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City of Fort St. John’s, Let’s Talk 100 Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the City’s pipes are ageing and need to be replaced, City staff have the opportunity to apply the Downtown Action Plan to consider pedestrian-friendly street improvements.City staff are working on major planning and with that includes public consultation.Feedback from residents is important to explore options and to develop a plan by way of public engagement opportunities.- Advertisement -The first public event being held at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Tuesday, May 7th from 5 pm – 8 pm is an opportunity for discussion to gather information on what matters most for the future of 100 Street.City staff will use the information collected at this open house to help create actual 100 Street designs for the Design Charrette in June.These events are open to everyone interested in the project.Advertisement For more information on the project; CLICK HERElast_img

Low pressure over Bay of Bengal intensifies into depression

first_imgThe well-marked low pressure over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a depression on December 6, raising the likelihood of heavy rainfall, coupled with squally winds in Odisha from December 8.Latest observations and satellite imageries indicate that the low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal concentrated into a depression and lay centred about 1,250 km south-southeast of Gopalpur, the met office in Bhubaneswar said.The system is likely to move northwestwards and reach the Andhra Pradesh coast around December 8 evening. It is likely to intensify further into a deep depression in the next 48 hours. However, there is a probability of slight weakening of the system when it reaches near the Andhra Pradesh coast.Under its impact, heavy rain is likely to lash coastal Odisha and several areas like Koraput and Malkangiri in southern parts of the State, while weather is expected to be by and large dry till December 7, said local met office director Sarat Chandra Sahoo.The intensity of the rainfall is expected to decline from December 11 when several areas in western Odisha and interior region would experience light to moderate rain, he said.Squally winds, with a speed of 40 to 50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph, are likely to prevail along and off the Odisha coast from Thursday evening to December 9 and decrease thereafter. Sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off the Odisha coast during the period, the Met office said.In view of the weather condition, fishermen along and off Odisha coast are advised not to venture into the sea from Thursday till December 10, it said.Directive to authoritiesThe Odisha government has directed district authorities to take steps to save the crops from rains.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took stock of the situation on December 5 in view of the warning issued by the met office and directed District Collectors to remain alert and take steps to save the harvested and standing paddy crops during rains.Mr. Patnaik, during a video conference with the Collectors, asked for spreading awareness among farmers about the steps required to save the harvested as well as standing paddy crops from rain.Mr. Patnaik said funds available with the Regulated Market Committees could be used for making arrangements for protection of paddy in the mandis.For paddy crops that are ready, farmers should take steps to harvest and store them in safe places, said a senior official.The Collectors were also asked to complete disbursement of agriculture input subsidy of ₹718.5 crore to the farmers affected by drought, pest attack and unseasonal rain by December 15.last_img read more

Jets Rue Missed Chances

first_imgNEW YORK — The game film confirmed everything the New York Jets already figured.A victory was there for the taking against the New England Patriots on Oct. 25. They just couldn’t seal the deal.“I think the hardest thing to swallow,” right guard Willie Colon said, “was that we had them right where we wanted to.”New York took a 17-16 lead into the fourth quarter, and Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal made it 20-16 with just under 13 minutes left.That’s when Tom Brady went to work.The Patriots quarterback completed 14-of-17 passes while leading New England on two touchdown drives for a 30-23 victory at Gillette Stadium.“We were the more physical team,” Colon said. “I felt like we were able to make a lot of big plays on third down that kept the drives going. We just didn’t score enough touchdowns. When it came late in the game, obviously Brady took over and those guys made the bigger plays that counted. You have to take your hats off to them.”With the loss, the Jets dropped to 4-2 — two games behind the AFC East-leading Patriots, who remained undefeated at 6-0.Some fans and media were impressed by how tough the Jets played their rivals, narrowing the gap perhaps in a division that has been won by the Patriots 12 of the last 14 years. All that, though, meant little to coach Todd Bowles.“There are no statements when you lose,” he said. “You’ve got to win games. We’re not in this thing to play close games.”And with that, the Jets were already turning their focus on their next opponent: the Oakland Raiders, who are 3-3 after a 37-29 victory at San Diego.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was actually reviewing tape of the Raiders — “multitasking,” he called it — while speaking to the media on a conference call.“We’re onto the next game here and trying to figure out the best way to attack Oakland,” Fitzpatrick said. “In every game, you’re going to learn stuff and there’s some stuff that we learned from, whether it was situations or whether it was different routes or the way that we called certain plays, we’ll get better each and every game. You’ve got to be quick to move on.”That doesn’t mean the loss to the Patriots didn’t sting.Brandon Marshall dropped a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter on a drive in which the Jets had to settle for a field goal and just a four-point lead rather than eight points. Marshall also was called for a false start penalty that ended the game after New York had recovered an onside kick and reached the Patriots 37 one play later.Bowles also took some heat for his clock management and not using any of the Jets’ timeouts during the Patriots’ final touchdown drive.“They were all positive plays,” he said of the Patriots’ drive. “Had we stopped them at any shorter time when we could have used a timeout, we would have used it.”The Jets also had no answer for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. But they did shut down New England’s running game, holding the Patriots to 16 total yards on nine rushes — with Brady leading the team with 15 yards.With New York RB Chris Ivory dealing with tightness in one of his hamstrings, he finished with just 41 yards on 17 carries.“Everybody was kind of disappointed,” Colon said. “I think at the end of the day, we all understand where we’re at. We still control our season, we still control our fate. The one thing we can’t do is let this resonate.”Certainly not against the Raiders, who turned two interceptions of Philip Rivers into 10 points on Oct. 25 against San Diego and got three TD passes from Derek Carr.Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper already has 33 catches for 519 yards and three TDs, including three games of 100 or more yards receiving.Bowles plans to have the Jets leave for Oakland after practice Oct. 30, making no changes to the itinerary despite the cross-country flight.“We have to learn from our mistakes and clean up the little things, but if we linger on this game, then we’re going to get beat next week,” Bowles said. “Oakland played a heck of a ball game (Sunday). We know we have to move on. We know what kind of fight we have …”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Statement on the MMIWG Inquiry by Senator Murray Sinclair

