Father of seven children who were killed in Halifax house fire remains

first_imgHALIFAX — The father of seven children killed in a ferocious fire remains in a coma, a month after flames engulfed their Halifax home.Muslim community leaders say Ebraheim Barho has undergone multiple surgeries and remains in the intensive care unit of a Halifax hospital with his wife Kawthar at his side.Sheikh Wael Haridy of the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre says the grief-stricken mother is struggling with the loss of her children, who ranged in age from three months to their teens, while her husband remains in coma.Imam Abdallah Yousri of the Ummah Mosque says the community continues to wait and pray for his recovery.Although some relatives of the Syrian refugee family have arrived in Canada to offer support, efforts are still underway to bring more family members.Halifax deputy fire Chief David Meldrum says there are no updates on the investigation into the tragic house fire in the Spryfield neighbourhood.Once a cause has been determined, he says Halifax Fire and Emergency will hold a news conference to share the details with the public.The home on Quartz Drive was torn down earlier this month. All that remains at the grim site is the concrete foundation.Meldrum says he cannot comment on an ongoing investigation or the reason for any possible delay, but says “it’s fair to say that in the course of fire investigations generally, interviewing witnesses who may have information is an obvious item of importance to us.”Ebraheim Barho was rushed to hospital on Feb. 19 suffering from extensive burns and was placed in a medically induced coma.A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $700,000 for the family.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Toronto school kids possibly pricked by discarded syringes near school

first_imgToronto police say three school children were sent for medical attention after picking up discarded syringes they found.They say the students might have pricked themselves, potentially exposing them to diseases.The children found the needles near a west-end elementary school on Wednesday.Police are urging parents to explain to their children the hazards associated with used syringes, otherwise known as sharps.They also say people need to be careful if they remove the needles and should call the city for pickup.Last week, police reported finding discarded syringes in public spaces in Pembroke, Ont.Authorities say people finding sharps should not try to put the cap back on the needle, and should not bend of break any part of the sharp. They also suggest wearing gloves and using some kind of tongs to pick them up.For storage, they recommend using a hard plastic container, such as an empty peanut butter jar, sealing it and then calling for pickup.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sport can change attitudes about people with disabilities says top UN official

“Sport functions as a tool to improve the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities,” Wilfried Lemke, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Bonn, Germany.“With appropriate communication and know-how, sport can function as a powerful tool for transforming community attitudes and empowering individuals with disabilities through the acquisition of new physical and social skills, self-confidence and positive relationships,” he added.Also today, Mr. Lemke gave an address on the importance of the paralympic movement to further the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.That pact, which entered into force in May last year, asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities. So far 142 countries have signed the treaty and 66 have ratified it.Yesterday, the Special Adviser attended a forum in Frankfurt on advancing development through sport as South Africa prepares to host the football World Cup next year.He has also expressed his support for this weekend’s Homeless World Cup in Milan, Italy, which will bring together 500 players from nearly 50 nations.The initiative “has been uniting teams of homeless people to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever,” Mr. Lemke said.And it has a proven track record, he added, with a large majority of players having changed their lives for the better by giving up drugs and alcohol; taking on jobs, education and training; and reuniting with families. Some have even gone on to become professional or semi-professional players or coaches. 4 September 2009Sport can be a transformative force in altering attitudes of what communities think about people with disabilities as well as what these people feel about themselves, the United Nations official tasked with promoting sport for development and peace said today. read more

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President says concept of consensual politics will continue

The President further said that forming a consensual Government gave the country a new political experience which has never seen before by anyone, for the betterment of the country and its people. President Maithripala Sirisena says the concept of consensual politics will continue in future as well.He says the consensual Government currently in power has been able to meet the expectations of the public over the past two and a half years. The President was speaking at the launch of ‘Vision 2025  – A Rich Country’ , the Economic Development Plan of the Government, which was held under the patronage of  President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the BMICH, today. He says no matter what allegations are raised against the consensual Government, or how challenging the journey, it is a must that the consensual Government continues for the benefit of the country and its people.“Although, we cannot achieve 100% successful results from the consensual Government in a short span of time, which was built uniting two main rival political parties over 60 years, all were able to fulfill that challenging responsibility while fulfilling their duties in a more disciplinary manner during the past two and half years,” he said. The President emphasized that in future the responsibilities towards the country and the people will be fulfilled with commitment, while taking forward the concept of consensual politics with a comprehensive understanding. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Oil producer complaints wont alter Mainline pipeline open season plan Enbridge

Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ, TSX:SU, TSX:ENB, TSX:MEG)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A senior executive with Enbridge Inc. says the company won’t change course on its plan to convert most of its Mainline pipeline system to long-term contracts despite growing opposition from major Canadian oil producers.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is the latest producer to file a letter of complaint with the National Energy Board about Enbridge’s open season to collect binding contracts for transport, joining Suncor Energy Inc., Shell Canada and MEG Energy Corp., along with the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada.Guy Jarvis, senior vice-president of liquids pipelines for Enbridge, says the complaints were expected after 18 months of consultations with customers, but the company will continue with its two-month open season launched on Aug. 2.The complainants want the NEB to shut down or delay the open season, suggesting it’s unfair to demand binding contracts for space on the pipeline system responsible for 70 per cent of Canada’s oil transportation when the few alternative pipelines are nearly fully contracted.Only 10 per cent of Mainline capacity is to be reserved for uncommitted volumes, down from 100 per cent available to shippers now under a tolling agreement that is set to expire on June 30, 2021.In a submission to the NEB dated Monday, Canadian Natural says it uses the Mainline for the “vast majority” of its oil shipping and demands the NEB intervene to “prevent the exercise of monopoly power.”“We’ve made the determination that, in our view, what we’re offering is the best compromise that can be achieved amongst all those players,” said Jarvis in an interview.“The other thing to point out is there have been, I don’t know, three or four complaints here, but we’ve been dealing with in excess of 40 different shippers negotiating this package so it’s still a relatively small number, a small subset.”In an email on Monday, an NEB spokeswoman said the regulator is reviewing the producers’ complaints but has not decided on its next steps. read more

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Toronto Stock Exchange ends week in the red as gold

Toronto Stock Exchange ends week in the red as gold, by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 30, 2015 7:59 am MDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market finished its last trading day of the month with a major loss amid a widespread decline in the gold and financial sectors and a further plunge in the stock price of trouble-plagued Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 262.71 points at 13,529.17 — its second triple-digit drop this week and fourth negative showing in the last five sessions.Meanwhile, the loonie rose 0.53 of a U.S. cent to 76.48 cents U.S.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 92.26 points to 17,663.54, while the S&P 500 gave back 10.05 points to 2,079.36 and the Nasdaq shed 20.52 points to 5,053.75.Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisors, said earnings reports from Canadian energy companies this week have been poor, highlighting the struggles ahead for the resource-heavy TSX.“It reaffirms the broad narrative about just how difficult things are for commodity companies, and Canada is still very heavily commodity oriented,” Raschkowan said.“But also, there is a growing concern that the challenges are going to persist for some time,” he added, noting that Husky Energy, which reported its results on Thursday, is using a US$40 benchmark oil price for planning purposes.“If you had spoken to people during the summer, the majority probably would have expected that commodity prices would start turning up by the middle of next year. I think if you were to take a poll today you would find that would be the minority view, and that most people are expecting the challenges are going to persist for the majority of next year.”Valeant (TXS:VRX), Canada’s largest drug company, continued its slide amid ongoing questions about its business and accounting practices, falling $26.19, or nearly 18 per cent, to $122.04.In economic news, Statistics Canada reported that Canada’s gross domestic product rose 0.1 per cent in August — the third straight monthly increase and in line with economists’ consensus expectations.South of the border, the U.S. Commerce Department said consumer spending inched up just 0.1 per cent in September — the smallest gain in eight months — partly because consumers were spending less on gasoline as energy prices fell.On commodity markets, the December benchmark crude oil contract was up 53 cents at US$46.59 a barrel, while December natural gas advanced six cents to US$2.32 per mmBtu. December gold was down $5.90 at US$1,141.40 an ounce.Raschkowan says that despite the recent losses on the TSX, November and December are typically good months on the stock markets, as investors look to the coming year with optimism.“Hopefully it sets us up for a strong Christmas rally,” Raschkowan said. “I think that’s what everyone is hoping for; that we’re giving this all up now just so we can have a lower base from which to launch our year-end rally.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

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Amid heavy fighting in Homs Ban calls on Syrian parties to avoid

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call on the parties to the conflict in Syria to avoid civilian casualties, voicing grave concern about the situation in the city of Homs, where an estimated 2,500 people remain trapped amid heavy fighting. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he is “following with grave concern” the escalating conflict in the country, where more than 93,000 people have been killed since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. “The Secretary-General calls on the warring sides to do their utmost to avoid civilian casualties and to allow immediate humanitarian access, as well as opportunities for trapped civilians to leave without fear of persecution,” said the statement. According to media reports, Syrian Government forces launched a major offensive over the weekend to retake several rebel-controlled districts of Homs. Mr. Ban also expressed his concern over threats to seize two Shiite villages in the northern province of Aleppo. In addition, he called again for stopping the supply of arms to all sides and appealed to the parties in Syria and their supporters to focus instead on the search for a political solution that remains the only way out of the ongoing tragedy. read more

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Death penalty concerns highlighted in Sudan Belarus by UN Human Rights Committee

