On Valentine’s Day, activist Eve Ensler received a welcome gift. People around the world walked out of their offices and schools to dance on the street to protest the violence that is occurring against women and girls.When she launched the One Billion Rising campaign a year ago, Ensler’s plan was to get a billion people around the world to take action to end violence against females, the action being a specific dance preformed globally on 14 February 2013.“Think of the alarms raised about the impact of violence against women and girls during the past 15 years, since we launched V-Day to raise awareness about the horror,” Ensler wrote in The Guardian. “Think of how, when I have spoken out about the women and girls who have been raped in Congo’s 13-year war for minerals to parliaments around the world, I have often been cautioned that my language is inflammatory or extreme, when in fact I have not come close to finding the words with which to express the horrors I have heard and witnessed.”Last Thursday, thousands of events took place in over 200 countries in support of One Billion Rising, from tiny gatherings to flash mobs to parties of hundreds, endorsed by the UN, prime ministers and celebrities.“One billion women and young girls will be raped or beaten in their lifetime,” says actor and activist Robert Redford, a supporter of the campaign. “I am one of the billion rising to help stop violence against women. Statistics tell us that one in three women will become victims to violence, but it is not a women’s issue. It’s a global crisis. One billion rising is the movement that seeks to put an end to violence against women.”Actor-activist Jane Fonda, another supporter of the campaign, said, “I’m rising because my mother was sexually abused when she was eight years old and it damaged her life forever. She was never able to really love or to not feel guilty. She killed herself when she was 42 and those two things are related. I’m rising because I work with young girls, most of whom are poor, most of whom have been victims of sexual abuse, and I’m rising because I’m over it. We have to stop violence against women. And when that happens, everything in the world will change.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
APTN National NewsGreenpeace says two of its ships tracking an oil rig on the Greenland side of Baffin Bay are being warned off by the Danish Navy.The environmental group wants to stop all drilling in the Arctic.And for once, Greenpeace and Nunavut are, for at least for the time being, on the same side.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.
NANAIMO, B.C. — B.C.-based cannabis producer Tilray reported an 85 per cent jump in quarterly revenue year-over-year to US$10 million, but a wider net loss during its third quarter. The Nanaimo-based company posted a quarterly net loss of US$18.7 million during the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to US$1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.Analysts had expected revenues of US$10.1 million and a loss of US$12.7 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The marijuana producer, which has a market capitalization of roughly US$10.2 billion, says the higher net loss was due to higher operating expenses related to growth and international expansion.Tilray says other factors driving up its net loss include costs related to financing and its initial public offering on the Nasdaq in July. The company’s average net selling price was US$6.21 per gram in the quarter, down from US$7.53 during the same period a year ago, primarily due to an increase in bulk sales as a percentage of total revenue.“The cannabis industry remains very robust and we are pleased with our revenue momentum and strategic achievements in the third quarter,” said Tilray’s chief executive officer Brendan Kennedy in a statement.“We are in the early stages of achieving our growth potential and our team continues to strategically execute on disciplined operational initiatives and investments to support Tilray’s long-term, sustainable growth as the pace of legalization continues to accelerate around the world.”The Canadian Press
Opening an exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the lessons learned from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight called on the international community to ensure that it never forgets what took place and never stops working to prevent another genocide.“Preventing genocide is a collective and individual responsibility,” Mr. Ban said, stressing that governments, the media, religious organizations, civil society groups and even individuals have their own role to play in this fight.He urged governments of UN Member States to give “real meaning” to the principle that they have a ‘responsibility to protect’ populations in danger of genocide or war crimes – which they agreed upon at a global summit in 2005 – by making that concept operational through practical steps.Estimates vary but some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda are thought to have been killed by Hutu militias, often by machete or club, during a three-month period starting in April 1994.“As we open this exhibition, our thoughts go to the victims – the more than 800,000 innocent people who lost their lives with terrifying speed. May they continue to rest in peace,” Mr. Ban said.He recalled visiting the memorial in Rwanda before becoming Secretary-General, and said the impression would stay with him forever. “Anybody who visits there cannot come out without crying, without being very humbled about what had happened and what the international community failed to react,” he said.“Our thoughts go to the survivors. Their resilience continues to inspire us. And our thoughts go to fallen colleagues of the UN family: peacekeepers and civilians who lost their lives in the line of duty as the genocide unfolded.”In a message earlier this month marking the anniversary of the start of the genocide, the Secretary-General said he would strengthen UN mechanisms to try to help ensure that genocide never recurs.The post of UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide – currently held by Juan E. Méndez of Argentina – will be upgraded to a full-time position, while the UN Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention will also be boosted.The exhibition at UN Headquarters, postponed from earlier this month, highlights the role of States in preventing genocide, examines what happened in Rwanda, emphasizes the plight of victims, particularly those who suffered from sexual violence, and details the warning signs for genocide.The Aegis Trust, a British non-governmental organization (NGO), produced the exhibit – which will be on display for the next three weeks – in partnership with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). The exhibit includes information panels and a film containing the testimony of three female survivors of the genocide. 30 April 2007Opening an exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the lessons learned from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight called on the international community to ensure that it never forgets what took place and never stops working to prevent another genocide.
A Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases initiated by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a move by the United States to speed up review and approval of fixed-dose and co-packaged drugs to as little as a few weeks.US Secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson announced the fast-track review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday.”Recipients of Global Fund grants already have the opportunity to buy generic fixed-dose combinations, but clearly FDA approval of these drugs would lead many more countries to choose them,” said Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”The fact that the (US) President’s Emergency Plan also will allow the use of these drugs makes it much easier to harmonize drug protocols in countries where both the Global Fund and the President’s Emergency Plan finance drug purchases. It is important that patients can expect the same drugs no matter who they go to,” he added.Three pharmaceutical companies – Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Gilead Sciences and Merck & Co. – also said yesterday that they were developing plans for a fixed-dose combination of three HIV medicines and for co-packaging separate HIV drugs to make use easier.”I am delighted that the research muscle of big pharma is now being applied to expand the number of fixed-dose combinations and securing their effectiveness. This is reassuring and will bring benefits to people in all countries,” Mr. Feachem said.The Global Fund, a unique partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, is dedicated to attracting and disbursing supplementary resources to prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Fund has disbursed $2.1 billion for programmes in 122 countries.
One year later, Calgary businesses bounce back after historic flood AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2014 12:25 pm MDT As we approach the one year anniversary of the flood, the work continues to get everything back to normal.A big part of that is getting businesses back up and running and Maggie Schofield with the Calgary Downtown Association tells 660News it’s been a lot of hard work but most have recovered well.“Through a lot of encouragement, through different advertising programs and different promotions that were done within the downtown core, a lot of people came back to the core and really supported the businesses down here, both retail and restaurants, so I think they were very grateful for that and they get through the year which is great,” she explained. “They were keen to make sure that they could capitalize on opportunities like the stampede actually going forward so there were a lot of those things that came together that without those components it would have been a pretty devastating summer and probably a year where we would have lost businesses.”She adds there aren’t any business in the core that are still struggling, but there are some buildings in the Beltline and Chinatown that won’t reopen.Schofield points out that’s only about a dozen businesses which is well below what you would have expected for a disaster of this size.As for those that bounced back, she says those owners have learned some valuable lessons.“Some of them have probably streamlined their business process a little bit more so they can get up and running again should there be something like this again,” said Schofield. “I think a lot of people found out what sort of insurance they had and perhaps changed those policies a little bit to better protect themselves.”She adds it has been good to see a re-engagement of the community to make sure people shop downtown and support the business close to where they live.She said the association isn’t having a big event to mark the anniversary but a commemorative art piece has been commissioned, there will be a block party and there will be extra programming throughout the summer.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2016 6:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Al Roker arrives at the HBO Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A New York City taxi driver who black NBC “Today” show weatherman Roker said passed him by in favor of picking up another fare for racial reasons has pleaded guilty to a service refusal violation and has been fined. The Taxi and Limousine Commission says driver Mahabur Rahman made his plea in Dec. 2015, and was fined $500. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Taxi driver accused of bypassing Al Roker for racial reasons admits service refusal violation NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York City taxi driver who black NBC “Today” show weatherman Al Roker said passed him by in favour of picking up another fare for racial reasons has pleaded guilty to a service refusal violation and has been fined.The Taxi and Limousine Commission says driver Mahabur Rahman made his plea last month and was fined $500.Roker had filed a complaint in November and wrote on social media he and his son had been ignored for racial reasons. He said the driver picked up a white man a block away.The commission says it was the driver’s second refusal violation. The driver hung up a phone Monday when called for comment.The TLC says Roker was notified of the outcome. NBC hasn’t answered an email seeking comment.
