British PM Trudeau meet on Parliament Hill to talk trade and terrorism

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May are meeting on Parliament Hill as she makes her first visit to Canada.UK PM Theresa May arrives on Parliament Hill #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2017Trudeau says he and May have a wide agenda to discuss, including trade.He says it’s a great opportunity to talk with May ahead of his trip to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.He says he wants to ensure that Canada’s relationship with Britain remains strong as that country moves to break from the European Union.May says she is pleased to be in Canada and has a lot of topics to discuss – including trade, Trudeau’s efforts on behalf of women’s empowerment and ways to curb the use of the Internet by terrorists.As the two chatted in Trudeau’s office, May chuckled that, unlike some other political visitors lately, she can’t match Trudeau in his trademark use of colourful socks.Prime Minister May signs guestbooks of the Senate & House. Now heading for a one on one meeting with Trudeau before media avail #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2017last_img read more

Uma Thurman Attends Tibet House US Auction

first_imgThis past Tuesday Charitybuzz and Tibet House US joined forces for the fourth year in a row to produce the 10th Annual Tibet House Benefit, at Christie’s Auction House in New York City.Tibet House was established in 1987 at the request of the one and onlyDalai Lama. Tibet House is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy; working to promote and preserve Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage. Tibet House has created numerous things including a cultural center, a 2,000-square-foot gallery, a library, various print publications and media productions. Tibet House serves to expose and share the civilization’s profound wisdom, beauty, and spiritual philosophy through innovative educational and cultural programs. This is all in an effort to protect and continue these treasured arts, sciences, and ways of living.Charitybuzz is a major player in the philanthropy scene; helping nonprofits throughout the world raise funds through exquisite online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Charitybuzz also works with musicians, politicians, and major sports stars. Through online auctions, Charitybuzz offers bidders VIP entertainment experiences, luxury travel, couture fashion and rare memorabilia. Charitybuzz brings its online community of socially conscious individual’s an exclusive opportunity to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $65 million for charity globally.In attendance this year were Uma Thurman, Eric Ripert and Arden Wohl who are all Honorary Chair Committee members for Tibet House. Other big names such as Donna Karan, Yoko Ono, Martin Scorsese, Jann Wenner, Trudie Styler and Sting, are also on the committee.This year’s event, which has grown to be a staple on Manhattan’s social and philanthropic calendar over the past decade, once again featured luxury goods, exciting trips, rare items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one of a kind art pieces. Some of the items being auctioned were a behind-the-scenes experience with world-renowned chef Eric Ripert on his television show On the Table followed by dinner for two at Le Bernardin; a special menu dinner for two at Bouley in NYC with chef wine selection by David Bouley. A signature journey to Asia for two organized by Geographic Expeditions; a fabulous trip to a few of Bali’s exotic resorts including the newly opened Regent Hotel in Sanur; an exotic journey to the Royal Malewane and the Singita Hotel and Game Park in South Africa; a stay at the award-winning resort Soneva Kiri in Thailand; a week at the luxurious Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos; a relaxing retreat for two at Creacon Lodge in Ireland; a reunion with family or friends in your private villa in Acapulco villa Casa Dos Marias; a weekend for two at The Soho House in NYC;and an adventurous trek in Nepal for two. Bidders were also able to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime internship experience at the Donna Karan Company; an internship at the legendary Rolling Stone magazine and Hollywood magazine US Weekly; a guitar signed by Sting; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2013; two tickets to a red carpet movie premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; a behind-the-scenes visit for two to the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on the Fox Business Network; a limited edition Star Wars item donated by George Lucas; two audience tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman; a visit for two to the set of the TV show Boardwalk Empire; a walk-on role in a David O. Russell film with actors Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper; a lunch at The Four Seasons in New York City with Robert and Uma Thurman; a behind-the-scenes NYC Fashion Week experience alongside supermodel Petra Nemcova who will bring you backstage and to the runway to see the hustle and bustle firsthand as designers Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel Black Gold and more prepare for Fashion Week shows.In addition to these experiences there was Fashion and Jewelry from Ugo Cacciatori, PaulaCrevoshay, Doyle & Mueser, Mallary Marks, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross, Me&Ro, Gabrielle Sanchez, Kate Spade and David Yurman. Art and photographs from DonaldBaechler, Danny Clinch, Arthur Elgort, Milton Glaser, Bob Gruen, Sheila Metzner, Angelina Nasso, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney and cultural items from Tibet such as Tibetan rugs, sculptures and ceremonial objects.Tuesday’s benefit brought the launch of the online auction, as well as a flawless Gala. Together, Tibet House and Charitybuzz will be hosting the online auction from November 28th, 2012 – December 19th. This year a portion of the proceeds will be given to The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey. Most specifically, proceeds will go to support their new community center in Queens, New York. This program teaches children ages 5-19 Tibetan language, song, dance, painting and Buddhist philosophy. All these efforts are in place to help maintain their cultural heritage. Proceeds will also benefit the Tibetan Children’s Village, an integrated educational community for Tibetan children in exile and those escaping from Tibet every year.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Priscilla Presley Remembering Elvis and Their Love of Horses‏