The Human Rights Committee’s comments followed its scheduled review of both countries at its 124th session in Geneva, which also covered Belize, Bulgaria and Guinea.The 18-member body of independent experts began work more than four decades ago to monitor people’s right to life, freedom of expression and freedom of conscience – obligations for State signatories to the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).Together with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the two Covenants are the cornerstone of an extensive series of internationally binding rights treaties.On Sudan, the Human Rights Committee highlighted its concerns that the death penalty is still imposed for crimes other than those involving “intentional killing”.Panel member Sarah Cleveland told journalists that this could include a “wide range” of offences, such as blasphemy, adultery and same-sex relationships.“Sudan has a wide range of crimes on the books that are subject to the death penalty including crimes which do not qualify as the ‘most serious crimes’ under the Covenant,” she said. “It has a mandatory death penalty for a number of crimes and it also retains on the books punishments including execution by stoning and by crucifixion.”Noting that Sudan had “indicated that they do not apply the latter two punishments”, Ms Cleveland explained that the committee had recommended that they be removed from the criminal code nonetheless.On Belarus, the UN panel noted with concern that the death penalty “continues to be imposed and enforced”, including in six cases where the Human Rights Committee had requested a stay of execution.“We intervened and asked them not to execute a person until we have heard his allegations about the due process and other violations of his process,” said panel chair Yuval Shany.He explained that the Government had said it was examining a move towards the abolition of the death penalty, but that a majority of the population was not in favour of doing so.“We already know that three out of those six persons have been executed despite our requests,” Mr Shany added. “We do not have information about the fate of the other three, so we are still hoping that they were not executed.”Denying families an execution date, clearly ‘inhumane treatment’Among the committee’s other concerns about Belarus with regard to the Convention was the practice of preventing families of condemned prisoners from knowing the date of their execution – one of a series of measures which the authorities maintained were there to shield relatives.“The argument from the State has been that these provisions in the Penalties Enforcement Code are actually in a way to protect the family,” said panel member Ilze Brands Kehris. “But it is the view of the Committee and every time we have had other countries where we have dealt with this as well, is that the traumatic experience of not knowing what has happened to a loved one and not knowing the time of even an execution and certainly not being able to then bury the body…actually does amount to inhumane treatment.”Beyond its country-specific recommendations, the UN panel also took the significant step of issuing updated, detailed guidance on the right to life, which is covered in the Covenant under Article 6.The Committee last published two such documents more than 30 years ago, and each of those was only 10 paragraphs long.The latest version was nearly four years in the making and is more than seven times as big – reflecting the input of dozens of States and civil society – and the impact of modern-day threats to people’s civil and political rights, such as weaponized drones and environmental degradation.According to the panel’s rules, Member States have two years to report back on their progress in implementing its main concluding observations, or recommendations.Asked whether the panel would comment on the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Saudi officials reportedly say was killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, chair Yuval Shany said that the country was not a signatory to the Convention.Turkey was a signatory however, Mr Shany, explained, before adding that it had yet to report back to the Committee, although it was expected to do so next year.At its 125th meeting in March, the panel is due to discuss people’s civil and political rights in Angola, Estonia, Eritrea, Lesotho, Mexico, Niger, Viet Nam, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball student managers arent all water and towels

The squeaking of brand new Nikes against polished hardwood fills the expansive interior of an empty Schottenstein Center. Bouncing basketballs, blowing whistles and exhausted grunts combine to form the soundtrack of a Buckeye basketball practice. Some of the members of the Ohio State men’s basketball program stand drenched in sweat, hands on their hips and watch as others participate in drills. These spectators and participants combine to comprise an indisposable crew on the floor, but they aren’t the basketball team. They’re the seven members of the Ohio State men’s basketball managerial staff. While the actual team wins the games and earns the headlines, the staff supporting the team is happy to sit behind the bench on game days, out of the spotlight. They’re OK with the idea that the outside world has no clue how important they were to coach Thad Matta and his teams’ preparations for victory. “A lot of people just think we’re all ‘water and towels’ and just kind of there,” said Weston Strayer, manager and a fourth-year in marketing. “But they don’t understand just how much time and work we put in each week to the program.” Their contributions are noticed by those who pay attention though. “The managers do everything you really don’t want to do, and they do it with a smile on their face,” said senior forward Evan Ravenel. “They’re one of the key components to our team, and we wouldn’t be half as good without those guys.” A typical OSU student gets up, goes to class, maybe goes to work afterward and then juggles homework with a social life. The managers have those same obligations, but in addition to their school obligations, they deal with between 35 and 40 hours a week of unpaid work for basketball activities. They show up for 10 a.m. practice an hour before to set up. They stay two hours after to rebound for players who want to get extra shots up or to run errands for coaches. It can end up being a five-hour shift. On game days, they’re there for the pre-game shootaround five hours before tip-off and will stay at the arena for the next eight hours, through the pre-game team meal and the game itself. During the games, they take advanced stats for the coaches, set up chairs on the court for the team during timeouts and manage Matta’s play-calling whiteboard. “Once the game starts, nothing we have done is going to change anything, but preparation-wise, we definitely help them out where we can,” Strayer said. “We try and do our best to help them prepare and make everything a little bit easier for them.” The man in charge of the managers is David Egelhoff, director of basketball operations. He’s been on the OSU staff for 10 years and in his current position for seven. In addition to handling the day-to-day, off-court activities of the basketball team, he handles the application and hiring process of the team’s managers and serves as their boss. It’s a position his past has qualified him for. Egelhoff served as a student manager for OSU’s basketball team from 1998 to 2002 under former OSU coach Jim O’Brien. He said his times as a manager make up some of his favorite college memories. “I’ve made lifelong friendships, not only with the managers but the coaching staffs and players I’ve worked with as well,” Egelhoff said. “We had a really enjoyable time doing a lot of things … those experiences we had were pretty special to me.” The sheer quantity of time the managers spend with each other has allowed them to form a special bond. “It’s a great group of guys, we joke and mess with each other and it’s a lot of fun,” Strayer said. “We kind of joke when we walk out of the tunnel (during home games), they announce the ‘three-time defending Big Ten champions’ and then we all kind of just come out before everyone, so I always wonder what people think when they see us in the suits walking out by the team.” Evan Kurt, a third-year manager and a fourth-year in marketing, said the experiences of going to the Final Four and to different venues around the country have made managing the “best time” of his life. While the managers know they will never make the game-winning shot, they also are aware that their weeklong contributions before the 40-minute games are vital. “There’s a lot that goes on at practices that people don’t see. If you don’t know all about what goes on behind the scenes, you don’t really understand,” Kurt said. “Game to game, it’s players and coaches who determine success, but behind the scenes, it’s us helping everybody improve and helping everybody get better.” The managers’ reward for the hours upon hours of dirty work isn’t fame, money or recognition. It’s something less tangible, but something the managers say is much more important. “The sense of being a part of the team,” Strayer said. “It’s one thing to be a fan, but to be emotionally involved, and to be with the team all the time and to be a part of the team is something I’ll never forget.” Ravenel, a player who has played on three Big Ten championship teams and a Final Four team, expressed the team’s gratitude for its managers. “A program like ours wouldn’t be able to be successful without guys like our managers,” Ravenel said.  This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: April 17, 2013 An earlier version of this story stated that Evan Ravenel played on two Final Four teams for OSU. In fact, he played on one. read more

