand-new aquatics center in Sitka. But Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman opposes the idea: “They can sell the pool with me in it when they sell the governor’s mansion with him in it.”Cleanup underway for Prince of Wales landslideJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgClean up work is underway this week, nearly two months after a landslide closed a road near Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.Icelander visits Juneau to share advice for handling growing tourism industryAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauThis year’s Innovation Summit in Juneau featured an expert from Iceland’s tourism sector. Much like Southeast Alaska, the visitors the tiny island nation sees every summer far outnumber its total residents.State’s first female African American judge reflects on relatively recent milestoneCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage District Court Judge Pamela Scott Washington is like a lot of dedicated public servants: a member of the community trying to help others resolve conflicts, in her case, through the justice system. But, as Washington says, “Justice is not just done. Justice is seen. And justice is experienced.”last_img read more

first_imgTirumala: Salakatla Anivara Asthanam was observed with religious fervour in the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on Wednesday in Tirumala. This festival is one among the 450 important festivals that are being performed in Srivari Temple every year.The uniqueness about this festival is that the previous year’s accounts of the office are presented before the deity by the principal officers and are taken back to signify that the ‘Lord’ finds the officers fit enough to hold their respective offices. New books will also be issued for recording finances of the next fiscal. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In the temple terms, this entire process is called “Asthanam” which will be performed inside sanctum sanctorum near Bangaru Vakili in the presence of processional deities of Lord Malayappa Swamy and his two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. In connection with this festival, TTD has cancelled all arjitha sevas like Sahasra Kalasabhishekam, Kalyanotsavam, Unjal seva, Brahmotsavam, Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra Deepalankara seva. The Asthanam temple court was performed at the Bangaru Vakili inside the sanctum sanctorum between 7 am and 9 am. The presiding deity of Sri Venkateswara Swamy is decorated with four new vastrams which were decked for Kireetam, Khadgam, Tomala and Uttariyam while the remaining two to the utsava murthies of Sri Malayappa Swamy and chief commander of the Lord Vishvaksena. These six silk vastrams are being presented by Tirumala Pedda Jiyangar Sri Periyakoil Kelviyappan Sadagopa Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Ramanuja Jiyar along with Chinna Jiyangar Sri Narayana Ramanuja Chinna Jiyar as a part of the ritual, following the age-old religious practice in the famed shrine. Then the temple priests offered four types of Haratis including Tallapaka Annamaiah Harati, Tarigonda Vengamamba Harati, Mysore Maharaja Harati and Rupai Harati to Lord. TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy, EO Anil Kumar Singhal, Special Officer AV Dharma Reddy, Temple Deputy EO Haridranath and others took part. Earlier, the doors of Tirumala temple re-opened at 5 am on Wednesday, after being closed following completion of lunar eclipse, last evening at 7. After performing Suddhi, Punyahavachanam, Anivara Asthanam was performed after which darshan commenced from 11 am onwards and devotees were allowed for darshan of Lord Venkateswara.last_img read more

first_imgIndian’s state minister for external affairs MJ Akbar has said the Bangladesh government is committed to taking stern action against those who attacked Hindu minorities in the country.”The government of Bangladesh has made it clear that it takes these attacks very seriously and is committed to take [sic] stern action against perpetrators,” he said while responding to a question over attacks on minorities.In November last year, there were attacks committed on the Hindu villagers of Horkoli Thakurpara, Rangpur.The attackers burned down at least 30 Hindu houses following a Hindu youth had allegedly posted objectionable content relating to Islam on Facebook.MJ Akbar said in the lower house of India’s bicameral parliament on Wednesday that it is the responsibility of the government of Bangladesh and the government of Pakistan to discharge their obligations towards their respective citizens, including protection of their places of worship.”The government of India takes up the matter at a bilateral level, both with the government of Bangladesh and with the government of Pakistan,” he said.The questioner wanted to know whether there has been substantial increase in the incidents of attacks on minority Hindus living in neighbouring countries and whether the Indian government has formulated any action plan to express its resentment in this regard, according to the external affairs ministry.MJ Akbar said reports of attacks on members of minority communities in Bangladesh and Pakistan, including some incidents of forced conversion in Pakistan have come to the attention of the government.Information has been received from Bangladesh that some houses and a few temples of the Hindu community were also vandalised, he said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

