MIRVISH PRODUCTIONS PROVIDES BUS SERVICE FOR MATINEEGOERS IN FIVE ONTARIO LOCATIONS

first_imgThe Ed Mirvish Theatre is one of the drop-off and pickup spots for Mirvish Productions’ new out-of-town bus service, the Mirvish Express. (DAVID COOPER / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Mirvish Productions is taking a page from the Stratford and Shaw festivals and providing a direct bus service for its patrons.Whereas those theatre festivals bus people from Toronto to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake and back, respectively, Mirvish’s service will ferry theatregoers between here and London, Woodstock, Kitchener, Morriston (just outside Guelph) and Milton.The Mirvish Express is available for people attending Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday matinees beginning July 4, and will cost between $30 and $50 return depending on the pickup spot, although discounts are available for the first 500 who book in either price range. There are also special seven-trip packages for matinee subscribers. The air-conditioned, wifi-equipped Great Canadian Holidays coaches will drop patrons at the Royal Alexandra, Princess of Wales or Ed Mirvish theatres in time for lunch with pickup at the theatres post-show.See mirvish.com for a list of pickup points and to book, beginning Thursday.by DEBRA YEO | Toronto Star Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Outgoing Assembly President lauds advance in Security Council reform debate

16 September 2008The consensus achieved by Member States on the issue of Security Council reform was nothing less than a “breakthrough” and marked a dramatic finish to the 62nd session of the General Assembly, former president Srgjan Kerim said today. Mr. Kerim brought the session to a close last night after the Assembly adopted a decision to begin intergovernmental negotiations on Council reform in informal plenary during its sixty-third session, but not later than 28 February 2009.Speaking to reporters in New York, Mr. Kerim noted that Council reform was the most difficult issue of the 62nd session. “Member States for 15 years could not reach an agreement on Security Council reform in terms of starting negotiations. And then last night we had this breakthrough,” he stated. It was agreed yesterday that “whatever be the outcome of such negotiations, the solution must be one which will garner the widest possible political acceptance by the membership,” he added. Mr. Kerim also noted that Council reform “cannot be an aim by itself; it must be a part of an overall, [all] encompassing and profound institutional reform of the United Nations.”While Council reform was the most difficult issue of the session, the former president said the most dearest to his heart were climate change and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.On climate change, he said the Assembly had managed “to make a turn around in the political climate,” noting the commitments now by Member States to negotiate within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to fix the common goals for future greenhouse gas emission targets after the Kyoto Protocol expires. He said an important concept that was introduced into the discussion was the importance of public-private partnerships to tackle climate change. “Climate change cannot be resolved, dealt with exclusively based on intergovernmental negotiations. It is much more than that.”Turning to the MDGs, he said the Assembly, through its various thematic debates, had “prepared the ground” for the high-level event to be held on 25 September, at which world leaders will be joined by representatives from the private sector, foundations and civil society organizations to commit to further actions to achieve the Goals on time.He added that two other “last minute” resolutions adopted last night were on UN system-wide coherence and on the Organization’s mandate review.“I believe these were also breakthroughs which were for years blocking cooperation and even testing the mutual trust among Member States in very important areas,” he said.Among the other highlights of the just-concluded session were the adoption of a report on the revitalization of the Assembly, the first-ever thematic debates on human security and human trafficking, and the establishment of a close working relationship between the Assembly and the Secretary-General, said the former president.Succeeding Mr. Kerim is Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, the President of the Assembly’s 63rd session, which begins today. read more

Five more arrested over murder of businessman

The abductors had demanded Rs. 20 million from the family of the businessman and his father had promised to pay the ransom.However while investigations were ongoing the body was discovered in Mawanella. The post-mortem revealed he died as a result of a blow to the head. Yesterday two suspects were arrested over the abduction and murder of businessman Sakeem Sulaiman from Bambalapitiya. Five more suspects have been arrested over the abducton and murder of a businessman in Bambalapitiya.The vehicle believed to have been used for the crime has also been seized, the police said. The businessman was abducted for ransom and was found dead in Mawanella. The police later obtained a court order preventing five people wanted in connection to the murder from travelling overseas. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghanistan UN deplores murder of regional director of womens affairs