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Laéroport de RoissyCharlesdeGaulle plus discret

first_imgL’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, plus discret ?La ministre de l’Environnement vient d’annoncer que différentes mesures allaient être mises en place pour limiter les nuisances sonores causées par les avions décollant et atterrissant à l’aéroport Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle.Le ministre de l’Environnement, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a indiqué les différentes mesures qui allaient être mises en place prochainement afin de limiter les nuisances aériennes causées par l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle. En effet, chaque nuit, 170 avions survolent les agglomérations et au total 2 millions d’habitants voient passer au-dessus de leurs têtes des avions volant à moins de 2 kilomètres d’altitude.Premières mesures, le “relèvement de 300 mètres des altitudes de vol à l’approche de la région parisienne et le recul du point de virage des avions, qui se fera plus haut”. Ce dernier point satisfait tout particulièrement les associations de riverains comme le Cirena puisque, se faisant, les 230.000 habitants que comptent Cergy-Pontoise et Conflans-Ste-Honorine se verront épargnés par les nuisances aériennes.Autres mesures envisagées, l’”extension des interdictions d’atterrissages et de décollages pendant la nuit”, rapporte 20 Minutes. Mise en place à la fin de l’année, cette interdiction concerne les avions les plus bruyants qui seront interdits de vol entre 22h et 6h du matin. Egalement prévu, un “rééquilibrage du trafic entre les pistes Nord et Sud, celles du Nord étant sous exploitées alors que les trajectoires correspondantes sont situées principalement dans des zones agricoles”. Toutefois, sur ce point, le Cirena exprime son désaccord.À lire aussiQuand le Père Noël s’entraîne pour sa grande nuit dans… la stratosphèreDernier point prévu, la descente des avions en “profil continu”. Grâce à cela, l’avion passera à une distance beaucoup plus élevée et polluera moins. De plus, les décollages nocturnes s’effectueront selon une nouvelle trajectoire, destinées à épargner les zones très peuplées de l’ouest de Roissy.En partie satisfaites, les associations de riverains auraient également souhaité que soient révisés les horaires de vols. “La plupart des restrictions le sont dans un créneau compris entre minuit et 5h. Nous demandons depuis des années que ce créneau aille de 22h à 6h ou de 23h à 7h, soit 8h d’affilée, comme le recommande l’OMS”, précise le Cirena.Le 29 janvier 2011 à 16:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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It Turns Out Mario Is Actually Punching Yoshi In The Back of

first_imgStay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsHands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems Fine Yoshi is one of the cutest, most pure parts of the world of Mario and Nintendo in general. You may not be able to properly mimic his sound effect from the earlier games or look at Yarn Yoshis without tears in your eyes (maybe that’s just me), but you’ve gotta admit Yoshi is super adorable. That’s why it’s such an outrage that Mario has indeed been punching little Yoshi in the back of the head for years. This is far from hearsay. It’s been confirmed!During a series of interviews in celebration of the release of the Super NES Classic Edition, staff members like the director of Super Mario World, Takashi Tezuka, as well as character designer Shigefumi Hino, have come forward to set the record straight. And Mari isn’t pointing forward in a friendly “let’s go” gesture. He’s definitely hitting little Yoshi in the back of the head.Hino stated the following during one of the interviews:“While we were developing Super Mario Maker, the subject of what Mario is doing with his arm when Yoshi sticks his tongue out in Super Mario World came up. A lot of people on the team thought that Mario is pointing ahead and saying “Go!”But actually, I drew the artwork with the intention that Mario is hitting Yoshi on the head, and he’s sticking his tongue out from the surprise.”It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since you can hear a small noise when you hit Yoshi on the back of the head. But it has saddened many of the denizens of the game industry so much that Hino has decided just to say that Mario is pointing forward rather than punching the little green cutie, so as not to upset them. At least he did something to soften the blow a bit, because it definitely makes me feel some type of way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Cold Front moving NW Bahamas tonight SE Bahamas tomorrow

