VANCOUVER — A ship carrying an infamous load of Canadian trash that had been rotting in the Philippines since as far back as 2013 has arrived at a port south of Vancouver.The Anna Maersk, carrying 69 containers of Canadian garbage and e-waste, docked at Deltaport near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal just after 7 a.m. on Saturday.Authorities say the containers will be unloaded and held there before being moved to an incineration facility in Burnaby, B.C.The Canadian garbage arrived in the Philippines in 2013 and 2014, falsely labelled as plastics for recycling.Inspections later revealed that much of what was inside the containers was regular trash, including dirty diapers, kitchen waste and electronic items.The garbage set off a political row between the two countries, culminating in a threat by Philippine President Rodriogo Duterte to send it back to Canada himself.“Prepare a grand reception,” he said then. “Eat it if you want to.”Canada missed the president’s May 15 deadline to remove the garbage and Duterte recalled the Philippines’ ambassador and consuls from Canada.The garbage left June 1 and was transferred onto the Anna Maersk on June 8 in Taiwan for the voyage across the Pacific Ocean.The cost to Canada is $1.14 million for shipping and another $375,000 for the garbage to be burned in the Metro Vancouver incinerator.The Canadian Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Forbes reported Tuesday that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross exaggerated his net worth to the magazine by $2 billion.The publication cited years of internal reporting notes and conversations with Ross, an investor who has been described as “the king of bankruptcy” for buying beaten-down companies with the potential to deliver profits.Forbes estimated Ross to be worth $2.9 billion in its 2016 list of the 400 richest people in the U.S. The magazine said it decided to remove Ross from the list after financial disclosure forms filed after his Cabinet nomination showed less than $700 million in assets.Forbes said Ross protested, claiming that he had transferred more than $2 billion to family trusts between the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s inauguration. But when that claim raised ethics and tax questions, the Department of Commerce issued a statement saying there was no such transfer.Forbes said it is now “confident that the money never existed. It seems clear that Ross lied to us.”A Commerce Department spokesman in an email critiqued the Forbes’ report, saying it was based on information from “former employees, without full knowledge, and all but one anonymously.” But he also said that “we regret any earlier miscommunication.”Spokesman James Rockas added that all relevant rules were followed in compiling Ross’s disclosure documents.Ross, the Trump administration’s point man on trade and manufacturing policy, is also facing questions over leaked documents showing that he has a stake in a company that does business with a gas producer partly owned by the son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Ross told Britain’s Sky network that he disclosed his investment in Navigator Holdings, a shipping giant that counts Russian gas and petrochemical producer Sibur among its major customers. The commerce secretary says U.S. ethics officials who reviewed his finances did not ask him to sell his Navigator stock.
HALIFAX — Encana Corp. says natural gas is now being exported from the Deep Panuke project off Nova Scotia.But spokeswoman Lori MacLean says it will be a couple of weeks before the offshore platform is producing a steady flow of gas.The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board gave Encana the green light Aug. 2 to begin shipping gas to its production field centre offshore and ultimately to market.The federal-provincial regulator said it issued the authorization after reviewing the Calgary-based company’s readiness for operations.The project has been plagued by delays since receiving regulatory approval in 2007.It was initially supposed to go into production by late 2010.Dutch-based SBM Offshore owns and operates the platform on behalf of Encana.