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today deplored the “senseless murder” of a leading woman official working for gender equality in the southern city of Kandahar.Safia Annajan, Director of Women’s Affairs in Kandahar, was shot and killed outside the front gate of her home as she left for work this morning.“UNAMA is appalled at the senseless murder of a woman who was simply working to ensure that all Afghan women play a full and equal part in the future of Afghanistan,” spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news briefing in Kabul.Mr. Siddique stressed that despite security constraints in the south and south eastern regions of the war-torn, UN agencies are striving to ensure that both humanitarian and development assistance reaches communities affected by the conflict.In humanitarian and development assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have already pre-positioned humanitarian supplies in the southern provinces. UNICEF is leading on delivering essential non-food items such as blankets, warm clothing, medical kits and other essential non-food items for up to 1,500 families, while WFP has positioned 322 metric tons of food in Kandahar, and in Lashkargah city in Helmand province, enough supplies for 3,000 people. Additionally the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is providing some 4,300 shelter units to build homes for over 30,000 Afghans as part of its initial reintegration effort for vulnerable returnees. The project includes 740 shelter units for four districts in Kandahar province, and 300 units for three districts in Helmand province.In south eastern Afghanistan, more than 850 houses have so far been completed in Paktya and Khost provinces, while another 2,100 shelter units have reached the roofing level. Countrywide, UNHCR’s shelter programme aims to help more than 18,000 families to build their houses in 2006. About half of the planned shelter for the year have already been completed, with the rest expected to be completed by the end of the year.With some 85 per cent of Afghan women and 55 per cent of men illiterate, UNICEF is working with the Education Department to start building 55 new schools in four provinces. The people of Nangarhar and Nuristan will benefit from 18 new schools, while 10 new schools are planned in Kunar and a further 9 new schools in Laghman province. The project, including both formal and community-based schools, will cost $1,357,000.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are helping the Health Ministry carry out a polio eradication initiative throughout the country, which has seen a six-fold rise in the number of cases over last year (28 cases confirmed in 2006 compared to 4 in the same period in 2005). The two agencies are also carrying out parallel campaigns for vaccinating women of childbearing age (15-45) against neonatal tetanus and children from 9 months to 5 years against measles. read more

Chrysler recalls nearly 470000 Jeep SUVs because they may shift into neutral

Chrysler recalls nearly 470,000 Jeep SUVs because they may shift into neutral on startup DETROIT – Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning on startup.The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2010 Commanders.U.S. safety regulators say cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal as the SUVs are being started. If the vehicles shift into neutral they can roll away.Chrysler says the problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries.Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will update software to take care of the problem. Chrysler found cracks in a circuit board that turns the four-wheel-drive system on and off.Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.The recall covers 295,000 vehicles in the U.S., 28,500 in Canada, and 4,200 in Mexico. The remaining 141,000 are outside North America.The company says in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration that it began looking into the problem after a customer complained that an SUV rolled away in January of 2012 after being started remotely. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 11, 2013 10:44 am MDT read more

Crude oil extends weeklong plunge falls to US9343 a barrel on NYMEX

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2014 2:47 pm MDT Crude oil extends week-long plunge, falls to US$93.43 a barrel on NYMEX In this Sept. 11, 2013 photo, oil pumps work in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali The price of oil slipped again Monday, adding to a week-long plunge.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery fell 53 cents to close at US$93.43 on the New York Meercantile Exchange. On Friday, the contract fell $1.48, a decline that pushed the price 6.4 per cent lower for the week.Brent crude, used to price international crude processed by many U.S. refineries, fell 16 cents to US$106.73 in London on Monday.Analysts say crude prices are falling because global supplies appear strong enough to meet growing demand in the U.S., the world’s biggest consumer.Also, an improving economy in the U.S. has prompted the Federal Reserve to begin winding down its stimulus program, which had propped up oil prices. The tapering of the stimulus program is leading to a stronger dollar, which makes commodities such as oil that are priced in dollars less attractive to buyers using other currencies.Now that prices have fallen to account for ample supplies and a stronger dollar, they will be influenced in the coming weeks mainly by events in the Middle East, energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch predicted.Protests at one of Libya’s largest oil fields reportedly ended last week, which could allow the field to restart production and deliver more than 300,000 barrels of daily production to the global market. Traders, however, caution that the situation in the northern African country is still unpredictable nearly three years after the start of its 2011 civil war.“We continue to place Libya at the forefront of importance,” Ritterbusch wrote in a report Monday. “Some oil fields are reportedly resuming operations. However, output recovery thus far has been limited and the ability to export within the eastern region of the country remains as an obstacle.”In other energy futures trading, wholesale gasoline fell a fraction of a cent to US$2.646 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was flat at US$2.939 a gallon and natural gas was also flat US$4.31 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

