Patnaik bid to woo workers, farmers

first_imgThe Naveen Patnaik government on Tuesday revised the rates of minimum wages and launched a scheme to provide solar pumps to farmers even as hundreds of them are marching towards Bhubaneswar for a rally on November 5 to highlight their various demands. Substantially revising the rates of minimum wages, the State Labour Department hiked the wages of unskilled workers by 40% from ₹200 per day to ₹280 per day, semi-skilled workers by 45% from ₹220 to ₹320, skilled workers by 54% from ₹240 to ₹370, and highly skilled workers by 65% from ₹260 to ₹430.The revision has been done after a gap of three years ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State. “The revised minimum wages are comparable and on a par with minimum wages prescribed in the neighbouring States. This is expected to check distress migration of workers to other States,” the government claimed.Keeping in view the irrigation woes of small and marginal farmers, the CM also launched the ‘Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme under which 5,000 farmers will be provided with one 0.5 hp solar pumps each during 2018-19.Meanwhile, hundreds of farmers from Jajpur and Khordha districts began a padayatra to Bhubaneswar on Monday.The farmers, under the banner of the Navnirman Krushak Sangathan, are demanding a suitable hike in the MSP for farm produce and a monthly sustenance pension of ₹5,000.last_img read more

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Banned weight-loss drug could combat liver disease, diabetes

first_imgA drug the U.S. government once branded “extremely dangerous and not fit for human consumption” deserves a second chance, a study of rats suggests. Researchers report that a slow-release version of the compound reverses diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an untreatable condition that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.Diabetes has already become an epidemic. And up to 30% of people around the world may have a lesser known but related metabolic illness, NAFLD, in which lipids—the family of molecules that includes fats—amass in the liver. Although the extra fat often causes few problems, about 10% to 20% of people develop nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a serious illness in which inflammation and scarring can provoke cancer and liver failure. So far, there are no approved drugs for treating either condition. “This is one of the biggest unmet needs in medicine today,” says hepatologist Rohit Loomba of the University of California, San Diego.To address that need, endocrinologist Gerald Shulman of the Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues proposed resurrecting a drug with a dark history: 2,4 dinitrophenol (DNP). Originally used as an industrial chemical and explosive, the compound captured researchers’ attention after French munitions workers were exposed to high levels of it during World War I. One frequent consequence of this exposure was weight loss—although another consequence was sometimes death. After further research suggested the compound spurred obese people to shed pounds, drugmakers in the 1930s included DNP in diet pills that were available without a prescription. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the compound at the end of the decade, however, because it caused side effects such as cataracts and was responsible for a handful of deaths.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Despite its bad reputation, DNP does have some virtues. By altering the activity of mitochondria—the powerhouses that provide cells with energy—it forces the body to burn fat. It provides other metabolic benefits as well. For example, people with NAFLD or diabetes typically have insulin resistance, meaning that their cells don’t respond normally to the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. However, when Shulman and colleagues fed DNP to rats, they found that the drug boosted the animals’ insulin sensitivity.The researchers decided to design a safer version of DNP that would retain its benefits. First they tried to limit the effects of the drug by creating a version that is active mainly in the liver. In a study published in 2013, the researchers demonstrated that this version of the drug was about one-tenth as toxic as standard DNP. Moreover, the targeted drug reduced fat buildup in the livers of rats that had NAFLD and improved the animals’ insulin sensitivity.But the researchers thought they could do even better. In their new study, they packed the original form of DNP into a pill that slowly dissolves and releases the drug over 12 to 24 hours. This strategy reduces the amount of the drug in the bloodstream. When fed to rats that devour a fat-laden diet and develop their own version of NAFLD, the slow-release drug slashed their liver lipid levels by about 90%, Shulman and colleagues report online today in Science. Rodents that consumed the drug also saw improvements in their insulin sensitivity and blood glucose quantities. In rats with NASH, the drug reduced fibrosis, the scarring that can cause cirrhosis and liver failure. The team also showed that it reversed diabetes in rats. Comparing the doses that provide these benefits with the doses that trigger side effects, the researchers determined that the slow-release version is safer than the liver-targeted drug.The study suggests that this gentler version of DNP could be useful for treating diabetes and NAFLD, Shulman says. It reduces fat buildup and corrects defective liver metabolism of glucose, so “it’s getting at the root cause of these diseases.” He and his colleagues plan further animal studies of the drug and hope to move on to safety trials in people.Hepatologist Sean Koppe of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago says that the results justify testing the drug in humans. “They show it has a broad window between therapeutic and toxic levels,” he says. Loomba says that the drug’s ability to curb fibrosis, one of the hallmarks of NASH, is encouraging, and he also supports safety trials in people. “This preclinical data is extremely exciting,” he says.Koppe and Loomba agree that if DNP does prove to be safe and effective in further trials, it could win approval from FDA, despite its history. Banned drugs have made comebacks before. The prime example is thalidomide, which was outlawed in the 1960s because it caused birth defects but has now found a niche in the treatment of cancer and leprosy.last_img read more