“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault, condemns the despicable attacks on girls’ schools that took place on 2 March in Farah and 19 February in Badakshan,” spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul. “Fortunately there were no casualties, but the attacks by unidentified persons caused damage to school buildings, tents and educational materials.”The spokesman said the “cowardly” violence was aimed at thwarting reconstruction and development in Afghanistan against the wishes of the country’s people. “The overwhelming majority of Afghans want their children – both boys and girls – to be educated,” he said.“The mere fact that these communities have rallied around to save their schools and condemn these and similar offences in the past should send a strong message to the perpetrators that their misguided actions are obviously not deterring the desire for education amongst ordinary people,” the spokesman added.During the burning, one school tent in Bala Bluk district in Farah Province was completely destroyed while the local community managed to extinguish fires in three others. The Farah incident followed an arson attack on 19 February against another girls’ school in Badakshan when the main building of Shah Ba Ba Girl’s High School was set on fire. Forty per cent of that school was damaged, while classroom materials were destroyed. Mr. de Almeida e Silva hailed efforts by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide replacements for the property lost in the attacks, and pointed out that gender-based violence against schools is not widespread, with fewer than 30 incidents reported out of 7,000 education centres.Edward Carwardine, a spokesman for UNICEF, reported that more than 45,000 children – over 80 per cent of them girls – have benefited from special accelerated learning classes organized during the winter school vacation.The drive, backed by UNICEF, took place in five Afghan provinces over the last three months, providing students who missed out on learning with rapid “catch-up” classes to help them join the correct grade when the new academic term begins on 22 March. “The programme is especially important for girls, many of whom missed up to seven years of schooling during the Taliban era, and in many cases have had to enrol in classes lower than other children of the same age,” Mr. Carwardine said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andre Wesson scored 16 points, Kaleb Wesson had 15 and No. 16 Ohio State beat Minnesota 79-59 on Sunday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.C.J. Jackson and Musa Jallow each added 11 points, and Duane Washington Jr., and Kyle Young had 10 apiece to help the Buckeyes improve to 7-1.Amir Coffey led Minnesota (6-2) with 19 points, and Dupree McBrayer added 13.Cold shooting and bad rebounding put Minnesota in a big early hole. The Gophers failed to grab an offensive rebound in the first 10 minutes of the game.BIG PICTUREOhio State dominated every aspect from scoring to rebounding, and overwhelmed its Big Ten rival from the start. Minnesota struggled to find the basket up close and at a distance, and never challenged.UP NEXTMinnesota: Hosts Nebraska on Wednesday night.Ohio State: Faces Illinois at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Nicole Kraft, The Associated Press
Claudia’s Law – officially called the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 – has come into force today. It is named after Claudia Lawrence, and is designed to help the loved ones of missing people to deal with the administrative side of their loved one’s disappearance. Who is Claudia Lawrence?Claudia Lawrence was 35 when she was reported missing after not turning up for work as a cook at York University in 2009. Six weeks after she went missing, the police classified her disappearance as a suspected murder investigation, although no proof that she died has ever been found. Ten years on, the police are still not sure what happened to her, but believe that the public are holding back information which could provide an answer. There are several theories about what happened. Some think she might have let someone into her home the night before colleagues realised she was missing, given CCTV footage of a man walking along the alley behind her house. Others believe she may have been abducted on her way to work, as what appeared to be breakfast dishes were found in the kitchen of her house. 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. What does Claudia’s Law do?Claudia’s Law will come into effect in England and Wales. Campaigning efforts were led by her father Peter. It creates a new legal position of “guardian of the affairs of a missing person”, for anyone missing 90 days or more. This guardian is tasked with acting in the best interests of the absent person. Before now, there was no legal way for the financial affairs of a missing person to be dealt with by someone else if they had not been declared dead. The guardian will be able to act on their behalf, suspending direct debits for mobile phones, making mortgage payments and so on. It is more far-reaching than The Presumption of Death Act 2013, which let families take over the financial affairs of a missing person, but only if they are declared dead. Campaigners say the change will help to ease pressure on families by reducing financial and administrative stress. Peter Lawrence has said the law will reduce the “burden” on relatives . He said: “I am delighted that Claudia’s Law is coming into force.“This will make such a difference to the lives of the hundreds of families who have been waiting so long for it, enabling them to deal with their missing loved one’s financial and property affairs in the same way as everyone else is able to on a daily basis.“One less burden at a time when families are at their emotional lowest ebb will help enormously.”His campaigning efforts were backed by the charity Missing People. Susannah Drury, the charity’s director of policy and research, called the law a “triumph”. Peter Lawrence holding a photo of Claudia Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
