India suspends crossLoC trade with Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: Hardening its stand against Pakistan, India on Thursday indefinitely suspended cross-LoC trade at two points along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir effective Friday, following reports that it was being “misused” by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics and fake currency.In an official statement, the Home Ministry said orders have been issued for halting the trade at Salamabad of Baramulla in the Kashmir region, and Chakkan-da-Bagh of Poonch district in the Jammu region, after reports of very large scale “misuse” of the cross-LoC trade. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”It has, therefore, been decided by the Government of India to suspend the LoC trade at Salamabad and Chakkan-da-Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect. “Meanwhile, a stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked out and will be put in place in consultation with various agencies. The issue of reopening of LoC trade will be revisited thereafter,” the statement said. Immediately after the announcement, political parties in Jammu and Kashmir termed it an “election gimmick”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KFormer chief minister Omar Abdullah said, “All these years, we have been pressing for a whole-body truck scanner. Instead of going for that, they have shut down the trade completely”. He said the cross-LoC trade was a legacy of former prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and was carried forward by his successor Manmohan Singh. “I am surprised that while claiming himself to be follower of Vajpayee jee, the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is doing exactly opposite. He (Modi) should have honoured his words and deeds,” Omar said. Congress member and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “This is purely an election gimmick. The BJP is feeling that the ground is slipping under its feet and now they are desperately looking at further polarising the Lok Sabha elections.” Azad, who is campaigning in Kerala, said that during the past few months, there have been no reports of any illegalities at the two trading centres. “The BJP should know that the public is aware about such moves which are made in the name of their so-called national security. “The trade had almost come down to bare minimum ever since Modi took over as Prime Minister,” Azad said. PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “Using Kashmir as a scapegoat to claw its way back to power won’t help BJP. It’s an excuse to worsen ties with Pak despite their peace overtures. By doing this PM Modi has dismantled a CBM initiated by Vajpayee ji. Won’t be surprised if an attack on Pak is in the offing.” She was referring to Confidence-building measures (CMBs) initiated by the former PM. CPM leader from state Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami said, “What we want is more trade between two regions and people-to-people contact. But unfortunately what is happening now is that whatever little opportunities were available, are being blocked now.” The four-day-a-week trade is meant to facilitate exchange of goods of common use between local populations across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. It is based on ‘Barter’ system and works on zero-duty basis. The MHA statement said that reports have been received that the LoC trade is being misused on a very large scale. “It has been revealed that the trade has changed its character to mostly third party trade and products from other regions, including foreign countries, are finding their way through this route. “Unscrupulous and anti-national elements are using the route as a conduit for Hawala money, drugs and weapons, under the garb of this trade,” it claimed. It said that during ongoing investigations of certain cases, the NIA has found a significant number of trading concerns engaged in the LoC trade are being operated by persons closely associated with banned terrorist outfits. “Investigations have further revealed that some individuals, who have crossed over to Pakistan, and joined militant organisations have opened trading firms in Pakistan. These trading firms are under the control of militant organizations and are engaged in LoC trade,” it said. It said that after the February 14 Pulwama incident, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed by a suicide bomber of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the government withdrew the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan. “Inputs have also been received that in order to evade the consequent higher duty, LoC trade is likely to be misused to a much larger extent,” it said. The cross-LoC trade on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote routes was started on October 21, 2008 as a Confidence Building Measure (CBM). The trade is carried out as per a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in which a list of 21 Agreed Items to be traded are mentioned. From October 15, 2011, trading days were extended from two to four. The trade from 2008 till the 2017 fiscal stood at over Rs 4,400 crore at the Uri trading centre, while the figure for the same period at Poonch stood ar Rs 2,542 crore. The main items exported were bananas, herbs, embroidery, zeera and Tamarind, red chilly and cumin, while imports mainly included almonds, dry dates, herbs, mangoes and pistachio.last_img read more

Morocco Public School Teachers Banned from Working in Private Schools

Rabat – The Moroccan Ministry of Education put an end to the permission granted to teachers and inspectors to work overtime hours in the private sector.The Ministry of Education and Training published Decree 0001-15 dated February 4, 2015, which put an end to the authorizations granted to teachers working in all levels of the education system to work overtime hours in private schools. The decree will be effective starting at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.According to a ministry statement, the decree states that private schools exercising their activity before the implementation of the decree are entitled, exceptionally, to a transitional period of three school years ending at the end of the 2016-2017 school year in order to enable them to take the necessary steps to have a permanent teaching staff. These establishments may, during that period, resort to the services of teachers of public education, provided that the number of those teachers does not exceed 20% of the total teachers working in middle and high schools of each private institution and an authorization is obtained from the regional academies of education and training, the statement said.The order notes that the ministry will not hesitate to take disciplinary measures against teachers whose overtime work in private institutions is proven, as well as against private institutions benefiting from the services of these teachers. read more