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NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio on Robert Bolick: ‘The kid’s a winner and we need a winner’

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ NorthPort used the third pick in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft to pick up three-time NCAA champion Robert Bolick in a class that’s stock full of talent.“It’s a good pick for us and he’s the one we’ve been eyeing for a long time to complement with Stanley (Pringle),” said Jarencio Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “At the same time, the kid’s a winner and we need a winner.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Batang Pier have had an up and down campaign the past several seasons, going from being a playoff contender to playoff spectator despite having a legitimate centerpiece in national team guard Pringle, who was the top overall pick in the 2014 Draft.As for Bolick, he’s already planning into forming one of the league’s most formidable backcourts with Pringle. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “These are the challenges that I want and it’s a big one but I’ll wholeheartedly take it,” said Bolick in Filipino. “I’ll work hard every day and this is a team so all of us will work hard. Stanley, of course, is a great player not just here in the Philippines but also in Fiba.”“I want to learn from him and give it my all. Hopefully we can play well together because he’s more of a scorer while I like to find my teammates for scoring opportunities,” added Bolick.The former San Beda Red Lion also addressed Jarencio’s demands of showing a winner’s mentality.“I want to show to my teammates that I’m a winner and I don’t accept losses because that’s the kind of winner I am.Bolick is also aware of Jarencio’s comedic nature and he knows his own fun-loving nature would blend well with his head coach’s.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NorthPort is a franchise that has lacked a winning atmosphere throughout its whole six-year existence.The Batang Pier never had a player that exuded championship class, until now.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentscenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The air up there LATEST STORIES “He told me that if I won’t die for my team then he’d be the one to kill me,” said Bolick laughing. “It’s going to be fun because he likes to have fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Cricket: People who think Test cricket is “dead” should watch England’s dramatic 31-run win…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe match was resumed for 110-5 on Saturday when Dinesh Karthik lost his wicket to the final ball of the first over, bowled by James Anderson.The last five wickets fell for 50 runs, with Kohli the first of two victims in Stokes’ brilliant first over.“We knew it would be a stiff test and I asked the guys to come in and show a bit of passion and really give everything, “I tried to be calm today even if I didn’t appear to be. That sort of atmosphere doesn’t make it easy – that’s what it’s all about.“It fills you with confidence when you win a close game like that it shows it’s about inner belief and steeliness, not just about wickets and runs. I couldn’t be prouder of that performance. That’s all you can ask as a captain.” said Root.The momentum of the game changed for a lot of times, with England collapsing from 216-3 to 287 in the first innings, and Kohli’s masterful 149 helping India recover from 100-5 to post 274. “Both afternoon sessions on day two and three were see-saw battles, that’s why this was such a good Test match to be part of and I’m sure everyone watching at home and in the stadium enjoyed it as well,” said Kohli, who managed only 134 runs on India’s tour of England in 2014 but scored 200 at Edgbaston.Root, 27 said that the match was a fabulous advertisement for Test cricket and England team is hopeful to make sure that they turn up with the same attitude and approach and tighten up on a few things for Lord’s.Also Read :Cricket: James Anderson’s experiment with golf gives him an injury scare Cricket: Indian skipper Kohli says century does not matter after loss in first Testlast_img read more

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Speaker asks Ethics Committee to probe charges against TMC MPs

first_imgNew Delhi, March 16 (PTI) Lok Sabha Speaker today referred the issue of some TMC members allegedly accepting bribe, as shown in a purported sting operation, to the Ethics Committee, asking the L K Advani-headed panel to examine and investigate the charges. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan made the announcement immediately after the Question Hour, a day after BJP, Congress and CPI-M came together in Parliament to attack the accused TMC members and demanding a probe into the matter. An ethics committee in 2005 had terminated the membership of 11 MPs, 10 from the Lok Sabha and one from the Rajya Sabha, after finding them guilty after a sting operation allegedly showing them accepting bribes to help fictitious private firms. Saugata Roy (TMC) strongly protested the Speakers decision, saying it was a “unilateral decision” and if it becomes a practice, then anybody will do a sting against members and inquiry would be ordered on such “unverified” contents. However, he also said he had full respect for Advani and added that the veteran BJP member will be fair. The Speaker, however, brushed aside his objections, saying such a reference to the 15-member Ethics Committee had been made earlier too. PTI KR SPG ARClast_img read more