Ban delivers favourable report card on earlystage talks at Paris climate summit

“I was very encouraged by what I saw and I heard during the opening days of COP21,” he told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “World leaders did precisely what they were meant to do: give strong impetus to the negotiations. Almost all countries have submitted climate action plans, known as INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions],” he said.“Major economies have made significant commitments to cut emissions. Many developed countries have made new financial commitments to help poor and vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts. Philanthropists and entrepreneurs are making exciting new commitments and investments,” he continued, citing the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced by Bill Gates.Mr. Ban, who warned some 150 world leaders on the opening day on Monday that they must move much farther and faster to limit the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, is returning to the French capital tonight for COP21Action Day to showcase the huge number of climate partnerships and initiatives involving cities, the private sector, and civil society.Even the sought-after 2-degree rise will have serious consequences for food and water security, economic stability and international peace as climate change unleashes more devastating floods, disastrous droughts and violent cyclones and storms, and rising seas inundate low-lying island States and shorelines where many major cities are located.“In the global economy, the transition to a low-emissions future is well under way,” Mr. Ban said today, yet, he stressed that in the negotiating room, “there is still a lot of work to do. Key issues remain unresolved, and there is not much time left.”“I continue to press developed countries to recognize their responsibility to take the lead, while urging developing countries to do more in line with their growing capabilities. The world has gone too long without a universal climate agreement that includes all countries as part of the solution. We cannot delay any longer,” he said.“There is no perfect agreement. But our goal is clear: an agreement that truly addresses climate change, and puts the world on track for long-term prosperity, stability and peace. That is what the days ahead in Paris can and must deliver,” noted the UN chief.Turning to the issue of terrorism and the refugee crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans flee to Europe, Mr. Ban said the conflict in Syria was a principal cause, citing plans to launch an initiative in early January involving both intra-Syrian political talks and a nationwide ceasefire.“Closed doors and discrimination are worsening the plight of forcibly displaced people across the world,” he said, adding: “I am especially concerned about misplaced suspicions about migrants and refugees, and widespread anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry.”“The world must also be united against terrorism. No grievances or cause can justify the atrocious violence we have seen in recent weeks. The world’s response needs to be robust, and always within the rule of law and with respect for human rights. We cannot be ruled by fear,” the Secretary-General stressed. read more

Need for world free of nuclear weapons more urgent than ever says

“These talks are truly historic, as they represent the most significant negotiations in the area of nuclear disarmament,” Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the second session of the UN Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.“Nuclear disarmament has been the longest sought objective of the United Nations, dating back to the very first resolution adopted by the General Assembly, in January 1946,” she said, referring to the body’s decision to establish a Commission charged with, among other tasks, making specific proposals for the ‘control of atomic energy to ensure its use only for peaceful purposes,’ and ‘the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’ During this resumed session, delegates will deliberate on a draft of the treaty that has been tabled by Conference President Whyte Gómez of Costa Rica. The first session was held in March. Ms. Nakamitsu expressed hope that the talks produce an effective instrument that complements and strengthens the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the treaties establishing nuclear-weapon-free zones.Also highlighting the need for systematic measures and steps to facilitate the elimination of nuclear weapons, she said it will be critical that the outcome of negotiations “build a bridge to the future” in order to facilitate the inclusive engagement needed to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons.As of now, nuclear-weapons-States are absent in the negotiations. An instrument legally sound, technically accurate and politically wiseTo accomplish these aims, she believes “great care should be taken in finalizing an instrument that is legally sound, technically accurate and politically wise.” With the growing urgency posed by the deteriorating international security landscape and by the new awareness of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, “the need for progress is clear,” she said. “And yet there seem to be no near-term prospects for further reductions.” Amid some scepticism about further pursuing nuclear disarmament, she stressed that “measures for disarmament have served historically as a means to ease international tensions and to prevent conflict.” Supported by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, the conference will run through 7 July. read more

Council needs €750000 for new shortterm letting rules €350k over initial estimate