Cronos Group reports fourthquarter loss revenue grows to 56 million

Companies in this story: (TSX:CRON) TORONTO — Cronos Group Inc. reported a net loss of $11.6 million in its fourth quarter compared with a profit in the same quarter a year ago, as revenue more than tripled with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada.The company says the loss amounted to six cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.That compared with a profit of $2.1 million or a penny per share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Net revenue totalled $5.6 million in the last three months of 2018, up from $1.6 million a year earlier.Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. holds a 45 per cent stake in the Canadian cannabis producer that it acquired for $2.4 billion.Under that agreement, Altria can also invest up to a further $1.4 billion within four years that would increase its ownership stake in the Toronto-based pot producer to 55 per cent. The Canadian Press read more

MIAs new documentary puts spotlight on war in Sri Lanka

Her latest album, AIM, was released in September 2016. Its hit song, Borders, speaks of politics and rebelling against the system. (Colombo Gazette) The documentary footage follows M.I.A. from childhood through adulthood, exploring her individual background and love of music, but viewers should not expect the music to be her only focus. M.I.A., originally from Sri Lanka, documented the genocide around her. Her mission in the documentary release is to showcase her own filmmaking, and the places she came from. The war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009. Over 70,000 people died in the 25-year genocide, according to World Without Genocide.M.I.A. has been a long-time activist, speaking on the war in Sri Lanka. Her privilege as a pop star has kept parts of the public from believing she can identify with the tragedy. “In Sri Lanka, we were surrounded by civil war. My dad was the founder of the Tamil resistance,” she said in the trailer. “There’s a genocide going on. We don’t want to talk about death. Talk about Beverly Hills.” She urges other celebrities to do the same. “You’ve got access to the microphone. Please use it to say something.” “When the war came to an end in Sri Lanka in 2009, it actually did affect me,” she told The Guardian in May 2017. “Everyone was, like, ‘What the f*** does she know? She’s, like, a pop star,’ but that was my life. It was 50 percent of who I was, it was my identity. I didn’t know what to do with myself.”In 2016, she was banned from entering the U.S., though her visa was approved in May 2017, according to NME.M.I.A. is most known for her single Paper Planes which was released in 2007. In the documentary trailer, the singer explains the track is inspired by the stereotypes surrounding immigrants. Lyrics are missed with sound effects of gunshots and a cash register ding, stressing the idea that immigrants want to take money from natural citizens. Pop sensation M I A is not a typical pop star, and her upcoming documentary, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. won’t be a typical pop documentary, Newsweek reported.The film, which premiered at Sundance, has been praised for its innovation and spirit, reaching past the boundaries of the life of a typical celebrity. The film will be released in theaters on September 28. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 5:17 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,470.44 down 70.33 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation. Down one cent, or 0.26 per cent, at $3.84 on 7,557,896 shares.Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. (TSX:PBG). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 1.71 per cent, at $1.19 on 5,693,110 shares.Golden Star Resources Ltd. (TSX:GSC). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 9.52 per cent, at $1.71 on 5,352,453 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial services. Up 27 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $13.94 on 4,911,643 shares.Granite Real Estate Inc. (TSX:GRT). Up 80 cents, or 2.12 per cent, at $38.59 on 4,179,984 shares.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Down three cents, or 1.27 per cent, at $2.33 on 4,001,946 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,226.17 down 13.67 points):Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSXV:SSN). Unchanged at 12.5 cents on 5,564,577 shares.Castillian Resources Corp. (TSXV:CT). Oil and Gas. Up half a cent, or 25 per cent, at 2.5 cents on 4,631,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Down 22 cents, or 1.90 per cent, at $11.35 on 2,838,727 shares. The company said Thursday it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 9315, a slightly updated version of the keypad phones already on the market, in the United States. The launch is exclusively through U.S. carrier T-Mobile, and a release date is set for Jan. 23. The model has already been released in other regions, including Europe, Asia and Latin America.Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A). Down one cent, or 0.03 per cent, at $36.59 on 847,066 shares. The company and Pershing Square have called a truce in their dispute over the future of General Growth Properties (NYSE:GGP), which owns shopping malls in the U.S. and Brazil. Pershing Square — headed by Bill Ackman — had been pushing for a sale of General Growth, a plan that had been opposed by Brookfield, the real estate firm’s largest shareholder. read more