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Kevin De Bruyne full of pep from Guardiola tactics at Manchester City

first_imgManchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying playing under manager Pep Guardiola and credits the Spaniard’s tactics for helping him thrive at the Premier League leaders.The Belgian international notched seven league goals and nine assists in 2015 but since Guardiola’s arrival last July, De Bruyne’s impact has risen drastically, with the 26-year-old assisting 21 goals in 36 league games last season.De Bruyne has provided nine assists and scored twice in 16 appearances across all competitions this campaign and the attacking midfielder praised his manager and the club’s successful transfers for improving the unbeaten side.”Since Pep came to the club, he plays a style of football I like to play, so it makes it easy as a player,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports.”I like it here, it is the perfect environment and since I came here there has been a lot of trust in me. I like the project they are doing from the moment I came here.”There was an older team (when I first arrived), they did a lot of transfers, a lot of young people, they are building for the future… I am really happy here and I see myself being a long time here.”Reuters Photo De Bruyne, along with forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, has been instrumental in City’s storming start to the season, which has seen them open a five-point lead at the top of the standings and qualify from their Champions League group.City host fifth-placed Arsenal on Sunday and De Bruyne has urged his team to extend their advantage and heap pressure on their rivals on a weekend when title contenders Manchester United and champions Chelsea face off at Stamford Bridge.advertisement”It is a very important one again. We have Arsenal and United have Chelsea, so there are a lot of things that can happen again,” De Bruyne added.”If we win that game, it means that somebody else is also going to lose points with Arsenal.”So it puts pressure on the rest, it gives us a good advantage and it is always handy to have more points and to put pressure on the other people.”last_img read more

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2018 TE Jake Ross Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgNortheastern Oklahoma A&M tight end Jake Ross has committed to Oklahoma State and has become the 19th member of its 2018 recruiting class.Ross, a former Coweta High School dual-sport standout, picked up an offer from the Cowboys after Cowboy Back coach Jason McEndoo paid him a visit to scout him in person several weeks ago, and he wasted no time pulling the trigger and picking the Pokes over other offers from UCF, Kansas and Coastal Carolina. Ross is a 6-foot-7 prospect who played basketball and football in high school and has developed into a legitimate Division I prospect during his time in junior college. He will take the scholarship previously occupied by Nic McTear, who decommitted earlier in the recruiting cycle.We’re told Ross is also expected to be on track to graduate in December, which could put him ahead of the curve as far as getting acclimated and on campus next spring to get a jump start on the 2018 season, where his services will likely be needed right away.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Arsenal target Aubameyang set for showdown talks

first_imgTransfers Arsenal-linked Aubameyang set for showdown talks with Dortmund Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 16:50 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Premier League The Gabon striker has reportedly asked to leave the club on two separate occasions in recent times and is now set to discuss his future Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have showdown talks with Dortmund bosses amid reports he wants to leave the club.The Gunners are apparently keen on signing the Gabon international in January as they look to cope with the departure of Alexis Sanchez, who is all set to leave the club in the winter window.Aubameyang has found himself in trouble with the Bundesliga side in recent times, with the striker having been left out of the squad for the 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting the previous day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And despite the 28-year-old having been welcomed back to training, Bild reports that he has been fined €100,000 and that he has previously asked to leave the club on two separate occasions.That has prompted Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke to reveal that Dortmund are now planning talks with Aubameyang over his future, potentially opening the door to a move to Emirates Stadium.He told Funke Mediengruppe: “Auba has to talk to the coach and tell him whether he is ready to give everything for Borussia Dortmund. [Head coach] Peter Stoger and [sporting director] Michael Zorc will discuss it with him.”Stoger had previously suggested that he did not expect Aubameyang to leave the club in January, insisting that it was “logical” that he remained in Germany.When asked if Aubemeyang might be punished with extra training following his latest misdemeanors, he commented: “No, if that was a punishment, I would have been there [on the training field] and would be watching him.”I have the feeling that he is a very stubborn character and is also ambitious. I guess he understood [being dropped]. Let’s see how it develops in the next days.”For me it is just logical [that Aubameyang stays]. I expect everything to be as it was. He is a player of BVB, he trains and he is in our plans for the upcoming match.”As well as being linked with a move for Aubameyang, Arsenal are also looking at tying up a £44 million deal for Bordeaux star Malcom as they step up plans to replace Alexis.last_img read more

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Pragya Thakur hospitalised fails to appear before court