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Angie Yeoh Who knows how many nights a property has been let out?” asks Ó Broin. “AirBnB do.Such a system, Ó Broin has said, could ease the burden on local authorities and prevent a Barcelona-style system whereby inspectors go from dwelling-to-dwelling to determine if rules are being broken or not, which in turn puts pressure on resources.  Related Read Monday 4 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM Council needs €750,000 for new short-term letting rules – €350k over initial estimate New legislation is set to come into effect on 1 June. 17,738 Views Share23 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/Angie Yeoh Short URL By Cónal Thomas The department, “in recognising the acute pressure on rents particularly in the Dublin area” has said that “additional resources will be provided to assist in proactive monitoring and enforcement of these amended regulations”.Asked had the department allocated additional resources yet, a council spokesperson said that it is a matter for the department to decide upon. The Green Party’s Costello has said that “the so-called sharing economy needs to do some sharing of its own” when it comes to enforcement of new regulations. “There must be a requirement on Airbnb and similar platforms to share information when clients breach regulations. That needs to be part of any regulations. This will also help keep the costs down for Dublin City Council”.  IT’S ANTICIPATED THAT Dublin City Council will need up to €750,000 to set up a dedicated team to enforce new short-term letting rules in the city – €350,000 more than originally thought. From 1 June, regulations will kick in to tackle potentially illegal short-term lets in areas of high housing demand, like Dublin, and local authorities have said they will need to be sufficiently resourced.Green Party councillor Patrick Costello has said, however, that Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has yet “to provide real details” of the new regulations. “The councils will no doubt bear the weight of implementation and enforcement so it’s imperative the department consult with us,” says Costello, who argues that a lack of details is unfair for those using short-term letting platforms, too. “As much as the council, they need clarity and certainty”. Last November, Dublin councillors were told that an estimated €400,000 would be required in order to establish a team to enforce these new rules. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, meanwhile, has said that it will provide additional resources to local authorities, though so far it’s understood that Dublin City Council has been given no additional resources.And there are concerns that, even when these rules come in, they will not be effective in returning lettings to the long-term rental market. ‘Logistically very difficult’ According to the latest figures from Inside Airbnb, there are 9,530 listings in Dublin and 4,152 of these were by hosts with multiple listings. In areas of high demand, there have been concerns for some time that professional landlords are withdrawing houses and apartments that would normally be rented on a long-term basis and are instead renting them out as short-term lets, reducing the availability of long-term rental accommodation.Under new rules proposed by Murphy, it’s anticipated that home sharing on platforms like Airbnb will only be allowed where it is a person’s primary residence. Homeowners who currently let a second property on a short-term basis will have to apply for ‘change of use’ planning permission. The new regulations will also require people renting out their homes to register with their local authority.An annual cap of 90 days will apply to renting out a home and homeowners can only rent out their homes to visitors for 14 days or less at a time.  Map showing Airbnb listings in Dublin Source: InsideAirbnb.comBut with the cost for Dublin City Council now anticipated to be approximately €750,000, local representatives have queried a lack of resources and some remain unconvinced the new rules will work at all. Workers Party councillor Eilís Ryan has said that the rules will be “incredibly hard to regulate” even if the council is resourced sufficiently.  Once it “gets down to the nitty gritty of trying to prove how many nights people have let bedrooms out for”.“We don’t have a enough resources to regulate illegal dumping,” says Ryan. “Why should public money be used to regulate a private industry?”With in excess of 5,000 separate properties listed on short-term platforms like AirBnB in 2017, tackling potentially illegal short-term lettings in the city is likely to be “resource intensive”, council management said back in November.“The enforcement of short-term lettings is logistically very difficult with problems establishing ownership, gaining access to apartments and houses and most importantly a requirement to prove illegal occupation,” the council has said. ‘Bear the weight’On several occasions from September last year, Airbnb representatives met with TDs, councillors and several ministers to discuss the proposed short-term letting regulations. Laying out its business case to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in late August, Airbnb wrote – in documents released to TheJournal.ie under Freedom of Information – that the company “are in full agreement with the government that there needs to be rules put in place”. However, community support head Aisling Hassell added that these rules “need to be balanced and targeted at only those who are acting ‘commercially’ and not damage the lives of those who are benefiting from the abovementioned extra income”.Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has argued that the rules should force platforms like Airbnb to inform the local authorities and the department which properties are let out and for how many nights these are let out.  A spokesperson for Airbnb told TheJournal.ie, however, that “imposing an obligation on platforms to monitor what their users do across not just their own platform, but all platforms, is inappropriate and could be in contravention of EU laws”. “It is also not clear how the Irish government could effectively enforce this obligation on large booking platforms that are headquartered in other countries (for example, Booking.com, Expedia, and Trip Advisor), and for rules to be effective they need to be applied equally by all platforms and providers”. “We want to be good partners to authorities and work together to help people share their homes and follow the rules, but local authorities are best placed to lead enforcement efforts,” the spokesperson said. ‘Lead-in time’According to a housing department spokesperson the new regulations are “to allow property owners sufficient lead-in time to prepare for and adapt to the proposed new laws”.“The issue of additional resources is an important factor in underpinning the proposed new arrangements and one which the department will be engaging with local authorities on,” the spokesperson said.The Minister has already indicated, additional resources will be provided to Dublin City Council to assist in this regard.” 25.10.18 Explainer: What will the new Airbnb laws mean for homeowners and landlords? https://jrnl.ie/4515549 13 Comments Mar 4th 2019, 12:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Melbourne meeting and Sydney concern for the future of Greek languages

