Threat reduced to BC coast as fuel barge safely reaches protected waters

first_imgBELLA BELLA, B.C. – The coast guard says a loaded fuel barge that broke away from its tug off British Columbia’s central coast has reached safer waters and is now moored.A tweet from the coast guard says the barge Zidell Marine 277 is at anchor, along with the tug that towed it to Norman Morison Bay at the northern tip of Campbell Island, on the Inside Passage.The coast guard says booms have been placed around both vessels as a precaution, but no pollution has been observed.The barge was loaded with 3.5 million litres of diesel and 468,000 litres of gasoline when its owner, Washington state-based Harley Marine Services, says it broke away from its tug Sunday after being hit by powerful waves.Company vice-president of safety Rich Softye says the crew from the tug was able to board the barge and drop its anchor, preventing it from drifting onto a nearby island.Softye says a full investigation is being done and the company is also questioning the manufacturer of the system that couples its tugs to barges.last_img read more

American Humane Association To Honor Naomi Judd

first_imgAmerica’s oldest national humane organization will pay tribute to a legendary humanitarian next week in Palm Beach, Fla.American Humane Association is honored to bestow its Humane Legacy Award to country music superstar and noted activist Naomi Judd at the Lady in Red Gala to be held at the Mar-a-Lago Club on December 7. Ms. Judd will be recognized for her tireless dedication to helping the infirmed and society’s most vulnerable.She was first known to the world as half of country music’s mother-daughter duo, The Judds. Reaching unprecedented success throughout the 80’s and 90’s, The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen number one hits, and received over sixty industry awards, including six Grammy’s and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year awards and the ACM’s Top Vocal Duet award.Her rise to the top of the country music charts was sadly cut short when she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a chronic liver disease, having first contracted the disease from an infected needle during her previous career as a registered nurse. Though The Judds retired from the music industry, Ms. Judd did not retreat from the public spotlight, instead becoming the first national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation. Utilizing her fame and passion for helping people she helped spread awareness of this potentially fatal disease, helping to save untold lives.Ms. Judd’s charity work is far-reaching, and includes River Cities Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, M.A.D.D., Parents Television Council, Make-A-Difference Day, Women’s World Peace Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and her own July 4th Judd’s Annual Food Drive to benefit families of Appalachia. Notably, for the past two years she has served as a celebrity judge and presenter at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a celebration of heroes on both ends of the leash.“Naomi is the living embodiment of a humanitarian, and we cannot think of anyone more deserving of our Humane Legacy Award,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO. “She has dedicated her life to making the world a better place for so many, both two- and four-legged. American Humane Association is lucky to count her among our biggest advocates.”The 20th Annual Lady in Red Gala is presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation will be hosted by the famed comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with proceeds benefiting American Humane Association. For more information on this year’s “A Night in Rio”-themed event, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Moroccan Parliament Approves 20 Tax Rebate for Foreign Films

New York – The Moroccan Parliament has approved a new incentive that has the potential to double the filming of foreign films in Morocco as of 2016.The 2016 Finance Law, which will enter into effect on March 31, 2016, includes a 20 percent tax cash rebate for foreign films, according to a report by Variety magazine.A foreign film will be eligible to receive the 20 percent cashback if its expenditures are at least MAD 10 million (US $1 million) and provides at least 18 days of work. The 18 days of work may be composed of principal photography and set-building. The number of days spent in the shoot may be combined with the number of days spent building the set, as long as there is a minimum of 18 combined days.Sarim Fassi Fihri, President of the Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM) had proposed the cashback incentive in 2014.Fassi Fihri said that he was “delighted” that the parliament had finally accepted his proposal, the same source noted.The new cashback mechanism will allegedly work in favor of bringing back film shoots to Morocco.Since South Africa, France and Belgium had adopted cashback incentives, a large number of foreign films had chosen those countries instead of Morocco.Therefore, according to CCM, the most competitive way for Morocco to maintain its great filming record was to adopt an attractive cashback mechanism.Morocco has been a favorite foreign location of filmmakers for years due to the diversity of its landscapes and the beauty of its locations.One of the most recent and famous foreign film shot in Morocco was “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, which used Casablanca as its background.In 2015, 21 feature films and 16 television series have declared their interest and chosen Morocco as their location to shoot their productions.Recent American shoots included: comedy “Arms and the Dudes,” comedy “Army of One,” Iraq War drama “The Yellow Bird,” and drama “The Fixer,” the magazine noted.The cashback mechanism proposal had been overturned by the Moroccan Parliament in early December because it included both foreign and domestic shoots. The amended approved proposal will only include foreign productions.Fassi Fihri predicted that this 20 percent cash rebate incentive could triple the total annual spending of foreign productions, thus benefiting the industry’s infrastructure and foreign investments in Morocco. read more