first_imgPriscilla Presley has put her support behind federal legislation to protect horses from lives of constant pain.Priscilla Presley Urges Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Tennessee Walking HorsesCredit/Copyright: Humane SocietyShe joins The Humane Society of the United States in urging Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act of 2013, H.R. 1518/S. 1406. The bill is critical to ending the cruel practice of “soring” – the deliberate infliction of pain to gaited horses in order to produce an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions.Presley said: “Over the years, Elvis and I owned several Tennessee walking horses, and I know them to be gentle, graceful creatures. Today, 43 years after the passage of the federal Horse Protection Act that was intended to end the terrible practice of ‘soring,’ these horses continue to suffer at the hands of abusive trainers. I’m calling on Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to finally end this torture.”Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The HSUS, said: “The horse-loving public is fed up with the ‘Big Lick’ subculture of cruelty and deception, and the PAST Act holds the key to bring that abuse to an end. We welcome Ms. Presley’s voice to the chorus of support for the bill, and we urge Congress to act promptly to pass it.”The PAST Act – introduced by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., in the House and Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va. in the Senate – would amend the Horse Protection Act, which Congress enacted in 1970 to stop soring. The PAST Act will end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of certain devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and hold accountable all those involved in this cruel practice.Presley adds her voice to a cast of noted horse-loving celebrities and horse industry professionals who previously expressed their support of the bill. Celebrities who have endorsed the PAST Act include: fitness expert Jillian Michaels; pop singer Ke$ha; singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris, Lynn Anderson and Mary Ann Kennedy; actors Wendie Malick, Viggo Mortensen, Kelly Carlson, Loretta Swit, Alexandra Paul, and Dawn Olivieri; television personality Jenna Morasca; and director/author Joe Camp.Horse industry professionals who have endorsed the PAST Act include: top riders Georgina Bloomberg and Karl Mikolka; Olympic equestrians Steffen Peters and Jan Ebeling; natural horsemanship expert and clinician Pat Parelli, horse trainer and author Monty Roberts; trainer, clinician and author Leslie Desmond; host of “Unbridled,” Susan Kayne; and host of “Best of America by Horseback,” Tom Seay.The bipartisan legislation been cosponsored by 244 Representatives and 28 Senators and has the support of a diverse coalition of horse industry, veterinary, and animal protection organizations, including the American Horse Council, American Saddlebred Horse Association, United Professional Horsemen’s Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.last_img read more

Sweden won’t seek Assange’s detention, court rules

COPENHAGEN — A Swedish court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain and suspected of rape in Sweden, shouldn’t be detained in absentia.Monday’s ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean a preliminary investigation in Sweden should be abandoned, only that Assange wouldn’t be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.Last month, the 47-year-old Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. He was then immediately arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.He is also fighting extradition to the U.S., which accuses him of publishing secret documents.The Associated Press read more

Trudeau Scheer trade populism warnings corruption charges on campaign

Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer evoked the populism-fuelled political turmoil in the United States and Britain and the SNC-Lavalin scandal to vilify each other on the federal campaign trail Thursday.The Liberal leader drew a link between his Conservative opponent and the instability caused by the impeachment drama unfolding in the U.S. and the Brexit agony that has racked the U.K. Trudeau revived his accusation that Scheer is relying on the “politics of fear” to scare voters.Scheer returned to the SNC-Lavalin affair that has dogged Trudeau in recent months by promising a new law to investigate “sleazy” politicians.Trudeau fired the first shot on Thursday, saying the uncertainty in the United States and Britain serves as a warning to Canadian voters to resist the pull of divisive populism that he accuses his Conservative opponents of fostering.While he did not mention President Donald Trump or Prime Minister Boris Johnson by name, Trudeau continued to link Scheer to other conservative politicians, such as Ontario Premier Doug Ford and former prime minister Stephen Harper.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Trudeau said Scheer is running on the same failed Harper policies as the Tories did in the 2015 campaign that brought the Liberals to power.“Some of the consequences of the populist tendencies that we’ve seen over the past few years in places like the U.K. and the United States are clearly on display for Canadians right now,” Trudeau said in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury, Ont., after announcing a series of new environmental conservation measures.It was the latest in a series of environment-related announcements this week, including a pledge to protect one-fourth of Canada’s lands and oceans by 2025 and measures to help low-income families go camping in national or provincial parks. Afterwards, Trudeau headed to a rally in Peterborough, where cabinet minister Maryam Monsef is fighting to keep her seat.Trudeau has branded Scheer a climate-change laggard and said he would be joining Friday’s large climate change protest in Montreal, where Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, is expected to be feted for her symbolic leadership in the movement to fight climate change.Scheer said he plans to be in Vancouver on Friday but he responded with a scathing attack on Trudeau in his own backyard — the Montreal riding of Papineau — where Scheer promised a Conservative government would launch a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair.Only an inquiry would provide Canadians the answers they deserve about the government’s involvement in SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.“It’s a cover-up on an historic scale,” said Scheer.Scheer said he would introduce legislation that would allow the RCMP to ask the Supreme Court of Canada for access to information covered by cabinet confidence, saying it would prevent politicians from hiding behind the current system that’s meant to permit frank and open discussions among ministers.“The measures I’ve announced today and others I will announce later in the campaign will safeguard our democracy against the whims of sleazy and unscrupulous politicians,” Scheer said.In August, the federal ethics watchdog ruled that Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop the prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering giant. Trudeau has refused to apologize and said he was only trying to protect Canadian jobs by pushing for a deferred prosecution agreement, which offers companies facing criminal charges the option of paying fines or other remediation and demonstrating they’ve changed their ways, rather than facing criminal punishment.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Thursday he supports an inquiry and has been calling for one since the scandal erupted.But he criticized Scheer for not saying whether he approves of deferred prosecution agreements in principle. Singh has said the NDP would do away with them.“The root cause of this was a deferred prosecution agreement and he (Scheer) hasn’t talked about that,” Singh said in Campbell River, B.C., where he announced an NDP government would offer an annual rent subsidy of up to $5,000 to help families struggling to afford housing.Singh was spending his third consecutive day in British Columbia trying to protect some of his party’s ridings from a surging Green Party. Vancouver Island is where the Greens see their best chances of picking up seats, after a byelection win over the New Democrats in Nanaimo-Ladysmith in May.Green Leader Elizabeth May was focused on breaking new ground in Quebec. She was in Montreal on Thursday, alongside several Quebec candidates, before her own participation in the Friday climate march.“The province of Quebec has been playing a leadership role for a long time. We have in this country everything we need to make a change that ensures our children have a livable world,” she said.“Regardless of where you’re from, or what party you used to vote for, if you’re listening to our children what you’re hearing is, ‘All hands on deck right now.’ ”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019. read more