first_imgOttawa, August 3, 2016I am pleased to see that the governments of this country have been able to collaborate with Indigenous leaders and the families of Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Canada to establish a National Inquiry, one of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.I congratulate the Native Women’s Association of Canada for its perseverance in bringing this about.I praise and honour the members of the victims’ families for their resilience and determination.I express my thanks to Judge Marion Buller and the other Commissioners for accepting the responsibility for this immense undertaking.Criticism of the creation of such inquiries is almost inevitable in this climate. However, whatever one thinks of the breadth and range of the terms of reference and the background and experience of the Commissioners, I am certain that the Commission will be revealing to all of Canada, and the world.We will learn of things that will be hard to believe, and we will be challenged to do what we cannot now imagine.In that way it will reflect the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and institutions. It will be an important opportunity for reconciliation to move forward in a significant way.Senator Murray Sinclairlast_img read more

Britain and Bill Gates pledge £3bn to fight malaria

first_imgBritish taxpayers will join forces with Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and fund a £3bn programme whose aim is to eradicate malaria within decades.The chancellor George Osborne will announce the Government will spend £500m a year for each of the next five years in conjunction with the Gates Foundation, which will spend £200m a year.The Microsoft tycoon will travel to Liverpool with the chancellor to see ground-breaking scientific research into drugs, diagnostics and insecticides.The British governments commitment of £2.5bn is a significant increase on the £1.8 billion spent in the previous parliament.In a joint letter to The Times, the pair said that the money would show that the disease, which kills one child every minute, can be defeated because problems such as hunger and disease arent insoluble.We are optimistic that in our lifetimes we can eradicate malaria and other deadly tropical diseases, and confront emerging threats, making the world a safer place for all, the letter says.The newspaper reports it is the latest stage of Osbornes drive to overhaul the aid budget, with more of a focus on programmes which can be shown to benefit the UK, such as targeting diseases which threaten global pandemics.last_img read more

Keep it simple

first_imgAs difficult as it is to find the right kind of food for the sultry humid weather that seems to have settled around the Capital, The Imperial seems to have come up with quite a palatable solution. The summer salads and barbeque menu that is available in San Gimignano and 1911, is the perfect mix of excellent meats and refreshing salads that is perfect for the weather.  Both the restaurants have their own signature menus, the salad and barbeque spread is on offer till end of September in both places alongside their regulars. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the main course you can take a pick from the Fatto in Casa Salsicce Affumicate (home made smoked sausages), the Bambino Costole di Maiale alla Brace (barbecued baby back ribs), the Aragosta Alla Griglia Ripieni (grilled stuffed lobster tail) or the Costolette di Agnello doppi (the double lamb chops). The home made sausages are a definite winner along with the much ordered lamb chops.  All the meats have been cooked keeping their intrinsic flavours in mind and the whole idea is to keep the food simple so as the real taste wins, explains Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula who has put the spread in order. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTrue to his word, every bite is like a burst of freshness on the palatte and the sauces and salads work as perfect additions. All the meats are served with a spread of traditional sauces –    The Campana (blend of  tomatoes ,onion, garlic, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice),  Chimichurri (Argentinean sauce with oregano  parsley ,thyme, onion, olive oil) and the Guasacaca (avocado, onion, garlic, hot peppers, tomatoes, lemon juice, coriander and olive oil). The Guasacaca is a must try. It adds the right zing to the meats and the salads. From all the salads on offer you can choose any three to accompany your meal – so take your pick from the artichoke and sundried tomato salad, corn, black beans and capsicum salad, German potato salad, tomato – basil salad, beet and onion salad, coleslaw and the mix lettuce.  A meal for two costs around Rs 8000 (without alcohol and minus taxes) so make your reservations soon. This is one meal you’ll definitely not want to miss!last_img read more