Banks help lift Toronto stock index as loonie ends its 5day streak

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index rose on solid earnings and a boost in the price of oil, while indices south of the border slipped.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 78.20 points to 15,063.16.The jump came as one of Canada’s biggest banks reported strong results for its latest financial quarter, said Ian Scott, an investment analyst at Manulife Asset Management, setting the tone for a slew of financial company earnings this week and next.Royal Bank (TSX:RY), the first of Canada’s six biggest banks to report third-quarter financial results this year, boosted its dividend by five per cent to 91 cents per share, which one analyst said was twice as big as expected.A bump in the price of oil also lifted the energy sector, where shares rose on average by more than one per cent.The October crude contract advanced 58 cents to US$48.41 per barrel, in part thanks to data showing lower inventory levels.The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest weekly petroleum status report showed U.S. commercial crude inventories, excluding those in the strategic petroleum reserve, for the week ending Friday, Aug. 18, decreased by 3.3 million from the previous week.Meanwhile, politics impacted Wall Street as Tuesday night’s commentary from U.S. President Donald Trump worked its way into the markets, said Scott.Trump threatened to shut down the federal government unless Congress agreed to fund a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border — one of the American leader’s major campaign promises.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 87.80 points to 21,812.09, the S&P 500 index fell 8.47 points to 2,444.04, and the Nasdaq composite index shed 19.07 points to 6,278.41.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.59 cents US, down 0.08 of a U.S. cent and breaking its five-day streak of gains.Elsewhere in commodities, the September natural gas contract shed 1.1 cents to roughly US$2.93 per mmBTU, the December gold contract gained $3.70 to US$1,294.70 an ounce and the September copper contract fell about seven-tenths of a cent to US$2.98 a pound.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Stranded Lankans refuse Indonesian assistance

A rescue team had been sent to offer assistance to the approximately 40 Sri Lankans on the ship but they had refused to accept help from Indonesia.The people on the ship believed to be illegal asylum seekers have insisted on being helped by Australian authorities. A group of Sri Lankans stranded off Indonesian waters have refused assistance from Indonesia, reports said today.Indonesian media reported that the ship transporting the Sri Lankans encountered engine failure and was adrift off Mentawai Islands.

PUCSL wants domestic solar power plants linked to grid soon

“Among the non- conventional renewable energy (NCRE) sources, Rooftop solar PV considered as one of the fastest technologies to install and integrate into the grid. Government’s “Soorya Bala Sangramaya” (energy battle) programme is one strategy to support future energy requirement and so far Sri Lanka has added about 42 megawatts of capacity to the national grid through domestic rooftop solar plants  by the end of 2016.” Kumarasinghe added.Sri Lanka has 7904 domestic rooftop solar plants  that are installed and connected to the national grid, data up to Novemeber 2016 reveals. Accordingly the PUCSL advised the distribution licensees (CEB & LECO) to expedite grid connection process of domestic rooftop solar plants  within a time frame of two weeks. This includes 256 rooftop solar plantsin Southern province, 4806  plantsin Western province, 184 plantsin Central province, 105 plantsin Sabaragamuwa province, 249 plantsin North Western province, 98 plantsin North Central, 1707 plantsin Northen province, 32 plantsin Uva province and 73 solar plantsin Eastern province.The total domestic rooftop solar plants  before the Soorya Bala Sangramaya (the energy battle for solar) stood  at 6485 and increased to 7905 by end November 2016. 1420 domestic rooftop solar plants  were added through Soorya Bala Sangramaya by end November 2016.Generation of electricity through renewable energy sources has become a major concern forgovernment as well as private sector investors. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the regulator of the electricity sector, has directed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) to connect domestic rooftop solar plants to the national grid within two weeks from the date of application.“The direction to provide the connection for rooftop solar plants to the national grid in an efficient manner within a time fame will encourage people to move for solar power,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilites Commission of Sri Lanka said. Sri Lanka aims to add 200 MW of solar electricity to the national grid by 2020 and 1000 MW by the year 2025. The Government policy is to increase the existing 50 percent of the electricity generation based on the renewable energy sources to 60 percent by the year 2020 and to increase it further up to 70 percent by the year 2030 and to generate the total energy requirement through renewable and other indigenous energy resources by 2050. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Purported financial records on FBI director actors posted online LA police investigating