Danny Williams watches as Muskrat Falls takes another step toward approval

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 6:56 pm MDT ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Former premier Danny Williams watched from a packed public gallery at the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature as a brief debate moved the contentious Muskrat Falls hydro project closer to approval.The plan to bring power from the lower Churchill River in Labrador to Newfoundland then Nova Scotia using subsea cables was announced in November 2010 — just before he quit politics.“From my own personal legacy perspective, I stand by this wholeheartedly,” he said Wednesday outside the legislature.“I’ve said from Day 1, I’d put my own money into this project if I could because I think it’s just a great investment for the people.”Williams was unfazed by about 35 protesters who had gathered earlier outside. They’re concerned that Muskrat Falls will cripple the province of just over 500,000 people with massive debt if it soars over budget.“I can honestly say that this has been studied to death,” he said.Premier Kathy Dunderdale moved a private member’s motion that the house of assembly support the development, which is estimated to cost between $7.5 billion and $7.7 billion. Debate was limited to a couple of hours on the biggest public expenditure in provincial history before the majority Tory government easily passed it over opposition objections.“It is the best answer to our question: what is the least-cost option to providing needed power?” Dunderdale said as government members thumped their desks in approval.“It will bring lasting benefits to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”Skeptics point out that the project has not cleared a single independent, regulated review.Dunderdale said Muskrat Falls has been endorsed by global energy consultants, though they were hired and paid by her government. She has refused further review by the provincial Public Utilities Board since it declined last spring to endorse Muskrat Falls, saying it lacked updated information.Now that Ottawa has offered a federal loan guarantee that would cut borrowing costs by about $1 billion, the province’s Crown corporation Nalcor Energy and Nova Scotia private utility Emera (TSX:EMA) are expected to sanction the project in coming weeks.Williams laughed when asked if he thought Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whom he openly battled over offshore royalties and equalization payments, would have given him a loan guarantee.“Probably not,” he said. “Maybe it’s a good thing that I had moved on.”Dunderdale has said her province is expected to sanction Muskrat Falls before Christmas. A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia private utility company Emera said it is expected to do the same before mid-January.Dunderdale refused to say when repeatedly asked Wednesday whether the development is viable with or without a federal loan guarantee.“It’s not going to fall apart,” she said of the federal backing that relies on Emera’s continued support.“We’ve been through a set of negotiations that has been long and arduous. Emera’s been at the table, we’ve been at the table with the federal government. We made sure that we protected the interests of the people of this province.“So I’m telling you that if we sanction this project, that the loan guarantee will be available to the people of the province.”Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball called the government’s approach on Muskrat Falls “an insult to democracy.”“I say shame on you, premier,” he said during the daily question period that preceded the two-hour debate.NDP Leader Lorraine Michael asked of Dunderdale: “How can she sanction a project that lays all this considerable risk squarely on the backs of the ratepayers of this province?”During the earlier protest outside, skeptics said they fear Muskrat Falls will spell disaster for a once have-not province that has only recently enjoyed the wealth of offshore oil royalties.“I’m disappointed,” said protester Con O’Brien.“We’re playing a game of Russian roulette with our money. We’re 515,000 people. We can’t afford to pay it.“God help us.” Danny Williams watches as Muskrat Falls takes another step toward approval read more