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Parents, educators and other interested parties met on Tuesday, 5 March, to discuss the future of Greek language learning at state educational institutions around Victoria.Representatives of schools at high schools around Northcote, Thornbury, Strathmore, Oakleigh South and primary schools at Clarinda, Coburg West as well as La Trobe University were present at the meeting.The goal of the meeting was to discuss the situation prevalent at schools today and to create a network for the most effective operation of Greek language teaching across the spectrum so that programmes could be supported and promoted.In SydneyThe Victorian meeting came ahead of an open letter by a concerned mother in Sydney, Maria Moulos, who has two daughters enrolled in Modern Greek at the Ashfield Saturday School of Community languages. Her Year 11 daughter was advised by her teacher that the DET is considering closing down Year 11 classes due to student numbers being low.“I am very concerned that DET is proposing to close down Year 11 Modern Greek  classes at Ashfield and this is causing Antonia (Moulos) considerable stress as she chose not to do IB at her high school so she could study Greek on Saturdays. As you know selecting subjects is a major decision for students and to have the rug pulled under her half way through term 1 in year 11 is not only distressing but leaves her with 2 units she will have to pick up. DET can’t just pull the plug on a class half way through term 1 in year 11 and expect students to ‘make do” – this is a very reckless proposal. Students need stability, clarity and have a legitimate expectation that their school or centre will continue to offer a subject that DET accepted enrolments some 5 weeks into the school year,” wrote the mother, addressing her concerns to the Saturday School Coordinator.last_img read more

Google Earth 62 plus beau il intègre désormais Google

first_imgGoogle Earth 6.2 : plus beau, il intègre désormais Google + Une nouvelle version du globe de Google arrive avec la 6.2. Celle-ci permettra un meilleur rendu des cartes, plus d’options et également l’intégration du réseau social Google+.Pour ceux qui ne connaîtraient pas Google Earth, il s’agit d’une représentation de la planète, en 3D, via des images prises par plusieurs satellites. Les dates et les conditions notamment lumineuses sont cependant très variées, ce qui ne donne pas le même niveau de qualité. Pour la base d’images de Google 6.2, elle sera optimisée selon le responsable produit chez Google Earth, Peter Birch.En plus de ces améliorations visuelles, Google Earth intègrera le réseau social de la firme, à savoir Google+. Il sera donc possible de se connecter grâce à son compte et de partager une image en cours de consultation par exemple. Du nouveau sur la planète Google Earth.Le 27 janvier 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Car hits shop not people

first_imgNo one was injured Saturday afternoon when a car crashed into the front of the Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop, 2701 N.E. 114th Ave. Vancouver police said the driver of the vehicle pushed the gas pedal instead of the brakes.last_img