Macquarie Research notes that chinese domestic prices for the majority of the commodities it covers are now above their import substitute prices, in general reflecting relative strength in demand and government stockpiling. Also, base metals continued to rally strongly on Friday as optimism remained dominant following Thursday’s G20 meeting and consequent ‘global’ stimulus announcement. Copper closed at $1.94/lb ($4,275/t), its highest close since October 30 last year. Global equity markets, commodity prices and commodity country exchange rates (which have historically been good predictors of commodity prices) have all shot up since mid-February. Not unrelated to this, some of the lead indicators have bottomed, consistent with Macquarie’s assumption that industrial production will bottom globally in 1H09 before recovering in 2H09, driven mainly by China.Macquarie says “most of our contacts in the ‘real’ world of buying and selling commodities, facing ongoing bleak orders (there are no orders! is a common statement) and low levels of activity, cannot believe what is happening.“In historical context, the recent commodity price rally (to-date) is minor. [However], we can point to a number of factors to explain the rally in commodity prices (some of which are strongly interrelated and/or driven by the same variables):The positive influence from equity markets. With investors not wanting to miss the turning point and with most we speak to not being heavily involved in this rally, we are wary of the potentially self-fulfilling rallies in the stock marketPlans by the Federal Reserve announced on March 18 to buy back US government debt triggered concerns about reflation and a re-direction of money towards assets leveraged to such a story (commodities). Since this announcement, the US dollar has depreciated sharply, also supporting pricesSubstantial global fiscal (and, hopefully, successful monetary) stimulus of about $5 trillion (according to the G20 summit attendees)Signs of bottoming in China, including the sharp spike in the Chinese PMI (purchasing managers index) to 52.4, a 14.1% YoY increase in Chinese floor space under construction in January and February, a strong pickup in money supply growth and a reported flat electricity generation in March YoY. There were also some tentative signs of a bottoming in the US PMI (new orders up strongly) as well as in other major economic PMIs.“Although the broad-based depreciation of the US dollar been partly responsible for the large appreciation in major commodity currencies against it, some market participants are pointing to the fact that appreciating commodity currencies are a solid forward predictor of the direction of commodity prices. The academic literature generally supports this, with Y Chen, K Rogoff, B Rossi (2008) recently finding that “commodity currency exchange rates have remarkably robust power in predicting global commodity prices.”“There are factors that make us cautious about reading too much into the recent rally in terms of our short-term stance (we have already been incorporating a 2H09 rebound in China and a world ex-Chinese rebound in 2010 in our numbers for some time).“Fiirst, we have not heard from any of our consumer contacts that there has been a significant pickup in orders. This anecdotal evidence ties in with the fact that physical premiums for the base metals are still weak and that non-futures traded commodity prices (steel, iron ore, thermal coal, ferrochrome, manganese ore) are either still falling or not rising. Second-quarter orders and demand remain as weak as, if not weaker than, first quarter levels, and non-Chinese demand is 30-60% lower YoY for most commodities, a horrendous collapse.“Second, we fear that any revival in demand will be matched by an equally robust recovery in production. Many of the industries we follow have slashed operating rates from 95-100% in mid-2008 to only 65-75% – and even lower, in many cases – at the moment (the US steel industry is operating only just above 40%).“We are also concerned that price rallies will be shortlived as supply comes flooding back into the market.“The steel price is clearly giving different signals to copper prices as to the outlook. Indeed, we are wary that the copper price is in some ways giving a false signal considering that the price is in large part being driven by SRB buying and shortages of copper scrap and not by end-use recovery.“Looking at the open interest data, we can see that both short covering (late-February, mid-March) and new long positions (late-March) have been associated with the ~30% rally in copper prices since mid-February.“Although there is undoubtedly some euphoria about the actions being taken by monetary and fiscal authorities to address global problems, we think the extent of the actions reflect how bad things actually are.“We are concerned that short-term disappointments and doubts may eventually kill this premature rally, although we hope that signs of improvement may be more-solidly based during the second half of 2009.”