Book publishing division launched by Brocks Centre for Studies in Arts and

Brock’s Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) has partnered with The Salon für Kunstbuch in Austria to launch an international book publishing division.The new Small Walker Press will celebrate the publication of its first two books at an official launch event on Thursday, May 9 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in the main lobby of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines.Brock’s Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) is launching two new books, Inland (left) and The Quarry (right), out of the new Small Walker Press.This year’s books were published under the theme of environmental degradation and include Inland, by Associate Professor of Visual Arts Shawn Serfas with creative writing by Atlanta-based New York Times journalist Richard Fausset and an essay by Associate Professor of Visual Arts Derek Knight, and The Quarry, by Associate Professor Adam Dickinson and artist Lorène Bourgeois.Noelle Allen, Publisher for Hamilton-based literary press Wolsak and Wynn, will be the guest speaker for the event.The launch is free and all are encouraged to attend.“The University is the ideal place to promote book culture,” said STAC Director Catherine Parayre. “Working with different authors and artists to bring about the completion of a book project is a fully interdisciplinary challenge that is rewarding intellectually, but also a wonderful opportunity to work with expert graphic designers.”Headed by STAC, the Small Walker Press addresses the research and creative interests of faculty members at Brock’s MIWSFPA and engages with authors, artists and academics alike to produce small, innovative publications.Funded by the generous support of the Walker Cultural Leader Series and the late Marilyn I. Walker, the press publishes collaborative work that brings together authors and artists from the Niagara region, as well as those across Canada and internationally.Parayre and Knight serve as its editors; Bernhard Cella, from The Salon für Kunstbuch in Vienna, Austria, is the press’s book designer.Inland provides two distinct reflections on pollution and the consequences of human intervention on natural resources. It features work created by Serfas for his 2016 exhibition Inland, curated by Stuart Reid at Rodman Hall Art Centre, and creative writing by Fausset, whose work includes extensive coverage of the devastating environmental and socio-economic impacts of Hurricane Katrina.The Quarry offers a reflection on a walk that Dickinson and Bourgeois embarked upon through the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site on the Niagara Escarpment in 2018. Dickinson contributes a poem for the book, which is accompanied by drawings by Bourgeois.“We are very much looking forward to sharing these books with the public at the launch on May 9,” Parayre said.  The Small Walker Press is predicated on, and values, interdisciplinary co-operation, the exploration of image and text, and seeks to contribute to and participate in the promotion of book culture.Publications will include exhibition catalogues, artist’s books, chapbooks, short essay format and creative writing as well as online art folios or editions, and recorded sound work or interviews.Publications may be in English, French or other languages and books will be available for purchase at the launch.They will also be available at Rodman Hall Art Centre, the Brock Campus Store, and The Salon für Kunstbuch in Vienna, Austria.Learn more about the Small Walker Press by visiting the STAC website. read more

Womens soccer returns home to take on Fighting Illini

Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) attempts to win the ball during a match against Pittsburgh Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNearly three weeks after the team’s last home game, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is scheduled to return to Columbus to face Illinois. The matchup with the Fighting Illini (5-2-1) will be the conference opener for the Buckeyes, as they look to improve upon their current 6-1-1 record, including a 3-0-1 slate at home.The Buckeyes are currently on a three-game winning streak, continuing last week with a sweep at the Hoosier Classic. After goals from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber and senior midfielder Danica Wu, the Buckeyes defeated Central Michigan 2-0 Friday.Buckeye goalies, senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Jillian McVicker, helped shut out a St. John’s team, 1-0, that had been averaging 3.5 goals per game.“I (was) very proud of our squad… to be put in a situation to play a rested team on a Sunday morning was unfortunate,” said coach Lori Walker. “We stepped up to the challenge and played very well as a team.”Following Sunday’s match, the Buckeyes have moved up near the top of the Big Ten in some defensive categories as they begin conference play Friday. OSU now ranks third in goals against and corner kicks allowed, and fourth in total goals allowed, only giving up five goals through its first eight games.The teams last met in Bloomington, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes took home their third Big Ten tournament title when they defeated the Illini, 2-1.Coming into the season, the Fighting Illini were picked to finish third in the preseason coaches poll, one spot better than the Buckeyes.Offensively, Illinois is led by redshirt-junior forward Janelle Flaws with eight goals and senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who has four goals of her own. Although the Illini have scored 28 goals on the season, they have given up 18 goals defensively in eight games.The game is set to start at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