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anthony McCartney And Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2013 6:27 pm MDT Purported financial records on FBI director, actors, posted online; LA police investigating LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Authorities and celebrities were grappling Monday with how to respond to a website that posted what appears to be private financial information about top government officials and stars such as Jay-Z and Mel Gibson.Los Angeles police said they were investigating how the Social Security number, address and a credit report of the police chief ended up on the site. The site also posted the same information about FBI Director Robert Mueller; the bureau said it was aware of the site but declined to say whether it was investigating.The site also targeted stars such as Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. Info posted about Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not include credit reports but included addresses and other sensitive information.Social Security numbers posted on Gibson, Jay-Z and others matched records in public databases.The site, which bears an Internet suffix originally assigned to the Soviet Union, expanded throughout the day Monday to add entries on Britney Spears, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and others.It did not state how the information was obtained or why the 11 people targeted on the site were selected, describing the records only as “secret files.” A Twitter profile linked to the site and created after its existence was first reported by celebrity website TMZ included an anti-police message in Russian.Several of the purported credit reports appear to have been generated last week.Representatives for each person targeted either declined to comment on the accuracy of the information that was posted, or they did not return messages seeking comment.Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the LAPD was investigating the posting of Police Chief Charlie Beck’s information and would also investigate the posting of info on any celebrities who live in the city and request an inquiry.He said confidential information on top police officials has been posted online at least twice before.“People get mad at us, go on the Internet and try to find information about us, and post it all on one site,” Smith said.“The best word I can use to describe it is creepy,” he said about the practice known as doxxing. “It’s a creepy thing to do.”Frank Preciado, assistant officer in charge at the LAPD online section, said the postings are also illegal. He said the information was likely taken from what is supposed to be a secure database of city employees.Several of the pages featured unflattering pictures of the celebrities or government officials whose information was posted.The site’s page on Beck includes a taunting reference to former officer Christopher Dorner, who apparently committed suicide after he killed four people during a multi-day rampage. Beck’s page included the message “(hash)YouCantCornerTheDorner” and an image of a woman protesting police corruption.While government officials often have to disclose details on their finances — and celebrity divorces sometimes feature public financial data — the information posted online exceeds those disclosures.Social Security numbers are rarely included in public records anymore because they can be used for identity theft.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP . Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latams . read more

Alternative fuels – SMMT looks to the future

SMMT today announced the first findings from a new motor industry group creating a vision for the fuels which will power the next generation of vehicles. A new publication called Towards a Shared Vision – Future Fuels and Sustainable Mobility shows the work being carried out by the SMMT Future Fuels Strategy Group (FFSG).The need for sustainable energy sources and drive to cut vehicle CO2 emissions are the key factors in the development of future fuels. Through its work, the FFSG will advise on available options and share a long-term view with policy makers in government. This pro-active approach will ensure that government will be best placed to promote the most appropriate fuels and support the UK as a world leader in cleaner vehicle technologies. Towards a Shared Vision – Future Fuels and Sustainable Mobility focuses on the aims of the FFSG and the investment already made in greener alternatives like hydrogen fuel cells, liquid petroleum gas vehicles and electric / petrol hybrid cars. Copies can be found on SMMT’s web site at www.smmt.co.ukSMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘The Future Fuels Strategy Group’s aim is to develop a vision for the future and to bring the alternative fuels debate to as wide an audience as possible. Everyone has to understand the practical issues and policy decisions that underpin the success of future fuel and vehicle development in the UK. What better place to launch the group than at this week’s Driving the Future conference?’ SMMT will be at the Driving the Future event from 26 September to 28 September at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Alberta surpasses Quebec as preferred place for mining investment according to global

first_imgAlberta is now seen as the world’s most attractive jurisdiction for mineral exploration and development, ending Quebec’s three-year reign as the preferred destination for mining investment, according to the Survey of Mining Companies: 2010 Mid-Year Update, released by the Fraser Institute. The updated survey of international mining executives, conducted between June 1 and June 30, is a follow-up to the Fraser Institute’s Survey of Mining Companies: 2009/2010, released in April. Alberta now ranks first in the world after being ranked fourth overall in the 2009/2010 survey. Finland, which was third, moves up to second overall. “After ranking Quebec as the best place in the world for mining investment for three years in a row, it appears that miners’ confidence in the province has been shaken by increases in mining taxes which were announced without consultation in Quebec’s spring budget,” said Fred McMahon, coordinator of the survey and the Institute’s vice-president of international policy research. The survey results also appear to reflect concerns about Bill 79, the review of Quebec’s mining law, and could be seen as a blow to the province’s reputation for offering stable government policies.The Fraser Institute’s Survey of Mining Companies: 2010 Mid-Year Update is based on the opinions of mining executives representing 429 mineral exploration and development companies on the investment climate of 51 jurisdictions around the world. The update was conducted following the global recovery in commodity prices and the introduction of new regulatory hurdles and taxation in many jurisdictions.The survey results also show that Australia, to a much greater extent than Quebec, experienced a dramatic decline in rankings, following the Australian government’s plans to impose a heavy Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) on the mining industry. While the tax was cancelled after the survey was conducted-though miners will still face significant tax increases-the results reveal the mining industry’s strong opposition towards the RSPT. South Australia dropped to 15th place from 10th, the Northern Territory dropped to 30th from 14th, Western Australia fell to 28th from 19th, Queensland dipped to 33rd from 24th, and New South Wales fell to 38th from 20th.“Despite the cancellation of the RSPT, it is unclear how the mining industry will react to newly announced tax changes, the structure of which is still uncertain,” McMahon said. “But the results of this updated survey make one point abundantly clear: governments that change mining policies in mid-stream without consulting the industry risk driving away investment.”Canadian jurisdictions generally fared well in the survey. The Yukon rose from 13th place in the 2009/2010 edition to fourth overall, and both Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador moved up one spot, placing fifth and seventh, respectively. Ontario moved up one spot to 20th while Nunavut climbed to 22nd.British Columbia, which industry executives have in the past blasted for its multiple layers of regulation, little coordination between various government agencies, and uncertainty around aboriginal land claims, improved its ranking to 26th,  although it remains ahead of only the Northwest Territories, which moved up to 32nd overall.Overall, the top 10 jurisdictions are Alberta, Finland, Quebec, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Chile, Newfoundland and Labrador, Botswana, Alaska, and Nevada. Seven of the jurisdictions ranked among the top 10 are the same in both the updated survey and the previously released 2009/2010 report. The three exceptions are New Brunswick, which was not included in the updated survey; Manitoba, which fell from ninth place to 11th; and South Australia, which dropped from 10th to 15th.The bottom 10 scores went to Ecuador, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Russia, Colorado, Indonesia, and Tasmania. The Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, and California, which were among the worst-ranked nations in the 2009/2010 survey, managed to climb out of the bottom 10.“In order to attract mining investment, jurisdictions must uphold the rule of law and respect negotiated contracts and property rights. Jurisdictions that fail to do so can not compete successfully on a global scale,” McMahon said. “Though Canada’s overall performance in the survey remains strong, Quebec has done an about-face in recent months, damaging its reputation for stable mining policy. The government would be well advised to refrain from thickening regulations and increasing royalties.”last_img read more