McGrawHill Launches Design Magazine

first_imgWith a 65,000 circulation, the magazine is an expansion of McGraw-Hill’s annual “Good Design is Good Business” awards, the publisher said. At a time when print launches are increasingly considered taboo, McGraw-Hill Tuesday officially unveiled HQ, a new quarterly magazine covering building design and workplace effectiveness.Published in collaboration between BusinessWeek and McGraw-Hill Construction—publisher of Architectural Record magazine—HQ targets building owners and developers as well as design and construction professionals. The magazine features case studies of C-level executives who have increased their company’s effectiveness and bottom line, and have instituted sustainable design.“We expect that 82 percent of companies will be greening at least 16 percent of their portfolios by 2009,” Norbert W. Young, president of McGraw-Hill Construction, said last June when the launch was first announced. “Our research also demonstrates that there is a need for hands-on, practical information—real ways that companies can green facilities for a meaningful return.”last_img read more

Juneau rallies for hope amid heroin crisis

first_imgThe Juneau Police Department recently held an event to bring people and service providers together called Hope Not Heroin. Alaska lawmakers were there, as well as Gov. Bill Walker. And for some in the crowd, the event signified how communities are changing the conversation when it comes to talking about addiction.First lady Donna Walker and Gov. Bill Walker talk to a man at Saturday’s Hope, Not Heroin event. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau)Hope, Not Heroin started off with a Juneau firefighter describing how he uses Naloxone, also known as Narcan, in the field.“Giving Narcan, we want to make sure that they are actually overdosing on an opiate,” he told the crowd.It’s an emergency drug that can save a person dying of an overdose. And it won’t be just emergency responders administering it anymore. Since the legislature passed Senate Bill 23, some Alaska pharmacies could start carrying it as early as the summer. Family members or friends could have access to the drug.That’s one of the reasons why 19 year-old Nichelle Williams said she wanted to be here: Naloxone saved her life.“I just came out of treatment from a heroin overdose. And so I came here to help support the bill and everything that’s going on with the heroin stuff,” Williams said.Williams is exactly who this event is for. Around the room, there are about 31 booths with information about addiction, recovery, even proper syringe disposal. But for such a heavy topic, the atmosphere is light. There’s folky music and a food truck selling pizza.Rick Hanby is sitting around a table with his wife and kids. He said they decided to come because they’ve known someone who’s struggled with opiate use.“I think sooner or later, or one way or another, it affects somebody, everybody here. It affects our community. So this is a really good start to get everyone to start thinking and start talking about it,” Hanby said.Lt. Kris Sell said it’s not common for police departments to organize an event like this. But over the past six months, they’ve tried to use other tactics to reduce heroin use. For decades, she said police across the country focused on the narcotics supply in the War on Drugs.“And so now we’re acknowledging that it’s the demand that fuels this problem,” Sell said.Seven people died in heroin-related deaths in 2015. This year, there’s been one. And Sell thinks, overall, 200 people in Juneau use heroin on a daily basis.“Doubling to about 400 during the summer when we get in highly paid seasonal workers, like in the fishing industry. Some of the tourist industry,” Sell said.Event goers watch the governor’s speech at Hope, Not Heroin. Sen. Johnny Ellis, who helped craft SB 23, also attended. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau)So, for those struggling with addiction who want to get help, she said it can be difficult to navigate what treatment options are available. Unfortunately, in Juneau, the answer is not a lot.Mitzi Privett, the interim director at Rainforest Recovery Center, said typically, they have some beds available for in-patient detox.“Recently, we’ve been very full,” Privett said. “And so if someone came in that needed help right away, it would be much harder to serve them. If we had more options, we could say, ‘We’re not available to help but let us refer you to somebody who is.’”Nichelle Williams was one of the people who was able to get in after her heroin overdose. But she thinks Juneau should have more options. Recently, her friend overdosed and died before she could get help.“And it was really hard, and she didn’t have the option of treatment because when she went into the hospital, they were like, ‘We can’t help you,’” Williams said. “That’s how most people die in Juneau, if they want help and they try to get help, the hospital can’t help them detox.”With her recovery, Williams said seeing support — like Saturday’s event — has been huge. But there’s still room for growth when it comes to educating people about addiction.“When people call me a junkie or something, it makes me feel degraded,” Williams said. “I’m a normal human being. I just have an issue. Just the labeling, it really gets people down. It really does.”While Juneau waits for more addiction treatment, Williams said there’s something else the community can do to help: be positive and keep the conversation going.last_img read more