With suitcases full of salmon Ketchikan couple heads to Oman

first_imgA Southeast Alaska commercial fishing couple is headed to Oman, on the southern Arabian Peninsula. They’re taking about a hundred pounds of frozen wild Alaska salmon with them on a diplomatic trip to share American culture, Alaska seafood and small business management techniques.The Gundersens have been fishing in Southeast Alaska for decades, and they are dedicated to spreading the word about wild Alaska salmon.LaDonna and Ole Gundersen take a selfie out on the fishing grounds. (Photo courtesy the Gundersens)LaDonna Gundersen has written several cookbooks, and salmon – always Alaskan, always wild – is heavily featured. The two also have participated in the Live in Ketchikan’s Celebrity Chef cooking program – produced by KPU-TV.That show is how she and Ole Gundersen ended up getting invited for a visit by the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman.“We received an email asking if I’d be interested in coming over and sharing Alaska culture and fishing and cooking salmon and like that,” she said. “When we first saw the email, we were like, ‘Hmmm. This is curious.’”LaDonna said she wasn’t sure the email was legitimate, but she wrote back and asked for more details. A month later, they got a reply, and KPU-TV Marketing Manager Michelle O’Brien was cc’d on the email.A map of Oman. (Wikimedia Commons image; United Nations map)Turns out, “her friend, Ann Mason at the U.S. Embassy, they went to college together, I think around 20 years ago, and they kept in contact,” LaDonna said. “And they were looking to promote wild salmon in Oman, so she reached out to Michelle, and Michelle suggested looking at my Celebrity Chef stuff I’ve done.”So, the Gundersens knew it was legit, and they wrote back to give a resounding “yes!” to the invitation.They worked out some details, and learned that the embassy wanted the Gundersens to share not only the joys of wild Alaska salmon, but also the business end of running a small family-owned commercial fishing operation.“We asked why. Why this? Why would you be focusing on this?” LaDonna said. “Well, over there in Muscat, Oman, it’s a fishing community. Where they have fishing families, small-business fishing community, and they’re very interested in American culture of how we do things.”Muscat is right off the Gulf of Oman, and Oman is a Muslim country. There are certain cultural protocols that the Gundersens will have to follow.“I don’t have to cover my hair. Only when I get off the plane, because it’s an international airport and there’s lots of different people there and I would cover my hair so they wouldn’t ask me questions and bother me or bug me,” she said. “I have to be covered all the way to my wrists, and all the way down past my ankles. Can’t show my ankles or wrists.”Ole can’t wear sleeveless shirts, and must wear long pants, despite the 80-plus degree weather they expect to encounter.Once they arrive in Oman, the Gundersen’s itinerary is chock full of activities. The first day is a reception with Omani tourism, hospitality and restaurant officials. LaDonna said she did some googling and found out, “Muscat Oman sees 4 million visitors a year – plus! And they have year-round cruise ship traffic.”The Gundersens also will meet with entrepreneurs and bankers, to talk about the business-end of Alaska salmon fishing; and they’ll host a master-chef class at the National Hospitality Institute.“The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Don’t these people understand that I cook on a fishing boat? For Ole?’”LaDonna said she’s going to teach the class a few different methods for cooking salmon: in parchment paper and foil, seared, grilled, baked, broiled, and anything else they have time for.Later, she’ll direct a kitchen full of people in the preparation of a gourmet salmon meal at the Grand Hyatt. LaDonna said there will be about 100 guests.“So, I was thinking that, because there’s so many people that I would bake the salmon,” she said. “Go simple: Olive oil, salt and pepper, maybe a little dill, something like that.”And, maybe, baked Alaska for dessert.While most ingredients for these menu items can be found in that Middle Eastern country, one big obstacle was the almost complete absence of wild Alaska salmon in Oman.“I asked. I said, ‘Do you have wild salmon?’ Because I’m no sell out. I’m not,” she said. “They looked high and low and could not find any  wild salmon at all. They could find an abundance of farmed Norwegian salmon, and it was like, ‘Oh, no.’”So, they’re bringing it with them.“We went to Fish from Trish,” a Ketchikan seafood supplier, “And, the go-getter that Trish is, she jumped on the wagon and she goes, ‘I’m in!’ and did everything she can. The fish is all ready. We have them portioned in 6-ounce portions, individually wrapped. We’ll be taking two boxes with us.”It’s about 100 pounds of frozen salmon, which they hope will not thaw too much during the 20-hour journey. They’re also taking some smoked and canned salmon to serve during various meet-and-greet events.They’re putting together some slide shows, featuring Ole Gundersen’s photography; and, during the opening reception, they’ll show the video documentary “Ketchikan: A Fish Story,” one of a series of films produced by The Ketchikan Story Project, an award-winning promotional campaign.They’re also going to take some show-and-tell items: “Our raingear, our boots,” LaDonna said. “We’re going to take a chunk of our net with the leadline and the corkline. We’re looking for an Alaska flag, still.”During the trip, the Gundersens also get to go fishing.“First they said that we’ll probably catch ourselves a grouper. It’s a white fish, similar to maybe red snapper or rock cod, but bigger,” LaDonna said. “But then, they told us ay before yesterday that we might catch a big tuna.”They’ll be busy for most of the trip, but the Gundersens hope to have a little free time to sightsee.“I guess they have camel races over there,” LaDonna said. “I’d love to see the camel races.”This is the couple’s first international trip, not counting Canada, and LaDonna said it’s an exciting opportunity.“To learn about their culture and get to teach them about our culture,” she said. “I’ve been salmon fishing with Ole for 29 years – he’s been fishing for like 35. This is the first time we get actually share it and tell it in a different way that’s not America. I’m excited.”And, if everything goes well, the Gundersens say it’s possible they’ll be invited in the future to bring Alaska salmon diplomacy to other parts of the globe.last_img read more