Theres a 60 88 chance weather phenomenon El Niño will strike this

first_imgTHE UN WEATHER agency says there’s a strong chance an El Niño weather event will reappear before the end of the year.The El Niño, a flow of unusually warm surface waters from the Pacific Ocean toward and along the western coast of South America, shakes up climate patterns worldwide and usually raises global temperatures.Extreme eventsAn update this week from the World Meteorological Organisation puts the odds of El Niño at 60 percent between June and August, rising to 75-88 percent between October and December.WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud says El Niño leads to “extreme events and has a pronounced warming effect” on top of man-made global warming.The outlook is for peak strength during the last quarter of the year and into the few months of 2015 before dissipating.In April, the United Nations made a similar warning, saying that there was a “fairly large potential for an El Niño, most likely by the end of the second quarter of 2014″.The last El Niño occurred between June 2009 – May 2010, with one of the strongest-ever spells occurring in 1997, leading to extreme weather.- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Remember that mad weather in 1997? It could be back again this year…>last_img read more

Google Maps mobile site adds Street View

first_imgYou may have lost the official Google Maps presence but if you have iOS 6, at least you can still access the search giant’s unrivaled Street View feature. Google just made the feature available to the mobile Web version of its Maps platform, something that will specifically target iPhone and iPad users.Of course, Apple scrapped Google Maps from the latest version of its mobile operating system because it wanted to force users into utilizing its brand spanking new maps platform. This caused some controversy, but of course it’s Apple so few people were actually surprised.Even without an official Google Maps app, though, iPhone and iPad owners can still browse the Web at their leisure. So it comes as no coincidence that Google has now updated its mobile website version of Google Maps.The biggest enhancement is that this site now adds what is arguably the most impressive part of the search giant’s map initiative — Street View.This is one thing that Apple simply cannot compete with when it comes to its map app alternative. That is, until Apple decides to start driving a camera-equipped car all around the world.In fact, Apple is only continuing to make enemies, with its poor map app rollout leading to CEO Tim Cook to publicly apologize. He even said that users should turn to alternatives until the company gets its act together.So it’s a perfect time for Google to swoop in and prove that it can be more reliable than Apple.via All Things Dlast_img read more