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 30, 2017 – Weather for The Bahamas tonight from The Bahamas Department of Meteorology:  There remains a cold front over South Florida which will move into the NW Bahamas and merge with a quasi stationary front across the Central Bahamas.  A small craft advisory is in effect tonight.   Tomorrow, the cold front lingers and moves into the South Eastern Bahamas & Turks and Caicos Islands.#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Delaware Soy Grower Meets with EPA Officials on Dicamba Registration

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Richard Wilkins and representatives from the National Cotton Council met Wednesday with Jim Jones, the assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other top EPA officials.The meeting was scheduled to press EPA on the pending registration of low-volatility formulations of dicamba to be used with dicamba-resistant varieties of soybeans and cotton. The EPA staff reported that they are nearing a registration decision, and urged both ASA and the National Cotton Council to work with our memberships to underscore the proper stewardship and legal use of dicamba.ASA and cotton leaders reiterated that farmers need new mechanisms to address weed resistance issues. They also stated that it is important to provide ample time for companies and states to be able to provide training for use of the new product. EPA does not plan to make label changes to existing dicamba products.Wilkins raised the issue of how inefficient it is to prohibit tank mixing, as has been proposed by EPA, because farmers then have to make additional passes through the field. The four-sided field perimeter buffers proposed by EPA were also discussed as unnecessarily burdensome.Click here to read ASA’s comments on the proposed dicamba registration.last_img read more

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Mariah Carey Adds 5 New Tour Dates For Early 2018

first_imgNews Twitter Mariah Carey Adds 5 New Tour Dates For Early 2018 Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 20, 2015 – 2:52 pm Mariah Carey Wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female New dates have been announced for the GRAMMY-winning pop singer’s #1’s TourBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 10, 2017 – 6:46 pm Five-time GRAMMY winner Mariah Carey has just added new dates for her “#1’s Tour,” bringing her back to a part of the world she hasn’t visited since early 2014. Where Is Mariah Carey’s Tour Heading In 2018? mariah-carey-adds-5-new-tour-dates-early-2018 Email The new tour dates will see the pop diva heading back down under for five stops in Australia and New Zealand.Carey will hit Aukland’s Spark Arena on Feb. 1, 2018, and wrap up the brief run at Sydney’s Parramatta Park on Feb. 10. Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 17 at 9am local.SXSW ’18 Speakers: Keith Urban, Darren Aronofsky & Stefan Blomlast_img read more

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New Pebble advisory committee meets indoors while mine protesters gather outside

first_imgOpponents of the Pebble mine project rallied in Anchorage Monday, August 21, 2017, while a new advisory committee for the company behind the mine held its first meeting inside the Hotel Captain Cook. (Photo by Henry Leasia/Alaska Public Media)While the new advisory committee for the Pebble Partnership met for the first-time in Anchorage on Monday, opponents of the Pebble Mine gathered outside for a rally.Listen nowSome opponents of the mine, were invited to the meeting. But many, like Alannah Hurley with the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, declined because tribal governments have already made their position clear.“Why would the people of Bristol Bay waste our time to do this again so that the Pebble Limited Partnership could pretend that they’re listening to the stakeholders, the people of Bristol Bay, and Alaskans. If they were listening, they would have been gone a decade ago.”Protesters met outside of the Hotel Captain Cook, where the advisory committee had planned to meet.But part way through the rally, Hurley announced that the meeting had been relocated.“You all scared them away and they moved to a different location,” Hurley said. “They are literally hiding from Alaskans on the discussion of Pebble Mine.”Pebble spokesperson Mike Heatwole said the private meeting was moved because the Captain Cook’s 10th floor conference room, where the meeting was planned, is under construction. Instead, the meeting was held at a different hotel downtown.Heatwole said the company formed the advisory committee to include local perspectives in the conversation.“That’s really to give us a range of feedback, ask us hard questions, potentially offer ideas that we might not have thought of and really kick the tires aggressively, if you will, on all the things that a development at Pebble could be – the social concerns, the environmental concerns, the economic opportunities,” Heatwole said.Willie Hensley, who served in the state legislature and has long been an advocate for Alaska Native rights, is among those who have committed to sit on the advisory committee.Heatwole said the company plans to release a smaller development plan this fall, along with a transportation design to get minerals out.With a more favorable administration in Washington DC and an EPA proposal to withdraw a determination blocking development of the mine, Heatwole said the company is forging ahead.“So the remaining goals are to file a permit by the end of this year along with having a longer-term partner to get us through that permitting window,” Heatwole said.The 90-day comment period on the EPA’s proposal to withdraw their opposition to the mine ends October 17th.This story contained contributions from Henry Leasia of Alaska Public Media.last_img read more

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Nwora Named to Blue Ribbon AllAmerica Team