Families displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, gather around Secretary-General António Guterres (white cap), who is in the region urging action to help them. Photo: UNSOM Hearing the heart-wrenching stories of desperate families displaced in Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa nation and curb the spread of cholera.“It is exactly because it is tragic and because it is hopeful that it makes sense to make a very strong appeal to the international community to support Somalia at the present moment,” Mr. Guterres told reporters in the country’s capital, Mogadishu.With almost half of the Somali population in need of assistance, including 330,000 children who are acutely malnourished, the UN chief reiterated an appeal for $825 million for the support of 5.5 million people for six months.“There is a chance in Somalia to avoid a situation like the one we had in 2011,” he said, referring to the previous famine that killed many in that country.He said that 3.3 million people are in need of health support and that cholera has been developing and making hunger even worse and more dangerous. In the last two months, there were 7,731 cases of cholera with 183 people dying. Just last week, there were 1,352 cases of cholera and 38 people dying. “It’s a process in acceleration,” he warned.VIDEO: Visiting displaced people in Baidoa, Somalia, Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a massive scale up in international support to avert a famine in Somalia and curb the spread of cholera. Credit: UN NewsBut now is also “a moment of hope” because Somalia is turning the page, with a new President elected and a new Prime Minister appointed, he said.“There is a very strong commitment to enhance security and at the same time to enhance the capacity of the government to start to provide effective services to the population,” he said.The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is doing a job that the world should be grateful for because it is not only protecting Somalis, but protecting all against terrorism, has not been effectively helped by the international community, he said.The severe climate is also forcing many people to leave their homes. Leving the capital, Mr. Guterres met and spoke with victims of the current drought when he visited a settlement for internally displaced people (IDPs) today in the town of Baidoa. According to estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the Liibaan IDP settlement houses some 700 people driven by drought from rural villages since 14 February. Some walked for hours or even days in search of humanitarian assistance. One of the victims is Nuria Hussein. She and 10-month-old daughter Samira left home in Qansax Dheere district and moved to the settlement, 90 kilometers away, because of the drought. Ms. Hussein’s husband stayed behind. “If we have stability and if it rains, we can avoid famine and we’ll return home,” she told UN News. Another victim recalled her long journey to the settlement. A mother of four, she is alone with her children on the site. Her fifth child died of acute diarrhea.According to OCHA, estimates indicate that over 80 per cent of these newly arrived IDPs are women and children.In Baidoa, after meeting with President of the Southwest state of Somalia, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, Mr. Guterres visited two camps for internally displaced people just outside the city. For over an hour, he walked through the camp, asked question and listened to the stories of men, women and children who had come to Baidoa to seek food and water. Some had recently resettled from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya only to be forced to move again because of the drought.
InstagramAfter Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday speaking up about violence by and against police, many in the sports world reacted to the retired NBA player’s stance. Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan was “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late” adding, “I can no longer stay silent.” Carmelo Anthony thought the Charlotte Hornets owner’s opinion was overdue.During a meeting on community issues between Team USA players and local police in Los Angeles, Anthony praised Jordan for finally speaking out about a political issue, especially one that relates to African-Americans. It is something the former Chicago Bulls player has steered clear of in the past.“I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said,” the New York Knicks forward told ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in California. “Because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf.”Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan’s statement today. “I thought it was brilliant and about time he stepped up.” pic.twitter.com/D3htGey0MI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 25, 2016“And not also just step up – it’s not always about money and giving back,” he said, referring to Jordan’s $2 million contributions to organizations dedicated to improving police and community relations. “But for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”Social media reaction was mixed.Jaison Oliver encouraged doubters to read about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the organizations Jordan gave $1 million to. But he also decried the other $1 million donation to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.However, Jordan absolutely could’ve better allocated the other $1mil he gave to the police chiefs org. Stop playing both sides, Mike.— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) July 26, 2016And Beats Music’s director of influencer marketing Kenny Hamilton pointed out Jordan’s private philanthropy.Michael Jordan has donated money over the years for various causes in a silent manner. Yet people always criticize what they don’t know.— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) July 25, 2016Besides Anthony, at least one other athlete has also commended the billionaire ex-baller. Jim Brown – who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 – praised Jordan for finally speaking up about anti-violence.“I applaud Michael. He’s taken his time to, what I think, put his mind to what he was going say and represent,” Brown told the sports network. “He put his money there and the only thing I can do is praise him and thank him for reaching out for and using his tremendous people power in a way that I feel will make a difference in this country.”Still, some are more critical. Panelist Kevin Blackistone questioned why Jordan would donate to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the Legal Defense Fund over Black Lives Matter.“I’m hard pressed to believe how you can be emotionally moved by the extrajudicial killings of Black men in this country, and then cut a check for a million dollars to the police,” he said on Around The Horn Monday. “The police aren’t in need of funding when it comes to this situation.”“Why not give the Black Lives Matter movement a legal arm and fund – and seed some funding to start that as a new civil rights movement for a new generation,” he said of the Legal Defense Fund donation.He added the star should use his platform as a Hanes underwear spokesperson to urge the company to “bring back some of the 30 plants they closed down in the early 2000s here and…bring those jobs back to urban America” to give Black youth better jobs.