Fantastic Beats The Crimes of Grindelwald Brings Magic to SDCC

first_img The DC movies were the big draw of Warner Bros.’ Hall H panel at Comic Con, but that wasn’t the only big franchise at the show. The first sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them kicked off the panel with a full trailer. We see Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald sulking evilly around a magical world. We see Jude Law as a young Professor Dumbledore just turning the charm up to 11. There’s even a small hint at Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald, though the movie will frustratingly not show any more than that. Even so, the trailer is full of magic for anyone whose been missing the world of Harry Potter.They’re never going to live up to the Harry Potter series, but there’s still plenty of whimsy and magic here. Again, Jude Law makes a fantastic Dumbledore, and it’s nice seeing Hogwarts again when he teaches a young Newt Scamander in Defense Against the Dark Arts. (Hey! It’s a bogart!) The panel was reportedly something that had to be seen. The cast was there, clearly having exactly the right amount of fun for such an event. Eddie Redmayne waved a wand around like any self-respecting Harry Potter fan would. Ezra Miller, though, stole the show when he came out in a full Toadette costume. (Someone’s been playing Mario Tennis.) All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Ezra Miller, king of #ComicCon. pic.twitter.com/9kxowTWs2y— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) July 21, 2018Awesome. Once everyone calmed down from that and the trailer, Law got everyone up to speed on the story of the sequel, Syfy Wire reports. “The Muggle world and Wizard world are pitched against each other, but the wizards are asked which side of the line and which side they’re joining. The depths of this story are probably the darkest this has plumbed,” he said. Though this is now a five-film series, this movie is certainly treading into dark middle chapter territory. It sounds like we’re going to see exactly how bad things got before Harry defeated Voldemort.Law also described getting to find his own take on his character. Yes, we’ve seen Dumbledore before, portrayed by two different actors, but Law was able to make this iteration his own. In this movie, Dumbledore is, as he puts it, “a sprightly 45.” “You have to remember that the Dumbledore we remember from the Harry Potter films is more than 100 years older…David Yates our wonderful director really let me free in establishing him in his own right.”Probably one of the coolest moments of the panel came when a fan asked what the cast would want to do if they actually had wizard powers. Miller, who remember is in full Toadette costume, said, “I would destroy the patriarchy.” Between this and Justice League, he really does make every series he’s in so much better. We also got to see a poster for the movie, which looks pretty cool.Via Warner Bros.The panel ended on a strange note. Johnny Depp took the stage, a huge surprise to everyone in attendance. Though he is playing Grindelwald, he was not scheduled to be part of the panel. Depp’s continued casting in this movie has been the source of some… let’s say controversy lately. After his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of physical abuse, many fans wanted him gone from this movie. His appearance, according to E! News drew both cheers and boos from the audience. Depp was in full costume, and it would appear, in character. He gave the audience a very Grindelwald-sounding speech before the Fantastic Beasts section of the panel ended.“The moment has come for us to rise up and take our rightful place in the world,” he said. Alright, then. That’s the direction the movie’s going, huh? Well, there’s sure to be plenty more dark magic in store when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters November 16. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Marine accused of driving drunk in fatal Bonsall crash set to be

first_img Posted: January 4, 2019 January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:07 PM Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom VISTA (KUSI) – A Camp Pendleton Marine accused of driving drunk and causing a wrong-way crash that killed a father of two on a rural Bonsall-area road early on New Year’s Day was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a slate of criminal charges that could include murder.Adam Daniel Barooshian, 25, was allegedly speeding to the east on the westbound side of state Route 76 near Via Monserate shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday when his Lexus IS 300 hit an oncoming motorcycle ridden by 29-year-old Christopher Williams of Oceanside.At the time of the deadly collision, Williams was on his way home from his job as a security guard and emergency medical technician at Pauma Casino, according to the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association, which employs the victim’s wife as a public-safety dispatcher.Williams died at the scene of the crash.Medics took Barooshian to Palomar Medical Center for treatment of superficial injuries. About six hours after the deadly wreck, the Massachusetts native was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and murder.The latter charge stems from a prior recent DUI charge still pending against Barooshian, CHP public-affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said.Williams is survived by his wife, Sarah; and sons, Jonathon, 8, and Nathan, 5.A GoFundMe.com donation account has been established for Williams’ family. Marine accused of driving drunk in fatal Bonsall crash set to be arraigned FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Family enrolls overweight cat for fat camp at University of Florida

first_imgA feline is working hard on her fitness at a Florida university.Meet Laila the cat. She’s the only animal enrolled at a weight loss camp at the University of Florida in Gainesville.Her owners signed her up after she put on some pounds and was unable to jump on anything.Once a week, the kitty goes through a rigorous exercise routine, which includes running on the treadmill and swimming.It seems to be paying off because her family said Laila has already lost two pounds.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Chignik Bay hanging by a thread in second year of scant fishing