first_imgBhopal/Mumbai: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur failed to appear before a court in Mumbai Thursday – for the second time this week – in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Her lawyer told the court that she is suffering from high blood pressure and is unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai. Thakur was hospitalised for a stomach ailment in Bhopal Wednesday night and discharged early Thursday, her close aide Upma told PTI, adding the BJP MP would return to the hospital after attending an event in Bhopal. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Thakur, who had been directed to appear before the special court in Mumbai in the Malegaon blast case, now has just a day left to comply with the court directions. “She (Pragya Singh) is unwell. She was hospitalised last night for medication and is suffering from some stomach- related ailment. She was administered injectable medicines,” Upma said. “She was discharged from the hospital this morning and is taking part in a programme on request of (party) workers, but will return to the hospital immediately afterwards as she is not well,” Upma said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France On Monday, the special court had rejected application of Thakur, who defeated Congress veteran Digvijay Singh from Bhopal, for exemption from appearance in the court this week. Thakur had sought the exemption for completing formalities relating to Parliament but the court said her presence is necessary at this stage in the case. In May this year, the court, which is conducting a trial against seven accused in the case, including Thakur, directed all of them to appear before it at least once a week. As the hearing began Thursday, Thakur’s lawyer Prashant Magoo submitted an application before NIA Judge V S Padalkar seeking exemption from her appearance in the court. Magoo said Thakur was suffering from high blood pressure and was unable to travel from Bhopal to Mumbai. The court granted her exemption for the day and asked her to appear before it on Friday. “Today, the exemption is granted. But she will have to appear on Friday, else she will have to face consequences,” the judge said. The accused persons are facing trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Meanwhile, Sudhakar Dwivedi, another accused, also sought exemption from appearance claiming that he has to attend a religious function in Jammu and Kashmir, and also that because he would not be able to get a flight or train ticket to Mumbai before June 30 due to the “holiday season”. Granting him exemption for the day, the court said, “Since the beginning of the trial, the accused (Dwivedi) has been seeking exemption on some ground or the other. It seems he is hell-bent to remain absent by engaging in some religious functions. Since he is facing the trial, it is his duty to be present in the court.” “It is not the business of the court (to check) that the accused is getting ticket for travel or not. The grounds in the application are not reasonable and the accused needs to be present,” the judge observed.last_img read more

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Neither Pelosi Trump blinking in staring contest over shutdown state of union

first_imgWASHINGTON — The most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill is locked in a staring contest with the president of the United States — and so far, neither of them is blinking.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House has not yet responded to her request to postpone Donald Trump’s Jan. 29 state of the union address, a high-powered highlight of the congressional season.Pelosi argues that the ongoing federal government shutdown, which is now in its 27th day, will make it impossible for federal security agencies to ensure the safety of attendees.But observers say that’s just convenient cover for her true motive: denying the president a prominent, widely televised platform from which to attack his Democratic rivals.  The state of the union, which is delivered to a joint session of Congress, promises especially compelling optics: Pelosi herself would be seated on the dais for the duration, directly behind the president.The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, the result of a dispute between Democrats and the White House over a request for $5.7 billion in funding for Trump’s coveted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Japanese Canadians call on BC to go beyond mere apology for historic

first_imgVANCOUVER — Japanese Canadians across the country are meeting to discuss how an apology by the British Columbia government could be backed by meaningful action for those who were placed in internment camps or forced into labour because of racist policies during the Second World War.The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against “enemy aliens” after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941 but the president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians said British Columbia’s apology in 2012 did not involve the community.Lorene Oikawa said the association is working with the provincial government to consider how it could follow up on the apology to redress racism. The majority of about 22,000 interned Japanese Canadians lived in B.C. before many were forced to move east of the Rockies or to Japan, even if they were born in Canada.“We weren’t informed about the apology so it was a surprise to us,” Oikawa said about B.C.’s statement, which, unlike with the federal government’s apology, did not go further to resolve outstanding historic wrongs that saw families separated and property and belongings sold.“We accepted the apology but we just want to have that follow-up piece that was missing so that is what the current B.C. government has agreed to and started with this process of having community consultations,” she said of the redress initiative funded by the province.Consultations began in May and by the end of July will have been concluded in Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and seven other communities in British Columbia. Online consultations are also being conducted before recommendations will be forwarded to the province this fall.So far, some participants have asked that school curricula include racism against Japanese Canadians as well as initiatives to educate the general public about the intergenerational trauma that families have experienced, Oikawa said.Lisa Beare, British Columbia’s minister of culture, said the government is supporting the association as it holds consultations so community members can offer recommendations for legacy initiatives.“We recognize that significant harm came to Japanese Canadians as a result of provincial government actions during the Second World War,” she said in a statement. “Japanese Canadians became targets simply for their identity, and in many cases lost personal property, jobs and homes.”Addie Kobaishi, 86, was born and raised in Vancouver but her family had to leave their home when they were relocated to the Tashme internment camp, the largest in Canada, near Hope, B.C.She said her grandmother and aunt ended up in a holding area at Hastings Park in Vancouver before they too were sent to Tashme, where residents faced brutally cold winters and had no indoor toilets or water as part of what was a “confusing” year and a half for her, starting at age 10.“The conditions were harsh, the housing was harsh,” she said from a Scarborough, Ont., nursing home where she attended consultations about B.C. redress. Kobaishi said her family settled in Montreal because of the discrimination they faced in Toronto, where they wanted to live, though she moved there in the late 1970s.Being interned and doing difficult farm labour changed many people’s lives forever, she said, noting her father died at 47 and never did go back to B.C.“My uncle said to me many, many years later that it spoiled his life. He did marry, he had two children, but he did end up an alcoholic,” she said of Koazi Fujikawa, who had been sent to Yukon during the war as part of a crew constructing the Alaska Highway.Kobaishi called on the B.C. government to accompany its 2012 apology with substantial and ongoing education as part of the school curriculum to teach students about policies that uprooted Canadian citizens.“I do think they should be held responsible for something more than just an apology,” she said.Her daughter, Lynn Kobaishi, president of the Toronto chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, said during the war politicians in B.C. lobbied the federal government to resort to racist policies.“It was all driven by B.C. That disempowered and disenfranchised people and allowed what happened to happen,” she said.Ryanne Macdonald, 21, a fourth-generation Canadian of Japanese descent, is trying to unravel her family’s history with some clues from her reluctant grandmother’s stories.She said her grandfather, Ryan Nakade, was 13 when his family’s boat business was confiscated by the government and he was forced to labour at a farm in Grand Forks, B.C., over 500 kilometres from his home in Richmond.“My grandfather passed away before I was born so I never got to hear the story from him,” said MacDonald, who is currently doing a summer internship at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, where she’s working as an archival assistant.“Since I started working there my grandma started talking about her experiences more, which is something she never opened up about before just because she tends to want to talk about it only with other people who’ve been through the same experience as her because they can relate,” Macdonald said.She said she wants to be able to understand what her grandparents went through so those actions can’t be repeated.“I think it was terrible and it was unfounded fear that they were going off of because they were treating the Japanese Canadians like they weren’t citizens. Both my grandparents, they were born in Canada.”Macdonald said she learned about racism against Japanese Canadians in a Grade 10 social studies class but the content was “glossed over and it didn’t seem as bad as it actually was.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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eGirl Power Aims To Stand Up To Gender Inequality