WhatsApp update Some iPhone Android users are in trouble

first_img Seven Things You Didnt Know About WhatsApp WhatsApp is clearly the most popular instant messaging application in the world, allowing millions of users to help communicate via message, call or even video call. Despite several internet-based messaging apps, the Facebook-owned platform is hugely popular serving over a billion users globally. But some of those users are going to face their worst nightmare.WhatsApp is constantly adding new features to improve the user experience. While many more interesting features are underway, it’s worth noting that some iPhone and Android smartphone users won’t be able to get the taste of some upcoming features.Starting February 1, 2020, WhatsApp will stop working on Android smartphones running Android 2.3.7 version and iPhones powered by iOS 7. It means that those users won’t be able to create new accounts or re-verify their existing accounts. But it looks like the end of support won’t affect a lot of users as the aforementioned versions of mobile operating systems are extremely old and rarely in use. WhatsApp is ending support for few phonesKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty ImagesWhatsApp’s end of support for some older Android and iOS devices is not a huge surprise. At least not as shocking as when it had ended support for Windows Phone devices a few months ago. While WhatsApp is still available in the Microsoft Store, it won’t be after July 1, 2019. The app had stopped working on Windows phones after December 31, 2019.Going by WhatsApp’s requirement, Android phones running Android 4.0 or later and iPhones running iOS 8 or later will be able to enjoy all the features of the app and won’t have to worry about discontinuation any time soon. Closelast_img read more

ISRO calls off Chandrayan launch due to technical snag in the rocket

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:38Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … ISRO calls off Chandrayan-2 launch due to technical snag in the rocketcenter_img India’s ambitious moon landing mission Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off due to a technical snag in the ‘Bahubali’ rocket on Monday about one hour before it was to blast-off.”It is not possible to make the launch within the launch window. The revised launch schedule will be announced later,” an official announced from the Mission Control Centre.Minutes before making this announcement, the officials put on hold the countdown for less than five minutes.”The technical snag was noticed. We first have to approach the vehicle to assess the problem. First we have to empty the fuel loaded in the rocket, then the rocket will be taken back for further investigation,” an ISRO official told IANS.”This process will take 10 days after that only we can decide on the launch schedule,” he added.The launch was called off nearly one hour before the actual time of launch which was 2.51 a.m.”A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” ISRO tweeted later.Standing at about 44 metres tall, the 640-tonne rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) is nicknamed ‘Bahubali’. And just like the hero in the hit film by the same name lifted a heavy ‘lingam’, the rocket will carry the 3.8 tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission was a prestigious one as it aimed to make India as the fourth nation in the world to land and ride on the moon.The other three nations that had achieved this feat are Russia, the US and China.The Chandrayaan-2 consists of three segments – the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander-Vikram (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover Pragyan (27 kg, two payloads).The GSLV-Mk III with a capacity to carry four-ton satellite is a three stage/engine rocket with two strap-on motors powered by solid fuel. The second stage is a core liquid fuel booster and the third is the cryogenic engine.To date, ISRO has sent up three GSLV-Mk III rockets. The first one was on 18.12.2014 carrying Crew Module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment (3.7 ton). The mission was also to test the rocket’s inflight structural stability.The second and third GSLV-Mk III’s went up on 5.6.2017 and 14.11.2018 carrying communication satellites GSAT-19 (3.1 ton) and GSAT-29 (3.4 ton) respectively.Interestingly, GSLV-Mk III will be used for India’s manned space mission slated in 2022.India presently has two fully operational rockets — the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and GSLV-Mk II — with a lift-off mass of 415 ton and a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes. The launch of Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off due technical snag on July 15, 2019.IANS/ISROlast_img read more

British Airways to Fuel Flights With Household Waste

first_img One man’s trash is another man’s … jet fuel?British Airways plans to convert household waste into renewable jet fuel.Part of the airline’s commitment to cut net emissions in half by 2050, the first in a series of waste plants will turn dirty diapers, plastic food containers, chocolate bar wrappers, and more into clean-burning, sustainable propellants.The factory can reportedly transform enough rubbish to power all BA 787 Dreamliner-operated flights from London to San Jose, Calif., and New Orleans, La., for a whole year.“Sustainable fuels will play an increasingly critical role in global aviation, and we are preparing for that future,” International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh said in a statement.British Airways—the UK’s largest international airline—is working with recycling and waste management expert Suez and renewable fuels firm Velocys, each of which provides funding, as well as technological and operational support.“Turning household waste into jet fuel is an amazing innovation that produces clean fuel while reducing landfill,” Walsh added. “This partnership … shows how we are investing in our long-term future—and that of our customers.”Compared with conventional jet fuel, BA’s new product is expected to scale down greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions by 60 percent and 90 percent, respectively. The UK Department of Transport just last week added sustainable jet fuel to its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) incentive scheme.“We believe that the recently announced RTFO changes will allow the UK to become a world leader in sustainable jet fuel,” Velocys chief David Pummell said in a statement.It remains unclear exactly where or when this new plant will be constructed, or when it will begin production. British Airways did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Companies have been going green for years; in January, Greenpeace named Apple, Google, and Facebook among the world’s most environmentally friendly tech firms.In the last decade, meanwhile, a number of test flights have been conducted using biofuels like waste vegetable oil, algae, jatropha, and camelina to help reduce air pollutants.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030Portugal ran on renewable energy alone for four days Stay on targetlast_img read more