first_imgWhatever the reason for the shortage, it’s not just people in Chignik that are suffering. The city itself is feeling the sting of two missed seasons. When fishermen aren’t bringing in money, the city is missing out on tax dollars. With a skeleton crew of boats, they aren’t getting much in the way of harbor fees either.  “I have to appreciate their frustration,” Johnson said. “That fishery is long standing and has been healthy for a long time. And the fact that it was an abject failure last year is the result of probably a combination of factors. The board took some action to enlarge the windows for escapement in a couple areas and you know, that that needs to be looked at again, if it’s not working.” “Even for us,” Allen said. “It’s getting down to the point now where we’re going to have to make a decision to either leave and go fish somewhere else or go find a new completely new industry to be in.” “They call it fishing, not catching,” said fisherman Ben Allen. “So we know we got to go try, but there’s nothing out there.” There are fears that a host of essential services in Chignik could die off. For example, the school is down to about a dozen students across all grades. If that number dips down below 10, it loses state funding and would likely shut down. For Raechel Allen, who’s been coming here to fish with her family since she was two years old, having to go anywhere besides Chignik would be devastating. “The heads of the groups believe that this place is more of a thorn in their side,” Allen said. “Basically they just don’t see the money coming from it. And when you don’t have money coming from somewhere, then it’s really not something worth protecting.” “It’s hanging by a thread,” Kopun said. “Everybody’s has to really take a serious look in the mirror and say, ‘What am I going to do?’ You know, if we don’t fish it all this year, what do we do?” Porpoises swim in Chignik Bay, just minutes away from the city’s harbor. (Photo by Alex Hager / KDLG) Axel Kopun (right) and his father Aloys in front of his fishing vessel, the Mylia Lynn. Aloys has been fishing in Chignik since 1964, before the village had running water. (Photo by Alex Hager / KDLG) In a harbor that’s about half as full as it might be in a good year, fishermen have stuck around for a variety of reasons. Some do not have the money to get a permit in another district. But others, like Axel Kopun, whose family has been fishing here for more than fifty years, simply feel too connected to Chignik to take their boat anywhere else. In the village of Chignik Bay, it’s all about salmon. It’s a tiny South Peninsula outpost with a population of about 200 during the summer and about 70 during the winter, and the economy has been built on fishing for over a century. But now, the fish just aren’t coming. “People are honestly just looking to leave,” Allen said. “The mood is not even ‘Oh no, our fishery is gone.’ It’s more of a, ‘I need to go find a new place to live and a new place to work. I have no job here.’” Ben and his wife Raechel have been fishing Chignik together every summer for the past 21 years. Raechel has been coming to this fishery with her dad for over four decades. While some in this town have gotten fed up and left — getting their hands on permits to fish in other districts such as Kodiak and Sand Point — the Allens are part of a small group that has chosen to tough it out and stay put. But that decision is getting harder by the day. Fishing boats, about half as many as their might be in a good season, wait for an opener in Chignik’s city harbor. (Photo by Alex Hager / KDLG) “It’s just not right to give up on it,” Kopun said. “And if it wasn’t for this area, none of us would have anything. Chignik has given all our families everything we have.” Ben Allen, who has been fishing in Chignik for over two decades, has spent most of the season at home while his boat sits idle in the harbor. (Photo by Alex Hager / KDLG) But as long as she is still in Chignik, Allen says she’ll keep pressing on and doing what she can to try and bring the fish back. “I think it’s worth fighting for as an example,” Allen said. “To any community. It’s the wrong way to go about things when you have a community based on a resource. And to let it die is wrong.” “The ocean is changing,” Johnson said.  “The climate is changing. If we had the answer to that question, it might be a much easier solution to fix the problem.” “I would suggest there’s a lot more nuance than just numbers,” Johnson said. “You can’t help but feel for what’s what’s happening in Chignik and the people there.” People in Chignik say the two-year shortage is no accident. Of course, conditions can change from time to time, and there are good years and bad years. But the running theory here is that these weak runs are the result of mismanagement. With a healthy dose of optimism in the offseason, many were ready to write off the bad summer as a fluke and get back to fishing in 2019. The second half of the season has produced a handful of openers, but after the entire first half of the season passed with no catch, fishermen say there’s still a dwindling sense of hope. The Board of Fisheries has held that their job is primarily to make sure that the run is biologically sustainable, a priority that doesn’t necessarily account for the commercial viability of a given fishery. Johnson says it’s keeping an eye on the Chignik situation, and the board has already tried to make some corrective moves in the past. “How long is this city going to be able to function here,” Kopun said. “If they can’t keep the generators on and the water going, then all of a sudden you’re asking people to buy their own generators for electricity and then pack water.” Since they’re not out fishing, Allen and his wife have turned their energy to research — poring over statistics and data, trying to put together a case for Chignik that they can take to the Board of Fisheries. But when they’ve done so, he says, they haven’t found much sympathy. Johnson claims that, to a degree, the board’s decisions are at the whim of changing environmental factors. Because of those changing factors, it’s hard to know whether the paucity of fish in Chignik is the result of mismanagement or unpredictable environmental shifts. The Board of Fish contends the opposite. Fritz Johnson, a board member serving in his second term, says the decisions aren’t as cold and calculated as they’re being made out to be. For the second year in a row, Allen and other Chignik fishermen have mostly been left to twiddle their thumbs. During the summer of 2018, they did not have a single opener. That was a year without fish, and a year without income.  As the money is dwindling, there are fears that essential services could go away. At a recent city council meeting, things got tense when someone asked where the funds would come from to pay for fuel for the village’s generator. While a hydroelectric system is currently under construction, Chignik currently relies on that generator to power, light and heat homes and businesses throughout the community. People in Chignik think the fish are still heading their way, but they’re being cut off by fishing in Area M and other nearby districts. Most of the blame and frustration, then, is directed at the Board of Fisheries, the state body that makes regulatory decisions about where and how much fishing goes on in Alaska. Recently, Allen says, those decisions have left Chignik by the wayside. “We’ve been over and over to these board official meetings and we’ve begged and we pleaded,” Allen said. “And this is not a new thing. This is something that we’ve been calling to the board, saying something’s wrong with our system. It’s slowly going down hill. And decisions were made at the board level that said, ‘It’ll bounce back, it’ll bounce back. Don’t worry about it.’” Raechel Allen has been coming to Chignik since she was two years old. (Photo by Alex Hager / KDLG) “When you know the area right next to you is hammering your fish at levels they weren’t able to before,” Kopun said. “And they’ve been even given more fishing time, you don’t have a whole lot of faith in your fish getting back to you.” “It’s my home,” Allen said. “It’s my family. It’s my friends. I put my sweat, blood and tears into it. It’s everything. I’d have to rebuild.” For those who have dug in their heels and committed to fishing in Chignik, a year without a catch was bad. But a second year without fishing — and without income — is pushing things to the brink of catastrophe.last_img read more