first_imgAs Ariana Grande fearlessly tweeted, misogyny and gender double standards are still deeply embedded in the US. Her mantra: No woman belongs to any other person but herself. That important message goes hand-in-hand with the mission of eGirl Power, a non-profit program that seeks to empower and educate females throughout the world.eGirl Power is raising awareness of the profound gender inequality that exists throughout many developing countries. While Ariana Grande champions this cause with a sisterhood of support, including other celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, eGirl Power seeks to rally a groundswell of support for the millions of girls in developing countries who don’t yet have a voice of their own.To make it easier for supporters to follow or donate to this important cause, eGirl Power is launching a text-to-give campaign.Text GIRL to 50555 to join the eGirl Power mobile community and make a donation. Be sure to check your phone and click the link to complete your gift.The statistics are grim when it comes to gender equality in many developing countries. More than 62 million girls are currently not in school simply because of their gender. More than 82 million girls face the prospect of child marriage, and most of these girls will never complete secondary school. In some developing countries, nearly half of the female population will become mothers before 18. And an estimated 100 million girls are subjected to child labor, including extreme exploitation such as slavery and human trafficking.eGirl Power asks, who is tweeting about these girls? Who will stand up to help them? A simple text is a good way to start.eGirl Power believes educated girls are one of the most powerful agents for social change. Not only will an education change the life of each girl, but it benefits the whole family, and eventually the entire nation. An educated girl will become a woman who is healthier, able to earn more income, and provide better healthcare and education for her own children, according to UNICEF. This is key to breaking the intergenerational chain of poverty. That’s why eGirl Power’s mission is to raise awareness and ensure that every girl has access to education.Popstar Ariana Grande declared she wants to live in a world where people are not valued by their significant other or who they are attached to, “but by their value as an individual.” eGirl Power seeks to make that goal a reality, not just here in the US, but across all borders.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Harper declares new day in relationship with First Nations

first_imgMORE TO COMEAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–While Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared a “new day” had dawned on the relationship between Canada and its Indigenous population, he offered no grand pronouncements in his speech to First Nations chiefs during the opening of the Crown-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa Tuesday.After the drums died and sweet grass smoke drifted to the ceiling of Victoria Hall in the Diefenbaker building, Harper took the podium and told chiefs in the room and those watching on screens at the Chateau Laurier a few blocks away, that the days of mistrust had passed and a new relationship had dawned.“In past conversations, we have talked about symbolism and respect and trust. Certainly in the past lack of trust on both sides has held us back,” said Harper. “But this is a new day.”Harper said Canada’s relationship with First Nations had been tainted by events like the Indian residential school system which was “an explicit attempt to destroy Aboriginal culture.” The prime minister said one of his “most rewarding days in office” was when he delivered the government’s apology for residential schools in the House of Commons in 2008.“Every relationship has its ups and downs, moments of consensus and of disagreement,” said Harper. “I believe it is important to build a narrative of any relationship based on its highest points.”The treaties, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which forms the basis of Aboriginal rights in the Constitution and the courts, and the War of 1812 that saw First Nations ally with the British.Harper, however, stuck to the theme he had developed in media interviews in the run-up to the gathering saying that his government was focused on incremental steps, not grand leaps.Harper said his government had no plans to scrap the Indian Act, choosing instead to find “creative ways” to work within and outside the over 100 year-old legislation.“Our government has no grand scheme to repeal or unilaterally re-write the Indian Act. After 136 years, that tree has deep roots. Blowing up the stump would just leave a big hole,” said Harper. “However, there are ways, creative ways, collaborative ways, ways that involve consultation between our government, the provinces and First Nations leadership and communities. Ways that provide options within the Act, or outside of it, for practical, incremental and real change.”Harper said his government would continue with the so-called Joint Action Plan with the Assembly of First Nations which targets education, economic development, accountability and treaty relationships.“We have only just begun,” said Harper.Harper also recited some of his government’s actions on First Nations issues, but remained silent on calls by many chiefs for the federal government to commit to a series of first ministers meetings or high-level discussions to deal with the dire poverty and uncertainty around Aboriginal and treaty rights for good.Many chiefs were hoping Harper would use his speech to respond to some of the issues they presented personally to him during a meeting Monday with a delegation of First Nations leaders.Many believed that Harper’s speech would essentially determine whether Tuesday’s ceremonies and discussions would lead to a momentous shift in the current state of relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples.Harper himself said he hoped the meeting would be “historic” when he announced the event in December while in his Parliament Hill office with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo by his side.The announcement came just as the political fallout over the Attawapiskat crisis was reaching its climax.last_img read more