Patreon speaks out against the protests over its banning Sargon of Akkad

first_imgPatreon, a popular crowdfunding platform published a post yesterday in defense of its removal of Sargon of Akkad or Carl Benjamin, an English YouTuber famous for his anti-feminist content, last week, over the concerns of him violating its policies on hate speech. Patreon has been receiving backlash ever since from the users and patrons of the website who are calling for a boycott. “Patreon does not and will not condone hate speech in any of its forms. We stand by our policies against hate speech. We believe it’s essential for Patreon to have strong policies against hate speech to build a safe community for our creators and their patrons”, says the Patreon team. Patreon mentioned that it reviews the creations posted by the content creators on other platforms that are funded via Patreon. Since Benjamin is quite popular for his collaborations with other creators, Patreon’s community guidelines, which strictly prohibits hate speech also get applied to those collaborations. According to Patreon’s community guidelines, “Hate speech includes serious attacks, or even negative generalizations, of people based on their race [and] sexual orientation.” Benjamin in one of his interviews on another YouTuber’s channel used racial slurs linked with “negative generalizations of behavior” quite contrasting to how people of those races actually act, to insult others. Apart from using racial slurs, he also used sexual orientation related slurs which violates Patreon’s community guidelines. However, a lot of people are not happy with Patreon’s decision. For instance, Sam Harris, a popular American author, podcast host, and neuroscientist, who had one of the top-grossing accounts (with nearly 9,000 paying patrons at the end of November) on Patreon deleted his account earlier this week, accusing the platform of “political bias”. He wrote “the crowdfunding site Patreon has banned several prominent content creators from its platform. While the company insists that each was in violation of its terms of service, these recent expulsions seem more readily explained by political bias. I consider it no longer tenable to expose any part of my podcast funding to the whims of Patreon’s ‘Trust and Safety” committee’”. Apart from banning Carl Benjamin, Patreon also banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a British public speaker and YouTuber with over 839,286 subscribers earlier this month over his association with the Proud Boys, which Patreon has classified as a hate group. James Allsup, an alt-right political commentator, and associate of Yiannopoulus’, was also banned from Patreon last month for their association with hate groups.Amidst this controversy, some of the top Patreon creators such as Jordan Peterson, a popular Canadian clinical psychologist whose YouTube channel has over 1.6 M subscribers and Dave Rubin, an American libertarian political commentator announced their plans of starting an alternative to Patreon, earlier this week. Peterson said that the new platform will work on a subscriber model similar to Patreon’s, only with few additional features. “We understand some people don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We have a different view,” says the Patreon team. Read Next Emmanuel Macron teams up with Facebook in a bid to fight hate speech on social media Twitter takes action towards dehumanizing speech with its new policy How IRA hacked American democracy using social media and meme warfare to promote disinformation and polarization: A new report to Senate Intelligence Committeelast_img read more

Facebook faces multiple dataprotection investigations in Ireland

first_imgFacebook is facing seven separate data protection investigations in Ireland, as reported by Bloomberg. Facebook’s investigations are a part of 16 cases which major tech companies like Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, are facing. The main aim of these probes is to scale up the level of fines that regulator’s issue under GDPR. Currently, GDPR allows penalties as large as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue. According to Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, “These data protection probes are centered on the activities of very big internet companies with tens and hundreds of millions of users.” The first EU probe against Facebook was opened by Ireland following a security breach that compromised 50M accounts in October last year. This security breach has not only affected user’s Facebook accounts but also impacted other accounts linked to Facebook. This means that a hacker could have accessed any account of yours that you log into using Facebook. That second probe was initiated by Dixon’s office in December when a photo API bug affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. This bug gave outside developers broader access to users’ photos affecting up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. Per Dixon, “Other breach notifications received in my office since May 25 are related to coding errors, which leads to posts being made public that should have been private, or in a major breach. No company seems to be immune from this.” Dixon mentions that the deciding cases are not trivial “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced,” she said. “The soonest I am going to see an investigation report on my desk, which is when my role kicks in” The final decisions on these sanctions are likely to be made in June or July. Last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria overruled Facebook’s argument that it cannot be sued for letting third parties access users’ private data because no “real world” harm has resulted from the conduct. Last month, Russia’s popular watchdog, Roskomnadzor said that it opened a civil case against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials also planned to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook post a year of data breaches and revelations of illegal data sharing.  A U.S. Senator also introduced a bill titled ‘American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act’ for creating federal standards of privacy protection for big companies like Facebook. “Companies are lawyering up and we’re typically dealing with more litigators and lawyers on the side of any inquiry that we conduct,” Dixon said. “It does show the power that they have in terms of the size. But we have all the cards in terms of the powers to investigate, to compel and ultimately to conclude and make findings.” Read Next Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program. Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures Facebook has blocked 3rd party ad monitoring plugin tools from the likes of ProPublica and Mozilla that let users see how they’re being targeted by advertiserslast_img read more

PCCW Media Group is launching its overthetop OT

first_imgPCCW Media Group is launching its over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen video service, Viu in Singapore.The firm said the rollout is marks a further step in Viu’s regional expansion, after it went live first in Hong Kong.PCCW said the service will now be progressively rolled out in Malaysia, Indonesia and India with an expanding Asian content catalogue of Korean, Japanese, Chinese titles and more to suit the different markets.At the same time Viu has agreed a pan-regional deal with four Korean broadcasters – SBS, KBS, MBC and CJ E&M.last_img