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior forward Jordan Nwora has been named as a first-team All-America selection by the 2019-20 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.Nwora joins Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Kansas’ Udoka Azubulke on the publication’s All-America first team. All five grace the cover of this year’s Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, which is available for purchase online at blueribbonyearbook.com. Edited by Chris Dortch, the 39th edition of the publication is noted as the most comprehensive college basketball publication on the market and will ship in the second week of October.  The cover of the publication was released today.Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the third-most improved scorer in the nation last season with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average as a freshman.  The All-ACC third team selection is one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions last season.  Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles this season.A junior from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC).  He was also among the ACC leaders in field goal percentage (.446, 12th), three-point field goal percentage (.374, ninth), three-pointers made per game (2.3, 11th), defensive rebounds (6.44 per game, fourth) and minutes played (31.9 per game, 21st).An exercise science major who was named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team, Nwora scored a career-high 32 points against Boston College in Louisville with 10 rebounds and four assists.  Honored on the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team in November, he made at least three three-pointers on 16 occasions this season.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Popular costume designer accused of intentionally misgendering trans activist

first_imgTrans activist Ashlee Marie Preston eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Abraham David Levy’s Instagram account has over 23,000 followers. In his bio, he describes himself as an ‘avant-garde designer.’ He proudly states that his work has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race and even in Pose.How can Abraham David Levy misgender me as a trans woman AND make costumes for POSE on FX? If you’re going to be a transphobe at LEAST be one who doesn’t rely on the trans community to feed you, pay your rent or keep your lights on…#Pose #rupaulsdragrace #LGBTQ #LGBT pic.twitter.com/J98AQw4BCk— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) July 25, 2018‘How can Abraham David Levy misgender me as a trans woman AND make costumes for POSE on FX?,’ Preston Tweeted on 25 July.‘If you’re going to be a transphobe at LEAST be one who doesn’t rely on the trans community to feed you, pay your rent or keep your lights on’Levy’s responseAccording to Hornet, Levy addressed the interaction in a separate Facebook post.‘Apparently you can’t say anything on social media without it being taken out of context. Late last night I came upon a post where someone was bashing Rupaul for not speaking about POSE. While defending Ru and the trans community, I posted “he” has no clue as to what he’s talking about. (Not noticing it was a woman who wrote the thread.),’ Levy wrote.‘SOOOOO, at this point I have 3 people trying to correct me, I’m like WTF??? so with my sense of humor I posted back “Allie is now a he and that’s that. Period.”’‘Now I’m being branded a trans phobic [sic]… go figure. Me, who works with everyone no matter what race or creed. For the record, ask any of my trans friends how I work with and they will tell you I give them everything for free. Yes me the “trans-phobic” taking care of my girls.’Levy denied any wrongdoing and refused to apologize.‘In no sense of the word will I apologize for something I’m not,’ he said. ‘I’m not racist or phobic in any way. Never have, never will be.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img What happened?The drama took place online. Preston chastised RuPaul for failing to recognize the hit show Pose, which features transgender talent both in front of and behind the camera.The fact that America is raving about “POSE” on FX Networks and RuPaul hasn’t uttered one word; nor has he let a single thought escape from under that tattered wig—confirms what the trans community already knew.Folks are gonna be hot over this tweet—but a truth is a truth…— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) July 24, 2018‘The fact that America is raving about “POSE” on FX Networks and RuPaul hasn’t uttered one word,’ Preston’s 24 July tweet reads. ‘Nor has he let a single thought escape from under that tattered wig—confirms what the trans community already knew.’Preston cross-posted the Tweet to Facebook.Levy responded on Facebook.‘RuPaul is currently filming [All Stars 4] just last month finished filming [Drag Race Season 11] and also working on a daytime talk show…eventually she’ll have time,’ Levy’s since-deleted comment read.‘Not to mention there’s a trans on [All Stars 4] but what does this guy really know about Ru?’ the comment ended, referring to Preston as a ‘guy.’Followers of Preston’s stepped in to correct Levy. Instead of apologizing for misgendering Preston, Levy doubled down.‘I’ve decided Ashlee is a man, end of conversation. Period.’BackgroundRuPaul has been accused by many trans people of being transphobic. Earlier this year, he told The Guardian that he would not accept transgender contestants on Drag Race if they have begun to transition. Following backlash, RuPaul addressed the statement but failed to properly apologize. Abraham David Levy is a popular costume designer. His glittery works have even appeared RuPaul’s Drag Race. However, on 25 July, the renowned LGBTI designer was accused of intentionally misgendering trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston. Here’s why a birthday cake has photos of 77 murdered trans women on itBlack transgender woman Shantee Tucker shot and killed in PhiladelphiaPresident Trump just banned most transgender people from militaryRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/popular-costume-designer-accused-of-intentionally-misgendering-trans-activist/last_img read more