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Spotify testing first hardware, car smart assistant

first_imgSan Francisco: To help people enjoy audio while driving, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is testing its first hardware – a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars called “Car Thing” – in the US. “While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, ‘Car Thing’ was developed to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts. Our focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform, not on creating hardware,” Spotify said in a blog-post on Friday. The device plugs into a vehicle’s 12-volt outlet for power and connects to both a person’s car and phone over Bluetooth. The wake word for the device as planned is “Hey Spotify”, which, followed by a song request would allow users to access their playlists and listen to their favourite songs, The Verge reported. “Car Thing” is designed with a circular screen on one side, to display what is being played, and on the other side are a series of buttons that can be used to access playlist presets. The test is supposed to include a small group of people and as part of the test, some premium users would receive the device for free. “We don’t have any current plans to make this specific device available to consumers, but the learnings from our test will dictate how we develop experiences everywhere you listen,” Spotify added in its post.last_img read more

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Jacksonville St tops Tennessee Tech 67-57, shares 2nd in OVC

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Jason Burnell and Marlon Hunter combined for 41 points and Jacksonville State defeated Tennessee Tech 67-57 Thursday night.With the win, Jacksonville State finds itself in a second-place tie with Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Gamecocks and the Governors are 10-3 after Austin Peay was tipped 73-71 by Murray State Thursday. Murray State and Belmont share first place at 11-2.The Gamecocks (18-8) launched a 10-0 run less than a minute into the game to lead 10-2 and never looked back. Hunter scored four points in the run and Ty Hudson six on back-to-back 3-pointers. Hudson finished with 13 points for Jacksonville State, which led by as many as 22.Jr. Clay scored eight straight points to bring Tennessee Tech as close as 65-57 with less than a minute to go. He led the Golden Eagles (7-19, 3-10) with 17 points — 15 after halftime — and five assists.The Associated Press read more

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Amber Alert over

Update:Police say they have found the body of the missing girl.“All of us had hoped and prayed Nia would be located safely. This was not the outcome any of us were hoping for and our thoughts are with her family and the communities.” RCMP Insp. Jennifer Ebert.Officers found 7 year old Nia Eastman’s body in a home in Choiceland not far from Nipawin where residents say the father rented a home.****************************************Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan have issued an Amber Alert over the disappearance of 7-year-old Nia Eastman.RCMP say the father of the young girl has been found dead on a rural property with self-inflicted injuries. Nia has not been found and the Amber Alert remains in effect.Nia is described as 3′ 11″, 50 lbs, with blonde, shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing pink eye glasses, a purple long-sleeved shirt with butterflies, a pink shirt and purple leggings with silver trim at the bottom.Police believe she was taken by her father 45-year-old Adam Jay Eastman.Nia was to have been returned home to her mother by 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night. A vehicle believed to be driven by her father was found around 10:00 p.m. on a rural property near Snowden, about 240 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-SOAMBER or 1-877-762-6237. read more

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Cool wet spring delays spring seeding across most of Prairies