Play ‘Em Ben Roethlisberger: So much for being rusty. Big Ben returned from his suspension throwing for 257 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Browns. This week, he takes on a Dolphins defense that allows 22 points per game and Big Ben’s last game against Miami, 220 yards and three touchdowns. From here on out, Big Ben is a Top Ten quarterback. Matt Cassel: Cassel and the Chiefs offense woke up last week against the Texans, 209 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Cassel gets another great matchup against Jacksonville, who allows 264 passing yards per game. Look for Cassel to find Dwayne Bowe or Tony Moeaki around the goal line. Consider Cassel as a bye-week filler. Joe Flacco: Flacco has been solid in the past four weeks, throwing six touchdowns versus one interception. Flacco is a must-start this week against Buffalo. Buffalo is known for its horrid defense against the run, but showed holes in the secondary against David Garrard in Week Five, 178 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Expect Flacco to lean on Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin in the passing attack. Chris Ivory: Ivory took advantage of his rare playing time last week against Tampa Bay, 15 carries for 158 yards. Ivory will continue to get the workload if Pierre Thomas (high-ankle sprain) is out. Ivory will find running lanes against a Browns defense that has allowed 100 yards to opposing running backs in four out of the first six games. If you’re in a bind at the running back position, Ivory is worth picking up. Michael Bush: Darren McFadden is still nursing a hamstring injury, so Bush should see the majority of the carries. The Raiders face a Broncos defense that allows 128 rushing yards per game and Bush has had success against Denver, 133 yards and a touchdown. Before playing Bush, monitor McFadden’s health status. Jeremy Maclin: Maclin ran past the Falcons defense last week, 159 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin will be the focus of the Eagles’ offense because DeSean Jackson will be out with a concussion. Look for continued success as Maclin and Kevin Kolb are developing a tight bond and face a Titans’ pass defense that ranks 27th in the league. Bench ‘Em Chad Henne: Henne has now thrown two touchdowns passes in three straight games after his performance against Green Bay, 239 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. If you’re looking for quarterback help, avoid Henne this week against the Steelers. Henne’s last game against Pittsburgh wasn’t too impressive, 140 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Along with Henne, avoid running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Ryan Torain: Torain looks like the better back in Washington over Clinton Portis, but I’m not jumping on the bandwagon yet. I expect the Bears to bounce back from a poor outing against Seattle, 114 yards and two touchdowns allowed rushing. They will stack the box and force the Redskins to throw the ball. Until Torain puts up consistent numbers, I’ll continue to pass on “The Train.” LeSean McCoy: McCoy is dealing with a rib injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Even at full strength, I would advise sitting McCoy. The Titans have a stout run defense that allowed Maurice Jones-Drew 57 yards Monday Night. The Eagles still remain a pass-first offense and will take advantage of the Titans’ weak pass defense. Marques Colston: I am losing patience with the Saints receiver as he continues to be mediocre. He had 53 yards against Tampa Bay. Colston continues to get the majority of the targets, but is not involved in the red zone. It’s tempting to start Colston against Cleveland, but Lance Moore and Robert Meachem continue to be involved in this offense.