Days on Earth are getting longer (very, very slowly) A new study says that Earth’s days are getting longer by around 1.8 milliseconds per century. 15,645 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/PopTika http://jrnl.ie/3124579 By AFP Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 8:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/PopTika Short URL Dec 7th 2016, 8:05 AM EARTH’S DAYS ARE getting longer but you’re not likely to notice any time soon – it would take about 6.7 million years to gain just one minute, according to a study published today.Over the past 27 centuries, the average day has lengthened at a rate of about +1.8 milliseconds (ms) per century, a British research team concluded in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A.This was “significantly less”, they said, than the rate of 2.3 ms per century previously estimated — requiring a mere 5.2 million years to add one minute.“It’s a very slow process,” study lead co-author Leslie Morrison, a retired astronomer with Royal Greenwich Observatory, told AFP.“These estimates are approximate, because the geophysical forces operating on the Earth’s rotation will not necessarily be constant over such a long period of time,” he specified.“Intervening Ice Ages etcetera will disrupt these simple extrapolations.”The previous 2.3 ms estimate had been based on calculations of the Moon’s known Earth-braking forces, causing the ocean tides.For the new study, Morrison and his team used gravitational theories about the movement of Earth around the Sun, and the Moon around Earth, to compute the timing of eclipses of the Moon and Sun over time, as viewed from our planet.They then calculated from where on Earth these would have been visible, and compared this to observations of eclipses recorded by ancient Babylonians, Chinese, Greeks, Arabs and medieval Europeans.“We obtained historical, relevant records from historians and translators of ancient texts,” explained Morrison.“For example, the Babylonian tablets, which are written in cuneiform script, are stored at the British Museum and have been decoded by experts there and elsewhere.”The team found discrepancies between where the eclipses should have been observable, and where on Earth they were actually seen.“This discrepancy is a measure of how the Earth’s rotation has been varying since 720 BC” when ancient civilisations started keeping eclipse records, they wrote.Factors which influence the Earth’s rotation include the Moon’s braking effect, Earth’s altering shape due to shrinking polar ice caps since the last Ice Age, electro-magnetic interactions between the mantle and core, and changes in the mean sea level, said the team.The slowing of Earth’s orbit is the reason the world’s timekeepers have to adjust high-precision clocks every few years to ensure they remain in sync with our planet’s rotation.- © AFP, 2016Read: Trump dubbed ‘the first anti-science president’ the US has ever hadRead: ‘What is the thing that will wipe us out?’ The Dublin Science Gallery is addressing some big questions Share32 Tweet Email 35 Comments
Tough economic times can be especially draining for small businesses owners and at Yellow Brick Road we have a series of questions that we ask our clients when they come to us for advice. The first thing we want to know is simply, “do you have a business plan?” A business plan is essential because it contains the objectives of your business, how it is structured, your products and services, and your targeted customer base. A business plan is the glue that holds your vision together, so you need to take the time to ensure your plan reflects your goals.Do you have a good handle on your cash flow? Many small businesses fail because of lack of focus on money coming in and going out. Make it a priority to collect your debtors on time so you can pay your suppliers accordingly and maintain a good credit rating.Are you managing your debt effectively? You may have various sources of debt financing both personally and in your business. Make sure that you are managing your total exposure in the most cost effective manner possible, which can help to ensure the long term success of your business. Do you know what your business is worth and how you would sell or exit it? I see many small business owners who work for decades to build large profitable businesses but with no eye on the future and no plan. At least