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Philips Receives FDA 510k Clearance to Market ElastQ Imaging Shear Wave Elastography

first_imgTechnology | Ultrasound Imaging | February 28, 2017 Philips Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance to Market ElastQ Imaging Shear Wave Elastography ElastQ complements Philips’ existing ultrasound offerings with non-invasive assessment of tissue stiffness to provide comprehensive solution for liver disease assessment, treatment and monitoring News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare read more February 28, 2017 — Philips announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its ElastQ Imaging capability, further expanding the functionalities of its Epiq family of ultrasound systems.ElastQ Imaging enables simultaneous imaging of tissue and assessment of its stiffness, which is essential for the diagnosis of various liver conditions. With ElastQ Imaging, clinicians have a comprehensive solution to assess and diagnose liver conditions without the pain or expense of a liver biopsy.  Using shear wave elastography to focus sound waves to assess soft tissue stiffness, ElastQ Imaging is non-invasive, reproducible and easily executed.Liver disease, which includes hepatitis B and C, liver cancer and cirrhosis, is a growing global health issue due in part to rising obesity rates and an aging population. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects approximately 20 percent of the global population [1]. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), total deaths worldwide from cirrhosis and liver cancer rose by 50 million per year over the last two decades, and many cases continue to go undetected [2].To determine the stage of liver disease and damage, a liver biopsy is typically performed by extracting a small piece of liver tissue for microscopic examination. Research suggests that instead of costly and painful biopsy procedures, ultrasound exams using shear wave elastography could become routine for assessing liver disease status and may reduce or avoid the need for conventional liver biopsies [3].Philips ElastQ Imaging shear wave elastography offers:Larger field of view or region of interest (ROI) than competitors, according to Philips;Color-coded quantitative assessment of tissue stiffness;Real-time feedback and intelligent analysis; andQuantitative measurements with multiple sample points.In addition to ElastQ Imaging, Philips’ ultrasound liver solution is comprised of a suite of features that make it a powerful tool for clinicians, including: PureWave transducer technology, delivering superb image quality and increased penetration in technically difficult-to-image patients;Contrast enhanced ultrasound, providing confidence in liver lesion detection and characterization; andImage fusion and navigation with anatomical intelligence, increasing the power of real-time ultrasound exams through multimodality fusion and interventional guidance.Philips’ ultrasound liver solution combines a routine ultrasound imaging exam of the liver anatomy with targeted tissue stiffness values, allowing clinicians to obtain a baseline assessment without the wait time associated with tissue biopsy. For patients, the non-invasive ultrasound exam is more comfortable than a traditional liver biopsy that requires the use of needles. The exam results from ultrasound are also available instantly, which can help reduce apprehension patients may feel in waiting for test results.”There is a significant population at risk for liver disease that may not even know it,” said Richard G. Barr, M.D., Ph.D., radiologist, Southwoods Imaging, in Youngstown, Ohio. “As a radiologist, I see every day how important liver assessment is becoming, and I’m hopeful that this solution will help patients get the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment they need.”For more information: www.philips.comReferences[1] Sattar N, et al. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. BMJ 2014;349:g4596. 34 Dyson J et al. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a practical approach to treatment. Postgrad Med J. 2015 Feb;91(1072):92-101.[2] (2013, November 4). Global Burden of Liver Disease Substantial. Medscape. Retrieved from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/813788#vp_1 [3] Ferraioli G, et al. Point shear wave elastography method for assessing liver stiffness. World J Gastroenterology. 2014 April 28;20(16):4787-4796. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

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Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

first_img“We appreciate that the Vatican’s basic intention is to promote Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, but believe that this diplomatic recognition will be unhelpful to that end,” the ADL’s Abraham Foxman said.The 2012 U.N. vote recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state, made up of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.The Palestinians celebrated the vote as a milestone in their quest for international recognition. Most countries in Africa, Asia and South America have individually recognized Palestine. In Western Europe, Sweden took the step last year, while several parliaments have approved non-binding motions urging recognition.This isn’t the first time that the Vatican under Francis has taken diplomatic moves knowing that it would please some quarters and ruffle feathers elsewhere: Just last month, he referred to the slaughter of Armenians by Turkish Ottomans a century ago as a “genocide,” prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador.___AP writers Ian Deitch in Jerusalem and Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state and had referred to the Palestine state since. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state, giving the Vatican’s former signs of recognition an unambiguous confirmation in a formal, bilateral treaty.“Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was “disappointed.”“This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations,” the ministry said in a text message.The United States and Israel oppose recognition, arguing that it undermines U.S.-led efforts to negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian deal on the terms of Palestinian statehood. Most countries in Western Europe have held off on recognition, but some have hinted that their position could change if peace efforts remain deadlocked.The treaty was finalized days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Pope Francis at the Vatican. Abbas is heading to Rome to attend Francis’ canonization Sunday of two new saints from the Holy Land. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, is both deeply symbolic and makes explicit that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine. Top Stories Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “This is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status,” said Abbas’ senior aide, Nabil Shaath. “We expect more EU countries to follow.”The Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine since 2012.During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.”The Vatican’s foreign minister, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, acknowledged the change in status, but said the shift was simply in line with the Holy See’s position.The Holy See clearly tried to underplay the development, suggesting that its 2012 press statement welcoming the U.N. vote constituted its first official recognition. Nowhere in that statement does the Vatican say it recognizes the state of Palestine, and the Holy See couldn’t vote for the U.N. resolution because it doesn’t have voting rights at the General Assembly.The Vatican’s efforts to downplay the move seemed justified given the swift condemnation of the development by Israeli groups: The American Jewish Committee said it was “counterproductive to all who seek true peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” The Anti-Defamation League said it was “premature.” Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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In quirky Hong Kong voting system fishermen play key role