Michael Vick Rumor Next Jets Quarterback

Michael Vick rumors that he will end up playing with the New York Jets next season are floating around the league like a Hail Mary pass.Just about the time Rex Ryan benched Mark Sanchez and elevated third-string Greg McElroy to the starting quarterback, bypassing second-string Tim Tebow, it was apparent next year’s Jets would have a new man at QB.Enter Vick. He’s almost assuredly out in Philadelphia, where the Eagles have turned the team over to rookie Nick Foles after Vick had a subpar year shortened by concussions.Sanchez, because of financial commitments, very well could remain with the Jets. But his abysmal play has killed any faith the team had in his ability to lead it to a championship. Tebow is almost certainly out, too, having been under-used by the team all season. He got only 70 snaps at quarterback and was rightfully angry and disappointed that Ryan chose McElroy over him to start the final two games.McElory could be a serviceable backup in the NFL. But if he is your starting quarterback, you are not a contender.So, Vick would be a place the team would turn, according to sources. The website said Vick would be willing to play for the Jets, but only if he is the starter. It reported that Vick believe he has another four years of quality play in him.Vick would be due $17 million if the Eagles chose to keep him. They will not. Just two years ago, he signed a $100 million contract — the first player in NFL history to sign two deals at that milestone value. But his play has been shaky ever since the ink dried.He turned the ball over with alarming regularity early in the season and then could not stay healthy. The Jets would be even more of a circus with Vick at quarterback. Which means it very well could happen. read more

Ohio State field hockey falls to No 9 Northwestern

OSU freshman forward Maddy Humphrey (left) pushes the ball upfield during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 4-2.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternA pair of Northwestern goals in each half was enough to take down Ohio State field hockey, 4-1, Saturday afternoon in OSU’s final road game of the regular season.With the victory, the No. 9 Wildcats (12-5, 6-1) stayed tied with Maryland atop the Big Ten standings with one game remaining in the regular season.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson stressed in recent weeks that the Buckeyes need to get out to a fast start against top ranked competition, but OSU (6-10, 1-6) fell behind early to Northwestern.A little more than two minutes into the game, Northwestern forced a penalty corner against OSU’s defense.Sophomore midfielder Dominique Masters capitalized, scoring her 11th goal of the season off a pass from junior midfielder Charlotte Martin to give the Wildcats the 1-0 advantage.OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro attempted to keep the Wildcats out of the net after Masters’ goal as she tallied 12 saves, but Northwestern kept continued pressure on the Buckeyes with 19 shots in the game.The Wildcats’ second score came off a rebound as junior forward Kelley Stump approached the net and fired at Tamburro, but the freshman saved the shot with her glove.The ball bounced right to redshirt-sophomore Ashley Bernardi, and the midfielder converted to give Northwestern a 2-0 halftime lead.OSU was able to strike less than two minutes into the second half. Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season in front of the net off an entry pass from freshman midfielder Morgan Kile.That’s as close as OSU would get, however.Freshman back Sophia Miller scored her first goal of the season off a rebound to give Northwestern a 3-1 lead with 24 minutes left in regulation.Then, OSU’s struggles continued, allowing a third goal off a rebound from sophomore midfielder Juliet Beatty.OSU is scheduled to be back in action Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field for the regular season finale against its rival Michigan. The game is set to begin at noon. read more

Burton says hecklers gave Dundalk a bad image following shopping centre protest

first_imgFor people to sully the reputation of Dundalk , I think it’s very short sighted and I think they are short changing their fellow citizens in Dundalk.Warning: There is strong language at the end of this video.(Paul Farrell/YouTube)Read: Only 61pc of families to receive full child benefit payments under new proposals > We’re here today to provide employment for people and I’m afraid that the people shouting and roaring inside don’t seem to care about their fellow Dundalk citizens. THE MINISTER FOR Social Protection, Joan Burton, was forced to cut short her trip to a shopping centre in Co Louth yesterday due to constant heckling.Burton had arrived at the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk to launch a JobsPlus scheme but, as the below video shows, was heckled throughout, with chants of “Shame on you” continuing until she left the building.Others were also holding placards which made reference to recent child benefit cuts.Speaking after the event, she said that she knew Dundalk a lot longer than some of the hecklers, adding:My only concern would be that they [the protesters] would give Dundalk, which is full of the most hard-working  people and businesses, that they would really give Dundalk a bad image.last_img read more