first_imgSee also: Waze partners with San José to improve city traffic“It’s a nightmare.”That’s how Eduardo Carvajal describes the Costa Rican way to give an address.“If I want to give the address of my office I say ‘Okay, go to the ice cream cone shop in Curridabat then drive 100 meters south and 50 meters east,” Carvajal said.He’s part of the team of volunteers who mapped Costa Rica in Waze, a crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. Carvajal, whose day job is running a software company, has made hundreds of thousands of edits to Waze’s map of Costa Rica.Fellow volunteer Felipe Hidalgo spent 50 hours a week for almost two years helping to map the country. Hidalgo has made 378,000 edits to maps in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Cameroon, St. Helena Island, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. He described the work as addicting. Since the mapping of Costa Rica was completed, he scaled back to 10-15 hours a week.“I was crazy about it, and my wife was so mad with me, I used to go to the bed and take the computer with me,” Hidalgo recalled.Carvajal and Hidalgo weren’t paid for the hours they’ve spent annotating and labeling roads and landmarks on satellite images of Costa Rica, or vetting the edits other Waze users have made. But the duo, and other Waze power users who were interviewed for this story, describe it as fun and rewarding work.“Some people ask ‘Why do you work for free? Why do you spend so many hours a week doing this mapping?’ ” Hidalgo said. “You feel good about knowing that the people who drive around every day save time because you are investing your time in fixing the roads and doing this mapping.”“We don’t receive any money, but for us, everybody in Costa Rica uses Waze — believe me — for me it’s more important than all the money on the Earth,” Carvajal said.The country was mapped completely by volunteers who wanted to make it easier for their countrymen to get from point A to B. The app is especially popular in the capital, San José, boasting 300,000 active users. On one day earlier this month — Oct. 17 — users reported nearly 47,000 incidents, which include things such as a traffic jam, an accident or hazard.“It’s one of the top five markets in terms of absolute numbers, and that’s even though we have like 4.5 million people,” said Sebastián Urbina, Costa Rica’s vice minister of transportation. A traffic jam during rush hour on San José’s Paseo Colón. Ronald Reyes/The Tico TimesWaze, which began as an Israeli start-up, was purchased by Google last year.Waze became the dominant mapping system because it’s free to use, and was superior to alternatives, such as Google Maps and GPS, which lacked real-time data and the level of detail that Waze came to have.The app is especially popular because of the unique challenges of navigating Costa Rica.“Most of our streets don’t have road names so a lot of the addresses end up being very much next to some kind of landmark associated with it, and that’s how we give directions,” Urbina said. “There’s never been good maps generated to be able to get to where you’re trying to go.”Waze has become such a part of the culture that businesses will even list their addresses in advertisements as locations that can be searched for on Waze.If inviting friends over for a party, it’s common to share a Waze hyperlink to one’s address through a WhatsApp group or a Facebook event.That way a driver doesn’t have to know every landmark in the country, a feat that’s especially challenging for young people and tourists.Costa Rica’s government recently partnered with Waze as part of its Connected Citizens campaign to share information with Waze on road closures. So if Urbina has to close a highway due to a storm, that information is automatically shared with Waze, and drivers using the app are all instantly aware.“I’m trying to leapfrog the technological development that a lot of cities go through. More developed cities have invested significant amounts of money in traffic cameras and in road sensors. It’s very expensive and although we have some traffic cameras they’re very, very limited in the city,” Urbina said. “And I don’t have the money to build up as many as I would need to have proper management. So this level of connection, crowdsourcing and community-based collection allows me to leapfrog that whole development stage for the cities to be able to start, and be able to make the same type of decisions that other cities do without actually having to go through that level of investment.”He also plans to use Waze to identify when the police department should send officers to direct traffic, and to measure how effective each officer is at improving traffic jams.“We dispatch the police officer and then Waze is going to tell us, ‘Oh now traffic flow is better.’ So we link that improvement to that officer. And then we’re able to generate data associated with not just can we improve it by sending an officer, but how good is that officer at improving. So we rank the officers and decide where we send them,” Urbina said.As positive an impact as Waze has had, the service has inadvertently empowered some dishonorable behaviors. One Costa Rican Waze user highlighted the usefulness of being able to share where police officers are located.He explained how a driver who may have had one drink too many could know what streets to avoid. Or a driver who is violating San Jose’s tag days — where certain license plates aren’t allowed on streets on given days — can avoid a ticket by steering clear of certain intersections.Watch a trippy data visualization video of a single day of San José traffic on Waze here.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Waze partners with San José to improve city traffic Waze now gives Costa Rica drivers advice on skirting vehicle restrictions Smartphone app helps locate, review gas stations in Costa Rica Startup wants to make navigating Costa Rica’s public transportation an easy ridelast_img read more