have some idea about your future plans for benefiting financially from your years of hard work. Do you have a marketing plan? Many small business owners end up working in the business rather than on the business. A marketing plan is a key element all small businesses should devise because it helps you identify your customers, product, market and competitors. Every small business knows what they are looking to achieve, but many don’t know how to achieve it. A marketing plan will help you establish an appropriate path towards your end goal.Do you have the right insurance cover for your business? Disasters happen and it is critical to make sure that your business is adequately covered in all the right categories. Advice from a general insurance broker can identify the key areas in order to mitigate your risk and help you sleep better. How do you manage your workforce? A combination of full-time and part-time staff can save you money at times when revenue is down. There are also a number of government grants available that can reduce the cost of your workforce, particularly in the area of unskilled labour. For many businesses, workforce is the largest cost, so you need to make sure you’re using your effectively. In tough economic times, small factors can be the difference between weathering the storm and being swallowed by it. Give your business a basic check and if you’re unsure about how you rate, talk to an expert who can sort you out. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Superheroes, serial-killers, talking horses, zombies, vikings and depressed mothers – the only thing missing from the tv ecosystem was an army of ancient Greek warriors in swords and sandals, and this is about to change, as BBC and Netflix teamed up to create a new take on the Iliad. “Troy: Fall of a City,” as its title suggests, narrates the epic through the eyes of the Trojans – particularly King Priam, played by David Threlfall (of ‘Noah’ and ‘Shameless’ fame) and Queen Hecuba, portrayed by Frances O’Connor (‘Cleverman’, ‘The Missing’, ‘A.I.’, ‘Mansfield Park’). Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne play Paris and Helen in this retelling of the Homeric tale that BBC drama boss Piers Wenger pledged “will be like nothing broadcast before: a 3,000-year-old tale crafted on a huge scale.” The series is already considered one of the most anticipated for the 2018 TV season, but casting has already sparked a certain amount of controversy, given that the role of Achilles will be played by David Gyasi, a 37-year old actor from the UK. The son of an immigrant from Ghana, Gyasi gained praise for his work in films such as ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’, but some purists consider him a wrong choice to play the ‘fair-haired’ hero. Furthermore, the role of Patroclus will be played by the South African actor Lemogang Tsipa, while Zeus will be portrayed by the British-Nigerian actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda). This kind of diverse casting is following the success of similar choices made in popular films, such as the ‘Thor’ franchise, in which deities of the Norse mythology are portrayed by actors hailing from the African diaspora.Hecuba (FRANCES O’CONNOR) Odysseus (JOSEPH MAWLE)Agamemnon (JOHNNY HARRIS), Menelaus (JONAS ARMSTRONG) Paris (LOUIS HUNTER), Helen (BELLA DAYNE) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Migration des tortues de mer : leur “GPS” biologique enfin mis en évidence Publiée dans Current Biology, une étude américaine montre pour la première fois comment une espèce migratrice, la tortue caouanne, utilise le champ magnétique terrestre pour “calculer” sa longitude.”La partie la plus difficile de la navigation en pleine mer est de déterminer la longitude (ou position est-ouest). Il a fallu des siècles aux navigateurs humains pour y parvenir, lors de leurs voyages à long terme”, commence Nathan Putman, de l’Université de Caroline du Nord. Lui et son équipe ont mis en évidence, chez la tortue caouanne, une capacité à utiliser, pour se repérer, à la fois la force et l’angle du champ magnétique de la Terre.