CSO farming figures show sheep numbers up 7pc potatoes down 131pc

first_imgUpdated 2.50pmTHERE HAS BEEN an increase in the sheep, cattle and pig numbers in Ireland, the final results for the Crops and Livestock Survey from the CSO have revealed.The figures from the Central Statistics Office have shown a significant drop in the land allocated to potatoes, however, which dropped by 13.1 per cent, down from 10.4 hectares in June 2011 to nine hectares in June 2012.The biggest percentage increase, where livestock was concerned, was sheep, whose numbers increased by over 340,000 in the 12-months to June 2012, with numbers now at 5,170,000. Of this increase, non-breeding sheep accounted for 180,000 (7.8 per cent) while breeding sheep increased by 158,100 (6.3 per cent).The second biggest percentage increase was cattle, whose numbers increased by 261,100 (four per cent) to a total of 6,754,000. Of this, 131,200 (14.7 per cent) were male cattle under one year and 96,800 (14.4 per cent) were male cattle aged one to two years.Pig numbers increased by 1.4 per cent, or 21,600, to 1,570,600. During this time, the number of non-breeding pigs increased by 2.3 per cent while the number of breeding pigs decreased by 6.7 per cent.The number of horses and ponies increased by 5,100 (or 4.8 per cent) to 111,100.CerealsThe June 2012 results indicate that the total area under cereals increased by 17,900 hectares (six per cent) to 315,400 hectares.While there was a drop in potatoes, there was an increase in oats of 2,300 hectares (10.7 per cent), barley by 12,100 hectares (6.7 per cent) and the area under wheat by 3,900 hectares (4.1 per cent).Read: Fodder from France due tomorrow for stricken Irish farmers >last_img read more

Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stéfano passes away aged 88

first_imgREAL MADRID LEGEND Alfredo Di Stéfano has died.Rescuers battled for nearly 20 minutes to revive the 88-year-old, one of the greatest footballers in history, after his heart and breathing stopped on Saturday while he was eating with his family near Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.The Argentina-born forward was taken in a serious condition to the Gregorio Maranon hospital which later said he was in a coma, had been sedated and was breathing with the help of a machine.In a medical report issued on Sunday, the hospital said he remained in its coronary unit in “a serious but stable condition”. However, he passed away earlier today.“Alfredo Di Stefano has passed away this Monday,” said the Spanish Football Federation in a statement.Di Stéfano had been hospitalised seven times for similar episodes, and underwent emergency quadruple heart by-pass surgery after suffering a major heart attack in 2005.He is one of Real Madrid’s most celebrated players, having represented the club for 11 seasons between 1953 and 1964, winning five European Cups. He now holds the title of honorary club president. (Left to right): Real Madrid’s Canario, Dominguez, Marquitos and Di Stefano hold the European Cup in 1960. Source: SMG/Press Association ImagesDi Stéfano was born in Buenos Aires and began his professional career with hometown club River Plate in 1945 before leaving for Colombian outfit Millonarios four years later after the Argentine league ground to a halt following a pay strike. Source: Press Association ImagesDi Stéfano won the Colombian title in his first season before adding the 1951 and 1952 titles to his list of honours but it was his individual displays that attracted the attention of a host of big-name European suitors.It was ultimately Real Madrid who won the race for Di Stefano’s signature after a long, complicated transfer wrangle with bitter rivals Barcelona. Di Stefano with Diego Maradona. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDi Stéfano immediately flourished in the Spanish capital as he helped Real Madrid end a 21-year wait for the league title in his first season before collecting a further seven league crowns during his time at the club.However, it was on the European stage that Di Stéfano truly cemented his status as one of the game’s greats, helping Real win the first five editions of the European Cup between 1956 and 1960, a record that stands to this day.- © AFP, 2014What are Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup?Ireland’s Reid joins Premier League new boys Burnleylast_img read more