On Tuesday night there was a notice posted outside the school about the theme park trip.Leicester Muslims Association said in a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page that the girl “studied at Jameah Girls Academy and went on school trip to Drayton Manor”.”We humbly request all to make dua for her and may Allah grant her family sabr e Jameel ameen.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An 11-year-old girl who fell from a water ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park has died, Staffordshire Police said. The girl, who was on a school trip, fell from the Splash Canyon water ride at Tamworth-based Drayton Manor Theme Park on Tuesday afternoon.The child, from the Leicester area, was pulled from the water by park staff. Paramedics airlifted her to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but she died shortly after arrival. The girl attended Jameah Girls’ Academy, an independent Islamic faith school in Leicester. It added: “An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.”Cars are being turned away from the theme park by security, according to reports. The theme park’s website states the ride, which opened in 1993, features up to 21 boats, each with up to six people in.It is open to anyone at least 0.9m (3ft) tall, although those under 1.1m must be accompanied by an adult.The website promises “a wild ride” with “fast-flowing rapids”. Reading a statement, the park’s visibly shaken director George Bryan said: “Further to a police statement which has been issued a few moments ago, it is with great sadness we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident on one of the park’s water rides this afternoon. “Our staff were alerted that an 11 year old girl had entered the water. Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and air lifted her to the hospital.“We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.” A police vehicle at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Drayton Manor, TamworthCredit:David Charles/ PA @Draytonmanor Hope she recovers, it kept breakingdown a few weeks back,told to get on,then get off it. Happened to a few people.Positive Vibes to the girl— Anne K Bowyer ♿ (@AnneKBowyer) May 9, 2017 She is believed to have attended Jameah Girls Academy in LeicesterCredit:Laura Jane Dale/Caters Soon after the girl’s fall, as staff and medics went to the scene, other park staff shepherded the public away from the area – although the park remained open until its usual closing time of 5pm.New visitors were prevented from entering the park at about 4pm, however guests at the on-site hotel were allowed to remain.It is not known if the site will be open to the public on Wednesday.The park, which opened to the public in the 1940s and is still operated and owned by the Bryan family, has had an exemplary ride safety record. Operators of the resort in Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire tweeted this afternoon that there had been an incident on the Splash Canyon water ride.The tweet read: “The Splash Canyon ride has been closed following an incident this afternoon. Emergency services are at the scene and our fully trained park staff are assisting.” The Splash Canyon rideCredit:SWNS The Academy is a junior and secondary school, which teaches both an Islamic curriculum and National Curriculum subject. Hundreds gathered for evening prayers at Jame Majid Mosque to pay tribute to the 11-year-old girl. An overhead picture of Drayton Manor Theme ParkCredit:SWNS The park announced they would be closed on Wednesday following the death.Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Specially-trained officers are supporting the girl’s family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends following this tragic incident.” Emergency services at the scene at Draton ManorCredit:SWNS Cllr Philip Atkins, Staffordshire County Council leader, said: “It is absolutely sad and shocking news to hear how a day of adventure has ended in such tragedy for this young girl, and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends this evening. “When anyone dies it’s a tragedy but when it’s a child as young as she was it’s just awful.”All we can do now is pray for her family and hold them in our thoughts.”It will be a painful wait to hear about exactly what happened following a police investigation because at the moment all we know is she fell, not how or why.”The girl’s school, Jameah Academy, said in a statement: “Parents/guardians will be aware that pupils and staff of Jameah Academy, based in Leicester, went on a school trip to Drayton Manor Park on Tuesday 9th May 2017.”Whilst at the theme park, an incident took place and a girl from year 6 had been airlifted to hospital. Sadly, she later passed away.”We are liaising with the relevant authorities at this time. Please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of all of our pupils is a priority.”We would also request that the family as well as the school community be given the time to grieve.”The school is also providing support to pupils and staff. We are unable to provide any further information at this time.” A spokesman for Jame Majid Mosque opposite the girl’s school said: “The young girl’s death has shaken the community and we’re all devastated.”Obviously our thoughts are with the family after this heart breaking news. Her family sent her off to school in the morning expecting to hear about her amazing day at Drayton Manor but the unthinkable happened. West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was “called to reports of a patient in the water at Drayton Manor, Tamworth, at 2.18pm this afternoon”. Splash Canyon has been closed following an incident this afternoon. Emergency services & our fully trained park staff are assisting. pic.twitter.com/Fkji90Nwjs— Drayton Manor (@Draytonmanor) May 9, 2017 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.”Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before she was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.”Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital the girl passed away.” “Drayton Manor Theme Park was opened as a family business back in 1949 and I know the Bryan family, who are still involved with the park today, will be absolutely devastated by this accident and will undoubtedly do all they can to help find out how this tragic accident occurred.”Police earlier confirmed that the pupil had been on a school trip.A spokesman said: “A teacher must have either been inside the ride or in close proximity but that will be a matter for the HSE to investigate.”Earlier, Superintendent Ratcliffe said: “We were called at 2.25pm this afternoon to reports that a child had fallen from a water ride at Drayton Manor Park. Section of Drayton Manor Park is closed after what has been described as a serious incident on a popular rideCredit:SWNS.com Air Ambulance, Police and several fire units here at Drayton Manor. Large area now closed off. Not sure what’s going on. #draytonmanor pic.twitter.com/BX0ZFz7q1t— David Charles (@davecharlesF1) May 9, 2017 “The girl, believed to be 11 years old and from the Leicester area, has been airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”Her parents have been informed and are being supported by officers.”The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have been informed of the incident.”A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “The HSE has been made aware of today’s incident at Drayton Manor and is making initial inquiries along with emergency services.” The ride was closed following the incident.West Midlands Ambulance Service earlier said it had been called to reports of a “patient in the water”. A member of staff said: “The Splash Canyon attraction has been closed and emergency services are in attendance”. Emergency services on the sceneCredit:Jade Braham /PA
Honestly, this is the best week of the year to kick off a science-fiction round-up. One of the most prestigious award ceremony in the genre — the Hugo Awards — were held on August 19 at the World Science Fiction Convention in downtown San Diego. Winning a Hugo Award is a major feather in any sci-fi/fantasy author’s cap, as the winners are chosen by a vote of the fan community. It’s like the MTV Video Music Awards, or the People’s Choice Award, only good.News RoundupThis year, women won in nearly every category. Out of seventeen categories, women took home trophies in fifteen of them. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the evening belonged to N.K. Jemisin, who made Hugo history when her novel The Stone Sky took home the win for Best Novel. The book is the third in her Broken Earth series, which means Jemisin has now won Best Novel for every single installment of this saga!Other major winners included Martha Wells novella All Systems Red, Suzanne Palmer’s novelette The Secret Life of Bots, and newcomer Rebecca Roanhorse, who not only took home the award for Best New Writer but also Best Short Story for Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience. On the graphic novel side, Monstress author Marjorie M. Liu and artist Saga Takeda respectively took home awards for Best Graphic Story and Best Professional artist. Reading RecommendationsIf you’re looking for new cuts of sci-fi to read as summer fades into fall, the genre has you covered. This week’s new releases include an alternate American Civil War and an alternate universe where space colonization is a reality. The Black God’s DrumsFirst up is Djèlí Clark ‘s debut novel. Set in New Orleans in a steampunk version of the American Civil War, readers follow a girl called Creeper who creeps (zing!) abroad an airship. From the description:“Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her ulterior motivations. Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.”The Fated Sky Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Stay on target Also out this week is The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal. The novel is the second in a series about an alternate America where the trajectory of the planet is changed when a meteor crashes into Washington D.C. in 1960. The first installment, called The Calculating Stars show that with Earth set to become inhospitable to humans due to the fallout of the meteor, humanity colonizes the moon. Now, in The Fated Sky, astronaut Elma York must grapple with if she can leave behind her husband for a mission to Mars that could save humanity. Or it could just get her killed.Aphrodite V #2This a new graphic novel from Bryan Hill and Jeff Spokes is fascinating. A biomechanics woman living in near-future L.A., Aphrodite V follows the title character as she seeks to stop an evil machine. She teams up with a human that doesn’t trust androids but can they learn to trust each other enough to stop the bad guys?Entertainment BuzzAnd just because I can’t help myself, a little bit of adaptation news. Apple has officially signed off on turning Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels into a television series. Good luck to them, because there are exactly zero* women in the first book and only one in the second.*There is one walk-on role but she says one line and is never heard from again in the book.Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. The Wailing Blade is a great new comic series. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. Observe the best eclipses in Sci-Fi history too. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards. Download AudioA final tally of question and absentee ballots following last week’s municipal election shows the initiative has lost by 356 votes. That means the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly now has the authority to regulate home heating devices and make decisions about area clean air standards.The local group Citizens for Clean Air campaigned heavily for Proposition 2 over the last few weeks. They painted old tires with the phrase “Tired of dirty air?” To encourage voters to vote ‘No’ on Proposition 2. Group co-sponsor and long-time air quality activist Patrice Lee says she’s pleased with the outcome.“I’m happy I’m excited for the whole group,” Lee said. “I mean you can’t believe the fun we had rolling around tires in the dark and with no light and with headlamps on. “Tired of Dirty Air?” Well, we are, but we’re here and now we have a chance to try to make some progress at the local level and that’s a good things for the community.”This is the third time borough voters have considered the proposition. It was first considered in 2010 and again in 2012, failing in both those years. Lee says already had a meeting planned for Tuesday evening to strategize on how to move forward regardless of the outcome.“We have a whole community that we care about and while we’re passionate about our side of the issue, we’re also cognizant of what people are dealing with,” Lee said. “So, we want to have a strategy that moves forward that accomplishes the goal of cleaning up the air, but also makes some assurances that everyone can stay warm.”The Proposition to keep the Borough from regulating home heating appliances, including wood stoves and boilers, is sponsored by North Pole Republican State Representative Tammie Wilson. Previous failures of the initiative gave the state authority to regulate air quality in and around North Pole and downtown Fairbanks where air quality has been identified as a problem.2014 municipal election results will be certified next week.