first_imgLess known outside Hong Kong, however, is the political role of fishermen and farmers, remnant industries in Hong Kong that form a large slice of the 1,200-member committee that selects the southern Chinese city’s pro-Beijing leader. They also have their own representative in the territory’s legislature.Fishing and farming make up less than 1 percent of Hong Kong’s $274 billion economy but command 60 votes in the leadership committee, far more than groups or industries with much greater economic or social significance.Their outsized role is a source of discontent in a city that was rocked by pro-democracy protests over the past year as many Hong Kongers chafed against a rising tide of mainland Chinese influence.“The system is totally unfair,” said Drake Leung, one of an estimated 48,000 people who turned out for an annual pro-democracy march on July 1. Leung said fishermen and farmers served only as “rubber stamps” for Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leadership.“Maybe 30 or 40 years ago there were actually more fishermen or farmers in Hong Kong. Now society has changed so much but they still retain this system, this framework to oppress the views of the people,” he said. Committee members mostly vote according to Beijing’s wishes, although Lai said he didn’t receive instructions in the 2012 selection of current leader Leung Chun-ying. He said he made up his mind after watching two televised debates in which Leung’s rival performed poorly.He wasn’t sure if he would be asked to serve on the committee that will choose Leung’s successor in 2017.“We’ll see if it’s convenient for the fishermen,” he said.___Follow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanmanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The prospects for fish farming are also just “so-so,” said Lai, who earns about HK$15,000 ($1,900) a month on average.The quirky election system is a legacy of the British, who in the 1980s introduced legislative elections that gave seats to the business and interest groups, known as functional constituencies.The Chinese liked the system so much they kept it after realizing they could use it to exert influence and keep loyalists in power, said Simon Young, a Hong Kong University law school professor who wrote a book about the city’s elections.Over the past year, it’s become apparent that China’s leaders don’t want to tinker too much. Beijing has “indicated great concerns with adopting too open, too democratic a system that allows the people to choose representatives,” he said.Another complaint is the system’s lack of transparency.In 2011, some 159 registered electors from Lai’s Ma Wan Fisheries Rights Association and 75 other obscure leagues chose their group’s 60 representatives, who all ran uncontested. But little is known about these groups and what they do. Only six people named to the committee left contact information with the election commission. In this July 7, 2015 photo, Lai Tak-chuen, right, 68, a fish farmer, accompanied with his wife, speaks near his fish farm in Ma Wan of Hong Kong. Since China took control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, the city’s billionaires have played a leading role in hewing the Asian financial center to Beijing’s priorities. So too have a dwindling band of fishermen and farmers. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) HONG KONG (AP) — Since China took control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, the city’s billionaires have played a leading role in hewing the Asian financial center to Beijing’s priorities. So too have a dwindling band of fishermen and farmers.The desire of China’s communist leaders to enlist the tycoons’ cooperation is understandable given the influence they have through their control of large swathes of the semiautonomous Chinese city’s economy. Chinese President Xi Jinping last year summoned a group of them for an emergency meeting as political tensions in Hong Kong mounted. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system Pro-democracy activists, who blocked streets for more than two months last year to demand a free election for Hong Kong’s leader, want to modify or eliminate the system, saying it’s opaque and heavily skewed toward pro-Beijing business interests and trade groups.They opposed a government proposal that would have allowed all adults to vote for a leader, but only for candidates that met with Beijing’s approval. In the end, Hong Kong’s feisty legislature vetoed that idea. Pro-democracy lawmakers regarded it as no improvement on a status quo already rigged in China’s favor.Crouching on the wooden decking of a fish farm floating off one of Hong Kong’s small islands, Lai Tak-chuen, whose father was also a fish farmer, poured pellets from a 20 kilogram bag into one of his pens as saba, or mackerel, snapped furiously at the water’s surface.Lai, who has served on three election committees since 2000, reflected on how his business has recovered after the so-called Umbrella Movement protests, which gripped Hong Kong from late September to mid-December.“During those 70-80 odd days, many hotels came to a complete stop. Our brothers and sisters from the mainland didn’t travel down here,” he said. “Business completely stopped, no one was eating fish. If you have fish you can’t sell then it’s a loss. This is the biggest reality. We know what bitterness is like.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Now, he said, “it’s better, people have started coming back to Hong Kong, they’re eating fish, the environment is better.”Lai said he supported the idea of a territory-wide election race among Beijing-approved candidates. But “it was vetoed so there’s nothing you can do,” he said.Sentiments like Lai’s add weight to the pro-democracy camps complaints that the system is stacked heavily in favor of pro-Beijing groups. Fishing and farming are among 38 groups represented on the election committee, but seats are distributed unevenly and arbitrarily, experts say. The 60 seats allocated to fishing and farming are, for example, more than triple the 18 seats allotted to finance, the mainstay of Hong Kong’s freewheeling economy.Hong Kong’s fishing industry relies on access to Chinese fishing grounds and assistance from mainland authorities in case a ship gets into trouble, making it unwise to go against Beijing.Lai, 68, acknowledges that nowadays few young people want to go into fishing, instead opting for more stable jobs.Government figures show Hong Kong had 8,800 fisherman in 2013, down from about 50,000 in 1970 before the city began its transformation into a wealthy Asian financial powerhouse. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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