Animosity Evolution 1 is One Tense Tale

first_imgStay on target Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? “One day, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, they’ve started building. In a city by the sea, a new power is on the rise…and they’re making an animal kingdom all their own.”ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION #1(W): Marguerite Bennett (A): Eric Gapstur (C): Rob Schwager (L): Marshall Dillon (CA): Eric GapsturAnimosity continues its global expansion in the new ongoing series. Animosity: Evolution #1 comes to us from creator/writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Eric Gaspstur, colorist Rob Schwager and letterer Marshall Dillon through publisher Aftershock Comics. Animosity: Evolution brings us a new introduction within the series in the of the aftermath of the apocalypse. Adam and Wintermute guide us through this modern world built anew. A place where humans must have animal companions at all times and laws are made to suit both. Underneath it all, there’s still a sense of uprising at hand. A push and pull that disrupts the balance of what they’re trying to build. Animosity: Evolution #1 interrupts the harmony, mounts the tension, and creates a bit of resistance in the air, but remains unclear to what will happen next.via AfterShock ComicsMarguerite Bennett keeps her tone of tensity and revolution in her writing. She introduces us to some new players in the game but holds the same playing field. As much as a new beginning arises, Bennett’s venture into Evolution can hopefully be something that leaves the audience gripping in its seats. The last scene especially gives something of a curious look in whats to come. Evolution felt like it needed to explain a lot more than it truly needed. The script felt overwritten, leaving a lot more explained that should come across the series instead of one particular issue. That isn’t to say that Bennett’s writing isn’t poetic, but it certainly is. It didn’t gain the momentum, until the end, needed to pick this first issue up and leave me wanting more.Eric Gapstur’s art fits the world of Bennett’s entirely. He makes the world a little more incredible and stylistic with his art. Even though you’re reading about the evolution of animals, Erik’s art gives them personality beyond measure. He does a fantastic job in just the little things that you see the animals do. As well as, the mannerisms that the animals adapt to their new world. (Those hummingbirds were the cutest!)via AfterShock ComicsIn union with Gapstur’s art, Rob Schwager’s colors give you the feel of a natural and organic world. He continues his crossover adventures from the beginning of this series and brings a relaxed and open tone to this epically chaotic and changing world. The bulk of the script is evident in Marshall Dillon’s lettering. As you read the comic, your eyes don’t scan over the panels as well as you would like. I, personally, found myself getting straining in reading, having to start over and go back with the lettering presented in some of the panels.Animosity: Evolution #1 gives you a whole new cast to go through the evolution chain with. However, the story staggers in its attempt to bring out the story with extensive dialogue. Animosity: Evolution #1 is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Europa League showed their identity – Rodgers

first_imgThe former Liverpool boss praised players and fans for playing their part in “a proper victory” over Bundeliga high-fliers RB Leipzig.An early goal from Kieran Tierney and a late goal from Odsonne Edouard earned a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga side and boosted Celtic’s hopes of qualifying from their group.Rodgers has seen his side show impressive domestic form in recent weeks and he felt the team brought that form to Europe.“It was a proper victory for us this evening,” he said, according to Stv Sport.“Everyone knows the level that Leipzig are playing at week in, week out, and where they sit in their domestic league. We saw over there what a good side they are.“But everyone involved with Celtic deserves a huge amount of credit. The players were outstanding. I think we brought our true face to the game tonight in terms of how we’ve been playing and with our pressing.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“We brought our identity to the game.”Rodgers also praised the effort of the fans and that the support from the stands for the team’s victory.“The players knew they had to work hard defensively,” Rodgers added. “They were aggressive, fought for every ball and then they showed the quality when they had it.“And then obviously the supporters were absolutely magnificent.“It’s always very emotional here at Celtic Park but that synergy between both [players and fans] brought us the result“It was a fantastic three points for us.”last_img read more

92 Earthquakes recorded in Jamaica last year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 9, 2018 – Kingston – Ninety-two earthquakes were recorded in Jamaica in 2017.  Scientific Officer at the Earthquake Unit at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Karleen Black, made the disclosure at the Earthquake Awareness Week launch on Monday (January 8) at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Haining Road, St. Andrew.She said “felt earthquake reports” were received for eight events with magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 3.6.   Two of these were in St. Elizabeth, two in Portland, one in Manchester, one in St. Mary and the other two were offshore, with one in the region of Cuba and the other in the Pedro Banks.   Ms. Black informed that an additional 33 events were detected locally, but these were later classified as possible explosions.In total, the seismograph network, which is comprised of 12 stations across the island, detected and recorded 279 tremors occurring locally and regionally.   Seventy-five were near earthquakes and 79 were distant earthquakes coming from areas such as South America and other parts of the globe, she indicated.Meanwhile, Ms. Black noted that a damaging earthquake can occur anytime, day or night “so the onus is on us to be in a constant state of readiness if we are to safely navigate the effects of a major earthquake.”   She said that for this year, the Earthquake Unit will work towards upgrading its seismograph network in order to improve its capabilities.“As such, we hope to add a new (seismic) station to our complement of 12, making it 13.  The unit will also be benefiting from an upcoming Jamaica Social Investment Fund Project (JSIF), which is sponsored by the World Bank, as part of its disaster reduction efforts,” she pointed out.Under JSIF’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), 10 digital seismometer systems will be placed at seismic stations across the island to give data on an earthquake’s magnitude, depth and epicentre on land and offshore.Earthquake Awareness Week is being observed from January 7-13 under the theme ‘Preparing for the Quake Helps Reduce Damage After the Shakes’.   While Jamaica has experienced several tremors, the last major event was the great Kingston earthquake of 1907, which caused more than 1,000 deaths, damaged numerous buildings and started several fires.The 1692 Port Royal quake was perhaps the largest and most damaging, with about 5,000 deaths from the quake itself and the subsequent outbreak of yellow fever. A section of the town sank into the sea.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Southbound lanes of I5 Bridge to close overnight Saturday