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2014 2:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – A cool and wet beginning to spring has slowed the start of seeding in all three Prairie provinces.Crop reports out this week for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta say some producers in the southern-most areas have been able to start seeding.But many areas are at least a week behind the average start and some heat would help.“Yeah, it’s a late spring. It’s not as late, I think, on average around the province as it was last year and nobody has forgotten that we had a fantastic crop last year,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said this week.“Assuming we get most producers into the field in the next week or so … we’ll get this crop in in good time.”Stewart used the oft-repeated adage that a crop has never been lost in April or May.Farmers are gearing up for seeding despite a rail bottleneck that has meant many still haven’t been fully paid for last year’s crop.The federal government says about 2,700 grain and oilseed producers in Western Canada have tapped a program that offers cash advances for a total of $200 million. But so far that’s below the $204 million worth advanced to about 2,400 farmers last year.The program is designed to provide farmers with financial flexibility through short-term loans of up to $400,000 each.Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said there’s no concern that farmers will over-extend themselves.“The average loan is still less than $100,000, which is interest free,” he said. “I think there are five per cent of applications that actually hit the $400,000.”Farm Credit Canada, which provides financing to Canadian producers, says it’s had nearly 20,000 applications for various loans for seeding needs.But its chief operating officer, Remi Lemoine, said that’s not a big difference from last year.“We’re not overwhelmed with applications for trying to refinance last year’s operating lines … but the ones that do apply, they’re kind of urgent,” he said. “There’s significant pressure there for the ones that haven’t been able to move enough grain to cover their operating costs from last year yet.”Normally, farmers would have had most of their crop moved by now and their lines of credit cleared.“It’s an overlap due to timing of the movement of the grain, so we’re not really experiencing a lot of financial stress due to just bad markets and price,” Lemoine said.Canadian National (TSX:CNR) and Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) railways have blamed the backlog on the record size of the harvest and extremely cold weather. The companies have said they had to use shorter trains during freezing temperatures to ensure brakes could be used properly and that meant less capacity.The federal government introduced legislation in March to amend the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Transportation Act in a bid to clear the grain backlog.One change mandates CN and CP to move a minimum amount of grain or face a penalty of up to $100,000 a day.Ritz said the rail companies are doing a decent job.“The railways have hit their targets the last two weeks, hit the numbers of cars. In fact, they’ve surpassed the numbers of cars,” he said.“They said they can do 11,000 cars between the two of them weekly. We’re going to hold them to that. If they go beyond that, great. If they slip below that, they’ll pay a fine.” Cool, wet spring delays spring seeding across most of Prairies read more

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Ohio State baseball makes Big Ten Tournament falls short under new coach

Facing the Minnesota Golden Gophers (24-23, 13-11 Big Ten) in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game, the Ohio State baseball team (26-27, 14-11 Big Ten) fell, 9-4, on Friday. Illinois took the championship and automatic conference bid for the NCAA Tournament. This was Greg Beals’ first season as coach of OSU, after replacing Hall of Fame coach Bob Todd. The team finished one game below .500, marking the first time the Buckeyes had a losing record since 1987. Beals did lead OSU back to the Big Ten Tournament, however, after Todd’s team missed the cut last season. Beals said he was proud of how far the team came in his first year at OSU. “Of all the great teams in Ohio State baseball history, this team, this year, was the first team to sweep Michigan at home in Bill Davis Stadium,” Beals said. “This was the first team to go up and at Minnesota, and win a series on the road at Minnesota — first in history.” Freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel said the team had a lot of guys fitting into new roles and that they all matured over the year. “We all found our roles pretty early in the season, and then we all really stuck to that,” Wetzel said. “I think, in a game like this, that’s going to take us a long way.” Beals said the players knew who they were and fought their “tails” off. “I’ll remember these kids for the fight they had,” Beals said. “Whether they were as good or better or not as good, they just fought, and they fought, and they fought.” The Buckeyes will lose seven seniors, including three everyday starters. This includes two starting pitchers and two relief pitchers, one of whom was Drew Rucinski, a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Beals said the team has eight incoming players signed to national letters of intent and seven verbal commitments. “I’m looking forward to next year, playing with all these guys — except for those seven seniors that will be gone,” sophomore catcher Greg Solomon said. “They did a hell of a job this year.” Beals said the bar has been set high for OSU baseball and that, in the future, the team needs to take care of business so chances to make the Big Ten Tournament are not in jeopardy. “Playing baseball the right way and maximizing the game of baseball is what me and my coaching staff are going to push every day in this program,” Beals said. “It was something that was an absolute necessity for this season, and it’s something that I think for great baseball, where we want this program to go, it’s going to be a necessity in the future also.” read more

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Queen reveals love of trains as she recreates first Royal rail journey