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasPour ce faire, des nouveaux nés de tortue caouanne de Floride ont été placés dans des bassins d’eau circulaires, et reliés à des systèmes de surveillance électronique pour contrôler la direction de leur nage. Ils ont ensuite été exposés à des champs magnétiques reproduisant ceux régnant, dans l’Atlantique, en deux points – de même latitude mais de longitude différente – de leur route migratoire : à chaque fois, les animaux ont réagi en se mettant à nager dans la direction qui, dans la nature, les aurait placés sur leur route de migration ancestrale.”Le long de la route migratoire des caouannes, presque chaque région est marquée par une combinaison unique de l’intensité et de l’angle d’inclinaison des lignes de champ magnétique. Ainsi, les tortues peuvent déterminer leur position longitudinale à l’aide de ces deux paramètres, comme le X et le Y d’un système de coordonnées”, conclut le Dr Putman. Le 25 février 2011 à 20:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Windows 8 : 9 versions pour le nouvel OS de Microsoft ?Alors que la bêta de Windows 8 est disponible en téléchargement depuis la semaine dernière, les rumeurs sur les différentes versions de Windows 8 qui seront proposées se multiplient. Mais de neuf à quatre moutures, les informations se contredisent.Combien de versions de Windows 8 prépare Microsoft ? La réponse varie au grès des rumeurs. Certains évoquent seulement quatre moutures, quand sur une liste d’éditions dénichée dans la base de registres de la Consumer Preview de l’OS, le site TechCrunch en compte neuf, soit trois de plus que pour Windows 7. Parmi elles, les classiques Windows 8 Starter, Windows 8 Home Basic et Windows 8 Home Premium. À lire aussiMicrosoft : le brevet du “câlin connecté” déposé !D’après cette liste, les professionnels se verront quant à eux proposer pas moins de quatre moutures : Professional, Professional Plus Edition (une version spécifique pour les réseaux), Enterprise et Enterprise Eval Edition. Une édition Ultimate, la plus complète en matière de fonctionnalités, et enfin une édition Windows 8 ARM, achèvent cette longue liste des différentes moutures du tant attendu Windows 8.Reste à connaître le prix de ces neuf versions, si elles sont effectivement toutes au programme.Le 5 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
The sun always shines on the Paddy Hough Parade, as the old Vancouver adage goes. And Friday was no exception, as a burst of spring weather shone on green-clad dancers, pipers and spectators at the annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition, an annual mainstay for the city’s Main Street.The parade, now in its 28th year, celebrates Patrick “Paddy” Hough, the Irish immigrant and educator for whom the nearby Hough Elementary School and neighborhood are named. The Daniels Street school received its own taste of historic spirit this year, as the Clark County Historical Society and Museum affixed a plaque celebrating the school and its namesake on the historic campus. The plaque marks the launch of the society’s new Historic Buildings Plaque Program, which will recognize historic buildings throughout Clark County.
North Country EMS responded to two distressed hikers – one on Silver Star Mountain in Skamania County and the other on Mount St. Helens. One woman fell 35 feet down a 55-60 degree slope around 12:35 p.m. on Silver Star Mountain in Skamania County about two miles up Ed’s Trail at 3800 foot elevation, according to a North Country EMS bulletin. She did not complain of any injuries, but it was too brushy, slippery and steep for her to safely get down to her and help. No one in her hiking group from Vancouver Parks and Recreation could safely get down to her. One member was able to get a small rope to her to help her hold on until help arrived. North Country EMS repelled down to her, brought her up in a harness and walked her down the mountain. She is uninjured, according to the bulletin. Six rescuers hiked the two miles up the trailhead where the fall happened and lowered one rescuer to the hiker via a rope system. They put a rescue harness on her and raised her back up to the trail. She was was uninjured and able to walk herself back to her vehicle at the trailhead by 4:26 p.m. After that rescue was complete, five more rescue members of the Volcano Rescue Team left to assist rescuers on Mt. St Helens. A 14-year-old male hiker fell on the bottom of Monitor Ridge on the main climbing route around 1:17 p.m..He fell into a rock, injuring his head and shoulder, and briefly lost consciousness, according to the witness who called 911. The hiker is now alert, stable and talking to rescuers.