first_imgOngoing repairs to the Interstate 5 Bridge will prompt an all-night closure of the span’s southbound side late Saturday into Sunday morning.Oregon Department of Transportation crews are fixing two of the structure’s rollers that guide massive counterweights up and down during a bridge lift. Workers first discovered last month that the faulty rollers had detached from their track on the southbound side of the bridge. Efforts to fix the problem have caused multiple lifts and closures for the past few weeks.This weekend, ODOT will close the southbound span while crews adjust the concrete blocks atop one of the counterweights as part of the repair. The closure will last from 11 p.m. Saturday to no later than 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to ODOT. Drivers hoping to cross the Columbia River from Vancouver will have to take Interstate 205 instead.There will be other closures on the freeway this weekend. Portland’s Marquam Bridge, which carries I-5 over the Willamette River, will close both Friday and Saturday nights, according to ODOT. Crews will install a new maintenance catwalk needed to put in signs over the freeway. The lanes will reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, according to ODOT.Southbound freeway traffic can use Interstate 405 to get through Portland during the closures.Neither weekend closure — on the I-5 Bridge or the Marquam Bridge — will affect northbound traffic.last_img read more

Deborah Needleman Leaves T Magazine People on the Move — 112216

first_img The Fader has hired Shon Mogharabi as strategy director. Mogharabi will work with the sales, marketing, and content teams to develop new and existing programs and new business at The Fader. “It would have been enough for T to be just aesthetically pleasing, a place for great photography, stunning interiors. But Deborah turned it into something much more,” Baquet wrote. “Under Deborah, T ceaselessly explored the landscape of art and culture.” In a memo to staff on Monday, The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote that Needleman decided to leave the magazine to take some time off. He also applauded the quality of the magazine under her reign.  New York Media has promoted two. Lauren Kern is now executive editor, overseeing all publications, including Vulture, the Cut, Grub Street, and New York magazine. David Kashell is now editor of business and strategy, working on editorial-based growth initiatives and new business opportunities including e-commerce and book/TV deals. He will continue editing stories for the magazine and online verticals, though at a reduced volume. With Needleman at the helm, the magazine has been a provactive piece of The New York Times puzzle, running captivating stories such as the much-gossiped-about e-mail interview between actor Natalie Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer.  Things continue to change at Modern Luxury. Phebe Wahl is now editor-in-chief of Manhattan and Beach magazines. She replaces Cristina Cuomo, who launched Beach. Publisher Andrea Greeven has also left the company. This shakeup follows the October departure of editorial director Beth Weitzman. She was replaced by Stephanie Davis Smith. Deborah Needleman is leaving her post as editor of T Magazine. Needleman joined the magazine in 2012 from a similar role at WSJ. last_img read more

Judge to rule on samesex marriage in Alaska soon

first_imgSame-sex marriage supporters stand in the rain outside of the federal courthouse after the hearing. Hillman/KSKASame-sex marriage is not legal in Alaska — yet. The US District Court judge chose not to make a decision today after hearing oral arguments from both the state and a group of couples who are fighting the marriage ban.Download AudioThe arguments were complicated by the recent 9th District Court decision in the case Latta v. Otter that overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Idaho. Alaska is within the 9th Circuit, so that decision holds here as well.The Idaho decision says that same-sex marriage bans violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment because straight couples have the right to marry but same-sex couples do not. The plaintiffs argue that same-sex couples don’t have the same rights when buying property, visiting each other in the hospital, or even seeking a divorce.The state tried to argue that Idaho decision could be overruled by a higher court especially since marriages there were put on hold because of a stay. That stay was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court as today’s oral arguments were concluding in Alaska.The judge and the attorneys all referenced and joked about the complex, fast changing legal landscape surround same-sex marriage.Alison Mendel argued the case on behalf of the couples. She says she’s been working on this issue for 25 years, and she sees this as a done deal.“It was very enjoyable. You know we came into this pretty confident we were gonna win. When the Latta decision was decided, we knew we were gonna win. So this was just an argument about the details, but it’s still very satisfying anyway.”The State declined to make comments on the case beyond what they argued in front of the judge, which could not be recorded.Many of the people who packed the courtroom and spilled into an overflow room gathered in front of the courthouse after the hearing.Josh Hemsath is with the Pride Foundation in Alaska. He said he’s hopeful.“As an Alaskan, I think it’s really exciting that we’re not being left behind. we’re not the last state to get heard, with the momentum on our side and being on the right side of history.”Judge Timothy Burgess said he would issue a decision soon.last_img read more