6 Entrepreneurial Ways for Teens to Make Money

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global During your teen years you have the most freedom you will ever have in your life. While lots of people will seek their first job at a fast food chain or local business, don’t let anything stop you from working for yourself. There are lots of ways you can make money, you just have to get creative. In this day and age, especially with the power and easy access of the internet, you can never be too young to start making money for yourself. There are many unique ways to make money as a teen.Buying and re-selling.You can find things to buy and resell anywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open. Check out local garage sales and thrift stores. Even check with your neighbors or friends to see if they have anything they want to sell, but don’t have the time to list themselves. Once you find a product you think you can sell for more than you bought, make sure to validate this by looking to see how much other people are selling your product for. There are marketplaces you can list your item on including eBay, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, and many more.Related: 6 Signs You Should Open Your Own Online StoreIf you’re just getting started, don’t worry too much about how much you make, the skills you’ll gain and lessons learned along the way are priceless. You will gain experience with market research, customer service, shipping and fulfillment, as well as numerous other business fundamentals.Technical support.As a teen, technology is probably innate to you. Most teens take for granted their technical skills that are highly valued by the older generations ahead of them.There are many people in your local community that have technical issues and no access to a trusted resource who can help. Get the word out by posting in local online community groups such as Facebook or Craigslist. Consider volunteering some of your time and services with local groups and organizations. This is a great way to network, demonstrate your skills, and contribute to your community all at the same time.Related: Why You Should Volunteer Before Launching Your CareerLots of people prefer someone to come help them in person instead of talking to a stranger over the phone. Don’t worry too much if you can’t solve every issue on the spot. If you are resourceful, patient, and persistent in finding a solution, and if you provide outstanding service and follow up, word of mouth will spread like wildfire.Content creation.Social media is now a bigger factor than ever in the buying process, especially to teens. Brands recognize this and are doing anything they can to jump on the latest trend, while helping to promote their company. As a teen you are surrounded by the culture these brands want to be a part of 24/7. You know what your friends are talking about, what’s hot, and what’s not. This type of insight and access is extremely valuable to brands.Think about how a company could become cool in your friends’ eyes and help portray this vision to the brand, whether it is a social media post, or even a new product. Reaching out to a brand may sound intimidating but all it takes is a simple DM or email explaining your idea. You never know what their reaction will be and what doors it may open for you.Bundle and sell.Imagine someone is buying a new phone and they need a case, a screen protector, and a pair of headphones. Buying all of these can be time-consuming if purchased individually. Do the hard work for them. Make sure all of them are compatible and put them together at one easy price point. Whether you are selling a bundle online or to people in your local community, selling “convenience” can be easy, fun and lucrative.Related: Do the Job Nobody Else Wants and You’ll Never be Overlooked at WorkThe more creative you can get the better. Think about how you can improve any aspect of the purchasing experience whether buying groceries or a new TV.Stock photography.Think about how many times a day you have a few extra minutes with nothing to do. You can turn these snippets of time into money making opportunities, and all it takes is a phone with a camera. With stock photography you can get paid for taking pictures of anything. Pictures of virtually everything around you can sell, whether you are in a park or getting lunch with a friend, the options are endless. Put your unique spin on a situation, or look at something from a new creative angle.There are many sites like Fotolia and Shutterstock where you can upload your photographs free of charge. If they sell, you’ll get a commission. The more images you upload, the more potential you have to make money.Seasonal assistant.People’s lives are always busy, especially around the holidays. Simply provide a service that will give busy people some of their time back and it becomes a purchase that requires little convincing. Whether it is getting pumpkins ready to carve for Halloween, eggs ready to dye for Easter, or running to the mall to pick up that last Christmas gift there aren’t traditional services for these type of things. Get the word out in your community about how you can help, provide a good experience, and again word of mouth will take over. September 6, 2018 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Mozilla reveals plan for themes in Firefox