“Her voice was so universal and so strong and so powerful … You could be from some small island in the south pacific and never heard her sing and hear her voice and know, wait a minute this woman is special. Her voice was the raising of the flag for all of us,” Perry continued. Tune into “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS to see Perry on host duties and the tributes that will honor the queen. Patti LaBelle On Her Hero, Aretha Franklin: “She Was The Greatest Singer In The World” Facebook News Tyler Perry Talks Doing “Madea” Impressions For Aretha Franklin NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 4, 2019 – 11:43 am Tyler Perry Shares Memories Of Aretha And Madea Twitter Tune into “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” on Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS to see the actor and comedian on host dutiesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Mar 4, 2019 – 11:52 am No one can say no to the Aretha Franklin, especially not actor and comedian Tyler Perry, who will host the star-studded show, Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul, airing on Sunday, March 10 on CBS and features performances from Patti LaBelle, Common, Janelle Monáe, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and more. So when The Queen of Soul called Perry up and said, “I wanna talk to Madea,” he immediately got into role. “Can’t say no to Aretha,” he told the Recording Academy, before doing an impression of his beloved grandmother character: “Hellur?” Email Tyler Perry: Aretha’s Voice Is “Universal” tyler-perry-talks-doing-madea-impressions-aretha-franklin
Executive council of the Association of Village Council President’s 51st annual conference. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)Yukon-Kuskokwim tribes are demanding the Association of Village Council Presidents hold a special convention next month to discuss regional self-governance.Akiak tribal member Mike Williams says almost 30 tribes have signed a resolution calling for the convention, scheduled for March 22-23 in Bethel in the ONC multipurpose room. The timing allows tribes to gather before summer subsistence hits.The demands come, Williams says, after AVCP regional delegates unanimously passed a motion at last fall’s annual convention to hold a special gathering on Feb. 16 on regional determination, but the event failed to occur.“We had been looking at a borough and constitutional form of government under the tribes. We had been examining a lot of options to unite the region,” he said.Williams says the tribes have received no response from the AVCP administration on their demands.But AVCP Executive Vice President Mike Hoffman says he has not received any information from the tribes on this issue and that Feb. 16 was never a hard date for a special convention.Rather, Hoffman says, the delegates floated the date at the annual convention, but the executive board nailed down the official days for June 8-9 at its meeting last month.Akiak Native Community Chief Ivan Ivan says he signed the resolution and will attend whenever the convention occurs.On Thursday Ivan announced his resignation as Unit 4 representative for the AVCP Executive Board.His resignation began immediately and left no executive AVCP representation for Akiachak, Akiak, Kwethluk, or Tuluksak.“I served on their behalf to the best of my abilities to protect their subsistence hunting and fishing life and to fight against alcohol and drug issues and our quest to continue our yuyurag as instructed by our family members and area elders,” he said.Ivan says he will continue working on these issues as Chief of the Akiak Native Community.
mirza fakhrul islam alamgir.File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday called upon voters to ensure the victory of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ through a ‘vote revolution’ on 30 December to free Khaleda Zia from jail and ‘restore’ democracy, reports UNB.”Cast your votes for the Sheaf of Paddy to bring democracy back, free Khaleda Zia and ensure Tarique Rahman’s homecoming,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the call at a wayside rally at Daudkandi on his way to Chandina and Suagazi in Cumilla to carry out electioneering in favour of the candidates of their party and alliance partners.Fakhrul called upon people to go to polling stations braving all the obstacles and intimidations. “Stage a vote revolution on 30 December…we’ll surely succeed.”The BNP leader sought votes for BNP’s candidates for Cumilla-1 and Cumilla-2 seats to ensure his victory.Earlier, Fakhrul started his journey for Cumilla from BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 10am to conduct election campaign.
Suspected vigilantes on Saturday killed a Muslim man transporting two cows in India, just 15 months after a similar attack spotlighted the growing influence of pro-Hindu fringe groups.Many Hindus regard the cow as sacred, but India’s Muslim minority engages in the trade of cattle for slaughter and consumption, chiefly of buffalo meat, as well as dairy purposes.The police in the northwestern state of Rajasthan said a group of five to seven people surrounded the man, identified only as Akbar, as he led the cows to his village in the nearby state of Haryana and thrashed him to death on suspicion of cow smuggling.”We are investigating the incident and will make arrests soon,” Shyam Singh, a police official in the district of Alwar, told Reuters.The incident took place soon after midnight, triggered by the suspicions of a few nearby villagers that the 28-year-old man was smuggling the cows, Singh said. Akbar belonged to the farming community in adjacent Haryana.Cow vigilantism by pro-Hindu groups has surged in India since prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014, although most of the country’s 29 states have banned the killing of cows for meat.The police said they took the badly beaten victim to a nearby hospital, but he was declared dead.“En route, the victim identified himself as Akbar and said he was accompanied by another friend, who managed to escape,” another district police official, Anil Kumar Beniwal, told Reuters by telephone.Beniwal said police had identified four or five suspects and expected to make arrests by evening.In a post on Twitter, Rajasthan’s chief minister condemned the incident and promised stern action.“The strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators,” said Vasundhara Raje, a member of Modi’s BJP.In the same district in April 2017, Pehlu Khan, a cattle farmer, was lynched by a mob as he rode home from a market with two cows and two calves in the back of his truck.The incident fueled concerns over how, under Modi, pro-Hindu fringe groups, such as the cow vigilantes, were fearlessly flouting the law to operate as private militias.