first_imgThe Queen meets school children as she and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Slough stationCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA The Duke of Edinburgh at Paddington Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip (behind) arrive at Paddington StationCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Queen and Duke made the trip from Slough to Paddington on a prototype intercity hybrid train, accompanied by descendants of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sir Daniel Gooch, who drove the original train.They were the first members of the Royal family to travel on a brand new bi-mode train, completing the journey six minutes faster than the Queen’s great-great-grandmother Victoria. After arriving at London Paddington, The Queen took part in a naming ceremony to mark the 175th Anniversary. pic.twitter.com/4pi2oemgsj— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 13, 2017 The Queen steps off the Great Western trainCredit:ANDY RAIN/EPA Boarding the new train a few minutes around midday, the Queen sat next to Mr Thomas and diagonally opposite Gillian White, great-great-granddaughter of Gooch.Mr Thomas, a 53-year-old typographic designer, and Mrs White, the 87-year-old daughter of the 4th baronet of Clewer Park, had never met before today, despite their shared family history. The Queen meets schoolchildren at Slough station  Queen Elizabeth II steps off the Great Western train at Paddington Writing in her diary on June 13, 1842, Victoria recorded: “It took us exactly 30 minutes going to Paddington, & the motion was very slight, & much easier than the carriage, also no dust or great heat – in fact, it was delightful and so quick.”Newspaper reports at the time claimed the journey was in fact “precisely” 25 minutes long. On June 13, 1842, Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to travel by rail, proclaiming the journey “delightful and so quick” despite her nerves.Though the intervening 175 years have seen a world change beyond recognition, one thing remained reassuringly familiar today as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh recreated the journey for a new generation. In Queen Victoria’s day, the journey to London was on a locomotive named Phlegethon, with Sir Daniel Gooch driving and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer, on board. Mrs White, who lives in Devon, said she had not travelled on the Slough to Paddington line before, adding: “I’m very proud of my great-great-grandfather and what he did.”It’s an honour to be here to meet the Queen and for Brunel and Daniel Gooch to be remembered by her.”At London Paddington, the Queen unveiled one of the train’s engines, named Queen Elizabeth II. The rear engine is named for Queen Victoria.The train, which has a top speed of 125mph, is designed for use on new electric lines, but has a small diesel engine which can also run on older lines before they are upgraded. Queen smiles The Queen beams as she follows in Queen Victoria’s footstepsCredit:Samir Hussein/WireImagecenter_img The Queen and Isambard Thomas, Brunel's great-great-great-grandson  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (behind) arrive at Paddington Station The Intercity Express upgrade will be the first major fleet to be introduced to the UK rail network in 20 years, and is due to roll out from the autumn of this year in an effort.Mr Thomas said after the journey: “The Queen was interested in the technology and the electrification and the effects of diesel. While the Duke is known for his interest in science and engineering, the Queen was also said by fellow passengers to have been deeply knowledgeable about the railways, saying she loved them for making travel so easy.Isambard Thomas, the great-great-great-grandson of Isambard Kingdom Brunel who sat next to her en route to London, said: “It was fascinating how much interest she has in trains and in train journeys.”He joked: “Obviously it’s a different thing if you’re the monarch; you’re not sat in second class, queuing for the buffet.” The Queen and Duke were cheered by primary school children at Slough station, and praised art work held up for their inspection.Given a potted history of Great Western Railway, they appeared absorbed in conversation about developments between its 1832 beginnings and the modern day. The Duke of Edinburgh at Paddington “I think it’s remarkable that she and the Duke of Edinburgh agreed to do this.” Queen Victoria had been persuaded on board by Prince Albert, a veteran of rail travel fascinated by the new technology.Today’s trip took 19 minutes, departing Slough at 12.01 and travelling at an average speed of 60mph.Great Western Railway staff said the journey had taken longer than the usual 14 minutes from Slough to Paddington, because the train had taken a slightly different route to avoid disrupting the normal timetable.While Queen Victoria famously refused to travel at more than 40mph, stopping entirely for food, yesterday’s journey took place on a line designed for speeds up to 100mph. The Queen and Isambard Thomas, Brunel’s great-great-great-grandson Mrs White said of the Queen: “She loves trains because they are an easy way of travelling, such a lovely way of setting around.”She added: “We talked about trains, there was a senior manager with us who was pointing things out as we travelled.”But I was dying to have a nice conversation because she was lovely, but we didn’t really get to talk about anything else but trains.” The Queen meets schoolchildren at Slough station Queen Elizabeth II meeting schoolchildren as she and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Slough Station  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Three men and a woman arrested over violent burglaries

first_imgFOUR PEOPLE ARE being questioned across garda stations in Limerick this morning over a number of aggravated burglaries that occurred in recent months in the county.The three men, who are 48, 32 and 19 years old respectively, and one 19-year-old woman are being held at Henry Street, Mayorstone, Roxboro and Bruff stations.There have now been six arrests made as part of the garda investigation into the four violent home raids. Two other men, aged 28 and 30, are currently before the courts in relation to the incidents.The robberies occurred in Pallasgreen, Murroe and Killuragh on four separate dates in April and May.On the 31 May, three elderly siblings were assaulted and tied up after two armed and masked men broke into their home. They escaped with a quantity of cash. Two sisters, aged in their 60s, and their brother received hospital treatment.A similar incident was reported in Murroe on 7 April during which an elderly woman’s home was raided.On 13 April, three men armed with a firearm and sledgehammer restrained a 29-year-old man at his home before taking off in his 4×4.On 16 April, a homeowner was physically assaulted as three armed and masked men stole a large sum of money.Elderly siblings assaulted during Limerick burglary>last_img read more

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