Red Cross of Alaska opens 23 cases in Savoonga after winter storm

first_imgSavoonga. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – Nome)23 cases have been opened by the American Red Cross of Alaska after their visit to the community of Savoonga last week.In a release Monday, January 9th, the Red Cross said that out of the twenty-three open cases, one home was listed as “destroyed,” while 22 homes were noted as having “major” damage. That determination means repairs will need “significant financial investment.”Listen nowThe Red Cross states that financial assistance was provided for all 23 cases, with further help still available for Savoonga residents, even though the Red Cross has left the community.Disaster Program Manager Michael Verrier and Preparedness and Casework Specialist Steven Fisher were in Savoonga through Monday evening to assess damage from the latest winter storm to hit Western Alaska.A total of 127 people received aid from the Red Cross. Their final disaster assessment cites needs for replacement of siding, roofing, and insulation on multiple homes.The American Red Cross of Alaska will collaborate with state VOAD, or Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, moving forward to provide further resources.last_img read more

China asks for friendly consultation in Malaysia dispute

first_imgBEIJING: China’s government has expressed hope Malaysia’s dispute with a state-owned Chinese company building two multimillion-dollar gas pipeline projects can be resolved through “friendly consultation.” A foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday the project being built by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp. was “carried out in accordance with the contract.” Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday his government had seized over 1 billion ringgit ($243) from the bank account of China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau because the projects worth 9.4 billion ringgit ($2.3 billion) had been cancelled. He said Malaysia was entitled to it as 80 percent of the cost had been paid but only 13 percent of work done. Chinese spokesman, Geng Shuang, said “for problems arising in cooperation, the two sides should properly resolve them through friendly consultation.”last_img read more

Appointment of VCs for Varsities Selection process hits a

first_imgHyderabad: Shifting of the State Secretariat and delay in constitution of the selection committee have delayed the appointment of vice-chancellors of the nine State universities. According to sources, earlier it was decided to complete the process of appointment of vice-chancellors by the second week of August. However, in the present situation it appears as a remote possibility. It may be mentioned here that on receiving applications a government-appointed search committee will have to scrutinise the same on the specified eligibility criteria. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us This committee includes nominees from the State government, a member from the university concerned and a nominee from the UGC. In turn, the search committee will prepare a list of eligible candidates. On receipt of the same, the State government will send a list of three candidates against the vacancy of the vice-chancellor of each university to the State Governor. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior official from the State Higher Education Department (SHED) said, “There are few issues relating to the nominations from the government side. As of now, all the nine universities are headed by IAS officers as in charge vice-chancellors. This makes the composition of the selection committee heavily tilted with government nominees. Advertise With Us Except for one representative from the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) and another nominee from the University Grants Commission (UGC),” the official added. Earlier, responding to a letter from the SHED, the UGC had informed its nominee for the search committee. This has given hope that the process would be completed as planned by the second week of August. However, there is a sense of hesitation on the part of the SHED. Because, along with State Education Secretary Dr B Janardhan Reddy, the search committee will have more IAS officers and no nominees from the academics. In addition, the intervening holidays has also delayed the process and now, the shifting of the Secretariat has brought everything to a grinding halt. There is no possibility of taking forward the selection process before the end of August, this year. Given the current scenario, the appointment of vice-chancellors could be completed only in September provided that the process does not face any further hurdles. Otherwise, along with the delay in the appointment of VCs the process of appointment of faculty positions, hanging fire for the last two and half years will also be delayed further,” the sources said.last_img read more