Warangal: Owing to the disunity among the Opposition ranks, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were able to succeed in the Assembly and Parliamentary elections, Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretariat member M Chukkaiah said. Speaking at the valedictory of two-day political training classes here on Sunday, he said that TRS and the BJP hoodwinked people by misrepresenting the facts. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Both the parties lured the voters by spending huge amounts and distributing liquor, he alleged. This apart, the Opposition failed to unite to defeat these bourgeois parties, he added. “Even though they have failed in the recent elections, the Communists will be back with vengeance. The presence of Communists is inevitable as long as corrupt practices exist in the country,” he said. Further he expressed confidence that middleclass people would continue their support to Communists. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us It’s time for the Communists to gear up for long term agitations to exert pressure on Central and State governments for their anti-people policies, Chukkaiah said. Vankudoth Veeranna, T Uppalaiah, Dharavath Bhanu Naik, Azmeera Venkanna, Bukya Narasimha, L Deepa, P Sujatha and D Aruna were among others present.
For many years it has been said that emperor penguins are able to withstand the extremely cold and harsh Antarctic environment because they have more feathers per square inch than any other bird, but when the researches with this new project searched the literature, they couldn’t find any studies that had actually shown this to be true, so they decided to conduct a study of their own.The study consisted of first plucking feathers from penguins that had died naturally—they’d been collected by other researchers and stored in freezers—and then by cutting off feathered areas to count the number of shafts that remained. In so doing, they discovered that emperor penguins do not have the densest feather coat—at roughly 9 per square centimeter, they lagged far behind birds like the white-throated dipper. Furthermore, they found that the birds had more types of feathers than have been documented. Underneath the visible contour feathers, they found after-feathers, which are downy-looking feathers that attach to the contour feathers. They also found plumules, which are also downy-looking feathers, but they attach directly to the skin—the penguins had approximately four times as many of them as they did contour feathers, suggesting that they serve an important role in helping keep the bird warm and dry in all kinds of cold and wet conditions. And that wasn’t all, after looking even closer (with a microscope) the researchers found filoplumes, a type of microscopically small feather—they have barbs on them—in birds that fly they are used to alert their host to the need for fixing plumage that has become disheveled.The study shows that common ideas about emperor feathers are not correct, and that much more research will need to be done to find out how the combination of feathers allows penguins to keep water away from the skin when diving in icy water and cold air out when standing in sub-zero conditions. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, Cassondra Williams, of the University of California, Julie Hagelin, of the University of Alaska and Gerald Kooyman with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, has found that contrary to popular notions that emperor penguins have the densest outer feathers, they actually don’t, and that they also have different types of feathers that other researchers have said they don’t. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their study of penguin feathers on penguins that had died naturally and what was revealed by their efforts. Researchers find emperor penguins outer feathers colder than surrounding air © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Closer look at emperor penguin feathers dispels popular folklore notions (2015, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-closer-emperor-penguin-feathers-dispels.html More information: Hidden keys to survival: the type, density, pattern and functional role of emperor penguin body feathers, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 21 October 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2033 AbstractAntarctic penguins survive some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Emperor penguins breed on the sea ice where temperatures drop below −40°C and forage in −1.8°C waters. Their ability to maintain 38°C body temperature in these conditions is due in large part to their feathered coat. Penguins have been reported to have the highest contour feather density of any bird, and both filoplumes and plumules (downy feathers) are reported absent in penguins. In studies modelling the heat transfer properties and the potential biomimetic applications of penguin plumage design, the insulative properties of penguin plumage have been attributed to the single afterfeather attached to contour feathers. This attribution of the afterfeather as the sole insulation component has been repeated in subsequent studies. Our results demonstrate the presence of both plumules and filoplumes in the penguin body plumage. The downy plumules are four times denser than afterfeathers and play a key, previously overlooked role in penguin survival. Our study also does not support the report that emperor penguins have the highest contour feather density. Explore further Feather types of emperor penguins: tail feather, or rectrice (1); dorsal, base of the tail (2); dorsal, base of the leg, or leg fringe (3); ventral, base of the leg, or leg fringe (4); dorsal contour (5); ventral contour with afterfeather attached (6); fringe of brood patch (7); distal, dorsal primary—double-layered with a dorsal and ventral primary (8); dorsal primary (9); ventral primary (10); dorsal primary (11); dorsal secondary (12); ventral secondary (13); dorsal covert (14); ventral covert (15); leading edge covert (16); skull (17); auricular patch contour (18); dorsal neck contour (19); ventral neck contour (20); dorsal plumulaceous (plumules) (21); ventral plumulaceous (22). See Rutschke  for further details on specialized feather morphology. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 21 October 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2033 Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. 