Researchers study isotopes in feces to discern mountain gorillas diet

first_img © 2012 Male silverback Gorilla in SF zoo. Image: Wikipedia. More information: Detecting intraannual dietary variability in wild mountain gorillas by stable isotope analysis of feces, PNAS, Published online before print December 10, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215782109AbstractWe use stable isotope ratios in feces of wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) to test the hypothesis that diet shifts within a single year, as measured by dry mass intake, can be recovered. Isotopic separation of staple foods indicates that intraannual changes in the isotopic composition of feces reflect shifts in diet. Fruits are isotopically distinct compared with other staple foods, and peaks in fecal δ13C values are interpreted as periods of increased fruit feeding. Bayesian mixing model results demonstrate that, although the timing of these diet shifts match observational data, the modeled increase in proportional fruit feeding does not capture the full shift. Variation in the isotopic and nutritional composition of gorilla foods is largely independent, highlighting the difficulty for estimating nutritional intake with stable isotopes. Our results demonstrate the potential value of fecal sampling for quantifying short-term, intraindividual dietary variability in primates and other animals with high temporal resolution even when the diet is composed of C3 plants. (—Researchers from several universities in the US have together found that it is possible to follow changes in a wild animal’s diet over a single year period by studying isotopes in feces samples. The team used the technique, as they write in their paper published recently in the journal PNAS, to study the diet of wild mountain gorillas in Uganda. The gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the mountainous southwestern part of the country are difficult to study in the wild. Scientists want to know what they eat over the course of a single year because it would provide valuable information regarding how the animal survives, and perhaps more importantly, how it adapts to environmental changes. Rather than watching every move the gorillas made over an extended period of time, the researchers instead collected fecal samples along with samples of plants and fruits that the gorillas are thought to eat, over a 10 month period during 2002-2003.The samples were brought back to the lab where the researchers subjected them to chemical analysis to reveal the isotopes found in the food that the animals had eaten. Because different foods have different levels of isotopes, the researchers were able to determine which foods had been eaten at which time of the year. They found, for example that the gorillas tended to eat more fruit between February and March and then again between June and July.Prior research had shown that an animal’s diet could be found by studying isotopes in samples of hair, tooth enamel or bones – but that requires capturing animals and testing them, a less then optimal solution. This new research shows that the diet of wild animals can be discerned by simply collecting the droppings they leave behind, which allows for fine tuning such studies by allowing for testing on a more often and regular basis.The researchers noted also that collecting and studying feces samples doesn’t do away with the need for field study however, as the testing for isotopes isn’t precise enough to tell researchers exactly which foods have been consumed – they need a base list to choose from to understand what has actually been eaten. Nor does it offer data on nutritional value. Uganda’s gorilla population growingcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Researchers study isotopes in feces to discern mountain gorillas’ diet (2012, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Sealdah station gets states first executive lounge

first_imgKolkata: The executive lounge opened by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Sealdah station has become very popular among the passengers within a week of its inauguration.Only of its kind in eastern India, the facilities of the lounge can be availed for two hours against a payment of Rs 100. Drinking water and tea and coffee are given free of cost to the passengers. They can have their breakfast and lunch or dinner at the adjacent restaurant. If the bill at the restaurant is more than Rs 500, a concession is given to the passengers occupying the lounge. They can also take rest at the lounge and freshen up there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDebashis Chandra, general manager, IRCTC, Eastern India, said the lounge has become very popular among the passengers who come to the city in the morning, do their work during the day and catch the train in the night to go back to their homes. They keep their luggage in the cloakroom and go out for work. IRCTC proposes to open a similar executive lounge in Siliguri soon. Sumita Ray, who came from Siliguri to the city for a day to attend a seminar, said: “I was really touched by the cleanliness and décor of the executive lounge. The cloakroom is spacious and safe. I welcome the move.” IRCTC officials said in the past one week, the response of the passengers has been very positive and many had inquired about it.last_img read more