Black box recovered from crashed Indonesia aircraft

first_imgA member of the Indonesian military places parts of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 onto the deck of the ship during search operations at sea, north of Karawang on 1 November 2018. Photo: AFPOne black box from the crashed Lion Air jet has been recovered, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said Thursday, which could be critical to establishing why the brand new plane fell out of the sky.The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations and could hold vital clues to the cause of the deadly accident.“We found one of the black boxes,” Soerjanto Tjahjono told AFP, adding that it was not clear whether it was the flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder.The Boeing-737 MAX 8, which went into service just a few months ago, plunged into the Java Sea off Indonesia’s northern coast on Monday, killing 189 people, just 12 minutes after taking off from the capital Jakarta for Pangkal Pinang city.The single-aisle Boeing plane is one of the world’s newest and most advanced commercial passenger jets.“Data from the plane—the engine, all the instruments—are recorded there,” said aviation analyst Dudi Sudibyo told AFP.“If there is an anomaly, some technical problem, it is recorded there too.”Images from the crash site showed two divers swim to a support vessel and place an orange-coloured device into a plastic tub, which was then carried onto the boat.Despite the name, the two black boxes are in fact bright orange with reflective stripes, and all commercial planes are obliged to have them on board.Authorities picked up the box’s signals below the water’s surface on Wednesday, but were unable to get to the device immediately because of rough seas and strong currents.The treasure trove of information black boxes provide helps explain nearly 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.They each weigh seven to 10 kilograms (15 to 22 pounds) and can survive as deep as 6,000 metres (almost 20,000 feet) underwater or an hour at 1,100 degrees Celsius (2,012 degrees Fahrenheit). To make them easier to find, they are fitted with a beacon which can emit a signal for one month.DNA testingDozens of divers are taking part in the massive recovery effort along with helicopters and ships, but authorities have all but ruled out finding any survivors.On a Jakarta dockside, grief-stricken relatives sifted through clothes, wallets and other retrieved personal effects, as authorities sent body parts to hospital for DNA testing.Forensic experts identified Jannatun Cintya Dewi as the first victim of the crash Wednesday evening.The 24-year-old’s coffin arrived in her East Java hometown Sidoarjo Thursday, draped in a green and yellow cloth and inscribed with Arabic writing and carried through the neighbourhood by pallbearers.Dewi’s mother collapsed and had to be carried into their home, while friends and relatives wiped away tears as the casket was laid in a freshly dug grave sprinkled with flowers, a bowl of fruit and two palm branches at one end.Aviation experts say it is too early to determine what caused the accident.But Lion’s admission that the aircraft had an unspecified technical issue on a previous flight—as well as the plane’s abrupt nosedive—have raised questions about whether it had any faults specific to the newly released model, including a speed-and-altitude system malfunction.The accident has also resurrected concerns about Indonesia’s patchy air safety record which until recently saw the country’s carriers facing years-long bans from entering European Union and US airspace over their safety records.Lion Air has been plagued by safety woes and customer complaints over unreliable scheduling and poor service.The budget carrier was involved in a number of incidents including a fatal 2004 crash and a collision between two Lion Air planes at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport.last_img read more

VIDEO Baker Mayfield does a spot on impression of Browns GM John

first_img Advertisement He’s even got Dorsey’s trademark waddle down:Cc: @TheAcademy @TheEmmys @goldenglobes pic.twitter.com/i3hDaf222X— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2018For comparison purposes, here’s the genuine article: Baker Mayfield has been getting roasted today for looking like the starting quarterback for Whitesnake in an underwear photo shoot, but it’s hard to criticize his acting work in a clip the Browns posted to Twitter of Mayfield impersonating Cleveland’s gum chomping, old school football guy John Dorsey in a skit for the Browns rookie show.Baker, dressed in Dorsey’s signature sweatshirt and “Air Dorsey’s,” runs through a mini-motivational speech that is 100% spot on. We’ll just go out on a limb here and guess Colin isn’t going to be in love with this either, but rookie shows are a team activity, and this is a pretty solid performance.John Dorsey had a special message at our Rookie Show: pic.twitter.com/HvFJBkF8kZ— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2018last_img read more

DEAL ALERT QiCertified iPhone Android Compatible Wireless Charger from Anker Down to

first_imgKeep one thing in mind though: this charger supports only 5W of output which might not sound like much but is enough to pick up a few droplets of juice while you marathon your procrastination skills on your sofa. Just saying.Note: You will have to purchase a Quick Charge 2.0 / 3.0 charger separately as it does not ship with the PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad. We highly recommend this one from FONKEN as it comes in a 3-pack.Hit the link below and head straight over to Amazon to pick up the deal.Buy Anker Wireless Charger for iPhone and Android for $11 [Amazon link] Share Tweet Submit Amazon’s lightning deal will get you a Qi-Certified Anker wireless charger for your iPhone and supported Android device for only $11. Hurry up as the deal expires under six hours from now.Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad Down to Just $11 from $15 – Get the Deal Today Before it ExpiresPretty much everyone is making a wireless charger these days but very few of them are Qi-Certified and marked absolutely safe for use. The Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad is one of them and is seeing a discount for a very, very short period of time, bringing the price down to $11 from $15. While that may not seem that much, but it’s a great little accessory which you can spread out across your home so that your supported devices always stay juiced up regardless of where you are.last_img read more