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Kolkata: In a significant stride to encourage residents of New Town to harness their rooftop or balcony spaces to grow vegetables, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is all set to create a market space from where they would be able to choose their desired service packages for the same.”Many people have shown keen interest to start rooftop urban farming but could not begin because of lack of expertise. There will be no hassle or botheration for the house-owners as the market spaces will give them the liberty to choose the empanelled agency for maintenance and other requisites of roof top farming. The agency, in lieu of the service, will charge the resident that will be fixed by us,” a senior NKDA official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe NKDA has already invited expression of interest (EOI) from eligible, reputed and licensed NGO/agency/company/consortium for empanelment under the NKDA for developing rooftop farming infrastructure for residents of New Town through its website. The date of opening of empanelment documents have been fixed on January 21. According to the official, this move will be beneficial to the residents with individual plots or members of a cooperative or housing complex as rooftop farming will provide decorative benefits, quality food, architectural enhancement etc. Pointing out the advantages of rooftop urban farming, the official added that it will reduce the carbon emissions for transporting vegetables from rural areas like Bhangar to the homes in Kolkata. It will also ensure availability of pesticide free, organic, healthy and fresh vegetables. The roof would be cooler in summers as well,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNKDA chairman Debashis Sen held a meeting on Friday with officers and progressive technical farmer entrepreneurs where a number of models were discussed on how to encourage city dwellers to harness the rooftops or balcony spaces to grow vegetables. The role of NKDA would be to spread the message and act as a regulator of sorts. “At the same time, we will make citizens aware of the empanelled agencies during our outreach activities on vector-borne diseases, segregation of solid waste etc,” the official maintained. Agri Horticultural Society will be the technical partner of NKDA for providing the knowhow. It may be mentioned that at Swapno Bhor, the state’s first senior citizens’ park, organic farming of vegetables has recently been started in collaboration with an NGO and senior citizens, who are members of the same, are overseeing it.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that the BJP will not get any seat in Bengal and there will be a “new combination” government at the Centre. In an interview to a national channel, Banerjee said: “BJP will get zero in Bengal. Bengal and Uttar Pradesh will emerge as the kingmaker states. BJP will score a zero in Punjab, Delhi and the southern states.”She alleged that the BJP and RSS are supporting Congress candidates. “BJP is backing Congress and CPI(M) and vice versa. Even RSS is backing Congress candidates. They are doing this in Punjab also,” she pointed out. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said with confidence that neither the NDA nor UPA will come to power in Delhi. “Neither of the two will come to power in Delhi on its own. There will be a completely new combination this time,” she said. Asked to comment on who would become the Opposition’s choice for Prime Minister, she maintained: “The Prime Minister will be selected by the United India leaders unanimously. We will sit and discuss amongst us and there will be a common minimum programme and on the basis of that, the new leader will be elected. We will find a good Prime Minister for sure,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee alleged that the BJP is dividing people on the basis of religion and trying to control the food habits of people. “They are using religion as a commodity to win elections. They are using religion to create a divide among the people and are inciting one against the other. It is a dangerous trend in the country, she remarked and added: “We believe in the religion of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. For us, tolerance is religion. BJP has imported a new religion and is spreading hatred throughout the country. But people in Bengal are secular. You will find Hindus in Iftar parties and Muslims during Durga Puja celebrations. We have Durga Puja committees where Muslims hold key roles. For generations, the Hindus and Muslims have lived together. It was Rabindranath Tagore who had tied ‘rakhi’ as a mark of protest against the British government’s proposal to partition Bengal in 1905,” she said, adding: “We are tolerant in Bengal and BJP cannot get votes by dividing people,” she said. Banerjee alleged that the language of Narendra Modi and some of the BJP leaders are “nasty” and such language is uncalled for. “As political leaders, we must have control over the language we use. The Model Code of Conduct should be kept in mind.” She felt that the BJP should not bring the Balakot incident in political campaigns. We all respect the Indian Army and no one should bring them up and their achievements during poll campaigns,” she maintained. Banerjee reiterated that if the United India government comes to power there will be an inquiry into Modi’s decision to ban high-value notes. “The note ban is a big scam and it will be probed once the new government takes over. It has shattered our economy and has made lakhs of people unemployed.” Asked about the participation of young people in politics, she said: “It is time for them to take up the baton. We all want our future generations to take up the baton.” She said Abhishek did not want to join politics but later, he changed his mind. Banerjee categorically said she does not support the Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC. “They are being used to create fear psychosis among the people. But rest assured, BJP will not be able to divide society.” Commenting on her simple living, the Chief Minister added: “I do not take the salary as the Chief Minister or the salary as the Union Railway minister. I have written more than 80 books and the royalty I get helps me to use my own car and survive. As advised by doctors, I walk 20 km a day and try to look after my health.”
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