first_imgMozilla reveals plan for themes in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on February 25, 2017 in Firefox – 41 commentsLast year, Mozilla announced major changes that it planned to implement that would change Firefox in several fundamental ways.The deprecation of Firefox’s long-standing add-on system in favor of WebExtensions is probably the change that will have the largest impact on the Firefox browser and users.The main reason for this is that Mozilla plans to remove support for classic add-ons in Firefox by the end of 2017. Any add-on that is not recreated using WebExtensions APIs won’t work in Firefox anymore when the change hits the browser.Legacy add-ons are on their way out, and this includes full or complete themes as well as any add-on created using development technologies other than WebExtensions.Some developers announced already that they will quit developing add-ons for Firefox, others criticized Mozilla for making the cut early as some APIs are still in development, and others might never make the cut.Firefox users will gain access to the majority of Chrome extensions in return however.Mozilla’s plan for themes in FirefoxIn, Improving Themes in Firefox, Mozilla’s Justin Dolske, reveals Mozilla’s plan to go forward with themes in the Firefox web browser.It should not come as a surprise that full themes are still on their way out. Mozilla’s main idea is to improve lightweight themes so that theme creators have more options in regards to capabilities and changes that these themes can make to the Firefox interface.This won’t reach full theme levels, but it will be more powerful than the light changes that lightweight themes may make right now.Dolske reiterates that complete themes have to go because of compatibility issues. He notes that only 60 complete themes are currently compatible with the current Firefox release, while the remaining 440 complete themes are not. Another point that he makes is that complete themes are not as popular as lightweight themes.While compatibility or sheer numbers is certainly one reason for that, one should note that Mozilla put the focus on lightweight themes on AMO and when it talked about themes. This meant that lightweight themes got the bulk of exposure which in turn meant more installs by users.Mozilla’s plan is to extend the capabilities of lightweight themes in the browser. Mozilla plans to implement popular full theme capabilities so that they become available to lightweight theme designers.At its core is a JSON manifest, mapping defined property names to the underlying UI elements. Theme developers will be able to control a variety of styles on these properties (such as colors, icons, and background images), and Firefox will ensure the manifests are supported in a stable and well-documented way across future releases and UI updates. These themes will be layered on top of the default Firefox appearance, so you can create a trivial theme that just changes one property, or a complex theme that changes all of them.Mozilla set a number of goals besides that. It wants feature parity with google Chrome themes, make sure that lightweight themes don’t regress startup and browser window opening times, and that themes may also manipulate Firefox about pages.You can check out the engineering plan for the future of Firefox theming here.Now You: What’s your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameMozilla reveals plan for themes in FirefoxDescriptionMozilla revealed today the future of themes in the Firefox web browser, what that means, and how that differs from the current offering.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Trans woman murdered in Orlando and was then misgendered by media

first_imgA trans woman was found dead in Orlando yesterday (19 July), and then the media misgendered her.The body of Sasha Garden was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex at around 5am. Williams said: As soon as I opened the door, I get, “I hear a bunch of transvestites stay here.”Montrese Williams says she corrected the deputies’ terminology and after identifying Garden’s from a photo of her body, made sure to tell deputies her name was ‘Sasha’ and that she was a trans woman.‘[The deputy] acted like he couldn’t even pronounce transgender,’ she said.Following the report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, TV stations followed with transphobic headlines.While Garden’s friends, tried to call the stations, asking them to issue a correction, they initially declined.WESH and WFTV said they only report what the police gave them.Misgendered by the mediaQLatinx, a LGBTI rights group, described the reporting as a ‘desecration of her memory’.‘The news of the passing of our beloved sister from the community, Sasha, is one of absolute heartbreak and tragedy,’ the statement said.‘We hold her spirit and those of her loved ones in our hearts.They added: ‘We are equally heartbroken by the flagrant disrespect and desecration of her memory by the media that has chosen to dishonor and misgender her in their reporting.‘We are calling for our media partners to be more reflective of their practices, issue an apology for their coverage, and commit to improving their efforts for authentically reporting the stories of our beloved transgender and gender non-conforming communities.’WESH, WFTV and OCSO have finally updated their stories.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-murdered-in-orlando-and-was-then-misgendered-by-media/ The naked body had signs of trauma.She was only 27.Trans woman found murdered in OrlandoPassersby called 911 after seeing the body, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.The office misgendered her first. They originally said the victim was a ‘man wearing a wig’.‘When I walked in this morning, I was, like, here we go again,’ said the complex’s maintenance manager, who asked to not be identified. ‘Nobody wants to see that. Nobody wants to see a dead body.’Investigators said they don’t believe Garden lived at the apartment complex.Montrese Williams, who was Garden’s friend, told Channel 9 the two first met a couple years ago. Trans sex workers often come to her house for help.‘I let her know about a trans empowerment group that I was having. That was our … first real interaction,’ she said. ‘She was a firecracker.’Garden sometimes engaged in sex work. She was arrested for prostitution in 2016.Williams said she was working on her dream of becoming a hairdresser.‘She used to always talk about that,’ Williams said. ‘She let me know this wasn’t her life — working the streets.’Officers say there are no suspects yet in the case.Williams added: ‘Sasha was a good person.’Police ‘disrespectful’ to trans friends of victimSpeaking to the Orlando Weekly, Williams said police were very disrespectful. They deputies came to her house around 7.30am for her help. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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