The private university students protest against the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals student Abrar Ahmed in a road accident on Tuesday. Photo: UNBBangladesh’s capital Dhaka, one of the world’s most densely populated cities, is struggling to bring back discipline on its streets.Violation of traffic rules, reckless driving and evil race on roads by drivers have become the order of the day in the capital, causing vexing traffic congestions and frequent road crashes.On Tuesday morning, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) was run over by a bus in front of Bashundhara Gate in Pragati Sarani, prompting private university students to block the road in front of Jamuna Future Park, which left the traffic in the area in complete disarray.Numerous efforts and initiatives taken by the government have failed to bring back discipline on Dhaka’s streets.Long tailbacks make commuting in the city a nightmare. The traffic situation is in chaos and it has become a sort of ‘identity’ of Dhaka. One cannot talk about the capital without mentioning the paralysing traffic congestion.The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) observed special programmes to bring back discipline on the streets last year after the students’ road safety movement.But there has been no improvement.’Rickety buses run over traffic laws’The traffic rules awareness campaigns fell on deaf ears. No one, from the drivers to pedestrians, follow the rules. Breaking the law appears to have become the norm on the streets.It is a herculean task for the small number of traffic policemen to enforce the law.In September last year, DMP fixed 121 stoppages for buses and issued a number of directives including keeping doors closed while running, displaying staff’s photo and mobile number, keeping updated documents and told owners to appoint drivers and assistants on fixed monthly salary.But the transport sector shows no sign of change.Buses pick and drop passengers wherever they want, the staff are appointed on daily wage basis, numerous unfit vehicles and human haulers are running on the streets, many driven by under-aged drivers, while many vehicles regularly use the wrong lane.Buses still compete among themselves for passengers, a tendency transport experts blame on the practice of hiring staff on daily wage basis.Stuck on paperA 10-member coordination committee, headed by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon, was formed to restructure the traffic system and reduce road chaos.”To restore order, 8,000-9,000 buses of only six companies will be allowed to run on 22 routes,” said SM Saleh Uddin, a committee member and project consultant.”Another 4,500 new buses will be added to the current fleet,” he said.All bus staff will be employed through a due recruitment process, Saleh said, adding that transport owners will be given loans with 5-6 per cent interest to buy new buses.Many buses that operate in Dhaka are old and rickety. Their exact number could not be known.A 15-member committee, headed by former minister Shajahan Khan, was set up to bring city traffic under proper management and curb accidents.Road transport minister Obaidul Quader on 17 February said the committee was asked to file a report recommending effective measures within the next 14 days.”We’ll take all necessary steps to bring discipline in city traffic,” he said.The report is yet to be filed.’Change of mindset’A Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) study found that over 200 bus companies operate on 194 routes in Dhaka. Seven companies own over 100 buses, leading to cut-throat competition among them and an increase in rule violation and accidents.”No other country has so many companies involved in the public transport sector,” BUET professor Shamsul Haque, a transport expert, said.”A small number of companies should be allowed to operate to restore discipline in the capital’s traffic sector.”He said stiff competition among the private transport companies for revenue led to the collapse of the entire traffic system.During one such competition in July last year, a bus ploughed through a group of students on the Airport Road, killing two of them. The deaths triggered a countrywide movement for road safety that lasted for about a week.During the demonstration, the protesters effectively took control of the city traffic and tried to raise awareness about following the law on the streets.Although the general people and drivers had shown signs of change, they reverted to their old self within a few days after the movement stopped.”The chaotic situation will not change unless we raise awareness among the people and transport operators,” professor Haque said.”The law enforcement should strictly implement the law without hesitation.”