Of Course Titus Would Channel Beyoncé in this Teaser

first_img Coming hot off her amazing performance at the Grammy’s last night, Beyoncé hit the streets of New York to recreate some of her Lemonade album and–oh wait that’s Titus. Sorry.Netflix released its first teaser trailer for the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Monday by channeling Beyoncé and smashing some truck windows.The teaser stars character Titus Andromedon, played by Titus Burgess, as he recreates glimpses of “Sorry” and “Hold Up” from Lemonade. In the short 30-second clip, he seems possessed by the queen’s spirit, prancing down Brooklyn with a baseball bat. He seems to be singing about Michael (or Mikey, as he is called), who was his boyfriend in season two, before smashing some truck windows. Mikey spots him, and the teaser ends.Considering how the two left off at the end of season two–with Titus taking a huge risk and leaving his life with Mikey to perform on a cruise–we have to wonder what happened in between seasons. Knowing Titus, he returned to New York and didn’t tell his partner, but that’s just speculation.There’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season. Besides Titus leaving on his life-changing cruise (supposedly), Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) made some huge strides psychologically. The bulk of season two was our titular heroine dealing with post-traumatic stress stemming from that whole being kept in an underground bunker for 15 years thing. Just as she made amends with her mother, who she felt had abandoned her, she gets a call from her captor, The Reverend, who said they needed to get a divorce.On the other side of things, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) has teamed up with her lawyer boyfriend to take down the Washington Redskins (don’t ask). Finally, Lillian (Carol Kane) receives a visit from a man who suggested she run for a political position in her city since she spent the bulk of the season dealing with gentrification.Look, this show is hard to explain without getting into the sheer amount of specifics that have filled the plot and that have sidelined the characters from being mentally stable, comfortable people. Despite Kimmy being the main character, all of the main cast, and a lot of the supporting cast have their own issues to deal with and have to learn to cope with the harsh realities of existence.Just watch it. It’s fun, despite how I just described it.Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns to Netflix on May 19. What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

Political correctness lunacy runs amok Canada to add X gender to its

first_imgCanada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) “to support LGBTQQIP2SAAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous, asexual and ally) rights and advance the Government’s agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion.” An “X” will make it “easier for people who do not identify as female (“F”) or male (“M”) to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity.”Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first Government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex should be identified as “X,” indicating that it is unspecified. Interim measures will be available until IRCC is able to print documents with an “X.” Today’s announcement follows steps “to protect Canadians in their right to the gender identity of their choice, and freedom of gender expression.” Earlier this summer, Bill C-16 amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and added gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. In the coming months, the Government of Canada will continue this “important work” in developing a consistent federal approach to how its programs and services collect, use and display sex and gender information so Canadians can have their gender more accurately reflected in government documents while also protecting their privacy. Our government is committed to better reflecting the gender identity and gender diversity of Canadians.Quotes:“All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose. By introducing an “X” gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression.”– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and CitizenshipQuick facts:• Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will publish more information on today’s announcement on August 31, 2017.• On November 15, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, appointed Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, as Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues. Mr. Boissonnault’s principal role is to advise the Prime Minister on the development and coordination of the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 agenda.Share this: Pakistan has just issued its first transgender passportUK Government changes official guidance to include non-binary people on formsHigh Court strikes down non-gendered campaigner’s bid for ‘X’ on passportMore articles on eTurboNews click herecenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Trans woman found dead with gunshot wounds in New Orleans

first_imgAmia Tyrae Berryman (Photo: Facebook) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The body of Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28, was found at 1.15am yesterday morning at the Shades Motel on Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Berryman had gunshot injuries. The local coroner confirmed to GSN that an autopsy will be performed later today.Hotel staff have told police Berryman was a guest at the hotel and had checked in for the night.Local news outlets mis-gendered the victim, but her death has been mourned by online LGBTI activists and bloggers. A New Orleans resident has become the seventh trans woman to have been killed in the US this year. Carla Patricia Flores-Pavón is the 9th trans woman murdered in the United States this yearCeline Walker is the 4th trans woman murdered in the United States in 2018Fourth trans woman murdered in the US this year was misgendered by authoritiesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GSN has contacted Baton Rouge police for further details.It’s believed 2017 was the deadliest year on record for trans murders in the US. A HRC report released November identified 25 trans murders in the US in the previous 11 months. Trans women of color are disproportionately the victims of attack.See alsoGunned down, stabbed and stoned to death: 325 trans people killed this year eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Viral Twitter thread shows the horrifying state of mental health services in