Airline results strong despite rising costs says IATA

first_imgAirline results strong despite rising costs, says IATA Tags: IATA, Statistics Monday, June 4, 2018 Latin America7.4%6.5%5.5%6.0%81.8%82.2%          Demand Capacity Pax Load Factors Posted by Share SYDNEY – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its expectation for airlines to achieve a collective net profit of $33.8 billion USD in 2018, which implies a net margin of 4.1%. This is a solid performance despite rising costs, primarily fuel and labor, but also the upturn in the interest rate cycle. These rising costs are the main driver behind the downward revision from the previous forecast of $38.4 billion in December 2017.In 2017 airlines earned a record $38.0 billion (revised from the previously estimate of $34.5 billion). Comparisons to this, however, are severely distorted by special accounting items such as one-off tax credits which boosted 2017 profits.Profits at the operating level, though still high by past standards, have been trending slowly downwards since early 2016, as a result of accelerating costs.“Solid profitability is holding up in 2018, despite rising costs. The industry’s financial foundations are strong with a nine-year run in the black that began in 2010. And the return on invested capital will exceed the cost of capital for a fourth consecutive year. At long last, normal profits are becoming normal for airlines. This enables airlines to fund growth, expand employment, strengthen balance sheets and reward our investors,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.For more information, please see detailed analysis below.Outlook DriversCosts:Inflation pressures are starting to emerge at this late stage of the economic cycle and airlines are facing significant pressures from rising fuel and labor costs in particular.We expect the full-year average cost of Brent Crude to be $70/barrel. This is up from $54.9/barrel in 2017 (+27.5%) and our previous 2018 expectation of $60/barrel. Jet fuel prices are expected to rise to $84/barrel (+25.9%). Fuel costs will account for 24.2% of total operating costs (up from a revised 21.4% in 2017).Overall unit costs are forecast to rise 5.2% this year, after a 1.2% increase in 2017; a significant acceleration.Revenues:Providing some offset to accelerating costs is a strong revenue environment, as demand from passengers and shippers continues to expand well above trend, and pricing has turned positive.Overall revenues are expected to rise to $834 billion (up 10.7% from $754 billion in 2017).Unit revenues are expected to rise by 4.2% in 2018, lagging the 5.2% rise in unit costs. This will squeeze profit margins.Demand:Passenger air travel is forecast to expand by 7.0% in 2018. This is slower than the 8.1% growth recorded for 2017 but still faster than the 20-year average (of 5.5%) for the sixth consecutive year. Demand is getting a boost from stronger economic growth and the stimulus from new city-pair direct services. Capacity is expected to grow by 6.7% (the same pace as in 2017).The passenger load factor is expected to be 81.7%, up a little on 2017 (81.5%). Total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 4.36 billion (up 6.5% from 4.1 billion in 2017). Passenger yields are expected to grow by 3.2% in 2018 after a 0.8% decline in 2017. This will be the first year for strengthening yields since 2011, driven upwards by the 5.2% rise in unit costs.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongRisk factors:Growing uncertainty in the direction by which global affairs will evolve could present risks to the industry’s outlook. These include the advancement of political forces pushing a protectionist agenda, uncertainty following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, lack of clarity on the impact of Brexit, numerous ongoing trade discussions and continuing geopolitical conflicts.Regional RoundupNorth American airlines are expected to post a net profit of $15.0 billion (down from $18.4 billion in 2017) accounting for 44% of global profits (down from a peak share of 60% in 2015). Average profit per passenger is expected to be $15.67. The region continues to generate the highest margins, returns on capital and US dollar amounts of profit. However, margins are being gradually reduced by rising costs from peak levels in 2015.European airlines are slowly moving towards North American performance (some individual airlines already match). The region’s airlines are forecast to generate the second highest net post-tax profits of $8.6 billion in 2018 (up from $8.1 billion in 2017) and a per passenger profit of $7.58 ($7.53 in 2017). Extensive hedging by European carriers is helping to improve performance by delaying the impact of higher fuel prices (while North American airlines with lower hedging positions are more immediately exposed). The gap in profitability with North American carriers is largely driven by breakeven load factors which are higher than in North America due to industry fragmentation and higher regulatory costs in Europe.Asia-Pacific airlines benefitted from the strong growth in cargo revenues last year, since the region is the manufacturing center of the world. In 2017 the region generated the second largest profit at $10.1 billion. This year the region slips just behind Europe with net post-tax profits of $8.2 billion, as the end of the business inventory restocking cycle slows cargo, particularly relative to travel. On a per passenger basis, airlines generated a profit of $5.10 ($6.82 in 2017). The region is now the largest in both cargo and passenger markets, with 37% and 33% shares of these global markets.Latin American airlines have achieved a strong recovery in financial performance to achieve a net profit of $0.9 billion (up from $0.5 billion in 2017). On a per passenger basis, airlines earned $2.95 ($1.57 in 2017). This is a healthy turnaround from the 2015 loss of $1.6 billion when the region’s economies suffered from the fall in commodity prices. Restructuring, stronger commodity prices and the economic recovery in Brazil all helped to improve the situation. There are still problems with some of the region’s economies and airlines continue to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, onerous regulation and high costs in some countries.Middle East airlines are generating a recovery, though more muted than in Latin America.  The rise of oil prices is helping revenues and the oil-based economies in the region, aero-political relations with the US have improved, while the Gulf airlines have substantially curbed growth. Net profits are forecast to rise to $1.3 billion in 2018 (up from $1.0 billion in 2017) or $5.89 per passenger ($4.81 in 2017).African airlines continue their very slow emergence from the 2014 low point ($900 million loss) of financial performance, with losses continuing at the $100 million level. This is unchanged from 2017 when losses were cut as traffic, particularly cargo to Asia, grew in excess of capacity raising load factors from previously low levels. Net loss per passenger improved to $1.55 ($1.66 in 2017).More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthPassenger Demand by Region Some key indicators of the strength of global connectivity include: The 2018 average return airfare (before surcharges and tax) is expected to be $380 (2018 dollars), which is 59% below 1998 levels after adjusting for inflationAverage air freight rates in 2018 are expected to be $1.80/kg (2018 dollars) which is a 63% fall on 1998 levelsThe number of routes served by aviation is forecast to grow to over 58,000 in 2018, up from 52,000 in 2014.The global spend on tourism enabled by air transport is expected to grow by 10.4% in 2018 to $794 billionAirlines are expected to take delivery of more than 1,900 new aircraft in 2018, many of which will replace older and less fuel-efficient aircraft. This will expand the global commercial fleet by 4.2% to 29,600 aircraft. 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