first_imgJournalist Emily Reynolds posted on the social media site (6 August) that she contacted a crisis number after struggling with her mental health, who then informed her to go to the hospital. However, after waiting six hours in A&E (ER) to receive emergency mental health support, she was instead handed a printed out web page – one that contained the crisis number she rang in the first place.Reynolds posted the next day, reiterating her frustration: ‘sorry to go on about it but honestly going to A&E in psychiatric crisis and leaving six hours later with nothing except a print out of a webpage titled “are you feeling the strain?” might actually be one of the funniest things that’s ever happened to me [sic.]’sorry to go on about it but honestly going to A&E in psychiatric crisis and leaving six hours later with nothing except a print out of a webpage titled “are you feeling the strain?” might actually be one of the funniest things that’s ever happened to me— Emily Reynolds (@rey_z) August 7, 2018The response to this Tweet was heartbreaking. Thousands of people commented on the thread to share their terrible experiences when seeking help for their mental health issues. Here are a few of their stories.‘That’s how he’s my late boyfriend’One male user wrote: ‘My late boyfriend was on his sixth attempt. MH [mental health] services brought his pills daily so he couldn’t OD. He told them he was fine now and could he have a month’s worth and could they please not tell me? Yes, they said brightly, of course!‘And that’s how he’s my late boyfriend.’Too pretty‘The psychiatrist told me I was ‘too pretty’ to have depression and anxiety and handed me a list of self confidence books to look up in the library’Virginia WoolfOne user also had her experience trivialized by being told to read: ‘Last visit to my psychiatrist (I get 30 mins roughly every 4 months) I tried explaining that I was starting to struggle again with hopelessness & suicidal thoughts and he told me it might help if I tried reading Edward albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf [sic.]’‘You can be happy too’‘In A&E following a large overdose and needing stitches, a doctor asked me if I’d ever seen anyone with Down Syndrome, they were always happy and if they can be happy then I can too. Even without blood loss & copious drugs I wouldn’t have known where to start with that’‘Better look after yourself’One person told the terrifying story of her daughter: ‘When my 11y/o was hospitalised for self harm (before her anorexia and then autism diagnoses) the play therapist told her to “get yourself together, you’ve got depression, it’s lifelong, you’d better learn to live with it” ELEVEN. She was terrified of that woman.’ The LGBTI disproportionately suffer from mental health issues compared to the rest of the population | Photo: Pixabay Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A viral Twitter thread shined a light on the terrifying state of mental health services offered in the UK. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Start helping yourself’‘One of the many awful things I’ve been told by a psychiatrist after 3 a&e visits- ‘you know, you really need to start helping yourself rather than leaning on others’ oh okay, my bad I didn’t think of that? Only obviously if I could’ve helped myself I wouldn’t have been there’No roomAnother user added: ‘I attempted overdose 4 times and the psychiatrist on call said they “should probably section [me] but there aren’t any beds free” so they sent me home from a hospital 4 miles from my house on my own with no responsible adult, no transport and a follow up appointment in 6 months.’Emily Reynolds replied: ‘Lack of appointments seems to be a theme and it is genuinely just negligent. awful’The user replied: ‘at the follow up he told me he had too many patients and treating bpd is not a priority of his because it’s not an effective use of resources. immediate discharge. the nhs is denying basic access to healthcare because it literally has no choice due to lack of staff and funding.’NHS in crisis?These stories come in the same week NHS figures revealed the number of teenage girls in the UK being hospitalized due to self-harm have nearly doubled in the last two decades.In 1997, 7,327 girls were treated for self-harm in the hospital, but this rose to 13,463 in 2017. Girls being treated for overdosing rose from 249 to 2,736 – more than ten times in two decades.The government reports that 52% of LGBTI young people reported self-harm either recently or in the past compared to 25% of heterosexual, cis young people. 44% of LGBTI young people considered suicide compared to 26% of heterosexual, cis young people.The 2012 Trans Mental Health Study also found that not only had 33% of trans people attempted to take their own life more than once in their lifetime, 3% attempted suicide more than ten times.Need support? LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking adviceMore from Gay Star News:I self-harmed because I was a lesbian – we need to help other girls like mecenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- UK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are struggling LGBT mental health service slammed for ‘crass and exploitative’ advertsLGBTI domestic abuse: Here’s a global list of where you can go to get helpCher just announced an Australian tour and people aren’t copingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more